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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS RALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 127 14 pages in 2 sections May 16 2000 Tur Comal County since 1852 50 cents Veterinarian Michael Doherty vaccinates a local pooch a measure necessary to pre vent the spread of potentially fatal diseases such as distemper rabies and parvovirus K JESSIE Walgreens new store about one year away BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A pair of old houses have been moved to help clear the way but a new Walgreens drug store at Walnut Avenue and Business 35 still is a year or so aWay Russ Sims vice president of real estate and finance for developer The Place Commercial Real Estate in San Antonio said Monday he expected construction to begin at the site within the next two to three months I dont have a deadline right now I really dont have anything else to Sims said Carol Hively at the Walgreens corporate offices in Deerfield said Monday that the store which will replace a slightly smaller one on a more cramped lot at Walnut and San Antonio Street is slated to be open sometime next year We dont see it being completed before late winter or early spring of she said When built the new Walgreens will replace a professional building on the southwest corner at Walnut and Business 35 that now houses the Randy Kasberg insurance agency Mickey Ferrell Realtors and Oncology Associates A pair of homes on lots north of the professional center have been raised and moved from their lots A site plan submitted during the permit process showed a parking lot would be built where Schwabs Welding and Machine Shop now is located The new Walgreens entrances will be on Walnut Business 35 and Hickory Avenue according to the plans The building as proposed last winter will be about square feet while the existing one is square feet The lot size of the existing store is less than one acre while the new one will sit on more than two Acres and with 80 parking spaces allow space for about 30 more cars than currently INSIDE TetovisJon Officials wai iper outbreak BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer The word raccoon often brings to mind a pesky nocturnal sneak who grubs in trash cans scatters litter in the yard and eats all of Friskys food But the furry masked trouble makers also introduce a far less benign problem into local yards and homesteads a disease that could kill the family pet Raccoons infected with canine highly contagious virus that affects the respiratory and nervous system can trans mit the potentially fatal disease to dogs that are not protected by a yearly vaccination ls Animal Control recently has exterminated an increasing number of raccoons infected with canine distemper Residents should not wait until its too late to vaccinate a puppy or adult dog said Cheryl Krueger the director of the Humane Society Animal Shelter 1920 Kuehler Avenue Weve been picking up about four or five infected raccoons per Krueger said We find rac coons with distemper all year long and sometimes the number of cas es increases and were not sure Residents can prevent their See Spurs salute NB family carves ship to honor NBA champs K JESSIE Manuel Camareno and his grandson Brandon spent more than 500 hours preparing this Super Spurs Ship to honor David Robinson and the rest of the Camareno familys favorite NBA basketball team BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO It began as a tribute to the San Antonio Spurs in honor of the teams 1999 National Basketball Association title By the time the Super Spurs Ship was than 500 labor hours and many months was a gesture of kinship and respect extended from one vet eran to another Manuel Camareno Sr a retired Army first sergeant from New Braunfels dedicated his handmade wooden threefoot model ship to David Robinson the Spurs center known to teammates as The Admi Camareno and his family are big Spurs fans and after the team defeated the New York Knicks to win the 1999 championship Camareno said they decided they must do something to honor the team Camareno whose 21 years in the Army included tours of duty in Alaska Korea Germany and a pair of combat hitches in Vietnam wanted to honor Robinson a Naval Academy graduate who served a twoyear stint as a lieu tenant before joining the NBA Camareno said he believed Robinson was the only NBA player to have served on active duty in the military They get out of college and get a million or million contract why should they serve he asked rhetorically I said Hey the ship fits his So he named the ship the Com mander Robinson This ship represents you your teammates the organization and the Camareno wrote in a letter to Robinson and the team We honor you David as a veteran like myself as the only veteran playing in the NBA From all the Camareno fami ly we thank you for all the great thrills you have given Camareno said he spent 470 hours constructing the ship many of them while the disabled career noncommissioned officer was a patient at Audie L Murphy Veter ans Hospital in San Antonio His See After the appraisals CAD meeting quiet quick BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer They were shaking their heads Monday night at the meeting of the directors of the Comal Appraisal District Nobody came except for the board chief appraiser Lynn Rodgers and others on the staff Im really board chair Wayne Brotze said A couple others around the table nodded in agree To appeal a taxpayer among the who received reap praisal notices this year can con tact the Comal Appraisal District at 62 58597 to request an appointment with an appraiser or the Appraisal Review Board Deadline is May 31 ment What Brotze was surprised about is nobody nobody attended the CADs board meeting to complain about the new higher tax appraisals which have been out for just two weeks The appraisal dis trict is charged with appraising property values for the purpos es of taxation I expected to see a few peo Brotze said Rodgers who has been in the appraising business for a few years said it didnt seem extra ordinary to him We dont Rodgers said I think thats because you do such a good job of promoting the appeal board secretary Jim Rice told Rodgers To appeal a taxpayer among the who received reappraisal notices this year should contact the Comal Appraisal District at 6258597 to request an appointment with an appraiser or the Appraisal Review Board Dead line is May 31 Rodgers said appeals this year are about on par with all years for which he had records Its really pretty Rodgers told the board No more or no less than in any previous year Generally about 2 percent protest at some level thats been very constant for many The way the process works is a taxpayer notifies the district that he would like to appeal his appraisal and an informal 15minute appointment is set up with an appraiser After that appointment theyre going on now a formal appointment can be set up in June or early July with the Appraisal Review Board Right now Rodgers said about 360 taxpayers have asked for ARB appointments and many more are expected protested this past year before the appeal deadline That doesnt mean all get hearings Several people who scheduled informal meetings on Monday for example didnt show up for them the chief appraiser said Rosedale residents Editors note City official Michael Resendez translated the comment of several apartment residents from Spanish fo New Braunfels resident Patricia Meckler aud her two daughters have lived at the Rosedale Apajtments past four years but not by choice I Uve here because I have to not because I want the aiogle majfewr said But Nfocklw slpi afraid that if the Meckler said a week ago while stand ing outside her apartment Its not fair that they gave us only a Meckler said Im a single parent with two kids and I dont know what Im going to And Meckler said she is concerned even if she does find housing she might not be able to afford it I can go and give most of my money to a landlord but I need to feed and clothe my she said Meckler said she pays about a month for her apartment But with utilities it comes to about a raoath i work for an how wgrtUlhgvr SERIES TODAY Residents say they cant afford to live anywhere else in New Braunfels and need more time to move out WEDNESDAY What art the city and the New Braunfels Housing Authority doing to help Rosedale CMMtti flfw hOfflM
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