New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Caniford named head football coach
By Will Wright
Only one name was submitted for consideration by the New Braunfels Independent School District’s board of trustees as the
high school’s 18th football coach and athletic director. And, after a few hours, the board was sold on Chuck Caniford.
Caniford’s exuberance and optimism won unanimous approval by the board in a spe
cial meeting Monday night at the school district’s headquarters.
Caniford, 32, was selected after a nearly monthlong process in finding a successor to five-year coach Rick Rhoades, who left
late last month to become Converse Judson’s assistant head coach.
“My wife and I are very excited to bring our family here to New Braunfels,” Caniford told an audience of 50 who attended
Monday’s meeting. “We’ve got four kids and are looking forward to raising them here. I personally am excited about coming to a program with so much
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NBISD to ask for utility fee exemption
Proposition 4 would change residency rules
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Greg Koehler proudly shows off his 1941 Chevy Coupe at the New Braunfels Area Car Club swap meet Saturday. Three years and $28,000 dollars later, Koehler offers the car for sale at $25,000.
Vintage car enthusiasts attend swap meet
City to search for partner to help local youth sports
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees unanimously approved a resolution Monday asking for an exemption to the city's proposed drainage utility fee.
Although the fees have not been approved yet, Superintendent Hon Reaves told the board he did not want to he faced with including them into next year’s budget.
“We don’t know what the fees could be,” he said. “Ive heard anywhere from $6 to $12.”
Reaves said, based on his conversations with city engi-Ike Short, the fee would be based on an aver
age residential land parcel, which has 3,434 square feet of impervious cover.
While the average homeowner’s development would cost only $6, the district has about 2 million square feet of impervious cover, totaling roughly $42,000 in annual fees.
"We are a taxing entity, as is the city, and we don’t think we should be taxed by them. We’ll just have to pass that along to our taxpayers,” Reaves said.
Although city officials are referring to the new line item on the New Braunfels Utility bill, which, if approved will be collected to maintain and
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Weekly Tour of Faith
Another church is profiled in the weekly series of churches in and around Comal County.
By Ron Maloney
Proposition 4 of the 39 city charter amendments on the New Braunfels ballot would change the residency rules for candidates for city offices.
New Braunfels City Attorney and Assistant City Manager Charles Zech said a requirement that a prospective candidate live in the city for 12 months prior to filing for election would remain unchanged. What would change is the requirement that a candidate live at least 12 months in the district he or she would run in.
The residency change is one recommended by a committee that spent much of 2004 reviewing the city’s charter — which had not been updated since 1995. Most of tile changes clean up or clarify confusing language.
“Currently, the law is you have to be a resident of the city for 12 months and the district for 12 months," Zech said. “This proposition would change the district
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■ Sunday — Prop. 13 — changing number of signatures required for petitions to 5 percent of registered voters.
■ Today — Prop. 4 — changes residency requirements to allow someone to run for council after living in their district six months.
■ Wednesday — Prop. 5 — changes term limits to allow council members to serve three terms.
■ Thursday — Prop. 7 — Allows council members to be paid for all meetings attended each month.
■ Friday — Prop. 15 — Changes charter to allow city council to repeal ordinances passed by voters after two years.
By Scott Mahon
It took Greg Koehler three years to restore the 1941 Chevy Coupe he displayed Saturday at the 13th annual New Braunfels Area Car Club swap meet.
After finding the vintage car in a field near San Antonio, Koehler spent close to $28,000 restoring the five-passenger coupe.
“The parts for the grill were probably the hardest parts to find,” said Koehler, who is the parts manager for B Benson Mercedes in San Antonio.
Originally a family coupe, the burnt orange street rod now comes with a 350 horsepower Chevy V-8, and is priced at $25,000.
Koehler said he grew up
with a dad who also loved cars.
And his wife, Michelle, who tore down a 1971 Volkswagen engine and rebuilt it, also had a fondness for cars.
“I always wanted a street rod,” Koehler said. “But my wife told me I couldn’t get one until her father found his T-bucket he always wanted.”
Earlier this year, the Koehlers won second place in a San Antonio car show.
The local swap meet and car show is one of the larger meets in Texas, said Jan Stull.
“It’s like a big fair,” Stull said. “But it’s a car fair."
Barney Calvert said he and New Braunfels dentist Fred Willard came up with the idea of a swap meet more than 13 years ago.
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Jesse Causey peeks at the interior of a 1940 Chevy Coupe for sale at Saturday's car swap on the fairgrounds. The owner, Greg Koehler, spent three years restoring the car to its pristine condition.
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels’ youth sports may get a helping hand if the City Council can find a private organization to partner with.
Council expressed their unanimous support Monday to help youth sports after District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull asked council to consider raising the
city’s 13 percent hotel occupancy tax to 15 percent to fund youth a sports venue.
However, under state law the city would have to partner with a private organization that would be willing to operate the venue.
Also, City Attorney Charlie Zech pointed out that under state law an admission fee would have to be charged, even if it was $1.
District 6 Councilman applauded the idea, and said a youth sports venue would bring more tourism dollars to New Braunfels.
And David Feltmann, director of operations for New Braunfels Youth Sports, said his organization already has a 100-acre site and encouraged council to work
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