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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY February 2001 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 70 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Fed lowers interest rates BY MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON AP The Federal pledging a rapid and forceful response to the economys dramatic slow cut interest rates on Wednesday by another half percentage It was the second rate reduction in a three week span and was viewed as a strong signal the central bank plans to move as aggres sively as it can to fight the threat of The widely expected rate cut drew a far more muted response on Wall Street than the Feds surprise announcement of its first How Dow halfpoint reduction on That move had triggered the biggest oneday rally in Nasdaqs On the Dow Jones industrial average ended the day up just at while the Nasdaq fell by to a reaction analysts attributed to profit The Fed said it was lowering its target for the federal funds the interest that banks charge each to It had been at percent at the beginning of this Dominic the captain of the pirate ship in the upcoming Missoula Childrens Theatre production of Treasure leads a charge to scare the ruffians Tuesday during rehearsal at Memorial CHRIS HeraldZeitung On the road again Above Sterling House resident Jessie James waves to trail riders on their annual trek to the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Wednesday The Greater Randolph Area riders made stops at Eden Sterling House and Kirkwood Manor as they traveled through New Braunfels The group is one of 12 currently on their way to Fridays grand entry ceremonies for the San Antonio Livestock Show and Left Jessie James who was made an honorary trail rider this past year by the visits with a rider and his JESSIE 4B board focuses on infrastructure County unwired and officials pleased BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer In a time when everybodys trying to get wired into the information Comal County is getting unwired this And John director of the countys computer services is not only glad for his department has been working on accomplishing it for This the county dumped its leased Tl lines between the downtown office sheriffs 2 justice of the peace office and the Department of Public Safety The county is adding the extension service and setting up a wireless radio link that has increased tenfold the countys ability to send electronic information from office to Cost of the new system is Projected savings are about per month on the phone lines the county had been Dumas said the new system would pay for itself in less than a year and a and then make money for Comal County while improving its electronic The county tax office and the Comal Appraisal District already had been similarly County offices in Bulverde and Sattier will be connected to the restof the sys tem in coming as will the road but by integrated systems digital network lines and not over the airwaves at least not for Dumas Weve replaced horseandbuggy tech nology with 20th century Dumas said We cant afford 21st century technology See BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The board that manages a portion of New Braunfels sales tax money tried to take a big bite out of street and drainage needs Seven members of the Infrastructure Improvement which oversees about million a year in 4Btax voted unanimously to rec ommend issue oblig As the recommendation stands it would fund six major street and drainage projects for an estimated million improvements related to the Avenue watershed project Comal Avenue County Line Road Gruene Road Landa Street and Walnut Certificates of obligation work like a mortgage the city takes out a loan and then pays it back with interest over a fixed amount of This was the board say This is a critical and we understand and were willing to commit a chunk of Board President Karen McDonell The board also discussed a number of funding requests from city staff but wanted more information from city council before making a deci sion about the What we did tonight is only the she Its only the beginning of an attempt to address the needs of the nonprof it groups and other organi She steered the board toward a workshop with city council members to define each entitys funding All those things are impor We just need to figure out whos going to pay for she Although the board voted Wish list City Staff Requests Streets and Drainage Firstyear request of a five year proposal to upgrade and maintain 68 streets Flood control project for Bergfeld and West End Katy and San Antonio streets Capital Improvement and Equipment Replace 15year old firefighting engine Mobile Data Terminal installation in New Braunfels police vehicles Finish Phase 2 of police and fire departments com munication system overhaul Water mains at New Braunfels Municipal Airport for Thangars and private lots Buy airport fuel trucks cur rently being leased Patching designed to handle pothole and street repairs Replace water truck for the Street Department Roller Camp Comal Resident Requests Cheryl sidewalks and handicap accessible curbs near Walnut Avenue and West San Antonio Street Linda recon struction of Becker Street from Schmidt Avenue to Loma Vista Mary curb con struction on Stonewall Street between Willow Avenue and Santa Clara New Braunfels Little field improvements unanimously to recommend issuing certificates of obliga See 4B Judge hears pretrial motions in Vetter murder case BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer SAN MARCOS The man accused of fatally shoot ing Department of Public Safety trooper Randy Vetter appeared in court Wednes day for a pretrial Melvjn Edison of faces a capital nuirder charge for Vetters He pleaded not guilty in late and he appeared before 22nd District Court Judge Charles Ramsay in San Marcos Wednesday for his first pretrial H ay s County Dis trict Attorney Michael Wenk is seeking death penal VETTER saying previously that that it was the states pun ishment for the most serious crimes and wap the only appropriate punishment in this He declined to comment about details of the case after the pretrial He said he wanted to protect the integrity of the proceedings and potential This case is following its normal Wenk My job is to present it to 12 people in a I cant find impartial juries if they read about my Austin attorney Carlos Kales courtappoint ed filed several motions Wednesday that he described as including criminal history checks on witnesses and the My job is to look at every thing they have and then to investigate what not only from their point of view but from my clients as Garcia Garcia said the Hays Coun ty District Attorneys office had an openfile policy that tended to speed up the trial We agree Its the district attor neys policy to have an open file Garcia See INSIDE Key Code 76
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