New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 67
42 pages in 5 sections February 20, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
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Bush wins S.C. primary
By Ron Fournier
AP Political Writer
COLUMBIA, S C. (AP) — George W. Bush defeated Sen. John McCain in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary Saturday, snatching momentum from his insurgent rival as the race heads into a rapid-fire homestretch with 18 contests in 17 days. McCain was pugnacious in defeat, declaring, “We have just begun to fight.”
“I'm relieved,” said Bush, who was rocked by a landslide defeat in New Hampshire’s leadoff primary nearly three weeks ago. “Relieved is not the right word. I’m excited and energized.”
Forced to regroup, McCain both congratu
lated Bush for his victory and criticized the negativity of his campaign. “I cannot wait for the next round,” he said.
With a third of the vote counted. Bush had 74,083 votes, or 53 percent to McCain’s 58,787,42 percent.
Interviews conducted by Voter News Service indicated that Bush won by a lopsided margin among his base supporters — conservatives and Republicans. Six out of IO voters in the primary were Republican, and Bush won two-thirds of them.
The Canyon High School Aristocats saw the bright lights of New York this week as they performed their foot-stompin’, toe-tappin’ routine on national television. /IC
Key code 77
Vanstory, Kotylo not seeking re-election
May election filing opens on Monday
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Filing starts Monday for candidates interested in running for local city council and school board positions.
Residents in Comal County
will vote in three city elections and one school district race in May.
New Braunfels City Council
Residents in New Braunfels will elect two new representatives for districts 3 and 4, currently represented by Randy Vanstory and Jan Kotylo,
While both are eligible to run again, neither plan to.
Kotylo made the announcement Friday.
“Serving on city council has been most interesting and a very good educational experience of the inner workings of the city,” she said. “However, I
have decided not to run for a second term to allow more time for other personal interests, such as grandchildren and more rewarding volunteer work.” Kotylo said she initially ran because she thought she could represent the entire community without bias or allegiance to See FILING/4A
Bond language leaves proposition unclear, some say
By Peri Stone-PALMQUIST Staff Writer
Several members of New Braunfels City Council don’t agree with the language that will appear on May’s $34.4 million bond ballot, although they approved the wording at Monday’s meeting.
Mayor Stoney Williams, councilman Larry Alexander and councilwoman Jan Kotylo said they didn’t realize exactly what they approved.
These same council members, as well as councilwoman Juliet Watson and councilman Lee Rodriguez, said they thought Proposition 6 was too ambiguous in its language and didn’t really tell residents what they were voting on.
Councilman Randy Vanstory said Friday, “We were referring to the pool and gym as an ‘activity center.’ This verbiage was used to designate that we wanted both components to be together, not separate.”
Juan Luis Martinez could not be reached for comment.
If approved, Proposition 6 allows the city to spend $7.5 million on an activity center. All along, council has discussed an indoor pool and a gymnasium, but these words do not appear on the bond ballot.
“Oh, that’s bad,” Williams said. “I didn’t know that. Everything I saw included an indoor pool.”
Williams was not at the meeting when council changed this language.
On Jan. 24, Vanstory' made a motion to combine the pool and gym into one proposition. If approved, the city could build the two facilities sharing a wall, parking lot and front desk — cutting down on the costs, he said.
Larry Wenzel of New Braunfels Youth Sports, the driving force behind the sports projects, suggested council call it an activity center.
City attorney Floyd Akers, who wrote the bond language, said he specifically asked if council wanted to use “activity center” exclusively without mention of a pool and gym — and members agreed.
“I asked that question personally,” he said.
But not everyone understood that.
The New Braunfels Lady Unicorns played tough defense and rebounded well but could not make up for cold shooting in the first half against Klein Forest in their area playoff game
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Mayor Stoney Williams and District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson debate the bed tax petition initiative during Friday’s special meeting at the municipal building, 424 S. Casted Ave.
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
New Braunfels residents will decide May 6 how the city’s portion of hotel/motel tax revenue should be used.
City council voted Friday to place both a petition initiative limiting the tax’s use and a plan freezing the money for two years on the ballot.
Residents can vote approve both, one or neither on the ballot.
Although Mayor Stoney Williams allowed no public comment during the meeting, residents had plenty to say afterward.
Neither critics of the petition, which if approved would prohibit the city from using its portion of bed tax for a convention center, nor critics of the tax freeze were happy about Friday’s outcome.
(Mayor Stoney’) Williams, (Larry) Alexander, councilman Lee Rodriguez and councilw oman Jan Kotylo voted against the petition, effectively saying they wanted it on the ballot.
Councilwoman Juliet Watson voted in favor of the petition, saying she wanted it made law immediately
“Why eliminate from consideration two of the five legal uses of the (bed tax) funds, especially if those uses would aid (petitioners’) purported causes of the arts, downtown and historic preservation?” said Dennis Heitkamp, chairman of the board of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
An approved petition would put oft' any planning for a convention center, he
“Planning would be dead (if the petition is approved),” Heitkamp said. “And it takes longer than two years to plan for a project like this.”
To take a convention center off the table now is premature, he said. The community and council hasn’t been given enough time to research and explore it yet.
lf the petition is approved, it could be changed only through another public
Petition supporters argue that when the time is right, council or the public could call another election and let the people decide whether the city needs a convention center.
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Polka band leader Dennis Koehler, right, is the leader of one of 10 bands that played at the 5th Annual Polka Fest at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday. See Page 4A.
Initiative on ballot
Voters will decide on bed tax petition, two-year freeze plan