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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 13, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas KKHKMXXKHXXXXXXK HIKED flPC 781 KiU SOUTHUEST HICROPIIRUSHERS 2627 E VftHDELL OR EL PASO TX 79905 1111il 1111111m tY SEPTEMBER IALDZEITUNG Rf COUPON CASHING IN Tobacco Haus celebrates National Procrastination Day Sept 17 with a special promotion Page 2A SPORTS TOPFLIGHT Trini Camareno won Seniors title at Greater New Braunfels Amateur GolfTournament over the weekend Page 5A and Comal County since 1852 Partly cloudy High Low 73 I COMICS 7A i CRbSSWQRt 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A I SPORTS SA I TV GRIDS 8A City to ease annexation pain with covenants By Scott Mahon StaffWriter New Braunfels officials are poised to offer large rural landowners some temporary relief from annexation in the of restrictive covenants But its an all or nothing proposi tion for landowners who are facing annexation this year City Attorney Charlie Zech and Mayor Adam Cork told New Braun fels City Council members Monday night the new agreement would be a temporary compromise until the Texas Legislature had time to fashion a more permanent solution Using restrictive covenants the city would agree not to annex if the landowners would agree that if any one landowner breached the agree ment then all landowners who signed the agreement would be an nexed The key to restrictive covenant agreements is they require that all the landowners trust each Zech said Two months ago Austin Attorney Ed Small who represents farming families with land near the munici pal airport tried to get city council to agree to an agreement called a non development agreement But Zech and Cork said nondevel opment agreements wouldnt work because they didnt solve the prob lem of or pockets of land that couldnt be annexed I talked to a lot of people and attorneys about nondevelopment agreements and I didnt find one person who said theyd work for Zech said Monday Restrictive covenants on the oth er hand would work he said I had a brief discussion with Mr Small about the concept of restrictive convenants and he said they would be Zech said Cork said the city would negoti ate with landowners in areas and 17 that are designated for annex ation this year and that landown ers in each area would sign three separate agreements This would be a temporary stop gas measure for two or three years See CITY COUNCIL Page 3A BIRD DOG PILOT Toughest assignment was fight with polio By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Released from flight train ing in 1952 at Fort Sill because he contracted polio Stuart McLennan eventually spent 25 years as a Army pilot including two tours of Vietnam flying L19 Bird Dogs While home on leave as a 21yearold West Point cadet McLennan woke up one morning with a headache nausea and a feeling of weak ness Rushed to a hospital he was diagnosed with polio myelitis two years before Jonas Salks miracle vaccine I had joined the ranks of the hundreds of polio victims in what turned out to be the next to last big polio epidem ic in the United he said The doctors didnt know if Id live or not and that Id probably be confined to an iron lung the rest of my McLennan finally emerged from a coma to discover that the entire left side of his body was paralyzed I was unable to swallow he said By the end of July McLen nan was transferred to the Armys Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington I spent five weeks at Walter Reed undergoing physiother he said I convinced the authorities that I could con tinue all my therapies at the station hospital at West Point I was fitted with a brace to give me some capability with my still malfunctioning left hand and returned to West Point to rejoin my old class for the academic McLennan eventually grad uated from West Point in June 1953 In 1954 he married the Air Force nurse who had tak en care of him two years ear lier In the meantime I applied See PILOT Page 2A NBISD adopts tax rate Clark unsuccessful in attempt to stack support for taxpayers Photos by DAVID Stuart McLennan of New Braunfels flew L19 Bird Dogs during two tours of Vietnam as a Army pilot Only L19s were built by Cessna between 1954 and 1962 About 400 still International Bird Dog Association has 350 members whose goal is to preserve the history and knowledge of the plane McLennan is pic tured with a L19 owned by Jim Mulvihiil president of the Bird Dog Association I DIDYOU KNOW j One of a long line i of civilian light i planes converted i to military use like j the Taylor Piper i and Stinson i Grasshoppers of i World War II i the Cessna L19 i Bird Dog obser i vation and Forward Air Control aircraft i traced its origins i to the Cessna 170 i Winning a Army contract in i 1950 with its Model 305A i redesign of the Model 170 Cessna was awarded an i initial contract for i 418 of the aircraft i which were then designated L19A i By the time the I final craft was manufactured in i 1962 over i Bird Dogs had i been built About 400 of the i aircraft still exist By Leigh Jones StaffWriter New Braunfels Inde pendent School District Trustee Ed Clark arrived at Mondays meeting with a stack of 10 boxes prepared to make a point Using the 18by 18by 24inch boxes which had the capacity to hold million in bills he tried to convince fellow board members the district had enough funds in reserve this year to give taxpayers a bigger break than administrators recom mended Despite Clarks show manship New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict trustees voted to adopt a property tax rate of per asses sed value as proposed by administrators The adopted rate is cents less than last years rate and cents less than the rate originally proposed in August Clark was the only board member who wanted to lower the rate even further See NBISD Page 2A Photo by MANDY New Braunfels Independent School District trustee Ed Clark brought 10 boxes to Mondays board boxes rep resented million part of the amount the districts gen eral fund balance has increas ed in the last four months IN OTHER BOARD ACTION MONDAY Earlier Monday trustees met with Super intendent Ron Reaves behind closed doors to conduct his review Reaves characterized the dialog as Trustee Ed Clark said the board conclud ed Reaves met expectations last year but nothing was said about a possible contract extension I dont think anyone would bring it up again when we just voted against it two months he said I dont think anyone would change their mind after only two months In my opin ion we should revisit the issue in Trustees voted in June not to extend Reaves threeyear con tract now in its second year for another year The contract extension has been approved every year since 2000 Reaves third year with the district Ron Reaves COMING FRIDAY Gulf Coast residents batten down as Ivan approaches By JACKIE HALUFAX Associated Press Writer ST MARKS Fla Residents of the Florida Panhandle got serious about boarding up windows stock ing food and worrying today as deadly Hurricane Ivan appeared to be heading in their direction Emergency officials in several Panhandle counties were expected to whether to order evacuations from rural fishing vil lages and beach communities as Ivan threatened to become the third hurricane to hit the state this summer Forecasters said Ivan which strengthened back to a Category 5 storm Sunday night with wind up to 160 mph could strike some where along a huge swath of the Gulf Coast by Wednesday They advised residents of the Gulf Coast from westcentral Florida to the OMTHENKT Check the path of Hurricane Ivan from the National Hurricane Centers Web site Louisiana marshes to be leery of the storm that already had killed at least 68 people and injured hun dreds in the Caribbean Traffic along the Alabama shore was congested in both directions Monday While many were fleeing the beach workers making storm preparations and people checking on second homes and boats were heading to Gulf Shores Before striking the coast Ivan could be weakened by the cooler water of the northern Gulf of Mex ico and wind shear said National Hurricane Center meteorologist Michael Formosa ;