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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung . ■    ■    ..    .    I■ n , . H. Vol. 149, No. 87 46 pages in 5 sections March 26, 2000 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00 InsideConstruction survivors share their advice annual What’s Up What: Business Advisory Forum When: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday Where: New Braunfels Civic Center, 390 S. Seguin St. considers zoning near school By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer The public can comment Monday on a zoning change that would allow a convenience store and other retail businesses to be built next door to New Braunfels Christian Academy. Applicant Randy Taylor said at a March planning commission meeting that he planned to build office buildings on the Loop 337 site but wasn’t locked into that plan. Kent Toppert, board president for New Braunfels Christian Academy, asked the commission to consider a special use permit to land use to office space, rather than a rezoning to a neighborhood business district. Office buildings typically generate about 411 trips a day, but a retail store could average more than 1,500, according to city records. “Realize there’s children who back up to the property and are playing out there all day virtually all year,” Toppert said. The rezoning would allow for retail bakeries; barber and beauty shops; florists; bicycle repair shops; electrical repair and “fix-it shops”; cleaning, pressing and dyeing pickup stations; clinic; convenience stores (no motor sales allowed); Laundromats and laundry pickup stations; offices, business or professional; banks; photographic supply and photographic See ZONING/5 A Agenda WHAT: New Braunfels City Council WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday WHERE: New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. AGENDA: • Public hearing and first reading of an ordinance rezoning a lot from R-3 Multifamily to C-1A Neighborhood Business District (see story); See AGENDA/5A On the issues K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Carole Keeton Bylander serves as moderator for the Census 2000 and Redistricting panel during the 34th Legislative Conference at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Friday. State politicians took part in the two-day event which began Thursday. Legislative conference looks at presidential campaign, pollution By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer A female vice presidential candidate might be just what George W. Bush needs in a neck-and-neck campaign likely to be long and ugly, panelists agreed Friday at the 34th Annual Texas Legislative Conference in New Braunfels. He should pick a moderate, pro-choice female,” political consultant Chuck McDonald of McDonald & Associates told a group of 400 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Others wouldn’t go quite as far but agreed a moderate female running mate would be a good choice — for both candidates. The presidential race was one of several issues discussed at Friday’s conference, which kicked off Thursday with a reception honoring Texan of the Year U.S. Congressman Bill Archer. Friday’s events included panel discussion on healthcare reform, Census 2000 and redistricting, the Clean Air Act and a lively panel on election predictions and issues. Political consultants David Marwitz of The Eppstein Group and Peck Young of Emory & Young became sparring partners during the election panel, quipping about who would be the next president. “I think Gov. Bush will the next president,” Marwitz predicted. On beat, Young said, “I obviously don’t.” Both agreed it would be a close race. “It’ll be a critical, close election,” Young said. The crowd seemed to favor Bush, however, and applauded political consultant Royal Masset’s prediction that he would win. “The No. I variable is being likeable,” he said. And Vice President Al Gore just doesn’t have it, he said. Moderator Paul Burka, publisher of Texas Monthly, predicted America would come out of the campaign disliking both candidates. “This is setting up an unsuccessful presidency,” he said. Panelists told attendees about the importance of local involvement in healthcare reform and reminding constituents to fill out census forms. Panelists also emphasized the importance of emission reduction and preserving air quality. Locally, the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Comal, Bexar, Guadalupe    and Wil- See ISSUES/5A Horizons Larry Phelps Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes r t: rn % u m N»» H*i|* NIM* I Ikkam^Zkitung texas LEGISLATIVE  conference onnMCPP ► Next round Canyon High School boys’ soccer team rolls on to the next level of playoffs, as does the Smithson Valley High School girls’ team/1 B ► Inside The last of the Herald-Zeitung’s annual Horizons ends this week by honoring the Citizen of the Year and other Unsung Heroes/Inside today’s Herald-Zeitung Weather A slight chance of showers is in the forecast for today and tonight. Temperatures will continue to be warm. For the complete forecast, see 2A. Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................5B Classified................................1-12D Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies..........................................2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-3B Today............................................2A Television...........................TV    Week Key code 77 By Heather Todd Staff Writer Businesses near Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35 already have had to adjust to road construction projects, and other local businesses could be next. Business owners and San Antonio consultants who have survived major construction work will offer advice during a forum from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at New Braunfels Civic Center, 390 S. Seguin St. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. business advisory committee is sponsoring the forum to address potential problems during 1-35 construction in the city. Tickets cost $ 10 and are available at the chamber office. Bill Kotylo, chair of the committee, said the forum was open to all residents and businesses wanting information about the 1-35 projects and how they will affect the business community. Representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation and contractors will present an in-depth explanation of the timelines for the phases of the 1-35 projects and answer any questions from community members. TxDOT recently completed the beginning stages of a $93 million construction project along 1-35. The interstate from the Farm-to-Market Road 2252/Farm-to-Market Road 482 oversee SURVIVORS/5A Council ► Oscar action Roy Hargrove, Herald-Zeitung correspondent, offers his choices for tonight’s Academy Award winners. See Roy’s picks and compare them with your own while watching the awards show/1 C Experts: Water resources becoming limited, alternatives are needed By Heather Todd Staff Writer BRACKEN — Now is the time to find alternative water sources and methods to reuse water because it will become a necessity in the future, several water conservation experts said Saturday. Bruce Lesikar, an agricultural engineer with Texas A&M University, told a crowd of about 20 local residents rainwater could be the only water source in the area by 2050. Lesikar said in the future residents in the San Antonio area might not be able to rely on aquifers for their water supply. “We’re mining out those aquifers and by 2050 rainfal l could be our only source of water. We can capture that rainwater to use it to meet our demand,” he said. Lesikar discussed ways local residents could use water harvesting techniques, including collecting rain water and storm water run off, to supply water for indoor use. Lesikar was one of a number of speakers addressing water conservation and environmental issues at the “Harvesting Water for the Future” water fair in Bracken. The Comal County Agricultural Extension Service sponsored the event as a way to inform and educate local residents about water-saving. “Water availability is an important issue to a lot of people, not just agriculture, but homeowners and See WATER/5A New Braunfels resident David E. Will with Landscape Details discusses different soil samples with a visitor Saturday at the Comal County Extension Service’s water fair in Bracken. Will was one of several businesses and organizations displaying the latest products and services in water conservation around the home. HEATHER TODD/ Herald-Zeitung MlNif ;