New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2004
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City could opt to keep
By Dylan Jim6nez
David Harrison has lived at Eden Home for four years and has become increasingly involved in the daily activities of residents and staff there.
I Ie delivers letters to residents all over the 250-room facility.
Harrison also is a resident advocate as treasurer of the home’s residence council. He said he knows many of his fellow residents need financial assistance and hopes the community will support the Eden Home Champagne Gala scheduled Feb. 6.
“It’s extremely important,” Harrison said. "There are so many expenses here.”
Eden Home has a caring staff and many amenities, including a pharmacy, I larrison said. I Ie calls the senior care facility a “complete facility.”
“All of it has to be paid for," said Betty Doeppen-schmidt, Eden Home associate director of development.
The event benefits residents “who have outlived their resources,” said Larry Dahl, Eden Home executive director.
This is the second Eden Home fund-raising gala. Last year the gala raised $30,000 to help residents pay expenses.
Betty Doeppenschmidt hopes for the same kind of turnout this year.
“Last year, we spent $700,000 in benevolent care,” she said.
About 55 percent of residents receive some kind of financial assistance, she said.
This year Eden Home has spent closer to $ I million on benevolent care, Dahl said.
“This is the major fundraiser of the year,” Doeppenschmidt said.
But the gala is more than a charitable event for Eden I lome, said Monroe Miller, board president.
“It s the opportunity to show our face to the New Braunfels community," Miller said.
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
By Scott Mahon
More than 25 sanitation workers and their families packed New Braunfels City Council’s workshop Monday while council debated keeping the sanitation department a city-operated service.
In recent workshops, officials considered turning the service over to Waste Management Inc.
However, the consensus Monday seemed to favor upgrading the department, rather than “privatizing’’ it.
District I Councilwoman Sonia Munoz-Gill said she preferred upgrading the department.
“We did the same thing with the golf course; we hired a new manager," she said. “I’d like to see what we can do (by upgrading) because right now we’re not comparing apples
to apples in regard to Waste Management and their idea of efficiency. I know change is difficult, but I’d like to see us try.”
However, Mayor Adam Cork cautioned council about making the department more efficient.
“When we start addressing efficiency issues, we’re going to impact the very reasons people don’t want us to privatize,” Cork said. “We can’t dodge that bullet, and it will affect the employees. I don’t think wed have the same workplace for the employees or the same relationship between the sanitation workers and our customers."
The city-owned service employs 47 people, and sanitation workers said recently they were disappointed it has taken council so long to make
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Eden Home resident David Harrison chats with Irma Heinen while delivering a letter to her. Harrison delivers mail to residents and employees of the senior care facility.
$25M street bond might be too much
By Scott Mahon
After years of neglect, New Braunfels residents have made it clear to city council — they want their streets repaired. And after months of discussion, council seems ready to do just that.
The only questions remaining are how the city will finance a five year street improvement and drainage program and how much bond debt taxpayers are willing to pay for.
For months, council has discussed a $25 million street and drainage program; however, according to city officials, council cannot incur more bond debt than it can spend in three years.
Though council appeared to agree Monday on a $25 million program, some expressed concern over the amount of the first bond issue planned for this spring.
“The citizens have given us a clear message," said District 3 (xmncilwoman Gale Pospisil during Monday s three-hour workshop. “They want their streets repaired. We need to go ahead and do $25 million, and if they don’t want to pay for it, they’ll let us know."
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BY THE NUMIBBRS
New Braunfels allotted $350,000 this year to routine street repair, up from $200,000 it budgeted in past years
lf the city passed an $ 18 million bond issue, it would add six cents to the city's current tax rate - 3711 per $ IOO valuation.
i A $25 million bond issue would add nine to 10 cents to the current tax rate
s When existing debt is retired in 2005, the city's tax rate will drop four cents
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Despite rain, burn ban still in effect
For information about the burn ban. call the Comal County Fire Marshal s Office. (830) 885-4883 or (830) 620-3417.
By Ron Maloney
Don't be fooled by recent rains.
Comal County officials aren’t ready to lift the bum ban imposed in I3ecem-ber.
Fire Marshal Un Manford said Tuesday county offices have been inundated with calls from residents seeking burn permits.
Manford said it is too soon to safely lift the burn ban.
“I know it’s not popular, but I have to make die right decision,” Manford said. “They hired me to protect the people and their property from fire danger, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
While the ground has been soaked by recent rain and more rain could be
on the way later this week, Manford said the county's problem is dead vegetation.
“Those in the fire-fighting business knew this was going to result in problems when freezes killed that vegetation and left a heavy fuel load to burn,” Manford said, “last week’s rain has not diminished the fire direat so as to lift the burn ban.”
The decision to keep the ban in place, Manford said, was supported by the county’s fire chiefs, the New Braunfels fire marshal and the state forest service.
“We’re asking everyone to be patient,” County Judge Danny Scheel said Ilies-day.
Manford said special burn permits — with stringent safety conditions — can be issued in some cases.
Tracking the news
LAST WE KNEW: Margaret and Ed Kearns have been jailed since fall for allegedly aiding their daughter, Suzanne DeWalt, who fled Comal County in late 2002 rather than surrender her son, Jeremy, 6, to his father.
LATEST: District Judge Jack Robison Tuesday ordered the Kearns to hire attorneys to defend them on charges of hindering with the apprehension of a felon and interferring with child custody.
NEXT: New Braunfels police and state investigators continue their search for DeWalt and her son.
The Sophienburg - New Braunfels Archives and Museum of History has undergone lots of changes and is dose to unveiling its new space.