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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW vun PELS so WFST mopopum i SHING i PR lx HERALDZEITUNG 50 cents Vol 148 No 248 14 pages in 2 sections November TT7 Serving Comal County since 1852 City standards commission discusses use of storage buildings BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Residents cant just put up a storage building anywhere they want even if it looks like a house on the outside And even if the property has sentimental value This was the response from New Braun fels Building Standards Commission Mon day to a request from George West resident Dwayne McWilliams who owns a piece of property in New Braunfels surrounded by Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resorts park ing lot I dont want to sell McWilliams said I grew Up in The home at 663 Liberty recently was ravaged by fire In July the commission asked McWilliams to secure and rehabili tate the structure by November There was a ton of kids going by city attorney Floyd Akers said McWilliams hired a contractor who unbeknownst to him demolished the build ing after falling through the floor several times To this day I dont know why it was torn McWilliams said My sole purpose was to restore the house where my brother and I grew up Money wasnt an issue as much as saving the McWilliams said he still has an attach ment to the property and wants to con struct a shell of a house there to use as a storage unit But thats against city code You cant have an accessory building without a main Akers said McWilliams argued that the new struc ture was exactly what he said he would build before No one can tell me what the difference he said Why would you allow it before but not now Commissioner Mary Ann Carter said she approved McWilliams plan before because she thought he would restore the house as a house and would only use it as a storage unit temporarily Now he wants to build a shell of a house with no inside walls and no win dows on the outside If we let that pass itls going to run down the quality of our commission vice chairman Hauboldt said The commission voted to take no action on the item saying it was outside their scope of authority We cant determine land commis sion chairman Shawn Rutledge said McWilliams could possibly take his case before the citys Zoning Board of Adjust ment or the Planning Commission Akers said In other action Monday the commission voted to give a homeowner more time to clean up her property Akers showed video of the property at 1112 S Texas 46 taken from a warranted See Wurst Halloween German culture mixed with ghosts and gob lins on Sunday at Comal County cele brated Wurstfest and Halloween Clockwise from bottom left Dylan Franklin 8 casts a spell on passersby as he trick ortreats his way through the Wurstfest grounds while Meagan Franklin 11 enjoys sausage on a stick Festival goers saw no ghost when famed Myrorf Floren tooklne stage at 8 Sunday Floren who missed the 1998 festi val due to illness made a triumphant return on Sunday night For a listing of todays Wurstfest events see page 4A WAI AMANDA Members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church 138 W Austin erected this altar for Dia de los Muertos It holds about 100 candles bearing the names of deceased loved ones A day to remember Hispanic community gathers today for Dia de los Muertos BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Members of the Hispanic community will rejmember deceased loved ones today in observance of the religious holiday Dia de los Muertos The Day of the Dead is an ancient Mexican tradition that is celebrated every year on All Souls Day a uni versal Catholic holiday celebrated Nov 2 with masses to commemorate those who have passed away Many residents will observe Dia de los Muertos by spending part or most of the day at the graves of deceased friends and family members Msgr Eugene OCallaghan pastor of Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church 386 N Castell said the tra dition included more celebrations than the AngloSaxon observance of All Souls Day Often family members will bring altars that are covered with dried or fresh flowers foods such as Mexican bread candles and other offerings to the graves An altar also is erected to celebrate at home It is not unusual for families to take a basket of food to the cemetery to share their loved ones favorite meal with them said Sandy Morales a deacon at Our Lady of Per petual Help Catholic Church 138 W Austin St Morales said members of the Hispanic community would visit cemeteries throughout the day but the tradition was practiced more often by older generations I went ahead and put up an altar decorated the way my mother used to so the young folks will be able to see he said The tradition is still being passed on to the next See NBISD trustee race decided today BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer After todays District 5 trustee election two new members of the New Braunfels Independent School District Sample bal lots polling places PageSA board of trustees will help shape the future of the district District 5 voters will select either Sue Hahn or Jim Gabbard to replace Steve Weaver Lee Edwards unopposed for the District 3 position also will take his place on the board filling the seat vacated by Carlos Campos Also today New Biaunfejs and Comal County voters will join other Texas voters as they consid er 17 propositions to amend the state constitution The amendments GABBARD HAHN would among other things provide more money for edu cation loans and exempt leasing cars for personal use from property taxes Twenty vot ing locations will be open from 7 to 7 for the constitution al amendment election See INSIDE Key code 76 Constitutional amendments arenas among issues facing voters in Texas BY MICHAEL HOLMES Associated Press AUSTIN Texans but not too many were set to deter mine the fate of 17 proposed con stitutional amendments Tuesday while voters in Houston and San Antonio were to decide referen dums that could help bring both cities new basketball arenas This years amendment elec tion is the latest in a long series of changes proposed to the Texas Constitution which has been amended 377 times since its adoption in 1876 The basketballrelated votes and other local ballot items in San Antonio and Houston were expected to help boost statewide turnout a little but not much Secretary of State Elton Bomer the states chief officer is estimating that only per cent or about of Texas million registered voters will cast ballots Polls are open from 7 to 7
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