New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Protesters rally across Texas for policy changes
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Children on a field trip to the area from San Antonio play in Landa Park onTuesday afternoon. City officials have planned several updates to the city's parks arid recreation areas.
■ Demonstrators urge immigration reform
By Anabelle Garay
The Associated Press
Chanting “Bush, listen, the people are in a struggle,” in Spanish and “No human being is illegal” in English, marchers kicked off a day of rallies in Texas on Tuesday as part of demonstrations nationwide demanding immigration reform.
Events were conducted in Dallas, Houston, Austin and El Paso.
Demonstrators urged lawmakers to work on immigration policies that create a path to citizenship for lawabiding undocumented immigrants, giving officials an August deadline to come up with reforms.
Protesters in Dallas were focusing on an ordinance before voters in the suburb of Farmers Branch that would make it illegal for landlords to rent apartments
to illegal immigrants.
They began marching at a Catholic school, taking up more than a block. T hey held signs that said “No disintegration of families” and "si se puede" (yes, it can be done).
Police on motorcycles and in patrol cars traveled alongside the marchers.
Others protested the policy of detaining immigrant families at the T. Don I lutto facility in Taylor, near Austin. They carried signs that said, “No concentration camps in Texas.”
As die protesters marched, a small plane circled overhead pulling a banner that read, "USA love it or leave it.” Two trumpet players and a man carrying a bass drum led the marchers in chants. The sound mixed with the ringing of bells by ice cream vendors as the crowd moved
See REFORM, Page 9A
ABOVE: Casey Narvaiz, 2, travels down a slide head first while playing in Landa Park onTuesday afternoon.
LEFT: Preston Anderson, 2, climbs the ladder to a set of double slides while playing in Landa Park.
Commissioners have full agenda this week
By Mark Koopmans
County commissioners are expected to discuss up to 15 items on its action agenda during Thursday’s regular meeting.
Items up for consideration and possible action include the following:
■ Approving and awarding a $34,000 contract for uniforms for the Comal County sheriff’s office.
■ Proclamation naming Saturday as a “Cinco de Mayo” celebration day in Comal County.
■ Acceptance of an Office Depot rebate check for more than $1,280 alter tile county’s participation in the United States Communities Governmental Purchasing Program.
■ Approval of various line-item transfers in the 2006 budget and approval of budget amendments to move money from the 2006 budget to the 2007 budget to cover remaining encumbrances from this past year.
■ Authorize the request of bids for items including a 70-ton chiller for the Comal County building on Landa Street and traffic control devices needed by the road department.
Commissioners also are expected to present several county employees with “Walk Across Texas" awards and hear reports from county officials, staff and residents, if applicable.
The four commissioners and judge Danny Scheel
See AGENDA, Page 8A
■ 7 park projects planned over next several months
By Mark Koopmans
With summer fast approaching, officials at the New Braunfels’ Parks and Recreation Department are developing new looks for several of the city’s parks and recreation areas.
"There’s lots of stuff going on, its a pretty exciting time for us,” said park planner J. Wade Tomlinson. “We have a good team who are working on multiple projects, including the Landa Park playground and the hiking and biking trail at the H-E-B soccer complex.”
Tomlinson, the city’s first official park planner, has been with the parks and recreation department for 18 months. He said things have changed since his first day on the job.
“I have a pioneering spirit, I guess, so when I walked into
an empty room, it didn’t set me back any,” he said recently. “I went about legally pillaging items and got my desk from state surplus supplies.
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City aims to give bridge national notoriety
By Suzanne Ashe
The Faust Street Bridge, which spans the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, soon could be listed in the National Register of Historic Properties.
On March 23, the New Braunfels City Council passed a resolution nominating the bridge for the National Register of Historic Properties.
“Listing in the National Register will be a tangible acknowledg
ment of the historical significance of the Faust Street Bridge/’ said Victoria Brown, the city’s grants coordinator.
"The bridge has some strong potential as an educational tool with an historic focus.”
Brown said the bridge already is a registered Texas Historical Landmark and said it was designated as such at the same time Comal County gave it to the city around IO years ago.
The National Register of Historic Properties is the nation's
official list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources.
The Faust Street Bridge was, at its 1887 opening, one of the first permanent “toll-free”
See BRIDGE, Page 9A
The Faust Street Bridge as it looked while under construction in 1887. New
Braunfels officials are working to get the bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Properties.
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