New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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IMNHMMMfDistrict judge recuses self from river suit
By Suzanne Ashe
Judge Charles Ramsay, 22nd Judicial District, recused himselfTuesday from hearing the suit filed against the city of New Braunfels over hotly debated river ordinances passed this year by the city council.
The ordinances ban Jell-O shots and beer bongs, allow only 16-quart
■Visiting justice to hear case on April 27, official says
coolers on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in the city limits and prohibit alcohol consumption in Uinman Island and Prince Solms parks.
The temporary restraining order, temporary injunction and permanent injunction petition against the
city was filed April 5 in the 207th District Court by attorneys for Stop The Ordinances Please group.
Martin Allen, district court administrator and spokesman for the judge, said Ramsay, who lives in Wimberley and presides over a three county jurisdictions consisting of
Comal, I lays and Caldwell counties, didn’t say why he recused himself but said he asked Allen to appoint a visiting judge in his place.
Judge Ron Carr, a former Bexar County judge, was assigned to the case by B.B. Schraub, administrative judge for the second administrative
district, Allen said.
Carr is expected to hear die case at 9 a.m. April 27 at the Comal County Courthouse Annex.
Aldiough it was originally set to be heard a day earlier, Carr was unavailable on April 26, Allen said.
Comal County Assistant District
See RIVER, Page 8A
House proposal would put brakes on Trans-Texas Corridor
By April Castro
The Associated Press
AUSTIN (AP) — A two-year moratorium on private toll roads that won preliminary approval in the I louse on this week would put the brakes on the Trans-Texas Corridor, a superhighway that a private firm received a contract for earlier this year.
The moratorium also would halt seven
near-term projects in the state, said Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, the Brenham Republican who added the proposal to a House bill.
“This is us tapping the brakes, looking before we leap ... into contracts that last 50-plus years,” Kolkhorst said.
Her proposal would require the state to create a commission to study the effects of private equity toll roads and present findings to the state next year.
Rep. Mike Krussee, R-Round Rock, argued that without private toll roads, die state would need to raise the gas tax to pay for roads.
“However well-intentioned, the moratorium adopted by the House would eliminate an enormous pool of non-tax money to address traffic and transportation needs,” said Joe Krier, chairman of Texans for Safe
See CORRIDOR, Page 8A
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City council to mull over business fees
■ Proposed economic incentive requests would cost $25,000
By Suzanne Ashe
The New Braunfels City Council tabled a resolution Monday that would assess a $25,000 fee to businesses looking at New Braunfels as a possible site to do business.
The resolution would allow the city to charge die fee for processing requests for economic development incentives.
Interim City Attorney Paul Isham said the city has received at least two requests for economic incentives within the past six months with regard to the development of land within or adjacent to the corporate limits. The requests required city staff to spend their time analyzing them as well as performing their regular duties. Outside consultants also are hired by the city to assist with reviewing the requests, he said.
“We don’t want people coming to New Braunfels kicking tires,” he said. “It s not my intent to keep people from coming and visiting but if they’re
See FEE, Page 8A
Bulverde officials thirst for answers
■ City’s water battles continue
By Jessica Sanders
The wells are running dry at Baile Bulverde Elementary School, and Bulverde officials know time is running out to resolve a conflict over water distribution.
“We have two dry wells and die other two are pumping IO gallons per minute,” said Roy Lin-nartz, special projects manager for Comal Independent School District. “Wed be a lot more comfortable at about 30 or 40 gallons per minute.”
The East Ammann Road school, along with several Bulverde businesses and homes, is waiting for water from a Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority pipeline. However, nine months of conflict between GBRA and Bulverde city leaders have put the water distribution plans on hold.
The situation began Aug. 22, when the Bulverde City Council rejected GBRA’s plans to construct a 100-foot tower and distribution center in the Bulverde Estates subdivision.
Council members asked GBRA officials to consider other locations after residents who lived near the proposed site complained that the
See WATER, Page 3A
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History on the move
The old square nails are visible in the side of a former one-room schoolhouse that dates back to 1880. Comal ISD uses the building for parts storage for its transportation department.
■One-room schoolhouse could receive renovations
By Mark Koopmans
As if they could sense a neighbor might soon be leaving, a swarm of yellow school buses belonging to the Comal Independent School District appeared to be protecting or lidding from view a small piece •of local history this week.
Lucked away quietly in a comer of New Braunfels, close to the roar of Interstate 35, many of the buses housed at one of CISD’s transportation department were parked close to and around a small, 127-year-old former schoolhouse.
Currently, the board of trustees is considering donating the wooden building to the New Braunfels Conservation Society. As mandated by the Texas Education Code governing the donation of property, tile trustees will conduct a public hearing, which is set for April 26.
Built around 1880, the former one-room schoolhouse
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Curt Saur, right, tours his old school with Comal Independent School District Director of Transportation Joe Jones on Wednesday morning.The former one-room schoolhouse has served the school district in various capacities since 1880, including its current use as a parts supply building for the transportation department. CISD hopes to be able to donate the building to the New Braunfels Conservation Society.
is about 37 square feet in size. However, since the 1970s, the building has been used to hold spare parts and as office space. In its heyday it was a center of learning. Now, the center is leaning in and the oak floor has worn through in several areas.
“A few of us knew about the conversation society, so when we began our move to the new location by Canyon High School, we didn’t want the old building torn down," said Joe Jones, director of transportation. “Jason (Wahl) still uses the office space in the back. He’s a history buff and agreed we should do something.”
The schoolhouse soon
See SCHOOL, Page 7A
This one-room schoolhouse built in 1880 now serves as a parts storage area and break room for the CISD transportation department.