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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Cities considering ban against plastics ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state’s Twin Cities could soon be waging an identical attack on plastic food containers with what some consider the nation’s strictest ban. See Page 9 A S V, Canyon & NB win baseball games Comal County went 3-0 on Tuesday in the District 28-4A baseball race as all three local team took victories. New Braunfels moved into sole possession of first while Smithson Valley moved to within a halfgame of second. Canyon won its first district game. See Page 11A 4 10    M    0    0    9    10/22/99    IOT SO-WEST MTCROPUBLISHING 2201 BROOKHOLLOW PUZ SUITE 300 ARLINGTON, TX 76006 JKL Creative cooks worth their salt know that fresh herbs arc tasty alternatives to salt for flavoring foods. Through the skillful use of fresh herbs, imaginative flavors can be created and simple foods made into gourmet delights See Page 1B New Braunfels I Ll Ll Ll I IWS K+S Vol 137, No. 103 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Wednesday April 5, 1989 25 Cents Two Sections, 24 PagesOfficials review 911 service proposal By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer Partial 911 emergency service could be operating soon in New Braunfels and Comal County if city and county officials decide to take an offer presented by Bexar Metro officials Tuesday afternoon. “What we want to do is give you something that will make you feel content up front, but we will be happy to do it any way you want,” said Jerry Marshall, executive director of Bexar Metro 911 Network District. “I think that once we get started on it, we’re going to find that things will fall into place.” Bexar Metro representatives met with city, county and telephone officials at New Braunfels City Hall Tuesday and proposed putting 911 partially on line in seven months after establishing how many answering points there will be and where they will be located. Officials could decide to wait and implement the service all at once. The 911 emergency telephone number is a nationwide emergency number for police, fire and ambulance services. “We had it for IO years in San Antonio,” Marshall said about the partial system. Bexar County’s 911 service was enhanced last week. Enhanced 911 — which is the final goal for New Braunfels and Comal County — speeds calls directly to the proper law enforcement agencies and provides a visual display of the caller’s telephone number (Automatic Number Identification) and location (Automatic Location Identification.) See SERVICE, Page 2A Residents question local charges Residents in New Braunfels and Comal County are paying telephone companies for the implementation of 911 emergency service at a rate of 18 cents per month. But some people claim they arc paying different rates than the allocated amount. The legislation that created 911 districts authorizes collection of a monthly pcr-linc service fee from each telephone customer — up to 3 percent of the primary service providers. Fees for Comal and Guadalupe counties are 18 cents for residential lines, 43 cents for business lines and 68 cents for business trunks, such as hospitals. Comal County residents paying more than designated should call their phone companies, said Jerry Marshall, executive director of Bexar Metro 911 District. He said higher charges could be coming from equalization surcharges. “Some of the long distance carriers like Claydesta and others are charging folks the equalization surcharge and they arc not supposed to,” Marshall said. “Tile equalization surcharge, according to law, is for counties over 120,(KIO, which we’re not, and in hopes of joining a rcg- See CHARGES, Page 2A Good day Sunny and mild days are fore- cast for the arca this week. Thc high today is expected to reach 76, followed by a low tonight of 51. Thursday will be a little warmer, with sunny skies and 79 for the high and 58 for the low. Inside: CLASSIFIED......................... ... 6-9B COMICS................................. 4B CROSSWORD...................... 3A DEAR ABBY........................ 5B EDUCATION......................... 10A ENTERTAINMENT................ 5B HOROSCOPE....................... 4B KALEIDOSCOPE.................. ... 1-6B OPINIONS............................. 4A SPORTS............................... 11-13A TV LISTINGS........................ 4B WEATHER............................ 2A | Stammtisch State Representatives today will be involved in a hearing to discuss Regional Water Plan legislation which is based on a proposal written by the Edwards Underground Water District, Comal County, the cities of New Braunfels and San Marcos, Hays County, City of San Antonio, City Public Service, and City Water Development Board. The City of New Braunfels earlier this month contributed SIO,(XX) to the lobbying effort to gel this legislation passed. The bill is intended to limit pumping from the aquifer and to conserve the flow of the Comal and San Marcos springs. Show your support for the plan by calling Slate Rep. Edmund Kuempel's Capitol office at 463-0602 to let legislators know how you feel. The hearing is at 2 p.m. today, but calls would be helpful throughout the life of the bill.... Saints Peter and Paul School Parent-Teachcr Club will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the school gym. All parents are encouraged to attend. Annual Science Fair projects will be exhibited and winners will be announced.... McKenna Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a community education class Thurday at 5 p.m. in the Garza Street classroom across the street from the hospital’s main entrance. Hie topic will be eye care and Dr. David Way will present a discussion titled “Eye care of the 1990s.” Everyone is welcome to the free program; refreshments will be served.... Find some great bargains and help out some worthy causes this weekend during the bazaars and rummage sales scheduled by local organizations. Rock Hill Gospel Church is having a Spring Bazaar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bazaar will be on the church grounds on Interstate 35, south of New Braunfels, Behind the rest area. There will be plants, food, arts and crafts, and white elephant bargains. Saints Peter and Paul School Spring Rummage and Plant Sale is Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 SM STAMMTISCH, Page 2A Children are the future April is a time to focus on young children, especially on Texas children The National Association for the Education of Young Children has designated April 2-8 as the Week of the Young Child Above, children at Happy Days Day Care Center take part in the Week of the Young Child activities there by racing tricycles this morning D.J. Behrendt, Zachary Smithers, and Evan Williams challenge each other in the race At right, 2-year-old Kirk Michalec gets ready to let go of his balloon during the launch on Main Plaza Tuesday afternoon. Seventy youngsters from all over the county released balloons containing parenting messages in honor of Week of the Young Child Mayor Doug Miller signed a local proclamation. Area day care centers will continue their celebrations all week. The week is focusing on high-quality early childhood programs, which allow parents to be employed or participate in educational experiences or job training programs while providing educational experiences or job-training programs for their young children (Photos by Deryl Clark) Permit figures drop for month Revenue from building permits issued in March by the City of New Braunfels decreased from March 1988 despite the initiation of several new commercial projects last month. In March, die city issued 127 permits with a total value of $764,551. In March 1988, the city issued 163 permits totaling $1,2(X),216. Activity in March 1988 included 13 single-family residence permits totaling $758,000. Builders last month applied for five single-family rcsidaVcc permits valued at $334,(KH). Revenue from new commercial permits was up in March as compared to the same period last year. Builders applied for five new commercial permits last month. The permit revenue totaled $100,000. The city issued five permits for commercial projects in March 1988 with a value of $30,200. Other March activity included six residential additions or alterations for $69,000; six commercial additions or alterations for $113,500; and 84 out-of-scope projects valued at $26,116. Four commercial projects for which builders applied for permits last month were the finishing out of interiors for stores in WcstPoint Pepperell Mill Store Plaza. Garrott Construction is working on the Bugle Boy Inc. store valued at $60,(KX). ll is the largest finish-out in the complex. Open Plan Construction is finishing out an interior for Hanes Sock Factory valued at $15,(XX); Garrott Construction is doing a job for Stone Mountain valued at $7,(XX); Carroll Construction also is finishing out an interior for Distinctive Silks for $4,680. Garrott Construction is doing work See PERMITS, Page 2A NBISD focuses on major goals Die strategic planning process will get into full swing al New Braunfels Independent School District early next week. A two-and-a-half day workshop conducted by external facilitator Mike Kncale and internal facilitator Mike Fitsko will begin die district’s process of looking at major goals to get the district where it wants to be in the future. The workshop begins Monday evening and continues Tuesday and Wednesday. Kneal is a nationally recognized educational consultant. He earned a doctorate from Harvard University and is a past Nebraska Superintendent of the Year. Fitsko is the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and has been working on the statcgic planning process tor several months. A 40-membcr committee made up of NBISD’s existing long-range planning committee, chaired by trustee Jean Ward, and made up of a cross section of the community has been asked to participate in the process. “I’m looking forward lo the significant input these people have,” said Charles Bradberry, NBISD superintendent. “I think it’s our opportunity to include a broad spectrum of people in determining the types of things we’re going to have in the future.” He said committee members have responded favorably to participating in the process. See GOALS, Page 2A Banks vow action on debt plan WASHINGTON (AF) — Spurred by concerns of social and political turmoil in Third World countries, government-financed world lending agencies hope to have a new U.S.-sponsored program in place by July for reducing their foreign debt. “We have an opportunity, if we seize it, to put the worst aspects of the debt crisis behind us,” World Bank President Barber Conable said Tues day at the close of the Bank’s spring meeting with the International Monetary Fund. The sister organizations ended their two-dayxconference with an endorsement of the Bush administration’s new debt initiative, which for the first time asks {>nvate banks to voluntarily forgive part of die Third World’s $1.3 trillion debt. Elements of the plan could be put in practice by the time the leaders of the world’s economic democracies come together for their annual summit scheduled for July in Paris, officials said. A delay “could be devastating in view of the expectancies which have been created,” Conable said. Throughout their meetings, officials from around the world spoke repeatedly of social and political powder kegs that could be ignited as living standards continue to stagnate or deteriorate in debt-burdened developing countries. Riots in Venezuela in February that claimed 270 lives after the government instituted a belt-tightening program to placate the nation’s creditors were an “alarm signal,” French Finance Minister Pierre Beregovoy See DEBT, Page 2A Housing authority receives extra funds New Braunfels Housing Authority will receive housing vouchers worth $57,524 from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. U.S. Sen. Phill Gramm announced the assistance for the local authority March 30. He said the vouchers were earlier designated for other Texas cities which decided not to use them. They have now been reallocated to other Texas cities interested in the federal voucher program. The Housing Voucher Program replaced a Section 8 voucher program. The Housing Voucher Program allows low-income individuals and families lo rent an apartment or similar type of housing, with a portion of the rent paid by the federal government directly to the landlord. I “The voucher program will provide residents in designated areas with direct housing assistance rather than assigning them to a specific federal housing project,” said Sen. Gramm. “Participants will decide individually where to live, based on personal and financial factors.” Nadine Mardock, executive director of the Hous- Safe City schedules meeting Residents of the city’s West End have another opportunity to receive crime prevention tips when the New Braunfels Safe City Commission hosts a neighborhood meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in Holy Family Catholic Church. Don Ferguson, director of the commission, said the meeting was planned because die last meeting did not reach as many people as the commission wanted lo reach. New Braunfels Mayor Pro-Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. and New Braunfels Crime Prevention Officer Martin Mayer also will be at the meeting. ;