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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 1 111 PELS ill 11 HERALDZEITUNG X Vol 149 Nov 3 14 pages in 2 sections November 23 1999 TT npv A v Servin8 Comal County since 1852 50 centi TxDOT NBISD work on traffic plan BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels High School students staff and parents finally might get what they have been waiting for safety for motorists on Loop 337 in front of the high school But whether the solu tion involves putting a light in front of the school 2551 North Loop 337 has not been determined New Braunfels Inde pendent School District officials Monday met with members of the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Transportation Institute to discuss pre liminary plans for mak ing the intersection safer for motorists TxDOT agreed to conduct a traffic study in front of the high school in response to public outcry after a fatal accident in front of the school in Octo ber Two New Braunfels High School students Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz were killed Oct 9 when their car was struck by a quarterton pickup in front of the high school MALATEK PLAN Officials are not releasing details of the traffic plan until the next NBISD meeting at 7 on Dec Hat the Education Center Another accident in front of the high school in September sent a 48yearold woman and her 12year old daughter hospital after a 17year old NBHS student pulled out of the main driveway and struck their car Russell Henk program manager for TO is scheduled to present three phases of action to NBISD trustees at the next board meeting at 7 Dec 14 NBISD officials said a district commit tee would be established to work with TxDOT to make a final recommendation Henk told school district officials Mon day that researchers from the institute stud ied traffic patterns and traffic speeds hi the area and researched accidents dating back to 1996 TxDOT has a contract with TTI at Texas University to perform studies and assessments involving highway safety and operations Greg Malatek resident engineer for the New Braunfels TxDOT office said the traffic studies were completed recent ly But he would not say whether Tils preliminary plans included a traffic signal or what solution would be proposed to trustees Walgreens eyes Business 35 site Zoning request goes before planning panel on Dec 1 WAI A real estate agent representing Walgreens is eyeing this property at Business 35 and Walnut Avenue as a possible site for a new store Walgreens manage ment hasnt approved the site yet but the citys plan ning commission will discuss the matter Dec 7 BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A real estate firm representing Walgreens is eyeing a new location on Business 35 for the chain drug store now at San Antonio Street and Walnut Avenue Walgreens management actually hasnt approved the site and probably wont consider it until the end of December said Russ Sims vice president of real estate and finance for the Place Commercial Real Estate in San Antonio This is a proposed he said The Place Commercial Real Estate has applied for a zoning change for three multifamily zoned lots on Business 35 and Walnut Avenue The request which will be heard at the citys planning commission meet ing on Dec 7 calls for those lots to be changed to general commercial If approved by the commission and then Walgreens management the lots would be used for a store with a drivethrough a feature not available at the existing store City planner Harry Bennett said the new store would be where a pro fessional building now sits Farmers Insurance Kasberg Agency Mickey Ferrell Realtors and Oncology Associates are in this building According to the site plan a parking lot would sit where Schwabs Welding and Machine Shop Inc is located Pecan aerobics WAI Pospisil Appraisal Service coowner Vladimir Pospisil collects pecans for his wifes holiday pie at the Main Plaza on Monday afternoon Pospisil said he always picked pecans that fellfrom the trees around the gazebo when he walked to the Comal County Courthouse from his downtown office He called his exer cise regimen pecan CISD wants parents input on calendar BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal Independent School District officials are asking parents to voice their opinions about the 20002001 school calendar scheduled for board approval in January Superintendent Jerry Major recently announced a district committee was working on next years calendar for all CISD students By state law all students in Texas must attend school for 180 days But how the days are placed in the calendar and when students take holi day breaks is up to the local district Parents are asked to express their concerns or opinions regarding the 20002001 school calendar before Dec SPEAK UP Parents are asked to express their concerns or opinions regarding the 2000 2001 school calendar before Dec 17 Parents can call the schools their children attend or CISD patrons can call Nancy Cobb administrative assistant to the superinten dent at 6258081 ext 205 17 Parents can call the schools their children attend or CISD patrons can call Nancy Cobb administrative assis tant to Major at 6258081 ext 205 Since 1992 CISD has finished the first semester before the Christmas holidays which has allowed secondary students to take final exams and com plete term projects before the long hol iday break Major said survey responses from CISD teachers and staff indicated an overwhelming majority of staff favored ending the first semester before the Christmas break Cobb said ending the semester before the Christmas break allowed students and staff to start a new semes ter rather than finish the fall semester when they returned in January Its easier on the she said See Annexation plan gets council OK Residents argue citys proposal is too aggressive BY PER STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Several residents told New Braunfels City Council Monday a proposed fiveyear annexation plan that could double the citys size by 2004 was too aggressive Council approved the plan submitted by the planning commission with a 61 vote District 6 coun cilwoman JulietWatson cast the dissenting vote wCiryvpTaimefHarry Bennett said anything annexed after 2002 must be included in a plan approved by Dec 31 because of new state legislation What we see on this map might not really hap Bennett said But if its not on the map we cant annex it starting in An area not now included on the map still could be annexed in the next three years And areas that are included on map might not be annexed at all the suggested boundaries wont dictate New Braunfels future growth he said This plan doesnt initiate he said That is strictly councils But Clif Courtney who said he lived on property annexed in March said he still was against the plan and annexation in general This is an overly aggressive he said A threeyear plan would be plen ty he said City attorney Floyd Akers said the fiveyear plan was more open and forward and gave property owners a longer time to respond to the possibility of annexation This is alerting people Hey were thinking about annexing he said Tom Jones who lives outside the city limits said lie didnt want to become a part of the city and preferred using his water well and onsite sewage facility All we want is to be left he said Currently when an area is annexed the city must pro vide services within a certain timeframe and home owners often are forced to pay for water and wastewater hookups The recent Senate Bill 89 however does give cities and homeowners the power to not until 2003 During negotiations homeowners could ask to keep their wells and onsite sewage facilities See COURTNEY Blue cheer Elk Ladles Klub representative Mona Vermillion right presents a donation to Blue Santa repre sentative Chris Douglas on Monday About 250 children will benefit from the Blue Santa this year Douglas said West Comal home burns FROM STAFF REPORTS SPRING BRANCH A fire ear ly Monday morning destroyed a home in the Spring Branch area and took the life of a family pet Eleven firefighters from the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department and firefighters from the Bulverde Volunteer Fire Depart ment responded about to the blaze in the Canyon Oaks sub division said Terry Trammell Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief When firefighters arrived about the small threeroom house on a cul de sac was engulfed in flames and a section of the lawn was on fire reports said Firefighters were able to control the blaze within five minutes but damage to the residence was exten sive Trammell said Although both occupants of the residence escaped without injury a family dog died in the fire reports said As of press time Monday the cause of the fire was unknown INSIDE Key cole 76 I