New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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This year was memorable for Canyon's Cougars, who advanced to state football quarterfinals. Page 6
FORUM SOUND OFF
John Bertlesen writes about how CISD residents should question the bond plan. Page 4
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Vol. 154, No. 322 12 pages, 1 section
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Committee votes to ban new billboards
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels is one step closer to being permanently free from the proliferation of billboards within city limits.
The city of New Braunfels Sign Ordinance Committee voted unanimously to ban all new billboards last week — a move that elicited a sigh of relief from
committee members who felt obligated to control the unsightly advertisements and a howl of outrage from Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce
President Michael Meek.
TWo committee members, Kookie Barboza and Fred Heimer, were not present for the vote. Members Jan Koty-lo, Bill Norvell, Peter Olsen,
James Whetstone and Chairman Randy Haugh voted for the ban.
In an e mail sent to committee members and chamber leadership after the meet
ing, Meek blasted the group’s decision to take a stance against the “interested parties” —local businesses who benefit from the signs—and
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Chamber president Michael Meek
Commission: U.S. remains unprepared for terror strike
By Lara Jakes Jordan
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Time, money and everpresent terror threats have done little to close gaping holes in the nations security system, the former Sept. 11 Commission said Monday in accusing the government of failing to protect the country against another attack.
The panel cited disjointed airplane passenger screening methods, pork-barrel security funding and other problems in saying the Bush administration and Congress had not* moved quickly enough to enact die majority of its recommendations of July 2004.
"We’re frustrated, all of us — frustrated at
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President George W. Bush
Lending a hand
Christian Counseling Services works to make life better for people in and around city.
Commission discusses road drainage issues
By Leigh Jones
Peter Olsen lives on an island in the middle of New Braunfels.
At least he does when it rains hard.
The only way in or out of Olsen’s neighborhood offWest Klein Road is a low-water crossing just before the intersection with FM 725. After only a few inches of rain, the crossing is impassable.
“When I moved here in 1982, there were only IO homes out here,” Olsen said. “The street flooded then, but it only stayed under water for several hours at a time. With all of the development that’s here now, it stays covered for much longer.”
The city’s drainage ordinance prevents new development from creating higher rates of flow from runoff, requiring developers to use detention ponds to capture the water and release it slowly.
The flow rate remains the same, but the flood and the Klein Road homeowners’ separation from the rest of the city lasts much longer.
Olsen thinks their isolation is more than just an inconvenience.
“This is a health and safety problem. If we can’t get in or out, neither can the fire department or EMS,” he said. “If someone nercled help during a heavy rain, it couldn’t get there.”
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‘MAN WITHOUT A COUNTY’
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Carl Thompson shows one of the letters he received from the county saying his name was going to be dropped from the voter registration roles. Although a resident of Startzville, the computer program lists him as living outside of the state.
Computer program lists man as living outside Texas
Thompson fills out an application to correct an error saying he was living outside ofTexas so he won't be dropped fr< the voter registration rolls.
By Ron Maloney
If you go to Comal County Commissioners Court and sit in the next-to last row, you can meet Carl Thompson. He’s been going there nearly every week for years.
But if you’re his neighbor up in Startzville, you might not notice him, because he leads a very quiet life.
And maybe that has something to do with wily, twice now, the county has sent him letters telling him it will drop him from its voter registration rolls — since the state thinks he’s moved out of Texas.
ITiompson got just such a letter last week, and when he was in commissioners’ court, he showed it to County Judge Danny Scheel, who knows Thompson lives in the comity, because he sees him at court each week.
That s because each week Thompson sits with Scheel’s father-in-law,
TI. Inng, who also attends court regularly, just so he knows what Scheel s up to.
“I don’t know where they get that information,” Thompson said. “They could just check the tax rolls or the voting list because I make sure I vote in every election.
Then he lauglied.
“Maybe I should go check die rolls myself," Thompson said. “I don’t understand. I haven’t done anything to shake the system. I’m a man without a county!"
Scheel took the letter and told his constituent and longtime friend that he’d take care of it.
Comal County Tax Assessor-Col-lector Sherman Krause said the letters, called “confirmation letters," are a tool used to document former residents who have moved on so the county can clear its voter registration rolls.
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Survey: Some NBISD students opposed to later start to day
By Jessica Sanders
New Braunfels I ligh School students surprised administrators by opting against a later start to the school day.
Principal Robert Rodriguez said administrators gave students a simple survey to find out if they would prefer starting school at a later time. He said 782 students wanted to continue starting school at 7:40 a.m., while 356 would like
to start at a later time.
“I was really surprised by the results, my two teenage boys like to sleep during the mornings,” Rodriguez said.
New Braunfels ISO trustees discussed changing start times for all campuses during a special board meeting Monday. Some research shows that starting school later works better with the way adolescents learn.
Band Director Beth Bronk and
Atliletic Director Chuck Caniford agreed that starting later would be more difficult for their students.
“The start of school doesn’t matter to us teachers,” Bronk said. “But the students would like to finish their extracurricular and go home."
NBISD parent Sindy Alvarado said she was concerned that changing start times would make it difficult for her high school daughter to be home to baby-sit
“If my oldest has to start later at school, we won’t have the resources to take care of the younger children,” she said.
However, Carl Schurz Elementary Principal Merry White said an earlier start time for elementary students may prove to be a solution for children who are dropped off long before classes start
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