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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New FELSHerald Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 3, 4 or 5 can water today before 9 a.m. 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. JNG Vol. 149 No. ZOO 16 pages in 2 sections August 16, 2000 Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Walnut traffic moves two by two K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungGilbert Meyer works on the light timing at Walnut and Interstate 35 Tuesday afternoon.Road reopened to two lanes in each direction From Staff Reports Walnut Avenue was reopened to four lanes just in time for lunch hour traffic Tuesday. One of the pair of major north/south thoroughfares through the city, Walnut Avenue has been closed down to two lanes of traffic for months while contractors worked to rebuild the roadbed in the areas around the Interstate 35 crossing and southbound frontage road, seriously slowing traffic in the area. In recent weeks, the traffic situation was worsened when the other north/south route into the city, Seguin Avenue at Interstate 35, was choked down to one lane each way. Walnut Avenue originally was slated to reopen in July, but unavoidable construction delays pushed the opening back, Texas Department of Transportation officials said. On Tuesday, Michelle Kopp of TxDOT said Walnut would remain at four lanes until next year. “At the end of the project, we’ll reduce it to one lane each way to rebuild it under Interstate 35,” Kopp said. The interstate bridges at Walnut Avenue will be removed and replaced during that time with longer bridges that will allow four lanes of traffic underneath. Walnut Avenue will be closed completely at times to facilitate demolition of the existing bridges and work such as placing steel girders that will make the framework for the bridges. “That work will take place at night,” Kopp said. Court splits on small lot moratorium SCHWAB By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to impose a 9-month moratorium on construction of new homes in unincorporated aieas of Comal County on lots smaller than one acre. The moratorium is intended to give a new, 13-member county committee time to reexamine subdivision, on-site sewage, water availability, environmental and other impacts of high density housing on Comal County and its citizens. The moratorium, called County Order No. 67, w ill run through June I, 2001 although it could be extended at 60 day intervals as necessary for the committee to finish its work. An attendant resolution calls on the City of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities to support — and join — Comal County in its effort to get a handle on its grow th and the impacts of that grow th. Unaffected by the moratorium would be subdivisions by an individual ow ner of property into two lots w here one of the lots would be smaller than one acre or subdivisions that have already been platted and are in the review process. Those subdivisions are: • Canyon Springs Resort (Correction Plat) Unit I, establishing lots 1,2,3 and 4; • Champions Village, (Master Plan); • Hightower Subdivision; • Hill Country Resort, (Replat) Phase IO and I OR • Morris Subdivision and Morris Subdivision Unit 2, establishing Plaza Oak Center; • Rebecca Lake (Master Plan). Also unaffected would be all development on lots larger than one acre that would be considered under subdivision laws and guidelines already in place — “business as usual,” said County Engineer, Tom Hornseth. Tuesday’s meeting was precipitated by a special meeting Friday, called to receive input on the moratorium proposal. The meeting opened with County Judge Danny Scheel reading the proposed order and making a motion for its approval. “We're here today to control our destiny in Comal County,” Scheel said, noting the moratorium would give the county time to study growth impacts and was not intended to discriminate against anybody developers or residents. The motion was seconded by Pct. 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin, whose district includes Bulverde and See COURT/5A Wisdom joins KGNB to launch finance show Nationally recognized radio talk show host Gabe Wisdom has joined the KGNB (1420 AM) program family. Every weekday shirting at 5 p.m., Wisdom will provide financial advice in a lively talk show format. His business knowledge began at the Harvard Business School, then as managing director of a private asset management firm in San Diego, ('alif. His radior      ~~~~ career began before that as a leader in the “free style” format at a station in San Diego in 1968. Employing his unique personality he garnered a large audience and found great success. Talkers Magazine has named Wisdom as one of the IOO most important Talk Show Hosts in America. Fred Stockwell, general manager for KGNB Radio in New Braunfels, said, “We’ve been looking for a financial expert capable of providing sound financial advice. In the Gabe Wisdom show we found such an expert. His know ledge is unsurpassed, yet he is able to make it understandable and fun for listeners.” Wisdom is part of the BusinessTalkRadio (BTR) network which offers full 24 hours per day radio programming featuring business, financial, news talk and lifestyle programs. Inside Abby......................... ......5A 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 Bulverde NW aldermen working to lose their jobs By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE NORTHWEST A slate of candidates for the offices in Comal County’s newest city ran unopposed and were elected in the Saturday balloting. And now, Bulverde Northwest Mayor Mal McClinchie said, job No. I for the government of the 600-resident city w ill be to see that they lose their jobs. Petitions already are circulating in Bulverde and Bulverde Northwest to conduct elections to consolidate the two communities. What must happen first, McClinchie says, is the residents of Bulverde Northwest must vote to be consolidated into Bulverde. The slate of officers elected Saturday, besides McClinchie, include aldermen Carolyn Benham (who got the sole write-in vote for mayor), Charlie Lebrecht, Harry Trappe, Jim Winegar, Nancy Wuhrung and city marshal Bill Utterbach. All will be sworn in at Thursday ’s meeting of Commissioners’ Court. The mayor and five council members all were officers of the previous Bulverde Northwest, which was dissolved in January in an out-of-court settlement with Ingram Readynnx, which sued over issues pertaining to the earlier incorporation of Bulverde Northwest in 1999. The settlement did not preclude re-incorporation or re-election of city off icers. Taming a wild river K. JESSIE SLATEN Heraid-Zeitung Ryan Hitzfelder, Marcos Rodriguez and Dustin Wray (left to right) slide down the Prince Solms tube chute Tuesday afternoon. and residents. “You name it, you see it,” he said. “We saw nudity, drugs, alcohol and littering.” Kendrick said he believed an alcohol ban would put an end to most of the behavioral problems on the river. But, Mayor Stoney Williams said he did not believe alcohol was the inherent problem with behavior on the river. “I think (an alcohol ban) on the river is a bad idea. Its unenforceable and it’s not an alcohol problem,” he said. “There are all those people who are responsible and like to drink beer while going the river. An alcohol ban will make criminals out of all of them.” Williams said local law enforcement officials reported most arrests were for minors in possession of alco hol and drugs. “Which is already against the law,” Williams said. “If we get more police down there, eventually we'll get a handle on the behavior problems.” City Attorney Floyd Akers said the ordinance would prohibit alcohol on the portion of the Guadalupe River from the Gruene River bridge to Business 35 and the entire Comal River. Under the proposed ordinance, consuming or possessing alcohol on city rivers would be a Class (' misdemeanor punishable by a SI to $500 fine, but no jail time. In order to get an alcohol ban, the city must first contact the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and get approval to declare the rivers a central river business district. Akers said the city could not adopt any ordinances affecting alcoholic beverages because they would be preempted by state statutes. An alcohol ban in a central business district, such as the downtown area of San Antonio, is allowed if approved by TABC administration. Kendrick said an alcohol ban would be only one step toward cleaning up the river. “Other things would need to be done like increasing police enforcement,” he said. During Monday’s meeting, Williams proposed creating a committee to examine river issues, including behavioral problems and trash along the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers. Williams said one task for the committee would be to look at creating a tubing tax similar to the tax collected by the Water Oriented Recreation District to help pay lor cleanup along the See RIVER/5A By Heather Todd Staff Writer A proposed ordinance banning alcoholic beverages on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers within the city limits could go before New Braunfels City Council later this month. At Monday’s city council meeting, councilman Robert Kendrick asked city staff to draft an ordinance prohibiting the consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages on city rivers. Council could consider the ordinance at their next meeting 'Aug. 28. The call for an WILLIAMS alcohol ban on the river within the city limits comes after numerous complaints about lew d and row dy behavior, including people urinating and defecating and exposing themselves along the river as well as problems w ith profanity and littering. In a recent letter to the editor, one Universal City resident who tubed on the Comal River likened the river to a “strip club” atmosphere with people smoking, drinking and exposing themselves. Resident Betty Dunkin was one KENDRICK f *eve.ral resj-dents who spoke in favor of an alcohol ban to make the river a more family friendly environment, saying many tubers used foul language and engaged in violent activity. During Memorial Day weekend, a 17-year old Pollock boy was critically injured and suffered a skull fracture in a rock-throwing incident on the Guadalupe River. During a tubing trip down the Guadalupe River in July, Kendrick said he saw' a number of the behavioral problems reported by visitors « ;