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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas ► Babies on parade V Meet Isabelle Hamilton Haugh and other New Braunfels babies bom in 1998 in our annual Babies on Parade section./ INSIDE ► Tango! It’s exotic, it’s passionate and it’s in New Braunfels — it’s the tango. See Lifestyle to find out who’s taking lessons, who’s teaching them and why./1B Weather Rain re-enters the forecast for early in the week while today is expected to be mild and tonight cold. See Page 2A for the complete forecast. Residents, cops disagree about traffic concerns in Summerwood By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer Some homeowners in the Summer-wood subdivision in New Braunfels want city officials to stop “racetrack” conditions on one local street. Neighborhood residents said the 30 mile per hour speed limit, when observed by motorists traveling Summerwood Drive, was too fast to safely negotiate the steep, winding street. “The squirrels can’t even move fast enough to get away from them (motorists),” said Dan Mathis, a resident of the 600 block of Summerwood Drive in north New Braunfels. A longtime resident of the street, Mathis said he and some of his neighbors tried since 1997 to get the city to slow traffic in the subdivision. Mayor Jan Kennady said Saturday 'die had not been informed about ..reports of speeding in the Summerwood subdivision. “Nobody has called me,” Kennady said. Based on residents’ complaints, Kennady said she believed public safety problems related to unsafe driving conditions could be found at Summerwood. “It sounds like we have a real safety concern,” she said. A generational mix of residents in Summerwood left young children and the elderly at risk, Mathis said. “I’m getting tired of it. Someone k going to get hurt or someone’s going to See SUMMERWOOD/3A ROBIN COR NETT/Herald-Zertung Don Brooks and some of his neighbors display one of two signs bought to encourage motorists to slow down in their neighborhood. Cops: Summerwood no worse than other areas By Chris Crews Staff Writer New Braunfels law enforcement officials said traffic problems in Summerwood subdivision were no worse than other areas of New Braunfels. In fact, they said traffic problems there probably were fewer than in other parts of town, such as the main thoroughfares of Walnut Avenue, Seguin Avenue and Common Street. “Every street in this city occasionally has a speeder on it,” New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommack said. See COPS/3A County OKs lodge tax hike By Chris Crews Staff Writer Comal County commissioners’ court Friday approved the plan of the Water Oriented Recreation District to raise user taxes for the upcoming summer season. The tax on campgrounds was raised from 2.5 percent to 5 percent, water recreation (tubes, rafts, etc.) from 4.5 to 5 percent and motels and lodging from 2 to 4 percent. Friday’s action came three weeks after the court vetoed the measure and asked WORD to reconsider its increase on lodging. The rates adopted Friday were identical to those considered three weeks ago. WORD General Manager Jim Inman said the new tax rates would become effective Monday. County Judge Danny Scheel and commissioners Moe Schwab, Jack Dawson and Jay Minikin all voted in favor of the proposal. Commissioner Cristina Zamora was not present. The increase in taxes was intended to provide funds for security on the Guadalupe River this summer. WORD has pledged more than $ 150,000 toward river security. WORD Board President Bill Mayo said he was glad the court approved the increases. “Don’t give me the bills to pay (for river security) if you are not going to give me the means to pay them,” Mayo said. Before Friday^ meeting, Bridget McDougall of Scenic River Properties sent a message via fax to the court. McDougall had spoken at earlier meetings and claimed the additional 2 percent tax on lodging would hurt business. In the message, McDougall said she was grateful for her opportunities to present her views on the subject. She asked the court to reconsider the hike in lodging taxes next year if the money was not needed. Minikin said his earlier opposition to the increase was based on McDougall’s remarks. The court and WORD are working on legislative initiatives to pay for river security in the future. MAYON BW jkUliiNFELS EL PRSC), TX 79903Herald-ZeitungVol. 148, No. 52    46    pages    in    3    sections    January    31,    1999    /"'I    _    __    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    $1.00 Sunday Plea for slowdown Big Buck Keith Warren gets ready to speak to hunters during the 1999 Comal County Big Buck -Contest awards banquet Saturday at the Comal County Fairgrounds. The con- * test was sponsored by Granzin’s Meat Market, Doc’s Guns, Schwab's Sausage Haus, Comal Taxidermy, The Hunting Camp and the Herald-Zeitung. ROBIN CORNETT/HerakJ-Zettung Inside ► Play tough See Sports to find out how your favorite basketball team fared in the fierce competition of district playV 9A Ingrain hearing moves to Austin From Staff Reports Ingram Readymix Company’s official hearing to gain authorization for the construction of a new concrete batch plant in Bulverde is expected to end Monday. The hearing is set to reconvene at 9 a.m. at the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, 1700 N. Congress Ave. in Austin. The hearing, conducted by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, started last week in Bulverde and was requested by Citizens League for Environmental Action Now and Comal Independent School District patrons to determine the proposed plant’s impact on air quality and water availability. Index Abby................................. .......2B Business...................... ......8 A Classified.......................... ..5-14B Crossword........................ .......2B Forum............................... .......6A Local................................. .......4A Obits................................. .......3A Sports............................... ..9-12A Today................................ .......2A Television........................Montage Planning By Bill O'Connell Staff Writer New Braunfels city officials are set to help shape a document that will be used to manage population growth, spur economic development and manage city resources for the next 20 years. A draft of the proposed comprehensive plan for the city of New Braunfels will be received Tuesday by the planning commission. At least two public hearings will be conducted before theMeeting ■ What: Planning Commission meeting ■ When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday ■ Where: New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 South Casten Ave. plan can be adopted as city policy. The city hired Wilbur Smith Associates, a national consulting firm, to create the comprehensive plan. New Braunfels residents were invited to help create the document. Residents were grouped into subcommittees this past year and asked to make recommendations to customize the plan for use by city officials. Some subcommittee members recently expressed frustration that input was altered during the writing of the current draft. Mike McAnelly, project man ager for the plan being devel for New Braunfels, said sub-committee members often raised oof cems when their recommendations did not appear verbatim in the final draft of the plan. Combining recommendations from nine different sub-committees’ reports often led to “inconsistencies" between what was submitted by a subcommittee and what the consultant actually wrote. “Consolidating (sub-committees’ recommendations) leads to the biggest inconsistencies,” McAnelly said after a recent meeting of the comprehensive plan steering committee. Some sub-committee members raised concern about differences between what they recommended to the consultant and what appeared in the draft plan. “I was prepared for more,” McAnelly said. City planners were expected to schedule a public hearing for Feb. 16. Another public hearing will take place later before council can adopt the plan. ——- - HHH ;