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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas BE8T AVAUlBUfc COPt tMMMtMVNtMK V !«*<!*WvmvjM«R.s.i' '. N EW < lister^ N F E LS ■>(vrv;> no 09 10/22/00 SO ~WE' ST MI CRO PU Bl. I SHING .....,~ V* (*'1 kl tm:: I ! HPHerald-Zeitung —   ; : ........ IVol. 149, No. 12    44    pages    in    5    sections    December    5,    1999    Sunday    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    $1.00 Flood victims called before building standards panel By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer Two flood victims will face the Building Standards Commission Monday about their flood-damaged properties that have gone untouched during the past year. At a recent meeting, New Braunfels City Council considered extending deadlines given to property owners affected by October 1998’s flood but took no action on the item. Five homeowners were targeted with letters from the city giving them one year Meeting ■ WHAT: Building Standards Commission meeting ■ WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Monday ■ WHERE: City’s municipal building, 424 S. Casten Ave. — or until the anniversary of the Oct. 17, 1998, flood — to rebuild, sell or demolish their flood-damaged homes. “That’s less than one-half of I percent of the flood victims,” city manager Mike Shands said. Two of the five homeowners have not complied, he said. The commission will have public hearings for both the Dixon family, who owns 1493 Sleepy Hollow, and the Sparkman family, who owns 245 Rio Drive. After the hearings, the commission will decide whether action will be taken. The commission could vote to demolish a damaged structure at the owner’s expense, but that probably won’t happen Monday, city attorney Floyd Akers said. “The property on Sleepy Hollow probably just needs to be boarded up and weeds mowed, as far as the building standards commission is concerned,” he said. “We’ll probably be happy with that." New Braunfels resident Leonard Dixon, who lived at 1493 Sleepy Hollow when the 1998 flood struck, said 16 feet of water went through his home, knocking its worth from $121,000 to $31,000. See FLOOD/9 A Wassail this about WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Brenda Freeman of New Braunfels and Dan Chapman of San Antonio take a sip of wassail served at Johnson Furniture, 283 S. Seguin Ave., during Wassailfest Friday night. Thousands filled the streets of downtown Friday night for the seventh annual Wassailfest. Revelers sampled 50 different kinds of the beverage, whose name means ‘lo your health.” Compassion Care Inc., 489 Main Plaza, made the most popular wassail, with this past year’s winner, Johnson Furniture, coming in second. Third place went to The Scooter Store, 277 W. San Antonio St. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Above: Choir members from New Braunfels Middle and OakRun schools perform Christmas carols under the direction of Ryan Van Amtwerp in front of Gallagher Real Estate Inc. Right: Mariachi Ecos de America perform in Main Plaza. Inside ► UT can’t hang on Nebraska and its fierce defense herded the Texas Longhorns in a 22-6 win Saturday in the Alamodome. Nebraska captured the Big 12 title as the Longhorns struggled./! B Weather Comal launches new bus schedule School bell schedules also changing this week By Heather Todd Staff Writer School start and end times and bus schedules in Comal school district will change beginning Monday. Effective Monday, all elementary schools, except Frazier Elementary, will begin at 8 a m. and end at 3 p.m. Secondary schools in CISD, including middle and high schools, will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Frazier Elementary will start at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m. because of bus scheduling and traffic. Most elementary schools JONAS    in    CISD    previously started at 7:55 a.m. or 7:45 a.m. and ended about 3 p.m. or 2:45 p.m. Secondary schools previously started at 8:25 or 8:30 a.m. and got out at 3:30 p.m. or 3:45 p.m. School officials said the changes would improve efficiency in the transportation system and allow some students to get home sooner. Parents of children who ride buses should have received specific pick-up and drop off information during the last week of November, officials said. Parents can contact the central administration office at 625-8081 or their children's schools to get information. The new bus schedules are part of a plan to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the transportation system. Trustee Lester W. Jonas, who developed the plan, said the new bus schedules also would allow elementary and secondary schools to have consistent start and end times. The new transportation system initially was approved by the trustees on July 28. It allows each geographical area to have separate buses for secondary and elementary schools, w hich eliminates the need for double routes in most areas. Ken Franklin, director of transportation for CISD, said, "The new system also will allow us to get secondary students home earlier in the afternoon." Previously, bus drivers had to transport elementary students to and from school before picking up secondary students. Jonas said many secondary students often waited at school and did not get home from school until after 5 p.m. because buses were running other routes. The changes to school start and end times and bus routes were scheduled to become effective at the beginning of the spring semester. Franklin said the district would implementing the new schedules two weeks before the winter holidays to allow the “kinks” to be worked out before the second semester starts on Jan. 4. ► Wanted: St Nick Have you seen this man? Witnesses reported seeing him around New Braunfels Saturday night, and reports are he will be making an appearance today at the Sophienburg Musem and Archives./! C, 9A After a warm Wassailfest on Friday, look for things to cool off today and early this week. For the complete forecast, see Page 2A. NB gets discount at light display Tuesday Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................5B-6B Classified................................MOD Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies..........................................2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today............................................2    A Television............................Montage Kty cod#77 City residents can drive through for $2 By Peri Stone-Palmquist I    Staff    Writer New Braunfels residents will be admitted for a reduced price Tuesday at the city’s third annual drive-through light display. Instead of paying $7 a carload, New Braunfels residents with proof of residency can go through the Holiday River of Lights for $2 a carload. “This is meant to be an early Christmas present for residents to see their Christmas lights at a discount rate,” Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, said. This past year, the city sponsored a free night for New Braunfels residents. “Last year it was free. It was a gift after the flood,” Ferguson said. “This year it’s still a gift, but we decided to charge a nominal fee.” The 52-day light display opened in Cypress Bend Park on Nov. 12, and at least 2,000 vehicles have passed through since then, Ferguson said. “Crowds have been steady,” he said. “We’re heading into the busy time.” He said the number of vehicles was See LIGHTS/9A River of Lights ■ WHAT: Holiday River of Lights ■ WHEN: through Jan 2 ■ HOURS: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays including Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve ■ WHERE: Cypress Bend Park on Peace Avenue at Common Street ■ TICKETS: Admission is $2 a carload Tuesday for New Braunfels residents with proof of residency. Admission is normally $7 a carload. ► Spirit of sharing Students in New Braunfels and Comal school districts are collecting canned goods to share with needy families and veterans our area. Find out how you can help them make a difference ./4A in ;