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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels FRIDAY July 27, 2001 20 pages in 2 sections 20 pages in 2 sec tiHerald-Zeitung Vol. 150, No. 221 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Plan puts Comal in new district The new House District 73, shown here, groups Comal County with Uvalde, Bandera and Kendall Counties. Of those, Comal has the largest population, with 78,021 people. The Legislative Redistricting Board adopted the plan Tuesday. By Martin MalacaraStaff Writer The state’s Legislative Redistricting Board has put Comal County into a new House of Representatives district with Bandera, Kendall and Uvalde counties. Comal County will make up the majority of District 73, with slightly more than 78,000 people. Bandera County has nearly 18,000 people, Kendall County has about 24,000 people and Uvalde County has about 26,000 people. The Legislative Redistricting Board approved Attorney General John Cornyn’s House redistricting plan Tuesday. The plan heavily favors Republicans across the state. The new district and the rest of the state’s new boundaries meet the approval of at least one local Republican. Comal County Republican Chairman Don Hensz said Democrats might be a little upset with the redistricting process, but “it all looks fair and compact.” “It doesn’t look like there’s any gerrymandering,” he added. Hensz said this is the first time in IOO years Republicans have been able to have their say in state government. “We’re seeing big changes now. It used to be Democrats made all the decisions and all Republicans could do was sit back and shut up,” he said. Hensz credits Bill Clinton’s presidency for shifting more conservatives to the Republican Party over the last decade. “Bill Clinton ushered in ultra-See DISTRICT/5A Coaches seeing ‘stars' K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Above: Leonel “Junior” Rojas tries to beat the throw to Rusty Turpin at third as the Red All-Stars’ coaches run practice Wednesday morning. Below: Major League New Braunfels Red All-Stars’ coaches Mark Turpin, R.C. Irwin and Jeff Kruse are prepared to go the distance with their team. Coaches put it all on the line to get All-Stars to State By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Coach Mark Turpin was as good as an automatic-pitching machine Wednesday morning, serving up fastball upon fastball. And New Braunfels All-Star Kyle Richey is a 12-year-old who can paste pitches. He smacked two or three of them deep into the outfield behind third base — never missing and never fouling back. A couple more fly deep into center field, where Turpin and the other coaches for the New Braunfels Red All-Stars have someone outside the fence, running down home run hits. If they didn’t, they’d run out of practice bafis.Directions- Take Interstate 35 north through Waco to Exit 335B. Turn right on University Parks Drive. Go two miles. The Little League Complex is on the left. Then a nightmare fine drive gets past the pitcher’s practice safety cage, headed for Tui pin’s chest. He has time to instinctively flinch away but gets slammed in his left arm. Fellow coaches Jeff Kruse and R.C. Irwin made sure he was OK. “Shake it off,” one of his coworkers said, and took over the mound. The batting drill continued with Parents’ support/5A barely time for Turpin to walk off the field. Turpin knows he’s lucky. This past year, a New Braunfels coach caught one of those balls in the head and needed more than 30 sutures to close the wound. “Man, I’m glad it didn’t hit me in the head!” he said. The three coaches put themselves in harm’s way See COACHES/5A San Marcos, Austin compete for AMD plant SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -Amid an international biding war to lure a new multi-»illion-dollar Advanced Micro )evices Inc. chip plant, San Marcos has quietly conducted in exhaustive campaign to /in the facility. For a year the city has losted meetings, given heli-opter tours of possible sites nd made presentations to ompany executives. San Marcos, a town of 5,000 about 30 miles south of Austin, is competing against Austin, Round Rock and about two dozen other cities worldwide that are vying for an advanced chip-making plant that will cost $3 billion to $4 billion. “We have to wait for the next step from AMD, but we’re very much in the ball game,” Mayor David Chiu said in Thursday’s Austin American-Statesman. The plant would provide as many as 5,000 jobs and pump more than $13.8 million a year into the local economy, the city estimates. Last August the Staubach Co., a commercial real estate firm, contacted city planner Ron Patterson about possible sites for a “Project Tsunami.” AMD wasn’t named, but it quickly became clear which company was behind the project. Within weeks, city staffers had identified two possible 200-acre sites and began try ing to determine whether the city could handle AMD’s water, electricity and gas requirements. Last October, a team from AMD met with Chiu, County Commissioner Debbie Gon-zales-Ingalsbe, Southwest Texas State University Academic Vice President Robert Gratz and then-San Marcos school Superintendent Hector Montenegro, among See PLANT/5A Parking crunch As construction continues, parking spaces will be hard to come by at New Braunfels High School this year. Officials are waiting for student permits to arrive. See the story/4A. K. JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald-Zeitung County outlines who pays for what in annexation debate By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer County officials following the annexation controversy in New Braunfels said “enough” Thursday to comments that county residents do not pay for the benefits of living near the city. The City of New Braunfels has been embroiled in controversy in recent weeks over proposed annexations of a number of parcels of land in its extra-territorial jurisdiction. On a couple of occasions, city officials, including Mayor Stoney Williams, have said that city residents get no benefit from their county tax dollars. Another argument made by city officials is that residents of soon-to-be annexed land in the county have not paid their fair share for city services they enjoy — in particular fire service. On Tuesday night, in the second of a pair of heated public hearings in neighborhoods slated to be annexed by the city, Williams answered a charge that annexation amounts to “taxation without representation.” “I’ve heard a lot about taxation without representation,” Williams said. ‘Thats us, not you guys. People who live in the city pay county taxes and get zero services.” Before he could finish, members of the audience interrupted Williams. “How about the jail?” ‘What about the courts?” “How about juvenile pro-County benefits • County court system: $3,150 million/year. Assuming half relates to New Braunfels residents, who make up half the county population: $1.575 million in benefits to the city. • 12,710 inmate days in the Comal County Jail for prisoners who are city residents. At the $50 per day rate charged the federal government for the same service, the city would pay $635,500. • Health care for the indigent: $700,000/year. • County recycling program: City dumps commodities with county: $100,000 in unmet costs carried by county. • County roads: $4 million a year; roads don’t end at city limits. • Flood control dams in county cost millions and kept downtown and Landa Park Estates dry in October 1998 flood. • Public Health Department budget — $270/year includes service to New Braunfels school kids. • Funds for child safety crossing guards: $50,000/year paid directly to city. batlon?” they asked. Indeed, how about all that and more, Comal County Commissioners asked Thursday morning. County Auditor David Renken prepared what he said was an incomplete list of the ways city residents benefit from the spending of the 32.4 cents per $100 they pay in county taxes. It See ANNEXATION/5 A Inside Abby................... 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