New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
HeraldVol. 149 No. 171 14 pages in 2 sections July 13, 2000
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The city’s council chambers didn’t have enough space for all the people showing up for an annexation hearing Wednesday.
More than IOO residents turn out for hearing
By Jo Lee Ferguson
Those at a public hearing Wednesday about proposed annexation delivered a clear message to New Braunfels — they don’t need the city’s services.
And they came in droves to tell the city council just that. More than I OO people attended the meeting. They parked in the road and across the street from city hall in the New Braunfels Civic Center parking lot.
They filled eveiy available chair in the council chambers, stood along the chamber’s walls, in the hall outside and even waited outside city hall for their chance to speak.
The first speaker, Mel Goode-nough, represented the Mission Valley Homeowners Association and set the tone for the rest of the night.
“We are totally opposed to being annexed into New Braunfels,” Goodenough said, and presented the council with a petition signed by 57 people in Mission Valley are who are against annexation.
City officials have said annexation provides a way to control the area’s growth, but Goodenough questioned that statement.
“Mission Valley Estates is a 90 percent built-out community,” he said. “There is no land to develop.”
And Mission Valley doesn’t need the services the city would offer if the area becomes a part of the city, he said. They have well water and private contractors w ho pick up their trash. Their streets were recently resurfaced and they’re happy with the emergency services they receive, Goodenough said.
In short, he said, the quality of life for residents’ of Mission Valley Estates would not be improved See ANNEXATION/8A
Comal jury convicts S.A.
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
man in Schertz robbery
Comal County jurors took less than one hour to convict 39-year old Johnny Earl Johnson for his role in an aggravated robbery at a Schertz convenience store this past November.
A seven-woman, five-man jury went into deliberations just before 11 a.m. and came back with the guilty verdict against Johnson, a San Antonio resident, a little before noon Wednesday in the 22nd District court.
District Judge Jack Robison presided over the trial.
A district judge could sentence Johnson up to 99 years or life in prison on the first-degree felony charge. A sentencing hearing has not been set.
Police testified Johnson drove the vehicle that left the scene of a robbery at a convenience store on Farm-to-Market Road 1103 and Interstate 35 in Schertz on Nov. 28, 1999.
A Schertz police off icer parked dow n the
road, received a dispatch call about the robbery and followed Johnson’s vehicle as he drove down FM 1103, police said. Hie 9-1-1 call described the robbery suspect as a black male.
Johnson, who is black, was stopped by the officer but took off’again, police said.
Comal County assistant district attorney Ed Jendrzey told jurors two other suspects tied the vehicle but Johnson drove on and continued to evade police.
Schertz police apprehended Johnson in
the vehicle about midnight on Nov. 28.
Ferry Herron, also accused in the robbery, was arrested the day affer the robbery and booked into Comal County Jail. On April 12, a Comal County grand jury indicted Herron on a charge of aggravated robbery.
The Comal County District Clerk’s office also issued a warrant for a third man suspected in the robbery, but he has not been arrested.
Jurors had to find that Johnson promoted See ROBBERY/8A
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Workers slow down traffic at the closed on-ramp to Interstate 35, north of Farm-to-Market Road 725 Wednesday afternoon. L.A. Utilities workers will again be working on the sewage pipe at the ramp today, causing lane closures and delays.
principal might go
Seguin ISD considers Garinger for human resources position
By Heather Todd
New Braunfels High School principal Keith Garinger is being considered for an administrative position at Seguin Independent School District, a Seguin ISD spokesperson confirmed
Judy Peschel. community involvement coordinator and pub-
-----, lie information officer for Seguin ISD, said
Garinger would be recommended to the board of trustees as the new director of human resources at a meeting tonight.
Seguin trustees meet 6 p.m. at the district offices, 1221 E. Kingsbury St. in Seguin.
Garinger could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Peschel said she did not know any more information about Garinger’s application to GARINGER the position other than he was being recom
mended to the board.
Stephanie Ferguson, public information officer for New Braunfels Independent School District, said Garinger had not officially resigned his position as principal of NBHS.
His resignation would not be official until it was approved by the board, she said. Ferguson said she could not provide any further comment on Garinger’s possible move to Seguin ISD.
Garinger has been the principal at NBHS since 1997. Before his position at NBHS, he worked in the Bryan Independent School District.
GSD votes down BBES traffic fixes
By Heather Todd
The traffic quagmire in front of Bill Brown Elementary School could get worse this fall with the opening of the new H-E-B grocery store across the street on Texas 46.
Comal Independent School District trustees nixed a plan Tuesday to re-route traffic at BBES in conjunction with a traffic light being installed at the school entrance.
Engineers w itll Pape-Dawson, who are working on the H-E-B project, were collaborating w ith C’ISD and the Texas Department
Key Code 76
City: Brookshire didn’t try hard enough
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
New Braunfels’ attorneys say Brookshire Homes sued the city without first trying to resolve its dispute through every avenue available in the city’s administrative process.
The city filed a response to the company’s lawsuit in the 274th District Court on Friday.
New Braunfels, represented by San Antonio Attorney Charles S. Frigerio, also is asking the court to
award the city its costs involved with the lawsuit, including “reasonable attorney’s fees.”
“... New Braunfels asserts the ripeness doctrine since (Brookshire Homes) has failed to exhaust his administrative remedies, as a matter of law,” the city’s response said. “Plaintiff’s permits, which are the subject matter of this petition, are currently being appealed to the board of adjustment of the city of New Braunfels.”
Brookshire Homes sued the city in June atter the city issued stop
work orders for four homes off Pah-meyer Drive in the Meadow Creek subdivision.
The city also refused to issue building permits to Brookshire Homes after Meadow Creek residents Greg and Gerry Williams sent a letter mid a petition signed by 80 residents protesting the proposed development. The Williamses said the development significantly would decrease their property values.
City staff said Brookshire’s pro-See BROOKSHIRE/8A
Pahmeyer Drive is
now in progress,
being poured. Brookshire
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Homes sued the city of New Braunfels in June after the city issued stop work orders for four homes.
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