Sunday, September 5, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SEPTEMBER 5 2004 SUNDAY ilALDZEITUNG SPECIAL SECTION PAIR WARNING The 111th Comal County Fair is Idss than a month away Gfet prepared with rules and schedules Inside LIFE TRUE CRIME Local author Diane Fanning delves into grizzley murder cases for her novel fodder Page 1C Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 255 30 pages 4 sections CLICK I WWW 18 Iii56825iiodod211 K 30 rain chance High Low 92 71 Details1B DEAR ABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS B6C County to teach public about toll road option By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikift Thursday called on county officials to schedule meetings t6 teach the public about future transportation funding Comal County is planning to create a board called a regional mobility authority Authorized under trans portation legislation in the 78th Texas legislature a regional mobility authority known in state jargon as an has the authority to issue bonds or charge tolls to help pay for transportation projects So far five local govern ments or groups of them around the state have creat ed RMAs for highway projects Several others are in the process of being formed Comal County officials are reviewing a draft of a resolu tion to create their own RMA and will hear a presentation from Travis Countys RMA executive director Millikiris concern is that the public be educated on the need to form a RMA I think we ought to go to the public for public meetings on this Millikin told the court One of the big prob lems we have is a lack of com munication We need to make sure the public has a full understanding of why we are considering State transportation officials faced with huge funding See RMA Page 9A Planning staff weighs widening Walnt Ave By Scott Mahon StaffWriter As Walnut Avenue bears more and more traffit between 135 and Loop 337 it has become one of the more congest ed streets in New Braunfels especially at of West San Antonio Street The city consid ered widening Walnut Council talked about widening South Walnut three years ago but in the end there are going to have to be improvements said City Engineer Mike Short Short said widen ing the 43feetwide street was only one option under con sideration We can fit four lanes inside the existing rightofway which is 60 feet he said Four lanes would require 48 But Frank Robbins planning director said a traffic study should be done before any solutions are recommended There should be a clear understanding of the issues such as cars that have to wait through three changes of a traffic he paid Robbins Estimated a consultant would cost The planning staff is recommending that a consultant be hired to complete traffic counts and acquire a very detailed understanding of the characteristics of the traffic on Walnut particularly at See WALNUT Page 9A Steam team Frank Robbins ATAGLAIYCE What Planning Commission When Tuesday Where Munici pal Building 424 S Castell Ave Historic Railroad Society refurbishing locomotive engine Above Juan Gonzalez applies a coat of primer to the Old Number 7 locomo tive engine at the New Braunfels Railroad Museum after sandblasting it He and Peter Balderas ofTravis Industries are helping the Historic Railroad Society refurbish the engine and a caboose Top left The locomotive as it appeared in 1942 was a 69ton engine built for a Florida cement company Top right Today its primed and ready for a new paint job a first step in what the rail road society says is an effort to upgrade the museum and preserve a bit of the citys history By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Step into the old International and Great Northern Railroad passenger ter minal on West San Antonio Street and the station master looks up from his desk across the old lamp and the Morse key and greets you just like his predecessors have back to the 1890s Now though hes not going to sell you a ticket to Austin or elsewhere Hes going to give you a tour or tell you railroad stories because hes not a railroad representative hes a museum docent And now hell have more to talk about because for the past couple weeks die New Braunfels Railroad Museum has been sandblasting and restoring the his toric steam locomotive and caboose locat ed at the station that are among the most wellknown tourist landmarks in town The locomotive built in 1942 is a short sixwheeled 69ton working engine originally built by the Porter Co for a MANDY Florida cement company Its a good fit in an old railroad town that has been home to freight sidings and a rail yard once located between Landa and San Antonio streets The locomotive was saved from being scrapped in 1995 by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad Society which operates the museum and affectionately calls it Old Number 7 after the number paint ed on it Its been repainted since it came to New Braunfels but this repainting is different because of the sandblasting which removed most of the rust and cor rosion from its metal surfaces Weather slows river business See TRAIN Page 10A COMING TUESDAY By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The first day of the Labor Day holiday weekend start ed with a bang Saturday as thunderstorms came into town on the heels of the tourists Despite intermittent show ers and a few thunder claps nothing could dampen the DAVID spirits of the few tubers deter Rafters enjoy a rapids ride down the Guadalupe River mined to enjoy the unofficial after a brief rainstorm Saturday afternoon last weekend of summer Landa Falls Manager Joe McChesney nodded his approval as cars started pulling into the parking lot about 30 minutes after the rain stopped Today has been he said Were hoping the sun will come out and stay McChesney said he expect ed things to pick up today should be our busiest he said Mon day morning should be good too but it slows down after The prospect of a slow Labor Day weekend did not bother McChesney too much several weekends during the summer when the Guadalupe River was closed to tubers he rented every tube he had available Weve had more business this year than last year even though last years Labor Day See WEEKEND Page 9A Fri for our