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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEWifeydaNFELS 20332 MODO 10/22/93 so - we: st n i c ro pu bl i sh inc 2627 E VONDELL DR EL POSO, TX 79903- 7 3Herald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No. 151 24 pages in 2 sections June 18, 1999 Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Housing proposal heads for hearing By Peri Stone Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO — Saturday will be a telling day for a proposed tax-credit housing complex in New Braunfels, one of the developers says. “Saturday is the moment of truth for us,” Mike Fields of Amistad Affordable *    Housing, Inc. told More on the    ?„««”». ea‘her*d housing    Wednesday for *e hut im*    first meeting of the issue ^    Tejano Democrats, — Page 6A    New Braunfeis _Chapter. Several at the meeting agreed to attend a public hearing at IO a.m. Saturday in the San Antonio City Council chambers, 103 Main Plaza. While those at the meeting seemed to support the local development. Evergreen Townhomes, others in the community have expressed disapproval. At the hearing, the public will have a chance to voice thoughts — whether positive or negative — on Evergreen Townhomes as well as 30 similar developments statewide. The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, created by the Federal Tax Reform Act of 1986, allows owners and investors in affordable housing to use a tax credit to offset a portion of the federal tax liability in exchange for construction of affordable rental housing. Evergreen is an 80-unit proposal that would consist of 66 two- and three-bedroom townhomes and 16 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The apartments would be built four to a building. The site is on South Water Lane off Interstate Highway 35. Amistad owns 45 acres there. The salary range for residents in the development will be $ 14,000 to $29,000, depending on the household size. One-bedroom housing would cost between $357 and $480 monthly, depending on salary. Two-bedroom housing would cost between $423 and $570 monthly. Three-bedroom housing would cost between $595 and $700 monthly. New Braunfels City Council approved a special use permit for Evergreen Townhomes in a meeting in April, despite some opposition from the public. “(People) just don't appreciate (their homes) if they don’t pay for it,” New Braunfels resident Betty Neumeyer said. She presented the council with packets of information she compiled from visiting low income housing in Seguin. The information included a list of police calls from Early Bird Townhomes in Seguin. In 104 days starting Jan. I, 103 calls from Early Bird were made to police on issues ranging from disturbances to drug activities to loud music. Neumeyer said this showed a direct See HOUSING/5A Murder suspect arrested DOUGLAS EDWARD JOURNEAY By Chris Crews Staff Writer New Braunfels Police arrested a 35-year-old West Texas man Thursday afternoon and charged him with the homicide of a 62-year-old man found strangled in his New Braunfels apartment last week. Officers charged Douglas Edward Joumeay of Melvan with first degree murder in the death of Ted McReynolds. Family members found McReynolds' body in his apartment on June 9 in the 1000 block of Sanger after he failed to appear at a fami ly function and did not respond to phone calls. McReynolds probably died sometime in the early morning hours of June 6. Investigators served the warrant on Joumeay about 5 p.m. Thursday in the Comal County Jail. Joumeay was in jail after being arrested by NBPD detectives and Texas Rangers Tuesday in San Antonio on an unrelated charge of indecency with a child. Officials said they found McReynolds’ silver 1988 Toyota Cairny at the arrest site, near the intersection of New Braunfels Avenue and Arthur Street in San Antonio. The vehi- Many warming to pool idea PERI STONE/HemkJ-Zeitung Members of the New Braunfels Aquatic Club practice butterfly kicks Wednesday during a practice session at the Olympic Pool in Landa Park. Area swimmers have worked for years to secure an indoor pool for public use. Dreams of year-round swimming in New Braunfels aren’t new, but funding continues to be a problem Bv Peri Stone Staff Writer He Is been coaching for about 40 years and pleading just as long for a public indoor pool in New Braunfels. Light might be at the end of the tunnel for Bud Dallmann, coach of the New Braunfels Aquatic Club. Good thing — on Wednesday, Dallmann saw a student of his from the 1970s. Kathy Layman remembered swimming at the Olympic Pool in Landa Park during the summer and traveling to an indoor pool in San Marcos during the winter. The ironic thing is, Layman said, nothing's changed. “Here it is 30 years later, and they’re still going to San Marcos,” she said. While other high school swim teams practice twice daily at their own pools, about 35 Canyon and New Braunfels high school students travel to San Marcos for practice. And those who aren’t in high school but participate in the 130-member aquatic club (with members as young as 5) don’t have a local place to swim from September to March. And neither does anyone else around here, including senior citizens with aching joints, athletes rehabilitating injuries and adults who love to swim laps — unless they have their own pools or are members at McKenna Sports Fitness and Rehabilitation Center on Landa Street, which does not have an Olympicsized pool. The answer, Dallmann said, could be as easy as heating the pool at Landa Park. The city also could buy a cover for the pool that would be removed for the summer. But if the city really wanted to respond to the needs of youth and other aquatic-loving residents and tourists, leaders would construct a new building, Dallmann said. His idea isn’t far off— in fact, New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams said it “Its a good idea. We’ve needed (an indoor pool) for awhile.” Stoney Williams New Braunfels mayor was an issue the city would examine. “It’s a good idea,” Williams said. “We’ve needed (an indoor pool) for awhile. It would make New Braunfels a destination place for year-round swim meets.” The question, of course, isn’t so much about the need for an indoor pool but how it will be funded. A 1984 bond election, which included a $300,000 proposal for Landa Park pool improvements, failed. The proposal asked for money to fund pool heating, a cover and bathhouse improvements, which would have allowed the pool to operate year-round. See POOL/5 A WALKER cie had been missing since the incident. Bond for the murder charge was set at $250,000 and bond for the indecency with a child charge was $75,000. NBPD Detective Mike Rust said an “abundance of physical evidence” at the scene that linked Joumeay with the crime. Rust declined to release what specifics led police to identify Joumeay as a suspect. DNA testing was being used to connect Joumeay with the crime. Police had been unable to establish a motive for the crime or determine if the suspect knew the victim. Senior center welcomes new director By Christina Minor Staff Writer Comal County Senior Citizen Center will show off its new center director during a membership breakfast Saturday. Kathryn Walker, who joined the center this past month, will join the board of directors in meeting participants and discussing concerns from 9 to 11 a.m. at the center, 655 Landa St. Walker replaced Mary Kehrer-Buss, who resigned. Ramon Chapa, president of the board of directors, said Walker was chosen from 13 applicants because of her expertise and experience in working with senior citizens. “We looked at applicants with Ph.D.’s, master degrees and bachelor degrees,” he said. An interview committee of five people screened applicants and rated them. “We rated the applicants based on their aggressiveness, experience, willingness to initiate programs and others,” Chapa said. “She seems to be concerned with the senior citizens. She wants to do more with the homebound meals.” Gladys Bartling, nutrition director, said, “We are glad to have her here. She has the experience.” Moving to New Braunfels from Florida, Walker said she enjoyed the small town feel and the center’s dynamic atmosphere. “One of the main reasons I decided to come here is because it’s a very dynamic senior center,” Walker said. “Volunteerism is high. If you need them, they are right here and ready to help.” Walker served as the director for the Chandler Center in San Antonio before moving to Florida and has been involved in senior activities for more than 20 years. Her friends in San Antonio encouraged her to send a resume for the director’s position at the center. “I’ve joined a winning team,” Walker said. “They’re an outstanding center for a small city.” Even though the center went through the flood, it recovered wonderfully, she said. Because there is a large retirement community here, the center is one of the focal points of the city. People come to participate in activities and meet friends, she said. Devine, two others join GB RA board of directors CHRM CREWE/HerakWWtunQState Sen. Jeff Wentworth administers the oath of office for Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority directors (from left) Kathleen Devine, John Schneider and Stephen Wilson on Wednesday. By Chrm Crews Staff Writer SEGUIN — Kathleen A. Devine of New Braunfeis was sworn in Wednesday as the new Comal County representative on the board of directors of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority. State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, administered the oath to Devine at GBRA’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Devine was appointed by Gov. George W. Bush in May. She replaced T. L. Walker of New Braun fels as the Comal County representative. Stephen Wilson of Calhoun County and John P. Schneider of Caldwell County also were sworn in Wednesday. Devine said she had dealt with water issues as a member of the Natural Resources Committee for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Serving on the GBRA board was an honor and a way to serve the community and state, she said. “Water is so much a part of our community, and it’s such an important part of our daily lives,” Devine said. Devine, an attorney, will chair GBRA’s Legal Committee and serve as a member of the Retirement and Benefits Committee. Devine is executive director of Litigation/Labor Counsel for USAA in San Antonio. She serves on the board of directors of the Texas Employment Council. Devine and her husband, Rick Reeves, have lived in New Braunfels with their son, Ryan, since 1984. Inside Abby............................ .......7A Classifieds.................. .7-14B Comics........................ .......5B Crossword................... .......7A Forum.......................... .......6A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies........................ 7 A, 6B Religion....................... ..8-10A Sports.......................... ...1-4B Today.......................... .......2A Television.................... .......SB Key cod* 76 ;