New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 27, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

January 27, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 76 2627 E EL POP0 TX q Vol 148 No 49 20 pages in 2 sections January WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 30 cents Johnson ends his time on the stand Ingram vice president says emissions wont exceed the legal limits BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer SMTTHSON VALLEY repre sentatives of local citizens groups and state agencies continued to cross examine an Ingram Readymix official Tliesday about air emissions and water usage for a proposed concrete batch plant off Texas Highway 46 Tuesday marked day two of Ingram Readymix vice president Gary Johnsons testimony in the formal hearing conducted by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission The hearing is an official step in Ingiamk application process for standard exemp which would grant the concrete man ufacturer the authority to construct a new plant miles west of the 281 and Highway 46 intersection The hearing began Monday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium as the third round in the contin uous struggle between area residents and the concrete manufacturer Stewart Henry a Austinbased attorney representing Citizens League for Environ mental Action Now questioned Johnson about the proposed plants air pollution and use of available water in the Trinity Aquifer recharge zone Johnson testified Monday that the planned facilitys air emissions would not exceed the legal requirements of a standard exemp tion 25 tons per year Johnson said Ingrams Total Suspended Paniculate rate was 227 per year which includes bom stockpile and road emissions The amount of dust transferred offprop erty by vehicles entering and leaving the plant is factored into a plants annual air emissions Johnson testified that truck traffic at the plant site would only travel on paved roads and the plants emissions were calculated with a formula that used paved roads Johnson also said a PIS form voluntarily completed by Ingram with the standard exemption application bound the compa Make yourself at home Inspector shortage very active market causing headaches for new homeowners BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Buying a home in New Braunfels can be a buyer beware transaction A shortage of city building inspectors and an active real estate matket have left home buyers at risk for a costly learning experience James and Amy Hartig can testify to that The young professionals thought they were buying the home of their dreams in March 1998 when they agreed to pay for a threebedroom house in Canyon Heights on the citys southeast side Unfortunately we didnt use a Amy said The Hartigs were unaware at the time they moved into their new home that it had failed three inspections in 1997 As far as the city of New Braunfels was concerned the house they bought from J Pearce Construction a home building company in San Marcos was uninhabit able City of New Braunfels building offi cial Terry Hikel confirmed the Hartigs moved into their home in 1998 without a certificate of occupancy The house at the 800 block of Hueco Drive had failed inspections in 1997 because of substandard electric work plumbing framing mechan ical problems and fire code violations Hikel said he told the builder the city would not grant any additional construc tion permits until work on the Hartigs residence was completed I shut him Hikel said J Pearce Construction owner Johnny Pearce responded to the Hartigs com plaints by saying he was not aware of all the problems I cant correct things I dont know Pearce said The city lifted the ban on building per ROBIN Amy Hartig center holds son Presley in front of her Hueco Drive home The house was declared uninhabitable by city building inspectors before Hartig and her husband James moved in last year Hartigs neighbors including Albert and Maricella Jaimes left with daughters Amanda 9 and Samanntha 12 and Jackie and Jamie Morin right with son Reggie 8 also found defects in their homes All three homes are in the Canyon Heights subdivision mits to J Pearce Construction after the company complied with Hikels instruc tion He Pearce was very Hikel said Some of the problems homebuyers com plained about were not a builders respon sibility Pearce said Like many builders Pearce said his company often hired sub contractors to perform much of the work on home building jobs The price of a house typically reflected the quality of materials used by subcontractors during construction he said They need to realize they didnt buy a house They bought an Pearce said City building inspectors and officials said consumers builders and mortgage tide owners were caught up in the cur rent population growth in New Braunfels Real estate professionals said the current marked did not protect homebuyers way the real estate transaction takes place today is not in the best interest of the said Gary Hallmark marketing director of South Central Pacif ic Mortgage The city of New Braunfels employs two building inspectors and one official who perform more than 900 inspections per month A failed building inspection does not guarantee a house will remain vacant We lose track of them because were not standing over Hikel said Real estate attorneys and licensed inspectors should be hired by consumers to inspect houses before any money changes hands some real estate professionals said Its important that the buyers get an inspection of their property from a third said BraunTex Realty owner David Consumers also can check the creden tials of a builder by contacting the city planning department at 6082100 The key to this is for them consumers to check who their builder said Jerome Gentry a mortgage loan officer for First Commercial Bank A current city ordinance allows offi cials to take builders to municipal court and fine them up to per day for sub standard building conditions City building Administrative law judge Kerry Sullivan as QaryJohrtson vice president of Ingram Readymbc gives his testimo ny on Monday In the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperatives auditorium Johnson finished his time on the stand Tuesday The hearing will continue at 9 today HeraMattung CISD talking taxes Trustees may end optional exemption for district residents BY HEATHER TOOD Comal Independent School Dis ongoing struggle to fund area schools with decreasing state dollars could mean the end of a significant tax exemption for district patrons CISD trustees will consider an administrative recommendation to eliminate an optional 20 percent homestead exemption during a board of trustees meeting 6 Thursday at Canyon Intermediate School 1275 Business 35 West CISD homeowners currently have the option to receive a tax exemption that lowers the assessed value of a home by 20 percent which signifi cantly reduces the amount of CISD school taxes CISDs 1998 property tax rate is per valuation A CISD value of currently pays school taxes on of the appraised value with the 20 percent homestead exemption and the states homestead exemption Abel Campos business manager for CISD said the elimination of the 20 percent homestead exemption would transfer the burden of school taxes back to homeowners Basically nonhomeowners have already been paying 100 percent of their property taxes so their taxes will go down but homeowners will be paying a lower tax rate on a high er appraised Campos said CISD implemented the optional INSIDE OB Kronkosky Foundation executive director Palmer Moe reveals the most recent grants for organi zations In Comal County on Tuesday at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center The senior center received as an emergency grant for assistance In regaining operational status and service following the Kronkosky grants awarded to three Comal organizations October 19081 BY CREWS Staff Writer When the Kronkosky Charitable Foun dation comes to town people listen And having donated more than to 20 New Braunfels and Comal County organizations since May 1998 it is no wonder people pay atten tion Wroer Moe the executive director and other officials announced during a press conference TUesday its most recent grants to organizations in Comal County The press conference originally was scheduled for Oct 19 two days after the Great Flood of 1998 Tte Albert ardBeawe Mae Kronkoiy Charitable Foundation was established with a milticp endowment to pro Set QRANTStfA ;

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