New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY, JUNE 23,2007
STATE 410 Nightmare
Ten-vehicle accident includes 18-wheeler and brings traffic in San Antonio to screeching halt. Page 10A
SPORTS Little League
NB youngsters continue to play in District 31 tournaments despite more rain. Page 8A
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Tough life for working dogs’ 2nd 35-306
developer requests HRZ help
By David Saleh Rauf
A second developer looking to build a shopping center along Interstate 35 in north New Braunfels has asked city leaders to approve a multi-million dollar Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone.
About a month ago, Surecap Village Partners — an Austin-based development group that specialized in high-end shopping centers — submitted an application to the city for a $5 million TIRZ for the Canyon Crossings shopping center set to be built along 1-35 and Farm-to Market 306.
Behind closed doors, city leaders quietly met to discuss the application.
The result: Economic consultants for the city told developers to go back and “sharpen their pencils” before they could jump on board.
Developers took their initial figure, which See TIRZ, Page 3A
Nearly 20 dogs bring their owners to work
By Mark Koopmans
SCHERTZ—Although it appeared everything might go to the dogs; all went well for nearly 20 four-legged faro ily members who enjoyed a new “leash on life" alongside their owners at a Bulverde firm on Friday.
About a quarter of the staff at Cal-Tex Protective Coatings participated in "National Take Your Dog To Work Day,” giving each of them a chance to introduce their co-workers to their very own pride and joy: The canine child, officials said.
“Oh, it’s similar to bring your child to work and we’ve been begging, excuse the pun, to do this since November,” said Faye Wood, director of people resources, as she walked around with her 9 year-old poodle.
“This is Hollywood, and I don’t call her a poodle, as I don’t want it getting to her head,” said Wood, a New Braunfels resident. “Holly’s just my fluffy dog.”
As dogs ranging in size from a mini daschund to a Great Dane mingled around the water cooler — the dog bowl was way too small for such a crowd — in preparation for several “Best of” contests, their owners happily traded stories and fun facts.
Even owners whose dogs did not make it to the event in person brought pictures of their pooches for a “best-looking” dog contest.
Cal-Tex, which sells sealant products to protect paint coats, undercarriages and upholstery to auto dealerships, is 87-percent employee-owned and was founded nearly 30 years ago. Friday was a
More than 20 Cal-Tex employees brought more than their lunch to work today when the Schertz plant opened its doors for National Take Your Dog to Work day Friday.
first for everyone concerned.
“We wanted to encourage our dog owners to bring their four-
See DOG DAYS, Page 10A
County adds trucks to recyclable listRECYCLING CENTERS
■ Spring Branch — Fire Station, FM 311/Hwy 281
■ FM 306/Potters Creek — Canyon Lake Fire Station #3.
■ Garden Ridge — Gifford-Hill entrance on FM 3009.___
■ VFW — Corner of FM 2673 & River Road.
■ Canyon Lake Fire Station #2 — Oblate Drive (Startzville). IN Freiheit Bowling Alley - 2157 FM 1101.
■ Mulch - 4755 State Hwy 46 West.
By Laura Blewitt
In an effort to increase efficiency and reduce labor in the recycling process, the Comal County recycling program is doing more than just recycling cardboard, paper, glass, plastic, metal and aluminum. It’s recycling out-ofcommission garbage trucks, too.
The new concept, which I lomseth said first was integrated about a month ago, is a form of single-stream recycling. The recyclables do not need to be separated at drop off any more. They can be placed directly in the back
of the collection trucks, co-min-gled into one stream and compacted in the truck.
The re-used rear-end garbage trucks will be parked at the recycling sites for recycling drop-off,
and drivers will take recyclables to Vista Fibers in San Antonio to be sorted partially by hand and by machines, he said.
Comal County has received three of the five trucks it was
promised by the city of New Braunfels, which now uses a new type of garbage trucks. The old ones still are in good condition and perfect to use as recycling trucks, Hornseth said.
“We’re about halfway through the transition,” Hornseth said.
The new procedure cuts down the labor process at each site, which will allow workers to be spread out to new centers, he said. The county hopes to incorporate up to five new centers.
In the past, recyclers were asked to bring sorted recyclables to one
See RECYCLING, Page 10A
Energy bill would force auto industry to improve mileage
By H. Josef Hebert
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The cars, SUVS and pickups people will buy in the years ahead are likely to use less fuel, and many will rely on ethanol or household electricity instead of gasoline.
The energy legislation pushed through the Senate this week provides a roadmap to the future, demanding higher automobile fuel economy, mandating huge increases in ethanol as a motor fuel and supporting more research into building “plug-in” hybrid-electric vehicles.
What's in the biff?
■ Mandates new cars get 35 miles per gallon.
■ Requires President to cut nation's oil demand by 20 percent by 2017.
While Senate Republicans complained that die bill does nothing to increase domestic oil production, Democrats said that’s because the nation must move energy policy away from its heavy reliance on oil.
The I louse is preparing its own version.
The Senate bill requires automakers to increase fuel
See ENERGY, Page 5A
Big plans under way for Sundance Park
By Laura Blewitt
Pieces of Sundance Park, the 84-acre development located on Farm-to-Market 306 and Common Street, have already been purchased by McKenna Health System, oncologist Dr. David Jones and Trisun Healthcare. Koontz McCombs is also planning to include a multifamily project with eight buildings comprised of 252 apartment-like units, a clubhouse and a pool, said Melanie Boehm, spokeswoman for Koontz McCombs.
In order to direct runoff to waterbasins at the edges of the property, the development uses a grate at the edge of the property which directs the
See SUNDANCE, Page 3A
Caterpillar tractor-scrapers sit at the rain-soaked future site of the Sundance Park development at 2294 Common St. Friday afternoon.
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