Wednesday, September 2, 1987

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Unicorns pummel Tra vis Page 11A New Braunfels 170 New Braunfels Herald Publishing 707 Landa New Zeituno Texas 78130 IUSPS 377800 Wednesday September 1987 25 Cents Two 26 Pages HeraldZeitung Closed Sept 7 We believe New Braunfels Utilities Softball team won the Cops Kobbers Softball Tournament last We have a but the lolks who were gonna come by and give us the etc hadnt do so by press time so well ex tend our congratulations here across ye ol stammtisch We always knew that if the NBC guys could hit a ball as well as they trim theyd win or at least place The field trip for persons in terested in checking out Central Texas that rune attempted and succeeded in revitalizing then downtowns is a go for Sept A 15 passenger van is available The itinerary to depart ruin our City parking lot at H am to arrive in ieorgelown and mevt Vivian Wood of the area chamljer o com merce at atxiul y M lo a m at their nly hall arrive Hound rock atxnil 11 a m and meet Marion Wells of that town s chamber and do lunch me in Uxkhart at about 2 p m or so and mevl Peck Westmoreland uf that towns chamber arrive in Segum at about 4 p in to inert Ceorge Urcgg of that towns arrive back in big Braunfels 5 p m with ali neat obsi v ationai insight HI hand If you wanna call Jane in Jvx office at ASAP There will a public mevting the HerlSchneider Koom next liuor to New National Harm from to 1 p in Krulay to ss and update a work on conttoi in oui in ani i you live or work lieniu oiighta U yon ill want li Uthere And ol vMjrse like the public is inviittl The i om hopo in tin it ove Mon to the iity ciuincil stall revoin mentations on control ol iil not vin premise Mgnage Ladies ol the derails ol foreign Wars Iosl 1 lo should pay alienion to this The IhMnrt livi Anita Key will the Sept I inert II ig foi lllsjxvtloll lAKal Auxiliary President Kvelyn kirst says Lets have good alien dance it is always a pleasure to have Anita visit our Auxiliary The Noon Chit on Thursday Is hosting the great great oi titii Sam Houston Houston IV as guest The inert ing tngins of course at IHHHI at Kagles Hall and Houston will tx introduced by Dail Wells who is also a member ol the San Club Being the direct descendant ot one of the two most famous names in Texas history is a matter of per sonal pride but it Mirneiiines causes some raised eyebrows when I introduced said Houston who is of Kaly It is also a matter ot pride that he can break tree from his job as a sales representative with a steel company in Houston lo make speeches before school students and civic groups throughout Die state See STAMMTISCH Page 3A The rain and cooler temps of the past few days were hints that fall is around the corner But the calendar and the forecast both indicate it is still summer in South Texas Sunny and hot today and Thursday with readings in the mid 90s Clear nights with lows near G5 No mention of ram as Labor Day weekend MISMESS CUSWfKD CQttCS UlUMSCOK Con men working Austin to San Antonio corridor By OAVIDMAY SraM Writer Groups of slick con artists posing as utility repairmen are working between Austin and San An tonio and targeting primarily elderly female homeowners in a scam that is bilking residents out ol thousands of dollars New Braunfels Police Ll Felix Koque said there havent Uen any reports of the con occurring but acknowledged it could be only a matter of time before the con men begin operating in New Braunfels HiKjue said the scam involves a person or persons posing as utility representatives or repairmen wan ting to inspect a home for potential gas or water leaks or electrical problems One of their Koque is to make a property owner think that a dirt which ignites into a ball of ire at the touch of a came from inside the house around a gas line or outlet The dirt lares up txrauso the con artists will have saturated it with lighter fluid and brought the sample with them intu the house The are led to lelieve they have a potentially dangei ous gas leak They tell them they have a crew come and repair it next week ur they can dx it on the side sooner for a lot less than the company would said Then they may come back in a week or two and run the whole gamut again The deceptive repairmen are reportedly receiving several hundred dollars per home where they have successfully conned their victim Homeowners here who are approached bv utility repairman should check first to see if that person is wearing a company uniform and driving a companv New Braunfels Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said all NBU employees wear blue shirts with a while logo and are often seen wearing blue hats with the white logo emblazoned on Sometimes an employee will be wearing a white company Tshirt in the sum mer The first tipoff would be if the driver is in an un marked said Sohn adding that the second tipoft would IKthat NBl employees not allowed to make any kind of monetary arrangements in the field whether for themselves or for the Our people absolutely would not do ttiai That conflict of interest and would result in mutant ter See SCAM Page 2A Chapa stall easement condemnation ComFund gets going By SARAH DUKE Stall Writer Two New Braunfels City Council members stalled a move Tuesday to begin condemnation proceedings against property belonging to a local Council members Loraine Kraft Ramon Chapa took a stand ha New Braunfels Utilities officials said will cost Homeowners the price of a utility ease have halted construction o a sewage line which will serve rcsidents near Bliedfrs Creek lieiie and Kirov Vulson o Kock M pleaded with the council not to condemnation action be laker until members could see for A hat plans lu do i then property Kirby Wilson said he is LO opposed to the move by NBl to lay a sewage pipe across the pro perty near his but iie is upset because utility oKitls have chang ed the pure they are ofierihg for the eastmerit Chapa and voted against the exercise of imminent domain for im properly which effectively stalled the matter since only council members attended the meeting and a majority ot lie entire council is necessaiy lo eouse the condemna tion process Krait said SMC lelt he niattei should be letl NB the pro perly owners and they should work out a compromise siie added she did not want to proceed with con lemnation action until she had the property where the proposed sewage line will Chapa did not join in the discussion prior to the roll call but cast a nay vote along with Kirby Wilson said he and his wife had agreed with NBU represen tatives on a price for the easement and when it came time to formate the NBU changed price Im not here to stop Im really But we had an agreement with these people and they backed out I dont know whether or not a verbal agreement is worth anything in this day and but I thought it was and I was Wilson said He added that since NBL began its move to obtain an easement in the utilities have continued construc tion of the sewage line on surroun ding property and crossed his proper ly without his permission or NBU wants a 50foot construction casement and a 20foot permanent easement across the Wilson proper ly The Wilsons said the easement would run along the side of a hill behind their The property is in the flood plain of Blieders NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said the easement would be in the creek bed on relatively unusable pro The Wilsons toil council they ojfered per square foot for the easement near Blieders NBU See Page2A County officials plan closed door meeting Representatives from the various agencies deriving money tiom the annual Cornal County Comruna chive a no other campaign workers gathered at Honors Hall yesterday to pickup drive packets and receive pep talks from cam paign leaders Dick Koegie Stan Cunningham and Ray The 1987 ComFund goal is money that augments the budgets of more than 20 social and human service agen cies countywide Workers plan to contact small industrial profes sional offices and others in an attempt to bring the drive to an early and successful conclusion before the end of October A victory rally is planned for October 6 at T Bar M Staff Photo Nine utility projects set By SARAH DUKE StaM Writer The New 1 ulities is set to bfjjin work on nine new pro jecK throughout ihe city made possible through Ixmd issue awarded Tuesday NBUs bond counsel Floyd Westerman said he is pleased w ith the approved 7 74 percent interest rate which was die lowest o five bids for a 4 million Iwnid issue The interest rate came in just lower than the anticipated 7 H per cent rate Westerman said it was hard to predict the rate because there had not been a comparable bond issue recently Of the five interest rates two were more than 8 percent and the other threv were near the 7 8 percent rate NBl General Bob Sohn said the bond issue signifies a spirit of cooperation between the city and the utilities We ap preciate the cooperative effort youve shown Its very important for the utilities to get on with the projects 1 think our continued cooperation within the community will allow us to move Sohn told council members Tues Of the nine new NBU eight which will be funded by the Coma County Commissioners will meet in regular session Thursday morning at lo a m in commis sioners courtroom located on the third floor of the A preagenda workshop prceeds the meeting beginning at 5 Com missioners will also meet Thursday in executive session to discuss pen ding or possible litigation and will hold a budget workshop Thursday afternoon with all lour precinct con the county courtallaw judge and county cleik i ommissioners agenda reads as follows appoint local emergency plann ing committee for materials appoint members to Child Welfare Board correction plat on canyon Lake vacate and 74 page4 4 regulate the discharge of n rearms in establish change fund policy for all interested departments line item transfer in Treasurers budget for cash increase fee for handling of non sufficient funds checks for all depart ments which receive checks accept idfoot strip ol rightof way uoin railroad in Hunter approve final approval of Oakland Unit executive session as authorized by 2 iei to confer with attorney regarding pending or contemplated l budget workshop for County CourtAtLaw and County Wurstfest Association seeking lease If P I n 1 i VLi t rtt f i j Karlier this a Wurstfest com mitlee began exploring ihe possibilities that exist lor utilizing the waterfront portion of the former imtlmger Mill located across Landa Street from the Knights of Columbus Hall The Wurstfest Association bought the property in and at Ihe same subleased a portion of the Colorado Kiver Authority pro perty from the New Braunfels Utilities This action allowed the construc tion of an entrance to the festival grounds on Landa Street now known as Gate and an entrance to Landa 1ark The area on the east side of the rock is physically removed from the festival grounds and offers little opportunity for use aside from additional parking area during the 1U days of This consisting of Gary Bird as chairman Mike Tobin Doug Milton and Bill has received approval from the Wurstfest Board of Directors to solicit lease proposals from businesses individuals who are interested in operating a tuber entrance on this property dur ing the summer It is apparent by the worn eroded banks and the damage done each year to the that this is a very popular spot for tubers to enter the Comal Wurstfest Association committee is seeking proposals or persons or businesses to lease this property tubers unload in the and follow fencing along at the corner of the prooertv Knights of Columbus parking the banks until it runs into the Dry J walk beneath the Landa Street Comal Just loo yards down the