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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas k rrhursday, January 23, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A Attention Diabetic Patients Medicare Pays ForObituaries— MARTINEZ Rafael Martinez Sr., 83, of New Braunfels, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Visitation was held Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home, and a rosary was recited at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be conducted at IO a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Rafael Martinez was born on May ll, 1919 to Rafael and Eulalia Martinez in Laredo, Texas. Mr. Martinez was preceded in death by his wife Maria G. Martinez; son, Rafael Mar-tinez, Jr. and grandson, Albert Gomez, Jr. Rafael is survived by his present wife Leonor Martinez of New Braunfels; daughter, Maria Martinez of New Braunfels; stepsons, Pete De La Fuente, and his wife, Mary, of New Braunfels and Ralf De La Fuente, and his wife, Rita, of Round Rock; stepdaughter, Lupe De La Cerda, and her husband, Richard, of New Braunfels; sister, Juvetina Zamora, and her husband, Raul Sr., of New Braunfels; brother, Juan Manuel Martinez, and his wife, Rosa, of New Braunfels; daughter-in-law, Connie Martinez, of New Braunfels; six grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorials may be donated to Holy Family Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the direction of: Zoeller Funeral Home Architect touts plan ‘outside the box’ MASCAVAGE Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Phillip Michael Muscavage, age 41 years, who passed away on Jan. 8, 2003, at his residence in New Braunfels. No services are scheduled. Mr. Mus-cavage’s wishes were to be cremated. Zoeller Funeral Home By Ron Maloney Staff Writer One of the proposals by architect Ken Rehler for a new Civic Center can only be called an example of “thinking out of the box” — in this case the blase civic architecture box. It’s an idea for a soaring, glass-sided structure on a bridge above the Comal River. City officials feel it could address all the needs of the current civic center in a building that could be as much a trademark of the city as the courthouse or the bandstand on Main Plaza. Rehler, who lives in New Braunfels, is a partner in Rehler Vaughn & Koone Inc, architects out of San Antonio. He looked at four ideas for a new civic center. Two — renovating the H-E-B building on West San Antonio Street proposed this past spring by District 5 City Councilman Ken Valentine, and renovating the LCRA building and grounds on Landa Street outside Landa Park — seemed less favorable to the architect because the facilities are located too far from the center of the community. Rehler said he sees two civic center concepts as the best viable choices for New Braunfels. One is the expansion of the existing civic center on Seguin Avenue — with a parking garage — at a price tag of $7.3 million. The other is a brand new, 48,000-square feet glasssided, civic center to be built on a bridge at the edge of Prince Solms Park just downstream from the tube chute. That one would cost $11.9 million with the masonry and steel arch bridge that would come with it. Both, the architect said, are close enough to downtown to invite conventioneers into the heart of the city. But one — the Prince Solms concept — has distinct advantages over the other, Rehler said. “What we're trying to do is look at locations where the civic center would draw people into the downtown historic area to try to revitalize it completely,” Rehler said. “We were looking for large enough land to support this close to downtown, and that kind of land is very, very limited. If you look at the H-E-B, it was a little too far to do that kind of good. If you look at the existing civic center, it’s very well located. Then we looked over where the LCRA building is, and there’s no land really available. The only other land that is available was Prince Solms Park,” he said. Rehler knew that citizens would not go for trading a historic park for a civic center site. What he came up with was a concept that would allow room for both. “If we just moved it [civic center] over the river, we would not take up much of the park itself. We proposed that because it was the only other area around the historic district that really made sense,” Rehler said. “It would be a wonderful answer. One of the reasons this would be so good is it frees up the existing civic center to be a city hall or city offices. That entire property where the city hall and civic center now exists would be enough property to hold the city governmental functions for the next 30 or 40 years. That would be a big long-range asset to the city,” Rehler said. CIVIC CENTER/From 1A BAVFD officers Photo submitted At the recent meeting of the Bulverde-Area Volunteer Fire Department, new officers were elected. They are from left, Stan Blaylock, Fire Chief Charlie Ivy, Warren Alston, Molly Martin and Philip Thomason.ACCIDENT/From 1A “We’ve been out there already. At this point, I can’t really comment on the case. We’re still looking at the situation and assessing what happened,” Slatten said. “Essentially, we make an on-site investigation, conduct interviews and attempt to find the cause of the accident, whether any of our standards were violated and what recommendations we can make to prevent an accident of this type in the future,” Slatten said. OSHA has six months under statute to complete its work, Slatten said. back to the voters to utilize the HOT and 4B money. In 2000, voters resoundingly defeated a proposal for a civic center in Gruene. In 2002, by a margin of 2-1, voters cast ballots calling for the city to enlarge the existing civic center using HOT money —not moving it elsewhere. Mayor Adam Cork said the proposal would have to go to the voters in May. Another hurdle, he said, would be getting approval to build over a river from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), formerly the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. Cork said that both issues could be dealt with in coming months. He said he believed the new civic center could be ready to go in January 2006 — a one-year delay over the timeline for the proposed expansion, which calls for a January 2005 completion date. Another plus of the project, Cork noted, is it would free up the existing civic center complex for expanded city offices in the future. That would save untold money in land acquisition and building costs, put city hall on a major thoroughfare and meet the city’s municipal growth needs for an estimated 30 to 40 years, Cork said. “You have to think a little bit out of the box sometimes,” Cork said. “Every time I look at this, I get more excited about it. This could be such a positive for the city. I don’t see any losers in this." Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. President Michael Meek praised the idea Wednesday — but expressed caution. “Ken Rehler certainly showed his abilities as an architect and as a visionary, which we’ve known for a long, long time. The city really got their money’s worth in my opinion,” Meek said. “I’m the guy with the mixed emotions on it. I'm not a disbeliever or opponent, but I want everyone to know the pros and cons,” Meek said. “It has some sizzle to it. I think its a fantastic idea, tying the facility in to the water like that. That's why we support things like Wass-er Strasse. But we’re just the hired hand. We'll do whatever the council wants on this.” Meek is concerned that the time put into studying the new proposal will push back any civic center plans, he said. “I think we’re at the point in this city, like the old song goes, of needing a little less talk and a lot more action on some issues. The economy is weak. We need to be in the meeting business yesterday, not in 2006,” Meek said. “This particular plan is more time consumptive than doing the existing project in the next 18 months, and the cost will be double or more. If folks don’t mind all that, that’s certainly a call the city council could make. I certainly want people to know all the facts instead of just a pretty picture,” Meek said.Louies Home Improvement Warehouse Receive 50% off fireplace accessories, glass doors, wood stoves, pellet stoves, vent-free gas and electric fireplaces, coordinating mantels, gas logs and accessories, and gas space heaters and accessories. All products not available in all stores. Shop today for best selection!For the Lowe's nearest you tall I •800*44-10WES or visit us online at Lowes.com. (McCamey nary after Jvuev IO, 2003 i thne ere martiet vaidtu. 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