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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY JANUARY iiii D Tl 79903 IniilnlliimlimUl T SPORTS NBCANYON Canyon boys and girls bas ketball teams both beat Unicorns in matchups Page SA COUPONS GET PAMPERED Neto beauty salon Oooh La La gift boutique Dragonflies and Daisies and Vanity Tan offer savings Iflildo CLICK County since 1852 Am 12 pages 2 sections LOOT Mostly cloudy High Low 56 37 j Details IB DEAR AB8Y 46 TC 7 FORUM 4A SPORTS MA FRONT and CENTER Gala helps residents offset the costs of LIVING IN EDEN By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer David Harrison has lived at Eden Home for four years and has become increasingly involved in the daily activities of resi dents and staff there He delivers letters to res idents all over the 250 rdom facility Harrison also is a resi dent advocate as treasurer of the homes residence council He said he knows many of his fellow resi dents need financial assis tance and hopes the com munity will support the Eden Home Champagne Gala scheduled Feb 6 Its extremely impor Harrison said There are so many expenses Eden Home has a car ing staff and many ameni ties including a pharma cy Harrison said He calls the senior care facility a complete All of it has to be paid schmidt Eden Home associate director of devel opment The event benefits resi dents who have outlived their said Lar ry Dahl Eden Home exec utive director This is the second Eden Home fundraising gala Last year the gala raised to help residents pay expenses Betty Doeppenschmidt hopes for the same kind of turnout this year Last year we spent in benevolent she said About 55 percent of res idents receive some kind of financial assistance she said This year Eden Home has spent closer to mil lion on benevolent care Dahl said This is the major fund raiser of the Doep penschmidt said But the gala is more than a charitable event for Eden Home said Monroe Miller board president Its the opportunity to show our face to the New Braunfels Miller said DAVID mMZ gden Home rodent David Harrison chats with Irma Heinen while delivering a letter to her See IPIM Page 3A Harrison delivers mail to residents and employees of the senior care facility City could opt to keep JHk waste service By Scott Mahon Staff Writer More than 25 sanitation workers and their families packed New Braunfels City Councils workshop Monday while council debated keep ing the sanitation department a cityoperated service In recent workshops offi cials considered turning the service over to Waste Man agement Inc However the consensus Monday seemed to favor upgrading the department rather than privatizing it District 1 Councilwoman Sonia MunozGill said she preferred upgrading the department We did the same thing with the golf course we hired a new she said Id like to see what we can do by upgrading because right now were not comparing apples to apples in regard to Waste Management and their idea of efficiency I know change is difficult but Id like to see us However Mayor Adam Cork cautioned council about making the department more efficient When we start addressing efficiency issues were going to impact the very reasons people dont want us to pri Cork said We cant dodge that bullet and it will affect the employees I dont think wed have the same workplace for the employees or the same relationship between the sanitation work ers and our The cityowned service employs 47 people and sani tation workers said recently they were disappointed it has taken council so long to make See WASTE Page 3A street bond might be too much By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After years of neglect New Braunfels residents have made it clear to city coun cil they want their streets repaired And after months of discussion council seems ready to do just that The only questions remaining are how the city will finance a five year street improvement and drainage program and how much bond debt taxpayers are will ing to pay for For months council has discussed a million street and drainage program however according to city officials coun cil cannot incur more bond debt than it can spend in three years Though council appeared to agree Monday on a million program some expressed concern over the amount of the first bond issue planned for this spring The citizens have given us a clear mes said District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil during Mondays threehour workshop They want their streets repaired We need to go ahead and do million and if they dont want to pay for it theyll let us See STRUTS Page 3A NUMBERS New Braunfels allotted this year to routine street repair up from it budgeted in past years If the city passed an million bond issue it would add six cents to the citys current tax rate 3711 per valu ation A million bond issue would add nine to 10 cents to the current tax rate When existing debt is retired in 2005 the citys tax rate will drop four cents Despite rain burn ban still ih effect For information the burn ban calithe Marshals SyRonMaloney Staff Writer Dont be fooled by recent rams Comal County officials arent to Jift the buaiban imposed in Decem ber Fire Marshal Un said Tues day county offices have been inundat ed with calls from residents seeking bum permits Manford said it is too soon to safely Itft the burn ban VI know its not popular but I have to maie the right on the way later this Manford said the countys problem is dead veg etation Those in the firefighting business knew this was going to result in prob lems when freezes killed that said Last weeks rain has not diminished the fire threat so as to lift the bum The derision to keep the ban in place Manford said was supported the countys fire chiefs the New Braunfels i marehal and rhft state frtnact CIMMM f VnVflppqi ple and their property from fire d4fi White tte ground has been sorted could be fri special bum rwffijffi safety conditions UPDATES Tracking the news MISSING 6QY UST WE KNEW Margaret and Ed Kearns have been jailed since fail for allegedly aiding their daughter Suzanne DeWaJt who fled Comal County in late 2002 rather than sur render sen Jajwiy to his father Tuesday ordered the ICearns to hire attwneys to defend them on charges ef a felon and interforring with child contiAue thejr search   

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