New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 5A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3BDrainage ordinance becomes law in NB
By Scott Mahon
Although local developers and three council members argued it was unfair, New Braunfels’ long debated storm water development fee ordinance passed a final reading with a 4-3 vote Wednesday.
The vote was the culmination of years of debate, and develop
ers now will be required to pay a development fee to help pay for the maintenance of drainage facilities in New Braunfels.
Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez, who voted for the ordinance Monday, voted against it Wednesday along with District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil and District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull.
The ordinance requires that developers pay a fee of $1,250 per lot for one-family or duplex residential developments.
It also requires developers to connect to a regional detention facility if new development was within 3,000 feet of an existing facility, which the local development community argued was unfair Tuesday night.
Non-residential development with less than 65 percent impervious cover will require a $2,600 fee per acre, and non-residential development with 65 percent or more impervious cover will require a fee of $3,000 per acre.
Residential development other than one-family and duplex developments will pay a fee of
$1,600 per acre.
Pospisil, who said she was not opposed to developers paying the fee, voted no because she felt the ordinance was unfair.
“This just isn’t the right ordinance,” she said. "I can’t support it, we’ve rushed it.”
The original ordinance was
See DRAINAGE Page 3A Gale Pospisil
Bulverde^ mayor resigns; ates illness
By Leigh Jones
Bulverde Mayor Bill Cole resigned Wednesday, claiming a recent illness prevented him from continuing to serve the city he loved.
In a letter addressed to city council members, Cole told them his job as mayor had been his greatest privilege and highest honor.
“My faith in Cod, my devotion to my country’s values, and my love for Bulverde and my many friends there, whom I consider my extended family, will continue to be the bright points in my life,” he continued.
Cole has served Bulverde for five years, two on the Planntng and 7x>rrtng Commission and three as mayor.
In a city press release, Mayor fro Tem Bev Lemes praised her colleague for his dedication to the city.
“Bill Cole has been a vital part of our community, in many areas, and made significant contributions to Bulverde that will continue to be a direction for us to follow,” she said.
Cole had one year left on his term. Alter accepting his resignation, city council will consider its options for filling the vacancy.
Gruene Hall celebrates its 30th anniversary as a music leader in New Braunfels.
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Killing suspect released on bail
By Ron Maloney
Mission of Divine Mercy taking shape
By Le igh Jones
Who would have thought Cod’s messengers of mercy would travel in a rusted oui 1961 Jeep Wagoneer leaving a cloud of dust in their wake.
The preferred method of transportation at Mission La Divina Misericordia fits its future inhabitants to a tee — rustic, utilitarian and capable of eliciting a really big grin.
The Jeep, like everything on the 128-acre spiritual home lot the six members of the Mission of Divine Mercy, is a miniature miracle.
Discovered during one of the clean-up days hosted by Sts. Peter and Paul Church, the banged up, open air vehicle was resurrected by one of the Mission’s “worker bees.” It does not look like it would start, but it runs like a dream.
The Mission of Divine Mercy project, not yet one year old, is the fruition of a dream than began in November 2001, when the small religious order arrived in New Braunfels.
Sisters Magdalene Foster, Maria Amapola de Jesus Granados, Maria Felicitas Bortoni, Brother Moses of jesus Pillari and Father John Mary Foster came from another religious order in southwest Texas, seeking a place to live an apostolic contemplative life. T hey were joined by Brother Joseph I loffman two years later.
“We did not think we would be here long because we expected to be doing work on the border,” Sister Magdalene said. “But we were impressed with the response, gen-
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Brother Moses of Jesus, front, leads Sister Amapola and Father John Mary Foster around the grounds of Mission La Divina Misericordia Wednesday. Below, Foster, front left, Brother Joseph, Sister Amapola, back left, Sister Magdalene and Brother Moses of Jesus drive around the grounds in a 1961 Jeep Wagoneer donated to the Mission.
erosity and spiritual thirst of the people here.”
The prayerful order became a quick favorite at Sts. Peter and Paul, their host parish, especially when Father John began leading one of tile Sunday masses each week.
“He brought such a breath of fresh air,” said parishioner Tim Drolet. “I was enthralled by how much he had done in starting things, hut I was really inspired by the retreat.”
As part of their purpose of becoming ministers, the Mission of Divine Mercy members hold
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A suspect in the November killing of a New Braunfels man posted bail Monday and was released from jail pending trial on murder and aggravated assault charges.
Christopher Andrew Ortiz was released to his family Monday.
Ortiz, 19, turned himself in the day after Thanksgiving to face charges in connection with the Nov. 19 stabbing death of Diego Saenz, 22, and the wounding of his 16-year-old brother.
Adrian Guerrero was arrested within 24 hours of the incident. A third man, LeRoy Suarez, 21, fled and has not been seen since.
All three are charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. If proved, the murder allegation is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison and a $ 10,000 fine.
Guerrero is being held in county jail on bail of $450,000 set by 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison.
The judge reduced bail to $60,000 for
See BAIL Page 3A
Cornyn praises president during visit to New Braunfels
By Ron Maloney
CRUENE — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn Wednesday praised the president and the service members who’ve brought democracy to Iraq and called on Ids Senate colleagues to confirm George W. Bush's judicial nominees.
Cornyn, R-San Antonio, spoke at Gruene I Jail at a fund-raising barbecue and reception sponsored by the Comal County Republican Party.
District Judge jack Robison, who was master of ceremonies, introduced the senator, outlining his career as district judge, U.S. Supreme Court justice and Texas attorney general.
Cornyn, well-known bi New Braunfels Republican curies, addressed the crowd as though it was a gathering of his neighbors, which in some sense it was.
I Ie tossed off a couple of campaign
one-Uners to wann up the audience and upstage the gentle fun Robison poked at him in his introduction.
“People often ask me how I like serving in tile United States Senate," Cornyn said. “I say, ‘It would he perfect if I could do it in Texas.’ It would be even better if I could do it in New Braunfels.”
Cornyn then talked a little about the capital, its role in the lives ofTexans and his role there.
“Washington, IXC., is a strange and fascinating place,” Cornyn said. “The best description I ve heard is it s eight square miles of logic-free environment where perception is reality.”
An important part of his job, the senator said, was presenting Texas morals and values to the rest of the United States, which could use them.
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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn talks with local Boy Scout Troop 133 members Shawn Bueche, left, Richard Ramirez and Canaan Hoffman at Gruene Hall Wednesday evening.
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