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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Heads of state agencies given raises despite salary freeze See P 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 269 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqu centennial March March New Braunfels W 4 Herald 10 pages in two sections Tuesday June Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of RALPH PREISS Vol 142 No 163 Inside Texas The Marketplace River conditions Guadalupe cfs Comal cfs cfs cubic feet per second Stnmmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Eric meier Rose Henze 90 Sheryl Timmerman 40 Kim Hartman Happy Anniver sary to Mr Mrs Lawrence Weber Lotto jackpot to be worth million AUSTIN tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twiceweekly Lotto Texas game state lottery officials said The jackpot was worth an estimated million The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were 6 and 45 There were 101 tickets sold with five of the six numbers with each ticket worth There were tickets with four of six numbers with each winning And there were tickets sold with three of six numbers with each worth an automatic Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Wednesday nights game will be million Woodmen camp set for July 1822 Woodmen of the World I jfe Insurance Society will have its summer camp on July 18 through July 22 for all the Woodmen youth members age eight through Members of Woodmen of the World are invited to attend our annual youth camp for five days of tun and excitement The camp is free except for a registration fee and each camper will receive a Tshirt and a cap Please call J F Felger Wood men field representative at 210 6091255 for more information In search of baby armadillos A BBC television crew is pro ducing a 30minute nature docu mentary on the Texas nineband ed armadillo The production crew recently filmed in New Braunfels and plans to return to film more from June 26 to July 4 They are looking for very young or baby armadillos Anyone with information about the location of baby armadillos should contact Jim Schmidt at 629 4980 The production company will acknowledge the help by making a donation to a charity of the find ers choice Stammtisch The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to sub mit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sitting place for mem bers of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with us This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint City to move Landa Park barricades By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members voted last night to move the barricades which current ly block Landa Park Drive on the weekends to the area of the park near the playground Council members were presented with a peti tion from people who live near Landa Park The petition which contained 110 signatures request ed the barricades be removed New Braunfels resident Robert Hamel spoke to the council about the need to remove the bar ricades He said the barricades have not been helpful in keeping cruisers out of the park TTie barricades have done no good They were put ux itially to control cruisers in the park and TheyVe got a perfect cruising route If we are trying to stop it we are going about it the wrong said Hamel Several other residents in the area spoke against having the barricades in place Council member Jan Kennady said her concern was that the traffic from Lancia Park Drive was rerouted to Playground Drive Playground Drive is where the children are That is where all the traffic said Kennady Sgt Mac MacEachern of the New Braunfels Police Department said the barricades were orig inally put up as a response to a need for public safety The only injury accidents we have are when the barricades are down We are dealing with a system that has antiquated inadequate roadways We are faced with do we want to have a park for people or do we want a park for he said The motion to change the location of the bar ricades was made by Kennady Her motion requested that the Landa Park barricades be moved from Landa Park Drive to Playground Drive and that the police department be allowed to study the stop signs or other measures in the only council member voting against the motion was Mary Serold District 2 New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen Approval given to abatements By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer explained one proposal that has dis cussed The proposal would make Monument Drive a oneway street to Fredericksburg and Landa Park a oneway street up to Monument Drive However no action has been taken on this proposal The issue of the barricades in the park has been discussed for the past four years The bar ricades are closed from 7 to 8 on week ends from Easter through Labor Day In 1981 an ordinance was past prohibiting all through traf fic in the park In 1986 it was changed to open the park to through traffic by using the route in which California is blocked as a through street and an exit exists on to Frederickburg Road Getting carried away Tax abatements were granted to both Texas Jacobson and Casco Plas tics Inc in order to help the two indus tries with expansions The tax abatements were discussed earlier this month during a special city council workshop The two companies are planning expansions at their facil ities The expansions are valued at million and both plants are expected to hire an additional 50 employees The council approved the tax abate ments unanimously In other business the council also approved a resolution authorizing the creation of a nonprofit industrial development corporation corporation would allow the city to act as a financing vehicle for businesses considering expanding or relocating in the area It gives the city the opportunity to allow businesses to use tax free municipal bonds The IDC was formed in anticipation of Knytex moving into the Iselin Plant Knytex is currently located in Seguia Officials are considering combining the companies plants on the East Coast and Seguin The city of New Braunfels will not be liable for any of the bonds Accord ing to Knytex consultant Ted Alexan der the city is out of the loop once the bonds are given to an industry The city and Alexander met in a public workshop last Thursday to dis cuss the need for the IDC in order to compete for Knytex Alexander said the company has looked at other cities in the area If Knytex moves to New Braunfels it will bring 125 jobs and a million payroll said Alexander Approxi mately 90 of the jobs are held by employees in Real estate market still on the upswing TAR head tells local realtors By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The real estate market in Texas continues to be on the upswing but it will never approach the impact of the mar ket boom of the early 1980s said the president of the Texas Association of Realtors Ron Wakefield of San Antonio visited New Braunfels Monday to speak to the New Lake Board of Realtors He said one significant factor con tributed to the growth in the 1980s The early 80s had Baby Boomers who hit the market from a buying standpoint Well probably never experience a boom like that he said Were seeing steady growth over the last three years but not a While the sheer number of buyers may never fuel a sig nificant boom again Wakefield said other factors could influence the market in this state once such being the North American Free Trade Agreement Wakefield said cities like Laredo are already feeling the effects and Houston which has a major port He said this area has yet to feel a large impact although that may come as it has in other cities even though the major portion of the agreement has yet to begin Even though nothing has happened there is a perception of what will he said tekes Tubers and rafters on the river are able to view each jump from start to finish NBUplan accepted by council By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council mem bers accepted a plan from New Braun fels Utilities concerning the contribu tion of system revenues to the city The plan calls for 10 percent of the NBUs adjusted gross income to be paid to the city The council accepted the plan for one year and will discuss the matter again during next years budget session Mayor Pro Tem Chris Bowers said he believes the city should receive a base payment each year However NBU officials said offering a base amount would violate their bond indenture District 3 Council Member Brenda Freeman also expressed her concern about the proposal especially because NBU is asking for a water and sewer rate increase Its coming from the same people who are getting served by our budget You can call it a contribution or what ever you want but it smells like a tax to she said The city and NBU continued dis cussions on the need for a water anc sewer rate increase The rate increase would add approximately to eacl users bill If approved the rate increase would not go into effect until Augusti Currently the water and sewer sysj terns are being supported in part by the electric system according to General Manager Bob Sohn However expens es are expected to increase and the utilities would like to sec water and sewer eventually support itself The increases in rates would not cover the water and sewer capital improvements program Any rate changes suggested by NBU must be approved by the city council Settlement between PEC and intervenors awaits state approval By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer HerakJZeitung photo by CRAIG HAMMETT Ron Wakefield spoke to the Canyon Braunfels Board of Realtors Monday Wakefield said jobs are the number one factor in creat ing homes for any area He added business was good all over the state Wakefield also said there was a misconception that many small towns in the state are declining He said small towns reported two percent growth across the state last year especially in towns like New Braunfels located near a larger metropolitan area What you have here in New Braunfels is the quality of Wakefield said as one factor People want to move from the problems of a big A settlement agreement between the Pedernales Electric Cooperative and intervenors on a rate increase could be approved by late August or Sep tember PEC officials must get approval of the settlement from the threemember Public Utility Commission before the rate increase a first in 11 years could take effect The PEC had originally asked for a million increase in annual rev enue said PEC General Manager Ben nie Fuelberg about an percent increase PEC officials met with intervenors including two industrial intervenors PUC staff and the state Attorney Gen erals office who was representing the Texas Department of Transportation regarding highway lighting Recommendations by the PUC staff and accepted by the PEC would reduce the amount of increase to million about 7 said Fuelberg We were able to avoid going to a hearing We just all sat down and made a he said Fuelberg said if approved by the PUC the rates would take effect in October meters would be read in November and customers would see the change by their Dec 1 bill The PUC staff also agreed to the implementation of the Coops declin ing block rate design in which the cost of a kilowatt hour of electricity would decline after the first kwh of use each month The Coop serves much of Carnal County mainly in the northern and western sections and sections of Guadalupe County For news advertising or subscription information call 625   

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