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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas T T m HERALDZEI ru NG Vol 149 No 60 14 pgs in 2 sections February 10 2000 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents NTSB investigates plane crash BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Friends and relatives of 36year old New Braunfels resident Michael Shawn Sooter prepared Wednes day to say goodbye while the Nation al Transportation Safety Board began what will be a sixmonth investiga tion into the plane crash that took his life Sooters singleengine airplane plummeted to the earth Tuesday after noon near FarmtoMarket Road 306 He was headed back to New Braun fels Municipal Airport about when witnesses said his four seater 1968 Beechcraft Muskateer suddenly nosedived into a cluster of cedar trees in a vacant lot on River Chase Drive Witnesses said the aircraft was fly ing at a very low altitude moments before the crash Sooter was killed instantly NTSB air safety investigator Doug Wiginton who arrived at the crash site Wednesday morning will head the investigation with the help of a Federal Aviation Administration inspector and representatives from the manufacturers of the airplanes engine and airframe Wiginton said Wiginton and party completed the accident site part of the investigation Wednesday he said Upon arrival we examined the accident site and got the airplane into a position where we could look at Wiginton said NTSB next will examine the air planes engine which was moved from the plane to a nearby airfield he said Wigington said he had not ruled out the possibility that the plane ran out of fuel as one witness had speculated but he did confirm Sooter put 29 gallons of fuel in the tank before his departure and fuel was detected in the wreckage See ERIN Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board check out the plane in which a New Braunfels man was killed Tuesday afternoon Accident sends 3 to hospital K JESSIE New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel tend to one of the victims of Wednesday nights accident in front of the post office on Seguin Avenue Two vehicles collide in front of post office FROM STAFF REPORTS Two juveniles and a 17yearold woman were transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital Wednesday evening by New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel after a twocar collision in front of the post office The accident occurred about when a green minivan attempted to turn left from a street adjacent to the Post Office marked No Left As the minivan pulled out it was broad sided by a blue Blazer headed toward Inter state 35 on Seguin Avenue The driver and a passenger in the blazer and an occupant of the minivan appeared not to have received serious injuries in the col lision but were transported by ambulance as a precautionary measure New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel said New Braunfels Police Department officers also responded to the collision and routed traffic around the accident site City TxDOT make plans for extending Loop 337 FROM STAFF REPORTS Several members of New Braunfels City Council met with officials from the Texas Depart ment of Transportation the Guadalupe County Road Depart ment and other city officials Tuesday evening at New Braun fels City Hall to discuss plans for Loop 337 in New Braun fels The group discussed councils previous plans for the extension of Loop 337 ai d decided the re alignment of FarmtoMarket Road 1044 probably would be a more feasible alternative The group decided to begin looking at realigning 1044 to connect with Ruekle Road and extending the loop across Inter state 35 said city councilman Larry Alexander who called the meeting The next step would be to extend the loop to cross the Guadalupe River and connect to Texas 46 INSIDE Key Code 76 Bulverde opposes Bullis annexation BY RON MALONEY HeraldZeitung Correspondent BULVERDE Bulverde City Council Tues day night unanimously went on record in a strong lyworded resolution opposing a San Antonio proposal to annex the eastern edge of Camp Bullis The action came five days after Comal County Commissioners passed a similar resolution in response to recentlyannounced consideration by San Antonio to annex the uninhabited foot wide strip along the eastern edge of the military training area The proposal was part of a package of anticipated annexations of areas north of San Antonio Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton said he would pre sent the twopage resolution to Army officials at Ft Sam Houston for forwarding to federal and Department of Defense authorities It appears San Antonio is continuing its march Barton said I think it might be time we start fighting them on Barton said the resolution would notify federal officials about local opposition to the annexa tion Nobody lives on that land in Camp Bullis and I dont think the annexation benefits the Army This annexation would serve the interests of nobody but the city of San Barton said Hopefully Comal County and the Bulverde City Council pointing that out along with the con cerns of others who live nearby will convince them to drop this Drainage proposals nearly ready BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council like ly will start this month reviewing two drainage ordinances and a tech nical drainage manual all designed to protect residents from future flooding While the piograms and standards outlined in the ordinances and man ual wont necessarily prevent the devastation of the 1998 flood they could help the city control water runoff from future development and start addressing problems in the city On Tuesday the citys drainage advisory committee took no action on the two ordinances but agreed to submit any revisions to the city by Friday Once revisions are made another draft will be sent to com mittee members Committee president Hal Herbelin will take a phone poll of the mem bers and if everyone approves of the drafts they will be forwarded to council for its Feb 28 meeting If everyone doesnt approve the com mittee will call another meeting But members still hope to get the drafts to council by Feb 28 We want to get this through with this council which appointed Herbelin said Council appointed the committee about a year ago the panel started meeting in June Now eight months later the com mittee and staff have two proposed ordinances to show for their work One establishes the citys right to administer four fees to fund drainage projects Exact fee amounts how ever are not included in the ordi nance draft A public utility fee likely would be developed and approved later after the bond election in May The other fees could be years away The second ordinance being con sidered sets up the process develop ers must follow to control flooding and erosion The specific standards are not included in this document but would be outlined in a Drainage and Ero sion Control Design Manual which could be considered by council at the same time as the third reading of the ordinances If council doesnt like the manu al it wont approve the city engineerintraining Richard Radner said Fees The fee ordinance outlines four potential funding mechanisms to pay for drainage projects Two directly affect the general public those WHATS UP The appointed drainage advisory committee is preparing an ordinance establish ing fees to fund drainage projects an ordinance establish ing the process for develop ers to control flooding and erosion and a technical drainage manual Drainage advisory com mittee members hope to have the two ordinance ready for council by Feb 28 who live in the city limits and in the citys extraterritorial jurisdiction Property owners of every devel oped lot or parcel of land would pay a utility fee which likely would be billed yearly by the Comal Appraisal District The committee hasnt determined how much this fee would be but has discussed charging commercial own ers more than residential owners Revenue generated from this fee would be used to pay for the opera tion maintenance administration and routine functions of the exist ing and future storm drainage and flood protection facilities The committee said Tuesday it would work on establishing a fee in May after the bond election which includes million worth of street and drainage projects We could do a lot better job set ting a fee Herbelin said The city could need to generates more money with the utility fee if the street projects dont pass RadneJ said A special assessment fee is the second fee that could affect the gen eral public This fee could be levied against existing property owners to remedy current problems in their watershed area While the utility fee would affect the entire city the assessment fee would be for problem areas This would give the city the right to go to a certain area with a major drainage problem and collect a higher fee to pay for projects Herbelin said Revenue generated would fund See
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