New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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District attorney to lead investigation
council, Limmer told the I Ier-ald-Zeitung she was stepping down so she could “deal with unexpected family and personal health issues."
Shortly after her resignations, Limmer placed her home in the 300 block of Raven Ridge for sale.
Reached at her residence Thursday evening by the I ler-
ald-Zeitung, Limmer denied any knowledge of the bank’s internal investigation, saying she remains focused on family issues.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Banking said the local district attorney would take the lead in any external criminal investigation.
Asked about the bank’s internal audit and whether his office had been contacted, Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip declined to comment Thursday for the record.
Limmer, who is married to
Comal County deputy sheriff Sgt. Jimmy Limmer, defeated incumbent council member Ken Valentine by 13 votes in May. Her resignation comes after serving less than three months on the city council.
First Commercial Bank is headquartered in Seguin and has branches in Seguin and New Braunfels. It offers personal and business bank accounts as well as home and auto loans and investment services. The New Braunfels branch is located about a half mile west of Loop 337 on Texas 46.
Matters of Public Record
Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County arrested the following Aug. 10-11, 2005:
Alberto Noel Balderas, 21, Grand Prairie, motion to revoke probation/theft by check between $20 and $500. Reuben W. Brooks, 44, San Marcos, occupational license violation.
Raymond Cervantez, 33, Hereford, failure to appear/motion to revoke probation/theft between $50 and $500.
Trid Brenett Christensen, 32, Austin, driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. Aletha Jane Collini, 36, Canyon Lake, motion to revoke probation/theft by check between $20 and $500. Chase Daniel DuBose, 20,
New Braunfels, possession of less than 2 ounces of
Anthony Angelo Gayton, 43, New Braunfels, failure to appear/criminal nonsupport. Lynol James Gillespie, 19, San Antonio, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
Erie Matthew Grohman, 20, San Antonio, driving while license invalid; speeding; failure to appear/driving while license invalid.
Willard Donald Innes, 61, New Braunfels, forgery. Matthew John Kell, 24, Bulverde, speeding — 79 mph in a 60 mph zone.
Paula Ann Kosbab, 38, Canyon Lake, assault causing bodily injury/family violence.
Israel Lara Jr., 22, New Braunfels, commitment/ motion to revoke probation/ possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. Elizabeth Martin, 50, Kyle,
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theft between $50 and $500. Kenneth Lee Means, 43, Dallas, assault causing bodily injury to a family member. Christopher Rene Miranda, 17, New Braunfels, interfering with an emergency call; assault/family violence.
Lorde Byron Olliver, 23, Houston, assault with injury/family violence; driving while license invalid; no liability insurance; expired registration.
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estimates of how much the new facility improvements will impact the surrounding air and water supply.
Mark Gould, with TCEQ, said the agency had not started its technical review of the data but noted the plant’s estimated change in allowable pollutants was below the level required to trigger an Environmental Protection Agency review.
“These are not major modifications, according to EPA standards, which is a good thing,” he said.
Gould also* noted Cemex was offering to do voluntary control device upgrades for the new and existing kilns and cooler.
The expansion also will include selective non-catalyt-ic reduction to ensure the total oxides of nitrogen emissions from both kilns does not exceed 2,801 tons per year.
“The fact that they’re doing this voluntarily, before we asked diem to, is a good sign,” Gould said. “This whole process is designed to prevent the area from having bad pollution.”
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Rusty Brockman said he was confident Cemex would continue to be a good corporate neighbor, even after its extensive growth.
“I’m not one for smokestacks, by which I mean irre-
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A proposed $25 million expansion would double the size of the Cemex plant in New Braunfels.
sponsible plants, but thus is a clean operation. They are responsible and have complied with all TCEQ permit requests in the past,” he said. “They do their part to manage their operation.”
Brockman said he had not spoken to Cemex representatives about the expansion since the canceled public announcement, but was glad to hear their plans had not changed.
Comal County Commissioner Jay Millildn said Cemex had notified him several weeks ago about the ongoing plans.
“I’m not overjoyed with the expansion because it does have a potential for additional pollution,” he said. “But growth, like we’re experiencing here in Comal County, drives the need for cement.”
While somewhat comforted by Cemex’s “strong internal controls” against pollution, Minikin said he would be keeping his eye on its operations.
Guenther was not so sanguine about what the expansion plans would mean for his daily existence.
“They’re choking us with cement dust now. You can feel it on your skin,” he said, rubbing his hand up and down his ami.
Although the Guenthers lived in their modest home long before the plant came to town, the elderly man said he might consider moving.
“As soon as they start blowing more dust, I’ll be in touch with diem,” he said. “Maybe they’ll buy my house so I can get on out of here.”
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS BUDGET AND PROPOSED TAX RATE
The COMAL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
will hold a public meet
ing at 6:00 P.M. AUGUST 25/ 2005 NEM BBAHMFBLSj-JEX 20132_
in COMAL ELEMENTARY, 6720 FM 482_
_. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the
school district's budget that will determine the tax rate that will be adopted. Public participation in the discussion is invited.
The tax rate that is ultimately adopted at this meeting or at a separate meeting at a later date may not exceed the proposed rate shown below unless the district publishes a revised notice containing the same information and comparisons set out below and holds another public meeting to discuss the revised notice.
Comparison of Proposed Rates with Last Year
Maintenance $ Operatives
Interest & Sinking Fund*
Local Revenue Per Student
State Revenue Per Student
Last Year's Rate
Rate to Maintain Same Level of Maintenance & Operations Revenue & Pay Debt Service
* The Interest & Sinking Fund tax revenue is used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction, equipment, or both The bonds, and the tax rate necessary to pay those bonds, were approved by the voters of this district.
Companion of Proposed Lew with Last Year's Levy on Average Residence
Average Market Value of Residences
Average Taxable Value of Residences
Last Year's Rate Versus Proposed Rate per $1 OO Value
Taxes Due on Average Residence
Increase (Decrease) in Taxes
$1.80 $2,228 $ 161
Under state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65 years of age or older or of the surviving spouse of such a person, if the surviving spouse was 55 years of age or older when the person died, may not be increased above the amount paid in the first year after the person turned 65, regardless of changes in tax rate or property value.
Notice of Rollback Rate: The highest tax rate the district can adopt before requiring voter approval at an election is $1*8799__. This election will be automatically held if the district adopts a rate in
excess of the rollback rate of $1 .8799_.
The following estimated balances will remain at the end of the current fiscal year and are not encumbered with
or by a corresponding debt obligation, less estimated funds necessary for operating the district before receipt
of the first state aid payment: . ... ...
Maintenance and Operations Fund Balance(s) $15,105/2127,446,376
Interest & Sinking Fund Balance(s)