New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in two sections ■ Friday, January, 3 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
Vol 145, No 37Inside
St.iiii int isc IiBirthday wlihtt from tho Harold laltiaigl
The Afew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Gregory Hale (Saturday), Brenda McKennia (Saturday), Gary Weiehaar (Saturday), Judy Marks (Saturday), Nicole Martinez (Saturday), Janie Gonzales, Peter Bryan Kosaies (25 years), Royiene Reeves.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144.
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The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery Program for Comal County needs more drivers to transport ambulatory cancer patients to and from their treatments
For details, call Bob Peterson, coordinator, at 625-3262.Community Mood Drtvo on Sunday
Everyone is encouraged to make a New Year's resolution to participate regularly in blood drives to assure that blood is always available The first opportunity to keep that resolution" is at the Community Blood Drive sponsored by the First Protestant Church on Sunday The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be accepting donors from 8:30 a rn until 12:30 p m. at the Seele Parish House located on Coll Street.
The drive will be conducted in the basement in the Bormann Room,
For further information, call Charlene Nolte at 629-1000.MM-Tmm Symphony
Rehearsal for the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus will start Sunday in the chapel at Texas Lutheran University at 2 p.m. Scores will be provided.
lf you have any questions, please call Dr Fred Frueholz at (210) 625-6420Chuury breakfast bakli sarvad
A pancake breakfast sponsored by the McDonald’s at Interstate 35 and Highway 46 i6 set for 6 to 10:30 a rn Monday to help the Canyon High School cheerleaders raise money to go to a nation al competition in Orlando, Fla All the pancakes you can eat will be available for $3 Prizes will be awarded on the hour between 7 and 10 B rn.
City aims to curt) tower placement
By ABE LEVY
In an effort to regulate an expected rise in cellular tower construction, city officials plan to amend the zoning ordinance to minimize the placement of new antennae on residential areas.
City Planning Director Harry Bennett said about 12 towers currently exist inside city limits and he expects another eight this year largely because of the planned expansion of Interstate 35.
State officials plan to expand IH-35 from four to eight lanes through most of New Braunfels as carty as next fall.
As the highway widens, city planning officials expect an increase in tower construction along the way.
Bennett said one tower recently was constructed in a commercial zone inside city limits and one is planned in an industrial zone.
Current towers in New Braunfels average ISO feet.
New construction without proper regulation could create eyesores for
residents and tourists as they travel in the city, Bennett said.
The amendment’s only apply to construction of a tower and not the placement of antennae.
The proposal would require applicants who plan to build a new tower to provide documentation that the antcna could not be placed on an existing tower or a tall structure, such as a water tank or flag pole.
If a merger is not considered feasible, a new tower would be allowed in an industrial zoning district.
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The only other fallback would he to apply for a special-use penult, which would require a rezoning designation by the planning bomi and city council.
Rezoning designation requests require detailed information as to the proposed tower’s size, site plans and camouflage measures The proposed amendments are the subject of a hearing before the Planning and Zoning Board on Tuesday and likely will be scheduled for city council consideration at its regular meeting Jan. 13.
Three readings by Council are necessary for the amendments to be added to the current building ordinance.
“More and more people are using cell phones and pagers to stay in contact with each other," he said.
“The more users, the more towers you’ll need. That’s why we’re in a hurry to get this thing. We don’t need the skyline of New Braunfels inundated by a hunch of cell towers all over the place We need to be the caretakers of our city, especially for tourists coming in.”
Help may be available for area farmers
Loans could ease effects of drought
By DENISE DZIUK
Several local fanners experienced financial hardships as a result of the drought this summer, but relief might be available through emergency farm loans
(icralil Houy. an agriculture credit officer with the Farm Service Agency, said in October. Comal County was declared a disaster area because of the drought. He said depending on the farm size, fanners who suffered at least a IO percent loss, could be eligible to received an emergency farm loan The loans will pay up lo KO percent of the money lost or the operating loan needed to continue operations, whichever is less The interest for fanners unable to get credit pnvate lenders is 3.75 percent.
"The loans are limited to what we actually calculate their loss to he as a result of the drought,” said Houy. “It’s just a way to help fanners when it’s circumstances beyond their control"
Hquy said the f anner had to puffer the loss since June I, 1995. Houy said the loans apply to operations recognized as farms, and county committees will make the final determination if finns qualify.
"At the minimum size, it must he a farm recognized as a farm in the community and not lust a amil resident," Houy said. "It's pretty wide open on who can apply, and a county committee will determine it."
f o apply, Houy said farmers need to complete un application packet. The packets are available at the FSA office, 210 r Live Oak, RM 201 rn Seguin In addition to the application, farmers will also need to submit records of production for the previous five years and current financial records showing income and expenditures T he deadline to apply is June 24, 1997, but Houy said farmers should apply early.
"We have ample funding now," Houy said. "It may get a little tighter later...A delay in applying will also cause a backlog iii processing."
Dogs continue to be problem for ranchers
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SPRING UKANI ll Dogs who arc allowed to run rampant by their owners are still causing pioblcms lot ranchers iii western ( omal ( ounty, an animal control officer said.
Steve McKin, head off omal County Animal Control, said his department had a report of another dog attack on goats and sheep
Rancher Vance Kittimaiin said he lost 27 head of sheep and goats during the weekend from dog attacks Kitti-manii said ail of Oh: sltoep were nannies with babies or about to have babies.
“They (dogs) hit three different times," Kittimaiin said "Once tor the sheep, then for the 17 goats and then for our neighbor's six Spanish goat kids’’
Six big ewes and four lambs were included on the casualty list.
"Iii 12 years, we have lost a I,(HH) head of goats aud sheep," kittimaiin said
bach year McKm said the animal control office has had reports of eight to IO animal defamation cases
Hie attacks liave occurred offspring Branch and Kittimaiin Roads.
McKm said the problems arise when homeowners in the five subdivisions iii the area Whispering Hills, ( reek-wood, Sun Valley, Indian Hills and (.ake of Hills let their dogs roam the area without any supervision, especially ut night.
There is a county order which prohibits animals from roaming tree unless ihcy are linda direct supervision on the owner’s property liven though people may know of
the order, McKm said they still let their dogs loose believing they can get away with it.
“They figure aker 5 p.m., ‘Well, we will just let them run for a while ’ Unless they don’t show up the next morning, they won’t think of it," McKm said When tin: dogs are free to roam with reckless abandon, McKm said the results can he devastating "lf you take two or three dogs in a herd of HH) sheep, they will probably kill or injure flail of them,” McKm said "What die dogs .ire doing is playing with ti tem. the dogs run with them, play vs itll them and then the sheep can’t run because it is worn out I hen the dog just kills it
"Tile dogs aren’t feeding from them I hey are out there having fun."
McKm said traps, arsenic bait and snares are the three ways ranchers can st»»p tile dogs from bunning their sheep or goals Snares a/e a piece of small cable a quarter of a inch iii diameter placed under a fence When a dog stcjrs onto tins cable its head or feet are caught in it, making it unable to move "Ranchers have the right to destroy the dogs that are attacking their livestock because they are protecting tficir property,” McKin said. "Most of the dogs don’t have tags, so they can’t be returned "
But if a dog’s owner is found, they will pay the consequences, McKm said
"He (dog owner) is responsible brr all damages done to the sheep and goats, killed or injured," he said IX)g owners who don’t take respon-
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