Tuesday, June 14, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY American League Braves win Major League City Championship Page 6 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 282 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentennlal March March New Braunfels Herald 12 pages in one section Tuesday June Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of HYLMAR AND PAM SCHNEIDER 142 No 153 Inside Crossword River conditions Guadalupe cfs Comal cfs cfs cubic feet per second Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZoitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to William Max Welborn Ashley Bading Car los Vela and Douglas E Graves Happy anniversary to Hylmar and Pam Schneider 25 and Max and Janis Worn mack Bon Voyage party for Bob Krueger The public is invited to a Bon Voyage party for Bob Krueger tonight at 7 the Forke Store at Conservation Plaza Krueger of New Braunfels will leave shortly with his family to take his new post as ambas sador to Burundi Conservation Plaza is located at 1300 Church Hill Drive in New Braunfels For information call Gloria Sasser at 6200864 Womens Center to conduct training The Comal County Womens Center will conduct training for Hotline Volunteers on Monday June 20 at 6 The Womens Center staffs a 24hour crisis hotline for women who have been battered abused or sexually assaulted This hotline is forwarded to your home Anyone interested in being a volunteer can contact the volunteer coordinator at 6207520 Flag Retirement cei Post and the general pi Republican women to hold picnic The New Braunfels Republican Women invite the public to their annual picnic Monday June 20 at at Pavilions 4 and 5 at Landa Park Guest speaker is Ralph Wall Meal costs S3 for a single for a couple and S2 for children Business After Hours at Schlitterbahn The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours membership mixer an informal gathering of chamber members sponsored by Schlitterbahn Resort and Waterpark To be held from 5 to 7 Thursday June 16 at the Sur fenburg entrance to Schlitterbahn on Union St Introduce yourself to theMys tery Member and you may win a csh prize S iinmtlsch Clni Niw Braunftls HtnldZtilung Invitu iti rtodtrs to submit iltms to SlommlbcH According to tht Sophitnburg Archivts and mtnutrt of tht Otrman community Stojimtuch rtprtstnts a jilting plactjbr mtmbtrs of tht community to galhtf and short tht days happtninis Wt invilt you to short with This newspaper Is printed on recycled newsprint Alcohol banned from Eikel Field Park By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer People who use Eikel Field Park on the west side of New Braunfels will no longer be able to consume alcohol on the park grounds New Braunfels city council members passed an emergency ordinance Monday night banning alcohol consumption and possession at Eikel Field Park Haymarket Park The Little League Fields on Common Street and the Little League Fields on Fredericksburg Road The issue was first brought to the citys atten tion by residents who attended a town meeting held in District 1 Eikel Field Park is located in District 1 Residents in that area and in other areas of the city later signed a petition requesting alcohol be banned in Eikel Field Park The peti tion was presented to the Parks and Recreation Board and the board made a recommendation to the city council in favor of the ban Local resident Gloria Suarez Sasser presented a second petition to the council requesting the ban be put in place The petition contained more thari 300 signatures Several west side residents spoke to the coun cil in favor of the ban The residents said they are scared to allow their children to go to the park because of the type of people who are spending time there in the evenings Earlier this month another petition was pre sented to the city asking that the city not ban alcohol in the park This petition was signed by 300 people who opposed the ban because it would affect family functions such as birthdays anniver saries holidays and reunions West side resident Mary Paniaqua said she and her Ballet Folklorica dance group have nev er had a problem when practicing in the park District 1 city council member Butch Ben itez proposed the ban be approved I feel we need to pass this and get alcohol banned so we will have ample time to do what we need to he said Phone problems hit New Braunfels By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Thousands of New Braunfels res idents may have thought their tele phones wore not working Monday but If they had been patient they could have made their calls accord ing to Tim Tipplt area manager of external affairs for Southwestern Bell Telephone The phones werent really Tippit said The problem we were having at the switching office caused people to have to wait 10 to 30 sec onds before they got a dial The hardware problem that devel oped at the New Braunfels switching office began early Monday morning and was corrected by about 2 Monday It effected all the New Braunfels exchanges any num ber starting with 62 or 60 Tippit said Tippit said the problem was com pounded by people who picked up their telephone got no dial tone put the receiver back down and then picked it up again In effect when you did that you put yourself in line behind yourself Our computer goes in order answer ing every lino that gets picked up whether you arc still on that lino or not So when people did that it caused a snowball effect and made The phones werent really dead The problem caused people to have to wait 10 to 30 seconds for a dial Tim Tippit the delays he said Tippit said the company does not know what caused the equipment failure There is no indication that there was a lightning strike or power surge or anything like that We dont know what caused the hardware he said Monday mishap HeraldZeltung photo by JOHN HUSETH A twocar collision occurred Monday at outside the New Braunfels Factory Stores Police reports Indicate a Plymouth Colt driven by Joseph Francis Davis 73 of New Braunfels ran a red light and hit a Toyota Tercel driven by Karln Sue Stanush 31 Her two children were also In the car No one was taken to the hospital City NBU to continue talks on water rate hike Saddle Slappers The 4H Saddle Slappers put on a fund raiser barrel race recently Brandl Elliot presents Donna Dugosh her money for winning the open class Donnas sons are also pictured Two teenagers drown over weekend By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Area emergency personnel responded to two drawnings last weekend one that occurred in Canyon Lake and one that occurred in the Guadalupe River New Braunfels Fire Department EMS responded to a drowning that occurred in the Comal River on Saturday evening A 16yearold New Braunfels resident was report ed missing at Saturday according to Captain Danny Procknow of the New Braunfels Fire Department Procknow said two people were on the scene when EMS personnel arrived at the River The people reported that there was a person missing from a tube Procknow said rescue personnel were stationed at The Other Place resort the Union Street Exit and at the end of Seele Street before the Mission Valley Dam Rescue personnel also took the rescue raft on the river to search for the boy After rescue efforts were unsuccessful EMS per sonnel borrowed the police departments boat and after two passes they were able to locate the body 300 feet down stream from where the teen fell out of the tub He was found under 15 feet of water near The Other Place resort Other people who were floating had gotten out of the water at The Other Place and the Union Street Exit Canyon Lake emergency personnel responded to a drowning that occurred near the Canyon Lake Park in Hancock Michael R Gonzales 17 of San Marcos was pronounced dead by a doctor at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio The drowning occurred at June 11 Gonzales who was a student at the Gary Job Corps was at the park with friends Gonzales apparently could not swim and got into an area of the lake that was too deep for him to stand according to Chief Elwood Hohera chief deputy at the Comal County Sheriffs Office Hohera said statements from people at the scene show that Gonzales began screaming for help and somebody pulled him out of the water Several people including a doctor from Houston attempt ed to help Gonzales Emergency personnel were called to the scene and AirLife was called However AirLife was unavail able and the helicopter from Brooke Army Medical Center responded to the scene By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members will conduct another workshop with members of the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees to discuss water and sewer rates and NBUs contribution to the city A workshop and a regular city council meet ing were held Monday night and both issues were discussed The NBU board has already passed a reso lution requesting the city allow the board to increase water and sewer rates The board has asked that water rates be increased percent and sewer rates be increased percent in the next three fiscal years If approved the rate increases would begin in August We want to bring water and sewer up to the level where they sup port We came to the council three years ago for a rate We were given less than half of what we asked Bob Sohn NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said the board has been trying to get the water and sewer systems to the point where they make enough revenue so that they support them selves The electric system currently supports the water and sewer systems When we received the water and sewer operations we agreed that water and sewer should be almost given away Water was rel atively inexpensive and we were fortunate in having a very lucrative electric he said We want to bring water and sewer up to the level where they support themselves We came to the council three years ago for a rate We were given less than half of what we asked said Sohn Even with the new proposed rate increases the water and sewer systems collections would pay for only operations and mainte nance The capi tal improve ments would be paid by the elec tric revenues Atlarge coun cil member Jan K e n n a d y expressed her concern overBobSohn whether or not the proposed increase in rates was a result of the city receiving an increased contribution from NBU Board members Stratemann and Mornhinweg explained that NBU was plan ning to ask for an increase before the contri bution amount was determined However board member Robert Orr said the rate increase would not be as much if city contri bution had not been increased During the regular meeting the city council discussed whether or not to approve a resolu tion agreeing to NBUs method of calculating a contribution to the city City council mem bers expressed they would like to study the issue further and conduct a workshop The new method calls for the city to receive 10 percent of the adjusted gross revenues from NBU That will amount to nearly million this budget year The method will not include the cost of water power or the payment on bonds for the Canyon Lake Hydroelectric Plant It allows the city to have more money and helps us protect our We need a checkpoint to make sure the utilities stay in good financial said Sohn City council members questioned whether or not they should request that a minimum contribution be met in case NBU does not make a profit in future years NBU board members said ensuring a fUture contribution would violate the bond ordinance The workshop to discuss rates and the con tribution will be held at June 27 The regular council meeting will begin at Today Is Flag Day In support of our Veterans please display a flag w m