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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY January 28 2003 J C4J Y MV7t 10 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 65 Serving New Bratmfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Flume to hit streets with tax vote petition To be continued New Braunfels City more than three The meeting continues at today It will be broadcast on channel 21 BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer District 3 Council member Debbie Flume will go direct ly to voters with her propos al to divert twothirds of sales taxes from economic devel opment to street repairs Youll see me on the streets Flume exclaimed after her proposal to let vot ers decide whether to divert money now earmarked for economic development was shelved Monday night on a split 43 vote Mayor Adam Cork Mayor Pro Tern Lee Rodriguez and council members Sonia MunozGill and Larry Alexander voted to table the proposal pending further study Flume Robert Kendrick and Ken Valentine voted against the motion to table Tabling the proposal pend ing further study of the citys street repair needs would not leave enough time to get the question on the May 3 bal lot Flume needs 974 names on a petition in time to make the agenda for the last city council meeting in February in order for the city to call the election and get Department of Justice pre clearance Flume wants to divert two thirds of the 4B tax which is threeeighths of a cent on a dollar to road repairs She said that was the intent of the original tax when it was established in the 1990s In 2000 voters agreed to See fOn God and country Guest speaker Dr Buckner Fanning recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the New Braunfels Republican Womens meeting and installation of new officers Monday night at the civic center DAVID Zeitung Buckner Fanning talks about nations priorities BY SEAN BOWUN Staff writer Dr Buckner Fanning who as a Marine in Nagasa ki Japan in 1945 saw that citys population burned by an atomic fireball said he hopes our leaders will remember one word in the weeks ahead compassion I saw what force can the San Antonio pastor told about 500 at the New Braunfels Civic Center dur ing a dinner honoring the installation of the officers of the New Braunfels Republican Women Mon day night It can hurt It can burn DAVID Ann Bartholomew helps 95yearold Linden Anderson blow out the candles on her birthday cake Monday night Anderson was honored at An Evening with Dr Buckner Fanning spon sored by the New Braunfels Republican Women It can kill people in a flash Innocent people can get hurt My great prayer is that they our leaders will make the right decision I can hope it will help everybody and not hurt Fanning also spoke of heroism which he defined as nobility of purpose not merely celebrity The nurses helping peo ple they dont even know late at night in a hospital those are he said The Billy Graham of South Texas also spoke of priorities which he said are singular the main one was God the offshoot being country Fanning closed with a story about a pool flowing into a sea that spent it self helping nature along the way irrigating watering thirsts floating ships then evaporating and returning refreshed back to its mountain top So lets expend our Fanning said For God and Let the races begin Filing for May 3 election opens soon BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The official filing period for the municipal election in New Braunfels opens Feb 18 and runs through 5 March 19 So far two candidates have announced their intentions to run for seats on the New Braunfels City Council A writein candidate can declare candidacy through Monday March 24 Election Day is May 3 Gale OHara Pospisil announced Dec that she is seeking the District 3 city council seat in the munic ipal election Friday Valerie Hull announced her intention to seek the District 4 seat Pospisil was defeated in 2000 in her candidacy for the District 3 post by Debbie Flume who said this past May that she did not intend to seek reelection At the conclusion of Mon day nights city council meet ing Flume backed away from the earlier statement but made no announcement of her plans District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick has announced his intention to seek reelection Section of the New Braunfels City Code sets out the qualifications for coun cilmembers To run for city council a candidate must be a resident of the council district that he or she will be a candidate in for at least 12 months prior to filing for office be a qualified voter in the state of Texas and he or she must not be indebted to the City of New Braunfels An elected officer must con tinue to live in New Braunfels throughout his or her term For information contact City Secretary Michael Resendez 6082100 ext 234 Worker injured in fire still in critical condition BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The 30yearold New Braunfels man injured Fri day in a diesel fuel fire remained in critical condition Monday at a San Antonio Hospital A Brooke Army Medical Center spokesman said Paul D Gliadon was being treated in the hospitals burn unit Gliadon was flown to BAMC Friday with reported firstand seconddegree burns on his face hands legs and feet as well as inhala tion He was injured in a fire in a machine shop at Colorado Materials 5000 block of FarmtoMarket Road 2439 Firefighters were called to the facility at Fri day for a reported fire in a heavy equipment mainte nance shop New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said They arrived to find the shop a road grader and oth er material on fire Brinkkoeter said with a risk that the flames would ignite a nearby diesel tank The shop was reportedly heavily damaged Brinkkoeter said the fire was believed started by a refueling accident involving a space heater City creating database of neighborhood groups BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Does your subdivision have a homeowners association Does your block have a neigh borhood association The City of New Braunfels would like to be in touch with you Jocelyn Murphy of the Planning Department is working to create a database of neighborhood associations within the city Neighborhood associations can include previously devel oped homeowners associa tions as well as newly created groups or other kinds of organisations On theNet 1 City of New Braunfete I had been looking around on some larger city Web sites San Antonio and San Mar cos and they all have a centralized contact list I thought it would be some thing good for this city in order to establish central points of Murphy said If we have an issue that affects someone in say the See INSIDE Key Code 76 Mayor wants citizen feedback at meeting BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Mayor Adam Cork will con duct a special town meet ing Thursday evening at city hall Cork said the purpose of the meeting is to give con stituents the opportunity to talk to him about any issue they wish The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 in Meeting Room A at City Hall 424 S Castell Ave It is a town meeting to invite people to be able to vis it with the mayor and talk about what their concerns are what they like dont like things that they feel the city needs to be doing differ ently or that were doing well That would be kind of nice to hear Cork said The mayor said in 2001 when he ran for office that he would be conducting the town meetings to provide constituents direct access to city government This one comes just more than a week after the city received a proposal for a new civic center to be built over the Comal River Cork will have drawings of that idea posted at the meeting I will have the poster boards there to talk to people about the civic center expan sion possibilities and what was presented at this past Monday nights Cork said The primary reason for the meeting is to hear con stituent concerns and make notes on those If its some thing that needs to be researched then Ill be doing Cork said The mayor said he hopes he has a good turnout for the meeting but he realizes the evening or the time might not be convenient for every one Ive always held a policy that Ill meet with anybody if they call me Ill schedule a time to sit down with them and meet oneonone and Ill continue the mayor said If this time doesnt work out for somebody and theyll call City Hall at 6082100 ext 270 Ill be glad to visit with them If I dont have the answer Til find Cork said   

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