Sunday, March 16, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Gartenfest a bountiful harvest of gardening C Leisure SA man brings love of theater to Brauntex with AnnieTlnside NEW BRAUNFELS Sports Lufkin beats Smithson Valley 103 at Wolff SUNDAY March 16 2003 42 pages in 5 sections EITUNG Vol 152 No 106 Serving New Braunfcls and Comal County since 1852 pushes residents to clean up flood damage ROBBINS BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels is cracking down on private property owners who have failed to restore land and structures hit by flood damage Similar to the aftermath of the flood of 1998 the city has allowed property own ers time to clean up and rebuild since the July flood The city has not enforced lawn and structural maintenance and also has fasttracked and waived the fee for permits on flooddamaged properties But the emergency is long past said Frank Robbins city planning and com munity development director All ordinances will now be enforced and by the summer permit fees will no longer be waived Property owners have had several months to complete the substantial task of flood Robbins said In the interests of public health and safety as well as the restoration of normalcy we are resuming full enforcement of various city ordinances in the flooddamaged Specifically city personnel will enforce ordinancesprohibiting the accumula tion of weeds rubbish junk trash waste products brush and refuse Robbins said The ordinances also will affect the out side storage of vehicles trash and other debris in yards or openair porches Most of the folks in the community have done a really good Robbins said Others have done nothing The city has about 170 damaged See Down shifting Madonna and Gary Anderson Sr and their son Gary check out a 1939 Ford coupe at Saturdays Kruse International car auction at Wursthalle The family comes from Houston each year to enjoy the show Tiirnout for semiannual Kruse car auction lowest in seven years K JESSIE As the auctioneer calls for higher bids buyers and BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer With a down economy turnout was low at Satur days Kruse International car auction at Wursthalle And there werent as many cars there as in previ ous years But for hundreds of people looking at and bidding on collector cars pianos car memorabilia and other items there was a lot of smiling eating peering browsers check out the fine details of the vehicles up for at antique autos and just OatiirrJati in tAfi iiuttLotlln J auction Saturday in Wursthalle plain fun Part of the fun was ing a whiteshirted man holding aloft a 1920s minia ture toy pedal car Fittingly it was Germanmade He walked on a red car pet in front of the seated crowd as company owner and auctioneer Dan Kruse was trying to sell it at a mile a minute The bidding opened at People raised their hands quickly Assistants pointed them out to Kruse who See Bills aim to give county control over development BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer AUSTIN In an effort to give counties control over development in unincorpo rated areas Rep Carter Cas teel filed two bills Friday the 78th Texas Legislatures deadline for filing all bills The first bill is House BUI 2486 If it passes it will allow counties upon approval in a county election to regu late the water and waste water systems of subdivisions and to ensure there are ade quate fire suppression sys tems and roadway improve ments for subdivisions And if the voters approve the bill will also let counties set minimum requirements for open space as well as col lecting impact fees It would give the counties the authority to deal with fast growth But its still up to the Casteel said If the county voters say Heck then it wont Casteel said the second bill House Bill 2506 will give commissioners courts the authority to regulate the size of residential lots and the authority to demand ade quate roadways and rightof way widths leading into sub divisions Finally developers must if the bill becomes law tell land purchasers when sewer water gas and electricity will be hooked up to the subdivi sion I think its a very impor tant tool for county govern Casteel said of that bill A press release from Cas teels office said that in the CASTEEL next few weeks the bills will be referred to a House committee and a hear ing will be held for each bill Precinct 1 County Commissioner Jack Dawson said that Comal Countys Growth Management Pack age covers many of the items both bills address In fact Dawson said the package sets the standard for man aging growth in unincorpo rated areas among the states 254 counties But Dawson said he really appreciates that House Bill 2486 would collect impact fees from developers If the bill passes it will make developers pay those fees up front to counties for EMS fire services hydrants drainage and roads in sub divisions Dawson said Those services and items cost money that the county doesnt see for up to the first 18 months the properties are in existence it takes that much time for the develop ments to generate county tax revenues Dawson said having Cas teel in Austin would mean much to the citizens of Dis trict 73 Shes hit the floor of the Capitol running Were so proud of Dawson said Comal County Judge Dan ny Scheel said he was pleased about House Bill 2486 goes a long way in trying to do See SAGE advice Kids produce ozone video BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer BULVERDE If you were at Fridays health fair and a secondgrader told you ozone might hurt you or that you should drive a hybrid car chances are you heard some SAGE wisdom That wisdom came from a group of gifted and talented kids at Rahe Primary School Their video wall charts graphs and posters at the fair were done through the SAGE or Significant Activ ities for Generating Excel lence program Rahe Pri mary secondgrade teacher Nancy Stamatakos runs it saw Peter Bel la with the Alamo Area Coun cil of Governments Bella told her of the continuousair monitoring station which monitors ozone levels in the air Its located behind Bul verde Elementary School Stamatakos said she was interested in learning more about the station and the ozone so Bella showed her Web sites The kids could find out what the ozone levels in the air Stamatakos said She thought a study of the ozone would be a good pro ject for her SAGE students who must do special projects throughout the year So from Sept 11 2002 through the end of February the SAGE kids monitored the ozone levels at the station They went to Web sites gath ered information made posters explaining what ozone levels were what the dangers to the levels were what causes those dangers and what the possible reme dies are Then they created a video documentary In it they interviewed Dorothy Birch of the Alamo Council of Governments about ozone dangers And they explained how the com puters at the airmonitoring station tracked ozone levels And the kids got file cabi net boxes and designed card board cars for a commer cial DAVID Rahe Primary secondgraders from left Ashlyn Chambers Kaeleigh Elmendorf and Hanna Curry take the hybrid car that they built for a spin at the Health Fair conducted at Bulverde Elementary Friday Kaeleigh said the hybrid cars were better than gas burning vehicles because they suck up less gas and spit out less INSIDE