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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NewgBraLsxfelsHerald-ZeWater Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 3, 4 or 5 can water today before 9 a rn. and after 7 p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 4 or 5 can water today between midnight and 10 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnight. -'I Vol. 149 No. 194    16    pages    in    2    sections    August    9,    2000 Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Comal mulls moratorium on small lots SCHEEL By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners will consider Friday a special moratorium on new home construction on subdivision lots smaller than one acre while it studies growth, water and environmental issues. The moratorium    is intended to give officials time to establish a far-reaching policy to exert some control    on growth in unincorporated areas. County Judge Danny Scheel said Tuesday a special commissioners court meeting was set for 9:15 a.m. Friday to act on an order that would prohibit developers of subdivisions from building homes on lots of less than one acre in the county — regardless of the availability of water and sewage service. The action, Scheel said, would give the county time to examine subdivision rules as well as issues pertaining to water availability and sewage disposal, rural development density and maintenance of green space. “We’re going to try within the next nine months to come up w ith a policy that will help us protect our aquifers and maintain our quality of life,” Scheel said. Currently, a developer can subdivide to one-quarter acre lots for single-family homes. The moratorium — and laws that could be enacted afterward — will limit subdivision lot sizes to one acre or larger. Developers of future subdivisions could be affected because the policy as envisioned by county officials would reduce the permissible density of a subdivision through increased lot sizes. Scheel said if approved by commissioners, the moratorium would become effective immediately on Friday. It likely will not affect previously approved subdivisions, he said, On-site sewage rules up for comment C omal County is considering adopting more stringent rules for on-site sewage disposal facilities in the unincorporated areas of the county. At 7 p.m. on Aug. 15, county commissioners will conduct a public hearing on proposed revisions of the Comal County On-Site Sewage Facility Regulations. The hearing will take place at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium on Farm-to-Market Road 3159 in Smithson Valley. The new rules, if adopted will bring lot sizes in the on-site sewage disposal regulations into line w ith the rules in county subdivision regulations. The new rules effectively will double to one acre the lot size for platted subdivisions served by a public water supply. For subdivisions served by a private water supply, lot sizes will be increased to 5.01 acres. Previously, the on-site sewage disposal ordinance required something on the order of three acres, determined by a formula that set a lot shape to permit a pair of 150-ft. diameter circles w itll in the property boundaries, one for the well and one for the septic system. ________I which could be exempted under the plans being considered. “No other subdivisions w ill be considered until we complete our study and decide what kind of ruling will be considered as to lot sizes, impervious cover and green space,” Scheel said. “We’ll be working with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and New Braunfels Utilities to try to come up with something we believe w ill be beneficial to Comal County in future generations,” Scheel said. Committee to screen applicants By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Applications will be available Monday for those seeking financial assistance for projects through New Braunfels’ hotel tax revenues. On Tuesday the city’s hotel occupancy tax committee finalized the application that it will use to help screen applicants requesting money from the city for projects. The council appointed the committee to develop a plan tor using an unallocated portion of the city’s hotel tax revenues. The application the group approved Tuesday night incorporated pieces of an one Chairman Adam Cork had previously presented and a second proposed application committee member Walter Sears presented Tuesday night. “The form is die first notice we’re going to give somebody,” Sears said. The committee will receive additional information form those requesting funds when they make a presentation to the committee, he said. “We’re going to get packets from these people when they come over, and they’re going to be thick, I’m sure,” Sears said, explaining his logic behind consolidating parts of the application Cork originally presented. The application tusks for such information as a description and line item budget for the proposed projects, financial information about organizations proposing projects and information on how the proposed projects meet the legal uses of hotel tax revenues. Projects should help regenerate the hotelSee BED TAX/4A Inside Abby......................... ......5 A Classifieds.................. .. ..4-8B Comics....................... .......2B Crossword................. .......5A Forum........................ .......6A Local Metro................. .......4A Movies.......................... .......5A Obituaries................... .......3A Sports....................... ....7-8A Today....................... .......2A Television.............. ..... 8A www.herald-zeitung. com Key Code 76 _I RBFCU breaks ground for branch By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Mayor Stoney Williams delivered a message Tuesday to Randolph-Brooks Federal C redit Union officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for their second New Braunfels branch office. Williams said he had spoken to many people about the new off ice. “They wanted me to deliver a message to you,” he said. “Dig fast. They’re ready for it.” The new 4,600 square-foot office, which should be completed by January, will be on Texas 46 at Oak Run Parkway. The project w ill cost more than $1 million. The credit union s other New Braunfels branch is along Interstate 35, just past one of the worst road construction areas in New Braunfels. “For people living on this side of 1-35. a trip to the credit union is not a fun experience,” Williams said. The new branch w ill have a full-size lobby, safe deposit boxes, six drive-through teller lanes and two drive-up automatic teller machines, said Chris O’Connor, senior vice president for member services at Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. “We intend to have plenty of parking,” O’Connor said. Retired C ol. Fred Walters, vice chairman of the credit union’s board of directors, said the credit union had been in New Braunfels for 25 years. When the credit union first opened, the town had a population of about 23,(KH) people, he said. Now, the credit union has that many members, he said. ‘Pray for Randy, family’ Lawmen, supporters pay respects to fallen trooper Funeral Service A funeral service for Trooper Randall W. Vetter, 28, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels. Interment will follow in the Comal Cemetery. New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams asked residents to show respect to the funeral procession as it travels to the cemetery Friday. “We’re asking that when they see the funeral procession drive by, that to show respect, to leave your businesses and stand out on the sidewalk on the comer,” Williams said. Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Zoeller Funeral Home. VETTER Fund-raisers The Texas Highway Patrol Association has opened an account to collect donations for Vetter’s family. Donations can be made directly to the account: Texas Highway Patrol Association, C/O Compass Bank, Trooper Vetter Fund, acct. # 84065714, PO. Box 9600, Austin, TX 78766 Checks also can be sent to the association: Texas Highway Patrol Association, Trooper Vetter Fund, 8906 Wall St., Suite 407, Austin, TX 78754. The Texas Department of Public Safety Officer’s See FUND-RAISERS/3A Community mourns death of CHS grad By Heather Todd Staff Writer The Rev. Dr. Charles DeHaven has shared some of the most significant moments in Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Randall W. Vetter’s young life. As the senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran C hurch, DeHaven confirmed Vetter, performed Vetter’s wedding ceremony and baptized Vetter’s 8-month old son, Robert. On Friday, w ith a heart heavy with grief, DeHaven will off iciate Vetter’s funeral service as friends, family and law enforcement off icers from across the country mourn the loss of a dedicated peace off icer. Vetter, a 28-year old resident of New Braunfels, died Monday at Brackenridge I lospital in Austin atter he was gunned dow n about 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3 in a routine traff ic stop. Melvin Edison Hale, 72, of Kyle, allegedly shot Vetter in the head with a high-powered assault rifle after Vetter pulled him over for allegedly not wearing his seat belt. DeHaven said Tuesday 2,000 to 4,000 people were expected to attend the service, including state troopers and law enforcement officers from across the state and the nation. See MOURNS/4A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeuung Trooper Trampas Gooding, center, wipes away tears Tuesday morning while waiting for the motorcade bringing Trooper Randall Vetter’s family home to New Braunfels. Mrs. Vetter (not pictured) stopped at the site several minutes later to visit the scene where her husband was shot. By Jo Lee Ferguson and Ron Maloney Staff Writers Trooper Randall W. Vetter came home Tuesday. But not as everyone hoped not in a glorious celebration of his recovery from a critical wound. Instead, he came home quietly, in a wave of tears and a blanket of heartache to the community that prayed for his survival. Vetter, 28, was shot in the head Thursday morning during a traffic stop just south of Kyle. He remained in critical condition at Austin’s Brackenridge Hospital until he died Monday night. His body arrived late Tuesday at Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels. Services are at IO a.m. Friday at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. “Its bad news,” said DPS Sgt. John Ritter of the New Braunfels office. “We kind of figured this is what it was going to end up with.” Vetter, a six-year veteran of the DPS, worked in the New Braunfels office until July I when he was transferred to the San Marcos DPS office. Ritter, who was very subdued, said things were tough in the local DPS office Tuesday. “We all have our moments,” he said. “Its up and down. Its just a difficult time. We’re trying to hold everything together and console each other. Its a hard thing to go through.” Vetter is survived by his wife, Cynthia; 8-month-old son, Robert; and father, Kermit Vetter. “We’re going to be all right," Ritter said. “We need everybody to pray for Randy and his family.” Vetter stopped Melvin Edi-See TROOPER/3A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Constable Billy Reeves, Trey Wahrmond and Mark Opeila (left to right) waited with other law enforcement officials to show their respects to the family of the slain officer as they traveled from Austin to New Braunfels on Interstate 35. ;