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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas an FOP SOUTHJKT Fl PASO T JULY 27 2004 MV IALDZEITUNG SPORTS NATIONALS Area track club runners qualify for the the Amateur Athletic Union National track meet in Des Moines Iowa Page 5A FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Betty Clifford writes about how Ivins column on Clintons book is full of con tradictions Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 163 No 220 pages 1 section WWW herald corn DEAR ABBY SA COMICS 7A Partly cloudy High Low 92 71 Details6A FORUM 4A OBrrUARttS 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 8A Hi City to donate fairgrounds to association By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork won a majority vote from council Monday to donate the Comal County fairgrounds property to the Comal County Fair Association The 43 vote in favor of donat ing the 30acre parcel provided that the land would be donated with restrictions and only after the Nov 2 election to designate the tract a city park More than 200 members of the association voted unani mously last month to oppose District 6 City Councilman Ken Valentines petition to designate the fairgrounds as a city park District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil who voted against the proposal said although she wanted the associa tion to continue using the property for the annual county fair she wouldnt support giving the parcel away Not one person in my district that I talked to wanted to give the property to the she said Adam Cork District 4 Council woman Valerie Full also voted agaijist donating the i How did we get to this point she The fair association does wonderful 1 but we dont to change the ownership of the Valentine also voted against the motion Some council members argued that the property should be appraised before donating it I dont want to make an emotional Hull said I want the appraisal We can always lease the property to the fair association like weve always done But just because the asso ciation is all of a sudden unhap py about this I cant support donate the land to Amotion to indefinitely post pone donating the property was voted down 43 Council voted 61 to put Valentines petition to designate the property a city park on the November ballot however City Attorney Charlie Zech argued that the petition could be chal lenged because the language of the petition was invalid Low water crossing Tourists and motorists squeeze past each other on the Gruene bridge over the Guadalupe River Discussions on leave residents By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After meeting with TxDOT officials to discuss the Gruene River bridge most of those for and opposed to replacing the lowwater bridge seemed hopeful that a compromise would be worked out Plans to replace the bridge have been in the works since 1998 The narrow twolane bridge often is dosed for weeks when the Guadalupe River flows above cubic feetpersecond Rafters and tubers have become trapped or injured underneath the bridge not to mention the vehicle and pedestrian traffic that gets clogged trying to cross the bridge The city decided to replace the bridge during Jan Kennadys term as mayor Irs been on the back burner though since she said There have been people opposed to replacing the bridge but Im encouraged things are replacing Gruene River optimistic for compronjiise MANDY bridge moving In 1997 TxDOT ranked the bridge as a priority reconstruction project Historians attempted to prevent replacing the bridge by having it desig nated a historical bridge but the Texas Historic Commission in 1997 voted 43 not to designate the structure a historic bridge Those opposed to replacing the bridge said the bridge preserved the smalltown atmosphere of Gruene I dont want to sound overly optimistic but after Thursdays meeting I got the feeling there may be a way to please everybody who had an interest in the said Robert West whose father Don West owns property adjacent to the bridge A number of us had reservations before the meeting but TxDOT had some very talented and creative people there talking about designs for a new West said those opposed to replacing the bridge were mostly concerned tr at a new higher bridge with guardrails would black the scenic view of the river and surrounding landscape The concern is about what you see from the bridge not the bridge it especially was cor block the view but I were trying to come up wit Mayor Adam Cork saidl ideas presented by1 They did a good he said The meeting allowed people to voice their concerns and the ideasTxDOT presented were outstanding I think they want a new bridge to look like an old bridge and they said theyd have some designs to look at in six to eight Greg Malatek TxDOT arjja engineer said recon struction of the bridge wo old cost million Sue BRID6I Page 2A he said My father l that guardrails would the TxDOT engineers i something that would was pleased with the engineers Health Alert The Texas Commission on Environ mental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declar ed today an Air Quality Health Alert Day 1 Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving Carpool if possible or combine all errands into one trip Avoid use of drive through lanes or services Dont refuel during daylight Avoid use of gaspowered yard equipment Avoid exterior painting Pollution levels are posted online at Kids Fishing Day teaches important life lessons By Ron Makmoy Staff Writer David Minchew is a guy who really tru ly understands what is important in life Thats why Saturday he and his sons Ethan and Owen 14 months went fishing at HEBs Kids Fishing Day The Minchews were among hundreds of parents and children who took a shot at then catfish All Outdoor Kids The firm puts on fishing events around Texas to introduce children to fishing and the outdoors lifestyle We like to promote fishing and other outdoor events for said Jason Floumoy of All Outdoor Kids Some of these as you get doser to never seen a live fish in their lives much less catch HEB Deli Manager Dwayne Keller said the chain sponsors the fishing events at many of its locations It gives the kids a chance to learn a Uttte bit about Keller said Formally ifs probably the first opportunity theyll have to catch a Saturday children could also see fishing boats brought to the show by a local busi ness and Learn from Baas Barks andWUdlife while they listened to music or ate snacks provided by HEa I think this is a great deal and Im proud to be a part of Keller said Minchew thought it was a great deal too He family from to New Braunfels about a month ago to live in a home on the Corrtal Rivet See Page3A David aons try to I v along with and Owen a fish CHS to test new dress code during school year ByRonMaloney Staff vVHter Distrirt trustees toraghtwfll decide whether to replace resignirigschod board PresidentDora Gonzales or call a special electioa Trustees will also consider a proposed district dress code change that will no longer allow graphic designs on clothes for Canyon High School the exception of schoolrelated designs or logos of recognized universities The CISD board meets at 6 at Bul verde Elementary School 1715EAmmann RoadinBulverde The dress code change was approved by the board in May for both high schools but notifications didnt go to Smithson Valley High School parents so the district is seek ing to make the change apply only to CHS students this fall District spokeswoman Kari Hutchison said CHS would be a pilot program and the See CISD Page 3A ON THE WEB 5 inches of rain lightning cause minor problems ByRonMaloney Staff Writer Sunday evenings rainstorm dumped more than five inches of water on parts of New Braunfels A transformer along Interstate 35 was struck by lightning dropping a power line across the interstate at about 730 pm that stopped traffic until me line could be cut but public safety officials reported lilde seri ous trouble fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mabe reported traffic delays caused by the dawned power line in the 1500 block of Interstate 35 north but no big problems from a public safety stand point They just said they were busy white it raining but then we always Mabe said Most calls pertained to fire or burglary alarms which are often set off in severe storms ft was much dirferent though for New Braunfeb Utilities cate far lasting from 20
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