New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 22, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer New Braunfels officials did not release annexation costs associated with providing fire and police protection on Monday because neither department requires additional people or equipment, “at this time,” officials said. Fire and police officials — as well as the city's finance officer — said the additional costs of providing service to the areas slated for annexation were considered in the 2002 budget. ‘We’ve planned for growth,” Police DOUGLAS ■ Police chief says with new officers added annually, response time won’t be stretched. COLLIER ■ Fire chief says lack of fire hydrants is not an issue, and protection will remain unchanged. Chief Ray Douglas said. “We developed a five-year plan, we’re a couple of years into it, where we ask for more officers each year. We don’t expect an impact from annexation this year.” When annexation came up during budget talks, Douglas said officials discussed annexing both raw land and residential areas. Many of the areas close to the city are already patrolled by police cars. “Take Southbank, for instance,” he said. “The first street there is already in the city — so we patrol it. It’s not really going to be that much more to patrol all of it.” The main issue, Douglas said, is that police protection to residents all across New Braunfels won’t suffer from the additional land in annexation. “We’ve addressed the growth already,” he said. “Because it is important to maintain control over everything you have to say grace over. Every year, we ask for six to eight officers — sometimes that number gets cut, of course.” Douglas acknowledges that the department’s response time might increase but only marginally. “We maintain a pretty good response time,” he said. “It’s about four to five minutes. If we discover — after the final vote (for annexation) — that we need to, we’ll look at redrawing our patrolling districts.” At any rate, Douglas said the patrol officers could respond more quickly than the sheriff’s department, simply because the New Braunfels police patrolled a smaller area. See ANNEXATION/5A Motel fire flares againSecond blaze doubles the damage costs CISD bond committee decides to disband NBISD takes new insurance provider Inside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................7-1    OB Comics...................... 2B Crossword.......................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies................................5A Obituanes...........................3A Sports...........................7-8A Today.................................2A www.herald-zeitung.com Key Code 76 By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Employees in the New Braunfels Independent School District have a new network for their health insurance. Trustees voted Tuesday to contract with Health Reach and Tfexas True Choice. Health Reach is a physician/hospital organization affiliated with McKenna Health Center. Texas True Choice provides for medical services outside New Braunfels. The new networks replace Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which had been administrating the district’s self-insured plan and serving as physician network provider. Blue Crass/Blue Shield had a falling out with McKenna this past year. Hospital trustees voted to end McKenna’s service agreement with the insurance company when it would not raise reimbursement rates for services provided at the hospital. District health insurance consultant Neal Welch said under the new network, 56 local physicians eventually would be added, about 26 more than the district has now. Employees using McKenna services, such tis radiology, See INSURANCES Vol. 150, No. 243    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    centsOfficials say annexation costs already budgeted By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Fire revisited a New Braunfels motel early Tuesday, doubling the amount of damage done caused by Sunday night blaze. Nearly 50 New Braunfels firefighters responded to the three-alarm blaze for the second time in little more than 24 hours. New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Collier said firefighters were dispatched at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday to the Executive Lodge motel located just north of Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue. Collier said the building sustained “at lepst $250,000” in damages from the two fires, which apparently were electrical fires that started in a light socket. “There were a lot of crawl spaces in this building where a fire can hide from you. It did that.h — Jack Collier N.B. Fire Chief Firefighters on Battalion Chief Steve Mabe’s shift saw heavy smoke coming from the front building of the motel in the same place firefighters had extinguished a blaze early Monday morning. Seeing the amount of smoke and the apparent size of the fire, Mabe called for a full response. Canyon Lake and Schertz firefighters manned New Braunfels stations while the fire was brought under control again. The original fire call at the Executive Lodge came a little before midnight Sunday, Collier said — on a very busy night where paramedics answered numerous medical aid calls and firefighters were dealing with the complicated and prolonged extraction of a semi-rig driver from an incident at Langtry Apartments. Sunday night, Seguin, San Marcos and Canyon Lake firefighters were called for backup. Apparently, that fire wasn’t completely extinguished when firefighters left about 4 a.m.*, Collier said — even though there were no signs of smoke. The Executive Lodge building has been extensively renovated over the years, and in one of those renovations, a pitched roof was installed above the building’s original roof. “There were a lot of crawl spaces in this building where a fire can hide from you,” Collier said. “It did that.” Collier said a number of investigators and inspectors were in the building Monday, and none saw any additional smoke or other sign that the fire had rekindled. “It isn’t common for fires to rekindle a full 24 hours after they’re extinguished, but I’ve seen it happen before,” Collier said. New Braunfels Fire Department photos Firefighters work to contain a blaze on the roof of Executive Lodge, just north of Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue early Tuesday. The fire, which is suspected to have started in a light socket, originally erupted Sunday night. It flared back up Tuesday, bringing the total estimated damage to $250,000. Fire Chief Jack Collier said the fire appeared to have remained in an attic crawlspace, although officials thought it was contained early Monday morning. WF DNP SHAY New Braunfels    August    22,2001MAILABLE COPY    -——    18    pagcs    in    2    sections in pages in c seem Zeitung Family of three homeless after trailer bums to ground By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE—A family of three was left homeless Tuesday by a fire that destroyed their mobile home. Canyon Lake Fire Capt. Mark Montgomery said firefighters were caUed to Son-nyland Lane in the Moor-woods Ranch subdivision at 6:10 p.m. for a reported struc ture fire at the residence of Jesse and Jacquelyn Logan. Jacquelyn Logan said she was doing the dishes, watching her 18-month-old son and another infant girl, when a neighbor pounded on the window to teU her the front porch was on fire. “We’d just moved here not three weeks ago, so I had See HOMELESS/3A By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Members of the Comal Independent School District’s Bond Oversight Committee voted Monday to disband. But because the board of trustees originally formed the committee, it cannot formally disband without board approval, board president John Clay said. Citing inconsistency in issues brought before the committee and a show of contempt of the committee by one trustee, committee chairman Bill Swint said it was time to re-evaluate the committee’s effectiveness. “When a school board member says, ‘Is this one of the issues the qlAY BOC was crying about,’ I struggle with the contempt the board member has. We don’t need that,” Swint said. At Monday night’s committee meeting at Canyon High School, committee chairman Bill Swint called for the vote. Committee numbers voted 3-1-4 to disband the committee. Swint and committee members Paul Walker and Milton Willman voted in favor of dissolving the committee, Greg Huff voted for keeping it in place, and Susan Dvorak, along with trustees Clay, Charles Burt and Nick Nichols abstained. Because the committee cannot disband itself, Clay said the vote would be considered a resignation by Swint, Walker and Willman. “Its real sad. I’m said because I realize the hundred**of hours they’ve put in,” Clay said. Clay said that technically, the committee is still in place. He said he would discuss the matter with trustees at Thursday’s board meeting. The board meets 6 p.m. Thursday at Canyon High School to set the 2001-2002 budget and at 7 p.m. fords regular meeting. “At this point I’m somewhat shocked they wanted to disband...because of a difference of See COMMITTEES ;

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