Wednesday, February 25, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 2B 2004 SPORTS TAKING CONTROL Smithson Valley Rangers boys sobder team takes ovaf district lead after game to unseat rival East Central Page SA LIFE HIQH STAKIS Students 10 months of work culminates in the annual Junior Livestock Show which gets under way today Page 1B Serving New Braunfels and Comal County slncfe 1S52 Vdl 183 Mo 91 12 pages 2 sections CLICK Partly cloudy High Low 5S 31 Betalla 28 Cause of blaze that destroyed nome unknown By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON fire of unknown origin heavily damaged a Canyon Lake home Tuesday evening Neighbors said Mike Woodward owned the home located on Watts Lane out side Startzville He was not home at the time of the fire Canyon Lake Capt Rick Hazel said fire fighters arrived at the scene to find the top of the two story home fully in flames The whole living quarters were Hazel said Firefighters turned hoses on the house and a team went inside to try to slow the spread of the flames and check for residents There was no indication that anyone was Hazel said Fire Capt Danny Ray called the firefighting effort a good consid ering the steep terrain in the yard and the extent of the fire when Canyon Lake and Spring Branch firefighters arrived There was a big ball of fire Ray said Comal County Fire Mar shal Lin Manford said Tues day night he and investigator Wayne Ellington hadnt begun their work and didnt know what had caused the fire Well be back here tomor row Manford said Right now were still trying to contact the Manford said having to find the owner hampered the investigation because it slowed his work You dont have to give your whole life history but finding a neighbor or some one you trust and giving them your pager number or cell phone or some other way to reach you when youre away is a pretty good Manford said DAVID Canyon Lake Fire and EMS personnel work to extinguish a blaze that destroyed a Watts Lane home Tuesday evening New rules tell trains to pipe down in cities By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Residents caused a cacophony over train horns at Monday nights New Braunfels City Council meet ing But some officials said the discussion about new Fed eral Railroad Administration regulations allowing cities to create train crossing quiet zones was premature People thought we were going to vote on something that would make the city qui said Mayor Adam Cork Q ty Manager Chuck Pinto said he raised the issue so of the new regulations The buzzword is train Pinto said When you talk about trains people get excited and all kinds of But it day nights discussion was just a small part in prepar ing us to be in the right place at the right time I put the item on the agenda as an update but it created quite a Pinto said the regulations were still under review and will not become effective until Dec 18 2004 There are two things in the new he said One trains will have to reduce the noise level by sounding their horns a short er distance and lowering the decibel level Two the regu lations will allow us to cre ate quiet Pinto said improving rail road crossings for quiet zones would include full crossing arms on either side barriers or phDto technology See nUUItt Page 3A FRONT and CENTER Photos by DAVID Above Tamiga Acres resident Ralph Edge angrily confronts Comal County Environmental Enforcement employee David Young after being handed a notice that he and the other residents of the mobile home park have until March 26 to find another place to live Below A portable toilet sits feet away from the front door of a travel trailer at the Tamiga Acres mobile home park off Texas 4b West Health risks from faulty or insufficient sewer systems caused the county to investigate the property County evicts mobile home park tenants By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE Citing failing sewage systems Comal County officials Tues day informed about 50 mobile home park tenants they will have to move out 30 days Officials estimate that 200 or more people could be affected by the order Investigators with District Attorney Dib Waldrips environmental enforce ment division posted public health threat notices and passed out letters at Tamiga Acres mobile home park located just west of Smithson Valley High School off Texas 46 telling the tenants they had to move The action came after an investiga tion into conditions at the park which sits on about 20 acres of hilly land across Texas 46 from MitcheU Drive It is owned by the Tessye Maurer family Maurers son Michael successfully led the fight against the confirmation of the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation Dis trict three vearsaeo failing septic tanks and broken or disconnected plastic pipes that allowed raw sewage from old camPet RVs and mobile to run out onto the rocky ground waWnp said the county has been aware of at the park fof tuner too many homes being PPed too few or inadequate septic systems We ve oasicalty been trying for two or three yeamo simply get the efto state andjederal reg Canons Waldrip said Theyve been Cltea m me W to their public See HIALTN HAZARD Page 3 A Mobile Home Park residents evicted CISD to steer dear of water fight By Dylan Staff Writer As public and private entities battle over the right to supply water to the Bul verde area Comal Independent School District officials want to stay out of it Sim trustees are considering hiring legal representation in case Bulverde area schools need water in the future The City of Bulverde and Metro politan Water District are fighting in the courts over die right to provide water to parts of Comal County Most of our schools in that area are dependent upon ground water from said Boy Unnartz CISD special projects consultant The Texas Commission on Environ mental Quality granted the City of Bul verde a permit to supply water to Bul verde Elementary Rahe Primary Arlon Seay intermediate BUI Brown Elementary and Smithson Valley High schools According to TCEQ theyre the only ones that can provide the district with Unnartz said But BexarMet has water lines in the area near CISD schools and would like to serve CISD schools he said Urn the district hire legal counsel for advtee on the issue See OW Page 3 A