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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY January 10 2003 J M M V 12 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 51 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Prisoners to clean out creek area BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County and the City of New Braunfels are about to begin work that officials hope will reduce the potential for flood ing from the Dry Comal Creek with labor provided by the state County Judge Danny Scheel said Thursday inmates from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will clear brush and debris from a fourmilelong 110 At a glance Lettere have been sent to affected property owners seeking permission fbr work crews to enter properties along the Dry Comal Creek to remove brush and other obstructions Anyone with ques tions can call 6082100 ext 224 footwide stretch of the Dry Comal Creek The work would be done from Solms to the confluence of the Dry Comal Creek and the Comal River Officials first recommended the project in the aftermath of the October 1998 flood when the Dry Comal flooded Live Oak and Landa streets It was recommended again this past year by the Natural Resources Committee of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc as a way to reduce potential damage from major flooding events The problem with the project is there hasnt been money avail able to complete it Scheel said We looked at it after the 98 flood and just said No way Theres just no way we can do Scheel said This is a fan tastic opportunity being offered to us by the Texas Department of Criminal The inmates will clear brush See The litter and debris lining the Dry Comal Creek bed will be cleared soon with help of inmate labor DAVID HeraldZeitung Rebuidling blocks i ou i u Larry Phelps and Richard Humphreys from left work with New Braunfels Rebounds help rebuild homes destroyed after the July floods Rebounds is looking for more volunteers to work with the two Rebounds needs more volunteers to aid pair on homesites BY MICHAEL GARY Staff Writer Lots of people volunteered their time to help rebuild homes in New Braunfels after many of them were flooded in October 1998 New Braunfels Rebounds was created by the New Braunfels Ministerial Alliance after the 1998 flood to help residents who did not have flood insurance and could not count on any help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Rebounds under the direction of St Paul Luther an Church helped about 89 families get back into their homes and performed many other minor repairs after the 1998 flood It took Rebounds volun teers about two years to help families recover from the devastation of the 98 nat ural disaster But a similar turnout of help did not materialize after July 2002 when the Guadalupe River impacted about 169 homes Larry Phelps is a retired confectioner He participated in the 1998 Rebounds pro ject and he went to work again beginning July 10 2002 to help flood victims reclaim their homes He dri ves a school bus for the New Braunfels Independent School District and donates See DAVID Humphreys cuts a piece of wood trim while helping rebuild a flooddamaged house at 629 Riverside Drive Tell em we need he said about the Rebounds efforts to restore homes Bike plan falls group to keep pedaling BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A proposal for painting bike lanes on Mill Street from the West End into downtown New Braunfels died before a city advisory committee Thursday night The New Braunfels Trans portation and Traffic Advisory Board unanimously turned down Comal County Trails proposal for the bike lanes to run from Hidalgo Avenue to Market Avenue along both sides of Mill Street The board then instructed the trails group to bring back a new Mill Street bike lane proposal but without the restricted parking The boards next meeting is Feb 13 Mill Street is slated for bike lanes in the citys master plan The plan envisions a contin uous bikeway from the West End across the city and out to Gruene with access to parks and other recreational ameni ties Thursdays proposal includ ed prohibiting parking on the south or oddnumbered side of Mill Street About 40 Mill Street resi dents attended the meeting in response to a city letter informing them of the pro posal Many voiced concerns about the idea Most of those con cerns would center on the parking issue Discussion opened with a presentation by Peter Olsen and David Stinchcomb of Comal County Trails The goals here are safety and public Stinch comb said People should have the opportunity to get out and exercise and live a healthier Olsen described a recre ational resource that would give residents a healthy alter native to motor vehicles for reaching downtown The Mill Street plan he said was primarily a means for improving bicycle trans portation with safety in mind See INSIDE Key Code 76 Lawsuit challenges city over museum parking ordinance BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Gruene Hall owner Pat Molaks lawsuit against the City of New Braunfels goes to court today Molak claims a cityissued permit to the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music to build a squarefoot facility in Gruene will cause parking hassles Thats why were in Molak said Theyre not bringing any parking to Judge Fred Clark presid ing in the 207th District Court will hear Molaks suit at 9 in the old Commis sioners Courtroom on the third floor of the Comal Cour thouse Annex Building The museum bought the Gruene Mansion Inn Restau rant at 1275 Gruene Road in February 2002 renamed it the Rivers Edge Restaurant and started building a squarefoot museum next door to it But is it a museum Is it an assembly hall Its square feet What are you going to do hi there Molak asked Thursday Actually entertain as well as inform The new museum would accommodate concerts like Fiddlefest recently advertised in Texas Month ly which will attract about spectators Molak said Museum executive director Charlie Gallagher said hes in full compliance with the city I believe we accommodat ed the citys ordinance for parking We have gone over and above the citys ordinance and requirements in terms of the amount of parking under ownership and lease control And I believe weve complied with every aspect of the citys requirement in terms of parking and con struction code Gallagher said Molak said inadequate parking became an issue in the mid1990s when the restaurant itself grew to square feet By code it needs one parking space per 100 square feet thats about 140 spaces Molak said Molak said 25 extra spaces were demanded by code due to the facilitys museum des ignation and the code is inadequate due to numbers on concert attendance estab lished in the 1970s and the numbers of people who attend museum fundraisers The codes messed up The city knows it he said Molak also said the 130 spaces that the city has leased could be cancelled at any time if some owner decides he wants to build a volleyball court or some Thats the problem the leases arent in he said Fundraiser account set for slashing victim How to Help BY RON Staff Writer The 24yearold New Braunfels woman whose throat was slashed in an attack one week ago is recov ering from her injuries at Uni versity Hospital hi San Anto nio and family friends are pitching in to defray her med ical costs A trust fund will be set up for medical costs and a bene fit barbecue has been set for to 2 at the sheriffs office parking lot 3005 West San Antonio Street Jan 18 Meanwhile Amanda Marie Chandlers husband John Adam Chandler 26 is accused of stabbing and slashing her in their Mill Street home Jan 3 He was arrested Jan 4 after a daylong hunt and booked into Comal County Jail on a charge of aggravat ed assault with a deadly weapon a knife New Braunfels police found at the scene of his arrest beneath a An account has been set up to help defray recovery costs for Amanda Marie Chandler who was stabbed in a Jan 3 attack at her home Donations can be mailed to Amanda Marie Chandler 301 Main Plaza No 359 New Braunfels 78130 A benefit barbecue is scheduled for Jan 18 at the Comal County Sheriffs Office Tickets are and must be purchased by Jan 15 For information call Aleta LJsk between 9 and 4 at6203431 Loop 337 bridge John Chandler was trans ferred to another county jail because the victims mother is Sheriffs Sgt Christine Treadway the jails admin istrative sergeant Comal County Sheriffs offi cials said such moves were routine in cases that closely involve jail employees
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