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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS I np f I 108 14 pages in 1 section April 1999 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents MAYOR JAN KENNADY JULIET WATSON LARRY ALEXANDER RANDY VANSTORY Master plan 61 Watson casts dissenting vote after council rejects her 13 amendments BY PERI STONE AND CHRIS CREWS Staff New Braunfels City Council voted 61 Monday to approve a resolution to adopt the master plan to not mandate the citys course for the next 20 It would have been lovely to have a unanimous Mayor Jan Kennady Councilwoman Juliet Watson voted against accept ing the which has been in the works for two The master plan was developed to give city officials and priorities in areas such as trans economic education and urban design for the next two Citizens and local officials divided into nine com mittees to concentrate on specific The last master plan was approved in During Monday nights Watson pre sented 13 amendments that died for lack of who wanted to vote on each of the nine top ics said she was concerned particularly about issues dealing with youth and economic devel I was not able to address my and not just my concerns but the citizens she said after the One of Watsons contentions was that youth should not have been grouped with education and Watson also said she believed the youth section should have dealt with the needs of dropout We have to look at kids who fall through the she Debate on those topics was closed after motions by ROBIN Residents listen as city council debates possible amendments to the proposed comprehensive master plan Monday night at city The master plan was approved by a vote of council member Randy Council member Larry Alexander repeatedly raised points of order that Watsons motions and discussion were not germane and that she made statements lack ing Watson expressed frustration about other coun cilmembers actions and 1 dont know why we bothered to read she said after Vanstory moved a second time to stop debate on a The economic development she should not have designated the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce as the sole recipient of tax Other qualified entities such as the His panic chamber of commerce also should receive these she Higher wages was another issue Watson said the master plan did not address New Braunfels is a unique she We deserve The city should only provide tax abatements for those businesses that will provide above average living wages and that are environmentally she Watson estimated she spent more than 20 hours reviewing the final version of the master She said she also spent considerable time reviewing the three other versions of the WHAT THE CANDIDATES SAY think its a good plan with good The citizens created and if anyone knows its I support its There is some specific wording on some issues that needs to be but those can be As a I think its a good Mayoral candidate Stoney Williams A lot of the goals established are motherhood and apple The meat of the issues has been glossed Three hundred and thirty people initially met to go over the but over time I think people became intimidat The votes taken are not rep resentative of the number of peo ple who I feel that it should be a cit izeninput Mayoral candidate Robert Kendrick Watson expressed concerns the population estimates used for the plan were too Vanstory said the plan should include the most lib eral figures for projected It would be more advantageous to plan for under growth than to not plan for Vanstory See MASTER Interstate closed two hours after chemical spill ROBIN Gamer an oil spill and hazardous material response prepares to clean up a chemical spill on Interstate 35 Monday afternoon after a threevehicle accident south of Schwab BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A chemical spill on Interstate 35 North after a threevehicle acci dent closed southbound and north bound lanes for two hours Mon day Two passenger vehicles slammed into the back of an 18wheeler about 3 on northbound IH 35 just south of Schwab A woman driving a gray vehicle hit the right rear of the She was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital complaining of neck and back New Braunfels resident Joe Aycock was driving the other vehi a red Chevrolet and was uninjured in the No pas sengers were in either Aycock was hauling chemicals classified as hazardous materials in a trailer behind the vehicle when the accident Aycock said the chemicals were from Ayko a local chemical Police officials described the spilled chemical as an industrial Garner an oil spill and hazardous material response team based in San Anto was called to the scene to clean up the Schertz Police Department and Schertz Fire and Rescue also were called the Emergency officials closed the southbound and northbound lanes from Engel Road to FarmtoMar ket 482 as a precaution and detoured traffic onto the access Patrolman John Correau with Schertz Police Department said sulfuric acid also was being hauled but did not spill during the acci Sergeant Robert Honeycutt with Schertz Police Department said the 18wheeler braked and the other two vehicles slammed into the back end of the Honeycutt said Schertz Police were not issuing any but Department of Public Safety offi cials were investigating the acci INSIDE Key Code 76 Comal swamped with flood concerns BY STEPHANIE NOBLE HeraldZeitung Correspondent City Manager Mike Shands remembers a short period of only a few months when all the bridges in New Braunfels were Considering the devastation of last Octobers it is not surprising that the event is still fresh on Shands mind and in the thoughts of everyone in New Braunfels and Comal If the flooding weighs heavy on it also weighs heavy on Even as the summer months are quickly Comal County and the city of New Braun fels are still cleaning While people in the private sec tor are faced with rebuilding homes and coping with the loss of things that cannot be the city and county are dealing mainly with clearing debris from public And that job goes on and The biggest in the begin was cleaning up the millions of pounds of Shands SECOND IN A SERIES Six months the Herald Zeitung takes a look back at the October 1998 what we learned and what many of us still need to In the first two weeks after the the city collected and See ROBIN Local government representatives watch as a back hoe is used to clear debris out from the tube chute
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