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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEWdBSmSSTFELSHerald \ol. 149 No. 93    18    pages    in    2    sections    March    29,    2000    t    q    i    n  _ iA/P'    DMPT    Qr^    A    V    g    Comal    Coiinty smce 1852 50 cents An end IN SIGHT? The Texas Department of Transportation is completing a $93 million construction project on Interstate 35 in the city. Projects are expected to be completed in different phases through 2004: ■ Construction work from Solms Road to a half-mile north of Walnut Avenue is to be completed in May 2002. TxDOT also will build a four-lane bridge at Loop 337 by summer 2002. ■ The work on Walnut Avenue beneath the 1-35 overpass will continue until sprinq 2002. ■ At some point, Walnut Avenue will be closed underneath the overpass to allow crews to build a new overpass. ■ In mid-July, construction crews will finish work on the middle lanes of traffic from a half-mile south of Solms Road to just north of Loop 337. At that time, the southbound lanes will move to the middle lanes. Then southbound lanes will move back and the northbound lanes will move into the middle lanes. ■ Deavorts Construction of Austin is expected to start work from one-half mile north of Walnut Avenue to one-half mile south of Texas 46, including the Farm-to-Market 725 and 1-35 intersection, in May or June. This project will be completed in 2004. • Seguin Avenue would be narrowed to one lane in each direction within a month or two after construction work begins. • The project will include building five bridge structures just north of FM 725 across the Guadalupe River, including a northbound frontage road, an exit ramp to the northbound frontage road, new bridge structures on the northbound and southbound lanes of 1-35 and a southbound entrance ramp. • When construction crews begin work on the main 1-35 bridge across the Guadalupe River, the northbound lanes of traffic will be detoured onto the new frontage road bridge. Southbound traffic will be moved to the northbound lanes as crews work to expand See EN D/5 A T raff ic Businesses learn survival woes tips for road warfare Businesses need to prepare and adjust to survive major road construction projects. Small business experts offered the following tips Tuesday: • Keep track of business to see how it is affected by the construction work. • Get a copy of the construction work schedule and know when construction will affect your area. • Before construction begins, create financial action plans, distribution action plans and advertising and promotion plans to prepare for changes. • Contact construction supervisor or the Texas Department of Transportation engineer to find out what kind of work is happening in your area. • Make employees a part of the solution. • Adjust store hours to new buying patterns, including changing store hours, extending hours or doing business on other days. • Reschedule deliveries, buy larger orders or give suppliers different routes to take to your business. • Create more flexible hours for employees. • Offer more convenience or additional services, including pick-up and delivery service, telephone and fax orders or incentives to shoppers K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung apparent from this Rueckle Road bridge looking north. By Heather Todd Staff Writer The best way to survive major road construction work along Interstate 35 is to follow the Boy Scout motto of being prepared, business owners learned Tuesday Don Maxwell of Chevy New Braunfels and San Antonio business consultants offered advice to local business owners and residents gathered at New Braunfels C ivic Center to learn more about 1-35 construction in the city. The event was sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. business advisory committee. Greg Malatek, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, and contractor Dean Word III with Dean Word Company presented timelines for the projects and answered questions. Malatek said he hoped more meetings could be scheduled to inform the public about construction projects in the next three years. TxDOT is working on a $93 million project to widen 1-35 to four lanes in each direction from just south of Solms Road to just south of Farm-to-Market 306. The final phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2004. But, Malatek also said construction work on the last phase could be significantly delayed if the San Antonio area did not comply with federal air standard regulations. Information about the TxDOT construction work is available to the public. Local business owners or residents with questions about the phases of the 1-35 construction are encouraged See TRAFFIC/3A TO GET BY ... The path of reconstruction along Interstate 35 is Business people listen to ways to combat traffic problems affecting their stores on Tuesday. ‘Boerne Wall’ debate continues Judge postpones decision, waits for written arguments By Erin Magruder Staff Writer BOERNE More than 13 years of legal wrangling between Boerne and San Antonio over the “Boerne Wall” continued Tuesday when a Kendall County district judge postponed rendering a decision that likely will affect the future of Comal County. The “Boerne Waif' is a section of San Antonio’s extraterritorial jurisdiction that runs along East Ammann Road from Boerne to the Bulverde city limits, forming a contiguous corridor that divides San Antonio’s ETJ from southwestern Comal County. The “Boerne Wall” decision is of special concern to Comal County Com- ‘7 saw nothing presented today by expert witnesses that would make me think we are going to lose the 4Boerne Wall!” Jay Minikin, Comal County Commissioner missioners because if the “wall” is not upheld, it would provide a window for San Antonio’s invasion into the western part of the county— which could eventually include the Canyon Lake area. The ‘"wall” was established in 1987 at the request of residents and commissioners in Comal and Kendall counties, who rallied for the extension of Boerne’s ETJ to prevent properties from becoming part of San Antonio’s jurisdiction, Comal County Commissioner Jay Minikin said. San Antonio had made known plans in fall 1987 to annex a strip of land on the east side of Camp Bulbs — a US. Army installation next to Comal County—re-establishing its ETJ into Comal County. Before San Antonio could annex the property, Kendall and Comal County commissioners and property owners passed a series of voluntary ETJ annexation ordinances to put the “wall” in place, Comal County Engineer Tom Homseth said. San Antonio annexed the strip of land little more than two weeks later and has never recognized the “wall” as a legitimate boundary to its existence. Boerne — with the support of Comal and Kendall county commissioners — sued San Antonio in 1998 in an effort to finally resolve the dispute. The longstanding legal limbo over the ‘Vail” continued Monday morning at the Kendall County Courthouse as lawyers for Boerne and San Antonio argued two basic points of contention to 216th District Judge Stephen Ables. San Antonio claims it had the first legal right to annex See WALL/5A Council gives first approval on Loop 337 rezoning ordinance By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer A resident living near a proposed office complex told New Braunfels City Council Monday he trusted the developer and supported a zoning change that would allow several uses other than office build ings. “He’s a reputable builder,” Ben Wellman said. District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson said she didn’t doubt developer Randy Taylor’s trustworthiness. “But that doesn’t mean he won’t sell the property,” she said. Approving the proposed rezoning of a Loop 337 site— from multifamily district to neighborhood business district — would open up the property for several uses not compatible with the neighborhood, she said. Watson suggested council approve a special use permit eliminating three uses allowed under a neighborhood business district: convenience store (no motor fuel sales allowed); cleaning, pressing and dyeing pickup stations; and photographic supply and photo graphic printing shops. These businesses could attract more traffic or could emit unpleasant odors, she said. But Watson’s motion wasn’t seconded, and council voted in favor of the zoning change 5-1, with Mayor Stoney Williams abstaining and Watson voting no. The ordinance needs to be approved two more times for final approval. District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said of all the calls he received, everyone was in favor ofSee LOOP/5A Inside Abby.......................... ......5A Classifieds..................... ..6-1 OB Comics........................ ......2B Crossword................... ......5A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies........................... ......5A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports......................... ..7-8A Today........................... ......2A Television....................... .....2B www.herald-zeitung. com Key Code 76 On parade 150-years of Kindermasken continues By Betty Taylor Staff Writer C hildren of all ages will have the opportunity to play dress up during the annual Kindermasken Parade that takes place at IO a.m. Saturday in downtown New Braunfels as part of Folkfest 2000. The event has been a German tradition in New Braunfels for more than 150 years. This past year s procession included more than 1,200 participants dressed as ladybugs, canoeists, pioneers, Humpty Dumpty and ""lET” even knights in shining armor. Participants will march down San Antonio Street and around the Plaza. Creativity is key, said Dolores Patterson, Kindermasken chairman. “You can make your own costume, or some wear what they wore on Halloween,” she said. “Some are very elaborate and some have themes.” Patterson said costumes that were common to the earlier Kindermasken parades included pioneer styles and German cos- Folkfest activities More Folkfest activities for children Candle dipping, pottery making, needlework, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, Indian dancers, kite maker, Texan encampment, one-room school enactment, Sophienburg family tree, Civil War soldiers and railroad museum display . Other Folkfest Activities Entertainment; music; dancers; folk singers; mariachis; antique “Pickers Paradise” and more; and displays of early arts, crafts, skills, hobbies and local genealogy. tumes and were still a familiar sight at more recent parades. Even strollers are decorated to include the very young. Parents are encouraged to walk with their children in the parade. Kindermasken organizers said many theories have evolved about where Kindermasken originated. However, it is agreed that See KINDERMASKEN/4A ;