Friday, December 2, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDA Unicorns travel to 135 rival San Marcos tonight to battle the Rattlers SA SO NTS COUNTDOWN 110 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March New Braunfels A I n r HeraldZeitui 16 pages in two sections Friday Dec Serving Coma County for more than 142 years Home of Aft Inside Sports Church 7A The Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeituhg extends the following birthday wishes to Cambry Clark Amy Whitaker 18 years on Jared Platt Ger ald Groves Jo Cooper Espi Rodriguez Ruby Brown Charles Dunn Arlene Sedgewick Loyce Thomas Ker mit Forshage Saturday1 Donations to HZ Cheer Fund continue Area citizens havebegun to submit donations to the Herald Zeitungs annual Cheer Fund campaign which provides food to needy local families for the Christmas holidays Anyone wishing to donate can do so in person by coming by the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 Volunteers for food delivery are needed Avery said Anyone wishing to sign up for delivery can do so by calling Avery Todays donations include David Charline Johnson S100 Paul Liz Davis S25 Annonymous S10 Frank Mary Chatham S25 Post Office to host open house Dec 9 The Postal Service wilj host a open house at the New Braunfels Post Office on Seguin St on Friday Dec 9 from 9 to 1 Refreshments will be served during the day The Post Office will have extended holiday hours from Dec 5 through Dec 24 Mon day through Friday from 8 to and on Saturday from 9 to In January the cost of Postal stamps will rise to 32 cents from 29 cents Christian Womens Club to host luncheon The New Mar cos Christian Womens Club will host a luncheon Tuesday Dec 6 from at the Holiday Inn Kelly Walker Presents Stocking Full of Christ mas music of and Gary Fink of San Marcos will be fea tured Minnie Jane Johnson speaks on Garlands of Admission is Please call for reservations in New Braunfels 210 9047348 For free nursery reservations call 210 9047348 in New Braunfels Lottery now worth million No one matched all six num bers Wednesday night so the new Texas lottery jackpot for Saturday night will be mil lion This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Comal 1SD bonds approved by AG Bonds delayed by questions on signature match By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Lawyers from the States Attorney Generals must be keeping a close eye on school bonds these days After a short delay bonds for the Comal Inde pendent School District have been approved by the office and sold by a securities firm representing the dis trict The district had to go through a slight delay after lawyers from the state could not distinguish two signatures from CISD Board of Trustees Secre tary Norman Gerlich The secretary must sign the official bond paper and another paper stating that his signature was on the first Apparently Gerlich signed one very carefully and the other more quickly He signed the two pieces different said CISD Finance Director Abel Campos When they reviewed them they didnt look CISD officials and the securities firm had Gerlich resign the items upon request from the AGs office and were quickly approved The bonds include million of the SI million approved by voters in September Campos said the delay was only minorand would not cause any prob lems Were going as he said We should start receiving the money the first pan of next A complaint was filed with the AGs Norman Gerlich office in a sepa rate matter regarding the bond election and questions of the secretarys posi tion at the time of the notice Sonya Sanchez a reprc scnativc for the Attorney Gener al said the lawyers of the Public Finance Divi sion found the complaint had no legal significance for the bond The Public Finance Division includes eight lawyers and five sup port staff in charge of reviewing and approving all bonds and other obliga tions issued by the State State agen cies cities counties school districts municipal utitlity districts hopsital dis tricts institutions of higher education and certain nonprofit corporations cre ated to act on behalf of some of these political subdivisions Sanchez said the bonds arc sent to the State Comptrollers office for reg istration and then go to the bond coun sel for the district Youre talking about millions of dollars If they screwed up Id hate to be the guy that approved said Campos They werent going to let it go until we got the signatures worked Perhaps the AGs office is even more careful given recent develop ments concerning the Judson school district and the Justice Departments hold up of a bond election there The New Braunfels School District has a bond election set for Dec 10 Assistant Superintendent Lonnic Cur tis said the district was doing what it could to prevent any problems We have one handout in Spanish and one in he said A tape is also available in Spanish for the slide show we well do it as we do every Curtis said politics can sometimes come into play When Jim Mattox was Attorney General Curtis was subpcpned to tes tify in a lawsuit involving lawyers who represented the district on bonds and Mattox which it turned out stemmed from another matter between the two parties entirely Allegedly Mattox had threatened tp withhold bond approval due to anoth er case involving the firm and one of Mattoxs friends It had nothing to do with the bond or the residents said Curtis whose knowledge included only hcresay No telling how much they spent there in Travis County on FM1102 upgrade runs into problems County state seek deal with several companies to pay for improvements By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer County and state transportation offi cials are trying to work out agree ments with several large companies to avoid paying a bill related to road improvements The state and county are going to extend FarmtoMarket Road 1102 about a one and onehalf to twomile project from Conrads Road to FM 306 The problem has developed at the railroad crossing were the road department would construct culverts Fiberoptic cables owned by a com pany named Electra and run near the tracks which they claim should be protected by pipe casings County Engineer Tom Hornseth said Union Pacific Railroad which owns the rightofway would benefit from improved culverts but as of yet is not willing to pay for the casings Part of this project is to improve the he said been trying to work with the railroad per sonnel Its obviously important to the Hornseth said railroad companies often lease rightofway space to util ities and promise to protect it for Bills sent by to provide cas ing for the cables totaled while those from Electra came to David Kopp local engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation termed the situation extremely frus He did offer hope for a lower cost to county taxpayers by redesigning the culverts which would nullify casing requirements By doing that he esti mated the county might be able to get that total down to between and He added the highway department could even pay to drop new casings in the ground It depends if the railroad tries to get in and defend their said Unicorns hit the road tonight HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfels guard Johnny Reyes drives through an Edison player In a game played last week Reyes and the Unicorns will travel to San Marcos tonight to take on the San Marcos Rattlers See story Page 5A Two council members cry foul on Miller vote By TECLO J GARCIA Staff Writer Commissioners approve new retirement plan cost to cut into employees pay By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Kopp said was not exactly sure where their casings were located If they are on private land the county has no obligation Its ray hope they are not on rail road he said Comal County employee topics highlighted much of the discussion and action at Commis sioners Court Thursday as commissioners and other employees talked about everything from retirement to holidays The court voted 50 to accept a retirement plan through the Texas County and District Retirement System The new plan one of several offered raises the countys contribution about from to Each employee will have an additional one percent taken fronj their paycheck from six percent to seven percent The combination for retirement age and years worked dropped from 80 to 75 under the new plan Also after eight years of employment with the county a person is eligible for retirement bene fits when they reached 60 Also costofliving increases 50 percenj of the Consumer Price Index each year will go into effect for those already receiving a retirement check In other news the ongoing saga of health coverage continues Officials accepted a tem porary deal from Prudential covering employees 90 percent in network and 80 percent outofnet work with a deductible until a program is completed between the insurance company McKenna Hospitals PHO local doc tors I can say were moving along I cant tell you how said County Judge Carter Casteel Jan 1 we could be in much better Also Sheriff Jack Brenner voiced objections to the courts decision last week not to give a full holiday for Veterans Day The county will allow employees to take a couple of hours off during the day to attend a ceremony on the Plaza I dont think we are going far said Bremer I just think we ought to have the oppor tunity to honor Two city council members said they may have voted to appoint Doug Miller as water negotiator if they could have read the motion before it was acted upon by city council Mon day night Mary Serold a district two council member and Mayor ProTern Chris Bowers voted against the measure along with Mayor Paul Fraser that named Miller the citys water consultant The measure passed by a vote of 43 Council member Jan Kennady made a motion to enter in an interlocal agreement with New Braunfels Utilities simi lar to the one the county has with NBU for Millers services Kennady read the motion several times from some personal notes she had 1 wont enter into any type of agreement unless I see it in black and white before said Serold It would have been a courteous gesture to have it made Serold said Kennady could have circulated her proposal to council members if it was already in writing I could not support the measure because 1 could not read it or see it for said Serold I would have been derelict in my duty if 1 voted and didnt read anything Bowers said he would have liked to have read the measure before voting on it but said it was important to get past the divisive issue Irregardless of your personal feelings lets go forward and put whatever disharmony behind said The agreement has been drafted by the city and sent to NBU for Although NBU General Manager Paula could not be reached for comment by press time at NBUs monthly board meeting on Wednesday she said We feel we can work with Momhinweg NBU Board of Trustees president said he has always wanted the city to be in the water negotiations The water issue is something we the city and the coun ty must be thoroughly together he said Other NBU business E C Momhinweg was nominated by acclamation by Guadalupe Castillo who was chosen by board members to serve as vice president by the board Castillo fills the position left open by O Stratemann whose fiveyear term expired last month Karl Zipp will remain as secretary DiFonzo spoke briefly about the citys proposed inter local agreement with water negotiator Doug Miller Although she had just received the proposal DiFonzo said We feel we can work with Approved the purchase of a acre tract of land off of loop 337 near Industrial to build a electrical substation site suggested to be called the Horton Town substation Coming Sunday HeraldZeitung managing editor Mark Lyon into the of New Braunfels Johnny Stout known all over the nation for fris craftsmanship and beautifully creative Knives Stout tells how it all got started and where it has taken him today in Sundays People section Dont iti for 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