New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY June IO, 2001
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Vol. 150 No. 181
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
McVeigh doubted chances of appeals
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — While many have speculated that Timothy McVeigh hopes to make himself a martyr at the hands of the federal government, one of his lawyers said Saturday that the Oklahoma City bomber did not wish to die.
Instead, attorney Chris Tritico
said, McVeigh was convinced that the U.S. Supreme Court would never grant him a stay of execution after two lower courts turned down his efforts.
“I don’t view that as ‘I want to die,’ ” Tritico said, standing outside the federal prison where McVeigh will be put to death by chemical
injection Monday morning. “I view that as a realization that ‘I’m going nowhere with this process, so let’s stop doing it.”’
McVeigh’s lawyers had wanted more time to review nearly 4,500 pages of belatedly released FBI documents for information they believed could have helped in his
defense during the 1997 trial.
McVeigh, 33, was convicted of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building that killed 168 people in the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil.
His execution on Monday will be the first by the federal government since 1963.
Timothy McVeigh is scheduled to die at 7 a.m. Monday in Terre Haute,
Making cents out of annexation
Cost of Annexation -
The cost actualtydepends on the subdivision and services received.
To homes that have existing lines and need meters:
Impact fee: $700 Connection fee: (meter only) $240 Sewer: Impact fee $1,160 TOTAL COST: $2,100
To homes without lines, meter, boxes or taps:
Impact fee: $700 Connection fees: $685 Sewer
Impact fees: $1,160 Connection (tap): $600 TOTAL: $3,145 Note: These figures do not include the cost of getting the lines to each home in subdivision. According to NBU officials, that cost could run as high as $50 a foot in rocky soil. Neighborhoods hire contractors to put the line in; NBU doesn’t perform that service.
County taxes: 32.4 cents per $100 valuation City taxes: 32.1 cents
per $100 valuation
TOTAL: 64.5 CENTS PER $100 VALUATION
Residents want to know how much it will cost
By Amy Clarkson
Annexation brings up passionate debate.
Many neighborhoods simply do not want to bear the cost, claim the benefits clearly do not exist and are hoping the city again chooses to drop the move to annex this year.
On the other side, city officials say annexation is necessary to promote growth in New Braunfels, to increase the tax base and to continue to provide services to people both inside the city limits and in the extraterritorial jurisdiction. They say residents in these neighborhoods get the benefits of living near a city without bearing the costs.
City council currently is considering annexing: T Bar M/Mission Valley Road; Hunters Creek; Northwoods; Common Street/Orion Drive; Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road; Stonegate; Southbank; Klein Road and EM 1044 and Schmucks Road/Engel Road.
The planning commission conducted a workshop May 16 and agreed to add Preiss Heights, off Loop 337 near River Road; Shadow Hills, off EM 1863 south of Mission Valley Estates; and the area that includes the McAlister Ranch off Texas 46 South. Those areas are part of the five-year annexation plan that the city council passed in 1999.
Whenever annexation appears on an agenda — at
the planning commission meetings, at workshops or at New Braunfels city council meetings — residents gather, ready to express complaints See ANNEXATION/4A
The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels, 651 Business IH 35 No., Suite 1210 (New Braunfels Marketplace) offers arts and crafts hands-on activities, costumes for make believe, a tropical rainforest, building blocks, a science station and more. Special children’s events are presented by the museum on an ongoing basis. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except for Thursdays when hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sunday, the museum is open noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for children older than 1 and adults, $2 for senior citizens and $2 for preregistered groups.
Workshop turns children into artists
Buck Pottery owner Dee Buck helps Christian Beaty, 8, of Seguin, work on a clay television while sisters Angie Fealy, 7, left, and Bobbie, 5, look on Saturday during the Children’s Museum’s annual Magical Child Clay Workshop in Gruene. Below: Edward Stockwell finishes an elephant for his clay jungle scene.
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Four-year-old Alex Jahns argues . good-naturedly with his father.
He wants to take the dark brown lump of clay and make a spaceship. His father wants him to make a handprint with his name, like his little sister, Allison.
“I like spaceships,” Alex said, pounding the lump of clay with his small fist. “I’m making a spaceship.”
How do you make a spaceship?
“First, you pound, pound the clay. "Then, you poke holes in it,” he said, poking the clay violently with a Popsicle stick. “Then, you roll it out and pound, pound, pound.”
His father puts the finishing touches on Allison’s handprint — carefully writing her name with a toothpick as the 2-year-old looks closely at the work.
Alex and Allison were just two of the hundreds of children at the
Magical Child Clay Workshop at Buck Pottery in Gruene on Saturday. The workshop is an annual fund-raiser for the New Braunfels Children’s Museum.
Kneeling on carpet remnants at small, makeshift tables, the chil
dren starting arriving at IO a.m. The workshop lasted until 3 p.m.
“We’ve had a really good turnout, so far,” museum board member
Key Code 77
Lead-based paint brushing off home repair program
By Amy Clarkson
The high-cost of getting rid of lead-based paint in city structures is leading the Community Development Advisory Committee to ask New Braunfels city council to end a program that funds home repairs.
Council will consider the request Monday night.
The program, known as the Community Assistance and Repair Project, has a budget of $71,346. That money was going to help make repairsMeeting
■ WHO: New Braunfels City Council
■ WHEN: 6 p.m. special session, 6:30 p.m. regular
■ WHERE: City council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave.
to houses in the city. Each homeowner was allowed a small amount of money — between $1,500 and $3,000 — to make repairs on roofs or
other structural problems.
Now, CDBG Director Kathy Puchek is suggesting council use that money to pay for programs that allow developers and agencies to provide low- to moderate-income rental houses in the city.
Puchek was out of the office on Friday and unavailable for comment.
Federal regulations approved this past year require that any home with lead-based paint must have the paint removed whenever
any kind of repairs are made, said Nadine Mardock, executive director of the Housing Authority in New Braunfels.
Lead poisoning in young children can cause permanent neurological damage, including learning disabilities, reduced intelligence quotient, behavioral problems and impaired memory. Lead poisoning also poses a particular risk to pregnant women.
“The requirements are strict and expensive,” she said. “You can’t just paint
over the lead-based paint. You have to go in and scrape it off. The people who do it have to go in wearing the space suits, and the house has to be covered in plastic. It’s very, very expensive.” According to regulations at the Housing and Urban Development Web site, not all lead-based paint must be removed from the home. The potentially hazardous paint need only be removed from “chewable surfaces,” the law says.Se© REPAIR/5A