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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, MAY 3,2005 it YR HD UL fit I* TX 79m I/ II , SPORTS ASTROS Pettitte, Biggio power the Houston Astros past Pittsburgh, 11-4. Page 6 FORUM AMENDMENTS Eight proposed amendments to the city charter that could change the way city does business receive look. Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 142 12 pages, 1 section 500 www: 56825 00001' CP PT Mostly cloudy High Low 76 56 Details DEAR ABBY 9 CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 8 CROSSWORD 8 FORUM    4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 6 TV GRIDS 9Council takes step toward drainage fee By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council voted 5 to 2 on the first reading of a modification to the city’s current drainage ordinance that would require new drainage impact fees for new development. Monday’s special meeting on the ordinance was the first of three meetings scheduled this week, and the final meeting will be Wednesday when council will vote on the third reading. Some who attended the meeting expected council to discuss monthly utility fees that would be paid by all homeowners eventually for the maintenance of existing drainage conveyances. However, as Mayor Adam Cork pointed out, the ordinance up for vote this week only addresses storm water development fees, or impact fees, for new development. The proposed fees include $750 per lot, or $1,250 per acre for new development, but District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine moved to up the fee to $1,250 per lot, with no provision for a fee per acre. Valentine’s motion failed by a 4-3 vote, with Valentine, Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez and District 2 Councilwoman Beth Sokolyk voting for the amendment. Cork moved to amend the See CITY Page 3Cold fronts, little rain lead to dry April By Ron Maloney Staff Writer April will need a little help from this month if, as the old saying goes, it’s to bring May flowers. Weather officials and farmers report a pretty dry April in 2005, with only about two-thirds of an inch of rain falling on the New Braunfels Municipal Airport. The light rain total came in spite of a series of cold fronts that made April a month of temperature extremes seen more commonly much more early in the year. In 2005, it was April that came in like a lion with a local low for the month of 37 degrees April 2 and went out like a lamb f riday with a high for the month of 93 degrees. Local farmer Clinton Dietert reflected on the weather for a moment after feeding the cattle Monday. “It’s awfully dry,” Dietert said. "Its to the poult where everything needs a good drink of water.” See WEATHER Page 3 DIGITAL LEARNING FUTURE FORECAST I Is there rain on the way for the county? A five day forecast can be found on page 7. Tour of Faith Another church will be profiled in the weekly series of churches in and around the county. DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Senate rolls out education tax proposal By April Castro Associated Press Writer AUSTIN — A stop at the neighborhood watering hole would get more expensive under a school funding O /GI ft K = proposal introduced £ " v3 I Monday by a key Senate committee. Texans would be paying a 25 percent higher tax on alcohol, along with higher sales and cigarette taxes under the latest plan to offset reduced school property taxes while sending billions more dollars to Texas schools. The Senate plan prein property tax reductions years, if an accompanying TEXAS LEGISLATURE ■ To follow the Legislature, visit capitol.state. scribes $6 billion over the next two Blake Artz, center, adds a title to a short clay animation video that he and a fellow fifth-arader, Ricky Hernandez, made while teacher Heather Mayer explains the process to family and friends gathered at Memorial Intermediate for the NBISDTechnology Showcase Saturday afternoon.Students show computer skills at showcase By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Danny I layden and Geoff Smith are bound to end up in I iollywood some day. T he New Braunfels High School juniors showed off their digital graphics and animation skills Saturday at the New Braunfels Independent School District’s Technology Showcase. Tile annual event gives students a chance to demonstrate some of the computer-assisted techniques they are learning in every subject. Accompanied by the “Star Wars” movie theme, I layden introduced his audience to “Dike,” his animated mannequin. Hayden used an animation software Cinema 4D to insert Luke into a light saber fight scene from the iAicas film trilogy. Smith’s mannequin had a slightly less serious task to accomplish in its 30-second clip. “I decided to make my figure dance," Smith said. “He moonwalks and does the Thriller. It’s not exactly human motions, but it’s close. Isn’t he beautiful?" Smith showed his audience how the software allowed him to easily move the mannequins arms, legs and head. Taking die skills he already has learned in high school, Smith plans on going on to art school to become a full-time animator. Down the hall, another budding movie producer, Emma Roddy, showed off her short documentary of her fifth-grade year. Titled “Our Year in Fifth Grade,” the movie was a compilation of still photographs imported into Apple’s iMovie software. "We started working on it in March,” said Roddy, whose friend Karese Sacco helped with production but could not attend Saturday’s showcase. “I was surprised I iv how much we learned while we were doing it.” The girls used song clips and social effects to provide extra comic relief. The film documented Roddy’s and Sacco’s progress through the ups and downs of their final year at Carl Schurz Elementary, including See SHOWCASE Page 3 Limmer, Valentine offer voters choice for District 6 seat See LEGISLATURE Page 5 By Scott Mahon Staff Writer District 6 candidate Lynn Limmer claims the people in District 6 want a change, but it could be that the people who really want a change in District 6 are those groups whose feathers incumbent Ken Valentine has ruffled during the last three years. Limmer has said, “District 6 has been a quiet district.” That may be true, but District 6’s incumbent councilman has been the most outspoken, and often the most controversial, member on council. During his first term, Valentine has been at the forefront of just about every controversy, including beer bongs, the fairgrounds, the tax freeze for seniors, the chamber of commerce and the civic center. Some, including other council members, have accused Valentine of Lynn Limmer Ken Valentine being too much of a publicity hound. In any event, he has ruffled some feathers during his first term. Last year, Valentine spearheaded a number of petitions, including a petition to severe the convention and visitors bureau from the chamber and See COUNCIL Page 5 FINAL DAY Today is the last day of early voting. A list of polling places and current early votes is on page 5. Monday - Thursday • Ham -9pm Friday • Ham - 10pm Saturday • Sam - 10pm Now Optn Sunday • tem - 3pm www.Hveoakgrili. com    I ;