New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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► ELECTION 2011
1,504 cast votes early this year
By Greg Bowen
Early voting in the City of New Braunfels elections, which began May 2, ended Tuesday with a total of 1,504 voters casting ballots.
That’s quite a few more than voted early in the 2010 city election, which drew only 273 early voters, according to city council minutes.
But in 2010, there was just a single contested race on the city ballot: incumbent Mark Goodner, the eventual victor, vs. challenger Richard La Rochelle.
This time around, there’s a mayoral race as well as a council race.
Also, city voters are also being asked to approve Civil Service status for New Braunfels Police Department.
Mayoral candidates are Gale Pospisil, a retired real estate appraiser who served on council from 2003 to 2009 and was mayor pro tern, and Jason Dias, president of Eloquent Online, a social media consulting company.
Vying for the District 5 seat on city council are accountant Bryan Miranda and physician Beverly Nuckols.
Winning candidates will serve three-year terms.
Incumbents Mayor Bruce Boyer and District 5 City Councilor Kathleen Krueger were prevented by city charter term limits from running again in 2011.
The city’s general election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Candidates for mayor run “at large,” which means voters across the city will cast ballots in the mayoral election.
Council members are elected only by voters from their districts.
ELECTION DAY POLLS
Voting sites in the city election are:
■ District 1, Lone Star Elementary School, 2243 W. San Antonio St;
■ District 2, Walnut Springs Elementary School, 1900 S. Walnut Ave.;
■ District 3, Seele Elementary School, 540 Howard St;
■ District 4, Faith United Church of Christ 970 N. Loop 337;
■ District 5, Lamar Primary School,
240 N. Central Ave,;
■ District 6, First United Methodist Church, Room 101 A, 572 W. San Antonio St
SHORT-TERM RENTAL DEBATE FLARES UP
A crew works Tuesday at the construction site of a building that will be used for short-term rentals at the corner of Hinman Island Drive and Liberty Avenue in New Braunfels.
Council revises ordinance; Realtors withdraw support
Officials vote to require special-use permit for new units
By Greg Bowen
Citizens and New Braunfels City Council debated late Monday the question of whether the development of a short-term rental should be allowed without first being OK’d by both neighbors and council via the special-use permit process.
In the end, council voted to require the SUPs, except in those sectors zoned as resort/commercial areas.
“The only way to protect neigh -borhoods is to have an SUP requirement," Councilor Richard Zapata said.
The discussion took place as part of council’s work to complete a rewrite of the city’s short-term rental ordinance, which has been revised in recent months to ban new short-term rentals in residential areas.
“The only way to protect neighborhoods is to have an SUP requirement.”
COUNCILOR RICHARD ZAPATA
Planning Director Shannon Mattingly said the revised ordinance approved late Monday requires that a special-use permit be applied for and granted for any short-term rental of a one- or two-family dwelling unit in any zoning district other than those zoned as C-4, C-4A and C-4B resort /commercial districts, with the understanding that new shortterm rentals in R-l and R-2 (singlefamily and two-family) residential districts are completely prohibited.
“The main difference is that in
districts) you’ll now have to have an SUP where you didn’t in the previous ordinance,” Mattingly said.
A question long debated Monday night was whether the city should require developers of one-or two-family short-term rental units in those commercial zones to first obtain a special-use permit from City Hall.
A proposition before council, suggested by the Realtors' association, was to allow short-term rental
► SPEAKING IN EL PASO
President mocks GOP stance on immigration
‘We have gone above and beyond what was requested by Republicans’
The Associated Press
EL PASO — In search of Hispanic votes and a long-shot immigration overhaul, President Barack Obama on TUesday stood at the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time since winning the White House and declared it more secure than ever.
He mocked Republican lawmakers for blocking related immigration over g Texas Gov. Rick border security Perry and President alone, saying they Barack Obama didn't won’t be happy during Obama's trip to until they get a the Lone Star State moat with alliga- ~~ and each s,de tors along the ^ imesthe other
■ Texas lawmakers
I hey 11 never move forward with a be satisfied," he measure that would said. force local police to
Stymied by give federal immigra-both chambers of tion offenses the Congress, the same PrioritY as other president ditched crimes- *>a9e 5 lawmakers in favor of voters who might pressure them, making an appeal to the public on a hot and dusty day far outside the beltway. He told a friendly El Paso, Texas, crowd that it’s up to them to tell Congress to pass legislation providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.
The approach also allowed the president to make clear that it’s Republicans — not him — standing in the way of immigration legislation. As his re-election campaign approaches it’s a message he wants broadcast loud and clear to Latino voters who don’t like his administration’s heavy deportations and feel he never made good
See OBAMA, Page 10
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CISD board talks deficit at workshop
Walker worries district could get little from ,,ate as budge, staUs in Austin ^ ^¡j ^ ?
By Will Wright
Comal Independent School District trustees on Tuesday engaged in another review of next year's budget, with board members expressing their desire not to cut further more teaching positions in light of the district’s
expected deficit, in cuts, and combined with $6 mil-
Superintendent Marc Walker lion fund balance, it would bring the
launched the two-hour workshop district within $300,000 of balancing
session by explaining the various ver- its budget.
sions of public education funding “We've preliminarily looked at now before the state legislature. Walk- some of the areas we think we can
er concluded Comal ISD will face a cut, and going to talk with the (cam-
$17.9 million deficit for 2011-12. He
has proposed another $1.1 million See CISD, Page 10
By Will Wright
Both local school districts stand to gain millions of dollars in federal funding, as the state has been approved to receive more than $830 million under the Federal Education Jobs (Ed Jobs) Fund.
The past two years, Comal Independent School District and New Braunfels ISD each received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Although that funding — commonly referred to as stimulus
See CHECKS, Page 10