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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in or 2 can water today after 7 Edwards Aquifer well users with addresses end ing in 0 and 1 water from 3 to 8 and from 8 to 10 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 211 14 pages in 2 sections August 29 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Mayor Stoney Williams Juan Luis 1 Larry 2 Debbie 3 Robert 4 Lee 5 Juliet 6 Council delays alcohol ban vote City plans to pick committee revisit issue in March K JESSIE Above Jeff Henry an owner of Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort speaks against the proposed alcohol ban during Mondays council meeting Right Bob Krueger a former senator and ambassador called on council to ban alcohol on the rivers ALSO ON THE AGENDA New Braunfels City Council had its hands full Monday night with a big agenda packed with many key issues As of deadline Monday council still had to consider A drainage ordinance establishing a watershed management utility fee watershed development fee and watershed man agement fund The utility fee would be paid yearly for improved lots includ ing singlefamily residen tial lots and all other improved lots The water shed fee would be imposed on all new development The fees would go to the manage ment fund That money would go toward building and maintaining drainage facilities Consider river task force committee Support for the Comal County Commissioners Court decision to tem porarily suspend new development on lots smaller than 1 acre and request for voluntary annexation from the Gardens of Hunters Creek subdivision Other items on Mondays agenda includ ed proposed ordinance limiting the purchase of Landa Park Golf Course 30round passbook to Texas residents and proposed ordinance to prohibit transporting animals in an unsafe and leaving animals in motor vehicles under dangerous circum For complete coverage on these issues see Wednesdays Herald Zeitung BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Efforts to enact an alcohol ban on local rivers stalled during Mondays New Braunfels City Council meeting Instead council voted to form a committee to explore collecting tube and shuttle taxes to increase law enforcement on the rivers Council also decided to revisit the alcohol ban in March Some criticized the idea of anoth er committee early in the meeting including Councilman Robert Kendrick He proposed the alcohol ban at a previous meeting The city formed river committees in 1991 1995 and 1997 he said Basically nothing was Kendrick said Mayor Pro Tern Juan Luis Mar tinez headed the effort to delay the vote on the alcohol ban Mayor Stoney Williams and Councilmen Larry Alexander and Lee Rodriguez joined him in voting to delay the issue Hes realized as we all have that theres two sides to this Alexander said supporting Martinezs proposal Kendrick and Councilwomen Deb bie Flume and Juliet Watson voted against the delay The vote marked an anticlimactic end to a debate that attracted hun dreds to the council meeting Monday Kendricks proposal came after many complaints about bad behavior drinking and nudity on the two rivers The ordinance council considered Monday would have established a central river business district on the Guadalupe River between the Gruene Road and Faust Street bridges and on the Comal Rivet ftpm the Landa Park Drive bridge to the rivers confluence with the Guadalupe The ordinance then would have banned consumption of alcohol or possession of open alcoholic bever age containers in the central river business district Before the meeting a group of resr idents picketed in front of the New Braunfels Municipal Building The picketers live near the last public exit on the Comal River They carried signs that read Ban Beer Bring back See 0 6 K JESSIE Opponents to the proposed alcohol ban wore their feelings on their j shirts at Mondays councils meetings Hartwig lawyers claim she was battered abused by husband BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Years of physical abuse affected Adele Hartwigs ability to answer questions about the 1999 fire that killed her husband defense attorney Tom Garner said Mon day Garner gave brief opening statements Monday in 62year old Adele Hartwigs capital murder trial Prosecutors rested their case against Hartwig Monday morning after a week of testimony in 22nd District Court Adele Hartwig is accused of starting a house fire May 4 1999 that caused 72 year old Harold Hartwigs death Prosecu tors say Adeles husband was preparing to divorce her and she wanted to collect insur ance money A sixman sixwoman jury will decide whether to convict her of capital murder which would mean a mandatory life sen tence The Comal County District Attor neys office is not seeking the death penal ty Adele Hartwig initially told investigators someone else set the fire assaulted her and hung her from a tree She was found at the scene hanging from a tree with her feet touching a rock She later changed her story and said she intentionally set the fire while her husband was sleeping In a taped statement played See INSIDE Key Code 76 City developer claim small victories BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels and Brookshire Homes won some and they lost some after a court hearing Monday regarding the troubled Mead ow Creek subdivision A district court judge grant ed Brookshire Homes a tem porary injunction allowing the company to continue building 12 homes under con struction in the Meadow Creek subdivision on Pah meyer Road However he did not a grant Brookshire Homes an injunc tion allowing the company to start building other homes in the subdivision The decision made by 22nd District Court Judge Charles Ramsay came after more than four hours of testimony Mon day from Brookshire and city officials and expert witnesses on both sides Charles Frigerio the attor ney representing New Braun fels said Ramsays ruling showed the homes Brookshire was building were below the average value and construc tion of other homes in the neighborhood The judge prevented Brook shire from completing the type of homes it had planned for Meadow Creek Frigerip said Its a great victory for the citizens of New Braunfels the upholding of up its ordi Frigerio said Earlier this year the city granted four permits to Brookshire Homes to build in Meadow Creek The city put the permits on hold four days later after area residents com plained The city said the homes violated ordinance because they were not the same age value size type and con See
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