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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels FRIDAY July 18, 2003 14 pages in 2 sections' mmmmm «hp>    14    pages    in    2    seemHerald-Zeitung MIMI lilSi Vol. 152, No. 211 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Fast cash: Money hidden in car DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zettung Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Wells and Comal County Sheriff’s detective John Bailey stand behind almost $150,000 they found during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon off Interstate 35. Bv Ron Maloney Staff Writer Speeding can be mighty expensive in New Braunfels — as an unidentified Brownsville man found out Wednesday. Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Wells and Comal County Sheriffs detective John Bailey seized about $150,(XX) hidden in the man’s vehicle. The money was discovered after an eight-hour search in which the officers dismantled the mans 2000 Ford Excursion. The driver of t he* vehicle was released without charges or a speeding ticket, Wells said. “No charges have been filed at this point. This is still under investigation,” Wells said. Because he hadn’t been charged with a crime, officials didn’t release his name. Sanitation trepidation City workers worried what privatization means for them Bv Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer Juan Garcia, a city sanitation supervisor, asked New Braunfels ('tty Manager (’huck Pinto to give him and his coworkers a chance to k«*ep their jobs. “This is all I know — working 25 years in sanitation,” Garcia said at a staff meeting early Thursday morning. Pinto called the meeting to explain to more than 40 employees why the city is considering privatizing the sanitation department. The group expressed more concern than anger at the move. City Council voted earlier this week to allow Pinto to negotiate with Waste Management in an attempt to modernize trash collection and extend commercial services. The sanitation workers were worried about losing their jobs. “I set* these guys. I think these are capable of clang it," Garcia said, adding they had “worked miracles” under the current operation Pinto said the* review originated as part of an attempt See SANITATIONS The speeding stop came after Wells, who was following the vehicle on the interstate? just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, noticed it didn’t slow down enough when it entered the New Braunfels construction zone. “I was southbound on Interstate 35, and .John Bailey was right behind me,” Wells said. “The v€*hicle came from the 70 mph zone to the 55 mph area at FM 306, and he was doing 63 mph,” Wells said. With Bailey backing him up, Wells stopped the vehicle near Ruekle Road after it left the construction zone. “I got his driver’s license, and it said he was from Illinois. I asked him where he lived, and he said he lived in Brownsville and had lived there for about a year,” Wells said. “That got me really See CASH/3A Street workshop revisits widening Walnut Avenue By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members agree its time to do something about Walnut Avenue. The street, which overflows with traffic through the center of town between i-oop 337 and Interstate 35, could bt? widened to four lunes between San Antonio Street and Business 35. “We almost have no other options but to expand that,” District* 6 Councilman Ken Valentine said. Council quickly shot down talk of creating one-way streets to divert traffic around the often-congested intersection at Walnut and Business 35. Basid on preliminary studies by the city engineer’s office, the city would riot have* to buy out any property. The expansion would be done within the existing right-of-way by eliminating parking and moving huck the curbs on either side of the streets. I'liming lanes would Im* included at the intersections. No official project has Iieen defined, and city officials are in the preliminary stages of reviewing street maintenance projects. ‘The consensus was that there needs to be a solution at Walnut,’ Mayor Adam (kirk said. “We need to do something,” District I Councilwoman Sonia Munoz-Gill said. The city kxiked at widening Walnut in 2CKK), but the effort failed because of citizen-led protests. Although the issue has been dead for a few years, residents still could be concerned, council members said. Among other things, the increased traffic and pro|M*r-ty encroachment could make it difficult to hack out of driveways and create an otherwise unpleasant environment for homeowners, Valentine said. “You don’t want to wake See STREETS/3A Sing your heart out K. JESSIE SLATEN/MerttkJ ZMtung Whisky Dent’s Scott Hill sings one of several original songs Thursday evening for a large crowd gathered at the Landa Park Dance Slab for Concerts in the Park. Austin cop arrested in NB on family violence chargesInside By Ron Maloney Staff Writer An Austin police officer was arrested in New Braunfels Wednesday for allegedly assaulting his wife. New Braunfels Police Lt. Mike Rust said Ivey T. Yancy, 39, was arrested at his New Braunfels residence on a charge of enhanced assault causing bodily injury to a family member. The charge is a third* degree felony punishable by two to IO years in state prison and a $10,(XX) fine. Yancy was booked into the Guadalupe (bounty Jail. His bail is $50,(XX). Rust said the arrest was a result of an incident at Yan-cy’s home early Monday in which he allegedly struck his wife. “The victim filed a family violence report. She was not seriously injured, hut the allegation is enhanced to a third-degree felony,” Rust said, See COP/3A Dear Abby ............5A Oasafiede.............  5-8B I Comics...............3B Crossword.............3B Forum................6A Obituaries.............3A Sports ..............1-2B Today  ...........2A TV..............  4B • '"56826 0000f 1 County might change raise plan By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County employees might not get the 4 percent raise proponed in earlier budget talks. Commissioners Thursday discussed halving the cost-of-living increase to allow for a 2 percent merit raise. This year, County Judge Danny Reheel proposed a 4 percent cost-of-living raise, hut not the merit increases. County Engineer Tom Hornseth and Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause asked commissioners to retain a merit systemUp next Comal County budget hearings resume at 8:15 a.m. Monday. as a management tool and as an incentive to the county’s best employees. Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady said that for more than 18 years she worked in an organization where the reward for good work was often a “promotion” hut not a pay increase, “I always got a new, fancy title, but no more money So the people who just skimmed by with the very minimum got the same pay I got. I’m not saying everyone shouldn’t do their best. But in the workplace, they should get rewarded for doing their extra hest,” Kennady said. Hornseth made the ease* in budget hearings 'Thursday for adding six new employees to the road department in the second day of hearings on the proposed 2(K)4 budget. 'The new positions, which See RAISE/4A DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung (Above) Sanitation workers listen to New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto talk about the privatization of trash pickup at a staff meeting Thursday morning. (Below) After the meeting, sanitation worker Carlos Gonzalez says “Everybody’s pretty worried about it." Gonzalez has been with the city for 11 years. ;