New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Subdivision residents demand trustees reconsider walk zone
The Herald-Zeitung Nearly three weeks foU lowing its decision to convert part of the Dove Crossing neighborhood into a walk zone for County Line Elementary School, the New Braunfels ISD Board of Trustees got an earful from angry parents on Monday nignt,
^h(X)l officials added the topic to the agenda for its monthly board meeting at the last minute. Although they didn't take further action, trustees allowed two of the 40 residents who signed up to speak, to voice their feelings against the move.
During its July 28 meeting, the board voted 5-1 to end busing students in Dove Crossing because of a provision in the Texas Education Code that states students who live less than two miles from school must walk or find other means transportation - unless they are subject to hazardous conditions.
In a PowerPoint presentation, NBISD superintendent Randy Moczygemba outlined the state and district busing guidelines. He said hazardous conditions existed two years ago when two ends of Dove Crossing Drive didn't connect, which forced students to travel outside of a two-mile radius to get to school. Now that it does, he said the walk zone should have gone into ()lace prior to the previous school year.
The district will save $22,447 by curtailing busing for the 100 or so Dove Crossing students. Mcx zygemba said if the district bused all of its walk-zone students, it would cost nearly $500,000 in operations costs, and $585,000 for six new buses.
That didn't matter to area parents, who gave board members a list of all police actions in the area since the speed limit on County Line Road was reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph. That move happened a few months after the death of 12-year-old Taylor Rolando, a sixth-grader hit by a car at the intersection of Dove Crossing and County Line Road in 2010.
Rirents also presented the board with photos of possible danger spots that included lots witnout sidewalks on both sides of the Dove Crossing Drive, and a petition signed by 255 people protesting the district's deci^ sion.
Even worse, they said, was the manner they claimed the district hurried through the decision.
They insist It came
See WALK ZONE, Page 10
lüGssmg man found dead
Familymembers who reported a New Braunfels man missing over the weekend discovered him dead a day later after a motorcycle crash in Schertz, authorities said.
The sister of Logan Doell, 25, reported him missing about 1 :l5 a.m. Sunday to the Comal County Sheriff Otfice, said U. Mark
Reynolds. He said the woman called othiir local law enforcement agencies and hospitals looking for Doell but couldn't find him after he left a San Antonio "establishment" and failed to return home.
The sheriff's office listed Doell as a missing person, Reynolds said.
Family members found Doell alx)ut 1:40 jr.m. Sunday in a ditch on thi* 75(X) bicxk of Farm-tf>-Mar-ket Road in Schertz, said Brad Bailey, Schertz public affairs director. He said (Doell, for an unknown reason, left the road and crashed into a tree. Bailey said there was no evidence that Doell swerved,
skidded or even braked before the crash. Nor was there evidence of alcohol contributing to the crash, he said.
"This could be as simple as a person swerving trying to avoid an animal in the road or clipped something, a small little object, or a fire blew out," Bailey said "This could l)e all over the lx)ard."
Police continue to investigate.
u We have a lot of things we need to do. Unfortunately, they cost a lot of money
(iale Pospisil New Braunfris niavor
4.55-cent tax hike proposed in city budget
LAURA McKENZlE | Hefald-Zeitung
Wade Tomlinson of the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department stands June 15,2010 near what had been a foot bridge at Landa Park. The bridge was among many areas of the park damaged by the June 9,2010 flood The proposed city budget would replenish with $350,000 the June 2010 flood-drained Facilities IVIaintenance Fund, which is needed to pay for repairs for unanticipated damage to facilities.
Working with $147.7M
Proposal before council beginning of budget discussion
The propost'd $147.7 million city budget for 2011-12 was presented to New Braunfels City Council on Monday.
The proposal, which will likely be refined oy council over the coming two weeks, is up $25.8 million from the current year, mostly due to $21.5 million in profxised new capital expenditures. It also Includes a proposed 4.55-cent tax hike.
City Manager Mike Morrison and Chiet Financial Officer Del)i Korin-chock explained that the spending blueprint was crafted to deal with a rapidly growing population, an increasing demand for city services, infrastructure that is deteriorating due to deferred maintenance, limited revenues, new federal and state mandates, and the lingering monetary impact of the food of lune 2010.
Council vott*d to [)ush ahead with the state-required publication on Wednesday of a maximum tax rate, 4.553 cents per $UX) valuation, but left itself wiggle room to reduce that rate.
"As we go through our budget meetings, we won't be able to go above that," said Mayor Gale Pospisil. "But there's always the possibility that we could reduce it some."
While about 3.9 cents of the tax rate hike would go to fund pay-
FUTURE PUBLIC BUDGET HEARINGS
When: 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25 and 6 p.m. Sept. 1.
Where: Council Chambers, 424 wS. Castell Ave.
On the Web: Read the budget for yourself at http://bit.ly/qV9qfs
ments on debt issued last spring for the North Tributary Drainage Project, the Walnut Avenue RKonstruc-tion Project and other improvements, another .7 cents would go to bolster operations and maintenance spending.
There is some sentiment on council, Pospisil said, to lcK)k at the portion of the f)roposed tax increase that is to be dedicated to funding operations and maintenaiH e to see if reductions can be found there.
"That's only $263,000/' the mayor said. "We'll be looking at whether there are specific areas where we can whittle that down."
Public hearings on the budget plan were also set by council. Tne first hearing will be at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25 and the second at fv p.m. Sept. 1.
"This (presentation) was just an overview," said Pospisil. "1 think we have a good idea going forward
what we're going to be looking at."
The council will meet again at 3 p.m. today and 3 [).m. Thursday to continue its review of the budget proposal.
"We'll be going through all of the different (city) departments and lcx)king at it," Pospisil said.
Additional work sessions on the capital improvement projects con-tainwl in the proposal are to Ix* held Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
"We have a lot of things we need to do. Unfortunately, they all cost a lot of money," said Pospisil.
Among those things are financing tor the Walnut Avenue and FM 306 expansions, the implementation of railroad quiet zones, tht* repair of failing Landa Park retaining walls and f)edestrian improvements downtown.
• The budget would replenish with $3,50,0(K) the |une 2010 flo(xl-drained Facilities Maintenance Fund, which is needed to pay for repairs for unanticipated damage to facilities.
• It would add another $100,000 to the street maintenance budget, bringing the amount alkxated to street repairs to $1.1 million.
• While the budget doesn't
See BUDGET, Page 10
► MISSION HILL
Dark on lold for studies
The Herald-Zeit'jng Ever wonder what hap-pen(*d with that proposed park atop Mission Hill in the W^estpointe Village development^
The developer and the city's Parks Foundation have signed a memoranflum ot understanding under vvhic h the non-protit foundation would accept the 10 acre*' to hold in trust for the city, Parks Director Stacey Laird Dic ke said Monda\
But before the i ity will agree to ac (ef)t the [iroper ty, the develo(X?r must complete a slate of necessarv studies, including a topographical survey of the acreage, an environmental assessment, a geological study, and an archtn¡logical assessment.
"It's a beautiful location," Dicke said of the area near the intersection of Flighwav 4h and Loop 337, where retail and residential devel opment is underway by landowner |oey Guerra |r. of San Antonio and his partners. "The views from the top of that hill are very scenic . We'd be happy to have it as a park."
She said there is no timeline for the studies to be done and to be accc^pted by the city.
The cit>' tilso wants to sch^
See PARK, Page 10
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