New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, April 14,1993
Serving Comal County • Home of Preston Staats
50 Cents Daily, 75 Cents Sunday
Vol. 141, No. 103 ..........Lawmakers tour springs, water facility
By ROSEMARIE EASH Herald-Zaltung
Members of the Texas House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee toured the Comal Springs and the New Braunfels Utilities water treatr ment facility Monday as part of a fact-finding tour in preparation for meeting legislative deadlines imposed by a federal court.
“When you sit up in Austin, you hear about these issues, but you don’t see them,” said Doug Miller, water representative for Comal County, the city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities.
“Chairman (David) Counts was trying to get his committee members some* hands-on experience with the Edwards from east to west,” Miller said.
The group of legislators, water specialists and local government officials toured the San Marcos springs early in the day and moved on to sites in San Antonio, Hondo and Uvalde.
Officials on the tour included County Judge Carter Casteel; New Braunfels Mayor Clinton Brandt; Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president Tom Purdum; Bob Sohn, NBU general manager; Gene Morn-binweg, president of the NBU • board of directors; and Craig Hollmig of the Edwards Underground Water District.
Miller led the tour, which included the Natural Resources Committee chairman, Rep. David Counts D-Knox City; Rep. Fred Bosse D-Houston ; Rep. Bob Turner D-Vr ss; Diane Rath, vice chairman of the San Antonio Water System; and consultants and staff personnel.
The Third Annual Great New Braunfels Duck Race will be held April 25 on the Congo River at Schlitterbahn Water Park The event is sponsored by the Comal County Unit of the American Cancer Society to support cancer research, educational programs and patient services Tickets are available at McKenna Memorial Hospital, local Cancer Society board members and the Herald Zeitung.
NBU trustees discuss transfer
of funds to city
By GARY P. CARROLL Harald-Zaltung
New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees met with the City Council Tuesday evening to discuss a possible increase in the annual fund transfer from NBU to the city’s general fund.
The amount of NBU’s contribution is a calculation Itased on the amount of usage by NBH customers. The amount is paid to the city over a 12-month period.
The 1991-92 fund transfer was $1.04 million, and the projected 1992-93 transfer is estimated at $1,074 million, according to Board President Gene Mornhin-weg
However, City Councilman James Goodbread said he felt the utility’s contribution to the city should he increased.
“I don’t feel like we get the return on our investment that a municipally-owned utility deserves,” (foodbread said. “I think its an earned income we’re not getting”
NBD officials said the current rate of one and one -half millionths of one dollar per kilowatt hour was a generous contribution to the city, but NBU would be willing to negotiate an increase.
However, Momhinweg said an increase in the contribution to the city would necessitate an increase in the rates charged for water and sewer service. A rate change would ultimately lie up to the council menders, who are responsible for setting rates.
“I don’t feel like we get the return on our investment that a municipally-owned utility deserves. I think it’s an earned income we’re not getting.”
James Goodbread, city councilman
“lf we give you more money and raise our rates, that’s wrong," Mornhinweg said.
Currently, the revenues from electric service compensate for part of the costs of providing NBU customers with water and sewer service.
NBU Trustee G A. “Skip" Stratemann said he would be willing to explore the possibilities of increasing the contribution NBU paid to the city if the possibility of adjusting the water and sewer rates could he used to offset any loss NBU might incur.
Both the city council and the NBU board agreed the city budget was strained.
NBU General Manager Roliert Sohn said he felt the meeting provided both groups with a latter understanding of each other’s position.
"I definitely think both groups ** are much better off being able to work together and talk about their problems,” Sohn said.
"And if there is something that we can do as a utility that is of the best interest of not only our customers hut of our citizens, I think we’re going to do it."
Class markets medallions for Earth Day
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zaltung
Environmentally aware New Braunfels residents will want to get an New Braunfels High School “X-tinctable” to wear on Earth Day.
The Applied Economics fifth-period class will be selling the medallions honoring the endangered species of Comal Springs at Thursday’s Club Night, held at 6:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels High School.
The class formed a corporation to sell the X-tinctables in honor of Earth Day as a Junior Achievement project.
As part of the project, the students conducted research for their product, raised capital through the sale of stock and produced the medallions.
The students are selling the product and maintain company records like real businesses.
The student company is R.I.P., Inc. — for Restore, Invest, Protect — and their product is a clay medallion imprinted with the endangered species of Comal Springs
The idea for the medallion came from one worn by an
exchange student many of th a economics students had adnvrnd Everyone in the class “•*»-tributed to the company’s bit lh, product development, manufacturing process and marketing plan, the students said.
“April said ‘We can do that,’” according to Sally Kingsliury, the Economics teacher who supervises the class.
“Corina, Stephanie and Dawn rememitered how to do it from art class. Stephen wrote (the name) X-tinctnhle.”
The label was developed through a brainstorming session and the designs — the salaman der and the fountain darter, for example, were chosen from drawings done by the students.
The medallions are made from clay that's stamped with the design and painted by the Btu dents. They’re fired in the school kiln and by Dee Buck of Buck’s Pottery in Gruene.
The medallions are strung on leather thongs and marketed to the environmentally aware for $3 each.
Residents can purchase the medallions at Thursday's NBHS Club Night or by calling Sally
Students from New Braunfels High School work to creato medallions in an Earth Day marketing project
Kingsbury at 625 6271.
“The problem has been that the market hasn’t been the school, and most of the Junior Achievement corporations try to sell to the market that’s here," Kingsbury said.
“The students haven't been receptive, but the teachers have
been very receptive and people who’ve seen them think it’s a real neat idea."
Since the initial capital was raised by selling shares to the students in the class, they will liquidate the company and share the profits when the project is finished.
Luncheon to benefit area Teen Connection
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
The Church Women Unifad of Comal County will hold their annual Spring Luncheon Friday to lienefit, the Teen Connection.
The yearly fund raiser will Is* held at 11:30 a in. at the First United Methodist Church
Tickets for the event are $4 and are available at the First Proles taut Church office at 172 W Coll St
The Teen Connection provides a variety of social and mental health services for Comal County youth
Among them are two licensed shelters — one for lioys and one for girls — and an alternative school, which provides individual and group therapy for IO students from each school district
According to Conley C. Thompson, executive director of Teen Connection, tile organization consists of a staff of about 35 managed fry a I ma rd of directors made up of community volunteers.
The non profit group also pro vides an art therapist who works with elementary school children,
a thrift shop and a parent-train ing project, which provides student educational assessments at a low cost.
(’onley C. Thompson, the exec utive director of Teen Connection, will he the featured speaker at the luncheon.
“The donation from the Church Women United luncheon will probably he put in operations," Thompson said "In running shelters, the primary expenses are people and utilities. It’s a very labor intensive operation."
Entertainment at the luncheon will lie provided by soloist Kathy Crist Talcott, executive director of die Hummel Museum. Talcott has a masters in music and has performed with the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Houston Grand Opera Church Women United has a five year commitment to use its resources to work to eliminate the root causes of the poverty of women and children Those interested in knowing more almut the local chapter may call Betty Drawe, president, at 625-1868, or Ixiis Swander, sec retary, at 625 6774
The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites Us readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, “Stammtisch” represents a sitting place reserved for a group if special people — or a time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the day’s hapfx>n-ings. See more Stammtisch on page 3ABest Wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Jonathan Acres. Belated Birthday wishes go to Jesse Montanez.Iris Show
The New Braunfels Iris Society will host its 28th Iris Show on
April 17 froml-5 pm. at Wesley Hall of the First United Methodist Church at 527 W. San Antonio St. Those who grow irises are invite ed to enter.
Each bloom stalk needs to lie la lie led with the correct name, and entries must be received liefore 9:30 a rn. Bottles to hold irises during the show will be supplied Admission is free.Unicorn News
Tune in to UNIC NEWS on Wedneedny at 6 p in on TCI Channel 8. Yvonne Gonzales arid Ryan Smith anchor the New Braunfels High School news show, which features an exclusive interview with male Tejano entertainer of the year, Emilio Navaira. Other segments spotlight the most special evening of the year — prom.Tornado Watch
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Comal County and New Braunfels this morning through 11 a m. Today’s weather will be cloudy to partly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms.
Set Weather, page 2A.