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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas                                Tuesday Taylor Communications ascents December Herald 75335 Council gets electric rate charges City Council members wont vote on a proposed electric ordinance until their 12 but they took the time Monday to absorb some technical information on a proposed change in the way rate increases are passed on to New Braunfels Utilities The third and final reading of the ordinance was tabled by the council 8 at the request of the Utilities Board of Trustees to create an opportunity for a detailed explanation of the The board will consider endorsing the change at its Thursday Instead of averaging the rate increase by kilowatt hours arid then applying it to the board is leaning toward another method whatever percentage the Public Utilities Commission approves and the Lower Colorado River Authority has asked for an percent that percentage would be ap plied to customers energy bill regar dless of the htlmber of kwhs That works to the advantage of customers who have a high load and both Utilities Manager Bob Sohn and Westpoint Pepperell engineer Howard Morrison tried to explain load factor Its the way energy is Higher load factors tend to reduce energy Morrison A load factor for an industrial small commercial or even a whole city can be arrived at by figuring the ratio of the average system load to the peak system The load factor roughly indicates the excess generating capacity required to serve peak Electric utility companies lose money on customers with low load factors because they have to supply them with peak power even though the customer may only reach that level of use for a short Industries served by New Braunfels Utilities are already conscious of load factor they pay penalties if their load factor isnt high Industries are forced into We actually end up investing capital to improve VoLBS 124 16 Pages USPS 377860 New Texas our power factor just so we dont get Fred Koester of General Portland told those Under the percentage the percent increase sought by LCRA would less per year for West Point Pepperell than if paid by kwh West Points load factor is Morrison In 1979 we used one fourth of the energy sold by but our demand was only one See Page ISA Smiling inductees from Ray Margaret Nowotny and retired Tinsley Ellis with President Knox Three named to Hall of Honor Sutl photo By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Many times people serve their community and never get the recognition they But as a result of action taken yesterday by the board of directors of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of this cannot be said of at least three local citizens named to the chambers Hall of Margaret Ray Allen and retired Tinsley Ellis were honored during the noon meeting yesterday for their sustaining par ticipation in civic In addition to having their photographs hung in the chamber all three will be specially recognized during the annual chamber banquet to be held Too many times we take one another for These three are being recognized today for their service to the community as well as their sustaining outside service to Knox new officers were They include immediate past president Helmuth president Mitch presidentelect Donnie first vice and Robert second vice Each man moved up a explained Tom executive vice except for Orr who is newly Directors named to serve for threeyear terms were John Doug Jean Pfeuffer and Donnie all and Rich who is newly In addition to naming the new directors mem bers of the board also recognized Lydon Gerald Craig Roxolin Krueger and Tommy Zipp for their past service as Since their terms have these five will now be recognized as retired Newly appointed directors who will serve one year terms are Ed Everett Jim Bingham and Don In closing his last meeting as Knox expressed thanks and appreciation to all the committee members and volunteers that made his job so And although the year was an active one that would always be Knox There has been one disadvantage to You meet and eat too many I dont know about but Ive gained about 10 Holiday switch request dropped Cpmcouncil given notice New Braunfels Independent School District trustees are not happy with the plans that the Central Board of the Community Council of South Central Texas has made to move its central offices to Atascosa County sometime next Hendricks said the council has requested NBISD to permit a few satellite offices to remain in the old high school building on Mill Hendricks said the council proposes leaving the family planning office and the GET A office student workstudy program The board decided during last nights meeting that the council had until 1981 to get out of the old high school A letter to that effect will be sent to For awhile during the Comal County Commissioners Court meeting everyones eye was on the Thirtyeight county employees had signed a petition asking switch their 11 which is Veterans Day for an extra day on Christmas Eve in County Judge Max Wommack And so the commissioners pondered which holiday a suitable switch for Christmas the day set aside for Comal County Fair Day next was one of the most likely considered for a Youre really not going to get a lot of people into work on that day remarked one of the com after considering all of the holidays set aside for next year which include 1 and April 17 Good May July 7 and and 27 and 25 commissioners decided to drop the whole Leave it the way it said Orville If they want the day before Christmas let them use one of their vacation seemed to be the genera Hendricks Uufecpn seiisus of i the board that if the v are they all got And anything that is not heir personal such as file should not be taken without per Hendricks Hendricks told trustees that at the Community Councils 3 meeting the Central Board decided to build a new building in Atascosa County paying a month in rent to do What NBISD had proposed to the council amounted to a fiveyear rent free lease on continued use of the first two floors of the old high school on Mill There was a twoyear can cellation in order to stay in the building NBISD required that the roof be The federal government required that an elevation be installed to assist the he 1 Hendricks said the estimated cost of these repairs and additions would be considering theyre willing to pay a month that would add up to more than in five years the length of the lease NBISD offered the council he Theyre better off financially to stay he Im upset they can go and pay rentthere In Atascosa Hendricks told the They didnt want to pay to fix the roof and install an He My recommendation to you is that if they they move all of it their We dont let them do things like that to he Temporary buildings to remain put for now Inside TV Judging from the number of requests and inquiries trustees of New Braunfels Independent School District would have no trouble finding a beneficial use for temporary buildings used on the Carl Schurz Elementary School campus while it was being trustees decided Monday evening at their regular meeting the buildings will remajn at the school until the board determine what to do with Hendricks said many individuals and even a soccer association from San Antonio indicated an interest in the Weve had a lot of Wed have no problem in renting or selling or in some way finding a way to use them the temporary Hendricks told the Hendricks said he felt he left with the bQard at its meeting 2 was the impression after talking to an architect that there was a possibility the temporary buildings would be as an addition to the NBISD administration Principals from New Braunfels Middle Lone Star and Seele Elementary Schools have also in dicated to Hendficfes their desire to put the buildings to use on their campuses as either temporary classrooms or to store equipment in the middle Hendricks recommended the board consider future action concerning the building of permanent classrooms for Lone Star and Seele Elementary because both schools were reaching a point where they were getting He said these two schools would be the next ones needing additional He said Lone Star had the most critical need since some classrooms have as many as 28 students in He said that was just too many for kindergartenage To build new classrooms of 850 to 900 square feet would cost the district anywhere from to he And to move the tem porary which he said had been moved at least three times would cost to plus the cost of remodeling them to make them suitable Upon hearing the one board member Rather than use the money to move the temporary buildings Id rather see the money used for new In any trustees took no action on selling or moving the opting instead to leave them for the time Tieken reveals some industries have not paid deposit Mayor Pro Tern Barbara Tieken said Mon day sonae industrial customers of New Braunfels utilities did not pay their required deposits when they moved into the area and applied for electric At a workshop session Monday of the City Council and the Utilities Board of Tieken said she wanted the record to show some including TXI did not pay a cash deposit of twormonths estimated as required by the electrical ordinance now to In some residential customers were hooked up without supplying a deposit and without a letter of Tieken said in an interview following the workshop I checked with Utilities Manager Bob Some have and some havent Its very I do not know what basis some have been esempJe4M Its bard to say who did it but i wanted it written into toe public she Sohn said the were and resulted from the management practices of Richard the former Utilities manager who was convicted 6 for the 1976 theft in Utilities You cant go hacfc and rehash the management practices of someone And theres no way the Board of Trustees can be held Sohn said in a telephone interview Its but I dcot kjjow whether il even deserves an he said wttb some Asked if the deposit exemptions were against the Sohn I dont In the strict sense of the a deposit was Richard had full knowledge of policies and those Sohn the revelation doesnt affect us TXI is almost through its first when the if it had been would be Sohn said he was sure Sledge consulted the Dun and Bradstreet credit ratings of com panies before waiving the he said he had no idea how many customers were I had a meeting with industrial leaders about four months and we discussed relative to the new All but one declared that nowhere else in the country had any other utility requested a Sohn Tieken said the discovery would not hurt chances for passage of a new electrical or which includes deposit alternatives to the cash requirement of twomonths estimated   

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