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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas BRT AVAILABLE COPY NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY March 2001 TBT PaSes in sections HERALDZEITUNG 102 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Class puts traffic light under the gun BY JUSTIN BRASWELL Staff Writer Speeders fortunate enough to get caught by students in Alan Trollingers criminal jus tice classes at New Braunfels High School wont get pulled they are helping to prove that the traffic light at the school has indeed slowed Trollingers students prac ticed catching speeders Thursday and Friday in front of the Students are taught how to maintain and cali brate the radar gun and to identify potential Students are also required to document every Since speeds have thanks to a new traffic light at the According to documentation by Trollingers the aver age speed in front of the school has dropped See Under the watchful eye of teacher Alan New Braunfels High School student Josh Rodriguez mans a handheld radar gun a few hundred yards from the new light in front of the JESSIE PALs for peace NBMS rallies to fight against school violence BY STEPHANIE FERGUSON Special to the Herald Zeitung New Braunfels Middle School students took a stand against school vio lence The Peer Assistance and Leadership class rallied behind the premise that all conflicts can be resolved by students helping Holding signs with anti violence stu dents lined the school cafe teria during all lunches Friday to disseminate the message of safety and We wanted to show stu dents today there is more than one way to deal with things that happen at eighthgrade PALs student Sarah ONeal If there is a we hope that a student will go to a teacher or a PAL instead of taking it into their own Posters also were dis played around the cafete ria focusing on leaders who had worked to solve the ills of society with peaceful messages Mother Caesar John Abraham Rosa Martin Luther Nelson Mandela and The rally had been planned as part of Texas Public Schools but it became a more timely event because of school vio JESSIE PAL student Jaroszewski and schoolmates march in front of a mock grave in the New Braunfels Middle School cafeteria Friday They were rallying for an end to school violence at home and across the Top left Daniela Garcia carries her message of lence in California and Pennsylvania earlier this It couldnt have been more NBMS Principal Demetria Cummins Students want to feel nurtured and cared This rally is a wonderful way to bring attention to a posi tive way of dealing with Eighthgrader Karl Slater Were here to protest against the Slater said he would ask students who had been responsible for school vio lence to look at what they had done to mess up every thing at their Look at how you have scared your classmates and hurt he Eighthgrader Michael Campbell said he wanted to encourage students to take a peaceful route when it came to solving We all need to uplift people to ensure they have certain and we need to fight hate against any Campbell Members of the PALs class offer peer mediation at NBMS for students who want to resolve With the help of See Drainage fees continue to perplex city BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil Monday night will discuss how to collect fees under the citys new drainage ordi Council also will consider whether the munic ipal tree ordinance needs to be beefed up to protect SHANDS the citys older Council meets at in the council chambers at City 424 Castell New Braunfels passed a df airiageorainahce late this past year that treats the storm water runoff system as a municipal like power or As part of developers are required to ensure that their projects do not increase runoff downstream from their Another important aspect of the ordinance is it allows the city to collect fees for drainage The questions involving the fees have been how much to how to collect it and how much the collection will City officials have wrestled with the issues ever Property owners of improved tracts those with structures on them in the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction would pay the That would involve an esti mated monthly billing of in the city and its How to collect the money and how much it will cost to collect it and whether it is even feasible to collect at all are raising daunting questions for city What it comes down to is what the desire of the council city manager Mike Shands Do you want to have a fee If how do you want to apportion it and how do you want to collect it Agenda Other agenda items are Final reading of an ordi nance establishing a per manent river activities com mittee Final reading of an ordi nance to increase parking fees in certain areas of Prince Solms Park East during certain times Final reading of an ordi nance establishing a water shuttle permit fee based on seating capacity First reading of a park ing ordinance that would set specific parking zones on Lincoln Washington Avenue and Cross River Street as well as shuttle loading zones on Lincoln StreetSnd1 Urtfon Avenue First reading of an ordi nance that would allow city staff instead of city council to approve bulkheads and i boat docks Second reading of an ordinance requiring wrist bands to pay for river law enforcement and cleanup and Second reading of an ordinance establishing a permanent hotel occupancy tax A possible fee proposal listed in Monday nights agenda includes a residen tial fee of per Others would pay fees of between per month for up to square feet to per month for build ings of square feet and At those Shands the city would stand to collect million or a lit tle more each Whatever the city it might prove more difficult to decide how to collect The city has no municipal or taxing entity that bills the entire group of property owners who would be billed for a drainage Using a combination of two or more taxing entities would cause overlap issues that would have to be dealt with or leave lapsed areas where affected landowners do not get See INSIDE Key Code 76 Find out who makes the best seat in the house in Sundays To file or not to file Lawmakers deadline passes AUSTIN AP Working against the deadline for filing many Texas lawmak ers spent the week hunched over their scribbling signatures across mounds of legislation as staff members lined up to file their 70th or even 90th But not John Whit As of hed filed a total of five Some members truly believe theyre going to be judged by the number of bills they whether they pass them or said Whit Ive got plenty to do without trying to dream up ideas for legisla While some lawmakers only file legislation they deem others carry large cramming in as much as they can in 140 But the question remains To file or not to file According to the answer is not to Of the total pieces of including resolu filed before the 6 deadline only about bills are expected to lawmakers That shows you a lot of the introduction of legisla tion is kind of an exercise in political operations more so than good he Eliot DE1 represents the other school of thought and is expected to have filed nearly 100 bills by None of us ever knows if well be he Its important to lay out the ideas of the people who brought you Lots of lots of and a senator who has never been through redis tricting who hasnt got a lot of common Our bills come from real peoples ;