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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas V V FEBRUARY HERALD ZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS TOURNEYS SV baseballers win at Fredericksburg Canyon SV softball stage Page 5A NEWS CISD Board members say theyll ensure trees wont be leveled during campus Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 89 16 2 sections CLICK www Partly cloudy High Low 72 58 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Council OKs Creekside reinvestment tax By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council voted unanimously Thursday to give the Town Center at Creekside devel opment project the goahead for a million tax increment reinvest ment Developers sought the TIRZ to reimburse them for drainage and infrastructure It would involve taxes generated by develop ers of the Creekside and HEB prop Independent financial review set to be conducted by March 12 erties approximately 400 acres on both side of Interstate 35 and FarmtoMarket District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil made the motion to instruct city staff to negotiate a development agreement for the Creekside proj The motion also instructed City Manager Mike Morrison to hire an independent financial at the developers to help the city council evaluate the propos According to the the development agreement and the independent financial review are to be concluded by March City staff were told to brief the council by March Im very excited and have been supportive all Pospisil Its a wonderful thing for our Steve managing partner of Houstonbased NewQuest Proper said that his work had just Before the he said that without the Creekside deal would probably This is a true publicprivate part he council members did what they needed to do by voting Alvis said his company wants to Developer and HEB have reached an agreement regard ing drainage create a destination that will be the northern gateway to the Its about quality of life thats what were trying to create he Its what people Alvis said in the meeting that the See Page 8A Hoop dreams Photos by DAVID The Canyon High School boys basketball surround ing coach Kenny is ready to proveit has what it takes to make it past the first round of the state Experience to shuck off By Kevin Washburn Staff Writer When the Canyon High School boys basketball team won the district championship two years it was seen as a young team on the When the Cougars repeated as league champions this past year and went into the state playoffs with only one they were considered the favorite to win the regional Thanks to firstround play off losses the previous two there is an air of doubt surrounding this years Cougars team as it heads into drives team playoff past todays area playoff against Canyon won a third straight district championship this but this year the Cougars will have to prove they are worthy of a bid to the state Oh weve got a lot to said Canyon senior guard Bernie who lamented that he heard San Antonio defeat ed Canyon 6260 on 12 considered the Region IV We were picked to go a long way in the playoffs last year and lost our first people are sec ondguessing They dont Guard Brandon tries to defend against teammate and See Page 6A guard Justin Morales during a recent Voters to see tax increase for fire stations on ballot By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter A proposed threecent tax increase could bring two new fire stations to Canyon Comal County Emergency Services Dis trict 3 commissioners announced 14 that the proposed tax increase would go before voters on the May Keith the districts said the increase would pay for new stations and additional staff for Canyon Lake Were only going to taxpayers for what we believe we actually Lewis BSD 3 is a taxing entity that contracts with Canyon Lake to provide fire and emergency To learn more about Emergency Services District call 8309072922 The district includes Canyon Lake and much of northern Comal If the tax rate would be raised to cents this and would increase to 8 cents in Lewis The owner of a home appraised at currently pays a year for fire protection and for EMS With the the same homeowner would pay for fire coverage in 2008 and a year in Lewis said residents could actu ally save money if the tax increase is Canyon Lake is working to improve the depart ments insurance which would result in lower insurance rates for BSD 3 Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said the increase is a winwin situa tion for most voters in the In a lot of people can come out he They may spend a few more dollars on but theyll save a lot more on their Danny Scheel Ken Valentine Group plans to canvass area with petition By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer A group of more than 40 New Braunfels res idents showed up at a meeting Thursday evening to organize an effort to recall District 6 City Councilman Ken Resign Valentine yard Tshirts and bumper stickers were passed out at the meet ing along with petitions and Leaders of the recall Kevin Stuart Hansmann and Robert said the group will meet at 9 Saturday in the WalMart parking lot behind Taco Bell on Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35 before fanning out to begin their signature campaign in District People who live along the river are con suming city resources and time when they feel it will benefit but all the they are ignoring the rest of the Hansmann In council meetings theyre worrying about whats in his back yard and not whats in my front a former River Activities Committee member appointed by Valentine who resigned 30 over a container asked the petition ers to remain focused on their work even if See Page 3A Customers see spike in gas bill By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Mistakes made by CenterPoint Energy meter readers were passed on to customers this CenterPoint spokeswoman Alicia Dixon said about New Braunfels customers experi enced a significant increase on this months bill to make up for two to three months that the company undercharged She said the low charges were caused by incorrect meter Were still looking into how it but we know that there were incorrect read ings sent to she The problem has been but the timing is People typically have higher gas bills at this time of Dixon said customers in Central Texas were including residents of San Marcos and Garden Dixon said the company determined how much each See Page 8A iinuuumuumu The Uptown provides an Environment for Everybody Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 San Antonio 8307085411
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