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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ; -Y* ‘A,'* „«y,i" tHB v ( ,    *    ;'    ^ IfM* f * #% IUK vA Affordable Health Serv Wü . W miWMi TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011 Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 50$ Wurstfest, Buc-ee’s get go-ahead Council approves festival facade, 75-foot-tall sign for soon-to-be-built business By Grog Bowen The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels City Council on Monday voted to approve both a non-standard facade for the new Wurstfest hall at Landa Park and a 75-foot-tall sign for the soon-to-be built Buc-ee’s on 1-35 — despite the sign being almost 16 feet higher than city code allows. The facade design approved for the Wurstfest Association’s new Events Center will have at least 32 percent masonry, a smaller percentage than the 80 per cent required by city ordinance. But that percentage could rise to as high as 50 percent if a study shows that rock now planned for the lower-level stairwell and column posts will not raise See COUNCIL, Page 2 Mayor Bruce Boyer, left, and Mayor Pro Tern Kathleen Krueger smile as city councilors speak during a farewell reception Monday at New Braunfels Civic Convention Center. LAURA McKENZIE Herald-Zeitung WORK ON ‘DEEP WALL’ OF DAM TO START TODAY lauka McKtNZIt/Herald-Zeitung Construction resumes Monday at the future site of the long-delayed Krueger Canyon Dam. BACK ON TRACK Work under way on Krueger Canyon Dam; project has 2012 deadline By Grog Bowen The Herald-Zeitung »-CANYON LAKE Man dies I Saturday in | swimming I accident Canyon Lake resident was boating with friends at Jacobs Creek By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung A Canyon Lake man died in a swimming accident Saturday in Jacobs Creek Park, I police said. A doctor pronounced 1 James Henry Mill, 41, dead at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital — New Braunfels, according to a news statement released by Comal County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Mark Reynolds said dispatchers received a call about 3:50 p.m. saying that an unconscious man had been pulled from the water at Jacobs Creek Park in Canyon Lake. CCSO deputies, wardens from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and units from Canyon Lake EMS responded. Once at the scene, rescuers found witnesses performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Mill, police said. An EMS crew rushed Mill to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead of an accidental drowning, police said. The release said no autopsy was ordered. Witnesses said Mill was in a group that had gone boating on the lake. Members of the party had begun swim-| ming, reports said. While swimming, Mill and a woman had trouble making it back to the boat, Reynolds said. He said the woman yelled for help and two men rushed over to pull Mill to shore. Witnesses started CPR and called 911, Reynolds said. The incident marks the first reported drowning in Comal County this year. Eleven people drowned in Comal County last year. Construction is again under way at Krueger Canyon Dam, the long-delayed, $16.3 million flood-con-trol project on Dry Comal Creek west of New Braunfels that officials say will reduce the impact of flooding and save lives. “Obviously, I’m very pleased that we’re able to get this project going again,” County judge Sherman Krause said Monday. “We do have a deadline of July 2012 that we have to have this complete or possibly forfeit the grant funding that we’ve received on the project.” But even more important is being able to put in place the benefits the project is designed to provide, Krause said. “This project was started for a reason — and that was to provide some additional management of floodwaters to help alleviate some of the flooding that goes on here in New Braunfels and Comal County,” Krause said. “To be able to get the project going so that we can complete that objective is very pleasing.” Assistant County Engineer Robert Boyd said Maryland-headquartered Hayward Baker Geotechnical Construction has been mobilizing at the site for the last few weeks. On Monday, Hayward Baker was making the final tweaks in the positioning of its special trencher, which is expected to be cranked-up today, to begin creating a “deep wall” that will reach in spots as far as 100 feet into the earth to ensure stability of the dam. The question of stability stalled work on the project 20 months ago, when unstable soil conditions were discovered during the excavation of the structure’s foundation, raising questions about whether the dam as then designed might be undermined by water and fail. But with more than 10 years of planning and almost $5 million already invested, Comal County commissioners decided then to push on with the project. In the intervening months, commissioners have parted ways with their original dam engineer, Florida-based CH2M Hill, as well as their original construction contractor, Ballenger Construction of Harlingen. The original design by CH2M Hill has been strengthened by Fort Worth-based Freese and Nichols engineering firm, whose revamped design includes the work now being done by Hayward Baker. Hayward Baker’s trencher will not only dig the trench for the deep wall but will simultaneously mix See DAM, Page 3 Truck gets stuck under Landa Street overpass; traffic rerouted A semi-truck became stuck under the railroad bridge on Landa Street on Monday, causing the street to close from Landa Park Drive to Zink Street. LAURA McKENZIE Herald-Zeitung By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung An truck driver apparently misjudged the clearance distance Monday and crashed his truck into the overpass carrying train tracks in the 100 block of Landa Street. The crash caused the top of the truck to wedge beneath the bottom of the overpass, and traffic to be diverted around that section of Landa Street. No one was injured, said Capt. Michael Penshorn of New Braunfels Police Department. “That’s about an 11-foot bridge,” Pen-shorn said “Usually, vehicles will approach it, see that it’s low, and stop." He said trucks generally cause traffic jams in the area when police avert traffic so they can back up and turn around. NBPD received the call about 2:25 p.m., Penshorn said. Officers were on the scene and diverting traffic within three minutes, he said. Officers stopped traffic headed in both directions on Landa. A Union Pacific Railroad spokeswoman could not be reached for comment by phone but left an email message saying Union Pacific personnel were inspecting See STUCK, Page 12 ► PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT Meetings will shape road plan From staff reports 8 "56825 00001 herald-zeitung.com 50 cents SEGUIN — A series of meetings begins this week in which local officials will seek the public’s help in creating a regional transportation plan. The plan, which will be used to standardize the designs of road projects    in much    of Guadalupe and Comal counties — including Seguin and New Braunfels — and set priorities under which the envisioned work will be completed, is an initial effort that is hoped to lead to creation in 2012 of a regional planning body. The group, called a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), is required by the federal government as a prerequisite for federal highway funding in communities with a population of50,000 or more. New Braunfels Director of Planning and Community Development Shannon Mattingly said New Braunfels reached that population threshold in the 2010 Census, where its population has been placed at 57,740. In January, Mattingly and New Braunfels City Manager Michael Mor-rison approached Seguin and Guadalupe County officials suggesting it might be a good idea for both communities to join together in the planning effort — an idea warmly received by County Judge Mike Wiggins and commissioner’s court. An MPO is responsible for the development of a community’s Long Range TVansportation Plan, its Transportation improvement Program and a Unified Planning Work program for its metropolitan statistical area, and provides a framework under which transportation projects are prioritized and federal funds are spent. The meetings that begin with an open house Thursday evening at Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum will be a first step toward creation of a Long Range Transportation Plan, and has been set as a vehicle to allow the See PLAN, Page 12 Vol. 158, No. 154 12 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS    10 COMICS    9 CROSSWORD    9 FORUM    4 COMMUNITY KICK-OFFS ■ 6 p.m. Thursday, Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum, 810 S. Guadalupe St. ■ 6 p.m. May 18, New Braunfels Civic Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave. Pt. sonny High Low 93 74 Details    5 OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID 3 9 8 11