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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas                                Utilities commission rejects Texland permit request BySANDRAJACKSON Staff writer Texland Electric Companys request for a permit to build a megawatt power plant in Milam County has been denied by the Public Utilities Commission A joint effort of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative PEC and the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Texland was formed in 1980 in an effort to provide an alternate source of other than the Lower Colorado River Authority PEC furnishes all electricity to the Canyon Lake area of Comal New Braunfels Utilities is a wholesale customer of Texlands request for a certificate of con venience and necessity was flat turned said Bill spokesman for the Peggy Rosson thought Texas didnt need any new power Cunningham Rosson is a new member of the At the members of the Association of Wholesale Customers came out strongly in favor of the Texland After the Wholesale Customers made their presen everyone in the room thought wed get the Cunningham He said the only group against the Texland organization was the which managed to block the issuance of a Texland had entered into a 35year sales purchase contract with Shell Oil Company for six million tons of They had also contracted with Houston Lighting Power Company to provide them with the excess power generated by the proposed Texland It had been predicted that by producing their own rather than buying it from customers of the PEC and BEC would realize a savings of billion from the years 1987 until Cunningham said members of the PEC board were very disappointed at the out come of the and will get together later in the week to start evaluating what they can do to keep the project We have the option to Cunningham or we can appeal through the court Another possibility would be to present the PUC with reorganized plans for the Nothings firm Cun ningham I dont see how the PUC can ignore the wishes of their he One chapter is but were not out of the pic ture he New Braunfels New Texas HeraldZeitung i i i 4 rt o 102 14 Pages 2 Sections TUESDAY May 1983 25 cents USPS 377880 Prices take hefty jump WASHINGTON iAP Rising gasoline and housing costs sent consumer prices up percent last the biggest jump in nine the government said For the first four months of consumer prices rose at an annual rate of just Many economists say inflation for all of 1983 could match or belter last years percent and one analyst called the April increase a temporary largely responsible for the April the Labor Department said in todays was a 1 percent rise in gasoline the result of the federal governments nickelagallon tax hike April 1 and a general firming upof retail Gasoline down generally for the last two had tumbled a full 1 percent in Also responsible for last months increase in the Consumer Price Index was a percent gain in housing Food prices were but the percent rise was off from Marchs percent Fresh fruit and vegetable reflecting the scarcities brought on by unusually cold and wet conditions in much of tin rose 1 down from the whopping percent increase of the previous In the last two fresh vegetable prices have risen Medical care costs matched their percent increase of well below the pace such prices had set in the preceding Even those costs have soared percent in the last Consumer prices overall rose a modest percent in the last If Aprils percent seasonally adjusted increase held steady for 12 straight the yearly advance would be The annual rate reported by the department is based on a more precise calculation of monthly prices than the figure made Consumer prices rose a tiny percent in March after falling percent in February and rising percent in In advance of todays Ted an economist at San Fran ciscos Crocker National said the anticipated April jump in prices would be a temporary blip in the We dont think its a fundamental upward shift in the rate of he See Page 8A Easy on the feet II its nasty and youvi rich u it least you am tlio tnp coinlortablii Ihcsr Iwo folks ndiiH in the bik o i station waijon on IH 31 ciHUiinly would liiwhick to this ipproicli with slightly Rezoning score card two one fails By DYANNE FRY Staff writer The land around Dustys Ice Cream Parlor went the first step toward heavy commercial zoning Monday with just one City Council member voting But the corner of Torres and Mulberry will remain neighborhood opposition led to a unanimous denial of a requesl by the developers of Country Club who wanted commercial zoning for the oddly shaped Tin Planning and Xoning Commission had recommended resort the most restrictive of the But council membirs were uncomfortable with the com missions split vote three two against and two Rudy developer of the Comal Industrial Park i which includes had asked that lots fronting on Loop be changed from Cl local business to Ml light in dustry i Council compromised on at the recommendation of the planning and approved the first reading of the ordinance Member Barbara who favored leaving the land the way it cast the dissenting Her original to deny any went down Public hearings on those two items took up the first hour of the city council The vacant lot at Torrey and Mulberry is presently which would allow duplexes or single family Developers William Borchers and Kenneth Fiedler said it wasnt suitable for residential development because of its shape and proximity to the railroad Council members werent so sure of And residents objected to potential buyer Bob Henrys plans to put a grocery or convenience store on the Fiedler noted that many of tin protestors lived more than 200 feet away from the property in City law requires only that property owners within 200 feet be notified by mail of any proposed zoning But one of the out contended that the ill effects of a convenience store would reach farther than He mentioned the possibility of noise which would affect not only Country Club residents but his own neighborhood of Umda We have that now with Bavarian I sometimes feel that a tuba is in my Metzke He was also concerned about traffic I Torrey is only 2ti feel wide and I doubt theres a convenience store in New Braunfels that hasnt been robbed Weve had a mur der weve had a kidnapping of a the resident Melzke talked so long thai acting mayor Gerald Schaefer had to ask him to wind it He was followed by realtor Kay representing a properly owner within the 200foot and neighborhood resident Hob ivho simply asked everyone opposed Councilmcmber Joe Rogers moved lo leave it at indicating he couldnt go against the wishes ol so many Max seconding pointed out that a nearly identical piece of land on Street has two houses on and that theyve been sold and There was no citizen opposition to the Loop 337 because Seide had worked out a compromise with the neighborhood residents at Planning and Xoning Councilmember Tieken offered some strong arguments against making that area Ml or Seidel said he hadnt had much success at leasing space lo small business The metal building on Lot 1 has been there since Sep and so the only businesses in it are owned by Seidels lie said other business develop ments on the loop were moving slowly This lells me that Cl is not tin best use of this he Tieken She said that Garden Park and other attractive complexes on the loop were doing and suggested thai Seidels problem might be one of She called attention to Martins already hemmed in to the industrial was partly because of that the loop frontage in the 1I77 Master She that was Man rear by said it church zoned It was Ml when Seidel bought and thats one of his But Tieken Seidel knew when See Page HA Suspects rob guests at motel By DEBBIE DoLOACH Stnlf writer Crime didnt lake last weekend off in New with police an swering calls for three armed rob an attempted a and a house The polic department got its first armed robbery call about Sunday from the Gourmet They said a person in one of the rooms there had been Kelix Roque The victims turned out to be Department of Public Safety trooper Mark Tacquart from Alvin and his Two black males kicked in Hie motel room held the pair and took their and the troopers large caliber Roque at we get a call that patrons at the Hill Country Inn have been Same second black males kicked in the again a male and female in the Again the identified as Howard of had a the black men robbed and took the Roque isnt sure how many robbers there but speculated there may have been We think that because the first people robbed at the Hill Country said someone kept an eye on them while the room next door was Roque Timothy Floyd and Debra all of Corpus and Melissa Hunter of were staying in thai In all three the robbers made their victims cover up with the so physical descriptions havent helped the police All we have is one was 50 to 510 and weighed between and another one was Jill to il and weighed about Kit Both were in their early Roque adding none of the victims saw the gelaway No hotel property was stolen from any of the Roque But we know they got credit two other valuables and between and in cash from the he Police are also looking for witnesses to a Saturday night shooting in the Courtyard Shopping Center parking lot in Iron of Lee Hester Ellis is still following surgery to remove a bullet from her right Detective Juan Ellis was approached by a white between and 51 years and asked She was shot in Sec Page HA Inside Weather It will be partly cloudy today and turning mostly cloudy tonight with a 20 percent chance of Winds will be from the southeast at 510 mph becoming variable at 510 mph Sunset will be at and sunrise Wednesday will be at Playoff Time The Unicorns stay and the Rangers hit the rwd tonight in regional baseball playoff Unicorns host EdcouchElsa at Unicorn Field in the opener of their threegame while Valley travels to Yoakum for a playoff against Details in No Choice Yet New Braunfels ISO trustees were supposed to choose a superintendent to replace the retiring Hendricks that meeting has been See Page City opts for status quo on setback dispute City Attorney John Cliunii gave City Council a rundown on the Walter Flugratli case Monday and outlined the op Flugratli was not at all happy with Chunns which is that the city do nothing right In other I go home do I In a mailer where the city is 100 percent after The Wood Road resident was referring to a longstanding quarrel between himself and the builder of Ralph Curtis which adjoin his property on the back Flugratli and Chunii thai the ministorage units were buill in violation of city Xoning codes require a 20foot minimum rear yard and the back wall of the warehouses is right on the property Chunn the city issued a building and passed the warehouses on final inspection back in like City Manager admits that something went regrettably wrong in the building The question What can we In about it at this unfortunate point said Chunn The practical and what I think Flugratli would like to is lo threaten to tear down the Flugratli has staled before that this might give him the edge he needs to reach a reasonable settlement with Curtis insurance He reportedly has been offered but rejected that and fired his who wanted he i The city could request a mandatory court injunction against Curtis Chunn said The problem the court is not likely to grant it unless the city ran show il has exhausted all administrative possibilities for dealing with the In Iliums this hasnt been done even though it would be awkward to do it at Ibis i was never allowed to appear before the Building Board of Adjustment and request a he The city attorney also said thai since Fliigrath dues have litigation pending against Ralph Curtis it would be best for the city to wait and see if a set tlement can be reached before taking The council seemed lo be in unanimous agreement with despite Flugraths contention that he shouldnt have to pay a private attorney lo enforce a city or DYANNEFRY   

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