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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10A November 2005 BILLBOARDS CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Millikin No one replied to countys letters got a bill passed to restrict bill hoards on 281 in Bexar and Comal Then attention seemed to shift to Texas which had seen little construction of bill boards in recent Millikin showed a photo County Engineer Tom Hornseth took of an area of Texas 46 near FM 311 where four billboards can be seen in a row along the north side of the Millikin said Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson contacted the company by letter expressing concerns that the billboards might encroach upon the rightofway taxpay ers soon would have to pur Millikin said no one replied to Dawsons The sign company basical ly blew Comal County Millikin What we see as being pristine Hill Country landscape is being cluttered with these In my there is no doubt we are going to see many more of these PROPERTY RIGHTS Michael Maurer family owns a ranch on Texas 46 not far from where signs went up last Several years Maurers allowed a billboard to be erected on the familys prop erty to help pay the who is spending his free time lately circulating petitions seeking a rollback of the countys recent 2cent property tax said the billboard issue is about prop erty rights and a landown ers ability to make ends Texas families such as his have been struggling with escalat ing prices and escalating tax he With appraisal increases and tax rate we see property taxes going up year after year after Maurer We hate to see it when someone loses their ranch because they cant pay their property If they dont the county comes in and takes their Rules are already in he that regulate the There is state law they have to comply Maurer As cities they have rule making authority for INTERNET TICKETING AVAILABLE PG13 4RENT ICE HARVEST R PRIDE PREJUDICE PG MINE OURS PG IN THE MIX PG13 FRIENDS PG13 HARRY PG13 THE LINE PG13 ZATHURA PG DERAILED R CHICKEN LITTLE G JARHEAD R No Pass Supersavers No early shows Even in the there are certain rules they have to They can only put up so many a certain num ber of feet Property owners should have the right to put these signs up where The accepted standard in the outdoor communication industry is a 20feetby60feet sign that totals square Millikin But he pointed to a sign along Inter state 35 in an unincorporated part of Travis County that was double that size and 100 feet high and Travis County could do nothing to regulate I say it again We have to work on the Mil likin HELP FROM THE LEGISLATURE District 73 state Carter Casteel knows all about work ing on the Legislature and how difficult it can be to get bills passed that give local gov ernments some control over Billboards had not blan keted the They were on Interstate 35 and some on Texas 46 most of them old Casteel In about 10 of them popped up on and most everybody had a It was too late for Cast eel Filed a bill two years ago on behalf of Bandera County to restrict billboards in that Scenic a non profit organization that pro motes scenic vistas and is seek ing to restrict new billboard construction in this approached Casteel and asked her to file legislation that would have given any county whose voters chose to exercise it the authority to limit Those bills never got to the although my Bandera bill Casteel The local bills seem to do better than the statewide In addition to Scenic Millikin said the Texas Associ ation of Counties and the Con ference of Urban Counties among others lobbied for sup port of Casteels But they drew heavy opposi Millikin the nations largest billboard com Clear Channel the Texas Farm Bureau and the Outdoor AdvertisingAsso ciation of Due to the Thanksgiving the HeraldZeitung was unable to reach a spokesman for Clear Channel or the Farm The bills went absolutely Millikin So this gives you a at least in my who calls the shots in You have all these cities and counties We want to have an oar in that and the bill never gets out of Such are the facts of Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady is preparing to take a swipe at the billboard Kennady is assembling a coalition of interests to meet on the issue and prepare for another round of Im going to work on this but what will come of dont Kennady said The billboard lobby is on of the strongest lobbies then Well see what Casteel is ready to Billboards are very impor tarit business in a community and I understand Cas teel But they should b appropriately placed am appropriately spaced so yoi havent blanketed the highway Well get organized and worl on this and prefile some stuf in Well RUENE FAMILY KAREN RUDE DOS Let my family take care of your family invisalign straight no braces Free Whitening with Invisalign Receptionist needed 1528 Common Suite 9 New Braunfels 830 626 1111 Specializing In Luilih Time Facelift Titan Nonsurgical tightening of lax and redundant skin on the face and body Genesis Skin Therapy technologically advanced way to reduce fine lines 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