New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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4B board grants money for parkland
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
In a split vote, the Infrastructure/Improvement Corp. Board of Directors voted to approve $170,000 to buy land to use as a city park.
Despite concerns that the land is not part of the Parks Master Plan, Directors Harvey Hueter, Mark Manthey and John Weber voted in favor of the purchase Wednesday night. Director Monroe Miller and acting president Bill Morton voted against funding the purchase.
The city discussed buying the five and half acres of land at Torrey Road and Gruene Street in closed session for the past month. Councilman Robert Kendrick presented the council’s proposal to fund the purchase through the Corporation — also known as the 4B Board — Wednesday night.
City Manager Mike Shands said, “Our plans are for a passive park, with playscapes. It won’t be used for sports or soccer fields.”
Wednesday night’s public hearing on the purchase was the first time the public heal'd the plan for the land purchase. All the other discussions, including the authorization to allow Shands to sign the earnest money contract for the land, were conducted in closed sessions during city council meetings.
Kendrick made the presentation for the city, saying that the land was in his district and would be a good match for city parkland.
‘This land is the most beautiful land I’ve seen around town,” he said. “It’s a pecan orchard and it has a commercial office building already on site with facilities in terms of sewer and water.”
Director Manthey asked Kendrick if the entire council agreed that this parcel was the land it wanted to buy.
“It’ is one of several properties we hope to bring to you,” Kendrick said. “But in our discussions, it was a unanimous decision to go for-Chamber contract wins renewal
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce can now make economic development plans for the city, thanks to funding and contract approval from the Infrastructure/Improvement Corp. Board of Directors.
Also known as the 4B Board, the corporation’s directors voted unanimously Wednesday to renew the chamber’s contract to provide economic development services and marketing to the city. The chamber requested $90,183 for the 2002 fiscal year and $86,897 for the 2003 fiscal year.
After a presentation by chamber official Rusty Brockman, the board also heard from Roger Tuttle. Tuttle, with Great American Products, said his company was wooed to New Braunfels by Chamber President Michael Meek. See CHAMBERS
ward with this.”
Shands said that if the board approved it, the next step would be for council to take a final vote on purchasing the property.
The city signed a contract for the property and paid $1,000 earnest money for it from the general fund.
Tile Wimberley family owns it and is bound by the contract not to sell it or raise the price. If the council does not now formally approve the purchase, the contract is void.
Kendrick noted that he has been discussing the possibility of extending hike and bike trails through the park onto the adjacent property. The trails could connect to the See PARKLANDS
Trout win hearing
Above, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager Bill West talks with the press Wednesday outside of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission building in Austin while Friends of Canyon Lake members Bobby Fey and Arthur Marks hold signs of protest. Below, a member of Trout Unlimited talks with an interested passerby Wednesday after the TNRCC meeting in Austin.
GB RA permit amendment on its way to case hearing
By Martin MalacaraStaff Writer
AUSTIN — Western Comal County and the rest of the region will have to wait at least four months for water from Canyon Lake.
The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission approved the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited’s request for a contested case hearing on the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s request to draw more water out of Canyon Lake.
GBRA requested to amend its permit to withdraw an additional 40,000
acre-feet out of Canyon Lake to meet future water needs for the next 50 years.
The river authority currently is permitted to take 50,000 acre-feet from the lake. An acre-foot equals
Most government officials from regional city council members to elected state representatives supported
the permit amendment because the water will help supply continuing population growth in the rural areas between San Antonio and Austin as well as the two cities.
The trout group and The Friends of Canyon Lake, a grass roots organization, opposed the amendment See HEARING/7AAll bets not off for other opponents
By Amy ClarksonStaff Writer
Other groups opposed to the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority’s plan to take more water out of Canyon Lake still might have their day in court, state officials say.
The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority wants to take an additional 40,000 acre-feet to come from Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River. A single acre-foot equals
GBRA started the permit process in 1997. On Wednesday, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation CommissionSee OPPONENTS/7A
Group gathering funds for Lindheimer statue
Artist Linda Sioux Reeves Henley displays a clay model of a statue of Lindheimer.
By Jaclyn Steele Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Conservation Society hopes to memorialize Ferdinand J. Lindheimer, the father of Texas botany, with a statue at his home in New Braunfels.
Artist Linda Sioux Reeves Henley presented a clay model of a statue during
Lindheimer’s 200th birthday celebration in Conservation Plaza on May 21.
Lindheimer was the first Texas botanist, among many other things.
The Conservation Society is collecting donations for a life-size version of the statue.
Marie Offerman, a member of the local Daughters of the Republic of Texas and
Conservation Society, approached Henley about a statue of Lindheimer.
Offerman was hesitant to estimate a time frame for the project.
“Hopefully it can be accomplished within six months,” Offerman said.
“It’ll take a couple of months after we raise the funds to send it to the foundry and get it erected.”
Mother jailed in connection with deaths of her five children
By Mark BabineckAssociated Press Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — A woman who was said to be on medication for depression was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drowning her five children, ages 6 months to 7 years, in the bathtub.
The 36-year-old woman, whose name was not immediately released, had called police to her home and was wet when she answered the door, police said.
“When our responding officer
arrived, he was met at the door by the woman, who was breathing heavily, and you could tell she was disturbed,” police spokesman John Cannon said. “At that time she said to the officer, ‘I killed my children.’”
Cannon said the officer asked where the children were and was led on a grisly tour. Found under a sheet on a bed were Mary Yates, 6 months, and three of her brothers, Luke, 2; Paid, 3; and John, 5. The fifth child, Noah, 7, was in the bathtub.
“It is just rather unimaginable,” Cannon said. “It’s difficult to deal
with when you are talking about five little kids who were killed, probably systematically.”
Authorities believe the children died from being drowned one by one, though the cause of death would not formally be known until after autopsies were conducted. Police gave no motive for the slayings, but the woman’s husband told police she had been on medication to treat postpartum depression for the past two years, since the birth of their fourth child.
Judy Hay, a spokeswoman for Children’s Protective Services, said records
Henley is responsible for several famous statues, such as the “Folkloric© Dancer” at Fiesta Texas and the Texas Pioneer Women’s Statue that stands on the Capitol grounds in Austin. The latter is the only tribute to Texas pioneer women, and it took IO years for its sponsors, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, to get itSee STATU E/3 A
indicate the woman attempted suicide two years ago, on June 18, 1999. Five days later, CPS was called because mental health officials worried the children didn’t have proper care.
“We found them at their grandparents with their father,” Hay said. “It was never assigned because there was no abuse or neglect.”
Cannon said the woman called her husband home Wednesday morning shortly after calling police. He arrived about the same time police officers did but was kept out of the home.
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