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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas JMP mm wNEW .Braunfels 262? E YANDELL DK   1 r-'Tf ■■■ i,,rr -    .    y    7    q    q    o    3    -I IeR ALD -/ EITUNG J Vol. 149, Nov. 23    16    pages    in    2    sections    December    21,    1999 Tuesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsNeighbors, co-workers reel from Seguin woman’s slayingPolice have suspect but still no motive By Heather Todd Staff Writer Friends and family still are trying to make sense of the murder of Seguin resi dent Diana Aguilar on Friday, and Seguin police continue to search for a motive in the killing. On Saturday morning, Seguin police arrested Aguilar’s neighbor, 23-year old Patrick James Holzer, Jr., on charges of murder and attempted murder for the violent attack against Aguilar and her 4-year old daughter. Seguin police found the body of 32-year old Aguilar in her apartment at the 900 block of East Cedar Street Friday night. Aguilar’s daughter, Haley Bueno, also was found injured inside the apartment. The girl was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio Friday night with severe head trauma. Police officials said Monday the girl's condition had been improved and the hospital had changed her status from critical to serious. Seguin police were dispatched at 5:45 p.m. Friday to Apartment 202 at 968 E. Cedar St.. Police officials found the victim lying on the Boor in the kitchen of the apartment. Police off icials said Holzer resided at a rental house at 698 E. Cedar St. Aguilar and her daughter lived in a duplex apartment behind the house. Lt. Mike Rosas with the Seguin PoliceSee SEGUIN/5A City has until February to trim bond issue list By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council still has time to trim a $38.6 million bond package, scheduled to go before voters in May. If all six propositions now included on the bond package passed, the city’s tax rate would more than double in the next four years. But council still has until mid-February to finalize that list and get it before voters in May, city manager Mike Shands said. “They probably want WILLIAMS to approve it no later than Feb. 14,” he said. Mayor Stoney Williams said he’d like council to consider paring down the list in the coming weeks. “I’m going to maybe recommend that we need to drop something,” he said. The Herald-Zeitung will take a look at each proposition now included in the bond package in the next few weeks and analyze the tax impact of each one. The package, approved tentatively by council on Dec. 13, includes six propositions: • about $5 million to expand Walnut Avenue; • about $17 million for street and drainage projects; • $2.8 million in public safety projects for the fire department and airport; • $700,000 for a new police and fire department communication system; • $12 million for a new sports complex; and • about $1 million for park improvements. "In my opinion, we need to concentrate on public safety and Walnut Avenue, Lamia Street and Churchill Drive,” Williams said. He said he’d like to see some of the street projects dropped but had not made up his mind on the Bond Series Wednesday Walnut expansion Sunday Street and drainage bond projects and staff requests Tuesday, Dec. 28 Public safety bond projects and staff requests Wednesday, Dec. 29 Communication system Thursday, Dec. 30 Sports complex Friday, Dec. 31 Park improvement bond projects and staff requests $12 million sports complex, which includes an indoor pool, gymnasium and several fields. The total projected property tax rate could increase from 31 cents to 72 cents in 2002. Of that, 17.4 cents would repay the debt and 23.7 cents would cover any cost of maintenance and operation associated with bond projects. A bond would not fund staffing and maintenance needs; instead, the general fund would need a boost. Council would decide how to fund that boost, but one option would be a tax rate increase. lf all the projects were approved, a resident owning a home with a taxable value of $ 100,000 could pay $720 a year in city taxes by 2004, according to preliminary city projections. 1’hat same resident currently pays $313 (plus $324 in county taxes and more than $ 1,640 in school taxes). But those numbers could be even higher. The tax rate could triple in the next four years if the bond is approved and council also approves an additional list of requests that city staff says they need (see related story page 5A). Bulverde NW, Ingram reach agreement By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer The City of Bulverde Northwest no longer exists. After months of negotiations, a settlement was reached Friday in the long-standing dispute between local cement manufacturer Ingram Readymix, Inc. and the former town of Bulverde Northwest. The agreement was the result of an Oct. 6 lawsuit filed by the State of Texas on behalf of the concrete manufacturer that challenged the May I incorporation of the city. The judgement dissolved tile incorporation of Bulverde Northwest, without prejudice as to a future incorporation and without admission of any wrongdoing in the tow n’s earlier attempt to incorporate, according to ajoint press statement released Monday. The agreement reverted Bulverde Northwest back to its pre-incorporation status and allowed Ingram to continue its plans to build a concrete batch plant off U.S. 281 and Texas 46 within the former city limits of the fledgling town it sued. The resolution stated that Ingram and Bulverde Northwest would agree to cooperate in the future on issues of mutual concern. Attorney Bill Zeis of Austin-based Fulbright & Jaworski, which represented Ingram, and attorney Egon R. Tausch, who represented the Town of Bulverde Northwest, said they could not comment on the settlement as part of the agreement reached between the parties. Bulverde Northwest area residents See SETTLEMENT/3A Inside Abby...................................7A Classifieds.....................5-8B Comics...............................3B Crossword..........................7A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies................................7A Obituaries...........................3A Sports.............................1-2B Today.................................2A Television...........................8A Key code 76 Sunday sermon WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Former NFL player and active prison ministry preacher Bill Glass shares his experience with members of the First Baptist Church on Sunday during morning worship. Forecast WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Ryan’s Family Steakhouse employees Donna Davis (in red) and Mary Grudle duct-tape the restaurant’s operating partner and general manager, Tom Aelvoet, to the marquee pole outside the diner on Monday for two hours after Aelvoet lost a bet with employees that they could not raise $200 in a week for the Blue Santa fund. the Panhandle with teens and 20s in the Hill Country, and will range mostly from the 20s inland to the low 30s near the coast. Temperatures were predicted to gradually warm up toward the end of the week, w ith highs in the upper 40’s predicted for Wednesday, NWS said. A chance of rain is predicted for Thursday with highs in the 50s. NWS said. Those looking for some relief from the drought w ill have to wait a bit longer rainfall Monday measured less than .05 inches in the greater New Braunfels area. About I inch of rainfall is needed to lower the drought index, according to the Texas Forest Service. Tips for Residents When it Freezes: To prevent frozen pipes: — Open cabinet doors where water pipes are below sinks or vanities and near outside By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Monday’s long-awaited rainfall produced slick roads that could pose driving hazards for morning commuters. If the roadways are still wet today, drivers should take extra precautions as they head to work, Lt. John Wommack of the New Braunfels Police Department said. “Since the weather has been so dry lately, tile streets w ill be extra slick because of the oil and grease on the roads,” Wommack said. To be on the safe side, drivers should increase the follow ing distance between themselves and other vehicles, he said. Commuters also should slow down and observe other vehicles closer, allowing enough reaction time to prevent a collision, Wommack said. A four-car collision Monday on W. San Antonio Street was caused by a driver who did not allow enough stopping distance on the TODAY Cold and rain Highs near 40 N wind near 10 mph TONIGHT Cloudy Lows near 30 N wind near 5 mph slippery street, Wommack said. No one was injured in the wreck, he said. Although temperatures were expected to drop to the 20s overnight, the roads Wednesday should remain dry and driver-friendly, according to the National Weather Service. As the cold front moves across the state, lows tonight will reach the single digits in See SEGUIN/5A Rrrrrrr , m Blue norther packs cold, windy punch just in time for holidays ;