New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Resident honored with volunteer award for second year
By David Saleh Rauf
David Welsh said the desire to volunteer was embedded in him from a young age. I lis family, friends and the encompassing community have all served as inspirations, he said.
“I think community service is a responsibility each of us have,” Welsch, a native of New Braunfels, said. “Someone once told me that service
is a price you pay at a pleasure of the space you occupy.” On Thursday, Welsch’s Lifelong commitment to community service was recognized as he was awarded volunteer of the year for the United Way of Comal County, capturing the honor for the second consecutive year.
“I was shocked,” said Welsch, 56.
Welsch, who has volunteered with the United Way of Comal County for five
years, was honored for his service to the community at the end of the year wrap-up event for the organizations 2006 fundraising campaign. About 60 people attended the function, which aims to recognize the more than 50 businesses that contributed to the organization in 2006, and the 24 agencies that benefited.
The United Way of Comal County grossed more than $568,000 in fundraising efforts in 2006.
Welsch was celebrated for spearheading efforts with the New Braunfels Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, a group of faith, and volunteer, based organizations working together to meet local needs in times of disaster.
The group was formed after hurricanes Katrina and Rita brought flocks of evacuees to New Braunfels, along with confusion on how to best help them.
While fences will be erected around Prince Solms and Hinman Island parks soon, city officials have plans for numerous future upgrades to what they're calling a “gateway" into the parks that feature crushed gravel walkways, landscaping and signage.FENCE
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Enclosures aim to help protect citizens
effect on how crowds behave later in the day.”
The parks board in December 2006, agreed with the River Activities Committee’s recommendation to encourage creating fences as a way to control access to the river from park property.
Jim Carrillo, of Halff Associates, worked with the committee for more than a year to design a fencing plan along the river in I linman Island and Prince Solms parks.
The plan the board recommended to council included fencing along the border of I linman Island Park along Elizabeth Street, and also along the border of Prince Solms Park.
Checkpoints along the fence line would allow park officials to check for open containers of alcohol or other violations of park rules.
While open containers of alcohol are not allowed in Prince Solms or Hinman Island parks, they are allowed on the river which is governed by the state.
Laird said Thursday that $8,000 was spent to first survey the site of
the fence, a $47,000 contract was awarded to D&M Construction from New Braunfels to provide the earth work and the fence contract was awarded to Quality Fence from San Antonio at a cost of $64,000.
“We are well within the $125,000
budget,” she said Thursday.
However, the cost of the fence this year does not including future planned upgrades to the fence and gateways. Those costs will come as the upgrades are put in place, Laird said.
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Rep. Nathan Macias, R-Bulverde, was one of five House members to vote against the bill.
“I had some folks in my district that contacted me and had a very good case from their perspective of how that bill would have been an infringement on their personal rights,” Macias said.
“As I talked to them and read through the bill I determined that it would not be the best legislation, so I voiced my perspective with a vote.”
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near Fort Worth.
He said Thursday his family has visited New Braunfels for more than a decade.
“I loved New Braunfels before I applied,” he said. “It’s a unique city and I love the heritage.”
Everett is married and has one daughter, who is married and lives in Georgia, he said.
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Other states have already increased their regulation of venomous reptiles and the larger constrictor species. Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Alabama have laws regulating or outlawing the possession of certain venomous snakes and constrictors.
Todd Kercheval, House Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee clerk said the committee will conduct an interim study when the session ends to “give us a more in depth look into the snake trade business and the idea of having non-indigenous snakes.”
“This bill is not aimed at hurting anybody,” Kercheval said. “It’s aimed at getting a handle on something that could be a big problem and implement a system that doesn’t hurt hobbyist snake handlers.’’
David Rauf can be reached at drauf @ herald-zeitung.com.
Everett said he wanted the police chief position for two reasons.
“It a professional organization here,” he said. “And because of what I know about the city.”
Everett has served as the assistant police chief in Haltom City since 2004, when he left the Dallas Police Department.
Morrison said Everett will assume his duties in New Braunfels on lune 18.
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Volunteer of the Year award to David Welsch on Thursday evening.
“It will be very basic this year,” Laird said. “The long-term plan will be to dress it up and make it look pretty.” Mayor Pro Tem Sonia Munoz-Gill said Thursday she thinks the fence will be positive for the city.
“Hopefully, the gateway entrance into Hinman Island Park will prove to be helpful in getting a lot of signage up about the river, the ordinances, the prohibition of Styrofoam and glass (on the river) and also to alert our guests to the new river ordinances,” she said.
District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil, who did not vote to approve the fence, said Thursday she hopes it will accomplish what other council members intended.
"That’s what the council voted for,” she said. “Hopefully it will do what it’s supposed to do and help us educate tubers on the rules of the river.” District 4 Councilman Pat Wiggins said the project is much more than a fence.
“I’m excited to see it,’ he said. “It’s really not a fence, it’s really like an entrance and personally, I am excited.” Laird said she was ready for the fence to be put in place.
“We’re ready for them to hit the ground,” she said.
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Goodner to be sworn in May 29
said he wanted to thank his constituents for voting him into office.
“I appreciate the support of District 2,” he said. “I am honored to serve you.”
City Secretary Michael Resendez told the council that there were nine provisional votes in the District 6 recall election of Councilman Ken Valentine but that only four qualified votes.
Keep NB NB, the political action group led by Kevin Webb, won three more votes from the for a total of 511. Valentine received one of the provisional votes to lose that election with 439 votes.
The city council certified the vote tally and congratulated Goodner on his win.
However, Goodner will have to wait to be sworn in at the regular city council meeting on May 29.
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