New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Local schools open district chase in baseball today, Page 5
Birthday wishes from the Herald-ZeKung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Mae Vote Braun-barger, Olga Diaz, Debra Garcia, Isabel Luna, Kathleen Cotter (six years), Valerie Rosales (13 years), Christopher Rubio (21 years) Maagan Ranee Gonzales (four years) and Goengle Madina.
High 64. low 56, Increasing clouds and cool.
NBU issues advisory to customers
Several customers have called New Braunfels Utilities to say they have received calls at their home from a person identifying himself as an employee of NBU. claiming that they need to enter the home to make inspections to a refrigerator or other appliances. They have also made statements concerning low voltage problems or the customers' need to leave their homes NBU would like to make it clear that it is only under very rare or extreme circumstances that an NBU employee would ever request to enter a customer's home Do not allow anyone claiming to be an NBU employee to enter your home without proper ID or without calling the main office at 629-8400, or central dispatch at 625-8564 to verify the identity of the employee. Personnel required to be on your property to read your meter or make repairs to utility service lines should be in an NBU vehicle and in uniform with an NBU logo. Customers should feel free to request identification from these personnel as well.
CHS and CMS choirs to provide spring concert
The Canyon Middle School Varsity Choir will perform with musical groups from Canyon High School in a Spring Concert The concert will be at 7 30 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, and will be held at the F;r«5t Protestant Church in .New Braunfels The concert is free and the public is invited. Featured performances will
• include performances by the
• sixth grade choir and the CHS Chamber Singers. Treble Choir and the Balladier
Also scheduled for the concert are solos by CMS and CHS students and a CHS treble ensemble.
, Garage Sal# got for Saturday
I Xi Alpha Eta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International will hold its annual garage sale Satur-, day. April 1, from 7:30 a m to ■ 12:30 p m at 880 Highway 81, adjacent to Lenise's Floral Cre-I ations Lots of items will be for sale, including toys, furniture and clothes.
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Half of city households are recycling
By CRAIG HAMMETT
New Braunfels’ recycling program continues to move toward a more normal routine, say city officials.
Nearly half of city households are recycling, and the city is receiving more than $2,000 a month from the sale of recyclables.
Now that the city is in a three-year contract with a recycling company, officials are hoping the program finds more acceptance. The contract will be reviewed after one year.
City Manager Mike Shands said most of the complaints now center on the more routine service types of complaints, like missed pickups or people never received a bin. He said the city refers all people to the company, Browning-Fems Industries (BFI), that handles the program.
With warmer weather approaching, officials predict an increased amount of regular trash as well as the plastics, glass, metal, and newspaper associated with recycling. Although there is no commercial recycling pickup, increased tourists in the summer should still produce more garbage.
"There are more daylight hours, people drink more liquids, there are more glass and cans," Shands said.
The city received $2,314.16 for the sale of recycled products in January, and paid $ 11,506 to BFI for recycling fees. Residents pay $ 1.85 for the ser-
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Half the households in the city are taking part in the new recycling program, and complaints have decreased, city officials say.
pared to 47% in January. The city netted about $2,300 from sales of the products.
BFI’s Bard Ramsey said the market for selling recyclables shifts fre-
BFI officials showed numbers roughly the same for February, with three more days of service. Participation hit 48 percent in February, com-
quentl) and added newspaper and aluminum were selling well at present.
One point proponents of the program make is the amount of space in the landfill the recycled products con
serve, space that would eventually have to be bought at another location. The city also pays a 'tipping fee' for every truck of garbage it brings to the landfill, so diverting trash from the landfill saves money on tipping fees.
"It extends the life of the landfill by that amount," Shands said. “Also, whatever BFI picks up, our city crews don’t pick up."
He said this saves the city the cost of overtime and workers’ compensation claims.
BFI said they serviced 19,203 homes in February. Although exact space-saving figures are not available, the recycled products do decrease the weight and space used by regular garbage.
“When you’re picking up homes twice a week (as New Braunfels does), you normally pick up 50 to 60 pounds per home a week,” said Ramsey of regular garbage pickup.
After the recent storm, many residents have piled debris such as broken limbs in their yards. Shantis said the city has just about completed picking up the debris. He said the debris would be ground into mulch. Residents can pick up this mulch at Cypress Bend Park probably by the 8th or 9th of April. Shands said the city encourages residents to normally let their fallen leaves lie where they may and grind them up with a lawnmower, instead of throwing them out with the trash and using up valuable landfill space.
Council votes against annexing Sunbelt plant
In return, city gets guarantee Sunbelt won’t bum toxic waste
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels probably will not extend its city limits to take in the large Sunbelt plant south of town.
A contractual agreement with Sunbelt, formerly Lafarge, won out over annexing the property at the city council meeting last night, at least in the first reading. lf approved by the council in the next two readings, the contract would trade off some tax dollars from Sunbelt for the guarantee that the company would not bum hazardous fuels in its cement plant.
"The key is that this agreement goes beyond state and federal law," said Mayor Paul E. Fraser. Existing laws do not protect New Braunfels from Sunbelt’s burning hazardous fuels if it desired. The new contract would prohibit any use of hazardous substances as fuel.
"There is some mutual benefit, too," said City Manager Mike Shands. Under the agreement. Sunbelt would pay New Braunfels $100,000 a year for the first five years of the ten-year contract. It would pay the city $ 120,000 each of the last five years.
lf the Sunbelt area were annexed and Sunbelt had to pay city taxes they would come to roughly $220,000 a year.
With Sunbelt annexed, the city would have to provide services such as trash pickup and emergency services, Shands said. Those would be a tremendous cost to the city, he said.
Council members suggested some changes in the agreement’s wording that would safeguard the city’s interests.
The first reading of the ordinance passed with all council members voting "yes” except for Councilwoman Mary Serold. "This is only the first reading,” she said. “Let me see the changes."
The contract includes a Sunbelt advisory board to
monitor quality and hear concerns from the community. Serold suggests the city set up its own board to monitor plant emissions and standards. "The citizens need to be ever watchful, ever vigilant,” she said.
The agreement with Sunbelt does not deal with particulate emissions, or cement kiln dust, at all. Sarah Schrank of Solms voiced concerns that long-term exposure to the dust is harming the health of residents near the plant, hazardous fuels or not.
"There are laws that can address particulate matter," Fraser said. The mayor agreed that cement kiln dust is a potentially serious problem, but might have to be dealt with separately.
“I do think City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom and Mike Shands have done an excellent job for the citizens with this agreement," Serold said.
Copies of the agreement will be available at the city building for citizens to read.
In other business, the Five-Year Community Development Planning Document was presented to the city council. This is required of any city which receives community development block grants. It has plans to help decide how the grant money will be used. A 30-day comment period is required for citizen comment on the document.
The planning document will be available to read at the Ditthnger Memorial Library, the Municipal Building, New Braunfels Utilities lobby, the Senior Citizens Center, and the New Braunfels Housing Office. The Community Development staff will schedule a hearing.
After much comment from Mission Hills area residents, the city council decided to stay with the Master Plan. The plan calls for eventually cutting Ridge Hill through to Loop 337. But the council decided not to extend Ridge Hill at this time.
The end off the line
HaraUZaKung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A Canyon soccer player sits defected on the bench after the Cougars' season ended with a 2-0 loss to San Antonio Churchill yesterday at Incarnate Word College. See Sports Day, Page 5, for complete coverage.
Krueger sending family home from strife-torn Burundi
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bob Krueger, the U.S. ambassador to Burundi, says his pregnant wife and the couple’s children are returning to Texas because of escalating violence in that African nation.
Krueger, in an interview Sunday with WOAI radio from his home in the capital city of Bujumbura, said his wife Kathleen, who is pregnant with their third child, and their 5- and 6-ycar-old daughters arc heading back to the San Antonio area this week.
"They won’t return here until ... I can certify that the situation has improved and is one that would be safe for them,” Krueger said.
The decision to send his family out of the country was made after consulting with White House national security adviser Tony Lake Krueger said there has been "massive and wanton killing by the army" in Burundi, where it is estimated dozens of people have been killed in the latest Bob Krueger round of fighting and 23,000 people fled the country over the weekend Krueger described one violent incident he wit
nessed at an army checkpoint.
“A man was walking with a Bible and his identity card ami the soldier stopped him and asked his identity and then said he was free to walk on. But the soldiers stopped the man right behind him who was doing nothing more and shot him dead on the spot. Then one soldier said to another, ‘Kill this one, too,’ " Krueger said.
The dominate group in Burundi "probably is more cruel in their subjection of the other than what happened to slaves atter the Civil War in the South,” Krueger said.
He also said the apartheid and discrimination, though it is black against black rather than white
Th«y won’t rotum hor# until ... I can certify that tho situation has improved.'
— Bob Krueger
against black, is worse that it was in South Attica Krueger, a former U S senator and New Braunfels businessman, became ambassador to the east African nation in June 1994.
Krueger said he plans to return to Texas bnefly in May to anend a conference and plans to be with his family when the couple's third child is bom in Texas in November1Gump’ cleans up at the Oscars with six wins. See Page 4
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