New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Garden Ridge looks for plan to regulate SO Bs
By Ron Maloney
GARDEN RIDGE —City officials looking to make strip clubs, adult bookstores and other sexually-oriented businesses feel unwelcome in Garden Ridge learned a little more about them Wednesday night.
A pair of San Antonio-area law enforcement officers told Garden Ridge City Council about the negative affects so-called SOBs have on workers, customers and neighborhoods and what city officials can do to keep the sex industry from seeing Garden Ridge as an attractive place to do business.
Garden Ridge C ity Administrator Mike Castro said he had not heard of any SOBs seeking to locate in Garden Ridge, but the city wanted to be ready.
And just in case, the city has been working on an ordinance regulating SOBs.
Other communities as well are looking at the issue as a couple of San Antonio area establishments are involved in high-profile,
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New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel prepare an 87-year-old New Braunfels woman for transport to McKenna Memorial Hospital following a two-car accident in the 300 block of Landa at 3:20 p.m. Thursday. The woman was not seriously injured in the accident.
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FridayCommissioners keep eye
By Erin Magruder Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners are keeping a close eye on the legal wrangling between Boerne and San Antonio over the “Boerne Wall.” The result of that litigation most likely will affect the future of Comal County and the threat of annexa
tion by San Antonio.
The “wall” is a section of Boerne* extraterritorial jurisdiction that runs along East Ammann Road from Boerne to the Bulverde city limits, forming a contiguous corridor that divides San Antonio’s ETJ from southwestern Comal County.
On Thursday, commissioners signed two resolutions in opposi
tion to an annexation by San Antonio of Camp Bulbs—a U.S. Army installation next to Comal County.
San Antonio’s planning department is considering annexing a 1,000 foot w ide strip of land near Bulverde and along the western edge of Camp Bulbs, Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said.
The move w^ould extend the ETJ
of San Antonio, allowing the city to stake its claim five miles into southwest Comal County.
The new ETJ also would provide a window for invasion into western Comal County that county commissioners fear once opened might never close.
Scheel said his concerns about the Alamo City’s plans for north
ward advancement already had been confirmed by a city official.
“I am convinced that San Antonio’s sole purpose is the north and eastward march toward Canyon Lake,” Scheel said. “In 1995,1 was told by a then-member of the San Antonio planning department that their goal was to be at the south side of Canyon Lake within IO
years — and that’s exactly where this is leading. Its so obvious the land they are trying to annex is for the sole purpose of including more land within Comal County, Texas, for further annexation to increase their tax base.”
The strip of land next to CampSee EXPANSIONS/3A
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Housing grants still up for grabs
From staff reports
New Braunfels Housing Authority has one $7,500 grant and one $5,000 grant left to give to low-incoine homebuyers before May.
Potential homeowners can use the grants toward buying any new home in New Braunfels. But if the money isn't given out by May, the Housing Authority must return it to the state.
So far this year, five families have received $7,500 each from the Housing Authority.
“This funding is making a difference for families who have good, steady jobs and can make regular, monthly mortgage payments but who don’t have the money saved to put toward down payments and closing costs,” Housing Authority executive director Nadine Mardock said.
To qualify, families must meet the following income guidelines:
• One person: $23,450;
• Two people: $26,800;
• Three people: $30,150;
• Four people: $33,500;
• Five people: $36,200;
• Six people: $38,900;
• Seven people: $41,550;
• Eight people: $44,250.
The grant must be repaid if the family sells the home or pays the mortgage in full at any time.
“The repayment clause only kicks in if the family sells or pays off the mortgage,” Mardock said.
The buyers obtain regular loans, must have good credit, must be able to make monthly payments and must maintain the homes just as any other homeowner would do.
Program coordinator Liz Hancock said, “The difference is the cash. We have so many good working class families here who would be excellent homeowners but will never be able to save $10,000 with the wages they make.”
Parents, CISD look at bomb threat issue
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
SMITHSON VALLEY — More parental involvement and better communication are key to ending a rash of bomb threats disrupting local schools, law enforcement officials and parents said Thursday night.
About 200 parents and community members from the Bulverde area attended the Safe Schools meeting with Comal Independent School District and law enforcement representatives to discuss solutions to recent problems w ith false bomb threats.
Since Jan. 13, nine bomb threats were reported at Smithson Valley and Bulverde area schools. The latest occurred Thursday morning at Smithson Valley Middle School, off Farm-to-Market 311.
The bomb threats — all hoaxes — started after a pipe bomb was found Jan. IO at Blanco High School.
There have been four evacuations at Smithson Valley High School because of bomb threats.
No explosive devices were found at the campuses.
Two 13-year old male SVMS students, a 14-year old SVHS male student and a 12-year old Arlon Seay Intermediate male student were taken into custody in connection w itll the threats.
They were charged with making a false report or alarm a state jail felony.
Laura Turk, president of the
Comal Council of PTAs, said the Safe Schools meeting’s purpose was to find a way for parents, schools and law enforcement to make students and staff' feel safer in school.
Parents suggested ways to enhance security at the schools ranging from metal detectors to fingerprinting all students.
Parents both applauded and criticized the administration’s handling of the recent threats.
Some said the district needed to better inform parents and complained about the recent backpack ban at SVHS, SVMS and Arlon Seay Intermediate School.
Captain David Ott said the ban was a necessary precautionary measure.
"We one of things we’ve learned about the Columbine attack was that two of the biggest bombs that didn't go oft'were in backpacks," he said.
Parent Jackie Nicholson, who volunteers at SVHS, urged parents and students to cooperate with the ban and other restrictions.
CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the evacuation of students and staff would continue in the event of future bomb threats.
"We don’t see a better answer," he said.
Some parents said they were concerned about unexcused absences when they picked up their children early or when students did not feel safe going back to
Art league gala to fund
By Erin Magruder
Residents can have a great time “Puffin On The Ritz” Saturday evening while raising money to install an elevator at the New Braunfels Art League gallery, 239 W San Antonio St.
The gala starts at 7 p.m. with a sneak preview of artwork from more than 60 of the area’s finest lutists, NBAL publicity chair Pat Dcltz said.
The event also will include silent and live auctions, entertainment, fixxi, a tour of the new ly renovated second floor and the “Great Gallery Heist” drawing, where participants can win a $2,000 painting for $20.
Renovations on the two-story building that now; houses the gallery began about 10 years ago when NBAL — now celebrating its 35th anniversary — purchased a $65,000 dilapidated structure they hoped to someday transform into the historical beauty that stands today.
“When we bought the building in 1990, it was trashed with pigeons, bats and occasionally had rats and rattlesnakes inhabiting it,” Deltz said. “The roof leaked like a sieve, and there were a number of broken w indow s. It was a mess.”
Elaine Felder, president of the nonprofit organization, said NBAL had a vision to turn the building from beast to beauty.
“We believe we rescued the building as it was in deplorable condition,” Felder said. “The community helped us buy the building, and we hope they will attend the gala, find a wonderful work of art they can’t live without and have a good time, too.”
The new elevator will allow access by disabled and other visitors to tile second floor, where art chesses w ill be taught, Felder said.
Admission to the gala is a donation of $10 or more at the door. Cocktail attire is recommended and black tie is optional.
Braunfels Art League president Pat Deltz shows off the recently-remodeled second story of the
league’s gallery. Art featured in the room will be sold during a silent auction at the Art
League’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” gala