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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW FELS 20332 11009 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E I DR EL PRSO TX 7q903 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 52 46 pages in 3 sections January 31 1999 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Play tough See Sports to find out how your favorite basketball team fared in the fierce competition of district 9A Babies on parade Meet Isabelie Hamilton Haugh and other New Braunfels babies bom in 1998 in our annual Babies on Parade INSIDE Tango Its exotic its passionate and its in New Braunfels its the tango See Lifestyle to find out whos taking lessons whos teaching them and WEATHER Rain reenters the forecast for early in the week while today is expected to be mild and tonight cold See Page 2A for the complete forecast INDEX Ingram hearing moves to Austin FROM STAFF REPORTS Ingram Readymix Companys official hearing to gain authorization for the construction of a new con crete batch plant in Bulverde is expected to end Monday The hearing is set to reconvene at 9 at the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings 1700 N Congress Ave in Austin The hearing conducted by the Texas Natural Resource Conserva tion Commission started last week in Bulverde and was requested by Citizens League for Environmental Action Now and Comal Indepen dent School District patrons to determine the proposed plants impact on air quality and water availability Big Buck Keith Warren gets ready to speak to hunters during the 1999 Comal County Big Buck Contest awards banquet Saturday at the Comal County Falrgtounds The con test was sponsored by Granzins Meat Market Docs Guns Schwabs Sausage Haus Comal Taxidermy The Hunting Camp and the HeraldZeitung ROBIN Plea for slowdown Residents cops disagree about traffic concerns in Summerwood BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Some homeowners in the Summer wood subdivision in New Braunfels want city officials to stop racetrack conditions on one local street Neighborhood residents said the 30 mile per hour speed limit when observed by motorists traveling Sum merwood Drive was too fast to safely negotiate the steep winding street The squirrels cant even move fast enough to get away from them said Dan Mathis a resi dent of the 600 block of Summerwood Drive in north New Braunfels A longtime resident of the street Mathis said he and some of his neigh bors tried since 1997 to get the city to slow traffic in the subdivision Mayor Jan Kennady said Saturday had not been informed about 3rts of speeding in the Summer wood subdivision Nobody has called Kennady said Based on residents complaints Ken nady said she believed public safety problems related to unsafe driving con ditions could be found at Summer wood It sounds like we have a real safety she said A generational mix of residents in Summerwood left young children and the elderly at risk Mathis said Im getting tired of it Someonels going to get hurt or someones going to ROBIN Don Brooks and some of his neighbors display one of two signs bought to encourage motorists to slow down in their neighborhood Cops Summerwood no worse than other areas BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer New Braunfels law enforcement officials said traffic problems in Summerwood subdivision were no worse than other areas of New Braunfels In fact they said traffic problems there probably were fewer than in other parts of town such as the main thor oughfares of Walnut Avenue Seguin Avenue and Common Street Every street in this city occasionally has a speeder on New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack said SeeCOPSKA MAYO County OKs lodge tax hike BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Comal County commissioners court Fri day approved the plan of the Water Oriented Recreation District to raise user taxes for the upcoming summer season The tax on campgrounds was raised from per cent to 5 percent water recreation tubes rafts from ft and motels and lodging jfom 2 to 4 percent Fridays action came three weeks after the court vetoed the measure and asked WORD to reconsid er its increase on lodging The rates adopted Friday were identical to those considered three weeks ago WORD General Manager Jim Inman said the new tax rates would become effective Mon day County Judge Danny Scheel and commis sioners Moe Schwab Jack Dawson and Jay Millikin all voted in favor of the proposal Commissioner Cristina Zamora was not pre sent The increase in taxes was intended to provide funds for security on the Guadalupe River this summer WORD has pledged more than toward river security WORD Board President Bill Mayo said he was glad the court approved the increases Dont give me the bills to pay for river security if you are not going to give me the means to pay Mayo said Before Fridays meeting Bridget McDougall of Scenic River Properties sent a message via fax to the court McDougall had spoken at earlier meetings and claimed the additional 2 percent tax on lodging would hurt business In the message McDougall said she was grateful for her opportunities to present her views on the subject She asked the court to reconsider the hike in lodging taxes next year if the money was not needed Millikin said his earlier opposition to the increase was based on remarks The court and WORD are working on leg islative initiatives to pay for river security in the future Planning commission to get master plan this week BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer New Braunfels city officials are set to help shape a document that will be used to manage pop ulation growth spur economic development and manage city resources for the next 20 years A draft of the proposed com prehensive plan for the city of New Braunfels will be received Tuesday by the planning mission At least two public hear ings will be conducted before the MEETING What Planning Commission meeting When Tuesday Where New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 South Castell Ave plan can be adopted as city poli cy The city hired Wilbur Smith Associates a national consulting firm to create the comprehen sive plan New Braunfels residents were invited to help create the docu ment Residents were grouped into subcommittees this past year and asked to make recommenda tions to customize the plan for use by city officials Some sub committee members recently expressed frustration that input was altered during the writing of the current draft Mike McAnelly project man ager for the plan being for New Braunfels said subcorn mittee members often earns when their recommenda tions did not appear verbatim in the final draft of the plan Com bining recommendations from nine different subcommittees reports often led to inconsisten cies between what was submitted by a subcommittee and what the consultant actually wrote Consolidating subcommit tees recommendations leads to the biggest McAnelly said after a recent meeting of the comprehensive plan steering committee Some subcommittee members raised concern about differences between what they recommended to the consultant and what I was prepared for McAnelly said City planners were expected to schedule a public hewing for Feb 16 Another public hearing will take place later before council can adopt fee plan
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