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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY July 2001 16 pages in 2 sections mijfm pages in 2 scctu HERALDZEITUNG 222 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Trim budget keeps tax from ballooning BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County probably will not have to raise its tax rate in 2002 despite a num ber of financial Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said Im happy to report that we are in the black on our Scheel Hopefully we can keep it and we wont be look ing at a tax increase this The preliminary 2002 county budget totals mil million of which is funded by the countys cent property tax The other million is funded through other revenue such as fees and vehicle registration While the county will spend about million more than this past year most of it for state and fed eral mandates the prop erty tax rate will remain the same as this year because of a 15percent increase in the countys taxable Most of that increase was driven by new but some of it also comes with increased appraised So many county taxpayers still will see an increased levy because the value of their property was raised by the appraisal At cents per of assessed the countys share of the tax levy on a home would be The challenges Scheel put the word out early in the budgeting process that this would be a lean Money from the federal tobacco which has subsidized indigent health care in this county for three has run That will cost the county nearly next In the Comal County Jail was found out of com pliance with state See NB AllStars drop first game JESSIE New Braunfels AllStar catcher Rusty Turpin puts his body on the line to stop the wouldbe winning run from scoring in the bottom of the seventh inning at the State Little League Tournament in The New Braunfels Red AllStars suffered their first loss in tournament play Friday morning against the Northeast San Antonio New Braunfels plays West Sugarland today at 8 See the Melodies from memories Ernest a plays the harmonica Thursday for resi dents of Colonial Manor Care Center where his wife Stevenson plays three separate halfhour con certs at three dif ferent locations within the center on Mondays and Stevenson also plays at Sterling House on Tuesdays and Hospice on CHRIS HeraldZeitung Harmonica player entertains nursing home local Hospice BY MCMICHAEL Staff Writer Hands cupped around the har Ernest Stevenson coax es to life the carefree tune of The Happy Go Lucky Polka for resi dents of Colonial Manor Care Stevenson has brought his music to residents of Colonial Manor for about five During his threeses sion he plays more than 60 from Amazing Grace to Bell Bottom I played the harmonica back while my wife was still in the nursing People knew that I played the har so they asked me several times to do I did and Ive been doing it pretty said who recently celebrated his 80th Ernie is an amazing said Iris lead activity director at Colo nial He has volunteered many places throughout his He plays music at all three stations two times a and helps on Saturday with bin He also plays his harmonica for Ster ling House and the Hospice Thrift Stevensons father taught him to play the was before I became a Cub He taught me how to play the har monica and I liked it so much that I kept playing Stevenson When I was a Cub they asked me to play at the not very just play a song for them at each of the meetings for And then in Boy I played the harmonica when we went on camping I played at night around the When Stevenson brings to life a melody from memory he doesnt use sheet residents join clap ping and singing when they know all of the We have some who sing with us most of the They almost all try to get by to Thank you for or 1 enjoyed your or Stevenson Besides keeping busy with his Stevenson also helps in other facets at Colonial Manor whenever he is he Stevenson shares a story as he nears the end of his music The story is about teaching the young woman who became his wife how to sing Let Me Call You I Let Me Call You Sweet then she sang with me and she liked the When she learned to sing with I To finish his Stevenson picked up his harmonica to play the bridal Bowden said she appreciated Steven sons contributions to Colonial Hes just here to she Joint wastewater study bridges county BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County and the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority might not be on the best of terms but both groups are talking about a joint wastewater manage ment study of Canyon Issues regarding GBRAs plans to take more water out of the lake have divided the county and river authority On Debbie Mag director of water quality services for the told Comal County Commission ers that an engineering study of water quality around Canyon Lake was under When we started talking about the Western Canyon pipeline project and were considering trying to increase the yield of we rec ognized that the quality of that water is very critical to the Magin We started looking at the area around and the growth is GBRA applied for a Texas Water Development Board grant to do a water quality study and consider regional sewage As part of the GBRA will explore ways to reuse or recycle treated Magin GBRA has always been very receptive to using wastewater for reuse in irri gation or other Magin County Judge Danny Scheel closely studied a map showing the proposed loca tion for a new water treat Study points The wastewater study has been contracted to engineering firm of The study is expected to take about a Its cost will be funded by a grant by the Texas Water Development Board with a local match by the GBRA and Comal GBRA will provide in cash and worth of engineer ing services to the Comal County will pro vide worth of ser vices by County Engineer Tom ment plant off Comal He questioned the place ment of GBRA water quality monitoring Correct me if Im Scheel But I think water flows A water quality testing site used since the mid1980s near Sorrel Creek on the north side of the lake should be moved downlake from the Canyon Park Estates dis charge past Canyon Park to Jacobs Creek Scheel It does flow Magin We can look at the The study will be aimed at determining the feasibility of building a regional waste See Senate playing chicken with Mexican truck debates BY ALAN FRAM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Outnumbered foes of pro posed safety requirements for Mexican trucks tied the Sen ate in procedural knots Fri day as the White House reit erated its threat to veto the A day after the Senate vot ed to end one Republican par liamentary Phil and John R exer cised their right to keep the debate going all day any A fresh Democratic attempt to finally close off debate fell three votes short of the 60 BUSH needed after some lawmak ers left town for the week GOP leaders said they believed the 5727 vote would put pressure Democrats to But top Democ rats called the roll call mean saying they had the votes to complete the bill next week without They are delaying the said Senate Majority Leader Tom The fight focuses on Presi dent Bushs plan to open American roads to Mexican truckers on following the dictates of the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement among the Unit ed Mexico and Cana Below the is positioning over the His panic free the power of unions and the Democrats ability to effi ciently move their agenda through the Senate and nearly half the chambers would impose a series of standards covering drivers records and insurance on Mexican trucks and their Bush says the plan would sti fle trade with Mexico and is unfair because requirements are stricter than for INSIDE Key Code 76   

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