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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas itch oiTitle YexfiB i Ul h PEC hammers out rate hike plan Inside BySANDRA JACKSON Staff miter Although still not formally permanent rate increase for customers of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative has been agreed upon by all parties Asking for an increase of million per PEC representatives went into settlement con ference Friday with staff members from the Public Utilities who had recommended the increase be held to in the PEC came out of negotiations with a million annual increase in base Although all of the Intervenes have agreed upon UM tht increase still has to be ratified by the five city said Bill spokesman for the The five cities in volved in the negotiations are San Granite Marble Falls and The rate hikes will mean higher Mils for the Canyon Lake which the PEC This increase ought to carry us for the next two to four Cunningham explaining that the rate hike was needed to cover additional operating expenses for the utility The PEC won a bid for an interim rate request June 24 after taking its case to state district where Judge Charles Matthew granted a temporary restraining order allowing the cooperative to im plement its interim rate The utilities com mission had denied that request April The temporary rate increase was the result of a PUC ruling last year that the utility company could no longer pass on the Lower Colorado River Authoritys excess energy charge to its Because the PUC only has jurisdiction outside city this rate structure caused different rates for PEC members who do not live in the 13 cities within the PEC service See Page MA St be at New Braunffels New Ttxas 134 Ztitung O 4w THURSDAY 1983 25 cants 18 Sections USPS 377880 Generating real interest Old mill generators may save By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Utilities Manager Bob Sohn is a true utility He thinks five to ten years ahead of the and reactivating the existing generators at WestPoint Pepperell is a prime A utility person has to be thinking five to ten years because by the time he or she decides theres a its too Sohn The project has got to be on line by In following that mode of Sohn is quite enthused about the WestPoint Pepperell And his board of trustees have sup ported a prefeasibility study on the under the direction of Daverman Associates of About a year or so someone asked me if I knew about the existing generators at WestPoint I had seen the powerhouse and the so I knew there was something back Sohn In the Pepperell had contacted Daverman for its own prefeasibility but decided not to get into the utility Sohn and trustees Arno Becker and Edgar Sahm toured the along with Pepperells Bob The generators were totally down to the spider and even the field which adjust the voltage to the rotor of the Sohn The WestPoint Pepperell units are very similar to the operating Landa Park Both are pre1935 which means they are fairly main very and operate at midrange efficiency with the existing Sohn The Landa Park facility was renovated during the Richard Sledge regime prior to Sohns In that the decision was made to refurbish what was Sohn and dont get me Whatever was done was done the prefeasibility study on WestPoint Pepperell will give Sohn more of an Theres no doubt we could go in and and put the units back on line without much But its also with the existing water head to employ new high efficiency turbine Sohn What we have to determine is whether the energy difference is worth the additional Sohn said the Landa Park generator provides Utilities with a net savings of to a We call that displaced Now whats compared to a million Sohn See Page MA Voting drive targets West End citizens By DYANNE FRY Staff writer West End voting strength increased by ap proximately 500 last thanks to a strong grassroots effort in the Mexican American Two residents of this largelyHispanic neigh borhood were deputized by County Tax Assessor Gloria Clennan early in This gave them the authority to sign up eligible voters on the wherever they found We finished that campaign last said Ezequiel Cheque who has often served as a spokesman for New Braunfels Hispanic In a working mostly on we registered over 500 Debbie a clerk at the county tax confirmed his The deputies brought in some 350 names between June 1 and June she Last Friday and they came in with ap proximately 150 she were registered but there were a lot of new names on the Torres said the last push came Saturday night at Western Palms dance We hadnt planned it we were just going to get together over be But we started asking people who came in if they were registered to We signed up 28 people right there at the The next he will be getting those people out to vote in the City Council election on West End residents will have their first op portunity to elect a neighborhood representative this as New Braunfels new district election plan goes into If the Department of Justice approves the plan which hasnt happened districts 1 and 2 will be choosing their representatives next District 1 includes the West and has a Mexican American District 2 encompasses the downtown If the Justice Department doesnt approve the New Braunfels may not have an election at But the city is going ahead with Many of our people do not feel very free to go and because of the bad experiences we have had in the past with some of the election Torres said Thursday Some have been em barrassed at the because they didnt know how to or needed We will have a precinct down here on the West That will be an Torres And were going to push hard to get Mexican Americans as election If we were going to call the justice department right then and Residents of District 1 will vote at Holy Family In past West End residents have had to travel downtown to the United Methodist City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi has already ap pointed Pat Hernandez as judge for the new It will be up to she to line up the other Espinoza files for council A reflection on me Stiff photo by John Stnlfr The worldrenowned Landa Park ducks do more than just swim around all day or surround picnickers looking for Sometimes they stand around and allow their public to admire which sometimes creates an optical illusion in the as this mallard With five days left to New Braunfels now has two candidates running in the 13 City Council Jose Valdemar Espinoza put his name in for District 1 council member Thursday If he will be the first Mexican American in several years to sit on the representing the Hispanic majority on the towns socalled West As of both Espinoza and the District 2 Gerald are running Under the citys new election which is still under review at the Department of voters in those two districts elect their neighborhood representatives next The 1984 to be held on the first Saturday in will be for three atlarge council elected by the entire Districts 3 and 4 will elect their representatives in at which point the restructuring of the city council will be At all seven council members are elected at large by the entire a 49yearold insurance is one of the group which put pressure on the council to change that claiming that it discriminates against minority Espinoza is not new to local On April he was defeated in a threeway race for a seat on the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Rudy incumbent board got votes in that David Cook got and Espinoza came in last with an incumbent council member presently serving as Mayor Pro will be seeking his third DYANNE FRY Officials say courts ruling wont affect Death AUSTIN AP A Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for quicker handling of death row inmates but no one in volved in the process is predicting a sudden parade to the Texas death Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox said the Wednesday ruling removes one more road block to and provides a new toot for the states top law enforcement officer foresees no major leap forward in The decision could mean the death of Thomas Barefoot within 45 according to a Bell County Barefoots case was chosen by the high court as a test case on the handling of death row which can postpone execution dates for None of the 172 people under death sentences in Texas have execution according to Texas Department of Corrections spokesman Rick But Bell County District At torney Cappy Ends said hell move swiftly to got Barefoot back to Belton to have a death date That date probably will be within 45 he Weve waited said the Barefoot had sentenced to die for the shooting death of police officer Cart who had been investigating a ttrt at a eight club in the town of UM central Texas city of The Supreme Court stayed the execution 12 hours before Barefoot was scheduled to die deciding to use the case to look at the handling of emergency The court ruled death row inmates are not entitled to stays of executions in all cases in which appeals are If a federal court does not determine the appeal raises good the execution can be carried put on the ft3 decision Its obvious they are not going to be able to speed the number of tremen said John director of the Texas Civil Liberties initially predicted the ruling would mean a major speedup in but later said it would only result in some expediting of death case A hurriedup process means less chances of reversal of death he If a court spends a year considering whether defendants live or they would he If they are going to spend less than 30 they will Mattox and Mark White praised the Supreme Court In separate both officials Justice delayed is Justice Wo are of the opinion that this case will give too attorneys general around the United States a MW tool in which to attempt to expedite these Making the push Salvadoran army trying to take key province SAN El Salvador AP Army troops are pouring into a key agricultural province in eastern El Salvador in the second phase of a pacification and reconstruction cam paign to drive leftist rebels from the New troops arrived Wednesday in Usulutan province to reinforce soldiers fighting guerrillas who have been blocking traffic on major highways and waging a campaign of economic sabotage in the Army officers said the combined force pushed insurgents north of a strategic We have taken control of a very large The enemy has suffered and many have fled Napoleon Herson commander of the trained Atonal said in interview at the army base in El about 55 miles east of the They persist in trying to reoccupy the but we will not permit them to do not this year or the We are going to stay here Calito He said at least 13 government troops and four guerrillas were wounded in fighting during the previous 24 The escalation of the drive in Usulutan one of the countrys most productive farming regions came as special Central American envoy Richard Stone planned to travel to El Salvador A diplomatic source said Stone will try to initiate talks between the government and rebels and encourage leftist participation in elections tentatively scheduled for late this The drive in Usulutan is the second phase of a militarycivil action program planned by and Salvadoran officials to rid San Vicente and Usulutan provinces of guerrillas who have been fighting for 44 months to overthrow the rightist backed Under the the government provides economic aid to help local inhabitants rebuild warshattered com munities once the areas are cleared of See HA Suspect arrested in lakearea burglary A Lufkin man apparently made himself feel right at home at a Canyon Lake Shores residence last Only problem was it wasnt his Charles was arrested for burglary of a habitation at Gary Corps Center by Carnal County Sheriffs Detective Rudy Hicks was released Wednesday afternoon on a set by Peace Justice Precinct Fred The home in the Potters Creek area belonged to Tim Teenier of Star Route Box Rubio said the suspect broke into the fixed himself a drank about four watched television for a and decided to take the stereo with The stereo unit one of those with everything but the kitchen sink in Rubio said was the only item taken from the It hasnt been returned to the owner but it has been the detective Law enforcement officers are also on the lookout for three white who allegedly abducted a Houston teenager off River Road July and raped They pulled up beside her in a van on River and took her to an unknown location about or 4 Rubio believe it or they brought her back to River Road and dumped her sometime before Officers have a description of the vaa and the three suspects from UK Rubio
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