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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                IW iW 7li 1 t SDAY JULY RALDZEITUNG FOREI New Braunfels duffer Terrence Miskell wins US Amateur sectional qualifying golf tournament Page S FORUM EDITORIAL TxDOT works to bridge the gap between preservationists and those who want to replace the Gruene bridge 4 Seryjng vjew Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 DEARABBY 10 pages 1 section CLICK wwvr 140 rain chance High Low 95 73 COMICS FORUM SPORTS TVdRlOS 8 8 7 4 t 5 State may investigate county primary By Ron Maloney Staff Writer AUSTIN The question of whether Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamoras primary reelec tion campaign violated election laws has been referred to the Texas attor ney generals office Ann McGeehan the state official who oversees elections sent a letter to the deputy attorney general who oversees prosecutions The letter summarizes a local investigation into the Democrat primary election for Precinct 3 commissioner McGeehan wrote that Comal County District Attorney DibWaldrip had submitted the report of a New Braunfels Police Department inves tigation into the election Mr Waldrip also requested that we forward the reports to your office if it appeared that criminal viola tions might have taken McGeehan wrote In the March 9 primary Zamora bested Ramon Chapa Jr by a margin of about 140 votes the number of mailin ballots cast in the elec tion Chapa and Zamoras Republican challenger in the November general election Greg Parker alleged that there might have been impropri eties in the way the incumbents campaign handled mailin ballots I found what I believe to be voter intimidation by the Zamora cam paign voter assistance misconduct by the by the Zamora campaign to include marking ballots other than the way the voter directs not pro viding the necessary information as required under the Texas Election Code and providing unlawful voter See ELECTION Page 3A Cristina Zamora Greg Parker CISD keeps lawyer to monitor water contract haggling DAVID Danny Morris 78 talks about his various medical problems while sitting on the front porch of rental property he owns near the intersection of South Walnut Avenue and Business 35 Wednesday morning Morris wants the property zoned for commercial use so he could make more selling it to help with his medical bills Walnut becomes more commercial By Scott Mahoir Staff Writer Evelyn Schwabs neighbor hood is slowly disappearing along the 500 block of South Walnut Avenue she is one of the last homeowners still liv ing in her own home After living on Walnut Avenue 50 years commer cial zoning is slowly creep ing down her street At the corner of her block is the intersection of South Walnut Avenue and Business 35 vehicles pass through the intersection every 24 hours From her front porch she can see Walgreens directly across the street MANDY Eckerds offered to buy my home three years ago but the deal fell she said Danny Morris 78 who owns a fourplex just up the street near Business 35 said he wanted to get his proper ty rezoned for business because itd be worth more money He said he needed to sell the property to help pay off mounting medical bills New Braunfels City Coun cil members approved his request for rezoning Mon day but itll take two more readings for final approval Ive got two kinds of can he said Ive also got a deteriorating disk disease so Ive got a lot of medical bills to pay and I always pay my bills So selling the property is going to help me pay my His friend Bobby Vogel who owns property on Sycamore directly behind Morris tried to get his lot rezoned commercial but council members turned the request down Council members said Sycamore was still mostly a residential street I just cant support it because it would be creep ing into a residential said District 4 Council woman Valerie Hull Council members acknowledged that Walnut Avenue was slowly giving way to commercial zoning The house directly next to Morns fourplex had a for sale sign in the front yard A See ZONING Page 3A By Brand Grissom Staff Writer Quibbling over water rights in Bul verde is costing Comal Independent School District another CISD trustees approved Tuesday night in addition to approved in May for attorney Tim Brown to review proposals to provide water for fire pro tection to schools in the western part of the district But the school district has yet to receive any proposals GuadatupeBlanco River Authority and Bexar Metropolitan Water District both want to provide water to the schools The two are in a legal battle over which entity has the right to provide water in the City of Bulverde where the schools are located Roy Unnartz CISD project consult ant told trustees only about is left of the original approved for legal services According to bills from Brown the money paid for hours of legal research and multiple conversations meetings and letters between the dis trict GBRA and BexarMet While they approved the funds trustees expressed concern that progress is slow on the issue When pressed with questions about details of the case CISD Superintendent Nancy Fuller said Brown advised the district to be very careful in public comments about attempts to get water to the schools He has cautioned us that due to the See WATER Page 3A DID YOU KNOW BexarMets plan To provide CISD with water from CLWSC through a pipeline along Texas 46 Hinges on permission from Bulverde Bulverdes plan To provide CISD with water from GBRA initially using BexarMets pipeline until GBRA com pletes the Western Canyon Pipeline in October 2005 Hinges on agree ment with JexarMet GBRAs plan To provide water in the interim from CLWSC through BexarMets pipeline CLWSC has OKd the plan BexarMet hasnt responded GLOSSARY BexarMet Bexar Metropolitan Water District GBRA Guadalupe Blanco River Authority CLWSC Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp CISD Comal Indpendent School District vibrant landscapes togaUwy County talks look for ways to collect millions in unpaid fines By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commissioners will conduct a round table workshop after their regular meeting today to discuss how to collect nearly mil lion in unpaid fines During budget hearings two weeks ago Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero requested an addi tional clerk whose job would be pro cessing outstanding warrants for col lection Guerrero whose district Interstate 35 told commis sioners she had nearly rrulJion in uncollected misdemeanor fines going back more than five years Guerrero said she must personally process the paperwork because her staff is overburdened Im the only one who does them because ray staff is so Guerrero said I do it between my judicial Many warrants are from outof county and it costs too much to send a constable to collect diem When the outstanding warrants of the countys other justices are taken into consideration the uncollected fines total almost million county officials said In 2002 commissioners hired the Austin law firm of McCreary Veselka Bragg and Allen which has col lected the countys unpaid taxes since 1983 to collect unpaid fines and court no charge to the county Instead the firm adds a 30 percent collection fee paid by the person who owes the unpaid fine Precinct 2 Commissioner lay Mil Jay Millikin some of the back fines and fees I know its questionable how much of these out standing warrants can be collected but even if its only or 20 percent we need to expedite the he said Weve paid for com puter software to do this and hiredalawfirm and they tell us ifs not very labor inten sive If its not cost effective to send a constable to Houston to collect a W J likin said todays meeting was intend fine we have a law firm to do that ed to develop strategies to collect Guerrero said she would explain the collection process today She hopes officials will discuss and maintain all the tools the courts need to collect fines I believe the collection agency is one component of being able to col lect outstanding fines and Guerrero said I believe there are oth er avenues available such as having a clerk dedicated to this the constables and DPS Youd be amazed how many money orders we get for unpaid fines through DPS I hope they keep all resources available to us and not rec ommend we just go with the collec tion t   

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