New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 4, 2003, Page 6

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung March 4, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Dispatch-►Still critical A 33-year-old Austin man injured one week ago when the car he was repairing fell on him in a New Braunfels parking lot remained in critical condition Monday at University Hospital. Hospital officials said Jose A. Velasquez was being treated in a surgical intensive care unit. Velasquez was not breathing and had no pulse Feb. 25 when police officer Tim Brinkkoeter arrived at the H-E-B parking lot to find him beneath his car. Police believe the car slipped off the curb stop. Brinkkoeter and two other police officers, followed by New Braunfels firefighters, worked to revive Velasquez. The allegedly stolen property was worth $9.36. He was given a municipal court citation for class C misdemeanor theft and warned not to go into H-E-B again. If convicted, the man faces a maximum fine of up to $500.►Jewelry taken About $1,200 worth of jewelry consigned to a San Antonio Street business for sale was stolen sometime in February. Police said the theft occurred at an antique store located in the 200 block of West San Antonio sometime between Feb 1-28. The missing items include earrings and bracelets. ►Victim discharged ►Tailgate stolen The 38-year-old New Braunfels woman injured Feb. 25 in the fire that killer her husband was discharged Monday from Brooke Army Medical Center. A BAMC spokesman said Susan Forster was being processed out of the hospital Monday afternoon. Her husband, Dennis Forster, 43, died in the fire that destroyed their Linde Avenue mobile home. Cause of the fire was not certain, but officials believe it was accidental in origin.►Salami stolen A 56-year-old New Braunfels man was given a theft citation Sunday night after he allegedly tried to shoplift cheese and salami at H-E-B. Police said the man was watched as he took the items, hid them in his clothes and then left without paying. Frustrated mom seeks board Meetings support of stop-sign request A tailgate from a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck was reported taken late Saturday or early Sunday in the 1200 block of Gruene Road. Value of the tailgate was estimated between $650 and $750.►Cited for theft A 14-year-old Seguin boy was cited for theft Saturday evening after he was allegedly caught stealing a pair of boxer shorts. Police said a Wal-Mart employee watched as the youth picked up the shorts, took the tags off of them and then stripped down and put them on — in a store aisle. He was confronted outside and returned to the store for a second change of shorts, police said. Value of the shorts was $7.43. If convicted, the boy faces a fine of up to $500. By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer A resident concerned about the safety of her neighborhood streets says her subdivision needs stop and speed limit signs. April McGill, who lives on Hunt Street in the Dove Crossing subdivision, said more than 20 children five on Hunt Street and there is no way to control the speed of drivers in her neighborhood. She wants signs on her street to slow traffic in her area. “How can you enforce something that’s not up,” McGill said about the lack of signs in her subdivision. She said the request is a “no-brainer” and she cannot understand why she has seen no progress on the issue in the month she has worked on it. “Its unfair to people who move in who think it’s a family neighborhood, but it’s unsafe,” McGill said. After contacting city officials, her councilman and her subdivision developer about the issue, she will present her situation to the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting. Officials said concerned residents don’t need to go to such great lengths. If a resident is concerned about sign needs at an intersection, the resident must turn in to the city engineer’s office a written request to be reviewed by the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board. The request must detail why the sign is needed. The board makes recom- “Ithink its unfair to people who move in who think its a family neighborhood, but its unsafe.” — April McGill mendations to city council on whether or not to post signs. City Engineer Michael Short said all signs in the city are done by ordinance and must be warranted under the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices published by the Federal Highway Administration. Don Ferguson, assistant city manager, said it is important to make sure traffic signs are warranted before posting them. Ferguson said the attitude of the city is that “streets were made to move vehicles” and not necessarily pedestrians. Ferguson said for that reason, the city does not put up children at play signs because they tend to be ignored by drivers who see them on a regular basis. And parents interpret the signs as a license to let their children play in the streets. “We don’t put up stop signs at ‘T’ intersections," Short said. “Traffic is expected to yield.” Ferguson said most intersections should be safe as long as drivers will remember the rules of the road they learned when they got their license. He said that includes remembering to drive 30 mph in residential areas and apply right-of-way laws. In those cases when intersections become unsafe, he said the MUTCD is used to determine when signs are warranted. He said whether a street warrants signs depends on the type of street, traffic patterns and volume and the types of accidents. Ferguson said the city tries to drop traffic counters at intersections to determine traffic volume, but bad weather can delay that. “When the city sees an identified need,” Ferguson said, “the city will act,” although it is important for residents to realize it is not a next day process. Ferguson said the city is looking into looking sign Issues at the time of residential development like other communities do to make the process more efficient. In emergency situations the city can rush the process but borderline cases end up at the traffic board. McGill said she thought the process was “a joke” and shows that the city is controlling instead of service oriented. NEW BRAUNFELS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE — regular meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten, Conference Room A. THE SCHERTZ CITY COUNCIL — regular session, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Municipal Complex Council Chambers, 1400 Schertz Parkway. 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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: March 4, 2003

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