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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Get ready for March Madness NCAA brackets on Page 54 New Braunfels 50 CENTS The Gramm House Historic Landmark Herald 410 MO16 2627 E YANDELL UR 186 8 pages in one section Tuesday March EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years of OEVANEE EBERHARD Vol 144 No 86 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Devanee Eberhard 13 Callie Jacks Melissa Castilleja Verna Mae Kohlenberg Bill Kolthoff Fernando Schneider seven Debra Schlather Over Happy 13th anniversary to Lisa and Ken Brucks Pollen Count Mold Elm Ash Mulberry 0 Hackberry trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 238 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 McKenna not linked to charity McKenna Memorial Hospital has received numerous phone calls from area residents wanting information about the services of Help Hospitalized Children It appears that the organization is making solicitation calls com munity according to a hospi tal press release McKenna Memorial Hospital is not linked to Help Hospitalized Children Fund in any way The hospital has not requested this organi zation to solicit funds nor has the hospital received any funds from Help Hospitalized Children Fund The hospital has received a few toys McKenna Memorial Hospital asks area businesses and individuals interested in sup porting the hospital to present their gifts to the Comal Health care Foundation 598 N Union Suite 320 New Braun fels TX 78130 For informa tion call 6069111 ext 442 Homemaking and Art Fair coming The 1996 Comal County Homemaking and Art Fair will be held March 15 at the Comal County Fairgrounds NAFE to meet National Association of Retired Federal Employees meet at March 15 at the Senior Citizen Center Pro gram will be preented by Kyra Brandt on her trip to the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena California to help decorate the floats Visitors welcome Refreshments will be served Lake Dunlap Property Owners meeting The Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association annual general membership meeting and election of officers will be held at Riverbend Park at 7 Friday March 15 Class of 43 to meet Class of 1943 New Braun fels High School to meet at Ryans Steakhouse March 16 at for lunch For information call Rudy Schrey er at 6255352 Clarification The HeraldZeitung inadver tantly omitted information from an article in the Sunday Her aldZeitung on Page 14A on the candidacy for city council of Mary Lou Erben Erben is running in District 6 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Ha ltwtl pSi Voters hit polls today By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Fire at the Iirehouse Volunteer firemen finish extinguising their building The Northcliffe Volunteer Fire Department received a call Sunday at around a m to respond to a fire at its own fire station The fire started behind the station in a storage bin used for recycling aluminum cans It spread inside the station house The Northcliffe Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call and was able to get the equipment and trucks out However the fire damaged the bathroom facilities and a corner wall of the building Damages are estimated at The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it is believed it may have been started by kids playing behind the station according to Northcliffe Fire Chief David Slatter City con noil OKs NBU bonds in 43 vote By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The million New Braunfels Utilities revenue bond issue squeaked by the city council last night four votes to three But not before several hours of debate and the presentation of a petition to bring the bond issue to a referendum The total payback on the bonds or principal plus interest is The debt will be retired or paid off in 2013 The bonds are slated to refinance some existing NBU debts at a lower interest rate and to fund capital pro jects We were able to obtain a very good interest said NBU Gen eral Manager Paula DiFonzo The effective rate is That saves NBU and its rate payers on the debt refinancing she said NBU designated three construc tion projects to be paid for by the bonds water and sewer improve ments in Solms water extension in the Highway 46 West area and rebuilding the sewer Rio Lift Sta tion City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi gave Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr a peti tion with 386 signatures calling for a referendum to decide whether NBU should be allowed to issue the bonds The petition had arrived too late for her to verify all of the signatures Sarkozi said The law says that if the petition has 10 percent of qualified voters or registered voters a refer endum would be said City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom About 10 percent of qualified voters amounts to signatures she said Having a referendum is at councils she said Fraser said that under the citys Home Rule Charter the citizens should have had 45 days to collect signatures for a referendum petition Twentyone days elapsed between NBUs first public newspaper notice paid ad about issuing the bonds and last nights vote Anything to do with a referen dum initiative refers back to the char Fraser said I would have to study the charter before I could ver ify Cullom said In comments that well exceeded the prescribed fiveminute speaking limit District 5 city council candidate Jim Hendricks asked NBU officials why the same lawyer represented both the city and the seller of the bonds in the transaction W Jeffrey Kuhn of Fulbright Jaworski LLP represented both par ties in the transaction It is our pol icy not to serve both roles unless he said We were Fulbright Jaworski represents both parties in a bond transaction about 25 percent of the time he said If Id had any idea that this would be an issue I would not have taken dual Kuhn said Fraser asked Kuhn if he thought the transaction had gone especially fast Kuhn said it had I think it was a function of the financial advisors seeking the best he said From my perspective the city has gotten all the I think we should have separate Cullom said I think its a conflict of Several citizens said that NBU and the city council had not notified rate payers far enough in advance about the bond issue NBU had held public meetings starting in July which were covered in the newspa per and on the radio DiFonzo said NBU President Guadalupe Castil lo said at the last city council meet ing that NBU would include rate and bond information in bills when possible You cant fit all the infor mation in there though he said You have to keep up with it in the Citizens and council members debated whether the bond issue should go to a vote or whether the decision was included in the city councils duties 1 passed said Bill Abbott I have no problem with the work on 46 or Solms I want the opportunity to say yes I just think there are times when you have to leave it to the vote and this is one of Fraser said I dont think that every decision should go to a Councilman Tim Walker said There are some issue that we need to use our repre sentative capacity Walker said voters should have a say in this particular bond issue because of the bad taste left from the Canyon Hydroelectric Plant bond issue that did not go to a vote I think if its properly presented 1 have every confidence theyll make the right he said My gut feeling is this is said Mayor ProTern Chris Bowers Voting in favor of the bond issue were Council members Jan Ken nady Ray Schoch Brenda Free man and Bowers Councilman Juan Luis Martinez Fraser and Walker voted against Comal County voters are already trotting to the polls this morning as heated races for county commissioner sheriff and county attorney will be decided or thrown into runoffs by this evening Thirtytwo precincts in Comal County opened at 7 and will remain open until 7 Overall we expect a 25 percent Linnell Hinojosa a clerk with the Comal Coun ty Clerks office said We have voters in the county so we estimate that voters will go to the polls today combined with the we had in early voting So we project a total of Weather conditions will be ideal with partly cloudy skies with a high of Hinojosa said Comal County had one of the highest early voting turnouts in the state She said that can be attributed to the interest in the local races The vote totals will be given throughout the night at room 306 right adjacent to Commis sioners Court in the county annex building The Republican Party Primary will provide the most excitement with four local races being contested in that partys primary County Commissioner Precinct will feature four candidates Douglas Kirk Marian Whit son Jack Dawson and Bemus Glenn Jackson The winner will face Democrat Louis Char lie Millican in November Millican is running unopposed in the Democratic Primary In the Comal County Sheriffs race incumbent Sheriff Jack Bremer is facing a stiff challenge from retired Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Bob Holder and Marion Police Chief Max Wommack Jr The winner of the primary will face no Democratic opposition in November The county attorneys race features Assistant County Attorney Stephanie SmithBums and District Attorney Bill Reimer The key issue in this race is whether or not the district attorney and county attorneys office should be consolidated Reimer favors consolidating the two while Bur ris believes the issue of consolidation needs to be studied more The winner of this contest faces Democrat Vicki Langham in the fall Precinct Constable Jim Hanley is being challenged by Gary Zimmerman in the Repub lican Primary Also in the Republican Party primary State Representative Edmund Kuempel of Seguin is running against Seguin businessman Harold T Bratcher Jr to represent District 45 In the state senatorial district 25 State Senator Jeff Went worth of San Antonio is being challenged by Randy Staudt the mayor protern of Leander Both parties will be selecting their Presidential nominees In the Republican primary voters will have a choice between 11 candidates among them Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole Pat Buchanan Steve Forbes and radio talk show host Alan Keyes President Bill Clinton will face lesser known opposition in the Democratic Primary Senator Phil Gramm will be vying for his third term as senator as he faces David Young and Hank Graver in the Republican primary If Gramm wins as expected he will face the winner of the Democratic primary which features Congressmen John Bryant of Dallas Jim Chap man of Sulphur Springs Victor Morales and Houston lawyer John Odain Michelson bounces back from surgery to compete at livestock show By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Despite medical problems early in the school year and questions regarding whether or not he would even be recov ered in time to show Cory Stump Michelson has proven hes a fighter Hes also proven he is a winner by placing at every livestock show hes been to so far Michelson a freshman at Canyon High School had open heart surgery Aug 29 The operation which had only been performed 20 times in the United States and required a doctor be brought in from India took nine and a half hours to move a valve from the back of the heart to the front said his mom Joyce Michelson She said he recovered quickly and returned to school Oct 1 We figured it would mess up his school year and we really thought he wouldnt be able to show He shocked the doctors just as much as he shocked us by recovering so county she said Michelson said his surgery and recovery did not interfere with his plans to show because he was back at school for a month before he got his pigs at the beginning of November He said he has been able to work with the pigs in preparation of the shows and has done extremely well at the ones he has already participated in I walk them every day wash them every week clean their pens and oil said Michelson Michelson said he has already shown the two pigs in about 10 prospect and major shows and has placed in every one He said he has placed as high as Grand Champion in the prospect shows and has been in the top 10 in three major shows He said he thinks the HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Although he usually shows swine Cory Michelson also works with goats work he does with them has been a big factor in placing I work with them a lot 1 think walk ing is good because it keeps them calm when you have them in the said Michelson I also oil them with min eral oil to keep their skin shiny and Lance Jonas one of three vocation al agriculture teachers at CHS said Michelson is the only one in the coun ty to do so well this year He said many assume swine are easier to show than steers However he said the effort Michelson puts into it including the half a mile to mile walks has paid off The ones that put a lot more effort into it are the ones that do well consis said Jonas All of Corys hard work is paying Michelsons mom said that they are expecting him to do well at the upcom ing show However she said he has done exceptionally well so far and they cant complain Tor starting out so bad it really turned out to be a good she said Whatever he does this we cant She also added that without the com munitys support during her sons med ical problems he would not be as suc cessful now 1 want to thank everyone Its proven what good thoughts and prayers can she said For advertising or subscription information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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