New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 223 14 pgs. in 2 sections September 28, 1999
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Comal County since 1852
50 centsCouncil wants drainage fees to fund future projects
City leaders see bond election as answer to problems from past
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
Proposed drainage fees should fund future projects and address smaller existing problems, New Braunfels City Council members told the president of the Drainage Advisory Committee Monday night.
President Hal Herbelin approached council asking for more “definitive” direction for
the committee, which has been meeting since June to review an ordinance draft that proposes various drainage fees.
In a recent meeting, committee members said they were unclear what council wanted — fees to fund routine drainage maintenance or fees to cover more expensive construction projects or both.
District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said he was hoping the committee would set
fees to fund future infrastructure projects and not worry as much about rectifying old problems.
“The bond election will raise money for past sins,” he said.
But the bond doesn’t cover everyone’s concerns, District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson said.
“I want to help people who have problems from past sins,” she said.
Mayor Stoney Williams said, “We can
rectify some smaller old problems, but we don’t want unreasonably high fees.”
The larger projects — like Church Hill Drive — should be addressed through a bond issue, Williams said.
City officials have estimated the Church Hill Drive drainage project at $ 1.75 million.
Bigger ticket projects like this would drive up the cost of fees, currently proposed to be paid monthly by every residential unit
and commercial, industrial and retail units. The existing ordinance also proposes various fees for developers.
Herbelin said council’s comments were very' helpful. Council did not take any official action on the matter.
The Drainage Advisory Committee meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the city’s municipal building, 424 S. Castell Ave.
Council also took the following action on Monday:
• appointed Bill Morton to the Economic Development Corporation;
Message on a T-shirt
Carnival ticket booths sit on a trailer at the Comal County Fairgrounds on Monday, awaiting transport to their next destination.County fair labeled a success
By Erin Magruder
The faintest smell of funnel cake, popcorn and sausage was still hanging in the air Monday at the Comal County Fairgrounds as the last of the carnival rides were disassembled and loaded onto the trucks.
As the grounds slowly turned into a ghost town, fair association members reflected on the 106th annual Comal County Fair.
“By all indications it was a record year for the fair,” Nathan Rheinlander, fair president, said. “The crowds were as big or bigger than last year. With the kind of w eather we had all weekend. there was no way we could miss.” Besides the good weather, highlights included an antique tractor pull, arts and crafts show, the Hill Country Gun Fighters show, live music, carnival rides and tons of food.
The weekend was a wonderful family and community aff air, said Ruthie Fe’Vey, chairw oman of the Canning and Food Preservation committee.
“The Comal County Fair is one of the largest, best attended fairs in Texas,” Pe’Vey said. “One thing that makes it special is how it prov ides good, clean family fun that is inexpensive.”
Attendance at children s events was up at this year’s fair, said Jackie Smith, Comal County Fair executive assistant.
Erie Leach, 13, who attended the fair with his family, said the carnival was his favorite attraction.
“The Zipper is the best ride at the carnival,” LeachSee FAIR/5A
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NBISD trustee candidates draw for places
From staff reports
Jim Gabbard will take the top spot on ballots for the Nov. 2 New Braun
fels Independent School District trustee election.
Gabbard and Sue Hahn are competing for the District 5 seat on the NBISD board of trustees.
Hahn’s name will follow Gabbard’s on the election ballot.
Gabbard and Hahn drew for their place on the ballot 4:30 p m. Monday at the Education Center.
Seats on the board for Districts 3 and 5 are open.
Lee Edwards is running unop-
posed for the District 3 seat, which will be vacated by incumbent Carlos Campos, Campos and District 5 representative Steve Weaver are not running for re-election.
They both served one three-year term.
Early voting ending today for NBISD bond election
From staff reports
Early voting for New Braunfels Independent School District ’s $75 million bond election ends today.
Registered voters in NBISD can cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at die Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. Early voting also will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at New Braunfels Middle School, 650 S. Guenther.
Voters will decide the fate of the
district's bond election on Saturday.
Polling locations in each district will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On election day, patrons must vote at the polling location in the district in which they live. The following are the election day voting locations*
• District I: Lone Star Primary, 2343 W. San Antonio St.
• District 2: Memonal Elementary School, 1900 S. Walnut Ave.
See EARLY VOT1NG/5ADomestic violence victims string out their feelings
By Heather Todd
It’s just paint and marker on a T-shirt, but the words tell the story better than any 200-page novel.
“You hit my mom’s head against a wall in front of me.” “He promised he wouldn’t hit me again, but he did.” “I’m not afraid of you anymore.”
These are just a few of the messages survivors of domestic violence have w ritten on plain cotton T-shirts to express their anger, fear, and sadness.
Each T-shirt tells a different story. Some are written by women abused by their spouses or boyfriends, while others are from children who experienced or w it-nessed violence in the home.
Karen MacDonald, volunteer coordinator for the Comal County Women’s C enter, said many of them had similar messages.
“You hear a lot of this,” said MacDonald, pointing to a T-shirt that reads “I know I’m not crazy, even if he says so.”
On another T-shirt, a victim of domestic violence described how her partner refused to allow her to visit family or friends without him and disabled her car so she couldn’t leave while he was at work.
The center has collected about 50 T-shirts that w ill be used as part of a visual display bearing w itness to violence against women.
MacDonald said the T-shirts would be used for a “clothesline project” which will be publicly displayed during a candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence.
The Comal County Women’s Center is sponsoring the candlelight vigil 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Landa Park pavilion No. 16. Local residents are invited to attend the vigil and to view the clothesline of shirts.
Above, Comal County Women’s Center volunteer coordinator Karen McDonald shows goods donated to the center’s shelter, which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Right, victims and therapists share their feelings by decorating T-shirts, which will be displayed at a candlelight vigil on Oct. 21.
McDonald said local residents who have been the victims of domestic violence, including women, children, and men, were invited to decorate a T-shirt for the candlelight vigil.
“It gives people the chance to tell their story on a T-shirt. Then we w ill hang them all up on the clothesline and during the candlelight vigil, people will walk by and read them,” McDonald said.
MacDonald said residents could also take the T-shirts home if they did not want them displayed. She also said the shirts could not be displayed if they identified a perpetrator.
MacDonald said the purpose of
the T-shirts was two-fold — a form of healing for survivors and a message for the public.
“Anything to gets victims to tell their story is therapeutic. Victims of domestic violence tend to think that it’s not happening to anyone else,” she said.
McDonald said the center would provide markers, paint, and T-
shirts. Local residents could come by the center between 9 a m. to 5 p.m., or call the center at 620-7520 to schedule an appointment.
The clothesline project originated at a women’s center in Pasadena, but the idea caught on as a way to make the public more aw are of theSee MESSAGES