Wednesday, October 25, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams lifted all water restrictions for city residents effective today HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 260 16 pages in 2 sections October 25 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Fire destroys familys home BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A family of six saw their pets killed and were left homeless Tuesday afternoon by a fire that heavily damaged their Alves Lane mobile home Comal County Fire Marshall Lin Man ford said the home and belongings of Curtis and Angela Pinson and their four children were a complete loss Firefighters were called to the resi dence late Tuesday afternoon after Angela Pinson returned home to find flames flar ing from its living room windows Manford said the exact cause of the fire was still being determined but he said it appeared accidental Curtis Pinson said he and his wife shared the home at 289 Alves Lane with four of their six children The oldest a daughter is 14 Pinsons stepchildren are sons 10 and 8 years old and a baby girl age 3 Pinson did not DPS set to honor slain trooper BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer SAN MARCOS The work and dedi cation of a private citizen have ensured that Trooper Randall W Vetter will be remem bered for generations A memorial honoring the slain trooper will be dedicated at 10 Thursday at the Texas Department of Public Safety in San Marcos 1400 N Interstate 35 The public is invited to the dedication The memorial was made possible through VETTER the work of Don Met calf and the nonprofit organization We the People of the State of Vetter was shot dur ing an August traffic stop in Hays County He was the 75th DPS offi cer to die in the line of duty The gray speckled granite monument that will be dedicated Thursday stands about four feet tall Sgt Mike Holmes with the San Marcos DPS office said It has a tremendous meaning here just for the fact that something permanent is erected here at our building It gives you the feeling that its not a forgotten effort and it will be something that will keep the mean ing of Randy Vetter alive and well with Holmes said That is something we See Wasser Strasse forum K JESSIE Anna Margaret Alexander standing voices her objections to the NBGS proposal of Wasser Strasse at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center Tuesday afternoon BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A crowd of about 70 people greeted the pro posed New Braunfels river walk with concerns and questions Monday The city council gave NGBS International a sis ter company to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort approval to develop a business plan for the pro posed river walk and accompanying waterbased transportation system in September NBGS designs and manufactures slides and equipment for water parks worldwide NBGS is now holding a series of public meet ings to gather input into the project Former New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Bob Sohn was named project director for the proposed riv er walk and has been leading the meetings Sohn began Tuesdays meeting by saying that some had said the proposal would increase the number of tourists in the city Really we probably will bring in more he said But he said the plan would help control the tourists much better The city cannot stop the tourists he said but the city can do something with them so they dont encroach and affect us The proposal includes an approximate two mile landscaped river walk or Wasser Strasse between Landa Street and Garden Street The Wasser Strasse would provide a place for arts exhibits weddings and other events NBGS also has proposed that interpretive areas to educate the public about the Edwards Aquifer endan gered species supported by the Comal Springs and other issues be a part of the river walk The second part of the proposal is a water based transportation system called Trans portainnient in which manmade channels would be built to carry tubers around Transportainment would at least extend from the Garden Street exit on the Comal River across Schlitterbahn property and back to Prince Solms Park Transportainment also would link Schlit terbahns two parks through Prince Solms Park Sohn said the proposal is not to build fixed buildings along the walk for restaurants and oth See WASSER INSIDE Key Code 76 Rainfall floods subside FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal County officials report ed a few road closings due to flooding Tuesday afternoon as the National Weather Service extended through today a south central Texas flash flood watch County Engineer Tom Hornseth reported late Tuesday afternoon that the only county road closed due to flooding was Rebecca Creek over the Guadalupe River Tuesday morning Farmto Market Road 1863 had been closed at its Cibolo Creek cross ings but by 2 Tuesday a Comal County Sheriffs dis patcher reported that only Blan co Road at Cibolo Creek and Obst Road west of Bulverde Lane were still closed The Army Corps of Engi neers reported that at cubic feet per second of water was flowing into the Canyon Lake reservoir The outflow into the Guadalupe River headed down stream toward New Braunfels would be held at 104 cfs the Corps reported on its recorded information line By 4 Hornseth said the Corps was reporting that the crest of the Guadalupe River seemed to have peaked and the inflow which had risen all Tuesday morning had dropped to cfs The National Weather Service reported late Tuesday that the heaviest rain had passed Rain has slacked off quite a bit There are still some thun derstorms out there but not as widespread as it has been the past couple of meteorolo gist Latrice Maxwell said The flood watch was extended because of sporadic and some times heavy local rains Officials say to expect inter mittent rain throughout the week High temperatures will hover in the 80s and cool to the 70s by Friday County slates subdivision rules hearing BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commis sioners will conduct a public hearing Thursday on proposed new regulations that will make water availability a condition of subdivision approval The hearing is set so commissioners can hear public input on the new rules which they could vote to adopt as early as next week In the proposed draft the new subdivision rules would force a developer to gain cer tification that enough water is available to serve full build out of a proposed subdivision That certification would have to be obtained before plat approval Developers who have criti cized that requirement say it adds prohibitive upfront engi neering and planning costs to doing business To add those costs before a project is even approved could kill some projects before they are launched developers have said But the new regulations would also require municipal utilities such as the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp and New Braunfels Utilities to cer tify that water is available for a full buildout of a proposed subdivision in their service areas Also required as now writ ten is certification for a pro jected buildout of the utilitys entire service area The already heavily regulat ed public utilities do not oper ate that way and to force them to do so would add unreason able cost burdens to current utility customers utility offi cials say PUBLIC HEARING WHAT Public hearing proposed county subdivision rules WHEN Thursday WHERE Commissioners Court Courthouse Annex 150N Seguin Roger Biggers assistant general manager of New Braunfels Utilities acknowl edged concerns about the pro posals late Tuesday afternoon He said NBU would make a presentation to that effect at the public hearing A municipal utility doesnt plan that way We look out 2030 years in the future and we plan based on population projections diversity factors and then actual population growth over Biggers said In order for New Braun fels Utilities to meet these reg ulations we would have to pur chase a water supply today that would not be used for many many years in the Biggers said he understood the problems northwest Comal County was facing with limit ed water and a growing popu lation But we do not feel that these rules will work for NBU and will cause unnecessary expense to the existing rate payers who in essence will be See MICHAEL These birds were spotted goosestepping through Landa Park after recent J heavy rains left puddles everywhere The park residents looked both but decided not to cross the street after all