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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY, MAY 30,2007ZeitungCouncil gives final go ahead to Creekside HRZ By Suzanne Ashe The Herald-Zeitung The tax increment reinvestment zone sought by developers of Town Center at Creekside, the mega-shopping center planned along Interstate 35 in north New Braunfels, was unanimously approved on its final reading Tuesday night by the city council. Steve Alvis, managing partner NewQuest, the Houston-based Creek side said ground will be broken “soon” on the 492-acre site. “We’re behind the eight ball in our timetable,” he said. “I look forward to breaking ground out there." Another piece of property for the deal — currently a mobile home park was closed on Tuesday, Alvis said. However, one tract in the TIRZ is not controlled by the Creekside group got the council’s attention Tuesday evening. Mary Turner, co-owner of S&T Aircraft Accessories, told the council Tuesday that she had not been well advised of the TIRZ and that her property wasn’t on site plan maps of the development. Her Farm-to-Market 483 business sits in the middle of the Town Center at Creekside site. Turner said selling her three-acre tract could put them out of business. The aircraft accessories plant employs 12 workers and is one of only four or five facilities in the world that refurbishes See TIRZ, Page 8A Five appointed to oversee tax zone Mayor Bruce Boyer named five of the seven members of a board that will oversee the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone. Boyer named newly-elected councilman Mark Goodner as chairman, Matt Harrison, chairman of the Industrial Development Board, Don Forres, a downtown business and property owner, Craig Massouh, a New Braunfels architect, and Tobin Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Financial and member of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of See BOARD, Page 8ASTOPfiling deadline is today From staff reports Today is the deadline for the opponents of the New Braunfels river ordinances to amend or expand their petition. Court officials said Tuesday no additional documents have yet been filed. Visiting District judge Ron Carr ruled attorneys for Stop the Ordinances Please could amend their pleading in a lawsuit aimed at throwing out New Braunfels river ordinances regulating cooler size and other rules on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers in New Braunfels. Scott Tschirhart, attorney for STOB the unincorporated association of business owners and other parties, said this past week he might widen the scope of the lawsuit. “We may broaden our lawsuit to include previous ordinances from two years ago,” he said. He said the legislation is an illegal attempt by city legislators to regulate the transportation, possession and consumption of alcohol in violation of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. Citations plentiful despite weather By Suzanne Ashe The Herald-Zeitung The weather kept a lot of people from enjoying the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels this past weekend, but not before New Braunfels police officers handed out 129 citations and Comal County Sheriff’s deputies issued 142 citations for infractions of the law. New Braunfels Police Lt. Joe Vargas said of the 129 citations, 18 were for cooler ordinance violations. “More than likely, most of the citations were for ordinance violations,” he said. Police officers also made 19 arrests, according to Vargas. See CITATIONS, Page 8A Lawmakers delivered mixed bag for Perry By Kelley Shannon Associated Press Writer AUSTIN — If anyone knows you can’t always get what you want from the Texas Legislature, it’s Gov. Rick Perry. The Republican governor got batted down on his attempt to require cervical cancer vaccinations and on his proposal to sell die state lottery, in part to fund cancer research. But he scored when legisla-tors offered to let voters decide in November whether the state can borrow up to $3 billion to pay for his $3 billion cancer research goal. Perry said he’ll campaign for the measure, even though 80th Legislature At the Capitol the deal didn’t go down exactly as he’d hoped. “We will look back at this session as the linchpin in the fight against cancer,” Perry said at the Capitol on Tuesday, assessing the legislative session that ended at midnight Monday. Perry couldn’t get the House or Senate to go along with his proposal for tougher local government spending caps or his pleas for property appraisal limits, additional tax relief and what he calls truth-in-budgeting. See PERRY, Page 3A LIFE TASTY STEAK Whether it's a steak you fancy or a piece of cake. See today's recipes. Page IB SPORTS ONE MORE WIN The San Antonio Spurs could advance to the NBA Finals with a win against the Jazz tonight. Page 6AFirst night in the hot seats MONTY MARION/Herald-Zeiting New District 1 and 2 New Braunfels City Council members Richard Zapata, left, and Mark Goodner pictured at their their first council meeting Tuesday evening. In the foreground is the vacant seat formerly held by recalled District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine.The District 6 seat won't be filled until a special election is conducted in November. Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 171 16 pages, 2 sections 50$ 8    56825    00001 liar Patchy fog High Low I 92 70 1 i Details .... 2B j DEAR ABBY 4B j CLASSIFIEDS 5B | COMICS 3B | CROSSWORD 3B | FORUM 4A I OBITUARIES 3A I SPORTS 6A I TV GRIDS 4B Five municipal projects that the city of New Braunfels has requested federal aid, totaling $5.18 million Request for federel aid Total cost Fire Station 4    $2    million Flood control facility Downtown infrastructure improvement Hike and bike trail on eastside Faust street bridge improvement Total $2.4 million $500,000 City share $1.2 million $480,000 $1.5 million $300,00 $1.1 million $220,000 $100,000 $5.18MCity to break ground on fire station 6 By David Saleh Rauf The Herald-Zeitung City leaders will break ground Thursday on the first of three new fire stations slated to be built in New Braunfels over the next five years. City Manager Michael Morrison said expansion of the city’s Fire services, which has been three years in the planning, will begin Thursday with a ceremony hosted by Mayor Bruce Boyer and the city council commemorating the construction of Fire Station 6. The new fire station, which will serve the city east of Inter state 35, along Texas 46 near Stone Gate Drive, is projected to open in the summer of 2008. The total cost of construction is estimated at about $1.9 million, with the city borrowing the money through certificates of obligation. “We’re really pleased that we’re going to able to get this under construction this year,” Morrison said. “We’ll be able to improve fire service in what is really the most rapidly growing part of New Braunfels.” With population booming in GROUNDBREAKING Fire station 6 Thursday @ 10 a.m. 290 Stone Gate, off Texas 46 east the New Braunfels and surrounding Comal County area, city leaders tout the addition of new fire stations across the city as a matter of public safety. During the past seven years, New Braunfels’ population has increased almost 40 percent from approximately 37,000 residents in 2000 to more than 50,000 residents in 2007. The effect: The four active fire stations in the city now cover a much larger area that serves more a substantially larger population, potentially affecting response time. The new firefighting additions are expected to reduce response time and “keep people safer,” Boyer said. “As a consequence (of the population boom) we need to keep up with infrastructure in a lot of different ways, primarily with public safety being a paramount," Boyer said. “The response time being reduced is of major importance to us to make sure people are going to be safe — one of city governments primary function is to provide that fire protection.” About 40 additional firefighters See STATION, Page 3A First Commercial Bank, N A As Independent As Texas Stop in and register to win a flat-screen TV valued at $500. Drawing will be held in June NOW OPEN 1525 S. Seguin Avenue. - New Braunfels    s 830-221-3900 WWW.lcb.eum Member VHIC SS MIM1 n ti ;