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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY New Braunfeis Stars headed to national softball event 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 245 DAYS Mew Braunfeis Sesqulcentennlal March March New Braunfeis Herald YAH DR f L TX 12 pages in one section Thursday July Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of JUAN LEYBA JR Vol 142 No 185 Inside Texas 2 Crime Sports The River conditions Guadalupe cfs Comal cfs cfs cubic feet per second Sta mint sch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Brawtfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Gladys West meyer Jean Langendorff Debbie Williams Jess Robertson Richard Gui terrez Karl Mittwede Vicky Rangel Brandon Rife Mona Osteen Debra Honnell Jeff Reinhart Juan Ley ba Michael K Garrott Douglas Gass Reno L Lehmann Joshua Paul Hiritt Alyce Coulson Vivian Moos Dora Perez David Reidel David Riding Happy Anniver sary to Fidencio Isabel Luna Dennis Doris Tasto Vivian Abbey Moos Special Tuesday program set at CMNB The The Childrens Museum of New Braunfeis continues its free first Tuesday program Admission for families will be waived on Tuesday Aug 2 from 1 to 5 The CMNB is Scrugg In concert on Monday Aug 15 at the civic center start ing at Autographed balls to be auctioned Friday Fridays Comal County MHMR Celebrity Auction will feature autographed baseballs from Texas Rangers manager Kevin Kennedy and the Rangers twotime batting champion Juan Gonzales The auction is scheduled for tomorrow at the New Braunfeis Civic Center beginning at 6 More than 130 items have been received for the auction Astronauts Charles Duke and Charles Conrad donated autographed pictures of them selves wearing their moon walk uniforms For more information call Leland Cox at 6297525 4H benefit dance set for Aug 12 The Comal County 4H clubs are having their benefit dance on Friday Aug 12 at the Comal County Fairgrounds from 8 to 12 Tickets are available at the county extension office 132 Water Lane Stammtisch The New Braunfeis HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Slammlisch represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with The winning numbers Lotto Texas 320 3536 4345 million jackpot rTEXRSr LOTTEflV This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Accident in Sattler HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH A twovehicle accident took place at the Intersection of FM 306 at FM 2673 near Sattler yesterday at approximately Three victims were transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital by Canyon Lake EMS Pictured are Harrell Scott right of Canyon Lake EMS comforts Roberta DeWeese of Canyon Lake as she Is removed from her Chevrolet Lumlna Also transported was Wyona Harper of Canyon Lake Reports of their conditions were not available as of press time DPS troopers looking for 135 speeders today By CHRISTINE MARTIN Her All through Comal County on 135 today Department of Public Safety troopers and New Braunfeis Police will be stopping speeders and watching for drivers not wearing seat belts A DPS representative said no one was in the office for comment this morning because they were all working 135 New Braunfeis Police Department Capt Ray Douglas said the city was not involved in the program Theyve done this he said f But one of the things DPS is targeting is nonseatbelt wearers And NBPD is also pulling people over for not wearing seat belts Douglas said Comal County Sheriffs Department Chief Elwood Hoherz said if the DPS got shorthanded the sheriffs department would help out DPS has 10 troopers avail able for Comal County Hoherz said The project is part of Operation Crossroads a nationwide effort to stop speeding on the nations main intcrstates 135 and 170 Here theyre calling it Project the DPS spokesperson said The seatbeltforsafety effort falls under a Special Traf fic Enforcement Program Parts of STE programs continue for different lengths of time Douglas said Hot dry summer is beginning to take toll on Guadalupe tourism Low river flow caused by lack of rain inflow into Canyon Lake By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer This dry summer is just now starting to effect the tourism trade on the Guadalupe River Along with farmers and ranchers and homeowners who see increased utility bills businesses along Guadalupe River are starting see tourists recognize the slow flows The river was running at 134 cubic feet per second coming out of Canyon Dam and only 67 cfs going into the lake For one thing they hydroelectric plant takes 100 cfs so in theory it release should never get below said Al Zator of Little Ponderosa who along with many outfitters has advo cated a recreation pool to ensure better flows during dry periods I will say that the GBRA GuadalupeBlanco River Authority has made a sincere effort to try and help us he said Zator also mentioned the Army Corps of Engineers as beginning to recognize the importance of the tourism industry to the area Meanwhile tourists are just begin ning to figure out that flow rates are low and business is beginning to suffer with roughly five weeks remaining until Labor Day Our hope is that it doesnt get any lower than it he said Last week it was pretty busy but now its mainly the families here which is great but people are starting to realize just now that its August does initiate the hurricane season which is about what it would take to bring significant rainfall to the area Even with up to five inches of rain upriver near Kerrville the effect would still be minimal said Zator given the fact that the lake level is already below normal pool Justice Department approves single member district plan for EUWD By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The Justice Department Tuesday approved the terms of an agreement to change the electoral system for the Edwards Underground Water District Board from atlarge to singlemember districts The agreement will increase the potential for minority rep resentation on the board according to an EUWD state ment The agreement is also supposed to eliminate the oneperson onevote system which would weigh power with San Antonio If representation on the Districts board were strictly a function of the population of the county areas within the dis trict Bexar County would dominate the board by their numbers This would make it impossible for a regionally elected board to manage the said Rick Illgncr Gen eral Manager of the EUWD The new agreement is supposed to help the other coun ties Comal and Hays keep and equal representation on the board EUWD officials also believe it will improve rela tionships with other water districts in Medina and Uvalde counties This enhances the Districts relationship with partner dis tricts Medina and Uvalde since they are both already sin glemember said lllgner Casteel ready to propose million county budget Despite hefty 15 spending increase tax rate could go down By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Comal County Judge Carter Castccl is ready to propose a million 1995 county budget that would increase spending 15 percent over this years budget Casteel will present the budget to the commissioners court and file a copy with the county clerk Aug 4 Most of the million spending increase would be funded by dipping into the county reserve fund with only about coming from increased property taxes Casteel said In fact because of increasing appraised property values Casteel said the county will be able to actually decrease the tax rate slightly from cents per SI00 of appraised value to cents If the budget is adopted as proposed by Casteel the owner of a home with a taxable value of in county taxes next year This year the county will collect million from property taxes Cas teel is proposing increasing that to million The major spending increases in CasteePs proposal include more for the road and bridge department to give a six percent across the board pay rajse to the approximately 275 coun ty employees and pay rais es for elected officials to hire six new employees in various departments for County Judge Carter Casteel In terms of employee salaries we have done studies and We hire people get them trained and they leave Then we have to hire somebody else and train them We have people who work for the county who qual ify for food stamps That is disgraceful that the county pays them so she said Casteel also said she thinks there is support on the commissioners court to fund construction of the new JP offices She said the current buildings are in poor condition have inadequate parking and do not meet the mandates of the Americans With Disabilities Act She said there is also support for some funding for parks program although it may be less than SI Casteel is also proposing adding eight hours per week to the current 20hours funded for the county veter ans services officer That will cost about an additional Casteel is proposing at least a 3 cent cost of living increase for all ed county officials with the county commissioners county treasurer and constables slated for larger increases About million of the spending increase Cas teel is proposing would be funded by dipping into the county reserve fund The road and bridge reserve fund will stand at between million and million when the fiscal we are below increased health insurance tho averaae off costs Were going to get thniluijj million when the fiscal a big hickey in health sec year ends in January Cas Casteel said There tOr m some teel said About is nothing we can do about areas as much of that would be used to 4 Kd 1Q fl nAvf t mnrt that as18per for new buildings for two of the Judge justices of the peace to start a county park program S A new area of the budget is records preservation with S3 budgeted Records preservation is funded completely by a fee on all transactions at the county clerks office Other increases include the cost of feeding jail inmates and new cars for the Sheriffs Department Casteel stressed that the operations budgets for county departments remained almost unchanged The department heads have been very good about squeezing their bud she said She also noted that this is only a budget proposal and it is subject to amendments and deletions before it is adopted by the commissioners court Casteel said she feels strongly about the need for several of the spending increases In terms of employee salaries we have done studies and we are below the average of the public sector in some areas as much as 18 percent below If you include the private sec tor it is even more I am trying to address that trying to get our employ ees into a more competitive Casteel said Frankly we are not very competitive Turnover eats us alive balance next years road and bridge budget The 8eneral fund reserve wil stand at between million and mil lion at the end of this year Casteel is proposing using million of that reserve to balance next years general fund budget It will still be in the million range or better which is where we like to be Rather than raise taxes we will use the Casteel said Precinct 1 County Commissioner Jumbo Evans said he could not comment on much of Casteels budget proposal since he has not seen it yej He said some adjustments aye needed in employee salaries but Id question whether that a six percent across the board raise is Evans said he can see the need for some kind of increase for some coun ty I think the county needs to show some support for parks but I serious ly question I dont know what it is Evans said He said the JPs definitely need new buildingsl On the overall spending increase of 15 percent Evans said I need opportunity to review the budget before commenting That surprises me It may be fully justified 1 doni X Residents will have their chance tq tell commissioners their feelings about the 1995 county budget at a budget hearing at the courthouse Aug 18 For news advertising or subscription information 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