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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas RLL rOK BDl W KOI 2627 E YMDELL DR EL PASO n 79903 nil THE SUNDAY OCTOBER 2005 HERALDZEITUNG INSIDE FUN FOR ALL Look for special sections highlighting events throughout the INSIDE COUPONS Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since Look for moneysaving coupons from Alzafar Shrine Inside 293 32 5 sections CLICK j Partly Cloudy High Low 80 65 Details3B DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS Mayor This council wont assess utility fee By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The New Braunfels drainage ordinance became a touchy subject as soon as it was adopt Its detractors protested that it was illegal while its supporters clung to their belief it was a step toward improving the citys water But while the debate over the stormwater connection fee the other half of the ordi nance went The drainage utility assessed to every improved lot or parcel of land within the city has the ability to bring in roughly million yearly to make improvements to the drainage system and maintain existing Although the city has had the ability to charge the fee since city council has avoided setting an amount and directing New Braunfels Utilities to add the fee to its Why is council hesitant to pick up one weapon in the fight against the citys flooding prob lems Mayor Bruce Boyer said while he was aware of the utility fees potential to make drainage sys tem it was not his first tool of choice for fixing the citys drainage When you weigh the amount of money that can be collected on it versus some of the other issues that are going to be com ing into like the school dis tricts having to pay which is going to be another burden on the and some other See FEE Page 7 A I dont necessarily think its the best route to go and emphasize trying to collect the drainage util ity fee versus going and getting on the program as far as assessing and collecting impact Bruce Boyer New Braunfels mayor A 24HOUR MAKEOVER Community works together to rebuild Haymarket Park By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Laboring on a Saturday morn ing is nothing for Sandy He spent decades fighting for a neighborhood so he wasnt going to miss an opportu nity to help build Weve been petitioning for this for years and said who lives near Haymarket Kids come here for soccer baseball games I used to practice golf Haymarket Park got a makeover thanks to community members and volun teers from the community and Home The park got a new backstop and playground structure with two slides and a rock climbing A swing covered park benches and barbecue pits will finish the The project was funded by a grant from District 5 City Councilwoman Kathleen Krugers budget Home Depot donated labor and and a national nonprofit donated Pam a member of the parks departments steering com said she attended a con ference at KaBOOM in order to receive the The experience included training and work on a playground in We learned that its really Gruene hotel owners hope to avoid third strike Tuesday By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Photos by DAVID New Braunfels River Project Manager Nathan Pence begins the daunting task of building one of several picnic tables Saturday morning at Haymarket New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department employee Kevin Cusick sorts through the nuts and bolts used to hold the newly installed playground equipment important to try to put parks and playgrounds within walking dis tance of she Neighbors Dee Hernandez and Alex Benavides said they walked over to help because they didnt want to miss an opportunity to help their community and local I think my grandkids need a place they can come and other than the street with Benavides Stacey Parks and Recre ation said she was glad See PARK Page 12A AT A GLANCE New Braun fels Planning Com Msiori meeting 18 When Tuesday SSI Where City coun cil 424 Castell A local family will make a third attempt to get the Planning Commissions bless ing Tuesday for its plans to build a 104 room hotel in Gruene on the banks of the Guadalupe Mary Vanhorn Anderson and her brother and sister are asking for a special use permit to build the square foot facility on acres currently designated as resi dential The siblings inherited the land in 2002 from their If commissioners approve their the Vanhorn lodge would be the largest hotel in the popular tourist Although they did not deny the request in commissioners strongly encouraged developer Ted Alexander to come back with more details on the They specifically asked for elevation draw ings and a financial report that would con vince them the hotel could sustain its oper ations and not leave the historical See HOTEL Page 3A Spooky treats Children come out in force to enjoy a night of goblins of New Canyon bands shine on grand stage Photos by DAVID Members of the New Braunfels Band and color guard perform during the UIL band contest Saturday at Cougar By Jessica StaffWriter There were no football play cheerleaders or mascots to be found when the Canyon High School Band marched onto the No distractions were was all about Saturdays University Inter scholastic League area com petition at Canyon High School offered a rare chance for the Cougar band to per form without being sand wiched between two halves of a football New Braunfels and 11 other schools vied for the judges The two schools with the highest New Braunfels and was It sounded very rich and which is what we were hoping he With this ON TO STATE B3 By placing in the top two in the area com New Braunfels qualified for which will be 8 at the Foster High the sky is continue to UIUs state the We can only get bet competition 8 at the New Braunfels was the highestrated band while judges ranked Canyon sixth in the competi Noah senior drum major at said he thought their performance of songs by Dmitri Shostakovich New Braunfels band birec tor Beth Bronk said she was also very happy with her bands They played a program called written by Carol I think this was our best she 1 want to make sure the kids know they did a good because thats what really Allison a senior drum agreed that New Braunfels did an amazing even if she couldnt see the whole I could just hear she But it sounded awe Both Canyon and New Braunfels went to the state competition two years and the bands believed they had stronger shows this time See BANDS Page 9A free
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