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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas THE SUNDAY DECEMBER 13, 2009 erald-Zettung NEWS Coloring oontost Look inside for details. 8«etlofi D INSIDE Lots off saving« Look inside for $102 in coupons. Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 157 No. 28 32 pages, 4 sections CLICK heraid-zeitung.com $1.00 * SaniiT High Low 73 56 Details ... 13A DEARABBY 60 OA^mCOS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4a osrruARiES sa SPORTS li TV GRIDS i-7C $3 million already invested in justice center By Chris Cobb The Herald-Zeitung Comal County will have a significant amount of money at stake in May, when voters go to the polls to decide whether to build a downtown justice center. County commissioners on Thursday officially recognized a petition to force a bond election, halting the commissioners' attempt to issue debt to pay for a project county staff had been planning for nearly four years. To date, the county has invested nearly $3 million to both buy the property downtown and pay for the initial architectural planning and design costs needed to build die estimated $36 million justice center. The county purchased a 30,000 square-foot lot on the east side of Seguin Avenue between Bridge and Zink streets in April 2008 for $1.5 million, with plans to build the four-story, 127,000 square-foot facility County Auditor David Renken said the initial planning and design costs for the justice center totaled more than $1.2 million. In addition, the county has an interlocal agreement in place with the City of New Braunfels that requires the county to set aside just more than $2 million to help fund the joint construction of a downtown parking garage within four years—but only if fiinds are issued to build a justice center. Commissioners voted on Oct. 15 to build the facility without voter approval, seek- See CENTER, Page 9A INCREDIBLE SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE "This has been a special time for me. FU never forget this run or Ms team we had this year." — Quarterback John Simmons LAURA McKBUBE/Herald-Zeitung The Unicorns reflect after the New Braunfels vs. Katy Class 5A state semifinals game at Rice Stadium In Houston Saturday. FiiU story on page IB. Game photos on page 4B. Giant stein would welcome visitors to NB Swine flu vaaine avaUable for general public to take Sy Chris Cobb The Herald-Zeitung He can picture it dearly, one day towering over an entrance into New Braunfels—a pillar to wdoome vistors to the dty he calls home. It's Mike Sevei's dream, and it's a gigantic, German beer stein he intends to build on the side of Interstate 35 in front of the New Braunfels Visitors Center. "Isn't it gorgeous?" he asked Thursday, looking down at an artist's rendering of the colorful beer stein he hopes will be his legacy to tbsdty. Sevei's "Grosse Stein Pro^Bct* would convert an industrial silo into a cdossal, decorative mug, 25 feet tall and 12 feet in diameter, painted with dty laiulmaiks and offering a" Willkom- See STUN, Page 9A PROJECT PRmNTATION: Ntw Braunfels City CouncH VMimi: 5:30 pm Monday WhM« City Nan, Conferenca Room B, 424 S. Cattail Ava. Submitttd illustration Mike Seve! plans to buUd a giant stsin next to ths New Braunfels Visitors' Center. ByEricJ.MMNMWbM' The Herald-Zeitung The Texas Department of State Health Services has now made swine flu vaccines available to the general public. Just a week ago, the agency said the vaccines were in the state and flowing to public and private health clinics, available only to residents who fit into several at-risk categories. Now the HINI novel influenza vaccine is available to the general public, because supply is catching up to demand, according to the DSHS press release. To find out where the vaccine is available, visit TexasFlu.org or ask a health care provider. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT Call Comal County Public Haalth at (830) 606-2015. $10 administration faa. Some private health care providers also have the vaccine; check with your physician. According to the Comal County OfiBce of Public Health, the health department and many private providers throughout the county now have an ample supply of the vaccine. Texas has been allocated about 6.7 million doses, with more than a million already used in the course of a wee¿ according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 13 million doses are expected in Texas by January •evm • WMfMirlKf^ •nop Onuni M/7 • «AiiMili(0MVV.e0M ^äir AN AMBiCAN REVQIliriONl y 1
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