New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3BCity agrees to injunction over drainage fees
By Leigh Jones
The city of New Braunfels has agreed to a temporary injunction on stomiwater development fees, giving the Greater New Braunfels Homebuilders Association the first victory
in the battle over the city’s drainage ordinance.
The injunction will put $138,750 in fees already assessed on hold until a judge decides whether the ordinance is illegal, as the plaintiffs allege.
It also clears the way for plats to be
recorded and development to begin on Oak Creek and Oakwood Estates.
City Attorney Charles Zech said he agreed to the injunction because he expected the cause of the dispute could soon change.
“I anticipate city council will be
looking at an amended ordinance Oct. IO,” he said.
Zech tried to get city council members to amend the ordinance once before, during its July 22 meeting, by removing the stormwater development fee’s mandatory provision.
But the council was evenly divided over Zech’s recommendation — the 3-3 tie vote left the ordinance unchanged.
As written, the ordinance gives
See DRAINAGE, Page 3A
By Ron Maloney
Concerned about the recent hot, dry weather, Comal County commissioners Thursday outlawed outdoor burning.
The burn ban. which took effect at 6 a.m. today, is in effect for 90 days unless lifted by County Judge Danny Scheel.
Acting County Judge Jack Dawson said die ban question was taken up at Fire Marshal Un Manford’s request.
“I think we all read the memo from our fire marshal,” Dawson said. "I Ie says his recommendation is that we enact die hum ban. It seems to me it would be prudent to accept his recommendation.’’
Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady made a motion to enact the ban that Dawson seconded. It was passed unanimously in accordance with the county’s standing policy, which says Scheel aul lift the ban if it rains and Mankind could, in cases of financial hardship, issue burn permits.
Manford said he recommended die ban because of recent record high temperatures and a Keetch-Byram Drought Index of642 — and because of concerns raised by the
See BURN, Page 3A
New Braunfels Special Olympians try their hand at something new — bocce ball.
Commissioners reinstate burn
ban — for now
Book sale has something for everyone
Identity thieves trying something different — jury duty
By Ron Maloney
County officials this week have begun warning residents and prospective jurors of a new telephone swindle for stealing identity information—the “jury duty" scam.
County Clerk Joy Streater told commissioners Thursday her office is informing county court jury pools about how the county conducts its court business — and how it doesn’t.
The way the scam works, Streater said, is that someone calls, claiming to work in the court system and says an arrest warrant has been issued because you failed to show up for jury duty.
When the victim says he or she did not receive the summons, the caller asks for personal information to “confirm” the mark’s identity and to match against the information on the warrant.
The information, which includes a Social Security num
ber and date of birth, is then used to “steal” the victims identity for fraud or other crimes.
The ruse has been reported in several stales, including Texas.
“We’re telling diem that we don’t do business this way — that our employees never call and ask for their personal information over the telephone,” Streater said. “There are crooks out there and the can be very ingenious in how
See SCAM, Page 2A
“We’re telling them that we don’t do business this way—that our employees never call and ask for their personal information over the telephone.”
— Joy Streater
By Leigh Jones
Gloria Ford walked out of the civic center Thursday with four boxes of hooks to put on her empty book shelves.
Tile sale came at just the right time for the book-lover to start her new personal library — the one she had spent her life building washed away in Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters.
Ford does not have much room for her new collection in the Schlitterbahn Resort lodgings she and her family occupy now, but she plans to use every available space for her purchases.
“I use books for everything — work, hobbies, reference,” she said. “My house in New Orleans was filled with them.”
Now that she is starting from scratch, Ford decided to focus on the basics when she arrived at the Friends of the New Braunfels Public Library annual book sale. I ler boxes were filled with Bibles, dictionaries and cookbooks.
As soon as she arrived at the sale, Ford headed direcdy to the table piled with cook books.
“I was looking for this old recipe for Jell-O fruit salad that I used to make but could not remember all of the ingredients for. I found it in a little cookbook almost as soon as I got here, just like it was set out for me,” she said, patting the thin volume hugged against her chest.
The best thing about Ford’s shopping spree was the price — less than $50 for all four boxes.
Despite the sale’s cheap prices, the annual event is a big fundraiser for the library.
Comal ISD trustees vote against all or nothing approach
By Jessica Sanders
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Maria and BenjaminTurner look over the large selection of children's books available at the Friends of the Library Book Sale at the civic centerThursday afternoon. Below, Geoff Nadeau and his 6-month-old son, Leif, thumb through table after table of books for sale.
AT A GLANCE
•What: Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale
■ When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today
B Where: New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 South Seguin Ave.
Friends co-chair Margaret Brazle said the sale earned $i7,000 last year. She expects to raise between $15,000 and $20,000 this year.
“It’s been going steady all day long,” Brazle said. “The books are disappearing.”
Although Brazle had seen a number of interesting volumes go past the register, her favorite was a Stephen King first edition. Its new owner was thrilled to find such a rare copy, but other shoppers were
See BOOKS, Page 5A
Both sections of Comal lSD’s proposed bond package will stand alone after trustees decided Wednesday that building only two new schools is better than building none.
Board members decided to take no action on a resolution that would Board President allow Proposition 2 to Dan Krueger pass only if voters also chose to pass Proposition I.
Hie $189 million bond package is separated into two parts. Proposition I, for $155 million, would allow for improvements and renovations to existing schools as well as the construction of three new elementary schools and one new middle school. Proposition 2, for $34 million, would allow for two new elementary schools.
Superintendent Marc Walker said if either package fails, the board will simply have to approach voters again with another bond in
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