New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 230 16 pages in 2 sections September 20, 2000
Serving Comal County since I SS2
Detective Eddy Luna of the Comal County Sheriff's Office explains ways to prevent car burglaries Tuesday in front of the Sheriffs Office. Luna said to avoid leaving valuables in plain sight on the seat or dash of the vehicle.
Stow it, don’t show it, and lock the doors
Officers offer advice for preventing auto burglaries
By Ron Maloney
If you lock your doors and hide your valuables, you go a long way to prevent a burglar from breaking into your vehicle.
Once someone has taken the cell phone or compact disc player from your car, you will have spent the money to replace the items before they are recovered — if they ever are.
‘The main thing is just common sense,” New Braunfels Police Sgt. David Wilson said. “You don’t want to go shopping and leave your doors unlocked or your windows rolled down and allow someone free access to your car. Make it diff icult for them. Don’t leave it unlocked.”
Detective Eddy Luna, who investigates burglaries for the Comal County Sheriff’s Dept., agreed.
“You can walk in a parking lot at a department store and see all the unlocked cars,” Luna said.
So can thieves, he said.
“Lock your doors. I think half of the burglaries I work are unlocked
doors. Every time I go to a burglary and there s no damage to a door, keyhole or window, they're unlocked. People don’t like to admit it. but they are,” he said.
The New Braunfels Safe City Commission this past year sponsored an auto burglary initiative and this year will do the same with vehicle theft.
Chairman Ron Friesenhahn said, “I think its really a matter of doing the common-sense things. I don’t have any numbers to back it up, but I suspect that if you look at a large number of burglaries, the doors are unlocked and there are valuables in
“Other than ushering the thief to the vehicle and offering him a beverage, I don't know what else you could do to make it more inviting.”
Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, said he believes the SCC’s efforts to educate people are paying off.
He said vehicle burglaries for the year-to-date are down in New Braunfels 21 percent over this past year from the same period in 1999.
While burglaries rose 13 percent in July — the crime rate in general for July rose IS percent over July one
See BURGLARIES/3ANBISD antes up pay hike
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
Trustees gave auxiliary and paraprofessional employees two hands up at the New Braunfels Independent School board meeting last night.
First, trustees unanimously voted to lower insurance premiums for cafeteria, custodial, transportation and paraprofessional employees by $10 per month.
Then the board followed up w itll a second unanimous decision to raise NB1SI) bus driver salaries from S7.94 an hour to $10 an hour.
Retaining and recruiting workers to fill these jobs which come w ith unique characteristics like irregular hours, seasonal pay and strict safety requirements has been hard on managers dealing with a strong economy and tough competition from surrounding districts.
The district will draw on reserve money to pay for the nearly $191,000 in changes.
Superintendent Roil Reaves said the district would study other salary levels such as substitute teacher pay for next year.
Food service employee Wesley Handsel asked the board to base the insurance pay-in system on percentages rather than flat rates.
“I know its impossible to please everybody,” I landsel said.
“But what they’ve done is say, ‘We’re giving everybody 2 percent raises across the board.' They didn't come out and say, ‘We’re giving everybody $200. But on the insurance, its, “Everybody’s going to pay $25.”'
“The $25 is not as big a percentage (for employees who earn higher salaries) as it is for food ser-See NBISD/3A
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Above: Dancers from Trinity University practice outside Gruene Hall Tuesday afternoon for their part in the musical history of country/Americana music.
Right: Lyle Lovett was in Gruene again Tuesday to finish his part of the Imax movie, tentatively titled “Twang,” with Asleep at the Wheel. Lovett and other country and Americana musicians are performing in the fantasy-drama that follows a young Irish boy through a series of time-travelling stops in music history. From the cliffs of Moher, where the angry boy tosses his father’s gift of a penny-whistle into the ocean, the audience will be transported through the times and places of musical history.
The first stop is Tootsie’s Orchid in Nashville, Tenn., aka.
Gruene Hall. “Suddenly in a new world,” says director Steve Goldmann, “he has one experience after another. We, like him, are sucked into the experience.”
“What would a curious child do?” asks Goldmann. Hopefully, he and the audience will learn that “his life, like his music, has meaning.”
Annexation plan sent to council
By Ron Maloney
The New Braunfels Planning Commission sent its annexation plan back to city council essentially unchanged Tuesday night, calling on the city to continue to seek voluntary annexations and to move ahead w itll negotiations w ith farms and subdivisions.
In a short workshop session, the commission voted unanimously to send its package spelling out annexation recommendations through 2004 back to council for future action.
“We just need to have the council get on with it,” said Planning Commission chairman, John Dierksen. “If you want us to plan, allow us to plan.”
In July, in response to negative public reaction and seeking time to study issues connected to providing services to IO areas totaling 8.5 square miles, the city council unanimously voted to postpone annexations.
During the one-year postponement, property ow ners in the IO areas adjacent to city limits in the New Braunfels
extraterritorial jurisdiction w ill have time to negotiate voluntary annexation with the city.
It could be in the interest of affected property owners holders of tracts of agricultural land or developers of subdivisions — to negotiate terms of voluntary annexation if possible, because there are no terms offered in involuntary or forced annexation.
Areas that faced possible annexation this year now delayed were T Bar M/Mission Valley Road; Hunter’s C reek; Northwoods; Common Street/Orion Drive; Kowald
Lane/Farm-to-Market 1101; Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road; Stonegate; Southbank; Klein Road/FM 1044 and Schmucks Road/Engel Road.
So far, the Hunter's C'reek, T Bar M, Northwoods and Southbank subdivisions are reported to be in negotiations for voluntary annexation into the city. Another subdivision, The Gardens of Hunter’s Creek that attempted to negotiate an annexation agreement was turned down by the city over the i ssue of closing its entrance gate at night.
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Recycling panel goes with ‘pay as you throw’Residents could have to pay for throwing away more
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
New Braunfels’ recycling committee is sending the “pay as you throw ” garbage collection plan to city council.
The plan adopted by the committee Tuesday would require residents to pay ail additional charge for the city to collect trash above the equivalent of three, 30-gal-lon cans or bags twice a week.
The plan must be approved by city council before it becomes law.
“I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t go forward with it today,” committee member David Will said.
C ommittee members have said the plan’s focus was to encourage recycling and reduce the amount of waste taken to the landfill.
Residents pay $8.62 a month for twice-a-week garbage collection. Current ordinance sets a loose limit of three, 30-gallon garbage cans or bags each collection.
However, the current ordinance allows “flexible” enf orcement of the limit. Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson said.
“(The proposed plan) would basically create a somewhat hard-line approach to extra garbage,” Ferguson said. “This would draw the line.”
Tile proposed “pay as you throw” plan would not change the monthly garbage collection price or the frequency with which it is collected.
“It dovetails pretty closely w ith what’s on the books now,” Ferguson said.
It would, however, modify enforcement of the three, 30-gallon container limit, he said.
Under the proposed plan developed by the committee, city garbage crew s would not pick up any bags or containers above the limit unless they were marked with a city garbage sticker.
“Extra garbage without a city tag would be left at the curb,” Ferguson said.
The city would provide the first set of five stickers tree to current garbage customers. New customers also would receive a free set of stickers.
Atter that, stickers would cost $10 for a set of five stickers. I hey would be available at the municipal building and other locations.
Ferguson said the stickers could be printed at a “nominal” cost 87,000 stickers could be printed for $ 1,600, and selling the stickers would recover that cost.
The trash containers and bags also would be limited to 50 pounds each. Yard waste could be bundled together for collection. However, it would be included in determining whether the trash equals three, 30-gallon containers and would have to meet the 50-lb. rule.
Ferguson and committee members conducted a survey of four neighborhoods to see how the proposed plan w ould affect residents. Eighty percent to 90 percent of the people followed the current regulation, Ferguson said.
“Most people are following the ordinance,” he said. “What we did find was that those who were abusing it, were abusing it greatly.”
The proposed plan also would provide two unlimited collection days, one atter C hristmas and another in the spring.