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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY February 25 2003 jjpmumjjjm 10 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 89 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Council seeks onethird of states share of HOT funds To help pay for river cleanup BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil threw its support Monday night behind an effort to divert onethird of the states hotel occupancy tax collect ed in the city for the cleanup of rivers Council voted unanimously to support the initiative filed about two weeks ago by Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braun fels The legislation asks that 2 percent of the tax collected by the state be returned to the city to maintain state waterways in the city limits HOT funds are divided in two categories one is a state tax of 6 percent and the second is a local option Council is asking for part of the state tax collected The 2 percent the city is seeking amounts to in tax revenue Council members discussed whether to ask the Legisla ture for 1 or 2 percent of tax es collected They decided to ask for 2 percent although board members agreed it would be difficult for the pro posal to pass since the state faces a billion shortfall Robert Kendrick D4 said before the meeting that he thought the proposal would be something everyone in town could support Kendrick said the idea for this legislation has been floating around for a few years But legislators felt the city should first make an ef fort to spend its own funds for river maintenance Now that the city has tried to fix some of the river issues using general funds and by creating the River Activities Committee Kendrick said the proposed legislation is more likely to be approved because the city can gen uinely assert that it has tried and needs help maintaining See HOT County schools closed TAKS tests pushed back to Wednesday BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal Independent School District officials decided about Monday that freezing temperatures and light precipitation had made roads too dangerous for driving today so classes were cancelled Makeup day is March 17 As of presstime New Braunfels ISD still planned to have classes to day The cold temperatures that gripped the area Monday night created diffi cult driving conditions and sent res idents inside to escape the biting cold National Weather Service Meteo rologist Mark Brundrett said freezing temperatures and drizzly and light rain cpnditionsjjpuld qompine over night and this morning to create freezing conditions on some Comal County bridges and overpasses The forecast calls for light rain or DAVID D What a difference a day makes Jared Lipke a sixth grader at Comal drizzle and out in rural areas of the Elementary is all smiles as he enjoys the warm temperatures Sunday after noon The enjoyment was shortlived however as winters grip returned See COLD Monday fmuai Weather updates With inclement weather forecast for the remainder of the week school officials said Monday afternoon that parents can get uptotheminute updates on school event can cellations or early class releas es from the following sources Comal ISD updates infor mation on its hotline 904 INFO 4636 and on its Web site at Click on the Emergency News but ton New Braunfels ISD offers similar updates on its Web site at NBISD offers updates by tele phone at 6435700 Justin Lopez takes a momentary break Sunday afternoon from washing his truck to soak Gussie Cortez as he rides by on his vehicle 42anews and information radio station provides realtime information Other radio stations to tune into are KTSAAM 550 and WOAIAM 1200 Library hikes fees for overdue books BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Public library fines are being increased for the first time in 30 years New Braunfels City Coun cil approved the new fees Monday night Some of the fees go into effect as early as today And residents who do not live within the city limits of New Braunfels must now pay an annual fee of to use the library Students in Comal Coun ty can still get free library services The new fee structure is Fines of 15 cents per day for childrens or young adult books that are overdue with a maximum A fine of 20 cents per day for overdue adult books with an maximum The charge for late audiocassettes is 25 cents per day with a maximum The charge for late CDs videos and DVDs will be a dollar every day with a max imum of Interlibrary loans will now cost and carry a late charge of 50 cents per day The library is also autho rized to proctor tests and has been doing that service for free It will now charge for that service Louise Foster library direc tor said the library is sim ply bringing its fee structure in line with other libraries while encouraging responsi ble book rental Foster said the former fines See NEW 5 days until warrant arrest sweep begins BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Five days before a first ever regional arrest roundup by dozens of law enforcement agencies local officials are reporting a brisk business in scofflaws turning themselves in before officers come find them Local law enforcement agencies will participate in a weeklong regionwide warrant roundup beginning Saturday More than notices have been mailed out to peo ple with active unpaid war rants along the Interstate 35 corridor stretching from Round Rock to south of San Antonio More than notices have gone out in New Braun fels and Comal County Comal County Sheriffs Sgt Max Wommack who heads the Warrants Division said a number of people have turned themselves in at the sheriffs office in the wake of publicity about the pending warrant arrest sweep been coming in and weve been sending them over to justice of the peace offices to pay them when Wommack said The main thing we want to do is have people come in and take care of Wommack said Over at the New Braunfels Police Department wanants officer Usbaldo Patino was working Monday on lists of places officers will be stop ping next week to make ar rests We have a lot people com ing in but we anticipate pick ing up on pending warrants many who Patino said New Braunfels police will be going to homes workplaces and other known hangouts for people who have unpaid fines Patino said Weve dealt with many of these people in the past and we know what they look See INSIDE Key Code 76 One winner to another New Braunfels Junior Miss 2003 Brittney Feltmann right hugs last years winner Sarah Furney and accepts a bouquet after she was announced as the winner of this years pageant Saturday night at the civic center Junior Miss entrants competed in categories including scholastics interview talent fitness and poise BAYLEA
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