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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas COMING FRIDAY TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2004 Zeitung SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE Little League baseball launches into tournament play, highlights from Monday's games. Page 5A FORUM GUEST COLURE*’ Philip Thomason writ^ how Bulverde's •* oil will woru reside- Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 'ol. 153, No. 186 ages, 1 section 500 J 8 l,,56825 00001 40% chance of rain 90 72 Details 6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 1-10A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS EA City sets election ior senior tax freeze By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council voted unanimously Monday for a Novem-ber election to let voters decide whether to freeze property taxes for senior citizens. Mayor Adam Cork said November’s presidential election would allow more voters to vote on the issue. "I think we should have as many people in the community as possible vote on the issue,” he said. “I don’t know that two months would make any difference anyway.” But some seniors threatened to petition for a September election. “September is the next elec- Adam don date, and we’re going to get a petition to force you to put this up for election on Sept. ll,” said Wayne Rudolph, who has supported the drive for the tax freeze. District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil made the motion to put the issue up for election. “I’m not in favor of freezing property taxes for seniors, even though my family would benefit for Cork it,” she said. “I think it’s unfair to people under 65. But it’s inevitable that it’s going to come to a vote, and I feel the voters need to decide the issue, not the city council.” Cork argued that freezing property taxes for senior citizens would shift the burden of paying for services to younger property owners. “If we were to freeze property taxes See CITY, Page 3A i WHAT DO YOU THINK? Should city property ; taxes be frozen for I senior citizens? Send i your comments ... ! El By Mail to: I Letters to Editor I do Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, I TX 78131-1328 i ■ By fax to: (830) 606-3413 i El By e-mail to: news@herald- Retiring flags with respect Roughly 55 US flags honorably ‘put to rest’ in ceremony By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The small group gathered near an oil drum turned barbecue pit outside the New Braunfels Civic Center was not preparing for a feast. Karen Driver stood in the shade clutching a folded flag. Kaitlin Driver hung on her mother’s arm, looking more solemn than most middle school students at the beginning of summer break. New Braunfels Police Department Lieutenant John Wommack surveyed the scene from the fringes of the gathering. They and others taking time out of their Monday afternoon to stand in the sticky Central Texas heat were waiting for a funeral, of sorts. They gathered to participate in the American Legion Post 35 and Auxiliary’s traditional Flag Day ceremony—the honorable disposal of roughly 55 U.S. flags. The flags, which became unserviceable due to lading or wear and tear, were ceremonially burnt. “It’s nice to know these flags will not be going into a trash can,” said event Chairwoman loan Helmke. “We need more people in this country who are patriotic and love their flags.” Under Helmke’s watchful eye, American Legion members tended to the make-shift pyre with a long metal rod. After the collected flags, which covered two tables, were inspected to make sure they were ready for disposal, people lined See FLAGS, Page 3A Trial to begin in child injury case By Ron Malonoy . Staff Writer A 17-year-old New Braunfels girl goes on trial today on charges that could put her away for up to 40 years — inflicting life-threatening injury on her infant son. The girl, Mandy Ann Gonzalez, was a Canyon High School ninth-grader last Sept. 29 when sheriffs detectives arrested her and the baby’s father on allegations of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury. The infant’s father, 17, has not so far been indicted and has been released from custody. If convicted, the suspect faces a range of punishment from probation up to 40 years in detention — first with the Texas Youth Commission and then with the Texas Department of Corrections. The charge is an first-degree felony. Monday, Assistant District Attorneys Darren Umphries and Mel Koehler and defense attorney John Esman chose a jury before County Court-at -Law Judge Charles Stephens, See TRIAL. Page 3A “(The flag) represents so much to us. You just don’t throw away that important in the trash.” — Cookie Barboza Tour of Faith Another church is profiled in the weekly series. Adult bookstores close as part of plea bargain By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The adult bookstore Comal County closed in late 2002 — embroiling itself in a federal First Amendment lawsuit and countersuit — is not likely to reopen. Under a plea bargain reached Friday in Federal (xmrt in Austin, the main proprietors of the largest Texas chain of adult book and video stores pleaded guilty to tax evasion and transporting obscene materials. As part of the plea bargain, the proprietors agreed to close down their operations in this state, surrender their property and 90 percent of the inventory. John K. Coil, 62 — accused of avoiding between $2.5 million and $5 million in corporate and income taxes — admitted mailing fraudulent tax returns and transporting See BOOKSTORE. Page 3A on why she appreciates the symbolism of the Flag Day event. Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung American Legion Post 35 Historian Mary Obriotti watches as the American flag she was holding goes up in flames during Flag Disposal ceremonies at the New Braunfels Civic Center Monday afternoon. IXBL09IVI GROWTH The population of Bulverde is projected to grow at a rate two to four times faster than Comal County. Year Euuwim hicmEtf OY % Comal Ctv Imcvicasi BY % 2000 3,756 78,021 2010 8,096 115.6 97,641 25.1 2020 13,640 68.5 120,670 23.6 2030 19.968 46.3 144,113 19.4 Texas Wider Development Board Population and Water Demand Data: click OM Ars I I 140.000 120.000 100.000 80.000 80,000 40.000 20.000 0 Charting th* growth 2000 2010 2b,OOO 20.000 16,000 10.000 [Comal (lainainder) ■.■'■(gin ■ I 6.000 I Bulvetde • j I . I. 0 2020 2030 Plan to help manage explosive growth By Brandi Grissom Staff Writer BULVERDE — Urban refugees is what planning consultant James Vaughan calls the thousands from San Antonio, Austin and New Braunfels pouring into this Hill Country town. "They like die rural atmosphere, the dark skies, the clean air, open spaces and trees, and they want to preserve that,” Vaughan said. Vaughan and planner Robert D. Larsen of Larsen, Vaughan and Associates, helped the city develop a comprehensive plan to serve as a guide for managing the explosive growth expected here during the next 20 years. 'The 10-chapter plan, which has been in the works for PUBLIC HEARINGS ON DRAFTS ■ Two public hearings of the draft comprehensive plan will be held June 23 and July 13. The draft can be viewed at more than a year, sets forth goals, objectives and an implementation strategy for developing a Bulverde that is larger but has that rural feel drawing st) many to the area. City council expects to vote on a final draft of the plan by the end of July. To develop the plan, the city worked with Vaughan and I .arsen, a steering committee composed of Bulverde residents and conducted a survey dial asked residents how they want their town to look and feel as it grows. “We were not looking for a happy medium,” said Kenny Whistler, a Bulverde architect who served on the steering committee. “We were looking for the best possible situation. The key to that is proper land use and proper development and following those standards.” Survey results indicated residents enjoy the rural atmosphere of their town and worry that with impending growth, Bulverde will become just another San Antonio suburb of scorched earth and big box development, said City Planner Chance Sparks. See FLAN Page 3A BULVERDE COV UNIT firOTR ITS Editor s Note This is the second rn a three-part sanes about growth ami pokies m Bulverde m TODAY: Hie city s soorvtobe implemented comprehensive plan tor manage mg growth ■ TOMORROW The political interaction of land developers and city officials in cities with explo sive growth MILLER & MILLER Insurance Agency Check us out on the web at: www.miller-millerinsurance.com625-3000186 $. Casten Ave. - Downtown New Braunfels I ;