New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Fair property vote may be
HERDING IN THE WIN rescinded
By Scott Mahon
If the Comal County fairgrounds is not designated a city park as a result of the November election, the property will be donated to the Comal County Fair Association.
But three city council members said the community should be entitled to a third choice — keeping things the way they were — before Schlitterbahn president Gary I lenry offered to swap for the fairgrounds property; before District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine spearheaded a peti lion to designate the property a city park; and before council voted to donate the property to the Comal County Fair Association.
District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull, who voted against donating the property to the fair association, plans to make a motion at Monday’s
council meeting to rescind council’s vote to donate the property.
“What started out as a simple discussion about swapping the property for Mr. Henry's land triggered a chain ol events,"
AT A GLANCE
4 What: New Braunfels City Council
■ When: 5:30 p.m., Sept. 27
• Where: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave
"We only have two choices now, and theres got to be a better solution."
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trict 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil and Valentine said they’d support Hull’s motion.
"Valerie and I have had a lot of phone calls from people who were unhappy with the two choices," Pospisil said. “And they’re frustrated about
See COUNCIL, Page 3A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Madison Kelly, 13, won both Reserve and Grand Champion Steer at Saturday's Comal County Fair. (Top) People participate at the livestock show, barnyard babies petting zoo and tractor pull.
Livestock show teaches kids lifelong lessons
11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Adults (12 & Over) $3 Children (6-11 yrs) $1 Under 6 yrs. FREE After 6 p.m. FREE FAIRGROUNDS PARKING: $5
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Arm Bands (6 to 11 p.m.) $16
■ Winners in the Home and Heritage competitions: Page 10A
■ Schedule of today's events: Page 8A.
By Scott Mahon
Madison Kelly, 13, walked away with the grand champion steer award at the I ll th Comal County Fair livestock show. Theo Rogers won the reserve champion steer award.
Kelly is an eighth grade student at Spring Branch Middle School and a Smithson Valley FFA member. Rogers is a New Berlin 4H member.
April Asher won grand champion lamb, and Kaitlyn Craft won reserve champion lamb.
Asher is also a Smithson Valley FFA member; Craft is a Comal County 411 member.
Emily Rohde won grand champion heifer and is also a New Berlin 411 member.
Madison won reserve champion heifer.
Judging in the market goat division will begin at I p.m. today at the livestock barn.
Brandon Leister, co-superintendent for this year’s livestock show, said 82 steers were shown
Johann Schnable of New Braunfels, one of Texas* early Texas Rangers, receives state marker honoring service.
NBFD to receive new, updated uniforms
A livestock show participant waits his turn to show his livestock at the 111th Comal County Fair livestock show. The event gives children the opportunity to show their animals.
at this year’s livestock fair.
"This was an opportunity for these kids to show their animals, and to see where they
stand,” Leister said. "Some of these kids will go on to the state fair next week in Dallas, but a lot
See FAIR, Page 8A
By Scott Mahon
Firefighters in New Braunfels will don by month’s end new uniforms that are safer and less expensive.
Currently, the city’s 75 firefighters wear a traditional “button-up” style uniform with badges, nametags, collar insignias and patches.
“All of lite attachments could get caught on objects when Firefighters are providing medical attention or fighting a fire,” said NBFD Chief John I lerber. “The new style will have no pins or badges. Instead, it will have
identification embroidered on the uniform so that badges and nametags won t be ripped off while firefighters are performing their duties.”
Herber said the new look will include a collar-style pullover shirt and pants with bellows pockets.
"The pants will be a more tactical style pant, which will allow firefighters to carry their equipment in (heil pockets instead of using a number of pouches that arc clipped onto their belts.”
See UNIFORMS, Page 3ANew Internet service allows county residents with fines to pay online
By Ron Maloney
Folks who owe Comal County money for fines and fees can now pay over the Internet.
County Treasurer Susan Patterson informed Commissioners Thursday that
the county clerk's office, acting for the county’s courts-at-law and justice of the peace courts, could now receive payments from the county’s Web site.
“We’re online for credit card payments as of this morning,’’ Patterson told commissioners.
Further departments could be added in the future, Patterson said.
Each payment will have a 4 percent “convenience fee” added by the county’s payment contractor, Certified Payments. The minimum fee would be $1. The fee is to defray costs added by cred
it card vendors such as Visa and Mastercard that are included in the cost of commercial credit card transactions.
Patterson said the exact amount of the convenience fee would be clearly disclosed before the customer’s payment was entered so
they could decline if wanted and make the payment in person.
To pay a county fee or fine over the Internet, log on to www.comalcounty.net, select the “Make On-Line Payments’’ tab, note the appropriate department, copy the corresponding
“bureau code” to paste into the secure payment screens and follow the instructions.
The new payment system comes about a year after Patterson and Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause established the ability for the county to receive collections by credit card.
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