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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW March 8 2003 14 pages in 2 sections Z14 pages in 2 secti EITUNG Vol 152 No 99 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Bill would make state fund river cleanup CASTEEL BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer AUSTIN State Rep Carter Gas teel has filed House BUI 1827 which if it passes would return part of the states hotel occupancy tax to the City of New Braunfels and cities like clean up local rivers Itll give us some additional funds to manage the cleanup of the Gas teel said Instead of one broom well have two The bill now goes to a House commit tee as allotted by the Speaker of the House The bill has to do with municipalities located in Texas counties that have Water Oriented Recreation Districts as in New Braunfels The counties must also have a population exceeding If the bill becomes a law four times a year or every quarter the states Comp troller of Public Accounts will add up the amount of money collected from hotels in the municipalities such as New Braunfels Then one percent of that money comes back to the City of New Braunfels and cities like it That one percent would be specifically designated for river clean up In helping to beautify rivers the leg islation Casteel said would help attract more families to visit New Braunfels raising the amount of money spent in hotels and in local businesses Its a winwin the legisla tor said Casteel said the idea for the legislation wasnt new its been proposed for com munities with beaches City of New Braunfels Mayor Adam See Photosby It JESSIE Comal County Sheriffs officers from left Sgt Jimmy Limmer Cpl Donna OConner and Cpl Greg VandeLoo escort the last suspected illegal immigrant found to a holding area before transport to the county jail Stop nets 10 alleged illegal immigrants BY RON MALONEY AND K JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writers A chase that began on Interstate 35 ended miles later Friday afternoon with the detention of 10 suspect ed illegal immigrants Comal County Sheriffs Detective Captain Dennis Koepp said detective John Bailey was on routine patrol on Interstate 35 at 3 Friday when he noticed a 2001 Ford ton crew cab pickup truck Baileys specialty is find ing and recovering stolen vehicles and he suspected the northbound truck might be stolen Koepp said He attempted to make a traffic stop but the truck didnt Koepp said Bailey and Deputy James Maher chased the vehicle up 135 to San Marcos where the chase moved onto FarmtoMarket Road 123 which runs to Seguin They went through a school zone they were dri ving on the wrong side of the road they were obvi ously trying to cause traf fic problems for us to deal with so we wouldnt be able to catch Bailey said From there the chase moved onto FM 758 which passes the New Braunfels Municipal Airport The truck turned out into brush and traveled more than half a mile off the road at high speed Koepp said before 10 people spilled out of the vehicle and into the nearby brush Sheriffs deputies from Comal Hays and Guadalupe counties See Comal County Sheriffs officer Cpl Greg Vandeloo cen ter and officer J Moore right lead away suspected ille gal immigrants officials believe came from Brazil Officials from Comal Hays and Guadalupe County as well as San Marcos and the Department of Public Safety con verged on a single Ford truck after Comal County Detective John Bailey called in a report of a suspect vehi cle traveling north on Interstate 35 The chase ended after the driver and eight other men and one woman ran from the vehicle in the middle of a field along FM 758 Supreme Court dismisses suit against GBRA BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer AUSTIN The Texas Supreme Court has tossed lawsuit by the Friends of Canyon Lake that sought to stop the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority from pumping additional water from Canyon Lake GBRA General Manager Bill West hailed the decision in which the court chose not to hear the case The decision enables his agency to issue bonds to pay for the Western Canyon Pipeline Project which will bring water to Bulverde It clears the way for us to go forward with financing and construction of the pro ject That makes us very hap py as well as our West said Friday The folks that have been waiting on this for a long time are equal ly In Bulverde which sits on the fragile Trinity Aquifer residents of the Bulverde Hills subdivision have been forced to truck water in for years Over three summers begin ning in 1999 the Oak Vil lage North subdivision has had to haul water as well The Western Canyon pro ject depended upon the per mit amendment for water West said Weve been trying to figure out a way to get water to Bul verde for a very long West said The project from trie sell ing of bonds to construction of the intake structure water treatment plant and pipeline will take 24 months West said See Kendrick Companies that receive abatements should hire residents BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer After New Braunfels City Council agreed last month to offer a tax abatement Moll Industries Inc that would apply to million of equip ment in exchange for at least 75 qualified jobs one coun cilman will suggest such investments should benefit the taxpayers who fund them District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick will present Monday an item that would add a city residency require ment to the definition of qualified job used in such tax abatement offers The New Braunfels Infrastruc t u r e Improve ment Cor poration Board of Directors suggests tax abatement initiatives to council The abatements often come with the stipula tion that incoming commerce See KENDRICK Attorney says seizure of bar constitutes harassment BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Defense attorneys Glenn Peterson and Ray Teske III were unsuccessful Friday in two attempts to enable Paul Ortiz to reopen his business Police and sheriffs deputies led by Assistant Dis trict Attorney Mel Koehler and officers of the Comal County Metropolitan Nar cotics Task Force closed the Ortiz Rec Center Wednesday afternoon pending a forfei ture hearing to be scheduled in district court Ortiz 45 was arrested on a charge Jan 18 after he allegedly threw a bag con taining just over of marijuana into the back of the building Calling the forfeiture action against the Ortiz family busi ness the attor neys filed motions in district court and county courtatlaw seeking to regain possession and use of the bar while Ortiz awaits the forfeiture hearing Under federal law the gov ernment can seize property used in connection with the drug trade Peterson said Friday the county acted without consid eration for Ortizs wife Mar garita or his uncle Casiano INSIDE Key Code 76 0 Sutton files for CISD District 7 post BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Les Sutton filed Friday afternoon for the Comal Inde pendent School District Board of Trustees election District 7 seat Sutton whos mother was a public school teacher said education always has been an important part of his life and hed like to see the best education for his son a junior at Canyon High School To me the link between education and success is a he said Sutton said if elected his priority would be to main tain and hopefully improve the quality of education in a school district that has a rep utation for good quality edu SUTTON cation Still he sees two problems he would particular ly like to see improved Tvebeen underim pressed with the way this district deals with students that are Sutton said I think were wasting some resources Children he said are the countys most valuable resource And he hopes that he can encourage residents to get involved to invest in that resource He said his biggest concern is the state and federal bud get He fears there might be little help coming to Texas public schools In order to maintain resources and academic qual ity Sutton said taxpayers must be able to step He said if elected he would pursue alternative means of revenue to supple ment the school districts bud get Sutton said he would exhaust all means before pushing for higher taxes but wants citizens to know they need to accept the fact that it may lead to that and would let taxpayers decide You get what you pay Sutton said See