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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas ************** Al L FOK rn 780 *01 1000571 12/50/05 SOUTHWEST HICfcOfUOLISHERS 2627 E VANDELL DK EL PASO TX 79903 INSIDE TIME TO FLY Children at Villa Serena get a special treat during lunch, an up-close look at birds of prey. Page 8A BULVERDE MAYOR'S RACE The mayor pro tem and a former councilman file to run for the open mayor's seat in Bulverde. Page 7A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 217 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 WWW?5 I '56825 00001 tunny High Low 98 70 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B fed**#®?Limmer resigns seat on city council Cites health concerns; special election set for Nov. 8 By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Councilwoman Lynn Limmer ended her two-month career as District 6 representative Friday citing unforeseen personal family health matters. In a letter delivered to Mayor Bruce Boyer and her fellow city council members, Limmer expressed regret for her inability to fulfill her duties. “I apologize to council and the city of New Braunfels, but mostly to my supporters, due to the fact that my family and I feel that I am unable to be the productive coun-cilmember that this great city needs at this time,” she wrote. Limmer said Friday it was only after much soul searching she decided she needed to step down from her elected position to deal with unexpected family and personal health issues. While she would not be specific about the circumstances surrounding her decisions, Limmer did admit her situation had led her to leave her long-time position at First Commercial Bank. Bank officials confirmed Limmer offered her resignation July 19. “This is a very emotional, per- M ARK YOUR CALENDAR Important dates in the upcoming special election: ■Aug. 8 — Candidate filings begin ■ Sept. 7 — Candidate filings end ■ Sept. 12 — Determine order of names on ballot ■ Oct. 24 — Early voting begins ■ Nov. 4 — Early voting ends ■ Nov. 8 — Election Day sonal time,” Limmer said. “It’s a painful process to go through, and I need to be here for my family." Boyer, who was in touch with Limmer throughout the week as she considered her resignation, said he understood how difficult it was to be in her position. “About 12 years ago, I had to step out of some things because of a family situation," he said. “Its hard, especially since Lynn worked so hard to get this job." I dimmer took office May 23, after battling with incumbent Ken Valentine for the seat. She won by just 13 votes. Although Limmer’s decision to quit so soon after taking office came as a surprise, City Manager Chuck Pinto said it was not the See LIMMER, Page 3A DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Former District 6 Councilwoman Lynn Limmer, right, talks with Tara Krueger at First Commercial Bank early in June. In addition to resigning her council seat, Limmer stepped down at First Commercial Bank. Mission Valley Mill ends 8-decade run From staff reports Vacancy not likely to impact city business LEARN MORE ■ For a complete report on the mill's closing and the impact on New Braunfels, see Sunday's Herald-Zeitung. Mission Valley Mill closed its doors for the last time Friday, with the 14 remaining workers collecting their paychecks just before lunch. The mill was the city’s largest employer for many years, providing work to as many as four generations of some local families. Planters and Merchants Mills built and opened the facility in 1922. The first cotton cloth was produced in September 1923. Current owner Plains Cotton Cooperative Association is in the process of selling tile facility to Urban Pacific Builders, which has plans to reconstruct the property with retail, office and residential space. By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The District 6 city council seat vacancy could have a big impact on votes taken before November’s special election. Six members can arrive at a split decision, resulting in a tie. In a tie vote, the motion on the table fails. Council members got a taste of what they might expect Monday when proposed changes to the city’s drainage ordinance failed after a 3-3 tie vote. With Councilwoman Sonia Munoz-Cill expecting to give birth sometime in August, city council could hold at least one meeting with only five members, just enough for a quorum. Mayor Bruce Boyer said die show would go on. “We have to deal the cards we’re dealt,” he said. “We’ve had very few 4-3 votes, so hopefully it won t be a problem.” lf Munoz-GiU’s track record is any indication, Boyer has nothing to worry about. “The bottom line is, city business has to go on. I hope we never get to a place where city council can’t take care of business. I don’t think we will.” — Bruce Boyer New Braunfels mayor “When I had my daughter during my first term in office, I didn t miss any meetings,” she said. "I’m not sleeping anyway, so it s easy to keep up widi my agenda packet material. Plus, coming to meetings will give me an opportunity to get out of the house.” Aldiough the expectant mother does not anticipate missing any votes, she said she hoped her fellow council members would tx* willing to postpone anything requiring full debate if she were absent. Boyer said he was not sure delay SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ■ Let everyone know what you think about Limmer's decision and see what others say at rn beheardtrtgg was the best policy for the city. “The bottom line is, city business has to go on,” he said. “I hope we never get to a place where city council can’t take care of business. I don’t think we will.” In the event council was left with only five members during a meeting, Qty Manager C Jiuck Pinto said it could pass just about anything with a 3-2 majority vote. “TTiere aa* a few things, like overruling a Planning Commission decision, that would require four-fifths of council to be present,” he said. “But tlieie really aren’t many tilings." Pinto confirmed council had full ordinance authority with only five members, allowing them to modi-fy the drainage ordinance if it appears on an agenda before November. Who will nm for office? Now that the District 6 seat is up for grabs again, who is interested in making a run for it? ADAM CORK The former mayor, who lost his seat to Bruce Boyer in May, was coy Friday about his intentions. "I indicated I wasn't through with public service, and you never know how soon those opportunities will come," Adam Cork said. While Cork lives in District 2, he has a business in District 6 with an apartment upstairs. "I eat more meals here than anywhere else, (and) some would say I sleep more here than anywhere else," Cork told a fellow blogger on the Herald-Zeitung biog site. Adam Cork BURKE HARRISON The former mayoral candidate, who lost his first bid for public office to Adam Cork three years ago, admitted the opportunity to run for council again was tempting. I don’t know if I could do it because I'm very busy with work right now, but I am contemplating a run" Burke Harrison said. Before making any decision, Harrison said he planned to talk with his friend and neighbor Valentine. "He's retired and can afford the time to do the job and research," Harrison said. "I don't agree with him all the time, but I would support him if he decided to run." Burke Harrison Pretty in pink Local schookhildren help the city decorate some park spaces with ut usual artwork. lUytMf Entry 4 Or., • CyC, Ant*, 4/C, Crab*, WL, WW Factory Warranty ^I BLUEBONNET £/brd ftlNCOlx) Nim un if IS TUT BirrEMEMCE* http ://www bbmotors com New Braunfels, TX^Register Now Fora *99" Truck Saturday 7/30/05UPDATES X Tracking the newsMcClure to fight extradition LAST WE KNEW: Robert Troy McClure, 28, suspect in a January throat slashing in New Braunfels, was taken into custody July 15 in King Cove, Alaska. LATEST: McClure, now in Anchorage, has decided to fight extradition to Texas. NEXT: An extradition hearing will be set. McClure's extradition could take 30 to 60 days or longer. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day ■ Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving. ■ Carpool if possible or combine all errands into one trip ■ Avoid use of “drive through" lanes or services ■ Don’t refuel during daylight ■ Avoid exterior painting. CL1C* ON THE WEB: nk Pollution levels are posted online at: Electronic county map provides wealth of information By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Need to find something in Comal County? Thanks to Eric Gibson, it s about to get a whole lot easier. Gibson has created a “Comal County Internet Mapping Service” on die Web site of the Comal County Engineer’s Office,, for which he is the webmaster. The Web site, which proved its worth during the 2002 tl(xxi by posting real-time river flow, rainfall and flood rescue and recovery information, includes features and SEE FOR YOURSELF ■ Comal County EngineerTom Hornseth's office has created a detailed electronic map of Comal County. A "Beta" or trial version of the map can be found at Click on the "Comal County Geographic Information System” button. For training information, contact Erie Gibson at 608-2090. information the county’s main Web site does not have. During the 2004 elections, Gibson placed a map on the site that showed residents where to vote. The map included such detail it could See MAP, Page 3A DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Comal County EngineerTom Hornseth, left, and Erie Gibson discuss some of the uses for the "Comal County Internet Mapping Service." KEN VALENTINE Although he would not make any commitment Friday, Ken Valen-tine admitted he was interested in having his old job back. "I'm going to consult with my political advisers and maybe hold a town hall meeting next week to see what peo- Ken Valentine P'e think" he said- "lf they want me to represent them, I will run again." Valentine lost his seat to Limmer by only 13 votes, but sa id he would not presume to be a shoo-in. "Maybe they want to pick someone else," he said. "I don't want to be an Al Gore, you know." MNflMNNRllft ;