New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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these renderings of the interior. They also like the interior finishes .”
The library board, city staff and two architectural firms saw to it that the new library would meet the community's needs — and meet . vijjth the community’s approval, said Library Board Chairwoman Lucille Douma.
Before an architect set foot in New Braunfels, “... we had done some studying to see what we should aim j at — square footage, use of space, ! and so on," Douma said. "Then, i when they came in, some actually I did a lot of driving around the town
and looking at the town."
The first architectural firm — Beebe, Babka and Hammond of Chicago — helped the library staff and board develop a description on paper of the new library’s needs. “That program drove the design,” Douma said.
Then the San Antonio firm Rchler, Vaughan and Kuhn stepped in and put pen to paper and mouse to hard drive — but not without specific instructions from the library board
“We told them it was important that we have a building that would look consistent with the architecture of the town,” Douma said. “We wanted a timeless building ... we
didn't want a building that would
say this was built in the ’90s.”
The city planning department and fire department are now reviewing the architects’ plans to make sure they meet with city codes and requirements, Hocker said.
“The next step would be to authorize the architect to seek bids (from contractors),” City Manager Mike Shands said.
The bids would then be evaluated and taken to City Council for approval, he said.
“I think you’ll probably see the bids be requested in the next 30 to 60 days,” Shands said, “with an
expectation that the construction will begin early next year.”
Plans for the new library could not have materialized so smoothly without the diligence of the library board, library staff and City Council, Douma said.
The day the New Braunfels Public Library’s doors open will be a proud day in New Braunfels history, Shands said.
“(The library) crosses every boundary that you find,” he said, “whether you’re there simply to read the paper, check out a book or use the computer. It transcends virtually every boundary.”
State senator faces formal sentencing on gun, prostitution charges
By JUAN B. ELIZONDO Jr.
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — State Sen. Drew Nixon faces formal sentencing today for his misdemeanor convictions of prostitution and illegally carrying a gun, as well as a heated effort to force his resignation.
Nixon, R-C arthage, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges last month. He was arrested in February during an Austin Police Department sting targeting men soliciting prostitutes.
A Travis County jury recommended six months in jail for the gun charge and probation for the prostitution charge County Court at Law Judge David Puryear was scheduled to announce formal sentencing today
Meanwhile, a Texas Democratic Party advertisement urging Gov. George W. Bush and East Texas
■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of burglars this week in the 1400 block of Business 35 North The Comal Independent School District reported someone broke a school storage area window and stole computer equipment valued at $4,700. Police said there were suspects in the case
■ New Braun leis Police arrested a 27-ycar-old San Antonio woman and a 23-year-old Laredo woman at I 55 p m. Monday in the 6(H) block of Walnut Target reported they stole several clothing and personal items, valued at greater than $104 Police said the 27-year-old woman was being held in county jail on $300 bond and $2,200 bond for two other accounts of theft bv check Police said the 23-vear-old woman was being held on $300 Kind
■ Comal County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 25-year old San Antonio man on the charge of possession of marijuana at IO 27 p rn. Saturday at Karm-to-Markct 2673 at Tom Creek Deputies said the man had less than 2 ounces of marijuana He was taken to the Comal County Jail where he posted a
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voters to demand Nixon’s resignation begins running today in the senator’s district.
"Nixon should do what is right and resign before his jail term begins,’* said Bill White, head of the Texas Democratic Party.
The ad features a picture of Nixon with fellow Republican Bush. An announcer says Bush urged voters in East Texas to re-elect Nixon because the senator has held young people accountable for their actions.
"While Nixon was demanding that young people toe the line he was out getting arrested and convicted for soliciting a prostitute,” the ad says
Bush spokeswoman Karen Hughes confirmed that Bush appeared at a reelection event for Nixon last year But she said the governor backed Nixon as the Republican candidate in the Senate race and doesn t condone Nixon’s criminal actions
$300 bond Sunday.
■ Comal County Sheriff s deputies arrested a 21-year-old New Braunfels man at 11 46 p rn Sunday at the Comal County Fairgrounds. The man was charged with three motions to revoke probation for delivery of a substance from district court engaging in an organized criminal activity and delivery of marijuana All charges had no bonds He was released on Tuesday
■ ('omul County Sheriffs deputies arrested a 24-year-old New Braunfels man at 5 p m. Saturday at
"Attempting to associate Governor Bush with Senator Nixon’s conviction is old-style Texas politics at its nastiest,” Ms. Hughes said. "Governor Bush made it crystal clear from the moment Senator Nixon was arrested that he did not approve nor condone Senator Nixon’s behavior. The people of Texas know that Governor Bush’s character is impeccable and they will not appreciate this type of nasty advertisement.”
Bill Miller, a spokesman for Nixon, added, "Political threats from Bill White will not influence Drew Nixon's decisions about his political future.’’
Miller earlier said Nixon is “ready to take his medicine.’*
"There is no expectation that he will go directly to jail (today). It will be clear when he will be in jail and all the relevant details," Miller said.
the Comal County Fairgrounds gate for outstanding warrants on two counts of motion to revoke probation The man had one count of theft greater than $1,500 and less than $20,000 from Bexar County, another count of driving while license was suspended and an $800 bond. He was still in the Comal County Jail Tuesday.
■ Comal County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 32-year-old Blanco man on the charge of
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The Garden Ridge City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the municipal court building at 9357 Schoenthal Road.
The council will discuss disposition of surplus city property, the status of overgrown lots in the Forest Waters subdivision and the future renting of the park barbecue hut.
The council will also hear an update from the city’s water commission concerning water improvements to the city's water system.
Comal County Commis alerion Court
Commissioners will hear a presentation from architect Norris Fletcher,, who is in charge of the county jail expansion project, on discussions about the project with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
Commissioners will vote on establishing an early voting temporary branch polling place for the Bulverde incorporation special election.
Nixon has not spoken publicly about his plea or the sentence. He has said he will discuss the conviction and his political future after formal sentencing.
Nixon’s current term runs through the year 2000.
Neither the misdemeanor convictions nor any jail time would automatically force Nixon from office. According to legislative librarians, no reference can be found to another lawmaker sentenced to jail while in office. Several have been charged during their terms, but most resigned or did not return to office before being sentenced.
Miller said he doesn't know what Nixon has decided. "I think it is fair to say he's taken into consideration all facets," he added.
Nixon’s district covers Nacogdoches and areas along the Texas-Louisiana border.
sobriety tests and refused to take the intoxilizer at the Comal County Jail The man posted a $500 bond and was released the same day.
■ Comal County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 36-year-old Canyon Lake man on the charge of driving while intoxicated in the 800 block of Grandview Bend at 12:36 a.m. on Sept. 23. It was the man’s third or more DWI offense.
The man was taken to the Carnal C amy Jad dNPftj; reftload'(he sbbriety testTiflDKe IntoXiltz^r He posted a $10,000 the same day.
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