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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Deeanbet Page 9A WASTE tefle 1A Wast yaMletWeht cials have told NeWBfatmfels ttfe faftftt Would efty resents would remain tttti saMe or maybe If Waste Mahapttient takes over the citys employees would lose their jobs employees like Joe Julio Martinez arid Robert has worked for the city 22 He drives a rearload garbage He likes his job and has a family to Flores said hed have to look for another job if the city con tracts with Waste Manage Julio Martinez has been working for the sanitation department four years as a trash or on the truck Flores said his father worked fot Waste Manage ment arid quit to go to work for the citys sanitation depart ment If Waste Management gets the citys sanitation serv ice Martinet said hed find another Robert has Worked for the city for two years as a He also works with He grew up in New Jimenez said it Would be dif ficult to find a job locally if Waste Management took over the sanitation For the threeman crew collects garbage in New Braunfels five days a Their day usually starts ear ly in the Some mornings its like Thurs when the huge truck worked its way through the citys neighborhoods in the early hours of the The method ically negotiated the tight turns and while keep ing an eye on his Martinez and As the huge rearload truck creeped down the back streets and Martinez and Jimenez jumped off and on the going from one house to lifting garbage cans and plastic bags full of garbage and emptying the contents into the rear of The three men worked together like clockwork lifting and dumping cans of And the pace never slowed except for their allotted 10 minute As the truck slowly rumbled down Saddletree Flo res spotted a Christmas pack age on top of a garbage can sitting on the He smiled when Martinez handed it to him through the drivers win The cab seat was already full of bags of Christmas candy collected from other home owners along the A few minutes the truck turned down Fleetwood Two Judy Kovacs and Jan Ke were visiting on the front They do an excellent Kovacs I feel safe with and they know I give them cookies and sodas all the said Koyacs neighbor The job the three men were doing seemed perfectly factory to the two 1 dont know why the city would want to change to Waste one woman Waste Management says it boils down to one thing Because were a private and its the business were We have levels of ciency and goals that we said Tom dis trict manager for Waste Man agement in San Government entities dont necessarily gauge their employees performance like we In recent New Braunfels City Council mem bers have expressed concerns about employees who will lose their jobs if Waste Man agement takes over the serv The last thing I want to do is yank the rug out from under our said Coun cilman Ken Valentine last What about the employees who are just short of being vested with the retirement plan Except for a few employees who are already all of the employees will lose their city retire ment plan if Waste Management takes over the Flores is one of the Chuck Pinto worries although theyre tant to say Only a few sanitation workers have attend ed recent council although City Manager Chuck Pinto has encouraged the city workers to attend public meetings and to say what they WMT mim UAislr lucky He coUld if he without fear of losing wanted although he said their i J hed probably keep working someplace else if Waste Man agement takes over the sani tation But Martinez and Jimenez wont be able to count on the Martinez and Jimenez say why waste their They think its a done no matter what they Pinto says neither he nor the council have made up their cityfe retirement plan if the san minds yet about privatizing the itation services goes It THE FLOOR DEPOT TO SAVE ParentOrganizations Community Organizations Clubs EventsMeetings Sports Stories Gredt Deals CATCH IT ALL EACHMORNING Call 6259144 to subscribe todayl RALDZEITUNG HAPPY HOLIDAYS Get 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