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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Area karate champions aim for world titles See Page 5 50 CENTS To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels HeraldZeiti 12 pages in one section Tuesday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of Mason Vol 144 No 271 Inside 5 Birthday wishes from MMHwaldZettung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Mason Whitaker Stevens 2 years Jacqueline French Lenn Christie Bob Morris Stella DeLos Santos Tamra Cornelison Jennifer Nurick Robert John Car rizales Jackie R Nolte and Frances Inez Resales 21 years Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Ollie and Mildred Bartels and Barney and Irene Bartels 55 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Mountain Elm Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River cubic feet per sec ond down 10 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 frpm Monday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 151 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation NcwBraunfeteUtllKiM NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Friday and no well water was used Cheer Fund donations sought by newspaper The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs Cheer Fund kicked off campaign to pro vide food for local needy fami lies on Nov 17 The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and ComalCounty To donate to the Cheer Fund call 6259144 and ask for Carol Ann Avery j Donations so far include David and Charline John Kenneth Henrietta Frisbie Dr Patric Hollis and Mrs Lee and Martha Rahe Irene N Miller Savation Army Service Unit of New Braunfels Mark and Juana List Mary G and Patricia Keyes Surplus from last year and interest from savings account at Texas Commerce Bank Todays total Veterans for Christ collecting clothing The Veterans for Christ Min istry is collecting donations of blankets adult coats jackets sweaters and gloves mens and womens for its fourth annual Christmas Homeless Outreach Call 6256375 for details Cookbooks on sale to fund scholarships Cookbooks to benefit the Joe Hales Memorial Scholar ship Fund are now on sale for apiece at Carl Schurz elementary School For more information call Unda Bingham the New Braunfels Independent School District HOSTS coor dinator First Arctic blast leaVes area cold but injury free By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Local residents felt the first blast of winter ear ly Sunday morning when a cold front brought rain snow sleet and freezing temperatures into the Hill Country On Monday night the temperature dipped to the freezing point 32 degrees as people brought in their pets and plants in National Weather Service meteorologist Al Dreumont said there were two cold fronts that came through the area Sunday One from the west came at midnight and that was called the Pacific front and the one from the east was the Arctic front which came through New Braunfels Airport at The temperature dipped to the freezing point 32 degrees Monday night as people brought in their pets and Dreumont said The front that had the thunder storms was the Arctic front It came racing through and it blew all of the Before the Pacific front blew into the area tem peratures were in the upper 60s After the front came through temperatures dropped to the mid 50s Turn to Freeze Page 2A HeraldZeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Christina Diaz uses a towel as protection against the cold as she watches her grandchil dren get on the school bus this morning on San Antonio Street photos by MICHAEL DARNALL pfetuWMMh ttwwork Th ImiMMMy iboti wn Mwi ttiji n this morning seems i to be solution to OakRun problems ByDENISEDZlUK Staff A new lanQ configuration aimed at easing traffic con ditions in the area is working as well as flight would have officials say Parents tried for years to get the Texas Department of Transportation to help control the morning traffic back up at the school by installing a light Cars and buses turning left were having to wait a tong time before there Was a break in traffic headed NewBraunfels oh Highway 46 Even with a small break the speed of cars traveling on Highway 46 made pulling out dangerous TxDOT looked at the intersection but said it did not meet the criteria for a light The agency also looked at instating a signal at the intersection of Highway 46 andFM 1863 But it said that was not a practical answer Instead it changed the lane configuration at the school and subdivisions completing the work several weeks ago Care headed east on Highway 46 to New Braunfels now haye to decide whether to be in the rightor left hand lane The right lane will continue into town but the left lane is a turn lane pnto Timber Hollow fceoplp who want id lurnjeft onto Highway 46 wjll only havs to wait for 4 break in the cars turning toward the school Drivers are aJW to as they get closer to New other lanes become turn area The parents and bus drivers love It Its working OakRun Principal Mike Fitsko l configuration is working well He said he filmed the traffic at the school entrance pri or to the lane changes and again after the work was completed The latter film showed only three cars wait ing to get on Highway 46 Kopp said I havent heard a thing about problems still existing at the and as I drive through there every day it seems to be working Kopp said Principal Mike Fitsko said the new lanes are working as well as a would He said there isnt even a need for an officer to direct traffic now I cant imagine where a light would even be that dif Fitsko Sajd Th parents and bus drivers love it Its working At a meeting TxDOT officials conducted to explain the configuration to residents and parents in the area con cerns were voiced about confused drivers causing even more danger That is not happening both Kopp and Fitsko said We Jwve a lot of repeat drivers and once you drive through it you get the bang of Fitsko said FitsEo added that he appreciated the parents whp worked to find a solution fof the traffic problem hf several parents who worked hard to have king Fitsjsp said I need to thank ajl of them NBU to mull cutting rate for electricity By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Now that New Braunfels Utilities can purchase power at a lower price NBU staff is recommending to its trustees that they approve a plan to decrease electric rates at their regular meeting tonight proposed decrease is possible because the wholesalesupplier of pow er to NBU the Lower Colorado River Authority offered NBU a list of optional lower prices in September NBU officials said LCRAs offer is the result of upcoming deregulation in the electric service industry and could result in up to million in savings to the utility in 1997 While the Texas Legislature decid ed to deregulate wholesale distribu tion of power last year many experts believe deregulation 6f retail power may occur in the next few years NBU staff said the proposed decrease per thousand kilowatt would be to per month The average NBU customer who uses to kilowatts of power would save about per month The proposed decrease for larger commercial and industrial customers would be propor tional NBU officials said We have selected a new price that we believe will result in a lower pow er bill for said Jeff Thompson assistant general manager of adminis tration and finance for NBU We want to pass the savings on to our customers LCRA did this on their own They really didnt have to do this We already have some of the lowest pow On the NBU agenda The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees is holding its regular meeting at 7 tonight at the NBU Board Room 201 Main Agenda items include Consideration of a resolu tion to amend the An update by Mark Zion executive director of Texas Pub lic Power Association on electric utility deregulation An update on a request by the Edwards Aquifer Authority that NBU participate in a dry year option program a plan to pay farmers not to irrigate from the Edwards Aquifer as a way to maintain springflow and aquifer levels Consideration to accept and execute the water rights deed that would document the exchange of water rights last month between NBU and the city of New Braunfels er rates in the The proposal would amend the cur rent electric service ordinance to allow for the new billing option The proposed decreases would approval tonight and then approval of three readings before City Council If that happens the ear liest the proposed rates would take effect is Jan 27 for the February billing cycle City reaches settlement in death of river tuber By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council approved a settlement Monday with the parents of a drowning victim who sued Rockin R River Rides the city and other government agencies for their daughters death in 1992 while tubing on the Guadalupe River The Dr Keith Black and Susan Collinsworth vs the Texas Nat ural Resource Conservation Commis sion et al was filed by the parents of Michelle Black in Travis County District Court in 1994 City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said the agreement was reached during negotiations all day Thursday and releases the city from the suit The agreement does not provide any money to the plaintiffs but does require the city to make policy changes to enhance the safety of tubers The city agreed to font a special commission to study laws relating to recreational activities on rivers The commission will be made up of experts on water safely and one member appointed by the plaintiffs The city also agreed to Pass an ordinance that requires river outfitters to better educate their customers about the dangers of tub ing For example outfitters will be required to show customers a video presentation on river safety anil provide life preservers for customers when riv er How reaches certain peaks Post the daily river flows and a notice that includes a general recom mendation to use life preservers Pursue agreements with other gov ernment agencies in the county in an effort to ensure similar safety mea sures Mayor Jan Kennady met with the victims parents this past week and said the agreement will benefit all the parties When visitors come to our lovely city to enjoy the river recreation we Turn to Tubers Page 2A TxOOT needs to make Highway 46 safer See Opinion Page 44
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