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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY August 2001 1H pages in 2 sections HEKALDZEITUNG 243 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Officials say annexation costs already budgeted BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels officials did not release annexation costs associated with providing fire and police pro tection on Monday because neither department requires additional peo ple or at this offi cials Fire and police officials as well as the citys finance the additional costs of providing service to the areas slated for annexation were considered in the 2002 Weve planned for Police DOUGLAS Police chief says with new officers added response time wont be COLLIER Fire chief says lack of fire hydrants is not an and protection will remain Chief Ray Douglas We devel oped a fiveyear were a couple of years into where we ask for more officers each We dont expect an impact from annexation this When annexation came up dur ing budget Douglas said offi cials discussed annexing both raw land and residential Many of the areas close to the city are already patrolled by police Take for he The first street there is already in the we patrol Its not really going to be that much more to patrol all of The main Douglas is that police protection to residents all across New Braunfels wont suf fer from the additional land in Weve addressed the growth he Because it is important to maintain control over everything you have to say grace Every we ask for six to eight officers sometimes that number gets of Douglas acknowledges that the Motel fire flares again Second blaze doubles the damage costs BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Fire revisited a New Braunfels motel early Tues doubling the amount of damage done caused by Sunday night Nearly 50 New Braun fels firefighters responded to the threealarm blaze for the second time in little more than 24 New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Collier said fire fighters were dispatched at Tuesday to the Executive Lodge motel located just north of Inter state 35 and Walnut Collier said the building sustained at legist in damages from the two which appar ently were electrical fires that started in a light There were a lot of crawl spaces in this building where a fire can hide from It did Jack Collier Fire Chief Firefighters on Battalion Chief Steve Mabes shift saw heavy smoke coming from the front building of the motel in the same place firefighters had extin guishecl a blaze early Mon day Seeing the amount of smoke and the apparent size of the Mabe called for a full Canyon Lake and Schertz firefighters manned New Braunfels stations while the fire was brought under con trol The original fire call at the Executive Lodge came a little before midnight Sun Collier said on a very busy night where paramedics answered numer ous medical aid calls and fire fighters were dealing with the complicated and prolonged extraction of a semirig driver from an incident at Langtry Sunday San Marcos and Canyon Lake fire fighters were called for back that fire was nt completely extinguished when firefighters left about 4 Collier said even though there were no signs of The Executive Lodge build ing has been extensively ren ovated over the and in one of those a pitched roof was installed above the buildings original There were a lot of crawl spaces in this building where a fire can hide from Col lier It did Collier said a number of investigators and inspectors were in the building and none saw any additional smoke or other sign that the fire had It isnt common for fires to rekindle a full 24 hours after theyre but Ive seen it happen Col lier New Braunfels Fire Department photos Firefighters work to contain a blaze on the roof of Executive just north of Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue early The which is suspected to have started in a light originally erupted Sunday It flared back up bringing the total estimated damage to Fire Chief Jack Collier said the fire appeared to have remained in an attic although officials thought it was contained early Monday departments response time might increase but only We maintain a pretty good response he Its about four to five If we discover after the final for annexation that we need well look at redrawing our patrolling At any Douglas said the patrol officers could respond more quickly than the sheriffs depart simply because the New Braunfels police patrolled a smaller CISD bond committee decides to disband BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Members of the Comal Indepen dent School Districts Bond Over sight Committee voted Monday to But because the board of trustees originally formed the it cannot formally disband without board board president John Clay Citing inconsistency in issues brought before the committee and a show of contempt of the committee by one committee chaif man Bill Swint said it was time to reevaluate the committees effec When a school board member Is this one of the issues the BOC was crying I struggle with the the board member We dont need Swint At Monday nights committee meeting at Canyon High committee chairman Bill Swint called for the Committee members voted 314 to disband the Swint and committee members Paul Walker and Milton Willman voted in favor of dissolving the com Greg Huff voted for keeping it in and Susan along with trustees Charles Burt and Nick Nichols Because the committee cannot dis band Clay said the vote would be considered a resignation by Walker and Its real Im said because I realize the hours theyve put Clay Clay said that the committee is still in He said he would discuss the matter with Wustees at Thursdays board meet The board meets 6 Thursday at Canyon High School to set the 20012002 budget and at 7 for its regular At this point Im somewhat shocked they wanted to dis of a difference of See CLAY Family of tkee homeless after trailer burns to ground BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON Uy of three left home less Tuesday by a fire that destroyed their mobile Canyon Lake Fire Mark Montgomery said fire fighters were called to Son nyland Lane in the Moor woods Ranch subdivision at for a reported struc ture fire at the residence of Jesse and Jacquelyn Jacquelyn Logan said she was doing the ing her 18monthold son and another infant when a neighbor pounded on the window to tell her the front porch was on Wed just moved here not three weeks so I had See INSIDE Key Code 76 NBISD takes new insurance provider BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Employees in the New Braunfels Independent School District have a new network for their health Trustees voted Tuesday to contract with Health Reach and Texas True Health Reach is a physi organization affiliated with McKenna Health Texas True Choice provides for medical services outside New Braun The new networks replace which had been administrat ing the districts selfinsured plan and serving as physi cian network Blue Shield had a falling out with McKenna this past Hospital trustees voted to end McKen nas service agreement with the insurance company when it would not raise reimburse ment rates for services pro vided at the District health insurance consultant Neal Welch said under the new 56 local physicians eventually would be about 26 more than the district has Employees using McKen na such as See ;