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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THE SUNDAY HERALD JUNE SAVE OVIR Findgreat savings with coupdris from Smart Source drug stores a tire shop a furni ture store and more Inside SPORTS MIXED BAG Astros win one drop one during the Select Tourn ament move on to first elimination round Page IB Serving New uiaumcia emu uounty since 1852 Vol 153 Nd 186 32 pages 4 sections CK wwvir Partly cloudy High Low 91 73 Details 3B DEAR ABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS Man pleads guilty to sex with 14yearold By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Austin man scheduled to go to trial Monday on nine counts for having sex with a 14yearold Gomal County girl pleaded guilty Thursday to sexual assault of a child Under the plea bargain reached by Assistant District Attorney Joe Soane and defense attorney Christopher Gunter Alex Gregory Zwarun 30 of Austin will face no more than 10 years in prison when 274th judicial District Judge Gary Steel sentences him lat er this summer Zwarun arrested by Comal County sheriffs detectives Dec 5 2002 faced seven charges of sexual assault of a child one of indecency with a child by exposure and one of attempted sexual assault Under a Texas law that allows stacking sexual assault sentences Zwarun faced heavy prison time if if Steel sen tenced him consecutively Soane said the sentence would serve justice because Zwarun would do some prison time and have to reg ister as a sex offender Also Soane said his victim would not have to testify in open court He was wise to do Soane said If we had gone to trial his exposure would have been in excess of 180 Sheriffs detectives allege See ZWARUN Page 9A GROWING PAINS MANDY The new Bulverda building which began under the guidance of the citys first mayor Bob Barton will be finished this month The newly formed pity council Wlhich yybrked p oust Barton plans to begin tneeting here by August leadership stems from fledgling towns explosive growth Beverlee Lemes Charles Baetz Richard Parker Sarah Stevick By Brand Grissom Staff Writer BULVERDE With explo sive growth comes change a prospect welcomed by some and feared by others Recent city council election results seem to indicate more in this budding community are embracing expansion and will ing to bear the tax burden it will likely bring Since its incorporation in 1999 under guidance of its first mayor Bob Barton the city has nearly doubled in size from about residents to almost Drafts of the citys comprehensive plan indi cate population here could reach by 2030 They want to move for AJderman Mike Sorbera said Thats the biggest loud est thing the citizens of Bul verde said Theyre tired of the infighting of not having any thing get done They want to move forward and they want things to change in Sorbera Alderman Sarah Stevick and Alderman Richard Parker ran on a platform of aggressive change in the city to manage the explosive growth Their opponents Bar ton and city planner Cindy Cross had a more conserva tive agenda promoting fiscal responsibility and small city government More than 500 turned out for the May 15 election of city councilmembers who serve atlarge Parker received 426 votes Stevick 353 Sorbera 339 Cross 212 and Barton 174 A fourth councilmember former mayor Beverlee Lemes See BULVIRDE Page 9A BULVERDE BEYOND ITS LIMITS Editors Note This is the fust in a three part series about growth and politics in Bulverde TODAY Changes in council after the May 15 mun icipal elections TUESDAY The citys soontobe implemented comprehensive plan for manag ing growth WEDNESDAY The political inter action of land developers and city officials in cities with explo sive growth What New Braunfels City Council When Monday Seniors lobby city for break in taxes By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council will consider freezing property taxes for sen iors Monday but Mayor Adam Cork said he hoped seniors considered the impact the tax break would have on other resi dents Comal County commissioners took no action on the issue Thursday but Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said he couldnt support the tax break Both Scheel and Cork said offering a tax break to seniors would be unfair to other residents If the city adopted the measure it would be binding and Cork said And the Jongterm implications would be extreme Personally I think a tax freeze for seniors would be a dan gerous thing because we dont know what the demographics of New Braunfels would be in 10 years The measure could make New Braunfels more attractive to retire to and I dont think that would be fair to citizens as a whole So I hope that the seniors who are proposing this look at the impact it would have by shifting the tax burden to younger families in the Wayne Rudolph an active supporter of the measure said a group of senior citi zens were prepared to petition the city and county for a special election I expect about 40 of us will attend Mondays he said Our hope is council will freeze property taxes for sen iors or at least set a date for an election so we can avoid a Rudolph said about signatures would be required for a petition Where Municipal Building 424 S Castell In other action council will also consider Annexing acres including acres adjacent to the airport Appointing a charter review commission Approving a threemonth budget from July 1 to Sept 30 An ordinance to prohibit park ing within three feet of all drive ways within an area bounded by South Union Avenue East South Street South Central Avenue and East Mather Street Ending the river activities Approving the appraisal of the Comal County fairground prop erty If a family tradition Taeler Klaeve mann 13 serves the volleyball dur ing a family reunion in Lands Park Saturday afternoon A large group from around the state gathered in the crowed have the annual event for the fourth year Upping test scores could mean tweaking subjects By Uigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees will take a break from making dif ficult decisions and listen to six reports Tuesday night Among those Rosalyn Bratcher assistant superin tendent for curriculum will brief board members on spring 2004 Texas Assessment of fciowiedge and Skills TAKS results Its going to be a good report to the Bratcher said Im still very pleased with results We did very NBISD juniors passed the exit level test at a rate of 81 percent 10 percent above the state average Passing rates were higher among lower grades with 98 percent of thud graders and 92 per cent of fourth AT A GLANCE What NBISD Board Meeting 7 Tuesday Edu cation Center boardroom 430 W Mill a that The District Edu cational Improve ment Council also will review Bratch ers report in the coming weeks It will be its responsi bility to recom mend any curricu nrfrmr VT graders passing the reading lum or instruction changes portion of the test Bratchers report will Bratcher said administrators include an explanation of the still saw room for improve two TAKS passing levels Met raent the standard and Com Wedto see some curricular areas that need strength Only 2 percent of NBISD Shortranswer writing is a gocd juniors passed the test at the she said We are commended level In order to looking at how to strengthen pass the test at the com mended level juniors were required to correctly answer 85 percent of questions on the English language arts ELA test 88 percent on the math test 91 percent on the science test and 89 percent on the social studies test By contrast juniors passing at the met the standard lev el were required to correctly answer 49 percent of ques tions on the ELA test 40 per cent on the math test 44 per cent on the science test and 40 percent on the social stud ies test Bratcher previously said it See Page 9A
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