Wednesday, December 5, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas High school basketball See A NEWER WEDNESDAY December 2001 pages in 2 sections I1KCS in scctii HERALDAEITUNG 19 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Biography PINTO CHARLES PINTO Management experience City 1993present City 19901993 City 19861990 City Live 19791986 Previous employment Assistant City Live Texas Chief of Live Oak Police Texas United States Air Force Safety and Disaster Programs Director American Red Texas NB taps Pinto for city manager Start salary under negotiation BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council unan imously named Charles Chuck Pin to its choice for city manager Pinto has been city manager of since Orange has a population of nearly but it was Pintos quali experience and central Texas roots that tipped the vote in his city officials Pinto was Live Oak city manager from 19791986 as well as the towns chief of He has a masters degree in public administration from Southwest Texas State This was an unbelievably hard deci sion to make because all of the candi dates were Stoney New Braunfels What set him Pinto for was his knowledge of finance and his proven leadership The 60 vote was announced after more than four hours of interviews with three other See OA Approval clears way for new subdivision BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer The New Braunfels Plan ning Commission approved zoning changes on a 115acre tract in southeast New Braunfels allowing for a mix of mul tifamily and a commercial development as part of pro posed masterplan The land now is designated as agricultural predevelop ment and local business dis Although commission members recommended 60 that the New Braunfels City Council rezone the property near the intersection of Pah meyer Road and County Line they also want council to develop a policy that would allow the city to participate in any proposed changes in deed restrictions for future subdi The proposed development is near the site where New Braunfels denied building permits for Brookshire slated for construc tion more than a year City officials said those pro posed residences were below the average value and con struction standards of other homes in the Lawyers for Brookshire Homes filed a lawsuit against the city in the 274th District But partners with the Laradobased Dagon Devel opment Corporation said the new project will be relatively Most residential floor plans would range from with prices listed at to Rudy a managing partner The plan calls for a boule vard through the proposed stretching from Pahmeyer Lane and County Line Road all the way to Klein Road in northern Guadalupe The thor oughfare would include a See OA Holiday shopping JESSIE Michelle Voges looks at Christmas tree ornaments Tuesday at the Lonestar Country Goods shop in downtown Cousins Juli Behe and Kathy Perales from San shop for ornaments and other gifts Tuesday at the Gruene General Store in downtown CHRIS Construction crews continue work on The Scooter Store headquarters at Texas 46 and Loop Public sounds off on tax abatement BY BOA FFfiSBlE Staff Writer There are only 26day shopping days left for the New Braunfels City Council to make good on its decision to try to give The Scooter Store a 10year property tax The push begins today with a public hear Meeting Room at the New Braunfels Municipal on the zoning change that must take place before the company can get a tax Council voted 52 this past month to try to give The Scooter Store a tax break by 31 after Doug founder and chief executive said the move would help the company develop property and expedite District 3 council member Debbie Flume and district 6 council member Juliet Wat son voted against the mea The New Braunfelsbased distributor of mobility equip ment is nearing completion on a million office com plex on a tract at Loop 337 and Texas But the Texas Tax Code requires that land be designated as a reinvestment zone for tax abatement Council will vote on the first reading of an ordinance to establish a reinvestment zone following the Two more readings at sepa rate meetings are The Scooter Store meets Whats Up WHAT Public hearing on The Scooter Store tax abatement WHEN today WHERE Meeting Room Municipal 424 Castell the criteria for reinvestment Harrison New Braunfels City Attor ney Charlie Zech said the designation enters the gray area of the Chapter of the tax code allows reinvestment zones in areas where prop erty has deteriorated to a level of social and economic liability consequently impedes the sound growth of a But Harrison points to a section of the tax code that permits zones where it is reasonably like ly as a result of the designa tion that it would retain or expand The section also allows for the zoning change if it would attract major investment as well as benefit both the property and the economic development of the commu Zech questions if property improvements or employ ment gains would necessari ly be a result of the zoning Harrison founded The See OA INSIDE The HeraldZeitung thanks these contributors to the Cheer Fund George and Cheryl Guidroz Dorthy and Wallace Johnson Glenn and Ruth Johnson Solito 3 years old Send donations to the HZ at 707 Key Code 76 alQaida skirmish near mountains BY CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press Writer Afghanistan AntiTaliban troops hunt ing Osama bin Laden said they clashed Tuesday with alQaida fighters near their hideouts in the towering mountains along the Pak istan Hundreds of fighters piled into trucks and headed to the White Mountains south of Jalalabad for the Provincial security chief Hazrat Ali said he was assembling a force of about more men to join the hunt for bin This fight has just Richard chair man of the joint chiefs of said in Ali said a patrol of about a dozen men clashed briefly with a group of alQaida who abandoned a tank and scurried to higher There were no casu Ali Mohammed defense chief here in Nan garhar estimated as many as alQaida fighters are in the rugged fleeing to higher altitudes as they abandon the Tora Bora cave complex which has been the target of days of intensive bomb Ali said the alQaida forces have split into groups as small as 10 A soldier was wound ed Tuesday during the fight ing around the Taliban militias southern defense officials See OA