Sunday, August 1, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 1, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas fill FOR Kfii jliiiilV M7 F H PASO r llmll I 1 LHii nil SUNDAY AUGUST 1 2004 LIFE BOLD STROKES Barry Shadrock brings vibrant landscapes and still lifes to New Braunfels Art League Gallery for oneman show Pago 1C URALDZEITUNG SPORTS READY TO RUN Amorretta Crayton competes in Hersheys National Track and Field meet hopes to make varsity as CHS freshman Page IB Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 CLICK i ec 10 COMICS 4C landscapes and still lifes to New Hersheys National Field JBt I iTKrtly Braunfels Art League Gallery for meet hopes to make varsity as M F cloudy U oneman show Page 1C BH flBB CHS freshman Pane IB W M l I Hi9h Low OBrflttRIIS BliyiHpPg i I 94 73 SPORTS 1B i Biswas woods j SB tvfiftflss MC i m 111 IP UP PI Toll roads pave way for areas future transportation faced with the realities of and a Texas Department of TxDOT Engineer Judy roads offering through traffic vision for that road is that it Staff Writer reduced state and federal Transportation reoort on intn R0vt T By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Its looking more and more like that new road that some day will whisk drivers around New Braunfels or into Bexar County from Bulverde will be a toll road Comal County officials faced with the realities of reduced state and federal funding for new highways and unfunded legislation that shifts much of the burden to local governments are beginning to study the idea of creating a Regional Mobility Authority In recent public meetings and a Texas Department of Transportation report on progress on the 281 reconstruction presented to commissioners a couple weeks ago it is becoming clear motorists will be expect ed to pay more directly the costs of building additional highway capacity TxDOT Engineer Judy Friesefthahn planning direc tor for the 281 project envisions an interstatestyle road through Comal County If the muchneeded work is to be done within the next quarter century Friesenhahn told commissioners the main lanes would have to be toll roads offering through traffic a faster run into Bexar Coun ty for between 12 and 15 cents per mile This summer commission ers are anxiously awaiting results of a preliminary TxDOT study of the feasibility of building an outer loop around New Braunfels One vision for that road is that it could speed traffic from Canyon Lake or the interior of the county south toward San Antonio without driv ing down Texas 46 to Loop 337 No funding exists for that See ROADS Page 5A City names 3 citizens to new river task force By Scott Marion Staff Writer Hoping to find a permanent solution to overcapacity tubers on the Comal River the New Braunfels City Council has appointed a task force of nine people to study the issue Mayor Adam Cork recommended appointing ataskforceafterooundl took stopgap measures in June to control the number of tubers on the river For a few weekends this summer the Guadalupe River was closed to most recreation flooding the Comal with tubers and creating traffic problems We feel comfortable with the way we handled City Manager Chuck Pinto said It may not have been ideal but it Council agreed on measures to avoid overcapacity crowds on the Comal River but Cork recommended appointing a task force to consider permanent solu tions I wanted to propose a task force to aggressively review the policies and options on limiting the number of people that get into the Comal Cork said Last week council appointed three cit izens including Dr Kathleen Rockwood Kevin Webb and Wilton Warnecke Jr Council will also appoint a represen tative from the parks department the police department the sheriffs office and an elected county official to the task force Webb formerly general manager for Rockin R River Rides said his experi ence would be beneficial to the task force I grew here and learned how to swim on the Comal he said But crowd capacity on the river has to be addressed Id think wed want to look at river man agement plans because a lot of places have river management Asked if he would support banning the use of alcohol on the river Webb said See RIVER Page 5A Raising a red flag Residents say row of mailboxes causes safety hazard Photos by MANDY Residents along JDJ Ranch Road stand by their mailboxes located at the intersection of Farm Road 2722 The postal service wants to replace the boxes with a cluster box but residents want individual boxes at the end of their driveways Top Sheri McCrory checks her mail on her way home from work Above A UPS truck squeezes its way through JDJ Ranch Road as residents park along the sides of the street to check their mail By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Herodotus said it first when he described how King Xerxes sent a message home in 480 and everyone knows the saying adopted as a motto by the postal service and carved over the entrance to New Yorks central post office Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed That might be true as long as a postal patron doesnt expect the mail to come to the door More and more Americans are finding the postal service wants them to pick up their mail at a centralized even the post office to reduce the number of stops mail carriers must make Residents of JDJ Ranch Estates off FM 2722 are finding that out arent happy about it and are trying to fight it they say on safety grounds Now they use a haphazard collection of mailboxes alongside JDJ Drive on a blind curve on a hill just off FM 2722 a situation they county officials very unsafe They hired an engineer who studied the situation and concluded that the existing situation is unsafe See MAILBOXES Page 7A NBU expects revunues expenses to increase 6 percent By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Revenues for New Braunfels Utilities are projected to increase 6 percent in 2005 fueled in part by electric and meter growth that continues at annual pace of 3 percent The board of of the cityowned utility approved the fiscal year 2005 operating plan Thursday The budget includes total revenues of million 6 percent higher than 2004 Expenses for 2005 total million also 6 percent more than 2004 The increases for 2005 reflect necessary increases for ng trative services and operating costs related to said Paula DiFonzo chief execu tive officer DiFonzo said the utility planned a capital budget of million During fiscal year 2004 NBU issued million in rev enue bonds for electric water and wastewater systems The 2005 financial operat ing plan included a debt issuance strategy over the next three years NBU plans are to issue million in bonds in 2005 million in 2006 and a mil lion bond issue in she said DiFonzo said growth in and around New Braunfels remained steady See MM Page 5A Paula DiFonzo TUNNELL INSURANCE HOME AUTO