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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas K8T AVAILABLE COPY Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers water today Well users with esses HERALD UNO Vol 149 No 184 16 pages in 2 sections July 28 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Felgers marks quartercentury of friends and fun Gone toobin K JESSIE John Schriewer left and J Felger reprise a pose from a 1975 photo top taken in front of Felgers Toob Rental on Liberty Ave Tonight they and their friends will throw a party that kicks off at 7 for 25 years BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer More than 25 years ago thats what everybody calls him Felger returned to New Braunfels to go to college in San Marcos right around the time he lost his grandpar ents who lived on Liberty Avenue He reflected this week on his busi ness his life and the great time he has had Tonight Felger will celebrate his 44th birthday and the 25th anniver sary of his familys business in a little party he is throwing for a few of his friends which will be everybody he can squeeze onto his Liberty Avenue lot The party and barbecue begins at 7 with music provided by the band 77 It will run whenever Curfew is We went tubing in the San Mar cos River and it was the most boring river in the world I said youve got to come to New Braunfels and try the Felger said of an adven ture with some fraternity buddies His friends were all for the idea Felger said The only problem was where to find the toobs Felger was probably a little too quick to open his mouth but he did and just as it happens in stories like this one See TOOBINV5A Brookshire loses battle with city BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Brookshire Homes lost its battle Thursday night before New Braunfels zoning board of adjustment The board upheld the citys decision to revoke and deny building permits for homes Brookshire is building in the Meadow Creek subdivision The subdivision is off Pah meyer Drive in southwest New Braunfels David Earl attorney for Brookshire Homes asked the board to allow Brookshire to continue building the homes but with restrictions He said the board could require that the homes at the front of the Mead ow Creek subdivision nearest the neighboring subdivision to be bricked or Brookshire could construct a privacy fence But the fivemember board unanimously affirmed the citys actions in this case Several families who have contracted to buy homes in Meadow Creek attended Thurs days meeting Earl promised them afterward that Brookshire Homes now would seek a restraining order against the city to allow the company to honor their contracts Thats our next course of action at this time unfortu he said City Attorney Floyd Akers said the city is extremely pleased with Thursdays deci sion We feel they made a fair accurate and just he said The stay on Brook shires building permits will be lifted and all construction will stop pending the Earlier mis year the city of New See County modifies outdoor burn ban Changes made for emergencies BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commission ers modified a burn ban imposed this past week to allow homeowners and developers willing to take especiallystrin gent precautionary measures to burn brush piles in emergency situations County Judge Danny Scheel recommended the changes based on rules he learned are in effect in Bastrop County and seem to be working The excep tion to the noburn rule now in effect was voted on in Comal County CommissionersCourt Thursday and took effect immediately This is for people who real ly need to get something done because of a financial need when no practical alternative Scheel explained As an example he mentioned a homeowner or developer who has financing and whose con struction could be held up by a burn ban because that person or company cant burn a brush See goes into Stage II water restrictions Comal not affected FROM STAFF REPORTS SAN ANTONIO The city of San Anto nio put Stage II water restrictions in effect for that city beginning today Citing continued drought conditions San Antonio City Council voted Thursday to go to Stage II which calls for reduced pump ing by municipal water user and reduced landscape watering hours by residents and businesses The Edwards Aquifer Authority remains Current water restrictions for New Braunfels Comal in Stage I and will stay there during the weekend said Margaret Garcia public affairs director Comal County and New Braunfels are not affected by the San Antonio decision which only applies in that city But Garcia said the rest of the five coun ties in the Edwards Aquifer Authority statu tory region now in Stage I can expect to see Stage II sometime next week if it does not rain In Stage I municipalities are expected to hold water usage to 95 percent of regular consumption and property owners can water landscapes only on a day that corre sponds to the last digit of their address No weekend watering is allowed and sprin kler operation is restricted from 8 to 10 Hoses buckets and drip irrigation systems are permitted to operate at any time Stage II will be imposed after the Edwards Aquifer dips below 640 feet above mean sea level for 24 hours not expected before Monday or Tuesday Gar cia said Municipalities are expected to further reduce water usage to 90 percent Land Frustrating traffic snarlups made worse by blocked intersections K JESSIE Officials say drivers getting trapped in the middle of intersections behind a line of traffic and a red light are causing problems at FarmtoMarket Road 725 and Interstate 35 BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Frustration You are waiting at intersections backed up for blocks to get across Business 35 in the area of Farmto Market road 725 or Walnut Avenue exits and the lights seem to run for 15second cycles and make the situ ation even worse Why you ask is TxDOT the city or whomever doing this Why are these signals set that way The answer might be the lights are not set that way and you are doing it to yourself Lt John Wommack head of the traffic division of the New Braunfels Police Department met Thursday with the Texas Department of Transporta tion contractors the person in charge of the traffic signals and others con cerned with traffic snarlups that have gotten exponentially worse this week On Tuesday traffic was reduced to one lane in each direction on FM 725 beneath the Interstate 35 overpass Many people complained about long waits to get through the intersections in that area The traffic signals controlling the INSIDE Key Code 76 scape watering by sprinkler system still is permitted on the one day each week depending upon the last digit of an address but the permissible hours are reduced to from 3 to 8 In Stage II soaker hoses and other hand watering measures are permitted only dur ing the limited hours and not during day time Were trying to get people out of water ing in the heat of the Garcia said City NBISD taxes due on Monday The last day to pay 1999 New Braunfels ISD and City of New Braunfels taxes is Mon day Director of Tax Collections Betsy Cald well said Both school and city taxes are due at the same time even though taxpayers have two statements one for NBISD and one for the City of New she said Even if a taxpayer has not received a tax statement taxes are still due on Monday If property recently has been purchased the new owner most likely is responsible for these tax es as they would have been prorated Taxes can be paid at the tax office 407 W Mill St For information call 6256714 Envelopes must be postmarked by July 31 2000 to te considered on time
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