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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                HERALDZE Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in or 5 can water today before 9 and after 7 Well users with addresses ending In 4 or 5 can water today between mianight and 10 am and from 8 to midnight Vol 149 No 194 16 pages in 2 sections August 9 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Pray for Randy family Lawmen supporters pay respects to fallen trooper K JESSIE Trooper Trampas Gooding center wipes away tears Tuesday morning while waiting for the motorcade bringing Trooper Randall Vetters family home to New Braunfels Mrs Vetter not pictured stopped at the site several minutes later to visit the scene where her husband was shot BY Jo LEE FERGUSON AND RON MALONEY Staff Writers Trooper Randall W Vetter came home Tuesday But not as everyone hoped not in a glorious celebra tion of his recovery from a crit ical wound Instead he came home qui etly in a wave of tears and a blanket of heartache to the community that prayed for his survival Vetter 28 was shot in the head Thursday morning dur ing a traffic stop just south of Kyle He remained in critical condition at Austins Bracken ridge Hospital until he died Monday night His body arrived late Tues day at Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels Services are at 10 Friday at the St Paul Lutheran Church Visitation is from 2 to 9 Thursday at the funeral home Its bad said DPS Sgt John Ritter of the New Braunfels office We kind of figured this is what it was going to end up Vetter a sixyear veteran of the DPS worked in the New Braunfels office until July 1 when he was transferred to the San Marcos DPS office Ritter who was very sub dued said things were tough in the local DPS office Tues day We all have our he said Its up and down Its just a difficult time Were try ing to hold everything together and console each other Its a hard thing to go Vetter is survived by his wife Cynthia 8monthold son Robert and father Kermit Vet ter Were going to be all Ritter said We need every body to pray for Randy and his Vetter stopped Melvin Edi K JESSIE Constable Billy Reeves Trey Wahrmond and Mark Opeila left to right waited with other law enforcement officials to show their respects to the family of the slain officer as they traveled from Austin to New Braunfels on Interstate 35 Community mourns death of CHS grad BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The Rev Dr Charles DeHaven has shared some of the most significant moments in Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Randall W Vetters young life As the senior pastor of St Paul Lutheran Church DeHaven con firmed Vetter performed Vetters wedding ceremony and baptized Vetters 8month old son Robert On Friday with a heart heavy with grief DeHaven will officiate Vetters funeral service as friends family and law enforcement officers from across the country mourn the loss of a dedi cated peace officer Vetter a 28year old resident of New Braunfels died Monday at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin after he was gunned down about Aug 3 in a routine traffic stop Melvin Edison Hale 72 of Kyle allegedly shot Vetter in the head with a highpowered assault rifle after Vetter pulled him over for allegedly not wearing his seat belt DeHaven said Tuesday to people were expected to attend the service including state troopers and law enforcement officers from across the state and the nation See FUNERAL SERVICE A funeral service for Trooper Randall W Vetter 28 is scheduled to begin at 10 Friday at the St Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels Interment will follow in the Comal Cemetery New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams asked residents to show respect to the funeral procession as it travels to the cemetery Friday Were asking that when they see the funeral procession drive by that to show respect to leave your business es and stand out on the sidewalk on the Williams said Visitation is from 2 to 9 Thursday at Zoeller Funeral Home VETTER FUNDRAISERS The Texas Highway Patrol Association has opened an account to collect donations for Vetters family Donations can be made directly to the account Texas Highway Patrol Association Compass Bank Trooper Vetter Fund acct 84065714 Box 9600 Austin TX 78766 Checks also can be sent to the association Texas Highway Patrol Association Trooper Vetter Fund 8906 Wall Suite 407 Austin TX 78754 The Texas Department of Public Safety Officers See Comal mulls moratorium on small lots SCHEEL BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commis sioners will consider Friday a special moratorium on new home construction on subdi vision lots smaller than one acre while it studies growth water and environmental issues The moratori um is intended to give offi cials time to establish a farreach ing policy to exert some con trol on growth in unincorporated areas County Judge Danny Scheel said Tuesday a special com missioners court meeting was set for Friday to act on an order that would pro hibit developers of subdivi sions from building homes on lots of less than one acre in the county regardless of the availability of water and sewage service The action Scheel said would give the county time to examine subdivision rules as well as issues pertaining to water availability and sewage disposal rural development density and maintenance of green space Were going to try within the next nine months to come up with a policy that will help us protect our aquifers and maintain our quality of Scheel said Currently a developer can subdivide to onequarter acre lots for singlefamily homes The moratorium and laws that could be enacted after ward will limit subdivision lot sizes to one acre or larger Developers of future subdi visions could be affected because the policy as envi sioned by county officials would reduce the permissible density of a subdivision through increased lot sizes Scheel said if approved by commissioners the moratori um would become effective immediately on Friday It like ly will not affect previously approved subdivisions he said Onsite sewage rules up for comment Comal County is consid ering adopting more strin gent rules for onsite sewage disposal facilities in the unincorporated areas of the county At on Aug 15 county commissioners will conduct a public hearing on proposed revisions of the Comal County OnSite Sewage Facility Regulations The hearing will take place at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium on Farmto MarketRoad3159in Smithson Valley The new rules if adopted will bring lot sizes in the onsite sewage disposal reg ulations into line with the rules in county subdivision regulations The new rules effectively will double to one acre the lot size for platted subdivi sions served by a public water supply For subdivisions served by a private water supply lot sizes will be increased to acres Previously the onsite sewage disposal ordinance required something on the order of three acres deter mined by a formula that set a lot shape to permit a pair of 150ft diameter circles within the property bound aries one for the well and one for the septic system which could be exempted under the plans being consid ered No other subdivisions will be considered until we com plete our study and decide what kind of ruling will be considered as to lot sizes impervious cover and green Scheel said Well be working with the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and New Braunfels Utilities to try to come up with something we believe will be beneficial to Comal County in future Scheel said Committee to screen applicants BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Applications will be available Monday for those seeking financial assistance for projects through New Braunfels hotel tax revenues On Tuesday the citys hotel occupancy tax committee finalized the application that it will use to help screen applicants requesting money from the city for projects The council appointed the committee to develop a plan for using an unallocated portion of the citys hotel tax revenues The application the group approved Tues day night incorporated pieces of an one Chairman Adam Cork had previously pre sented and a second proposed application committee member Walter Sears presented Tuesday night The form is the first notice r were going to give Sears said The committee will receive additional information form those requesting funds when they make a presentation to the com mittee he said Were going to get packets from these people when they come over and theyre going to be thick Im Sears said explaining his logic behind consolidating parts of the application Cork originally presented The application asks for such information as a description and line item budget for the proposed projects financial information about organizations proposing projects and information on how the proposed projects meet the legal uses of hotel tax revenues Projects should help regenerate the hotel See BED INSIDE Key Code 76 RBFCU breaks ground for branch BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Mayor Stoney Williams delivered a message Tuesday to RandolphBrooks Federal Credit Union officials at a groundbreaking ceremo ny for their second New Braunfels branch office Williams said he had spoken to many peo ple about the new office They wanted me to deliver a message to he said Dig fast Theyre ready for The new squarefoot office which should be completed by January will be on Texas 46 at Oak Run Parkway The project will cost more than million The credit unions other New Braunfels branch is along Interstate 35 just past one of the worst road construction areas in New Braunfels For people living on this side of 135 a trip to the credit union is not a fun Williams said The new branch will have a fullsize lobby safe deposit boxes six drivethrough teller lanes and two driveup automatic teller machines said Chris OConnor senior vice president for member services at Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union We intend to have plenty of OConnor said Retired Col Fred Walters vice chairman of the credit unions board of directors said the credit union had been in New Braunfels for 25 years When the credit union first opened the town had a population of about people he said Now the credit union has that many mem bers he said   

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