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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas PASO n 79rri JULY INSIDE TIME TO FLY Children at Villa Serena get a special treat during an upclose look at birds of Page 8A BULVERDE MAYORS RACE The mayor pro tern and a former councilman file to run for the open mayors seat in Page 7A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 217 16 2 sections i B tunny High Low 98 70 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 38 CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Limmer resigns seat on city council Cites health concerns special election set for 8 By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Councilwoman Lynn Limmer ended her twomonth career as District 6 representative cit ing unforeseen personal family health In a letter delivered to Mayor Bruce Boyer and her fellow city council Limmer expressed regret for her inability to fulfill her I apologize to council and the city of New but mostly to my due to the fact that my family and I feel that I am unable to be the productive coun cilmember that this great city needs at this she Limmer said Friday it was only after much soul searching she decided she needed to step down from her elected position to deal witii unexpected family and per sonal health While she would not be specific about the circumstances sur rounding her Limmer did admit her situation had led her to leave her longtime position at First Commercial Bank officials confirmed Lim mer offered her resignation July This is a very per MARKYOUR CALENDAR Important dates in the upcoming spe cial election 8 Candidate filings begin HI 7 Candidate filings end il 12 Determine order of names on ballot 24 Early voting begins 4 Early voting ends SB 8 Election Day sonal Limmer Its a painful process to go and I need to be here for my who was in touch with Limmer throughout the week as she considered her said he understood how difficult it was to be in her About 12 years I had to step out of some things because of a family he Its especially since Lynn worked so hard to get this Limmer took office May after battling with incumbent Ken Valentine for the She won by just 13 Although Limmers decision to quit so soon after taking office came as a City Manager Chuck Pinto said it was not the See Page 3A DAVID Former District 6 Councilwoman Lynn talks with Tara Krueger at First Commercial Bank early in In addition to resigning her council Lirnmer stepped down at First Commercial Mission Valley Mill ends 8decade run From staff reports Vacancy not likely to impact city business plete report on the mills clos ing and the im pact on New see Sundays Mission Valley i LEARN MORE Mill closed its j For a com doors for the last time with the 14 rema ining workers collecting their paychecks just before The mill was the citys largest employer for many provid ing work to as many as four gener ations of some local Planters and Merchants Mills built and opened the facility in The first cotton cloth was produced in September Current owner Plains Cotton Cooperative Association is in the process of selling the facility to Urban Pacific which has plans to reconstruct the property with office and residential By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The District 6 city council seat vacancy could have a big impact on votes taken before Novembers special Six members can arrive at a split resulting in a In a tie the motion on the table Council members got a taste of what they might expect Monday when proposed changes to the citys drainage ordinance failed after a 33 tie With Councilwoman Sonia MuiiozGill expecting to give birth sometime in city council could hold at least one meeting with only five just enough for a Mayor Bruce Boyer said the show would go We have to deal the cards were he Weve had veiy few 43 so hopefully it wont be a If MunozGills track record is any Boyer has nothing to wony The bot tom line city business has to go I hope we never get to a place where city council cant take care of I dont think we Bruce Boyer New Braunfels mayor When I had my daughter during my first term in I didnt miss any she Im not sleeping so its easy to keep up with my agenda packet materi coming to meetings will give me an opportunity to get out of the Although the expectant mother does not anticipate missing any she said she hoped her fellow council members would be willing to postpone anything requiring full debate if she were Boyer said he was not sure delay SHAREYOURTHOUGHTS SI Let everyone know what you think about Limmers decision and see what oth ers say at CK beheardl was the best policy for the The bottom line city business has to go ont he I hope we never get to a place where city council cant take care of I dont think we In the event council was left with only five members during a meet City Manager Chuck Pinto said it could pass just about anything with a 32 majority There are a few like over ailing a Planning Commission deci that would require fourfifths of council to be he But there really arent many Pinto confirmed council had full ordinance authority with only five allowing them to modi fy the drainage ordinance if it appears on an agenda before Who will run for office Now that the District 6 seat is up for grabs who is interested in making a run for it ADAM CORK The former who lost his seat to Bruce Boyer in was coy Friday about his I indicated I wasnt through with public serv and you never know how soon those opportu nities will Adam Cork While Cork lives in District he has a busi ness in District 6 with an apartment I eat more meals here than anywhere and some would say I sleep more here than anywhere Cork told a fellow blogger on the HeraldZeitung blog Adam Cork Ken Valentine KEN VALENTINE Although he woujd not make any commit ment Ken Valen tine admitted he was interested in having his old job Im going to consult with my political advis ers and maybe hold a town hall meeting next week to see what peo ple he If they want me to repre sent I will run Valentine lost his seat to Limmer by only 13 but said he would not presume to be a Maybe they want to pick someone he I dont want to be an Al you BURKE HARRISON The former mayoral who lost his first bid for public office to Adam Cork three years admitted the opportunity to run for council again was tempt I dont know if I could do it because Im very busy with work right but I am con templating a Burke Harrison Before making any Harrison said he planned to talk with his friend and Hes retired and can afford the time to do the job and Harrison I dont agree with him all the but I would support him if he decided to Burke Harrison Pretty in pink Local schoolchildren help the city decorate some park spaces with unusual UPDATES Tracking the news McClure to fight extradition LAST WE KNEW Robert Troy suspect in a January throat slashing in New was taken into custody July 15 in King LATEST now in has decided to fight extradition to NEXT An extradition hear ing will be McClures extradition could take 30 to 60 days or FORD Electronic county map provides wealth of information By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Need to find something in Comal County Thanks to Eric its about to get a whole lot Gibson has created a Comal County Internet Mapping Service on the Web site of the Comal County Engineers for which he is the webmas The Web which proved its worth during the 2002 flood by posting realtime riv er rainfall and flood res cue and recovery informa includes features and SEE FOR YOURSELF HComal County EngineerTom Hornseths office has created a detailed electronic map of Comal A Beta or trial version of the map can be found at Click on the Comal County Geographic Information System For training con tact Eric Gibson at information the countys main Web site does not During the 2004 Gibson placed a map on the site that showed residents where to The map included such detail it could See Page 3A DAVID Comal County EngineerTom and Eric Gibson discuss some of the uses for the Comal County Internet Mapping TheTexas Commission on En 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