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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NFELS RALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 263 18 pages in 2 sections October 28 2000 O ArT1T Serving Comal County since 1852 City officials pitch Prop 1 2 50 cents K JESSIE Wesley Meyer takes a group of firefighters into a local canyon for vertical rescue training Trainees come from all over the world to participate in Meyers classes Meyer turns in fire badge dons rescue trainer hat BY K JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writer During the flood of 1998 Wesley Meyer was doing what he normally would in such weather He was checking low water cross ings for motorists in trouble A retired battalion chief from the New Braunfels Fire Department Meyer said he does that any time hard rains threaten New Braunfels I like helping people and I know people are going to get into situations like he said When the floodwaters Kit New Braunfels NBFD called Meyer to help with a rescue operation in the Sleepy Hollow area Meyer and NBFDs Lee Lane rescued a tourist from the Guadalupe River who was unable to grab lifelines In the water just above Common Street Bridge Meyer maneuvered his watercraft to the stranded tourist grabbed the man by the shoulder and dragged him back to shore After that it was off to Euling Street to help firefighters rescue stranded motorists It was all in a days work for a man who has worked in rescue operations since age 12 His father and policeofficer mother worked in Galveston as volunteers picking boating accident survivors out of the These days Meyer operates his own busi ness teaching other professionals and sports enthusiasts how to survive Mother Natures dangers Specializing in wilderness environ ment rescues Meyer conducts most of his rescue training classes in the New Braunfels area This week a special tech rescue team from San Antonio and volunteer rescue technicians from San Marcos were at the Prince Solms Chute for Whitewater training They were at the lowhead dam for low water crossing training and a local canyon for vertical rescue technique practice This sight is an awesome Meyer said in reference to the local landscape Rescue personnel from all around the See BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The two propositions on the Nov 7 ballot would dump about million into the citys general fund and increase the councils spend ing options for 4B tax money while keeping tax rates the same officials said at a forum Thursday night The Comal Area League of Women Voters hosted its NBISD candidates field OA second candidate forum of this election season in the boardroom of the Education Center Thursday Three of the four candi dates for the New Braunfels Independent School District fielded the audiences ques tions and two representatives for the city City Attorney Floyd Akers and council member Debbie Flume discussed propositions 1 and 2 Neither one of these will raise your taxes one Akers said Its just opening up the money for other The 4A and 4B taxes are generated every time some one makes a purchase in New Braunfels Proposition 1 would allow the city to tap into 4B money for sports facilityrelated expenditures including improvement costs of existing amateur and youth venues and land purchases Proposition 1 if it were to pass I feel would offer a means for the different sports entities to obtain monies for needed improvements or See OA No library tall enough Lockhart librarian reaches great heights to raise funds JENNIFER Librarian Rose Aleta Laurel eagerly tore down the tent she spent more than 150 hours in during a fundraiser on the rooftop of Lockharts 100yearold library BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer LOCKHART At the top of a domed 100yearold building at the edge of the historic district of Lockhart a 52yearold librarian built a nest egg worth for the children in her community Despite wind rain and aggressive aerial attacks by birds and bats Rose Aleta Laurell the director of library services at the Dr Eugene Clark Library spent seven days battling the elements to raise money for a new childrens wing at the library Shes not an ordinary typical Shh library employee Bertha Martinez said In Texas one of only six states in the United States that does not invest state money into its public library system libraries are forced to find creative ways to supplement their incomes I dont think theres a school child File photo New Braunfels Friends of the Library conduct an annual book sale to help raise funds for the public library in Lockhart who doesnt know where their library is Laurell said this week Besides the money issue I hope this draws attention to the plight of libraries in the state of Texas by showing these are the kinds of things we have to In the next legislative session library associations want to push a million initiative for direct state aid Laurell said Texas is 46th in the nation for per capita funding for Laurell said The way I see it we either educate children now or incarcer See LIBRARIAN10A INSIDE Gridiron roundup Wurst Bowl bragging rights on the line in District 274A Smithson Valley Tivy play for first NBU plans for utility deregulation BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities will ask the city council to give it the flexibility to negotiate lowered rates with some of its largest cus tomers The move is intended to position NBU to better compete in the deregulated utility envi ronment after January 2002 The NBU board voted at its meeting Thurs day afternoon to send a request for authority to negotiate rates for its biggest customers If approved NBU could have new power to offer flexible rates to its largest customers in exchange for longterm service agreements In other action in the meeting the NBU board adopted a resolution that Camp Comal needed for future wastewater treatment plant expansion should not be designated as a per manent city park Under utility deregulation investorowned utilities must open their markets to competing electricity purveyors A municipally owned utility has the option to choose whether to do that a decision that has not been made yet at NBU said Jeff Thompson Assistant General Manager of Business Services Were trying to have flexibility to lower rates for our larger commercial Thompson said Those customers include the Coleman Dittlinger Mills and Plains Cotton Thompson said NBU is very competitive in its electric rates compared to other Texas utilities particularly when compared to investorowned utilities the official said But nobody is certain just what deregulation will bring and NBU wants to position itself to be sure if it opens up its service area that the utilitys biggest customers will be less interested in looking elsewhere for power A strategy for doing that Thompson said would be to offer them lower rates in exchange for commitments to long term service agree ments Were looking at three years or Thompson said Its kind of a new concept for he said If they were to enter into a longterm agree ment with us it would give us the ability to offer substantial discounts See INSIDE Key 78 Coming Sunday Tk Ji if s w Braunfels and Ike heal area have some real ghost stories to share Prince Solms to 1C Get ready to fall back tonight BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Do not forget to fall back at 2 on Sunday With the number of daylight hours shrinking and daylightsaving time end ing on Sunday the time has come to roll back clocks by one hour Unlike the sleepyeyed faces the start of DST brings residents usually enjoy the extra hour its ending provides in the fall The time change is not official until 2 but officials recommend changing clocks before going to bed Make sure to change all clocks watches and anything on a timer such as security systems The time change is supposed to make better use of daylight and help save energy Thetnore hours of light the less dependent people are on electricity Congress began tinkering with the nations clocks in 1918 to conserve energy for the effort in World War I But Americans who typically woke up and went to bed earlier than people do today hated the time change so much it only lasted seven months The concept resurfaced during World War II when citizens observed year See FALL ReiDfmbjtt to your clocks back Opt 29 Daylight Saving Time ends this week end AP graphic
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