Sunday, December 28, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Stammtisch birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following Gloria Kolacek Barbara Cobb Eliza beth Hassold Marcy Lindsey Darrell J Jarisch Lauren Espinosa Sabrl na Brinkkoeter Grant Warnecke Frank Caballero Isaac Mesa Jeanie Jarisch belat ed and Brooke Campbell Mon Happy Anniversary wishes go to Arlon and Myrtle Bartcls 46 years Tuesday and Lupe and Elsie Paredez 54 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Its going to get cold tonight Today Sunny Highs in the upper 50s Tonight clear and very cold Lows in the mid 20s Monday Clear Highs in the upper 50s to near 60 Tuesday Clear Lows in the 30s Highs in the 60s Wednesday Partly cloudy Lows near 40 Highs in the 60s Hummel Museum shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for Monday was the Hummel Museum This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to Monday and hand out infor mation In return the organiza tion will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park that night HeraldZeftung closed New Years Day JThVNew Zejtung closed New Years Day The New Years Day edition of the Her aldZeitung will be delivered early Thursday morning If you experience delivery problems call 6259144 from 7 to 10 Thursday Normal busi ness hours will resume Jan 2 Post office closing early Wednesday Window service for the New Braunfels post office will close at noon Wednesday Express mail parcels and priority mail may be picked up until 4 that day The post office also will be closed Thursday for New Years Day Christmas trees have second life The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities will sponsor the 11th annual Christmas tree recycling pro gram starting Monday Resi dents can drop off live trees at a specially marked area in the Olympic Swimming Pool park ing lot at Landa Park Drive and Golf Course Road in Lan da Park through Jan 19 For information call 6082160 Schools out until 1998 Schools and offices of New Braunfels Independent School District will be closed through Friday Employees return Jan 5 while students begin the second semester Jan 6 The Tax Office which col lects taxes for the school dis trict and the city of New Braunfels will be closed Monday through Friday but it will be open the last three days of December Closed on Thursday it will be open Friday Office hours for the Tax Office are 8 to 5 Comal Independent School District offices and schools will be closed through Friday The CISP central office will reopen at 8 Jan 5 School will begin Jan 6 New Braunfels ReraldZei SUNDAY 78 7 OR 79903 26 rjages in four sections Sunday December Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Home of Darrell J Jarisch Vol 146 No 32 Shopping rush HeraldZeltung photo by Susan Jakobsen Shoppers brave the cold wet weather as they head into Target Friday afternoon The day after Christmas traditionally is the big return day of the NBU eyes transmission light pacts BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities trustees will consider Tuesday a contract with the Lower Colorado River Authority for shared use of the NBU transmis sion network for fiber optic construc tion Also on the agenda is a proposed agreement with the Texas Depart ment of Transportation for shared costs in changing street lights on Inter state 35 in the city The NBU board will meet at 7 at NBU on the Main Plaza LCRA could pay NBU to use NBUowned transmission lines with in the city for installation of fiber optic equipment This would enable NBU to share in revenues gained from the equipment The fiber optic system can transmit data more readily and is a favorable communication system according Jeff Thompson NBU assistant general manager of business services NBU and LCRA have been nego tiating to reach an amicable contract agreement for both parties Thompson said We hope to arrive at an equitable way to distribute the revenues from third he said LCRA could reroute the fiber optic network and go around New Braun fels if an agreement is not reached between LCRA and NBU officials according to Thompson Also scheduled for discussion Tues day is a proposal for city council to contract with TxDOT for an illumi nation project to change miles of street lights along Interstate 35 NBU officials evaluated options for a partnership with TxDOT for Turn to NBU Page 2A NBPD move Police prepare relocation to new home on Seguin Street BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Local police officers and law enforcement personnel are preparing to step into a spacious new work area that officials say should meet their needs well into the 21 st century Beginning in January square buffeting space and four acres of The Neto Braunfels Police Department police dispatch Emergency 911 Dispatch and the municipal court will move to 1488 S Seguin St in January land at 1488 S Seguin St will become a second home to New Braunfels Police Departments 82 employees Inside renova tions should be finished within the next couple weeks according to NBPD chief Ray Dou glas Contractors are putting the finishing touches on carpet wiring and paint The city of New Braunfels purchased the building which once housed Calco Lumber Company and four acres of land surrounding it for approximately from a com mercial firm in Dallas The building passed through a number of owners and was vacant for about 14 years according to city officials Weve redone about square Douglas said The purchase of the building and renova tions totaled approximately million according to city officials About million of that was derived from the citys general fund About was provided by drug seizure funds and about came from the city infrastructure and improvement fund city man ager Mike Shands said Weve been in this building at 111 W Garden for 25 said Douglas We probably outgrew it 10 years Increased office space will mean officers will not have to work elbow to elbow Now you wont have three officers working out of one Shands said Once talk of expansion began city officials ruled out expanding the current police building Douglas said One of the reasons we had to look else HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen Chief Ray Douglas stands in front of the soontobe new home of the New Braunfels Police Department at 1488 S Seguin St where is because this police station was con sidered a civil defense building The exterior walls are three feet said Douglas The new police station will be in a prime location according to officials They can be on the interstate in a heart as well as FarmtoMarket 725 and Texas 46 Shands said Theyll be highly vis ible at the new A new municipal court and New Braun fels 911 Emergency Dispatch will occupy a portion of the new building the majority of Turn to Police Page 2A Candidates wait until last minute for filing From staff reports Campaign filings for county offices are gaining momentum but the full slate of candidates will not be apparent until the last minute according to the Don Hensz and Gloria Sasser county Republican and Democratic chairmen respectively Formally filing recently with the Republican Par ty for the March 10 primary were Brenda Freeman county court at law judge Norma Keeton Precinct 4 justice of the peace Howard Curly Smith Pet 4 incumbent Fred Stewart Pet 3 incumbent James Gilbert Pet 4 commissioner Moe Schwab Pet 4 commissioner incumbent Bart Bartholomew treasurer incumbent The only Democratic candidate filing thus far has been Diana Guererro Campos Pet 1 incum1 bent One key race for which no one has filed thus far is the county judges race Incumbent Carter Casteel announced months ago that she would not be seek ing reelection in 1998 I I know there are some possible candidates out there but theyre having to wait until the last Hensz said Sasser said We dont expect many in the ty to file until the last three days We know some are weighing decisions over the Candidates have until 6 Friday to file for county offices with their party chairs They first must register their campaign treasurers with the county clerks office County mulls WORD seats Comal County Commissioners Court will make appointments to the Water Oriented Recreation Dis trict board when it meets at Tuesday in the commissioners courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse annex Commissioners a new member to replace board member Guy Anderson whose term limit of four consecutive twoyear terms has expired The court also will consider reappointing two WORD board members Scott Watson and William Mayo In other action Tuesday commissioners will con sider approving a contract with the Alamo Area Council of Governments for grant money to pay for the household hazardous waste col lection Leftover hazardous materials arent just for landfill anymore City county develop recycling program BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Local officials are teaming up to develop a chemical collection recycling program with a goal to reuse hazardous materials otherwise destined for disposal The city of New Braunfels and Comal County are altering a hazardous waste collection program to include recycling of products such as garden chemicals auto products ana household cleansers Anything with a haz ardous label can be brought to the said New Braunfels fire marshal Elroy Friesenhahn The chemical product recy cling program is the first locally although officials have collected hazardous materials from the commu nity for years for disposal purposes Officials are modeling the recycling effort after a hazardous materials recycling program jn Abi Friesenhahn lene Gauging New Braunfels and Comal Countys response to the local program officials will deter mine whether the program will continue Friesen hahn said Pesticides fertilizer herbicides auto an4 clean ing chemicals are among products sought for the city and countys primary collection date sched uled for April 4 We will be segregating chemicals that Friesenhalin said A lot of chemicals can be re used saving on disposal April 10 is designated as government day when any government agency can obtain donated chem icals and products That way theyre not buying new products theyre using existing he said Collection will open to the general public April 11 so others might pick up any chemicals they want Officials plan to dispose of any remaining hazardous chemicals April 12 There will be no fees for any individual or agency wishing to obtain the chemicals just an agreement that the product will be used to the manufacturers standards or otherwise returned said Friesenhahn Designated dropoff areas and other information will be available as April approaches Friesen hahn said offer tips for parents heading out for New Years Eve fun Piage 74