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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels SATURDAY September 8, 2001 16 pages in 2 sections MMM    16    pages    in    2    sect    iiHerald-Zeitung ----- ■BBBB —_-----_ „ ■..rf...*_________ „— ii Vol. 150, No. 258Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Judge denies annexation injunction Barlow: If the city wants to annex, it can “The threat (of a lawsuit) doesnt scare me” —Stoney Williams mayor By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer New Braunfels city council plans to vote on annexing Hunter’s Creek and Northwoods subdivisions on Monday, despite attempts to seek an injunction to halt annexation for the two neighborhoods. Citing his reluctance to become a “super city council,” District Judge James Barlow refused to grant a temporary injunction to block the coun cil’s votes. “I have a problem with any judge who sits as a super city council. He takes on something that is not in his jurisdiction,” Barlow said in his ruling Friday afternoon. “So I am going to deny the application for an injunction and toss it right back to the city council. If they want to annex, they can annex. Then, we’ll decide the declaratory judgement requested.” As part of the lawsuit filed on behalf of both subdivisions, Boerne attorney Randy Richards asked for a temporary restraining order and a declaratory judgment. The goal of the lawsuit is to decide the scope of the state law regarding “full municipal services.” City attorney Charlie Zech said he expected the judge’s ruling against the injunction. “He made a good decision,” Zech said. “He followed the law, and that’s what I expected.” Mayor Stoney Williams said he still favored annexation, as he always has. He also said his opinion was not swayed by the threat of future lawsuits. “If it helps educate the public on all the rules of annexation, then I welcome legal action,” he said. “The threat (of a lawsuit) doesn’t scare me.” Richards said he was disappointed in the judge’s decision, but the lawsuit wasn’t over. “This was only a hearing,” he said. “The judge’s reason was only a limited part of the law. But the lawsuit goes on. He may later make rules as far as theSee ANNEXATION/3 A Bv word of mouth Sisters open New City Bakery’s second location By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Bakeries are in the blood of three sisters who have just opened a new one on Seguin Avenue at Nacogdoches Street. Thursday, Bertha Herrera and her sisters, Letty and Mandy Marungo, opened New City Bakery 2. Their other bakery, the New City Bakery, located in the 1300 block of West San Antonio Street, is a staple of the West End of New Braunfels, known for its cookies, pastries and tortillas baked fresh daily. “We’ve had the other bakery 13 years already, and we thought it was time to go into another location,” Herrera said. Herrera has worked in bakeries since she was ll —just more than 20 years. She said she loves the work and serving her customers. “This business is in the blood of my family,” she said. “The first bakery I worked in was my mother’s in Pearsall. She sold that one to her sister, so it’s still in our family.” Herrera’s aunts and uncles operate bakeries in San Antonio and San Marcos, Herrera said. The sisters decided to add the Seguin Avenue location because it was a convenient, high-traffic spot that would introduce them to new customers. ‘We have quite a few customers now who are very steady, and we sell our tortillas and other confections to other businesses. We’re just kind of going by word of mouth,” she said. See BAKERY/3A At the auction: County moves sales indoors By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The first Tuesday of each month, folks stand on the front steps of Comal County Courthouse for hours, waiting for a chance to bid on properties in foreclosure sales. These sales customarily have been conducted on the courthouse steps. No longer is that the case in Comal County. Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to allow the sales to move inside the courthouse to make them a little easier on potential bidders who had to stand in the sun, wind, rain or cold. In 1987, the Texas legislature passed a law allowing county governments the discretion to move the sales. The first Tuesday of the month from IO a.m. to 4 p.m. is set aside for the sales. That doesn’t mean that a particular property will be auctioned What's Up ■ WHAT: Foreclosure colpc ■ WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month ■ WHERE: Room 104, Comal County Courthouse at IO a.m. or even 2 p.m., District Attorney Dib Waldrip said. “Typically, these sales are conducted on behalf of banks,” Waldrip said. “An attorney representing a bank may have to go to three or four counties for auctions.” So a potential bidder would not know just when a property he or she might be interested in — including their own if they find a last-minute way to save it — will be sold. County Judge Danny Scheel suggested moving the auctions to Room 104 inside the courthouse. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Bertha Herrera, Mandy Marungo and Letty Marungo (from left) are running the New City Bakery 2 store on Seguin and Nacogdoches. The sisters said it was time to expand the family business from the first store on West San Antonio Street. NBPD promotes Celli to patrol lieutenant post By Ron Maloney Staff Writer When lh ny Celli answers his telephone at the New Braunfels Police Department, he says “Officer Celli,” because he has not gotten used to calling himself “lieutenant.” He’d better soon, though. Celli, who has worked for 16-1/2 years at NBPD, was named patrol lieutenant on Wednesday. He will supervise the 50 or so officers and employees who make up the department’s patrol division. The job recently was vacated when Doug Dunlap was promoted to assistant chief. Celli was chosen for the job over four other candidates. For the past several years, Celli has been NBPD’s com munity relations and training officer. He also is the department’s property officer — the man who stores and protects evidence or recovered property He also coordinated the field training officer program, worked on the department’s patrol car computers and did other staff work. This past year, when the city council gave NBPD the task of developing an enforcement program to clean up lewd behavior and other problems on the river, Celli and Dunlap built the program. “I started working on the river stuff last November and worked on it all winter,” Celli said. “Planning for the river thing was exciting, and it was a lot of fun. See LIEUTENANT/3A Canyon Lake turns 35 W" rn A*. * 4 V < A ii A-1.— 4 I* ii CHRIS PACE/Herakj-Zeitung Terry Harris, with Canyon Lake Real Estate, and her husband Eugene celebrate Canyon Lake’s 35th birthday Mardi Gras style with Cajun food Friday at Papa Dock’s next to the Canyon Lake Marina. Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce threw the birthday party, and it doubled as the chamber’s primary fund-raiser. The celebration began at 7 p.m. and lasted until midnight. Inside Abby.......................... ......SA Classifieds................... ...5-8B Comics........................ ......4B Crossword.................. ......5A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......5A Obituaries.................... ......3A Spoils...........................1-3, 5B Today........................... 2A Key Code 76 Program makes city ‘Safe Place’ for youth K. JESSIE SLATE N/He raid-Zeitung Throughout the country, Safe Place stickers adorn the windows of places such as Pit Stop #1 at 974 North Walnut Ave. By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer It’s a service that Joel Witt hopes kids never need. Lost, scared or abused kids have a Safe Place in New Braunfels — actually, thanks to the efforts of Connections, they have 12 Safe Places. Connections launched the New Braunfels version of the nationwide program in June. So far, Witt says, it hasn’t been used. “And that’s a good thing,” he said. “But it’s there if they need it, and that’s very important.” The national program enlists the help of local businesses to offer a haven for kids who are lost, scam! or in dangerous situations. Run-away teen-agers or lost children can go to any business displaying the trademark sign. They will be offered help, shelter, a phone call or an overnight stay. “This program costs so little to operate,” he said. “But if it gets one kid off the street and out of danger, it’s worth all the trouble.” Tfen of the New Braunfels locations are Pit Stop convenience stores, located throughout the city. The other Safe Place is Treefrog Ed, a kid-friendly retail store. “Kids aren’t afraid to go into a convenience store,” Witt said. “And Treefrog Ed is a kid-mag-net.” Witt said the program is trying See SAFE PLACE/3A ;