New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7,2005 ^
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New Braunfels downs Canyon in District 27-4A volleyball opener.
I speaks out on tax rate
By Leigh Jones
TAX INCREASE BENEFITS
a A list of resources next year's property tax revenue will let the city get is on page 2A.
Only one New Braunfels citizen appeared before city council Tuesday to express an opinion on next year's proposed tax rate.
Linda Patrick said she was disappointed more people did not take the opportunity to participate in the political process.
“It’s terrible that I was the only one to speak," she said. “I hope people will take tile time to call or e-mail their opinions at least.
I think the city has a very open door to that.”
Mayor Bnice Boyer also expressed concern over the public hearing’s turnout.
“I wish more people were here to participate,” he said, looking into the television cameras. "Hopefully, they’re watching us at home."
During her three minutes before the microphone, Patrick encouraged her listeners to support the city’s law enforcement agencies, a desire voiced by every council member during the budgeting process.
The $26.8 million general fund budget includes funds for six new police officers
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Business makes life easier j by delivering food from sev- \ eral local restaurants right to home door.
Bulverde, Startzville to vote on issues
BRINGING AID CLOSER
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Father Jim Wasser, left, a volunteer at the Westside Community Center, and Alan Seelhammer, right, chairman ofThe Institute for Public Health Education Research, speak with Travis Roberts from Louisiana about programs available in New Braunfels that aid in helping victims of hurricane Katrina. Roberts evacuated his hometown of New Orleans before the storm hit, and was seeking assistance from the Red Cross.
By Ron Maloney
Early voting ended Monday in local elections set to be conducted Saturday in Startzville and Bulverde.
Comal County Elections Coordinator Linnell I iinojosa said Monday 714 early votes and 11 mail-in ballots were cast in the election that will determine whether Startzville incorporates to become Comal County’s newest city.
In Bulverde, City Secretary Marisa Knuffke reported Monday 131 early ballots had been cast in the special election called to replace Mayor Bill Cole, who resigned his office last spring just before succumbing to illness.
Acting Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem Sarah Stevick is running against former Alderman Charlie Baetz and political newcomer Kevin Smith in that election, which will
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SPECIAL ELECTIONS I What: Special election to fill Bulverde mayor's seat
I When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
I Where: Bulverde City Hall, Cougar Bend
I What: Startzville Incorporation election
I When: 7 a.m. p.m. Saturday
I Where: Canyon Lake Fire/ EMS station
By Ron Maloney
Nearly anyone can take in a stray or stranded dog or cat, but a horse is a different matter.
A group of volunteers awaiting word on going to Louisiana to take in displaced or injured animals is seeking donations to help fund the effort.
The Houston Society for the Pre
vention of Cruelty to Animals’ Large Animal Crisis Unit is making preparations to pick up large animals, and could send volunteers to Louisiana late this week.
The organization, which can be reached at (713) 869-7722, ext. 188. is seeking cash donations to help defray the costs of lodging injured or sick horses, which will be boarded at veterinary facilities in the
Houston and East Texas area.
In New Braunfels, volunteers preparing to go to Louisiana if needed are seeking donations of halters and lead ropes that could be used to facilitate pickup and transport of the animals.
They can be dropped at Producers Cooperative Marketing Association at 2 IO S. Cast ell Ave. in New Braunfels.
As of Tuesday, no animals had been identified for pickup, but horse folks awaiting word are ready, said Zina Pape of New Braunfels.
“We’re kind of on standby, but we could go later this week or this weekend,” Pape said.
Animals would be brought back
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Volunteers on standby to take in horses from Louisiana
Red Cross forms available in NB
Above, former New Orleans resident Daniel Jordan describes to political and community leaders what he saw while waiting to escape the area destroyed by Hurricane Katrina before arriving in New Braunfels. Standing with Jordan is fellow evacuee Susan Zimmer, Left, Salvation Army New Braunfels manager Judy Baker talks with area political and community leaders about the immediate needs of those displaced by Katrina who are residing in the Comal County area.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM
By Leigh Jones
New Orieans evacuees no longer have to travel to San Antonio to add their names to the American Red Cross database.
Branch office manager Sharon McAllister announced Tuesday, during a meeting of political and community leaders, she had received clearance to make the registration forms available at her office and die Westside Community Center.
“This registration will help match family with missing loved ones and get them aid,” she said. “Please have all evacuees do this.”
McAllister’s announcement was a relief to local organizations who were frustrated with last week’s Red Cross request to have all displaced families travel to San Antonio to begin dieir journey to a new life.
It also was a relief to Travis Roberts, who stopped by the cen-ter on his way back to New Orleans.
“I’m not looking for anyone, but I do want to make sure I ’m on the list for aid,” he said.
Roberts is staying with family members near Canyon Lake and
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AT A GLANCE
New Orleans evacuees staying in New Braunfels can
receive assistance from the
■ Westside Community Center — for more information on all local resources. (830) 625-2011
■ Medical assistance will be provided by area doctors after evacuees are first screened at the McKenna Hospital Emergency Room. (830) 606-9111
■ SOS Food Bank - (830) 629-3663
■ Westside Community Center Soup Kitchen — serves hot lunches seven days a week at 12:30 p.m. (830) 629-2011
H Salvation Army — (830) 608-9129
H New Braunfels branch of the American Red Cross - (830) 608-9871
■ Alamo Worksource Career Center — (830) 606-2G55
■ New Braunfels Housing Authority — (830) 625-6909
■ Social Security Administration and Women, Infants,
Children assistance — (800) 772-1213 or (830) 379-8802
■ Communities in Schools - (830) 620-4247