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The Texas Division of Transportation is investing lots of of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} into enhancements to the I-35 hall all through Hays and Comal counties.

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New Braunfels has been acknowledged as one of many fastest-growing cities within the nation lately, and residential availability is struggling to maintain tempo with the booming inhabitants. INVENTORY STRUGGLES T KEEP UP

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A quickly rising inhabitants, traditionally low rates of interest, and altering shopper wants have shifted the New Braunfels housing market into some of the aggressive within the space. Between 2014-19, U.S. Census Bureau information states the inhabitants of NewBraunfels grew by 47%, from61,712 residents to 90,710, and the bureau named the town as one of many fastest-growing within the nation. As the town has expanded, the availability of present and new properties on the market has struggled to maintain tempo with demand, as evidenced by a gentle decline in months CONTINUED ON 26 Rising demand threatens to outpace the housing market in NewBraunfels BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

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5 The Pillars Christian Studying Heart opened its latest location at 2144 Gabriels Place, New Braunfels, in January. The educational heart strives to empower kids by figuring out, acknowledging, and appreciating the varied wants and skills of every little one, and serving to them know and perceive they’re accepted and valued for his or her uniqueness. Different areas are in San Antonio, Spring Department, and Cibolo. 830-310-0017. www.thepillarslc.com 6 Tropical Smoothie Cafe, situated 2180 Hwy. 46, New Braunfels, opened March 20. The institution provides a number of menu objects, together with quesadillas, wraps, and several other completely different sorts of smoothies. That is the smoothie chain’s first location within the New Braunfels space. 915-342-6922. www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com 7 Direct major care normal drugs practitioner The VIP Clinic, run by Dr. Robert Reid, opened at 1067 FM 306, Ste. 601, New Braunfels, on the finish of February. The clinic is accepting new sufferers and normally takes same-day appointments. 830-832-8378. www.thevipclinic.web Veteran-based enterprise Dance and Pleasure Wedding DJ and Occasions expanded to incorporate companies within the New Braunfels space in March. The corporate, owned by DJ Ray Pinnock, has been offering leisure for particular occasions for the final 25 years. Dance and Pleasure present music and leisure for all events, from weddings to birthday events and graduations. 210-518-9280. www.danceandjoydj.com

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NOW OPEN 1 Auto physique restore firm Categorical Paintless Dent Elimination Inc. held a delicate opening on March 1 at its latest location at 198 E. Nacogdoches St., New Braunfels. The store was absolutely acknowledged as of April 1, and companies embody restore of huge and minor dents in addition to hail injury. 512-749-4228. www.expresspaintless.com 2 The Guadalupe Brewing Co., situated at 1586 Wald Street, New Braunfels,

opened the Guadalupe Pizza Kitchen on the premises. The eatery opened in mid-March, and the shop is open Mon.-Wed. and Fri. from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Thur. from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 830-837-9205. www.guadalupebrew.com 3 Mexican eatery Las Palapas opened March 10 at 1675 Hwy. 46, New Braunfels. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch platters with objects starting from breakfast tacos to enchiladas and burritos. The restaurant was

based in 1981 and merges California air with South Texas conventional delicacies. 830-302-2301. www.laspalapas.com 4 Tooth-whitening firm Pearl- E-White Haus is open at 176 E. Faust St., New Braunfels. The institution opened in early March and is now taking appointments from shoppers for teeth- whitening companies within the power. Pearl- E-White additionally provides at-home whitening choices. 830-542-9577. www.pearlewhitehaus.com

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COMING SOON 8 Gruene Gables Pet Resort, situated at 518 FM 306, New Braunfels, is expect- ed to be able to open earlier than the top of 2021. The enterprise will include a laundry facility and reception space and our grooming and luxurious pet boarding and daycare for canine, cats, and different small animals. 830-626-2262 9 A brand new McDonald’s restaurant to be situated at FM 306 and Industrial Longhorn Drive in New Braunfels is slated to be full with development by fall. Venture particulars from the Texas Division of Licensing and Regulation state the shop can have a twin drive-thru format situated in the back of the restaurant. www.mcdonalds.com 10 Consolation Dental will open at 1187 W. County Line Street, New Braunfels, this summer time. The brand new one would be the sixth franchise location in Central Texas and can supply normal dentistry companies for brand new sufferers. www.comfortdental.com RELOCATIONS 11 Christus Trinity Clinic Hill Coun- try-Oak Run relocated from 1850 Hwy. 46, New Braunfels, to 1925 Hwy. 46, New Braunfels. The power moved on the finish of February and is providing video and phone appointments for a full vary of household drugs companies. 830-643-7000. www.christushealth.org EXPANSIONS 12 Hope Hospice Thrift Store will develop its 613 N. Walnut Ave., New

Braunfels, location to incorporate extra retail house with work anticipated to be accomplished within the fall. Purchases made on the retailer immediately assist Hope Hospice companies and applications, and donations are accepted weekly. 830-625-4746. www.hopehospice.web/thrift-shop IN THE NEWS 13 House enchancment enterprise Kitchen Tune-Up New Braunfels acquired the Venture of the 12 months award in March. The award is given out by the Kitchen Tune-Up franchise, and the New Braunfels retailer, situated at 1335 Wald Street, Ste. 102, was chosen as POY out of the chain’s 209 nationwide areas. “Every of our franchise areas strives to make each kitchen venture an unbelievable expertise for his or her shoppers,” mentioned Heidi Morrissey, president of Kitchen Tune-Up, in a information launch. 830-387-4253. www.kitchentuneup.com CLOSINGS 14 Famed Central Texas theater Alamo Drafthouse Cinema led for Chapter 11 chapter March 3 and introduced the closure of two Texas theaters: Alamo Drafthouse Market in New Braunfels, situated at 651 Hwy. 46 Enterprise, New Braunfels, and The Ritz in downtown Austin. By means of the ling, the corporate will promote its property to a gaggle of buyers, together with Altamont Capital Companions; Fortress Funding Group; and Tim League, Alamo Draft- home founder and govt chairman, amongst others. The closure announces- meant for the New Braunfels theater additionally cited the continued impression of COVID-19. 830-625-0900. www.drafthouse.com

Metropolis leaders broke floor for the NewBraunfels Public LibraryWestside Department onMarch 12.

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Development has begun on the New Braunfels Public Library Westside Department venture. Library companies provided on the Westside Neighborhood Heart, which embody web entry, interlibrary loans, take a look at proctoring, and extra, will quickly be expanded with the development of a brand new facility on the 2932 S. I-35 property. Companies presently accessible on the Westside Neighborhood Heart embody programming for adults and kids. Grownup e book bundles, e book golf equipment, artwork and shopper schooling courses, help with job searches, and volunteering alternatives, which is able to all be retained and in some instances expanded by means of the ability improve. The $5.5 million venture is a part of the town’s 2019 bond program, and the deliberate 8,800-square-foot facility will embody a program room, a lecture room, a teen house, a library assortment of as much as 20,000 objects, computer systems, and a neighborhood backyard. As the development venture nears the development part, metropolis sta have expressed enthusiasm towards the growth. “The library staff is worked up to observe this new constructing rise,” mentioned Gretchen Pruett, New Braunfels

Public Library director, in an announcement. “The groundbreaking for the brand new library department on the grounds of the Westside Neighborhood Heart marks the fruits of the goals of most of the residents of New Braunfels.” Development is predicted to final one 12 months, climate and different elements allowing, and the constructing was designed by Komatsu Structure with Stoddard Development Administration appearing as contractor. The library companies provided on the Westside Neighborhood Heart will proceed all through the development of the brand new facility in keeping with the town. To have a good time the approaching of the brand new facility, a number of metropolis officers and sta broke floor on the venture on March 12.

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TRANSPORTATION Road enhancements included in bond applications proceed within the new Braunfels space

BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

have been ongoing since December 2018 and are slated for completion in late summer time 2021, Cain mentioned. The $11 million venture is a joint effort with New Braunfels Utilities, Cain mentioned, and paving will start after NBU crews have accomplished pipe set up alongside the roadway. A number of initiatives included within the 2019 bond’s Citywide Streets Enchancment Venture are nearing completion, with work on extra roads scheduled to start this summer time. The $15 million venture contains greater than 20 roads all through the town and started with enhancements to Kerlick Lane, California Boulevard, Oak Glen, and Timber Hole, all of which have been accomplished,

in keeping with Cain. Work on West San Antonio Road from Spur Road to North Krueger Avenue is ongoing and anticipated to be accomplished on the finish of June, Cain mentioned. The work contains sidewalk set up, driveway development, and roadway enhancements for a complete of $2.4 million. Development on Lakeview Boulevard, North Grant Avenue, East South Road, and South Central Avenue is predicted to be accomplished in late summer time, with work on streets surrounding Lamar Elementary College slated to start in the summertime whereas faculty just isn’t in session. “We’re scheduled to work across the elementary faculty over the

summer time to keep away from any conflicts with the college monitor,” Cain mentioned. The roads surrounding the college that’s scheduled for enhancements are North Houston Avenue, East Commerce Road, North Veramendi Avenue, and East Principal Road. Plans for North Grape Avenue, North Peach Avenue, North Plum Avenue, and West County Line Street are nonetheless within the design part, Cain mentioned, whereas work on North Union Avenue and Comal Avenue is predicted to start later this spring. Initiatives on Goodwin Lane, Conrads Lane, and the second part of enhancements to Klein are within the design phases with development anticipated to start in two years.

Development continues on metropolis roads all through New Braunfels that had been beforehand recognized within the metropolis’s 2013 and 2019 bond applications, with some initiatives scheduled for completion this summer time and others slated to start in spring. Part 1 of the Klein Street reconstruction venture, which is a part of the 2013 bond, is anticipated to be accomplished this spring, mentioned Jennifer Cain, capital applications supervisor for the town of New Braunfels. The $8 million initiatives included avenue widening, the addition of a flip lane, and the development of sidewalks. Enhancements to Solms Street, Morningside Drive, and Ruckle Street CITYWIDE STREETS PROJECT UPDATE Work is ongoing to enhance roads included within the 2019 bond’s Citywide Streets Enchancment Venture, with some streets nearing completion and others scheduled to start this summer time.

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Vulcan Development Supplies, LLC, the Texas Fee on Environmental High quality, and anxious citizen teams against a proposed mixture quarry in Comal County have been engaged in authorized proceedings since 2018. BACK A LEGAL & FORTH

ENVIRONMENT Approval of air-quality allow for Vulcan Quarry in Comal County reversed in district courtroom

The TCEQ declared the air-quality allow utility for Vulcan Development Supplies LLC was full.

JULY 5, 2017

BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

not adequately account for cumulative impacts or highway emissions, and the corporate’s emissions calculations weren’t consultant of the location. Beforehand, an administrative regulation decide dominated Vulcan might keep data from a 2016 subsurface investigation as confidential below the commerce secret privilege, a call Gamble mentioned denied plaintiffs due course of. “In Texas, there are only a few necessities for a quarry or an mixture mine to enter operation in comparison with different states within the nation,” Drewa mentioned. “There’s simply actually minimal supervision and minimal regulation.” Members of Cease 3009 Vulcan Quarry, Texans for Accountable Mixture Mining, and different native teams are working with state Rep. Kyle Biederman, Fredericksburg, to introduce laws aimed toward creating extra oversight for related mining operations. Drewa mentioned Texas Home Invoice 4341 would switch quarry and mixture allowing from the TCEQ to the railroad fee, a transfer that would improve protections for pure assets in areas topic to mining operations. Attorneys for the Cease 3009 Vulcan Quarry are actually liable for drafting a last order, in keeping with the ruling, which shall be introduced to the TCEQ and Vulcan. A listening to was set for April 2 ought to the events disagree on the ultimate order, and the defendants can have the choice to attraction the choice to the third Courtroom of Appeals. “We do anticipate them to attraction that call,” Drew mentioned. “We received a single battle in what’s going to be an extended battle.” Along with the air-quality allow, the quarry should additionally obtain approval from the TCEQ for a water air pollution abatement allow to start operations—a plan that has but to be submitted for approval. Vulcan and the TCEQ declined to touch upon the ruling as proceedings are ongoing.

Progress on a proposed quarry owned by Vulcan Development Supplies, LLC has stalled after a decide within the 459th District Courtroom in Travis County dominated in favor of involved Comal County citizen teams. The lawsuit, led Feb. 14, 2020, by Buddies of Dry Comal Creek and Cease 3009 Vulcan Quarry in opposition to the Texas Fee on Environmental High quality, aimed to reverse the TCEQ’s November 2019 approval of air-quality permits submitted by Vulcan for its proposed rock-crushing facility. Vegetation and space residents raised issues the brand new facility might improve space air air pollution, pose a menace to the Edwards Aquifer or result in decreased property values in close by neighborhoods, in keeping with a press launch from Cease 3009 Vulcan Quarry. The proposed 1,500-acre quarry can be situated between FM 3009 and Hwy. 46 and would cowl a portion of the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, in keeping with the quarry web- website. Mining of the quarry is predicted to final roughly 80 years, and 40% of the property, together with 100- foot buffer zones from the property line, wouldn’t be mined. “Vulcan utilized for the air high quality allow for this facility again in July of 2017,” mentioned David Drewa, director of communications for Cease 3009 Vulcan Quarry. “The neighbors and the residents and the residents within the space have banded collectively and have been combating this ever since then.” Choose Maya Guerra Gamble heard the case on Dec. 8 earlier than ruling in favor of the plaintiffs on March 5. Gamble known as for the TCEQ’s approval of the air allow to be reversed and vacated, stalling the venture. The ruling acknowledged the TCEQ’s willpower that the proposed plant’s crystalline silica emissions wouldn’t negatively impression human well being was not supported by sub- substantial proof. Moreover, the decide dominated Vulcan’s air-dispersion modeling did

The TCEQ holds a public assembly to listen to issues from Comal County residents in regards to the proposed rock crushing plant.

FEB. 27, 2018

New Braunfels Metropolis Council approves a decision urging state lawmakers to heed citizen issues in regards to the quarry.

MARCH 12, 2018

The Comal County Commissioners Courtroom passes a decision urging the TCEQ to contemplate citizen well being and security issues earlier than approving an air-quality allow.

MARCH 22, 2018

Comal ISD passes a decision opposing the development of the Vulcan Quarry.

JUNE 26, 2018

The State Oce of Administrative Hearings holds a preliminary listening to relating to Vulcan’s air- high quality allow utility.

MARCH 6, 2019

A contested case listening to is held. The courtroom guidelines in favor of the TCEQ and Vulcan.

JUNE 1011, 2019

Buddies of Dry Comal Creek and Cease 3009 Vulcan Quarry le a lawsuit in opposition to the TCEQ.

FEB. 14, 2020

The 459th District Courtroom held a listening to for the lawsuit.

DEC. 8, 2020

Choose Maya Guerra Gamble guidelines in favor of plaintiffs.

MARCH 5, 2021

SOURCES: STOP 3009, VULCAN CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS LLC, VULCAN QUARRYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

If the proposed Vulcan Business Supplies LLC quarry receives the mandatory permits, work on the website might proceed for as much as 80 years. QUARRY THE PROPOSED

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

Information from Comal & New Braunfels ISDs

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College students, lecturers got selection on mask-wearing COMAL ISD Throughout a March 9 particular assembly, the Comal ISD board of trustees amended the district’s well being and security tips to provide college students and lecturers a selection relating to face coverings, efficient March 10. Following the Texas Schooling Company’s provision that faculty districts have the authority to find out coronavirus-related well being protocols, people are actually allowed to decide on whether or not they’ll put on a face overlaying whereas on campus and through faculty actions. Based on an announcement launched by board President David Drastata, quarantine tips will stay in place whatever the particular person’s option to put on a masks. “We strongly advocate the continued use of face coverings to guard our lecturers and sta, and your little one’s alternative to take part in spring sports activities, one artwork, promenade, and probably commencement,” Drastata mentioned within the launch. College students and sta members who come inside 6 toes of somebody who checks constructive for COVID-19 for quarter-hour or extra the place one or each folks weren’t correctly masked will nonetheless be required to quarantine. Using face shields and neck gaiters won’t exclude a person from the quarantine requirement.

District to proceed ask necessities on campus NEW BRAUNFELS ISD Following steerage from the Texas Schooling Company, New Braunfels ISD will proceed to require college students and sta to put on face coverings whereas on campus by means of the top of the college 12 months. The district launched mother or father and sta surveys on March 5 relating to Gov. Greg Abbott’s choice to finish the masks mandate and acquired 1,553 mother or father responses and 871 worker responses. Of the dad and mom who responded, 70% most well-liked that the district’s masks coverage be continued at the very least by means of the top of the college 12 months, and 78% of worker respondents agreed. “In each of those thought exchanges, many of the feedback are saying depart [the policy] till the top of the college 12 months,” former Superintendent Randy Moczygemba mentioned. No matter a district’s masks coverage, quarantine tips for college students and sta members who come inside 6 toes of somebody who checks constructive for COVID-19 for quarter-hour or extra the place one or each folks weren’t correctly masked will stay. Masks insurance policies have helped to scale back the variety of quarantine durations throughout the faculty 12 months, Moczygemba mentioned, noting college students who’ve needed to quarantine have struggled greater than college students who remained in individual or digital your complete time.

After Gov. Greg Abbott ended the statewide masks mandate on March 10, New Braunfels ISD opted to proceed the requirement by means of the top of the 12 months, whereas Comal ISD left the choice as much as households and staff. SPLIT DECISION ON MASKS

COMAL ISD COVID19 POLICY:

Face coverings are usually not required, although district sta have inspired college students and sta to proceed sporting masks Bodily distancing efforts will proceed the place attainable College students and sta who are available in shut contact with a constructive case shall be required to quarantine Shut contact is denied as being inside 6 toes of a constructive case for quarter-hour or extra the place one or each folks weren’t correctly masked

NEW BRAUNFELS ISD COVID19 POLICY:

Face masks have to be worn on campus and through faculty occasions Neck gaiters and face shields are usually not thought of accepted face coverings Bodily distancing shall be enforced with college students spaced 6 toes aside when attainable College students and sta who are available in shut contact with a constructive case shall be required to quarantine Shut contact is denied as being inside 6 toes of a constructive case for quarter-hour or extra the place one or each folks weren’t correctly masked

SOURCES: COMAL ISD, NEW BRAUNFELS ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

District appoints an interim superintendent

Comal ISD Meets April 29 and Could 20 at 6 p.m. on the CISD District Oce, 1404 N. I-35, New Braunfels. 830-221-2000 • www.comalisd.org New Braunfels ISD Meets April 12 and Could 10 at 7 p.m. on the NBISD Administration Heart, 1000 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels. 830-643-5705 • www.nbisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER

President Sherry Harrison mentioned in an announcement. “We really feel that he shall be a

NEW BRAUNFELS ISD The New Braunfels ISD board of trustees introduced on March 22 that James M. Largent will function the interim superintendent of the district till the place is stuffed completely. Largent has greater than 33 years of expertise in schooling and begins his function on March 22 following earlier Superintendent Randy

Moczygemba’s early depart. Earlier than becoming a member of NBISD, Largent labored as a superintendent for 21 years in three faculty districts all through Texas. “The Board of Trustees of New Braunfels ISD may be very excited that Dr. Largent shall be guiding, supporting, and managing our district within the coming weeks,” NBISD board

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CITY& COUNTY

Information from New Braunfels & Comal County

QUOTE OF NOTE “SINCE I’VE BEEN ON CITY COUNCIL, THERE’S ONLY BEEN ONE SUPERMAJORITY THAT I KNOW OF.” MEMBER AND MAYOR PRO TEM, about HOW COUNCIL VOTED ON ZONING FOR A RECENT MULTIFAMILY DEVELOPMENT NUMBER TO KNOW In March, the New Braunfels Public Library received the Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award for the sixth 12 months JUSTIN MEADOWS, NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL in a row. Every year, the Texas Municipal Library Administrators Affiliation selects library methods that show excellence in neighborhood outreach, numerous programming, and extra. 6

NBU clients can anticipate a rise in electrical payments

BY BRIAN RASH

electrical utilities to get well prices as a result of volatility of the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas market, which is a market-based grid that covers about 90% of Texas and contains NBU. With that adjustment, the common NBU electrical invoice will rise a bit of greater than $6.50, from $118.31 in 2020 to $124.89 in 2021. “Primarily what we’re doing is making an attempt to take care of a easy invoice for our clients,” Taylor mentioned, including that NBU plans for the GCRF portion of an electrical invoice to be diminished this summer time when extra vitality is used to chill properties and companies and rise once more within the fall. NBU information exhibits the price of energy for NBU in February was estimated at $82 million, and the entire price of

ADJUSTING THE BILL

Maskmandate in metropolis services will proceed resulting from council vote Taylor advised council this is able to be attainable by means of an adjustment to a piece of customers’ electrical payments known as the technology price restoration issue, or GCRF. Taylor mentioned GCRF is utilized by all NEW BRAUNFELS Because of the mid-February winter storm that resulted in surging vitality prices for markets statewide, officers have accepted the issuance of short-term debt of as much as $100 million for New Braunfels Utilities. Metropolis Council accepted throughout a March 8 assembly, and NBU CEO Ian Taylor mentioned the debt, which is able to come by means of a deal made with JP Morgan Financial institution, must be paid o in a single 12 months.

To pay for a debt issuance necessitated by the February winter storm, New Braunfels Utilities is adjusting electrical payments. That is how the common scale 12 months 2019-20 invoice will examine with the FY 2020-21 invoice:

The fiscal 12 months 2019-20 the Fiscal 12 months 2020-21

$118.31 $124.89

SOURCE: NBUCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

energy budgeted for the facility firm for your complete fiscal 12 months topped out at $88.5 million. “Paying it o in a 12 months, it’s an amazing objective,” Mayor Rusty Brockman mentioned of the debt issuance.

CITY& COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS

A GROWING AREA The River’s Edge Residences shall be situated on the intersection of FM 725 and East Klein Street. Metropolis sta recognized the realm as a strategic place to include workforce housing.

New Braunfels Metropolis Council Meets second and fourth Mondays at 6 p.m. at 550 Landa St., New Braunfels 830-221-4000 • www.nbtexas.org Comal County Meets Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. at 100 Principal Plaza, second door, New Braunfels. 830-221-1100. www.co.comal.tx.us Guadalupe County Meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at 101 E. Courtroom St., Seguin 830-303-8869 www.co.guadalupe.tx.us MEETINGSWE COVER NEW BRAUNFELS As residents proceed to be affected by residual results of the mid-February winter storm, the town of New Braunfels has waived allow charges for emergency plumbing repairs and different initiatives by means of Aug. 23. Socials on March 21 issued a information launch stating the town is expediting permits to help with fast repairs and reduce the monetary impression of the storm. COMAL COUNTY In the course of the March 18 Comal County Commissioners Courtroom assembly, the Comal County Wellness Werks Committee was awarded the Wellness Committee of the 12 months Award for 2020 by the Texas Affiliation of Counties. Every year, the affiliation selects a county wellness committee that has labored properly with county sta to implement wellness applications and practices.

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BY BRIAN RASH

NEW BRAUNFELS In response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s govt order lifting the masks mandate in Texas and permitting 100% capability in all companies efficient March 10, the town of New Braunfels will proceed to require masks to be worn by sta and clients in any respect metropolis services. Council additionally voted to permit 100% occupancy in metropolis services, up from 75%, and socials directed metropolis sta to revisit the mandate by April 12. Earlier than the choice, which got here throughout a March 8 Metropolis Council meet- ing, Metropolis Supervisor Robert Camareno mentioned protocol up to now in Texas has positioned capability restrictions and different COVID-19-related restrictions on areas with hospitalization charges at 15% or increased for seven days or longer. Camareno mentioned as of March 8, the hospitalization fee in New Braunfels was about 6%. Based on Abbott’s order, each individual within the state continues to be strongly inspired to observe well being suggestions and tips from the Texas Division of State Well being Companies, and native faculty districts are allowed to proceed to set their very own tips.

SOURCE: CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Metropolis Council approves zoning for multifamily growth march supermajority vote

BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

quickly rising space,” mentioned Melina Sanders, director of growth with Herman Kittle Properties, Inc. In 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau listed the New Braunfels AMI to be $71,044, and metropolis socials have high- lighted the necessity for extra inexpensive housing choices for residents. “We’re in dire want of workforce housing on this neighborhood,” mentioned metropolis council member Justin Meadows. “The fact is, it’s the right house for [the development]. Not fashionable, however it’s the excellent house for it.” After listening to opposition from bordering property house owners and assist from the property proprietor, all six metropolis council members and the mayor voted to approve the zone change in a supermajority vote.

NEW BRAUNFELS Throughout a March 22 council assembly, council members accepted the rezoning of 19.96 acres of land for use for a proposed multifamily residential growth. The property, situated on the intersection of FM 725 and East Klein Street, was beforehand zoned for single-family and agriculture. Builders plan to assemble roughly 300 items of full market-rate housing on the property and can put aside 51% of items for residents making at or under 80% of the realm median earnings, or AMI. “[City] senior planner Jean Drew knowledgeable us our supposed use was in keeping with the town’s plan for a transitional hall on this

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D A T E S T O Ok N O W

Residents can forged their ballots at any polling location of their county, together with six New Braunfels areas. For an entire record of polling areas, go to www.co.comal.tx.us/elections or www.co.guadalupe.tx.us/elections W H E R E T O V O T E

April 19 First day of early voting April 20 Final day to use for a poll by mail (acquired, not postmarked)

April 27 Final day of early voting Could 1 Election day Could 1 Final day to obtain the poll by mail (until late-arriving deadline applies)

S A M P L E B A L L O T

P O L L I N G L O C A T I O N S

*Incumbent

Grace Church 3240 FM 725, New Braunfels New Braunfels Municipal Constructing 424 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels Westside Neighborhood Heart 2932 S. I-35, New Braunfels

District 2 David Drastata* Courtney Biasatti District 5 Michelle Ann Ross*

NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL District 3 Harry Bower* Kevin Robles District 4 Pleasure Harvey Lawrence Spradley COMAL ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES District 1 Tim Hennessee* Brittany Soto

NEW BRAUNFELS

Christ Presbyterian Church 1620 Widespread St., New Braunfels Comal County Goodwin Annex 1297 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels Comal County Senior

NEW BRAUNFELS ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES District 3 Eric Bergquist* John Porter District 5 Stephen Minus Brian Grenier Betty Niven

Residents Heart 655 Landa St., New Braunfels

N E W B R A U N F E L S C I T Y C H A R T E R P R O P O S I T I O N S

CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT H Updates the constitution to match state regulation by adjusting the town supervisor’s authority to contract for budgeted objects with a restrict of as much as $50,000. Something over that restrict would nonetheless require Metropolis Council approval CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT I Permits the town supervisor to consent and permit council members to work together with particular person division heads with out violating the constitution CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT J Updates the constitution to match state regulation and present metropolis practices relating to the appointment and removing of the municipal courtroom decide by the town council. Additionally permits the municipal courtroom decide as much as 120 days after his/her appointment to determine residency within the metropolis after being appointed by the town supervisor CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT Ok Provides the town secretary a complete of 20 days to current a recall petition to the Metropolis Council, as an alternative of the present minimal of ve days CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT L Repeals and removes the part of the constitution that establishes and regulates the town’s Division of Taxation, which now not exists resulting from state laws CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT M Permits for the correction of grammar, spelling, gender references, syntax and future corrections with out the necessity for added constitution modification elections CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT N Mandates that sure metropolis data have to be printed

CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT A Removes the one-year hole between a councilperson’s second and third phrases CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT B Provides Metropolis Council further authority when a council seat turns into vacant for 12 months or much less CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT C Prohibits any councilperson from deliberately resigning their place to avoid time period restrict guidelines. Lenders can be prohibited from Claires the function of the mayor throughout an emergency or catastrophe. The mayor can be given entry to all the talents granted by state regulation to maintain the peace, reply to the state of affairs, and appoint further assist if vital. CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT E operating in future metropolis elections CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT D The mayor professional tem can be primarily liable for coordinating Metropolis Council’s annual evaluations of the town supervisor, the town legal professional, and the municipal courtroom decide CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT F Claires the residency requirement for the town supervisor and the town legal professional, giving them as much as 120 days after their appointment to determine residency in New Braunfels CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT G Provides the requirement for the town supervisor to yearly present the town council with a ve-year monetary forecast and a ve-year capital enchancment plan

on the town’s web site CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT O

Modifications what number of occasions sure forms of ordinances have to be learn by Metropolis Council for approval and clarifies the efficient dates for all ordinances and publication

necessities for all ordinances CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT P

Updates the discrimination provision within the constitution to incorporate classes encompassed by federal and state regulation similar to a prohibition on discrimination primarily based on coloration, nationwide origin, age, incapacity, veteran standing, genetic data, or every other protected classification that state or federal regulation prohibits as a foundation for such appointment or removing CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT Q Provides a succession plan to the constitution within the case of emergency or catastrophe the place a quorum of Metropolis Council can now not serve resulting from damage or loss of life. This part establishes an interim quorum of the town council by means of computerized however non permanent appointments to deal with metropolis points throughout the disaster. CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT R Claires the restrictions and tips on marketing campaign actions by metropolis staff and metropolis officers. Particularly, it restricts participation in political campaigning or associated actions throughout work hours or whereas representing the town or their place with the town. Moreover, this alteration regulates o- obligation political participation when the town supervisor believes it’s inflicting an unreasonable disruption to metropolis operations.

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