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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 ■FRFCrTl  m  FREEZING TEMPERATURES, 10  529 it's going to be a cold one tonight — low 29  ■ NASCAR, 6  Native son ready for 2011 at Daytona  ■ CRIME, 8  $200 Reward: Comal County's 10 Most Wanted  Vol. 158, No. 64 10 pages, 1 section  Inside  CLASSIFIEDS  COMICS  CROSSWORD  FORUM  OBITUARIES  PLANNER  SPORTS  TV GRID  Sunny  High Low  56 29  Details 10  By Greg Bowen  The Herald-Zeitung  The steep two-lane California Boulevard entrance to Landa Park will be examined to see if something can be done to make it safer.  City Councilor Mike Ybarra said during Monday’s city council meeting that several residents have approached him concerned about the high speeds at which drivers go up and down California at its entrance to the city’s favorite park.  Ybarra said that section is narrow and has blind spots.  “Slowing traffic down is something we need to consider,’’ Ybarra told his fellow city council  members. “It’s very problematic.” Mayor Pro Tern Kathleen Krueger agreed, saying children, joggers and pedestrians have no shoulder to walk on along that section.  “The traffic needs to be calmed,” Krueger said.  Visitors unfamiliar with the area also try to make U-turns there when they realize they are leaving Landa Park, Ybarra said.  “It’s been an area of concern for us,” said City Manager Mike Morrison, adding that a traffic study showed that 85 percent of drivers come down the hill at an unsafe speed of 50 miles per hour, even though that stretch is posted at 20 mph.  Morrison said a master plan drawn up for Landa Park suggests that thru-traffic shouldn’t be directed through the park.  But Mayor Bruce Boyer said residents living near the California entrance might not like that idea.  Council instructed city staff to look into what might be done to solve the problem.  Ybarra said a study done some time ago suggested speed humps to slow traffic.  “There is an interest in taking a look at this—and that’s what we’ll do,” Morrison said.  Council on Monday also:  • Approved the first reading of an ordinance rezoning 27  acres of undeveloped land on FM 1863 belonging to and surrounding New Braunfels Christian Academy.  1’he academy is seeking to have the land, which abuts homes in the T Bar M development, rezoned from residential to commercial in order to sell the property to raise funds to build a new  gym*  Members of the nearby Mission Valley Estates homeowners association spoke out against the idea, saying commercial development would change their tranquil neighborhood and make traffic unbearable.  See ROAD, Page 3  P[è4£é Wêlp sapporf, lf¿4tr£¿:Y ¿Owmuváty r&Késs  Donate to NIE  F-OrmOr«    confaci, Te-Ç-Ç Fowtw 9 (t%o) CtS—^14-4-  H ItALI)  W LITI IM*  numummim  TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2011  Texas Ap Newspaper of the Year  Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.  IMMI  500  Miller in guarded condition at hospital  By Will Wright  The Herald-Zeitung  State Representative Doug Miller was hospitalized on Friday and will remain at Christus Santa Rosa — New Braunfels for the next few days as doctors and specialists work to determine the nature of his illness.  Miller, the District 73 representative, was in guarded condition Monday. Miller left the Intensive  Care Unit Monday afternoon and is now resting comfortably in a private room.  "Hopes are high that surgery isn’t necessary at this point,” said Fritz Reinig,  Miller’s spokesperson. “The doctors want to make sure that his body is giving the signs that they want over the next couple of days."  Miller  Miller was taken to Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg for initial tests after falling ill early Friday morning. He was transferred to Christus Santa Rosa — New Braunfels before noon on Friday and has since undergone a battery of tests.  Reinig said Miller has been diagnosed with diverticulosis, an inflammation of the large intestine. Those with the disease could experience cramping or discom  fort in the lower abdomen, bloating and, in the cases of severe diverticulitis, bleeding.  “He experienced some gastric bleeding, but most of that seems to have subsided,” Reinig said. “It’s now just a matter of seeing whether the rest of it has, and some sort of decision (on surgery) will he made in a day or two.”  Miller is only two weeks into the  See MILLER, Page 10  ► CONSOLIDATION  State bill calls for Texas ISDs to merge into 1 per county  CISD superintendent: Bill has ‘zero chance of passing’  By Will Wright  The Herald-Zeitung  Comal County superintendents are skeptical about the success of a bill now before the Texas Legislature, that if passed, would merge the state’s school districts — one for each of Texas' 254 counties.  State Rep. Fred Brown, R-Bryan, has  ON THE WEB  introduced House  To learn more about    106,    a    measure  this or any bill before    that would man-  the Texas Legislature,    date that the state’s  visit    1,044 independent   www.legis.state.tx.us     school districts he  --merged into one for  each county — potentially without a vote of the residents in each.  in Comal County, it would merge the Comal and New Braunfels school districts. Both would stand to lose attendance area in Guadalupe County, and Comal 1SD would also lose area in Bexar, Kendall and Hays counties.  “it has zero chance of passing. When he filed the bill, he said it had no chance of passing, and said he wanted to at least  See SCHOOLS, Page 10  From Hike for our Heroes Facebook page  HIKE FOR HEROES  The Mayor of Kerrville, right, signed the National Day of the Deployed Bat Monday afternoon. Iraq War Veteran Troy Yocum, left, is hiking 7; 000 miles across America to help military families in need. He will arrive in New Braunfels on Feb. 1. To learn more; visit  www.drumhike.com .  50 cents  Silence on the Line  Extra funds slash quiet zone costs  See QUIET, Page 3  City looks for fix to dangerous Landa Park entrance  By Greg Bowen  The Herald-Zeitung  New Braunfels was put on the track toward becoming a more tranquil city Monday night when city council voted to move forward with the Railroad Quiet Zone initiative.  Council was happy to hear from Assistant City Engineer Octavio Garza that the cost for implementing the plan would be significantly less than the $4.7 million that had been estimated.  Thanks to federal and state funds, the project that would silence train whistles is now estimated to cost the city only $2.3 million.  “We’re very appreciative of the new dollar amount,” said Councilor Richard Zapata. “I had reservations at $4.7 million.”  City residents who have to live with the train whistles were also appreciative.  "Everybody I know, they're excited and can’t wait,” said resident Pat Wiggins.  Garza told council that another resident said during an earlier public hearing that the Railroad Quiet Zones are  A train approaches a railroad crossing on Landa Street.  Traffic stops on Walnut Avenue as a train passes.  LAURA McKENZIE  Herald-Zeitung   

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