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Burnet County Bulletin (Newspaper) - June 16, 1977, Burnet, Texas
She a Pec protests rate hike1hebume4khii in v a glory film Conter inc. Xxx. C. Box l5l36 a 11 j3, Texas 7s23s $ a in by Joan Puckett Austin the Pedernales electric cooperative tuesday delivered its formal protest of lower Colorado River authorities application for a rate increase to the state Public utilities commission. The three Man commission begins its hearing on the Lara rate rate increase application today. Quot it should be an interesting hearing Quot Pec general manager Bennie Fuelberg said wednesday. Fuelberg described the protest from Pec As posing statements which would ask the Public utilities commission to Quot look a Little Quot looking a Little Quot according to protest involves answers to a number of questions most of which do not directly Deal with the rate increase matter in dollars and cents. Quot Why do the customers of distribution entities wholly depend on Lara for wholesale Power pay More for their electric service than any private Power company in Texas when Lara pays no and Valorme taxes since it is a state Agency pays no income taxes had a Large portion of its Hydo electric facilities Given to it and has a most favourable rate of interest on All of its obligations since the interest thereon is income tax free to the holders of same Quot asks Pec in its protest statement. Quot is it the result of inept operation inept regulation or what Quot the Brief asks. Asks Public utilities commission to a look a Little deeper at Lara rate increase application Quot we implore you the Puc to protect us Quot the Pec protest says Quot of we cannot protect our selves by contract which cannot be obviated by regulatory authority then we Are entitled to be protected and preserved by such regulatory authority. Lara officials maintain in their rate increase request that an $8.9 million rate hike is required to pay off Bonds issued to finance its share of the $450 million joint Austin Lara Coal fired Power Plant near Lagrange and to meet increased operating costs. A but Pec add one other wholesale customer of Lara have filed As intervenes in the Lara rate increase request including the City of Burnet. The accounting department of the Puc has recommended that instead of the $8.9 increase requested by Lara that it should instead receive a $1.5 decrease Fuelberg said. He said he did t know where the Austin american statesman got its figures printed in wednesday s edition indicating that the staff had recommended a $1 increase. It s unusual however Quot fuel Berk said. Quot they fudged a bit and said that their figures could be off $2 million which would mean that they could be cont on Page a4 a thursday edition a vol. 104 no. 44 30 pages 3 sections june 16,1977 Council nixes re zoning by join Puckett Burnet Ken Wilson and Wally Lemore took their zoning change request previously turned Down 3 2 by the City s zoning commission to the Burnet City Council tuesday night but they did t fare any better there. During lengthy discussion an hour and a half City Council members questioned the develop ers who had been planning to build Multi family housing on the old Hammond House property and members of the zoning commission. All zoning commission Mem Bers attended at the Council s request except chairman Joy Taylor who serves on the Burnet school Board which had slated a special meeting at the same time. The Council on a motion by Dan Haynes and seconded by teacher loses re instatement bid by Richard Morea Burnet Burnet intermediate school teacher Patricia Huck Stein tuesday night failed in an attempt to gain a reversal in the Burnet Iso Board s decision to not renew her teaching discipline Between herself and the students As causes for dismissal she said. Quot until my contract was not renewed i had not heard about this situation to any great extent Quot mrs. Huckster said. Quot i have operated an open classroom concept using current events and films. I use a contract cont. On Page a4 contract for school year. The coming spool year. Ars Ruckstein and . Felly of the Texas state teachers association presented their Case before the Board in executive session of the special Board meeting. After nearly an hour the Board excused mrs. Hup Stein and Felty from the session and deliberated their stand in a continued closed door session. School superintendent Robert Wilkin opened the meeting and informed mrs. Ruckstein that Quot the Board took no further action and their decision to not renew her contract still mrs. Ruckstein who has taught in the Burnet school system for the past six years stated that Quot the Board said they had been worried about her teaching methods for the past six Quot but they never told me Quot she stated. The Board listed a Lack of communication and Burnet teacher Phi Huck talk and . Falty of tits taxis stats teachers association appeared tuesday night before the Burnet is Board in an unsuccessful attempt to gain reversal of the boards decision to not renew her teaching contract. Burnet trustees hassle with Energy conservation by Richard Morse Burnet the re viewing of the Burnet is Energy policy tues Day night by the Burnet Iso school Board once again focused upon the High school s non insulated air conditioning ducts. Meeting in a special called meeting the Board reviewed each of the seven items stated in the school District s Energy policy adopted in de Comber of 1973 school superintendent Robert Wilkin voiced comments on each of the items beginning with the policy of cutting off every other electric bulb or florescent tube used in the school system. Quot we re still operating on this principal but one office of the governor s committee told us to turn the lights off and another division s investigator told us to turn some of the Hall lights Back on Quot said Wilkin. The two divisions of the governor s commit tee Are in conflict with each other Quot he added. Wilkin said the Energy policy called to the elimination of the High school parking Light my. Quot we received Many complaints about this said Wilkin. Some of the parking lights have been turned Back on Wmk indicated he said that the lighting is necessary after such events As football games but that the lighting is still on a minimal basis and that during the summer months the lights Are Only used during times of school activities Wilkin said the Energy policy s requirement to shorten the basketball schedule had Quot caused the coaches to bemoan the situation Quot he stated that the Burnet school system was the Only one operating with a reduced schedule creating prob lems for the Burnet coaches Quot we decided to go Back to the regular schedule Quot said Wilkin. Shortening the night clean up time in the schools by two hours has notice by reduced Utility Cost Wilkin said. The two shifts have been Over lapped thus reduce my the time needed for clean up he said reducing heating to a minimum has been fully subscribed to Wilkin said. Thermostats vary the temperature room by room but had caused no problems nor called for any additional heating he said. The fifth item that of cancelling All night use of school gyms by adult cont. On Page a2 James Fry voted 3 i against the Appeal of the zoning commis Sion s denial of changing the zoning of the Hammond House from r i single family to r 2 Multi family housing. Fry who seconded the motion voted against the motion stating that he seconded Haynes motion in order to get the matter on the floor for voting. Also voting against the zoning change were Derell Cowan and Bill Wilcox. Prior to the motion to approve the Appeal Haynes moved that the Council instruct City zoning administrator Bill Goble to study water sewage and fire Protection in the area to Quot determine what the City might be Quot out Quot in providing those services to Multi family housing. Royal Burton a member of the zoning commission pointed out that the developers would be unable to get a building permit if the City could t provide the services. Another member of the zoning commission Ramsey Clinton who stated his Strong opposition to going against the wishes of nearby residents Many of whom were present declared that Quot if this motion passes then we have no reason to meet tomorrow Quot suggesting that the commis Sion s decisions could be Over turned. Quot the zoning commission Only recommends to the City Council Quot Goble pointed out. Quot i feel we re placing an undue Burden on our zoning commission by placing them under this stress Quot said Cowan mayor Howard Benton broke a tie vote concerning the motion to have Goble study Utility services voting no. Quot the original question is still before you Quot Benton told the Council. But for ten minutes no motions were made finally Haynes moved to approve the Appeal saying Quot i told myself when i ran for this office that i d do what i Felt would be Best for Burnet As a he stood alone however and the motion was Defeated following the vote the crowd of spectators Many of them homeowners in the area headed for the door and the Council took a break. Another zoning Appeal also came before the Council that of George Puckett to rezone his property at 200 n main the historical Cook Home from r i to c i commercial the request was denied unanimously by the zoning commission a week earlier. Appeal Puckett told the Council that a a a was speaking to some of the issues which involved the previous request. Quot this Council is faced with the question of expansion providing services and providing Ordyn Antes to accommodate the growth that we Are All looking Forward to Quot he said. Quot instead of considering it a rebuke to overturn the rec Omen nations of the zoning commission it seems to me that this Council should consider such actions As instructing the zoning commission Quot he explained. Quot i asked the members of that group informally what they fait their duty amt Quot Puckett said Quot when the future Benefit to the City As a whole is affected in opposition to a few nearby they acknowledged that they Felt their Job was to Benefit the entire Community Over and oho a the few surrounding residents he said. Quot there have been several instances lately in which the zoning commission has turned Down requests for Puckett added. Puckett did not mention his Appeal during his presentation to the Council. Royal Burton told the Council that he has studied the matter of including an Quot of Quot office designation in the zoning ordinances which would make it to zone property for that use and Coni on Page a2 City re affirms school Tennis lighting offer j Burnet clarification of the City s stand on absorbing the Cost of electricity for lighting the school Tennis courts was made at tuesday night s City Council meeting. City manager Jack Tippit sent a letter last week to schools supt. Bob Wilkin stating that the City would pay for the electricity for a period of three months in direct conflict to the minutes of the Council meeting in which the action was taken City Secretary Grace Kinkead read the motion which passed several weeks ago from the minutes Quot what s the question Quot asked Alderman Dan Haynes. Quot it s in the minutes Quot Quot i move that the previous minutes stand As passed and approved Quot said Alderman Bill Why do we need a motion asked James Fry. Quot Well perhaps we could Call them the school Board which was meeting at the same time before they Raa Rind their action to put lights on the Tennis courts Quot said Alderman Derell Cowan. The matter apparently was stated in the letter by Tippit Quot because i was hoping if there was some opposition. Council instructed Tippit to leave the Council meeting end can the school Board and Quot clarify Quot the matter. Bertram local option election called Burnet Burnet county com missioners monday accepted a petition from some 95 Bertram residents asking for a local option election. County clerk Wayne Barton stated to the commissioners a has "70 validated signatures a re required and there were 90 on the the petition had been fixed by Chester Pasek of Bertram. Pasek former owner of the Friendly cafe in Bertram had told the bulletin that he had started the petition Quot because he wee inter Erst de in the Community commissioner have set satyr Day july 9 for the local option election in Bertram All registered voters residing within the City limits of Bertram Are illegible to vote in the election Barton said. Vote a a will by at the american legion heh and polls will be open front 7 a in to 7 Moreno hangs up his gun Burnet Burnet City policeman Steven Moreno who less than two months ago resigned from the Burnet county sheriff s department resigned for the second time his position with the City. Moreno tended his resignation monday with the City police department stating that Quot he was tired of a Low key police department Quot in leveling his comments at the Burnet to Moreno issued complaints that Quot you can t protect the people of Burnet by sitting at Home watching t v. And having a Walkie talkie on Quot re ferny of what he claimed was Quot the method of patrolling employed by City Quot the City fathers and City manager in Burnet just want a Low key police department Quot said Moreno. He added the county and City police won t work together the City needs More patrol at night to Check businesses and More traffic control but they the City Council and City manager won t give it Quot m Oreno stated after having resigned from the City police department to work As a county Deputy in the sheriff s department Moreno with Only seven months As a county employee had resigned May i to return to the City poke department m Oreno had praised Burnet county sheriff Wallace Ridden but Trad stated his intention to return to City employment Quot for better opportunities and working Moreno tuesday said he was Quot staying out of Law enforcement and had Hung up his gun for the last Quot that was it Quot said Moreno. When asked what his plane were Moreno said Quot he would go where oppor Muty leads
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