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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 10A HERALDZEITUNG Saturday October 1A He looked at that money and saw it as 12 homes that could be repaired He ended up accepting in an unpaid capacity the job of volunteer coordinator At the time there werent that many homes that needed he said What I thought was going to be a very simple job turned out to be a little over two In the two years since the flood New Braunfels Rebounds has helped rebuild and repair flood damage to 84 homes Another two homes are under construction and two more homes are waiting for their turn All the homes should be com pleted by December according to information from New Braunfels Rebounds About total volunteer hours have been donated to help New Braunfels Rebounds During the months after the flood many church groups and groups of stu dents volunteered to help But as the months have gone by the regular volunteers have trickled to just a handful But Humphreys is almost always at Phelps1 side Humphreys did not work with New Braunfels Rebounds when it first formed But he was at a church function one day in March when he saw Phelps and a couple of other men fresh from working on a house Man they were he said laughing Phelps joined in the laughter remembering that the house he was working on at that time was one of the dirtiest We were he said Humphreys asked the men what they were doing and when they told him he pledged to help Weve had a lot of people who said they would like to help but very few people show Phelps said But Humphreys kept in his word and has continued keeping his word ever since The pair molded a friendship during their work together Phelps said Humphreys tells his wife that they cant take a vacation because Phelps needs him It takes two Humphreys said Humphreys and Phelps have helped in disaster situations before But Humphreys said shortly after he began working with New Braunfels Rebounds he looked at all the work and wondered how it would get done During the past two years Phelps has figured out how to approach the daunting amount of work For me its got to be just one house at a he said Responsibility and commitment are what the two men said kept them going We have a responsibility to our fellow Humphreys said Phelps and Humphreys were working on a house on West Mill Street this week The house was not under water during the flood but water had gone under the house This past summer the effects of the water under the house com bined with the summers heat to cause the living room floor to buckle Phelps and Humphreys replaced the floor and reminisced as they worked Im sure in some houses there are hammers buried in a Phelps said explaining that they had somehow lost a number tools during the past two years The various volunteers who have worked for New Braunfels Rebounds have suffered more than 30 injuries collectively dur ing the past two years Humphreys and Phelps had their share of those Humphreys once cracked sever al ribs Phelps has a torn retina a small chip in one of his ankles a knee that must be repaired and wrist problems as a result of working with New Braunfels Rebounds As their work draws to a close they are quick to point to the many churches businesses and individuals that helped the city recover from the flood Their work soon will be done and theyre planning how they will then spend their time Ive got a yard that needs all kinds of work a house that needs all kind of Humphreys said And Phelps said smiling Ill stay busy Dont 1A tionnaires during the meeting for those present to mail back to NBGS with questions and comments NBGS also has set up an email address to receive comments wasserstrasse@nbgsintl.com Mike Jaroszewski president of NBGS led a presentation on the proposed river walk or Wasser Strasse and water transportation system called Transportainment He also encouraged those present to provide input This is what NBGS does and quite honestly its what Schlitter bahn he said We think weve got a good team working on it However the team includes The New Braunfels City Council recently approved a request from NBGS to develop a business plan for the proposed Wasser Strasse and Transportainment system The public meetings are part of the process NBGS is using to develop the plan The plan should be com plete sometime this spring Under the proposal an approxi mate twomile landscaped river walk would be built from Landa Street to Garden Street The Transportainment System would be a type of water ride extending at least from the Garden Street exit on the Comal River across Schlitterbahn property and back to Prince Solms Park Tubers on the Comal could either pay to ride the threemile Trans portainment System back to Prince Solms Park or use the Wasser Strasses walkway The Trans portainment System also would link Schlitterbahns two parks via Prince Soims Park Questions from the audience Fri day included concerns about park ing and how Transportainment would affect the river Sohn said the transportation sys tem could not affect the river flow However he said there are other WASSER STRASSE The next public meeting is at noon Oct 24 at the Senior Citizen Center 655 Landa St NBGS also has set up an email address to receive comments wasser strasse@nbgsintl.ccim options to provide water for Trans portainment v The Transportainment proposal includes two possible places for the public to enter the system from the river either at the Garden Street exit or the last public exit at Union and Garden NBGSs proposal includes the possibility of building a bridge from the last exit across the street to Schlitterbahn property where a Transportainment entrance would be located However one audience member suggested a tunnel instead to keep as much pedestrian traffic off the street as possible The tunnel idea is a great Jaroszewski said Another suggestion included a multilevel parking garage Others worried whether people who carry their coolers or animals on the river would be able to take them through the Transportainment system Thats obviously an Jaroszewski said Its a problem well have to Audience members were still ask ing questions and offering sugges tions more than an hour into the meeting The next public meeting is at noon Oct 24 at the Senior Citizen Center 655 Landa St Great pumpkin patch Marie Elena Campos 3 is looking forward to eating the pumpkin she and her dog Toto selected from the pumpkin patch at First United Methodist Church 572 W San Antonio St The church sells pump kins at this time every year K JESSIE 1A create a drainage problem and the money goes specifically to fixing those problems Akers said A development fee however is a flat fee for every new develop ment The city referred the question to Freese and Nichols the con sulting firm hired to work with the city on the drainage ordi nance The city hired Freese and Nichols which has years of expe rience working on similar pro jects with cities to provide the work for Most of the money was to per form the hydrology and hydraulics work on the 300 square miles of watersheds on the Dry Comal Creek Blieders Creek Guadalupe River Comal River and Alligator Creek Were getting a ruling from the people who were supposed to be looking at the ordinance who were paid to draft this ordinance and are supposed to be the Akers said Akers said he had not been working closely with the drainage committee because the city hired a consultant Trie Freese and Nichols repre sentative working with the city was not available for comment Friday Another Freese and Nichols representative said the company normally referred ques tions back to the organization that hired the firm Freese and Nichols drafted the original ordinance that the com mittee considered Akers said the development fee in the original draft ordinance and in the final draft before council are the same The issue of whether the fee in the current ordinance and the original draft ordinance are the same or if it was changed during the committee process is what Freese and Nichols will evaluate for the city City Manager Mike Shands said If it is in the original draft that we could have the watershed system development fees that were not impact fees then its going to be pretty clear that they would come back with a ruling that they are not impact fees because they provided us with the information and they would not provide us with something that is Shands said Shands said the city had been advised from the beginning that the development fee was not an impact fee Everybody was relying on the paid consultants to resolve these he said Freese and Nichols is expected to provide an answer about fees to the city next week Shands said the company also would determine whether the second proposed fee in the ordinance a watershed management utility fee for improved land was still a nonimpact fee Shands also said Akers and City Engineer Bolner previ ously advised him that the fees Were not impact fees Akers said It doesnt meet the technical definition of an impact He also requested information from the Texas Municipal League an organization formed to provide support to Texas cities They say they are definitely not impact Akers said Theyre going to look at the question a little more indepth for me but theyre definitely not impact Bolner agreed As far as Im concerned theres no question about it being a development he said New Braunfels ordinance mir rors San Antonios ordinance on this issue he said Bolner explained the importance of the what the fees would do for the city Were just he said In order to establish the maps and database that we need and basic It takes The city needs those maps and databases to determine where drainage structures or dams should be built for instance Developing those maps and infor mation takes money And Bolner said the city was trying to spread the cost among all new develop ments not just developments that impact the drainage The city has considered the possibility of implementing impact fees in the future he said But that is a separate issue from the watershed system develop ment fee Hal Herbelin chairman of the drainage advisory committee said Friday that he was disap pointed that the development fee is being questioned now We welcomed the developers to have input and we had input from the chamber of commerce and from several very active he said It seemed like once we got a year down the road and kind of got into a groove of what we were going to do then the developers no longer showed up at the Its another hold up or step backward in getting this complete I feel we will Its just going to delay it a little However Bolner said he thought the developers who raised this issue supported the fee but were trying to make sure it was not contested in the future Local homebuilder and devel oper Randy Taylor who said he was not one of the people who raised this issue said the develop ment fee posed a massive impact on developers The result would be making homes more expensive to buy in New Braunfels he said We want to do whatever is right correct and appropriate to secure quality living or safe liv Taylor said I just feel like its the responsibility of every body in New Braunfels to help pay for these drainage issues Just because a new subdivision goes in we shouldnt be carrying the brunt of this Click on us at NEW INVEIMTOFCV IIM STOCTK Mattresses Iron Beds Platform Beds Beds Too BEDS INC MATTRESS FACTORY OUTLET 381 Landa St New Braunfels 830 6065006 Mattress ALL FLOOR MODELS ALL BACKSTOCK MATTRKSSKS Fl TONS IIKADHOARDS Fl RNITIUU   

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