Thursday, September 6, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY September 2001 12 pages in 2 sections pages in scctu HERALDZEITUNG 256 Serving New Braimfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents New Braunfels boundary battle heads to court Commission aims to simplify process BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Planning Commission wants city council to simplify annex ation efforts by prohibiting future agricultural exemp tions and changing zoning on annexed property to fit its current The commission plans to conduct a workshop in the next few weeks to discuss annexation issues and to make recommendations to Interim Planning Direc tor James Vaughan said the agriculture exemptions created oddshaped bor ders that would be impos sible to These nonannexation See BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels and Hunters Creek attorneys will square off in court Friday A state district judge will decide whether to set the case for trial or lift a tempo rary restraining order pro hibiting the city from annex ing the Two of Comal Countys dis trict Jack Robison and Gary live in areas targeted for and Whats Up WHAT Annexation law suit hearing WHEN 9 Friday WHERE Comal County Courthouse they are expected to recuse Officials did not know Wednesday which judge would preside over Fridays Hunters known as A quest United Way kicks off fund drive BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The United Way of Comal County launched its annual fundraising drive Wednesday with a halfmillion dollar goal and a hefty head When retiring Executive Director Joe Rogers and President Sumner Bowen opened the 200102 fund the United Way of Comal County was already onefifth of the way to its Sheryl fund raising chair for WalMart in New announced that WalMart had just completed its 2001 United Way fund raising Tm pleased to announce we are pledging to Comal she said at the United Way kick off in Landa Haus at Landa Taken with in other early United Way of Comal County already has been promised more than of its goal for this which ends in This past years goal CHRIS United Way of Comal County Drive Chair Sharta King writes in the goal as United Way President Sumner Bowen center and retiring Executive Director Joe Rogers look on Wednesday after the United Way fundraiser drive kickoff at Landa Haus in Landa was to raise This years drive chair is Shark King of who has been on the United Way board for three She said Wednesday night the United Way would meet its goal this a lot of help from volunteers and a lot of support from New We raised close to that this year when everything came King We can do Its going to take a lot of time and a lot of but it will Every donation King and shes asking New Braunfels and Comal Coun ty to be she Were asking everyone to dig into their Bowen said new for this years drive is its Helping Caring Hearts and a new corporate sponsorship The goal for this year was to get 15 Bowen So there are and he said he heard there would be a few more before this drive was The United Way serves a vital role in Comal Bowen providing funds to 25 The United Way of Comal County is the primary con tributor to the service agen cies of Comal Bowen He also said that 98 cents of every dollar raised in Comal County goes directly to agencies that provide ser The national and state See UNITED Canyon Lake celebrates 35th birthday Cajun style FROM STAFF REPORTS CANYON LAKE Itll be a celebra tion of Canyon Lakes 35th year with a Cajun flair Friday night at Papa Docks executive director of the Canyon Lake Chamber of said 25 tickets to the chambers pre mier fundraising event are still avail able for Only 200 tickets are being and someone will walk away from the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerces fourth annual dinner and dance with a 17foot Bayliner boat or 24ft travel trailer worth Senator Jeff Wentworths chief of Cindy addresses the crowd at the Retired Teachers Association meet ing Wednesday at the NBISD Administrative JESSIE We offer a quality event for quality Fuller And since we lim it the event to 200 chances of winning one of the prizes are really The ticket purchase allows a chance to win not only the grand prize but also other Fuller Those include a carport a free financial a gold framed mirror and many And winners of the lesser which will be given away during the will remain eligible for the grand drawing at the end of the Its very important that people know you do not have to be present to Fuller The ticket holders are responsible for making sure tickets get into the barrel before or on the night of the Fuller Tickets can be bought at the chamber office until 3 Friday and left in the which is kept Fuller said tickets would be reviewed and verified by sheriffs who will initial the tickets left at the cham ber and ensure that all are accounted for and in the You want to give people a comfort See CANYON Area Two in the citys annex ation filed the lawsuit and temporary restraining order in August to prevent city council from approving the second reading of the annexation The subdivisions goal is to have a judge decide what full municipal services the area is entitled to under the states annexation Representing Hunters Creek Homeowners Associa tion is Randy a Boerne attorney most noted for representing the city of Boerne in its fight against San Antonio The Boerne Wall case made its way through the courts to the Fourth Court of which upheld a ruling on Boernes Regarding the New Braun fels Richards We have a difference of opinion with what the city is sup posed to They are not complying with the law so we want a judge to determine See BATTLB7A Groundwater district calls for 6 election BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer The Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District board voted unani mously Wednesday to con duct a November confirma tion elec The board also approved into a con SONDEEN tract with Comal County to conduct joint elec tions within county voting Directors for the ground water district postponed ordering the election this past because the recently passed Senate Bill 2 does not allow for an elec tion before Board member Jill Son deen said the district would submit a copy of its election order and its agreement with the county to the Department of Justice today for election The Department of Justice has 60 days to preclear the districts election If they accept the early voting would start The district adopted its boundary plan last to prepare for the election to make itself Voters in the four director districts will elect one board The fifth board member will be elected at large from the entire See Chamber pushes plan for higher facility BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce pres ident Michael Meek is mak ing the rounds this pitching the to support a higher education facility in the Meek traveled to Seguin Monday to encourage the city council to sign on to a cham berbacked plan for a post secondary school and adult training facility in New Were moving quickly on Meek And once we talked with people from Texas State Technical Col we realized there was more than just a New Braun fels need for a facility theres a regional Meeting that need is where Seguin and Guadalupe Coun ty come Meek By the end of Meek plans to have the pre application forms ready to send to the Economic Devel opment Administration in If all goes he said the federal gov ernment might pro vide 60 per cent of the funding for the facility by Decem But meeting those tune lines means traveling to several area meetings this he After two meetings in Meek plans to make a presentation at the New Braunfels See MEEK Senators staff chief Committee to target school finances BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer A committee to investigate school finance in Texas should be in place by the end of the the chief of staff to State Jeff Wentworth said Cindy Brockwell told members of the New Braunfels Retired Teach ers Association that Governor Bill Ratliff and Speaker of the House Pete Laney would appoint the interim Brockwell said Wentworth apol ogized for not attending Wednes days meeting at the Education He now teaches an intro ductory class in Texas politics on Wednesdays and Fri days at the University of Texas at San Brockwell said the 1 com plaint Wentworths office received from constituents was the effect rising school taxes had on those with fixed Its at a crisis People are having to sell their houses to pay school she Brockwell said people had called her in tears regarding their trou bles with paying school Once Brockwell the committee would travel throughout the state seeking pub lic input on school Brockwell also solicited support for Wentworths proposed consti tutional amendment which would help preserve old school houses by allowing school districts to donate them to county or city governments or nonprofit When German settlers came to See FINANCINGS INSIDE Key Code 76