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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Thursday January 23 2003 HERALDZEITUNG Page 3A Obituaries MARTINEZ Rafael Martinez 83 of New Braunfels passed away Tuesday Jan 21 2003 at McKenna Memorial Hospi tal Visitation was held Wednesday from 3 to 9 at Zoeller Funeral Home and a rosary was recited at 7 A funeral mass will be con ducted at 10 Thursday Jan 23 2003 at Holy Fami ly Catholic Church Inter ment will follow at St Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery Rafael Martinez was born on May 11 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 Leonbr 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 of New Braunfels brother Juan Manuel Martinez and his wife Rosa of New Braunfels daughterinlaw Connie Mar tinez of New Braunfels six grandchildren eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews In lieu of flowers memori als 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 ser vices are scheduled Mr Mus cavages 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 Its an idea for a soaring glasssided structure on a bridge above the Comal Riv er 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 EB 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 facili ties are located too far from the center of the communi ty 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 million The other is a brand new feet glass sided 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 million with the masonry and steel arch bridge that would come with it Both the architect said are close enough to down town to invite convention eers into the heart of the city But one the Prince Solms concept has dis tinct advantages over the other Rehler said What were trying to do is look at locations where the civic center would draw people into the downtown historic area to try to revi talize it 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 HEB it was a little too far to do that kind of good If you look at the existing civic center its very well locat ed Then we looked over where the LCRA building is and theres no land really available The only other land that is available was Prince Solms he said Rehler knew that citizens would not go for trading a historic park for a civic cen ter 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 his toric district that really made 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 prop erty where the city hall and civic center now exists would be enough property to hold the city governmen tal functions for the next 30 or 40 years That would be a big longrange asset to the Rehler said CIVIC 1A BAVFD officers Photo submitted At the recent meeting of the BulverdeArea Volunteer Fire Department new officers were elected They are from left Stan Blaylock Fire Chief Charlie Ivy Warren Alston Molly Martin and Philip Thomason 1A Weve been out there already At this point I cant really comment on the case Were still looking at the sit uation and assessing what Slatten said Essentially we make an onsite investigation con duct interviews and attempt to find the cause of the accident whether any of our standards were violated and what recom mendations we can make to prevent an accident of this type in the 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 resound ingly defeated a proposal for a civic center in Gruene In 2002 by a margin of 21 vot ers cast ballots calling for the city to enlarge the exist ing civic center using HOT money moving it else where 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 Envi ronmental Quality formerly the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission Cork said that both issues could be dealt with in com ing months He said he believed the new civic center could be ready to go in Jan uary 2006 a oneyear delay over the timeline for the proposed expansion which calls for a January 2005 completion date Another plus of the pro ject Cork noted is it would free up the existing civic cen ter 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 thorough fare and meet the citys municipal growth needs for an estimated 30 to 40 years Cork said You have to think a little bit out of the box some Cork said Every time I look at this I get more excited about it This could be such a positive for the city I dont see any losers in 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 weve known for a long long time The city really got their moneys worth in my Meek said Im the guy with the mixed emotions on it Im not a disbeliever or oppo nent but I want eveiyone to know the pros and Meek said It has some sizzle to it I think its a fantastic idea tying the facility in to the water like that Thats why we support things like Wass er Strasse But were just the hired hand Well do whatever the council wants on Meek is concerned that the time put into studying the new proposal will push back any civic center plans he said I think were 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 econo my is weak We need to be in the meeting business yes terday not in 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 dont mind all that thats certainly a call the city council could make I cer tainly want people to know all the facts instead of just a pretty Meek said Attention Diabetic Patients Medicare Pays For Ambulator Biomechanical Footwear provides unsurpassed comfort and protection thanks to unique features such as 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