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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas r I r ♦v t I 75’^SNo-parking variance not favored by county By DYANNEFRY Staff writer The new “no-parking” zones along River Road may have made easier going for canoe and inner-tube shuttles. But at least one rental agency has also lost a favorite unloading spot. Abbott’s River Outfitters Inc. wants a variance from the Comal County Commissioners Court, so that it can continue to unload tubes and tubers in front of a gate between the third and fourth river crossings, where parking is not allowed. Precinct 4 Commissioner Bill George, who has jurisdiction over that part of River Road, didn't think the court should grant the variance. The group agreed to look at the area Friday morning, when it meets for a tour of county roads However, it denied Jane Abbott's request for a temporary variance until the end of the canoeing season. Pct. I Commissioner J.L. Evans explained that the court couldn't grant any sort of variance without a public hearing. Abbott’s has a lease on the property behind the gate, and uses it as a put-in point for a four-hour float trip on the Guadalupe. Mrs. Abbott said the company had been unloading people and equipment at the roadside for five or six years without a traffic incident. Since the no-parking signs went up last May, the company lias been using the spot anyway, and paying the consequences in parking tickets. “We’ve gotten 13 tickets so far this summer,” Mrs. Abbott told the Herald Zeitung. “But we’re not parking We’re just unloading,” She reminded commissioners that the outfitters had requested loading zones when the last River Road traffic study was done The final act, passed in September 1982, included no such provision. ‘They put the signs up in May. We didn t know we had a problem until our season had already started," she said Mrs. Abbott also thought her family’s shuttle service might be helping the traffic problems, by getting that many more people and parked cars off River Road “We don’t rent our equipment without the shuttle service, so that our people don’t trespass across other people's property. There are no public access points now," she said George thinks the new traffic controls, though they might not make everyone happy, were “a step in the right direction.” He doesn’t want to step backward “Our no-parking zones, and the diligence of our deputies, have started to bear fruit You can now drive down River Road on a Saturday or Sunday without running into a roadblock,” he said. “I think if we start to create loading zones up and down the road, yours won’t be the only one He’s also looked at Abbott’s bus stop, and noticed that the distance between the pavement and the gate is approximately 12 feet. “It s difficult for me to see how you could avoid obstructing traffic with that narrow space,” George told Mrs Abbott “lf we need to get the fence farther off the road, we can do that, too,” she said. “We want to work with you any way w e can ” New J-l—LL Braunfels Nm Braunfels. Texas Vol. 92 - No. 165 Zeltuno FRIDAY August 19,1983 25 cents 18 Pages - 2 Sections 'LISPS 377-880’ Inside Today's Weather It will be partly cloudy through Saturday, with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorm* Friday afternoon, a 20 percent chance tonight, and a 30 percent chance Saturday afternoon Winds will be from the southeast at 10-15 mph today, decreasing to 5-10 mph tonight and Saturday Sunset will be at I OI p m . and sunrise Saturday will be at 7 OI a m CLASSIFIED.....................3    BB COMICS ........................ 2B CROSSWORD..................   2B DEATHS........................10A DEAR ABBY...................... 2A ENTERTAINMENT................. BA HOROSCOPE .................... 2A OPINIONS....................... BA RELIGIOUS FOCUS................ BA SPORTS  ................B 7A STOCKS........................ 2A TV LISTINGS......................2B WEATHER ...................... 2A ______ Alicia leaves trail of debris Subdivision rules get final approval After more than a year of input, comparisons and public hearing*, the Comal County Commissioners Court approved new subdivision rules on Thursday morning Also approved were nevi septic tank regulations and standards for inspection of restaumat* and public facilities, which will be implemented by County Sanitarian Bob Stahl Public hearings were held June 30 on both sets of regulations, but the revision process goes back to May of 1982. said Commissioners Court assistant Tim Darilek County Judge Fred Clark had thought the new rule* might be passed in July. However, there were delays in getting the final draft ty ped up The ll articles of subdivision codes covered more than 50 pages, and there were 14 sections to the septic and sanitation document Clark didn’t read the whole thing at Thursday’s meeting, but he did sum up the mayor changes The overall effect is one of lighter controls and more specific records From now on. developers wantuig to build over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone will have to contact the Texas Department of Water Resources immediately There was already a one-acre minimum lot size for septic tanks over the recharge zone Now, ail lots not served by central septic or water systems will have to be st least one •ere The half-acre minimum remains for development* served by central sy stems “lf you have either central water or central sewer, you can go to half an acre,” clarified Precinct I Commissioner J.L Evans County roads built from now on will have pavement at least 22 feet wide — a two-foot increase over the current 20-foot minimum And all roads will be built with pre-eoated rock, rather than plain ruck with s seal-coating applied later We’ve found that it s not a significantly greater expense to the developer, but it gives us a significantly belter seal, and a much, much better road, said Evans Bonds or letters of credit for road construction will have to be presented when the developer applies for prelmunary plat approval, rather than final approva1, as it stands now The filing fee for plats has been increased from HO to $25 per sheet Plats will have to be in Darilek ft office at least four weeks before they are scheduled to be reviewed by commissioners, to give the necessary officials tune to look at them and prepare their individual reports The record plat, to be filed in the County Clerk s office, will have to be a reproducible, while linen print County officials have found that other types of prints fade over the years, which complicates future adion The developer will also have to furnish IO blue-Llne copies, four for the County Clerk and Ii for the Commissioners Court assistant. The amount of detail required has also been increased The maximum scale is 200 feet to one inch, and topographical lines will have lo be drawn for every five or It feel, depending un the slope of the land On roads with a slope gradient of IO percent or more, a road profile will be required as well Owners of adjacent, unplatted properties will need to be listed on the application lf the land involved is to be used for any purpose other than single-{sillily residential, that land use will have to be noted And lf the subdivision is to have a cen lr si water supply, information on alternative water tee RULES, Page IBA GALVESTON (AP) —- National Guard troops carrying shotguns and rifles patrolled this storm-battered island city early today, helping enforce a strict nighttime curfew imposed to discourage looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Alicia. At least five people died in the season’s first Atlantic hurricane, which crashed into the Texas’ upper Gulf Coast with 115-rnph winds and a 12-foot storm tide Thursday, ripping through homes, businesses and trees from here through Houston, 50 miles inland A sixth victim was killed in Dallas in a wind-related traffic accident as remnants of Alma lashed that area with thunderstorms Thursday afternoon, 14 hours after the hurricane moved ashore. Stunned coastal residents surveyed the damage Thursday afternoon as the storm subsided. Many among an estimated 42,000 who left in fear came back home. Officials said the clean-up will take weeks. “Even those of us who are Houston natives can’t remember any thing like this,” said Houston May or Kathy Whitmire, 37 She said the biggest problem today was a lack of fresh water because electric pumps were without power. Residents were urged to conserve water and boti tap water before drinking it. In Galveston, thousands of residents spent a second night huddled in homes without electricity. Alicia’s screaming winds demolished many homes on the island, defaced hotels, uprooted trees, and sent debris slashing and tearing at the historic island’s buildings Uke shrapnel Hundreds of homes througout the stricken area were flooded The storm surge flooded both highways leading to the mainland, completely isolating Galveston for a tune. When floodwalers receded, the highways were left littered with broken limbs and other debris. Expensive yachts were left piled in heaps Uke children’s toys. Four of the dead were crushed by failing trees. One man drowned. Several other victims were hurt in the storm, but amazingly, there were no serious injuries. “I’ve stayed through hurricanes before, but no more," vowed Milton Carter, 44, of Galveston. “This is the worst I’ve ever seen.” The storm spawned about a dozen tornadoes in the Galveston-Houston area as it slammed ashore. Irater, AUcia was downgraded to a tropical storm and rolled north toward Dallas with heavy rains By early today, remnants of the storm were centered near Fort Worth, its violent power spent. Houston Iaghting & Power officials estimated 330,000 homes rn southeastern Texas remained without electric power late Thursday. “It’s the worst damage we’ve ever had." said spokesman Graham Painter. The storm ripped down hundreds of electric power lines, setting at least IO homes on fire, and Painter said it would take at least a week to restore all power. Dr. Ned Frank, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said damage left by AUcia could run “in the billions,” but an insurance industry spokesman in Austin said any damage estimate this soon would be “irresponsible ” President Reagan directed all federal resources be used to help residents cope with the damage. “We deeply sympathize with the people of Galveston and South Texas,’’ he said. Texas Gov. Mark White asked the president to declare six counties that were in the path of Alicia a disaster area, and scheduled a helicopter flight over the stricken area later today. White also ordered National Guard troops into Galveston to help the city’s 13S-member police force prevent looting. Twenty-five were arrested in connection with looting on the island before midnight, and another 21 See ALICIA.Page 18A Wet and wild Brave (or maybe foolish) residents party GALVESTON (AP) — While the eye of Hurricane Alicia passed by only a few miles away, I anda Miller and four friends threw a hurricane party on the west end of Galveston, the area that was battered the worst by the season’s first Atlantic storm ”W« rode it out here for the heil of it,” Miss Miller said "The house shook and rumbled and felt Uke it would crumble at any minute It was Uke an Astroworld ride that never ended “ All around the wooden house on stilts, other homes were shattering and flying in pieces with the wind A trailer aeons the street exploded and showered a fence line with insulation and furniture Another home nearby was lifted from its cradle of pilings and tumbled end over end for 150 feet before it cracked Uke an eggshell. But the party went on, and all five survived wltheot injury. In fact, no hurncane-related deaths had bien reported in Galveston as of Thursday alf* Just up the beach from Miss Miller’s party, Fred Wise, 40, owner of the Gulf Stream Stables, had an unusual problem early Thursday - 40 horses were roaming free in the midst of a hurricane Wise said more than a mile of his fence was ripped down by water and wind, and he spent a restless night worrying shout his horses In the wet early dawn, he wound his way through fallen tree limbs to his Beld and found none of his horses received even the slightest injury “They got into a salt cedar break, turned their tails to the wind, and not a single one got s scratch, ” said Wise “The horses did better than we did,” said Wuk ”1 lost two trailers and the windows out of my house " A tack trader was turned over, and $5,080 worth of saddles were strewn across the field and soaked in water. Wise assembled a crew and built a corral during the day to hold the 40 horsesRofl inPPQ/ 10 Galveston residents RulUyCCo spend night in local gym By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor Hurricane refugees trickled in Thursda) afternoon and left this morning as soon as they had their breakfast The IO refugees from the Galveston area had sausage, biscuits, eggs, juice, Hulk and coffee at St Mary’s Hall on West Bridge Street, said Jeanme Barganier. who cooked this morning’s meal Barganier said the refugees ate spaghetti and salad for supper Thursda) night The refugees spent the night at Academy Street Gym, the first designated shelter for hurricane refugees The IO refugees compare to the flood of people who came to New Braunfels to escape Hurricane Alien in 1900 The Red Cross reported feeding SOU persons per night during that hurricane weekend Barbara Syring, assistant emergency management coordinator, said this morning that no other refugees were expected in New Braunfels “ We re back on standby alert, she said The city’s emergency sen. ices were on alert condition during the night she said The refugees were on their way back to the coast today, to see what Hurricane Alicia had done to their homes. Sering said As of Thursday night, the only roadway that was impassable was Interstate IO. she said Other roads had bren opened late Thursday Svring said the donation drives will continue for victims of Hurricane All cia during the weekend Canned food can tie dropped off at Safeway. HEB, Divine, Kroger and both Vt uest s stores Donations of blankets small appliances and eating utensils can be dropped off at Fire Station No 3 on Ham drive The New Braunfels Jay cees. Red Cross volunteers and a local freight company will deliver the items to Ila* affected areas Sw*p*om S* Jo** N Senm Refugees from Alicia eat breakfast at St. Mary s Hall S** p*OK> ft* Certify,    her a tor Three hurt in two wrecks Luck was definitely with a New Braunfels woman Friday morning, when her car struck the cab of a propane truck near the Hunter Road intersection at FM306 The woman, whose name was not released as of presstime, suffered multiple lacerations and possible spinal injuries. Site was admitted to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment, a hospital spokeswoman said. A New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service spokesperson said a Hurst tool was used to pry open the driver’s side door of the car, to avoid further injury to the woman Her car was in a ditch, about IOO feet past tile Hunter Road intersection, Another FM 30b accident about 9:30 a ni Thursday seriously injured two persons. A Datsun pickup and a Mercury Cougar struck each other head-on The pickup’s driver, Phyllis Jones, was admitted for surgery at McKenna, where she was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit Friday. The car's driver, Joseph Ca I well, was also taken to McKenna He was later transferred to San Antonio's Community Hospital, where he was luted as fair These two cars were severely mashed Thursday ;