New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, March 5,1997
EL PASO, TX 79903-Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Molly Ko opp
Vol 145, No 80
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitmg extends birthday wishes to: MoHy Koepp, Deana Campos, Em Curtts, Felix Velez Jr. (belated), Howard Thrill (HO years old), Erie StoUnski, Cameron Dalton Timmermann (5 years old), Christi Babbitt (ll years old).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Arnold and Sharon Feltner, Mr. and Mrs. Felix Velez Sr. (35 yews, belated)
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River—238 cubic feet per second, up 4 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed — 824 07 (aet above sea level up 01 Canyon Dam discharge — 988 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —492 cis Canyon Lake level — 911.10 feel above aaa level. (Above conservation pool)
NM) report* pumping 4.666 mien galons of audace water Tueeday. and 218.400 galons of wsl water ware used.
Th# 12th annual Senior Prom lot Senior Citizens will be held from 6 to 8 p m Thursday in the Canyon High School Commons. located at 1510 Interstate 35 East in New Braunfels There is no charge for admission to the Prom.
The New Braunfels High
School Jazz Band, under the direction of Beth Bronk, with assistants Clay Zientek, Becky McGuire and Melissa Townsend, will play dance music for the enjoyment of all The CHS Balladeers, directed by Christie Rees, will provide a medley of song and dance routines for entertainment as well.
Members of the CHS Future -Homemakers of America and CHS Student Council are host student organizations this year and will prepare the depora-;tions, serve refreshments and socialize with guests Souvenir photographs of Senior Prom attendees will be taken by members of the Smith son Valley High School Student Council.
The NBHS Marine Corps Junior ROTC and NBHS student council will assist as dane mg partners and with refresh merits during the Prom,
Senior citizens interested in transportation to the Prom can all Bob Templeton at the New Braunfels ISO. 625-7093 HiarKfi office plans warrant roundup A warrant roundup will be mplemented March 25 Targeted will be the Canyon Lake area
lf individuals have any out standing warrants they have until 5 pm March 24 to either call (210) 620-3411 or come by the sheriffs office to take care of th# matter
New Braunfels mulls hunting prohibition
By ABE LEVY
In an effort to address public safety concerns inside the city limits, city officials are considering a proposed ordinance that would prohibit game hunting on IO acres or less.
The topic came up in January amid discussions on managing an overabundant deer that reportedly were causing traffic accidents and eating landscape vegetation.
The City Council established an ad hoc deer management committee to study the deer problem but prohibited it from considering hunting with bows or firearms as a possible solution.
The council asked City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom to write the draft
ordinance slated for consideration at this Monday's regular council meeting.
The proposal would prohibit the use of firearms, bows, crossbows or "any other dangerous weapon” in game hunting but allows archery activities involving target practice only.
The draft is preliminary and intended to trigger discussion on the topic, Cullom said.
The draft would be consistent with Comal County’s policy of barring game hunting on land of IO acres or less and would assign a misdemeanor penalty with possible fines not to exceed $500.
Currently, an ordinance prohibits the discharge of firearms within city limits but does not restrict the use of
bows and arrows.
In addition,- state hunting laws restrict game hunting to daytime hours, 30 minutes or less before sunrise and after sunset.
Darrel Kennemer, a 41 -year-old veteran of the sport, said he supports the city’s draft ordinance.
A member of the Canyon Lake Archery Club and the city’s ad hoc deer management committee, Ken-ncmcr has downed more than 60 deer with a bow.
The draft ordinance, he said, allows the sport to continue inside the city limits but also protects the residential community.
A well-hit deer, he said, travels another 20 to 120 yards before falling
HUNTING ORDINANCE TIMELINE
■ 1988: The City Council considered a proposal that would have included archery as a prohibited firearm inside the city limits Archery eventually was omitted from the proposal.
■ 1992: The City Council considered banning bow hunting with the exception of larger tracts of land or distance from certain property The first reading died
for lack of a motion
■ Jan. 13. 1997: The City Council established an ad hoc deer management committee charged not to consider bow hunting an option.
■ Jan. 23: Council members asked the city attorney to study the issue of bow hunting and come up with a draft ordinance
to the ground, a reason he favors the proposal as written.
“If you had permitted hunting in the back yard," said Kennemer, “(the
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Herald-Zertuny photo by Michael Darned
Bonnie Smith of Blanco of wee AMMtd to Unlveieltv HoeoNel Ie Sen Antonio atar hie Btekuo veer ended • dumo truck on Hlohwev 281 on Tuesday
Pickup, dump truck collision sends I to hospital
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SPRING BRANCH — Driver inattention or . fatigue are the two possible reasons a pickup truck rear ended a dump truck Wednesday afternoon on Highway 281, sending a middle aged man to the hospital, authorities said.
Ronnie Smith, 48, of Blanco was Airlifed to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he was treated and released, according to a hospital spokesman
The accident occurred a half mile south at the intersection of Highway 281 and Highway 46 at approximately 3:45 p.m.
Smith was driving his 1973 light blue Ford pickup north on Highway 281 in front of a dump truck dnvcn by Jimmy Gilbert, 30, of Canyon Lake, said Department of Public Safety trooper Robert Armstrong. The dump truck is owned by Scegcr Trucking of Canyon Lake.
Gilbert said he was driving behind Smith in the right hand lane and had just passed him Ile was about ready to turn right on St. Andrew’s Way when he heard a big jolt in the back of his truck, “He just slammed into me,” Gilbert said. “He didn’t even slow down Before I passed him he kept leaning over and after I passed him he kept leaning over. I don’t know if he dropped something or was writing something.’’
The impact of the collision totaled the front part of the pickup Gilbert said the crash blew out a rear inside tire, an air leaf and a lunger which covers the back tires.
Armstrong said Smith had little chance of avoiding a rear end collision with the dump truck.
"The truck left 50 feet of skid marks upon impact,” Armstrong said “Indications are, from what the I MS people told mc, he may have been falling asleep at wheel. He (Gilbert) says that he was leaning over the side of the truck.
Bulvcrdc-Spnng Branch BMS, Comal ( ounty Sheriff’s office and the Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene
Braunfels sends out call for top photos
By DENISE DZIUK
Everyone who attended last year’s celebration in Braunfels, Germany, should get their photo albums out. One of the pictures in them could cam the photographer a new Lcica camera New Braunfels celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1995 with officials from Braunfels, Germany, on hand to help with the festivities. In 1996 the German city of Braunfels celebrated its 750th anniversary and New Braunfels residents returned the favor. Herb Skoog, who acted as New Braunfels’ ambassador during the Braunfels celebration, said mote than 200 local residents made the journey to Germany in
July to take part in the pageants, show s and celebrations.
‘They had events all year,” Skoog said. “But, the highlight of the event was in July when they hosted thousands of visitors from Braunfels’ sister-c lites. ”
Skoog said while there, “most everybody took a lot of pictures.” he said a committee in Braunfels is now interested in seeing the pictures for a contest they are conducting to help them document the year.
“I think they want to be able to use those photographs in their scrapbooks and publications on the event,” Skoog said. “They’re hoping they’ll get some pictures from here. It would be nice if someone from here would win.”
Skoog said three black-and-white or color photos from the various celebrations cart be submitted, and each winner will receive a camera. The first place prize is a I fica Minilux camera, second place is a Leica Mini /(Him and third pace is a Leica Mini ll Skoog said everyone who attended should enter, however, residents should not risk losing their photographs.
’They’re interested in in any picture that documents the events of the whole year,” Skoog said. “I don’t know if you get it back. I think the smart thing to do would be to make a copy. I would not send my only picture.”
HOW TO ENTER
What: Braunfels Photo Contest Entries: Up to three photographs from each event taken during the city’s 750th anniversary celebration Black and white or color photographs arc acceptable,
Deadline: April 15, 1997 Last Day to mail entries: April I Cost to Mail Entry: $0.60 for the first 0.5 ounce and $0.40 for every additional .5 ounce.
Address to enter: Braunfels Kur-GrnbH, Fotowettbewcrb ‘96, Furst-Ferdmand-Str. 4, 35619 Braunfels Germany.
Prizes: First-Lcica Minilux, Sec-ond-Lcica Mini Zoom, Third-Leica Mini ll
deer) is not going to die in their back yard. They’ll go to their neighbor’s house ”
Residents unhappy with road proposal
By DAVID DEKUNDER
BULVERDE Residents in a Bulverde neighborhood are butting heads with a San Antonio developer who wants to build a road to connect Bulverde Hills Drive to a proposed 80-acre subdivision.
Michael Oilman of Destiny Homes has told residents he wants to build a road connecting his proposed subdivision from Bulverde Hills Drive.
Bill Krawiefz, president of the Bulverde Landowners Association, said Oilman’s attempts to build the road would violate deed restrictions written by the association
"The lots are for residential purposes only," Krawiet/ said. "People living in Bulverde Hills (Estates) bought their property with the know ledge that only a house would be on the lot "
The projected KO lots on the property are expected to be one-half to two-thirds acre, Krawiet/ said.
lf Oilman goes through with his plans, people entering the proposed subdivision would enter Bulverde Hills Drive from Bulverde Road and go approximately a mile before they reached the proposed subdivision Krawiet/ said the road would be 60 feet wide and 70 feet on each side "’Phis Heights>rh<mhI will have more (louses than Bulverde Hills does now,” Krawiet/ said. "Bulverde Hills has several streets with limited visibility. Just think of the construction trucks going up and down (the street)."
Stall Blaylock, a BEA director, said the issue is about traffic and safety.
"The people adjacent to the road down the southern end of Bulverde Hills will he affected by the increased traftic,” Blaylock said “If you have 76 houses with an average of three cars you can start to figure that out. These residential neighborluMHl restrictions protect us from having that."
Krawiet/ said concerned residents met with < Inman in early I ebruary, but nothing was accomplished I he association has consulted with a lawyer in the case.
I he association has written a letter to Oilman explaining residents’ concerns. Ile has been given IO days to respond to the letter "Our first step is to let lulu know about the deed restrictions which the proposed road would violate,” Kruw-letz said "lf he still wants to go ahead w ith the road and construction begins, we will seek legal action "
Krawiet/ said residents iii Bulverde I tills Estates do not oppose the development, hut he is concerned that the lots are too small "You are condensing so many houses on small lots," he said "ll you increase the lot sizes and make less homes per acre, then you make it less stressful on the environment.”
( ounty Commissioner Dauny Sc hee I, who represents Bulverde, said the county could vacate and replat the property if needed, but it is up to the residents to take actu hi since the county has virtually no zoning powers.
Oilman could not be reached for comment.
Focus can now shift to education. Page 4A.