New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 25, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. ISO, No. 246 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsHunter’s Creek fighting city hall in courtInside
Key Code 76
By Ron Maloney
Comal County commissioners voted Friday to spend $90,000 on a wood chipper they said could help divert nearly a third of the waste that now goes to the county landfill.
Now the county is looking to its recycling partner — the City of New Braunfels — to share in costs that county officials said will benefit all citizens here in coming years.
Monday night, the New Braunfels City Council will consider a county request to spend $45,000 to help pay for the $250,000 machine and an additional $32,000 per year afterward to pay for a worker to operate it.
The county would provide for upkeep of the machine, which would be located at the Comal County Rural Recycling Center on Texas 46 — which is where city and county recyclables are processed.
But theres a hitch. Half of the machine’s up-front, quarter-million dollar cost will come from a grant from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, awarded through the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG).
In order to take advantage of the grant, the county must be prepared to use it by Aug. 31 — which Pct. 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab, whoWhat’s Up
■ WHAT: New Braunfels City Council meeting
■ WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Monday
■ WHERE: Council chambers, City Hall, 424 S. Casten Ave.
manages the recycling facility, acknowledged is a very tight schedule.
“We’ve been trying to get one of these machines for some time now,” Schwab said, “but so far the money hasn’t been there.”
More than 90 different governmental agencies around the greater San Antonio area can seek the grants, but Comal County’s recent proposals that would have paid for the chipper haven’t made the cut.
This year, Schwab said, he’s decided that half of something is better than all of nothing, and its time to go for it. ,
Right now, the county hires a contractor to come in twice a year at a cost of about $15,000 each time to chip up the branches clipped by the county road crews, the city, New Braunfels Utilities or any county citizen.
The brush is turned into mulch, which is then given See MACHINED
Trustees want bond committee to remain
By Martin Malacara
The majority of Comal Independent School District’s board of trustees want its Bond Oversight Committee to remain.
But the committee’s future is uncertain at the moment.
After nearly three years of service, members of the Bond Oversight Committee recommended to the board that it disband.
At the district’s board meeting Thursday, BOC chairman Bill Swint presented board members a letter voicing his opinion on why the committee took the vote.
Citing inconsistency in issues brought before the committee, lack of communication and a show of contempt of the committee by one trustee, Swint said it was time to re-evaluate the committee’s effectiveness.
Because the committee cannot disband itself without
board approval, board president John Clay said the vote would be considered a resignation by Swint, Walker and Willman.
Clay said that technically, the committee is still in place and wants to discuss the matter at a Sep-t e m b e r board meeting.
The board created the committee in 1999 to ensure accountability for the $141 million bond issue passed that year.
Its duties were to ensure bond funds were spent properly on the district’s 20 projects, to adhere to timelines, to tour projects and to report to the board on a monthly basis.See COMMITTEES
City attorney: Injunction has no merit
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
AREAS STILL CONSIDERED FOR ANNEXATION
■ Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road;
■ Schmucks Road/Engel Road.
AREAS REMOVED FROM THE ANNEXATION PLAN
■ Preiss Heights, off Loop
337 near River Road;
■ the area including the McAlister Ranch off Texas 46 South and Lone Star Road all the way to the Guadalupe River.
AREAS THAT MIGHT BE REMOVED MONDAY NIGHT
■ T Bar M/Mission Valley Road;
■ Hunter Road/Orion Drive;
■ Klein Road and FM 1044;
■ Hunter’s Creek
The list of areas slated for annexation by the city of New Braunfels grew smaller by one Friday — at least temporarily.
Escalating the fight against annexation, the attorney for Hunter’s Creek subdivision filed a temporary restraining order in Comal County
district court Friday. The restraining order prohibits New Braunfels City Council from considering the subdivision during the second reading of the annexation ordinances on Monday.
Council plans to meet behind closed doors to discuss “legal issues pertaining to annexation” with City Attorney Charlie Zech, according to the council’s
posted agenda. The closed session is set for 6:30 p.m.
Because of the temporary restraining order, Mayor Stoney Williams said the council could not vote on Area Two Monday.
“We’ll have to drop Hunter’s Creek — at least for now,” he said. “We will proceed with all the other areas.”
Randy Richards, a Boerne
attorney, said he only represented Hunter’s Creek homeowners in the annexation case, not other areas targeted for annexation.
Hunter’s Creek homeowners and the city have a difference of opinion about the legal requirements of annexation, Richards said.
“(City officials) are not complying with the law — so we want a judge to determine what should be done,” Richards said.See HUNTER’S CREEK/3A
One wreck to another
County hoping N.B. will ‘chip’ in on machine costs
Plane crash victims still in critical condition
From Wire and Staff Reports
SANANTONIO — The two McAllen brothers badly burned in an airplane crash north of Bulverde Thursday were reportedly still in critical condition Friday afternoon.
The Associated Press reported that Jan Klinck, 57, and Gary Klinck, 49, are listed in critical condition at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston.
A Comal County rancher
pulled Gary Klinck from the buri mig wreckage of a private, six-passenger Piper Malibu piloted by his older brother just moments before it exploded at 4:40 p.m.
Both men had serious burns, lacerations and other suspected internal injuries including possible fractures. Rescue officials said Gary Klinck had third degree bums over 70 percent of his body.
They were flown to BAMC, where they are being treated
in the hospital’s burn treatment unit. BAMC’s spokeswoman, Norma Guerra, did not return repeated calls from the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Friday.
Jan Klinck, a longtime pharmacist and McAllen businessman, was first elected to the city commission in 1993. He served as a member of the McAllen Public Utilities Board for 16 years before becoming a commissioner. He and his wife have two sons.
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
(Above) Officials block southbound traffic on Highway 281 Friday afternoon so emergency vehicles can get to multiple victims of a car wreck. Later, northbound lanes had to be closed after drivers slowing to look at the wreckage collided. (Below) Spring Branch and Canyon Lake Fire and EMS crews work together to transport one accident victim after the van he was in flipped. (Bottom) Fire and EMS crews from Blanco, Bulverde Spring Branch and Canyon Lake rush to load three accident victims onto one of two Airlife helicopters.
Van rollover injures four; second accident just across road injures one
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
A single-car accident on Highway 281 South led to a two-car pileup on 281 North, as onlookers slowed to look at flashing ambulance lights, helicopters and police cars.
A van’s back tire blew out on Highway 281 North Friday afternoon, according to officers from the Tbxas State Highway Patrol.
The van flipped and overturned, Officer Steven Tippet said. The impact of the crash threw the passengers from the van, he said.
The crash injured four people, he said, two of them seriously. Five people were traveling in the van, he said.
Ambulance crews called Airlife to take two passengers to University Hospital by helicopter. Crews took two more passengers to the
hospital, he said.
Tippett said he didn’t have the names of the people involved in the accident. He said they were Hispanic and didn’t speak English.
The second accident occurred about an hour later, as traffic slowed to look at the accident across the highway, Tippet said.
As one truck slowed, the driver of a white Ford pickup truck smashed into the rear of the car.
Richard Carvahal was injured in the crash and taken to University Hospital by ambulance. Tippett said he was suffering from head and neck injuries.
Susan Schmidt, who was driving the pick-up truck that hit Carvahal, was not injured in the crash.
The current condition of all five crash victims is unknown at press time.