Tuesday, March 16, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW FELS 20332 M009 SO WEST II1C RO PIJ BLI SI 11MG 2627 E YRNDELL ZFl PRSO TX 79903 EITUNG Vol 148 No 82 12 pages in 1 section March 16 1999 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Childs play causes fire Experiment with lighter combustibles engulfs storage shed BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Two New Braunfels juveniles learned the hard way not to play with fire An experiment with a lighter and a few combustible materials engulfed a storage shed and surrounding grass in flames Mon day afternoon just 100 feet from residents of an apartment complex New Braunfels Fire and Rescue crews were called to the scene of a structure fire behind Vista Del Sol Apartments 795 Interstate 35 West shortly after 3 New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn said investigators identified two juvenile suspects ages 8 and 9 who lived in the apartment complex Friesenhahn said the two males who were not identified allegedly were exper imenting with fire behind the storage shed using a lighter to ignite some combustible materials The flames caught the 30 foot by 20 foot storage shed large enough to be a fourcar garage and surrounding grass on fire Friesenhahn said the boys would not be prosecuted but instead would be required to complete the departments juvenile fire setting program The parents and the offenders are required present througheufrthe pro he said The department enhanced the fire setting program this year he said New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Collier said children age 10 and older taken into custody for starting a fire could be charged through juvenile court If they are younger than 10 years old then we counsel them and talk to them about how dangerous fire can he said No one was injured but many residents moved out into the front lawn of the apart ment complex to escape a column of heavy smoke which could be seen from down town Friesenhahn said the blaze could have spread into the apartment complex but firefighters were able to control thefire ROBIN Above New Braunfels firefighters battle a blaze which began Monday afternoon in a storage shed behind Vista Del Sol Apartments 795 Interstate 35 West Two juveniles ages 8 and 9 allegedly started the fire after playing with a lighter and combustible materials Below a firefighter works to extinguish flames on the grass in front of the shed Susie Apartments said the storage shed con tained furniture and old appliances left behind by previous residents The majority of the sheds contents belonged to the owners and management of the complex Chandler said she did not know the exact amount of property damage to the shed itself but estimated it was less than Collier said warm dry weather in the past few weeks did play a role in the fire The way the grass took off so quickly probably did have something to do with the dryness and the drought he said Three fire engines three EMS units and a command center were called to the scene Livestock show sets record Auction generates more than BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The 1999 Comal County Junior Livestock Show officially wrapped up Saturday but the excitement will linger long afterward Show participants and support ers are celebrating the sale of the century after the results of Satur days livestock sale and auction Preliminary figures indicate the junior livestock show generated more than the most in its 31year history Projected proceeds from the sale and auction were up from last year The sale itself brought in for participants said Liz Mooney Comal County Junior Livestock Show secretary We havent yet added in the money donated by parents to the different clubs as well as donated by the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative and brought in by the silent she said Mooney attributed the success of this years event to the popularity of the shows point system Our buyers really like the point system because they know when they bid on an animal its going to help every kid in that she said Mooney said bigger stock shows and sales in San Antonio and Kendall County gave money to par ticipants based only on what the buyer spent There are kids who dont have rich grandmas to bid on their ani mals and whose parents helped give them money Jobuy their animals mm was one of artmalsshownar They spent all that time raising the the 999 Coma Cognty Uve8tock Show See Organizers said the show was the most profitable to date ROBIN Horizons TheNdw Braunfels Herald Zertung continues its annual Horizons sections today with Landmarks See some familiar places from the past including those which remain part of our landscape Inside Residents Dick apart uture plan City council planners discuss latest changes BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer New Braunfels residents took verbal jabs at a comprehensive plan for the citys future Monday saying the document could use further revision before being adopted Some residents who worked on an advi sory subcommittee that made recom included in the plan said ffielfiagaswSre not incorporated into die latest version or any previous drafts for that matter The paperwork never comes out show ing what we put into said land use subcommittee member Melvin Nplte The city hired national consulting firm Wilbur Smith Associates in 1997 to write a plan recommending how to manage city resources through 2020 Nine advisory subcommittees comprised of about 330 city residents made recommendations to the consultant regarding the plan Mondays public meeting between New Braunfels City Council and city planning commissioners was said to be an opportu nity for city officials to discuss the latest revisions The meeting appeared to indicate that not everyone was satisfied with the current draft of the proposed document Nolte said some of his fellow land use subcommittee members were frustrat ed by what they perceived as a lack of attention to their input These things are not making it into he said Wilbur Smith Associates project man ager Mike McAnelly said recommenda tions to the plan were not necessarily expressed verbatim in the text of the doc ument He also downplayed suggestions that the latest plan draft could trigger a citywide rezoning of private property Recent changes to the comprehensive plan omitted language that might be inter preted as granting city officials carte across the city Its not a comprehensive rezoning McAnelly said Current city ordinances already gave See INSIDE Familiar faces join race for CISD boakd of trustees Watson running again for District 3 position BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer There will be some familiar faces on the bal lot for two seats on the Comal Independent School District board of trustees John Higdon who gained recent fame for bis fight with Comal County for the right to keep his pet wolf officially filed as a single WATSON will cast their Mayl member District 4 candi date on March Scott Watson the cur rent incumbent for single member District 3 threw his hat back into the ring on Monday Bight Comal County res idents are squaring off for two available seats Voters ballots for both positions on Watson and Higdon announced their ir tions to run with only two days remaining in the filing period The deadline for candidates to file is 5 Wednesday Only residents who have lived within Dis tricts 3 and 4 for six months are eligible to file as candidates in the trustee election Judy A Holbrook a Canyon Lake resident also filed a place on the single member trict four ballot Monday Holbrook could not be reached for com ment There are now five candidates running for the District 4 seat which is currently repre sented by trustee Doug Nail Nail who ran against Canyon Lake resident Thomas Bruce in 1996 cannot run for reelection because he moved out of his district District 4 encompasses areas east and south of Canyon Lake Higdon a fiveyear resident of Comal County and a father of three said his recent battle to keep his pet Shadow prompted him Sae