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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Microfilm Box a 55 TX Council marks for private groups By Robert Johnson Topics ranged from police incentive pay to nutria but City Council spent much of its time discussing whether or not to give city funds to local nonprofit organizations during Mondays hearing on the fiscal 198081 In the the organizations won despite warnings from City Attorney Irvin Boarnet that such contributions were illegal according to state Council left allocations for three groups in the budget and dished out an additional to a fourth The additional went to Home Health Home Care an entity which provides home care to elderly citizens who might otherwise have to live in nursing It was the only change in the budget made by which reduced the contingency fund from to to fund the The budget already included allocations to the senior citizens Community Service Center and Comal County Mental HealthMental Retardation Councilman Skip Stratemann felt this should be the last year this practice is We have to make our decisions based on the bad or he You are asking me to make a decision that is He said he had been told council members opposing funds for these organizations will be regarded as opponents of these But the law is he All the groups serve needs in the Mayor Pro Tern Barbara Tieken She recommended Home HealthHome Care be included in the Even if its illegal Councilman Joe Rogers Even if its Tieken Councilman Max Winkter asked what might happen if the city continues the A taxpayer could seek an injunction to have it Boarnet But he added he knew of no cases in which a taxpayer had been awarded redress because of such a Winkler asked why the groups had been included in the Stating he felt other communities were doing the same City Manager Delashmutt said the organizations were providing services which the city might have to provide if they didnt Using that he I have put small amounts in the budget through the years even knowing it may be illegal but always feeling if someone else doesnt do then baby you got Many of these groups had received revenue sharing funds in the which is Delashmutt With revenue sharing in the citys operating budget is the logical place for them to he Winkler noted the organizations were providing services which Community Council of South Central Texas a federal agency was supposed to Community Council is doing a deplorable job and wasting tax payers he Councilwoman Laverne Eberhard said it waa unfortunate incentive pay for police officers had to be cut from the and Rogers who mentioned he had the windows of his pickup truck shot out recently said he was disappointed the city couldnt afford to hire two additional In making the motion to adopt the ordinance Sec Page 2A New Texas May 132 Pages 25 Cents USPS 377880 Zeittmq 198081 budget Utilities agree to terms m w Staff photo by John Senter Greggie Schwab dives into a pool of cool water during Tuesdays blistering hot To help fund its fiscal 198081 the city needs more money from New Braunfels Trustees voted Tuesday to give the city the funds it that extra money may be available only if the city approves the sale of million worth of bonds this manager Bob Sohn Instead of paying property the Utilities pays the city IVfe mils a mil is a tenth of a penny on every kilowatt hour it sold during the previous As a thecity silways fecelvWitsmeirieyin J arrears in this fiscal for the city is receiving payments based on Utilities sales in fiscal That arrangement is mandated by city it also allows the city to increase the charge to a maximum of two City Manager Delashmutt had budgeted from the Utilities for fiscal but the Availability of funds may depend upon city approval of Utilities bond issue city would receive only under the current As a Delashmutt gave the board two op the contribution to two or allow the city to collect a percentage of anticipated revenues from three industries that have gone on line or will go on line this Texas Industries TXI and General Portland GPI cement plants and the Coleman Companys new Trustees opted for the Coleman and TXI are already and GPI is scheduled to begin some time this Under the existing the city wouldnt receive the benefits from these three industries until next As a Delashmutt asked the city be paid its share of this income this The result would generate an additional roughly the same amount which an in crease to two mils would Delashmutt Sohn felt the increase should be contingent on the Utilities ability to its If City Council doesnt approve the Sohn said he might need the additional I think what hes saying is he hopes the city will Burrus The agreement is only for the 198081 fiscal trustees The remaining will be figured as it has been in the Those which were approved by the voters in will help finance ongoing system Sohn Voters approved million worth of and the Utilities last February authorized the sale of Proceeds from the first sale are expected to be exhausted in Sohn Without the sale of the remaining the Utilities will be facing substantial operating deficits later this he Current system expansions include extending electrical service to reconditioning of old lines bought from City Public construction of an elevated water storage tank on Kerlick ex tension of water and sewer service to industries along FM 306 and a variety of smaller water and sewer A bond issue would probably go for the same in terest rate percent as the February bond consultant Floyd Westerman Things went haywire in the bond market shortly after the Utilities Westerman Noting state law places a 10 percent interest limit on he said the city of Jacksonville recently sold its bonds for But now the market has settled down he The longer we the better off well be if this trend Westerman Board chairman Herb Schneider asked when the issue might be ready if Westerman began preparing paperwork July If bids should be ready in August and proceeds would be available in Westerman Park survey proposal sent advisory board After giving them a brief City Council Monday forwarded four proposals on surveying people entering Landa Park to Parks and Recreation Advisory Council will consider the boards recommendation at its next meeting June The survey will give the city estimates of volume and types of park usage in the Landa Park which includes Himnan Island and Prince Solms The survey is the first step toward determining the feasability of an entrance fee to the Interviewers stationed at park en trances will note the number of people in each car and will ask the driver if he lives in New Braunfels and if he plans to use the park The survey has been proposed for the weekends of June 2122 and 2829 from 8 to 8 each City Manager Parks and Recreation Director Don Simon and administrative aide Court Thieleman suggested four possible ways to conduct the They recommended the second of the four proposals be Proposal 1A includes stationing part time employees at all six entrances to the Proposal IB would do the except city employees being paid overtime wages would be Costs of the two proposals were estimated at and Proposal II involves stationing two uniformed reserve police officers at two highvolume in See Page 2A Crushed stone Council tables action on Chamber policy Although three council members said they were concerned about City Council Monday tabled action on a resolution supporting the Chamber of Commerces position opposing new crushed stone operations along the Balcones Escarpment in Comal Council members unanimously passed Coun cilman Max Winklers motion to table action and seek additional information on regulations dealing with limestone The resolution will be taken up again at councils June 9 Councils action was only one of several developments on the which surfaced when chamber officials were informed by officials of McDonough Brothers of San Antonio that their firm wanted to build a rock crushing plant on a tract on Hunter Road northeast of New As a the chambers board of directors voted to oppose that plant and any other crushed stone operations planned for the New Braunfels Industrial Foundation then voted not to support the chambers Councils action wasnt the only new develop ment in the wake of the chambers At a meeting last New Braunels Con servation Society voted to support the TheHeraUlZeituug has received several letters concerning the Those letters are printed on the editorial Councils motion to table came after confusion arose over reclamation efforts on existing Joe Rogers said he understood reclamation was planned at the quarries south of New but It doesnt look like much is being He referred to the quarries as an Councilmani Skip Stratemann pointed to the large white areas on an aerial map of the city and vicinity located on the wall at the back of council Look at that scar up he How are they gonna reclaim that There are no state or federal laws requiring limestone quarries to be Mayor Pro Tern Barbara Tieken She urged citizens to encourage legislators to support legislation requiring reclamation of these Stratemann wasnt sure whether the chambers policy could prevent new I dont know if we can prevent anybody from building on a piece of property they already he Rogers said he didnt like the idea of more train traffic in the McDonough Brothers plans to do its primary product shipping by Were really starting to get some hot tempers See Page 2A
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