New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 26, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

January 26, 2003

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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 death/1 B Leisure Landa Park gears up for spring, summer activities/inside New Braunfels Sports rxxxv,, '''HHH «*’ Super Sunday: Raiders vs. Buccaneers/8A SUNDAY January 26, 2003 36 pages in 5 sections MMM    MppMMMM    36    pages    in    5    seem Herald-Zeitung r------------------------------------..............T- fc ss? i $ * ...............-----------------------3”--------JJP.........7*3-----------------------------------..................................- -.......-......—.....—---—------------—-------7T-.....—- t *------------............. Pfmw..........'"""'"i Vol. 152, No. 64 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Flume wants 4B funds freed up for street repairs FLUME By Ron Maloney Staff Writer District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume will bring a proposal to city council to divert some sales taxes now available for economic development to street maintenance and repair. New Braunfels City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave. The item that Flume asked be put on Monday’s agenda is actually two interrelated items, New Braunfels City Attorney Charles Zech said. She wants to switch a portion of the 4B tax now used for economic development to a street maintenance and repair tax, Zech said. The portion of the local 1.5 percent sales tax in question is called the 4B tax for its enabling legislation. The 4B tax was intended to provide money for infrastructure and improvements. Under the scenario that existed prior to November 2000, separate sales taxes — one-eighth cent for economic development and one-quarter cent for infrastructure or improvements were overseenSee 4B TAX/7A See CIVIC CENTENAInside Abby......................................2B Classifieds............................MOC Comics................................11A Lifestyle..............  1-6B Forum....................................6A Local/State.....................  4    A Movies..............................~..2C Obituaries.............................3A Records................................5A Sports..............................8-10A Today ...............................2A Stocks.................................12A www.herald-zeitung.com e 56825 00002 e Hull announces run for D4 council seat By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer San Antonio busiaess-woman and New Braunfels resident Valerie Hull has announced her candidacy for the District 4 City Council, in the May 2003 municipal election. Hull, a University of Tbxas graduate, said Saturday this is her first attempt at running for public office. The seat is now held by Councilman Robert Kendrick, who completes his first term this spring. “I’m primarily a businesswoman,’’ said the owner of Huh Doors of San Antonio, which she started eight years ago when she moved to New Braunfels with her husband of 32 years, John Hull. Why does the mother of children ages 23 and IO want to run for public office? “I’d really like to serve this community. Its given a lot to me and I’d like to HULL give it something back,” Hull said. “During the floods of 1998 and 2002, I saw neighbors, friends and strangers knocking on doors and offering assistance to flood victims. No task was too menial. There was a strong sense of unity, community and a resolve to get the job done. “I would like to help this community, my community, resolve some of its challenges to maintain the quality of life we enjoy today.” Hull is forming a large and diverse focus group of New Braunfels citizens to learn what issues and concerns District 4 faces. “It’s about what they want and what they need,” she said. The group will evaluate challenges the city faces and prioritize them. She is the second person to announce their candidacy. Gale O’Hara Pospisil is seeking the District 3 council seat now held by Debbie Flume. Middle schoolers to learn about The River of Life’ By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Middle schoolers in the New Braunfels Independent School District will soon learn about water through ‘The River of Life” 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, mapping activities, water use, distribution, management issues, 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-Bianco River Authority serves. They helped select the overall structure and main lesson topics, reviewed developed materials and wrote lessons. 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 money 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 preliminary drawings has been enthusiastic about the design. Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. President Michael Meek and District 3 City Councilman Robert Kendrick agree the idea is “vision-  w ary. There is support on council for giving the idea a hard look. Not everyone is sure, though, that the city should accept any further delay in its civic center plans to see if it RODRIGUEZ can be built. Mayor Pro Tem 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 concept and I think its a great idea,” 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. I’m just not sure about how the voters feel as far as the message they gave us last time,” he said. “Also, you have to take a close look at what the immediate needs of the community are. They say this project will only cost us one year of delay over the proposal we have to expand the current civic center. I’ve 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 don’t think it addresses our needs,” Rodriguez said. District 2 City Councilman Larry’ Alexan- A taxing responsibility Volunteers crack books, master tax codes to help needy By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer About 25 local Tax Aides — volunteer tax counselors — are prepared to help those confused by tax forms. “They have to be certified in order to prepare taxes,” said volunteer Kathleen Jaroszewski. “We’re traiiiing the counselors to become certified. It’s a great group of people.” The program is designed to assist primarily low- to middle-income people 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 See TAX AIDES/7A Getting help When and where the Tax Aides are available to help: ■ Seniors Center: Tuesdays, 1-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 1:30-5:30 p.m.; ■ New Braunfels Public Library: Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m; Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. DAVID INGRAM, Herald-Zeitung Above and below right, 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 veteran of the program. ;

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