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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas BIST tynn. New Her al SIT Copy Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 5 can water today after 7p.rn. Well users cannot water today. 20332 SC) - WE S T ii IC RO PU BL X SH I NG 262? E YANDELL DR EL PH SC), TX ? 9903 - 37 24 TUNG :   ■ Vol. 149, No. 131 SO pages in 4 sections May 21, 2000 Inside ► Fattily tracfition Three generations of Wohlfahrts have led their graduating classes with top grades — and smart haircuts./1C ► Sports Smithson Valley’s run in the baseball playoffs came to an end after losing 2-1 to Dripping Springs in Game 2 of the best two-out-of-three series in the Regional Quarterfinal of the playoffs./! C ► ‘Dinosaur’ H-Z movie critic Roy Hargrove reviews the new Disney release, ‘Dinosaur.’/ 6C Weather Partly cloudy-— that’s the forecast for the next several days. Expect highs to reach into the upper 80s with overnights dipping to the near 70s. Slight chance of thunderstorms tonight. Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................5-6B Classified................................1-18D Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies..........................................2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today............................................2A Television...........................TV    Week K»y code 77 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00Americana Music Jam kicks off today in Gruene By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Calling all couch potatoes — perching in front of the television this afternoon means you would miss the 92.1 FM Americana Music Jam at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. The fourth annual music celebration kicks off at I p.m. and features Americana performers: Two Tons of Steel, Charlie Robison, Radney Foster, Reckless Kelly, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Monte Warden, Schedule/8A Editorial/6A Jimmy LaFave, The Great Divide, The Derailers, The Groobees, Jon Randall and Jim Lauderdale. Tickets are $15 paid at the door. A $3 off admission coupon is offered in today’s Herald-Zeitung. Children 12 years of age and younger can jam for tree, organizers said. All proceeds from the event benefit the Westside Community Center project — a facility that will cater to local youth by providing educational, cultural and recreational opportunities. Food, refreshments and adult beverages will be sold at the performance. Jam sponsors include the Herald-Zeitung. Great American Prod- What’s Up ■ WHAT: Americana Music Jam ■ WHEN: 1-9:30 p.m. Sunday ■ WHERE: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road HUBBARD ucts, and The Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative. “I think they have been outstanding members of council and they share something important — integrity.’’ — Former mayor Jan Kennady Two terms end Two more begin File Photo From left, council members Larry Alexander, Lee Rodriguez, Juan Luis Martinez, Mayor Stoney Williams, Juliet Watson and Jan Kotylo make the decisions that affect the whole city. By Heather Todd Staff Writer While District 4 councilwoman Jan Kotylo plans to use her much-needed free time relaxing with grandchildren and doing volunteer work, District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory is already on the road working to expand his business. Vanstory and Koty lo officially will step down from city council Monday night after serving three-year terms. They will be recognized for their public service during a ceremony 6:30 p.m. Monday at New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell St. Robert Kendrick will officially take his oath of office Monday, night as the new District 4 representative and Debbie Flume will take her oath of office Monday night to take over the District 3 seat. They were elected by their respective districts May 6. Both Vanstory and Kotylo served one three-year term and were eligible to run for re-election, but neither did, although for vastly different reasons. Vanstory, who owns Quick Align and Alignment Concepts, Inc. in New Braunfels, said his business took up a lot of time, making it difficult to devote enough energy to council. Assistant Carol Watson said Vanstory had been out of town 50 percent of the time since the first of the year. Speaking on a cellular phone See COUNCIL/8A Swearing In Debbie Flume and Robert Kendrick will be sworn in as District 3 and 4 councilmembers, respectively, 6:30 p.m. Monday at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave. FLUME KENDRICK Reading, writing and waterslides Local students have the hottest, coolest time in — math class? By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Nick Miner, Krystin Ramirez, Shane Fisher and Samantha Lingamfelter are four OakRun sixth grade students who were immersed Friday in their studies of engineering, math, physics, science and hydralics. Really, truly and completely immersed. Just ask them. T hey were among 3,500 kids from 34 schools — including all 410 OakRun students — who took part in a special math and science lab Friday in New Braunfels. It was some class. Disco music blared from the loud speakers. There were bathing suits everywhere. This wasn’t your mother’s math* class. It was math, mechanics, science and physics — taught Schlitterbahn style! Friday was the waterpark resort’s fourth annual Aqua Lab. Aqua Lab teaches children about math and science and how they apply to a waterpark. And almost seemingly accidentally, the students are learning quite a bit along the way — even if they may never see Schlitterbahn or its 40-old attractions in quite the same way again. See MATH/3A Affordable housing project resurfaces By Heather Todd Staff Writer Developers of a proposed tax-credit housing complex are hoping third time’s the charm. Amistad Affordable Housing, Inc. is asking New Braunfels City Council to approve Monday a resolution supporting its application for federal housing tax credit for Evergreen Townhomes. The project was approved by council in 1999 despite public opposition, but it was denied federal funding. In 1998, Amistad also was denied federal binding for a proposal to develop Huisache Villas off Business 35. Some of the residents who previously opposed Evergreen say their concerns have not abated. During a public hear- ■ Written comments either in support or in opposition of a proposed tax-credit housing complex in New Braunfels can be sent to Chemo M. Njie, LIHTC Program Manager, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Post Office Box 13941, Austin, Texas 78711-3941. ing conducted by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in June 1999, 15 residents voiced opposition to the project, citing concerns about crime, increased traffic, overcrowding and water availability. Larry Doeppen-schmidt, who lives on Morningside Drive near the proposed development site, said, “In my opinion, I hope they don’t get (the tax credits). But I’m not going to fight them verbally at the meeting.” If approved, Evergreen would be an 80-unit complex for low-to-moderate-level income families on South Water Lane off Interstate 35 behind the Department of Public Safety office. It would include 66 two- and three-bedroom townhomes and 16 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The apartments would be built four to a building. When the project didn’t receive federal binding this past year, developers decided instead to build market-rate apartments using conventional financing. But, John Seidel, a co-developer with Amistad, said Amistad could not get any financing for the project. “We tried three different financial institutions,” he See HOUSING/8A Not your mother’s math class: OakRun students, clockwise from top left, Nick Miner, Shane Fisher, Krystin Ramirez and Samantha Lingamfelter, put in an exhaustive day’s work Friday at Schlltterbahn’s 4th annual Aqua Lab. RON MALONEY/ Herald-Zeitung I I ;