New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 140, No. 12
Citizens air concerns of being slighted
By LARRY ROWE Staff Wrltar
Citizens of District I pleaded for neighborhood improvements at a town meeting Thursday, many expressing a frustrated belief that they are neglected as the “poor side of town.”
“We’re not asking in our district for a covered swimming pool like some other districts are,” said resident Kookie Bar boza. “All we’re asking for is the basic things.’’
The meeting, held at the Holy Family Church on S. Hidalgo St., was one of four scheduled this month so that city officials can gather ideas from citizens on capital improvements.
The officials will then prioritize the suggestions for a possible bond election.
Many of the citizens asked for better police patrol, lighting, drainage and streets. And much of the dialogue was characterized by frustration, some residents arguing that their requests have been overlooked.
Stella Rodriguez of West Katy Street said some of the district’s residents feel the city docs not respond to their problems, and the feelings of neglect are picked up by their children.
“At this age, they already feel that nobody cares what happens to them
"At this age, they already feel that nobody cares what happens to them just because they live on the poor side of town." — Stella Rodriguez.
just because they live on the poor side of town.”
But Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr., who presided over the meeting as the district’s council representative, said the city has made significant strides to improve the arca in the past five years.
“We made a lot of progress but we’re not done yet,” he said.
Several residents of Walnut Avenue also showed up to oppose the idea of widening that road. Albert MacNaul of Stonewall Street suggested the city turn Walnut and the next road parallel to it into one-way streets to cut traffic congestion.
One immediate outcome of the meeting was that a second neighborhood meeting will be scheduled next week lo discuss lighting and to form a crime watch group.
New telephone prefix added in New Braunfels
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Wrltar
There is a new telephone dumber prefix in New Braunfels, said Doyle Rebec, Southwestern Bell arca manager for community relations.
“It is already up in service,” Bcbec said. “The new code will handle theoretically about 9,900 new telephone numbers, but you take off about one third of those for test numbers and that sort of thing.”
The prefix, 608, becomes the fourth
prefix for New Braunfels in addition to 620.625 and 629.
Southwestern Bell added the exchange because growth in the area has exhausted the supply of numbers in the existing prefixes, Bcbec said.
And because of growth, in November 1992 Southwestern Bell will enact the new (210) arca code for die South Texas area that include New Braunfels and Canyon lake.
Library filing cards away for computers
By LARRY ROWE Staff Wrltar
Patrons of the Dittlingcr Memorial Library soon will be punching a keyboard instead of flipping through hundreds of catalog cards to find a book
“We feel that it is the computer .age, and this is a much more efficient way for the public to tiave access to what is available,” said Dona Bruns, president of the library's advisory board.
“I think dun libraries are chang ing,” said Vicky Hocker, Dittlin-ger'i Ida ary director. “I think dun people are becunung more and more dependent on libraries lo pro vide them with information about any number of dungs.” .
And ai libraries across die country enter the computer age lo meet this demand, Ditdmger expects to j join them by this lime next year, she said
Patrons who haven’t yet I befriended computer technology have nothing to tear because die system will be simple aud stall will be on hand to help, she said
Hut many of the kids who use die library for school projects are already well into die computer age.
“I do know how to use die computer and yes, I dunk dial might be a lot easter,” said Rebecca Stock lair st, 9.
“I’m leat lung to use die computer at my daddy's workshop,” added sister Elizabeth Stockiest,
“Ii would be easier because durn you'll find out wlial books are in aud you won't bump your heads” when other* crowd around the catalog, said Yvette Villanueva, ll.
Hie library tuts scut out proposals to seven computer vendors, and expects to clumse mc rn March 1992, Hocker said
"It would be easier
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pm is that we will have our card catalog on a computer and our patrons will be able to retrieve more mioritiauon about our oolite non.” Hocker said the project actually stalled two years ago. the San Antonio Area Libiary System, which includes DnUinger, gave each of Us member* equipment and databases so they could begirt conveiung their catalogs to computer disk “Many of the larger libraries in the suue have been on tins for quite a while," Bruns said. “San Antonio is automated and most of the tai get cities, ll will increase stall productivity and facilitate the sharing of library resources throughout the community.”
Hocker said she did not want lo speculate yet on the cost of the system, but the money for it will come from the library’! uust and agency account, which does not include city funds.
She said the automation will also mean that staff will be more available to serve the patrons.
“Such a system would perform many of the clerical tasks that our sud! now does manually — a lot of the soiling, filing, alphabeting and counting,” she said.
Hocker added that some patrons may feel intimidated by the computers ai lust, “but I think once they discover how much easier ii is to use than the card catalog, and how much more information they csii locale about the collet uon, they'll switch."
Rubato* Stockhorst, 9, at loft, and bar stator Elizabeth, 8, say thoy look forward to using a computer terminal to find library books instead of thumbing through Ute old card catalog (Photo by Larry Rowe)
Hie ctiuscn system will include eight on-line computer catalogs for book scaldic*, as well as a computerized circulation system.
“Our books will have barcode* on them and the patrons' library cards will have barcode* on them too,” Hocker said. "The strongest
December 6, 1991
Two Sections, 18 Pages
19 shopping days to Christmas
Stray cats scratching at coffers
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUN.
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POES SANTA ' HONOR US WITH HIS PRESENTS OR HIS PRESENCE ?
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
Comal County officials may consider “getting out of the cat business" to lighten the leash on rising animal control expenditures.
David Young, the county’s animal control officer, said as Thursday’s workshop for the Commissioners Court that the county should turn to the thousands of dollars spent on stray cats to trim the animal control budget.
“The nuisance problems that cats do cause art just that — nuisance problems," Young said. “Cats don’t chase you. Cats don’t accost kids. Cats don’t attack deer. Cats don’t attack joggers."
He said the county should continue to provide assistance when citizens call about cat problems, but commissioners should consider having the caller pay the expenses.
“We’re trying to get out of the cat business because of the amount of money we’re spending each year trying to provide a full service for cat problems."
Young said the commissioners may even want to consider removing cats from the Animal Control Order. When a cat strays into another yard. “according to our ordinance, that’s an animal running at large," and some citizens find it strange to leash a eau he said.
“All of that will be debated at length, because these are major decisions as far as the people are concerned,'’ Precinct I Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo" Evans said about possi hic changes to the order.
Young said the county now averages IO to 15 cat complaints per week. but the numbers soar during breading seasons. In a recent example, a woman at Canyon Lake started with one female cat and wound up with 18.
For each cat that must be boarded and euthanized, the county now pays atoial of $18, he said.
And because of a sharp rise in complaints, the animal control budget rose from a total of $40,000 in 1990 to $77,000 so far in 1991. Much of the 1991 cost paid for a second amma! control officer und additional equipment to meet the risuig demand. Young said.
Of the $15,000 cost fix animal boarding, lending and euthanasia of cats so far this year. Young estimated that $4,000 of thai was spent on cats.
Young’s suggesuon, which commissioners are expected to discuss at a later date. is to have citizens borrow a county cat trap for a $10 deposit and then (lay the cost of dealing with the animal alter thai.
bi another cost-culling measure for aionial couuoi, the commissioner* opened proposals for animal lending, bowling and other services. The court decided on Nov. 14 lo request proposals in an attempt to find chcapci service.
Young said that oui ol 19 prospective kennels, human society organizations and veterinary climes thai were contacted, only four met the county's criteria.
these were the Humane Society of New Braunfels, the Seguin Animal Hospital, the Williams Veterinary Clinic in Hays County, and the Comal County Veterinary Medical Association, which the county cuneuUy uses.
Construction has begun to smooth the bumpy railroad crossing on Walnut Avenue near Lands Street. That section of road will be dosed through Monday. Union Pacific Railroad is upgrading the crossing and city workers will even up the road. The crossing became so bad that the city installed a temporary ’bump” sign on Walnut Avenue to warn motorists. (Photo by Bill Ervin)