Wednesday, September 6, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW jfegjjKFELS HERALF Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending In or 5 can water today before 9 and after Well users with addresses ending In 4 or 5 can water today between 31 am and 8 and from 8 to 10 UNG Vol 149 No 218 16 pages in 2 sections September 6 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comai County since 1852 50 cents Alcohol ban petition is in Mayor calls special meeting Friday to consider initiative BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Organizers of a petition effort to bring the alcohol ban issue to New Braunfels voters celebrated at the municipal building Tuesday Citizens United to Save Our Rivers cochairs Kathleen Krueger and Betty Dunkin presented peti tions bearing nearly names to New Braunfels City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi They needed only signatures Sarkozi said she and several city employees would work during the coming days to type the names into a computer database and then con firm them as registered voters Mayor Stoney Williams called a special city coun cil meeting for Friday so council can act on the peti tion to meet the deadline for the Nov 7 election Council can place the ques tion on the ballot or vote if it chooses to adopt an alcohol ban on its own While he wont be able to attend Fridays meeting hell be recov ering from knee surgery Williams said he hoped council would throw the issue to the voters Im hopeful the citizens will get a vote and Im glad if it does go to referendum that everyone will get a chance to voice their opinion on Williams said On Aug 28 council voted to table until March a decision on whether to ban alcohol on the rivers that flow through the city During that time a committee was to study the issue and come up with plans for deal ing with behavior and littering prob lems on the river During Labor Day weekend New Braunfels police followed a council mandate to step up enforcement on the Comal River As of Monday afternoon more than 50 arrests were reported During Tuesdays press confer ence Dunkin showed a sheath of petitions more than two inches thick to reporters from print radio and television media She thanked a WILLIAMS A look at Fridays council K JESSIE Above Betty Dunkin right hands in the petition to get the alcohol ban onto the November ballot to Veronica Sarkozi at City Hall Tuesday afternoon Bottom Walter Sears flags people over on the main plaza to collect a few extra signatures for the alcohol ban petition Tuesday morning cadre of volunteers who collected the needed signatures in only three and a half days We appreciate the time and the effort that the volunteers both within New Braunfels and from out lying areas who circulated peti tions carried signs or brought us ice Dunkin I say thank you to all of you What youve seen this weekend is people with the courage to think I can make a dif ference come out and make this happen This is democracy in Krueger said We have good news Its better than we could have wished The people of New Braun fels have spoken out to defend their most precious resource our two beautiful Krueger said proponents of an alcohol ban were not antibusiness or antitourist See WHATS NEXT New Braunfels City Council special meeting Friday Voter registration deadline Oct 10 at the reg istrar Comal County tax office Early voting Oct 23 through Nov 3 in the Comal County Courthouse Annex from 8 to Election Day Tuesday Nov 7 Voting will take place in six precincts during the hours 7 to 7 District 1 Lone Star School Dist 2 Memorial Elementary School Dist 3 Seele School Dist 4 Faith United Church of Christ Dist 5 Lamar Primary School Dist 6 First United Methodist Church County judge developer locking horns Small lot moratorium fight looms BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A looming legal fight over Comal Countys ninemonth moratorium on highdensity housing develop ment could get nasty The bat tle started nearly a month ago SCHEEL in a com missioners court meet ing where developer Joe Veytia of 21 Housing Corp handed out 15 pages of Bible quotations that he said supported his moral right to build homes for low income residents Legal threats escalated a few days later with the developer and his attorney threatening to sue the county to protect his interests Now its gotten personal Veytia who is unhappy with Comal Countys moratorium on building homes on lots less than one acre has threatened to file the lawsuits claiming the moratorium discriminates against his company and low income home buyers And Veytia who said that at least one commissioner has a business on a small lot and another one lives on a lot less than one acre has gotten per sonal particularly in regards to County Judge Danny Scheel Veytia has alleged repeated ly in various open meetings that Scheel only sought the moratorium because Veytias new project would place hun dreds of new manufactured homes on 170 acres a half mile down Texas 46 from Scheels home The project which Veytia said also would protect 13 per cent of its land as open or green space would be aimed at households with an income of homebuy ers who would get financing through Veytias company an affiliate of Centex Homes Inc Scheel dismissed Veytias characterizations and charges against the county and against himself as an individual Its interesting I made the morion to approve one of these subdivisions on property that adjoins my back Scheel said It seems odd then that Id discriminate against his half a mile down the The development Scheel referred to is Champions Vil lage which will put about 250 manufactured homes in a sub division next door to his home That subdivision is grandfa thered and unaffected by the See Commissioners talk conservation easements FROM STAFF REPORTS Carolyn Scheffer with the Texas Parks and Wildlife agencys Land Conservation Program will discuss the ben efits of conservation ease ments when Comal County commissioners meet Thurs day Commissioners meet at in the commission ers courtroom on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Annex 150 N Seguin Ave Scheffer is ten tatively scheduled to speak starting at Comal County is looking for ways to protect its quality of life and environment Scheel said the public had an interest in protecting open land With a conservation ease ment the owner agrees to give up certain rights that are tailored to a particular piece of property An example would be a right to subdivide a property or construct build ings on it A conservation easement creates tax benefits for landowners who might wish to protect their property from development Texas cities break alltime heat records FORT WORTH AP Much of Texas continued roasting Tues day in recordbreaking tripledig it temperatures that sent utility companies scrambling to keep up with demand Austin was sweltering in 112 degree heat breaking the citys all time high of 107 That record had been broken Monday when the temperature hit 110 Thermometers also soared past the 100degree mark Tuesday and broke daily records in Del Rio San Antonio Houston and Lubbock Some utility companies urged customers to cut back during peak hours as a precaution The equipment is stressed Its like driving a car with the pedal to the floor for two said Carol Peters spokeswoman for TXU Electric the largest elec tric and gas company in the state with million customers But were not close to having any brownouts or Several cities shattered alltime high records Monday 112 degrees in College Station 109 in San Antonio and Houston and 104 in Galveston INSIDE Key Code 76 GOP opens local headquarters BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer There is so much red white and blue bunting inside the new Comal County Republican Party head quarters that ii resembles a forest of patriotism Every two years the county party picks a spot and settles in for the election season and this time they have chosen a prominent squarefoot office space at 215 S Seguin Yard signs with names like Ben Seroggins David Swift and Sher man Krause sit and wait in neat rows like anxious teens at their first See CHRIS Linden Anderson sells buttons Tshirts and hats at the Rebulican Headquarters grand opening Tuesday evening at 215 S Seguin Street