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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THf SEPTEMBER 12 2004 fL FASp TX 79903 IRALDZEITUNG SPORTS COLUMN Will Wright looks back on New BraunfelsSeguin game Friday night Page IB COUPONS SAVE Smart Source coupons inside for savings and dis counts at stores such as Eckerd and Walgreens Inside Vol 153 No 261 30 pages 4 sections CLICK I DEARABBY 8C CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 6C a Partly cloudy High Low 95 68 Details36 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS 78C Casteel Cork discuss annexation solutions By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Although New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork and State Rep Carter Casteel have seemed at odds over annexation Cork said they may have found a solution agreeable to both parties Casteel RNew Braunfels expressed her disappointment recently over councils failure to reach a compromise with landowners who have fought against annexation Casteel said she would support legisla tion that would give landowners the right AT A GLANCE I to vote for annexation after council held its final public hearing Aug 23 to annex acres including acres of farmland near the airport Casteel has attempt ed to work behind the scenes to find a com promise that would satisfy the citys goal to prevent residential development near the airport Cork said a new agreement called a restrictive covenant would be a tempo rary solution until new legislation was passed that offered a permanent solution The city attorney has been working on the Cork said If its suitable it would be a contract that the city would sign with landowners that would give us some breathing room for two or three years until some kind of legislation is passed to I What New Braunfels City Council I When Monday Sept 13 I Where Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave See ANNEXATION Page 5A the 1950s before it became municipal Trade show gets head start with sneak preview By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 16th annual Busi ness Trade Show Tuesday and Wednesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center The event will kick off at 6 Tuesday with a sneak preview party Wednesdays trade show begins at 10 and continues until 6 Tickets to Tuesdays preview are per person said Marty Lindley chairwoman Tickets to Wednesdays show are in advance or at the door she said Advance tickets may be purchased at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce at 390 S Seguin Ave Tuesdays preview will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and awards for best Lindley said More than 60 exhibitors will attend Wednesdays show For information call 6252385 HEAVY METALS Photos by DAVID Mary Jane Nalley admires an alligator made from everything from a motorcy cle gas tank to old freon tanks made by Donald Pimpler left at the Metal Fest Saturday event continues from 10 to 5 today in Gruene Metal Fest artisans turn junk into works of art By Ron Maloney Staff Writer GRUENE Its p safe bet that Ozzie Osbourne or Led Zeppelin wouldnt be headliners at anything called Metal Fest if it happens in Gruenp And they were nowhere to be seen Saturday but 25 metal arti sans from around the state had a headbanging good time demonstrating their craft and dis playing their work Thats how it wis for Donald and Peggy Pimpler of Endangered Species Studio in Cameron whose specialty is cutting and welding junk into animals and objets d art rangiig from giant bugs to freon tank chickens to an alligator complete with scales made from the recycled rocker arms from a Chevy small block The Pimplers mot years ago at Gruene Market D iys He was a homebuilder who dabbled in metal work she was an artist who worked in wood But thats anoth er story one that ended with wedding bells Like most guys he loves all kinds of tools and Im pretty much the same Peggy said About 15 years ago they saw a giant metal dinosaur made out of scrap by a Bertramartist and were hooked on the idea of turning scrap into art Donald took a welding course at the local community college then taught Peggy how to cut and weld steel So the couple experimented around making things out of junk Freon tanks were a special chal lenge and feature highly in the work produced at Endangered Species Studio because they can not be reused and are thrown away by the thousands by air conditioning contractors The first thing I did was Donald said Id take a tank put a head on it some feet then it sort of evolved into barbecue Barbecue pits Then we got a bunch of Donald said He did dogs cats chickens it just sort of Peggy said Donald said things came in kind of phases METAL FEST CONTINUES Metal Fest continues from 10 to 5 today with metalcraft demonstrations running every half hour Admission is free Look for the tents near Buck Pottery I did chickens for a while then he said I knew he was a true Peggy cut in joking Because when he was interested in chick ens they werent selling and he didnt do anything that sold Now everybody wants And Im not interested in them her husband finished for her completing a conversa tion theyd obviously had a time or two We see things and give them another life sorta Peggy said Its a different way of look ing at those pieces of metal Sometimes we use other things See METAL Page 5A Tax rate reduction possible for NBISD residents By Leigh StaffWrt Procrastination often costs mon ey but almost four weeks of wait ing might earn New Braunfels Inde pendent School District residents a further cent redaction in their tax rate When trustees the rate administ mended 12 cents less day administrators a rate of per cents less than Sandy HiJJ said ttAug 17 to set ators recom 100 valuation last year Mon recommend year lower rate was possible thanks to the Comal Appraisal District denying more val uation protests than expected We now have preliminary values from the appraisal district that no longer have any properties under she said We should be able to collect million more than we originally estimated Superintendent Ron Reaves said he was cautious about reducing the rate so much because he thought the district might need to raise more money next year We have to consider a possible increase next he said There are several things we need to address like employee Trustee Ed Clark acknowledging the possibility of an increase next year said it was still important to give taxpayers a break this year In fact Clark plans to propose an even larger reduction Tin going to recommend the rate be reduced another nickel for a total reduction of cents over last he said Clarks plan calls for money to be taken from either the general or debt service fund balances to make some of this years bond payments If the See NBISO Page 5A SUPBONTBUDENT REVIEW Monday morning Superintendent Ron Reaves will meet in execu tive session with trustees for his review During the review his performance during the last year will be compared to the goals trustees set at the begin ning of the review cycle Reaves said he was not worried about the meeting despite trusteesunwiiing ness to extend his three year contract cuirently on rts second year for another year Im looking forward to a frank discussion and direction from the Reaves said AH I ask is that they be dear with their
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