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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas City halts Meadow Creek development By Heather Todd Staff Writer Brookshire Homes will proceed with legal action against the city of New Braunfels over the city’s stop-work order on Meadow Creek subdivision development, a representative of the developer said Monday night. During Monday’s council meeting, District 2 councilman Larry Alexander, speaking from the audience microphone, said he supported the city’s decision and encouraged city staff to take the issue to court if ALEXANDER necessary. “I have no sympathy for what they are doing to the . people who live in District 2,” Alexander said. Alexander said many people in his district were upset about a change in deed restrictions that would allow Brookshire Homes, Inc. to build houses they say will decrease the val ues of their homes. Sherry Taylor Herndon, a representative with Brookshire Homes, Inc., said the developer would pursue legal action because the situation could not be resolved. Earlier this month, the city denied building permits to Brookshire to build 17 homes in the Meadow Creek subdivision off Pahmeyer Road. The stop-work order was placed because the proposed development violated city ordinance, city staff said. The homes Brookshire pro poses to build are in violation of city ordinance because they were not of the same “average value, construction, type and size as the established property” in the area, staff said. The action came after Meadow Creek residents Greg and Gerry Williams, currently the only residents living in the subdivision, sent a letter and a petition signed by 80 local residents protesting the proposed development because they said it would significantly decrease their property values. See CITY/5A Inside Abby........................... .....7A Classifieds..................... ..4-6B Comics......................... .....3B Crossword................... .....7 A Forum........................... .....6A Local/Metro................... .....4A Movies........................... .....7A Obituaries..................... .....3A Sports.......................... ..1-2B Today............................ .....2A Television......................... .....3B Key Code 76 Man presumed drowned K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Rescue workers use underwater infrared video and divers between bouts of rain Monday as they look for a man who is believed to have drowned Sunday. High winds, murky water and underground trees added to the frustration. By Erin Magruder Staff Writer A FELSHerald 20332 UC ST IT IC RO PU BL I SH I NG 2627 k YANDELL DR it) pp|BO, TX 7 3903 - 3 / 24 Exactly one month after the body of a 21-year-old drowned man was found by divers at Canyon Lake, another family somberly paced the shores at Comal Park Monday as recovery teams searched for a 26-year-old man who disappeared beneath the deep water Sunday afternoon. Eight divers and search team members fought wind, choppy water and sporadic showers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to search the southern Canyon Lake peninsula area where Angel Carrasco last was seen swimming. However, searchers were unable to find the body of the Houston area man, now presumed drowned, Comal County Sheriff’s Office officials said. The San Marcos Area Recovery Team, Canyon Lake Fire/EMS dive team, U.S. See DROWNING/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung As rescue workers search for a Canyon Lake drowning victim, family and friends seek shelter from one of several short storms on Monday. 50 cents K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Sitting on the low end of Loop 337, the grounds at McCoy’s Building Supply Center were water-logged Monday afternoon. Rainfall helped; restrictions still on From Staff Reports      Anderson    said. The weekend storms that soaked New Braunfels with an average of three to four inches of rain have brought rainfall totals for the month and year up to averages — but area officials caution residents to continue their efforts to conserve water. Clay Anderson, a National Weather Service forecaster in the NWS office at New Braunfels Municipal Airport, said Monday afternoon the rain gauge at the airport registered about 3.25 inches of precipitation between Friday and Monday. “The general feel we got was that New Braunfels and its surroundings Friday through Monday aver- “They will remain in place until the 10-day rolling average of the J-17 well or Comal springflow is above trigger level.” Gretchen Reuwer NBU manager of customer relations and communications aged between three and four inches, with some isolated areas seeing up to six inches,” Anderson said. “It’s a good amount of rain — it’s a lot of rain.” For today, New Braunfels can expect gradually increasing sunshine, but a few isolated showers as well, Because Friday’s storms saturated the ground, subsequent rain during the weekend led NWS to issue flood warnings in the area, Anderson said. “We had problems Saturday and Sunday. The Guadalupe River rose significantly. I heard from the sheriff’s office that it had to close some of the River Road crossings Saturday. When I came over the Comal River at San Antonio Street about 6:30 p.m., it had come up big-time, too. It happens whenever New Braunfels gets three or four inches of rain.” Anderson said the area had transitioned into a rainy pattern that will See RAINFALLS Downtown performance Repercussion Productions performs “Comedy of Errors” at 7:30 p.m. today in the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at the Brauntex, China-n-Things and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. For information, call 606-0729. Tubers still can do business outdoors By Heather Todd Staff WriterWater Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 0.1 or 2 can water today after 7 p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 2 or 3 can water today after 8 p.m.TUNG Vol. 149 No. 147 14 pages in 2 sections June 13, 2000 Tuesday Serving Comal County since 1852 Man darts into traffic, suffers several fractures By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer A small flask of McCormick Vodka rested in the middle of a Buick windshield cracked like an eggshell Monday night after a man stepped in front of the car on Business 35 near the International House of Pancakes. The man, whose name was not released, was transported by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio about 9 p.m. after he allegedly darted in front of the Buick, hit his head on the windshield and flipped onto the roof of the car, New Braunfels Police Department officers said. The man, described as being in his 30s, received multiple skull fractures, broken legs, a possibly broken pelvis and other fractures, officials said. The 47-year-old New Braunfels man driving the Buick said he barely had time to touch the brakes. “He just came out of nowhere,” the driver said. “He flew across the road just like a deer.” NBPD officers said alcohol and/or narcotics could have contributed to the man darting into traffic and not seeing the Buick. Sometimes, people just gotta go — that was the argument made by some New Braunfels City Council members Monday night as they voted down a proposed city ordinance to make it illegal for someone to do their- business outdoors. A proposed ordinance that would have prohibited urination or defecation on open ground, either public or private, within the city limits failed in a 4-2 vote. Mayor Stoney Williams abstained from voting. District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson said she had concerns about prohibiting people from answering the call of nature outdoors if WATSON the city did not provide any alternative. “It think it’s unfair to tell them you can’t do it, but then don’t give a place for them to go,” she said. Several residents agreed, saying the city should provide public restrooms along the river if tubers weren’t allowed to go on private or public ground. The discussion about where residents could do their business got more than few chuckles from the audience. Resident Tony Chammas said, “Are we going to put up signs letting them know there’s a port-a-potty up ahead and to hold on? What about people going in the river? Are we going to govern that too and put dye in the river'?” Currently, New Braunfels has a law prohibiting disorderly conduct and public exposure of the genital area. But, city attorney Floyd Akers said the proposed ordinance would give officers more leeway to issue citations. District 4 councilman Robert Kendrick said he requested the ordinance because people were climbing out of the river to do their business on public and private property. City council also voted down in a 4-3 vote a proposed city ordinance that would have made it illegal to throw stones or other missiles. Kendrick said he sought the ordinance after a 17-year-old Pollock boy suffered a skull fracture in a rock-throwing incident on the Guadalupe River Memorial Day weekend. Akers said the rock-throwing incident escalated from a water balloon fight. “The police department has said one of its biggest problems on the river is people throwing water balloons and beer cans,” he said. But, Mayor Williams said enforcing the law would be difficult because a law enforcement officer would have to catch someone in the act. Chammas said the ordinance was too vague and would penalize residents for skipping rocks with their children and playing games. “You can’t regulate stupidity. No law will take away that,” he said. ;