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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas JKL FELSHerald-Zeitung Vol. 149 No. 127    14    pages    in    2    sections May 16, 2000 Tut {-U4 i {.) ■■■■ i rving Comal County since 1852 50 cents ii Fin Veterinarian Michael Doherty vaccinates a local pooch, a measure necessary to prevent the spread of potentially fatal diseases, such as distemper, rabies and parvovirus. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Walgreens’ new store about one year away By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A pair of old houses have been moved to help clear the way, but a new Walgreens drug store at Walnut Avenue and Business 35 still is a year or so away. Russ Sims, vice president of real estate and finance for developer The Place Commercial Real Estate in San Antonio, said Monday he expected construction to begin at the site within the next two to three months. “I don’t have a deadline right now. I really don’t have anything else to say,” Sims said. Carol Hively, at the Walgreens corporate offices in Deerfield, 111., said Monday that the store, which will replace a slightly smaller one on a more cramped lot at Walnut and San Antonio Street, is slated to be open sometime next year. “We don’t see it being completed before late winter or early spring of 2001,” she said. When built, the new Walgreens will replace a professional building on the southwest comer at Walnut and Business 35 that now houses the Randy Kasberg insurance agency, Mickey Ferrell Realtors and Oncology Associates. A pair of homes on lots north of the professional center have been raised and moved from their lots. A site plan submitted during the permit process showed a parking lot would be built where Schwab’s Welding and Machine Shop now is located. The new Walgreens’ entrances will be on Walnut, Business 35 and Hickory Avenue, according to the plans. The building, as proposed last winter, will be about 15,000 square feet, while the existing one is 12,400 square feet. The lot size of the existing store is less than one acre, while the new one will sit on more than two acres and, with 80 parking spaces, allow space for about 30 more cars than currently. Inside Abby......................... 7A Classifieds................... ....4-6B Comics........................ 3B Crossword................. 7A Forum.......................... 6A Local/Metro................. 4A Movies.......................... 7A Obituaries.................... 3A Sports........................ ....1-2B Today.......................... .......2A Television....................... .... 3B www.herald-2eitung.c0fn Key Code 76 Officials wai a iper outbreak By Erin Magruder Staff Writer The word “raccoon” often brings to mind a pesky, nocturnal sneak who grubs in trash cans, scatters litter in the yard and eats all of Frisky’s food. But the furry, masked trouble makers also introduce a far less benign problem into local yards and homesteads — a disease that could kill the family pet. Raccoons infected with canine distemper — a highly contagious virus that affects the respiratory and nervous system — can transmit the potentially fatal disease to dogs that are not protected by a yearly vaccination. JNcv.. ;ls Animal Control recently has exterminated an increasing number of raccoons infected with canine distemper. Residents should not wait until it’s too late to vaccinate a puppy or adult dog, said Cheryl Krueger, the director of the Humane Society Animal Shelter, 1920 Kuehler Avenue. “We’ve been picking up about four or five infected raccoons per day,” Krueger said. “We find raccoons with distemper all year long, and sometimes the number of cases increases and we’re not sure why.” Residents can prevent their See DISTEMPERS Spurs salute NB family carves ship to honor NBA champs K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Manuel Camareno and his grandson Brandon spent more than 500 hours preparing this “Super Spurs Ship” to honor David Robinson and the rest of the Camareno family’s favorite NBA basketball team. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO — It began as a tribute to the San Antonio Spurs in honor of the team’s 1999 National Basketball Association title. By the time the “Super Spurs Ship” was finished — more than 500 labor hours and many months later — it was a gesture of kinship and respect extended from one veteran to another. Manuel Camareno Sr., a retired U.S. Army first sergeant from New Braunfels, dedicated his handmade, wooden three-foot model ship to David Robinson, the Spurs center known to teammates as “The Admiral.” Camareno and his family are big Spurs fans, and after the team defeated the New York Knicks to win the 1999 championship, Camareno said they decided they must do something to honor the team. Camareno, whose 21 years in the Army included tours of duty in Alaska, Korea, Germany and a pair of combat hitches in Vietnam, wanted to honor Robinson, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who served a two-year stint as a lieutenant before joining the NBA. Camareno said he believed Robinson was the only NBA player to have served on active duty in the military. “They get out of college and get a million or $10 million contract; why should they serve?” he asked rhetorically. “I said, ‘Hey — the ship fits his character.’” So he named the ship the Commander Robinson. “This ship represents you, your teammates, the organization and the fans,” Camareno wrote in a letter to Robinson and the team. “We honor you, David, as a veteran like myself — as the only veteran playing in the NBA. From all the Camareno family, we thank you for all the great thrills you have given us.” Camareno said he spent 470 hours constructing the ship, many of them while the disabled career non-commissioned officer was a patient at Audie L. Murphy Veterans’ Hospital in San Antonio. His See SHIP/5A After the appraisals: CAD meeting quiet, quick By Ron Maloney Staff Writer They were shaking their heads Monday night at the meeting of the directors of the Comal Appraisal District. Nobody came, except for the board, chief appraiser Lynn Rodgers and others on the staff. “I’m really surprised,” board chair Wayne Brotze said. A couple others around the table nodded in agreement. What Brotze was surprised about is nobody — nobody — attended the CAD’s board meeting to complain about the new, higher tax appraisals, which have been out for just two weeks. The appraisal district is charged with appraising property values for the purposes of taxation. “I expected to see a few people,” Brotze said. Rodgers, who has been in the appraising business for a few years, said it didn’t seem extraordinary to him. “We don’t usually,” Rodgers _ said. “I think that’s because you do such a good job of promoting the appeal process,” board secretary Jim Rice told Rodgers. To appeal, a taxpayer among the 40,000 who received reappraisal notices this year should contact the Comal Appraisal District at 625-8597 to request an appointment with an appraiser or the Appraisal Review Board. Deadline is May 31. Rodgers said appeals this year are about on par with all years for which he had records. “It’s really pretty typical,” Rodgers told the board. “No more or no less than in any previous year. Generally, about 2 percent protest at some level — that’s been very constant for many years.” The way the process works is a taxpayer notifies the district that he would like to appeal his appraisal, and an informal, 15-minute appointment is set up with an appraiser. After that appointment — they’re going on now — a formal appointment can be set up in June or early July with the Appraisal Review Board. Right now, Rodgers said, about 360 taxpayers have asked for ARB appointments, and many more are expected —800 protested this past year — before the appeal deadline. That doesn’t mean all get hearings. Several people who scheduled informal meetings on Monday, for example, didn’t show up for them, the chief appraiser said. To appeal, a taxpayer among the 40,000 who received reappraisal notices this year can contact the Comal Appraisal District at 625-8597 to request an appointment with an appraiser or the Appraisal Review Board. Deadline is May 31. Housing costs trouble Rosedale residents PERI STONE-P ALMQUIST/Herald-Zeitung Rosedale complex resident Julian Serrano shows the rotted floors underneath his kitchen sink. (Editors note: City official Michael Resendez translated the comments of several apartment residents from Spanish to English.) By Heather Todd Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Patricia Meckler and her two daughters have lived at the Rosedale Apartments the past four years, but not by choice. “I live here because I have to, not because I want to,” the single mother said. But Meckler said she is afraid that if the city forces her to move from her apartment by June I, her family will have to live out of their car. “I can’t find another place to live in threeHHH weeks,” Meckler said a week ago while standing outside her apartment. “It’s not fair that they gave us only a month,” Meckler said. “I’m a single parent with two kids and I don’t know what I’m going to do.” And Meckler said she is concerned even if she does find housing, she might not be able to afford it. “I can go and give most of my money to a landlord, but I need to feed and clothe my kids,” she said. Meckler said she pays about $205 a month for her apartment. “But with utilities it comes to about $300 a month. I work for $6.50 an hour and still have See ROSEDALE/5ASeries■ TODAY — Residents say they can’t afford to live anywhere else in New Braunfels and need more time to move out ■ WEDNESDAY — What are the city and the New Braunfels Housing Authority doing to help Rosedale residents find new homes? Ai?.* vt- m ;