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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Homebuilders file suit against city UPDATES By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Greater New Braunfels Homebuilders Association filed a lawsuit seeking to have the city’s stormwater development fee ruled illegal — and preventing the collection of fees until a judge decides the issue. The suit against the city of New Braunfels filed late Thursday afternoon in 274th Judicial District Court, names as plaintiffs Robert, Jean, Michael, David and Susan Pfeuffer, Oakwood Estates Development Co., and Larry A. Koehler. It alleges that a 170-acre tract the Pfeuffers own that was subdivided into single family lots Sept. 6 has been assessed a $90,000 stormwater development fee to be paid before the plat will be recorded; that a 15.4-acre tract Oakwood Estates owns subdivided June 7 was assessed a $47,500 fee and that a single lot Koehler subdivided into four lots Aug. 9 was assessed a $1,250 fee. Plaintiff attorney Robin Melvin of Austin said the suit addresses the drainage ordinance passed by See SUIT, Page 3A TIME FOR FUN, GAMES Volunteers work to make Comal County Fair a success By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Funnel cakes. Cotton candy. Sausage on a stick. The TUt-a-Whirl. Ladies and gentlemen, step right up — its time for the 112th rendition of the Comal County Fair. Friday, things were moving right along toward Tuesday night s opening— the annual ritual of strobe-lit, carnival riding mayhem local kids have experienced for decades called “Suicide Night." Comal County Fair Association Executive Secretary Nancy Watts said barbecue cookoff contestants were arriving Friday afternoon and preparations were under way for the dance to come later tonight. Watts said another fair association member had summed the situation up succinctly. “We’re ready, because if we’re not, it s too late to worry about it now,” Watts quoted. Theres a lot more to getting the fair ready than is perhaps apparent to the uninitiated who merely go there to enjoy the event during the few short days it lasts. Watts and the staff work year-round administering the fair, and as spring slides into summer, the work picks up. Stanley Pehl worked months preparing the special fair section published by the Herald-Zeitung. Volunteers began having “work days’’ early in the summer. They con tinue through this weekend. Thursday, a Heart of America Shows advance team marked off the midway, and the carneys will begin arriving Sunday for set up Monday and Tuesday. Painting, carpentry, fence-mending and landscaping all have to be brought up to standards for this county’s most important social and cultural event. “We’ve repainted the grandstands,” Watts said, shaking her head. “That was a fun one. We built a new drink stand right off of it. It was in really bad shape. We’ve been working on that. They’ve also repainted the food court area." The phones have been ringing ... See FAIR, Page 7A FAIR WEEK Highlights of the events scheduled during the Comal County Fair that begins Wednesday. ■ Fair Parade, 10 a.m. Friday ■ PRCA Rodeo, Thursday through Saturday ■ Antique Farm Show, 7-9 a.m. Friday and Saturday ■ Kiddie Tractor Pull, noon, Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday ■ Pet Parade, 9:30 a.m., Friday ■ Kid Rodeo Clown Contest, 7:30 p.m. Friday ■ Best Western Dress Contest, 2 p.m. Sunday ■ Antique Tractor Pull, 9 a.m. Saturday ■ Shoe Box Float Contest, entries must be in Wednesday, winners announced Thursday ■ Baby Barnyard, all week Church joins effort to help hurricane survivors in Mississippi By Ron Maloney Staff Writer As Bill Womack was passing out clothes donated to Hurricane Katrina survivors in Gulfport, Miss., this past week, a little girl walked up to him and asked how much the clothing cost. “It’s free, honey,” Womack said. “It’s been given to you by Mr. George Strait.” Womack asked the girl, who was with her grandmother, when was the last time she had eaten, and she told him two days before. He gave her two hamburgers. “I said, what’s your name, honey? She said, ‘Hope.’ I just about fell out of my boots,” Womack said. As Womack made another trip to Gulfport Friday with relief supplies provided by Strait, a local church has joined in trying to get donations of supplies for his trip. Tom Rock, a member of First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, said the need for clothing in flood-ravaged Gulfport has been lessened. What they need now, he said, are cleaning supplies. “The needs change as you go along,” Rock said. “Right now, they have plenty of clothes down there that are still being distributed. Now, they need non-perishable foods and cleaning supplies. See CHURCH, Page 3A All U Can Eat BAR-B I Tracking the news Updates is a iwekly feature to give readers the latest information on stories they haw seen in the Herald-Zeitung. If you iwuld like to see a story iw’w run updated, call us at (830) 625-9TM. or drop an e-mail to lieu >[email protected] ti / rig. com. DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Police search several suspects after a May 7 shooting. Barbosa sentenced to 7 years in prison LAST WE KNEW: Several young men were arrested May 7 after a shooting incident at a Walnut Avenue residence. LATEST: This week, Adrian F. Barbosa, 19, was sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to a deadly conduct charge. NEXT: Barbosa will have to serve half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. ■ ■ ■ Evacuee families find housing LAST WE KNEW: Sheila Copeland was collecting clothes, furniture and other supplies to help 24 people stranded in New Braunfels after Hurricane Katrina. LATEST: Copeland reported three of four families she was helping have found permanent, furnished residences in New Braunfels. The fourth is waiting to see if it will be approved for a house. Several have found jobs and the children are enrolled in school. NEXT: Copeland said New Braunfels' residents continue to donate items to the family and she is working to pass them out to those in need. ■ ■ ■ Drive for school supplies continues LAST WE KNEW: Terry Burnett, owner of Alamo Auto Insurance, was starting a drive to collect school supplies for the children of evacuees in New Braunfels and Seguin. LATEST: Burnett said the response was slower than he expected, but added he's collected close to 5,000 book covers as well as pencils, pens, writing tablets and other items. NEXT: Burnett said the drive would continue through the middle of the week and he would deliver the items to schools. Items can be dropped off at Alamo Auto Insurance, 895 S. Seguin in New Braunfels. ■ ■ ■ Police waiting for autopsy results LAST WE KNEW: Wyngie Strait, 77, of San Antonio, was found dead in the Guadalupe River Sept. 1. LATEST: Officials Friday still hadn't received the results of toxicology tests ordered by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero. NEXT:The cause of death could be determined after the results are returned within the next several weeks. t UNG INSIDE NEW PARK Schlitterbahn reveals its plans for new water park near Kansas City. Page 5A SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17,2005 HKKKnHRXMftKMXftx* nlALU HUI (8J #01 1000571 12/^0/05 SOUTHWEST HICROfmiSHERS 2627 E VANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 IAH I SPORTS FOOTBALL New Braunfels loses its fourth game overall against Austin-Bowie, 48-21. Page 8A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Sunny High Low 98 75 I Details . .. . 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B msmmmmmm Vol. 154, No. 257 18 pages, 2 sections i 25 00001 Photo illustration by MANDY REARY; photos by MANDY REARY and DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung The Comal County Fair promises a week of fun for all ages.Those enjoying the fair last year were, clockwise, from top left, Emilee Grumbles looking at a baby chick; a young girl enjoying the carnival; Kyndell Hubertus, 2, kissing the chicks; Cathy Bell throws a dart at balloons while her children, Desiree andTalon, watched; Dawson Lucas dressed as a rodeo clown; and Eugene the Unicorn at the parade. Sr NI)AY ll WM @ DAVILAR 2f» I imp lr . Ne* Hr:, ii nill s. I \ 'SI til (MI) 625-7844 I 4 ;