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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels FRIDAY June 27, 2003 14 pages in 2 sections •■■■P* "■■BP*    MMwp    14    pages    in    2    sectHerald-Zeitung ■■■I BH— Hi BHI Vol, 152, No. 193Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsCounty postpones decision on JP pay fracas By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commissioners decided Thursday to wait one week before voting whether to pay justices of the peace for weekend magistrate duties at the county jail. Moll up, running inNB location By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer This week marked the beginning of normal operation for Moll Industries Inc. in New Braunfels after bankruptcy reorganization consolidated Austin and San Antonio plants. Fifty-one injection-molding machines have been moved to the former Floxtronics building. “All the machines are in that building and hooked up and should be running next week,” said Ron Embree, Moll vice president of operations. “It’ll still take a few months to build up everything with people. inventory and training.” When the facility is fully operational, officials expect to have 220 employees. The plant has already hired HO New Braunfels area residents. The New Braunfels location is one of four plants in the new streamlined operation. Functioning at about 50 percent of the facility’s capacity, the plant is producing about 20 percent of the company’s total output. Moll’s reorganization plan was approved in bankruptcy court earlier this month. “Moll emerges from bankruptcy as a strong industry contender and in an excellent position to move forward,” Embree said. The company’s cash position could allow Moll to expand New Braunfels operations, Embree said. “We have extra capacity in that facility that — as we emerge — we’re going to try to grow that business,” he said. Embree did not disclose specific regional growth opportunities. This week, Moll also announced a large capital investment deal with Tbshiba for its two largest plants and an extended contract with Whirlpool. The vote came after an uncommonly acrimonious 90-minute discussion in open court between County Judge Danny Seheel and the county’s four JPs. In Scheel’s view, the JPs knew the job when they ran for election, knew what it paid and should accept that compensation. Citing state law, the JPs pointed out magistration is not solely their responsibility, therefore, those who do act as magistrates should be paid for their work. Until January 2003, JPs who performed magistrations were paid an extra $2,000 a year. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Susan Dvorak told commissioners she had not changed her mind on the issue, as Scheel reported. Scheel apologized for misunderstanding her. “I’ve been told again this morning that I knew what this job consisted of when I ran for election. That is not true,” Dvorak said. Her understanding of the job and what it paid was based, she said, upon the 2002 county budget, which carried the $2,000 line item for magistrations. See FRACAS/3A Grant helps county handle hazards inside By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer Comal County will move a step toward creating a hazardous materials response team with a grant approved this week. Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett stud the second installment of a five-year preparedness grant program — $366,773.94 — would be used to equip a team to respond to emergencies involving hazardous chemicals or chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. The money also would be used for a decontamination trailer and a trailer command post tliat would include radio, telephone, fax and computer capabilities. The team consists of about 20-trained firefighting and emergency services personnel, Edgett said. “I’ve had this plan of having a countywide emergency response team for the entire two years I’ve been here. It appears its going to come to fruition,” Edgett said. With the first installment ($46,000) of grants from the Alamo Area Council of Governments, the county bought suits to protect emergency response workers from hazardous materials. The money in this year’s grant would buy more suits, equipment and the decontamination and command trailers. All of the equipment would be available for regional responses anywhere within the 12 counties of AACOG. The equipment will be used day-to-day by public safety agencies in the county or its three cities. “We’re going to pool ourSee GR ANT/3 A Classifieds..............4-8B Comics...............2B Crossword.............2B Dear Abby.............5A Forum................6A Sports...............1,4B Today.................2A I TV...................3B Stocks................5A 56825 00001 Public opinion sought for regional disaster planning By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO — Comal County officials will attend a public meeting next week intended to help prepare for the next disaster that strikes in this rtigion. The Alamo Area Council of Governments, Bexar County, San Antonio and the San Antonio River Authority are conducting the meeting on AACOG’s Regional Hazard Mitigation Action Plan. It begins at 6 p.m. 'IYiesday at AACOG headquarters on 8600 Tesoro Drive, off the Nacogdoches Road exit on Loop 410. Comal County is included in the AACOG plan. "This planning project, which is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is designed to reduce future damage from natural disasters, streamline the disaster response process and capitalize on federal funding,” said AACOG spokeswomanSe© DISASTERS —iii ——............. mm  — -—— HH—rn I—I———HiI Everyone’s a star Photos by K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakj-Zeitung (Above) From the very young mayor to a few performers who remember the original movie, cast members of Meredith Wilson’s ‘The Music Man” give their all on the opening number during rehearsal Thursday night. (Left) Gus Sosebel (left) and Dr. Todd Smith finish their duo as Marcellus and Professor Harold Hill. Produced by Charles and Anne Hair and the New Braunfels Theatre Company, the musical opens July 17 and runs through Aug. 3 at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio St. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays arid Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are available at the Brauntex Box Office, Henne Hardware, China-n-Things, Canyon Lake Office Supply and the offices of Dr. Todd Smith. For information, call 627-0808. (Left) Townsfolk gather on stage to sing the praises of their Midwest lifestyle in The Music Man” during Thursday’s rehearsal at the Brauntex. About 80 New Braunfels area residents are in the play. ;