Saturday, June 25, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas fill rtiv w i BI I V If JUNE HERALD ftfif TK SPORTS LL CHAMPS New Braunfels rallies to win the 12yearold Little League championship over Page 5A FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist DonTalley says the citys animal shelter is not doing enough to help Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 188 16 2 sections CLICK 5OO Sunny High Low 96 70 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B d Septic systems lead to surprise appraisals By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Mary Turner was shocked when she opened her notice of appraisal value for 2005 and learned her 20 yearold doublewide mobile home had appreciated The culprit Her septic Ive never had to pay for a septic Turner every time I go to the potty and flush the Im paying for Turner is one of thousands of Comal Appraisal District residents with septic systems who have seen their tax bills increase this CAD Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers said the per system was designed to equalize a dis crepancy between the value of prop erties with septic systems and proper ties with municipal water This increase brought those prop erties up in line with other values in the making everyones valu ations more Rodgers Rodgers went on to explain that unimproved property is not as valu able as property with a septic sys tem or water service But once the property owner installs a septic the proper ty grows in an increase unac counted for until this Turner appealed the new charges to the appraisal but did not get them See SEPTIC Page 3A HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA Independence Day parties planned throughout county n By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels is hosting a citywide birthday bash July 4 as America turns 229 and the Plaza Band stand hits the centu ry The party kicks off at 9 with the annual patriotic sponsored by the Sophienburg This years theme is American Bandstand Centuri on Organizer Stephanie Bergquist said the paraderwotfld beas much fun as Just come get inline and join the she adding it would be best to let the museum know first if bringing a large But if sideline parade watchers are moved by a patriotic spirit to jump up and join the slowmoving the more the Bergquist promised firstclass entertainment as antique walkers and children on decorated bicycles wind their way along down town At 10 the Comal Community Band will take a break from tradition al national anthems to lead the crowd in Happy accompanied by impromptu blasts from party favors provided by Main street Partners and the Parks and Recre ation If one parade is not three nearby communities patriotic marches of their Garden Ridge will begin its July Fourth celebration with a com munity lunch at The parade starts at Seguins parade begins at 10 followed by the traditional mayors Schertz also will begin its town parade at 10 with the gates to See EVENTS Page 8A at Photos by DAVID INGRAM and MANDY fireworks light up the night sky over New Braunfels dur ing the Independence Day celebration last Karen waves her American flag as the Fourth of July parade passes by Main Parade has been a mainstay in New Braunfels for 100 years Photo courtesy of the Sophienburg Museum Archives Fred Willard drives a Model A Ford in the Fourth of July Parade in By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter Since the first official July Fourth celebration was held in New Braunfels in a lot has changed in the Where cars now whiz around the traffic citi zens used to water their hors es at the center fountain much to the chagrin of local During the 19th cen the area was known as Our Park because Joseph Landa had not yet opened his land to the Even up until the the only open shop on Sunday was Widemann and traffic was Fourth of July Parade and end at the Sophienburg Bridge Street X Archives at the corner ol iieguin ana Mill Street Bridge San Antonio twoway and included In New Braunfels early the local Fourth of July celebration was See PARADE Page 8A Flooding a fact of life in Milltown By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Julia Gonzales is relieved the summer forecast calls for dry days with not much chance for When the sky opens and rain begins to nit the street outside her Milltown Gonzales prepares for the I get she admit Every time it starts we start to One time I was alone and my son couldnt get to the name given to the old neighborhood between the Plains Cotton Corporation Association mill and Loop is the archetypal example of New Braunfels drainage The neighborhoods 1930sera drainage infra structure already is over and new develop ments continue to add impervious cover For Gonzales and her neighbors on Broadway have endured flood after often during rain storms mat leave the rest of the town untouched by rag ing The water comes from up Gonzales pointing toward the Loop and Churchill As upstream development explodes and silt in old drainage ditches builds the water follows the path of least resistance through residents front See DRAINAGE Page 8A DAVID Wright Avenue becomes a raging river with water flowing over the curb during heavy Residents hope court ruling wont impact their property By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Local farmer Korvan Kreusler took a break from his harvest Friday to look across his fields and wonder if they might one day become home to an industrial against his After Thursdays Supreme Court decision in the New propertyrights Kreusler is worried the city could use the ruling to turn his land over to a develop er for the communitys economic The high court ruled in favor of the city of New which wanted to use emi nent domain to seize several homes in an area city council members wanted to replace with a commercial including a conference hotel and a walkway around the Thames In his majority Justice John Paul Stevens expanded the traditional defini tion of public good the criteria for enforcing eminent domain to include economic The city has already earmarked this land for industrial Kreusler said of the land around the So any business that wants to put up a warehouse See DOMAIN Page 3A COMINGSUNDAY Champions Two New Braunfels Little League teams will battle for championships during all star games tonight County offers tax rebates to Ashley Furniture By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Comal County has extended a 50percent sales tax rebate to a furniture company that will bring 320 new jobs to New Braunfels and fill a facility vacated in Hill Country Furniture Partners will locate a distribution center in the larger of two former Flextronics buildings located on The facility is expected to create 320 new jobs with an average hourly wage of more than It could generate million in sales for the remainder of this year and million in the years following that will be taxed by local governments albeit at half rate for 10 The jobs and the sales tax revenues will be augmented by improvements that will See REBATES Page 3A iif NtiGuS Tjffjt9 J I frROUNOIHa EmaH