New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No, 234 20 pages in 2 sections October 13, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
The marquee at New Braunfels High School, 2551 N. ' Loop 337, pays homage to Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz, who were killed in an automobile accident in front of the school this past Saturday. Funeral Mass for Farnsworth, 16, and Diaz, 15, will begin at 2 p.m. today at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave.
From staff reports
Friends and family of New Braunfels High School students Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz are invited to attend a funeral Mass 2 p.m. today at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave.
Farnsworth, 16, and Diaz, 15, lost their lives this past Saturday afternoon when their car collided with a pick-up truck in front of the high school, 2551 N. Loop 337.
Both students were cadets in the New Braunfels Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Farnsworth also was active in athletic activities, including varsity soccer
and junior varsity softball.
A reception will take place after the Mass at the civic center and last until 5 p.m.
New Braunfels High School will be released at I p.m., allowing staff and students to attend the service. Other schools in the district will not be released.
Bus transportation from the high school will be provided to the civic center, returning immediately after the Mass.
Interment for Farnsworth will be immediately after the service at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Interment for Diaz will be in Mexico at a later date.
A memorial fund for Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz to help defray funeral expenses has been established at First State Bank, 401 Main Plaza in New Braunfels.
New Braunfels High School assistant principal Mike Reimer said families of both teen-agers requested donations be made in lieu of flowers.
The account number is 500029552. For more information, call 608-0233.
Funding for speed humps still undetermined
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
New Braunfels City Council approved Monday a program intended to curb neighborhood traffic speeding with humps in the road, although it didn’t decide exactly how the humps will be funded.
“The (Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board) wanted to leave it
up to council,” said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager.
Ferguson suggested the city look at taking money from the general fund or 4B sales tax revenue. The seven-member 4B board recommends how council should spend 1/4 of I percent of the I 1/2 percent sales tax.
This money is spent on both drainage and street projects and cap
ital improvements and purchases.
In fiscal year 1999, the city spent about $289,000 of the 4B revenue on street and drainage projects and $708,000 on capital improvements and purchases.
Typically, speed hump installation costs $1,500 to $2,000 in material and labor — a price the city would cover completely only in extreme sit
uations, Ferguson said.
At Monday’s meeting, Ferguson said he didn't know of any streets that would qualify for IOO percent city funding.
Under the proposed policy, the cost of installing speed humps would be shared between the city and residents.
The city would not participate in
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Metal building moratorium faces council
at next meeting
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council will decide at its next meeting whether to approve a temporary halt on construction of new metal buildings.
If approved, the moratorium could last six months — the time council gave the planning commission to come up with a revised metal building ordinance.
Council debated Monday whether to pursue an ordinance that would require facades on certain metal buildings and limit their locations.
But council wants the planning commission to broaden the scope of the ordinance and limit the area affected to the downtown region.
“If we’re going to regulate aesthetics, let’s regulate aesthetics and not pick on metal buildings,” District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said.
If limited to metal buildings, the ordinance will not “accomplish what we say it’s going to accomplish and that’s to beautify our community,” he said.
Vanstory, who owns a metal building on Walnut Avenue, said the city also had aesthetic problems with other structures, such as cinderblock buildings.
District 4 councilwoman Jan Kotylo, who put the item on the agenda, said she wanted to protect neighborhoods.
“We’re not trying to keep businesses away with some strict ordinance,” she said. “We have a special city, and I’d like to keep it that
New Braunfels resident Luke Speckman said several metal buildings were next door to houses in town.
“And it kills the value of the surrounding property,” he said. “As fast as we’re growing,
I think we want planned growth. And this is one piece of that.”
Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said he agreed certain areas needed to be protected, specifically downtown.
But the ordinance as written was “too far reaching,” he said.
The ordinance draft prohibits new construction of metal
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Locals can get a Taste of the Town’ on Thursday evening
By Heather Todd
New Braunfels residents won’t have to ask “What’s for dinner?” Thursday night when they can have anything from Jambal-aya pasta to baby-back pork ribs at the 11th annual “Taste of the Town.”
The annual event, benefiting the Children’s Museum of New Braunfels, will feature specialty dishes and desserts from 27 local restaurants and bakeries.
Residents can sample dishes from 6 to 9 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 2253 Interstate 35 West. Admission is $15 for advance tickets and $18 at the door.
“The restaurants go all out for this event,” said Julie Swift, executive director of the Children’s Museum. “They either do one of their specialty items or try something new.”
Guests can sample beef tender kabobs, creme brulee, stuffed quail, chicken fried steak, pumpkin soup, and for dessert, raspberry white chocolate cheesecake.
“Taste of the Town” is one of the largest fund-raising events for the ( hildren’s Museum.
This past year, nearly 800 people attended the event which raised $ 14,000 for the museum’s operating expenses, exhibits, educational programs and community outreach
Swift said the goal was to sell 1,000 tickets this year.
“This is a good way to link with the community, and the restaurants have been very supportive over the years. The community helps to make this event a success,” she said.
Southwest Texas State University’s Stage Band will perform, and the Tri-County Balloon Association will offer for balloon glow demonstrations.
Residents also will have a chance to bid on more than 80 items — including Schlitter-bahn passes, Spurs tickets and a guitar autographed by Brooks and Dunn — during a silent auction.Taste of the Town
WHAT: Fund-raiser for the Children’s Museum of New Braunfels WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday WHERE: National Guard Armory, 2253 Interstate 35 West
Swift also said “Pizza and Playtime,” a babysitting service for museum members, would be offered during the event at the Children’s Museum, 651 N. Business 35. The Children’s Museum opened in NewSee TASTE/5A
Funeral Mass for Farnsworth, Diaz begins at 2 p.m. today
Friends, family members invited to remember NBHS teens at
VerNell Martinez (left) learns a German folk dance with her husband, Ray, and other new members of the Wurstfest Association on Tuesday. About 30 people attended the orientation in preparation for the 10-day festival, which begins later this month.