New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas tor more than 145 years ■ Home of Dawn Leanna Schneider
Vol. 145, No 174
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jo4jr Bagley , Macy Ann Fa, Carolyn Howard and Dawn I^siw Sdatidar (It years)* Happy Anniversary wishes go to Haul and OdeHa Espinosa (25 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Normal seasonal high and low temperatures will prevail this afternoon and Wednesday. Highs will be in the mid-90s and lows will be in the mid-7Qs. Humidity will range from about 90 percent in the morning and to 40 percent in the afternoon. A mild wind will come from the south to southeast, ranging from 5 to 10 mph.
For those of us offended by the holding pattern our weather seems to be in, the National ‘ Weather Service teases us by predicting a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for Wednesday.
Work crews are continuing construction of additional lanes to Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and Schertz. That was the good news. The .not-so-good news is that the only exits for southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farm-to-Market Road 2252 in west Schertz.
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Gruene Bridge and Rebecca Creek Road are closed because of high flows of the Guadalupe River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from Canyon Dam to bring Canyon Lake to normal levels.
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Summer heat is dangerous for small children and pets. Make sure younger children have plenty to drink when they are out in the heat. When leaving your house for a while, make sure your pets have plenty to drink and shade to keep cool under.
The time to immunize your school and preschool children is now. For more information, cal! the Comal County health department at 620-5595.
wren temperatures leeching near IOO Monday afternoon, Vingta fioclrlgmi plays with her child Gerard a the wading cool in t Pack.
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City OKs holiday lighting bid
Three-year contract gets approval
By ABE LEVY
New Braunfels City Council unanimously approved a bid to a Syracuse, N.Y., company Monday to build and lease at least 38 lighting displays for a proposed holiday lights, drive-through event this Christmas.
The contract will be negotiated with Brandano's Displays, Inc., by the city manager in a plan to offer the lighted displays at Cypress Bend Park from the day after Wurstfest to around Jan. I, 1998.
Council also decided to earmark $20,000 in hotel occupancy tax revenue
Christmas in July
■ Brandano’s Displays Inc. of Syracuse, N.Y., got the contract for displays at Cypress Bend Park.
■ Council earmarked $20,000 in hotel occupancy tax revenue.
■ The three-year contract will not cost more than $150,000, officials said.
■ The displays will shine from the day after WGrstfest to Jan. 1.
that it set aside this past year for special events.
The contract is for three years and will not cost more than a total of $150,000. officials said.
Marion mulls mobile home regs
By DAVID DEKUNOER
MARION — Marion City Council Monday night tabled a proposed mobile home ordinance so that it could be fine tuned.
The proposed ordinance would ban mobile homes built before June 15. 1976, from being placed within the city limits of Marion. Manufactured homes ami HUD-codc manufactured homes, constructed according tm regulations set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, built after June 1976 would be allowed in the city.
The ordinance would require all mobile and manufactured homes be skirted. The ordinance specifies what type of framework the mobile homes may have and requires them to be anchored. The storage of manufactured homes would be prohibited in the proposed ordinance.
Mobile homes built before June 1976 that already are in the city would be grandfathered under the ordinance. Councilman Jimmy Schulz said. Six months after the ordinance goes into effect, owners of all mobile homes, including the grandfathered ones," would have six months to be properly skirted.
Hr said an ordinance governing mobile homes was needed.
“We are trying to protect the city from inferior type of housing coming into the city limits,” Schulz said “What we are trying to do is eliminate the possibility of old mobile homes coming into town.”
Hi Id said Marion has had a problem with eyesore mobile homes.
“Souk were crammed in side by side. It is a safety issue,” Mayor Glenn Hild said. “It is something we had not addressed; it is long overdue.”
Under the proposed ordinance, all manufactured homes must be installed no closer than IO feet to any property line nor closer than 25 feet to the property line adjoining a public street. Also, thor would be only one home allowed per lot and each would be required to have a separate waler and sewer connection.
The lot size for the manufactured homes has not been determined yet. The mayor and Schulz said they will work to come up with a lot size by the July 28 meeting, they said.
Hild said he wanted to look into another clause in the ordinance that would give the council the power to review an application and approve it 45 days after it had been received.
“Do we want the city council to get involved in the application or have the city inspector?*’ Hild said.
He said council would consider the ordinance at its meeting on July 28.
Also Monday, council approved the lease contract with the Marion Youth Organization with provisions for the softball field the organization built on city property an Otto Street.
Fire causes minor damage
A firefighter douiss t problem apot of a amen Net te Oakwood Interstate 35 North. A few of the roome were evacuated and no one wee believed to have been electrical.
H«ra*d-Z*rtung photo by Michael Darnail
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“I think it’s going to be very successful, mainly because this community is really functional,” said John Brandano, the company owner, who attended Monday’s council meeting. “The risk is how much work there is to do. We’re going to have to roll up our sleeves and get the word out.”
Brandano said his company would market the display event in connection with other Christmas events in New Braunfels.
Some of the displays would reflect local icons, a Texas theme and general Christmas themes such as Santa Claus, official said. Admission would cost a proposed $7 for each car.
The city is projecting that 30,000 cars will pass through the displays for a total revenue of $210,000 and a profit of $30,000 in the project’s first year.
Citizens cry out for tree rules
Residents address council at meeting
By ABE LEVY
A handful of citizens upset with the recent filling of an old oak tree on land on where Albertson’s is building a grocery store told New Braunfels City Council Monday that a comprehensive tree ordinance was needed to regulate development.
The tree was estimated to be older than 150 years and was located at Wood Road and Walnut Avenue near Oakwood Tire Center.
“I am not here to say what type of tree ordinance should be considered,” said Fred Willard, a local doctor who lives on Laurel Lane near the construction site. “I encourage you as a city council to look into some sort of protecnon for our green areas. Something has to be done before it’s an asphalt desert ” Eight people spoke to council Monday in support of drafting an ordinance to regulate tree and landscape development during the citizens communication period of the meeting, a time to discuss items not on the published agenda.
Calling herself the ‘Tree Lady,” Dolores Schumann said it was a tragedy that the oak tree and others were disappearing in New Braunfels.
“We’re asking that trees be preserved correctly,” said Schumann, a member of the Guada Coma Garden Club. “No matter what the building looks like, without landscaping, the store is not an inviting area.” Mayor Jan Kennady said she agreed that the issue warranted further study and suggested a committee be formed during the next council meeting that would include concerned citizens and developers Willard and other concerned citizens said Turn to attent, Page 2A
Wet weather brings mosquitoes out to bite
They’re breeding in your back yard
By DENISE DZIUK
Heading outdoors for a barbecue could mean a battle against hundreds of ravaging mosquitoes, and their home could be as close as your dog’s water dish.
Key Vaughn, chief of institutional sanitation and vector control branches for Texas Department of Health, said wet, mild summers, such as this area has experienced so far, usually resulted rn an increase in mosquito problems.
Vaughn said he received calls related to mosquito control throughout the state, including the Austin, San Antonio and New Braunfels area.
The problem could stem from recent rains, Vaughn said, explaining that standing water could be a haven
TIm key to it around your house and home is to change out the water rn see A lot of mosquitoes bothering people ars breeding right there in their back
— Key Vaughn Texas Department of Health
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tor breeding mosquitoes, depending on the type of insect. One kind, a pasture mosquito, breeds in small holes in pastures and waits for big rains to flood the area.
Another type breeds un small areas with standing water, such as cans, bottles, water dishes, potted plants, old tires or clogged rain gutters.
“That’s the type that we are having the most problem with right now in the Austin area, and pretty much all over,” he said. “It doesn’t take much * water for mosquitoes to crank out enough to be a problem.”
Comal County Engineer Tom Homseth said the county received a complaint from a resident in the York Creek area who said a creek was creating a mosquito problem. He told county commissioners recently that the county was limited in where it can apply pesticides, and any mosquito control efforts would not eliminate breeding grounds on private property.
“For a lot of mosquitoes, (the smaller areas) are the preferred spot for breeding,” he said. “One of the main problems is that we’re limited to public right of ways.”
Since he had reported to commissioners on what could be done, Homseth said he was waiting for a Turn to Motquftoos, Page 2ANew Braunfels stands to gain by handling curbside recycling program — Page 4A