Sunday, May 11, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle Experimental Aircraft event flies into airport next Business Partners are cleaning up with their franchise NEW BRAUNFELS Putting some color and fun into important SUNDAY May 11 2003 36 pages in 4 sections ERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 153 Serving New Braunfcls and Gomal County since 1852 Stamping out hunger Letter carriers collect food to help SOS BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer It would be hard to tell it today because Don McBroom is a pretty big man but he knows a little bit about hunger When he was thred his father took sick and was hospitalized for 12 years before he died when his son was 15 years old My mother had two jobs My older brother and sister both had jobs I got a job when I was McBroom said We didnt starve but there were times when we didnt have too much food to Thats why a dozen or so years ago McBroom a letter carrier whose route includes Morningside Dri ve and County Line Road became the local coordina tor for the annual Nation al Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive in New Braunfels Ive been doing it ever he said Saturday although he plans to retire from the postal ser vice in three years and then work in small con struction McBroom said he hoped Saturdays local drive would collect pounds of food Me Broom said the food collected Saturday will be distributor npprlv inrli KJESSIE v Sloethrouehtheheh Boy Scout Senior Patral LeaderTodd Mueller 13 of Bracken helps carry boxes of food of the SOS Food Bank in from a mail truck to a waitin9 vehicle 9oin9 to toe SOS Food Bank Saturday afternoon The Scouts were lending local letter carriers a hand after the postal workers spent the See FOOD day collecting nonperishable food items while delivering their mail Feasibility study to look at civic center over the river BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Several civic groups are scheduled to make pitches for thousands of dollars of Hotel Occupancy Tax funds when New Braunfels City Council meets Monday night Theyre likely to go away empty handed at least until the city can figure out how much a new civic center spanning the Comal River would cost Why would that delay ac tion on other requests Be cause the city plans to use HOT funds to pay for a new or renovated civic center Voters decided May 3 to allow the use of hotel occu pancy funds for the con struction of a new civic center in the downtown area After swearing in two new members council will con duct a public hearing on the possible uses of HOT funds Several projects such as the restoration of the Main Plaza bandstand to advertis ing for Wurstfest will be on the table Mayor Adam Cork former chairman of the Hotel Occu pancy Committee said the committee recommended last February that the city offer unallocated funds to projects that would promote tourism The remainder would be used as down payment on the renovation of the exist ing civic center ALSO ON THE AGENDA Third and final readings of ordi nances that would Increase fees related to city services Third and final readings of an ordinance regarding acceptable levels of noise on the river Recognition of council members Debbie Flurne and Robert Kendrlck who are stepping down Swearing in of newly elected councllwomen Gale Pospisll and Valerie Hull But also on the table is a feasibility study that would tell council how much money a new civic center that would span Comal River at the Prince Solms Park location would cost Having the civic canter fea sibility study and the re quests for HOT funds on the same agenda presents coun cil with a dilemma the may or said We need to now know how much the civic center is go ing to cost before we can log ically say we have enough money to give out x number of dollars to these organiza he said dont know how much we have available until we gat our fea sibility study If approved the study could take 60 to 90 days to complete For Renter Vaughn and Koonu a firm that See HOT New Braunfels firefighter Jesse Martinez puts out a small grassfire Saturday afternoon along I35 Officials said the fire may have been started from a tossed cigarette Wildfire danger nears burn ban level BY RON MAUONEY Staff Writer Comal County Firo Marshal Lin Manford warned that hot dry weather is raising the risk of wild fires While he has not asked Com missioners Court to declare a burn ban Manford says he could be asking for one at virtually any time The KeetchByram Drought Index IB used by the State of Ibxas to compute the risk of wildfire The scale goes from 0 to 800 with a rating of below 200 being con sidered low risk and a rating of over 600 being considered ex treme A rating between 400 and 600 is considered high In Comal County this past week the risk was nudging 450 and going up by 9 to 12 points per day Manford said The 14day outlook puts the local drought index well above 500 Its already high risk here When it reaches were looking at a burn Manford said The misty morning rains of recent days have done nothing to lower the risk Manford said Fri day A reduction in drought and wildfire risk occurs only when rainfall exceeds twotenths of an Manford said And in a cou ple of hot dry days youre right back where you Manford said the winters rains which have left the Edwards Aqui fer in good shape this season are a twoedged sword when it comes to fire risk What that rain did whenever we had it is grow plenty of fuel to burn if we have a fire Man ford said We want to get the word out and warn against complacency when it comes to fire risk par ticularly in controlled Manford said People can still See FIRE For a complete Hal ol II10 counlyH burn rules find II ID Texas Cornniluslon on Environmental Qualitys Gunerul Requirements lor Allowable Outdoor Burning log on to click on Services and then click on County readopts economic development policy K JESSIE INSIDE BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commis sioners unanimously readopt ed the countys economic de velopment policy Comal County like the City of New Braunfels and the City of Schertz in this area offer incentives to busi nesses considering locating here Those incentives usu ally consist of tax breaks called abatements Comal County offers a threetiered series of abate ments that are calculated on the basis of how many jobs a prospective firm would cre ate here and what kind of jobs they are Also to be considered is how much value the compa ny would create Two years ago we passed a resolution expressing our desire for economic develop ment and what were willing to do to bring it Acting County Judge Jack Dawson said The main criteria in the county Dawson said is to target fabrication research and development and tech nically related education and training Some industries are not welcome in Comal County Dawson said The county does not offer breaks for them Were not interested in industries that require exces sive use of environmentally unsafe materials and were not interested in those that produce air emissions or waste that would be detri mental to the community or its Dawson said Another thing the county is careful to do Dawson said is not offer abatements to businesses that would com pete with businesses already See