New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAYMayor didn’t vote the way he wanted to on appraisal
AT A GLANCE
I What: New Braunfels City Council special meeting
I Whan: Monday, 6 p.m.
I Where: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave.
By Scott Mahon
Although New Braunfels City Council voted to terminate appraising the Comal County fairgrounds property Mayor Adam Cork said he would ask council to reconsider the vote Monday.
Council’s 3-3 tie effectively
terminated the appraisal process, but Cork said he didn't vote the way he intended.
“The motion was a negative motion/’ he said. “The motion was to not continue the appraisal, and I voted no, when I intended to vote to yes.”
Because the Comal County Fairgrounds property will
either be designated a city park or donated to the Comal County Fair Association, Cork said the value of the property wasn’t a factor.
“I would like an environmental study done on the property, and I think council agreed to do the environmental study,” Cork said. “In fact, I think we owe it to the
current users of the property to know if it's safe or not, and whether it would be safe to build a building on it in the future.”
Council hired a San Antonio real estate appraisal firm hired to appraise the fairgrounds property for $16,000.
So far, the city has spent $4,150 on the appraisal.
Volunteers spruce up the old Bnuntex Theatre gearing up for new productions.
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High school bands get an early start perfecting their halftime routines. Pugs IC
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■ General tips for drivers to follow when they are around school buses:
1) Yellow overhead flashing lights means the bus is about to pick up or drop off children.
2) Red overhead flashing lights and the STOP arm extended means the bus is picking up or dropping off children. Stop your vehicle no closer than 50 feet of the bus. Do not pass the bus. Be aware of children crossing the road. Proceed only after the lights are off.
3) Emergency flashers on a bus mean you need to be aware of the bus and its surroundings. It may be crossing railroad tracks.
(Top) Victor Ruiz readies school buses at the NBISD transportation offices. Over the summer, all buses were washed inside and out, and the staff of mechanics performed necessary maintenance on the fleet. (Above) Pat Baker hangs posters on freshly painted walls in her second grade classroom at Lone Star Elementary Friday morning.
As school begins Tuesday, traffic safety a big concern
By Leigh Jones
As the sun breaks over the horizon Tuesday morning, big yellow buses will take to the streets to collect children for the first day of school.
For drivers stuck behind the lumbering vehicles that stop almost every block, it might seem like all students in the county use the schools’
In fact, 50 percent of Comal Independent School District students ride the bus, and only 35 percent of New Braunfels ISD students take the “yellow dog” to school.
CISD Transportation Director Joe Jones said trip time was a major factor in parents’ decision to put their children on the bus.
“The length of the rides is one reason why kids don’t ride the buses,” he said. “Our longest rides, from the north part of (Canyon I .ake) and the western tip of the district, are two hours."
Park could make city’s airport
Law officers to ‘roundup’ unpaid fines
By Ron Malonoy
Local law enforcement officials preparing for a September warrant roundup are warning “wanted" residents that it s time to pay past due fines.
Sheriffs deputies, New Braunfels police, Department of Public Safety troopers and county constables will be working next month to close misdemeanor and felony warrants.
Comal County alone has more than $3 million in outstanding unpaid warrants, and Sgt. MaxWommack, sheriff’s Warrants Division commander, said his office would be collecting some of them soon.
“If you have a warrant in Comal (founty,
See WARRANTS. Page 8A
By Scott Mahon
A feasibility study by Austin-based TIP Strategies projected a fully developed airport park in New Braunfels would generate 3,079 jobs and $130 million in yearly pay.
The $50,000 study was commissioned by New Braunfels Utilities last year in anticipation of attracting automotive suppliers to New Braunfels after Toyota announced it would build a new truck assembly plant in San Antonio.
“Our definition of economic development is the ability to create new private investment,” said Tom Stellman, TIP Strategies president. “A diversified economy is better than one that relies solely on tourism and visitors."
Stellman presented phase one of the study Thursday to the NBU board. NBU’s CEO Paula DiFonzo recommended going ahead with phase two of the study, but no action was taken. The study will be pre-to a joint meeting of the infrastructure/improvement (4B) board and city council.
“In our opinion, the business park merits development,” he said. “It’s consistent with the airport’s master plan. The city controls the property near the airport The northeast San Antonio market, including New Braunfels, is the strongest market in the area, and the infrastructure that would be needed is already planned. In addition, the airport location is convenient to I-IO from Highway 46, which would allow truck traffic to avoid 1-35. All of these reasons justify, we think, moving forward with the concept.”
See AIRPORT, Page 8A
Third grade bilingual teacher Martha Page unrolls a piece of carpet in her new classroom at Lone Star Elementary Friday morning. Page moved to Lone Star this year from Seele Elementary.
Larry Phelps, NBISD transportation director, said low ridership on his buses was related to the location of the schools.
“We have a lot of schools within walking distance of students,” he said.
Students who live within two miles of their campuses are not eligible for bus service, so their parents must chose
Mary Cantu, left, Senaida Martinez and Juan Silva scrub a hallway at Lone Star Elementary Friday morning before applying wax to the floor.
to let them walk or drive them to school. Bottlenecks choking the entrances to a number of schools indicate that many parents, regardless of how close they live, would rather shuttle their children than
have them ride the bus.
One particularly congested area sits between three NBISD campuses — Memorial Primary, Memorial Elementary
See SCHOOL. Page 8A