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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                SAVINGS IN COUPONS The Herald2eitung now offers a weekly coupon booklet Smart Source that can save you Look for it today Inalde Council could toss city trash department By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A proposal to privatize the citys sani tation services could save residents as much as per month City Manager Chuck Pinto said New Braunfels City Council will con sider Monday a proposal from Waste AT A GLANCE i Management to privatize the servic es Waste Manage ment would charge a residential rate 17 percent less than I New Braunfels City Council Monday Municipal Building Council Chambers 424 S Castell Ave the citys current rate and would offer jobs to city employ ees with 3 to 16 years service Waste Management is proposing a month for residential service But the savings to customers could be even greater Pinto said The current residential rate per month is scheduled to increase 5 per per months Our rates provide for a 5 percent a year Pinto said That would make the Waste Management proposed rate 23 percent less than the citys rate as of July However if the service is not priva tized Pinto said costs would rise more to cover the departments expenses A 5 percent increase is too low if we See TRASH Page 3A Headon crash kills motorcyclist By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE A 26yearpld New Braunfels motorcyclist was killed Sat urday afternoon in a headon collision with a car on FarmtoMarket Road 1863 The New Braunfels residents in the car a 66yearold man and a 71year old woman were flown to University Hospital with unknown injuries Department of Public Safety Trooper Rusty Nesbitt did not release the dead mans name pending notification of his nextofldn Nesbitt said his investigation of the accident which occurred at the section of FM1863 and Beck Road was in its preliminary stages What appears to have happened is See CRASH Page 3A if t SUNDAY RAI FEBRUARY SPORTS KNOCKOUT Kathleen Gonzales 12 is only New Braunfels Boxer to walk away with win at Saturday fights Pa0e IB nal County since 1852 26 pages 4 sections CLICK i WWW7 Mostly cloudy High Low 57 SO Details 3B D6ARAB6Y flC 10 COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 46 FORUM 4A IB 84C SPORTS TV GRIDS FRONT and CENTER Dam overcome DAVID Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth right discusses with County Judge Danny Scheel center and County Road Superintendent Shannon Wagner how the Krause Dam helped in the 1998 flood With studies done county hopes to secure funding By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Local officials hope to have cleared the final two cles stalling progress on the countys first new flood con trol dam since 1981 A recently completed archeological survey and a second wildlife study of acres of woodlands and an old quarry west of Krueger Canyon Road went to the Feder al Emergency Management Agency Wednesday Comal County officials hope FEMA will release million for the dam by June The county then would have two years to construct its first planned new dam The flood control dams are designed to let normal stream flows pass but slow major flood events behind huge stone or concrete structures that allow the water to slowly soak into the ground or travel downstream reducing damaging floods A series of flve dams installed on the Pry Comal and Bleiders creeks are believed by engineers to have reduced the October 1998 flood by 35 percent Five more the county wants to build could have reduced that flood by another 35 percent The countys first network of dams was built between See Page 3A HOLDING WATER Environmental and wildlife studies tied up progress on a new series of flood control dams shown in green to bol ster the five dams completed before 1981 shown in The dams built along creeks that empty ii Guadalupe River to hold back that can flood New Braunfel In addition to Krueger Canyon and Elm Creek the remaining three proposed dams would be located at Bear Creek Jacobs Creek and near ils Backbone Sattler The total cbsl for all five dams is estimated at to mil The tys first network of flood con trol dams are credited with reduo ing the impipt of the 1998 flood by 36 percent The countys first flood control dam the Vogel Bam on the Dry Comal Creek cost to build in 1957 One propegwfaam off Krueger Canyon Road would slow the Dry Comal Creek floodwaters that devastated Landa Street Live Oak and other West End areas It will cost about million with million in federal funding Preliminary discussions have been conducted with the property owner an intema Another proposed dam is on land locat ed at Huaco Springs Loop Road in the Elm Creek watershed The property owner a prominent local judge and attorney has been approached about tiie project Commissioner candidates discuss growth issues By Ron Maloney Staff Writer At least once a week each county commissioner is called by a constituent who wonders why some neigh bor doing something the caller doesnt approve of cant be stopped simple lite a new garage or a color of though the problem Is proposed stone quarry or a new subdivision going in nearby The coinmissioner listens and then tries to expMi the legal constraints on the countys authority dont allow it to like cafe of the cant regulate land use And every time a com missioner fields one of triose calls by a constituent he QI she asks the con stituent to support added legislative authorUy In the Precinct I and Precinct 3 commissioner pri mary elections coming up next month uicuiiibents Jack point to a series of growth nianagement tools the coun ty has based on authority the legislative so far has granted placing aiithority but development as long as it meets the limited require ments tiie county is allowed u set ft has the authority to reg ulate tot water drainage and sewage Dawson and Zamora voted for all of toe It lacks the ability to assess impact fees and to set ing regulations which ra and Dawson say a county so close to an urban area vitally needs The candidates seeking their offices Diane Dasher Bob Widanaa Ramon Chapa Ir and Greg Parker would 4SlWW 2004 This e second in a series about the county com missioner candi dates and their sjances on issues addwsshowthfl county can bet i Two mow issues i will be i   

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