New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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$10 million more than likely would be spent on street repair and reconstruction, and $17 million would be spent on drainage projects.
However, if a $17 million bond issue were passed. Cork said a homeowner with a home valued al $100,000 would pay an additional $60 per year in taxes — assuming the homeowner had a homestead exemption.
Cork also said if the city adopts a drainage impact fee for new building permits, revenues would have a tremendous impact on drainage project funding.
“The fee could be anywhere from $500 to $700 }xjr permit,’’ he said. “That could make a big difference.”
Cork said if council elected to fund the program with a bond issue, he would be concerned about the city’s need for future bonded indebtedness.
“I think we’re going to have to have another crossing at the river, and we may have to be prepared to be a contributor with a bond issue,’ he said.
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By Scott Mahon
City Council and New Braunfels Utilities are closer to finalizing plans for two separate bond issues totaling $37 million.
Although council is reviewing a number of options, Mayor Adam Cork said council appears to be leaning ‘toward a $27 million, five-year street improvement and drainage plan.
At Monday’s workshop, Cork said council might choose to fund the program with certificates of obligation rather than bonded indebtedness, which would require voter approval.
“We’ve all beard a lot of support from the community for improving the streets and drainage, and it’s possible we could fund the plan with certificates of obligation and avoid the cost of an election,” Cork said. “So if council feels theres enough support from the community and the final number is within our range of comfort, I think we’ll use certificates of obligation to fund the program."
Cork said of the $27 million,
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Denis Joe, left, Phaith Holland, Jay Goodall and Lizanne Wynne were part of a group that gathered at the Bandstand at Main Plaza in honor of World Aids Day.
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g 5-10 people were tested for HIV each week in Comal County.
g 36 million adults and 3 million children around the world had the HIV virus
g 95 percent of them lived in developing countries.
g 5 million people became infected with HIV.
I 3 million HIV victims died — five each minute
I lf you have HIV and need assistance procuring medicine, contact the Texas Department of Health at 1-800-255-1090
I lf you have HIV and need housing assistance, call (210) 225-4715
Task Force stresses HIV testing, resources
By Ron Maloney
HIV is not necessarily a death sentence, Jay Goodall, president of the Comal County AIDS Task Force, said.
Monday night, he addressed those who attended the candlelight vigii in recognition of World AIDS Day.
“I was diagnosed on Dec. 28,1985," he said. “This year, I complete 18 years living with HIV. I’m standing here before you as an example that you can live with this. You can control this virus before it becomes a disease.".
Goodall, the Rev. Daryl Higgins of First Ifrotestant Church, County Nurse Karon Preiss and others attended the fourth annual event on Main Plaza.
Higgins opened the vigil with a welcome and a prayer.
Goodall, who handed out candles and red ribbons, explained their significance.
“ The red ribbon is the international symbol of awareness to remind others of the need for support and commitment,” Goodall said.
While calling on the community to support victims and to recognize their depth of suffering with HIV, Goodall outlined help that is available and exhorted those who think‘they could have been
Tm standing here before you as an example that you can live with this. You can control this virus.”
exposed to get tested and begin treatment.
“If you have any concerns or any doubt or any kind Qf funny feelings that something could be wrong, make an appointment," Goodall said. “I know people don’t like needles, but without that blood test, you could end up in a world of mess. You could end up in a situation where it’s hard to get back on your feet."
He took a moment to recognize Marcus Monroe for his work in founding the county’s AIDS Task Force.
“He’s not with us tonight because he’s in another state," Goodall said. "He’s passed the ball to us to carry.” Monroe’s mother, Virginia, attended the vigil. Her son, she said, had to move to Arizona for better treatment.
New Braunfels, Texas and tile nation do not do enough for AIDS victims, she said.
“They don’t have decent places for them to live, they don’t get help with medications,” she said.
in Phoenix, she said, her son gets that help. I Ie went from being nearly incapacitated here, she said, to being able to walk a mile to the grocery
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TxDOT seeking public opinion on US 281 widening
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE—The Texas Department of Transportation has set a pair of meetings to discuss plans for widening U.S. 281.
TxDOT area engineer for New Braunfels Greg Malatek said the meetings would be used to show the public what alternatives the state is considering for improvements to U.S. 281 — and to hear public reaction.
“The main crux of this is we’re kxiking at tile footprint of whatTxDOl sees U.S. 281 looking like in the future as a major traffic corridor,” Malatek said.
TxDOT has discussed its plans with Bulverde, Cbmal County and the (ion nil Independent School District, Malatek said.
“T his is sort of the public’s turn, to see
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Canyon Dam power plant back up and running
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKH — More than a year’s work and $1.6 million have restored the Canyon Pam hydroelectric plant flooded in July 2002.
The facility, which houses two 3-megawatt electric generators, produces 5 percent of tile power New Braunfels Utilities provides. The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority operates the plant for NBU by remote control from its facilities in Seguin.
An on-site control room at the unmanned power station, also flooded when the generators were damaged, can be used to control the plant’s basic functions.
The plant runs at water flows between 90
and 1,100 cubic feet-per-second.
Allen Ognoskie, GBRA hydroelectric systems manager, said the river authority’s insurance carrier paid most of the costs.
“Of course, the plant was insured. We had flood insurance,” Ognoskie said.
The facility was damaged when water cascading over the Canyon Dam spillway at more than 68,000 cfs cut a gorge below the dam. forcing rocks, trees and other debris into the river.
The debris created a plug that backed water up to the dam, flooding the plant and control room with 11 feet of water.
Cranes were brought into to remove the generators, which were sent to I louston to be rebuilt, Ognoskie said.
“They were disassembled, inspected,
cleaned, dried and tested and brought back to the facility cmd installed,” Ognoskie said.
The facility’s electric switdiing gear and its control room, which was raised above the flotxi level, also were replaced.
While the plant was dismantled, NBU opted to replace piping and oilier equipment to update the facility, which began producing power for New Braunfels in 1989.
NBU Chief Engineer of Electric Systems Greg Baumbach said tile upgrades were not covered by the flood insurance and cost about $25,000.
“The plant’s been completely refurbished, and it cost us relatively very little money,” Baumbach said.
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