New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2004
SPORTS TAKING CONTROL
Smithson Valley Rangers boys soccer team takes over district lead after game to unseat rival East Central. Page SA
Students' 10 months of work culminates in the annual Junior Livestock Show, which gets under way today. Page IB
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Vol. 153, No. 91 12 pages, 2 sections
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Cause of blaze that destroyed home unknown
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE—A fire of unknown origin heavily damaged a Canyon Lake home Tltesday evening.
Neighbors said Mike Woodward owned the home, located on Watts Lane outside Startzville. He was not home at the time of the 5:30 p.m. fire.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Capt. Rick Hazel said firefighters arrived at the scene to find the top of the two-story home fully in flames.
“The whole living quarters were involved,” Hazel said.
Firefighters turned hoses on the house, and a team went inside to try to slow the spread of the flames and check for residents.
“There was no indication that anyone was home," Hazel said.
Fire Capt. Danny Ray called the firefighting effort “a good knockdown,” considering the steep terrain in the
yard and the extent of the fire when Canyon Lake and Spring Branch firefighters arrived.
"There was a big hall of fire upstairs,” Ray said.
Comal County Fire Marshal fin Manford said Tliesday night he and investigator Wayne Ellington hadn’t begun their work and didn’t know what had caused the fire.
“We’ll be back here tomorrow morning," Manford said. “Right now, we’re still trying to contact the owner.”
Manford said having to find the owner hampered the investigation because it slowed his work.
“You don’t have to give your whole life history, but finding a neighbor or someone you trust and giving them your pager number or cell phone or some other way to reach you when you’re away is a pretty good idea,” Manford said.
p serious public ' health threat exists for adults and children living (in) and visit-. ing Tamiga Acres.,‘Astronomical health hazard’
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
(Above) Tamiga Acres resident Ralph Edge angrily confronts Comal County Environmental Enforcement employee David Young after being handed a notice that he and the other residents of the mobile home park have until March 26 to find another place to live. (Below) A portable toilet sits feet away from the front door of a travel trailer at the Tamiga Acres mobile home park off Texas 46 West. Health risks from faulty or insufficient sewer systems caused the county to investigate the property.
Canyon Lake Fire and EMS personnel work to extinguish a blaze that destroyed a Watts Lane home Tuesday evening.
New rules tell trains to pipe down in cities
By Scott Mahon
Residents caused a cacophony over train horns at Monday night’s New Braunfels City Council meeting.
But some officials said the discussion about new Federal Railroad Administration regulations allowing cities to create “train crossing quiet zones” was premature.
“People thought we were going to vote on something that would make the city quiet,” said Mayor Adam Cork.
City Manager Chuck Pinto said he raised the issue so council could take advantage of the new regulations.
“The buzzword is train horn," Pinto said. “When you talk about trains, people get excited, and all kinds of assumptions are made. But it is important to us, and Mon
day night’s discussion was just a small part in preparing us to be in the right place at the right time. I put the item on the agenda as an update, but it created quite a stir.”
Pinto said the regulations were still under review and will not become effective until Dec. 18,2004.
“There are two things in the new regulations,” he said. “One, trains will have to reduce the noise level by sounding their horns a shorter distance, and lowering the decibel level. Tlvo, the regulations will allow us to create quiet zones.”
Pinto said improving railroad crossings for quiet zones would include full crossing arms on either side, barriers or photo technology for enforcement, and federal
See TRAINS. Page 3A
CISD to steer clear of water fight
Tamiga Acres Mobile Horne Park residents evicted ■§ _ e
T he Texas Commission on Environmental Quality granted the City of Bulverde a permit to supply water to Bulverde Elementary, Rahe Primary, Adon Seay Intermediate, Bill Brown Elementary and Smithson Valley I Ugh schools.
“According to TCEQ, they’re the only ones that can provide the district with water,” Linnartz said.
But BexarMet has water lines in the area near (TSI) schools and would like to serve CISD schools, he said.
linnartz recommended die district hire legal counsel for advice on the issue.
See CISD. Page 3A
County evicts mobile home park tenants
By Dylan Jim6nez
As public and private entities battle over the right to supply water to the Bulverde area, Comal Independent School District officials want to stay out of it.
Still, trustees are considering hiring legal representation in case Bulverde area schools need water in the future.
The (Tty of Bulverde and Bexar Metropolitan Water District are fighting in the courts over the right to provide water to parts of Comal County.
“Most of our schools in that area are dependent upon ground water from wells,” said Roy Linnartz, CISD special
By Ron Malonoy
BULVERDE — Citing failing sewage systems, Comal County officials Tuesday informed about 50 mobile home park tenants they will have to move out — in 30 days.
Officials estimate that 200 or more people could be affected by the order.
Investigators with District Attorney Dib Waldrip’s environmental enforcement division posted public health direat notices and passed out letters at T amiga Acres mobile home park, located just west of Smithson Valley I Ugh School oft Texas 46 telling the tenants they had to move.
The action came after an investigation into conditions at the park, which sits on about 20 acres of hilly land across Texas 46 from Mitchell Drive. It is owned
When it rains...
... it pours. Residents collect rainwater instead of relying on wells or municipal water systems.
by the Tessye Maurer family. Maurer’s son, Michael, successfully led the fight against the confirmation of the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District three years ago.
Infractions included failing septic tanks and broken or disconnected plastic sewage pipes that allowed raw sewage from old camper trailers, RVs and mobile homes to run out onto the rocky ground.
Waldrip said the county has been aware of ongoing problems at the park for some time — including too many mobile homes being piped into too few or inadequate septic systems.
"We’ve basically been trying for two or three years to simply get the landowner to comply with state and federal regulations,” Waldrip said. “They’ve been cited in the past in regard to their public
See NIALTN HAZARD, Page 3A
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