New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Hopefuls file expense reports
NB mayoral candidate Gale Pospisil collects $8,548 in campaign cash
Only $302 spent in NBISD race
By Greg Bowen
New Braunfels mayoral candidate Gale Pospisil collected $8,548 in political contributions from Ian. 13 through April 11, according to her 30th-day-before-elec-tion report filed at city hall.
In similar reports filed in the race for New Braunfels City Council in District 5, accountant Biyan Miranda reported $2,735 in contributions from Feb. 14 through April 4 and physician Beverly Nuckols reported $70 in contributions from Feb. 14 through April 13.
Pospisil, a retired real estate appraiser
who served on city council from 2003 to 2009 and was mayor pro tern, reported total political expenditures of $6,262.
Nuckols listed expenditures totaling $1,622. Expenditures totaled $1,596 for Miranda.
See CAMPAIGN, Page 9A
By Will Wright
If first reports are any indication, there’ll be little need for a financial review for the lone trustees seat up for grabs in the New Braunfels Independent School District this spring.
Initial filings by David McDaniel and board presi
dent Rigo Montero for the District 2 position indicate only $200 received in contributions and $302 spent — all by Montero, the incumbent.
Both the Comal and New Braunfels school districts will hold trustees elections on May 14. NBISD has
See NBISD, Page 9A
Comal jobless rate drops to 6.8%
From staff reports
Comal County’s unemployment rate improved to 6.8 percent in March, down from 6.9 percent reported in February, according to figures released by Workforce Solutions.
Comal County’s unemployment rate was much lower than the overall jobless rate of 7.3 percent for die 12-county Workforce Solutions Alamo area, which includes Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson counties. Gillespie County registered the lowest unemployment rate in March amongst the counties at 4.9 percent, and Kames County registered the highest rate at 8.4 percent.
Comparing the Workforce Solutions Alamo area to the state and nation, the Texas unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate decreased to 8.1 percent in March, down from 8.2 percent in February. The nation’s unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate also decreased to 9.2 percent in March, down from 9.5 percent reported in February.
The state and nation released seasonally adjusted unemployment rates with Texas decreasing to 8.1 percent in March down from 8.2 percent in February, and the nation’s unemployment rate decreasing to 8.8 percent down from 8.9 percent
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RAVENSTAR GALA TO HONOR SCHUMANNS
► NEW BRAUNFELS COUNCIL
funding on agenda
Council considers fees to pay for improvements
RavenStar Outdoor Education executive director Kelley Clifford, right, shows William and Dolores Schumann the award they will be receiving at the Gruene Planet Gala. The Schumanns are being recognized for their longtime dedication to RavenStar and New Braunfels' natural areas
New Braunfels couple lauded for environmental efforts
By Marilyn Kuehler
Dolores and William L. Schumann, both in their 80s, remember the days when children spent a lot of time outdoors.
“We didn’t have TV and video games,” Dolores said, “but we didn't lack for anything.”
The Schumanns spent their youthful years on farms and ranches, an experience that eventually propelled them into the middle of New Braunfels environmental issues and spurred them to find ways to pass along the wisdom and wonders of nature to the next generation.
Whan; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wadnesday Where: The Gruene Door Store, 2348 Gruene Lake Drive Tickets: $100 per couple Information: RavenStar Outdoor Education, (830)626-1776
RavenStar Outdoor Education's goal is "no child left inside."
That lifelong enthusiasm for the On Wednesday, the Schumanns
natural world is reflected their sup- will be honored by RavenStar dur-
port of RavenStar Outdoor Educa- ing the nature center’s annual
tion in New Braunfels and its goal:
“No child left inside.” See GALA, Page 9A
■ ntLAi tu: wnen will trie city manager, city engineers and city council actually take steps to protect property from flooding created by under-regulated development? See Editor and Publisher Doug Toney's column, 4A
By Greg Bowen
New Braunfels City Council will convene in a special meeting Monday to continue discussions on the possibility of establishing new fees to fund drainage improvements.
Citizens demanded better drainage in a series of public meetings NEW held in the BRAUNFELS aftermath of the ?*TY COUNCIL June 9, 2010 ¡5fne": 4:30 pm<
flood. Whera^City Hall,
In an April 11 424 s. Castell Ave.
staff unveiled to council a proposed stormwater utility fee that would raise $2.3 million a year to help fund drainage needs.
Public Works Director Steve Ramsey told council that a stormwater utility fee was approved seven or eight years ago by council, but councilors never actually established fees.
Under the fee structure now being proposed by staff, city utility bills would include a $4.59 per-month stormwater utility fee for an averagesized residence with 2,600 to 3,175 square feet of impervious cover. That would amount to about $82 per year.
Smaller homes would see a monthly $3.03 fee assessed, and larger homes would pay $6.61 under the
See COUNCIL, Page 9A
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