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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG August 2005 HeraldZeitung FORUM OUR OPINION Resignation puts voters in control Not everyone can but all residents in the area can regis ter to look at the talk to the can didates and cast their vote to decide who should serve on the J list more than two months after she won a difficult campaign for the District 6 council Lynn Limmer resigned last claiming family concerns would pre vent her from The news was shocking to some and saddening to But Limmers decision also provides an opportunity for city residents to help decide the future of their With Limmer absent two weeks city council voted 33 to block an effort to overturn the drainage ordinance passed in Developers have protested the ordinance because it requires them to pay a fee and mandates most new develop ment link into city drainage When Limmer ran for she said drainage issues and street repairs were the most consistent themes she heard from With the District 6 seat the future of the drainage ordinance and other important issues facing the community are in The person elected to the seat will likely decide which way the city goes in critical Several wellknown including two who lost seats just months have expressed an interest in the But no one is a pre ordained winner and all residents in the district can choose to An open seat in District 6 was but it also provides an opportunity for residents to decide their own District 6 is die smallest district in the city by land but includes some of the most important areas in It encompasses me down town most of the Comal River and moves all die way past Interstate35 to County line If you happen to live you hold your future in your own If the citys future is important to maybe you should run tor office or work to elect someone who has beliefs similar to Not everyone can but all residents in the area can register to look at the talk to the candidates and cast their vote to decide who should serve on the TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is 219th day of There are 146 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On forces landed at Guadal marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War On this date In George Washington created the Order of the Purple a decoration to recognize mer it in enlisted men and noncommissioned In the War Department was estab lished by In the Peace Bridge between the United States and Canada was dedicated during cere monies attended by the Prince of Wales and Vice President Charles In the Court of Appeals upheld a low er court ruling striking down the governments attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce nov el In the balsa wood raft which had carried a sixman crew miles across the Pacific crashed into a reef in a Polynesian In the United States launched Explorer which sent back a picture of the In Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin res giving President Lyndon Johnson broad powers in dealing widi reported North Vietnamese attacks on Scnintf Ntw ttrtitinfch iinil sinci New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and Englishuntil Managing Editor Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Gary Maitland DougToney Jeff Fowler Nelce Bell Valerie Shields David Rupkalvis Me Kes got MO LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Two election victories dont account for a whole lot Oops If Molly Ivins got it so did Betty Clifford in her guest column July The New York Times has not vindicated Karl A newspaper cant do We must let Patrick the finish his It is not Molly Ivins or liberals who havent gotten over die fact that President Bush has been elected Those who elected him throw that fact in the face of any on any Iraqi War not going well Bush was elected Energy bill not passed Social Security changes stalled Bush was elected so was President and he had Dissension is the American way Clifford has sunk to a new low for Bush blaming not only on President Clinton but all And she has the nerve to say Molly Ivins has united with enemies of this country Maybe Clifford didnt say what she intended its hard to decipher such garbled What does anything beyond paragraph one have to do with her topic Her column was an unsavory goulash of leftover Bush was elected Connie Srote New Braunfels Low turnout of firefighters at funeral lacked brotherhood Danny Halbandier passed away July Danny worked for the New Braunfels Fire Department for 20plus years and the Sheriffs Department for 20plus He retired about 10 years I always thought that the fire department and sheriffs department had a sense of brother hood to show their respect by attending his Out of 60 paid men in the fire depart only four showed up out of 15plus retired only four showed Nobody from the sheriffs department showed Danny was my friend and he deserved better than I hope this will never happen You know the old Do unto others as you would have them do unto May Danny be Andrew Schwab retired People should learn to properly pronounce Castell Street Castell which parallels Seguin Street and intersects with West San Antonio in New is often mispronounced and mis It is Castell as in to tell someone a My information as to the earlyday origin of Castell Street comes from History of New Braunfels and Comal 18441946 written by Oscar In an association of German princes and noblemen was established by Count Castell for the purpose of assisting diose Germans will ing to emigrate to The association was in part to protect the immigrants from fraud often practiced on Although Count Castell nev er came to New the founding fathers did name a street for I continually hear and read the street of Castell incorrectly pronounced Casteel as in steel I understand As the city has the old count has long been Carter Casteel and her family are as current as todays Former county current attor ney and state Carter Casteel is wellknown and highlyrespected she has yet to have a street named for Someday she In the when you visit the farmers market on Friday please think and say Colleen New Braunfels LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to HOW TO ACT United States Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATE KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 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SAN ANTONIO 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Drainage ordinance or the city will ultimately pay price DOUGTONEY Doug Toney is editor and publisher of the Drainage ordinance When you read that what do you think it means Lets simplify this with a one question Which of the following state ments best describes what the current drainage ordinance or the drainage ordinance that was originally proposed will accom plish 1 Ensures that the city gov ernment will identify areas and neighborhoods that his torically have flooded and solve those flooding problems in a timely 2 Establish standards that ensure new housing develop ments will not create flooding problems for homeowners in that development or in near by homes or 3 Make sure that the economic bur den of providing adequate drainage for a new housing development will not be passed on to 4 None of the The answer is number 4 None of the For many the debate over a drainage ordinance has been slugged out in committee meetings and in council Developers seem perplexed and even outraged over how then Mayor Adam Cork and the previous council changed the ordinance as one of the final acts as an outgoing Earlier this the drainage ordi nance after a year of meet proposed a drainage ordinance to council that proposed a drainage but it was A developer could opt to engineer and create his own drainage system for his Outgoing Mayor Cork and several council members successfully changed the ordinance to increase the proposed fees and to make the fees mandatory in most Developers and the home builders association say they are now stuck with a costly and inef fective drainage Some at city staff now seem to be saying that some changes do need to be made to make the ordinance but not necessarily in the way the developers and homebuilders associa tion After the city election in devel opers successfully lobbied the current council to reconsider the drainage ordinance and got it placed on the agenda for a But the new Bruce and the council split 33 on whether to change the the ordinance remains But it can be brought up again for a Mayor Boyer is an attorney who is part owner of a title Coun cilmember Valerie Hull has a business that sells products to Council member Gale Pospisil has an appraisal All three voted in support of removing the ordinance language that makes the assessments on developers and builders Councilmembers Sonya MunozGill and Beth Sokolyk and new council member Kathleen Krueger voted against changing the The homebuilders group says it will probably file suit if an acceptable alter native to the new drainage ordinance is not forthcoming from this new But now they might just wait to see who replaces Lynn who resigned last week from the With the council split the voters of District 6 will probably determine the future of the drainage This district seat special election now takes on a significant citywide You can rest assured that both sides in this power struggle will be active in finding and financing a If you appreciate local politics as a spec tator then you are in for some But what is disappointing is even after all this time and political power no matter which side wins control of the the city will remain without a comprehensive plan to help the existing neighborhoods that are experiencing chronic
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