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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY eague Team advances to sectional tourney Page 5 50 CENTS to pages In one section Tuesday July Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Dawn Vol 145 No 174 Inside Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jody Bagley Mary Ann Fox Carolyn Howard and Dawn Leanne Schneider 16 Happy Anniversary wishes go to Raul and Odelia Espinosa 25 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Mold Grass Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level dovyp 06 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU pumping reports were not available at presstime Normal summer weather expected Normal seasonal high and low temperatures will prevail this afternoon and Wednes day Highs will be in the mid 908 and lows will be in the mid70s Humidity will range from about 90 percent in the morning and to 40 percent in the afternoon A mild wind will come from the south to south east ranging from 5 to 10 mph For those of us offended by the holding pattern our weath er seems to be in the National Weather Service teases us by predicting a 20 percent chance of showers and thun derstorms for Wednesday Watch for those 135 exits Work crews are continuing construction of additional lanes to Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and Schertz That was the good news The notsogood news is that the only exits for southbound traf fic are Solms Road in south east New Braunfels and Farm toMarket Road 2252 in west Schertz Roads closed for high water Gruene Bridge and Rebec ca Creek Road are closed because of high flows of the Guadalupe River The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from Canyon Dam to bring Canyon Lake to normal levels Take care in summer heat Summer heat is dangerous for small children and pets Make sure younger children have plenty to drink when they are out in the heat When leav ing your house for a while make sure your pets have plenty to drink and shade to keep cool under Qet bacMoschool Immunliatfons now The time to immunize your school and preschool children is now For more information call the Comal County health department at 6205595 Splash time With temperatures reaching near 100 Monday afternoon Vangie Rodriguez plays with her child Gerard at the wading pool in Landa Park HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall City OKs holiday lighting bid Threeyear contract gets approval By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council unani mously approved a bid to a Syracuse company Monday to build and lease at least 38 lighting displays for a proposed holiday lights drivethrough event this Christmas The contract will be negotiated with Brandanos Displays by the city manager in a plan to offer the lighted displays at Cypress Bend Park from the day after Wurstfest to around Jan 1 1998 Council also decided to earmark in hotel occupancy tax revenue Christmas in July Brandanos Displays Inc of Syracuse got the contract for displays at Cypress Bend Park Council earmarked in hotel occupancy tax revenue The threeyear contract will not cost more than officials said The displays will shine from the day after Wurstfest to Jan 1 that it set aside this past year for special events The contract is for three years and will not cost more than a total of officials said Marion mulls mobile home regs By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer MARION Marion City Council Monday night tabled a proposed mobile home ordinance so that it could be fine tuned The proposed ordinance would ban mobile homes built before June 15 1976 from being placed within the city limits of Marion Manufactured homes and HUDcode manufactured homes constructed according regu lations set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development built after June 1976 would be allowed in the city The ordinance would require all mobile and manufactured homes be skirted The ordinance specifies what type of framework the mobile homes may have and requires them to be anchored The storage of manufactured homes would be prohibited in the pro posed ordinance Mobile homes built before June 1976 that already are in the city would be grandfathered under the ordinance Councilman Jimmy Schulz said Six months after the ordinance goes into effect owners of all mobile homes including the grandfathered would have six months to be properly skirted said an ordinance governing mobile homes was needed We are trying to protect the city from inferior type of housing coming into the city Schulz said What we are trying to do is eliminate the possibility of old mobile homes coming into Hild said Marion has had a prob lem with eyesore mobile homes Some were crammed in side by side It is a safety Mayor Glenn Hild said It is something we had not addressed it is long Under the proposed ordinance all manufactured homes must be installed no closer than 10 feet to any property line nor closer than 25 feet to the prop erty line adjoining a public street Also there would be only one home allowed per lot and each would be required to have a separate water and sewer con nection The lot size for the manufactured homes has not been determined yet The mayor and Schulz said they will work to come up with a lot size by the July 28 meeting they said Hild said he wanted to look into another clause in the ordinance that would give the council the power to review an application and approve it 45 days after it had been received Do we want the city council to get involved in the application or have the city inspector Hild said He said council would consider the ordinance at its meeting on July 28 Also Monday council approved the lease contract with the Marion Youth Organization with provisions for the softball field the organization built on city property on Otto Street Fire causes minor damage HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall A firefighter douses a problem spot of a small fire at Oakwood Inn Monday on Texas 46 near Interstate 35 North A few of the rooms were evacuated and no one was hurt The cause of the fire was believed to have been electrical I think its going to be very success ful mainly because this community is really saidJohn Brandano the company owner who attended Mon days council meeting The risk is how much work there is to do Were going to have to roll up our sleeves and get the word Brandano said his company would market the display event in connection with other Christmas events in New Braunfels Some of the displays would reflect local icons a Texas theme and general Christmas themes such as Santa Clans official said Admission would cosi proposed S7 for each car The city is projecting that cars will pass through the displays fora total revenue of and a profit of in the projects first year Citizens cry out for tree rules Residents address council at meeting By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A handful of citizens upset with the recent felling of an old oak tree on land on where Albertsons is building a grocery store told New Braunfels City Council Monday that a comprehensive tree ordinance was needed to regulate development The tree was estimated to be older than 150 years and was located at Wood Road and Walnut Avenue near Oakwood Tire Center I am not here to say what type of tree ordinance should be said Fred Willard a local doctor who lives on Laurel Lane near the construction site I encourage you as a city council to look into some sort of protection for our green areas Something has to be done before its an asphalt Eight people spoke to council Monday in support of drafting an ordinance to regulate tree and landscape development during the citizens communication period of the meet ing a time to discuss items not on the pub lished agenda Calling herself the Tree Dolores Schumann said it wasa tragedy that the oak tree and others were disappearing in New Braunfels Were asking that trees be preserved said Schumann a member of the Guada Coma Garden Club No matter what the building looks like without land scaping the store is not an inviting Mayor Jan Kennady said she agreed that the issue warranted further study and sug gested a committee be formed during the next council meeting that would include concerned citizens and developers Willard and other concerned citizens said Turn to Citizens Page 2A Wet weather brings mosquitoes out to bite Theyre breeding in your back yard By DEMISE OZIUK Staff Writer Heading outdoors for a barbecue could mean a bat tle against hundreds of ravaging mosquitoes and their home could be as close as your dogs water dish Key Vaughn chief of institutional sanitation and vector control branches for Texas Department of Health said wet mild summers such as this area has experienced so far usually resulted in an increase in mosquito problems Vaughn said he received calls related to mosquito control throughout the state including the Austin San Antonio and New Braunfels area The problem could stem ftom recent rains Vaughn said explaining that standing water could be a haven The key to it around your house and home is to change out the A lot of mosquitoes both ering people are breeding right there in their back Key Vaughn Texas Department of Health tor breeding mosquitoes depending on the type of insect One kind a pasture mosquito breeds in small holes in pastures and waits for big rains to flood the area Another type breeds in small areas with standing water such as cans bottles water dishes potted plants old tires or clogged rain gutters Thats the type that we are having the most problem with right now in the Austin area and pret ty much all he said It doesnt take much water for mosquitoes to crank out enough to be i Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the county received a complaint from a resident in the York Creek area who said a creek was creating a mosquito problem He told county commissioners recently that the county was limited in where it can apply pesticides and any mosquito control efforts would not eliminate breeding grounds on private property For a lot of mosquitoes the smaller areas are the preferred spot for he said One of the main problems is that were limited to public right of Since he had reported to commissioners on what could be done Honiseth said he was waiting for u Turn to Mosquitoes Page 2A Now Braunfels stands to gain by handling curbside recycling program Page 4A
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