New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Berkman, Astros relaxed heading into tonight's Game 3 of the World Series.
Council to establish fee committee
By Leigh Jones
City council took the first step toward establishing a new revenue source for city streets Monday by establishing the
roadway impact fee committee. •
The group will he made up of ll members — one appointed by each member of city council, two planning
commission members and two members of city council.
The members will be appointed after District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine takes office, Nov. 28.
One of the committee’s first jobs will be to consider spending part or all of the $100,000 set aside to hire a consultant to assist with traffic studies that will help determine the appro
priate amount of the fees.
The roadway impact fee committee is the second group city council has appointed to
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Fire Mountain opens its doors in New Braunfels, offering food and treats from the buffet.County Democratic Party chairman to not run for another term
By Leigh Jones
Gtinal County Democratic Party Chairman Larry Horton announced Monday he does not intend to run for another term in 2006.
I lorton, who was elected to die party’s top leadership position during the 2004 primaries, said he was giving up the job because
it took up too much time.
“It’s a very time-consuming job, more time than I can devote to it,” he said.
Although he is sorry to be stepping down after only one term, I lorton said he felt like he had accomplished the goals he set for himself when he took office.
I Ie said his biggest achievement was making it cool to be liberal in a conservative county.
“My goal was to kick-start the party and get excitement going again. I feel like I’ve made it easier to declare you’re a Democrat in Comal County,” he said. “More and more people are doing that now, which is good, and we’re having more candidates file for local races.”
Horton also said he was seeing more Democratic voters, a trend that could give Republicans some
close races in the near future.
No candidate has filed to take over Horton’s job, although the outgoing party boss said he knew of several people who were considering running. I ie would not be specific on who the potential new leaders were.
Candidates have until lan. 2 to submit their applications.
i lorton, who will remain party chair through May 2006, said
although running as a Democrat in Comal County was difficult, it was not impossible to get elected. He encouraged would-be Democratic candidates to focus on issues.
“When we return to the roots of the party, we do well on conservative issues, like economics,” he said. “The ‘new’ Democrat is also pro-individual rights, which plays well in Comal County.”
Firefighters receive top city award
By Jessica Sanders
By Bon Maloney
Mayor Bruce Boyer named a veteran firefighter and fire lieutenant Monday night as this city’s Firefighter of the Year in a proclamation read to city council.
Lt. Greg Wilson, who commands f orestation 2 on Loop 337 on the New Braunfels Fire Department’s “C” Shift, received the recognition sponsored by the New Braunfels Evening Lions Club in front of many of his peers, who went to city hall for the occasion.
The award is sponsored each October — Fire Prevention Month — by the New Braunfels Evening Lions. The winner is chosen by members of fire department, said Fire Chief John Herber.
“No matter how hard you try, you can never get’ Firefighter of the Year," Herber said. “There’s no course you can take, no certification to be earned. It can only be given to you by your peers. I think it’s pretty special, and Greg’s very, very deserving of it.”
Wilson is a very well-rounded firefighter, the chief said.
“He got here in lune 1990,” I lerber said. “He’s been here awhile, and he’s a very good officer. I le’s full of energy and enthusiasm, and he leads by example. I Ie wants things to get done and get done right.”
In his 15 years with New Braunfels, I lerber said he’s never seen Wilson waver in that enthusiasm.
“He’s always been like that,” I lerber said. “He has a love of the job and he’s dedicated to the job, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed.”
Fire Chief John Herber
COMING WEDNESDAY I Meet New Braunfels' Paramedic of the Year.
Bike team completes MS 150, ride to the coast
Above, Matt Carl, right, Joey Niland, Brian Ogg, Kathy Carl, Hannah Niland, Melissa Niland, lan, Niland, Teresa Ogg, and Katie Ogg enjoy a homecooked meal as a team to celebrate their completion of the 150 mile bike ride from San Antonio to Corpus Christi for the H-E-B MS 150 Beach Bike Tour. Left,The majority ofTeam No Limits gather at the home of team memberTheresa Ogg, left, to enjoy a homecooked meal a couple of weeks after of the H-E-B MS 150 Beach Bike Tour.
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Bike riding to the coast might ; sound like a one- I time adventure, I but not for the j Carl family. Kathy i and Mike Carl, : along with their I children Melissa I Niland and Matt Carl, already are I planning their I third cycling trip I from San Antonio : to Corpus Christi, j “It’s a fun ride, I but it’s tough,” said Kathy Carl, who completed the I i-E-B MS 150 Bike to the Beach Bike Tour for the second time Oct. 2.
The annual two-day cycling ride covers 150 miles. Individual riders and teams recruit sponsors to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis. The Carls raised $25,000 in donations when they rode as individuals last year, but decided to add an official team for this year’s trip.
Kathy Carl said that, although they shared fun times, the group also raised some serious money for MS. Fund raising continues through Nov. I, but the riders already have raised $34,(KIO from corporate and individual sponsors.
Team No Limits included the Carls; Kathy Carl’s sister, Shannon Shubert; and family friends Katie Ogg and Joey Niland. The group was supported by a crew of five family members who helped the cyclists and set up camp at the overnight stop in Beeville.
“ I hey packed and unloaded all our gear," Kathy Carl said. “When we got to Beeville, we were so tired we almost couldn’t function.”
Theresa Ogg said she and her husband, Brian, were impressed at their daughter Katie’s ability to stick with a
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To donate to Team No Limits, go to www.bike-tothebeach.ms 150.org and select the "Support a Rider" link under Fund Raising. To donate directly to the team, choose Kathy Carl —Team No Limits.
Councilwoman Valerie Hull