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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas 218 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY ieftuno r Home of Wllilam Mm nnHIM Friday September 1991 Two 18 Pages Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zellung wishes happy birthday today to Barbara Felix Amanda Kristi Tabitha Marcel Dor othy Evelyn Ben Ouadalupe Tiffany Kim Bertha Donald Minerva Barbara Trammell and Edlinda Happy birthday Saturday to Sharon Hattie Cirsten Foercster and Richard Belated birthday wishes to Val erie Nicole Wishes for a happy anniversary today to and Roy Pena and Barbara and Charles Know of a birthday or anniver sary Give our receptionist a call the day before at 6259144 wed like to share in the Band meeting The New Braunfels High School Band Boosters Club will meet in the band hall at All interested parents and friends are urged to Business counselor The Small Business Counselor from the University of Texas at San Antonio School of Business will be at the Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce office on 24 for his regu lar monthly counseling The service is offered through the Chambers Small Business Coun cil each month and includes assis tance to individuals in as well as those considering opening a The sessions are confidential and appointments can be made by calling the Chamber at Community education The fall session of community education classes offered by the SchertzCiboloUniversal City Independent School District begins the week of The fall schedule includes classes in gar floral sign language and home For more information call 512 Items needed Smithson Valley Silver Spurs Dance Team needs donated items for a rummage sale scheduled for 5 at Buy for Less in New Braunfels from to 4 Funds raised will be used to purch ase uniforms and to put in a scho larship Pick up service is available by calling 512 9643119 or 512 Interagency meeting McKenna Memorial Hospitals Interagency meeting is scheduled for 2 at at Finkels Salad Bar and Grill Restaurant in New Church bazaar A sponsored by the Church In the Valley located on FarmtoMarket 306 in Canyon is slated for 21 from 9 to 5 Featured will be various and unusual A quilt will be auctioned and baked goods will be for Church festival The annual Peter and Paul 2A Good Day Cool and cloudy conditions con tinue with a slight chance for rain lingering over South A high near 66 today should be followed by an overnight low near A slow warming trend should greet the weekend with a high in the 70s for Saturday and near 80 for Sun For weather see Page Intldt DEAR RELIGIOUS Wrllff I IOA road engineer resigns ByMARKWARNKEN Stiff Comal County Road Engineer Mac McCoy resigned Thursday morning after heading the countys road department for In a brief letter delivered to Com missioners Court shortly after 9 during the courts weekly workshop McCoy said he had enjoyed serving the citizens of the county and Lafarge promotes manager By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor After four years of managing the Balconcs Cement Plant in New Plant Manager Michel Edmont is returning home to France within the company as president of The promotion was announced Thursday at the owned by Lafarge A replacement for Edmont has not been We have achieved a few success ful said Edmont reflecting on his first job as a plant The plant is producing more than when I The market is turning around and we are very excited about the future of this I feel Im not through with what I was supposed to do here but at some point you will have to Edmont now will be vice president of operations of Lafarge Fondu a calciumaluniinate cement company owned by Lafarge produces For the past Edmont has been in the middle of a controversy involv ing the plant and the intent of its own ers to store and burn hazardous The citizens coalition Securing a Future Environment formed locally to fight the company and its Edmont said hfe is disappointed that local people have felt Lafarge is try ing to hurt the community by burning hazardous waste as Its very unfortunate that so many people in the community felt that we are threatening he This is not the case at For once I would like to tell the people nobody in this plant wants to threaten anybody in this Lafarge and its subsidiary Systech Environmental put the process of securing permits to store bum hazardous waste on but have said they plan to proceed with the permits after an environmental assessment of the project is Edmont said it is too early to guess if the permits will eventually be granted by state There are so many things going on right now I have no idea of how its going to Its up in the It could turn any he Edmont is scheduled to return to Paris the first of next year with his wife and two working with his but that the present relationship with the court had degenerated to the point where it was no longer workable for County Judge Carter Casteel In an emergency meeting later that the court appointed engineering technician Larry Kearney as interim road department administrator until a new county engineer is hired in the next few contacted by telephone Thursday said his resigna tion was effective He said he has no definite other than to relax for the next couple The guidance and interference from Commissioners Court over the past six to eight months had come to the point where I could no longer effectively administer the road depart McCoy declining to ela borate on specific I know that Comal County at this one of the finest road departments in the state of and Im sorry that things worked out the way they but thats how it he Im real proud of the people in the Theyll do Casteel said that when she met with McCoy and property owners to dis cuss subdivision platting require ments earlier in the morning he gave no indication that he intended to Its I to work for five and I appreciate anybody who has to do Casteel On the other thats part of the We dont always agree with each other on the nor do we always SM 2A Rocky Wilson dances as Chuck Reininger sings about New Braunfels Utilities Safe Haven The men entertained and informed stu dents at Memorial Primary School on Photo by Robert Stewart NBU offers youth Safe Haven By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer When youre a kid and you need its good to have a friend to go New Braunfels Utilities wants children in New Braunfels to know that when they see a white NBU they are in the presence of Chuck Reininger and Rocky Wilson of NBU were at Memorial Primary School Thursday handing out coloring books and balloons and presenting the message to students that NBU employees are there to Its been a real successful Reinin ger We go to all day cares and schools through the third The program is called Safe Haven and is presented by Reininger and Wilson to to children each year at the beginning of the school We try to hit them before the Comal Coun ty Reininger That way they see our float in the parade and know who we Reininger began the presentation by showing the kids what NBU shins look like and Wilson held up a picture of an NBU truck to show what it looks We wear these shirts with NBU on We write it funny with a lightening bolt and a water drop because we deliver electricity and water to your Reininger We have a prog ram called Safe Haven that gives you people you can go to besides firemen and friends when you need You all know about not talking to We want to let you know whenever youre in trouble to look for the guys in the white If youre in trouble for any flag them down and get he The next part of the show was a song Reinin ger sang and played on a The song was about a little boy riding a bicycle very fast because he was being chased by a The boy hit a wiped and was stung by Along came an NBU truck with NBU workers that helped the boy cleaned him off and called police to give him a ride The Memorial Primary students applauded and whooped in appreciation as Wilson put on sunglasses and danced the twist to the rock and rollpart of the After the song Reininger asked the group Who helped the kid out and they all loudly yelled NBU A lot of the kids remembered the two NBU men from having seen the presentation last year and were shouting out questions like are you gonna sing and are you going to dance again The kids really like Reininger They go home and tell their little brothers and sisters about The kids also got a big laugh when Reininger introduced Wilson as Reininger and Wilson work as surveyors in NBUs engineering department in their real Both say they really enjoy the chance to get out and visit the This is the eighth year that NBU has spon sored the Safe Haven So now you know youve got some more friends out Reininger Hot check effort may overdraw account ByMARKWARNKEN Staff Writer Comal Countys revamped hot checkwarrant program has brought in to county coffers and to the cash registers of local merchants during the first eight months of this But the program is working so well that funds to pay deputy constables to serve hotcheck arrest warrants have nearly run leaving County Attor ney Nathan Rheinlander fearing that the which he says brings in much more to the county than it may be forced to be shut down during the closing months of this County Judge Carter Casteel said she expects the Commissioners despite some concerns about the prog rams personnel to continue to support the especially because it more than pays for Several merchants have written letters to the court in support the County will seek ruling on bungee jurisdiction ByMARKWARNKEN Staff WrlUr The Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday agreed to ask the county attorney to seek a state attorney generals opinion on whether the WaterOriented Recrea tion District has authority to regulate a controversial bungeejumping enterprise on the Ouadalupe County Judge Carter Casteel said the opinion is expected to clarify whether the Ervendberg Boulevard bungeejumping operation could be considered water related and whether it could be regulated by The WORD board of directors Wednesday night directed District Administrator Betty Walls to deliver a letter to the court asking them to seek the attorney generals Bungee jumpers pay a fee to leap from a metal platform extending from a cliff overlooking the river and free fall about 120 feet before giant elastic cords attached to har nesses snap them up in the first of several The sport is completely operators Nearby residents in the Preiss Heights subdivision have complained to county officials about noise and safety since jumping started July Commissioners previously asked County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander to attempt to find a way to shut the operation down due to safety I think we have an obligation as a county to put enough money in the program to enforce the Casteel i f Rheinlander said Commissioners Court is expected to consider provid ing additional funding to carry the program through December during its regular weekly meeting next From January through merchants received in resti tution through the hotcheck Rheinlander Hotcheck justiceofthepeace fines and warrant fees during the same period added to the countys general these collections cost the county only about hi deputy constable he The typical hot check ends up costing the offender Rhein lander Total funds collected for the county and merchants in 1991 are expected to be about double the col lected in before the constable offices became Rheinlander Prior to the last months of hotcheck warrants were handled by the Sheriffs Warrant but were moved to the constables offices to allow the Sheriffs Department to concentrate on felony criminal war rants and other The county needs to continue to support the program because its a costeffective revenue generator and because writing bad checks is against state which the county is bound to Rheinlander During a 10 budget workshop with Commissioner Jumbo Evans questioned the need to send deputy constables in person to serve the suggesting that more effective letters could be Precinct 1 Constable Max Worn mack responded that letters and phone calls are generally The only way to get a badcheck wri ter to pay is to threaten them with arrest in he Evans also questioned whether businesses were doing all they could to collect the money before the county became The court also has concerns that the parttime deputy constables are work ing too many hours each which would make them eligible for retire ment which would be an added personnel expense to the coun Casteel Adding another depur ty at some point in the future is one option open to the she During the Wommack said he also would not have enough money in his 1992 budget for a full year of the but Casteel said plenty of funds would be available in the courts contingency most hotcheck warrants are served through the Precinct 1 tice of the Peace and the unsure about the effect of the countys new redistricting put extra money in the contingency fund to handle any she
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