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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 29, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas EDNESDAY SEPTEMBER Mf OfiRALDZEITUNG SPORTS VOLLEYBALL I Canyon High Schools Cougarettes lose a major player in District 274A loss to Lake Travis Page 7 A FORUM and M ountY since Laino Mayo writes about how people should take time each day to give someone they love a hug Page 4A 16 pages 2 sections CLICK a DEARABBY irtly cloudy High Low 86 68 Details2A FORUM 4A oerruARies 3A SPORTS 7A Man dies in aft m By Ron Maloney StaffWriter SMITHSON VALLEY A 48yearold San Antonio man was killed Tuesday in a motorcycle accident on Rebecca Creek Road Department of Public Safe ty Trooper Randy Vick said Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder pro nounced Nicolas Joseph Hodder dead at the scene of the accident at Vick said the accident occurred at about on Rebecca Creek Road at a spot sixtenths of a mile from FM 311 Branch EMS and AirLife paramedics performed car diopulmonary resuscitation at the scene but were unable to revive Hodder Vick said Hodder had suffered obvious multiple injuries DPS Trooper and accident reconstructionist Joel Machost said Hodder was traveling northbound up a hill on a 2002 Kawasaki when le wreck he passed a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer He was passing the truck and moved back into the northbound lane apparently approaching the curve at unsafe Machost said The road crested a hill there and then curved down ward to the left Machost said Hodder ran off the right side of the road He missed the curve and rode the bike 40 yards or so See WRECK Page 6A Chamber retains contract for 5 years By Scott Mahon StaffWriter After failing to receive any bids for the Convention and Visitors Bureau contract the New Braunfels City Coun cil voted to give the contract to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce for another five years The chambers contract to operate the Convention and Visitors Bureau expires Dec 31 City Manager Chuck Pinto said the city advertised for bids in San Antonio Austin and Dallas We spent about advertising for he said But the only proposal we got was from the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce which was understandable because its kind of a niche It would have been difficult for any one else to cqmpete with the chamber because the chamber has the advantage of being here in town so they have a lower Mayor Adam Cork said earlier this year he promised to bid the contract when he ran for public office And chamber president Michael Meek said bidding the convention contract would assure the city was getting value from its contract Adam said he was going to bid the con tract he said It was a good idea Its called due diligence and it was in the best interest of the city and the The local chamber has managed the convention bureau since 1971 The last time the city bid the con tract was in Meek said When it expired in 2001 they extended three years to Dec The current contract provides that the city pay the chamber 55 percent of tax monies collected by the city for the chamber to advertise and promote tourism The city paid the chamber almost million during the period 1999 to 2003 to promote tourism and convention business In 2003 the chamber received in HOT money to promote tourism It will receive about this yean Pinto said the terms of the nevy con tract would remain basically the same as the current contract Chuck Pinto HEALTHALERT Health Atari Photos by MANDY HeraldZeitung Top Robert Stewart left and Paramedic Kevin Smith do a mechanical check on the Vehicle Extraction Tools at the Canyon Lake Left Stewart eft and Smith both stationed at the Canyon Lake Central Station take a break Canyon Lake has embarked on a hiring program that will double the number of fire fighters Safety in numbers CL fire EMS embark on hiring program By Ron Maloney StaffWriter CANYON LAKE Canyon Lake has embarked on a hiring program that will double the number of firefighters who initially respond to calls in 2005 The hirings come in the wake of the 2003 ballot in which Lake area voters set a onecent sales tax to increase funding for fire protection and at the same time reduced the property tax for fire prevention They are the first tangible step toward a long awaited upgrading of public safety services in the lake area The tax move shifted some of the burden for fire and EMS service away from local residents to tourists who represent the majority of calls for serv ice for Canyon Lake It also made Canyon Lake the second of the countys two rural fire go it alone on shouldering the costs of fire protection giving up county funding for what is in essence a local service Under the proposal for the Canyon Lake Emer gency Services District 3 election property taxpay ers would pay about less into the districts coffers while the sales tax was expected to raise about BSD 3 contracts for fire protection with Canyon Lake So far this year the projections are on track according to BSD 3 President Keith Lewis and Canyon Lake Chief Shawn Wherry We made some commitments to the communi ty at the time of the Lewis said This is a story of promises made and promises BSD 3 promised it would reduce its ad valorem property tax from five cents to two cents per of assessed value and the district has done that he said shifting some of its operating costs from local property owners to tourists who use its services The immediate focus Lewis said was to be on hiring additional staff both from a standpoint of firefighter safety and increasing initial response to fire calls Theyre interviewing prospective hirees within the next 30 days Our funding last year was a month This year its a month Next year its going to be Lewis said We will address several Sales tax revenues have been averaging near a month The fire department has increased wages and will look at doing so again Lewis said to help f9hters See Page 6A Hotel civic center may be built on Mission Valley Mill property By Scott Motion Michael Coker president of the Coker Com Coker said cities often use TIP districts in StaffWriter pany said PCCA intended to close the mill by partnerships with the private sector to pay for n ii thp finrf nf Dprfimhpr anH MnnHav niohfr nrp nnntniimnrmtiirvartA thai By Scott Mahon StaffWriter A Dallas consulting company is negotiat ing plans to develop the old Mission Valley Mm property owned by Plains Cotton Cooper ative Association and city officials said the site could be used for a new civic center and hotel City officials said Tuesday that the Coker Company was hired by PCCA earlier this year to find a suitable use for the property Once the citys largest employer PCCA laid off ill but 80 workers in 2001 citing increasing competition from textile producers in Asia Today only a dozen workers still work at the plant Michael Coker president of the Coker Com pany said PCCA intended to close the mill by the end of December and Monday night pre sented a financial plan for developing the prop erty to the New Braunfels City Council According to city records PCCA has owned the property since the early 1990s Called a tax increment finance TIP district the funding plan would pay for the cost of improving the property with property tax rev enues Its not a tax Coker said Prop erty tax revenues generated by the improved property would be used to repay the cost of improving the propertys infrastructure and any remediation Coker said cities often use TIP districts in partnerships with the private sector to pay for the cost of revitalizing property that would oth erwise not be developed or improved It typically takes seven to 10 years to pay off the cost of the he said Often bonds are used to pay for the initial cost of improving the property then the bonds are paid off with TIF City Manager Chuck Pinto said Tuesday that Coker representatives had met with city and county officials the past four months Plains Cotton Coop has been the driving force behind the Pinto said See PROPERTY Page 3A Diamond
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