New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Grocery retailer announced plans to locate a second store in New Braunfels. The city will chip in $535,000 to help pay for site improvements. Interstate and site work projects delay work on the store for a couple of years.
City to get H-E-B on north side
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels officials announced Thursday H-E-B plans to build a second grocery store in the city at the northwest comer of Interstate 35 and FM 306.
Matt Harrison, New Braunfels Infrastructure Improve
ment Corporation (4B) board president, said H-E-B officials asked the 4B board Thursday for financial help to improve drainage problems adjacent to the site for the new store.
“H-E-B wasn’t going to ask for any financial assistance until they found out that drainage culverts needed to
A DIRTY JOB
Maurers must finish cleanup work at Tamiga Acres before new owners take over
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — The earth is moving at Tamiga Acres mobile home park — truckloads of it.
Maria Anaya, who is raising seven children at the park west of Smithson Valley High School, expressed optimism at the progress and said she
believed her family would be able to stay.
“It looks like they’re doing the job,” she said.
The Maurer family, who currently owns the 19-acre park, ran afoul of District Attorney Dib Waldrip’s environmental enforcement division in March for septic violations that left raw sewage flowing from many of the 50 mobile homes that were there.
Now, there are about 25 mobile homes, and the Maurers are installing septic tanks and running thousands of feet of sewer pipe in trenches to the tanks.
The work was mandated in March when Waidrip, citing children playing on ground he charged was contaminated by broken sewer pipes, ordered the
be installed near 1-35 near the site of the proposed store,” he said. “So when TxDOT did a change order on the 1-35 project to include culverts, the cost was significantly higher than originally estimated. So H-E-B asked us for financial assistance for the cost of the drainage improvements.”
Harrison said the board recommended $535,000 in financial aid to H-E-B. There will be a public hearing on the matter before council votes to spend the money.
“We set a public hearing for July I on the financial assistance package,” he said. “But the 4B board said it would
only offer the financial assistance if H-E-B promised to build a new store.”
Harrison said the site for the store would not be ready for development for two years.
“TxDOT has to finish widening that stretch of 1-35 and install the culverts to
See H-E-B, Page 3A
A dump truck unloads dirt to cover up a newly installed septic system next to a mobile home in Tamiga Acres Friday morning,
park cleaned up or closed.
I Ie extended the deadline twice while Tessye Maurer and her children, Michael, Paul and Roseann, worked to find a buyer for the park. Chuck and Marcia Stewart of Spring Branch expect to buy the property later this summer. The Stewarts put up $100,000 which was escrowed in District Court. The Maurers put up another $59,000 and
See TAMIGA. Page 3A
Judge tells teen mom to stop having sex
By Brandi Grissom
A jury Friday sentenced 17-year-old Mandy Ann Gonzalez to IO years of probation at the Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center.
After reading the punishment verdict, 274th District Judge Gary Steel informed Gonzalez of additional conditions to her probation.
“What this jury didn’t know is that you are currently pregnant,” Steel said. “One of the conditions I am setting is that you will abstain from all sexual activity. You will also be required to take contraceptives as needed ... until such time that I know you are capable of handling the consequences of your actions in these areas.”
Gonzalez was convicted of intentionally inflicting life-threatening injuries on her 5-month-old son. Last October, the baby spent more than a month in the hospital after nonaccidental blunt force trauma resulted in the severing of his colon and the surgical removal of more than IO inches of intestines.
The range of punishments the jury considered included in-home probation, supervised probation and up to 40 years in confinement, first with Texas Youth Commission and then with Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Before hearing testimony from a psychiatrist who evaluated Gonzalez shortly after she was arrested and from a Comal County juvenile probation officer, Steel told the jury the status of the injured baby.
“There is an ongoing [Child Protective Services) case rotating through die proper judicial system,” Steel said. “He is in the care of the state at a foster home."
Resolution of the CPS case will determine whether the child will be returned to his biological parents, put in the care of a relative or remain in the state’s care until he is adopted, Steel said.
Assistant District Attorney Mel Koehler, during closing arguments, told jurors probation was inappropriate for the crime.
“We should send a message that diese acts will not be tolerated," Koehler said.
See TEENAGER, Page 3A
“I’m really excited. It’s really cleaned up, and it’s going to be beautiful.”
MARCIA STEWART new owner of Tamiga Acres mobile home park, which had been considered a public health threat
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Moses, left, and Jose Anaya push a load of dirt around as their brother, Pablo, eats a paleta atop a pile of dirt destined to cover up the recently installed septic system near their Tamiga Acres home. The mobile home park's owners were forced to clean up the property or close it down after it was deemed a health hazard.
Despite potential challenge, city sets tax freeze election
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels City Council members unanimously approved Friday to hold a vote Nov. 2 on freezing property taxes for seniors, although the election could be challenged and determined void.
Proposition 13, which was
passed by BO percent of voters last September, provides that residents can force a vote on the issue with a petition. But an official with the Secretary of State’s office said Thursday the city did not have the authority to set the election.
Senior citizens have asked both the county and the city to adopt the measure that allows cities and counties to
freeze property taxes for homeowners 65 and older and disabled homeowners.
City Attorney Charlie Zech said the city’s home rule charter does allow council to call the election.
“The charter gives the council self-initiative,” Zech said. “The election could be determined voidable, but there would have to be a challenge
by somebody first, and a court would have to decide whether the election is void. But if no one challenged the election, and voters approved the property tax freeze, then it’d go into effect.”
Local activist Wayne Rudolph asked Zech Friday during a special council meeting to cite
See ELECTION, Page 3A
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