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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas nyon Lak e HwaldZtituitg June 6 LCRA ruling to mean lower rates BySANDRAJACKSON Staff writer Pedcrnalcs Electric Cooperative members can expect a decrease in electric rates as a result of action taken last week by the Texas Public Utility Commission in ordering a rate decrease by PECs wholesale power along with the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the cities of Smithville and in tervened and took exception to the proposed million increases sought by the Lower Colorado River Authority Last week in the PUC ordered an overall million decrease by The commissions actions went beyond those recom mended by PUC hearings examiner Henry who issued a 79page report recommending an overall million decrease after presiding over the March PEC officials arent venturing a guess as to just how much the rates will go down until they get more in formation from We wont know for about six said PEC spokesman Bill It will take LCRA that long to run it through their computers and get a new rate he Earlier in the PUC PEC officials were looking at an approximate seven percent decrease in their if the commission followed their recom LCRA had filed for a million increase in its base rates with no change in its fuel it received only an increase of million in its base rate and a mandated decrease of million in its fuel The commission not only slashed the method of calculating fuel expenses more than the examiner had recommended but cut nearly another million in the base The major factor in the large fuel rate decrease was the commissions decision not to allow LCRA to buy cheaper fuel supplies without passing the savings on to its LCRA broke a coal supply contract with Decker Coal of Montana last April and began buying cheaper coal on the spot it proposed to continue collecting from its customers at the Decker rates and placing the difference in an escrow The commission voted to disallow the escrow LCRAs violation of the Decker contract has prompted a lawsuit by the coal Payments to LCRA constitute almost 70 percent of each PEC members Pedernales supplies electricity to Canyon Lake area residents in Comal All was not good news for PEC as the commission also overruled a Card recommendation that would have prohibited LCRA from penalizing PEC for the high usage of electricity in winter The commission reinstated a system which will allow LCRA to set a minimum demand charge as part of its rates based on electric useage during winter months when PEC normally reaches its In the PUC has directed its staff to conduct an inquiry into alleged cost overruns at the LCRAs proposed Fayette 3 lignite power plant due to changes in the mining Chamber Members worry about losing Weather Service radar With only four of the nine directors in members of the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce took little action at their quarterly meeting held Thursday at Eagles Business manager George Collins told those in attendance that the Chamber has 24 new bringing the total membership to only 105 of those have paid their dues this Some of them had a little rough luck due to the snow and the drought last We want to retain these so Ive told them there will be no Collins Although Chamber members received a report at their March meeting that the National Weather Service radar station was almost a sure thing for Canyon they got a different story at the June It looks like were losing out to the New Braunfels said director Rich The weather people arent happy about but we need a piece of property with an elevation of about feet that someone is willing to lease to the Jess an area said he has some land with an elevation of over feet and he would be willing to talk about Plans wre made to contact government officials Chamber president Ralph Richey said tourist brochures have not yet gone to the because all of the ads havent been He also reported that six of the eight new signs have been Attorney Ed who was on the agenda for the Thursday never showed Richey had asked him to attend to update the mem bership on the incorporation of the which the attorney has been We were supposed to sign some papers tonight and send them in to the Richey The next regularmeeting of the general membership will be the first Thursday in when a committee will be formed to nominate three new board members to be elected for One director will be elected from each of three areas Startzville and Besides Richey and the other directors present were Jim Jensen and Charlene Village West elects 4 new directors Property owners in Canyon Lake Village West elected four new directors at the annual membership meeting Saturday They are James Pete John Wilhelm and Ed and they replace Marian Bll Les Kahtoff and Ernest Association president Joel Collins said 44 property owners attended the representing 6 percent of the total population of the sub Members were notified of the following board action Residents who do not pay their annual assessment will no longer be permitted to use the pool facilities as guests of a paying property Use of the pool facilities will no longer be extended to persons living in other subdivisions who have previously been accepted as associate All improved lots in Village West those with homes built on them will be assessed the per year regardless of how many lots are owned by a single property Collins said members at the meeting also discussed the need for an improved air conditioning system and a new roof at the subdivision clubhouse on Ann Board members were made aware of a hazardous situation arising when children dive from the sliding board rather than sliding into the water at the swimming Parents of young children are urged to instruct them on the proper use of the The need to build a higher fence around the swimming pool was also Members would like to see the present fourfoot high fence replaced with a sixor eightfoot high fence for improved Directors will elect new officers at their Wednesday Activities The annual general membership meeting of the Pedenwlw Electric will be held Saturday in toe Johnson City High Registration begins at noon and the meeting will convene at 2 All persons having electric service with the PEC are eligible to vote for three directors and three advisory Homemade goodies will he offered for sate June by members of the AM Association for at Country Boy super market in The which will benefit the Canyon Lake Am bulance Service will begin at 9 and last until all baked goods are Members of the Canyon Lake Republican Womens Club will have their regular monthly business meeting on June 19 at 1 in Scarborough Church in toe A program on Americanism will be given by LucUle The meeting will be preceded by coffee and Lions officers Outgoing Canyon Lake Evening Lions Club president George Perkins hands the gavel to incoming president Joe while incoming Lioness president Birgit SANDRA JACKSON Olsen and her GuRee look New officers were installed Friday at Thomas The Professionals In Commercial And Residential Roofing All Over Central Texas For Nearly 40 Years CALL 3796351MSEGUIN Support the Q Majcn A Line of Help At PEC helping you is a top We are ready to put all our communication resources to work for There are 132 radioequipped vehicles plus six base stations all ready to help when you need Some areas of the Hill Country can seem very desolate when an emergency arises or you have car having access to the best communication system in the area is PEC makes communication possible in the most remote areas as well as on busy In PEC crews are often on the roads during treacher ous weather repairing They can provide assistance when the weather causes unexpected problems for Every time you see a PEC are willing and able to help if you need etectric JOHNSON CITY BtRIHAW f ON LAKE KYU BUOAf LAKE TRAVIS MAH8LC FALLS
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