Wednesday, September 20, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALD PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 3 or 4 can water today before 9 and after 7 For information call 6088925 UNG Vol 149 No 230 16 pages in 2 sections September 20 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents CHRIS PACE HeraldZeitung Detective Eddy Luna of the Comal County Sheriffs Office explains ways to prevent car bur glaries Tuesday in front of the Sheriffs Office Luna said to avoid leaving valuables in plain sight on the seat or dash of the vehicle Stow it dont show it and lock the doors Officers offer advice for preventing auto burglaries BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer If you lock your doors and hide your valuables you go a long way to prevent a burglar from breaking into your vehicle Once someone has taken the cell phone or compact disc player from your car you will have spent the money to replace the items before they are recovered if they ever are The main thing is just common New Braunfels Police Sgt David Wilson said You dont want to go shopping and leave your doors unlocked or your windows rolled down and allow someone free access to your car Make it difficult for them Dont leave it Detective Eddy Luna who inves tigates burglaries for the Comal County Sheriffs agreed You can walk in a parking lot at a department store and see all the unlocked Luna said So can thieves he said Lock your doors 1 think half of the burglaries I work are unlocked doors Every time I go to a burglary and theres no damage to a door key hole or window theyre unlocked People dont like to admit it but they he said The New Braunfels Safe City Commission this past year sponsored an auto burglary initiative and this year will do the same with vehicle theft Chairman Ron Friesenhahn said I think its really a matter of doing the commonsense things I dont have any numbers to back it up but I suspect that if you look at a large number of burglaries the doors arc unlocked and there are valuables in plain view Other than ushering the thief to the vehicle and offering him a bev erage I dont know what else you could do to make it more Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager said he believes the SCCs efforts to educate people are paying off He said vehicle burglaries for the yeartodate are down in New Braun fels 21 percent over this past year from the same period in 1999 While burglaries rose 13 percent in July the crime rate in general for July rose 18 percent over July one See NBISD antes up pay hike BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Trustees gave auxiliary and para professional employees two hands up at the New Braunfels Indepen dent School board meeting last night First trustees unanimously voted to lower insurance premiums for cafeteria custodial transportation and paraprofessional employees by per month Then the board followed up with a second unanimous decision to raise NBISD bus driver salaries from an hour to an hour Retaining and recruiting work ers to fill these jobs which come with unique characteristics like irregular hours seasonal pay and strict safety requirements has been hard on managers dealing with a strong economy and tough competition from surrounding dis tricts The district will draw on reserve money to pay for the nearly in changes Superintendent Ron Reaves said the district would study other salary levels such as substitute teacher pay for next year Food service employee Wesley Handsel asked the board to base the insurance payin system on per centages rather than flat rates I know its impossible to please Handsel said But what theyve done is say Were giving everybody 2 percent raises across the They didnt come out and say Were giving everybody But on the insur ance its Everybodys going to pay The is not as big a percent age for employees who earn high er salaries as it is for food ser See Gotta Lovett K JESSIE Above Dancers from Trinity University practice outside Gruene Hall Tuesday afternoon for their part in the musical history of music Right Lyle Lovett was in Gruene again Tuesday to finish his part of the Imax movie tentatively titled with Asleep at the Wheel Lovett and other country and Americana musicians are performing in the fantasydrama that follows a young Irish boy through a series of timetravelling stops in music history From the cliffs of Moher where the angry boy tosses his fathers gift of a pennywhistle into the ocean the audience will be trans ported through the times and places of musical history The first stop is Tootsies Orchid in Nashville aka Gruene Hall Suddenly in a new says director Steve Goldmann he has one experience after another We like him are sucked into the What would a curious child do asks Goldmann Hopefully he and the audience will learn that his life like his music has Annexation plan sent to council BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The New Braunfels Plan ning Commission sent its annexation plan back to city council essentially unchanged Tuesday night calling on the city to continue to seek vol untary annexations and to move ahead with negotiations with farms and subdivisions In a short workshop session the commission voted unani mously to send its package spelling out annexation rec ommendations through 2004 back to council for future action We just need to have the council get on with said Planning Commission chair man John Dierksen If you want us to plan allow us to In July in response to nega tive public reaction and seek ing time to study issues con nected to providing services to 10 areas totaling square miles the city council unani mously voted to postpone annexations During the oneyear post ponement property owners in the 10 areas adjacent to city limits in the New Braunfels extraterritorial jurisdiction will have time to negotiate volun tary annexation with the city It could be in the interest of affected property owners holders of tracts of agricultur al land or developers of subdi visions to negotiate terms of voluntary annexation if pos sible because there are no terms offered in involuntary or forced annexation Areas that faced possible annexation this year now delayed were T Bar sion Valley Road Hunters Creek Northwoods Common Drive Kowald 1101 Alves Road Stonegate Southbank Klein 1044 and Schmucks Road So far the Hunters Creek T Bar M Northwoods and Southbank subdivisions are reported to be in negotiations for voluntary annexation into the city Another subdivision The Gardens of Hunters Creek that attempted to negotiate an annexation agreement was turned down by the city over the issue of closing its entrance gate at night See INSIDE Key Code 76 Recycling panel goes with pay as you throw Residents could have to pay for throwing away more BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels recycling committee is sending the pay as you throw garbage collection plan to city coun cil The plan adopted by the committee Tuesday would require residents to pay an additional charge for the city to collect trash above the equivalent of three 30gal lon cans or bags twice a week The plan must be approved by city council before it becomes law 1 dont see any reason why we shouldnt go forward with it committee member David Will said Committee members have said the plans focus was to encourage recycling and reduce the amount of waste tak en to the landfill Residents pay a month for twiceaweek garbage collection Current ordinance sets a loose limit of three 30gallon garbage cans or bags each collection However the current ordinance allows flexible enforcement of the limit Assistant to the City Manag er Don Ferguson said proposed plan would basically create a some what hardline approach to extra Ferguson said This would draw the The proposed pay as you throw plan would not change the monthly garbage collection price or the fre quency with which it is collected It dovetails pretty closely with whats on the books Ferguson said It would however modify enforcement of the three 30gallon container limit he said Under the proposed plan developed by the committee city garbage crews would not pick up any bags or con tainers above the limit unless they were marked with a city garbage sticker Extra garbage without a city tag would be left at the Ferguson said The city would provide the first set of five stickers free to current garbage customers New customers also would receive a free set of stickers After that stickers would cost for a set of five stickers They would be available at the municipal build ing and other locations Ferguson said the stickers could be printed at a nom inal cost stickers could be printed for and selling the stickers would recover that cost The trash containers and bags also would be limited to 50 pounds each Yard waste could be bundled together for collection However it would be included in deter mining whether the trash equals three 30gallon con tainers and would have to meet the 50lb rule Ferguson and committee members conducted a survey of four neighborhoods to see how the proposed plan would affect residents Eighty percent to 90 percent of the people followed the current regulation Ferguson said Most people are following the he said What we did find was that those who were abusing it were abusing it The proposed plan also would provide two unlimited collection days one after Christmas and another in spring