Thursday, October 12, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Local runners training for Boston Marathon See Sports Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS 0 Salute to the dough boy 1C Pages in one section Thursday October HeraldZeitUi Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of NATALIE M KASTNER Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Natalie M Kastner Crystal Gil seven Will Winters 16 Isabel George Rosales Jessica Dominguez 13 River and aquifer information Comal River 266 cubicfeetper same as yesterday j Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down Guadalupe River 104 Antique Show and sale The 45th semiannual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Civic Center in New Braun fels 380 S Seguin Quality dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will exhibit quality merchandise for sale The show and sale will be open three days Friday Sat urday and Sunday Oct 1315 Hours will be from 11 to 7 Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday Admission is still only which is good for all three days For more information call 625 0612 or 6204934 Lake Dunlap VFD event Saturday Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annu al barbecueauctionraffle at the River Bend Clubhouse starting at 3 Saturday Oct 14 Adult childs plate Anyone with items to donate for auc tion or raffle call Tammy at 6091204 or Betty at 629 0115 Taste of the Town Taste of the Town 1995 will be held Thursday Oct 12 from 6 to 9 at Krueger Chevrolet Building San Antonio and Academy streets Tickets at the door are The event benefits the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels German youth choir here Friday A 35piece youth choir from Germany will sing famous songs Friday Oct 13 from 7 to at the Bavarian Village 212 W Austin Street Fee The GermanAmerican Society is proud to sponsor the choir which has performed through out Germany England and France For information call Helgard Suhr at 6256330 Community Chorale fall concert The New Braunfels Community Chorale will pre sent its fall concert Sunday Oct 15 at 4 at the First United Methodist Church The concert will consist of many arrangements from different wellknown composers There will be something for every ones musical taste Tickets may be purchased from any choir member They will also be sold at the door China n1 Things and at Johnson Furniture Adult tickets are and tickets are This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint All they need is a chance NBISD programs get special education kids into the workplace By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Special Education students in the New Braunfels Independent School District are anxious to show people in the community just how much they can do and theyre accomplishing just that Many special education stu dents have found employment and training within the community with the help of two programs and NBISD is trying to find even more opportu nities for these eager students Alison Malik Vocational Adjust ment Class Coordinator said the Vocational Adjustment Class which helps students find employment has been in place for a long time She has about 35 mildly disabled students who are 16 years old or older employed with 30 different employ ers Malik said the goal of the program is to teach the students skills that can be used in the workforce We want them to be as indepen dent and selfsupporting as possible Were trying to show them that it doesnt mean that just because theyre handicapped they cant she said It improves selfconcept to be paid to do something Another program available to dis abled students is communitybased instruction This program does not pay but provides the training a stu dent may need later to find a paying job Malik said the two programs work together because the training program is a starting point for later employment We hope that one leads to the oth er We would hope they would get the training to find a paying job later Without that training it could be hard er to find said Malik What were focusing on now is getting the moderate to severely hand icapped out in the Everyone has Martie Rodriguez NBISD special education coordinator Its a chance for people to see just how much special educa HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Dale Schmidt a New Braunfels High School special education student works at his job in the high school kitchen tion kids can said Rodriguez Bill Higgs owner of Country Clean Laundry said his business has been used as a training site for the past year He said the program is a good opportunity for the students to get out into the community and it gets the community more accustomed to see ing them There may have been some uneasiness when il started but now they enjoy having them in here Theyre well behaved and they help keep the place said Higgs Susan Williams Executive Direc tor of the Childrens Museum in New Braunfcls said there is one student employed with the museum How ever it is hard to tell the student is part of the program Its not something you would know is there She has learning prob lems which havent hurt her job here at said Williams Higgs said he has seen a change in the students training at his business He said the students have become more comfortable dealing with the public Williams said the student has been working at the museum for about 20 months and in that time a distinct change has taken place in that student also She has much more of a willing ness to stand up for herself and speak out She honors her needs Williams said She also added that the student has been an asset to the museum When she started the student was an assis tant floor manager which meant she was responsible for keeping the floor clean and picking things up after the children However now her duties include greeting the public running the cash register leading art projects and organizing birthday parties said Williams Our parttime positions are limit We would be happy to look at it We would have no qualms at she said Businesses interested in involved in the program can contact Malik at New Braunfels High School or Rodriguez at the Education Center Mission Valley Textiles Mill Discharges Effluent Characteristic Discharge Limitations Test Results Chromium Less than 005 Phenolic Compounds Less than 005 Oil and Grease Less than 5 Color Units 530 73 Arsenic 50 Less than 33 Chromium phenolic compounds sulfides oil and grease chlorides arid arsenic mea sured in milligrams per liter Color reported as ADMI color units Permit states The surface waters of the Stale shall be maintained in an attractive There shall be no substantial visible contrast to the natural appearance of the receiving waters after the wastes receive the required Limit for Arsenic is the Environmental Protection Agency limit for drinking water level is measured in millionths of a gram Mill discolors Guadalupe River While unattractive Mission Valley Textiles poses no threat TNRCC says By DENISE DZIUK and SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A local textile mill is releasing col ored water into the Guadalupe River However an official with the agency that granted the discharge permit said the water is not toxic and only presents an unattractive appearance Bobby Caldwell Water Program Manager for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission said Mission Valley Textile Mills which is located on the Guadalupe River has a discharge permit for treat ed water which allows the plant to release 3 million gallons a day Cald well said the permit specifies limits on chemicals that can be released into the river He said Mission Valley is operating within those limits He also said they are not releasing actual dye only colored water The only problem theyre running into is some dye is persistent and all the color wont come he said Bill Morton president and CEO said he gets complaints about the dis charge about every four or five years and usually when it is time to apply for a new permit However he said there has not been any problem getting the permit We do discharge waste into the river Theres no question about said Morton Its one of those things thats been blown out of proportion Were not polluting the Morton said water is taken out of the river for use in the mill and it goes through six or seven processes before it goes back into the river including chlorinating and dcchlorinating I low ever he said the water will go through yet another process before release He said that by December the water will go through an ozone final treatment which will cost the mill about to install He said this treatment will remove even more of the color Morion also said the water released does not contain high levels of arsenic Arsenic is found in many pesticides and almost every farm in the area has probably used a compound with arsenic in it Morton also added that the mill uses a lot of organic cotton which does not have any chemicals on it I le said the acceptable drinking water level is parts per million and the water released has a level of parts per million He said the river has truce amounts of arsenic even upstream from where the plant discharges water back into the river Theyre not in violation Its an aesthetic condition People can see the difference and may gel Caldwell said Morton said the mill has been con tinually improving its technology and is not trying to hide anything We try to be good citizens Wciv not violat ing any laws or trying to hide any thing and ultimately were not poi soning the said Morton Garden Ridge needs a budget By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer The Garden Ridge City Council is expected to approve its fiscal year 199596 budget at a budget hearing set for Monday The city budget will be adopted two weeks after it was supposed to go into effect on Oct I The reason for the delay is that the city did not give an official 10day notice of a public hear ing on the budget Mayor Jay P Mil likin said at a special meeting on Sept 30 At the Sept 30 meeting the council was scheduled to vote on the mil lion budget and the tax rate The council postponed the deci sion until the public notice was put into the legal section of the area news papers Millikin said that not posting the original notice was an oversight on his part It was confusion with the Texas Governmental Code on my Mil likin said Under the Texas Govern mental Code there is one law that states that you must have a public hear ing if the city raises its tax rate by more than three percent Since our effective tax rate went down by one penny the city did not need to hold a hearing on the tax rate However under a different code the city must hold a public hearing on the budget regardless of whether or not the effective tax rate is increased 1 was not aware of this until later on in the budget The public notice for the budget hearing was put into area newspapers last week Millikin said City services have not been interrupted by the bud get delay We have not issued any checks since Sept 30 the end of fiscal year Millikin said We will start issuing checks on Oct 17 after the budget is Important items in the budget aic a five percent raise for city employees a proposed water ground storage tank a contribution to start a retirement program for city employ ees and two vehicles lor the police department Millikin said the council is serious ly considering the retirement program for city employees A year and a half ago the city council made most of our employees Millikin said The city council is considering this because this would help us retain quality city If the retirement plan is implement ed Millikin said it be funded under the Texas Municipal I eaguc which has a retirement The budget hcaiing is set toi 7 Monday at the council chambeis at Schocnthal Road Marion VFD to host annual breakfast this Sunday HerataZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL British invasion Jim Valley formerly of Paul Revere and the Raiders was at Memorial Elementary School yesterday performing for the children He will be at Memorial Primary today On Sunday Oct 15 1995 the Mar ion Volunteer Fire Department is hav ing its semiannual pancake breakfast The allyoucaneat breakfast menu consists of pancakes sausage panas scrambled eggs orange drink and cof fee Breakfast will be served from 7 until noon The cost is for adults and for children under age 12 There will also be free blood pres sure screening at the breakfast by emer gency medical technicians To help with the rising cost of main taining the fire department the Marion VFD will also be collecting newspa pers for recycling This project will allow funds to be raised without added cost lo the com munity You can drop off newspapers every second and fourth Saturday of the month at the fire station between S and noon Newspapers and cir culars deliveied with them can accepted but no yellow ncuspapcis and please no will be on hand to unload all dcliveitcs The department reports that the annual sausage suppoi a success and the final pasiiient on the ncv tanker truck was made Iuiuic goals include the purchases of an Automated lixtcmal Delibnllatoi hand held radios and updating the bunko Why does the AFLCIO call Gov Bushs labor rep on a new state board a Judas See Page 4