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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW FRIMY June 27 2003 14 pages in 2 sections Vol 153 No 193 Serving New Braunfels and Gbmal County since 1852 50 cents postpones decision on JP pay fracas BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal Covinty commission ers decided Thursday to wait one week before voting whether to pay justices of the peace for weekend magistra tion duties at the county jail Moll up running inNB location BY DYLAN Staff Writer This week marked the beginning of normal opera tion for Moll Industries Inc in New Braunfels after bank ruptcy reorganization consol idated Austin and San Anto nio plants Fiftyone injectionmolding machines have been moved to the former Flextronics building All the machines are in that building and hooked up and should be running next said Ron Embree Moll vice president of operations Itll still take a few months to build up everything with peo ple inventory and When the facility is fully operational officials expect to have 220 employees The plant has already hired 110 New Braunfels area resi dents The New Braunfels location is one of four plants in the new streamlined operation Functioning at about 50 percent of the facilitys capac ity the plant is producing about 20 percent of the com panys total output Molls reorganization plan was approved in bankruptcy court earlier this month Moll emerges from bank ruptcy as a strong industry contender and in an excellent position to move Embree said The companys cash posi tion could allow Moll to expand New Braunfels oper ations Embree said We have extra capacity in that facility that we emerge were going to try to grow that he said Embree did not disclose specific regional growth opportunities This week Moll also announced a large capital investment deal with Toshiba for its two largest plants and an extended contract with Whirlpool The vote came after an uncommonly acrimonious 90 minute discussion in open court between County Judge Danny Scheel and the countys fourJPs In Schools view the JPs knew the job when they ran for election knew what it paid and should accept that com pensation Citing state law the JPs pointed out magistration is not solely their responsibility therefore those who do act as magistrates should be paid for their work Until January 2003 JPs who performed magistrations were paid an extra a year Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Susan Dvorak told com missioriers she had not changed her mind on the issue as Scheel reported Scheel apologized for mis understanding her Ive been told again this morning that I knew what this job consisted of when I ran for election That is not Dvorak said Her understanding of the job and what it paid was based she said upon the 2002 county budget which carried the line item for mag istrations Everyones a star Photos by K JESSIE Above From the very young mayor to a few performers who remember the original movie cast members of Meredith Wilsons The Music Man give their all on the opening number during rehearsal Thursday night Left Gus Sosebel left and Dr Todd Smith finish their duo as Marcellus and Professor Harold Hill Produced by Charles and Anne Hair and the New Braunfels Theatre Company the musical opens July 17 and runs through Aug 3 at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre 290 W San Antonio St Performances will be at Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 Sundays Tickets are available at the Brauntex Box Office Henne Hardware ChinanThings Canyon Lake Office Supply and the offices of Dr Todd Smith For information call 6270808 Left Townsfolk gather on stage to sing the praises of their Midwest lifestyle in The Music Man during Thursdays rehearsal at the Brauntex About 80 New Braunfels area residents are in the play Grant helps county handle hazards BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County will move a step toward creating a haz ardous materials response team with a grant approved this week Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett said the second installment of a fiveyear preparedness grant program would be used to equip a team to respond to emergencies involving hazardous chemi cals or chemical nuclear or biological weapons The money also would be used for a decontamination trailer and a trailer command post that would include radio telephone fax and computer capabilities The team consists of about 20trained firefighting and emergency services personnel Edgett said Tve had this plan of hav ing a countywide emergency response team for the entire two years Ive been here It appears its going to come to Edgett said With the first installment of grants from the Alamo Area Council of Gov ernments the county bought suits to protect emergency response workers from haz ardous materials The money in this years grant would buy more suits equipment and the deconta mination and command trail ers All of the equipment would be available for regional responses anywhere within the 12 counties of AACOG The equipment will be used daytoday by public safety agencies in the county or its three cities Were going to pool our INSIDE Public opinion sought for regional disaster planning BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO Comal County officials will attend a public meeting next week intended to help prepare for the next disaster that strikes in this region The Alamo Area Council of Governments Bexar County San Antonio the San Antonio River Authority are conducting the meeting on AACOGs Regional Hazard Mitigation Action Plan It begins at 6 Tuesday at AACOG headquarters on 8600 Tesoro Drive off the Nacogdoches Road exit on Loop 410 Comal County is included in the AACOG plan This planning project which is funded by the Fed eral Emergency Management Agency is designed to reduce future damage from natural disasters streamline the dis aster response process and capitalize on federal said AACOG spokeswoman See DISASTERS