Wednesday, March 29, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS so i HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 93 18 pages in 2 sections March 29 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Traffic woes Businesses learn survival tips for road warfare K JESSIE The path of reconstruction along Interstate 35 is apparent from this Rueckle Road bridge looking north Business people listen to ways to combat traffic problems affecting their stores on Tuesday TO GET BY Businesses need to prepare and adjust to survive major road construction projects Small business experts offered the following tips Tuesday Keep track of business to see how it is affected by the construction work Get a copy of the construction work schedule and know when construction will affect your area Before construction begins create financial action plans distribution action plans and advertising and promotion plans to prepare for changes Contact construction supervisor or the Texas Department of Transportation engineer to find out what kind of work is happening in your area Make employees a part of the solution Adjust store hours to new buying patterns including changing store hours extending hours or doing busi ness on other days Reschedule deliveries buy larger orders or give suppliers different routes to take to your business Create more flexible hours for employees Offer more convenience or additional services including pickup and delivery service telephone and fax orders or incentives to shoppers BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The best way to survive major road construction work along Interstate 35 is to follow the Boy Scout motto of being prepared business owners learned Tues day Don Maxwell of Chevy New Braunfels and San Antonio business consultants offered advice to local business owners and residents gathered at New Braun fels Civic Center to learn more about 135 construction in the city The event was sponsored by the Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce Inc business advisory committee Greg Malatek area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation and contractor Dean Word III with Dean Word Company presented timelines for the pro jects and answered questions Malatek said he hoped more meetings could be scheduled to inform the public about construction pro jects in the next three years TxDOT is working on a million project to widen 135 to four lanes in each direction from just south of Solms Road to just south of FarmtoMarket 306 The final phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2004 But Malatek also said construction work on the last phase could be significantly delayed if the San Antonio area did not comply with federal air standard regulations Information about the TxDOT construction work is available to the public Local business owners or residents with questions about the phases of the 135 construction are encouraged See AN END IN SIGHT The Texas Department of Transportation is completing a million construction project on Interstate 35 in the city Projects are expected to be completed in different phases through 2004 Construction work from Solms Road to a halfmile north of Walnut Avenue is to be com pleted in May 2002 TxDOT also will build a fourlane bridge at Loop 337 by summer 2002 The work on Walnut Avenue beneath the 135 over pass will continue until spring 2002 At some point Walnut Avenue will be closed under neath the overpass to allow crews to build a new overpass In midJuly construction crews will finish work on the mid dle lanes of traffic from a half mile south of Solms Road to just north of Loop 337 At that time the southbound lanes will move to the middle lanes Then south bound lanes will move back and the northbound lanes will move into the middle lanes Construction of Austin is expected to start work from onehalf mile north of Walnut Avenue to onehalf mile south of Texas 46 including the FarmtoMarket 725 and 135 intersection in May or June This project will be completed in 2004 Seguin Avenue would be nar rowed to one lane in each direc tion within a month or two after construction work begins The project will include building five bridge structures just north of FM 725 across the Guadalupe River including a northbound frontage road an exit ramp to the northbound frontage road new bridge structures on the northbound and southbound lanes of 135 and a southbound entrance ramp When construction crews begin work on the main 135 bridge across the Guadalupe River the northbound lanes of traffic will be detoured onto the new frontage road bridge Southbound traffic will be moved to the northbound lanes as crews work to expand See Boerne Wall debate continues Judge postpones decision waits for written arguments BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer BOERNE More than 13 years of legal wrangling between Boerne and San Antonio over the Boerne Wall continued Tuesday when a Kendall County district judge postponed rendering a decision that likely will affect the future of Comal County The Boerne Wall is a section of San Antonios extraterritorial jurisdiction that runs along East Ammann Road from Boerne to the Bulverde city limits forming a contiguous corridor that divides San Antonios ETJ from southwestern Comal County The Boerne Wall decision is of special concern to Comal County Com Isaw nothing presented today by expert witnesses that would make me think we are going to lose the Boerne Wall Jay Millikin Comal County Commissioner missioners because if the wall is not upheld it would provide a win dow for San Antonios invasion into the west ern part of the which could eventually include the Canyon Lake area The wall was estab lished in 1987 at the request of residents and commissioners in Comal and Kendall counties who tallied for the extension of Boemes ETJ to prevent properties from becoming part of San Antonios juris diction Comal County Commissioner Jay Millikin said San Antonio had made known plans in fall 1987 to annex a strip of land on the east side of Camp Bullis a Army installation next to Comal lishing its ETJ into Comal County Before San Antonio could annex the property Kendall and Comal County commissioners and property owners passed a series of voluntary ETJ annexation ordinances to put the wall in place Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth said San Antonio annexed the strip of land little more than two weeks later and has never recognized the wall as a legitimate boundary to its existence Boerne with the support of Comal and Kendall county commissioners sued San Antonio in 1998 in an effort to finally resolve the dispute The longstanding legal limbo over the wall continued Monday morning at the Kendall County Courthouse as lawyers for Boerne and San Antonio argued two basic points of contention to 216th District Judge Stephen Abies San Antonio claims it had the first legal right to annex See Council gives first approval on Loop 337 rezoning ordinance BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A resident living near a proposed office complex told New Braun fels City Council Monday he trust ed the developer and supported a zoning change that would allow several uses other than office build ings Hes a reputable Ben Wehman said District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson said she didnt doubt devel oper Randy Taylors trustworthi ness But that doesnt mean he wont sell the she said Approving the proposed rezoning of a Loop 337 from multi family district to neighborhood business open up the property for several uses not compatible with the neighborhood she said Watson suggested council approve a special use permit elim inating three uses allowed under a neighborhood business district convenience store no motor fuel sales cleaning pressing and dyeing pickup stations and photographic supply and photo graphic printing shops These businesses could attract more traffic or could emit unpleas ant odors she said But Watsons motion wasnt sec onded and council voted in favor of the zoning change 51 with Mayor Stoney Williams abstaining and Watson voting no The ordinance needs to be approved two more times for final approval District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said of all the calls he received everyone was in favor of See INSIDE Key Code 76 On parade 150years of Kindermasken continues BY BETTY TAYLOR Staff Writer Children of all ages will have the oppor tunity to play dress up during the annual Kindermasken Parade that takes place at 10 Saturday in downtown New Braunfels as part of Folkfest 2000 The event has been a German tradition in New Braunfels for more than 150 years This past years procession included more than participants dressed as ladybugs canoeists pioneers Humpty Dumpty and even knights in shining armor Participants will march down San Antonio Street and around the Plaza Creativity is key said Dolores Patterson Kindermasken chairman You can make your own costume or some wear what they wore on she said Some are very elaborate and some have Patterson said costumes that were com mon to the earlier Kindermasken parades included pioneer styles and German cos FOLKFEST ACTIVITIES More Folkfest activities for children Candle dipping pottery mak ing needlework face painting petting zoo pony rides hay rides Indian dancers kite maker Texan encampment oneroom school enactment Sophienburg family tree Civil War soldiers and railroad museum dis play Other Folkfest Activities Entertainment music dancers folk singers mariachis antique Pickers Paradise and more and displays of early arts crafts skills hobbles and local genealogy tumes and were still a familiar sight at more recent parades Even strollers are decorated to include the very young Parents are encour aged to walk with their children in the parade Kindermasken organizers said many the ories have evolved about where Kinder masken originated However it is agreed that See