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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY DECEMBER 2 2003 HOOPS KING New Braunfelser Bill Overall joins his dad Buck in state Basketball Hall of Fame Page 5A CAL THOMAS With nation throwing off all restraint some would say Michael Jacksons not a I vert but a pioneer Page 4A Serving New Uluu Vol 1S2 No 15 12 pages 2 sections CLICK cloudy High Low 60 54 Details IB since 1852 DEAFTABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 46B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBlfUARiElS 3A SPORTS 5A TVGfilbS 3B FRONT a n d CENTER Vigil shines light on awareness NBU projects to cost M DAVID Denis left Phaith Holland Jay Goodall and Lizanne Wynne were part of a group that gathered at the Bandstand at Main Plaza in honor of World Aids Day V Task Force stresses HIV testing resources By Scott Mahon Staff Writer City Council and New Braunfels Utilities are closer to finalizing plans for two sep arate bond issues totaling million Although council is review ing a number of options Mayor Adam Cork said coun cil appears to be leaning toward a million fiveyear street improvement and drainage plan At Mondays workshop Cork said council might choose to fund the program with certifi cates of obligation rather than bonded indebtedness which would require voter approval Weve all heard a lot of sup port from the community for improving the streets and drainage and its possible we could fund the plan with cer tificates of obligation and avoid the cost of an Cork said So if council feels number is within our range of comfort I think well use cer tificates of obligation to fund the Cork said of the million million more than likely would be spent on street repair and reconstruction and million would be spent on drainage projects However if a million bond issue were passed Cork said a homeowner with a home valued at would pay an additional per year in taxes assuming the homeowner had a home stead exemption Cork also saidif the city adopts a drainage impact fee for new building permits rev enues would have a tremen dous impact on drainage proj ect funding The fee could be anywhere from to per he said That could make a big Cork said if council elected to fund the program with a bond issue he would be con cerned about the citys need for future bonded indebted thinkwere goingMhaVe to have another crossing at the river and we may have to be prepared to be a contributor with a bond he said See STREETS Page 3A In 2002 I 510 people were tested for HIV each week in Cornal County I 36 million adults and 3 million children around the world had the HIV virus them lived in developing coun I 5 million people became infected with HIV I 3 million HIV died five each minute 1 RESOURCES I If you have HIV need assis tance pro wing medicine con tact the Texas Department of Health at 2551Q9Q llfyoyfiaveHIV and need hous ing assistance 4715 By Ron Maloney C Staff Writer HIV is not necessarily a death sen tence Jay Goodall president Comal County AIDS Task Force said Monday night he addressed those who attended the candlelight vigil in recognition of World AIDS Day I was diagnosed on Dec he said This year I complete 18 years living with HIV Im standing here before you as an example that you can live with this You can control this virus before it becomes a Goodall the Rev Daryl Higgins of First Protestant Church County Nurse Karon Preiss and others attended the fourth annual event on Main Plaza Higgins opened the vigil with a wel come and a prayer who handed out candles and red ribbons explained their sig nificance The red ribbon is the internation al symbol of Awareness to remind others of the need for support and Goodall said While calling on the community to support tjms and to recognize their depth of suffering with HIV Goodall outlined help that is available and exhorted those who tWrtktJiey could have been exposed to get tested and begin treat ment If you have any concerns or any doubt or any kind qf funny feelings that something could be wrong make an Goodall said I know people dont like needles but without that blood test you could end up in a world of mess You could end up in a situation where its hard to get back on your He took a moment to recognize Marcus Monroe for his work in found ing the countys AIDS Task Force Hes not with us tonight because another Goodall said Hes passed the ball to us to Monroes mother Virginia attended the vigil Her son she said had to move to Arizona for better treatment New Braunfels Texas and the nation do not do enough for AIDS victims shesajd They dont have decent places for them to Uve they dont get help with she said In Phoenix she said her son gets that help He went from being nearly incapacitated here she said to being able to walk a mUe to the grocery See IMPS Page 3A TxDOT seeking public opinion on US 281 widening By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Texas Department of Transportation has set a pair of meetings to discuss plans for widening 281 TxDOT area engineer for New Braunfels Greg Malatek said the meetings would be used to show the public what alternatives the state is considering for improvements to 281 and to hear public reac tion The main crux of this is were looking at the footprint of what TxDOT sees 281 looking like in the future as a major traffic Malatek said TxDOT has discussed its plans with Bul verde Cornal County and the Comal Inde pendent School District Malatek said This is sort of the publics turn to see See HIGHWAY Page 3A AT A GLANCE What TxDOT meetings on widening of 281 7 tonight at Specht Elementary School 25815 Overlook Parkway San Antonio 7 Thursday at Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Auditorium 36101 FM 3159 Smithson Valley DONORS Canyon Dam power plant back up and running than a years work and million have restored the Canyon pam hydroelectric plant mn Sv Ron Maloney and UOQ cubic feetpersecond Writer temjs manager said the river authoritys insurance cajrier paid most of the costs Of course the plant was insured We had flood Ognoskje said The facility Whjpjti houses tWQ 3The Mty was damaged when water produces 5 caspadmg over the Canyon Dam spdlway at more than cfs cut a gorge below the to fcrcing rocks trges and other debris into the river The debris created a plug that backed water up to toe darn flooding the plant and confiroj room wijh u feet of water brought into to remove tine er Authority the plant for NBU by remote control from its facilities in W SF W An pnsitf cwtrol roorot at tke be to control cleaned dried and tested and brought Ognoskie said The facilitys electric switching gear and its control roomi which was raised above the flood level also were replaced While the plant was gjsmjntled NBU opted to replace piping and other ment to update the ferity which btgan producing power for New Braunfels in 1989 NBU CJMEnpieer of Electric Systems Greg Baumbach said the upgrades were not coveriid by to tad insjurance and be rebuilt Ognoskie said They were inspected Baumbach said
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