New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ The only exits for Interstate 35 southbound traffic are Sofms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farm-to-Market Road 2252 in west Schertz.
■ Closed because of high flows on the Guadalupe River are Gruene Bridge and Rebecca Creek Road.
■ Over the weekend took for possible closures at Union Avenue and Garden Street because of the high number of tubers and tourists.
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The WORD story that appeared on Page 1A of Wednesday’s Herald-Zeitung did not jump to Page 2A. Because of a computer glitch and human error, the jump disappeared into Computer Never-Never Land We found it, however, and are running it in today's paper. For those who want to find out how it reafty ended, see Page 3A.
Early voting begins Monday for a constitutional amendment election to increase the amount of homestead exemptions when determining school taxes and the New Braunfels independent School District betted election. ■
Residents in the New Braunfels Independent School District are filling two at-large seed and the district 1 and 4 afetal Early voting runs through Aug. 5, with the election being held Aug 9. ■
Comal gets disaster designationImpact of flooding estimated $700,000
By DOME DZIUK
Herald-ZWtung photo by Michael Camail
Owner of Canyon Lake Marina Stave Kennedy power mantles some of the residue left by floods at Canyon Lake.
A day after the county judge asked the governor for federal assistance dealing with die aftermath of recent flooding, Comal County was included in the disaster declaration and residents are pow eligible for loans and grants.
County Judge Catter Casteel said she signed a letter to Gov. George W. Bush Tuesday requesting the declaration and assistance, and foxed it to the Federal Emergency Management Agency field office in San Antonio.
Just alter noon Wednesday, the county was included in the disaster area declaration.
“I’m happy for those citizens and that the county could do its part in
■ What*s available: Housing assistance, loans for homes and property, family and individual grants, loans for agriculture and small businesses, loans for unemployment and additional assistance from local, state and federal agencies
■ Where lo call: 1 -800-462-9029, or TTY 1 -800-462-7585
■ When to call: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week
■ What you’ll need: Social Security Number, address at the time of the flood, current address, information on damages, insurance pokey information and a current telephone number where you can be reached.
getting help for those people,” said Casteel.
In her letter, Casteel cited the damage caused by die rain-swollen river and creeks. She said 55 families and businesses were flooded, 14 families required temporary housing, 75 homes were without water, electricity or telephones for several days, 140 families were
water bound and public roads suffered minor damage.
County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann, who surveyed the damage, said the financial impact of the flood would be at least $700,000.
‘‘It’s going to be more than that because there were a lot more buildings and businesses that we didn't have dollar figures on,” said Will
mann. “We were pretty happy (to be included in the declaration.)” Comal County now joins 14 other counties declared eligible for assistance. Residents will now be able to get housing assistance, home and property loans, grants for agriculture and small business losses, loans for unemployment and assistance through other state, local and federal agencies.
Residents can also go to a disaster recovery center in Schertz or Bandera for help in rinding out how to access assistance.
Jo Moss, public information officer with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, said the center joins city, state and federal agencies ready to answer questions on a variety of topics, ranging from insurance, health and consumer issues. Residents can also get help
Turn to Disaster, Page 2A
Blaze erupts on Central
Cause of early morning fire under investigation
By DAW) DEKUNOER
Two women and their dog escaped a house fire this morning as it engulfed the porch and back part of their home in the IOO block of Central Avenue.
New Braunfels Fire Department personnel were called to the scene at about 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue and Main Street, battalion chief Wesiev Meyer said.
Meyer said an investigation will be conducted lo detmrune the cause of the blaze.
“This was 50 percent engulfed, only on the back portion of the structure,” Meyer said.
The back section of the house had an unusually thick w all, Meyer
said, hindering the firefighters* efforts.
“The back section was added on and there is a triple thickness wall,” die battalion chief said. “Instead of having two sections of board, we have three sections we have to take apart”
Firefighters foul to use power saws to cut through the metal roof in the house so that firefighters could get proper ventilation.
Meyer said he would have to survey the house to determine whether or not the fire damaged it completely.
At press tune the majority of die fire was extinguished, except for a snail part rn the back of the house, on which they were still working.
The identity of the occupants was not available at press time.
Above, firefighters use a K-12 poiagf seer lo cut through the roof to get to the attic area.
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Herald-Z**tung photos by Michael Darns!!CL man’s body found by friends
By CHRIS CREWS
The dead body of Allen Belch. 34. was found about IO p.m. Wednesday at his home in the Lakeview Park area south of Canyon Lake.
ShentFs office officials said the body was found by two friends who had not seen Belch for more than a week and went looking for him. They found the body in his mobile home in the 300 block of Spanish Oak and called the sheriff*s office.
The body was found by Pamela Richel and D. D. Matthews, two of his former co-workers at Frank's Supermarket in Canyon Lake.
“He was an outgoing and friendly person.” Richel said.
Officials are handling the case as a questionable death pending the results of an autops> to be performed today. Officials said the questionable death designation is used when an initial determination of death by homicide, accident or natural causes cannot be immediately made.
Justice of the Peace Howard Smith said the body had been decomposing for at least a week. He said the body w as found sitting down in the bathtub of his home wearing only a pair of pants. The shower, the bathroom tap and the television in the living area were running.
The body is scheduled to be shipped to Wadena, Mum., for burial after the autopsy is performed in Austin.New GBRA directors take seats Wednesday
SEGUIN — Pamela M. Hodges, Catherine R. “Kay” McHaney and Frederick S. “Fritz” Schlater were installed at Wednesday’s board meeting as directors of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, following their appointment* to six-year terms earlier this month by Governor George W. Bush, Jr
Hodges lives in Boerne and will be serving her first term representing Kendall County. She is replacing current director Warren P. “Pat” Kirksey of Caldwell County, who served two terms on the GBRA board.
“I am honored to have been given the opportunity to Turn to GBRA, Page2A
WORD establishes ad hoc committee to study fee tax issue
By DAVID DEKUNOER
SATTLER - The Water Onented Recreation District set up an ad hoc committee Wednesday to deal with a new state law. Senate Bill 199 would give WORD the power to levy a tax on initiation or membership foes of private cfobs which provide waler recreation equipment to their members.
The board decided to go that route after hearing faun member* of a Canyon Lake yacht club who were concerned that a proposed tex on membership or initiation foes would hurt them.
Board president Guy Anderson said there was a question whether Nautical Toys Boat Club,
which operates boats ami rents them to members at Cranes Mill Marina, has to pay a WORD tax on initiation and membership fees.
Because of those questions, an escrow account between the boat club and WORD had beat set up for the past few years into which Nautical Toys Boat Club has paid a portion of its membership and initiation fees.
The escrow account has more than $25,000 in it, WORD manager Jim Inman said.
He said before the legislation was passed the district had been awaiting a ruling on Nautical Toys Boat Club’s status from the state attorney general’s office.
Mary Krearin, commodore for the Lake Canyon
Yacht Club, said the legislation could hurt her non-profit organization.
Kressin said her yacht club’s members pay slip rental fees. Currently the club does not provide any boats for recreational activities, but if the club considers purchasing small boats for educational purposes they would be hit again.
“You went to get one organization and you got us,” Kressin said. “In addition to paying slip tees we would have to pay membership fees (if boats are purchased). We don’t like it at all. We don’t appreciate we didn’t know about it.”
Anderson said public hearings were held concerning charges WORD wanted in the legislation.
Kressin and club member Ruth Madorskv asked die board to see if it could include language which would exempt them. Board member Scott Watson said if WORD would have to be care till about considering such an exemption.
“lf we list an exemption for, say, a non-profit, then a lot of people will stay non-profit to get away from paying the fees,” Watson said.
Anderson said the board must make a decision by Sept. I, the day the legislation goes into effect The ad hoc committee, which includes two board members and Kressin and Madorsky, should have a recommendation by die meeting rn August Turn to WORD, Page 2A