New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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HMHBuilders ask dty to reconsider drainage law
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels-area builders and developers are mounting a campaign to overturn the city’s recently approved drainage ordinance.
The group marched on city hall earlier this month, armed with a legal memorandum
detailing what they perceive to be problems with the new ordinance.
The document, along with a stack of three-ring binders full of accompanying documentation, put city staff and coun-cilmembers on notice of future legal battles if the Homebuilders Association’s concerns were not addressed quickly.
The biggest problem with the ordinance, said association President and local builder Steve Lange, is its deviation from the code originally drafted by city council’s advisory committee.
“This group of people proposed the ordinance that I believe would be best for the whole city,” he said. “Then, city council amended it.”
Council’s changes amounted to two direct hits at the developers’ wallets.
First, they raised the fees required by the city for any new developments that do not have onsite detention facilities.
Then, they established a requirement that any development within 3,000 feet of an existing, non-capacity drainage
system connect to it, for a fee.
The city’s current drainage facilities include the Guadalupe and Comal rivers, Alligator and Dry Comal creeks, the north and south tributaries and all city streets and drainage right of ways.
Funds from the mandatory See DRAINAGE Page 8A Beth Sokolyk
STEPPING BACK IN TIME
NB trustees to consider raises, drug testing
New Braunfels Police Department and Comal County Sheriff's Office personnel investigate the scene of an early morning assisted suicide/suicide.
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By Ron Maloney
A local couple died early Saturday in an oak-shaded comer of a commercial center parking lot in an incident police believe was a double suicide.
New Braunfels police did not release the identity of the couple Saturday, pending notification of next-of-kin, who Sgt. Craig Christopherson said lived out-of-state.
Christopherson reported the couple was an 85-year-old New Braunfels man and his 86-year-old wife. The pair was found in the comer of The Oaks commercial plaza parking lot located near the intersection of the Loop 337 exit ramp and North
T\vo notes left taped to the door windows of the couple’s vehicle, a 1987 Toyota Canny wagon, identified them and indicated to police the deaths were an assisted suicide followed by a suicide.
The deaths were effected with a handgun. Police recovered the weapon at the scene, which was at tile edge of die parking lot, just outside the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
“Evidence left at the scene by the deceased indicated this was an intentional assisted suicide and suicide because of the subjects’ failing health," Christopherson said.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace
Susan Dvorak pronounced die couple dead at die scene.
New Braunfels police C^apt. John Villarreal said a sheriffs deputy discovered the couple after he drove by, saw the vehicle with its doors open and stopped to investigate.
“What I’ve been told is one of the deputies was on the ramp exiting the loop and he saw the vehicle with a door or both doors open," Villarreal said. “I Ie came down to invesugate, saw the bodies, taped the area off and called us.”
Villarreal did not know the contents of the notes and did not speculate on why the couple had chosen the parking lot.
good times at Solms School
By Leigh Jones
Mary Ann Woody, Robert Goebel and Alton Fischer spent Saturday cutting up like school children sometimes will,
The trio were part of this year’s Solms School reunion — a gathering of almost 50 alumni from the historic learning institution.
In its heyday in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the school boasted IOO students from first to ninth grade, before it was closed in 1958.
The number of years each student spent on the school’s four-building campus, Woody said, made the group feel like one big family.
Woody’s “family” was heavily infused with testosterone.
“I was the only girl in our class for almost nine years,” she said. “I was definitely a tomboy. I fought with them all the time.”
Goebel laughed as he recalled some of the scuffles.
“She held her own pretty good,” he said.
When not pouring over their books in the classroom they shared with the eighth-graders, the class of 1954 was out on the school’s playing Fields, oblivious to the heat today’s children avoid by sitting in front of the television.
“We didn’t even have a fan in
By Melissa Johnson
Not everyone in New Braunfels notices, hut today is an official state holiday.
For years, the Nathan Millett family used to offer a holiday meal at Landa Park in commemoration of the day that word — finally — got to Texas that it was no longer legal to keep African Americans as slaves in the United States.
But this year, no official notification has taken place here regarding any Juneteenth events.
Frank De la Teja, history department chairman at Texas State University-San Marcos, said that isn t surprising.
“There are obvious reasons it wouldn’t be a big deal in New Braunfels," De la Teja said. “It’s an officially recognized state holiday, but it isnt one of the major holidays. Its sort of on a par with April 21, San Jacinto
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The Texas legislature j AT A GLANCE will renew a debate I ■ What; New Bra-about school finance, I unfels Indepen-including teacher pay I dent School District raises, Tuesday. The j *»ard meeting New Braunfels Inde- \ * 5;30
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beat them by one day. I Board Room, 420 The trustees will j W. Mill Street, return to the issue of salary increases, concerns at New Braunfels Middle School and student drug testing during a regular meeting Monday.
Hie board will consider approval of salary increases, stipends and extra days for district staff for the 2005-06 school year. When the tnrstees adopted a budget last month, salaries increases were approved at 3 percent. However, the board and audience members debated whether the increase would be enough to retain qualified teachers. Board President Jorge Maldonado said
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Robert Goebel, left, Mary Ann Woody and Alton Fischer reminisce over an old class photo while standing on the front porch of one of the buildings they used to attend class in at the Solms School reunion Saturday afternoon. Below, the old schoolhouse looks much the same today as it did when it closed close to 50 years ago.
our classroom," Woody said. “We weren’t afraid of getting hot.”
The mischievous group was not afraid of getting in trouble either.
One afternoon, Fischer and Goebel had a mock battle with clothes pin guns, shooting lighted matches at each other.
“We caught the grass on fire and the police and fire department had to come put it out,” he said. “We didn’t get in trouble, but I think they had a pretty good idea what happened.”
Before sitting down to lunch with their fellow alumni, the three friends made their way to the back
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Couple dies in apparent double suicide
A look at the sports facilities in New Braunfels and what the city hopes to do to get mote.
Juneteenth celebrates day slaves were freed
By Ron Maloney