New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
Council denies metal building moratorium
Watson’s proposal, amendments fail to receive approval Monday night
By Peri Stone-PALMQUIST Staff Writer
It was a busy but unsuccessful night for New Braunfels District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson.
The item she put on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting didn’t pass and amendments she made garnered no seconds.
Council decided not to impose a six-month moratorium on the issuance of new' building permits for metal buildings. It also voted down Watson’s proposal to free the city from paying for electricity and an amendment asking future businesses to pay their employees more than $9 to qualify for certain property tax cuts.
Watson said she didn’t want New Braunfels’ character compromised, especially in the downtown area, with metal buildings.
“New Braunfels has such style,” Watson said. WATSON A moratorium would last until the Planning
Commission could come up with an aesthetics ordinance — a directive council gave at their last meeting.
But this ordinance wouldn’t just target metal buildings, District 2 councilman Larry Alexander said.
He argued that Watson was unfairly targeting metal buildings, despite council’s decision at the last meeting to address aesthetics broadly.
“We’ll have to include cinder block buildings and anything else people don’t like,” Alexander said.
New Braunfels residents also gave input on the subject.
One resident said she found metal buildings “irritating,” but several other speakers asked council to rethink the moratorium.
“I certainly do take offense,” Perry Wingfield said, “because that’s how I make my living.”
Ben Wingfield agreed and said, “It’s not right to pass an ordinance based on your opinion.”
Taxpayers didn’t have as much to say about a proposed amendment freeing the city from paying electricity starting in 2009.
Council was considering an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of $5 million in bonds for New Braunfels Utilities to fund “system improvements.”
According to the ordinance, the city would not be allowed free service — a policy that has been in affect since the 1940s.Monster mash
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N BW (titttojFELSHERALD-ZEI TUNGVol. 148, No. 233 14 pages in 2 sections October 26, 1999 g \y Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents
By Heather Todd
Students across Comal County are seeing red this week.
From pinning red ribbons to their T-shirts to dress-up days, students will be showing support for drug-free schools through Friday.
Local school districts and the city of New Braunfels are sponsoring a number of different activities in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week.
The national Red Ribbon Week campaign began as a protest to the killing of an undercover United States Drug Enforcement agent in Mexico. DEA agent Enrique Camarena was tortured, beaten and murdered by drug dealers in February 1985.
As news surfaced across the country, groups angered by the killing urged local
communities and governments to address the problem of drugs.
In 1988, First Lady Nancy Reagan began an eight-day Red Ribbon Week campaign.
Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, said the city encouraged all residents to take a stand against drugs in the workplace, in schools and in the community by wearing red ribbons.
As part of the city’s Red Ribbon campaign, residents are uiged to wear red clothing in addition to red ribbons on Wednesday. On Thursday, Crimestoppers phone lines will be manned from 6 to 9 p.m. to take information on drug dealers in the community.
Residents can call 620-8477 or (800) 640-8422 to report drug activity. Crimestoppers will offer cash for informa
tion leading to the arrest and conviction of a drug dealer.
At New Braunfels Middle School, seventh- and eighth-graders participated in a pep rally and released red and white balloons Monday afternoon to show their commitment to drug-free schools.
Members of the NBMS student council performed a skit testing their fellow peers about how to react when offered drugs. Students from the audience got up and told their classmates to say “no” to drugs and walk away.
At campuses across Comal County, students signed drug-free pledge cards and learned the history behind Red Ribbon Week.
At Canyon Intermediate School Monday morning, fifth- and sixth-graders signed
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Results of fair survey inconclusive
Comal County students begin week of drug-free activities, programsAssociation members split on whether or not to find a new home
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
Results of a survey asking whether the Comal County Fair should stay put or find a new home were inconclusive.
“The (Comal County Fair Association) membership as a whole is evenly split about staying or leaving,” Comal County Fair Association president Nathan Rheinlander said.
The fair has called a 34-acre site off Common Street home for 106 years, but the county has grown considerably in that time.
“I see four scenarios,” long-term planning
committee chair Doug Miller said. “We can stay and do nothing, find another home, acquire property and look to move in five or IO years, or try to revitalize the fairground.”
To evaluate the mem-RHEINLANDER bership’s vision for the fair’s future, the long-term planning committee sent out surveys to all 650 members at the end of August.
Glocal Vantage, a business and economic development consulting firm in Austin, collected and compiled the data. Results were announced this month.
“There was consensus in that the membership feels the tradition of the fair and
106 years of heritage should be preserved,” Rheinlander said.
Responses also indicated that the fair should “be developed,” he said, although results did not make clear whether that should be on- or off-site. MILLER To respond, the fair
association is forming a development committee to assess the needs of the various departments and committees, including livestock, rodeo, dance, horticulture, arts and crafts, carnival and others.
“We’re going to be looking at everyone’s needs and seeing what will best serve the fairSee SURVEY/5A
Red Ribbon day
Canyon Intermediate School student representatives (from left) Robin Prosha, Ryan Schumacher, Van Anderson and Alex Soto sign a commitment to be drug-free Monday, the first day of Red Ribbon Week. The commitment will be presented to New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams.
The week is commemorated nationally, urging communities and local governments to address the problem of drug abuse.
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Receiving ‘a gift of love’
Children’s center residents eceive handmade quilts
By Christina Minor Staff Writer
CANYON LAKE — For three months, Lil-an Blaschke of Orange Grove worked six ours a day making quilts.
As the stack of her handiwork grew higher nd higher, Blaschke came closer to her goal - providing handmade quilts to all the resi-ents at New Life Children’s Treatment Cen-t at Canyon Lake.
The center provides care for girls ages 11 to 17 with severe emotional and behavioral problems resulting from abuse and neglect.
Earlier this month, Blaschke presented the center with 31 quilts she made while a group of women from Round Rock presented another IO quilts.
Their donations meant all 41 girls at the center would have a new, warm quilt —just in time for winter.
Blaschke became interested in the center after a discussion with Lutheran Social Services employee Karen Bernstein.
Ashley, 16, a resident at New Life Children’s Treatment Center at Canyon Lake shows off her handmade quilt made by Lillian Blaschke of Orange Grove. Blaschke and a sewing group from Palm Valley Lutheran Church in Round Rock made 41 quilts for the girls at the center.
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