New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Kick off set for 2011 Relay for Life
By Megan Holt
I lelp find a cure for cancer and support Comal County survivors by joining in the fight with American Cancer Society Relay for Life of ( omai (xiunty volunteers.
Although the Relay for Life event does not take place until April 29, committee members are seeking residents willing to serve as team captains, committee members and volunteers.
A Relay for Life kick-off event will take place Jan. 25 in Sts Peter and Paul
RELAY FOR LIFE OF COMAL COUNTY KICK-OFF EVENT
Whan 7-8:30 p.m. Jan 25 Where Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Castell Ave.
Cost Event registration is $10 Contact Jana at |ls6ibert®ymail.com or (830) 624-9206
Catholic Church at 7 p.m.
A dinner will take place at 6 p.m. for survivors.
“The kick-off will celebrate cancer survivors," said Jana Seibert, event chairwoman. “It will be like a pep-rally with fun games and cancer survivors shar
ing their stories.”
Relay for Life of Comal County Is a local fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
According to the ACS website, the society’s mission is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.
“Relay for Life is not only a celebration of lives of the survivors, but it also keeps the memory of those who didn’t survive alive,” Seibert said.
Currently, 48 teams are registered for the event in April. Seibert hopes for 100 teams to sign up.
Those interested in partic
ipating in this years Relay for Life may register at the kick-off event.
Registration is $10 per person, which goes toward the $110 each individual is asked to raise, Seibert said.
"Last year, we raised over $185,000 for research to find a cure for cancer," Seibert said.
One day, we hope no one will have to hear they have cancer. It’s a disease we can definitely find a cure for.”
To join Relay fur Life or for Herald-Zeitung file photo
more Information, e-mail Mary Guzman waves to supporters while walking with !h«or?? S t>r Cal1 !ellow survivors durin9 the first lap of Relay for Life at
(830)624-9206. Canyon High School on April 30.
NB approaches Guadalupe County about MPO
By Ron Maloney
Segum Gazette Enterprise
SIX »1 JIN — New Braunfels officials have approached (itiadalupe County about cre-atinga regional transportation planning ImkIv required hv the federal government in communities of more than 50,(KM) residents. A Metropolitan Han-ning Organization (MIX)) is a federally mandated trans* I h irtat i< >11 planning lx xly at imposed of elected and appointed officials representing local, state and federal governments or agencies having interest or responsibility in transportation planning.
New Braunfels City Manager Michael Morrison and Planning Director Shannon Mattingly visited Guadalupe County's commissioner's court this week, saying that the ret (*nt census was expected to kick the population of New Braunfels over the 50,000 threshold, that New Braunfels was considering the creation of an MPO and is making overtures to Segum. Guadalupe and Comal counties, seeking participation.
New Braunfels has already embarked on the planning process by engaging an engi
neering firm to look at the city's plan and a similar one prepared by Comal County, which is being asked to contribute $18,000 toward the $101,000 study. Guadalupe County, Morrison said, would be asked for a contribution equal to Comal County's.
All aspects of public and private transportation and infra-structure would be on the table, Morrison said — including a proposed passenger train service between San Antonio and Austin that would include a stop in downtown New Braunfels.
Mattingly said there were two options for participating in the federal transportation planning program — either create one in Comal and Guadalupe counties or join San Antonio's MPO.
Hie San Antonio option, she said, could be problematic for a couple of much-smaller communities like Seguin and New Braunfels, which would have far fewer votes—and less power to shape their own destiny— as part of a much-larger organization.
We had a lot of concerns," she said. "A Itx'al organization would have more authority in making local decisions."
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The Texas Department of Transportation would still oversee highway construction projects, but the local MPO would take a big part in planning and prioritizing them, she said. Right now, New Braunfels is looking for partners.
We're looking at getting started," she said.
A local MPO would have to be approved by the governor's office, she said.
County Judge Mike Wiggins represents Guadalupe County on boards at the Alamo Area Council of Governments, where a tug-of-war often exists between San Antonio and Bexar County and the other, smaller counties that make up the greater San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.
On the basis of that experience and a desire for more localized control over Guadalupe County’s destiny, Wiggins said he was interested in exploring participation, but added that he had concerns, nonetheless.
Wiggins told Mattingly and Morrison that he'd reviewed the copies of a proposed agreement left when he met with New Braunfels officials on the issue a few weeks ago.
So had Guadalupe County Road and Bridge Administrator Larry Timmermann.
For Guadalupe County, Wiggins said, there was a glaring omission.
I'm a little concerned that there's no mention about the scope of work in Guadalupe County, and Guadalupe County isn't even mentioned in the document—although Comal County is mentioned," Wig
About one-third of the city of New Braunfels is situated in (iuadalupe County, and many other Guadalupe County residents use New Braunfels and Comal County roads every day.
"The contract makes no mention of the plans we have in place," Timmermann told Morrison.
"Of course, we'd be happy to share them with you, if you contact my office."
Morrison assured Wiggins and Timmermann the omission was not intentional.
"It's just an oversight in the document," Morrison said.
Wiggins sought further assurance.
"We would need to make some adjustments for us to participate," the judge said.
We’ll have it in your hands by the end of the week," Morrison said.
"We're approaching this as a true joint effort. I apologize for the oversight in the document."
Wiggins said he looked forward to receiving the proposal — and to working with Seguin, New Braunfels and his counterparts in Comal County. "I personally support the formation of a local MPO outside the Bexar County conglomerate over there. I think it would be very beneficial for all of us to work together," Wiggins said.
We re comparable in many respects, and I think having our own organization outside that 500-lb. gorilla over there would be valuable, and I think Larry Timmermann agrees."
"I do," Timmermann said.
Alamo Colleges considers expansion into ComalBy Will Wright
Are Cornell County residents willing to opt for higher taxes in order to provide college students a more affordable education?
Alamo Colleges believes that it’s the right time to ask that question — and hopefully get voting districts within Comal and other counties to join its district. Last month, Alamo Colleges board of trustees granted an order submitted by chancellor Bruce Leslie to "develop and implement a strategic annexation initiative within the District’s Service Area” as part of an overall expansion plan.
Those counties within the Alamo College area but not yet part of its taxing base are Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr and Wilson. The district believes that by granting students access to a lower-cost alternative, it will be able to get more of them on board.
Students living outside Bexar County must pay higher tuition to attend Alamo Colleges, which have five venues operating within that county. The district has three satellite campuses located outside Bexar County, including the Central Texas Technology Center that’s located between New Braunfels and Seguin.
However, in order to annex an area, Alamo Colleges must get 5 percent of the voters within a county or school
district to petition to hold an annexation election — which, if approved, will raise the tax rates inside one or both of those districts.
“The way the state law is written, it must be up to the voters who want to be annexed, not up to Alamo Colleges," said Leo Zuniga, Alamo College's associate vice chancellor of communications.
Leslie said it’s easier to target individual taxing districts and/or municipalities for possible annexation, rather than entire counties.
Only by approving an annexation election could students residing in Alamo College’s outlying districts capitalize on the lower tuition rates and other fees now enjoyed by those in Bexar County.
Locally affected would be the Comal, New Braunfels and Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City school districts. Not only will annexation give students in those districts a less expensive alternative to college, but expanded opportunities, such as job training partnerships, between the schools and Alamo Colleges.
Leslie said he hasn’t yet officially contacted any area civic or business leaders about the Alamo College expansion. He’ll first gauge interest before seeing if it’s enough to spark a petition drive.
“We haven’t been talking to anyone to find out if there is any interest out there,” he said. “But as I said to the board, this is a long-term strategy."Matters of Public Record
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Braunfels and Comal County booked the following between Jan. 13 and Jan. 14,2011.
♦ Isidro Alvarado Jr., 26, Crystal City, parole violation on cocaine possession, conspiracy to possess cocaine.
♦ Joseph Brown, 38, address unknown, possession of a prohibited substance inside a correctional facility, possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3, assault
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♦ Michael Curtis Burrow, 23,
Salado, driving while intoxicated. Russell Lee Drury, 60, address unknown, public intoxication.
♦ Rudy Lerma Jr., 37, Stockdale, violation of promise to appear, family violence assault violation of promise to appear, bodily injury assault
♦ Dylan Roy Magley, 18, New Braunfels, possession of a prohibited weapon.
♦ Judy Lyn McHann, 45, San Antonio, criminal trespassing, public
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♦ Robert Louis Mills Jr., 24, Canyon Lake, expired vehicle inspection sticker, failure to appear expired vehicle inspection sticker, criminal mischief.
♦ Yana Vladimirovna Mokeyeva, 22, Austin, violation of promise to appear failure to identify by giving false information.
♦ Kenneth Ray Moore, 43, Canyon Lake, bodily injury family violence assault.
♦ William Leroy Newark III, 26, New Braunfels, criminal mischief, public intoxication, family violence assault by threat, family violence assault by contact
♦ Shelby Annmarie Opp, 18, New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated. April Lee Patino, 21, New Braunfels, violating county ordinance unre-
♦ Jacy Gail Sabolboro, 22, New Braunfels, family violence assault by contact.
♦ Mark Edward Stansel, 46, San Antonio, burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony.
♦ Joshua Arthur Wenzel, 28,
Canyon Lake, failure to maintain financial responsibility, bodily injury family violence assault.
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