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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Dallas, Texas #75?-rtlrreplex, Inc *Xt: to it oh womb ie box uompr.o.Dalles, £exr»s 75?**5Planning panel rejects Rivercrest rezoning request ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer City planners and zoners recommended two changes in zoning Tuesday night. A third change, requested by a property owner, got a “no” recommendation after nine neighbors spoke in opposition. Residents of the Garden Park subdivision also showed up in force to ask questions about the plat for Unit Six of Garden Park. The Planning and Zoning Commission gave final approval to this plat and a re-plat for the Knudson subdivision, with a few contingencies mentioned in each case. It was Harvey Houde’s request for C-l zoning on a tract in Rivercrest Heights that drew fire from neighboring property owners. Houde owns vacant lots on Hillcrest Drive. Number 20, on the corner at I,oop 337, is zoned C-l (local business district). Number 18, at 1315 Hillcrest, is zoned single-family residential. Houde wanted C-l zoning for that one, too, to satisfy a potential buyer. Houde said he bought lots 20, 18 and 16 in 1966. At that time, all three were zoned commercial — even number 16, which had a house on it. When he decided four months ago to sell the two vacant lots, he w as surprised to find that one had been rezoned. Planning Director Debra Goodwin said this occurred when the city master plan was updated in 1977. “We had a city-wide rezoning,” she said. At that time, commission member S.D. David remembered, notices weren’t sent to individual property owners, as they are in the case of spot zone changes. Houde said he had lived in the house on Hillcrest for a while, then sold that lot and moved to Lockener Street. One citizen, Ed E. Zimmerman of Rosemary Drive, spoke in support of Houde’s request. He said lot 18, with its R-l zoning, was closer to the loop than any other R-l property in the city. Everyone else who spoke was against the rezoning, including Jim Homewood, who bought lot 16 from Houde. “I can sympathize with his position. But I really don’t want to see this lot 18 changed. It’s about 20 feet from my bedroom,” he said. “We get enough noise from Crystal Chandelier, Fun Mania and the other businesses on the loop,” said a Rivercrest resident. Several complaints were made about Fun Mania, which has a burglar alarm that goes off whenever anyone opens the back door. Mrs. Guillermo Gonzales of 1322 Hillcrest recalled a shooting at 7-11 (at 337 and Common Street) last year, and worried that a business on her street corner might bring crime into the neighborhood. The vote against the zoning change was unanimous. But P&Z chairman David Hartmann reminded Houde that this commission only makes recommendations. “Pleased be advised that you have the right to take your request directly to the City Council,” he said. Commission members balked at Anita Jaroszewki's request for spot C-l zoning on Alves Lane. When they learned that all the land in the vicinity was owned by Jaroszewski or members of her family, they recommended that the City Council grant the change. Jaroszewski wants to put up a 33-by-40-foot cooking facility between her home and her daughter’s, set back 35 feet from Alves I,ane. “If she owns that much land, she oughta be able to do whatever she wants with it,” muttered a spectator in the council chamber. Steve Taylor’s request for more zero-lot-line zoning in Walnut Estates sparked no objections. One side of Sun Dance street already has zero-lot-line homes on it, and See REZONING. Page 16A A New -4JrLL Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung a ai o^q    32    Pages    —3 Sections WEDNESDAY December 8, 1982 25 cents Vol. 91-No. 238 (USPS 377-880) NBISD 'wish list' School projects carry $11 million price tag By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Just in time for the Christmas holidays, the New Braunfels school board has received an approximate 111 million “shopping list.” This list, which trustees got their first look at Tuesday, includes estimated costs for renovating the district’s present campuses and building a new elementary school to meet the school district’s growth In presenting this “shopping list” to the school board. Herb Cr lime, chief executive officer of Jessen Associates Inc., noted: "This is only a list from which you all can establish pnorities from...after you decide how much money you’ll be able to spend.” Supt. O E. Hendricks agreed with Crane that the board would have to set priorites from the list presented to them by Jessen, the architectural and planning firm hired by the New Braunfels Independent School District to work on the district’s expansion plans. “I think we ought to study it and set priorites,” Hendricks advised the board “But I think a new elementary school is priority one...because we’ve got a temporary building at one elementary school now - we know we’re crowded “And the longer we wait. the worse it will get,” Hendricks added. “We need to sit down as a board and decide our priorities, realizing that anything we want to do...say the people pass a bond issue in February... it’ll be a year and a half I before a new school will be completed According to separate studies done by the district’s long-range planning committee and the architects. NBlSD’s population will grow by as much as 50 percent by 1991. To meet this growth, the architects agreed with the long-range planning committee that a new elementary school is needed District officials have already taken a 110,000 option i down payment i on a 20-acre tract off FM 725 to be used for this new school. Trustees heard the first cost estimate of building this new school from Crumt* Tuesday. According to his cost predictions i based on construction beginning by June, 19831 it will cost the district approximately $2,288.OOO to construct a new elementary school w ith a 650-student capacity. This estimate does not include cost of the site itself, he noted. And if the 24 classrooms and multipurpose room in this school are to be air-conditioned, it will cost the district approximately $57,000 more, he said Crane’s firm offered the district the alternative of building the school with only 16 classrooms, which would mean the school could handle up to 434 students A school this size would cost approximately 1,943,000 In addition to renovating the other campuses, Crane’s firm also provided cost estimates for other district improvements. These included airconditioning those portions of See SCHOOL, Page ISA Reagan blasts I House MX vote Lifesaver Hid"photo hv john Senior Workers clean up what's left of sand filled containers (which resemble garbage cans) which protected the pillars of this bridge on IH 35 near the Comal Hays county line The con tamers, which were installed only a month ago, may have saved the life of 36 year old Pennsylvanian Dennis McMahon, whose car slammed into the containers Tuesday He suffered only a fractured rib. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan says defeat of production plans for the MX missile was "a grave mistake" that must be reversed, and White House officials worry it signals a new postelection mood in Congress against a huge buildup in Pentagon spending. Reagan vowed to "do every thing I can to take this case to the country,” on Tuesday when the House — by a surprisingly wide 245-176 vote — deleted $988 million intended for building the first five missiles. The House did not kill the MX missile program, however. The bill still contains about $2 4 billion in research and development funds for the MX and its basing system. Rep. Tom Loeffler, R-Hunt, whose district in-dudes (. omul County, voted against the proposal. “Unless reversed in coming days,” Reagan said, “it will seriously set back our efforts to protect the nation’s security and could handcuff our negotiators at the arms table.” Although the vote was a major setback for the piesident. who had waged an intensive lobbying campaign to save the MX. both supporters and opponents agree the fight isn’t over “We won the battle, but we haven’t won the war." said Rep Joseph Addabbo. D-N Y.. leader of the anti-MX forces. "I don’t think this means MX is dead," said Rep Jack Edwards, R-Ala., a leading MX supporter. Senate Majority leader Howard H Baker Jr., R-Tenn , said he expects the Senate to take up the bill containing MX funds early next week. “We are somewhat stronger over here," said Baker, an MX supporter Sen, Robert Dole, R-Kan., said today the vote should not have surprised the White House. “I think there was a feeling that defense was on the chopping block," he said. "This clearly demonstrates defense will not escape unscathed next year.” Dole predicted on NBC-TV s “Today" show that a lengthy expected Senate debate casts doubt on whether Congress will approve MX missile funds this year. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, appearing on “CBS Morning News," also expressed uncertainty whether the Reagan administration can win Senate approval before Congress adjourns. He said the vote reflected a feeling stemming from the elections that defense .spending ought to be reduced, but it s actually going to cause us to spend more on defense because when you delay production ... you’ve just itomatically made things more costly." Weinberger said the administration failed to make its case for the MX. "Some way we have not yet been able to convey to the American people o' to the Congress the really serious nature. Hie growing nature of the peril" from Uh* rapid Soviet arms buildup, he said. The official Soviet news agency Tass said today*, in a Washington-dalelined report published in Moscow, that the House vote was a ‘heavy blow lo the militaristic plans” of the Reagan administration and “demonstrated the powerful resistance in the country to the dangerous policy of the U.S. administration." White House strategists planned to meet today to work on a plan to assure victory for the MX in the Republican-controlled Senate. That would guarantee the MX would be a .subject of joint House* Senate negotiations on the defense bill, and would mean another vote in the House. Although it has not been decided how Reagan will promote his case, his options include a television address and speeches to various audiences. Administration officials feared Tuesday’s vote reflected concern and outright opposition to the “dense pack" basing sy stem for MX Also. A lot of people want to start slashing the See MISSILE, Rage 16A 'Sniffer dogs' to make debut Thursday Thursday, everybody will know they’re coming. After that, officials from Security Associates International will not announce their visits. Representatives from SAI the security firm hired by the New Braunfels Independent School District to use sniffer dogs to search school campuses for drugs and alcohol — have planned their first visit to the district Thursday . Beginning with the elementary grades, SAI officials will introduce the sniffer dogs to the school children and warn students what to expect during searches. The firm also plans to educate NBISD students about tile dangers involved with alcohol and drug abuse. This first visit will serve as an “orien tation period,’’ Supt O E. Hendricks told school trustees Tuesday. The next time SAI officials visit NBISD schools, however, it w ill be a surprise visit to search the schools for hidden drugs or alcohol. ‘ Anytime after Dec 14 he tail SAI official) and the dogs will bt* coming back to the district," Hendricks noted "More than likely though it’ll < the next visit» be after the first of the year.” Ixme Star Primary will be the first school SAI representatives visit during the orientation period. They plan to be at that school at approximately 9 a m. Thursday , Hendricks said. Irater that afternoon (tentatively at I p m ), they will visit Seele, he added. Carl Schurz Elementary students will receive their orientation from SAI officials at 9 am. Monday. Irater Monday afternoon, SAI will visit {.amar Campus. Tuesday at approximately 9 a in., SAI will visit New Braunfels Middle School and later that same afternoon. New Braunfels High School. Parents are invited to attend these orientation sessions with their children and childrens’ teachers, Margy Waldrtp, president of the NBISD school board, said SAI officials have estimated that they will spend approximately 21 4 hours a month working in the district at an hourly fee of $28 Trustees approved a contract listing these cost estimates at their Nov. 16 meeting. Iii addition to hearing from Hendricks about SAl’s planned visit, school trustees took care of a variety of other business Tuesday Included was the board’s app oval of hiring the audit firm of Findley. Milam & Pyle us auditors for the district for the 1982-83 year Trustees took tills action, at the recommendation of NBISD Business Manager loimie Curtis, after approving Findley, Milam & Pyle’s 1981-82 audit report. Tax office reports and tax office attorney’s collection reports for November received the board's approval, as did a policy revision in relation to tax office policies. See DOGS. Page 16A CISD board opts for lower rateInside Cheer Fund By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A 65.5 cent per $100 valuation tax rate was set by Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees Tuesday night. The rate, approved on an 8-0 vote (Trustee Jim Rector was absent), represented a three-percent increase over last year’s effective tax rate of 63.635. The board had also been considering a 68.5-cent rate, and had held a public hearing Dec. 2 based on that consideration. The 65.5 rate would not have required a public-hearing at all. “People in this district will definitely be paying less in taxes this year,” said Supt. Edgar Willhelm Wednesday, illustrating his point through a numeric table com paring last year’s and this year's effective tax rates. “If we had collected IOO percent, we would have had a tax levy last year of $5,296,221. At the 65.5 rate, and IOO percent collection, we’d have a tax levy of $5,177,011,” he explained “That’s a decrease of $119,210. And of course, we’re not going to have a IOO percent collection. No one does.” The 68.5 rate was considered initially, because of the distinct probability that General Portland Inc., and Texas Industries Inc., will not pay their taxes again this year. Together, the two industries owe the school district over $651,000 in unpaid taxes. GPI has filed suit against the Comal County Central Appraisal District, protesting its appraised values for this year. If last year’s precedent is followed, the school district will be left with a contingency fund of less than $60,000, after GPI’s taxes are subtracted. With the 68 5 rate which was also considered, but not approved, the district’s contigency fund would have grown to $248,000, even without GPl’s taxes ’ We will have a balance of $677,763 with (he 65.5 rate, and I’m confident I can work with the balance that’s there. I’ll have to,” Willhelm said Wednesday. The tax process now goes onto the Appraisal District’s computer firm out of Corpus Christi, which will prepare CISD’s tax statements “That should take between IO and 14 days. Then we’ll review them, and we hope to get statements out during the last week of December,” Willhelm said. Mr and Mrs Fred I rainout .mo New balance $10 $728 We are grateful for the response to our “Cheer Fund,” which we have established to provide needy families with a Christmas dinner this holiday season. 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