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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY Aggies end their season on a positive note See Sports Page 5 50 CENTS The Lancia Park Gazebo pages in one section Friday December New Braunfels Herald DR EL PASO TX Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of ALICE AQUIRRE Vol 144 No 34 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Sabrina Brinkkoeter Paul Hudson Haley McCullough Alice Aguirre David Serna Robert Morales Brooke Campbell and Ruben Gonzalez Happy 10th anniversary to Lee and Susie Graham Downtown Association to meet The Downtown Association will meet at noon Tuesday Jaa 2 at TBarM Tickets are and items to be discussed include the downtown side walk project and 1996 calen dar events New members will also be recognized GOP filing party The Republican Party of Comal County will have a filing party at New Braunfels Smokehouse Tuesday Jan 2 from to 7 The candidates for the 1996 pri mary election will be intro duced Come meet and visit with the candidates For more information call Dona Bruns at 6250872 LCRA sets workshop The Lower Colorado River Authority will hold a workshop in New Braunfels on Thursday Jan to inform area leaders and non profit groups about LCRAs new grant program to assist community development pro jects in its service area The workshop will be at the New Braunfels Utilities board room 263 E Main Plaza from 6 to 8 At the workshop LCRA staff will be available to assist participants in filling out grant applications Those eligible for grants include cities counties volun teer fire departments regional development councils and other nonprofit economic and community development groups Invited to the workshops are mayors city managers coun ty judges and commissioners school superintendents vol unteer fire chiefs chamber of commerce representatives and general managers of electric cooperatives and oth er LCRA customers For more information con tact Frank Morgan LCRA 1 8007765272 ext 3340 Garden Club to meet The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday Jan 9 at 2 at the home of Ella Hall The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March Cheer Fund donors Although the food baskets have already been delivered donations continue to the HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund New donations include Roland and Elnora Kraft Mr and Mrs Warren Elbel Barbara J Montanez Fischer Veterinary and an anonymous donation Thank you New Braunfels for supporting the Cheer Fund again in 1995 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Two wrecks leave three men injured By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Airbags may have saved the life of a man whose car hit concrete pylons at the side of Loop 337 this morning The 32yearold man was driving his silver Taurus east on Loop 337 going toward Interstate 35 when the car left the road and slammed into the pylons at about this morning Witnesses said his speed was up to 70 miles per hour said New Braunfels Police Officer Sean Gabbard Both airbags in the car were deployed Gabbard said At that speed he was pretty The man was cut from the car using the Jaws of Life New Braunfels EMS drove him to a Baptist AirLife heli copter which flew him to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio He was moving in and out of con sciousness when he was put in the EMS unit Police are still investigating what caused the man to leave the road whether he fell asleep his car mal functioned or some other reason Wit nesses told police that another car did not cause the Taurus to run off the road The mans name is being withheld pending notification of his family His condition was undetermined at press time His car may have played a part in his surviving the crash The Taurus has the highest car safety rating on the road according to DPS officers In another incident two New Braunfels men were injured when their pickup hit a semi in the 2600 block of Interstate 35 last night Rudolfo Hernandez 34 was enter ing the IH35 southbound at a high rate of speed at about when his pickup struck a tractor trailer dri ven by Pedro Sanchez 45 of Eagle Pass Texas according to New Braun fels Police reports Fernando Hernandez 40 of New Braunfels was a passenger in the pickup After the impact the tractor trailer veered to the right to avoid crossing the median and jackknifed The pick up went across the median and came to rest in the northbound lane Rudolfo and Fernando Hernandez were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released Sanchez refused medical treatment No charges have been filed HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Police have not released the identity of the man injured in this accident on police say the airbags in his Ford Taurus may have saved his life This tractor trailer truck jacknifed on Interstate 35 last night in a twovehicle wreck Two men in this truck were treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital NBU leans toward bonds to finance improvements By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities is giving the city coun cil choices for Christmas five choices of how to plan funding for NBUs fiveyear capital improvements plan NBU approved its first draft fiveyear plan in August General Manager Paula DiFonzo said then showed the plan to the city council in a workshop That plan featured funding improvements for the five year period with a million bond issue and no rate increases The city council wasnt delighted with that idea they sent NBU back to the drawing board to come up with fund ing alternatives and a prioritized list of capital improvements Council recommended that we should move toward water and sewer being self supporting DiFonzo said In other words NBU should consider some kind of rate increase for water and sewer service NBU priority capital improvements To be funded by bonds NBU has tradition ally lost money on both water and sewer service but revenues from electric service have made up the dif ference in the bottom line Jeff Thompson NBU assistant general manager for adminis tration and finance outlined five scenar ios for funding the next five years of improvements NBU will show these scenarios to the city council at a Jan 8 workshop along with recommendations from the NBU staff and NBU Board of Trustees Scenario 1 NBU Board of Trustees original 5 year has a million bond issue and no rate increases Scenario 2 Reduces the bond issue to Water Hwy 46 N Extension Hwy 46 N Elevated Tank Solms Upgrades Phase I II and III Sewer Rebuild Rio Lift Station and Force Main Solms Upgrades Total Cost million It has a onetime rate increase of percent for water and percent for sewer on April 1 1996 Scenario 3 Has the million bond issue It has the onetime rate increase only at percent for water and per cent for sewer Scenario 4 Has no bond issue but increases rates twice on April I 1996 and Aug 1 1998 Both water and sewer would increase 9 per cent both times Scenario 5 Has no bond issue but increases rates five times April 1 1996 and Aug 1 1996 1997 1998 and 1999 The rate increases would be 5 percent for both water and sewer Cost Cost each time The city council would have to approve any bond issue It seems to meJhat a bond issue is a said Trustee Robert Orr Doing it just with rates makes no sense to Thompson recommended Scenario 3 as the staffs best choice 1 agree with Mr Orr about the bond situation and 1 would like to see some head way made against water and sewer The board of Trustees voted unanimously to recommend the same plan Scenario 3 with one change The rate increases would be or staggered within one year All of the above scenarios include refunding bonds that NBU already has at lower rates That would free up more cash for use on capital pro jects Roger Biggers NBU assistant general manager for technical operations and the NBU engineer ing staff came up with a new capital projects list in order of priority See the accompanying chart for the prioritized list Dry weather makes fireworks a special hazard this holiday ByDENISEDZlUK Staff Wiiter Everybody will be welcoming in the new year this weekend but if you live in the New Braunfels city limits that celebration better not include it does the police will be lopking for ypu Sergeant David Wilson with the New Braunfels police department said the city has a prohibition against fireworks within die city limits He said it is a class C misdemeanor to possess store sell or shoot fireworks within the city which carries a penal ty of up to a fine New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Eiroy Friesenhahn said the fire department will have cars responding to calls as well as patrolling for any they may see He said the Fourth of July is usually the busiest time for fireworks However there are still a lot of calls on New Years Eve and Pay especially around midnight We dp get pite a bit of calls and we dp tie best we can we also patrol for any that werent called he said Friesenhahn said the ordinance is to prevent injury and reduce fires He said people are always getting hurt because of misuse of fireworks He also said that the grass in many areas is extremely dry and can easi ly ignite Many of the bigger fire works can even stajt a structure fire if parts of it land pn a roof Howev er he said the citys ban has limited the number of instances Weve been very fortunate in this said Friesenhahn Were an aggressive fire depart ment and we try to deter the actions that lead to Wilson said the ban is in place for the public safety He said the city works bard at enforcing it and encourages people to not even attempt to set off fireworks or even buy them You shoot them and were going to be out there with a citation for said Wilson No need for kids to be bored during school break By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The presents have all been opened and tried It will be 361 days before Santa makes the next final naughty and nice count Schools still out AND THE KIDS ARE CLIMBING THE WALLS Several New Braunfels establish ments have come to the rescue of kids and parents nearing the end of their respective ropes Children of all ages can travel to Africa Sweden Germany and Eng land through this months exhibits at the Childrens Museum in New Braun fels In the Christmas Around The World exhibit they can play in the snow and make ornaments for Swedish English or German trees The Kwanzaa exhibit lets children explore AfricanAmerican history and culture during this week of the Kwan zaa celebration Each day of Kwan zaa has its own theme and activity of each day will follow that days theme This is one place where its not too cold to play in the said Susan Williams museum director Our major exhibit is the Guadalupe Riv er Kids can have fun while they leam about the river and the Edwards Aquifer through handson exhibits Also theres always the art Williams said There are always plen ty of things to do even if youre not at the major The CMNB is open 9 to 5 weekdays 10 to 5 Satur days noon to 5 Sunday Admission is per person Chil dren under 13 must be accompanied by an adult The Comal Bowl is making it easy for even small kids to bowl even beginners Every school child in New Braunfels should have received a pass for one free game a day during the holidays If they dont have one they just need to tell the folks at Comal Bowl which school they attend and one will be provided After that first game it costs per game for kids age 16 and under to bowl with a fee for shoes Begin ners can bumper with bumpers raised that keep the ball from going in the gutter Theyre just about guar anteed to knock down a few pins with each ball Parents can drop kids off beginning at age 12 depending on how well behaved they are Friday night is Rockin Bowl 10 to midnight For the older kids can bowl all they want This Sunday a New Years Eve Par ty begins at Admission is off if you bring the Herald Zeitung ad Hours are Thursday 9 to 11 Friday 11 to midnight Sat urday 11 to 1 Sunday starts at 1 Monday 5 to 11 The Landa Park Recreation Cen ter is free to children and adults They can play basketball pool ping pong and foosball The Rec Center has a weight room for people age 16 and older There is a 10 per month charge to use it The only other charge is 25 cents for a ping pong ball for those who play and they get to keep the balls Well behaved children can come unescorted starting at age nine The Rec Center is open from 3 to 9 For information call 6082167 Mr Gattis is offering buffets for 99 cents plus drink for children up to 10 years old At CiCis kids 10 and under can eal all they like for For subscription or advertising the HeraldZeitung at 6259144   

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