Wednesday, June 28, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrlctlont New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers with addresses ending In 5 can water today after 7 Well users wltn address es ending in 4 or 5 can water today after 8 HERALDZEITUNG 149 No 158 18 pages in 2 sections June 28 2000 WEDNES ro WEST R OR El PHBO TX 9 0 3 T 352 50 cents County looks to help NB divert yard waste SY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Comal County Rural Recycling Center might help New Braunfels divert 30 per cent of its solid waste from the local landfill the citys Recycle Advisory Committee learned Tuesday Comal County Precinct 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab who oversees the recycling center told the committee I can handle twice what Im handling The committee is discussing a pay as you throw program which would charge residents for solid waste service based on the amount of trash or number of trash bags they discard instead of a monthly fee The committee has been exploring the idea as a way to decrease the amount of McKenna gives insurer 90day deadline Deducribles copayments could increase BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer MCKenna Memorial Hospital has warned Blue Shield to raise within 90 days reimbursement rates it pays for services the hospital provides If not McKenna will cancel its agreement to bean innetwork provider of health care ser vices The move if it comes could result in increased deductibles for some Comal County residents whose health care plans are insured through or adminis tered by Blue Shield should they continue to seek health care at McKenna The ultimatum comes during ongoing nego tiations about Blue Shield reim bursement rates which havent changed at McKenna in more than five years Hospital and reportedly Blue Shield officials express optimism over the talks Blue Shield officials did not return phones calls on Tuesday Were hopeful this will be McKenna Chief Executive Officer Tim Brier ty said He said McKenna now was negotiating with someone at Blue Shield who seemed to be hearing his message McKenna expects to know the outcome of the negotiations within a couple of weeks In a pair of letters mailed to employers who use Blue Shield Briertys mes sage was blunt If an agreement isnt reached within three months McKenna will be forced to notify Blue Shield of its intent to terminate our agreement as an innetwork Brierty wrote This action could obvious ly affect your access to McKenna Memorial Hospital It is my sincere hope Blue Shield will work with us and achieve a favorable outcome If not we would be considered an outofnetwork provider should your employees choose to utilize our waste deposited in the Schwab said he hoped to obtain a sixfoot Comal County Landfill platform chipper by the end of the year The and increase participation chipper should cost about he said in the cityfc recycling pro and could be used to divert yard or green gram The landfill which is privately owned has a life of about five to six years Assistant to the City Man ager Don Ferguson said SCHWAB that we keep Out of the landfill extends the life of the he said The committee asked Schwab to attend Tuesdays meeting and explain whether the center could handle any additional recy clables generated by a pay as you throw program waste from the landfill Ferguson said the city will deposit about to cubic yards of waste in the landfill this year Yard waste will account for about 30 percent of that he said He asked Schwab if the recycling center could handle that much Oh yeah especially if we get this big piece of Schwab said The committee voted to ask city council to show its support for Schwabs grant appli cation to Alamo Area Council of Govern ments for the platform chipper See services See Chain reaction K JESSE Three people were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital late Tuesday afternoon following a chain reaction accident on the northbound Interstate 35 on ramp in front of Home Depot We were going to get on the expressway and we slowed said the driver of the first car Becky Borden of San Antonio The next thing I knew we got hit from behind Borden was hit by a car driven by Justin Jackson of Austin A passenger in Jacksons car Karl Chesson 24 also of Austin sustained head and face lacerations and possible other injuries when she struck the wind shield Two more cars were involved in the accident In all Chesson Borden and at least one other person involved in the pileup were treated at McKenna Memorial Hospital None of the injuries were lifethreatening Kicking it Elijah Paredez 10 practices a kickflip Tuesday afternoon on Houston Street as Jeffrey Buitron 11 looks on Paradez and Buitron are part of a neighborhood skateboarding and BMX group consisting of 10 to 13yearolds called Team Netherworld The boys try to practice everyday CHRIS Property tax reduction debated Flume Abolish economic development sales tax use BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The last one out of the city should turn out the lights Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc President Michael Meek offered that dire predication Monday night in response to what could have been the first step toward killing the cityieconprnic development sales tax However four council members stalled Councilwoman Debbie Flumes proposal to ask voters to consider abol ishing the economic development sales tax and adopting a sales tax in its place for property tax reduction Mayor Stoney Williams Mayor Pro Tern Juan Luis Martinez and Council men Lee Rodriquez and Larry AlexanWILLIAMS der voted to postpone action on her mnre proposal until the councils next meettn t t1 i T i to lite than i ing Flume Councilwoman Juliet Wat son and Councilman Robert Kendrick wanted to vote on the issue Monday night Ive been blindsided by this Alexander said Flume targeted a couple of possible changes to the way the city uses its property taxes These people need jobs What good is it if you have low property taxes if you cant get a job total percent sales tax during Mon days meeting While her attempt to place the economic development sales tax before the voters was delayed she successfully lobbied for a November election in which voters will be asked to expand the way the city can use its economic sales tax for infrastructure improvement projects In Braunfels voters approved a halfpercent sales tax to be split between the general fund for proper ty tax reduction economic development streets and drainage projects and infrastructure improvement projects Onefourth percent of the sales tax is dedicated to the New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation and is split evenly between street and drainage projects and other improvement projects The New Braunfels Eco See SALES Comment on stricter sewage regs sought BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer Local residents are encour aged to voice opinions about stricter regulations for onsite sewage facilities recently pro posed by Comal officials County Engineer Tom Hornseth said Residents can read and com ment on the proposed amend ments through July 21 by log ging onto the website at The to WHATS UP Residents can read and comment on the proposed amendments through July 21 by log ging onto the countys website at Resource Conservation Com The amendments are posted through a link View the Pro INSIDE OB GBRA application pros cons discussed FROM STAFF REPORTS The New Braunfels City Council rejected a proposal Monday night to oppose the GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys application to divert more water from Canyon Lake District 6 Councilwoman Juliet Watson asked the city council to con sider writing a letter to the Texas NatujtaJ Resource Conservation Contyjajfision in opposition to the riv er authoritys water rights amend ments application river authority can now divert per year from but is asking for the F to divert an average of lake holds acrefeet of water The GBRA also is asking for authority to sell an average of 1 1 000 acre feet of water a year to areas out side GBRAs 10county district Councilwoman Debbie Flume vot ed with Watson to write a letter of opposition to the TNRCC They were defeated by five council bers who voted against the letter after an area civil engineer voiced his con cerns about the application and Comal County Commissioner Jay Millikin and a GBRA Director of Project Development David Welsh spoke in favor of it Millikin said the application if approved would meet the water of Knvnunflag in Western County Conv missioners previously approved a contract with GBRA that addresses its water rights amendment applica tion It includes a provision in which no more than acrefeet of water per year can be committed out of the district if there is a demand for water in the district Welsh explained that the pipeline that will be built through western Comal County to serve the San Antonio area also will serve western Comal County Mayor Stoney Williams and Coun cilman Larry Alexander expressed support for the project because it will help western Comal County They re gwag to run the lake WUliams said