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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas I I i 11 1 i i 1iV11 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 Nov 23 16 pages in 2 sections December 21 1999 TUESDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Neighbors coworkers reel from Seguin womans slaying A iv i Police have suspect but still no motive BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Friends and family still arc trying to make sense of the murder of Seguin resi dent Diana Aguilar on Friday and Seguin police continue to search for a motive in the killing On Saturday morning Seguin police arrested Aguilars neighbor 23year old Patrick James Holzer on charges of murder and attempted murder for the vio lent attack against Aguilar and her 4year old daughter Seguin police found the body of 32year old Aguilar in her apartment at the WO block of East Cedar Street Friday night Aguilars daughter Haley Bucno also was found injured inside the apartment The girl was airlifted to University Hos pital in San Antonio Friday night with severe head trauma Police officials said Monday the girls condition had been improved and the hos pital had changed her status from critical to serious Seguin police were dispatched at Friday to Apartment 202 at 968 E Cedar Police officials found the victim lying on the floor in the kitchen of the apartment Police officials said Holzer resided at a rental house at 698 E Cedar St Aguilar and her daughter lived in a duplex apartment behind the house Lt Mike Rosas with the Seguin Police See Blue norther packs cold windy punch just in time for holidays WAI Ryan s Family Steakhouse employees Donna Davis in red and Mary Grudle ducttape the restaurants operating partner and gen eral manager Tom Aelvoet to the marquee pole outside the diner on Monday for two hours after Aelvoet lost a bet with employees that they could not raise in a week for the Blue Santa fund BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Mondays longawaited rainfall produced slick roads that could pose driving hazards for morning commuters If the roadways are still wet today drivers should take extra precautions as they head to work Lt John Wommack of the New Braun fels Police Department said Since the weather has been so dry lately the streets will be extra slick because of the oil and grease on the Wommack said To be on the safe side drivers should increase the following distance between them selves and other vehicles he said Commuters also should slow down and observe other vehicles closer allowing enough reaction time to prevent a collision Wom mack said A fourcar collision Monday on W San Antonio Street was caused by a driver who did not allow enough stopping distance on the FORECAST TODAY Cold and rain Highs near 40 N wind near 10 mph TONIGHT Cloudy Lows near 30 N wind near 5 mph slippery street Wommack said No one was injured in the wreck he said Although temperatures were expected to drop to the 20s overnight the roads Wednes day should remain dry and driverfriendly according to the National Weather Service As the cold front moves across the state lows tonight will reach the single digits in the Panhandle with teens and 20s in the Hill Country and will range mostly from the 20s inland to the low 30s near the coast Temperatures were predicted to gradually warm up toward the end of the week with highs in the upper 40s predicted for Wednes day NWS said A chance of rain is predicted for Thursday with highs in the 50s NWS said Those looking for some relief from the drought will have to wait a bit longer rainfall Monday measured less than 05 inches in the greater New Braunfels area About 1 inch of rainfall is needed to lower the drought index according to the Texas For est Service Tips for Residents When it Freezes To prevent frozen pipes Open cabinet doors where water pipes are below sinks or vanities and near outside See Bulverde NW Ingram reach agreement BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer The City of Bulverde Northwest no longer exists After months of negotiations a settlement was reached Friday in the longstanding dispute between local cement manufacturer Ingram Readymix Inc and the former town of Bulverde Northwest The agreement was the result of an Oct 6 lawsuit filed by the State of Texas on behalf of the concrete man ufacturer that challenged the May 1 incorporation of the city The judgement dissolved the incor poration of Bulverde Northwest without prejudice as to a future incor poration and without admission of any wrongdoing in the towns earlier attempt to incorporate according to a joint press statement released Mon day The agreement reverted Bulverde Northwest back to its preincorpora tion status and allowed Ingram to continue its plans to build a concrete batch plant off 281 and Texas 46 within the former city limits of the fledgling town it sued The resolution stated that Ingram and Bulverde Northwest would agree to cooperate in the future on issues of mutual concern Attorney Bill Zeis of Austinbased Fulbright Jaworski which repre sented Ingram and attorney Egon R Tausch who represented the Town of Bulverde Northwest said they could not comment on the settlement as part of the agreement reached between the parties Bulverde Northwest area residents See City has until February to trim bond issue list WILLIAMS BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council still has time to trim a mil lion bond package scheduled to go before voters in May If all six propositions now included on the bond package passed the citys tax rate would more than double in the next four years But council still has until midFebruary to finalize that list and get it before voters in May city manager Mike Shands said They probably want to approve it no later than Feb he said Mayor Stoney Williams said hed like council to consider par ing down the list in the coming weeks Im going to maybe recom mend that we need to drop some he said The HeraldZeitung will take a look at each proposition now included in the bond package in the next few weeks and analyze the tax impact of each one The package approved tenta tively by council on Dec 13 includes six propositions about million to expand Walnut Avenue about million for street and drainage projects million in public safety projects for the fire department and airport for a new police and fire department communi cation system million for a new sports complex and about million for park improvements In my opinion we need to concentrate on public safety and Walnut Avenue Landa Street and Churchill Williams said He said hed like to see some of the street projects dropped but had not made up his mind on the BOND SERIES Wednesday Walnut expansion Sunday Street and drainage bond projects and staff requests Tuesday Dec 28 Public safety bond pro jects and staff requests Wednesday Dec 29 Communication system Thursday Dec 30 Sports complex Friday Dec 31 Park improvement bond projects and staff requests million sports complex which includes an indoor pool gymnasium and several fields The total projected property tax rate could increase from 31 cents to 72 cents in 2002 Of that cents would repay the debt and cents would cover any cost of maintenance and opera tion associated with bond pro jects A bond would not fund staffing and maintenance needs instead the general fund would need a boost Council would decide how to fund that boost but one option would be a tax rate increase If all the projects were approved a resident owning a home with a taxable value of could pay a year in city taxes by 2004 according to preliminary city projections That same resident currently pays plus in county taxes and more than in school But those numbers could be even higher The tax rate could triple in the next four years if the bond is approved and council also approves an additional list of requests that city staff says they need see related story page 5 INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds Comics Crossword Forum 6A 4A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports 12B Today 2A Television 8A Key code Sunday sermon WAI Zeitung 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