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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZ Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers with addresses ending In or 2 can water today after 7 Well users with addresses ending in 2 or 3 can water today after 8 NG Vol 149 No 193 14 pages in 2 sections August 8 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Texas state trooper dies in Austin hospital BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer AUSTIN A routine traffic stop for an unbuckled seatbelt that turned violent ultimately ended in death Monday night The New Braunfels and Comal County emergency radio net went silent a little before 11 Monday as police and pub lic safety personnel observed a moment of silence in honor of Department of Public VETTER Safety trooper Randall W Vetter Vetter a resident of New Braunfels was pronounced dead at Monday at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin according to hospital spokeswoman Shannon Whitehead He was 28 years old and was the 75th DPS officer to die in the line of duty Survivors include his wife Cynthia their eightmonthold son Robert and the troop ers father Kermit Vetter an officer at the Comal County Jail Services are pending This is a sad day for the Texas Depart ment of Public Safety the state of Texas and the United States of said Col Thomas A Davis director of the DPS We ask that the people of Texas contin ue to uplift Trooper Vetters immediate family and his law enforcement family with your thoughts and prayers as we grieve this loss of our friend and family mem Locally nobody reached at 11 com mented DPS officers who are dispatched by the Comal County Sheriffs Office after hours were not available Sheriffs deputies and New Braunfels Police Department patrol officers could not be reached by telephone Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger just after midnight today referred to the prepared statement issued in Austin shortly after Vetters death was announced Vetter a sixyear veteran DPS trooper who worked out of the New Braunfels office just one month shy of 14 years was Traffic tangles FM 725 will get no left turn signs BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Beginning Thursday motorists traveling on Seguin Avenue and FarmtoMarket 725 will not be allowed to make left turns onto Interstate 35 as part of a plan to alleviate major traffic congestion at the intersection Michelle Kopp assistant area engineer for the TxDOT office in New Braunfels said effective Thursday motorists traveling east or west on Seguin Avenue and FM 725 would be prohibited from turn ing left to go either north or south on 135 Those wanting to go north on I 35 from eastbound FM 725 should use Business 35 to Texas 46 Those wanting to go south on 135 from westbound FM 725 should use Business 35 to Walnut Avenue or Street Left turns at the FM 725 inter section will be restricted until next spring when Seguin Avenue and FM 725 are scheduled to open back up to four lanes On July 25 Seguin Avenue and FM 725 were closed down to one lane in each direction beneath the I 35 overpass so Deavors Construc tion could begin work on its phase of the 135 widening project Deavors is the contractor for the portion of work from onehalf mile north of Walnut Avenue to onehalf mile south of Texas 46 Last week traffic stacked up for blocks along FM 725 as motorists tried to get through the lighted inter sections Some motorists have complained about long waits to get through the intersection because the lights only run for 15seconed cycles before changing The traffic signal lights at FM 725 Walnut Avenue and on both sides of the intersection frontage road down to Business 35 are cam eracontrolled traffic signals that monitor traffic in an intersection to set intervals Lt John Wommack with the New Braunfels Police Department said if a car pulled into the intersection the light would read a car trapped in the intersection as traffic and it would not turn Then when the light is freed up it shortens the interval to try to the clear the intersection resulting in the 15second green light that only allows very few cars through Kopp said TxDOT was recom mending eliminating left turns as a way to prevent traffic from backing up for blocks in either direction of FM 725 Since we closed it down to one lane if theres one person trying to turn left the traffic backs up behind them and theres not enough time for people to get through the inter she said Kopp said eliminating left turns would allow motorists who were recently challenged by the inter section to maximize the amount of time the light is green TxDOT officials said they were hoping to coordinate two phases of the 135 project so Walnut Avenue would be back open to four lanes when work began on Seguin Avenue and FM 725 But Dean Word the contractor working on the 135 project to just north of Walnut Avenue is behind schedule Dean Word Company is current ly working on a portion of the 135 construction project from Solms Road to a halfmile north of Walnut Avenue and is scheduled to com plete the project by May 2002 Kopp said she was told Walnut Avenue could open back up to four lanes by the end of this week or next week CHRIS Motorists will not be allowed to make left turns from Farmto Market 725 onto IH 35 until next spring when Seguin Avenue and FM 725 will be reopened to four lanes Motorists should use Business 35 to go north and south to access the interstate Effective Thursday August NO LEFT TURNS OFF OF FM725 TO INTERSTATE I Bill Brown sets pattern BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Beginning Aug 14 hundreds of students will converge on Bill Brown Elementary School to begin another school year That means a lot of parents and school buses dropping off and picking up students will try to maneuver their way down Texas 46 at the same time each morning and afternoon Later this fall a foot HEB supermarket is sched uled to open across from the cam pus which will add to the traffic congestion in the area Jackie Sundt principal at BBES said We have to be hon est and say that a grocery store is going to increase traffic out Preliminary estimates have pro jected that the number of cars on Texas 46 could double when the HEB store opens But Sundt said with some cooperation and careful planning by motorists and parents traffic will not have to be a nightmare on Texas 46 The Texas Department of Transportation and Comal Coun ty are working together to put in a traffic signal light at the intersec tion of BBES Texas 46 and the new driveway at The light will be installed at the schools west driveway TxDOT officials said the light was tentatively scheduled to be installed sometime in September HEB agreed to fund the light and acceleration and deceleration lanes near the store development as recommended by TxDOT In preparation for the increased traffic Comal Independent School District staff recommended chang ing traffic patterns at the campus to improve traffic flow in the area before and after school Currently there are four entrances and exits to the cam pus The east exit near 281 is the bus exit The second driveway is the parent entrance The third driveway is the par ent exit The fourth west driveway where the signal light will be installed is the bus entrance Beginning Aug 14 parents and school buses will continue to use the existing driveways at the cam pus but all parent traffic will be rerouted to the west exit at the signal light The following changes will occur for the 20002001 school year The third driveway where par ents previously exited will be closed Parents will enter the second driveway as normal but will use the drainway between the third and fourth exits and will leave the campus from the fourth driveway at the signal light Buses will enter and exit as they did before Sundt said We felt it was safer this way than having some people exiting at the stoplight and oth ers not exiting Sundt said the school would put up yield signs and stop signs to help drivers negotiate the traffic patterns During MeettheTeacher night school officials also handed out fliers illustrating the traffic changes and will be sending home fliers with students to alert par ents to the changes Hopefully we can get the word out to Sundt said Sundt said two new schools in the area increased traffic on Texas 46 but cooperation and support from parents kept traffic conges tion from getting out of hand have been support ing one another and observing rightofway People have been really nice about letting people she said During the school year cars fre quently back up on Texas 46 in the morning and afternoon as parents See INSIDE Key Code 76 CISD administrator dies in Houston hospital FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal Independent School District employees gave blood Monday in memory of a district administrator who passed away Sunday Elaine Stott 58 died in a Houston hospi tal as a result of complications stemming from an open heart surgery on July 18 a district official said A memorial service has been set for 2 Saturday at the First United Methodist Church at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street in Texas City Comal ISO Public Information Officer Kari Hutchison said the school district is working to put together a local service as wellDetails will be announced when they are available Stott But remembrances began Monday with the blood drawing in the parking lot of the CISDs central offices Stott who had been employed at the district for the past four years was CISDs Elementary Curriculum Coordinator But that is not all she was according to people who worked with her and remembered her Monday Elaine was very very devoted to chil said CISD employee Martha Miller who worked with Stott for years She was a great person really outgoing She was the elf in our central office Christ mas party for the last two Miller said Weve lost our elf She was just neat she was differ Stott made an elf cos tume she would wear to the parties Miller recalled grin ning at the memory Elaine was this little bitty petite person Thats just the way she was she liked to keep things Dickie Guthrie who works in the districts human resources office remembers n RON a hard worker with a Comal ISO Assistant to the Superintendent Nancy humorous twist She smiled CobbSave blood Monday in honor of Elaine Stott repeatedly while she was telling stories about Stott was one of the actors in costumes Stott that concealed their identities who played She laughed out loud when she remem a character in the program bered the districts secretarys luncheon when gee   

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