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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY AUGUST 12 2004 NOTHIN BUT MET Churchill sweeps Unicorns Smithson Valleys new coach Liana Gomber feels right at home Canyon wins early loses age in eightgame marathon Page S FORUM MOLLY IVINS Syndicated columnist gives Canadas perspective on the Bush administration and upcoming election eh Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 10 pages 1 section CK www PROBLEM CANNED DAVID New solid waste manager James Ballowe right talks with sanitation workers Wesley Hill left and Robert Jimenez Wednesday afternoon about the use of the yellow tags the city will use to flag oversized garbage containers City changes trash container rules By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The next time theres a yellow tag on the garbage container you left by the curb youll know to check and see if youre using an over sized container Someone who moved to New Braunfels from Houston would probably have used a 96gallon container in said the citys new solid waste manager James Ballowe The largest size allowed in New Braunfels is 45 gal lons mainly for safety Current regulations allow residents to use up to three 30gallon containers for solid waste collection but city council members are con sidering a change that would allow two 45 gallon containers We discovered people like the 45gallon said City Manager Chuck Pinto So were changing the ordinance basically to accom modate residents but also for safety reasons We didnt want sanitation employees lifting more than 50 Ballowe said almost a third of the citys resi dents were already using 45gallon containers A 45gallon plastic container with wheels is probably the most he said We talked with our employees before making the change and they felt they could safely handle 45gallon containers which probably weigh on average 50 pounds when full of trash An emp ty 96gallon container weighs 32 pounds and more than 50 pounds when Ballowe said reducing the number of employee injuries was a factor in limiting the weight of sanitation containers We looked at employee injuries relating to picking up too much weight and in one case an injury cost the city TALKING TRASH I Residential pickup is Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday I Commercial pickup is Monday through Saturday Ballowe I Current rates for residential pickup services are per month which includes pickup for recy cled sanitation I For information call 6082140 Although residents wont be cited for using oversized containers Ballowe said they will find a yellow tag on their container advising them to use the proper size People can be pretty upset when they call us but after we explain why we put a yel low tag on their container they usually calm down and understand our he said New residents may also be used to auto mated pickup services in their former com munity New Braunfels doesnt have automated trucks for residential collection Ballowe said People who used 96gallon containers in another city more than likely had automated See TRASH Page 3 LAKEDUNLAP WATER WOES First in a fivepart series examining the fight between the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association and New Braunfels Utilities TODAY The next steps Liti gation means solution isnt near FRIDAY Clean up comparison San Marcos Kerrville clean up phosphorus Lake resolution not likely to surface soon By Brand Grissom Staff Writer A decision on whether New Braunfels Utilities must imple ment an expensive treatment process at one of its wastewater treatment plants may be a long time coming NBU wants scientific proof a SBmillion upgrade to reduce phosphorus from discharge at the South Kuehler Wastewater Treatment Plant will improve Lake Dunlaps algae problem Critics want phosphorus reduced now and they want the Texas Commission on Environ mental Quality to force NBU to take immediate action Both sides are willing to take their case before a judge a process that more than two years into the debate is only just begin ning GETTING TO COURT The current water quality per mit under which the South Kuehler plant operates was issued byTCEQ in 1999 and does not address phosphorus levels m discharge In 2002 that permit expired Critics joined together and requested a public meeting with TCE9 officials to explain why they wanted imme diate phosphorus reduction Hundreds came to the April 2002 meeting Outcry resulted in TCEQ giving the permit a sec ond look When there was a request for a public meeting and some pub lic concern that took some extra time And also in this case we wanted to be sure we took a good look at water quality in the lake and other circumstances to be sure we understood the said Jim Davenport in TCEQs Water Quality Standards Division The permit renewal was put on See Ultt Page 3 Partly cloudy High Low 90 64 DEAR ABBY 8 GLAssweoa s COMICS CftOSSWOftO t FORUM 4 6 SPORTS TV GRIDS WWBIIVWIIH u Street repair bonds added to city tax rate By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels residents will start paying the tab for a million bond issue for street and drainage improve ments when they pay their city taxes next year The cost of the debt added about 10 cents to the tax rate per valuation which is scheduled to be adopted by council Aug 23 Monday Council approved the first reading of the fiscal year 2005 budget including a proposed tax rate of cents per valuation for 2005 The proposed tax rate is almost 8 cents more than the 2004 rate of cents It includes cents for debt payment including a million bond issued in May for street and drainage improvements The proposed tax rate for mainte nance and operations is cents which is 3 percent more than 2004s rate of cents Because the 1992 bond issue will be paid in full by the end of this calendar year 6 cents will drop off the total tax rate in 2005 However 5 cents will be added to fund principal payments for the street and drainage improvements bond issue We arranged the 2004 bond issue so that wed pay only interest the first two said City Manager Chuck Pinto See BUDGET Page 2 CITY BUDGET General fund expenditures and revenues for FY 2005 were pro jected to be million For FY 2004 budget ed revenues were and budgeted expens es were Golf fund rev enues were pro jected to be for fis cal year 2005 while expenses were projected to be Sanitation fund expenses for FY 2005 were pro jected to be or less than projected rev enues of I Airport fund rev enues for FY 2005 were pro jected to be or more than projected expenses of I Proposed tax rate is cents per valuation f DAVID New Braunfels Fire and EMS personnel load 82yearold Eustacio Guerra Peres onto a backboard before he was flown to University Hospital Perez was struck by a pickup truck at Wednesday on South Seguin Avenue Elderly man riding bicycle struck by car From Staff Reports An 82yearold New Braun fels man was in serious con dition Wednesday after he was struck while riding a bicycle on Seguin Avenue New Braunfels police offi cer Gilbert Caraballo said Eustacio Guerra Perez was injured at when he turned in front of a pickup truck near the New Braunfels Civic Center Witnesses said he was rid ing his mountain bike on the right side closest to the side walk southbound on Caraballo said The driver of the truck said he noticed the bicyclist was wobbling so he slowed Still the officer said the truck skidded 20 feet before striking Perez who suffered head injuries He was flown to University Hospital where an official said he was in serious condition Wednesday evening COMING SUNDAY ;