New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Leigh Jones
Scott McBride peered closely at the map in front of him, located his property and then the new floodplain line.
“Well I’ll be darned,” he said, accompanied by a quick inhale and a slow exhale. “I’m just two
properties out of it.”
McBride was looking over the new Federal Emergency Management Agency's Flood Insurance Rate Map, which arrived at city hall last week.
Although FEMA adjusted the floodplain boundaries by as much as 16 feet in some places,
HELP IS OW THE WAY
■ Improvements to the South Tributary could ease flooding, see Page 10A.
McBride managed to escape.
“That’s a relief. I was afraid I was going to see everything I put in my house go down the drain,”
he said, noting his property value likely would have taken a dive if the floodplain had been moved just a few more feet.
The map adjustments have been in the works for several years, planned by FEMA after two recent devastating floods in Comal County demonstrated the
lines on the previous maps, in place since 1986 and 1991, were out of place.
The floods and the floodplain are expanding, New Braunfels Planning Director Frank Robbins told members of the Planning
See FLOOD, Page 10A
AT A GLANCE
■ What: New Braunfels city council meeting
■ When: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ Where: City council chambers, 424 S. Caste!! Ave.
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Habitat rehabbing Rosedale neighborhood
By Ron Maloney
An old New Braunfels neighborhood is coming back to life — one home at a time.
It wasn’t too long ago — about five years — that the city of New Braunfels shut down an entire city block over health and safety code violations, closing down Rosedale Apartments, which was home to more than 200 people who lived in former military barracks buildings under conditions similar to those in a Rio Grande Valley Colonia.
Comal County Habitat for Humanity is writing a new story for Rosedale — one in which children will again play in tile neighborhood not far from Lone Star Elementary — and one in which their parents will own their own homes.
AT A GLANCE
■What: Habitat for Humanity home blessing
■ When: 2 p.m., today
■ Where: 128 Rosedale Ave.
At 2 p.m. today, Esther Munoz and her sister, Emma Alejos, will christen their new home at 128 Rosedale Ave., when Habitat and the two churches that sponsored the home, First United Methodist Church of New Braunfels and Bulverde United Methodist Church, conduct the traditional I labitat house blessing.
Habitat for Humanity, the non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing organization made famous by former U.S. President limmy Carter, offers a hand up to folks living in substandard housing by helping them own their own home for the first time.
See HOME, Page 8A
Young cheerleaders root, root, root for the home team
By Jessica Sanders
She’s seen the movies, worn the outfit and learned the steps. Now, all aspiring cheerleader Ally Jacobs needs is a team.
“I’ve always wanted to be a cheerleader,” said 9-year-old Aliy. “I love to dance, and I like the stunts.”
Cheerleaders were everywhere Saturday morning, but there wasn’t a football game in sight. Kids ages 3 to 13 packed the Canyon High School gymnasium to learn a few new moves from the Canyon squad.
Ally’s mom, Cindy Jacobs, said her daughter has been begging for cheerleading lessons since she was 3. The Canyon camp offered a great way for Ally to work on moves, gain confidence and meet other children.
“She was really nervous at first," Jacobs said. “But once she met the high school cheerleaders and they took her in, she felt really good.
Sophomore Darilyn Boren, a member of the junior varsity team, said it’s amazing how much children admire high school cheerleaders.
See CHEER, Page 9AComal ISD leader takes charge
Drainage proposal retains mandatory fee
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Harleigh Thurman, 3, gives it everything she's got while performing a cheer routine along with the Canyon Cougar cheerleaders during a camp Saturday morning. Below, Amber Cox, left, reminds partner Jasmine Evans to smile while they perform a cheer routine.
Comal ISD Superintendent Marc Walker talks with Zachary Castillo.
By Jessica Sanders
Marc Walker can’t help grinning like a kid. Surrounded by third-graders in a Frazier Elementary science lab Tuesday, the superintendent of Comal Independent School District gathered students’ comments about a diaper dissection.
“I asked one boy if he had ever
changed a diaper,” Walker said. “I Ie said ‘yes’ and asked me, ‘Do you know what the difference is? — It stinks!”’
Making friends with schoolchildren is the easy part of governing a district of more than 12,000 students, Walker said. Breaking down wails of mistrust will take a little more work.
“I can only do what I say I’m going to
See WALKER, Page 7A
By Leigh Jones
City council will take another stab at a drainage ordinance everyone can live with Monday.
If approved, the rewritten ordinance will replace the 5-month-old existing ordinance with language City Attorney Charles Zech thinks is more in line with state law.
Zech’s new ordinance renames the contentious stonnwater development fee, decreases it for single-family residential lots and creates a fund for the fee’s deflection and distribution.
The stormwater connection fee will cost developers $600 per newly platted residential lot, $650 less than the current $1,250 fee.
Zech said the amount was based on what City Engineer Mike Short said he could justify.
Once collected in the stormwater connection fee
fund, the money can be used only for opera-t i o n , adminis-t r a t i o n and maintenance of the city’s City Attorney utility Charles Zech drainage system.
Despite its other changes, the stormwater fee retains its mandatory provision — developments within 3,000 feet of an existing drainage utility still will be required to pay the fee in lieu of onsite detention.
The first group of local developers to fall under the existing ordinance’s mandatory requirement Filed suit against the city Sept. 17, alleging the fees were illegal.
While Zech said he believed the new language
See DRAINAGE, Page 7A