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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY MARCH 30 2004 SPORTS ACE OP DIAMONDS Chelsea Klar returns to mound for CHS Cougarettes Pag FORUM PUBLIC INPUT Mayor Adam Cork discusses the importance of public input at meetings as long as city followed Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 10 pages 1 section ICK i CL scram 2627 E WWKLL Mf EL PASO TX WWW Mostly Sunny High Low 80 SO DEAR ABBY 8A CLAS3IFI60S 8A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBfTUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A No action Trustees delay decision on changing tax year by NBISD board By Ron Maloney Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees post poned action Monday on chang ing the tax year and contracting for tax collections with Comal County Tax Sherman Krause Trustees delayed action on the tax issues at a constituents request and then retired to a 3 hour 20 minutes long executive session to discuss personnel matters including contract wals and The board adjourned without action just before Board President Jorge Mal donado made a brief statement Let me just say we will not take any action Mal donado said Well take action at the next meeting which is Mon day April In addition to the tax year and tax office questions left on the agenda without action was the annual contract renewal for administrators including prin cipals and professional staff action items from the agenda would be placed on the April 5 agenda On the tax issues trustees heard presentations from district staff Krause a district contractor and a concerned former employ ee Krause who has met with school district staff collects tax FRONTand CENTER H CALL BEFORE YOU START A BURN Always call the sheriffs office to log a controlled i burn or ensure conditions are safe for a burn The numbers are 830 6203400 or 8854883 HOW TO GET TIPS BURNING RULES Information about fire safety or burn ing rules in the City of New Braunfels can be obtained by calling the fire shara office1 at For information about the green waste recycling program call 6082100 ext 224 DAVID Bulverde volunteer firefighter Nick Villarreal extinguishes an unattended controlled burn that got out of control and crossed a property line on Beck Road Stiff fines can scorch pockets of residents who ignore safety when burning debris By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Its spring and folks around the county are clearing brush and deep dead grass to make way for new growth or landscaping County officials recently lifted a long burn ban to give residents an opportunity to get this needed work done before the hot dry months of summer set in But firefighters and county officials want those who need to burn debris to follow safe ty standards and regulations to reduce the risk of wildfire Fire Marshal Un Manford said large dev astating wildland fires are a possibility and could cause tremendous loss of property and even life if people who burn brush or other debris outside dont exercise caution Manford said the state provides guidelines for allowable outdoor possible heavy penalties for those who break the rules Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code Those rules supersede local rules and set out possible fines between and and up to six months in jail For corporations or other man individuals the fine ceiling ris es to See FIRIS Page 3A GREEN WASTE DISPOSAL OFFERS ALTERNATIVE By Ron Maloney Staff Writer It is illegal to burn brush and yard debris in New Braunfels but the city offers a good and in its green waste disposal program New Braunfels Fire Marshal Dar ren Bnnkkoeter said the city has long outlawed burning within city limits See DISPOSAL Page 3A Garden Ridge reconsiders permanent burn ban in city against such a measure lone he thinks authority over burn By Laieh Jones StaffWriter GARDEN Jay flrt belman said bis city has been plagued by controlled burn fires for the last two years Residents call city hall regularly to complain about smoke drifting across their backyards making their eyes water and dirtying their swim ming pools In 2002 Feibelman and council considered enacting a permanent burn ban within city limits CUizen response ran against such a measure People basically said Dont you daie take away my right to Feibelman said But as we get more crowded with more houses its much more Prompted by continued complaints and the teiiipordry burn baji iii Conial County in recent months Feihelman is revisiting the idea of a citywide ban questionnaires likely will go out with lie next monthly city news letter The The decision is up to council but Feibelman refuses to do anything without HffMijfl support long he thinks authority over burn ing wUl be removed from local juris dictions With tne EPA and Clean Air Act I expect burning will be probably be outlawed in the he said Because the city limits contain more residential development than ranches Feibelman thinks a burn ban for property smaller than five acres would be a good solution We have a contract with Waste Management to pick up brush dials biiudJed correctly at the curb Resi dents can also dump brush a the Wasie Management plam for free es for the 18 other taxing enti ties in the Comal Appraisal Dis trict Under state law he said his office could do the same for NBISD but not at a profit It would only be allowed to charge for the postage and additional costs his dffice incurs strictly for collecting NBISD taxes which he estimated at about Under the plan the NBISD would save about each year in overhead for its own tax See NBISD Page 3A Tax Collector Sherman Krause CSL to hold onsite visits around NB By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Consultants hired to study New Braunfels potential as a convention center destination arrive today for a threeday onsite visit with city and chamber officials restaurant operators and other key individuals Representatives from Conventions Sports Leisure a Minneapolis company intend to get a firsthano at ifept citys tourist industry In June CSL willsubmit a report based on this weeks site visit arid other statistical data that will recommend which direction New Braunfels should go in regard to a convention center One of the things we expect from this is whether they think New Braunfels is an end des tination for convention City Manag er Chuck Pinto said Also what makes us dif ferent from other The New Braunfels City Council approved the phase 1 study with CSL in February Phase 2 if approved by council will cost an additional The substance of Phase 1 will be should we be See CSL Page 3A River management fee to be collected beginning Thursday By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After the River Activities Committee recom mended replacing the river management fee system with a wristband system the New Braun fels City Council said it wanted a more detailed plan before implementing a change While jt waits for that plan the city will collect the river management fee starting Thursday The committee will meet tonight to approve a detailed plan said Nathan Pence project man ager for me River Activities Committee Time is a Pence said People are already tubing down the river but council want ed a more detailed plan for a wristband system Were going to start collecting the river man agement fee April Pence gave council the committees annual river management plan March 17 including a recommendation to change the river manage ment fee collection method by requiring out fitters to purchase wristbands Currently die city collects from outfitters for each tuber CHI a monthly he said Its based on an honor system bui we think a new Sae 3 A   

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