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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels THURSDAY September 6, 2001 12 pages in 2 sections aa'H^^a    12    pages    in    2    sect    iiHerald-Zeitung ,', ** ' , '* :* <v~ V'. §£ # ; ' C- , . lip .■ ■ v •< -yg-; y ■ • • •; — ” .......■ ■ Vol. 150, No. 256Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsNew Braunfels boundary battle heads to court Commission aims to simplify process By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer New Braunfels Planning Commission wants city council to simplify annexation efforts by prohibiting future agricultural exemptions and changing zoning on annexed property to fit its current uses. The commission plans to conduct a workshop in the next few weeks to discuss annexation issues and to make recommendations to council. Interim Planning Director James Vaughan said the agriculture exemptions created odd-shaped borders that would be impossible to manage. “These non-annexation See PROCESS/7A By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer New Braunfels and Hunter’s Creek attorneys will square off in court Friday morning. A state district judge will decide whether to set the case for trial or lift a temporary restraining order prohibiting the city from annexing the subdivision. Two of Comal County’s district judges, Jack Robison and Gary Steele, five in areas targeted for annexation, andWhat’s Up: ■ WHAT: Annexation lawsuit hearing ■ WHEN: 9 a.m. Friday ■ WHERE: Comal County Courthouse they are expected to recuse themselves. Officials did not know Wednesday which judge would preside over Friday’s hearing. Hunter’s Creek, known as A $500,000 quest United Way kicks off fund drive By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The United Way of Comal County launched its annual fund-raising drive Wednesday with a half-million dollar goal — and a hefty head start. When retiring Executive Director Joe Rogers and President Sumner Bowen opened the 2001-02 fund drive, the United Way of Comal County was already one-fifth of the way to its goal. Sheryl Bremer, fundraising chair for Wal-Mart in New Braunfels, announced that Wal-Mart had just completed its 2001 United Way fundraising drive. ‘I’m pleased to announce we are pledging $84,806 to Comal County,” she said at the United Way kick off in Landa Haus at Landa Park. Taken with $16,000 in other early donations, United Way of Comal County already has been promised more than $100,000 of its goal for this season, which ends in December. This past year’s goal CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung United Way of Comal County Drive Chair Sharia King writes in the $500,000 goal as United Way President Sumner Bowen (center) and retiring Executive Director Joe Rogers look on Wednesday after the United Way fund-raiser drive kick-off at Landa Haus in Landa Park. was to raise $435,704. This year’s drive chair is Sharia King of TXI, who has been on the United Way board for three years. She said Wednesday night the United Way would meet its goal this year — with a lot of help from volunteers and a lot of support from New Braunfels. “We raised close to that this year when everything came through,” King said. “We can do it. It’s going to take a lot of time and a lot of effort, but it will happen.” Every donation helps, King said, and she’s asking New Braunfels and Comal County to be generous, she said. “We’re asking everyone to dig into their hearts.” Bowen said new for this year’s drive is its slogan, “Helping Hands, Caring Hearts” and a new corporate sponsorship program. The goal for this year was to get 15 sponsors, Bowen said. So far, there are 17, and he said he heard there would be a few more before this drive was over. The United Way serves a vital role in Comal County, Bowen said, providing funds to 25 agencies. “The United Way of Comal County is the primary contributor to the service agencies of Comal County,” Bowen said. He also said that 98 cents of every dollar raised in Comal County goes directly to agencies that provide services. “The national and state See UNITED WAY/7A Canyon Lake celebrates 35th birthday Cajun style From Staff Reports CANYON LAKE — It’ll be a celebration of Canyon Lake’s 35th year with a Cajun flair Friday night at Papa Docks Cafe. M.J. Fuller, executive director of the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, said 25 tickets to the chamber’s premier fund-raising event are still available for $100. Only 200 tickets are being sold, and someone will walk away from the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual dinner and dance with a 17-foot Bayliner boat or 24-ft travel trailer worth $15,000. Senator Jeff Wentworth’s chief of staff, Cindy Brockwell, addresses the crowd at the Retired Teachers Association meeting Wednesday at the NBISD Administrative Office. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung “We offer a quality event for quality dollars,” Fuller said. “And since we limit the event to 200 tickets, chances of winning one of the prizes are really good.” The ticket purchase allows a chance to win not only the grand prize but also other prizes, Fuller said. Those include a $750 carport cover, a $250 free financial plan, a $200 goldframed mirror and many others. And winners of the lesser prizes, which will be given away during the evening, will remain eligible for the grand drawing at the end of the night. ‘It’s very important that people know you do not have to be present to win,” Fuller said. The ticket holders are responsible for making sure tickets get into the barrel before or on the night of the event, Fuller said. Tickets can be bought at the chamber office until 3 p.m. Friday and left in the barrel, which is kept locked. Fuller said tickets would be reviewed and verified by sheriff’s deputies, who will initial the tickets left at the chamber and ensure that all are accounted for — and in the barrel. “You want to give people a comfort See CANYON LAKE/7A Area Two in the city’s annexation plan, filed the lawsuit and temporary restraining order in August to prevent city council from approving the second reading of the annexation ordinance. The subdivision’s goal is to have a judge decide what “full municipal services” the area is entitled to under the state’s annexation laws. Representing Hunter’s Creek Homeowner’s Association is Randy Richards, a Boerne attorney most noted for representing the city of Boerne in its fight against San Antonio annexation. The “Boerne Wall” case made its way through the courts to the Fourth Court of Appeals, which upheld a ruling on Boerne’s behalf. Regarding the New Braunfels case, Richards said, “We have a difference of opinion with what the city is supposed to do. They are not complying with the law — so we want a judge to determineSee BATTLE/7A Groundwater district calls for Nov. 6 election By Martin Malacara Staff Writer The Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District board voted unanimously Wednesday to conduct a November confirmation election. The board also approved entering into a contract with Comal County to conduct joint elections within county voting precincts. Directors for the groundwater district postponed ordering the election this past month, because the SONDEEN recently passed Senate Bill 2 does not allow for an election before Sept. I. Board member Jill Son-deen said the district would submit a copy of its election order and its agreement with the county to the U.S. Department of Justice today for election pre-clearance. The Department of Justice has 60 days to pre-clear the district’s election plan. If they accept the plan, early voting would start Oct. 22. The district adopted its boundary plan last month, to prepare for the election to make itself permanent. Voters in the four director districts will elect one board member. The fifth board member will be elected “at large” from the entire See ELECTION/7A Chamber pushes plan for higher ed. facility By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president Michael Meek is making the rounds this month, pitching the need to support a higher education facility in the area. Meek traveled to Seguin Monday to encourage the city council to sign on to a chamber-backed plan for a postsecondary school and adult training facility in New Braunfels. “We’re moving quickly on this,” Meek said. “And once we talked with people from Texas State Technical College, we realized there was more than just a New Braunfels need for a facility — there’s a regional need.” Meeting that need is where Seguin and Guadalupe County come in, Meek said. r I By the end of September, Meek plans to have the preapplication forms ready to send to the Economic Development Administration in Washington, D.C. If all goes well, he said the federal gov-ernment might provide 60 percent of the funding for the facility by December. But meeti ng those timelines means traveling to several area meetings this month, he said. After two meetings in Seguin, Meek plans to make a presentation at the New Braunfels Infrastructure/Improvement See CHAMBERS bi MEEK Senator’s staff chief: Committee to target school finances By Martin Malacara Staff Writer A committee to investigate school finance in Texas should be in place by the end of the week, the chief of staff to State Sen. Jeff Wentworth said Wednesday. Cindy Brockwell told members of the New Braunfels Retired Teachers Association that Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff and Speaker of the House Pete Laney would appoint the interim committee. Brockwell said Wentworth apologized for not attending Wednes day’s meeting at the Education Center. He now teaches an introductory class in Texas politics on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Brockwell said the No. I complaint Wentworth’s office received from constituents was the effect rising school taxes had on those with fixed incomes. “It’s at a crisis stage. People are having to sell their houses to pay school taxes,” she said. Brockwell said people had called her in tears regarding their troubles with paying school taxes. Once appointed, Brockwell said, the committee would travel throughout the state seeking public input on school finance. Brockwell also solicited support for Wentworth’s proposed constitutional amendment No. 13, which would help preserve old school houses by allowing school districts to donate them to county or city governments or non-profit groups. When German settlers came to See FINANCINGS Inside Abby...............................5    A Classifieds.......................3-4B Comics..............................8A Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports...........................1-2B Today.................................2A Key Ccxie 76 ;