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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle When seconds can mean the difference in life and Leisure Landa Park gears up for spring summer NEW BRAUNFELS Sports Super Sunday Raiders vs SUNDAY January 26 2003 if m JMf V p3gcs jn sectjons HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 64 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Flume wants 4B funds freed up for street repairs FLUME BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume will bring a pro posal to city council to divert some sales taxes now available for economic development to street maintenance and repair New Braunfels City Council meets at Monday in the council chambers of the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave The item that Flume asked be put on Mondays agenda is actually two interrelated items New Braunfels City Attorney Charles Zech said She wants to switch a por tion of the 4B tax now used for economic development to a street maintenance and repair tax Zech said The portion of the local percent sales tax in question is called the 4B tax for its enab ling legislation The 4B tax was intended to provide money for infrastructure and improve ments Under the scenario that existed prior to November 2000 separate sales taxes oneeighth cent for economic development and onequarter cent for infrastructure or improvements were overseen See 4B A taxing responsibility Volunteers crack books master tax codes to help needy BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer About 25 local Tax Aides vol unteer tax counselors are prepared to help those confused by tax forms They have to be certified in order to prepare said volunteer Kathleen Jaroszewski Were training the coun selors to become cer tified Its a great group of The program is designed to assist primarily owto middleincome peo ple with a special emphasis on helping the elderly The volunteers take an exam after completing 24 hours of training Some of them have taken the training course When and where the Tax Aides are available to help Seniors Center Tuesdays 15 Thursdays New Braunfels Public Library Wednesdays from noon to 4 Saturdays from to DAVID Above and below nght the 24 hours of training that volunteers undergo in preparation for the Tax Aides exam is vigorous and includes detailed study of tax forms and audiovisual and verbal instructions on how to complete the forms Below left Olivia Martinez is a veter an of the program City must decide if civic center can be delayed BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer With plans for expansion of the existing civic center already on the table and voter approval to use Hotel Occupancy Tax mon ey to fund the work council members will now be looking at whether to consider a new idea That idea is the plan proposed this past week by architect Ken Rehler to build a glass and steel structure over the Comal River on the edge of Prince Solms Park just upstream from the San Antonio Street Bridge Virtually everyone who has seen the pre liminary drawings has been enthusiastic about the design Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc President Michael Meek and District 3 City Coun cilman Robert Kendrick agree the idea is vision There is support on council for giving the idea a hard look Not every one is sure though that the city should accept any further delay in its civic center plans to see if it can be built RODRIGUEZ Mayor Pro Tern Lee Rodriguez loved the concept but he shares that concern I was like wow when I saw it I was very surprised It was very elaborate and it was a beautiful building I like the con cept and I think its a great Rodriguez said But Rodriguez said he was concerned with where the funding would come from in light of what voters have told the city in two elections on the civic center issue It would be nice Im just not sure about how the voters feel as far as the message they gave us last he said Also you have to take a close look at what the immediate needs of the commu nity are They say this project will only cost us one year of delay over the proposal we have to expand the current civic center Ive seen a lot of large projects they say would take a year take three or four In the long term its a tremendous idea In the short term I dont think it address es our Rodriguez said District 2 City Councilman Larry Alexan See CIVIC Middle schoolers to learn about The River of Life BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Middle schoolers in the New Braunfels Independent School District will soon learn about water through The River of The program is free and includes teacher training From it sixth seventh and eighth graders will learn about a wide range of water issues like the history and geography of the Guadalupe River Basin its watersheds surface groundwater map ping activities water use dis tribution management is sues conservation aquatic life water quality and water treatment Susan Curtis of the Comal Independent School District and Robin Wright of NBISD represented Comal County in designing the curriculum which emphasizes science and social studies and also involves multidisciplinary activities Curtis and Wright met with other teachers from counties the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority ser ves They helped select the overall structure and main lesson topics reviewed devel oped materials and wrote lessons INSIDE Hull announces run for D4 council seat BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer San Antonio business woman and New Braunfels resident Valerie Hull has an nounced her candidacy for the District 4 City Council in the May 2003 municipal election Hull a University of Texas graduate said Saturday this is her first attempt at run ning for public office The seat is now held by Councilman Robert Ken drick who completes his first term this spring Im primarily a business said the owner of Hull Doors of San Antonio which she started eight years ago when she moved to New HULL Braunfels with her husband of 32 years John Hull Why does the mo ther of children ages 23 and 10 want to run for public office Id really like to serve this communi ty Its given a lot to me and Id like to give it something Hull said During the floods of 1998 and 2002 I saw neighbors friends and strangers knock ing on doors and offering assistance to flood victims No task was too menial There was a strong sense of unity community and a re solve to get the job done I would like to help this community my com munity resolve some of its challenges to maintain the quality of life we enjoy to Hull is forming a large and diverse fo cus group of New Braunfels citizens to learn what issues and concerns District 4 faces Its about what they want and what they she said The group will evaluate challenges the city faces and prioritize them She is the second person to announce their candidacy Gale OHara Pospisil is seek ing the District 3 council seat now held by Debbie Flume
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