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Vol. 148, No, 190 14 pages in I section August 12, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
50 centsMayoral hopeful. Ingram clash again
By Chris Crews
Bulverde Northwest mayoral candidate Malcolm McClinchie turned up his heated debate with Ingram Readymix this week by warning the manufacturer to stop preparing a site for its concrete batch plant.
Ingram Readymix attorneys responded the city could not have rules for commercial development because it had not elected a council or mayor.
McClinchie and Ingram Readymix have
a long history of confrontation and rancor. McClinchie has been an active member of an environmental group that fought Ingram’s plans to build the concrete batch plant near Texas 46.
Ingram has fought the incorporation and installation of city officials for Bulverde Northwest.
On Tuesday, McClinchie wrote Ingram president Bruce Ingram, “This letter is to formally notify you that the city of Bulverde Northwest must approve all commercial construction within our city limits...
“ While this letter might not have any legal weight, it puts (Ingram) on notice of our intentions.”
Kip McClinchie Candidate for town marshal, Bulverde Northwest
“The city of Bulverde Northwest has instituted a temporary suspension of all commercial activity until the city has a reasonable time (sic) to develop and adopt
specifics and detailed zoning and land use ordinances.”
McClinchie signed the letter as the “de facto Mayor of Bulverde Northwest” despite the fact he has an opponent in Saturday’s special election. Rancher Paul Maurer is running against McClinchie to be the first mayor of the new city.
Ingram attorney William Zeis said neither he nor Ingram had seen copies of the ordinances McClinchie referred to. Zeis said no public meetings had been posted and McClinchie’s letter had no legal authority.
“Ingram Readymix, and all the other property owners and residents of the area, are entitled to prior notice and the opportunity to participate in decisions, which could affect our lives and our property. It’s not just the law; it’s the way decent people operate,” Zeis said.
Dib Waldrip, Comal County criminal district attorney, said Wednesday that McClinchie’s letter was not enforceable.
“According to McClinchie’s letter, evi-See CLASH/5
CISD could approve bond sale
Low interest rates make move a priority
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Comal Independent School District officials are getting a jump on historically low interest rates to sell some of the bonds from the May I bond issue.
CISD trustees could approve issuance and sale of the bonds at 6 p.m. today at Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 North Business 35.
The $89 million bonds to be considered Thursday will pay for building three new elementary schools and expanding Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools.
The bond issue’s second proposition, at $59 million, will fund a third high school in the Canyon Lake area. A covenant with CISD voters prevents the district from selling those bonds until 2002.
The board will consider during closed session buying property for one of the new elementary schools.
The administration recommended building the new elementary schools in the U.S. 281/Cibolo Creek area, the Farm-to-Market Road 306/Hoffman Lane area, and the FM 306/FM 484 area.
The district’s design firm, Pfluger and Associates, reviewed several properties in the U.S. 281/Cibolo Creek area. The board could select property and authorize negotiations for buying the site. School officials said they could not provide information about the properties until after the board vote.
Abel Campos, CISD business manager, said the district’s financial advisor would present the board with a recommended offer for the bonds in the first proposition. If the sale is approved, proceeds would not be received until 20 to 30 days later, he said.
Campos said the amount of the sale
WHO: Comal Independent School District board of trustees WHEN: 6 p.m. today WHERE: Canyon Intermediate School. 1275 North Business 35
would determine what interest rate the district would have to pay on the bonds.
“That, in turn, will impact the debt service requirement, which will be reflected on the tax rate,” he said.
Campos said the district was selling the bonds now to take advantage of low interest rates and a high bond rating from credit-rating agencies.
“The interest rate is historically low right now, and it goes in cycles, so we’re taking advantage of that. Also, with a large bond issue, a small change in the
Animal control kills family’s pet rooster
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
Woody the rooster seemed destined for this year’s Comal County Stock Show until a bullet tragically ended his life this past week.
The pet chicken was shot and killed by a New Braunfels Animal Control officer, leaving a family wondering why a more humane approach wasn’t used.
“We raised that chicken by hand,”
Penni Baker said.
“We’d put him in our laps and feed him. And we had him trained.”
The family bought Woody the rooster four months ago, when he was just a chick. And Penni’s daughter Emily, 9, was considering entering her pet into stock shows through Future Farmers of America.
But Woody w ill never get that chance.
On Friday, New Braunfels Police Department received complaints of a rooster running loose and damaging neighbors’ property in the 500 block of Booker. An animal control officer arrived about 9:40 a.m. Friday.
Officer Edgar Dietrich tried to contact the ow ner of the chicken, but no one was home, Sgt. David Wilson said.
Dietrich then tried numerous times to catch the chicken.
“A chicken is like a cat — it’s very elusive,” Wilson said. “It’s hard to apprehend ”
After trying unsuccessfully to catch the chicken, Dietrich resorted to deadly force and fired off tw o rounds from his .22 caliber rifle.
“We try to keep away from that,” Wilson said.
As a last resort, however, deadly force was a legal solution, Wilson said.
But Baker said it wasn’t ethical.
“They relied on one lady’s word and they killed my pet,” she said. “They didn’t try to find me. They didn’t leave a note. They just blew away my pet. I’m waiting for
Emily Baker, 9, stands next to the cage that housed her pet rooster, Woody. The rooster was killed this past week by New Braunfels Animal Control officers responding to a complaint.
them to shoot my dog.”
The Bakers came home Friday evening and a neighbor told them what had happened.
Baker said an officer could have tried placing a net over the chicken instead of killing it.
The police department might look into other ways of apprehending chickens, Wilson said.
But the Bakers really shouldn’t have had the chicken there at all.
Residents must live on at least a 40,000-square-foot tract to keep chickens inside the city limits. Residents living on 40.000-square-foot tracts can house up to 50 fowl.
Baker said, “Is that really a reason to kill a person’s pet? If I had a cow out there, would they bring an uzi and start shooting ? And what about all those other chickens in the city?”
Baker said she w as unaware of any law stipulating who could or could not own chickens.
She’s never had a problem w ith the chicken destroying neighbors’ property before, she said. Woody would stay in the fenced yard or go across the street to a neighbor’s fenced yard to play w ith children, she said.
Not all the neighbors were friendly w ith the pet, and Baker said that scared her.
“I’m ready to move because of it,” she said.
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Bulverde City Council OKs 2000 budget, exemptions
By Christina Minor
BULVERDE — A $341,280 budget for 2000 and a $40,000 homestead exemptions for senior citizens were approved by Bulverde City Council on Tuesday.
The spending plan prepared by Mayor Bob Barton was based on a 16-cent property tax rate, but council aigued in favor of the current 18-cent rate. The tax rate will be adopted on Aug. 24.
Alderman Wallace Berkholtz said, “I think we should set it there and see how it goes. We need to gain experience, then we can
always go down. I hate to set it low then have to jack it up later.” Alderman Arleen Bennett said the lower tax rate might not work w ith the increased road budget. The approved budget hiked the road maintenance funds from $100,000 in 1999 to $ 180,000 in 2000.
Alderman Ken Fiedler, who was not present, sent his written comments about the budget.
He said council should set an 18-cent tax rate until members had a better understanding of the city budget process,
“We need to build our reserves,” he wrote. “We also need to honor our pledge to the community to set a tax rate no higher than 18 cents w ith the tax exemption.”
The reserve, w hich acts as a security blanket for errors in the budget, was set at $ 170,864 in the proposed budget, lf council
BENNETTRoad work money nearly doubles
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approves the 18-cent tax rate, the reserves hind w ill show an increase of about $20,000.
When the 1999 budget year ends in December, reserves w ill be about $90,000. The reserve is 25 percent of the annual budget. If the city goes w ith the 18-cent tax rate, the city will end 2000 with $80,000 more in reserves.
Frank Herzig of Bulverde said, “As someone who pays (taxes), less than 18 cents isSee BUDGET/5
Ray Davira and his 5-year-old daughter, Destiny, cool off Wednesday with a swim at Landa Park. Davira said he wanted to spend as much time as he could with his daughter, as she will begin school next week.