New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 218 16 pages in 2 sections September 6, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Alcohol ban petition is in
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Above: Betty Dunkin (right) hands in the petition to get the alcohol ban onto the November ballot to Veronica Sarkozi at City Hall Tuesday afternoon. Bottom: Walter Sears flags people over on the main plaza to collect a few extra signatures for the alcohol ban petition Tuesday morning.
cadre of volunteers who collected the needed signatures in only three and a halfdays.
“We appreciate the time and the effort that the volunteers — both within New Braunfels mid from outlying areas — who circulated petitions, carried signs or brought us ice water,” Dunkin said. “ I say thank you to all of you. What you’ve seen this weekend is people with the courage to think ‘I can make a difference’ come out and make this
happen. This is democracy in action.”
Krueger said, “We have good news. Its better than we could have wished. The people of New Braunfels have spoken out to defend their most precious resource, our two beautiful rivers.”
Krueger said proponents of an alcohol ban were not anti-business or anti-tourist.
• New Braunfels City Council special meeting:
5:30 p.m. Friday
• Voter registration deadline: Oct. 10 at the registrar, Comal County tax office.
• Early voting: Oct. 23 through Nov. 3 in the Comal County Courthouse Annex from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 7. Voting will take place in six precincts during the hours 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
District 1: Lone Star School; Dist. 2: Memorial Elementary School; Dist. 3: Seele School; Dist. 4: Faith United Church of Christ; Dist. 5: Lamar Primary School; Dist. 6: First United Methodist Church.
County judge, developer locking horns
moratorium fight looms
By Ron Maloney
A looming legal fight over Comal County’s nine-month moratorium on high-density housing development could get nasty.
The battle started nearly a month ago in a commissioners' court meeting where developer Joe Veytia of 21 Housing Corp. handed out 15 pages of Bible quotations that he said supported his moral right to build homes for low-income residents. Legal threats escalated a few days later with the developer and his attorney threatening to sue the county to protect his interests.
Now, it’s gotten personal.
Veytia, who is unhappy with Comal County’s moratorium on building homes on lots less than one acre, has threatened to file the lawsuits claiming the moratorium discriminates against his company and low-income home buyers.
And Veytia, who said that at least one commissioner has a business on a small lot and another one lives on a lot less than one acre, has gotten personal, particularly in regards to County Judge Danny Scheel.
Veytia has alleged repeatedly in various open meetings that Scheel only sought the moratorium because Veytia’s new project would place hundreds of new manufactured homes on 170 acres a half mile down Texas 46 from Scheel’s home.
The project, which Veytia said also would protect 13 percent of its land as open or green space, would be aimed at households with an income of $20-$50,000 — homebuy-ers who would get financing through Veytia’s company, an affiliate of Centex Homes Inc.
Scheel dismissed Veytia’s characterizations and charges against the county and against himself as an individual.
“Its interesting I made the motion to approve one of these subdivisions on property that adjoins my back fence,” Scheel said. “It seems odd, then, that I'd discriminate against his, half a mile down the road.”
The development Scheel referred to is Champions Village, which w ill put about 250 manufactured homes in a subdivision next door to his home. That subdivision is grandfathered and unaffected by the
Commissioners talk conservation easements
From staff reports
Carolyn Scheffer with the Texas Parks and Wildlife agency’s Land Conservation Program will discuss the benefits of conservation easements when Comal County commissioners meet Thursday.
Commissioners meet at 8:15 a.m. in the commissioners’ courtroom on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave. Scheffer is tentatively scheduled to speak starting at 9:15 a.m.
Comal County is looking
for ways to protect its quality of life and environment. Scheel said the public had an interest in protecting open land.
With a conservation easement, the owner agrees to give up certain rights that are tailored to a particular piece of property. An example would be a right to subdivide a property or construct buildings on it.
A conservation easement creates tax benefits for landowners who might w ish to protect their property from development.
Texas cities break all-time heat records
FORT WORTH (AP) Much of Texas continued roasting Tuesday in record-breaking, triple-digit temperatures that sent utility companies scrambling to keep up w ith demand.
Austin was sweltering in 112-degree heat, breaking the city’s all-time high of 107. That record had been broken Monday when the temperature hit I IO.
Thermometers also soared past the 100-degree mark Tuesday and broke daily records in Del Rio, San Antonio, Houston and Lubbock.
Some utility companies urged
customers to cut back during peak hours as a precaution.
“The equipment is stressed. It’s like driving a car with the pedal to the floor for two months,” said Carol Peters, spokeswoman for TXU Electric Co., the largest electric and gas company in the state with 2.6 million customers.
“But we’re not close to having any brownouts or blackouts.” Several cities shattered all-time high records Monday: 112 degrees in College Station, 109 in San Antonio and Houston and 104 in Galveston.
Key Code 76
GOP opens local headquarters
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
There is so much red, w hite and blue bunting inside the new Comal County Republican Party headquarters that ii resembles a forest of patriotism.
Every two years, the county party picks a spot and settles in for the election season, and this time they have chosen a prominent, 1,500-square-foot office space at 215 S. Seguin.
Yard signs with names like Ben Scroggins, David Swill and Sherman Krause sit and wait in neat rows like anxious teens at their firstSee GOP/5A
Linden Anderson sells buttons, T-shirts and hats at the Rebulican Headquarters grand opening Tuesday evening at 215 S. Seguin Street.
Mayor calls special meeting Friday to consider initiative
By Ron Maloney
Organizers of a petition effort to bring the alcohol ban issue to New Braunfels voters celebrated at the municipal building Tuesday.
Citizens United to Save Our Rivers co-chairs Kathleen Krueger and Betty Dunkin presented petitions bearing nearly 3,000 names to New Braunfels City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi. They needed only 1,632 signatures.
Sarkozi said she and several city employees would work during the coming days to ty pe the names into a computer database and then confirm them as registered voters.
Mayor Stoney Williams called a special city council meeting for 5:30 p.m. Friday so council can act on the petition to meet the deadline for the Nos. 7 election. WILLIAMS Council can
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While he won’t be able to attend Friday’s meeting — he'll be recovering from knee surgery Williams said he hoped council would throw the issue to the voters.
“I’m hopeful the citizens w ill get a vote and I’m glad if it does go to referendum that everyone w ill get a chance to voice their opinion on it,” Williams said.
On Aug. 28, council voted to table until March a decision on w hether to ban alcohol on the rivers that flow through the city. During that time, a committee was to study the issue and come up w ith plans for dealing w itll behavior and littering problems on the river.
During Labor Day weekend, New Braunfels police followed a council mandate to step up enforcement on the Comal River. As of Monday afternoon, more than 50 arrests were reported.
During Tuesday’s press conference, Dunkin showed a sheath of petitions more than two inches thick to reporters from print, radio and television media. She thanked a
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