New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 3, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Ron Maloney
Commissioners took another step Thursday toward needed courthouse repairs by commissioning a study they hope will determine which of two paths is most cost effective — restoration or renovation.
After lengthy discussion, commissioners unanimously approved nearly $10,000 to commission a cost-benefit analysis by Volz & Associates of Austin.
The county wants to learn whether it would be better to restore the courthouse to its 1930 configuration — with a center atrium, a two-story district courtroom and the then-newly attached county jail — or simply to reroof, run new pipes and build new heating and air conditioning plants.
If the courthouse is restored, the county would have to buy or build additional office space to house its County Court-at-Law staff because the second and third floors of the century-old structure would be removed. That cost would have to be included in any restoration effort, and officials have said they thought it would make it cost-prohibitive. Even for a renovation, the court offices would have to be moved temporarily.
Preliminary estimates on the renovation option run between $2.5 million and $3 million or a little more — firm numbers are not yet available.
Precinct I Commissioner jack Dawson, who serves on the committee the county appointed to consider courthouse repairs, said the county already has to clear work with the state because the courthouse and its attached jail are historic sites.
“We already have to go through them. Under the grant situation, it could be tougher," Dawson said.
“I can give you names of county judges who have recently gone through this process,” Scheel said. “Eve been talking to other judges around the state. I get nothing but horror stories.’
presents roadway loop plan
By Ron Maloney
Comal County commissioners got their first look Thursday at a proposed major thoroughfare plan for the county.
Presented by County Engineer Tom Homseth, the plan sets out the widths of rights-of-way along county and state roads.
It will be considered for adoption at a future court after a public meeting is set.
Comal County’s proposed plan applies the same standards set in a similar plan drawn May 19 by the Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization, which plans road alignment in the greater San Antonio area, southern portions of Comal County and the Interstate 35 cmd U.S. 281 corridors.
The authority to create a major plan was • granted counties in the recent Legislature. As part of that plan, counties have authority to regulate development along roads to preserve corridors for future expansion of those roads — and to preserve corridors for future roads.
The plan Hornseth presented Thursday pertains only to existing roadways.
“We’re tackling the easy part by dealing now with existing roads, but this is the beginning,” Hornseth said. “There are no new alignments in this plan on purpose. Those are more contentious. We need to get this on the books first and then look at that.”
The cost of building new roads can be dramatically increased in cases where houses or other development has been created in the path of the road. Planning for future ro'ads, Hornseth said, must preserve corridors for their construction.
County Judge Danny Scheel has sought — and not found — state money to engineer a path for an outer loop around New Braunfels before the areas in wiiich it could be built are developed.
Hornseth said future road construction would be considered later in the process of planning for major* thoroughfares.
Many county roads have no deeded rights-of-way because they originated more than IOO years ago as paths or trails. Rebecca Creek Road is one example, Hornseth said. In the past, Comal County has negotiated easements with developers during
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I Legislature gave counties authority to create master roadway plan.
I Plan presented Thursday deals only with existing roadways.
I Plan considers ways to control development that could impact future roadway expansion.
Tasha Henry, 24, was born with congenital atrio-ven-tricular heart block. Just before graduating from high
school, she had a pacemaker implanted. She will be honored at the American Heart Walk Saturday.
Survivor, Heart Walk honoree shares story
By Dylan Jim6n«z
Tasha Henry is a heart survivor.
She was born with a low, irregular heart rate. Growing up, she always hoped there someday would be a cure for her condition.
Saturday, she will be honored at the American Heart Walk.
The walk is sponsored by McKenna Memorial Hospital with proceeds supporting the American Heart Association, an organization dedicated to heart research.
kasha, 24, was bom with congenital atrio
ventricular heart block, which means her natural pacemaker didn’t work properly, she said.
Tile condition scared her mother, Jana, at first.
Tasha had to visit the doctor every three months for a while, then every six months. By the time she entered elementary school, she only had to go once a year.
“It was a watch-and-see thing,” Jana said.
Tasha was allowed to whatever activities she felt comfortable doing. In middle school, she even danced ballet and ran track.
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• Begins at 8:45 a m. Sunday
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■ Contact the American Heart Association at (210) 614-4121
Maurice Smith peruses the fiction section at the Friends of the Library Book Sale Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. He went looking to pick up some computer and western books, and he didn't walk away disappointed. The book sale continues until 5 p.m. today.
Library book sale continues today
By Dylan Jim6n«z
Sandra Chunn spent a careful four hours Thursday morning combing through the 65,000 books at the library book sale.
“I haven’t missed a thing,” Churm said. “Eve looked at every one.”
Collectors from all over flocked to the New Braunfels Civic Center for the Eriends of tile New Braunfels Public Library book sale.
At I p.m., Chunn still had about an hour before she would be ready to go.
She had her eye on about 50 boote to
add to her collection, which is housed on 60 shelves, each six feet long.
Chunn’s been coming to the sale for years.
“When I come here, I look for my missing books,” Chunn said.
She has nearly complete Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys collections. She also is hunting a rare poetry pamphlet illustrated with photographs taken by her father.
Several hundred people packed into the civic center Wednesday and Thursday. Friends made $5,100 during the
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