New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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AUGUST 21, 2005
SPORTS BIG TIME
Two New Braunfels golfers compete in the U.S. Amateur championship.
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DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2,3EBills for dvic center project begin to arrive
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels city council will vote to approve the first bill from the civic center expansion project Monday.
The $21,860 expense will cover surveying services for the site, including the existing center, its parking lot, the old police station and the land surrounding city hall.
Although the survey is necessary for the project to move forward, it was not included in the scope of services covered by RVK Architects and will be added to the new facility’s total cost.
City Manager Chuck Pinto said it was not unusual for the project to include ancillary expenses.
"We knew we would have to have a survey, so this is not a surprise,” he said. "I know for sure
we will have other things like this we will have to do.”
Pinto mentioned boring and testing of the site’s soil and interior environmental testing as two likely candidates for additional expenses as the project moved forward, but said he was sure other items also would come up in the next few months.
Pinto said he was not sure how much the ancillary expenses
would add up to before the project was complete.
During its last meeting, City council authorized RVK to design a $10.5 million building but encouraged company President Ken Rehler to keep the costs down as much as possible.
The city already has set aside $9 million from Hotel Occupancy Tax funds and a contribution from the Industrial Development
Corporation (4B) Board to cover construction costs.
Any additional money likely would come from the city’s general funds.
Councilwoman Valerie Hull, the only member to attempt to hold RVK to the $9 million in hand, said Friday she was not surprised to see the survey cost
See BILLS, Page 6A
Councilwoman Valerie Hull
By Leigh Jones
Hamilton sisters carry on yachting legacy
Railroad show is fun for all ages
By David Rupkalvis
Gail Belcher had her hands full Saturday as she chased her grandchildren around the New Braunfels Civic Center.
The two young boys, Johnathon, 3, and Zachary, 2, had a hard time sitting still, roaming from one place to the next. But every once in a while, both boys would stop cold, pausing and staring as a model train moved by on one of the displays set up.
Despite chasing her grandchildren, Belcher was glad she had made the trip from Austin to set1 the summer model train show.
"We came down just for this," Belcher said. " The boys love trains. I ve already purchased all kinds of merchandise.”
As another train approached, Belcher turned to her grandsons who were sitting perfectly still watching the approaching engines.
“See the engine light?” she asked "It’s going to run here in just a few seconds. Here it comes.”
See RAILROAD, Page 12A
A COMMUNITY EFFORT
Dozens turn out to dean up Faust Street Bridge
Above, Ewald Haas uses a hoe to remove brush and trash from underneath the graffiti-laden Faust Street Bridge Saturday morning. Left, Chase Hux, 7, uses a tool to pull a dirty sock out from underneath a tree root.
Meet the teacher
Students, parents get to know the person who will educate their children tor the next nine months.
T he early morning hush under the Faust Street Bridge was shattered by the whir of chainsaws and the clinking of shovels Saturday as volunteers began to clean up one of the city’s treasures.
Shoulder-high weeds and piles of trash did not stand a chance against the onslaught of gloved hands determined to make them part of a closed chapter in the bridge’s long history.
By 10:45 a.m., workers were Ruining out of room to pile the small trees and brush cut down and brought up to the road from under the bridge. City workers who volunteered to give up part of their weekend to join the citizen-led effort already had called their coworkers to bring a chipper to the site to reduce the pile to mulch.
Crimson Hux, 11, and her brother Chase, 7, picked up trash and raked leaves while their mom, Sheila, and dad, Buck, felled and hauled trees.
“It s hot but fun,” Crimson said, wiping her forehead with the back of a gloved hand. “It s good to help out.”
Although many volunteers under the bridge live within several blocks of the historic structure, the Huxes came across town to participate in the event.
“Even though we live off FM 2722, we use the area to teach the kids to fish and swim,” Buck said.
“This isn’t the First time we’ve thought this area needed cleaning up,” Sheila added, pausing
By David Rupkalvis
Lauren, Liz and Erin Hamilton knew their grandmother was a star in the yachting world but to truly understand her accomplishments, they had to get out on the water.
A few weeks ago, the three girb did just that — competing in a women’s regatta at the Houston Yacht Club.
By joining the annual race, the Hamilton girls were competing for the Fairfax Moody Trophy — an award named after their grandmother.
Moody was a trailblazer in yachting during
This painting is awarded to the winner of the Fairfax Moody Trophy.
See YACHTING, Page 5A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Volunteer Angela-Marie Lampton picks up everything from beer and soda bottles to dirty diapers while cleaning up underneath the historic Faust Street Bridge on the banks of the Guadalupe River Saturday morning.
briefly before making another trip to the street pulling a tree branch behind her.
Angela Lampton, one of the event’s organizers, shook her head in amazement and choked back her emotional gratitude as she watched the group’s progress.
“I’m so happy people care enough to come help,” she said with some difficulty. “I’m just tickled to death. Hopefully we will send a message to the city that citizens are willing to help.”
Hwald Haas, who has lived near the bridge for 51 years, was as pleased as Lampton to see his neighbors working together.
“Its something else, isn’t it,” he
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