New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Clint Ray of R.J. Rivera Associates, Inc., center, shows the outer loop study area during a public meeting.
Dozens were forced out of an Austin dental office after carbon monoxide exposure. Page 6
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Vol. 154, No. 194 14 pages, 1 section
DEAR ABBY 10
CLASSIFIEDS 11 COMICS 9
CROSSWORD 9 FORUM 4
TV GRIDS 10
Residents speak out about loop
300 turn out for first public meeting regarding road study
By David Saleh Rauf
The first of two public meetings on the New Braunfels Outer Loop Study drew mixed — and at times emotional — reac-tions from nearly 300 Comal and Guadalupe county residents Monday night.
The Texas Department of Transportation and a San Antonio-based consulting firm are sponsoring two identical meetings to gather information for the neces
sary planning and analysis needed to identify a corridor for the possible development of a New Braunfels Outer Loop.
The outer loop study area is approximately a 40-mile band around the city of New Braunfels that encompasses portions of Comal and Guadalupe counties.
The loop would require at least two new crossings over the Guadalupe River and could connect to Interstate 35 on the north side of New Braunfels and to I 35 on the south side of the city.
The project currently is unfunded and
no estimates of how much the loop would cost have been offered. TXDot officials say construction of the loop could take up to 30 years.
Monday’s meeting was the first chance for land owners and concerned residents to weigh in since TxDOT announced the formation of an outer loop study in April.
Residents were shown maps and displays describing the study area and were given the chance to openly voice grievances
See LOOP, Page 5
City appoints new members to boards
By Mark Koopmans
The New Braunfels city council spent about four hours discussing, and approving, most first readings of ordinances relating to eight public hearings at its meeting Monday evening.
Despite the inclement weather, more than 40 people attended the council meeting throughout the evening.
Many were there to comment on several rezoning issues affecting the way their neighborhoods might look in the future.
Council members appeared to agree with the speakers, who were worried that longstanding single-family neighborhoods might be changed, should duplexes or apartments continue to be allowed.
R See Wednesday's edition of the Herald-Zeitung for more on this issue.
Two items were passed, while one — calling for a single family district to be rezoned to a multi-family, low-density district — was voted against.
Council members also voted on a total of 12 applicants who have applied for three separate boards and commissions. While decisions were made on the Municipal Airport Advisory Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission, Mayor Bruce Boyer said the agenda item relating to the Zoning Board of Adjustments was removed. Only one applicant had applied for that board.
Each new board or commission member selected will now serve until May 2010.
See BOARDS, Page 5
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Three killed in crash during Texas storm
Preparing to heal40-bed facility will offer long-term care
By Mark Koopmans
Patients who find themselves in need of long-term acute care will have a new local option to consider when a 40-bed hospital opens its doors to Comal County residents next month.
"At Gulf States LTAC, we specialize In rehabilitation and long-term acute care, so we’re a little different in that there is no emergency room here," Administrator Steven Tucker said Monday. “Our strength is in providing the intensive, personalized care required by patients who have experienced serious illness or injury."
The new hospital is part of Gulf States See HOSPITAL, Page 6
Several area roads in danger of flooding
From staff and wire reports
AUSTIN — Three women died Monday when their car slid on a wet highway and slammed into a truck in the hills west of Austin during a rainstorm.
No identities have been released. The women range in age from 4U to 60, according to Austin-'ITavis County Emergency Medical Services.
Comal County officials said several Comal County roads were in danger of closing Monday evening.
As the National Weather Service in New Braunfels issued at least one flash flood warning for the county, reports of creeks overflowing various roads were coming in a steady pace, officials said.
“Bear Creek Road, parallel
to (Farm-to-Market) 2722 was covered in parts, and there was water over River Road at Little Jacob’s Creek at one stage,’’ County Engineer Tom Hornseth said Monday evening.
“I’ve also heard water from creeks and drainage around Smithson Valley Road have covered the road in a couple of locations.”
Flows along tile Guadalupe River are so heavy from the continuing rain that Hornseth said he might be in “for a long night.”
Gruene Road Bridge also was reported to be closed as of 5:45 p.m. officials said.
Meanwhile, a West Texas game warden used a boat for a high-water rescue of a man who
See FLOODS, Page 6
Photos by KARLA HELD/Herald-Zeitung
ABOVE: Sherri Sutherland, a hospital employee, unpacks boxes at the Acute Care Center on 1445 Hanz Drive on Monday morning. RIGHT: Griselda Herrera who was contracted from Dallas installs curtains at the center. The 40-bed facility is set to open July 16.
Separate traffic stops lead to 2 marijuana busts
By Mark Koopmans
Police arrested four people and seized nearly 250 pounds of marijuana in two unrelated traffic stops along Interstate 35 in Comal County, officials said Monday.
At about 1:30 p.m., Sergio Rivera, 26, of Laredo was driving north on 1-35 in Comal County, when he was pulled over for speeding, said Trooper Paul Waggener of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“Initially, the trooper who stopped Rivera, did so for speeding," Waggener
“Initially, the trooper who stopped Rivera, did so for speeding. The trooper then detected an odor... and asked for permission to search the 2002 Mercury Cougar/’
— Paul Waggener
said. “The trooper then detected an odor coming from the vehicle and asked for permission to search the 2002
After Rivera allegedly OKed the search, he ran off, Waggener said, adding that Rivera was arrested following a short chase by the trooper.
Other DPS officers on the scene reportedly found 112.5 pounds of marijuana in the trunk, with an estimated street value of $56,250, Waggener said.
Rivera also was arrested for speeding, two counts of failure to appear and evading arrest. He remained in Comal County Jail on a $203,000 bond Monday.
Five hours later, another DPS trooper
See BUSTS, Page 6