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Vol. 148, No. 108 14 pages in I section April 20, 1999
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MAYOR JAN KENNADY
Master plan adopted, 6-1
Watson casts dissenting vote after council rejects her 13 amendments
By Peri Stone and Chris Crews
New Braunfels City Council voted 6-1 Monday to approve a resolution to adopt the master plan to “guide, not mandate” the city Is course for the next 20 years.
: “It would have been lovely to have a unanimous vote,” Mayor Jan Kennady said.
Councilwoman Juliet Watson voted against accepting the plan, which has been in the works for two years.
The master plan was developed to give city officials a planoT goals and priorities in areas such as transportation, economic development, education and urban design for the next two decades.
Citizens and local officials divided into nine committees to concentrate on specific topics. The last master plan was approved in 1977.
During Monday night's discussion, Watson presented 13 amendments that died for lack of seconds.
Watson, who wanted to vote on each of the nine topics separately, said she was concerned particularly about issues dealing with youth and economic development.
“I was not able to address my concerns, and not just my concerns but the citizens' concerns,” she said after the meeting.
One of Watson’s contentions was that youth should not have been grouped with education and population.
Watson also said she believed the youth section should have dealt with the needs of dropout students.
“We have to look at kids who fall through the cracks,” she said.
Debate on those topics was closed after motions by
‘7 think it’s a good plan with good ideas. The citizens created it, and if anyone knows best, it’s them. I support its adoption. There is some specific wording on some issues that needs to be changed, but those can be changed. As a whole, I think iti a good plan.”
Mayoral candidate Stoney Williams
Residents listen as city council debates possible amendments to the proposed comprehensive master plan Monday night at city had. The master plan was approved by a vote of 6-1.
council member Randy Vanstory.
Council member Larry Alexander repeatedly raised points of order that Watson’s motions and discussion were not germane and that she made statements lacking documentation.
Watson expressed frustration about other coun-cilmembers* actions and comments.
“I don't know why we bothered to read this,” she said after Vanstory moved a second time to stop debate on a section.
The economic development Action, she said, should not have designated the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce as the sole recipient of hotel/motel tax revenue. Other qualified entities such as the His
panic chamber of commerce also should receive these funds, she said.
Higher wages was another issue Watson said the master plan did not address adequately.
“New Braunfels is a unique place,” she said. “We deserve more.”
The city should only provide tax abatements for those businesses that will provide above average living wages and that are environmentally conscious, she said.
Watson estimated she spent more than 20 hours reviewing the final version of the master plan. She said she also spent considerable time reviewing the three other versions of the plan.
"A lot of the goals established
are motherhood and apple pie. The meat of the issues has been glossed over. Three hundred and thirty people initially met to go over the document, but over time 7 think people became intimidated. The votes taken are not representative of the number of people who participated. I feel that it should be a citizen-input document.”
Mayoral candidate Robert Kendrick
Watson expressed concerns the population estimates used for the plan were too high.
Vanstory said the plan should include the most liberal figures for projected growth.
“It would be more advantageous to plan for undergrowth than to not plan for overgrowth,” Vanstory said.
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Interstate closed two hours after chemical spill
Gamer Environmental, an oil spill and hazardous material response team, prepares to clean up a chemical spill on Interstate 35 Monday afternoon after a three-vehicle accident south of Schwab Road.
By Heather Tood Staff Writer
A chemical spill on Interstate 35 North after a three-vehicle accident closed southbound and northbound lanes for two hours Monday afternoon.
Two passenger vehicles slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler about 3 p.m. on northbound IH 35 just south of Schwab Road.
A woman driving a gray vehicle hit the right rear of the 18-wheeler. She was airlifted to a San Antonio
hospital complaining of neck and back injuries.
New Braunfels resident Joe Aycock was driving the other vehicle, a red Chevrolet blazer, and was uninjured in the accident. No passengers were in either vehicle.
Aycock was hauling chemicals classified as hazardous materials in a trailer behind the vehicle when the accident occurred.
Aycock said the chemicals were from Ayko Chemicals, a local chemical company. Police officials described the spilled chemical as an
Gamer Environmental, an oil spill and hazardous material response team based in San Antonio, was called to the scene to clean up the spill.
Schertz Police Department and Schertz Fire and Rescue also were called the scene.
Emergency officials closed the southbound and northbound lanes from Engel Road to Farm-to-Market 482 “as a precaution” and detoured traffic onto the access roads.
Patrolman John Correau with Schertz Police Department said sulfuric acid also was being hauled but did not spill during the accident.
Sergeant Robert Honeycutt with Schertz Police Department said the 18-wheeler braked and the other two vehicles slammed into the back end of the truck.
Honeycutt said Schertz Police were not issuing any citations, but Department of Public Safety officials were investigating the accident.
Key Code 76
Comal swamped with flood concerns
By STEPHAINE Noble Heraid-Zeriung Correspondent
City Manager Mike Shantis remembers a short period of time, only a few months ago, when all the bridges in New Braunfels were impassable.
Considering the devastation of last October Is flooding, it is not surprising that the event is still fresh on Shantis’ mind and in the thoughts of everyone in New Braunfels and Comal County.
lf the flooding weighs heavy on minds, it also weighs heavy on
Even now, as the summer months are quickly approaching, Comal County and the city of New Braunfels are still cleaning up.
While people in the private sector are (aced with rebuilding homes and coping with the loss of things that cannot be replaced, the city and county are dealing mainly with clearing debris from public land.
And that job goes on and on.
The biggest task, in the beginning, was cleaning up the millions of pounds of debris, Shands said.
Second in a Series
Six months later, the Herald-Zeitung takes a look back at the October 1998 flood, what we learned and what many of us still need to recover.
In the fust two weeks after the flood, the city collected and
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Local government representatives watch as a back hoe is used to dear debris out from the tube chute recently.