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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas JANUARY ZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS NEW COACH Texas States Bailiff to take over Rice football Bobcats name Wright interim Page 6A NEWS BIRD DEATHS Officials say cold weather killed the dozens of birds that littered Austin streets fast Page 2A Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 54 16 2 sections CLICK j a 40 chance of rain High Low 42 38 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 31 CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 21 CROSSWORD II FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS M Commissioners OK Creekside complex By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Comal County commissioners said they like the look of a proposed Creekside retail but theyre not ready to make a financial com mitment to the Commissioners voted 30 Thurs day to approve a resolution in sup port of the proposed Creekside devel Officials not ready to enter specific agreements to be located at the intersec tion of FarmtoMarket 306 and Interstate Jack precinct 1 was the county officials said they are not yet ready to enter into any specific agreements with the Everything Ive heard about the project leads me to believe it is going to be a huge benefit to the commu nity and the surrounding said Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Ken But until the drainage prob lems are that land cant be used at The million retail and com mercial development would be located within the New Braunfels city the 400acre property also would be a source of revenue for the county through sales tax and property tax The city of New Braunfels is nego tiating terms of a geographic zone for tax increment Assistant District Attorney Geof frey Barr said that the tax increment financing would allow a percentage See Page 3A No free rides how city council mem bers cast their votes on the idea of allowing only nondisposable containers on the Comal Rivet if i SoniaMunozGill Kathleen Krueger DtstricN Districts FILE Crowds of tubers float down the Comal River in this June According to statistics released by the city of New more than people tubed on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers in Officials question whether outfitters pay enough in fees By Mauri Elbe Staff Writer River management fees paid to the city of New Braun fels in 2006 indicate more than people tubed on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers according to docu ments provided by city offi cials some river out fitters paid fees for more than while two outfitters paid fees for only 15 People are paying the said Nathan river project manager for city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Everybody is paying the The question is Are they pay ing the correct amount The parks department col lected in river management fees from Comal and Guadalupe river outfitters operating or using facilities within the city limits last The river management fee is a charge for each per son who rents water recre ation equipment or purchas es a shuttle ride from an out fitter that operates or uses facilities within the city lim The is for anyone who rents equipment like a tube or a raft or walks up to an outfitter With their own tube GalePospisil Ken Valentine Districts District 6 Pat Wiggins District 4 Microsoft to build a local center million data facility will call San Antonio home SAN ANTONIO AP Microsoft announced Thursday that will build a million data center in San Antonio to house its growing online The facility will be the software giants first major data center in The data center will house tens of thou sands of computers for Internet services like Microsofts Windows live which include everything from instant messaging to said Mike Microsoft senior director of data To entice which will eventu ally 75 people at the the city approved a tax abatement package that will run over the next 10 Mayor Phil Hardberger said the incen tive will help turn vacant land within the city into a bringing more tax dollars to the city and the The data center will also use elec tricity from the municipal power compa generating roughly million extra annually for San Once Microsoft closes on the 40acre See Page 3A Theyare See Page 8A City officials are working to develop to correct bad on the citys rivers before this summers tubing season I The council will meet Monday to discuss the creating these ordinances I Prohibit open containers at Cypress Prince Solms and Hinrnan Island I Limit the size of contain ere and coolers on I Require life jackets and restrict certain flotation on Council speaks out on nondisposable container mandate Members explain how they voted on proposed ordinance By Susanna Asha Staff Writer When the New Braunfels City Council met on 11 to hear the River Activities Commit tees recommendations for curbing river row it approved 15 of the 16 proposals for further The only measure council members voted by a vote of would have nondisposable beverage containers on the Comal River within the city The nondisposable container the RAC pro posed was a oneliter sports bottle with a city seal on it and straps with zipper compart The estimated cost of the containers is to Mayor Bruce Boyer and city council mem bers Sonia District 1 Gayle District 3 Pat District 4 voted against the Council mem bers Beth District 2 Kathleen District 5 and Ken District 6 voted See Page 3A Preparation kept Comal running during ice storm By Mauri Elbe Staff Writer Local residents braced themselves for the wintry blast that brought freezing rain and icy roads to this normally temperate Officials said it was this kind of precaution that kept them from having to open emergency shelters in Comal The local American Red Cross branch was not any busier than usual during this weeks foul said Sharon McAllis manager for the New Braunfels branch of the American Red which assists people in Guadalupe and Gonzales counties during disasters and We have not been any more but we have been on standby and we are pre McAllister The local Red Cross branch did not receive requests to open shelters in any of the four counties it she I think it is because the local media got the word out well in advance so See Page 8A Birthaa ptown Piano Bar is the place for in the Prince Solma Inn
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