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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                2 n HaraldZertuna n Thursday March NBU city relationship now in AGs hands ABC LEVY Staff Writer Lawyers for New Braunfels Utilities and the city of New Braunfels forwarded an official request to the attorney general last to clarify the relationship of authority between the two entities officials said Tuesday City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom suggested the legal opinion this past fall to address longstanding questions regarding ownership of property and employment policies Because the issues affect to two related governmental agencies a letter outlining the questions was sent to State Rep Edmund Kucmpel R Seguin who is expected to make the formal request to the attorney general this week Cullom said an opinion request usually takes from six months to one year to complete but that she is asking for it to be expedited The opinion should clarify the city charter that since 1942 has given control and management of the citys utility system to NBU officials said While the city owns land that NBU purchases for its operations NBU retains management and control of the purchased land related to utility operations NBU Attorney John Dierksen said he does not know whether request deals with questions within the attorney generals jurisdiction since it deals with interpretation of an ordinance and not statutory issues he said He said he is optimistic that if they consider the request it will emphasize NBUs delegated control of property and employment policies I am hopeful that it will clarify he said However it comes out we arc committed to the City officials have said the questions became more apparent this past summer when the city was searching for a suitable property to build a new library At that time they were considering Corttal Park a located in east New Braunfels that NBU acquired with plans for expansion of nearby sewer treatment plants While NBU has paid for insurance of the land and includes it on a list of real estate assets the city parks department lists the land as brie its 16 parks and leases its five softpall fields and one baseball field to the Adult Softball Association NBU officials said they need to be able to buy land and use it for the utilitys benefit for trading or expansion of its existing facilities But city officials contend that because NBU has not incorporated the land into its system for more than 25 years the city has the right to sell the property Seven former fraternity members named in arrest warrants for hazing pledges AUSTIN AP Arrest warrants have been issued against seven former members of a University of Texas fraternity accused of hazing Police say the members of Pi Kappa Alpha used cattle prods to shock pledges and burned them with cigarettes Officers said that when one pledge came forward to report the hazing incidents he was assaulted by one member and threatened with a baseball bat by another There arc also reports of paddling humiliation a forced trip to a secret Race From Page 1 Air Force Cochnauer a bookkeeper said she decided to jump into the mayors race after she read comments made by Mil likin that the reason no one had filed for mayor before Wednesday was that citizens liked the way the city was being run I would like to see things run the way they are supposed Cochnauer said We are supposed to have a well informed council I have seen Mr Mil likin take what should be a 10 hour per week voluntary position into 60 hours He basically lives at city hall and micro manages city government We finally need to get back to a may or who takes a back seat to the city council and lets the city council run the Millikin who has been mayor for five years decided not to run this year The mayor said he is considering filing for the position of city administrator which the city council reestablished in January Millikins consideration of the city administrator post concerns Cochnauer It is irritating that he is putting him self in the position to be city adminis she said There is no rush to appoint a city administrator I dont think they have been fair The appli I would like to have an open hon Cochanaucr said Harris 67 said he decided to seek his third term because citizens urged him to run again The biggest issue will be water con servation and how to provide adequate water to nect our Har ris said We need to do more to encourage people to Loftin could not be reached for com ment location and being given food laced with cayenne pepper police said Court documents filed on Wednesday said another pledge suspected of betraying the organization by reporting hazing had his toes broken Hunt cations have been sent to the mayor It is a defipite conflict of interest I think there should be more equal opportuni ty Millikin said he had submitted advertisements for the position to Texas Municipal League magazine He said the publication will run the ad for six months He is forwarding the applica tions to the city secretary to avoid any conflict of interest he said So far Millikin said two people have submitted applications for the position because of news reports stating the citys desire to create the position Cochnauer an eightyear resident who lives at 9392 Garden Ridge Drive said she wants to have more discus sions between the city council and the citizens on t From Page 1 egg will be hidden for each of the three age groups that can be turned in for a fullsized Easter basket The Easter Bunny is also scheduled to greet the eager children during the hunt which entices some participants to arrive an hour early Organizers said the volunteers form a human chain to keep the anxious children armed With baskets plas tic bags and other creative containers from starting prematurely Once the buzzer sounds the race begins Its ike ants at a said Lisa Morris the citys recreational super intcndent who coordinated the TheV doget really excited to see the candy out there and want to go get volunteers watchas tWO hours of laying candy throughput the park area is reduced to five minutes by a couple hundred candyfillcdplea sureseeking Organizers said that despite the fren zy they will make sure everychild receives some festive candy Names in the Mows NEW YORK AP forl Spellings virginal character on Bevdfly Hills 90210 will finally succumb to the charms of her first love TV Guide reports While nearly all of the other characters have had active sex lives Donna Martin played by Spelling has remained chaste for the shows sevenyear run But in the shows season finale to air in May on Fox Donna and longtime boyfriend DavidSilyer played by Brian Austin Green will consummate their relationship columnist Mark Schwed reports in the April 12 issue of the magazine Unkm cmrtwr ctHI caught up In dispute PROVIDENCE AP Even the devil himself couldnt end a dispute between a musicians union and the Providence Performing Arts Center Jerry Lewis who plays the devil in the musical Damn spoke to both sides but had no luck ending the twoyear quarrel Pickets went up outside the theater before Tuesdays optening night performance and were back up Wednesday night The American Federation of Musicians said they would remain until the show leaves Sunday We came here to do a Lewis said We didnt come here for the nonsense of unions negotiations and all that garbage This show will go The union wants an agreement with the theater recognizing it as local musicians exclusive bargaining representative The theater claims the union really wants the center to hire the musicians as employees so they can get benefits Correction A story in Wednesdays edtion of the HeraldZeitung stated the New Braunfels Community Chorale spring concert would be held Sunday The Concert is actually scheduled for April 13 WORD will seek col release from Canyon Ham By DAVID DftCUNOCR Staff Writer BATTLER Wanting to have a constant release of water into the Guddalupe River for the upcoming tourist season the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District will send a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers asking it to change its current Operations on how it releases water from Canyon Dam The WORD board voted Wednesday night to send a letter drafted by its Governmental Affairs Committee to the Corps of Engineers outlining a plan in which a constant flow of water would be made available to outfitters and businesses along the Guadalupe River for the 1997 season Ideally we are asking for 350 cubic feet per second unless drought conditions dictate it otherwise we would want 100 cfs added to the inflow for 105 days through the tourist board member and river outfitter Zero Rivers said WORD is asking the Corps of Engineers to provide the release from May 16 a week before the Memorial Day weekend starts to early September That time length would equal about 105 days WORD will submit the letter to the Corps of Engineers and the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority immediately Rivers said Corps of Engineer officials have indicated that it will take them two weeks to respond to the request once they have received the letter Businesses which depend on the river have clamored for the change in release rates because many suffered through last summers drought in which GBRA was forced to drastically reduce outflows from Canyon Dam The Corps of Engineers controls water release rates above the 909 feet mean sea level conservation pool GBRA controls the water bdow that level WORD is asking the Corps to save two feet of spring rainwater for recreational purposes Al Zator owner of Little Ppnderosa River Outfitters said the 350 cfs will be water friendly for both tubers and rafters It is kind of in the Zator said People in rafts would like it to be higher but 350 cfs is fine for rafting and great for tubing Of course people like it real high but from a safety standpoint and from the fact we have Wds and people who htve never rafted before 350 cfs is Jane Lackey owner of Ri verbank Outfitters said any constant onflow is for the safety of tubersand rafters Constant outflow is good for safety but it is impractical because the water levels are constantly Lackey said If we have big rains they would let out more water if we have a drought they would release less Secretary Scott Watson said WORDS request fora constant river flow will not only benefit tubers but other people as well It is hot just for the tourist Watson said The water level will help maintain the trout It is certainly for all of Comal Rivers said It will improve wildlife and improve safety people will know what is out In other business the board appointed an ad hoc committee to be headed by Lackey which will look for ways in which businesses along River Road can be promoted more effectively Lackey said the Road map showed outfitters along the river needs to be updated and that more recognition to River Road as a recreational area needs to be given Every business in New Braunfels is questioned How do we get to River Road and where do we she said You could take a brochure and pick your own business If it is sanctioned by every business will work with t There is very little signage for River Road We need TxDOT Texas Department of Transportation to say Hey there is another recreational district here Nobody has any idea what they will find when they drive down HOMES Well Locate Your Land for Your New Home 680304 j V Mf HJV 4 DAYS ONLY Centex four test value Delivery to local businesses 164 S Business IH3S next to Adobe Cafe 6293979 All Interior Paints And Stains Carpet COMMERCIALRESIDENTIAL ELSIES TOURS 90S Qlorlm Stguln Apr 12 Afrt 1721 n Trah Bumtt Mxr tffc MillIt Am cnM Rock Oy lockout Thursday Friday IlElIN LVIH Saturday 23 Sunday Nat all itotf I Sunday I max CM997 SrwrwlnWllllamt Company llllamt Company Hot fa typographical or artwork rmrvm rl lOWPWCI 1 L lflhl to correct vrrori ol point of purebcw Tht Evtryday Low Prico of All InStock Wallpaper and Borden Only i i you WILLIAMS 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