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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas ► Horizons The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung continues its annual Horizons sections today with Landmarks. See some familiar places from the past, including those which remain part of our landscape. / Inside 20332 MOOO 10/22/99 SO-WES T hIC RO PUBLISHING 26 2 7 E YR NI) EL. I. DR HeraldVol. 148, No. 82    12    pages    in    I    section    March    16,    1999    rpT    itt    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    SO    cents Tuesday Residents pick apart future plan City council, planners discuss latest changes By Bill O'Connell Staff Writer New Braunfels residents took verbal jabs at a comprehensive plan for the city’s fiiture Monday, saying the document could use further revision before being adopted. Some residents who worked on an advisory sub-committee that made recommendations on land use and zoning policies included in the plan said their ideas were not incorporated into the latest version, or any previous drafts, for that matter. “The paperwork never comes out (showing) what we put into it," said land use sub-committee member Melvin Nolte. The city hired national consulting firm Wilbur Smith Associates in 1997 to write a plan recommending how to manage city resources through 2020. Nine advisory sub-committees comprised of about 330 city residents made recommendations to the consultant regarding the plan. Monday’s public meeting between New Braunfels City Council and city planning commissioners was said to be an opportunity for city officials to discuss the latest revisions. The meeting appeared to indicate that not everyone was satisfied with the current draft of the proposed document. Nolte said some of his fellow land use sub-committee members were “frustrated" by what they perceived as a lack of attention to their input. “These things are not making it into print,” he said. Wilbur Smith Associates project manager Mike McAnelly said recommendations to the plan were not necessarily expressed verbatim in the text of the document. He also downplayed suggestions that the latest plan draft could trigger a citywide rezoning of private property. Recent changes to the comprehensive plan omitted language that might be interpreted as granting city officials carte blanche to initiate sweeping zoning changes across the city. “It’s not a comprehensive rezoning study,” McAnelly said. Current city ordinances already gave Child’s play causes fire Experiment with lighter, combustibles engulfs storage shed By Heather Todd Staff Writer . Two New Braunfels juveniles learned the hard way not to play with fire. An experiment with a lighter and a few combustible materials engulfed a storage shed and surrounding grass in flames Monday afternoon, just IOO feet from residents of an apartment complex. New Braunfels Fire and Rescue crews were called to the scene of a structure fire behind Vista Del Sol Apartments, 795 Interstate 35 West, shortly after 3 p.m. New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn said investigators identified two juvenile suspects, ages 8 and 9, who lived in the apartment complex. Friesenhahn said the two males, who were not identified, allegedly were experimenting with fire behind the storage shed using a lighter to ignite some combustible materials. The flames caught the 30 foot by 20 foot storage shed — large enough to be a four-car garage — and surrounding grass on fire. Friesenhahn said the boys would not be prosecuted but instead would be required to complete the department’s juvenile fire setting program. “The parents and the offenders are required to be present throughout the program,” he said. The department enhanced the fire setting program this year, he said. New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Collier said children age IO and older taken into custody for starting a fire could be charged through juvenile court. “If they are younger than IO years old, then we counsel them and talk to them about how dangerous fire can be,” he said. No one was injured, but many residents moved out into the front lawn of the apartment complex to escape a column of heavy smoke, which could be seen from downtown. Friesenhahn said the blaze could have spread into the apartment complex, but firefighters were able to control the fire. ROBBI CORNETT/HerakJ-Zertung Above, New Braunfels firefighters battle a blaze which began Monday afternoon in a storage shed behind Vista Del Sol Apartments, 795 Interstate 35 West. Two juveniles, ages 8 and 9 allegedly started the fire after playing with a lighter and combustible materials. Below, a firefighter works to extinauish flames on the arass in front of the shed. Susie Chandler, mangcr-ef Vista Del Sol*-- Apartments, said the storage shed contained furniture and old appliances left behind by previous residents. The majority of the shed’s contents belonged to the owners and management of the complex. Chandler said she did not know the exact amount of property damage to the shed itself, but estimated it was less than $5,000. Collier said warm, dry weather in the past few weeks did play a role in the fire. “The way the grass took off so quickly probably did have something to do with the dryness and the drought problem,” he said. Three fire engines, three EMS units, and a command center were called to the scene. Livestock show sets record Auction generates more than $500,000 By Heather Togo Staff Writer The 1999 Comal County Junior Livestock Show officially wrapped up Saturday, but the excitement will linger long afterward. Show participants and supporters are celebrating the sale of the century after the results of Saturday’s livestock sale and auction. Preliminary figures indicate the junior livestock show generated more than $500,000 — the most in its 31-year history. Projected proceeds from the sale and auction were up from $412,000 last year. The sale itself brought in $488,000 for participants, said Liz Mooney, Comal County Junior Livestock Show secretary. “We haven’t yet added in the money donated by parents to the different clubs, as well as $10,000 donated by the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative and $20,000 brought in by the silent auction,” she said. Mooney attributed the success of this year’s event to the popularity of the show’s point system. “Our buyers really like the point system because they know when they bid on an animal, it’s going to help every kid in that division,” she said. Mooney said bigger stock shows and sales in San Antonio and Kendall County gave money to participants based only on what the buyer spent. “There are kids who don’t have rich grandmas to bid on their animals and whose parents helped give them money to buy their animals. They spent all that time raising the See SHOW/3 Inside “.'Abby....................... ......5 Business.................. ......5 Classifieds............... .9-12 Comics.................... ......7 •Crossword............... ......5 ‘Forum...................... ......6 Horoscope................ ......7 Local........................ ......4 Sports................... .....8 Today...................... ......2 Television................ 7 ROBIN CORNETT/Heratt-Zertung This California rabbit was one of many animals shown at the 1999 Comal County Junior Livestock Show. Organizers said the show was the most profitable to date. T See PLAN/3 Familiar faces join race for CISD board of trustees Wo fcnn n I rt n i n rr n cm i n    ^ I member District 4 candi- Watson and Higdon announced their intra- There are now five candidates running f< Watson running again for District 3 position By Heather Tooo Staff Writer There will be some familiar f aces tm the ballot for two seats on the Comal Independent School District board of trustees. John Higdon, who gained recent fame for his fight with Comal County for the right to keep his pet wolf, officially filed as a single date on March 12. Scott Watson, the current incumbent for single member District 3, threw his hat back into the ring on Monday. Eight Comal County residents are squaring off for two available seats. Voters will cast their ballots for both positions on May I. WATSON Higdon announced their ii tions to run with only two days remaining in the filing period. The deadline for candidates to file is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Only residents who have lived within Districts 3 and 4 for six months are eligible to file as candidates in the trustee election. Judy A. Holbrook, a Canyon Lake resident, also filed for a place on the single member district four ballot Monday. Holbrook could not be reached for comment. running for the District 4 seat, which is currently represented by trustee Doug Nail. Nail, who ran against Canyon Lake resident Thomas Bruce in 19%, cannot run for reelection because he moved out of his district. District 4 encompasses areas east and south of Canyon Lake. Higdon, a five-year resident of Comal County and a father of three, said his recent battle to keep his pet, Shadow, prompted him See RACE/3 ;