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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas City planners say yes to Eckerd storeDecision reverses an earlier vote on zoning change By Bnx O’Connell Staff Writer New Braunfels city planners reversed themselves Tuesday as they decided to support the construction of a drug store at one of the city’s busiest intersections. The city’s planning and zoning commission voted 4-3 to recommend approval of a special use permit to allow an Eckerd drug store at the comer of South Walnut Avenue and Business 35. Tuesday’s vote reversed a Nov. IO decision to deny the request. The rezoning request will go before New Braunfels city council for final approval. It was unclear Tuesday night when council would vote on the Eckerd relocation. A developer for the proposed site changed the original plan by adding a cul-de-sac on an adjacent neighborhood street to deter traffic. Healso proposed giving some of the property to the city to facilitate a widening of South Walnut Avenue. “From a planner’s standpoint, this is not a bad idea,” city planning director Harry Bennett told commissioners. Eckerd officials planned to move operations from their current store in the Unicom Shopping Plaza on Business 35 West to a 1.7-acre tract of land, currently zoned for residential and commercial use. Members of the city planning commission approved the request after a contentious public hearing. Some commissioners disagreed about whether changes to How They Voted YBARRA: NO MCADA: NO LOVETT: YES BRADFUTE: YES DUNKS: YES DIERKSEN: YES MCCURLEY: NO the Eckerd proposal would ease traffic congestion at the South Walnut and Business 35 intersection. At least one commissioner said he was not convinced the new plan would improve traffic problems there or on nearby streets. “We’re trying to create a bandaid situation ... This is an absolute mess right now,” said Commissioner Mike Ybarra, who voted against the request for a special use permit. Other commissioners said they believed the plan would allow city officials to start planning for a widening of South Walnut Avenue from Business 35 all the way to West San Antonio Street. The 10-foot right-of-way Eckerd reportedly was willing to give to the city Mould make about 300 feet of the east side of South Walnut Avenue property available for widening. “You have to start somewhere,” Commissioner John Dierksen said before voting in favor of the Eckerd relocation. The latest revision to the Eckerd plan included a cul-de-sac to be built on South Sycamore Avenue next to the proposed site. Developers said they believed the cul-de-sac, which featured a 10-foot-wide landscaped barrier and See ECKERDT Along the trail TOM ERICKSON/Herakl-Zertung Members of the Greater Randolph Area Trail Riders make their way down Common Street Tuesday on their way to the Comal County Fairgrounds. The riders began their trip this past Saturday near Driftwood and will end it on Friday at the annual stock show and rodeo in San Antonio. Passing motorists slowed down to visit with the riders as they galloped into town.N EW <dti^JFELS -,627 E YONM't-L DR 0/22/99    l’t>Herald-Zeii OI Vol. 148, No. 54 18 pages in 2 sections February 3, 1999 J    a    *    r    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Wednesday Sac-N-Pac employees cash in on lotto cash By Heather Togo Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH — Good fortune might come to those who wait, but it apparently comes faster to those who work at Sac-N-Pac. Three employees of Sac-N-Pac No. 603 will have quite a few pennies to spend on a rainy day, thanks to a “bonus” they received Tuesday from Sac-N-Pac corporate offices. The Sac-N-Pac store, 14150 U.S. Highway 281, sold one of two win ning tickets for the $4 million Lotto Texas jackpot in November. In return for their diligent work selling lottery tickets, area residents Kent and Paula Gage and Shirley LaBounty will split half of a $20,000 bonus awarded to Sac-N-Pac Stores, Inc. by the Texas Lottery Commission. Sac-N-Pac corporate officers said Tuesday the other half the bonus money would be given to a charitable organization. See CASH/5A encouraged to sell quicklyHomeownersHazard mitigation team advises area flood victims on taking correct steps By Chris Crews Staff Writer Comal County residents hoping to sell their flood damaged properties to the government should start getting in line immediately. That was the message about 50 people heard Tuesday night as county and state officials met to discuss the hazard mitigation program that provides government money to purchase homes damaged by last year’s flood. Ed Klaus of the state hazard mitigation team said about $19 or $20 million would be available to purchase homes damaged by the Oct. 17 flood. The bad news was there would be competition from 42 municipal and county jurisdictions for that money with almost 2,400 damaged structures , Klaus said. Anyone with significant damage to their home could apply but priorities had been established, Klaus said. “People in the floodway have the best chance of experiencing another flood and would have the highest priority,” he said. The program provides for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to supply 75 percent of the cost for purchasing the properties with the county or city supplying the other 25 percent. The land would become property of either the city or county and could be turned into park land or public access to the Guadalupe and Comal rivers. County Engineer Tom Homseth said the county also would have to set priorities. “The total value of the homes (eligible for the program) may be $4 or $5 million and the city or county will have to provide 25 percent of that,” Homseth said. “They will have to set priorities on which properties would be bought out.” The commissioners’ court would approve the county’s participation in the program and decide how much money the county would provide. Each of the 42 jurisdictions requesting aid would submit their request to the state. The state would then prioritize the requests and submit their recommendation to FEMA. See MITIGAT10N/5A CHRIS CREWS/HeraM-Zeitung Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib WakJrip (left), watches as Ed Klaus, David Thompson and Jim Nieto of the state hazard mitigation unit speak on Tuesday night. HEATHER TOOO/Herakj-Zertung Rene McCoy (far left) of the Texas Lottery Commission joins Sac-N-Pac employees Paula Gage, Kent Gage, Harland Warren and Shirley LaBounty in celebrating their lottery bonus Tuesday. Also pictured is Lorraine Urey of UTECH, which runs the Texas Lottery. Doe, a deer: Garden Ridge deals with animal control By Heather Tooo Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE — Increased traffic accidents and destruction of private property have forced Garden Ridge residents to face an age-old battle of man against nature — or actually, man against deer. Many of the city’s residents are concerned about an increase in the deer population in and around Garden Ridge and its impact on public safety and residential property. An ad-hoc committee comprised of local residents is scheduled to present a recommendation outlining a deer control plan during a Garden Ridge city council meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Garden Ridge Municipal Building, 9357 Schoenthal Road. “Citizens are basically concerned about the growing deer population because what has come out of that outgrowth has beeman increased frequency of auto accidents >md complaints that deer have destroyed landscaping,” city administrator Mike (md said. The city began addressing the i^sue about six months ago, in response to a constant stream of citizen complaints. Several recommendations were made by city officials and community members Jan. 20 during a town hall meeting. Suggestions included curtailing the feeding of local deer either through voluntary efforts or a city ordinance, and possibly relocating the local deer population. Tim Lawyer, a biologist for the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, said an annual deer survey conducted by the agency showed an increasing deer population in an area north of Garden Ridge. The deer often headed south in search for food, Lawyer said. Castro said, “We’re surrounded by open areas on three sides and there is a lot of wild range land and ranch land in this area, so it is a growing concern.” A citizens deer control advisory committee was formed during the meeting as a response to public disagreement about deer control options.Inside Abby................................7A Business.............................SA Classifieds.....................5-8B Comics...............................8A Crossword..........................7A Forum.................................6A Local...................................4A Stammtisch........................3B Sports...........................9-10A Today................................2A Television...........................SA ;