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Central Texas community comes together to drive up vaccination rates

herd immunity

Reaching for

Many health ocials, including those at Austin Public Health, are using 67% of the total population fully vaccinated as the minimum benchmark to reach herd immunity. Here’s how many people in each county would need to receive vaccines to provide the community at large with collective protection against COVID-19. Numbers are updated as of May 25.

Additional fully vaccinated individuals needed:

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Kendra Wright received early access to the coro- navirus vaccine in January as an essential caretaker to her elderly father. Walking out of the appoint- ment, Wright said she felt immediate relief. “It was like this weight was lifted that I didn’t even know I had,” Wright said. “I instantly wanted everyone to feel that way.” She began by helping a dozen Bee Cave commu- nity members nd appointments for themselves and their loved ones. Wright was soon ooded with messages from residents, some looking for appoint- ments and some asking how they could help. In late January, Wright launched Kendra’s COVID Coaches—one of several Central Texas volunteer groups working to aid the region in the pursuit of reaching herd immunity, or the status at which a community at large will have collective protection against a virus. Since January, grassroots groups such as Kendra’s COVID Coaches have helped con- nect tens of thousands of Central Texans with vac- cine appointments. Incoming requests to the groups have dwindled CONTINUED ON 24

Guadalupe County

POPULATION FULLY VACCINATED POPULATION FULLY VACCINATED POPULATION NEEDED FOR HERD IMMUNITY

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58,395

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Hays County

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Travis County

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and wine as well as custom-order cheese boards and boxes. 830-387-4495. www.ottoscheeseshop.com 5 The VIP Clinic opened at 1067 FM 306, Ste. 601, New Braunfels, in February and held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony in April. Dr. Robert Reid opened the primary care clinic with the goal of oering patients tele- phone and email access to their doctor, same-day appointments, routine labs, a monthly membership model and more. 830-832-8378. www.thevipclinic.net Landscaping company Gruener Pastures Lawn Care LLC opened in New Braunfels on March 1. Gruener Pastures services businesses and residences and oers weekly and biweekly lawn service, shrub and hedge trimming, tree pruning, edging, mulch installation, weed control, spring and fall cleanup, and other services. 830-500-9799. www.gruenerpasturesnb.com COMING SOON 6 Beauty Everlasting , a company that provides customers with treatments and products geared toward skin care, lashes and cosmetics, is having its grand opening event June 12 at 190 Center St., Ste. 108, New Braunfels. Beauty Everlasting oers services that include permanent cosmetics, facials, lash extensions and brow and lip waxing. 830-660-4850. www.beautyeverlasting. skincaretherapy.net 7 A Maryland-based educational child care group broke ground on a New Braunfels location May 20. Kiddie Academy will be located at the southwest

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NOWOPEN 1 The Current Apartments , located at 614 Central Parkway, New Braunfels, opened in mid-April and is now accept- ing applications for studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Ame- nities include covered garage parking, a co-working space with Wi-Fi and printing access, a tness studio, a swimming pool and more. 830-251-2552. www.livethecurrentapts.com

2 Dental Nouveau , located at 2111 S. I-35, Ste. 1101, New Braunfels, began taking appointments in mid-May and plans to open June 7. The family dental oce oers general dentistry services for adults and children, but it also specializes in airway-centered dentistry with alterna- tives to sleep apnea therapy. 830-360-1618. www.dentalnouveau.com 3 A new ice cream shop opened May 10 at 2180 W. Hwy. 46, Ste. 102, New Braunfels, and is serving up handmade

treats. La Autentica Michoacana NB oers popsicles made with fresh fruit, mango- nada, milkshakes and ice cream made in house. The shop does not use processed or frozen ingredients, said owner Luis Oli- vares Garnica, and the menu will continue to expand in the coming weeks. www.facebook.com/laautenticamichnb 4 Artisan vendor Otto’s Cheese Shop opened May 25 at 344 Landa St., New Braunfels. The shop oers cut-to-order cheese and meats, pantry items, beer

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corner of FM 1101 and Kowald Lane and is anticipated to open in late fall. Since its founding in 1981, the academy has expanded to more than 275 locations throughout the country and oers full- time care, before and after-school care, and summer camp programs for children ages 6-12. Enrollment will begin this summer, and those interested can email newbraunfels@kiddieacademy.net, call 830-420-6300 or visit the website www.kiddieacademy.com. 8 A San Antonio restaurant will soon open a second location in the building that once housed River Horau located at 1515 Kuehler Ave., New Braunfels. Lucy Cooper’s Texas Ice House opened at 16080 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, in 2018 and is expected to open its New Braunfels location this summer. The eat- ery oers brunch, pizza, chicken wings, craft cocktails and more. The menu will remain the same at the new location. 210-462-1894. www.lucycoopers.com 9 International coding franchise Code Ninjas will open its rst New Braunfels location at 1847 Hwy. 46, Ste. D, this summer. Through the program chil- dren will learn problem solving, critical thinking, STEM skills and how to code by building their own video games. 855-446-4652. www.codeninjas.com RELOCATIONS 10 The New Braunfels location of San Antonio-based health care clinic Health- Texas Primary Care Doctors relocated April 15 from 660 S. Walnut Ave. to its new location at 900 Loop 337, New Braunfels. The clinic has 17 locations and

accepts most major medical plans as well as Medicare and AARP Medicare Advan- tage. 830-515-1280. www.healthtexas.org NEWOWNERSHIP 11 Thai Racha opened at the end of May after coming under new ownership in early April. Kanjana Clark and her partner, Suphawadee Ladzinski, took ownership of the restaurant April 1, according to Clark’s daughter Jasmine Clark, and they reopened May 14. The restaurant has undergone a complete cleaning, and some appliances have been updated ahead of the reopening, Clark said. Many menu items will remain the same with the addition of several new dishes. The restaurant is located at 263 Loop 337, New Braunfels. 830-620-5050. IN THE NEWS 12 River outtter 444 Tubing Co. , located at 444 E. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, served as a local stop on May 25 for a 15,500-mile national relay created by Dallas-based nonprot Carry The Load. The relay event, which lasted from June 29-May 31, spanned locations throughout the country with walking legs, cycling legs, bus legs and tubing legs, and served to honor fallen military and rst responders. 830-730-8740. www.444tubing.com 13 TaskUs relocated its company headquarters to New Braunfels in April from Santa Monica, California. Located in the Heritage Plaza at 1650 Independence Drive, New Braunfels, Task Us employs about 600 workers in New Braunfels and is a third-party contractor that delivers

FEATURED IMPACT RENOVATIONS In late April, Pit Stop #1 Food Mart, located at 974 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels, reopened as Fischer’s Market Express . The original market was opened in 1975 by Maurice and Charlene Fischer, and the renovation of the New Braunfels store kick-started a project to remodel all Pit Stop Food Marts in the New Braunfels and San Antonio area, according to the company. Fischer’s Market Express locations will operate as sister stores to the larger Fischer’s Neighborhood Market locations throughout the area. Customers will have access to fresh- brewed coee, Shell fuel, snacks, beverages and car wash services. next-generation outsourcing for dierent companies worldwide. 888-400-8275. www.taskus.com COMMUNITY In May, the city of New Braunfels was selected as a nalist for the 2021 Na- tional Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park As- sociation. A panel of park and recreation professionals will judge the applications before awarding the nalist the Grand

The new store held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce on May 27 and will host a grand opening for the community June 12 that will include giveaways and free coee and tea. 830-625-4214 • www.schersmkt.com

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Plaque Award honor during the 2021 NRPA conference in September. CLOSINGS 14 On May 7, Mi Frijoles closed after operating at 123 S. Union Ave., New Braunfels, since December. Owner Andy Chavez sold the lease and equipment to a family that plans to open a Mexican restaurant called El Luchador Tacos and Enchiladas. Mi Frijoles retained the rights to the original recipes, and the company will continue to cater and attend pop-up events. www.facebook.com/mifrijoles

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ADULT PICKLEBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION Adults age 16 and older can participate in a six-week pickleball ladder league that is open to all skill levels. Registration closes June 11 with the season beginning June 21 and final matches July 26. Monday nights from 5:30-8:30 p.m. $35 per person. Das Rec, 345 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-221-4170. www.dasrec.com 07 THROUGH 18 GERMAN LANGUAGE CAMP Students ages 6-14 can learn beginner German through songs, games, activities and conversation during German Language Camp. Attendees will learn and practice introductory German words and phrases. 9 a.m.-noon. $120. New Braunfels Conservation Society, 1300 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels. 830-660-0437. dianemoltz8001@att.net 11 THROUGH 13 ‘MATILDA: THEMUSICAL’ New Braunfels Performing Arts will bring a version of a story by Roald Dahl to the stage with “Matilda: The Musical.” The performance follows the adventure of Matilda as she reimagines her own destiny. Limited- capacity requirements will be in effect to allow for social distancing. 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. (June 11-12); 2 p.m. (June 13). $15 (per person over age 2). New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-609-7768. www.nbperformingarts.com

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Float and run in the annual Dos Rios Splash & Dash 5K. Runners participating in the 11th annual event will begin at Cypress Bend Park and will continue through Prince Solms Park, where racers will float the river through the tube chute before finishing the race. 6:30 a.m. (packet pickup), 8 a.m. (race begins). $25 (race price until June 6), $25 (virtual race price), $10 (per child until June 14), $15 (per child after June 14), $30 (late registration June 7-18), $40 (race day registration). Cypress Bend Park, 503 Peace Ave., New Braunfels. www.nbparksfoundation.org/ event/2021-dos-rios-5k-splash-dash

The second annual NB Home and Garden Show, hosted by Hill Country Conferences, will allow attendees to meet experts in landscaping, home remodeling, homebuilding and more. The show will take place at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center and will also feature workshops, speakers and demonstrations focused on home improvement projects. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 5), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (June 6). $8 (per adult), $4 (per child over age 2). New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. www.nbhomeandgardenshow.com

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12 ART&YOGAAT DAS REC Relax and get creative during an Art and Yoga class hosted at Das Rec. 7:30-9:30 a.m. All ages welcome. $25. Das Rec Back Lawn, 345 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-221-4170. www.dasrec.com 12 LIVING HISTORY Visit the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture on the second Saturday of each month to watch living history events. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 1370 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels. 830-629-6504. www.texashandmadefurniture.com/livinghistory 17 ‘THEWORLD’S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON’ Join this one-day global event where participants will learn about the importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. All ages are welcome. 2 p.m. Free. Das Rec, 345 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-221-4170. www.dasrec.com 18 THROUGH 20 NEWBRAUNFELS TATTOO EXPO More than 160 award-winning tattoo artists will participate in the sixth annual New Braunfels Tattoo Expo hosted by Ink Masters Tattoo Show. 1-11 p.m. (June 18), 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (June 19), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (June 20). $20 (single-day entry), $35 (full weekend pass). New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave. 714-787-8169. www.inkmasterstattooexpo.com 21 THROUGH 25 WATERWATCHERS SUMMER CAMP During this five-day Headwaters at the Comal camp, students in fourth through sixth grades will learn about

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how the water resources in Texas Hill Country work and preservation efforts. 9 a.m.-noon. $20 (per Headwaters member child) or $25 (nonmember child). Headwaters at the Comal, 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels. 830-608-8937. www.headwatersatthecomal.com 24 VISITING STORYTELLER Touring poetic storyteller Oba William King will visit the New Braunfels Public Library on June 24. The performance will include stories, songs and drums for viewers of all ages. 10:30 a.m. Free. New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St., New Braunfels. 830-221-4300. www.nbtexas.org/library 26 KAYAKING 101 Explore the waters of Fischer Park and learn the basics of kayaking. Instruction will include proper boat entry, launching and paddling. The class is open to participants age 9 and older, and preregistration is required. 10:30 a.m.-noon. $10. Fischer Park Nature Education Center, 1946 Monarch Way, New Braunfels. 830-221-4378. www.nbtexas.org/2586/fischer-park- nature-education-center JULY 03 FOUNDER’S DAY PARADE As part of the postponed events celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of New Braunfels, this year’s Founder’s Day Parade will be held in conjunction with the Sophienburg’s Fourth of July Parade. Participants who registered for the planned 2020 event will be included in this year’s parade. 9:30 a.m. Free. Route to be announced. www.since1845.com

BRAUNTEXPERFORMINGARTS THEATRE 290 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels 830-627-0808 • www.brauntex.org JUNE 10 Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley 17 Urban Cowboys Ride Again 19 Donny Edwards WHITEWATERMUSIC AMPHITHEATER 11860 FM 306, Ste. 1, New Braunfels 830-964-3800 • www.whitewaterrocks.com JUNE 05 Wade Bowen 06 Travis Tritt 12 Granger Smith 19 Charley Crockett 25 Ryan Bingham GRUENE HALL 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels 830-606-1281 • www.gruenehall.com JUNE 05 Paul Cauthen 10 Randy Rogers, Brady Black & Geoffrey Hill 11 Reckless Kelly 25 The Cadillac Three

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Citygets$1Mformajor intersectionprojects The city of New Braunfels is slated to receive more than $1 million from the Texas Department of Transporta- tion as part of The TxDOT Highway Safety Improvement Program.

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INTERSECTION FIXES FOUR The four intersections were identied by TxDOT and the city of New Braunfels as needing improvements due to safety issues and serious crashes. Barbarosa Road/FM 306 & FM 1101—$442,000 Intersection improvements such as additional approach lanes and protected left-turn signal phasing will be added. 1 Hanz Drive & Gruene Road— $54,000 Advanced intersection warning signals and signs will be implemented. 2 Walnut Avenue & County Line Road—$202,000 Trac signals and school zones will be improved. 3

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Hinman Island Drive Installation of 30- to 33-inch sewer lines along Hinman Island Drive is ex- pected to conclude in June. The project is part of the New Braunfels Utilities’ North Kuehler Interceptor Upgrade Project replacing 12,000 feet of sewer main throughout the city. According to NBU, completion of the road work was delayed due to weather but the pedes- trian bridge is open. Timeline: November 2020-June 2021 Cost: $10.3 million Funding source: NBU

A news release states the allocation is intended to address safety issues at key intersections where serious crashes have occurred. To that end, the city and TxDOT worked together to identify and sub- mit projects that met those criteria. The release states TxDOT will provide 90% of construction costs for the project at the intersection of Barbarosa Road and FM 1101 while New Braunfels will provide the other 10% of the $442,000 bill. Improvements will also be made to the intersections of Hanz Drive and Gruene Road, Walnut Avenue and County Line Road, and County Line and Dove Crossing Drive. Those three projects will be cov- ered completely by TxDOT and begin sometime in 2022.

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ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF MAY 11. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT NBFNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Elizabeth Avenue Realignment A portion of Elizabeth Avenue from Landa Park Drive to Hinman Island Drive will remain closed to trac through the summer as the city works to realign the roadway. The project will relocate the existing parking lot to be directly adjacent to the Wurstfest grounds, with Elizabeth being rerouted along what is currently the north side of the lot. Timeline: November-August Cost: $1.66 million Funding source: New Braunfels Eco- nomic Development Corp.

KleinRoad reconstructionworkmoves forward Reconstruction of Klein Road between FM 1044 and Walnut Avenue is nearing completion, throughout the project has caused sig- nicant delays, said David Ferguson, media and communications coordina-

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though damage to some portions of the roadway has caused what ocials describe as serious delays. The project is part of the city of New Braunfels’ 2013 bond program and will widen the street from two to four lanes and install a median, curbs and sidewalks. While much of the work is sig- nicantly complete, deterioration

tor for the city of New Braunfels. The city is actively working with the contractor to resolve the issues before completing the nal paving, Ferguson said. Timeline: February 2019-summer 2021 Cost: $10.3 million Funding source: city of New Braunfels 2013 bond program

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DEVELOPMENT Multifamily housing project advances in NewBraunfels

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New Braunfels officials approved the special- use permit for the new multifamily housing project, but with some conditions. Those include: • The density may not exceed 24 units per acre. • Three-story buildings may not exceed 45 feet, and two-story buildings may not exceed 35 feet in height. • Clearwater Drive to the northwest of the property will only be designated for emergency vehicular and pedestrian access.

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March 2 city planning commission meeting. “We came up with a plan and a design, and even a private agree- ment with that [property owners association] to do some things for them that would mitigate some of the impact of a project like this,” Morin said. “Our opposition went from 30% of the property owners within the area to just less than 15%.” Documentation from the city shows the development standard for this SUP is more restrictive than for a normal multifamily district in New Braunfels. As one example, for the proposed project, any portion of a building that is three stories in height will require rear setback of 100 feet as opposed to the standard 25 feet. For this project, the city is also requiring a residential buffer masonry wall that is 10 feet high; normally the minimum would be 6 to 8 feet high. In a 5-2 vote, District 5 Council Member Jason Hurta and District 6 Council Member James Blakey went against the SUP. Though many New Braunfels resi- dents expressed no opposition to the project, during the May 10 meeting, several people were in attendance to vocally oppose the multifamily and other proposed rezones. New Braunfels resident Timothy Davis, who was a vocal critic of mul- tifamily housing, made a comment during the meeting that amplified

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New Braunfels City Council passed several rezoning ordinances up for consideration during a May 10 meeting, one of which advanced a multifamily housing project that is planned to have more than 200 units. According to a document sub- mitted by a developer to the city, a proposed multifamily housing project on about 10 acres of land at the northwest corner of the intersec- tion of East Common Street and Old FM 306 would include an estimated 227 units. City Council approved the rezon- ing on its second reading, along with a list of conditions the city can enforce due to it being approved under a special-use permit, or SUP. Some of the conditions included were increased stormwater storage capacity, a privacy wall and a three-story height restriction, which was further restricted to two stories when buildings are adjacent to single-family homes. Some of the conditions were concessions offered to community members by the developer, which were added to the SUP during City Council’s vote. David Morin of MNO Partners, which represented the project, detailed multiple outreach efforts aimed at winning over the project’s neighboring homeowners. City documents show 46 property owners residing adjacent to the proposed multifamily residential project were contacted prior to a

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WE CAME UPWITHAPLANANDADESIGN, AND EVENAPRIVATE AGREEMENTWITH THAT [PROPERTYOWNERSASSOCIATION] TODO SOME THINGS FOR THEMTHAT WOULDMITIGATE SOME OF THE IMPACT OF APROJECT LIKE THIS. DAVIDMORIN, MNO PARTNERS REPRESENTATIVE

his opposition to the agenda items. “Fail to listen to us, fail to listen to the voice of the people that have clearly voiced they’re against this— there’s going to be retribution,” Davis said during a public comment period. Davis continued to oppose City Council regarding the zoning code, briefly pausing to accept a correction about zoning codes from Council Member Matthew Hoyt, who soon

fired back after seemingly having run out of patience. “I take calls 24/7. If you have any questions about zoning, call me [or] call the city during the day. They’ll be happy to answer your questions about any zoning anywhere in the city,” Hoyt said. “The staff works really hard to make sure that all this information is available so that we don’t have this that just happened.”

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Comal & New Braunfels ISDs

COMPILED BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

November bond package could bring big upgrades to district

Trustees swear in members, appoint new board president

Proposition A Funding for new campuses, including two elementary schools and one middle school Proposition B Campus improvements and an events facility Proposition C A portion of the proposed events facility Proposition D Teacher and student technology upgrades A LOOK ATPROJECTS The November CISD bond package would have four propositions.

COMAL ISD Planning is underway in preparation for a November bond election, though ocials have yet to set a bond total. The board of trustees had originally planned to bring a $397.7 million bond package to voters during the May 2020 election before canceling the election due to the coronavirus pandemic. In preparation for the upcoming 2021 bond package, many of the projects from last year have been carried over into four propositions in the new package, according to Superintendent Andrew Kim. Proposition A would include funding for two new elementary schools, one new middle school, land acquisition for future cam- puses, capital projects and buses. Rapid population growth within the district is a primary driving force behind the focus on funding new campuses and purchasing

COMAL ISD The board of trustees welcomed a new member and appointed a new president May 20. Newcomer Courtney Biasatti joined the board as representative for

additional land, Kim said during a May 20 board meeting. By 2025, the board anticipates a rapidly increasing population will cause the district to grow to include up to 24 elementary schools, up from the current 18 elementary schools. Proposition B is expected to include funding for campus improvements as well as a multiuse agricultural pavilion that is part of the district’s plan to construct a multiuse events facility. Funding for the remainder of the event center would be presented to voters in Proposition C. Proposition D would consist of funding for teacher and student technology upgrades, including new teacher laptops and the replacement of equipment that has reached the end of its life cycle. If the district were to keep its current $0.35 interest and sinking

Jason York

District 2 after defeating former board President David Drastata during the May 1 election. Drastata served on the board for 12 years. “It’s been an incredible journey over the last 12 years, but the last 14 months certainly stand out,” Drastata said when addressing the board. The board also swore in Michelle Ross and Tim Hennessee for their second terms. After swearing in the new and returning members, Jason York was elected as board president with Michelle Ross serving as vice president.

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tax rate, Kim said the district has a bond capacity of $550 million. The current proposed bond totals more than $468 million, excluding the multiuse event center, which is still in the planning stage. The board will hear a report on district demographics and growth patterns during a June 10 workshop and will be required to ocially call a bond election by Aug. 16.

Boardof trustees locks insuperintendent appointment

BOARD ELECTIONWINNERS The May 1 election resulted in two board members being sworn in May 10. ERIC BERGQUIST • District 3 • won with 562 votes STEVE MINUS • District 5 • won with 1,066 votes SOURCE: NEW BRAUNFELS ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

COMAL ISD Meets June 24 at 6 p.m. at the CISD District Oce, 1404 N. I-35, New Braunfels. 830-221-2000 www.comalisd.org NEW BRAUNFELS ISD Meets June 21 at 7 p.m. at the NBISD Administration Center, 1000 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels. 830-643-5705 www.nbisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER

NEWBRAUNFELS ISD The board of trustees welcomed a newmember, an incumbent and a new superintendent. During the board’s regular May 10 meet- ing, the board approved the appointment of Cade Smith as the new superintendent for the district. Smith has served as the superintendent for Brock ISD in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 2018. He previously worked as the executive director of campus operations

and campus leadership in Georgetown ISD from 2016-18, was principal at Georgetown High School from 2013-16 and was an assis- tant principal in Frisco ISD from 2009-13. He began his teaching career in 1999. Smith will begin his position with NBISD in June. The board also swore in Eric Bergquist and Steve Minus to take board seats in Districts 3 and 5, respec- tively. Both won their respective races during the May 1 election.

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News from New Braunfels & Comal County

QUOTEOFNOTE “WHAT HAPPENS AT THESE COMMUNITY MEETINGS IS AGIVE AND TAKE. THAT’S THE HOPE A LOT OF THE TIME.” THOR THORNHILL, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF HMT ENGINEERING AND SURVEYING, ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF REZONING READINGS AHEAD OF MEETINGS WITH CONCERNED CITIZENS COUNTY HIGHLIGHT COMAL COUNTY Ocials approved the rst change order for the county sheri’s oce renovation during a May 20 Commissioners Court meeting. County information states that following the completion of the new Comal County Jail facility, the original jail is being recongured to house the entire sheri’s department. SpawGlass Contractors was hired by the county through a $12.4 million contract and is expected to be substantially complete by April 14, 2022. The rst change order for the project amounts to $213,949. New Braunfels City 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 Main Plaza, second oor, New Braunfels. 830-221-1100 www.co.comal.tx.us Guadalupe County Meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at 101 E. Court St., Seguin. 830-303-8869 www.co.guadalupe.tx.us MEETINGSWE COVER

City Council swears inmembers, incorporates charter amendments

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Due to the results of the May 1 election, New Braunfels City Council has a new elected member, but mostly stays the same. DISTRICT 3 Harry Bowers sworn in for second term DISTRICT4 Lawrence Spradley replaces Matthew Hoyt MAYORPROTEM Council votes to keep Justin Meadows in that position SOURCE: CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

returning members, the council elected Justin Meadows to remain the mayor pro tem and adopted an ordi- nance to incorporate 18 city charter amendments that were previously approved by voters. The charter amendments changed City Council terms, claried the mayor’s role during an emergency or disaster, and required the city man- ager to provide City Council with a ve-year nancial forecast and capital improvement plan.

NEWBRAUNFELS City Council wel- comed a new member and appointed a new mayor pro temMay 24. Newcomer Lawrence Spradley joined the council as representative for District 4, replacing former Council Member Matthew Hoyt, who did not run for re-election. The board also swore in Harry Bowers for his second term represent- ing District 3. After swearing in the new and

Keith Lane sworn in as NewBraunfels’ top cop

Updates coming to plan guiding bonds

PROPOSED TIMELINE Dates proposed toward the goal of updating the city’s capital improvement plan have been listed as follows:

BY WARREN BROWN

BY WARREN BROWN

NEWBRAUNFELS During a May 10 meeting, New Braunfels City Council directed city sta to pursue hiring a consultant to assist with improving its 2012 Capital Improvement Plan, one of the resources used to guide the creation of bond elections. The plan would be used for a proposed May 2023 bond election, and Capital Programs Manager Jennifer Kane said the city has a projected capacity for bond nanc- ing of up to $120 million. Kane also said $43 million of a $117 million 2019 bond has yet to be issued but is projected to be utilized in 2021 and 2022. A portion of the bonds may also be issued in 2023.

NEWBRAUNFELS City Council voted to conrm Keith Lane as the city’s new chief of police during a May 10 meeting. Lane, who has

Oct.-Dec. 2021

Appointment of bond advisory committee

Jan. 2022

Advisory committee to begin meeting Updated plan’s anticipated completion City to complete bids on projects Committee recommendations for projects to be nalized Bond proposal submitted to City Council

April 2022

served as the interim chief of police for the department since late 2020, took his oath of oce during the meeting. City Manager Robert Camareno detailed a thorough process the city used to select Lane from a pool of 62 applicants. Lane previously worked as the city manager of Haltom City and was the director of public safety and chief of police there, according to his LinkedIn page. Keith Lane

June 2022 Fall 2022

Early 2023

May or Nov. 2023

Bond election called

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HEALTH CARE SNAPSHOT

COMPILED BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

COMPARING COUNTY HEALTH

COMBATING COVID19

These rankings are updated annually but include data from previous years. There are other factors included that are not listed.

Vaccination eorts in Central Texas have been gradually increasing as doses are more available. Data is accurate as of May 27.

COMAL COUNTY GUADALUPE COUNTY

HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

VACCINATION DEMOGRAPHICS 1.37% 1.74% 17.74% 61.66% Asian Black White Hispanic

COUNTYVACCINATIONS

• LENGTHOF LIFE • QUALITYOF LIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported

2.10% 5.61%

PEOPLE AGE 12+ WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE

53.02% 47.65%

27.23% 45.43% 7.83% 11.80% 0.015% 42.79% 29.29% 22.43% 5.46% 0.007%

2021 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS OUT OF 243 COUNTIES

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICAL CARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays; and u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS , such as educational attainment levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crimes • PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT FACTORS , such as air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and long commutes

8.62% 8.86%

Other

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20 21 43

Length of life Overall Quality of life

AGE BREAKDOWN

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