New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald-Ze/rung Thursday, March 28,1985Drawing the tines
lf you live within the boundaries of either of these two districts, you can vote in the April 6 City Council election. Both Districts 3 and 4
have three candidates seeking a spot on Council. Ed Sciantarelli, Yale Simpson and Darrell Sollberger are on the ballot for District 3,
while George Erben, Rolf Moore and Richard Seidel are seeking Place 4. The two districts are
the only ones on the city ballot this year - there are no at large places, as was the case last year.
Round Rock manages explosive growth with tough laws and communication
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Manage growth, don’t control it, was the advice to New Braunfels movers and shakers from the mayor of Hound Hock, where population has tripled since 1975.
'’Managing growth can be good for the community,” said Mike Robinson. “If you try to control it, fight it, or put your head in the sand, you’re in trouble.
“We guide the growth.”
Robinson and outgoing city manager Bob Bennett Wednesday night spoke to a group of Planning Commission members, City Council and council candidates, members of the Options and Opportunities Committee, and New Braunfels Utilities.
He gave examples of the tremendous growth in Hound Rock, in Williamson County north of Austin, and told how the city leaders have dealt with that growth.
In 1975, Round Rock had a population of 7,500. Today, that figure is about to exceed 25,000. The $420 million tax base the city has today, next year is expected to balloon to $050 million.
That increse will cause the city’s taxes to drop from the current 57-cent rate to one of 33 cents, and that includes projections of a $17 million bond issue the city expects to have passed for streets, and a $4 million for park land acquisition.
Round Rock has an $8.5 million city budget, Robinson said. Twenty-five percent of the money raised by taxes goes to pay for general government. Capital recovery fees and other fees pay the remaining operating costs. The rest of the tax money goes to retire debts, such as bonds.
Robinson said the city’s planning department sees an
average of 104 single-family housing starts each month. “Growth ought to pay for itself," Robinson said, explaining that developers pay a capital recovery fee for extension of utilities to a development.
“They’re not going to eat it, they’re going to pass it on,” Robinson said. “We feel the development community is our biggest industry. But don’t forget that the developer is the guy making the money. You’re not going to drive anybody off by being too tough.
“Play hardball, don’t hesitate to be tough. But work with the developers, show them a plan, show them that you’re serious."
Robinson said building permits have a $200 fee, while the fee to be placed on the agenda for a re-zoning hearing is $500.
“Re-zonmg is very tough,” he said, because the whole city is already zoned and the city has a future land use map already set out. The future use plan is updated every four years.
“If you’ve got a plan, you try to stick by it,” he said, adding that Round Rock has a master plan for roads, parks, water and sewer, and thoroughfares.
Robinson told the group Wednesday that the best thing a city can do is communicate with the public and developers. “Anytime there’s a change, there’s a natural reaction to back up from the change,” he said. “You have to get them involved. Explain why. You have to educate the public on what’s going on."
Robinson said his Council conducts neighborhood question-and-answer sessions.
And “you’ve got to have a relationship with the chamber of commerce, the school districts and the county.
“Ifs all coming out of the same pocket.”
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Brown, Tieken can give data
liooking for a speaker for your next club meeting? Comal ISD Supt. Bill Brown and Aden Tieken, Community Education director, are available to give programs on the organization of the district’s upcoming bond election.
Hubs and organizations have been notified by letter that Brown and Tieken would like to discuss growth, planning committee recommendations, board proposals to meet the growth, and the financial impact.
“We believe it is in your interest as well as outs to get the above information to as many people as possible,” Brown said. That’s why these two CISD officials are arranging their schedules to meet with local organizations within the next month or so.
To schedule a presentation, call the CISD Central Administration Office at 625-8081.
Man faces charges in fatal crash
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
An involuntary manslaughter charge is expected to be filed today against a Wimberley man, in connection with a motorcycle crash that killed his passenger last weekend.
The 19-year-old motorcycle driver was in stable condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital. He suffered a broken left thigh bone in the accident that occurred around 2 30 a rn. Saturday on Purgatory Road.
His passenger, Ray A. Kasser-mann, 20, also of Wimberley, died of massive internal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Peace Justice Howard “Curly" Smith, and his body was taken to Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Jon Lindley said the 1981 Yamaha motorcycle was northbound on Purgatory Road when it entered a right curve, left the roadway and hit
"They both had helmets on, and that’s unusual,” Lindley said “But the big oak tree’s still there It didn’t move much.”
The accident report stated the two men were at the Hancock Saloon in Canyon lake prior to the collision Undley said the involuntary manslaughter charge ls pending results from the driver's blood test taken at McKenna
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