New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY June 24, 2001
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Vol. 150 No. 193Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Waste not, pay not
Rick Rhoades and his family, clockwise from left, Sheri, Julie, Jenae, Jayci and Jack, recycle everything they can.
New trash program goes into effect Monday
By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer
When the city’s “Pay-As-You-Throw” program is implemented this week, its not going to be noticed in Sheri Rhoades’ New Braunfels home.
The Rhoades family - mom, dad and four children - produces one bag of garbage per pickup.
The rest gets recycled, a practice the family has participated in for years.
Monday, New Braunfels will begin asking people who put out more than three 30-gallon containers of trash per pickup to pay a two-dollar per container premium for doing so.
The way the system works is garbage customers attach a green sticker to the extra container.
Five of the stickers have been shipped toCity garbage collectors ready for new program/8A
each household billed by New Braunfels Utilities - for free.
Once a customer uses them up, additional stickers must be bought at City Hall. Additional avenues for buying the stickers might open up soon, city officials say.
“Pay-As-You-Throw” is intended to introduce some equity into garbage collection in New Braunfels, reduce pressure on the Comal County Landfill and encourage recycling.
The Rhoades family needs no more encouragement to recycle than what already comes from the family’s children, all of whom have learned about the subject in school and all of whom help.See TRASH/8APay-As-You -Throw—
What is New Braunfels Pay-As-You-Throw?
Pay-As-You-Throw is a program that offers residents a more equitable way to pay for the collection and disposal of trash — while, at the same time, encouraging them to create less waste and increase the amount they recycle. Under New Braunfels Pay-As-You-Throw, households can place at the curb the equivalent of three 30-gallon containers of waste on each collection day. Garbage in excess of the limit must have an extra garbage sticker attached in order for it to be collected. The New Braunfels Pay-As-You-Throw program will be implemented Monday.
How does the Pay-As-You-Throw differ from the “old” residential garbage collection system?
The city garbage ordinance defines the normal volume of household garbage residents can place at the curb on collection day as three 30-gallon trash cans or the equivalent.
Enforcement of the limit was not strict as crews tried to pick up as much of what is left at the curb as possible. Under Pay-As-You-Throw, extra garbage must have a city sticker affixed. City crews will leave untagged, excess waste at the curb.See PAY/8A
City council to discuss street repair projects
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Repairing streets in each district, improvements to Gruene Road and how to spend $10 million in certificates of obligation top the list of agenda items for the New Braunfels City Council’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
The city earmarked $500,000 left over from the former sales tax revenues for economic development, which was overseen by the Economic Development Corporation or 4A Board, to fix streets in each district of the city.
City staff picked two streets from each city council district to improve using that money, City Manager Mike Shands said.
‘This is separate from the $10 million in certificates of obligation,” he said. “This is money from the former 4A board that council wanted to use specifically for street projects.”
Ranging from street reconstruction to repaving projects, the projects cost anywhere from $105,463 for reconstruction of Gardenia Drive to a low of $22,305 to repave Gruene Road.
“Council asked us to bringWhat's Up —
Who: New Braunfels City Council
Where: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
When: 5:45 p.m. special meeting for photo and 6:30 p.m. regular meeting Monday
Other agenda items:
• The New Braunfels City Council will vote on a resolution from the Planning and Zoning Commission to set the calendar for annexation. Under this calendar, the public hearings for the annexation process will be July 11 and July 18.
• City Engineer Mike Short will update councilmembers on the progress of aerial mapping and photography.
• Council will consider the third and final reading of an ordinance to create a new zoning classification, “commercial office district.”
• Consider 4B Board funding for city parkland, marking the first time the council will discuss the park purchase in a public meeting.
them a list, so we put one together, for them to consider,” Shands said. “We’ve heard from them that theseSee COUNCIL/5A
Herald-Zeitung wins awards
CISD set to select superintendent
By Martin MalacaraStaff Writer
Comal Independent School District Trustees will consider appointing a new district superintendent TYiesday.
The board will meet at 6 p.m. at Canyon High School, 1510 Interstate 35 N., to make its decision.
In May, trustees selected the superintendent of the Cleburne Independent School District as the lone finalist for the position.
Jim Grunert has served Cleburne ISD for ll years. Before Cleburne, Grunert served as superintendent of the Bonham ISD.
He started his career as a teacher in the Rusk School District.
If formally selected, Grunert will replace Jerry Major, who left the district in February to become superintendent of the Waco School District.
Anthony Constanzo took over for Major as interim superintendent.
Comal Trustee John Bertelsen had voiced concerns about Grunert’s selection because, under his recommendation, Cleburne ISD removed its 20 percent homestead exemption. Under the exemption, 20 percent of a resident’s property value is subtracted from the total before taxes are assessed.
Bertelsen said Comal ISD is faced with the same situation.
Grunert said Cleburne ISD looked into removing the exemption two years before actually doing so.
“It came in over time. Our industrial tax base was growing and (removing) it did not create additional burden,” Grunert said.
New Braunfels ISD is considering charging its students fees for extracurricular activities.
Grunert said this is another idea that could be explored at Comal ISD, but said “When you do that, you’ll have stu-See CISD/3A
From Staff Reports
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung took home several awards this weekend from the 2001 Better Newspaper Contest.
The contest is sponsored by the Texas Press Association, and awards were presented in El Paso. The Herald-Zeitung competed in Division II, which includes newspapers with daily circulations of 7,000 to 99,999.
The newspaper won first place for page design, a category that judged the front page, sports, features and opinions pages.
The judge wrote, “Page I
staff photos the most intimate and compelling in Division II. Most interesting opinions page in Division II. Sports staff photos are excellent as well, good story telling shots. Lifestyle: Good layout... you are clearly the best in your division.”
Also, Herald-Zeitung Publisher Doug Toney won first place in column writing for two pieces he wrote, “Proposals for big change” and “If PG means bigger bucks.”
The newspaper also placed fourth in the community service competition for its coverage of the May 2000 bond election in New Braunfels.See AWARDS/5A
Key Code 77
Juneteenth celebration in Landa Park holds larger significance
By Martin MalacaraStaff Writer
Margaret Adams spent Saturday afternoon at Landa Haus in Landa Park.
This isn’t an uncommon practice for most New Braunfels residents today.
But 70 years ago, it was unacceptable for Adams or any other black person to set foot into the park.
That’s what made the day so special for Adams.
She celebrated Juneteeth at the park Saturday with the Black Heritage Society of Comal County and helped raise scholarship money. The group, which gives away $1,000 in scholarships each Juneteenth to deserving high school graduates, sold barbecue plates and held a style show.
June 19, 1865, or Juneteenth, marks the date when slaves living in Texas learned they had been set free by President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln set the slaves free in 1863, but Texas slaves didn’t hear the news until two and a half years later.
Black Texans might have gained their freedom at that time, but they were far fromSee JUNETEENTH/5A
CHRIS PACE/Herald-ZeitungMary Johnson, from left, Carrie White, Joyce Miller, Dolores Millett, Kimberli Adams and Margaret Adams prepare barbecue sausage lunches, which were sold to raise scholarship money Saturday at Landa Haus in Landa Park.