New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Recycling committee tossing around ‘pay-as-you-throw’ plan
By Heather Todd
New Braunfels residents might have to pay a fee for each bag of trash they put out rather than a flat monthly fee, according to a plan the city’s Recycling Advisory Committee plans to present to council.
Terry Fischer, chairman of the city’s Recycling Advisory Committee, said members were mulling a “pay as you throw” plan to reduce the amount of trash dumped at the local landfill and to promote recy
“This is something we started looking into because people put out a tremendous amount of garbage,” he said.
Fischer said no specific plan or fee had been developed.
But one local resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said the program could be a financial burden for low-income families or residents on a fixed income.
Currently, city residents pay a monthly fee of $10.83 for garbage collection and recycling — whether they put out three
bags or IO bags of trash.
Under the proposed “pay as you throw” plan, residents could either pay for every bag of trash they set out or for every extra bag after filling a single trashcan.
Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, said, “The goal of this plan is increase the volume of recyclables and reduce the amount of waste to the landfill.”
Fischer said reducing the amount of waste taken to the landfill would save city dollars.
“The city pays for everything that goes
into the landfill,” he said.
Fischer said the plan would require a minimum allowance, but no specific fee has been discussed.
Several different options are available in terms of how residents would be charged for garbage collection.
“In some cities, residents can fill a single garbage can for a flat fee, then any additional bags they pay extra for,” Ferguson said. “Other cities charge for every bag they set out. There are different ways to charge.”
In some cities, extra trash must be put in extra bags, which sell for about $2, or residents must buy stickers for about the same price to attach to each extra bag of trash.
Fischer said the committee had been discussing the plan for more than a year. He said the committee made a presentation to city council before but did not have enough information to really sell the program.
“What we were trying to do was establish a tag system that for every extra bag of trash, people would have to pay for a tag.
See RECYCLING/5ABond issue failure not standing in way of complex plans
By Heather Todd
New Braunfels Youth Sports, Inc. is moving forward with plans to build athletic fields off Doeppen-schmidt Road and Interstate 35, despite not getting $2.63 million in city tax dollars to fund the project.
Mike Mullins, president of NBYS, said the organization planned to develop 30 to 35 acres of soccer fields at the facility site to be ready for play next year.
New Braunfels Youth Sports, Inc, a non-profit organization for young athletes, plans to build the soccer fields as part of a proposed state-of-the-art sports complex that will include softball fields, baseball fields, soccer fields, an indoor swimming pool and a gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts.
The complex also would be equipped with concession stands, restrooms, a track, grandstands and ample parking for cars and buses off the 100-acre site on Doeppen-schmidt Road.
But, the biggest challenge for NBYS now is getting enough money.
“The first step was to look at raising funds to build the facility, through grants, donations and contributions,” Mullins said. “The second step was to get the project on the bond. Now, we’re back to step one.
New Braunfels residents voted down two propositions May 6 that would have funded sports facilities for local youth.
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Memorial Day, said one speaker at Monday’s ceremony in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park, “is to care for and remember our veterans.” Myles and Virginia Kuykendall take time after the service to check on old friends. For a look at other Memorial Day activities in and around New Braunfels, see Page 3B.
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River security and sheriff’s deputies were highly visible at Huaco Falls Monday as they watched the end of the holiday rafters chasing fun down the Guadalupe.
Holiday weekend mostly OK
By Ron Maloney
The campgrounds were clearing out by late Monday, and crews were walking the sides of River Road, picking up trash as another Memorial Day weekend crept to its close — at about the speed of this spring’s low and slow Guadalupe River.
Things were winding down as well for Comal County Sheriff’s deputies and New Braunfels police, who reported that the great bulk of the thousands who came were relatively wellbehaved.
Others were not. One Pollok youth was taken by helicopter to a San Antonio hospital with a skull fracture he suffered in a rock-throwing incident Sunday.
Law enforcement officials reported a total of about 120 arrests — several in the city, the balance in areas served by the Comal County Sheriff’sTeen suffers skull fracture in river brawl/5A
Office — for offenses ranging from aggravated assault to possession of drugs, public intoxication or lewdness.
The number of citations was about half the figure reported for this past year’s Memorial Day holiday. Citations were reported for offenses ranging from possession of alcohol by a minor to traffic violations.
The number of arrests and citations didn’t tell the whole story, though, New Braunfels Police Department Det. Bob Parchman said.
In New Braunfels, the crowds as a whole were no worse than they’ve been in other years — and better than in some, Parchman said. But the annual holiday bash on the Guadalupe had its dangerous moments, he said.
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Visitors to the natural aquatic area at Landa Park enjoy a cool dip on a hot Memorial Day holiday Monday in New Braunfels.
Canyon Lake residents organize against proposed wastewater facility
From Staff Reports
Property owners in Northwest Comal County will meet Thursday to examine the potential effects of a proposed wastewater treatment facility at the Canyon Lake area near Cypress Cove Road.
The coalition will meet at 7 p.m. at the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department, Farm-to-Market Road 311 and US. 281.
Because of concerns about how the facility could affect the quality of life of nearby residents, several
of surrounding community subdivisions, business owners, land owners and residents recently formed the Northwest Comal County Environmental Coalition, member Sheryl Garza said.
The coalition recently submitted a request for a hearing with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
TNRCC will decide whether to approve the application for the wastewater treatment facility^ construction and operation.
The TNRCC application states the proposed facility is designed to discharge up to 140,000 per day of treated wastewater into Rebecca Creek.
The facility is planned for a subdivision of 355 manufactured homes off Rebecca Creek Road.
For information about the Northwest Comal County Environmental Coalition, contact Garza at (830) 885-6050.