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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY February 2001 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 71 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Powerful opportunity CHRIS Lee Biegert takes information on a pressure relief valve for a routine safety check Wednesday at the new TIE Guadalupe power the new TIE Guadalupe New plant anticipates deregulation BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer MARION next generation of Texas wild catter is sitting on a Guadalupe County producing enough to power its not another oil The days of the oil field entrepreneurs are supplanted by the major oil companies they merged together to The new wildcatters in Texas will be the indepen unregulated commer cial firms tiny compared to a Pacific Gas Electric and virtually microscopic when compared to Consoli dated Edison who are positioning themselves to speculate in the wholesale production of Two Panda Ener gy International of Dallas and Public Service Enter prise Group of formed a joint venture called Texas Independent Their gasfired power plant off FarmtoMarket Road 1044 between New Braunfels and Marion went eommer power for sale just This isnt Thomas Edi sons power although natural gas fired steam tur bine plants are nothing What is new about the TIE Guadalupe plant is its efficiency it is much more costefficient to oper ate than its even much more efficient than anything built in recent As a this plant is also much cleaner burning and environmentally friend ly than are plants built in the The new TIE Guadalupe plant is the first in this area of a new breed of mer chant plants built in anticipation of the complete dereg ulation of the elec tric Ralph senior vice of Asset Manage ment for Panda Energy Internation said the Guadalupe County plant got the gas it burns through the Oasis Natural Gas pipeline and from El Paso Natural Crews of up to 500 workers took 18 months to build the which will employ The plant also boosts the tax base of the Marion Inde pendent School This will be a big help to Killian Texas Independent Ener gy is building a similar plant near Odessa and is looking at sites for at least two more plants in TIE expects to sell its power to all utilities in Killian Were tied into the Low er Colorado River Were power to some to Reliant Energy out of to TXU Texas Utilities up Killian See River plan wins council approval BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Apian to address problems on local rivers got the green light from the New Braunfels City Council in a packed con ference room Thursday In a 60 council mem bers accepted several recom mendations from the com mittee they appointed to study Comal and Guadalupe river Councilman Juan Luis Martinez was The multipronged which took three months to attacks issues such as rowdy litter and traffic congestion using more than 40 suggested river man agement It also calls for a standing committee to monitor the riv er management plan and adjust it when Its a good Mayor Stoney Williams Theyve worked hard on City staff estimated the plan would cost about the first and about the next The committee based three main fundraising ideas on those The anchor of the plan is a public exit wristband fee that would be charged to peo ple who rent commercial kayaks or rafts and exit the Guadalupe River at the last public exit or the Comal River at Cypress Bend The committee originally proposed a wristband but council tweaked that amount down to Council members also agreed to sell the wristbands for 90 cents to the businesses that would collect the The council members also said they wanted to channel 25 percent of the fines col lected from riverrelated vio lations to river Money could also come from increased parking fees at Prince Solms Park and increased shuttle permit Tube rental business owner Zero Rivers continued to lead the charge against putting the brunt of the responsibility for the fees collection and moni toring on the pocket books of the tube rental I understand theres a problem and we want to be part of the Rivers my public is not different than youre But other tube rental busi ness Jane Lackey and her husband Charles said they thought the plan at least provided a start toward getting a handle on river Were ready to jump on the bandwagon and start Jane Lackey The rivers are very important to us clean safe Now city staff members will take the plan and turn it into ordinances for city council to Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson He was unsure how long that would take but said the work would start Time is of the Ferguson WeVe got a lot to dp Highlights of the commit tees plan include 16 contract officers to patrol the rivers for the summer 2001 season funding for civilian spotters to supplement law enforce ment a deployment plan to handle the rivers based on flow rates and holidays and a holding facility for individuals arrested on the The litter enforcement sec tion of the plan asks for regu lar river cleanups on Mon Thursdays and Sundays during the tourist The plan also calls for more portable manda tory mesh bags for people who float ice chests on the river and 21 additional trash recep tacles at water and bank lev Fitsko well done in NBHS roast JESSIE New Braunfels High School Principal Mike Fitsko gets an Elvis makeover from former Oak Run coworkers Mary Skidmore left and Karen Barganier at Thursday nights roast benefiting Project Graduation BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The menu for the dinner prepared by Guenther Catering announced roast mashed potatoes and But New Braunfels High School Prin cipal Mike Fitsko was the main He was roasted Thursday night for about 300 of the people who know and love him in a benefit for Project Gradua tion Seared or charred might have been a better term for what happened to Fitsko in the hour but a lot of what was served up in the event emceed by Fitskos longtime friend Bill Mayo was pretty Were not here to bury but we might inflict some Mayo It isnt like Fitsko wasnt prepared or Bob Pacharzina warned him at Rotary Be very Pacharz ina warned The principal of New Braunfels High School showed Thursday night he could really fill a room and he could really take a New Braunfels Independent School District Assistant Superintendent John Turman turned up the heat with his remarks on his and Fitskos friendship and the principals prowess when it comes to personnel One he advised me on hiring a girls Turman and Fitskos head snapped rDont Im not going to go Turman Turman said he never sought Fitskos counsel on personnel issues You can tell a man by the friends he Turman And Bill Mayo said he was Mikes But no matter how hard they ham the speakers couldnt resist saying kind things to Were glad youre in New and were glad youre leading our chil dren in the right Pacharzina Local officials lobbying for less expensive auto emissions testing BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer I A group of local officials will travel to Austin today to try to convince the state to adopt a less expensive standard for testing auto emissions in the San Antonio 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin report ed Thursday to the Comal County Com imissioners Court that he and other repre of fae Alamo Area Council Of Governments will meet with the head of the Texas Natural Resources Conserva tion Commission and a representative of the federal Environmental Protection The greater San Antonio includ ing Comal could be found in non attainment of federal clean air standards this AACQG has sought time for the region to INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword Forum 6A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A 2A Key Code Treasure Island Candace a villager in the Missoula Childrens Theatre production of Treasure rehearses Wednesday at Memorial Treasure Island will be performed today at at the Brauntex Tickets are for adults and for Proceeds will ben efit Communities in CHRIS   

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