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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 6 A BHeraldZeitungB Sunday June Taking on NBU Dear Editor Last week your paper ran a story on my statements to the NBU board I know the reporter heard the last of a series of conversations I had been hav ing with the people at NBU and so cant be expected to haye known the whole story The article did not cover my primary objection to the line in question therefore 1 feel compelled to write to you in an effort to make it clear I know that NBU would like to make this seem like an easement dispute That was the least of my concerns but let me revisit that issue The land I bought last week has been surveyed twice in the last 6 months and I am aware of the exact property line I am also familiar with all easements in the area and NBU had no right to be on this land without permission of the owner When I saw the destruction NBU had done the first thing I did was to contact the lady who was to sell me the land NBU had not con tacted her at all much less got permis sion as Roger Diggers claimed in your paper His statement that We dont go on peoples property without getting permission is what we in Hays Coun ty call a lie This kind of focus shifting is perfectly consistent with the behav ior I experienced at this utility which brings me to the point I was trying to get across to the board The line on Hunter did not need to be constructed On the other side of the road is a PEC line coming from the same substation and going right up to the same customer NBU knew for two years that they had a problem with the service to this customer and they were about to lose his business This line was a convenient way of holding on to a customer in an area they dont have the structure to serve Given that Hunter is a historic and scenic road I felt that this was a waste of money and dam aged the area No hearings were held NBUs gen eral manager would not even hold up the construction until the neighbors could come and speak to the board With good reason Their plan could not hold up to scrutiny In three hours I found an electrical engineer who could explain a better way I would have flown him in at my expense The most efficient solution would be for NBU to sell this customer to the PEC who were in a position to provide ser vice with existing structures But NBU is a typical bureaucracy they wield more power by having a bigger budget The reason they didnt want any input or review is that it would have stopped their power grab I said I would call a lawyer when dealing with NBU in the future This is not because I desire the cost or trouble of litigation It is because NBU has no grievance system and has no objective oversight Thats where the good citi zens of New Braunfels come in You own this corporation I am asking you as a neighbor to call of your dog Pleas demand that NBU develop a system of review and input Please work to devel op cooperation between PEC and NBU in rural areas And if this board wont do it throw them out Ben Jones Hunter River Outfitters do care about health of river Dear Editor I am writing in response to Fonda Wetsels letter to the editor in the June 4 issue of the HZ I too would like to commend law enforcement officers for their presence on the river Memorial Day weekend The increased number of officials was very helpful in com bating many of the lawbreaking tourists The other aspect of her letter I would like to comment on is the part chal lenging outfitters to clean the river I am in my second summer of work at Jer rys Rentals We do whatever we can to keep the Guadalupe clean We have two huge receptacles on the rivers edge We also have 4 bins lining the river for tourists to throw trash in We provide mesh WORD bags for tubers and rafters to put trash in We have employees at Gruene armed with trash bags to pick up cans and garbage on the beach We have several signs posted saying No glass or Styrofoam on the We also send at least three large rafts down once a week manned with two employees each to pick up garbage off the banks We use the least number of people so the big rafts can hold more trash Last summer we proclaimed a for mal challenge see the HZ against other outfitters to clean up the river as well This friendly competition to see who could pick up the most trash was issued on the part of our river Tourists bring in much revenue to New Braunfels in the summer There is nothing wrong with capitalizing off our natural resources The river out fitters enjoy the river as much as home owners and tourists and dont see it as a means of just raking in money or as Mrs Wetse says putting air into any thing that will float for the We also do not appreciate the disrespect tourists show to our home That is why we do river cleanup and use other pre measures to keep our river clean I challenge Ms Wetsel to continue her support for the law enforcement to continue her support for river beautifi cation and to understand how very hard river outfitters are trying to keep the river clean If she or anyone else would like to join us one week for riv er cleanup we would welcome their assistance AmyMcKinnon Jerrys Rentals Better fill up the gas tank before going to polls Dear Editor Please excuse the delay in getting this letter to you I just got back from my long trek to the polls Who is responsible for putting the Clear Spring area in a district so far away by land I suspect it was some Republican who found out there are still Democrats in Clear Spring Actu EARN UP TO AN HOUR DELIVERING THE BEST PIZZA IN Howll APPLY IN PERSON AT MR GATTIS IN THE TARGET CENTER WALNUT AVENUE AT MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE ANHHAVE YOUR OWN VEHICLE WITH INSURANCE ally I just couldnt afford the gas totiri ve that far so I didnt vote Could you tell me if it is closer to get there through New Braunfels or would I be better off going through McQueeney and Schumansville I sincerely request that whoever is responsible for this to take immediate steps to get us in a district with a more accessible polling place or else get started with that bridge weve been hearing about for so long Perhaps a pontoon bridge could be set up just for elections Envin Sell New Braunfels Scheduling another forum misses the point Dear Editor Judge Casteel Reference your sched uled public forum held at Lone Star School Tuesday June 6 in response to charges that county government had been unresponsive to the needs of the Hispanic community Did you both er to verify this allegation before going out and scheduling this public forum I as a member of the Hispanic commu nity would not be presumptuous to make such a broad statement I as an Hispanic could not nor would I pretend to be the voice of the Hispanic com munity Your efforts in scheduling another public forum at Lone Star School in a couple of weeks totally miss the point Why burden the community with addi tional meetings It is absolutely essential that the community be attentive to what is going on with local government and attend regular meeetings of the City Council second and fourth Mondays New Braunfels Independent School District Comal Independent School District and New Braunfels Utilities meetings which meet during the evening hours and Commissioners Court which meets every Thursday beginning at Why not have two meetings in the morning and two meeting in the evening How about a compromise with the community Your scheduling of public forums as County Judge sends a message of individualist government not for the people and of the people but at the people Your forums are in response to the effect not the cause Future forums based on selfserving motives held by you as judge or other singleelected officials will not become a thing of the are a thing of the past Your remark about rescheduling the next forum on another night of the week or making sure its well publicized is not the point A word of praise to the HeraldZeitung Doug Loveday was absolutely correct and he and the new paper should be congratulated Keep your confidence There is a good part of this community that keeps up with local news through your publication Based on Ms McWilliams Comal County Office of Public Health representative report 500 people almost all children had their shots updated during a local immunization drive I asked about media dissemination and she said The Herald radio fliers and cable I read five dailys and listen to our local radio station for news in the communi ty I attended the District 1 Town Meet ing held jointly by City Councilman Juan Luis Martinez and County Com missioner Christina Zamora I reside in District 1 and topics discussed are of interest to me and are tailored to District 1 residents I read the notice about the Town Meeting published in the Stammtisch Section of the Herald through Wednesdays edition Though not a large group there were more than four in attendance I want to be able to have access to local government City Council holds their meetings in the evening where all citizens interested in the community have the opportunity to attend as many meetings as possible Council cham bers always has a good cross section representation in the audience where action agendas regarding the interest of the community are addressed and the citizens have the opportunity to address the council It is here that the commu nity not only the Hispanic community has the opportunity to make its voice heard It was also apparent by the atten dance at the organizational meeting of the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Com merce of Comal County The Herald Zeitung was the only source announcing the scheduled place and time of this meeting The Mexican American Chambers of Commerce TMACC said this was the largest group they had ever addressed during an organization al meeting Usually there are less than 10 people in attendance There were over 60 peo ple present only four being from out side New Braunfels and Comal Coun ty Three from TMACC and the fourth being the vice president of the Hispan ic Chamber of Commerce in The editorial Strangely Silent writ ten by Managing Editor Doug Loveday saying it was a shame the public chose to stay also missed the point I am not negating that you Judge Casteel are influential in the community I say that it is local government as a which is the vehicle the community must utilize in responding to our wish es be it angry confused yes Doug even satisfied Now do you get my message Let it be known that no one single elected representative can make a dif ference It is a governing body who will make the policies which affect the day to day living in New Braunfels and Comal County Thank you Nora Morales Letters Send letters to Herald Zeitung editor 707 Landa New Braunfels Texas 78130 Fax letters to 210 6251224 Please limit letters to 250 words MR GATTIS NEEDS RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES FOR EVENING SHIFT MUST BE 16 YRS OR OLDER The Best Pizza In FastFeast Buffet Lunch 113 Dinner 59 Pizza Pasta Salad Bar and Dessert WE DELIVER Pizza Subs 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