New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150, No. 260
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Above: Chelsea Ward works on her “get well” card for Schertz police officer Kimberly Park Monday in Canna Schuch’s fourth-grade class at Schertz Elementary School. Above left: Schertz police officers look at the “get well” cards Monday made for Park.
To Help —
Cash or checks made out to the Kimberly Park Fund can be brought to the Schertz Bank and Trust at Schertz Parkway and Interstate 35. For information, call (210) 945-7400.
police Sgt. Mike Harris, praised the stance of city officials.
“Its an important part of the
healing for us that the city council, city manager and police chief said she’ll still have a job here. That meant a lot to us,” Harris said.
During Monday’s outpouring of support, Harris was called by someone Park recently ticketed for a traffic infraction.
“They said, ‘Our prayers are with you,”’ Harris recounted. ‘That says an awful lot about the attitude of this officer.”
final reading postponedSchertz rallies around injured cop
City officials say officer who lost leg will still have a job
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
A parliamentary procedure error forced New Braunfels City Council to postpone the third and final reading for many of the areas slated for annexation.
At the Aug. 27 meeting, council voted to rescind actions removing water and wastewater services from the service plans for the annexed areas.
Those votes apparently were illegal, Councilman Robert Kendrick said during Monday’s discussion of votes to annex eight areas into the city limits. According to the city’s ordinances, votes to rescind previous actions must be posted on the agenda. The motions to rescind were not, Kendrick said.
The council removed the water and wastewater from the service plans at the August meeting when they approved the first reading of the annexation ordinances. Because city charter set up New Braunfels Utilities as an independent agency, separate from the city, the council’s stance is that it cannot require NBU to extend services to areas that might need water and wastewater.
On Sept. 24, the council must approve motions to rescind the action of Aug. 27. That motion must be posted on their agenda. Then, the council can vote to approve the annexation ordinances on their third and final reading.
“The choice of words is important, and a motion to rescind action needs to be posted,” he said. “The rules are very clear about what you can and can’t do. It has to be on the agenda, and that wasn’t done.”
City Attorney Charlie Zech looked at city ordinances and agreed — the motions to rescind made at the Aug. 27 meeting were illegal.
Areas considered for annexation:
• Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road;
• Schmucks Road/Engel Road;
• Hunter Road/Orion Drive;
• Klein Road and FM 1044; and
• Hunter’s Creek.
• Voted to give land on Loop 337 to the New Braunfels Little League, provided it obtains a non-profit organization designation.
• Approved $113,700 for a drainage project at Sunrise and Gardenia Streets.
• Approved annexing Rosalea House Tract, Whispering Valley subdivision, New Braunfels Ranch Estates, North Ranch Estates and Newk’s Tennis Ranch. These areas volunteered for annexation.
Councilman Larry Alexander made the motion to postpone reading the ordinances until the next meeting.
“We need to do this right,” he said. “We made a mistake, and we need to bring it back at the next meeting. We don’t want any questions about legal matters.”
Delaying the third and final reading for many of the areas and the second reading for Hunter’s Creek will not hold up the process, Zech said. The city still has plenty of time to read the ordinances a final time before approving them.
Under law, council must consider an ordinance three times before it becomes law. The third and final reading sets the effective date of annexation for areas target-
By Ron Maloney
SCHERTZ — The chairs in the training room of the Schertz Police Department were circled Monday so counselors could conduct group therapy sessions for police officers coping with a grievous injury to a colleague.
That circle is a hub around which the Schertz community has rallied after a Sunday traffic accident that critically injured Officer Kimberly Park, 29.
Park lost a leg and suffered other injuries when she was pinned between her patrol car and another vehicle. She was fisted in stable condition Monday in the intensive care unit of University Hospital in San Antonio.
Half a mile from the Schertz Police Department Monday, Schertz Elementary School students made “get well” cards for Park, a single mother of three young children and three-year veteran officer.
Members of the law enforcement community and the public inundated the SPD with calls, expressing support or asking how they can help.
Schertz Mayor Hal Baldwin and City Manager Dewey Cashwell also promised Monday that Park would have a job as a commissioned police officer with the SPD — just as soon as she’s ready to return.
“She has a home here,” Baldwin said.
“We have plenty of good work for her,” Cashwell said.
Park’s patrol supervisor, SchertzCamino Real de Los Tejas could be national historic trail
The King’s Highway, or Camino Real de Los Tejas, runs through New Braunfels and could receive a national designation.
From Staff and Wire Reports
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a resolution Monday that would designate as a national historic trail El Camino Real de Los Tejas, a nod to preserving a piece of the nation’s Hispanic heritage.
The resolution, approved on a voice vote is likely to get approval in the Senate, which passed similar legislation last session.
“We always talk about westward movement. We forget there was a northward movement and southward movement also,” said Democratic Rep. Ciro Rodriguez of San Antonio, the resolution’s sponsor.
The Camino Real, or royal highway, is a
CISD sets committee expectations
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — Comal Independent School District trustees voted Monday to meet with the committee charged with overseeing $141 million in bond projects approved in 1999.
The meeting tentatively set for Sept. 25 with the CISD’s Bond Oversight Committee will be a workshop session in which trustees will set expec
tations for the committee — and work out differences that recently led three of its members to vote to disband it.
Also at Monday night’s CISD board of trustees meeting, the district adopted its $65.2 million budget for 2001-2002 and set its tax rate at $1.85 per $100 of assessed value, finalizing the budget approval voted on Aug. 23. The tax rate is comprised of $1.50 for maintenance and
operations and 35 cents for debt service and is unchanged from the 2000-2001 rate.
The Bond Oversight Committee was formed in June 1999 with a charge to ensure bond money was spent as designated and that projects were kept on schedule.
The committee was to consist of eight district taxpayers appointed to represent board See CISD/3AFast Facts
■ Camino Real means King’s Highway.
■ It is the oldest and first road in Texas.
■ The trail goes from Monterey, Mexico to Los Adaes in Louisiana and is about 450 miles long inside Texas and about 750 miles from Monterey to Los Adaes.
Source: R. Edwards Moore, www.TexasCaminoReal.com
series of roads and trails that extend from Mexico City to the Rio Grande, runs through San Antonio and East Texas and to Louisiana. Spanish conquistadors developed early trails used by native people into
routes of exploration, missionary work, commerce and colonization. Parts of the trail run through New Braunfels.
R. Edward Moore, a New Braunfels resident who operates the web site www.TexasCaminoReal.com, applauded Monday’s action.
“It think its a good thing for the trail and a good thing for New Braunfels,” Moore said.
Moore says the historical value of the trail could lure even more tourists to the area.
The legislation does not provide funding. It would allow the National Park Service to provide technical assistance to communities and towns and property owners who want to promote the trail.Inside
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Get peek at trade show
From staff reports
Want to be the first to see what Comal County businesses have to offer? Take part in the sneak preview of the 13th annual Business Trade Show today.
Visitors to the New Braunfels Civic Center will see more than just the show, chamber vice president Bonnie Tbtrault said. They also will be treated to
a “surprise” act, an open bar and refreshments. Bidding for the silent auction also begins Tuesday.
Tickets for the sneak preview are $15 and are available at the chamber. For information, call 625-2385. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The show officially opens at IO a.m. Wednesday and will close at 6 p.m. The silent auction closes at 5:30 p.m.