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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas campaign against Special Election 1/4 A By Peri Stone-Palmguist Staff Writer The state will be watching Saturday as New Braunfels residents cast their votes in a bond election, city council race and two special elections. Because of a request signed by 15 registered voters in New Braunfels, the Sec- - retary of State Elections PAC    Division is sending an Spends    inspector from Austin to $26,000 in    monitor the election. Elizabeth Hanshaw, director of the legal division, said state statute required the Secretary of State to send an inspector if 15 registered voters - made a request with or without a reason. But according to the request, the residents were concerned about qualified voters turned away in previous elections. Hanshaw said she couldn’t release who submitted the request until after the election. But Robert Kendrick, running for the District 4 council seat against Dave Pryor and Mary Cameron Wall, said he was one of the 15 who signed the request. “This election seems important enough to make sure things were done right,” he said. Kendrick’s neighbors, Lee and Eva Hun-nicutt, were unable to vote in the city council race because an error on their voter registration cards listed them as living in the wrong single-member district. Kendrick said he couldn’t remember if the Hunnicutts signed the request — or who else signed it. “It was people in the neighborhood,” he said. City secretary Veronica Sarkozi said the city never knowingly turned away qualified voters. “We’ve never had a bad report,” she said. “They’ve always been good.” Sarkozi said she didn’t mind that the Early voting turnout sets record From Staff Reports A record number of New Braunfels residents turned out for early voting between April 19 and Tuesday. “It’s the largest early voting turnout we’ve ever had,” city secretary Veronica Sarkozi said. Of the 23,660 people registered to vote, 2,477 turned out, compared to 1,519 in the election this past May. “Part of it’s because of growth,” Sarkozi said. “Part of it’s because of the bond election.” At the last bond election in 1985, 466 residents mailed in ballots early for absentee voting. But in-person early voting wasn’t enacted until 1987. state was sending an inspector to monitor the election. “They do that quite frequently,” she said. Hanshaw said the inspector would wear a badge and monitor polling places all day. “They’ll observe and see if there’s any election irregularities.... If there’s something major and it’s not corrected, it’ll be reported,” she said. Possible violations include voting twice (third degree felony punishable up to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000) and electioneering or campaigning within IOO feet of the polling place (Class A Misdemeanor punishable up to 180 days in jail and a fine not to exceed $2,000), Hanshaw said. Hanshaw said communities often were more at ease with an outside presence at elections. “People feel like it’s run more smoothly,” she said.Vol. 149 No. 119    14    pages    in    2    sections    May    4,    2000    rr\    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Thursday State will monitor NB election CLASS Action Canyon Lake shelter moving Saturday K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Shelter Committee Chairman Gina Archer hugs Baby Dog, a lab/dingo mix, top photo. Archer, above with Baby Dog, said she planned to be ready for business Monday morning.    *jiNew Brb&6»eels Herald^ Water Restrictions ■ Landscape watering is allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnight one day per week. Residents with a last digit of 6 or 7 can water today. —-    ■ necessitated by the sale of the facility they now use, the old dry cleaners in Startzville, which former owner John Klinedorf had allowed CLASS to use rent free for about a year. “Mr. Klinedorf has been a saint,” said Leah Kantoff, CLASS publicity chairwoman. Saturday, more than 30 animals — dogs, puppies, cats and kittens — and all the accoutrements of an animal shelter must be moved. People with pickup trucks would be nice, said Fredrickson — but that won’t be the biggest need Saturday, when it comes to moving the shelter. “It’s quite an undertaking. We need people with strong backs — we’re mostly a bunch of old people,” Fredrickson said. See CLASS/3A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer STARTZVILLE —Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society is looking for a few strong backs — and they need them now. CLASS president Cathy Fredrickson said CLASS will move at IO a.m. Saturday from its current home on Farm-to-Market Road 2673 to a new temporary home a mile or two up the road. The home, in the batting cages on FM 2673 between Startzville and Sattler, is temporary because this summer CLASS hopes to build its own facility on an ll ,000 square foot slab on property donated by William and Roberta Blackman of Canyon Lake. The temporary move has been K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung * Volunteers Shearon Law and Randy Archer help clean the new CLASS office.Fire chief: New station would cut response times, lower insurance rates By Heather Todd Staff Writer Residents in some areas of New Braunfels might have to settle for emergency response times several minutes more than other residents if voters do not approve a new $900,000 fire station, Fire and Rescue Chief Jack Collier said. And, in an emergency situation, one minute can mean the difference between life and death, he said. The new fire station is just one of several requests on the proposed $32.72 bond package put to voters Saturday. The fire station is one of eight items included on a public safety proposition that totals about $2.5 million. By itself, the proposition could increase the 31 -cent per $ IOO valuation tax rate by 1.6 cents. A resident owning a home with a taxable value of $100,000 would pay about $16.20 more on his annual tax bill, or $329 instead of $313. This increase would repay the bond debt but the city still would need funding to staff and maintain the new fire station. City staff estimates the public safety proposition would require about $625,000 from the general fund to staff and maintain the facilities. If council decided to raise property taxes to boost the general fund, the current tax rate could be raised an additional 4.6 cents. Collier said the department’s target response time anywhere in the city 24-hours a day was five minutes or less. “Our response times drive all our decisions,” Collier said. “We do have areas where we can’t make that target response time. Out on Texas 46, our response times are getting longer than what I would like to see. Among those areas are the OakRun, Hunter’s Creek and Mission Valley Estates subdivisions — areas that currently settle for response times of at least seven and up to eight min-See STATIONS K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungThe fire department closed this fire station at Kerlick Lane because of staffing and overlapping response areas. Overlay Districts I 1 PARCELS PARKING DISTRICT ORIGINAL TOWN LOTS 1M5 CORE OVERLAY P&Z recommends overlay districts CHRIS KOURI/Herald-Zeitung The area in dark orange indicates boundaries of a new “downtown district” that the city’s planning commission established as a histoiic overlay district. By Heather Todd Staff Writer New Braunfels Planning Commission set boundaries for a historic overlay district Tuesday that will include only the city’s original town lots established in 1845. Commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to name the historic overlay district the “downtown district” with the intention of protecting, preserving and enhancing buildings, structures, sites and areas of architectural, historical, archaeological or cul tural importance or value in the downtown area. The commission developed the idea of the historic overlay districts out of several months of discussion on a proposed aesthetic ordinance. Council asked for the ordinance in response to public concerns of metal buildings in older, historic neighborhoods. Commissioner James Dunks said, “We’ve wasted six months on this metal ordinance. No one is interested in it; if they are, where are they? We’re tired of meeting on it.” The districts would be used to preserve the integrity of areas like downtown — each with restrictions that would not be affected by underlying zoning changes in the future, commissioners said. Overlay districts would outline certain building restrictions within defined boundaries. 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