New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150, No. 255
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
End of an eraSen. Gramm announces his retirement
From Wire and Staff Reports
U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, after serving Texas for 25 years in Washington, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election next year.
The 59-year-old senator told the Associated Press he had no qualms about leaving his seat “knowing that the country is in good hands and knowing that a Republican will win my seat in the Senate.”
Gramm becomes the third senior Republican senator to announce he will not seek re-election.
Senators Jesse Helms of North Carolina and Strom Thurmond of South Carolina also will not seek another term in the Senate.
Gramm made up his mind during the weekend to retire but did not inform his associates until Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
Republican political consultant Charles Black told the Associated Press that Gramm decided not to run again because he already accomplished what he set out to when he first ran for office— balance the budget, get spending under control and rebuild the military to defeat communism.
“Sen. Phil Gramm s decision not to seek re-election signals a sad day for Texas ... His departure from the U.S. Senate will mean the loss of an experienced, intelligent, dedicated statesman. ”
— Gov. Rick Perry
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“I would give him the highest possible praise: He is respected and feared. He will be missed in the U.S. Senate.”
— Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, with wife Wendy at his side, calls on reporters after announcing he will give up his Senate seat and not seek re-election during a news conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
Black also said Gramm took his age under consideration and how a career switch might be more difficult if he waited another six years.
Gramm reportedly has been considered to succeed Ray Bowen as president of Texas A&M University, but officials would not disclose more definite career plans.
Gramm taught economics at the university for 12 years before entering politics.
Susan Weddington, Republican Party of Texas Chairman said, “Phil Gramm has faithfully dedicated the past 25 years of his life in service to the people of Texas. He will leave office just as he came in — successful, appreciated, respected and embodying the very ideals of a Texas statesman and leader.”
U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla said, ‘With (Tuesday’s) decision, our state loses one of its greatest advocates and strongest defenders. Senator Gramm’s decision leaves big shoes to fill.”
Bonilla said he would consider running for Gramm’s senate seat.
Comal County Republican Chairman Don Hensz said he was sad to see Gramm retire, but Bonilla would be an “outstanding person” to replace Gramm.
“(Gramm) is going to be in the Senate in spirit for a long time, but we have a lot of conservative Repubhcan candidates to fill the void,” Hensz said.
Hensz, an A&M alumnus, also said if speculation about
“Phil Gramm could see the handwriting on the wall. So he decided to retire himself rather than be retired by Democrats. Phil Gramm decided it would be easier to throw in the towel rather than put up a losing fight. ”
— Molly Beth Malcolm, Texas Democratic Party chairwoman.
“From cutting taxes to balancing the budget to stopping Hillarycare, no one in Congress has had a greater impact than Senator Gramm.”
— John C. Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis.Commission tackles towers
By Amy Clarkson
New Bruanfels Planning Commission agreed to make changes to the city’s ordinance regulating communications towers at its meeting Tuesday night.
The group plans to change city ordinances to ban communications towers in residential neighborhoods and to require stealth towers whenever possible.
The suggestion to change the ordinance comes after Towers of Texas leased land to put up a 150-foot tower on residential Zink Street, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.
The New Braunfels City Council moved quickly to block more towers with a 90-day moratorium to give the Planning Commission the chance to develop an ordinance to better control communications towers, how they look and where they can be built inside the New Braunfels city limits.
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Heraki-Zeitung
A new communications tower in one of the city’s oldest arees caused city council and the planning commission to discuss changes in ordinances regarding towers near homes.
“We had to grant the permit for that one (on Zink Street),” Interim Planning
Director James Vaughan said. “But we could go the route other cities have and control where they are placed.”
Chairman John Dierksen recommended caution about any language that could ban the communications towers.
‘Tve had a little bit of experience with this,” he said. “And we just need to be careful that we aren’t trying to ban them from being built.” Vaughan said suggestions to council might be language that required “stealth” towers, built inside church steeples or on top of tall buildings. He also said the ordinance could ban them from residential areas, instead of merely from areas that are zoned residential.
The tower on Zink is placed on land that is zoned light industrial, although it is in a largely residential neighborhood, Vaughan said. Some council members suggested changing the zoning
City releases updated costs for annexation
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Original figures on property tax revenues for areas targeted for annexation failed to take into account homestead exemptions, didn’t include all the areas currently under consideration and used some outdated tax valuations.
New Braunfels released updated figures with lower revenue expectations on Monday. The new figures include the taxable values and were calculated including Hunter’s Creek subdivision and without the subdivision, Chief Financial Officer Chet Lewis said.
“The first thing I noticed when I took a closer look is that there was no homestead exemption,” he said. “They (planning department) calculated the market value, not the taxable value. That has the effect of overstating the tax rate.”
New figures estimating the revenues and expenses of annexation show a difference of more than $40,000 than the ones originally calculated.
The first figures, released in August, claim the city will earn a total of $428,000 in property tax revenues.
The most recent figures released by Chief Financial Officer Chet Lewis show the city stands to earn $289,000 in property taxes without including the Hunter’s Creek area or $387,000 with the subdivision.
Hunter’s Creek filed a law-By the numbers
■ Figures of all areas to be annexed (includes Hunter’s Creek, a subdivision that filed a temporary restraining order to prohibit the city from voting to annex them)
With Hunter’s Creek:
Property taxes: $387,000 Sanitation: $65,000 Recycling: $15,000 Total: $467,000
■ Expenditures: Sanitation: $162,000 Recycling: $11,000 New sanitation truck:
$90,000 Total: $263,000 City makes a profit of $204,000
Without Hunter’s Creek:
Property taxes: $289,000 Sanitation: $53,000 Recycling: $12,000 Total: $354,000
■ Expenditures: Sanitation: $162,000 Recycling: $11,000 New sanitation truck:
$90,000 Total: $263,000 City makes a profit of $91,000. Taking out Hunter’s Creek makes a difference of $113,000.
suit that includes a temporary restraining order prohibiting the city from including it in annexation votes.
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Man dies from plane crash injuries
From Staff Reports
SAN ANTONIO — The youngest of two McAUen brothers injured in an Aug. 23 plane crash died Friday evening at Fort Sam Houston.
Brooke Army Medical Center spokeswoman Norma Guerra reported that Gary Klinck, 49, died at 6:15 p.m. Friday.
“Mr. Klinck died of multiple organ failure secondary to his burns,” Guerra said.
Gary Klinck had third-degree burns over 83 percent of his body.
His brother, Jan, 57, remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit of the hospital’s burn treatment center, Guerra said. He is being treated for third-degree bums to 41 percent of his body.
The Klincks were burned in the crash of a six-seat Piper Malibu plane moments after takeoff from Kestrel Air Park in Bulverde.
A rancher pulled Gary Klinck from the wreckage and helped the brothers escape the explosion that foUowed.
Jan Klinck is a McAUen city commissioner.Inside
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District to decide on election today
From Staff Reports
Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will meet today to decide whether to order its November confirmation election.
The board meets starting at 5:45 p.m. at Bulverde City Hall, 30070 U.S. 281 N., Suite 236.
Directors for the groundwater district postponed ordering the election, because the recently passed Senate BUI 2 does not aUow for the election-to be caUed before Sept. I.
The district adopted its boundary
plan this past month, to prepare for the election to make the district permanent.
Voters in the four director districts will elect one board member. The fifth board member will be elected “at large” from the entire district.
Voters also wiU decide whether the water district will have taxing authority.
The district wants to charge a 2 cent-per-$100 property valuation tax, which would not take effect until 2003.
Picnic in the park
People help themselves to sausage and other favorite dishes at the German American Society’s annual picnic and “welcome back” party in Landa Park Tuesday. About 175 people showed up to eat, drink beer and listen to German music. The New Braunfels Village Band provided entertainment for the event, and society members provided the food.