New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
OCTOBER 17, 2004
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TOWN HALL MEETING Early votingbegins Monday
CITIZEN COMMENTS DURING MEETING
“The city council should not give away property that was supposed to belong to the people forever.”
— John Phelan
“My great-grandparents were part of the group that gave this land, thinking the city would keep it. ’
— Lynn Norvelt
Panel, citizens discuss opinions on Proposition 2
By Leigh Jones
The crowd gathered at the Comal County Fairgrounds Saturday could agree on only one thing — the fair should stay at its historic location.
The bone of contention was how that cold best be accomplished.
l/jcai citizens joined a panel of city leaders and fair association members to discuss Proposition 2, the hid by (.councilman Ken Valentine to declare the Comal County Fairgrounds park land.
Opinions among the 55 people who gathered in the shady spots around the corral were evenly divided.
“I understand why any organization would want this valuable gift (of land), but why would I want it as a citizen?" asked Kathleen Rockwood.
Rockwood, who spoke in favor of Proposition 2, said she was concerned about the undetermined value of the property, especially since tile city still did not know how much it would cost to dean up the site of an old garbage dump and incinerator pit.
Mayor Adam (kirk, a member of the panel moderated by Comal County Commissioner Jack Dawson, said the
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city was obligated to dean up the mess it made regardless of what happened Nov. 2.
Cork also said he saw no need to have an appraisal done before giving the land away.
‘Tile value of the property only matters if we planned to sell it and cash in on its value,” he said. “Otherwise it’s like a heirloom necklace you might want to pass down to your granddaughter. You might get it appraised for insurance purposes, but you would not do it so you could tell your granddaughter how much you were giving her.”
Lonnie Dolle wondered why dty leaders kept proposing other uses for the fairgrounds, like a potential site for a new convention center, if they really wanted the fair to stay where it was.
“That makes it hard to trust the city’s
See MEETING, Page 9A
Festival offers activities, events for the entire family
Brandon Gonzales, 6, gives the “train” ride a thumbs up at the Holy Family Catholic Church Fall Festival Saturday afternoon.
By Leigh Jones
With festive music and the enticing smell of authentic Mexican food, the parishioners of I loly Family Church welcomed the community to their annual Fall Festival.
Parents gravitated to the food booths, but the children headed straight for the bouncy castle where Cindy Delgado was taking tickets.
“It s fun,” she said. “The kids really like it.”
The festival booths were manned by members of the
church’s many ministries.
Priscilla Hinojosa said the majority of the funds raised at the event would be put toward construction of the new ministries building. She did not know when the ground breaking would begin but said she hoped it would be soon because the parish was bursting out of its current facilities.
"Every year the festival gets bigger,” she said. “It’s not just for church members but for the whole community.”
See FESTIVALS, Page 9A
By Ron Maloney
For Texans, the 2004 General Election begins tomorrow with early voting, which runs through Friday, Oct. 29.
Early voting, unique to Texas and a few other states, provides voters challenged by today s tighter schedules ample opportunity to get to the polls. Formerly, a voter needed a reason — such as being out-of-state on Election Day—to vote early. But today, no reason is required. Anyone can vote early.
In Comal County and New Braunfels, early voting is also unique because it provides voters with “one stop shopping” convenience in national, state, county, city and school board elections because those who vote early can vote in all elections in the same place — Room 104 on the
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first floor of the Comal County Courthouse. On Election Day, some voters will have to make three stops to vote in county, city and school district elections.
“If you want to get it all done in one stop, come to the courthouse,” said elections worker Kathy I loege-nauer.
That’s because voting precincts for the county, city and school districts do not line up, said Comal County Elections (Coordinator Linnell I lino-josa.
“It’s definitely to your advantage to vote early because on Election Day, we all have different polling places,” I linojosa said.
See VOTING, Page 8A
Zamora, Parker face off in precinct 3 commissioner race
By Bon Maloney
Precinct 3 (Commissioner Cristina Zamora and Republican challenger (ireg Parker face off in this election to decide who will represent one quarter of the county’s population on commissioners’ court.
Precinct 3 is comprised of neighborhoods in the West End, inner New Braunfels and along Interstate 35 to die northeast end of the city. traditionally, the
precinct has been largely Hispanic and Democrat, but witli tile 2000 redistricting, it has become a little less ethnic and a little more Republican.
Zamora bested Ramon Chapa Jr. in a spirited primary contest this past March that got ugly in its last days.
T hree days before the election, allegations were raised about Chapa’s past marital troubles in a “press
See PRECINCT, Page 8A
2 NBISD school board positions up for election
By Leigh Jones
Two New Braunfels Independent School District school hoard seats are up for grabs.
Reynaldo Ortiz is challenging Jorge Maldonado for his District 2 seat.
Matthew Bettersworth and Bill Biggadike are bat-•ling over the District 4 seat, currently held by Big-gadike’s wile, Penelope.
Ortiz, who has lived iii the district all his life, said he hoped to bring a younger perspective to the school board.
Bettersworth has lived in District 4 for almost sev en years and is vice presi dent of Hill Country Rifle Company.
Neither man has served in public office before.
Both Maldonado and Biggadike served one year of an unexpired term before being elected to the board for their own three-year terms.
Maldonado has serv ed as board president for the past year.
Biggadike left the school hoard three years ago to start his own business.
IS Early voting begins Oct. 18 and runs Monday through Friday until Oct. 29 at:
1) NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2) The Comal County Courthouse, 150 N. Seguin Ave., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
One early voting Saturday is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at the NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.
■ On election day, Nov. 2, each district will have one
voting loea tion:
District 2 is at Lakeside Baptist Church, 2719 FM 725.
District 4 is at Lamar Primary School, 240 N. Central.
R Mail in ballots must be returned to the NBISD
Education Center by Oct 26.
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