New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 15, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 15, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW is PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 30 18 pages in 2 sections December 15 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Texas TwoStep Dec 13 Bush steps into the role of presidentelect after Vice President Al Gore concedes Dec 18 Electoral college casts vote for president Dec 20 Texas Senate convenes in caucus to ponder rules for its selection of Li Gov Rick Perrys replacement Jan 6 Congress counts electoral college vote Jan 9 Texas Legislature con venes in 77th session Jan 20 Presidential inauguration Once Bush resigns Perry ascends to governor The Texas Senate pro tern pore then has 30 days in which to con vene the Senate in a committee of the whole to elect Perrys successor Bush has not indicated when he will resign as governor Bush transition begins Cheney collects keys for Washington office BY KAREN GULLO Associated Press Writer McLEAN Va AP Vice President elect Dick Cheney said Thursday that the incoming GOP administration is moving to build its Cabinet as quickly as possible and is shooting to have confirmations begin right after Presidentelect Bush is sworn into office Jan 20 Were going to move as rapidly as we Cheney said after accepting the keys to a government transition office Asked about Al Gores concession What happens in the possibility of announcing Bushs Cabinet before the holidays Cheney said I dont want to set artificial We are going to do everything we can to get everyone named as quickly as he said Cheney who is running the transition said the new administration would try to name the Cabinet and forward their security clear ances to Congress in enough time for law makers to begin holding confirmation hear ings in January and be ready to start voting after the inauguration Thats how it usually works said Cheney who served under Presidents Ford and Bush the presidentelects father Even though the new Bush administration has just five weeks half the normal transition period to car ry out the appointments process Were going to try to adhere to that Cheney said The Bush team will get extra help from the FBI which will use additional resources to expedite security checks for Cabinet mem bers said Clay Johnson executive director of the transition See K JESSIE Presidentelect George W Bush and Texas First Lady Laura Bush enter the Capitol Wednesday evening Make a joyful noise CHRIS Sue and Holland Hoover winter Texans from Ilinois sing Joy To The World Thursday night at the Plaza in downtown New Braunfels for the nineteenth annual caroling on the plaza sponsored by the arts council Trinity to play big role in new water rules NBU looks to lower rates for largest customers FROM STAFF REPORTS Electric rates for New Braunfels Utilities res idential and small general service customers will not change as a result of a rate ordinance that city council is considering On Monday council approved a second read ing of an ordinance relating to NBU electrical service charges The ordinance must be approved once more before it is implemented ity has taken the position of market prepared The study showed that some innersystem sub sidies and innerclass subsidies existed within NBU That means for instance that rates paid by commercial electric customers historically have provided lower bills for residential customers According to information from NBU the study NBU conducted a rate study as part of its showed that residential rates should go up by efforts to prepare for January 2002 when the percent and small general service rates electric industry in Texas will open to competi should increase by 2 percent tion By law municipally owned utilities such as But NBU has proposed no changes in those NBU do not nave to enter into competition rates NBU officials have said that for now the util NBU will forego those increases and absorb them at this according to documents from NBU However the ordinance would decrease rates for a majority of NBUs 12 very large powerdis tribution customers New Braunfels High School Chemical Lime Scemex Asphalt Coleman Col orado Materials ADM Dittlinger Mill PCCA Mission Valley Fabrics Division Huck Jacobson WalMart Distribution Center WalMart Super Center and Flextronics including Palo Alto and Lighting Metals Were trying to get to a more fair and equi table rate structure for NBU spokes woman Gretchen Reuwer said See County committee studies Trinity Aquifer BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer As Comal County looks at new subdivision rules requiring devel opers to prove water exists to serve the projects they create officials also have to look at the Trinity Aquifer In a future where the county hopes to have more control over growth the conservation district that will oversee the Trinity Aquifer in this county will play a major role But some things must happen first The Edwards Aquifer Authority regulates pumpage from its aquifer The Southeast Trinity Ground water Conservation District has no similar authority In the legislative session two years ago Comal County officials sought legislation that would give the STGCD full powers but it didnt happen Now another bill will seek the same authority But in this session which could be consumed by redis tricting it is anybodys guess whether anything will happen with it this time around Chris Dullnig is president of the board of the STGCD which right now is a temporary group without full authority granted to ground water conservation districts under the Texas Water Code Dullnig and Comal County offi cials wanted to see that changed What were hoping is theyll give us a full power Dull nig said of legislation now in Austin that was drafted by the STGCD TODAYS MEETING WHAT Waterwise Growth Study Committee WHERE Commissioners Courtroom 3rd floor Comal County Courthouse Annex 150N Seguin Ave WHEN today Among the powers the STGCD is looking for are the ability to elect a permanent board the ability to levy taxes or sell bonds the right to regulate wells and pumpage arid the authority to pass rules to protect the aquifer from pollution After a presession legislative conference recently County Judge Danny Scheel was uneasy about the chances of gaining permanent authority for the STGCD Id say its a Scheel said this past week Hopefully were granted full district authori ty next year and well have a rela tionship with the STGCD similar to the one we have with the Edwards Aquifer Right now STGCD can collect permit and well construction fees that amount to about a month and defray some adminis trative costs With full district authority the STGCD could raise taxes and much more Pet 2 County Com missioner Jay Millikin said The STGCD could establish and See Scrooge NBTC take Brauntex stage tonight BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Hes the man we all grew up lov ing to hate and tonight Ebenezer Scrooge gets his just desserts The New Braunfels Theatre Company presents the 1843 Charles Dickens classic A Christinas Carol A Christmas Ghost as its first produc tion at 8 today in the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Ptrfbrmanef s ilso ire scheduled Roy Hargrove reviews Christmas for 8 Saturday and 3 Sunday Director Lois Roberds has been working on the production for about six weeks and late Thursday she and others were putting the fin ishing touches to the stage sets Were doin a ve INSIDE Cheer Fund Contributing to the Herald Zeitung Cheer Fund were K Christian and Laurel Jensen James and Alma Wilder Cheer Fund food bas kets will be deliv ered starting at 8 Saturday Volunteers are asked to arrive at that time For questions or informa tion call Rosie at 6259144 Canyon Lake residents ask for plan for school BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer About 10 residents who live in the Canyon Lake area told the Comal Independent School board they want to hear a plan for a pro posed high school before the dis trict buys land Why are we thinking about buying property without a plan Melinda Shinn asked The proposed high school is part of the bond package voters passed in May 1999 Board president John Clay said the district and trustees want to do what is best for the district and accused the media and others of using scare tactics In my opinion finding the land site is the No I Clay said residents worry that the location being studied for the new school will limit class options and extracurricular activity opportunities The new school would be the third in the district ;

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