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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels THURSDAY May 31, 2001 14 pages in 2 sections ■"HBP*    14    pages    in    2    seenHerald-Zeitung LZ-......... ............ .— ......—......I———.............. Vol. 150, No. 172 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Longtime agriculture science teacher James “Stump” Garrett died Wednesday. Photo submitted Longtime NBHS ag teacher succumbs to cancer By Martin Malacara Staff Writer James “Stump” Garrett loved his grandson James. Garrett loved having little James, also called Bubba, sit on his lap. He would dote on Bubba, even though doing so meant suffering the pain of cancer throughout his body. Garrett knew he didn’t have much time left to live. In his final days, Garrett had just one wish. He wanted to five long enough to see his grandson show livestock in competition. Garrett did just that. Garrett, 55, died Wednesday after a three-year battle with prostate cancer. He taught agriculture science at New Braunfels High School for 20 years. Before teaching at NBHS, Garrett taught at Hays Consolidated in Kyle and, before that, at the Camp Gary Job Corps. “He has touched lots and lots of fives,” his wife Linda said, holding back tears. Garrett got the nickname “Stump” from his college physical education coach. Students formed See TEACHER/3A CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Top right, drivers navigate through Main Plaza, where some summer road work will occur. Above, Assistant Area Engineer Michelle Kopp talks with contractors and New Braunfels city officials during a Texas Department of Transportation meeting outlining a summer road work schedule. Below, Landa Street also is targeted for work. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Transportation officials unveiled Wednesday a $1 million summer roadway resurfacing project that includes work in New Braunfels on Seguin Avenue and Landa Street. Michelle Kopp, Texas Department of Transportation assistant area engineer in New Braunfels, conducted the pre-construction meeting that included city officials and representatives of New Braunfels Utilities and Hunter Industries of San Marcos. Hunter Industries has been awarded a contract to perform roadway resurfacing in this area this summer. The work will take place at night, Kopp said. Seguin Avenue will be ground off and resurfaced from the Sonic Drive In through the Main Plaza to Landa Street. From there, Landa Street to the Walnut Avenue intersection will be resurfaced. Also to be resurfaced will be a short stretch of Texas 46/Loop 337 from Business 35 down to the Interstate 35 frontage road. Hunter Industries is contracted to work on Farm-to-Market Road 78 and Loop 410 in San Antonio, Kopp said. The work to be done in San Antonio will be completed first, beginning in mid-June. That construction is expected to take two weeks. The work in New Braunfels is expected to begin just after the Fourth of July holiday and continue for five weeks, Hunter Industries officials said. It will consist of grinding the existing road surface, sealing it and applying new Projects ■ WHO: Hunter Industries of San Marcos ■ WHAT: Summer road resurfacing projects in New Braunfels ■ WHERE. Seguin Avenue (Business 46) through Main Plaza to Landa Street and Landa Street to the Walnut Avenue intersection. ■ WHEN: After the Fourth of July holiday, 9 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays asphalt over the sealer. “Basically, this will give us a much smoother ride than we now have,” Kopp said. The work will be performed between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays with no work taking place on Friday or See ROAD/3A Main Street member asks council to switch light plans By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer New Braunfels Main Street )lans to light the way in lowntown, but at least one nember is not happy about low that will be done. Paul Martinka, a member f the Main Street board, told ity council Monday that he pposed the metal halide ghts that Main Street Direc tor Lynn Fountain plans to buy. The fights in question wifi be added to the 28 lights that already are part of downtown New Braunfels. Main Street plans to add another 22 fights. EventuaUy, Fountain said, the group hoped to have antique lighting over the Comal Street Bridge. The new fights will be installed See LIGHT/3A Inside Abby........................ Classifieds................... 5A ....4-6B Comics....................... 8A Crossword.................. 5A Forum.......................... 6A Local/Metro................. 4A Movies.......................... 5A Obituaries.................... 3A Sports......................... ...1-3B Today........................... 2A I 3 ta .com Key Code 76 Honoring small business Karen and Adam Cork, owners and operators of Color Express in downtown New Braunfels, are congratulated by guests during a reception honoring the Corks as the Small Business People of the Year Tuesday night at Honors Hall. CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Other Action In other action Tuesday, New Braunfels City Council: • Approved a special use permit to create outdoor storage of boats and recreational vehicles and truck rentals at a storage facility at 1890 S. Walnut Ave. • Appointed Acie McAda, Mike Ybarra and Jerry Ford to the Planning and Zoning Commission. • Appointed Ted Garland, Daniel Kelly, Van Holley and Paul Meyer to the Airport Advisory Board. • Approved the first reading of an ordinance to place stop signs at the intersection of Mission Drive and Wood Road. • Approved Infrastructure/ Improvement Corp. funds for the charter school expansion for Connections Individual and Family Services and for the city’s aerial imagery project. • Authorized construction of a storage building at the New Braunfels Public Library. By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council failed to approve a city test for general contractors Tuesday, despite support from the local homebuilders association. Council voted 4-1 against a motion to pursue examinations for general contractors. Coun-oilman Robert Kendrick KENDRICK was the lone voice in favor of the motion, while Juliet Watson, Larry Alexander, Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez and Sonia Munoz opposed the motion. Mayor Stoney Williams and Councilwoman Debbie Flume abstained. Kendrick proposed the plan requiring a contractor to pass an exam before the city grants licensing. John Lovett, speaking for the New Braunfels Home Builders Association, told council that the group’s executive committee met earlier on Tuesday. Lovett said the committee supported the idea but asked that someone from the builders association help create the ordinance. “We support you if this is what the city decides to do,” Lovett said. “But we want to know that whatever testing is, if it’s compliant, what code will use it, will the test be fair? There are a myriad of questions we would have as the people most affected by the tests.” Kendrick said he brought the matter before council because city staff members asked him to look into testing issues. He said the ordinance still had to be written — with input from staff, builders and city council. “It takes the licensing out of the subjective and into the objective,” Kendrick said. ‘It’s a way to make sure that people building in our city are truly qualified.” Contractors now must be licensed before they can build homes or commercial developments inside the city limits. Th get a license, a contractor must have satisfactorily completed two jobs in the past six months and have two references in the same trade, City Manager Mike Shands told council. The licensing fee is $100, he said. Cities in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia require passing a test before contractors can build in the city, Kendrick said. The city of San Marcos also is considering an ordinance to require all general contractors pass an exam, he said. But Councilwoman Juliet Watson said someone could still pass a written exam without being competent. “I could probably pass an exam, but I can’t build anything,” she said. Other council members agreed, saying that they believed a written examination would not necessarily be a measure of competence. Some very good builders could fail the test — and not be allowed to build in New Braunfels, Alexander said. Road work ahead Construction signs to pop up around NB and not just on 1-35 Council gives contractor test failing grade ;