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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending In or 9 can water today before 9 and after 7 Well users with address es ending In 6 or 7 can water today before 1o and after 8 HERALDZEJTUNG Vol 149 No 183 14 pages in 2 sections July 27 2000 THURSDAY Servin Brush fire scorches rail ties BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A sooty smoky fire destroyed hundreds of discarded utility poles and rail road ties late Wednesday but caused little other damage New Braunfels firefighters responded to a report of a small grass fire about along Old Bastrop Road north of the city parallel to Interstate 35 They arrived on scene to find the fire had spread into a long pile of creosotesoaked old utility poles and railroad ties on a lot used by Living Earth Technology Corp to store mulch and other landscaping products Mutual aid calls went out for additional brush tanker and engine crews from the South Hays York Creek and Geronimo fire departments as New Braunfels firefighters worked to contain what quickly became a hot See 50 cents Braunfels fire 3r Mark Eliot mans of the hoses used iu Control a fire along Old Bastrop Road Wednesday evening K JESSIE MeraldZeitung Whats to complain about Local TxDOT officials say they want to find out from you K JESSIE Pedestrians in the FarmtoMarket Road Avenue area might find condi tions harrowing since traffic was reduced to one lane in each direction beneath Interstate 35 BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The Texas Department of Transportation wants to know if you have a problem with Interstate 35 construction Greg Malatek area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation urged residents and business owners at a road work meeting Wednesday not to hesitate to call if they notice problem areas like getting in and out of drive ways Well do every thing we can to try to make it a little bit he said Thats yalls bread and Or if a business hears a pattern of complaints from customers Malatek said the business should contact the local TxDOT office Again we dont want to affect yalls businesses We want yall to he said Malatek said resi dents also should call if they have sug gestions Were willing to listen to any kind of sug he said TxDOT officials can be contacted at 625 6278 Malatek spoke during a meeting sponsored by the Business Advisory and Transportation ROAD UPDATE The next road construction update will be Aug 30 at Krauses Cafe 148 S Castell Ave Those who plan to attend should call the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at 6252385 by noon the day before for reservations K JESSIE Late afternoon traffic near Reuckle Road was busy as usual Wednesday Traffic snarls will be a common occurrence in New Braunfels for a long time until the Texas Department of Transportation finishes construction on the busy highway Committees of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Three sections of Interstate 35 through New Braunfels are under construction from south of Solms Road to a quarter mile north of Ruckle Road from a quarter mile north of Ruekle Road to a halfmile north of Walnut Avenue and from a half mile north of Walnut Avenue and a halfmile south of Texas 46 Dean Word Company is in charge of the first two segments and Deavers Construction is overseeing work on the third segment Interstate 35 from south of Solms Road to a halfmile north of Walnut Avenue should be Brookshire appeal zoning BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Brookshire Homes hopes to get approval tonight to continue work on a southwest New Braunfels housing development The citys zoning board of adjustment will conduct a public hearing at today on Brookshires appeal of the citys decision to stop the companys work in the Meadow Creek sub division The board meets in the council chambers at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave Were hoping that tonight will be a very good exchange between Brookshire Homes and the board of said Connolly spokesman for Brookshire Homes Earlier this year the city issued permits to Brookshire Homes to build in the Meadow Creek sub division off Pahmeyer Drive However the city later issued stop work orders for four homes and denied permits for other homes Brookshire planned to build The city said the homes violated city ordinance because they were not the same average value construction type and size as the established property in the The citys action came after Meadow Creek residents Greg and Gerry Williams submitted a letter and petition with 80 signatures protesting Brookshires develop ment They said it would signifi cantly decrease their property val ues The Williamses built a home on one of the lots they own in the Meadow Creek subdivision Brookshire Homes a San Antonio developer then bought the remain ing 60 lots in the subdivision after the original developer of the sub division amended the deed restric tions Brookshire filed a lawsuit in the 274th District Court claiming that the citys code of ordinances is unconstitutionally vague ambigu ous and The lawsuit asks for Brookshire to be awarded to Doard K JESSIE Wilbur Wieding points to an area of development he is familiar with at Monday nights meeting with Brookshire repre sentatives and homeowners at the Holiday Inn actual damages that it claims the city has caused Brookshire also appealed the citys decision to the zoning board of adjustment which allowed the company to receive additional building permits for the Meadow Creek subdivision Brookshire Homes had a meet ing Monday to which Meadow Creek neighbors and future resi dents were invited Brookshire Homes President Greg Barrineau said it was important the meeting take place before the board of adjustment met Connolly said Greg Barrineau felt it was important that Brookshire Homes reach out to the surrounding community and tell the Brook shire Connolly said Brookshire Homes has had many successful projects in San Antonio and Barrineau believes the Meadow Creek project has been terribly mislabeled and mis characterized by city officials Connolly said Brookshire sent out invi tations to the meeting he said About 20 future Meadow Creek residents and another 50 to 75 neighbors of the project attended the meeting It was a really interesting two hour exchange Monday night of neighbors talking to neighbors and a new development meeting each other as a Connolly said It was in many ways a very See Longtime Comal teacher Elna Frazier passes away FROM STAFF REPORTS Longtime teacher Elna Brittain Frazier passed away Tuesday Frazier had moved to Waco in 1999 where she passed away at the Ridgecrest Retirement Center at the age of 95 Born June Frazier taught first grade for 44 years most in Comal Independent School District Frazier Elementary school was named after her which is unusual because they usually dont name schools after someone who is former student and Comal school trustee Dora Gonzales said Services for Frazier begin at 10 Friday at the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels with the Rev Bill Arnold offi ciating Family visitation will be 5 to 7 Thursday at Doeppenschjnjdt Funeral Home INSIDE Key Code 76 CISD picks new elementary site BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer BULVERDE Comal Independent School District trustees voted Tuesday to accept in principle a agree ment to buy about 22 acres of Bexar County property west of 281 The property will be used to build a new 800student elementary school offi cials expect to open in the fall of 2002 Weve approved for the administra tion to go ahead with pursuing the pur chase of that school board president John Clay said Weve been looking at it for a number of months and had to get some things worked out but were really excited Its a wonderful piece of CISD Superinten dent Dr Jerry Major said the property was south of Cjbolo creek about half a mile west of US 281 along the new Over look Parkway It will sell to the district for about Major said Itll basically serve kiddos south of the Cibolo Creek in the Timberwood Park and Country Place Timberwood Park is west of 281 Country Place is east of it MAJOR The districts architect Pfluger and Associates of Austin assured the CISD the property would be fairly easy to develop for an elementary school CISD will hook the new school up to the San Antonio Water System SAWS and municipal sewer service Even though the land was more expensive than we would have liked the fact that we dont have to build a septic and water system was a real Major said That savings he said enabled the dis trict to stay roughly within budget on the purchase HopefUlly two years from right now well be moving kiddos Major said   

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