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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPT New Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today. Well users with addresses ending in 8 or 9 can water today between midnight and 10 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnight *Herald UNG 1  —— - Vol. 149 No. 184    16    pages    in    2    sections    July    28,    2000 Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Brookshire loses battle with city By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Brookshire Homes lost its battle Thursday night before New Braunfels’ zoning board of adjustment. The board upheld the city’s decision to revoke and deny building permits for homes Brookshire is building in the Meadow Creek subdivision. Hie subdivision is off Pah-meyer Drive in southwest New Braunfels. David Earl, attorney for Brookshire Homes, asked the board to allow Brookshire to continue building the homes but with restrictions. He said the board could require that the homes at the front of the Meadow Creek subdivision, nearest the neighboring subdivision, to be bricked or Brookshire could construct a privacy fence. But the five-member board unanimously affirmed the city’s actions in this case. Several families who have contracted to buy homes in Meadow Creek attended Thursday’s meeting. Earl promised them afterward that Brookshire Homes now would seek a restraining order against the city to allow the company to honor their contracts. “That’s our next course of action at this time, unfortunately,” he said. City Attorney Floyd Akers said the city is “extremely” pleased with Thursday’s decision. “We feel they made a fair, accurate and just decision,” he said. “The stay on (Brookshire’s) building permits will be lifted and all construction will stop pending the lawsuit.” Earlier this year the city of New See BROOKSHIRE/3A County modifies , outdoor burn ban Changes made for emergencies By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners modified a burn ban imposed this past week to allow homeowners and developers willing to take especial ly-strin-gent precautionary measures to bum brush piles in emergency situations. County Judge Danny Scheel recommended the changes based on rules he learned are in effect in Bastrop County — and seem to be working. The exception to the no-bum rule now in effect was voted on in Comal County Commissioners’ Court Thursday, and took effect immediately. “This is for people who really need to get something done because of a financial need when no practical alternative exists,” Scheel explained. As an example he mentioned a homeowner or developer who has financing and whose construction could be held up by a bum ban because that person or company can’t burn a brush See BURN/5 A S.A. goes into Stage II water restrictions; Comal not affected From Staff Reports SAN ANTONIO - The city of San Antonio put Stage ll water restrictions in effect for that city beginning today. Citing continued drought conditions, San Antonio City Council voted Thursday to go to Stage II, which calls for reduced pumping by municipal water user and reduced landscape watering hours by residents and businesses. The Edwards Aquifer Authority remainsCurrent water restrictions for New Braunfels, Comal County/4A in Stage I and will stay there during the weekend, said Margaret Garcia, public aff airs director. Comal County and New Braunfels are not affected by the San Antonio decision, which only applies in that city. But Garcia said the rest of the five counties in the Edwards Aquifer Authority statutory region now in Stage I can expect to see Stage ll sometime next week, if it does not rain. In Stage I, municipalities are expected to hold water usage to 95 percent of regular consumption and property owners can water landscapes only on a day that corresponds to the last digit of their address. No weekend watering is allowed, and sprin kler operation is restricted from 8 p.m. to IO a.m. Hoses, buckets and drip irrigation systems are permitted to operate at any time. Stage ll will be imposed after the Edwards Aquifer dips below 640 feet above mean sea level for 24 hours - not expected before Monday or Tuesday, Garcia said. Municipalities are expected to further reduce water usage to 90 percent. Land scape watering by sprinkler system still is permitted on the one day each week depending upon the last digit of an address, but the permissible hours are reduced to from 3 to 8 a.m. In Stage II, soaker hoses and other hand watering measures are permitted only during the limited hours - and not during daytime. “We’re trying to get people out of w atering in the heat of the day,” Garcia said. Frustrating traffic snarl-ups made worse by blocked intersections K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Officials say drivers getting trapped in the middle of intersections behind a line of traffic and a red light are causing problems at Farm-to-Market Road 725 and Interstate 35. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Frustration. You are waiting at intersections, backed up for blocks to get across Business 35 in the area of Farm-to-Market road 725 or Walnut Avenue exits, and the lights seem to run for 15- second cycles and make the situation even worse. Why, you ask, is TxD( XI', the city or whomever doing this? Why are these signals set that way? The answer might be the lights are not “set that way” and you are doing it to yourself. Lt. John Wommack, head of the traffic division of the New Braunfels Police Department, met Thursday w ith the Texas Department of Transportation, contractors, the person in charge of the traff ic signals and others concerned with traffic snarl-ups that have gotten exponentially worse this week. On Tuesday, traffic was reduced to one lane in each direction on FM 725 beneath the Interstate 35 overpass. Many people complained about long waits to get through the intersections in that area. The traff ic signals controlling the See TRAFFIC/5A Inside Abby......................... ......8A Classifieds................... . ...4-8B Comics....................... .......3B Crossword................. ......8A Forum.......................... .......6A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......8A Obituaries................... .......3A Sports........................ ....1-2B Today.......................... .......2A Television....................... 3B www.herald-zeitung com Key Code 76 City, NBISD taxes due on Monday The last day to pay 1999 New Braunfels ISD and City of New Braunfels taxes is Monday, Director of Tax Collections Betsy Caldwell said. “Both school and city taxes are due at the same time even though taxpayers have two statements — one for NBISD and one for the City of New Braunfels,” she said. Even if a taxpayer has not received a tax statement, taxes are still due on Monday. If property recently has been purchased, the new owner most likely is responsible for these taxes as they would have been prorated. Taxes can be paid at the tax off ice, 407 W. Mill St. For information, call 625-6714. Envelopes must be postmarked by July 31, 2000, to V considered on time. for 25 years By Ron Maloney Staff Writer More than 25 years ago, “J.” — that’s what everybody calls him Felger returned to New Braunfels to go to college in San Marcos, right around the time he lost his grandparents, who lived on Liberty Avenue. He reflected this week on his business, his life and the great time he has had. Tonight, Felger will celebrate his 44th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his family’s business in a little party he is throwing for a few' of his friends — which will be every body he can squeeze onto his Liberty Avenue lot. The party and barbecue begins at 7 p.m. with music provided by the band “77 South.” It will run until ... well ... whenever. Curfew is IO p.m. “We went tubing in the San Marcos River, and it was the most boring river in the world. I said, ‘you’ve got to come to New' Braunfels and try the Comal,’” Felger said of an adventure with some fraternity buddies. His friends were all for the idea, Felger said. The only problem was where to find the ... toobs. Felger was probably a little too quick to open his mouth, but he did, and, just as it happens in stories like this one, See TOOBIN75A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung John Schriewer, left, and J. Felger reprise a pose from a 1975 photo (top) taken in front of Felger’s Toob Rental on Liberty Ave. Tonight, they and their friends will throw a birthday/anniversary party that kicks off at 7 p.m. Felger’s marks quarter-century of‘toobs,’ friends and fun Gone toobin’ ;