New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 4, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

June 04, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Summer vacation is starting out with partly cloudy skies during the day and mostly cloudy nights with highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s. For the complete forecast, see Page 2A.Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................5-6B Classified................................1-18D Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies..........................................2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today............................................2A Television...........................TV    Week www.herald-zeitung.com Key cod* 77 Wastewater facility proposal unites residents in opposition By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer Residents concerned about the effects of a proposed wastewater treatment facility in the Canyon Lake area gathered Thursday for the first meeting of the Northwest Comal County Environmental Coalition. About 150 residents met at the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department to discuss their concerns about how the facility would affect the environment and neighboring communities and businesses, said Sheryl Garza, coalition chair and owner of nearby Fort Courage campground. “The coalition is all about water — who gets it, what our rights are, how do we protect it,” Next Meeting The coalition will host another public information session at 7 p.m. Monday at the Cypress Cove Civic Center. For information, contact Garza at (830) 885-6050. Garza said. “We are concerned about this, and we want answers.” The coalition united May I on the heels of a permit application to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission by Rebecca Lake Utility Company for operation and construction of the facility, Garza said. The plant, which will discharge treated wastewater into Rebecca Creek and hence the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake, is planned to serve a 180-acre subdivision with about one-quarter acre lots. Coalition members said they wanted TNRCC to respond to concerns such as: • how the plant would affect the value of property in the area; • odor and noise problems associated with the facility; and • the effect the plant would have on the aquatic environment and water quality of the surrounding creek and river. However, TNRCC officials said the application should be See WASTE WATE R/5A ELS Herald ^ Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 5 can water today after 7p.m. We" users can not wafer 'or informs I. ... -- Vol. 149, No. 141 50 pages in 5 sections June 4, 2000 Sunday— Coma. ...icy since 1852 $1.00 Aviary-turned-zoo adds to strange cast of characters K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Top left: The king vultures are some of the scarier looking residents at the New Braunfels Zoo. Top right: This Rhesus macaque is one of three that entertain visitors st the zoo. Above: Clear Springs Aviaries and Gardens now is New Braunfels Zoo. Below: New Braunfels Zoo’s Pat Often plays with two vervet monkeys. By Joan L Robertson Pringle Herald-Zeitung Correspondent he people who run the Clear Springs Aviaries and Gardens want to make one thing clear. It’s no longer just for the birds. The facility does have 300 species of birds, but also numerous species of mammals, reptiles and fish. But, the name has changed to the New Braunfels Zoo because most people don’t know what an aviary is and also to make it clear to the citizens of New Braunfels that it is no longer located in Clear Springs, according to Steven Collins, who, along with Pat Otten, runs and owns the zoo. “We’re trying to get people of New Braunfels aware of us,” Collins said. “We’re trying to do something for the community.” The birds at the 35-acre zoo, located off Interstate 35 and Engel Readjust south of New Braunfels, share the facility with monkeys, alligators, deer, bobcats, tigers and numerous other animals.See ZOO/5A Inside ►They’re outta here P&Z takes up Eckerd proposal Developer says residents’ concerns addressed; some neighbors say they disagree By Heather Todd Staff Writer New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission will decide Tuesday how well an Eckerd developer has addressed residents’ concerns about a store proposed for Walnut Avenue and Business - 35. City’s building    The    Shelby/Estusstandards commis- Realty Group, inc., the sion considers reaIty group rePresent- u X n a . ing Eckerd, has appliedplight of Rosedale for a specjal use permit residentS/4A    to allow construction of an Eckerd drug store. Housing authority    The Planning and Zon-director addresses ^ Commission will RnQPHalP    hear the recluest 6:30 nubeudie,    p.m. Tuesday at New affordable housing Braunfels Municipal iSSUes/6A    Building, 424 S. Casten - Avenue. The commission will then make a recommendation to city council. Shelby/Estus Realty Group says residents’ traffic concerns are being addressed in a revised site plan, but some residents who opposed the development this past year say they are not convinced. “It’s going to cause chaos and congestion,” said Rachel Culbertson, who lives on 569 Sycamore Ave. behind the proposed site. In February 1999, city council voted 4-3 in favor of the project, but city policy required a 6-1 vote or better because of public opposition to the proposal. City planner Harry Bennett said if 20 percent of residents living within 200 feet of the subject property oppose a rezoning change, 75 percent of council must approve it for the change to pass. In other words, the project must pass with a 6-1 vote or unanimous vote. “That same rule will probably apply if that many come out (again),” Bennett said. Currently the area is zoned R-3 Multifamily Residential and C-3 Commercial District. Bennett said city staff would not recommend approving an outright rezoning of the area to commercial. Bruce S. Shelby with Shelby/Estus Realty Group, Inc. said Eckerd decided to make another attempt to build at the location after Walgreen’s was granted a special use permit Feb. 14 to build across the street. Resident Betty Dunkin said residents did not come out with such vocal opposition to the Wal-WeatherSee P&Z/5A New Braunfels High School Class of 2000 received diplomas Friday night during commencement at Unicorn Stadium./4A ► The pros’turn Kyle Maligro won the title of Flow Master at the Flow Rider World Bodyboarding Championships Saturday at Schlitterbahn. Learn more about him and others who competed./! B ► Seam stories Find out what the seams in your heirloom quilt are trying to tell you. A quilt expert shares her tips with the New Braunfels Quilt Guild — and local readers — today in Lifestyle./ 1C Summer vacation K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Children at Happy Days Day Care enjoy blowing — and popping — bubbles Friday afternoon. With area schools now out for summer, some parents are scrambling to find childcare. Find out what your options are on Page 8A. ;

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