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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW FELS if ft E DR YHriur I i iiii HERALDZEII ONG Vol 148 No 54 18 pages in 2 sections February WEDNESDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Homeowners encouraged to sell quickly Hazard mitigation team advises area flood victims on taking correct steps BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Comal County residents hoping to sell their flood damaged properties to the government should start getting in line immediately That was the message about 50 people heard TUesday night as county and state officials met to discuss the hazard mitigation program that provides government money to purchase homes damaged by last years flood Ed Klaus of the state hazard mitigation team said about or million would be available to purchase homes damaged by the Oct 17 flood The bad news was there would be competition from 42 municipal and county jurisdictions for that money with almost damaged structures Klaus said Anyone with significant damage to their home could apply but priorities had been established Klaus said People in the fioodway have the best chance of experiencing another flood and would have the highest priority he said The program provides for the Federal Emer gency Management Agency to supply 75 percent of the cost for purchasing the properties with the county or city supplying the other 25 percent The land would become property of either the city or county and could be turned into park land or pub lic access to the Guadalupe and Comal rivers County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the coun ty also would have to set priorities The total value of the homes eligible for the program may be or million and the city or county will have to provide 25 percent of Hornseth said They will have to set priorities on which properties would be bought The commissioners1 court would approve the countys participation in the program and decide how much money the county would provide Each of the 42 jurisdictions requesting aid would submit their request to the state The state would then prioritize die requests and submit their rec ommendation to FEMA See Along the trail TOM Members of the Greater Randolph Area Trail Riders make their way down Common Street Tuesday on their way to the Comal County Fairgrounds The riders began their trip this past Saturday near Driftwood and will end it on Friday at the annual stock show and rodeo in San Antonio Passing motorists slowed down to visit with the riders as they galloped into town Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip watches as Ed Klaus David Thompson and Jim Nleto of the state hazard mitigation unit speak on Tuesday night City planners say yes to Eckerd store SacNPac employees cash in on lotto cash BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH Good fortune might come to those who wait but it apparently comes faster to those who work at SacNPac Three employees of SacNPac No 603 will have quite a few pen nies to spend on a rainy day thanks to a bonus they received Tues day from SacNPac corporate offices The SacNPac store 14150 US Highway 281 sold one of two win ning tickets for the million Lot to Texas jackpot hi November In return for their diligent work selling lottery tickets area residents Kent and Paula Gage and Shirley LaBounty will split half of a bonus awarded to SacN Pac Stores Inc by the Texas Lottery Commission SacNPac corporate officers said Tuesday the other half the bonus money would be given to a charita ble organization HEATHER Rene McCoy far left of the Texas Lottery Commission joins SacN Pac employees Paula Gage Kent Gage Hariand Warren and Shirley LaBounty in celebrating their lottery bonus Tuesday Also pictured is Lorraine Urey of UTECH which runs the Texas Lottery Decision reverses an earlier vote on zoning change BYBlUQCONNEU New Braunfels city planners reversed themselves Tuesday as they decided to support the con struction of a drug store at one of the citys busiest intersections The citys planning and zoning commission voted 43 to recom mend approval of a special use permit to allow an Eckerd drug store at the corner of South Wal nut Avenue and Business 35 Tuesdays vote reversed a Nov 10 decision to deny the request The rezoning request will go before New Braunfels city coun cil for final approval It was unclear Tuesday night when council would vote on the Eckerd relocation A developer for the proposed site changed the original plan by adding a culdesac on an adja cent neighborhood street to deter traffic Healso proposed giving some of the property to the city to facilitate a widening of South Walnut Avenue From a planners standpoint this is not a bad city plan ning director Harry Bennett told commissioners Eckerd officials planned to move operations from their cur rent store in the Unicorn Shop ping Plaza on Business 35 West to a tract of land cur rently zoned for residential and commercial use Members of the city planning commission approved the request after a contentious public hear ing Some commissioners dis agreed about whether changes to How THEY VOTED BRADFUTE YES DUNKS YES DIERKSEN YES McCURLEY NO the Eckerd proposal would ease traffic congestion at the South Walnut and Business 35 inter section At least one commissioner said he was not convinced the new plan would improve traffic prob lems there or on nearby streets Were trying to create a band aid situation This is an absolute mess right said Commissioner Mike Ybarra who voted against the request for a special use permit Other commissioners said they believed the plan would allow city officials to start planning for a widening of South Walnut Avenue from Business 35 all the way to West San Antonio Street The 10foot rightofway Eckerd reportedly was willing to give to the city would make about 300 feet of the east side of South Wai nut Avenue property available for widening You have to start Commissioner John Dierksen said before voting in favor of the Eckerd relocation The latest revision to the Eck erd plan included a culdesac to be built on South Sycamore Avenue next to the proposed site Developers said they believed the culdesac which featured a 10 footwide landscaped barrier and See Doe a deer Garden Ridge deals with animal control BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE Increased traffic accidents and destruction of private property have forced Garden Ridge residents to face an ageold battle of man against nature or actually man against deer Many of the citys residents are concerned about an increase in the deer population in and around Garden Ridge and its impact on public safety and residential property An adhoc committee comprised of local residents is scheduled to present a recom mendation outlining a deer control plan dur ing a Garden Ridge city council meeting at 7 today at the Garden Ridge Municipal Building 9357 Schoenthal Road Citizens are basically concerned about the growing deer population because what has come out of that outgrowth has increased frequency of auto accidents jtnd complaints that deer have destroyed land sganingj city administrator Mike Cajfuo said The city began addressing the about six months ago in response to a constant stream of citizen complaints Several recommendations were made by city officials and community members Jan 20 during a town hall meeting Suggestions included curtailing the feeding of local deer either through voluntary efforts or a city ordinance and possibly relocating the local deer population Tim Lawyer a biologist for the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife said an annual deer survey conducted by the agency man area north of Garden Ridge The deer often headed south in search for food Lawyer f f Castro said Were surrounded by open areas on three sides and there is a lot of wild range land and ranch land in mis area so it is a growing A citizens deer control advisory committee was formed during the meeting as a response to public disagreement about deer control options INSIDE
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