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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, May 7, 2005 ELECTION CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Election polling places Polls open from 7 ajiL to I pun. today “Because Adam has been mayor, he’s a known factor,” Williams said. “And although Bruce hasn’t served on council, he’s an unknown factor. But I think you also have to look at whose supporting the two candidates.” Polls will close at 7 p.m. today, and election officials said they expected to have the unofficial results as early as 8:30 or 9 p.m. “The election results will be posted on the city’s Web site at, and also X)n Channel 21," said Liz Lad-shaw with the city secretary’s office. Because today’s ballot will be unusually long, Ladshaw said extra voting booths would he placed at each of the six polling places. Polling places will be staffed by one election judge, one alternate judge and two election clerks. County Elections Coordinator Linnell I linojosa said as of Friday, about 50 mail-in ballots had been received. Election officials will begin tabulating early votes this morning, she said. “We ll release the early vote count at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in room 106,” she said. In other races on the ballot: ■ District 6 Councilman Voters in New Braunfels will choose a mayor and two council members today. Mayor Adam Colk is facing a challenge from local attorney Bruce Bw in the mayor’s race. In District 5, first-time candidates Kathleen Krueger and Travis Wommack are vying for a seat In District 6, incumbent Ken Valentine is facing a challenge from Lynn Limmet On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 pan. Polling places are in the New Braunfels Municipal election are: ■ District I - Lone Star Primary School, 2343W. San Antonio St; ■ District 2 - Memorial Elementary School. 1900 S. Walnut Ave.; ■ District 3 - Seele Elementary School, 540 Howard St; ■ District 4 - Faith United Church, 970 North Loop 337; ■ District 5 -1 amar Primary School, 240 N. Central Ave.; ■ District 6 - First United Methodist Church, 572W. San Antonio St, Room IOLA During early voting, 2,247 voters cast ballots, a slight Ken Valentine is being challenged by newcomer Lynn Limmer, and the District 5 city council seat is being sought by Kathleen Krueger and Travis Wommack. ■ I\vo Comal Independent School District seats also are increase over the 2003 municipal election. COMAL ISO Voters in the Comal Independent School District will choose two members of the school board during the election Saturday. In District 3, which covers the communities and area north of Canyon Lake, incumbent Mark Smith is being challenged by Frank Baker. In District 4, the area south of Canyon Lake, incumbent John Bertelsen has drawn two opponents—Donna Holmes and Wylie Queen. On Election Day, May 7, voters in districts 3 and 4 can vote at the following locations from 7 a.m. to 7 pm: ■ District 3 — Fischer Community Center (Precinct 3) and Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department (Precinct 5) ■ District 4 — Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club (Precinct 4) FINAL EARLY VOTING TOTALS ■ 2,247 City ■349CISD up for grabs. Donna Holmes and Wylie Queen are challenging incumbent John Bertelsen for the District 4 seat, and Frank Baker is attempting to oust incumbent Mark Smith in the District 3 race. I Comal County changes course — I switches banks for first time in 14 years By Bon Maloney Staff Writer For the first time in 14 years, jtomal County will change • banks effective June I. • I County commissioners Jack • Dawson, lay Minikin and Greg • Parker voted 3-0 Thursday to • twitch from Wells Fargo to ■ Frost Bank. I The San Antonio-based I bank now serves New Braun-.* fels Utilities, the City of San ' Antonio, Bexar County, the I City of Corpus Christi and ' Alamo Heights Independent J School District among other , public accounts. ' The vote came after the ' county placed advertisements requesting proposals for providing banking serv-' ices — and after the propos- • als were reviewed by county staff. County Judge Danny Scheel I was away at a conference. • Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady is recovering from surgery. Both were absent Thursday. The county’s banking con-! tracts come up for renewal every four years. County officials sent a request for proposals that was answered by I Jive banks who submitted I .Voluminous bids two weeks I [ago — some comprising I “stacks of paperwork 18 inches tall. The winning proposal offered a slightly higher interest rate on deposited funds and what are expected to prove to be lower fees for banking services provided to the county. A committee that included ; ‘.County Auditor David Renken ; .and County Treasurer Susan [Patterson studied the proposes and discussed them with • other elected and appointed ! officials. In addition to Frost and “All of these banks looked really good — there were excellent bids all across the board.” — Susan Patterson County Treasurer Wells Fargo, the other proposals came from Bank of America, Chase National Bank and First State Bank. Patterson told commissioners that the service provided by Wells Fargo Bank had been very good, and its newest proposal was even better. Comparing the proposals offered by all the banks, she said, had been an intensive and time-consuming chore. “I ve been very happy with Wells Fargo,” Patterson told the court. “All of these banks looked really good — there were excellent bids all across the board.’’ In the past, she said, the county had dealt with Wells Fargo because it was quicker than other banks to offer many automated and online services that other banks have now caught up with. Another advantage was that Wells Fargo was located in New Braunfels and its local officials were easy to reach and helpful. In addition to considering service, Patterson said the county also had to consider the size of the banks and their ability to absorb potential losses in excess of the coverage offered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. While the county preferred a local bank, the amount of assets on deposit, she said, were a big factor that differentiated Frost from First State, which is New Braunfels-based. Renken said he supported the choice because of the higher interest rate offered by Frost and its combination of lower fees. Also, he said, he had been convinced of the bank’s commitment to customer service when his employees expressed concern about adapting to its software. “They sent out two representatives," Renken said. “I couldn’t have been more impressed with their knowledge of the software and their ability to communicate with our staff. “If that service we saw is any indication of the service to come, we ll be very happy” Patterson said she couldn’t say just what the savings to the county would be because it depends upon the combination of services used and fees charged. “ITI be giving a report to commissioners each quarter,” she said. Dedication, graduation today at Texas Lutheran SEGUIN — The Texas Lutheran University campus will be full of activity today as the university celebrates the completion and dedication of two new buildings on campus as well as spring baccalaureate and commencement. Traditional baccalaureate services will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Jackson Auditorium with graduates, faculty, families and friends attending the worship service. Approximately 200 students will graduate during ceremonies on the universi ty’s Chapel Lawn, beginning at 7 p.m. Dr. Ron K. Calgaard, chairman and chief executive officer of Austin, Calvert & Flavin Inc. and president emeritus of Trinity University, will present the commencement address. The event is open to the public, unless rain forces the ceremonies to be moved to the Memorial Gymnasium. Tickets would then be required. A private noon luncheon will honor donors to the Annie V. and Hilmar R. Tschoepe Professional Stud-ies classroom and office building and the Kieffer Kinesiology Laboratory. The public dedication of the Annie V. and Hilmar R. Tschoepe Professional Studies classroom and office building and the Kieffer Kinesiology Laboratory will begin at 2 p.m. in the central mall area of the campus in front of the new Tschoepe Hall. The new buildings will be open for self-directed tours following the dedication ceremonies. It AU Adds Up To A $1,000 Rebate!' Monitor your indoor environment and control everything with a programmable Comfort Control Choose the rugged Trane XL19i with proven ultra efficiency up to 19 J SEER Relax in quiet comfort with a Variable Speed Furnace or Variable Speed Air Handler Breathe easy with a Perfect Fit™ electronic air cleaner J. OOO.oo* Po/far fcfiate ftvm Trane Choose Your System, Choose Your Rebate! 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