New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
SPORTS FORTNER'S FAME
NBHS graduate Nell Fortner went on to coach college, professional and Olympic womens basketball. Page 5
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2004
FORUM GUEST COLUMN
James Jones says voting for third-party candidates is the most conservative way to go. Page 4
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New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork, right, and Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek helped spearhead the drive for a study to identify what national retailers could makeit in New Braunfels. The. study also listed prime retail development spots, such as this area at the intersection of fexas 46 and Loop 337.
Officials want to spur more shops to locate here to keep consumers from commuting
County sits on sidelines for regional water fight
By Bryan Kirk
Comal County officials are watching cautiously as purveyors prepare to square off in a water war that has implications for Bulverde — and Canyon Lake water.
The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority — preparing to build a pipeline that will bring water to a parched Bulverde and Fair Oaks Ranch, as well as Boerne and north Bexar County — is being sued by the Bexar Metropolitan Water District. BexarMet wants to force OBRA to provide it a guaranteed 3,000 acre-feet of water per year. The agency also is challenging the rate OBRA charges for water.
BexarMet provides water in Bexar County and small parts of Comal County. In February, a 16-inch pipeline it built with the Canyon lake Water Supply Corporation will be turned on, enabling BexarMet to pump up to half a million gallons of water per day for its Bulverde customers.
BexarMet Deputy General Manager Chuck Ahrens said Wednesday his agency hopes a lawsuit filed in Travis County will compel OBRA to allow BexarMet to continue to serve its Comal ( bunty customers, to allow it to expand its service in this county and to provide additional water through die BexarMet/CIWSC pipeline. “They’re commonsense steps,” he said. In 1999, Bulverde joined GBRA to seek authority from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to provide water via another pipeline project, the Western Canyon Project. GBRA is poised to begin construction of the $50 million pipeline and its surface water treatment plant this spring. BexarMet, originally a party to that project, backed out over the rates GBRA would charge for the water.
Bulverde and GBRA have filed action in a Comal (bunty court asking that the borders of BexarMet s service area in the Bulverde region be defined.
Other actions are under discussion by parties on either side of the tug of-war.
For now, (binal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the county was sitting this battle out.
“We are actively monitoring the progress of all of these administrative and legal matters to ensure that any interests Comal County may have in those proceedings arc* being protected, but we’re not engaged in any legal or administrative action at this time,” Waldrip said. “We’re on the sidelines at the moment.”
A week ago, the GBRA board of directors voted unanimously to authorize General Manager Bill West to take appropriate actions against BexarMet on GBRAs behalf.
“We are convinced that the real issue is the commitment of water on a permanent basis,” West said. "We have taken action to defend ourselves against the rate case.”
Staff Writer Hon Maloney contributed to this report.
Residents list department store as greater local need
By Dylan Jim6nez
Ceretta Daum has lived in New Braunfels for 32 years, and like many residents, she tries to buy local. But that’s not always possible.
She Finds herself running out of town a lot to shop for items she can’t find here.
One of those items recently was clothing for her husband.
“We were looking for something at Wal-Mart and Target, and both of them were out," Daum said.
Where else can a New Braunfelser go?
T heres Bealls. And last year, Kohl s Department Store leased the former Kmart building off 1-35, but the company has made no announcement about opening a store there.
With outlet malls in San Marcos and The Forum in Live Oak, officials have been worried about losing sales tax dollars to neighbors up and down 1-35.
There has been no official guess as to how much money the city loses without more retail. But city officials and a
See RETAIL. Page 3
■ Bnum's 'ce Cream
• Captain D s Seafood
■ Casa Ole
■ Country Kitchen
• Daylight Donuts
■ El Chico s
• Mazzio s Pizza
■ Monterey s Tex Mex Cafe
■ Taco Bueno
■ Western Sizzlin
Clothing and Accessories
■ Claire s Boutique
■ Fashion Bug
■ Goody’s Family Clothing
• Gordon s Jewelers
■ One Price Clothing Store
* Sunglass Hut
■ Bath and Body Works
■ Family Christian Books
■ Family Dollar
■ Hibbett Sports
■ Medicine Shoppe
■ Pier I Imports
■ Tractor Supply Company
4B official not happy with list
By Scott Mahon
T he results of a study to target retailers that could locate here are in, and at least one community leader expressed his disappointment with them.
New Braunfels city and chamber officials met Tuesday for a presentation on the results of phase 2 of a retail study that began almost a year ago.
David Ramble, president of the Community ID Division of the Buxton Company, said the study compiled demographic data, including family size, household income and driving time from specific sites and matched 26 retailers that would be a good fit for the city.
See STUDY. Page 3
RESIDENTS' THOUGHTS ON RETAIL
“I would like to see a grocery story on our (north) side of town.”
— Grace Hernandez
“We have Wal-Mart. ... But we don't have anything that s really nice ”
— Kathleen Ross
There s not a lot of places to eat except Mexican restaurants.”
— Dan Tomchesson
There is no place that sells decent women's
— Claire Tomchesson
"I wish we had a good Japanese restaurant'
— Beth Dittmer
First-graders Fabian Ramirez, left. Zackary Evans and Abby Bettersworth perform a song for the video camera at a taping of the television show "Cat Paws” at Carl Schurz Elementary Wednesday afternoon. The show, produced by KLRN, will air March 20 and 21.
Republican dubs sponor candidate forum Tuesday
From Staff Reports
The public is invited to attend a Republican candidates forum Tuesday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium.
The event, which runs from 6 to H:30 p.m., includes a light dinner.
Many of the county’s Republican candidates will be present witli their families early in the evening to discuss issues in an informal setting.
Then each attending candidate will speak at the podium for approximately two minutes. Precinct 4 county
Commissioner Jan Keimady will moderate this portion of the evening.
This an opportunity for all interested persons to come together to meet, eat and, most importantly, to shake the hands anti ask the ques-one-on-one— with Republican Primary candidates.
T he forum is hosted anti sponsored by four Republican groups in Comal County, tile Bulverde Area Republican Women, Canyon Lake Republican Women, Comal County Republican Men and New Braunfels Republican Women.
Kids on TV
Ernesto Jergin started selling jewelry with his girlfriend after graduating from New Braunfels High School. Now, they own their own jewelry manufacturer, store and diamond-buying business.