Friday, January 3, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas DOfMiHMM 99 HMr To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 All six area basketball teams in action See Page 1B 50 CENTS IlOOV 16 pages in two sections Friday January 31997 Serving Corhal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Jttitto OaitmiM Vol 145 No 37 Inside Market h Birthday wishes front the HeraMZetttmal The New Braunfeli Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Gregory Hate Brenda McKennis Gary Webhaar Judy Marks Nicole Martinez Jante Gonzates Peter Bryan Kwales 25 Royfene Reeves To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 PolMfl Count MoW 2614 Mountain Cedar Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Rlvtr Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 3 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 Canyon 0am discharge cte Canyon Lake Inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation NtwBrnunMsUtllitlM NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Wednesday and mutton gallons of well water were used Cancer society needs drivers The American Cancer Soci etys Road to Recovery Program for Comal County needs more drivers to transport ambulatory cancer patients to and from their treatments For details call Bob Pefer Y at6253252 Community Blood Drive on Sunday Everyone is encouraged to make a New Years resolution to participate regularly in blood Drives to assure that blood is always available The first opportunity to keep that resolution is at the Community Blood Drfve spon sored by the First Protestant Church on Sunday The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be accept ing donors from until at the Seele Parish House Jocated on Coll Street The drive will be conducted in the basement in the Bprmann Room For further Information call harlene Nolle at 6291000 MidTexas Symphony rehearsal begins Rehearsal for the MidTexas Symphony Chorus will start Sunday in the chapel at Texas Lutheran University at 2 Scores will be provided If you have any questions Dlease call Dr Fred Frueholz at Cheery breakfast being served A panoake breakfast spon sored by the Mppbnalde at nterstate 35 and Highway 46 8 set for 6 to Monday to help the Canyon High School cheerleaders aise money to go to a nation al competition In Orlando Fla All tho pancakes you can eat will be available for Prizes will be awarded on he hour between 7 and 10 im City aims to curt tower placement By ABE LEVY Staff Writer In an effort to regulate an expected rise in cellular tower construction city officials plan to amend the zoning ordi nance to minimize the placement of new antennae on residential areas City Planning Director Harry Ben nett said about 12 towers currently exist inside city limits and he expects another eight this year largely because1 of the planned expansion oflntcrstatc 35 State officials plan to expand IH35 from four to eight lanes through most of New Braunfcls as early as next fall As the highway widens city plan ning officials expect an increase in tower construction along the way Bennett said one tower recently was constructed in a commercial zone inside city limits and one is planned in an industrial zone Current towers in New Braunfels average 150 feet New construction without proper regulation could create eyesores for residents and tourists as they travel in the city Bennett Said The amendments only apply to con structionfof a tower and not the place ment of antennae The proposal would require appli cants who plan to build a new tower to provide documentation that the antona could not be placed on an existing tow er or a tall structure such as a water tank or flag pole If a merger is not considered feasible a new tower would be allowed in an industrial zoning district The only other fallback would be to apply for a specialuse permit which would require a rczoning designation by the planning board and city council Rczoning designation requests require detailed information as to the proposed towers size site plans and camouflage measures The proposed amendments arc the subject of a hearing before the Planning and Zoning Board on Tuesday and likely will be scheduled for city coun cil consideration at its regular meet ing Jan 13 Three readings by Council are nec essary for the amendments to be added to the current building ordinance More and more people are using cell phones and pagers to stay in con tact with each he said The more users the more towers youll need Thats why were in a hur ry to get this thing We dont need the skyline of New Braunfcls inundated by a bunch of cell towers all over the place We need to be the caretakers of our city especially for tourists coming Help may be available for area farmers Loans could ease effects of drought By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Several locnl farmers experienced finaneiul hardships as a result of the drought this summer but relief might be available through emergency farm loans Gerald Houy an agriculture credit officer with the Farm Service Agency said In October Comal County was declared a disaster area because of the drought He said depending on the farm size fanners who widcrcd at least a 30 percent loss could be eligible to received ah emergency farm loan The loans willpuy up to 80 percent of the money lost or the operating loan need ed to continue operations whichever is less The interest for farmers unable to get credit private lenders is per cent The loans arc limited to what we actually calculate their loss to be as a result of the said Houy Its just a way to help fanners when its cir cumstances beyond their Hquy said the farmer had to suffer the loss since June I 1995 Mouy said the loans apply to operations recog nized as farms and county commit lecs will make the final determination if farms qualify At the minimum size it must be a farm recognized as a farm in the com munity and not just a rural Houy said Its pretty wide open on who can apply and a county commit tee will determine To apply Houy said farmers need to complete an application packet The packets are available at the FSA office 21011 Live Oak KM 20l lnSeguin In addition to the application farmers will also need to submit records of production for the previous five years and current financial records showing income and expenditures The dead line to apply is June 24 1997 but Houy said farmers should apply early We have ample funding Houy said ll may get a little lighter delay in applying will also cause a backlog in Dogs continue to be problem for ranchers By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SPUING BRANCH Dogs who are allowed to run rampant by their owners are still causing problems for ranchers in western Comal County an animal control officer said Steve McKin head of Comal Coun ty Animal Control said his depart ment had a report of another dog attack on goats and sheep Rancher Vance Rittimann said he lost 27 head of sheep and goats during the weekend from dog attacks Ritti niann said all of the sheep were nannies with babies or about to have babies They dogs hit three different Rittimann said Once for the sheep then for the 17 goats and then for our neighbors six Spanish goat Six big ewes and four lambs were included on the casualty list In 12 years we have lost a head of goats and Rittimann said Each year McKin said the animal control office has had reports of eight to 10 animal defamation cases The attecks have occurred oilSpring Branch and Ritlimann Roads McKin said the problems arise when homeowners in the five subdivisions in the area Hills Creek wood Sun Valley Indian Hills and Lake of Hills let their dogs roam the area without any supervision espe cially at night There is a county order which pro hibits animals from roaming free unless they are under direct supervision on the owners property Even though people may know of the order McKin said they still let their dogs loose believing they can get away will it They figure after 5 Well we will just let them run for a Unless they dont show up the next morning they wont think of McKin said When the dogs are free to roam with reckless abandon McKin said the results can be devastating If you take twoor three dogs in a herd of 100 sheep they will probably kill or injure half of McKin said What Ihe dogs are doing is play ing with them The dogs run with them play with them and then the sheep cant run because it is worn out Then Ihe dog just kills it The dogs arent feeding from them They are out there having McKin said traps arsenic bait and snares are the three ways ranchers can slop the dogs from harming their sheep or goals Snares are a piece of small cable a quarter of a inch in diameter placed under a fence When a dog steps onto this cable its head or feet are caught in it making it unable to move Ranchers have the right to destroy the dogs that are attacking their live stock because they are protecting their McKin said Most of the dogs dont have tags so they cant be Hut if a dogs owner is found they will pay the consequences McKiri said He dog owner is responsible for ail damages done to the sheep and goals killed or he said Dog owners who dont take respon Turn to Dogs Page 2A 04 office consolidation remains on A0fcff Page 34