New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday withes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Robert Moor, Albert Gallegos (Saturday), D. Baumier Kirkwood (Saturday), Cabrilla Cummings (Saturday), Roland Daigle (Saturday), Doris Stephens (Saturday). Happy Anniversary lo Ralph & Elizabeth Martinez.
Picker’s Paradise set for Fokfest
Antiques, collectables, vintage linens and other items are available at "Picker's Paradise" at Folkfest, which continues today at Conservation Plaza.
The event will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. today.
Several select antiques will be available through a silent auction. Admission to the grounds is S3.
; Harmonye, a mixed chorus group under the direction of William Kietzmeier, will be singing German songs at Folkfest on stage 2 at 2:30 pm. today.
Railroad crossing rsconstructlon sot
West San Antonio Street will be totally impassible to road vehicle traffic at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing on Sunday,
May I from 7 a m. until 6 p.m.
Detour route from Academy Avenue to Casten Avenue will be via West Mill Street. Union crossing similar to the one existing on West Mill Street at the Union Pacific Railroad.
Citizens ait advised to plan alternate routes ahead of time to avoid any undue delays of this work.
Program to bo givon at senior conter
"Taking Control, Options to Maximize Your Health," a live video teleconference will explore how people with multiple sclerosis can use exercise, Tai Chi, nutrition and physical therapy to manage their disease.
The program will be presented in New Braunfels at the Senior Citizens Center, 635 Lancia on Saturday, Mary 7 from 11:30 arn. to 1:30 pm. The public is invited.
John Bhoot to bo closed Monday for
Jabn Street will be totally impassible to road vehicle traffic at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing on Monday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 pm.
Union Pacific Railroad Company crews will be installing a new wood plank crossing.
Citizens are advised to plan alternate routes ahead of time to avoid any undue delays because of this work.
New Braunfels, Smithson Valley tracksters earn trip to state track meet. I See 9A
SPECIAL REPORT: DRUGS & YOUTH
Surveys, interviews reveal how youth feel about drugs.
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I Vol. 142, No. 122
Chamber calling for NBU rate incentives
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
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Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce officials are urging the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees to study the possibility of offering rate incentives to companies that are considering moving to the New Braunfels area.
Chamber President Tom Puidum recently discussed the matter with NBU trustees. The trustees agreed to allow the NBU staff to study the matter and bring the issue back to the board.
NBU General Manager Bob Sohn explained to the board that when new companies are considering relocating to New Braunfels they are interested in what the utility fees and impact fees are.
Sohn said that in the past the philosophy of the utilities has been to keep the rates low so that companies would be attracted to the area; however, he
Utility rate incentives could help lure more companies to locate here, officials say
explained that now companies are looking for giveaways.
Purdum said some of New Braunfels’ major competitors for attracting business arc offering rate incentives through the utilities. Some of the competitors include San Marcos, Seguin, Georgetown and Round Rock.
“They are doing much more than we are even suggesting we do. We don’t want to give away the store,” said Purdum.
Currently both the city and the county offer tax abatements to prospective industry. The schools districts, because of difficulties with funding, have a hard time giving tax abatements, accord
ing to Purdum.
Most businesses will narrow their possible locations down to four or five areas, said Purdum. After those locations are determined, the company then begins looking at ways to lower start-up costs.
Purdum said a prime example of offering incentives occurred when NBU offered to waive the impact fees for Armstrong. He explained this company has since moved but it left an empty building which is now housing a larger company.
“In order to keep the utility rates low we have we have to have growth and keep business coming in,” said Purdum.
“We also shouldn’t forget existing industry. We deperaj on existing industries more than new industries,” he said.
“We like to see if we can’t help them (existing business) we can encourage expansion here instead of them moving somewhere else.”
Bringing new business to the county will create jobs pur(jum and bring more money into the area. Small businesses will alro benefit from new industry, Purdum said.
Purdum also told the board any information from the chamber will be available to NBU. In a later interview, he said chamber may be asking governmental entities to rethink their incentives as well.
Kindermasken Ball parade rolls through town
9th Folkfest ’94 kicked off with annual parade
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State approves county bridge, overpass funding for coming year
By CRAIG HAMMETT
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Comal County will receive state funds for bridges and overpasses in the county. The State Highway Commission last week approved fonding for refurbishment of the Faust St. Bridge and the building of a pedestrian walkway at the First Crossing on River Road.
The two projects were submitted under the Texas Department of Transportation improvement program which is partly fonded through a federal surtax
transportation improvement program said County Engineer Tom Homseth The state will provide 80 percent of the fonds for the project.
Over IOO years old, the Faust Bridge renovation will enable the bridge to become a pedestrian walkway.
The steel-tniss bridge is truly a historic bridge laid Homseth with wooden planks dating flack to its origin,
Those planks aril oilier old age fittings arc reasons the bridge is considered dangerous. People access the bridge even though it is barricaded
"I think the property owners around there would love the walkway,” said county commissioner Cristina Zarvora “It’s going to be lighted The kids that live in the neighborhood have to walk to the library. It’s dangerous for that right now.”
The first crossing pedestrian walkway was needed due to heavy traffic from river recreation users “Those crossings are relatively narrow. Two cars and that’s about it,” said Homseth ‘This will allow the people to walk across a designated walkway.” The projects were two of 89 approved projects out of a total 292 submitted from around the state
Early voting continues for Oak Village North residents
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Early voting is continuing in the election to determine if Oak Village North subdivision should become an incorporated city.
Registered voters in Precinct IO who live in Oak Village North can cast their ballots between 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station No. 3, located at 6930 Circle Oaks. Early voting will continue on May 2 and 3 and will also be from 4-7 p m at Fire Station No. 3. Early voting began on April 18 and the regular election will be held May 7.
According to Election Judge Pam Papsun, there is no indication about what the results of the election will be.
In a past interview, Papain said the movement to study incorporation began last year. A petition, map and survey were presented to Comal County Commissioners in late November and an election date was set.
The effort to incorporate stems from the threat of San Antonio’s extra territorial jurisdiction moving into the Oak Village North area and possible annexation of the area by San Antonio. However, opponents of incorporation say the likelihood of the subdivision being annexed ii slim.
“I am against it because I think that the fear of being annexed ii nothing more than paranoia. There is little or no chance that San Antonio will be moving this fir north,” said Walter Hoermann, a resident of Oak Village North.
Hoermann said San Antonio will not be interested in the subdivision because it would provide only s small residential tax base. Oak Village North includes approximately 450 homes that range in value from S70.000 to $250,000. There are no businesses in the area
“It would cost San Antonio more to provide services than the city could gain,’’ said Hoermann.
Oak Village North resident Jo Ann Wilson said sir supports incorporation because she does not wire to pay taxes to the city of San Antonio.
Wilson said there has been some campaigning on both sides of the issue, but she had no idea what'the possible outcome of the election will be
“I know there are tome people who have lived here a long time ani they don't want to tee change,” the saidFor news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 or Metro 6