Thursday, February 21, 1991

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Lawmakers unveiling sweeping insurance reform See Pago 3 Gulf War vigil ticking today toward See Page 4 New Braunfels Robin Riedel voted to All 255A girls basketball SeePageB 83 Thursday TX 79903 70 707 Landa New Texas 78130 USPS 377880 Leituno 177880 51262591444JL 1991 25 Cents One 12 Pages Stammtisch Happy Birthday The New Braiutfels Herald Zeltung wishes Nelrose Koepp a Happy Birthday Belated birthday wishes Roger Brinkkoe 20 and Maggie Lombar South Texas Sound The South Texas Sound Chorus of SPESQSA will host a get acquainied guest night at the choir room of First Baptist Church at the comer of Cross and Santa Clara tonight at During the the South Texas Sound Chorus will perform along with some Guests will be invited to join in the harmony and learn a new Membership in the local chapter offers men who like to sing an opportunity to improve their singing ability and participate in singing competitions and concerts as Quests attending tonight may bring wives and sweethearts as the chorus always loves to enter tain an Light refresh ments will be more call Gary Wittenbom at Blue Ribbon Gala Tickets for the Blue Ribbon Gala sponsored by Comal County Junior Livestock Associa are available late this week at Comal High Brehm New and Franks Western Wear Kanz Feed Store In Saltierand Bulverde Lumber and All area ag students and the Comal County Extension Service office also are selling Tickets are in advance or at the The dance is March 9 at Wurstnal le from 9 to 1 with music by Clay Blaker and the Texas Hon ky Tonk The Comal County Junior Livestock Show is March College Day Saturday Southwest Texas State Univer sity will host a College Day Saturday to help prospective stu dents become familiar with the university and its The sponsored by the SWT Office of is designed to assist high school juniors and seniors and their parents as well as students from twoyear colleges in learning more about It is College Day activities will begin at 9 with checkin at the Evans Auditorium Campus and residence hall tours are included in the days Dis cussion topics during the day include admission and housing financial aid prog campus transfer minority student affairs and other student and academic services offered by Also included is a studentto student panel and faculty members will be available to discuss possi 2 Good Day Todays showers should contri bute to cooler with a high of 61 and an overnight low of 45 Partly cloudy condi tions are due with a high in the 70s and a low in the 40s antici Similar conditions Saturday should find a high in the a low near 50 as clouds return Sun the chance for showers resumes with temperatures ranging from 61 to Intlda DEAR TV Finance bill draws mixed reviews here Cartrain collision This Honda automobile came to rest in a ditch after it was hit by a train about 10 The struck in the right rear had been traveling northwest on Rusk Street it was struck at a crossing behind Mission Valley The whose identity was not available through emergency personnel at the apparently was unhurt in the Photo by Erik Karlsson From STAFF and WIRE REPORTS AUSTIN AP A Robin Hood plan to shift local property tax revenue from rich to poor school dis tricts won Senate approval and was sent to the which may vote next week on school finance Bob Bullock hailed the Senate passed 207 Wednes as the finest piece of legislation thats been passed in the Texas Legis lature in its Local school officials are not as convinced of The bill Carl DPort What we have done basically is created anew system of public school finance that gives every child in Texas access to the same amount of property wealth for his or her House Speaker DFort said he expects the House measure to be similar to is a bill that sets up a fourtier system of school said Arlen Comal Inde pendent School District acting super is a basic allottnent ui it phases in over sev eral years a second tier for facilities and debt The third tier liTan additional debt service and enrich ment tier and the fourth tier is an enrichment that is shared with a It has some Robin Hood features in that it collect taxes from he Weve seen a preliminary printout we would lose some It means that those dis School site controversy continuing Comal Independent School Dis trict officials and several area citi zens met Wednesday to continue discussing the she of the new Spring Branch Elementary School under The meeting was meant to pro vide an administrative record of the proceedings and documenta tion which will continue up to the federal level because evidence shows errors and omissions have said Canyon Lake resi dent Lois along with Richard Fincke and Sarah Pierson met with CISD Acting Superintendent Arlen Tieken and other CISD offi cials to talk about the school i whictuhe citizens group says is in TU SM 2 tricts who have more wealth per stu dent and thats us would gener ally be passing some of that wealth on to districts that have less wealth per When fully implemented in four Parkers bill would take an esti SM Page 2 Council approves insurance contract Citys health benefits for employees will remain in hands of Transport Life By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council this week approved the citys health insur ance contract with Transport Life Council Member James Goodbread made a motion to continue last years Transport Life Insurance con Clinton Brandt seconded the motion and council unanimously approved Council members Lor aine Kraft and Mayor ProTern Ramon Chapa were absent from the As many as 225 city employees will receive health insurance covering up to 80 percent of health care costs with a City officials would make monthly insurance payments up to paying an annual per The city has got a lot of proposals and lots of competition in this pro City Director of Finance Richard Burdine told But my recommendation is that we stay with Transport because Transport insurance agents have excellent cost compensation and I have had excel lent experience with Transport agents offered the city in specific stop the limit of money the city assumes for an employee or dependent 115 percent with aggregate stop money the city assumes annually in termination the number of previous claims that have not been paid and in maximum lia the highest amount of dollars Every month 111 ask employees if they have had any problems and there have been very few prob Richard Burdine the city will pay for Other insurance companies offered with a specific stop 125 percent with aggregate stop loss and various quotes on the termination The city saved as much as because money deducted for depen dent coverage is placed in a trust which can be used to cover liability Anything left we keep and earn interest on and is used as a reserve against future cost Burdine In the city will save money on the termination liability because Transport will cover previous Burdine also expressed approval for Transports Every month Ill ask employees if they have had any problems and there have been very few If there are prob lems its been something that the employee has not asked Transport Burdine Last council discontinued the citys 18month contract with South land Life Insurance because company officials increased the insurance rates 100 We came out well by doing some thing Weve made a drama tic have a little bit of surplus and over the long haul it will save us said City Manager Paul But Frank vicepresident of Witting and Miller ques tioned Burdines bid The bids were opened last Tues day at 9 He had 2feet of paper work and had it all examined in eight If I got a consultant it would take him a week to finish Wit ting Witting also said he believed the city would benefit with a local agent who understands health Trans port does not have a local agent who can understand the community and its he New stamp rate affects city budgets Invention Conventions mad hatters By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer While officials claim that the 29cent stamp has increased business those costs will not directly affect the according to city and banking officials in New We have to be conscious of the price increase because we send out a lot of but it shouldnt affect the customer service said Car ol marketing officer for Citi zens National Bank in New Citizens National Bank employees send an average of bank statements a therefore its bound to influence the banks she Although the postage increase will affect Citizens National there will be no additional costs for the cus she Jeff New Braunfels Utilities director of administrative and financial said the city also has been affected by the 4 cent postal Postal expenses have increased up to just for the remaining fiscal period that end in Thompson And it will cost NBU an addi tional in postal expenses for a 12month he Its on the list for budget increases along with and workers compen he Alice acting postmaster for Postal Service in New Braun SM 3 Topping off the Invention Con vention at Seele Elementary School in New Braunfels with helpful headgear are Grant and Lance Grants survival hat includes such items as ban raisins and insect Lances rain hat is designed to keep dry even those persons who havent a free hand to hold an The show was staged by fifth grade science students at Photo by Erik Karlsson