New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Casteel, Cork discuss annexation solutions
By Scott Mahon
Although New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork and State Rep. Carter Casteel have seemed at odds over annexation, Cork said they may have found a solution agreeable to both parties.
Casteel, R-New Braunfels, expressed her disappointment recently over council’s failure to reach a compromise with landowners who have fought against annexation.
Casteel said she would support legislation that would give landowners the right AT A GLANCE I to vote for annexation
■ What: New I after council held its
Braunfels City I final public hearing
Council i Aug. 23 to annex 3,371
■ When: Monday, I acres, including 1,904
Sept. 13 j acres of farmland near
■ Where: j the airport.
Municipal Casteel has attempt-
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promise that would satisfy the city’s goal to prevent residential development near the airport.
Cork said a new' agreement, called a restrictive covenant, would be a temporary solution until new legislation was passed that offered a permanent solution.
“The city attorney has been working on the instrument,” Cork said. “If it’s suitable, it would be a contract that the city would sign with landowners that would give us some breathing room for two or tliree years until some kind of legislation is passed to
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Mary Jane Nalley admires an alligator made from everything from a motorcycle gas tank to old freon tanks made by Donald Pimpler, left, at the Metal Fest Saturday morning.The event continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in Gruene.Trade show gets head start with sneak preview
By Scott Mahon
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 16th annual Business Trade Show Tuesday and Wednesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
T he event will kick off at 6 p.m. Tuesday with a sneak preview party. Wednesday’s trade show begins at IO a.m. and continues until 6 p.m.
Tickets to Tuesday’s preview are $20 per person, said Marty Lindley, chairwoman.
Tickets to Wednesday’s show are $3 in advance or $5 at the door, she said.
Advance tickets may be purchased at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at 390 S. Seguin Ave.
“Tuesday’s preview will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and awards for best booths,’’ Lindley said.
More than 60 exhibitors will attend Wednesday's show.
For information, call 625-2385.HEAVY METALS
Tax rate reduction possible for NBISD residents
By Leigh Jones
Procrastination often costs money, but almost four weeks of waiting might earn New Braunfels Independent School District residents a further 2.3 cent reduction in their tax rate.
When trustees met Aug. 17 to set the rate, administrators recommended $1,843 per $100 valuation — 1.2 cents less than last year. Monday, administrators will recommend a rate of $1.82 per $100 valuadon — 3.5 cents less than last year.
Sandy Hill said the lower rate was
possible thanks to the Comal Appraisal District denying more valuation protests than expected.
“We now have preliminary values from the appraisal district that no longer have any properties under protest,’’ she said. “We should be able to collect $17 million more than we originally estimated.’’
Superintendent Ron Reaves said he was cautious about reducing the rate so much because he thought the district might need to raise more money next year.
“We have to consider a possible increase next year,” he said. “There are several things we need to
address, like employee salaries."
Ihjstee Bd Clark, acknowledging the possibility of an increase next year, said it was still important to give taxpayers a break this year. In fact, C lark plans to propose an even larger reduction.
“I’m going to recommend the rate be reduced another nickel, for a total reduction of 8.5 cents over last year,” he said.
Clark’s plan calls for money to be taken from either the general or debt service Hind balances to make some of this year’s bond payments. If the
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■ Monday morning, Superintendent Hon Reaves will meet in executive session with trustees for his review. During the review, his performance during the last year will be compared to the goals trustees set at the beginning of the review cycle.
■ Reaves said he was not worried about the meeting, despite trustees' unwillingness to extend his three-year contract, currentty on its second year, for another year.
■ "I'm looking forward to a frank discussion and direction from the board," Reaves said. "All I ask is that they be clear with their expectations."
By Ron Maloney
GRUENE — It's a safe bet that Ozzie Osbourne, AC /DC or Led Zeppelin wouldn’t be headliners at anything called “Metal Fest” if it happens in Gruene.
And they were nowhere to be seen Saturday, but 25 metal artisans from around the state had a head-banging good time demonstrating their craft and displaying their work.
That’s how it was for Donald and Peggy Pimpler of Endangered Species Studio in Cameron, whose specialty is cutting and welding junk into animals and objets d’ art ranging from giant bugs to freon tank chickens to an alligator — complete with scales made from the recycled rocker arms from a Chevy small block.
The Pimplers met years ago at Gruene Market Days. He was a homebuilder who dabbled in
metal work, she was an artist who worked in wood. But that’s another story — one that ended with wedding bells.
“Like most guys, he loves all kinds of tools, and I’m pretty much the same way,” Peggy said.
About 15 years ago, they saw a giant metal dinosaur made out of scrap by a Bertramartist and were hooked on the idea of turning scrap into art.
Donald took a welding course at the local community college, then taught Peggy how to cut and weld steel.
So the couple experimented around, making things out of junk.
Freon tanks were a special challenge and feature highly in the work produced at Endangered Species Studio because they cannot be re-used and are thrown away by the thousands by air conditioning contractors. “The first thing I did was pigs,” Donald said. “Id take a tank, put a head on it, some feet, then it sort of evolved into barbecue pits.” Barbecue pits?
“Then we got a bunch of tanks,” Donald said.
“He did dogs, cats, chickens, it just sort of evolved,” Leggy said.
Donald said things came in kind of phases.
METAL FEST CONTINUES
■ Metal Fest continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today with metalcraft demonstrations running every half hour. Admission is free. Look for the tents near Buck Pottery.
“I did chickens for a while, then peacocks...” he said.
“I knew he was a true artist,” Peggy cut in, joking. “Because when he was interested in chickens, they weren’t selling, and he didn’t do anything that sold. Now, everybody wants chickens...”
“And I’m not interested in them anymore,” her husband finished for her, completing a conversation they’d obviously had a time or two.
“We see things and give them another life, sorta like,” Peggy said. “It s a different way of looking at those pieces of metal. Sometimes we use other things.
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Local private pilot trained at New Braunfels airport in the 1950s, before it became municipal.