New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
By Sean Bowlin
AUSTIN — State Rep. Carter Casteel has filed House Bill 1827, which, if it passes, would return part of the state’s hotel occupancy tax to the City of New Braunfels — and cities like it — to clean up local rivers.
“It’ll give us some additional funds to manage the cleanup of the rivers,” Cas
teel said. “Instead of one broom, we’ll have two brooms.”
The bill now goes to a House committee as allotted by the Speaker of the House.
The bill has to do with municipalities located in Texas counties that have Water Oriented Recreation Districts, as in New Braunfels. The counties must also have a population exceeding 35,000.
If the bill becomes a law, four times a
year, or every quarter, the state’s Comptroller of Public Accounts will add up the amount of money collected from hotels in the municipalities, such as New Braunfels. Then one percent of that money comes back to the City of New Braunfels and cities Uke it. That one percent would be specifically designated for river clean up.
In helping to beautify rivers, the legislation, Casteel said, would help attract
more families to visit New Braunfels, raising the amount of money spent in hotels and in local businesses.
“It’s a win-win situation,” the legislator said.
Casteel said the idea for the legislation wasn’t new; it’s been proposed for communities with beaches.
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Supreme Court dismisses suit against GBRA
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
AUSTIN — The Texas Supreme Court has tossed out the lawsuit by the Friends of Canyon Lake that sought to stop the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority from pumping additional water from Canyon Lake.
GBRA General Manager Bill West hailed the decision in which the court chose not to hear the case.
The decision enables his agency to issue bonds to pay for the Western Canyon Pipeline Project, which will bring water to Bulverde.
“It clears the way for us to go forward with financing and construction of the project. That makes us very happy, as well as our customers,” West said Friday. “The folks that have been waiting on
this for a long time are equally pleased.”
In Bulverde, which sits on the fragile Trinity Aquifer, residents of the Bulverde Hills subdivision have been forced to truck water in for years.
Over three summers beginning in 1999, the Oak Village North subdivision has had to haul water, as well.
The Western Canyon project depended upon the permit amendment for water, West said.
“We’ve been trying to figure out a way to get water to Bulverde for a very long time," West said.
The project, from the selling of bonds to construction of the intake structure, water treatment plant and pipeline, will take 24 months, West said.
Kendrick: Companies that receive abatements should hire residents
By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer
After New Braunfels City Council agreed last month to offer a tax abatement Moll Industries Inc. that would apply to $6 million of equipment in exchange for at least 75 qualified jobs, one councilman will suggest such investments should benefit the taxpayers who fund them.
District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick will present Monday an item that would add a city residency requirement to the definition of
“qualified job” used in such tax abatement offers.
The New Braunfels Infrastruc-t u r e / Improve-KENDRICK me„, Cor-poration Board of Directors suggests tax abatement initiatives to council. The abatements often come with the stipulation that incoming commerce
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Comal County Sheriff’s officers (from left) Sgt. Jimmy Limmer, Cpl. Donna O’Conner and Cpl. Greg VandeLoo escort the last suspected illegal immigrant found to a holding area before transport to the county jail.Stop nets IO alleged illegal immigrants
By Ron Maloney and K. JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writers
A chase that began on Interstate 35 ended miles later Friday afternoon with the detention of IO suspected illegal immigrants.
Comal County Sheriff’s Detective Captain Dennis Koepp said detective John Bailey was on routine patrol on Interstate 35 at 3 p.m. Friday when he noticed a 2001 Ford 3/4 ton crew cab pick-up truck.
Bailey’s specialty is finding and recovering stolen vehicles, and he suspected the northbound truck might be stolen, Koepp said.
“He attempted to make a traffic stop, but the truck didn’t stop,” Koepp said.
Bailey and Deputy James Maher chased the vehicle up 1-35 to San Marcos,
where the chase moved onto Farm-to-Market Road 123, which runs to Seguin.
“They went through a school zone, they were driving on the wrong side of the road, they were obviously trying to cause traffic problems for us to deal with so we wouldn’t be able to catch them,” Bailey said.
From there, the chase moved onto FM 758, which passes the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
The truck turned out into brush and traveled more than half a mile off the road at high speed, Koepp said, before IO people spilled out of the vehicle and into the nearby brush.
Sheriff’s deputies from Comal, Hays and Guadalupe counties,
Comal County Sheriff’s officer Cpl. Greg Vandeloo (center) and officer J. Moore (right) lead away suspected illegal immigrants officials believe came from Brazil. Officials from Comal, Hays and Guadalupe County, as well as San Marcos and the Department of Public Safety, converged on a single Ford truck after Comal County Detective John Bailey called in a report of a suspect vehicle traveling north on Interstate 35. The chase ended after the driver and eight other men and one woman ran from the vehicle in the middle of a field along FM 758.
Attorney says seizure of bar constitutes harassmentInside
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Defense attorneys Glenn Peterson and Ray Ihske III were unsuccessful Friday in two attempts to enable Paul Ortiz to reopen his business.
Police and sheriff’s deputies led by Assistant District Attorney Mel Koehler and officers of the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force closed the Ortiz Rec Center Wednesday afternoon pending a forfeiture hearing to be scheduled in district court.
Ortiz, 45, was arrested on a drug charge Jan. 18 after he allegedly threw a bag con
taining just over 1/4-pound of marijuana into the back of the building.
Calling the forfeiture action against the Ortiz family business “harassment,” the attorneys filed motions in district court and county court-at-law seeking to regain possession and use of the bar while Ortiz awaits the forfeiture hearing.
Under federal law, the government can seize property used in connection with the drug trade.
Peterson said Friday the county acted without consideration for Ortiz’s wife, Margarita, or his uncle, Casiano
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Sutton files for CISD District 7 post
By Dylan Jim£nez
Les Sutton filed Friday afternoon for the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees election District 7 seat.
Sutton, who’s mother was a public school teacher, said education always has been an important part of his life, and he’d like to see the best education for his son, a junior at Canyon High School.
“To me the link between education and success is a given,” he said.
Sutton said, if elected, his priority would be “to maintain and hopefully improve the quality of education” in a school district that has a reputation for good quality edu*
Still, he sees two problems he would particularly like to see improved.
‘Tve been underim-pressed with the way this district deals with students that are gifted,” Sutton said. “I think we’re wasting some resources there.”
Children, he said, are the county’s most valuable resource. And he hopes that he can encourage residents to get involved to invest in that resource.
He said his biggest concern
is the state and federal budget. He fears there might be little help coming to Texas public schools.
In order to maintain resources and academic quality, Sutton said, taxpayers must be able “to step up.”
He said, if elected, he would pursue alternative means of revenue to supplement the school district’s budget.
Sutton said he would exhaust all means before pushing for higher taxes but wants citizens to know they need to accept the fact that it may lead to that and would let taxpayers decide.
“You get what you pay for,” Sutton said.