New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRIDAY January 19, 2001
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Vol. 150, No. 59
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
4B board conducts public hearings on spending proposals
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Thursday night was sort of an evening of “new board blues” for the city’s infrastructure and improvement corporation, or 4B board.
Two hours into a scheduled 7 p.m. meeting that began a little late, the board that makes recommendations about how to spend a portion of the city’s sales tax revenues that are dedicated to economic development, infrastructure improvements and other projects
had heard a little public input on a wish list of projects ranging from curbs and ballfields to fire engines.
In November, city voters merged the previously separate 4B tax with the former 4A tax for economic development tax.
The change in the structure of the city’s sales taxes required the 4B board to hold public hearings on proposed projects. The committee recommends projects for funding to the city council. The city has a projected
$2.5 million in 4B sales tax revenues to spend this year.
Add to that mix a couple of new members, a voluminous meeting packet and some lengthy and involved spending guidelines, and you’ve created the recipe for a long night.
At press time, the board had gotten into the fifth of eight public hearing items.
Still to be accomplished were the election of officers and board discussion and action on the public hearing items.
In the first public hearing item, the meeting bogged down over just what are appropriate items to spend 4B money on.
New board member Monroe Miller opened a legal and administrative can of worms — raising questions about how 4B money can be used, where it can be used and for what.
City Attorney Floyd Akers explained that the board had more flexibility than might be apparent from a quick read of the guidelines.
Benefactor pays for Comal family to attend inauguration
Robert Jr. and Crissy Hensley, 15 and 12, are overcome with emotion Thursday when they learn they will attend the inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., Saturday. Their mother Diana, center, will attend with them.
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
STARTZVILLE — The miracles keep piling up for the family of Robert and Diana Hensley, the Canyon Lake couple whose children were invited to George W. Bush’s inauguration on Saturday.
A group of New Braunfels businesses, including the Herald-Zeitung, donated money for a hotel, clothing and other things the family would need for a trip to Washington, D.C.
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith got Robert “Bubba” Hensley Jr., 15, and Crissy Hensley, 12, a pair of tickets to be up close for the swearing-in ceremony.
But the gift that made everything happen for the Hensley family came early Thursday morning.
A New Braunfels couple who did not want to be identified bought plane tickets Thursday for Diana, Bubba and Crissy to fly to Washington, D.C., today. They depart from Austin at 4:45 p.m.
The donor, who stopped by the Herald-Zeitung office Thursday morning with a check for the ticket price, said he had come from a poor family and the gesture just seemed Uke the right thing to do.
“I read the morning paper while I was drinking my first cup of coffee,” the man said. “I’d just struck a match,
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson, left, and Advertising Director Angela Benson, center, visit with Diana Hensley.
started the fireplace going and I was pretty content. I looked at that story and thought, These kids could sure use some help. It’s a hell of a note that the president of the United States could know you, extend an invitation, and you not be able to go.”’
The man showed the story to his wife.
“She felt the same way I did,” he said. “Can you imagine what this would mean to these children?” Robert and Diana Hensley can. “Oh, my goodness!” Robert
exclaimed at the door to his Startzville home. “Let me go get my wife.” Robert sat down. His wife stood beside him. Both were quiet for a long time.
“I don’t know what to say,” he said. “I don’t know what to say,” she echoed. “We never could have done this ourselves.”
Indeed, they could not have. Diana Hensley is unemployed. Robert works as a clerk in the Everyday convenience
Smithson Valley High School Government and economics teacher Bonnie Jakob, center, sits with the eight students who will join her in Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration
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SVHS students set alarm clocks early for inauguration
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
Those who think teens slip into sleep mode at the mention of polities should set their alarm for 5:30 a.m. and think again.
That’s what time a group of eight Smithson Valley High School students, their teacher and principal had to be at the San Antonio International Airport Thursday.
On a cold and rainy morning, the students left for Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration.
Government and economics teacher Bonnie Jakob started recruiting for the trip this past spring after a travel company extended the offer.
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River activities panel forwards plan to council
By Jennifer Rodriguez
After several months of studying river issues, the New Braunfels River Activities Committee completed Thursday night a proposal that has to go before city council Monday.
The multi-pronged river management plan answers needs for public restrooms, traffic control and law enforcement on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers.
Council will hear the recommendations when it meets starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall.
City staff estimate the plan would cost about $230,000 the first year and about $180,000 the next year.
“I’m happy with the numbers,” vice chairman Ken Valentine said.
Committee members planned to recommend requiring river visitors who exit at the last public exit or Cypress Bend Park to pay a $1.25 fee for a public exit band.
Money raised from a public exit band, which would be sold at tube, kayak and raft rental locations, grocery and convenience stores, would raise the bulk of the new funds marked for river management.
If 150,000 people exited at the last public exit and the Cypress Bend Park area, the bands could raise about $187,5000 toward the cost.
The group also decided to ask city council to raise the price of shuttle permits to a per-seat rate of $3.
Shuttle operators currently pay a flat shuttle permit fee, regardless of vehicle size, of $50 for the first shuttle and $25 for any shuttles after that.
The committee expects the new shuttle fees to raise about $3,000 more a year for the city.
As the committee tried to balance the cost of its plan against the funding options, committee member Sonia Munoz suggested a parking fee increase in the Prince Solms Park.
The group agreed to increase fees from $2 to $5 for vehicles and $5 to $7 for recreational vehicles.
‘We might be trying to grab this brass ring, but it’s a couple of stories too high,” Munoz said. “I’m not happy about this. I like my green parks...This is just an attempt to reinvest in our rivers.”
The committee dropped an earlier idea to charge resi-
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Bulverde vote Saturday
From Staff Reports
BULVERDE — Bulverde voters decide Saturday whether to consolidate Bulverde Northwest into their community.
If they do, Bulverde will become a city of about 4,200 residents and 10-square-miles sitting at the crossroads of U.S. 281 and Texas 46.
This election could be the final of a series of votes going back to 1997. Four Bulverde subdivisions incorporated themselves into little communities called Bulverde North, Bulverde South, Bulverde East and Bulverde West and then merged into each other by early 1999. The elections took a fast-growing area of western Comal County and incorporated it into a single municipality.___
What: Bulverde consolidation election When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Bulverde City Hall, Suite 236, Bulverde Marketplace, 30070 U.S.
Saturday’s election will decide if Bulverde Northwest will join the rest of the City of Bulverde.
Bulverde Northwest voters already approved the consolidation in a November election.
Voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in Bulverde City Hall, Suite 236 in the Bulverde Marketplace at Farm-to-Market Road 1863 and U.S. 281.
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