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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                SPORTS FAMILY AFFAIR NewBraunfelspgh student Brynna Monk iarned the game of basketball from her father Kelly who is a coach Page SA DIGEST CRUNCH TIME President Bush proposed a trillion budget Monday that would slice funding to scores of programs Pago 2A Cortal Pourrtv 10 pages 1 section K WWW e art cloudy High Low 60 42 j SPORTS DEAR ASSY 8A I COMICS eRtraSpRp 7A PORUM 4A Jjii BA i Details 6A I Citizens Stop beating civic center issue to death take action New study would cost city By Scott Mahort Staff Writer A new study examining the pros and cons of a proposed civic center project would cost the city at least But for some anxious residents and business owners cost isnt the most important factor They want New Braunfels City Council mem bers to take action on a project that has been talked about for years When you vote this time you need to askyourselves if youre going to accept the study and moye for said Marian Benson a local retailer who attended Monday nights twohour workshop on the city And if he consultant says theres no demand for a convention then you need to abide by that Along with others Benson pointed out to council that the proposal to build a new convention center or renovate the existing civic center has been an ongoing issue since 1999 New Braunfels has been beating this question around for said Bernie Boarnet a business owner Weve had two elections and noth ing has happened yet You can study something to death and its time for the council to make a City Manager Chuck Pintos open ing remarks reminded council that a 1999 study was outdated The consensus was we had a market niche but we missed that Pinto said Even PKI who did the 1999 study agrees So we have to start from scratch and take a fresh look at it So this is an opportunity to ask some tough questions and hope fully develop a plan of See CIVIC CENTER Page 3A FRONTand CENTER Community buys into bargain Volunteer Laura Ochoa restocks books at the Garden Ridge Library PAVID Small donation spawned action on Garden Ridge Library By Leigh Jones Staff Writer GARDEN much can a city do with Here they started a public library In the late 1980s someone left the city designated for library use said Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman We didnt even have a library No problem When something needs to be done in Garden Ridge there are always volunteers ready to meet the challenge In 1998 space was set aside in the courtroom and book donations poured in Feibelman used the seed money to buy bookshelves from WalMart As the collection grew it was moved from the jury room to the judges room One day I got a call from Universal Feibelman said They had some bookshelves they thought we might be interested Those bookshelves which were from a Barnes Noble store that had gone out of business proved to be the catalyst for moving the library into its own build ing Today the squarefeet library contains volumes and is staffed by 22 volunteers The city budgets per year for sup plies and provides phone and electrici ty service Everything else is donated Lacks Furniture gave the Lions Club a truckload of scratch and dent display furniture The Uonfc Club in turn gave it to the library Any items that could not be used were sold generating funds for new books We continue to get donated books all the said volunteer Nancy Black Any duplicates of items already in the library are placed In the resale room Individual books including hardbacks are only 25 cents Shoppers with moVe than they can cany get an even better deal We only ask for a bag of Black said When summertime comes See LIBRARY Page 3A 3 Garden Ridge council slots available for citizens willing to serve By Leigh Jonw Staff Writer Garden Ridge is looking for a few good citizens to serve their city In its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday city council will consider several ordinances including one ordering a general election on May 15 Three council places one four and five be open fer new aldermen City officials hope the elec said city Admin istrator Nancy Cain If only one person files for each available seat there is no need to open the polling places If only one seat has multiple candidates the elec tion wilt sol take place Although the city saves to when elections are cancelled Mayor Jay Fei belman Hopes that a seat without an incumbent will encourage potential candi dates to step up Georgia Buehler is step ping down after 10 years of said Feibelman Were hoping to see two or three people file for her Feibelman also said that seats with incumbents tend to go unopposed when citi zens are generally happy with the state of the city Openings in city government become an opportunity for new peo ple to get involved in the political process be said Potential candidates must be Garden Ridge residents who are 18 years old and reg istered to vote The term lor member is two years Candidates may not file until after Wednesday nights meeting The deadline for fil ing is Feb 17 Information packets are available from the city secretary In other business council will vote on adopting a new comprehensive water ordi nance and repealing the one adopted in July 2002 Concluding an item from list months meeting council will vote to adopt a resolu tion renaming Municipal Parkway as loin T Philips Municipal Parkway Delinquent tax notices hit a nerve with payers By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Property owners who got tax havent been able to get through to the tax office should keep trying because today is the day that interest and penalties kick in on unpaid 2003 property taxes Since Friday phones at the tax office have been ringing off the hook because last week Tax Sher man Krause sent out of the reminders which is what he does each January But not quite all of them went to people who hadnt paid one is sure how to people who have already paid their prop erty taxes or whose mortgage holders paid them Its hard to Krause ex plained Weve had people call and say Weve already PENALTIES KICK IN Today is the day that inter est and penalties kick in on njMid 2003 If you received a delinquent tax notice but you1 have a written receipt or proof taxes have been paid by mortgage holders dont worry But any one with questions should call 6205521 just to make sure paid why did we get this But then weve also had people call and say We thought wed paid we looked them up and they in fact had not paid Krause said the reason the sternly worded reminder notices are sent is to help peo ple resolve payment questions or make payments be fore interest and penalties begin For some reason we havent quite figured it out to just send See PAY TAXES Page 3A Girls condition improves no charges filed in accident By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO As first grade classmates prepared handdrawn get well cards Monday the condition of the girl struck by a car Friday was reported improved to seri Comal Independent School District spokeswoman Kari Hutchison said crisis coun seling centers at Goodwin Pri mary Frazier Elementary and Canyon Intermediate schools had been staffed with addi tional therapists Monday in case students or staff needed support in coping with the incident That was our focus today being available to those chil dren and the staff to help them through this Hutchison said See ACCIDINT Page 3A WB Check us out on the web at 6253000 186 CastellAve Downtown Now BraunMs   

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