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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas December 1991 12 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUN Mlllett Two 18 Pages Citizens air concerns of being slighted By LARRY ROWE SUtfWrlUr Citizens of District 1 pleaded for neighborhood improvements at a town meeting many expressing a frustrated belief that they are neglected as the poor side of Were not asking in our district for a covered swimming pool like some other districts said resident Koo kie All were asking for is the basic The held at the Holy Fam ily Church on Hidalgo was one of four scheduled this month so that city officials can gather ideas from citizens on capital The officials will then prioritize the suggestions for a possible bond Many of the citizens asked for bet ter police drainage and And much of the dialogue was characterized by some residents arguing that their requests have been Stella Rodriguez of West Katy Street said some of the districts resi dents feel the city does not respond to their and the feelings of neglect are picked up by their At this they already feel that nobody cares what happens to them At this they already feel that nobody cares what happens to them just because they live on the poor side of Stel la just because they live on the poor side of But Mayor Pro Tern Ramon Chapa who presided over the meeting as the districts council said the city has made significant strides to improve the area in the past five We made a lot of progress but were not done he Several residents of Walnut Avenue also showed up to oppose the idea of widening that Albert MacNaul of Stonewall Street sug gested the city turn Walnut and the next road parallel to it into oneway streets to cut traffic One immediate outcome of the meeting was that a second neighbor hood meeting will be scheduled next week to discuss lighting and to form a crime watch New telephone prefix V r i added in New Braunfels By ROBERT STEWART StaH Writer There is a new telephone flumber prefix in New said Doyle Southwestern Bell area mana ger for community It is already up in Bebee The new code will handle theoretically about new tele phone but you take off about one third of those for test num bers and that sort of The becomes the fourth Stammtisch prefix for New Braunfels in addition to and Southwestern Bell added the exchange because growth in the area has exhausted the supply of numbers in the existing Bebee And because of in Novem ber 1992 Southwestern Bell will enact the new 210 area code for the South Texas area that include New Braun fels and Canyon Working on the line up t iv f4 Obstruction Hals begun toisrnooth the bumptfrailroad crossing on Walnut Avenue near Landa That section of road will be closed through Union Pacific Railroad is upgrading the crossing and city workers will even up the The so bad that the city installed a temporary bump sign on Photo by Bill t I I Best wishes The New Braunfels Ilerald Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to David Randolph Edith Dwayne Albert David Gregory Audrianna Urias Page 2A Good Day It will be sunny and cool today with a high temperature uround 65 Tonights low will dip down to about 35 For more weather information see page CLASSIFIED 38B COMICS CROSSWORD 3A DEAR ABBY 3A ENTERTAINMENT 1B OPINIONS 4A RECORDS 6A RELIGION FOCU8 OA 8PORT8 TV LISTINGS 2B POES SANTA HONOR OS WITH HrS PRESENTS OR HIS PRESENCE 1 19 shopping days to Christmas Library filing cards away for computers By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer Patrons of the Dittlingcr Memorial Library soon will be punching a keyboard instead of flipping through hundreds of cata log cards to find a We feel that it is the computer and this is a much more effi cient way for the public to have access to what is said Dona president of the librarys advisory I think irwt libraries arc chang said Vicky Dittlin gors library 1 think that people are becoming more und more dependent on libraries to pro vide them with information about any number of And as libraries across the coun try enier the computer ago to meet this Dittlinger expects to join them by this lime next she Patrons who havent yet befriended computer technology have nothing to fear because the system will be simple and staff will be on hand to she Hut many of the kids who use the library for school projects ore already well into the computer I do know how to use the com puter and think that might bo a lot said Rebecca Stock Im learning to use ihe compu ter at my daddys added sister Elizabeth It would be easier because men youll find out wiwt books are in and you wont bump your heads when others crowd around the said Yveite The library has sent out propos als to seven computer and expects to choose one iu March Hocker Rebecoa at and her sister say they look forward to using a computer terminal to find library books Instead of thumbing through the old card Photo by Larry Rowe The chosen system will include eight online computer catalogs for book as well as a com puterized circulation Our books will have barcodes on them and the patrons library cards will have barcodes on mem Hocker The strongest It would be easier because then youll find out what books are in and you wont bump your Yvette VUlanueva port is that we will have our cord catalog on a computer and our pat rons will be able to retrieve more information about our Hocker said ihe projeci actually sumed two years The San Antonio Area Library which includes gave each of its members equipment mid databases so they could begin converting their catalogs to com puter Many of the larger libraries in the state have been on this for quite a Bruns San Antonio is automated und most of the larger It will increase staff produc tivity and facilitate the sharing of library resources throughout the Hocker said she did not wont to speculate yet on thy cost of the sys but the money for it will come from the librarys trust mid agency which does not include city She said the automation will also mean that staff will be more available to serve the Such a system would perform many of the clerical tasks that our sutff now does manually a lot of the alphabetizing and she Hocker added that some patrons may feel intimidated by the com puters at bui I think oiiee they discover how much easier it is to use than the card and how much more information they can locate about the theyll f Stray cats scratching at coffers By LARRY ROWE StaH Writer Comal County officials may con sider getting out of the cat business to tighten the leash on rising animal control David the countys animal control said at Thursdays workshop for the Commissioners Court that the county should turn to the thousands of dollars spent on stray cats to trim the animal control The nuisance problems that cats db cause are just that nuisance Young Cats dont chase Cats dont accost Cats dont attack Cats dont attack He said the county should continue to provide assistance when citizens call about cat but commis sioners should consider having the caller pay the Were trying to get out of the cat business because of ths amount of money were spending each year try ing to provide a full service for cat Young said the commissioners may even want to consider removing cats from the Animal Control Order When a cat strays into another according to our thats an animal running at and some citizens find it strange to leash a he All of that will be debated at because these are major deci sions as far as the people are con Precinct 1 Commissioner Jumbo Evans said about possi ble changes to the said the county aver ages 10 to 15 cat complaints per but the numbers breeding In a recent woman at Canyon Lake started with one female cat and wound up with For each cat that must be boarded and the county now pays a total of he And because of a sharp rise in com the animal control budget rose from a total of in 1990 to so far in Much of the 1991 cost paid for a second animal control officer and additional equip ment to meet the rising Young Of the cost for animal tending and euthanasia of cats so far this Young estimated that of that was spent on Youngs which com missioners are expected to discuss at a later is to have citizens borrow a county cat trap for a deposit and then pay the cost of dealing with the animal after In another costcutting measure for animal the commissioners opened proposals for animal boarding and other The court decided on 14 to request propos als in un attempt to find cheaper Young said that out of 19 prospec tive human society organiza tions und veterinary clinics that were only four met the countys These were the Humane Society of New the Seguin Animal the Williams Veterinary Clinic in Hays and the Conuil County Veterinary Medical Associa which the county currently Other actions taken by the couri included the following Commissioner agreed itt the work shop to stop use of the courthouses parking garage arm for a trial 30day period after If the trial goes the court may decide later to free parking in the
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