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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels WEDNESDAY April 18, 2001 16 pages in 2 sections ■"■T    ^    PaKes    *n    ^    sectiiHerald-Zeitung Vol. 150, No. 135Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Williamson County child injury trial begins in NB CHRIS PACE/Herald-ZeitungDefense attorneys for Joseph and Yevette Heiser leave the Comal County Courthouse Tuesday. By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer Joseph Heiser sat quietly in District Courtroom No. 2 Tuesday afternoon with his arm around the shoulders of his wife, Yevette. Across the courtroom, Williamson County prosecutor Jane Starnes described the big, white Heiser home in Liberty Hill. From the outside, with its long, sweeping driveway, its rolling meadows and the two well-fed, well-groomed white horses that lived there, the lifestyle in the “big white house in Liberty Hill” might have been the stuff of storybooks for a 7-year-old little girl Inside, Starnes suggested, it was anything but. “There were some secrets in that family,” Starnes told a Comal County jury. “On Jan. 5, 2000, last year, the secrets came tumbling out.” The Heisers are on trial before 26th Judicial District Court Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield for alleged ly injuring their daughter by depriving her of food and not seeking medical attention and endangering her through the same acts or omissions. The charge of injuring a child is a first-degree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. See TRIAL73A Landfill capacity limited Recycling committee, Waste Management talk trash options By Amy ClarksonStaff Writer The company that owns the Comal County landfill plans to seek state approval to extend the life of the landfill, General Manager Curt Harrison said Tuesday. The landfill, at Farm-to-Market Road HOI and Kohlenberg Lane, is opening its last section this week. Without the request, the landfill will reach its capacity in five years, he said. Waste Management Inc. has owned the landfill since 1991. Now that the life of the landfill is limited, the company is seeking alternatives. At the same time, New Braunfels City Council has asked the recycling committee to make a recommendation for action once the landfill’s contract ends, in just more than one year. In a presentation to the New Braunfels Recycling Committee, Harrison said Waste Management Inc. was’ developing a plan to expand the landfill vertically. “The fact that we opened the last cell and the recent addition of an adjustment for drainage has limited the life of the landfill. One of our suggestions is vertical expansion,” Harrison said. “That would give us about eight more years. We have to go through a permit process with Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to get it approved.” The process could take up to nine months, he said. TNRCC will be asked to allow Waste Management to expand the landfill vertically, with tiers, up to IOO feet. Once TNRCC declares the plan technically complete, the public will be informed of the request. Unless a citi- K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung A Waste Management truck checks in at the weigh-station entrance of the Comal County landfill. The city’s recycling committee and Waste Management, See LANDFIU 3A which operates the landfill, are discussing the landfill’s future. Subdivision panel debates starting point By Amy ClarksonStaff Writer New Braunfels’ subdivision ordinance committee Monday debated subdivision development issues inside the New Braunfels city limits. Only seven of the ll committee members attended, and co-chairmen Robert Kendrick and Mike Norris were called away on business. The members who were present discussed where to begin changing the ordinance — and immediately met with differing opinions. Some members called for the committee to change the basic rules governing lot sizes and setbacks.What’s UpThe subdivision ordinance committee's next meeting is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 at the municipal building. “We need to get to the meat and potatoes of the ordinance,” Ed Badouh said. “I’m interested in discussing the lot sizes, the front setback, the back setback and the side setbacks.” But other members said the committee first needed to discuss drainage, open spaces and impervious cover issues. Gruene Road work up for public comment The committee discussed having the ordinance provide more flexibility for lot sizes and allowing developers “tradeoffs” when designing the lots. Ade McAda, a committee member who also is on the planning and zoning commission, said the committee needed to decide what the trade-offs could be before deciding to change lot sizes. Without the co-chairmen present, committee members decided not to discuss specifics in the ordinance. Instead, they asked each member to consider proposals for “trade-offs.” They will bring suggestions to the next meeting, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 at city hall. 4B board also mulling airport, park funds By Amy ClarksonStaff Writer New Braunfels City Council is asking the Infrastructure/Improvement Corporation to pay for improvements to Gruene Road. The proposal will be the topic of one of three public hearings starting at 7 p.m. today at the Municipal Building. Known as the 4B Board for its enabling legislation, the infrastructure/improvement corporation uses a portion of the city sales tax to fund economic development projects. New Braunfels city council voted April 9 to ask the board to improve Gruene Road from Ferry Lane toward the Gruene historic district, after a presentation from David Hochanadel, president of the Gruene Homeowner’s Association. “This portion of Gruene is much too narrow and was no doubt constructed many years ago during a time of very little traffic” Hochanadel told council on April 9. ‘The road at Hanz Street is only 20 feet wide measured from shoulder to shoulder.” Hochanadel also said the shoulders had deteriorated and “fairly deep ruts” had been cut on both sides of the road. Other problems with Gruene, according to Hochanadel’s presentation, include: • Too many patches and spots in the road where the asphalt is missing; • No sidewalks or lanes for walkers, joggers or bikers; and • Further deterioration of the road’s shoulders as traffic increases. “Many events take place at Gruene,” he said. “These events include musical performances and Old Gruene Market Days. These events draw large crowds and translate directly into a high volume of traffic on the Gruene Road.” Beer distributor donates van for river patrol Photo submitted New Braunfels Police Lt. Doug Dunlap, left, thanks Boyd Anderson, vice president/general manager of Tri-City Distributors, for the donation of a 1995 Ford Cargo Van that Anderson hopes will help with the summer river patrols. By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer A van — normally used to haul beer — now will be used to help fight public drunkenness and lewd behavior on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers. After attending a river activities committee meeting in January, Boyd Anderson decided that he wanted to help the city deal with drunks and misbehavior on the river. Anderson is general manager and vice president of the local Anheuser-Busch distributor. He decided the city could use two vans the company replaced, although he said the police department accepted one of the vans. “My first thought was they could use them to carry people who were arrested to jail,” he said. “But I think they’re going to use them to haul cargo, like boats and life jackets, from the police department to the river.” Anderson touts less drinking and more responsible behavior on the rivers, saying he considered it his responsibility. “We wanted to promote something that would send a good message to all the tourists who come through here, not only about the drinking, but about litter control as well," he said. “We live here; our children go to school here. So, we got some of those ‘pitch in’ bumper stickers for the chamber to use.” Anderson said he wanted to respond positively to complaints that beer and alcohol on the rivers were behind the raucous behavior.What’s Up -■ WHO: Infrastructure/ Improvement Corporation ■ WHEN: 7 p.m. today■ WHERE: New Braunfels Municipal Building, Conference Room A■ WHY: Regular board meeting, public hearings Council voted unanimously to ask the 4B board for $100,000 this year and $500,000 next year to improve the road to one of the city’s historic districts and tourist attractions. The 4B board also will conduct a public hearing on another city proposal — $500,000 for three years to build a fund to buy parklands. The $1.5 million would buy parkland to meet the city’s long range plans. Airport expansion also is slated for a public hearing tonight. The airport has asked the 4B board for a $123,490 loan and a grant for the same amount to build T-hangars. The airport already has a set of 10-unit T-Hangars that is completely full, 4B board president Karen McDonnell said. Airport officials are asking for money to expand the hangars and attract more business to New Braunfels Municipal Airport. Airport Manager Darrell Phillips said, “The Airport Advisory Committee and myself are aware of the fact that your corporation has helped the development of the New Braunfels Municipal Airport in the past. We would like to build on those past efforts and take advantage of the unique opportunities that currently exist to make the municipal airport second-to-none in this area.” The project will provide additional hangar space to store personal and business aircraft, as well as additional revenue for the airport operations. Phillips said the airport could pursue a grant for up to $50,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for site work. 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