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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday faylor 25 cents December Herald Wicofilm Center Box 89 16 Pages USPS 377880 New Texas Residents complaints sidetrack parks plan By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer Opposition from nearby residents was the reason given by City Council members for tabling a parks management plan submitted by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Parks board members attending the meeting thought the plan was as good as but the council decided after an executive session to discuss the proposal again at its 12 Ive had more people contact me regarding parks than any other issue including an council member Laverne Eberhard Were making our local citizens very and Im becoming more and more I thought this was the Now Im not Council member Joe Rogers called the selling of the plan to the public a losing Like Ive found nobody very gung about the Im not sure they want anything or if they nobody has been able to put their finger on he The plan was the subject of controversy from the time it was first outlined by parks con sultant Bob vice president of Fernandez ahd the San Antonio engineering firm the city contracted for to produce it called for an end to auto traffic through Hinman and Prince Solms a tram system linking the parks to take visitors an entrance fee collected at the and construction of two large parking lots at both Two board meetings it had been significantly A fee for use of the parks would only be charged to outoftown and only on weekends during the summer To accomplish Landa Park would be sealed off at all entrances save but Elizabeth Street would remain open to Landa Park and a bypass road from California to Fredericksburg Road was recom mended to provide access to downtown from residents living on the hill behind the But the changes wef f not enough to meet with the approval of a City Council sensitive to the outcry the plan had Without the support of Eberhard and who attended every parks board meeting from the the plan was tabled Now that the parks proposal is dying a slow I would hope the council will table any action on the parks until our act back board member Sharon Phair said with obvious After all this we seem to be standing alone with our head in the It was not the parks board that initiated this Were kind of left with egg on our she Your work was not in assured Mayor Pro Tern Barbara Tieken and indicated she did not believe the proposals were I feel certain something will come out of she urging the council and the board to attend a presentation of studentcreated plans for the park produced by Dr Land phairs architectural landscape class at Texas The students will present their work at 7 Friday at Dittlinger Memorial About once a year for the last three we get people in here When are you going to do someing about the park I wonder where they were this council member Stratemann The only thing we did was spend observed now look who has egg on their added Despite Phairs request for a the council approved authorization of bidding for construction of an squarefoot office and information center for the citys Parks and Recreation The building will be more centrally near the main parking lot in Landa than the present office behind the Circle Arts parks director Don Simon Its Simon said of the parks proposal in an interview after the not knowing it would be placed on the 12 Its going to come up again in other Years the parks board told the council to leave the park as is until you get a study on we got the and now were back down to zero on Weve gone a complete he Bracks is appointed new chief appraiser Staff photo Holiday gathering Senior Citizens of Comal County held their annual Christmas luncheon Monday at the Senior Citizens In addition to having a delicious the members played games Playing cards from Florence Rose Ella Mae Adela Schmidt and Hilda By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Come January the Comal County Appraisal District will not only have a but a new chief appraiser to go Glenn Brucks was appointed to fill the position at the Monday meeting of the boardbf directors after much discussion in executive The appointment is effective Trustees took the actioin after Gloria who has held the position since said she did not wish to be Brucks is the assistant chief ap praiser for the His beginning salary will be The meeting was held in the freshly painted and newly carpeted which is one of the apartments in the old Doeppenschmidt apartment building on East Mill In announcing the Chair man Leroy Goodson expressed on behalf of the his appreciation for the work that Clennan has done to make the central appraisal office I think weve come a long he She has indicated to the board that when her term expires 31 she has expressed adesire to relinquish her Goodson ex He assured Brucks that there were many highly qualifledarid respected people present at the meeting which would be able to help him in his future In other next years budget of was approved with little discussion by According to board members seemed satisfied with the although there was one member of the audience who disagreed with the amount budgeted for phone who happened to be sitting in new heard a report from Clennan on the condition of the office and what was left to get things into She estimated that more than 50 percent of the renovation had been completed on the apartments to make v condition f acilites Beyond a bit more painting and buying of equipment such as typewriters and there isnt a whole lot left to be she Clennan also said that she expects no problem having the office open and functioning by adding that at that time or before there will be an open Lastminute changes postpone passage of electric rates Quarry proposal sinks annexation The third reading of a new electrical ordinance was postponed by the City Council Monday until its next meeting to give members a chance to digest some lastminute recommendations from New Braunfels Utilities trustees were ready to recommend changing the way rate increases get passed on to power but trustee Bill Brown warned the council would find it an awful lot to chew especially with an already crowded Im always leary of having a big change on the third I dont think theyll be Brown said at a Utilities board meeting earlier Were going to hurt ourselves if we dont have an opportunity to explain I really would like to have a meeting with he Trustee Bill Richter thought that was a good A lot of people are going to think we pulled this up at the last he The board is expecting an percent rate increase from the Lower Colorado River Authority to take effect April but the Public Utilities Com mission has to approve The ordinance now awaiting its third and final vote has a power cost ad justment clause that would average out the increase by kilowatt hour con sumption of all In other by taking the amount of money paid LCRA for fiscal year 19791980 excluding fuel which is a separate item on electric bills and figuring percent of it which comes to Utilities can figure the average cost of the increase per kilowatt hour consumed last and come up with a perkwh average of Utilities wants to change that method to a simple percustomer increase of the amount of the total rate hike applied to each That would benefit customers that have a high load factor and thus use their power more Mission Valley for would save a year if the amendment to the ordinance is approved by less efficient users of such as residences and small commercial stand to pay a higher But each rate classification has examples of both higher and lower according to figures compiled by Utilities Manager Bob Theres no equitable way of getting around I dont want to hurt our industrial But our in dustrial load has increased more and The minority will be the residential the I realize we have to have them I can see both noted Proposed changes in the citys master plan for annexation failed to muster the four votes necessary for passage at Mondays meeting of City so the motion to accept the Planning and Zoning Commissions recommendations died Although residents and farmers from the af fected areas spoke against the council members who opposed it were swayed mainly by the inclusion of the quarry area west of the city among parcels scheduled for 1981 That area among other the General cement plant and the Gypsum Both have been on record opposing annexation and the accompanying city taxes so and top executives for both operations spoke forcefully against it Fred Koester of General Portland called an nexation of the quarry area basically a move to increase tax revenue by grabbing the new man on the I realize its just a an but I thought it would stand the test of Weve finished a million investment that so far has not repaid us one Koester The current plan calls for annexation of the industrial district sometime between 1982 and I know the master plan is just a but Id hate to see us vary from our plan in this When a new industry moves to a they will go to this master plan If we vary it a great were going to raise questions in other in dustries that are thinking about moving said Councilman Donnie The vote was a with council members Gerald and Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Tieken voting for the an nexation and council members Laverne Eberhard and Joe Rogers Elliot president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of pointed to the See Page X6A Staff photo FRED KOESTER inclusion Ends legal uncertainty Herbrich named deputy constable Inside DEATHS HOROSCOPE TV Comal County commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Al Herbrich as deputy constable for Precinct 2 at their regular meeting The vote came after the com missioners received a copy of a letter from the state attorney generals office to County Attorney Paul Roberts concerning Herbrichs status as deputy The attorney generals office stated since questions existed concerning whether Herbrich was ever properly appointed as deputy constable for Precinct it could not issue an opinion on the The commissioners discussed how much mileage allowance Herbrich should be paid as deputy By constables and deputy constables must be paid not less than eight cents and not more than 15 cents per each mile and no regular salary for the performance of official duties of their The commissioners had been allowing constables and their deputies 18 cents per mile not to exceed 800 miles per and voted to allow Herbrich the same allowance instead of 15 cents per Orville Heitkamp strongly urged the court to allow Herbrich the 18cent per mile County policy is 18 cents a he Its just the principle of the You cant pay one guy for driving his car 18 cents and the other 15 If we are in the law to go 18 then thats Charles Tajt Mujad my is it within the law The commissioners also agreed that Herbrich and other deputy constables would be paid for any special work done for the county outside regular duties as deputy Any special work would first be approved by Commissioners I want our deputy constables to have the same opportunity te Mund Precinct 2 Constgbte Yetter said he was pleased with Herbrichs We did that opportunity for specif work to cover our he
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