New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 9A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 8ACity gives landowners in IO areas 2 weeks to sign nonannexation pacts
Bv Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels City Council postponed Monday night the annexation of 3,300 acres of land outside the city limits to give landowners two weeks to sign nonannexation agreements.
But councilmembers went ahead
and approved the third and final reading of ordinances to annex almost 250 acres of land on State Hwy. 46 known as areas 1,2 and 3.
The areas impacted by the postponement included:
■ Areas 5 and 8 — 312 acres north of Loop 337;
■ Areas 9, IO and ll — 417 acres
on the west side of PM 306, north of the current city limits;
■ Area 13 — 190 acres north of Conrads Road;
■ Area 14 — 610 acres between PM 1101 and die municipal airport;
■ Areas 15, 16 and 17 — 1,913 acres on PM 758 southeast of the municipal airport.
Those landowners will have until Oct. 25 to sign and return the nonannexation agreements, or restrictive covenants.
The agreements would require landowners to maintain the current use of their land, while the city would agree not to annex the land.
Mayor Adam Cork said the agree
ments would be for either two or three years, or until the Texas Legislature could find a permanent solution for protecting ranch and farmland against annexation.
“We haven’t completed all the contracts," Cork said. “We’d like to give the landowners two more weeks to
See ANNEXATION, Page 3A
■ 1971 - Pilot Club starts library.
B 1972 — Library opens with donated building, books and all volunteer workers.
■ 1973 - Harry Preston donates current site. Library named for his mother.
■ 1977 — Original building, now used as the library office, was built.
■ 1983 - First addition built.
• 1997 — Second addition opened.
■ 2000 — Canyon Lake Community Library District formed, funded by 1/2 percent sales tax.
CRAMPED BY GROWTH
Land donation should ease overcrowding concerns of Tye Preston Memorial Library
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — Decades ago, Carter Casteel’s mother, llda Vernon Barron, and “aunt” I lellen Reese helped organize a group of women to found a library in her West Texas hometown.
“When I was a little girl, our librarian, Selma Raye Henry, was a great gal, loved children and we absolutely adored her," Casteel recalled, ‘i’d ride a bicycle down and check out books. The library was very important to our family.”
Inter, Casteel would learn that libraries are a cultural center of their communities — and an economic generator.
More than 30 years ago, a group of lake residents called the “Pilot Club” realized that and founded its own library, based on traditions of donations and
From left, Girl Scouts Kayla Carpin, Kristina Kirk, Kara Colver, Kelsie Kirk and Cassie Carpin say the Pledge of Allegiance before Sunday's land dedication ceremony.
volunteer work that survive today in the lye Preston Memorial Library.
Sunday, the Casteel family and lye Preston representatives dedicated sue acres of land on Dam Access Road to be a home for a new, 20,000 square foot library facility that will replace the
cramped library space donated by I larry Preston and named for his mother.
The new library, to be completed in 2008, will continue with its existing name on the land donated by Tom, Barron and Cheryl Casteel. It will be four
See LIBRARY, Page 3A
No bonuses for NBISD employees
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Independent School District employees will not get a bonus in time for Christmas.
In a 5-2 vote, the majority of trustees decided the district could not afford to spend $355,000 of the $12 million it holds in reserves.
Trustees Randy Rust, Lee Edwards, lorge Maldonado, Rob Johnson and Penelope Biggadike voted against Trustees Paul Fisher and Ed Clark, who wanted to accept Superintendent Ron Reaves’ proposal.
“The Grinch came early this year,” Clark said after the meeting.
“All I have to say is bah humbug.”
Initially, Johnson indicated he might be persuaded if employees could receive training on new drugs surfacing in schools and the warning signs students display when using drugs. I Ie said his suggestion was motivated by recent drug busts on the high school campus (see story below).
But after listening to fellow board members speak in support of the measure, he seemed to change his mind.
“I have grown tired of this issue,” he said. “I have a bad taste in my mouth about this
IN OTHER ACTION
• Voted unanimously to authorized Facilities Manager Daryl Stoker to request proposals for repair and resurface work at the high school tennis courts and road surfacing for two new bus lanes at Memorial Elementary and Primary schools.
■ Authorized the maintenance department to repair the high school field house roof rather than replace it.
0 Discussed the feasibility of placing advertising in the high school gymnasium.
because I have a feeling that this is the result of a board who thinks we have money to burn."
Fisher said his primary concern was to look after the employees and suggested the hoard consider what it was like to live on a teacher’s salary.
"When was the last time you lived paycheck to paycheck?” he asked.
High school teacher Alan Trollinger said it was not easy, especially with the rising cost of necessary expenses.
"We faced cuts this year that
See NBISD, Page 2A
2 studnte arrested on drug charges
Three New Braunfels High School students were arrested or detained on drug-related charges this past week.
Tuesday afternoon, Evin Elizabeth Gonzalez, 17, and a 16-year-old boy were detained in related incidents after school officials suspected involvement with drugs.
Gonzalez was booked for possession of less than 1 gram of methamphetamine. The boy had a small quantity of a prescription narcotic, police said.
Thursday, Michael Anthony Gallegos, 17, of New Braunfels, was arrested for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.Bulverde tabs female deputy for police lieutenant’s position
Former Comal County Sheriff's deputy Donna O'Connor has joined the newly formed Bulverde Police Department.
By Ron Maloney
StaffWriter BULVERDE — Officials here have tapped a veteran sheriff’s deputy to be second-in-command of the city’s police department, which goes into full operation this month.
Mayor Bill Cole said Donna O’Connor was named lieutenant to Chief of Police Larry Cioodson.
O’Connor resigned a position as day shift patrol corporal for the Comal County Sheriff’s Office to assume the job Oct. I.
Cole said that the Bulverde Police Department would be up and running full patrols by the
end of the month as its new police cruisers arrive.
“We’ll be running 24 hours, seven days a week,” Cole said.
The department will open with its chief, lieutenant, sergeant and four additional officers along with one from the sheriff’s office until Jan. I, when that deputy will be replaced with a police officer.
The city's fire marshal, Steve Simpson, will be brought into the department as fire marshal and code compliance officer, Cole said. Animal control will also come under the public safety umbrella, he said.
The initial budget for the Bul
verde Eire Depar tment, Cole said, would run about $560,000 per year. This year, council used about $200,000 of its fund balance to pay for start-up items such as equipment and vehicles.
Cole said he wanted to thank Sheriff Bob Holder, who has pr ovided law enforcement services to Bulverde since its incorporation in 2000 — and who now gives up O'Connor, a veteran officer and instructor.
“Donna’s going to be Larry’s ‘go-to’ individual — his second-in-command,” Cole said. “I thank the sheriff profusely for allowing us to raid his office for an officer
of this caliber.”
Holder said having O'Connor serve the county community as a supervisor in its newest police department would help communication among agencies — and in a way, he said, it would be like she’d never left.
“It’s in my interest and in the interests of our community that we have the very best officers in this county, regardless of which agency they work for,” Holder said. “When I lose a good officer who goes to another agency in this county, in a sense, we still have her because she’s still serving this community.”
Photo courtesy Tye Preston Memorial Library
Involvement in the children's programs of the library has mushroomed as the population of the Canyon Lake area has grown. Officials said it is becoming harder and harder to fit the library's growing book collection and program requirements into the existing facility's space.
A good time had by all
Auctioneer Link Fuller kept the crowd engaged at the Heritage Museum’s annual Harwstfest celebration.