New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday, May 5, 2001 — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Page 9A
NB Main Street program receives national recognition
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The efforts of the City of New Braunfels Main Street Department have earned it recognition for excellence in the field of downtown revitalization by meeting high standards for -
performance set by the Texas Main Street Program and the National TVust for Historic Preser-vation’s National Main Street Center. The New Braunfels Main Street Department nationally joins 345 (out of 1,633) other Main
Street revitalization programs designated as National Main Street Communities for 2001.
The national designation program annually evaluates downtown revitalization programs. The program’s performance was evaluated by the Texas Main Street Program, the statewide coordinating organization for Tfexas Main Street programs.
“A successful, well-run Main Street program creates a vibrant downtown of many uses, where people come not only to shop but to meet or even live. By increasing economic vitali-
“Many dedicated volunteers contribute their time and effort along with the Main Street director and assistant, making the New Braunfels Main Street program one of the best in the state. ”
— Marian Benson Chair, Main Street Advisory Board
ty and focusing on reusing historic buildings, it creates a place that defines the community,” said Kennedy Smith, director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Center. “The designation for New Braunfels Main Street
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well-run downtown revitalization initiative, and the citizens of New Braunfels should be proud of their efforts and maintain their commitment to revitalizing the downtown area.”
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Street program has been successful due in part to a partnership between The Texas Main Street Program and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Center.
‘The success of the local program is due to the support of the Council and the Community. Many dedicated volunteers contribute their time and effort along with the Main Street director and assistant, making the New Braunfels Main Street program one of the best in the state,” said Marian Benson, chair of New Braunfels Main Street Advisory Board.
not sure what we can do about it. Maybe we can just tell him not to do it again and move on from there.”
Kendrick said he believed the motion for the road improvements and his vote in favor did not necessarily represent a conflict of interest.
He cited the city ordinance 2-57: “However in all matters where the member’s interest is the same of that of any other citizen, his right to vote shall not be questioned, and the decision as to whether a conflict of interest exists is factual and depends on the circumstances of the particular case.”
Kendrick said he owned just less than an acre of property on Gruene Road. It is zoned residential, and Kendrick plans to build a house on the property. He
says he hopes action taken Monday night will head off any concerns or appearance of a conflict.
“I want to make sure that there is no conflict,” he said. “So, I want the council to decide. That’s why I called the Texas Ethics Commission.”
In a press release to local media, Kendrick argued that most of the members of city boards and commissions could not serve if the city’s ordinances were taken literally.
“Under the most conservative interpretation ... the Main Street Board, the River Activities Committee, the Airport Advisory board, the Golf Advisory Board and numerous other boards could not exist with their present voting membership,” he wrote in his statement.
“Eight organizations showed up,” said Elizabeth Elliott, at the meeting on behalf of the Greater New Braunfels Art Council. “And if I submit a grant applica: tion it means I desperately need the money. I make sure I have all the information. I called Bonnie (Sarkozi, city secretary) and asked when the meeting was and where it was. It didn’t take a full minute.”
Other groups say they simply didn’t know the meeting had been scheduled. Dr. William Reeves, representing the Hill Country Chorus, said the group usually receives an agenda — but didn’t on this occasion.
“Had I known about the meeting, I would have been there,” he said.
“This money means the world to us. It is very, V6ry dear to us — its how we pay for our director. I’m socrry, but I can’t be somewhere if I don’t know about it.” Other groups, such*as the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music and the Com
munity Chorale, echoed Reeves’ complaints. They also said they weren’t notified of the meeting time or place.
Despite offers from Circle Arts Theater to give I percent of their allocation back to the commission for other arts organizations, the commission decided against opening the funds for reallocation. Citing fears of setting a precedent, they voted to keep the funding as it passed city council,on April 23.
“I’m afraid that if we bend the rules this time, we’ll have to do it again,” member Gloria Delacerda said. “And they should have been there. It clearly states in the rules that they have to be there.”
Smith told the assembled groups that the commission wanted to support all the arts in New Braunfels and hoped there would bello division as a result of their decision. She pointed them to the Hotel Occupancy Tax Commissicn, another group that allocates sales taxes from hotels and motels to nonprofit organizations.
Sharing a date with death
Texas prisoner has same execution date as McVeigh
LIVINGSTON (AP) — Convicted of murder, the condemned man acknowledges his crime and is scheduled for lethal injection May 16.
After that, the similarities between Timothy McVeigh and Allen Bridgers end.
McVeigh, 33, will be executed at a federal prison in Indiana for the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. It was the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil.
Bridgers killed Mary Amie, 53, at her home in Tyler, during a cocaine-induced rage in 1997. He will be put to death in Texas, where executions have become almost business-as-usual.
“I don’t want to be famous,”
Bridgers, 30, said with a laugh. “The only thing famous about me is Ive got the same date.”
McVeigh insists he wants to die. Bridgers says he considered volunteering for execution, but his mother persuaded him to wait out his appeals.
Bridgers hopes that since his appeals have not been exhausted, he will get a reprieve and McVeigh can have May 16 all to himself.
Bridgers described McVeigh as “stupid, arrogant.”
When arrested for murder, Bridgers had already been in and out of prison for burglary, theft and other offenses.
He had been living with Amie for a couple of weeks in 1997, knew she kept some money in her trailer home and found a gun she kept near her bed. He put the gun under his pillow, then shot her when she got into bed with him.
“I remember bits and pieces,” he said of the killing, a crime for which he was “very much sorry.”
“I’ve tried to apologize,” he added. McVeigh, a Persian Gulf War veteran who had no criminal record before his arrest in the Oklahoma bombing, has expressed no remorse.
Bridgers would be the 247th convicted killer to be executed in Texas since
the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. The total by far is the highest in the nation.
McVeigh would be the first inmate executed by the federal government in almost four decades.
McVeigh is at a prison at Terre Haute, Ind., home of the federal death row. A total of 20 men are there under a death sentence. His execution is expected to draw upwards of 1,000 . •
reporters to Terre Haute. In addition, nearly 300 survivors and victims’ relatives may watch in the biggest closedcircuit telecast of an execution in U.S. history.
Bridgers is in the state prison sys- . terns Terrell Unit in Livingston, which houses Texas’ 443 condemned men. He will be executed in Huntsville, home . of the nation’s busiest execution chamber. At the last execution in Texas, on * April 25, only three of the five slots for media witnesses were filled.
“I’m in Texas,” Bridgers said. “I’ve , * got no publicity.”
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