New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung a Friday, May 31,19961
Marion group puts on welcome mat for Industry
By DAVID DEKUNDER
MARION — For years, a group of Marion citizens have been meeting to find ways to spur needed economic development in the city of Marion.
Last year, the Marion Economic Development District was chartered by die state of Texas as a non-profit organization. Getting the charter fulfilled years of work, MEDD President Dorothy Mills said.
“We have been meeting for five years," Mills, general manager of the Green Valley Special Utility District, said. “When we first met, we discussed what we could do to get started. We found out we needed a charter and become incorporated."
“We want to provide an opportunity for businesses to come into Marion," Mills said. “And they in turn would
provide the payment of taxes for the city and the (Marion) school district. This would reduce die citizens’burden, particularly school taxes. Second, we hope to provide jobs, especially for our young people."
The MEDD had an organizational meeting in March, where it elected eight directors and a slate of officers. Besides Mills, those officers are David Mueller, vice-president; Tom De Kun-der, secretary; and Glenn Hild, treasurer.
The board of directors and the officers were chosen by voting members who contribute anywhere between $100 to $1,000 towards the district.
On May 3, Mills said MEDD purchased 14.8 acres of land located behind the new Marion Post Office on FM 78 for an industrial park. The land purchase was made possible by a $45,000 loan from Marion State Bank.
'...We hope to pro* vide jobs, especially for our young people.’
— Dorothy Mills
Currently, MEDD is trying to secure a loan from die Guadalupe Valley Development Corporation (G VDC), a part of die Guadalupe Valley Electric Co-Op in Gonzales, which would help with die startup for the industrial park.
“The loan (from GVDC) would be used for the development of infrastructure (streets and utilities), surveying and marketing of the property," Mills said. “We will market the property to whatever size tract an individual has a need for.
Helping Fredericksburg celebrate
more information about the Wuratfeat officials traveled to Fredericksburg recently to participate In the Fredericksburg sesquicentennial >, call Mills at (210) 914-2332. parade. Pictured are Grosse Opa John Dierksen and Na wife Kathy and President Rusty Brandt and hie wife..
Vice President Maurice Fischer also traveled with the group.
Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce kicks off program to honor Randolph airmen
Commissioners Court Actions
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — Randolph Air Force Base Staff Sgt. Vincent Hampton is a man of two firsts.
He is die first honorary meiriber recognized by the Cation Lake Chamber of Commerce and most importantly, he was made the first Airman erf* the Quarter by the chamber last week at a lunch in his honor in the Home Waters Restaurant at the Lodge at Turkey Cove.
“I feel very privileged," Hampton said after he was given die award by chandler President Richard K. Smith. “My understanding is that chambers like these have a choice to who they want to honor and I am glad they ; decided to support our honor guard. I itppi very grateful for them for doing 'that."
Hampton is a member of the RAFB honor guard, which consists of 75 volunteer members who appear at funerals, change of commands at Air Force bases, parades, sporting events and j other events where they are needed.
“When I first took over the honor guard eight months ago, we had no recognition for the honor guard," Techical Sgt. Steven Estrada, head of the honor guard, said. “We have two full time people for the honor guard, the rest take time from their regular jobs and rehearse for their superb presentations. Sgt. Hampton is the first OM to receive die Airman of the Quarter and he is well deserving of this honor.”
Hampton has been stationed at Randolph for 20 months. His duties as staff sergeant of the honor guard are supervising all the details for the cere
monies he is assigned to each year.
For being named the first Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Airman of the Quarter, Hampton received many prizes from Canyon Lake area restaurants and businesses.
The staff sergeant said he looks forward to using his prizes.
“I do come out here often," Hampton said. “This a beautiful, quiet and serene place and the costs here are reasonable.”
RAFB officers who were present to honor Hampton where Chief Enrique Herrera, director of plans and operations, Master Sgt. David Rutkoski, Estrada, Susan Gandy, office of public affairs and Hampton’s daughter, Jennifer.
The following actions were taken by the Comal County Commissioners Court at the regular meeting held on May 30:
■ Approved claims.
■ Approved three amendments to plat. The first was for Creekwood Ranches, Unit No. 3, Block 9, combining Lots IO and 11 into Lot 10R. The second was for Canyon Lake Forest, Unit No. I, combining Lots 112 and 113 into Lot 112R. The third was Crystal Heights Subdivision, combining Lots 51,5J and 5K into Lot 5IR.
■ Acknowledged proper construction of die private roads in Berry Oaks Subdivision, Unit I, and terminated the associated Escrow Agreement.
■ Tabled setting subdivision platting fees until next week.
■ Approved the final approval of Hancock Canyon Subdivision, Unit I.
■ Approved the final approval of Thunder Canyon, accepted the dedication of right-of-way, and granted die variance request.
■ Approved the acknowledgment of new a summer mail cleric as a new hire and authorized the county judge to
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■ Ratified the County Judge's declaration of a bum ban effective May 21, 1996, and approved the Disaster Declaration Number 6, Threat of Wildfires, and Comal County Emergency Order Number 6.6, Prohibition of Outdoor Burning, and authorized the county judge to sign it.
■ Set a public hearing for June 27 at IO a.m. at Commissioners Court to consider an application for cancellation of a public road dedication in Kings Cove Subdivision within Comal County.
■ Adopted a proclamation to proclaim June 2-8,1996 as “Small Business Week."
Bi Accepted and authorized Judge to sign acceptance of Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force Grant and the Alamo Area Gang Task Force Grant for the
coming year of 1997.
■ Authorized the purchase of eight Eagle Precinct Ballot Counters, approved funding source, and authorized the county judge to sign a purchase order.
■ Removed from the table of May 9, 1996, and approved a new position for health inspector for Environmental Health Office, group-step 8-1, effective June I, 1996, and approved budget amendment from the General Fund Reserves to Environmental Health Office Salary and Benefits line items for funding. The position is approve through December 31, at which time it will be decided if die position should be
■ Tabled awarding bids for hand^ held, portable 2-way radios for 411$ Sheriffs Department.
■ Went into executive session 4# conduct a performance evaluation for jL county employee.
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