New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
4B board releases funds for airport tower
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16,2005
| COMAL COUNTY | TAXES RISE
I County commissioners vote I to increase county taxe rate j by two cents.
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SPORTS GETTING READY
The New Braunfels Unicorns go on the road in search of their first victory.
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 256 16 pages, 2 sections
DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3B
REMEMBERING A FRIEND
Firefighters lay former New Braunfels chief to rest
By Ron Maloney
The fire bell tolled a ceremonial 15 times Thursday morning as New Braunfels and its fire department honored a departed fire chief for his service to his community.
Coitt Kessler of the Austin Fire Department’s Drum and Bugle Corps played "Amazing Grace’’ on bagpipes as he led retired New Braunfels fire Chief Jack Wilson’s flag-draped coffin from New Braunfels Presbyterian Church to a New Braunfels Fire Department Honor Guard that escorted Wilson to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Wilson’s wife, Virginia, son, David, and daughter, Anna Schiller, followed, as did Mayor Bruce Boyer and dozens of firefighters and police officers.
And so, the New Braunfels Fire Department and the community it protects celebrated the life of Wilson, its retired fire chief.
Wilson passed away Sunday. He was 83.
Pastor Ken Peters told the story ofWilson’s life and the journey that brought him from Oklahoma City, around the world and finally to New Braunfels.
“Jack Wilson was bom on Feb. 2, 1922,’’ Peters said. “He was always very proud of his birthday. He was born on Groundhog Day. That wasn’t why he was proud. He took pride because 2-2-22 was easy to remember.”
Peters described Wilson’s career and through it his personality—a person who appreciated and practiced directness tempered with kindness.
Wilson enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack and served across the Pacific Ocean, including stops in Iwo lima, Okinawa and at Nagasaki.
“What must Jack Wilson have seen during his years at war?” Peters asked. “Terrible things.”
After the war, Wilson continued
Photos by MANDY REARYHerald-Zeitung
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He retired from Tinker Field as assistant fire chief and came to New Braunfels, becoming first the fire marshal and then fire chief at the NBFD.
See CHIEF, Page 5A
Evacuees line up to find new jobs
Cleavon Williams, a New Orleans native, fills out an application for a job with the New Braunfels Parks and Recreations Department Thursday afternoon.
By Ron Maloney
Looking for help?
A number of New Orleans evacuees Thursday had the opportunity to meet with 30 area employers at a job fair sponsored by the Alamo WorkSource Career Center.
Worksorce Center Manager Bill Thompson said the call to conduct the job fair at the Westside Community Center received a tremendous response from local employers, includ
ing the city, the county, McKenna Health Systems, The Scooter Store, retail and manufacturing concerns and many others.
“We had a broad spectrum of positions available,” Thompson said.
In all, there were between 50 and IOO job seekers present, and Thompson said he hoped he’d soon learn some of them had been hired.
The quality of job seekers and the skills they had were very gixxi, he added.
See WORK, Page 2A
Canyon Lake water sale delayed for at least two weeks
By David Rupkalvis
The proposed sale of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation will have to wait at least two more weeks after the board of directors tabled a vote on the proposal Wednesday.
CLWSC spokesman Robert Case said the delay was necessary because attorneys between CLWSC and SJW Corporation out of California were still working out the details of the sale.
"The attorneys were still working on the agreement just before the meeting,” Case said. “The schedule is going to be pushed back about two weeks. They’re going to call a special meeting to approve the offer, probably on Sept. 28.”
Larry Ratliff , the president of the CLWSC board, said the delay was necessary to make sure the board and the CLWSC users were going to be protected when the final agreement is reached.
"We want to protect ourselves, and we
See WATER. Page 3A
Time to play
The Comal County Fair has a colorful history dating back more than IOO years.
Schlitterbahn to open $300 million resort in Kansas
By Bill Draper
Associated Press Writer
KANSAS CITY, Kau. —A 300-acre, $300 million water resort is the latest, biggest proposed attraction in Wyandotte County, just across Interstate 435 from the thriving Village West development.
The project s price tag eclipses even that of Village West’s centerpiece attraction, the five-year-old Kansas Speedway, which cost $252 million when it was built.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Unified Government officials said the water park will bring in about $3 million in new property taxes each year, and stressed that no properties will he seized through eminent domain or condemnation.
The water park will be dubbed Schlittet-bahn Vacation Village, with some parts of the operation running year-round. It will include a riverwalk — complete with a retractable roof — a water park and a water resort area.
The developers hope to have the park opened in three years.
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By Ron Maloney
A traffic control tower at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport moved a step closer to reality Thursday. The New Braunfels Industrial
Development Corporation (4B board) unanimously recommended the release of $1.5 million in binding to build an air traffic control tower at the municipal airport.
The approval, which must still be ratified by city council, means Sil
ver State Helicopters will begin schooling air traffic controllers as early as this fall at Central Texas Technology Center. It will move the program into the tower when it is constructed.
While the facility will belong to die
city of New Braunfels, it will be leased to Silver State, and the company will pay $350,000 in annual operating costs.
The vote came days after council approved an airport expansion that was downsized from an earlier $16
million proposal, authorizing city staff to create a plan to finance a 16,000-square-foot hangar facility for Silver State.
John Holler of Silver State spoke
See TOWER, Page 6A