New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 21, 1991

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

February 21, 1991

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Happy Birthday The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wiglet Nelrose Koepp a Happy Birthday today. Belated birthday wishes: Roger Brinkkoe-ter, Feb. 20; and Maggie Lombardo. Feb. 20.South Taxaa Sound The South Texas Sound Chorus of SPESQSA Inc. will host a get-acquainted guest night at the choir room of Fust Baptist Church at the comer of Cross Kid Santa Clara St tonight at 7:30 pm. During the evening, the South Texas Sound Chorus will perform along with some quartets. Guests will be invited to join in the harmony and learn a new song. Membership in the local chapter offers men who like to sing an opportunity to improve their singing ability and to participate in singing competitions and concerts as well. Guests attending tonight may bring friends, wives and sweethearts as the chorus always loves to entertain an audience. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Gsry Witten bom at 625-1331.Blue Ribbon Gale Tickets for the Blue Ribbon Gala Dance, sponsored by Comal County Junior Livestock Association, are available late this week at Comal Saddlery, High Brehm Hats, New Braunfels, md Frank's Western Wear in New Braunfels, Kanz Feed Store in Saltier and Bulverde Lumber Kid Hardware. All area ag students and the Comal County Extension Service office also are selling tickets. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. The dance is March 9 at Wursthal-le from 9 pjn. to I un. with music by Clay Blaker and the Texas Honky Tank Band. The Comal County Junior Livestock Show is March 14-16.College Day Saturday Southwest Texas State University will host a “College Day” Saturday to help prospective students become familiar with the university and its programs. The program, sponsored by the SWT Office of Admissions, is designed to assist high school juniors and seniors and their parents as well as students from two-year colleges in learning more about SWT. It is free. College Day activities will begin at 9 ajn. with check-in at the Evans Auditorium lobby. Campus and residence hall tours are included in the day’s events. Discussion topics during the day include admission and housing requirements, financial aid programs. campus life, transfer credit, minority student affairs and other student and academic services offered by SWT. Also included is a student-io-student panel and faculty members will be available to discuss possi-8m STAMM TISCH, Page 2 Gulfwar vigil ticking today toward “G-Day”. See Page 4 Lawmakers unveiling sweeping insurance reform bill. See Page 3 Council approves insurance contract City’s health benefits for employees will remain in hands of Transport Life By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council this week approved the city's health insurance contract with Transport Life Insurance. Council Member James Goodbread Jr. made a motion to continue last year's Transport Life Insurance contract, Clinton Brandt seconded the motion and council unanimously approved it. Council members Loraine Kraft and Mayor Pro-Tern Ramon Chapa Jr. were absent from the meeting. As many as 225 city employees will receive health insurance benefits, covering up to 80 percent of health care costs with a $200 deductible. City officials would make monthly insurance payments up to $166.45, paying an annual $1,600 per employee. The city “has got a lot of proposals and lots of competition in this process." City Director of Finance Richard Buntine told council. But “my recommendation is that we stay with Transport (because Transport insurance agents) have excellent cost compensation and I have had excellent experience with them." Transport agents offered the city $40,000 in specific stop loss, the limit of money the city assumes for an employee or dependent; 115 percent with aggregate stop loss, money the city assumes annually; $144,525 in termination liability, the number of previous claims that have not been paid; and $603,330 in maximum liability, the highest amount of dollars 'Every month Til ask employees if they have had any problems and there have been very few problems. ' Richard Burdine the city will pay for insurers. Other insurance companies offered $50,000 with a specific stop loss, 125 percent with aggregate stop loss and various quotes on the termination liability. The city saved as much as $40,000 because money deducted for dependent coverage is placed in a trust account, which can be used to cover liability costs. "Anything left we keep and earn interest on and is used as a reserve against future cost increases," Burdine said. In addition, the city will save money on the termination liability because Transport will cover previous claims. Burdine also expressed approval for Transport's service. “Every month I'll ask employees if they have had any problems and there have been very few problems, lf there are problems it's been something that the employee has not asked Transport about," Burdine said. Last year, council discontinued the city's 18-month contract with Southland Life insurance because company officials increased the insurance rates IOO percent. “We came out well by doing something different. We've made a dramatic improvement, have a little bit of surplus and over the long haul it will save us dollars," said City Manager Paul Grohman. But Frank Witting, vice-president of Witting and Miller Insurance, questioned Burdine's bid figures "The bids were opened last Tuesday at 9 a.m. He had 2-feet of paperwork and had it all examined in eight hours, lf I got a consultant it would take him a week (to finish it)," Witting said. Wining also said he believed the city would benefit with a local agent who understands health care. “Transport does not have a local agent who can understand the community and its problems," he said. Robin Riedel voted to All 25-5A girls basketball team.Car-train collision This Honda automobile came to rest in a ditch after it was hit by a train about 10 a.m. today. The car, struck in the right rear sector, had been traveling northwest on Rusk Street when it was struck at a crossing behind Mission Valley Mill. The driver, whose identity was not available through emergency personnel at the scene, apparently was unhurt in the incident. (Photo by Erik Karlsson) From STAFF site WIRE REPORTS AUSTIN (AP) — A "Robin Hood" plan to shift local property tax revenue from rich to poor school districts won Senate approval and was sent to the House, which may vote next week on school finance reform. Ll. Gov. Bob Bullock hailed the Senate measure, passed 20-7 Wednesday, as "the finest piece of legislation that's been passed in the Texas Legislature in its history." Local school officials are not as convinced of that. The bill sponsor, Sen. Carl Parker, D-Fort Arthur, said, "What we have done basically is created a new system of public school finance that gives every child in Texas access to the same amount of property wealth for his or her education." House Speaker Lewis. D-Fort Worth, said he expects the House measure to be similar to Parker’s. “Basically, it is a bill that sets up a four-tier system of school finance,” said Dr. Arlen Ticken, Comal Independent School District acting superintendent. “There it a baaac allotment in the first year, it phases in over several years a second tier for facilities and debt service. The third tier is an additional debt service and enrichment tier and the fourth tier is an enrichment ... that is shared with a region. “It has some Robin Hood features in that it collect taxes from everyone." he said. “We've seen a preliminary print-out and, yes, we would lose some money. It means that those dis-School site controversy continuing Comal Independent School District officials and several area citizens met Wednesday to continue discussing the site of the new Spring Branch Elementary School under construction. The meeting was meant “to provide an administrative record of the proceedings and documentation which will continue up to the federal level because evidence shows errors and omissions have occurred," said Canyon Lake resident Lois Duggan. Duggan, along with Richard Fincke and Sarah Pierson met with CISD Acting Superintendent Alien Ticken and other CISD officials to talk about the school site, which the citizens* group says is in See 8QHOOL, Page 2 tricts who have more wealth per student — and that's us — would generally be passing some of that wealth on to districts that have less wealth per student" When fully implemented in four years, Parker’s bill would take an esti- See FINANCE. Page 2 See Page 8 New Braunfels Vol. 139. NO. 70Stammtisch L Mnr>9 10/22/" 4n°uEST MICFOPUBLISHING “S'l’lMMU- t* PASO, TX 79903 Thursday 707 Lands St, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) Leming 177-880) 512-625-9144 Feb. 21, 1991 25 Cents On* Section. 12 Pages Finance bill draws mixed reviews here Invention Convention's mad hatters New stamp rate affects business, city budgetsGood Day Today's showers should contribute to cooler temperatures, with a high of 61 and an overnight low of 45 forecast. Partly cloudy conditions are due Friday, with a high in the 70s and a low in the 40s anticipated. Similar conditions Saturday should find a high in the 70s, a low near 50 and, as clouds return Sunday, the chance for showers resumes with temperatures ranging from 61 to 45. toted*: CLASSIFIED-----------------9-11 COMICS------------------------------6 CROSSWORD______________________3 DEAR ABBY--------------------..5 HOROSCOPE-----------------------• KALEIDOSCOPE___________________5 SCRAPBOOK_________________7 •PORTS---------------8-9 TV LISTINGS________________§ WEATHER_____________t By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer While officials claim that the 29-cent stamp has increased business expenses, those costs will not directly affect the customer, according to city and banking officials in New Braunfels. “We have to be conscious of the price increase because we send out a lot of mail, but it shouldn’t affect the (customer) service charge," said Carol Oravis, marketing officer for Citizens National Bank in New Braunfels. Citizens National Bank employees send an average of 1,500-2,000 bank statements a year, therefore it's bound to influence the bank's budget, she said. Although the postage increase will affixt Citizens National Bank, there will be no additional costs for the customer, she said. Jeff Thompson, New Braunfels Utilities director of administrative and financial services, said the city also has been affected by the 4 cent postal increase. Postal expenses have increased up to $3,225 just for the remaining fiscal period that end in July, Thompson said. And it will cost NBU an additional $7,000 in postal expenses for a 12-month period, he said. “It’s on the list for budget increases along with gas, and workers compensation," he said. Alice Briones, acting postmaster for U.S. Postal Service in New Braun-8m STAMPS, Pag* I Topping oft the Invention Convention at Seele Elementary School in New Braunfels with helpful headgear are Grant Simpson, left, and Lance French. Grant’s survival hat includes such items as bandages. raisins and insect repellent. Lance s rain hat is designed to keep dry even those persons who haven't a free hand to hold an umbrella. The show was staged by fifth-grade science students at Seale (Photo by Erik Karlsson) ;

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