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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas T T FEBRUARY HERALD ZEITUNG Ap Newspaper of the Year SPORTS BASEBALL Smithson Valley baseball team wins its season opener over Page 5A NEWS Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 88 18 2 sections CLICK City council must ensure it keeps the citys best interests at forefront of its Creekside Page 4A I Mostly sunny High Low 80 57 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Creekside TIRZ plan before council today i Taxes would repay S26M investment By Gerard MacCrossan Managing Editor Developers hoping to reshape the northern entrance to New Braunfels will present their latest plans to the New Braunfels City Council at a spe cial meeting this The Town Center at Creekside and a new HEB would flank the east and west sides of Interstate 35 just north of its intersection with FarmtoMarket 306 if the current development plans come to Before dirt is the developers want the council to establish a tax increment reinvest ment zone to repay their million investment in street and utilities The opportunity is the energy See Page 7A What New Braunfels City Council special meeting No cause for development recusals Why To consider the Town Center at Creekside development project When today 1 Where City council Castell By Gerard MacCrossan Managing Editor Theres a theory that everyone in the world is connected by six degrees of Achieving a fraction of that distance is much more difficult when dealing with politics in a community as small as New where elected offi cials must constantly be on their guard for situations in which they could be perceived as having a vested The tax increment reinvestment zone proposed by the Town Center at Creekside which the New Braunfels City Council could vote to press ahead with as early as is another hugely scrutinized issue on See Page 7A Showing off A rabbit waits in line to be weighed prior to judging in the 39th annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show on Wednesday Young rabbit breeders explain facts of raising furry critters By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Breeding rabbits is trickier than it They are the hardest to raise of all the animals at this said Frank Comal County Junior Live stock Show rabbit Youve got to breed them at the right time of then they may breed but not have or the babies will die in the This 163 rabbits beat those odds and grew up to be entered in the Comal County Junior Livestock Rab bits arrived on Wednesday to be weighed and Winners will be sold during Saturdays The such as 17yearold Kayci are required to breed and raise their own Photos by DAVID Smithson Valley High School senior Richard removes his rabbits from their cage while volunteers Kay fills out Shelia Scott weighs and Jody Doerfler looks over the rabbits prior to judging at the 39tn annual Junior Livestock Show on Wednesday I think we have better stock than last Theyre bigger and in better said Kay a junior at Smithson Valley High School who won breed champion with a New Zealand My sister and I both start ed raising rabbits two years I wanted a pet one and my dad said the only way I could have a rabbit was if I was in she Kayci and her 14yearold sister Tiffany have several rab bits including one that is See Page 7A Erik and Cody play with two of their rabbits while waiting for judging to beam at the 39th annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show on Wednesday Group plans to take its recall efforts door to door By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer A group of New Braunfels residents is pushing for ward with its attempt to recall Councilman Ken Kevin a former member of the River Activ ities joined forces with other likemind ed residents after the 12 city council meeting in an attempt to launch the recall Ken Valentine The city council voted to ban open alcohol containers in city parks and to require small er coolers on the rivers during that Robert spokesman for the recall peti tion said the recall is more farreach ing than the The petition is not just about river he We are concerned with Ken Valentines conflicts of interest and a potential ethics violation Lee said the fact that Valentine lives on the Comal River should have been an issue before the vote on the Because of the fact he is a homeowner on the Comal River and stands to gain person al he should have recused himself from any river activity Lee Valentine stands by his vote for the river I have no information on the he We the council are doing the right thing for decency and to bolster the reputation of the Lee said the recall petition will circulate until 221 signatures needed for a recall are Volunteers will be circulating the petition in District 6 on he Local fire crew battles heated political issue County doesnt want to pay for service in no mans land By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Bracken volunteer lire firefighters are will ing to protect residents of no mans but Comal County commissioners arent willing to compensate them for their At least 70 residents in south Comal County live in an area that does not fall within an emer gency service Residents of this area known as no mans land to county officials have been without fire and EMS protection since Bob secretary for Emergency Service District said officials from the Brack en Volunteer Fire commissioners and residents attended a meeting on We offered to provide fire protection to no mans but we have no contractual right to be Fleming They said they would have the assistant district attorney draw up a temporary contract so we could legally go in See Page 10A Texas State must delay tower plan Proposal made for CISD land By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer A proposal to allow Texas State University to build a radio tower in New Braunfels has been put on University officials hoped to build the tower on Comal Independent School District proper ty just behind Good win Primary The proposal was scheduled to go before the school board but was pulled from the Frank New Braunfels city plan ning said the planning and zoning commission had con cerns about the proj ect because the proposed which would be located near Ixiop 337 and Church Hill Dri would be visible to visitors entering the Its a major entryway to the city and this is an ugly kind of he Its not the best place to put the tower in terms of the citys See Page 10A IF YOU M I Independent School District board meeting I When I Where Canyon High 1510 Interstate 35 SPCCS Richard lall 330 62SPECS ft1
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