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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 13, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY May 13 2003 A XX jjpmmmtmjm 12 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 154 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents City scrambles to renew contract with WalMart facility BY DYLAN Staff Writer Amid rumors that Wal Mart officials might move their distribution center out of Comal County New Braun fels officials have crafted an agreement that guarantees the facility would not be an nexed into the city Faced with the possibility of losing jobs city lead ers opted to take a proactive approach to keep the compa ny here According to the proposed contract extension WalMart would pay the city per year through 2010 In exchange council has guaranteed that the distrib ution center and the 125acre tract of land it sits on would remain an island of county land inside the city but not a part of the city Mayor Adam Cork said the contract doesnt guarantee the distribution center will stay in town Officials have been trying for months to send WalMart the message that the city would work with the retail chain They have encouraged WalMart officials to expand their facilities to include food distribution Were trying to send them the signal that we want to be very aggressive in New Braunfels on retaining these Cork said But City Manager Chuck Pinto said WalMart corpo rate officials seemed not all that interested in recent incentive offers made to help the company expand and lo cate a food distribution center in town Current problems with the existing facility could be the stumbling block he said The facility is one of Wal Marts most highly taxed dis tribution centers said Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce I know there are many concerns with the Cork said Pinto dismissed rumors See At the head of the class NBISD names teachers of year for elementary secondary levels BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer We always remember the good ones Everyone has a favorite teacher that one individual who in some special way touched their life who made learning a special treat And the students of Memorial Pri mary music teacher Marcia Kelly and OakRun band teacher Anna Zientek had the chance this year to learn from the best Kelly and Zientek are this years Elementary and Secondary Teach ers of the Year in the New Braunfels Independent School District Kelly who has been teaching for 19 years 15 of those years with NBISD was overwhelmed and very excited by her selection In the past she has always looked up to educators who won the covet ed Teachers of The Year award Im proud to be a part of that she said Kelly said her years of experience have helped her hone her skills She was in the classroom for a long time before teaching music Now she teaches every student instead of just 22 people I touch more Kelly said And thats good because it gives her more opportunity to meet her personal goal The most important thing is to make every child a she said Kelly said she always loved school while growing up and wanted to be a teacher She believes a teachers greatest challenge is finding that one thing that makes a child want to come to school every day Kelly said her job is threeprong ed 1 Ensuring students are on the path to reach the next grade OakRun sixth grade band teacher Anna Zientek helps Rebecca Racanelli left and Rebecca Salsman with their music in the schools band hall Zientek was choosen as NBISDs secondary Teacher of the Year Music teacher Marsha Kelly below discusses with Memorial Primary kindergartener Roberto Rojas how to dress for his roll as a farmer in the schools production of How Does Your Garden Grow Kelly was selected NBISDs elementary teacher of the year Council delays action on HOT funding requests BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil funded zero dollars out of millions of dollars in requests for funds Monday Up for grabs was more than in unallocated Ho tel Occupancy Tax funds To get the cash six different civic groups pitched to council sev en projects they argued would bring in tourism dollars The projects included about million for the establish ment of an Art in Public Places program in advertis ing and promotion for Wurst fest an unspecified amount for a roller for a barber shop quartet show for renovation of the Main Plaza Bandstand and to advertise a new heritage festival Three motions from Dis trict 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil and District 6 Coun cilman Kenneth Valentine to allocate some of the funds to a few of the programs died with insufficient support Council decided to wait to fund civic projects from unal located funds until the cost of the civic center expansion is determined Flume gives deposition for lawsuit in final day in office BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer ExNew Braunfels Council woman Debbie Flume spent her final day in office giving a deposition to the city attor ney for a civil lawsuit against the city Resident Joby Hardwick sued the city in August 2002 for denying a building permit for his prop erty on the Guadalupe River Hardwick sought but did not receive a building permit to construct a house at 208 Rio Dr The permit appli cation was signed by Debbie Flume on behalf of the con struction business she co owns with her husband Michael Flume In the original writ Hard wick claimed his application submitted in December 2001 was complete in all respects and complied with the applicable ordinances rules regulations of FLUME the City of New It was improperly he claimed The property is in a flood way or floodplain When the Flumes chal lenged the denial with new Planning director Frank Rob bins he told Michael Flume that the permit was denied because the appli cation process was incomplete According to an affidavit from Deb bie Flume the city allegedly granted building permits for construction at two neighboring sites in September 2001 and October 2001 with the same form of docu In addition Debbie Flume said an engineers certifica tion was required of Hard wicks property but not of the others City Attorney Charles Zech who took Debbie Flumes de position refused to comment on the case INSIDE TV Key Code 76 B 1 New city officials Pospisil Hull wade into issues BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Two newly elected New Braun fels City Councilwomen took their oaths of office Monday Over the last few months as candidates both sat in city halls council chambers twice a month trying to stay abreast of issues and procedures District 4 Councilwoman Val erie Hull said she learned a lot from those meetings I got information that I would not have received if I would not have she said Monday It made her more aware of what was going on and how peo ple reacted she said The pair of new city officials got their first chance Monday to put their studies into action After former councilpersons Robert Kendrick D4 and Deb bie Flume were recognized and honored by the council Mayor Adam Cork swore in the new councilwomen And while their official duties as councilwomen began with that oath their responsibilities started days before the meeting Hull had been studying Mon days agenda for four days and Pospisil spent most of Sunday and Monday going over it Constituents were already call ing Pospisil Monday morning giving their opinions and sug gesting the way she should vote at the meeting later that night She said she welcomes perspec tives so she can make a decision based on all sides of issues If s a little hard to carry on a See NEWLY DAVID New District 4 City Council woman Valerie Hull listens as Mayor Pro tern Lee Rod riguez talks about the hotel occupan cy tax at Mon day nights council meet ing Hull and Gale Pospisil District 3 were sworn in to office by Mayor Adam Cork at the beginning of the meeting
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