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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels * TUESDAY January 28, 2003 IO pages in 2 sections mmmmmm ■<■■■    pages    in    L    sectKHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 65 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsFlume to ‘hit streets’ with tax vote petitionTo be continued New Braunfels City Council recessed its Monday night council meeting after more than three hours. The meeting continues at 6:30 p.m. today. It will be broadcast on Channel 21. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer District 3 Council member Debbie Flume will go directly to voters with her proposal to divert two-thirds of sales taxes from economic development to street repairs. “You’ll see me on the streets!” Flume exclaimed after her proposal to let voters decide whether to divert money now earmarked for economic development was shelved Monday night on a split, 4-3 vote. Mayor Adam Cork, Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez and council members Sonia Munoz-Gill and Larry City creating database of neighborhood groups By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Does your subdivision have a homeowner’s association? Does your block have a neighborhood association? The City of New Braunfels would like to be in touch with you. Jocelyn Murphy of the Planning Department is working to create a database of neighborhood associations within the city. Neighborhood associations can include previously developed homeowner’s associations as well as newly created groups, or other kinds of organizations.On the 'Net ■ City of New Braunfels: “I had been looking around on some larger city Web sites — San Antonio and San Marcos — and they all have a centralized contact list. I thought it would be something good for this city in order to establish central points of communication,” Murphy said. “If we have an issue that affects someone in, say, the * See DATABASE/3A Inside Abby..................  5A Classifieds..........................2-48 Comics................................6A Crossword..........................5A Forum.................................4A Movies................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports.................................1B Today..................................2A Key Code 76 8    56825    00001    1 Alexander voted to table the proposal pending further study. Flume, Robert Kendrick and Ken Valentine voted against the motion to table. Tabling the proposal pending further study of the city’s street repair needs would not leave enough time to get the question on the May 3 ballot. Flume needs 974 names on a petition in time to make the agenda for the last city council meeting in February in order for the city to call the election and get U.S. Department of Justice preclearance. Flume wants to divert two-thirds of the 4B tax — which is three-eighths of a cent on a dollar — to road repairs. She said that was the intent of the original tax when it was established in the 1990s. In 2000, voters agreed to See PETITION/3A Let the races begin: Filing for May 3 election opens soon By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The official filing period for the municipal election in New Braunfels opens Feb. 18 and runs through 5 p.m. March 19. So far, two candidates have announced their intentions to run for seats on the New Braunfels City Council. A write-in candidate can declare candidacy through Monday, March 24. Election Day is May 3. Gale O’Hara Pospisil announced Dec. 13,2002, that she is seeking the District 3 city council seat in the municipal election. Friday, Valerie Hull announced her intention to seek the District 4 seat. Pospisil was defeated in 2000 in her candidacy for the District 3 post by Debbie Flume, who said this past May that she did not intend to seek re-election. At the conclusion of Monday night’s city council meeting, Flume backed away from the earlier statement — but made no announcement of her plans. District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick has announced his intention to seek re-election. Section 3.02 of the New Braunfels City Code sets out the qualifications for coun-cilmembers. Ta run for city council, a candidate must be a resident of the council district that he or she will be a candidate in for at least 12 months prior to filing for office; be a qualified voter in the state of Texas; and he or she must not be indebted to the City of New Braunfels. An elected officer must continue to live in New Braunfels throughout his or her term. For information, contact City Secretary Michael Resendez, 608-2100, ext. 234. Worker injured in fire still in critical condition By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The 30-year-old New Braunfels man injured Friday in a diesel fuel fire remained in critical condition Monday at a San Antonio Hospital. A Brooke Army Medical Center spokesman said Paul D. Gliadon was being treated in the hospital’s bum unit. Gliadon was flown to BAMC Friday with reported first- and second-degree bums on his face, hands, legs and feet, as well as inhalation burns.* He was injured in a fire in a machine shop at Colorado Materials, 5000 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2439. Firefighters were called to the facility at 1:42 p.m. Friday for a reported fire in a heavy equipment maintenance shop, New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said. They arrived to find the shop, a road grader and other material on fire, Brinkkoeter said — with a risk that the flames would ignite a nearby 20,000-gallon diesel tank. The shop was reportedly heavily damaged. Brinkkoeter said the fire was believed started by a refueling accident involving a space heater. Mayor wants citizen feedback at meeting By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Mayor Adam Cork will conduct a special “town meeting” Thursday evening at city hah. Cork said the purpose of the meeting is to give constituents the opportunity to talk to him about any issue they wish. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A at City Hah, 424 S. Castell Ave. “It is a town meeting to invite people to be able to visit with the mayor and talk about what their concerns are — what they Uke, don’t like, things that they feel the city needs to be doing differently, or that we’re doing weU. That would be kind of nice to hear, too,” Cork said. The mayor said in 2001 when he ran for office that he would be conducting the town meetings to provide constituents direct access to city government. This one comes just more than a week after the city received a proposal for a new civic center to be built over the Comal River. Cork will have drawings of that idea posted at the meeting. “I will have the poster boards there to talk to people about the civic center expansion possibilities and what was presented at this past Monday night’s workshop,” Cork said. “The primary reason for the meeting is to hear con stituent concerns and make notes on those. If it’s something that needs to be researched, then FU be doing that,” Cork said. The mayor said he hopes he has a good turnout for the meeting, but he realizes the evening or the time might not be convenient for everyone. “I’ve always held a pokey that 111 meet with anybody if they call me. I’ll schedule a time to sit down with them and meet one-on-one and FU continue that,” the mayor said. “If this time doesn’t work out for somebody and they’ll call City Hall at 608-2100, ext. 270; I’ll be glad to visit with them, lf I don’t have the answer, 111 find it,” Cork said. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Am Bartholomew helps 95-year-okj Linden Anderson blow out the candles on her birthday cake Monday night. Anderson was honored at “An Evening with Dr. Buckner Fanning” sponsored by the New Braunfels Republican Women. It can kill 40,0000 people in a flash. Innocent people can get hurt. My great prayer is that they [our leaders] will make the right decision. I can hope it will help everybody and not hurt anybody.” ‘On God and country’ Guest speaker Dr. Buckner Fanning recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the New Braunfels Republican Women’s meeting and installation of new officers Monday night at the civic center. Fanning also spoke of heroism, which he defined as nobility of purpose, not merely celebrity. ‘The nurses helping people they don’t even know late at night in a hospital — those are heroes,” he said. The “Billy Graham of South Texas” also spoke of priorities, which he said are singular — the main one was God — the offshoot being country. Fanning closed with a story about a pool flowing into a sea that spent it self helping nature along the way, irrigating, watering thirsts, floating ships — then evaporating and returning refreshed back to its mountain top. “So let’s expend ourselves,” Fanning said. “For God and country.” DAVID INGRAM/HerakJ- Zeitung Buckner Fanning talks about nation’s priorities By Sean Bowlin Staff writer Dr. Buckner Fanning, who as a Marine in Nagasaki, Japan in 1945 saw that city’s population burned by an atomic fireball, said he hopes our leaders will remember one word in the weeks ahead: compassion. “I saw what force can do,” the San Antonio pastor told about 500 at the New Braunfels Civic Center during a dinner honoring the installation of the officers of the New Braunfels Republican Women Monday night. “It can hurt. It can burn. ;