Thursday, July 31, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX MXO SAM ANTONIO IX x TfrXAS x x A Ml yo 23 af tournament Page 1 aldZeit 50 CENTS 9 1 ST I1ICRO f YANIiFU Dl PASO TX 79 14 pages in two sections Thursday July Serving Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Sonja Mesa Vol 145 No 186 Inside Slammlisclv Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Susan Brooks Sharon Shan non Jose Vela Jill Rust 17 Sonja Mesa David Ken non Robert David Jackson 6 Travis Lee Thompson 4 years and Stephanie Ann Garcia 16 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Pofcn treasured In parts per cite meter of River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of well water ware used Rain chances look good tonight Tonight mostly clduefy with a 50 percent chance of show ers or thunderstorms Low in the lower 70s East wind 5 to 10mph Friday mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of show ers or thunderstorms High in the lower 90s East wind 510 mph Saturday through Monday partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thun derstorms Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s Concert benefits SOS food bank Get the family and friends together tonight and head on down to the Landa Park Dance Slab for some good Texas music Clay Blaker and Jay Eric will perform at the weekly concert in the park at 7 They ask that those attending bring canned goods or other nonperishable food items in lieu of admission Donations will benefit the SOS Inc food bank County boat ramps are open All countyoperated boat ramps at Canyon Lake are now open to the public Ramps had been closed because of the high lake lev el Register your block parties Its not too late to register a National Night Out Block Par ty for Tuesdays festivities All parties must be registered and the city can close streets on an asneeded basis Reg istrations will be accepted until the end of business Mon day Register your party by calling at 6082100 or stop by 424 S Castell Ave Area code changed The area code for New Braunfels Canyon Lake Seguin Boerne Gonzales and Kerrville changed from 210 to 830 After Oct 6 calls using the old 210 area code will no longer be connected TxDOT citizens discuss intersection From staff n The of Transportation will conduct a public information meeting at 7 today at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative 100 FarmtoMarket 3159 TxDOT will present information and discuss design alter natives to improve traffic safety at the intersection of Borgfeld Road and 281 The Borgfeld281 intersection was where a Comal Inde pendent School Districtrbus collided with a passenger car last May Representatives of the Comal Independent School District and many citizens are expected to attend Dry conditions spark concerns about fires By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer I HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Signs along 281 remind residents about the meet ing tonight at Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative to discuss Borgfeld Road intersection County residents may continue to bum their trash for now but dry difions might soon bring that to an end Within the past week Hays and Llano counties in Central Texas have instituted a ban on rural burning Fire officials in Comal County have talked about putting such a ban into effect here Weve discussed a rural fire ban but we havent had a serious problem said Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann Hays County Fire Marshal Carroll said a rash of grass fires caused the ban to be implemented in his county We started having grass fires all over the Carroll said None Turn to Fires Page 2A Exchanging partners HeraldZeitung photo by Michjel Darnall Fortythree teenagers from all over the world joined in a little New Braunfels fun sponsored by The New Braunfels Noon Lions Club and The San Antonio Founder Association Guliz Ercon from Turkey and David Martinez from Mexico Join in the fun Wednesday evening during a dance at Bavarian Village Restaurant NBU adopts increase in city payment By ABE LEVY Staff Writer NBISD candidates outline platforms Rotary Club conducts forum at senior center By OENISE DZIUK Voting Candidates for four seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees presented their platforms before the New Braunfels Rotary Club at the Comal Senior Citizen Center on Wednesday Nine candidates are running for four seats on the board Incumbent Bette Spain Don Bedford Frank Panebianco Stacie Rickel and Yolanda Longoria are com peting for two atlarge seats on the In District 1 Henry Garza is challenging incumbent Sylvia Sanchez Bill Biggadike and Deanna Villarreal are facing off in the race for the remaining term of the District 4 seat vacant since Residents in NBISD have until Aug 5 to cast an early ballot at either the 430 W Mil or the courthouse annex 150 N Seguin Ave The education center polls also will be open on Saturday The elec tion will be conducted Aug 9 So far people have voted in the NBISD election and have voted in the constitutional amend ment election j April when thenboard president Jaime Padilla resigned Rotary Club presidentelect James Dunks said the club conducted a forum during the past city council race but this was the first forum for school board can didates is to give people particularly those in our club and anybody else who might want to attend an opportunity to hear the candidates if they havent been able to attend the other Dunks said Six of the nine candidates attended the forum Panebianco and Villarreal were out of town Sanchez also was unable to attend Rickel said if elected she would study the issues prior to action give teachers the freedom to teach and be an open com municator and show mutual respect She said she wanted to see aligned curricu lum to make it consistent across campus es and grades advancements in technolo gy and a wellrounded education foe stu dents She said as a mother she wfinted students to have excellent future opportu nities That is why Im running for school board and want this she said Im Turn to Platforms Page 2A The New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees unanimously approved a plan Thursday to increase NBUs annual payment to the city of New Braunfels NBU and city officials said the move brings to a close a debate that started earlier this year when city officials requested an increased payment from the city owned utility I am delighted that the board has approved the proposal and I want us to work forward for the befterment of the said Jan Kennady who as mayor sits on the NBU board Claims of poor communica tion between the two entities and questions on land ownership and personnel policy made for touchy discussions on the transfer over the past few months NBU and the city even asked for an attorney generals opinion six months ago to clarify the bounds of their relationship The opinion was released two weeks ago NBUs approval of the pay ment increase follows action of New Braunfels City Council which voted to accept the pro posed increase at its regular board meeting Monday The transfer payment this year will be million which is about more than the city received this past year The plan calls for NBU paying the city almost million more over the next five years than what NBU was planning a total of million The payment paid in monthly installments and deposit ed in the citys general fund is designed to give the city a share of the investment it made when it bought the utility in 1942 Since 1994 the transfer pay ment was 10 percent of electric NBU timeline I11944 New Braunfels Utilities first payment to the city was The NBU board decided on a lump sum payment 1967Because the NBU Payment fluctuated each year and was difficult to anticipate city officiate asked for a more consistent way to receive payments from NBU That resulted in a formula of paying the city 001 cents for every kilowatt hour 1974 NBU increased the of payment cents per kilowatt fioMr based on a request by the city 1994NBU and city on a new formula that is the current basis for calculating the payment Wednesday The NBU Ibard approved an increase of the percentage for the transfer from 10 to per cent for two years and then 16 percent for the next three years Source NBU staff and records sewer and water revenues minus NBUs cost of power and water including the principal on the Canyon Hydroelectric facility The revenue does not include interest and is not based on gross revenues Wednesdays action increased the percentage for the transfer to percent for two years and then 16 percent for the next three years NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo said the boards action was a compromise with the city council City council will con sider two water and sewer rate increases over the next few years as part of NBUs fiveyear bud get Those increases would be 5 percent each and necessary Turn to NBU Page 2A New Braunfels considers landscape ordinance committee By ABE LEVY Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Uooal horttoutturlft Bill Schumann the IMVM of a Montezuma Schumann that when a tree It Keeping as many trees intact as pos sible was a priority for Cash Hennes when moving into a newly built facil ity for her and her husbands office supply store Centex Office Phis She and Dennis opened the doors three weeks ago to their new store at the corner of Seguin Avenue and Nacogdoches Street The two still are digging new office products out of boxes in their warehouse in the back of Jheir property While installing the almost 1acre parking lot around the facility the cou ple made sure to have developers build around an existing pecan tree They also had the gutters constructed to drain rainfell toward the tree and they broke up some of the asphalt to allow space for the root structure Preserving some trees like that is a goodidea especially when could Expert offers ordinance advice By ABE LEVY Staff Writer They say money doesnt grow on trees but when it comes to stress relief the trees may be ripe for har vest a Texas Forest Service official tecting them but there may be a lar value on the emotional he said Youre much a more produc tive person and can deal with stress when youre in an attractive Mueller said he was glad to hear that the city of New Braunfels was studying the possibility of writing a Don Mueller urtyan forestry coor ordinance but cau dinator from College Station said tioned that it could take time to come maintaining a plentiful supply of trees in a community can be measured in dollars and cenls People talk about the beauty of trees and it has been dismissed as a up with a working document I think its a good step They have to realize that an ordinance isnt a cureall Its hard to write an ordi than legitimate reason for pro Tum to Page 2A be she said It adds a little bit of aesthetic beauty to improve appear ances When you get to legislating tilings thats when troubles While Cash and Dennis Hermes decided on their own to protect at least one tree and plant three more on their Turn to Landscape Page 2A School registration information Page 8A workers may strike Page 3A