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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY February 12 2003 T X 14 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 78 PERRY EAA seeks changes from state legislature BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Two suggested changes arising from a 2002 Edwards Aquifer Authority election in New Braunfels are among seven proposed amendments the EAA is asking the Texas Leg islature to consider in order to fix voting and GILPIN water issues The EAA cannot fix issues the issues administratively EAA District 7 Director Doug Miller of New Braunfels said Since the Legislature created the EAA in the issues must be corrected as amend ments The first proposed amend ment would establish resi dency requirements for can didates seeking appointment or election to the authoritys board of directors and cre ate a process to certify resi dency of those candidates We had a little problem in the last Gregg Ellis Edwards Aquifer Authority general manager said That problem surfaced when Cheryl Gilpin who did not live in the EAAs District 8 ran for the District 8 seat and won She fulfilled the EAAs residency requirement by moving into District 8 before taking office Ellis said under the first proposed amendment a can didate seeking election for a directors spot would have to live in the district he or she is running from for at least six months Gilpin said Monday that she thought the amendment See Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Perry outlines strategy to fix budget BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Saying economic storm clouds cast a dark shadow over our Texas Gov ernor Rick Perry called for no new taxes balancing the state budget and govern mental adherence to his top three priorities education security and fiscal responsi bility Every dollar spent by govern ment every line item in the budget must be analyzed and justi Perry said Tuesday in his State of the State speech before the Legislature Perry in emphasizing fiscal responsibility asked this years legislators to produce a budget more transparent and easier to understand than past budgets With regard to saving mon ey Perry was specific He said the government could save taxpayers bil lion by adopting Comptroller Carol Keeton Strayhorns e Texas ideas Another million could be saved by redirecting Telecommunica tions Infrastructure Funds to the technology allotment for schools increasing the per student investment to per student Perry said Perry also said that by mak ing better estimates on higher education income reducing special item projects and ask ing community colleges to pay Pete Zimmerman and Nancy Bidas take a turn to the tunes of the Seven Dutchmen on the Knights of CoTumbus dance floor at the Seventh Annual New Braunfels Polka Fest this past year Polka time Eighth annual twoday dance event kicks off Saturday BY BETTY TAYLOR HeraldZeitung Correspondent Find those dancing shoes the seri ous ones The Eighth Annual New Braunfels Polka Fest rolls into town for two full days of polkas waltzes and yes even the chicken dance Saturday and Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall 111 Landa St We will alternate among eight bands on two said Gordon Zunker Zunker is with the Cloverleaf Orchestra and also is president of the Polka Band Leaders of New Braunfels We go from 11 to Saturday and from 11 to Sunday There are a lot of people there on both days It is always surprising to us that they are there when we start and they are there when we quit and dancing all the time in between I dont know how they do it I couldnt do it but they do he said Tickets for the festival are in advance or at the door Saturday in advance or at the door Sunday or in advance or at the door for twoday tickets Advance tickets can be bought at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce or at Chinan Things For information call 6259288 Zunker said dancing and a love for music is what the festival is all about We play the polkas waltzes and what I call the oldtime music such as the schottische and the seven he said Pearly Sowell thinks the New Braunfels Polka Fest is unique because it also offers the grand march which often is played at weddings instead of festi vals The lifelong New Braunfels resident and leader of Oma and the Oompahs remembers a time when families would attend dances together They would bring along a blanket for the kids to lie down on while everyone she said We will do the grand march about on she said You know you dont have to know how to dance to par ticipate in the Grand See Big Buck dinner K JESSIE Cory Moczygemba takes a dose look at one of the prize rifles at Saturdays Big Buck Contest dinner Both Cory and his brother Clay were winners in the annual essay contest The fifth annual Big Buck event drew 363 entries and Saturdays dinner served more than 400 Sandy Nolte president of the board of directors said officials are still counting the money raised County wants state money for renovation Other Action BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County wants to renovate its historic court house and is looking for state help to make it happen Thursday commissioners will hear a presentation on the Texas Historic Court house Preservation Program Commissioners Court is conducted at in the commissioners courtroom Commissioners Court Build ing 199 Main Plaza County Judge Danny Scheel said this would be the third round of state grants for courthouse renovation or preservation The countys historic cour thouse needs quite a bit of work particularly in cli mate control and renovation to the County Courtatlaw facilities Scheel said We need a lot of work done The air conditioning is out the heating system is out and they cant really control Scheel said It takes sev eral hours when you have to change from air to heat so a lot of time it is without air and without Comal County sat out the first two rounds of grants Scheel said in favor of coun ties that have older court houses that had more press ing preservation needs Most of the ones I think should have been ahead of us in priority have been fund ed by now so I think we would have a pretty good See Commissioners Court Thursday agenda includes Review and acceptance of a proposed easement for Canyon Lake Hills Number 2 boat ramp Review and acceptance of an agreement with the Bulverde Youth Soccer Association for Jumbo Evans Sports Park Review and approval of the private access streetname assignment for Hueco Ridge Proclamation supporting the Sons erf the Republic of Texas and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in pro moting Texas Independence Day and Proclamation recognizing George Washingtons birthday a proportionate share of their insurance costs the state could save and recover billion Additionally Perry said he could close the point of collec tion for the gas tax and save million close the Delaware loophole and gen erate million and save billion by reducing cur rent appropriations levels by See Council members agree on road vote Unanimous decision is a rare occurrence BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Anyone who sees the New Braunfels City Council as mired in a 43 split on eco nomic development or infra structure issues should have been at Monday nights meet ing Early in the meeting came votes of 52 and 61 that paired Mayor Adam Cork with District 4 Councilmem ber Robert Kendrick on some issues But the showstopper came at the end of the meeting when council voted unani mously to issue nearly mil lion in debt to finance three large street and drain pro jects believed to qualify for economic development fund ing The projects are Gruene Road the Gruene Road hike and bike trail and the Coun ty Line Road extension to FarmtoMarket Road 1044 Bonds for the projects will be issued against sales tax money earmarked for eco nomic development as part of the 4B economic develop ment program The vote came after more than an hour of motions and discussions about the citys bigticket street and drain projects as well as its other transportation improvement needs Mayor Adam Cork Tuesday praised council for reaching consensus that will enable the city to begin to move for ward on three of its largest street and drain projects See INSIDE Key Coae 76