New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 4A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Saturday, August 26, 2000County Local State
Pet of the week
Weimaraners are fantastic dogs, and Josie is no exception. She is a people-pleasing wonder and would love to show you what she can do. Josie is housebroken, walks on a leash and responds quickly to commands. She is 1 1/2 years old, with hazel to yellow eyes, and she gets along well with other dogs. She has all of her shots. Call 905-PETS to adopt Josie, or to make a donation to the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society.
Utility encourages continued conservation
Cibolo retracts rezoning
Notification problems lead council to reverse decision
From the Dispatch
► Apparent suicide
CANYON LAKE — A 12-
year-old girl apparently hanged herself Monday at a Canyon Lake residential treatment facility for troubled girls.
A spokesman for the Comal County Sheriffs Office confirmed the incident Friday.
The girl, from Graham, Texas, had been a resident at New Life Children’s Treatment Center for four months, said Katherine Kerr of Lutheran Social Services of the South Inc., which operates the facility.
She was found in her room at 6:15 p.m. and was pronounced dead at McKenna Memorial Hospital at 7:30 p.m.
New Life is a residential treatment facility for girls ages 11-17 who have severe emotional and behavioral problems.
A pair of Converse men allegedly caught stripping a vehicle Thursday night were jailed while three law enforcement agencies investigated auto thefts.
A spokesman for the Comal County Sheriff’s Department said Perry Kalogeromihalis, 23, and Israel R. Urdiales, 19, were arrested at 8 p.m.
Thursday while they allegedly were dismantling a car in the 18000 block of IH 35 N.
They were booked by members of the Sheriff’s Auto Theft Task Force, the Department of Public Safety Auto Theft Service and the Converse Police Department, the official said.
An investigation is continuing, and more arrests are pending, officials said.
► Van burglary
A computer was stolen in a van burglary sometime overnight Wednesday or Thursday.
New Braunfels police said someone got into a van parked at a motel in the 900 block of Interstate 35 North and took a computer, monitor, printer and cash worth $900.
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NEW BRAUNFELS HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX COMMITTEE — 7
p.m., Tuesday, conference room A, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
NEW BRAUNFELS INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT CORP. —
7 p.m., Thursday, New Braunfels Municipal Building, conference room A. 424 S. Casten Ave.
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
NEW BRAUNFELS— With the promise of much needed rainfall coming and going several times in the past few weeks and Edwards Aquifer levels continuing to decline, New Braunfels residents are asked to maintain their water conservation efforts.
Currently, New Braunfels Utilities water customers are observing Stage III water restrictions, a move that was initiated on May 15 by Mayor Stoney Williams when Edwards Aquifer levels fell below 650 feet.
“Our customers observe year-round conservation practices and also have the benefit of our surface water treatment plant which produces up to 8 million gallons of drinking water a day. This has enabled New Braunfels to reduce its demand on the Aquifer by 80 to 90 percent,” NBU Manager of Customer Relations & Communications Gretchen Reuwer said.
“Because of this, NBU requested — and received approval from the Edwards Aquifer Authority staff — to allow our customers to follow the New Braunfels Critical Period Management Plan.”
Stage III of the New Braunfels Critical Period Management Plan
allows NBU residential and business customers to use sprinklers two days a week according to the last numbers of their addresses.
• 0, I or 2 — Tuesdays and Saturdays
• 3 or 4 — Wednesdays and Saturdays
• 5 — Wednesdays and Sundays
• 6, 7, 8 or 9 — Thursdays and Sundays
Additional provisions of Stage III include:
• No landscape watering between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. except using a hand held or soaker hose, bucket or drip imgation system. This does not apply to reclaimed, reused or recycled water.
• No use of water to clean impervious surfaces (driveways, sidewalks, etc.).
• Restaurants serve water only on request.
• Swimming pools must use evaporation cover when not in active use.
• Vehicle washing at certified car wash facilities allowed any time. Vehicle washing at home allowed on watering days by address only before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. This must be on the lawn using a hand held hose with an automatic shutoff' nozzle and/or a bucket.
By Jennifer Rodriguez
Cibolo City Council reversed itself this w eek regarding rezoning of a 15-acre tract of land from residential to commercial.
After five weeks of debate, Cibolo council members sidestepped a path laden with legal bombs by voting to invalidate a July 25 decision to rezone the property.
Cibolo’s text on rezoning has had a lot of eyes running over it recently. Since the vote that changed the status of a piece of land that runs beside Farm-to-Market 1103 from residential to commercial property, several sets of eyes have scoured the pages line by line. Residents upset about the proposed zone change, council members and city employees who want to get procedure straight and the planning and zoning commission all have been reading the ordinance’s fine print.
“In looking over everything, it appears (city' council) failed to give notice to some people. The notice is critical to the zoning action.” city attorney Frank Porey said Tuesday.
At the heart of the problem was the city’s failure to inform everyone living within 200 feet of the property about the proposed zoning change.
Although the property’s owner, Frederick Schlather, sent a letter to his neighbors, a neighborhood group called Concerned Citizens of Cibolo said some residents were missed and outdated maps were used.
Suspicious of who their new neighbor could be, residents researched the potential developer and began knocking on doors to alert each other about the proposed zone change.
“The worst thing that any (legislative group) could do is even give the impression of wrongdoing,” city administrator Ken Roberts said. “With all of the laws on the books — open meetings and open records — that’s a citizen’s entitlement. It’s their right to be informed, and we have no right
to stand in the way of that. But they have a responsibility to tell the truth.”
The vote to void the zoning decision was a technical knockout for the citizens’ group, not an outright KO. If council had voted against the zoning attempt, then Schlather or whoever bought the land would have wait a year before trying again.
For now, the issue has been sent back to the drawing board, but Schlather already has promised Roberts he will try again.
In a June 14 letter to the planning and zoning committee, Schlather said he hired an engi
neering firm to assess his property for residential development.
“The assessment showed the property is virtually flat and could not be developed for high density housing due to the lack of proper drainage,” he wrote.
Then he found Eagle Construction and Environmental Services Inc., a company looking to buy property somewhere between Austin and San Antonio.
The company already has offices that sit on less than 2-acres of land in northwest San Antonio. Eagle vice president Marc Walraven said his company needed more room.
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