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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas New PPC i PlHerald-Zei ca Q 0 3 I L _________-    —_____________-. .......................................................................Vol. 149, No. IO 18 pages in 2 sections December 2, 1999    I    URS    DAV    SCrVi"g    C°mal    CountV    since    1852    50    cents Subdivision stakes claim northwest of Canyon Lake By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Developers are planning an almost 7,000-acre, single-family subdivision at the northwest comer of Canyon Lake. Bluegreen Southwest Land, Inc. closed on the property in October, and is in the process of developing a master plan for the yet unnamed subdivision, said Jack Dean, regional manager for Blue-green Southwest Land, Inc. The subdivision will be on both sides of Farm-to-Market Road 306 near North Cranes Mill Road, and will include significant lake-front property. “We are just in the preliminary planning stages for the subdivision,” Dean said. “We should have more information available by mid-Janu-ary. Developers have not finalized the number or size of the lots, or the amenities that will be included in the subdivision, Dean said. Water for residents of the subdivision will be provided, in part, by a new Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation treated surface water plant that will be on the north side of Canyon Lake next to the proposed subdivision, CLWSC general manager Dale Yates said. The $2 million water treatment plant and storage tanks are planned to provide up to 6 million gallons of water per day to CLWS customers. The north side plant will be completed in three phases — with each package unit providing up to 2 million gallons of water per day. The first unit of the treatment plant is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2000, Yates said. In addition, a $1 million, 10-mile pipeline will be built that will run along F.M. 306 to U.S. 281 and the Lake of the Hills/ Deer River subdivision area. Developers of the new subdivision are paying for water capacity service for up to I million gallons per day from the new pipeline. The majority of construction and infrastructure costs of the pipeline will be paid for by the developer, Yates said. “Customers’ water rates will not increase as a result of this subdivision,” Yates said. The new treatment plant will not run at full capacity, and will be used in conjunction with groundwater wells on the Trinity Aquifer. The Comal Independent School District also is in current negotiations with Bluegreen Southwest Land, Inc. about the possibility of buying a school tract in the development, said Roy Lin-nartz, CISD part-time administrator. “Things look real good at this point,” Linnartz said. “We are just ironing out the kinks to work with the county and Bluegreen as far as access roads and traff ic around the school.” The proposed school will be a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school that will serve about 800 students in the new subdivision as well as subdivisions to the east and south of the development, he said. What’s Up • The developer is Bluegreen Southwest Land Inc. • A master plan for the project is in the works. • Water will be provided by Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation. Kelsey’s days Kelsey Doege, 8, was a normal, happy child until this past May. With no warning, she came home unusually tired one day, and later slipped into a coma and awoke unable to speak. She now batties brain cancer. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Kelsey Doege relies on her mom Kim to help her walk (top photo) and to watch over her as she sleeps (above). By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer SEGUIN — Eight-year-old Kelsey Doege showed no warning signs of the debilitating cancer that attacked her brain in May. She was a typical little girl, participating in gymnastics and a cheerleading class, riding her bike and bouncing on her family’s trampoline in the back yard. And then one day, she came home from school so exhausted that she fell asleep at 4 p.m. and her parents couldn’t wake her, even 17 hours later. Kelsey slipped into a coma and woke up several days later a different person. “She was a lot like a stroke victim,” said Kelsey’s mother, Kim Doege (pronounced Day-ge). Kelsey couldn’t speak or use the right side of her body. She limped when she walked and suffered violent seizures. Doctors didn’t discover the cause of her condition until July when a biopsy — prompted when the swelling in Kelsey’s brain changed appearance — showed a brain tumor called astrocytoma. According to officials with the department of neurosurgery at the Uni-See KELSEY/5A Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la- Red Cross offers families advice for Y2K preparations By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Residents who are suffering from Y2K-related anxiety should follow advice given by the American Red Cross: Be prepared— but by all means, do not panic. Although most experts are predicting the year 2000 will come and go with only a few minor glitches, residents should be educated and ready for any event that might cause a community disruption, Red Cross off icials said. “Texans should prepare for year 2000 like they would for any other potential disaster,” said Claudia Codilla, public relations coor- " We have fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods — pretty much everything hut earthquakes. All residents should have disaster supply kits ready”Claudia Condina American Red Cross dinator for American Red Cross of Central Texas. “We live in the most disaster-prone state,” Codilla said. “We have fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods — pretty much everything but earthquakes. All residents should have disaster supply kits ready.” Disaster supply kits should include items such as extra flashlights, batteries, nonperishable foods and prescription medications, she said. Emergency supplies should be stocked to last for several days up to a week. Red Cross has been preparing for Y2K for more than a year and a half and was one of the first organizations to distribute a brochure to help residents respond safely to potential Y2K disruptions, Codina said. “We get a lot of phone calls from people asking us if we are going to be there to help them if anything happens,” she said. The Red Cross Disaster Operation Center will be up and running throughout the New Year to help people cope with any disasters or emergencies. Red Cross also has been working closely with city, county and state emergency off icials to get ready for Y2K. Dwyer Stringer, Y2K coordinator for Comal County, said the best thing residents can do is not wait until the last minute to prepare for potential New Year’s Day disruptions. Y2K family safety tips from the American Red Cross include: • Check with manufacturers of any essen-See Y2K/5A Inside Archives Anonymous... 7A Classifieds.................... 5-8R Comics......................... BA Crossword.................... 7A Forum........................... BA Local/Metro.................. 4A Movies.......................... , 7A Obituaries..................... TA Sports........................... 1-3R Today........................... PA Television..................... BA www.herald-zeitung corn Key code 76 la The Smithson Valley Middle School girls’ choir sings Wednesday at the Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting held at the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung FM725 could be open by next week By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer MCQUEENEY — Farm-to-Market Road 725 could be open as early as Wednesday. The road, the major thoroughfare through McQueeney, has been closed since Nov. 5 after a garbage truck hit and damaged a Union Pacific Railroad bridge. The closed road has meant a 20-minute detour to Farm-to-Market Road 1044 and lost revenue for many businesses, who say the detour steers away potential customers who normally drive right by. TxDOT Segiun area engineer Frank Holzmann said the highway department opted against opening FM 725. Currently, Union Pacific uses temporary supports under the bridge and has continued to run trains across the tracks. The supports obstruct one lane of traffic, leaving a 25-foot space open from the supports to a side guardrail, including the road’s shoulder. This is just enough room for two lanes of traffic to pass by at a slow speed, residents said. But Holzmann said highway officials did not have enough distance to transition lanes properly. “You need 400 to 600 feet to transition,” he said. But not even 400 feet was available, he said, because of buildings near the road. This little space for transition could cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle, he said. UP started working on the bridge Tuesday, he said. UP plans on replacing the beam on Monday and cleaning up the site Tuesday. “We hope to have the road open again Wednesday or Thursday,” he said. Accident victim dies; officials consider manslaughter charges From staff reports Intoxication manslaughter chaiges might be filed against a 25-year-old woman involved in an Oct. 3 accident on Farm-to-Market Road 2722. Leticia Perez, 51, of New Braunfels, died Nov. 28 as a result of injuries she received in the accident. Texas Department of Public Safety officials were considering filing an intoxication assault charge against the 25-year-old woman. As of press time Wednesday, the Herald- Zeitung could not confirm whether those charges were filed. The woman allegedly was driving on the wrong side of F.M. 2722 about 1:06 a.m. on Oct. 3 when she collided with a van driven by 53-year-old Gonzalo Perez. Leticia Perez suffered the most serious injuries in the accident. She was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Perez was released from BAMC shortly after Thanksgiving and transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation before she died. ;