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Vol. 148, No. 248 14 pages in 2 sections November 2, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
50 centsCity standards commission discusses use of storage buildings
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
Residents can’t just put up a storage building anywhere they want — even if it looks like a house on the outside.
And even if the property has sentimental value.
This was the response from New Braunfels’ Building Standards Commission Monday to a request from George West resident Dwayne McWilliams, who owns a piece of property in New Braunfels surrounded by Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort’s parking lot.
“I don’t want to sell it,” McWilliams said. “I grew up in it.”
The home, at 663 Liberty, recently was ravaged by fire. In July, the commission asked McWilliams to secure and rehabilitate the structure by November.
“There was a ton of kids going by there,” city attorney Floyd Akers said.
McWilliams hired a contractor who, unbeknownst to him, demolished the building after falling through the floor several times.
“To this day, I don’t know why it was tom down,” McWilliams said. “My sole
purpose was to restore the house where my brother and I grew up. Money wasn’t an issue as much as saving the house.”
McWilliams said he still has an attachment to the property and wants to construct a shell of a house there to use as a storage unit.
But that’s against city code.
“You can’t have an accessory building without a main structure,” Akers said.
McWilliams argued that the new structure was exactly what he said he would build before.
“No one can tell me what the difference
is,” he said. “Why would you allow it before but not now?”
Commissioner Mary Ann Carter said she approved McWilliams’ plan before because she thought he would restore the house as a house and would only use it as a storage unit temporarily.
Now he wants to build a “shell of a house” with no inside walls and no windows on the outside.
“If we let that pass, it’s going to run down the quality of our city,” commission vice-chairman W.H. Hauboldt said.
The commission voted to take no action
on the item, saying it was outside their scope of authority.
“We can’t determine land use,” commission chairman Shawn Rutledge said.
McWilliams could possibly take his case before the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment or the Planning Commission, Akers said.
In other action Monday, the commission voted to give a homeowner more time to clean up her property.
Akers showed video of the property at 1112 S. Texas 46 taken from a warranted
German culture mixed with ghosts and goblins on Sunday at Comal County celebrated Wurstfest and Halloween. Clockwise from bottom left, Dylan Franklin, 8, casts a spell on passersby as he trick-or-treats his way through the Wurstfest grounds while Meagan Franklin, 11, enjoys sausage on a stick. Festival goers saw no ghost when famed accordion player Myron Floren took the stage at 8 p.m. Sunday. Floren, who missed the 1998 festival due to illness, made a triumphant return on Sunday night. For a listing of today’s Wurstfest events, see page 4A.
NBISD trustee race decided today
By Heather Todd
After today’s District 5 trustee election, two new members of the New Braunfels Independent
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District 5 voters will select either Sue Hahn or Jim Gabbard to replace Steve Weaver.
nLee Edwards, unopposed for the District 3 position, also will take his place on the board, filling the seat vacated by Carlos Campos. GABBARD Also today, New Braunfels and Comal County voters will join other Texas voters as they consider 17 propositions to amend the state constitution. The amendments
would, among other things, provide more money for edu-cation loans and exempt leasing cars for personal use from property HAHN taxes.
Twenty voting locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the constitutional amendment election.
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Members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 138 W. Austin St., erected this altar for Dia de los Muertos. It holds about IOO candles bearing the names of deceased loved ones.A day to remember
Hispanic community gathers today for Dia de los Muertos
By Erin Magruder
Members of the Hispanic community will remember deceased loved ones today in observance of the religious holiday Dia de los Muertos.
“The Day of the Dead” is an ancient Mexican tradition that is celebrated every year on All Souls Day — a universal Catholic holiday celebrated Nov. 2 with masses to commemorate those who have passed away.
Many residents will observe Dia de los Muertos by spending part or most of the day at the graves of deceased friends and family members.
Msgr. Eugene O’Callaghan, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Casted Ave., said the tradition included more celebrations than the Anglo-Saxon observance of All Souls Day.
Often, family members will bring altars that are covered with dried or fresh flowers, foods such as Mexican bread, candles and other offerings to the graves. An altar also is erected to celebrate at home.
It is not unusual for families to take a basket of food to the cemetery to share their loved one’s favorite meal with them, said Sandy Morales, a deacon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 138 W. Austin St.
Morales said members of the Hispanic community would visit cemeteries throughout the day, but the tradition was practiced more often by older generations.
“I went ahead and put up an altar decorated the way my mother used to so the young folks will be able to see it,” he said. “The tradition is still being passed on to the next
Constitutional amendments, arenas among issues facing voters in texas
By Michael Holmes
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — Texans — but not too many — were set to determine the fate of 17 proposed constitutional amendments Tuesday, while voters in Houston and San Antonio were to decide referendums that could help bring both cities new basketball arenas.
This year’s amendment election is the latest in a long series of changes proposed to the Texas Constitution, which has been
amended 377 times since its adoption in 1876.
The basketball-related votes and other local ballot items in San Antonio and Houston were expected to help boost statewide turnout a little, but not much
Secretary of State Elton Bonier, the state’s chief election’s officer, is estimating that only 7.2 percent — or about 820,000 — of Texas’ 11.4 million registered voters will cast ballots. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.