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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas MALATEK TxDOT, NBISD work on traffic plan By Heather Todd Staff Writer New Braunfels High School students, staff and parents finally might get what they have been waiting for —increased safety for motorists on Loop 337 in front of the high school. But, whether the solution involves putting a light in front of the school, 2551 North Loop 337, has not been determined. New Braunfels Independent School District officials Monday met with members of the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Transportation Institute to discuss pre-liminary plans for making the intersection safer for motorists. TxDOT agreed to conduct a traffic study in front of the high school in response to public outcry after a fatal accident in front of the school in October. Two New Braunfels High School students, Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz, were killed Oct. 9 when their car was struck by a quarter-ton pickup in front of the high school. Another accident in front of the high school in September sent a 48-year-old woman and her 12-year old daughter to the hospital after a 17-year old NBHS student pulled out of the main driveway and struck their car. Russell Henk, program manager for TTI, is scheduled to present three phases of action to NBISD trustees at the next board meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 14. NBISD officials said a district committee would be established to work with TxDOT to make a final recommendation. Henk told school district officials Monday that researchers from the institute studied traffic patterns and traffic speeds in the area and researched accidents dating back to 1996. TxDOT has a contract with TTI at Texas A&M University to perform studies and assessments involving highway safety and operations. Greg Malatek, resident engineer for the New Braunfels TxDOT office, said the traffic studies were completed recently- But, he would not say whether TTI’s preliminary plans included a traffic signal or what solution would be proposed to trustees. See TRAFFICK Walgreens eyes Business 35 site Plan Officials are not releasing details of the traffic plan until the next NBISD meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the Education Center. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung A real estate agent representing Walgreens is eyeing this property at Business 35 and Walnut Avenue as a possible site for a new store. Walgreens management hasn’t approved the site yet, but the city’s planning commission will discuss the matter Dec. 7. Zoning request goes before planning panel on Dec. 7 By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer A real estate firm representing Walgreens is eyeing a new location on Business 35 for the chain drug store, now at San Antonio Street and Walnut Avenue. Walgreens management actually hasn’t approved the site and probably won’t consider it until the end of December, said Russ Sims, vicepresident of real estate and finance for the Place Commercial Real Estate in San Antonio. “This is a proposed development,” he said. The Place Commercial Real Estate has applied for a zoning change for three multi-family zoned lots on Business 35 and Walnut Avenue. The request, which will be heard at the city ’s planning commission meeting on Dec. 7, calls for those lots to be changed to general commercial. If approved by the commission and then Walgreens management, the lots would be used for a store with a drive-through — a feature not available at the existing store. City planner Harry Bennett said the new' store would be where a professional building now sits. Farmers Insurance Kasberg Agency, Mickey Ferrell Realtors and Oncology Associates are in this building. According to the site plan, a parking lot would sit where Schwab’s Welding and Machine Shop, Inc. is located. See WALGREENS/5A Pecan aerobics WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Pospisll Appraisal Service co-owner Vladimir Pospisil collects pecans for his wife’s holiday pie at the Main Plaza on Monday afternoon. Pospisil said he always picked pecans that fell from the trees around the gazebo when he walked to the Comal County Courthouse from his downtown office. He called his exercise regimen “pecan aerobics.’’ CISD wants parents’ input on calendar By Heather Todd Staff Writer Comal Independent School District officials are asking parents to voice their opinions about the 2000-2001 school calendar, scheduled for board approval in January. Superintendent Jerry Major recently announced a district committee was working on next year’s calendar for all CISD students. By state law, all students in Texas must attend school for 180 days. But, how the days are placed in the calendar and when students take holiday breaks is up to the local district. Parents are asked to express their concerns or opinions regarding the 2000-2001 school calendar before Dec. Speak Up Parents are asked to express their concerns or opinions regarding the 2000-2001 school calendar before Dec. 17. Parents can call the schools their children attend, or CISD patrons can call Nancy Cobb, administrative assistant to the superintendent, at 625-8081, ext. 205. 17. Parents can call the schools their children attend, or CISD patrons can call Nancy Cobb, administrative assis tant to Major, at 625-8081, ext. 205. Since 1992, CISD has finished the first semester before the Christmas holidays, which has allowed secondary students to take final exams and complete term projects before the long holiday break. Major said survey responses from CISD teachers and staff indicated an overw helming majority of staff favored ending the first semester before the Christmas break. Cobb said ending the semester before the Christmas break allowed students and staff to start a new semester rather than finish the fall semester when they returned in January. “It’s easier on the kids,” she said. See CISD/5A Annexation plan gets j council OK I Residents argue city’s proposal is too aggressive By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer Several residents told New Braunfels City Council; Monday a proposed five-year annexation plan that could double the city’s size by 2004 was too aggressive. Council approved the plan, submitted by the city’s planning commission, with a 6-1 vote. District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson cast the dissenting vote. City planner Harry Bennett said anything annexed after 2002 must be included in a plan approved by Dec. 31 because of new state legislation. “What we see on this map might not really happen,” Bennett said. “But if it’s not on the map, we can’t annex it (starting in 2003).” An area not now included on the map still could be annexed in the next three years. And areas that are included on map might not be annexed at all — the suggested boundaries won’t dictate New Braunfels’ future growth, he said. “This (plan) doesn’t initiate annexation,” he said. “That is strictly council’s prerogative.” 1 But Clif Courtney, who said he lived on property annexed in March, said he still was against the plan H and annexation in general. “This is an overly aggressive plan,” he said. A three-year plan would be plen-JB ty, he said. jBfL City attorney Floyd Akers said the five-year plan was more “open” COURTNEY and “forward” and gave property owners a longer time to respond to the possibility of annexation. “This is alerting people, ‘Hey, we’re thinking about annexing you,’” he said. Tom Jones, who lives outside the city limits, said he didn’t want to become a part of the city and preferred using his water well and on-site sewage facility. “All we want is to be left alone,” he said. Currently, when an area is annexed, the city must provide services within a certain timeframe, and homeowners often are forced to pay for water and wastewater hookups. The recent Senate Bill 89, however, does give cities and homeowners the power to negotiate — but not until 2003. During negotiations, homeowners could ask to keep their wells and on-site sewage facilities. See ANNEXATION/5 A I ISS    I    *    *'%    i    <-    o    -- Ll F S I"' TI 11 ■■ R O P U B I... IG H J- IsNEW    g EL PRGO, TX 7 990 mmmmm    MommmmmmmmHerald-Zeitung i..................................................•............•    .....'    -...........    --1Vol. 149, Nov. 3    14 pages in 2 sections November 23, 1999 Tuesday Serving Comal County since 1852    50 cents Blue cheer Elk Ladies Klub representative Mona Vermillion (right) presents a $1 OO donation to Blue Santa representative Chris Douglas on Monday. About 250 children will benefit from the Blue Santa this year, Douglas said. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung West Comal home burns From Staff Reports SPRING BRANCH — A fire early Monday morning destroyed a home in the Spring Branch area and took the life of a family pet. Eleven firefighters from the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department and firefighters from the Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department responded about 3:11 a.m. to the blaze in the Canyon Oaks subdivision, said Terry Trammell, Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief. When firefighters arrived about 3:20 a.m., the small, three-room house on a cul de sac was engulfed in flames, and a section of the lawn was on fire, reports said. Firefighters were able to control the blaze within five minutes, but damage to the residence was extensive, Trammell said. Although both occupants of the residence escaped without injury, a family dog died in the fire, reports said. As of press time Monday, the cause of the fire was unknown. Inside Abby............................. ......7A Classifieds.................. ..3-6B Comics......................... ......8A Crossword.................... ......7a: Forum........................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......7A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports.......................... ..1-2B Today........................... ......2A Television..................... .....8A Key code 76 ;