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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                YAV NEW PELS HERALD 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 midnight and 10 and from 8 to midnight 149 No 200 16 pages in 2 sections August 16 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Walnut traffic moves two by two K JESSIE Gilbert Meyer works on the light timing at Walnut and Interstate 35 Tuesday afternoon Road reopened to two lanes in each direction FROM STAFF REPORTS Walnut Avenue was reopened to four lanes just in time for lunch hour traffic Tuesday One of the pair of major thoroughfares through the city Walnut Avenue has been closed down to two lanes of traffic for months while contractors worked to rebuild the roadbed in the areas around the Interstate 35 crossing and southbound frontage road seri ously slowing traffic in the area In recent weeks the traffic situa tion was worsened when the other route into the city Seguin Avenue at Interstate 35 was choked down to one lane each way Walnut Avenue originally was slated to reopen in July but unavoid able construction delays pushed the opening back Texas Department of Transportation officials said On Tuesday Michelle Kopp of TxDOT said Walnut would remain at four lanes until next year At the end of the project well reduce it to one lane each way to rebuild it under Interstate Kopp said The interstate bridges at Walnut Avenue will be removed and replaced during that time with longer bridges that will allow four lanes of traffic underneath Walnut Avenue will be closed completely at times to facilitate demolition of the existing bridges and work such as placing steel gird ers that will make the framework for the bridges That work will take place at Kopp said Taming a wild river BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A proposed ordinance banning alco holic beverages on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers within the city limits could go before New Braunfels City Council later this month At Mondays city council meeting councilman Robert Kendrick asked city staff to draft an ordinance pro hibiting the con sumption and pos session of alco holic beverages on city rivers Coun cil could consider the ordinance at their next meeting Aug 28 The call for an WILLIAMS alcohol ban on the river within the city limits comes after numerous com plaints about lewd and rowdy behav ior including people urinating and defecating and exposing themselves along the river as well as problems with profanity and littering In a recent letter to the editor one Universal City resident who tubed on the Comal River likened the river to a strip club atmosphere with people smoking drinking and exposing them selves Resident Betty Dunkin was one of several resi dents who spoke in favor of an alcohol ban to make the river a more family friendly envi ronment saying many tubers used foul language and engaged in violent activity During Memorial Day weekend a 17year old Pollock boy was critical ly injured and suffered a skull fracture in a rockthrowing incident on the Guadalupe River During a tubing trip down the Guadalupe River in July Kendrick said he saw a number of the behav ioral problems reported by visitors K JESSIE Ryan Hitzfelder Marcos Rodriguez and Dustin Wray left to right slide down the Prince Solms tube chute Tuesday afternoon KENDRICK and residents You name it you see he said We saw nudity drugs alcohol and lit Kendrick said he believed an alco hol ban would put an end to most of the behavioral problems on the river But Mayor Stoney Williams said he did not believe alcohol was the inher ent problem with behavior on the riv er I think an alcohol ban on the riv er is a bad idea Its unenforceable and its not an alcohol he said There are all those people who are responsible and like to drink beer while going the river An alcohol ban will make criminals out of all of Williams said local law enforce ment officials reported most arrests were for minors in possession of alco hol and drugs Which is already against the Williams said If we get more police down there eventually well get a han dle on the behavior City Attorney Floyd Akcrs said the ordinance would prohibit alcohol on the portion of the Guadalupe River from the Gruene River bridge to Busi ness 35 and the entire Comal River Under the proposed ordinance con suming or possessing alcohol on city rivers would be a Class C misde meanor punishable by a SI to fine but no jail time In order to get an alcohol ban the city must first contact the Texas Alco holic Beverage Commission and get approval to declare the rivers a central river business district Akers said the city could not adopt any ordinances affecting alcoholic beverages because they would be pre empted by state statutes An alcohol ban in a central busi ness district such as the downtown area of San Antonio is allowed if approved by TABC administration Kendrick said an alcohol ban would be only one step toward cleaning up the river Other things would need to be done like increasing police enforce he said During Mondays meeting Williams proposed creating a committee to examine river issues including behav ioral problems and trash along the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers Williams said one task for the com mittee would be to look at creating a tubing tax similar to the tax collected by the Water Oriented Recreation Dis trict to help pay for cleanup along the See Court splits on small lot moratorium BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Commissioners voted 3 2 Tuesday to impose a 9 month moratorium on con struction of new homes in unincorporated areas of Comal County on lots smaller than one acre The morato rium is intended to give a new 13 member SCHWAB county commit tee time to reexamine sub division onsite sewage water availability environ mental and other impacts of high density housing on Comal County and its citi zens The moratorium called County Order No 67 will run through June 1 2001 although it could be extended at 60 day inter vals as necessary for the committee to finish its work An attendant resolution calls on the City of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities to sup port and join Comal County in its effort to get a handle on its growth and the impacts of that growth Unaffected by the mora torium would be subdivi sions by an individual owner of property into two lots where one of the lots would be smaller than one acre or subdivisions that have already been platted and are in the review process Those subdivisions are Canyon Springs Resort Correction Plat Unit 1 establishing lots and 4 Champions Village Master Hightower Subdivision Hill Country Resort Replat Phase 10 and 10R Morris Subdivision and Morris Subdivision Unit 2 establishing Plaza Oak Center Rebecca Lake Master Also unaffected would be all development on lots larger than one acre that would be considered under subdivision laws and guide lines already in place business as said County Engineer Tom Hornseth Tuesdays meeting was precipitated by a special meeting Friday called to receive input on the mora torium proposal The meeting opened with County Judge Danny Scheel reading the pro posed order and making a motion for its approval Were here today to con trol our destiny in Comal Scheel said not ing the moratorium would give the county time to study growth impacts and was not intended to dis criminate against anybody developers or residents The motion was second ed by Pet 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin whose district includes Bulverde and See Wisdom joins KGNB to launch finance show Nationally recognized radio talk show host Gabe Wisdom has joined the KGNB 1420 AM program family Every weekday starting at 5 Wisdom will pro vide financial advice in a lively talk show format His business knowledge began at the Harvard Busi ness School then as man aging director of a private asset management firm in San Diego Calif His radio career began before that as a leader in the free style for mat at a station in San Diego in 1968 Employing his unique personality he garnered a large audience and found great success Talkers Magazine has named Wisdom as one of the 100 most important Talk Show Hosts in America Fred Stockwell general manager for KGNB Radio in New Braunfels said Weve been looking for a financial expert capable of providing sound financial advice In the Gabe Wis dom show we found such an expert His knowledge is unsurpassed yet he is able to make it understandable and fun for Wisdom is part of the BusinessTalkRadio BTR network which offers full 24 hours per day radio pro gramming featuring busi ness financial news talk and lifestyle programs INSIDE Key Code 76 Bulverde NW aldermen working to lose their jobs BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer BULVERDE NORTHWEST A slate of candidates for the offices in Comal Countys newest city ran unopposed and were elected in the Saturday balloting And now Bulverde Northwest Mayor Mai McClinchie said job No 1 for the government of the 600resident city will be to see that they lose their jobs Petitions already are circulating in Bulverde and Bulverde Northwest to conduct elections to consolidate the two communities What must happen first McClinchie says is the residents of Bulverde Northwest must vote to be consolidated into Bulverde The slate of officers elected Saturday besides McClinchie include aldermen Car olyn Benham who got the sole writein vote for Charlie Lebrecht Harry Trappe Jim Winegar Nancy Wuhrung and city mar shal Bill Utterbach All will be sworn in at Thursdays meeting of Commissioners Court The mayor and five council members all were officers of the previous Bulverde North west which was dissolved in January in an out ofcourt settlement with Ingram Readymix which sued over issues pertaining to the earli er incorporation of Bulverde Northwest in 1999 The settlement did not preclude re incorporation or reelection of 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