New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
By Greg Bowen
Construction continued Wednesday on the controversial new wall at Schlitterbahn, which neighbors fear will push floodwa-ters into their homes.
Meanwhile, the waterpark has provided hydrological data to city
officials, who will use it to determine how the wall might affect area homes during smaller floods.
“The neighborhood is wanting to know what potential impacts there may be at different levels of flow, so we’ve gotten the
data to take a look at that,” City Manager Mike Morrison said.
On April 7, soon after the wall began going up, about 20 angry neighbors descended upon city hall to register their complaints in a meeting arranged by Mayor Pro Tern Kathleen Krueger.
See WALL, Page 10
► LOCAL HOLIDAY
Founders Day is Friday
By Marilyn Kuehler
The German immigrants led by Prince Carl who first setded what would become New Braunfels are remembered on “Founders Day” — not once, but twice, almost every year.
New Braunfels history records March 21,1845, as the day the Germans crossed the Guadalupe River near the site of Faust Street Bridge.
“March 21 is Founders Day,” said Linda Dietert, executive director of Sophienburg Museum and Archives, the repository for Founders’ history and papers. “It happened to be a Good Friday.”
But in the City of New Braunfels, Founders Day “traditionally is observed on Good Friday,” said Mayor Bruce Boyer on TUesday. “Good Friday was the day they crossed the Guadalupe.”
So on this Friday, also Good Friday, city offices will shut down and city employees will get a holiday — for Founders Day.
“People get confused,” Dietert said.
Although the Sophienburg did not formally celebrate Founders Day this year, the museum and the city marked the holiday together in 2008. That year, the historic Founders Day (March 21) coincided with Good Friday, and New Braunfels residents turned out to honor the Founders in the Main Plaza.
Those coinciding dates, she said, happened in 1845, 1913 and 2008, but won’t happen again until 2160.
FOUNDERS DAY CLOSINGS
All schools, as well as city and county offices, will be closed Friday in observation of New Braunfels Founders Day.
New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts will close to observe the holiday.
Resident»! waste collection will not be held, but commercial solid waste collection will go on as scheduled. The City Recycle Center will be closed and will re-open on Tuesday. The public library wiU be closed.
All county offices, including the courthouse, tax office and other departments, will be closed.
Most area banks wiH be open. The U.S. Post Office will be open, and most businesses wilt be open throughout the day.
WILDFIRES CLAIM ANOTHER FIREFIGHTER
Firefighters salute the casket holding Greg Simmons after it was placed atop a fire truck Wednesday at the conclusion of funeral services for the fallen firefighter in Olden. Simmons was killed responding to a wildfire and was hit by a vehicle in a smoke-filled area.
FEDS JOIN FIGHT
Mother Nature offers brief reprieve, but it’s not expected to last
By Danny Robbins
The Associated Press
DALLAS — Weary firefighters finally got a handle on a massive wildfire spanning three northern Texas counties Wednesday, aided by federal reinforcements and a weather change that brought cooler temperatures and calmer winds.
But some officials cautioned that the improved weather conditions will last for only a few more days, and the biggest help from Mother Nature still has not arrived.
“We really need some rainfall,” said Dan Byrd, a National Weather Service meteorologist working with the Texas Forest Service. “We expect rain in the next few days,
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Also Wednesday, as a firefighter who died last week after battling a blaze was laid to rest, another died from injuries suffered while battling a wildfire earlier this month in the Texas Panhandle.
The team of federal firefighters and officials from several U.S. agencies—the second one to help with a Texas fire this month — joined local personnel Wednesday, this time to help fight a North Texas blaze that has burned nearly 150,000 acres and destroyed about 50 homes in several communities. The fire started a week ago in the Possum Kingdom Lake area, about 70 miles west of Fort Worth, and joined with several blazes in two other counties.
Haven Cook, a spokeswoman for the team, said officials at the lake were encouraged because interior areas of the fire were burning
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► SHORT-TERM RENTALS
Complaints filed under new rule
Property owner faces 18 alleged violations
By Greg Bowen
Eighteen separate complaints have been filed against property owner Buford Lee Purser alleging violations of the city’s new short-term-rental ordinance.
The complaints are the first to be filed under the ordinance, enacted six months ago, which prohibits rentals of less than 30 days in residential neighborhoods.
“Our effort was to have an ordinance that enabled us to deal with illegal overnight rentals and this is the first rattle out of the box under the new ordinance,” City Manager Mike Morrison said Wednesday. “What we’ve done is a direct result of the changes the city council put into place to deal with the illegal rentals.”
Violators of the ordinance face a maximum fine of $2,000 per violation.
The complaints, filed over the last week with New Braunfels Municipal Court by city code enforcement officers, allege Purser allowed the dwelling he owns at 285 Rio Drive to be used as a short-term-rental.
The complaints allege violations on the following days: April 16 (one complaint, April 9 (five complaints), April 8 (six complaints), and April 7 (six complaints).
Morrison said officers can write a citation for each vehicle parked outside of a suspected illegal rental whose license plate is not associated with the owner of the property. “If you’ve got four vehicles, you’ve got four presumptions of suspected illegal activity and can issue four citations.”
Code enforcement officer Aaron Pendley filed the first 17 complaints.
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