New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 152, No. 231Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Drainage on tap for workshop
By Dylan Jimenez
Large potholes or drainage problems on your street are part of a $32 million citywide street problem.
New Braunfels City Council will examine the problem
At a glance
■ WHAT: New
Braunfels City Council Drainage and Street Repair Workshop
■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m.,
Conference Room A,
New Braunfels Municipal Building,
424 S. Casten Ave.
Wednesday at the second in a series of workshops officials hope will produce a more effective plan of action than the city has ever had.
Mayor Adam Cork said the city had been behind in planning for future roads, including an outer loop.
City officials say new streets, drainage problems and routine street repair were not properly addressed by past administrations.
Last year, the city spent only $200,000 on routine street repair, and a few years ago, it spent less than $100,000. City officials didn’t even know how much street repair was needed until earlier this year.
In the past six months, the city has adopted new street standards, inventoried streets and their needed repairs and developed a drainage study that will be discussed Wednesday. The city also is updating its thoroughfare plan, which will help council prioritize road projects.
At the first street workshop in July, council learned how streets are made and how they function. Wednesday, the city engineer will educate council on general drainage issues, and council will
‘True-blue firefighter,’ Trammell, laid to rest
K. JESSIE SLATE N/Herald-Zeitung
White carnations from the relatives of Chief Perry Trammell lie with the red ones from his other family — the Spnng Branch Volunteer Fire Department — around a recently cleaned helmet bearing Trammell’s call number.
By Ron Maloney
SPRING BRANCH — A white chief’s helmet, number 600, and a set of fireman’s protective bunker gear Perry Trammell will never need again stood before a ceremonial chrome fire bell.
The bell tolled 15 times — traditional for a fallen firefighter — and sheriff’s dispatcher Jeanette Hugghins sent Fire Chief Perry Trammell on his last run Saturday.
In the front rows of the fire hall, family members and volunteers of the department’s junior battalion comforted one another and wept for Trammell, whose radio call sign was “600.”
“SO, 600,” came Hugghins’ voice over the radio.
New Braunfels Fire Department Chaplain Craig Van Ryswyk and Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter, wearing dress blues, bowed their heads.
“SO, 600,” Hugghins repeated.
“Last call for Spnng Branch Fire Chief Perry Trammell” Hugghins said.
Several hundred tilled the Spring Branch fire station to standing room only Saturday to see Trammell off, say goodbye and express appreciation for his work as a firefighter, a role model and a friend.
Trammell, 43, died of lung cancer Monday in San Antonio, leaving behind his wife, Dawn, his family, friends and
the Spring Branch community that depended on him to put out fires for more than three years.
Trammell served in the U.S. Army and didn’t discover fire service until his late 30s.
“Some people join the fire service seeking glory. It takes about five minutes to know there isn’t a lot of glory' in this place,” Van Ryswyk said. “Chief Trammell wasn’t looking for glory. He was a true-blue firefighter who was in it
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Consultant Parker throws hat into Precinct 3 race
By Ron Maloney
Four months before filing opens in next year’s county elections, New Braunfels policy consultant Greg Parker Saturday let Precinct 3 incumbent commissioner know she’ll be in a horse race as she seeks her fourth term.
“The incumbent has done a good job,” Parker said in his announcement in front of the Comal County Courthouse Saturday. “But I believe its time for new leadership and a new
vision for Precinct 3.” Parker, 33, is a military veteran and single father who owns Gregory Parker Consulting, a New Braunfels-based policy, research and lobbying firm.
“We specialize in municipal and county issues, but have also
■ The filing period for the 2004 election cycle is Dec. 2,
2003, to Jan. 2,
■ The primary election will be Tuesday, March 3, 2004.
■ The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2004.
Zamora announces county re-election bid
By Ron Maloney
Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora announced at the conclusion of commissioners’ court Thursday she will seek her fourth term in office in 2004.
“I intend to run for re-election as a county commissioner to continue to serve my community and constituents,” Zamora said.
Earlier, she said she would step aside to pursue other interests. Her voters asked her to
stay, Zamora said.
“The reason I’m running for re-election is I have been asked by many people to continue. This is something I love,” Zamora said. The court’s lone Democrat, Zamora has a history of coalition building with Republicans
Families gearing up
For Kellys, school prep starts early in the summer
By Dylan Jim£nez
For the Kelly family, back-to-school preparations begin when school lets out in the spring.
Structuring summer activities takes the edge off the transition from summer days to school days.
In June, Richard and Margarita Kelly schedule dentist appointments and physicals for their four children.
Robert, IO, Amberly, 12, Aubrey, 15 and Ashleen, 17, attend Comal Independent School District schools.
The children keep a parent-mandated schedule of summer learning and physical activities to maintain structure in their lives.
At the beginning of the summer, the Kellys spend $400 in books for summer reading. The kids also keep a routine of sports or outdoor activities and chores. They work together on academic weaknesses during the summer break. Ashleen is brushing up on her SATs.
The activities help the children learn time management they will need during the busy school year when they will balance school, extracurricular activ-ities, church and home activities.
Photos by K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zertung
Robert, Amberly, Ashleen, Richard, Aubrey and Margarita Kelly (from left) make the most of their time * together, both during the summer and the school year. They started making back-to-school preparations at the beginning of the summer, scheduling medical appointments.
■ Comal Independent School District
Monday, Aug. 18 www.comalisd.org
■ New Braunfels Independent School District
Tuesday, Aug. 19 www.newbraunfels.txed.net
becomes important once school starts. That’s the most dramatic difference once school starts,” Ashleen said.
Margarita, a CISD
teacher, sees kids in her classes who come to school unprepared because they lack routine or aren’t ready for the school year, she said. Because of their summer routine, the Kelly children are more prepared for the school year than most kids, she said.
“It helps them be more focused. Its not like their life totally changes,” Margarita said.
Preparing for school means new clothes for the
Ashleen and Aubrey Kelly pull out their school supplies as they talk about courses they will take this year.
Ashleen is studying for her SATS.