New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
■ New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams lifted all water restrictions for city residents effective today.Herald-Zeitung
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Vol. 149 No. 260 16 pages in 2 sections October 25, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Fire destroys family’s home
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
A family of six saw their pets killed and were left homeless Tuesday afternoon by a fire that heavily damaged their Alves Lane mobile home.
Comal County Fire Marshall Lin Munford said the home and belongings of Curtis and Angela Pinson and their four children were a complete loss.
Firefighters were called to the residence late Tuesday afternoon after Angela
Pinson returned home to find flames flaring from its living room windows.
Manford said the exact cause of the fire was still being determined, but he said it appeared accidental.
Curtis Pinson said he and his wife shared the home, at 289 Alves Lane, with four of their six children.
The oldest, a daughter, is 14. Pinson’s stepchildren are sons IO and 8 years old, and a baby girl, age 3. Pinson did not
DPS set to honor slain trooper
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
SAN MARCOS — The work and dedication of a private citizen have ensured that Trooper Randall W. Vetter will be remembered for generations.
A memorial honoring the slain trooper will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Texas Department of Public Safety in San Marcos, 1400 N. Interstate 35. The public is invited to the dedication.
The memorial was made possible through
the work of Don Metcalf and the nonprofit organization, “We the People of the State of Texas.”
Vetter was shot during an August traffic stop in Hays County. He was the 75th DPS officer to die in the line of duty.
The gray, speckled
granite monument that will be dedicated Thursday stands about four feet tall, Sgt. Mike Holmes with the San Marcos DPS office said.
“It has a tremendous meaning here, just for the fact that something permanent is erected here at our building. It gives you the feeling that it’s not a forgotten effort, and it will be something that will keep the meaning of Randy Vetter alive and well with us,” Holmes said. “That is something we
Wasser Strasse forum
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Anna Margaret Alexander (standing) voices her objections to the NBGS proposal of Wasser Strasse at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center Tuesday afternoon.
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
A crowd of about 70 people greeted the proposed New Braunfels river walk with concerns and questions Monday.
The city council gave NOBS International, a sister company to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, approval to develop a business plan for the proposed river walk and accompanying water-based transportation system in September. NBGS designs and manufactures slides and equipment for water parks worldwide.
NBGS is now holding a series of public meetings to gather input into the project. Former New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Bob Sohn was named project director for the proposed riv
er walk and has been leading the meetings.
Sohn began Tuesday’s meeting by saying that some had said the proposal would increase the number of tourists in the city.
“Really, we probably will bring in more tourists,” he said.
But he said the plan would help control the tourists much better.
The city cannot stop the tourists, he said, but the city can “do something with them so they don’t encroach and affect us negatively.”
The proposal includes an approximate two-mile landscaped river walk, or Wasser Strasse, between Lancia Street and Garden Street.
The Wasser Strasse would provide a place for arts exhibits, weddings and other events. NBGS
also has proposed that interpretive areas to educate the public about the Edwards Aquifer, endangered species supported by the Comal Springs and other issues be a part of the river walk.
The second part of the proposal is a water-based transportation system, called Trans-portainment, in which man-made channels would be built to carry tubers around.
Transportainment would at least extend from the Garden Street exit on the Comal River, across Schlitterbahn property and back to Prince Solms Park. Transportainment also would link Schlitterbahn’s two parks through Prince Solms Park.
Sohn said the proposal is not to build “fixed buildings” along the walk for restaurants and oth-
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Rainfall, floods subside
From Staff Reports
Comal County officials reported a few road closings due to flooding Tuesday afternoon as the National Weather Service extended through today a south central Texas flash flood watch.
County Engineer Tom Homseth reported late Tuesday afternoon that the only county road Closed due to flooding was Rebecca Creek over the Guadalupe River.
Tuesday morning, Farm-to-Market Road 1863 had been closed at its Cibolo Creek crossings, but by 2 p.m. Tuesday, a Comal County Sheriff’s dispatcher reported that only Blan
co Road at Cibolo Creek and Obst Road west of Bulverde Lane were still closed.
The US. Army Corps of Engineers reported that at 1:45 p.m., 34,300 cubic feet per second of water was flowing into the Canyon Lake reservoir.
The outflow into the Guadalupe River headed downstream toward New Braunfels would be held at 104 cfs, the Corps reported on its recorded information line.
By 4 p.m., Homseth said, the Corps was reporting that the crest of the Guadalupe River seemed to have peaked, and the inflow — which had risen all Tuesday
morning — had dropped to 32,700 cfs.
The National Weather Service reported late Tuesday that the heaviest rain had passed.
“Rain has slacked off quite a bit. There are still some thunderstorms out there, but not as widespread as it has been the past couple of days,” meteorologist Latrice Maxwell said.
The flood watch was extended because of sporadic and sometimes heavy local rains.
Off icials say to expect intermittent rain throughout the week.
High temperatures will hover in the 80s, and cool to the 70s by Friday.
County slates subdivision rules hearing
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing Thursday on proposed new regulations that will make water availability a condition of subdivision approval.
The 9:30 a.m. hearing is set so commissioners can hear public input on the new rules, which they could vote to adopt as early as next week.
In the proposed draft, the new subdivision rules would force a developer to gain certification that enough water is available to serve full buildout of a proposed subdivision. That certification would have to be obtained before plat approval.
Developers who have criticized that requirement say it adds prohibitive up-ffont engineering and planning costs to doing business.
To add those costs before a project is even approved could kill some projects before they are launched, developers have said.
But the new regulations would also require municipal utilities such as the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. and New Braunfels Utilities to certify that water is available for a full build-out of a proposed subdivision in their service areas.
Also required, as now written, is certification for a projected build-out of the utility’s entire service area.
The already heavily regulated public utilities do not operate that way, and to force them to do so would add unreasonable cost burdens to current utility customers, utility off icials say.Public Hearing
■ WHAT: Public hearing, proposed county subdivision rules
■ WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Thursday
■ WHERE: Commissioner’s Court, Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin
Roger Biggers, assistant general manager of New Braunfels Utilities, acknowledged concerns about the proposals late Tuesday afternoon.
He said NBU would make a presentation to that effect at the public hearing.
“A municipal utility doesn’t plan that way.
“We look out 20-30 years in the future and we plan based on population projections, diversity factors, and then actual population growth over time,” Biggers said.
“In order for New Braunfels Utilities to meet these regulations we would have to purchase a water supply today that would not be used for many, many years in the future.”
Biggers said he understood the problems northwest Comal County was facing with limited water and a grow ing population.
“But we do not feel that these rules w ill work for NBU and will cause unnecessary expense to the existing rate payers who in essence will beSee RULES/3A
These birds were spotted goose-stepping through Lands Park after recent I heavy rains left puddles everywhere. The park residents looked both ways,; but decided not to cross the street after all.