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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                KIT AVAILABLE COPY SATURDAY NEW BRAUNFELS June 16 pages in 2 sections pages in L scctu HERALDZEITUNG 198 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Now hiring State tells county it needs 18 more jailers BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County is hiring 18 new jail offi cers after learning the local jail is short staffed based on state jail Jail Chief Administrator David Ott told commissioners the 18 new officers would cost the county nearly half a million dollars each The to pay for the unbudgeted positions for the remainder of this year will come out of the countys general fund The Texas Commission on Jail Stan which regulates and sets guidelines for lockups in this inspected Comal County Jail this month at Otts Ott said he realized he had manpower issues at the jail shortly after he became chief in I kind of felt like we were shorthanded when I took Ott I thought we needed maybe seven more But Ott said the staffing shortfall never threatened the safety of his the jails Were above the state standards in many They require hourly security checks we do them on the They require halfhour checks of potentially suicidal inmates we do them every 15 Ott This past Comal County enlarged the Ott said he believed the staffing shortfall did not come to light because of a misinterpretation of standards regarding the number of floor A floor officer is an officer who works in a cellblock or on a jail actually engaged in the business of guarding pris Not included in that state standard are bonding visitation work crew supervisors or others assigned to the jail who had been counted by jail Ott In the we were looking at all jail and some assigned to the jail were used in these other areas of the Ott JESSIE Sheriffs pepartment Turnkey Marlanna Neuse right and Corrections Officer Angela Kruse work in the control room overlooking three different halls of jail jail Chief Administrator David discusses jail issues with Bruce Jones Friday afternoon at the Comal County Jail now has 341 beds and 47 floor 16 of whom are on duty per The new hires will raise the roster to 65 correctional floor officers and add three or four per shift to the 16 now on duty in the When you say 18 it sounds like a Ott But what it amounts to is sometimes four per around the seven days a when you consider time off and The number of officers a jail requires Emissions test price could delay air quality plan BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer A little breathing room in the price for future vehicle emissions testing has the new vice chairman of the Air Improvement Resources Committee County Commissioner Jay Millikin said he is not sure if a recent change of heart by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation to be more flexible with a emissions testing fee is a good thing or bad Millikin believes a delay in deciding the final cost in the fee could delay his efforts to win approval from area governmental bodies to support clean air We cannot be going into Comal County requesting resolutions on something if we dont know the Millikin Millikin met with AIR committee mem bers this week in San Antonio to discuss the current status on the committees Ozone or 03 Flex The O3 Flex Plan is an overall plan to clean up air around the San Antonio metro politan It would require mandatory annual emis sions testing for registered in Guadalupe and Wilson coun The emissions testing fee would bring the cost of vehicle inspection from to The problem with the emissions fee rests with the Department of Public Safe ty and the inspection station Those in the inspection station industry worry the fee isnt high enough to recover costs for purchasing necessary equipment to run emissions We want the industry to run the program and have it market But we must have enough said Charissa vice president of Official Inspection based in San Barnes said if the fee were too inspec tion stations might lose their customer base for other services such as routine car main a committee of the Alamo Area Coun cil of recommended in April the use of a special vehicle emissions test to help See INSIDE Key Code 76 Take a trip through Texas Visit in the HeraldZeitung Schertz talk agreement BYAlUIYGUPKSON Staff Writer The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority hopes to reach an agree ment with the city of Schertz to avoid dumping treated wastewater into the Dry Comal The GBRA has asked the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission for a permit to dump treated effluent into the Dry Comal Creek from a planned second waatewater treatment plant at the NqrthcUffe New Braunfels Council woman Juliet Watson and local resi dent Burke Harrison have asked the TNRCC for a contested case hearing regarding the TNRCC commissioners planned to rule on Schertzs request for a contested case hearing in The TNRCC recently dekyed hearing the permit request until to allow the parties to reach an agree said Debbie director of water quality service The plant hasnt been built And we hope to reach an agreement with Schertz to have no Whats Up What County redis tricting committee meet When 6 July Why To consider new county political dis tricts Where Commissioners third Comal County Restricting committee to discuss precincts BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal Countys redistricting committee will consider a new set of commissioners precinct boundaries when it meets on July Because of growth in southern and western Comal populations have shifted since the 1990 The precincts are being redrawn to make the populations as equal as as required under the Voting Rights Cristina Zamo ras Precinct which includes much of New will grow from about residents in 1990 to about under the current configu Zamoras dis trict is also the mostheavily His panic of the coun tys In it was 59 percent Hispan ic the total minority population was 62 per In Precinct 3 will become 54 percent Going into Zamoras district was the smallest in the county in terms of running some 20 percent below 2 Commissioner Jay Millikins which was more than Zamora said Thursday she thought the its demographer and David who also handled the 1990 had done a good Im very satisfied with the she I really sincerely think they have done a great Zamora Other redistricting work Comal County also is looking to shuffle the numbers of its justice of the peace and constable precincts to streamline voting and reduce voter The New Braunfels and the two local school districts have worked to match up precinct and school district voting boundaries as closely as In early school city and county ballots are all cast in the first floor of the county The new numbering will do that in county although school district trustee fire districts and city precincts will not all line up with their county coun Right for a Comal County resident who lives in 1 Commissioner Jack Dawsons district could have 3 Jus tice of the Peace Fred Stewart or 4 Jus tice of the Peace Howard The constable in Dawsons district is 4 See Going up JESSIE Mike Stames left clips the flexface ROAM sign to its frame as George Carrillo steadies the basket against the wind Friday The market is under construction on Interstate   

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