New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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EAA may open Landa Park well
By DENISE DZIUK
The Research and Technical Committee for the Edwards Aquifer Authority met Monday morning to discuss a proposal to open the Lower Colorado River Authority well located in New Braunfels as a rite for water quality tests.
Committee Chairwoman Susan Hughes said the committee met last month to discuss the possibility of opening the LCRA well across from Landa Parte as a monitoring well. The well was drilled in 1956 and has been dosed for more than eight years. She said it would be instrumental in recording water quality and monitoring Comal Springs.
Grant Snyder, a hydrologist with the EAA, said the current proposal for opening the well consisted of
three phases. The first two would establish water quality and be used as an additional site to monitor movement of the saline-fresh water line.
“My objective here is to add one more well to that (monitoring system)," he said. “This would be the most in-depth and in the same fault block as the springs."
The third phase of the proposal would be an aquifer test Snyder said they would “stress” die aquifer by pumping it to determine what impact that has on the springs and other writs.
Hughes said the governing boards of various agencies and entities involved in the project would be kept abreast of what information is found, and foe boards will have foe authority to stop foe project at any phase.
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serve on one of the estimated 19 subcommittees of the city’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.
Those subcommittees would provide foe lifeblood for the entire process, city officials said, providing a forum for the public to discuss what would be its priorities in coming years.
Some audience members already began to provide their opinions for growth at foe conference that was sponsored by Norwest Bank and the New Braunfels Title Co.
Fonda Wetzel, who lives in the city’s extraterritorial district off of FM 306 in the Whitewater subdivision, told officials at the conference she wants her area to be annexed to ensure well water remains clean.
Septic tanks near her house in the River Oaks subdivision may be contaminating the water around the 20 acres of land she owns, she said.
“The people out there are out there because they like it and they don’t want any changes,” said Wetzel, who applied to serve on the land use subcommittee.
As of Friday, 39 people had submitted applications for the subcommittees and more are expected before the May 2 deadline, city officials said.
Applicants have indicated their top four areas of interests are land use, parks and recreation, public facilities and economic development.
“I have met absolutely no resistance,” Mayor Jan Kennady said. “People are asking me on foe street to be a part of this. It is crucial. You are going to be foe heart of what happens in the future of this community”
New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Paula DiFonzo said that is a crucial point that needs to be part of an agreement or contract.
“I would expect that in the agreements there would be some definite stop points where boards would have veto rights,” DiFonzo said.
DiFonzo said NBU also has no intention of giving up its right to use the well as a production well, and that needs to be clearly spelled out in the proposal. Snyder said the well could be changed from a monitoring well to a production well at any point
. “Any equipment that is installed in that well could be removed within minutes,” he said. “Anything we do does not preclude the use as a production well”
Representatives from LCRA were
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Texas welfare plan stalled at White House
By IMCHELLE MITTELSTADT
Associated Press writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — A farreaching plan that would allow Texas to turn its welfare operations over to private companies remains stalled at foe White House in foe face of labor union opposition.
A decision had been promised by March 31. But action has been delayed as the sensitive question — which could give foe green light for other states to wade further into privatization — has moved from the Department of Health and Human Setvices to foe White House.
The inaction has angered Gov. George W. Bush, Texas GOP Sen. Phil Gramm and others eager to implement a plan that would go further than any other to date in handing public programs to the private sector.
The Texas request has placed the White House in a delicate situation, forcing foe administration to balance foe concerns of its labor constituency against President Clinton's promise to give states new flexibility to craft their own welfare programs.
Each day, Bush’s office calls White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles to ask if a decision has been reached. The answer, invariably, is that one is imminent.
“At this point, it’s bordering on foe ridiculous ... that so many people could promise a decision and just blithely ignore their own promises,” Bush spokeswoman Karen Hughes said Monday in a telephone interview from Austin. “The administration’s failure to act is hurting taxpayers and welfare recipients because every day of delay is a day that we can’t save taxpayers money and that we can’t improve services for welfare
fhite House spokesmen didn’t return repeated phone calls.
But HHS officials have said the complex proposal is being carefully weighed to ensure that problems don't surface later.
The Texas plan is intended to provide one-stop shopping for assistance ranging from food stamps and Medicaid to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
Without Washington’s approval, Texas cannot solicit contracts pegged at $2 billion from bidders such as Lockheed Martin, IBM, Electronic Data Systems and a subsidiary of accounting giant Arthur Andersen & Co.
Organized labor is lobbying hard against the proposal, worried that thousands of state employees nationwide could be replaced by cheaper workers if the Texas plan gains a toehold.
Leaders of the AFL-CIO, Communications Workers of America, Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees raised their concerns in a March 28 meeting with Clinton.
They are also waging a campaign on Texas airwaves. “Texas public services should be run by Texans, not defense contractors looking to make a quick buck at taxpayer expense,” the announcer intones in two CW A radio spots.
As goes Texas, so may go other states, union officials fear.
“Texas is a very important fight because it's potentially the first statewide contract to privatize the entire welfare system,” said Greg LeRoy of the Service Employees International Union, which represents some 50,000 welfare caseload workers nationally
The jobs argument isn’t the only one the labor movement is showcasing. Under privatization, labor contends, services will be cut, applicants' confidentiality may be jeopardized, and for-profit corporations won’t have the public good foremost in mind.
FRIENDSWOOD, Texas (AP) — Volunteers who spent more than two weeks searching for Laura Rate Smither wept after police tentatively identified her remains through a ring and orthodontic braces.
The 12-year-old aspiring ballerina had not been seen since she left her rural home April 3 to go jogging.
The body of a young girl was found Sunday in a Pasadena pond about IO miles northeast of Friendswood.
“The evidence at the scene includes a silver ring bearing her initials, and it is apparent that the woman wore braces both on her upper teeth and lower teeth,” Police Chief Jared Stout said at a news conference Monday after informing Laura’s parents.
Stout said Gail and Bob Smither, who also have a 9-year-old son, were in seclusion.
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AUSTIN (AP) — The state has been ordered to come up with more than $200 million for abandoning an auto emissions testing program two year? ago that motorists found
District Judge Joseph Hart foe state had the right to change its mind about the program, but couldn’t leave Tejas Testing Technology with a worthless seven-year contract.
In a final judgment issued Monday, Hart said Tejas was entitled to more than $200 million, which includes $139.8 million in actual damages and $28.7 in prejudgment interest.
Tejas was also awarded an additional $40 million in attorneys fees and can petition the state for another $53 million as foe reasonable return it could have expected on its investment over the life of its contract.
“At the level of this award, our creditors and investors will be simply breaking even,” said Steve Ravel, an Austin attorney representing Tejas.
Sophomores do hotter on oxK4#vo( TAA!
AUSTIN (AP) — Seven percent of seniors have yet to pass the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills, an exam required for them to receive their diplomas.
But a record 67 percent of sophomores passed on their first try at the reading, writing and math test,
also present, and pointed out technical questions they had about the proposal.
DiFonzo said many details still need to be worked out in the proposal, and an agreement needs to be written. She said how beneficial the concept was to New Braunfels would depend on how those details are worked out.
“It’s valuable for all of us to have as much information as possible on the aquifer,” DiFonzo said. “Whether this is a good tool to do that is a question we still have to answer.”
Hughes directed Snyder and a San Antonio Water System geologist to update and revise the proposal to include comments from Monday’s meeting. The committee is tentatively scheduled to meet again May 2 to review the revised proposal.
according to preliminary figures from the most recent exam in February.
Education Commissioner Mike Moses applauded the tenth-graders' performance in announcing the figures Monday. Sophomores who didn’t pass have another seven tries before graduation, while seniors get another chance beginning April 29.
“We are so proud of these tenth-grade students." said Moses. He said since the TAAS first was given to lOfo-graders in 1993, the percentage of students passing all three sections has gone up 16 percentage points.
Educators still have much work to do, Moses said, noting that black and Hispanic students continue to have average passing rates significantly lower than white students. Minority students’ improvement on the TAAS offers “strong proof' the gap can be dosed, he said.
Oklahoma trucker pill to death for 1985 Toxos flaying
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A prosecutor who helped send convicted killer Benjamin Herbert Boyle to Texas’ death row remembered the Oklahoma trucker as cold and emotionless.
Boyle, ‘53, maintained that demeanor to the; end Monday evening as he was executed for raping and strangling Gail Lenore Smith, a Fort Worth woman, more than 11 years ago.
Boyle, strapped to the Texas death chamber gurney, refused a final statement, made no eye contact with witnesses watching through a window a few feet away and quietly received lethal injection.
Seven minutes after the drugs began, he was pronounced dead at 6:2! p.m. CDT, the third Texas inmate to be executed in eight days and the fifth this month.
“It makes no difference,” Margaret Smith, who watched as the man convicted of murdering her sister, said of Boyle’s stoic death. “He’s gone. He’s out of here.”
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AUSTIN (AP) — Students who attend summer school because they’re having trouble in class would have to show academic achievement, not just show up, to be promoted to foe next grade under a bill approved by the Texas Senate.
“I think we hurt students by promoting them and giving them a false sense of accomplishment," said Senate Education Committee Chairman Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo.
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Larry Wiley of River Gardens died Saturday, April 19, 1997, at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 43. He is survived by his parents, Bill D. and Sue Wiley of Georgetown, formerly of New Braunfels; brother Mike Wiley and his wife Julie Ann of Salado; nephew Marie Wiley and niece Brook Wiley. He was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Wiley. Funeral services will be I p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 1997, at Zoeller Funeral Home with burial to follow in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
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Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for Alma Baetge, who died at Eden Home on Monday, April 21, 1997, at the age of 87 yeaiv
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Mr. Max Schlather of Seguin died Sunday, April 20, at the age of 81 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elsie Dreibrodt Schlather of Seguin; three daughters, Lucille Calwell and her friend William McGee, both of Seguin, Alice Boenig and husband Calvin of New Braunfels and Maxine S. Van Pelt of San Antonio; four sisters, Irma Pohler and Ora Raster, both of Seguin, Lola Jonas of New Braunfels and Wanda Lantrip of Washington; one brother, Rudy Schlather of New Braunfels; also seven grandchildren, Lucinda Solarczyk, Vernon J. Zuercher Jr., Theresa Roeder, Danita Elmore, Trey Van Pelt, Duane Boenig and Melissa (Misty) Boenig, and IO great-grandchildren.
Mr. Schlather was preceded in death by two sisters, Norma Nolte and Gertrude Schlather, and by three brothers, Frank Schlather Sr., Louis Schlather Sr. and Bruno Schlather.
Mr. Schlather was a very active member of the Guadalupe Sheriffs Posse and a member of Emanuels Lutheran Church. He worded at foe Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park and retired after 28 years of service.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Palmer Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Stan Sultemeier and Rev. Billy Stevens officiating. Interment will follow at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Vernon J. Zuercher Jr., Theresa Roeder, Danita Elmore, Trey Van Pelt, Duane Boenig and Misty Boenig. Honorary pallbearers
will be the members of the Guadalupe Sheriffs Posse.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Emanuels Lutheran Church, Seguin, Texas, or St. Paul Lutheran Church, New Braunfels.
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Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake for Earl Kirtley, who died in Athens, Texas, on Monday, April 21, 1997, at the age of 84 years.
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Alcide Jean Babin
Alcide Jean (Chap) Babin of Seguin died Friday, April 18, 1997, in New Braunfels at the age of 84 years. Funeral services were IO a.m. Tuesday, April 22,1997, at St. James Catholic Church with Father Gerald Hubertus officiating. Interment was in St. James Catholic Cemetery under foe direction of Goetz Funeral Home. A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday in Goetz Memorial Chapel.
Mr. Babin was retired from the Seguin Fire Department after 25 years of service, was a volunteer member of Church Women United Mobile Meals for IO years, was a driver for the Road to Recovery Guadalupe County unit of the American Cancer Society for 15 years, a member of the Guadalupe County Sheriffs mounted posse for IO years, was co-founder of the Seguin Youth Center, was an usher at St. James Catholic Church, and was an avid fisherman, traveler and gardener.
He is survived by brothers Andrew Babin and wife Belva of Baton Rouge, La., and Simon Babin and wife Alice of Gonzales, La.; sister Angele Babin and husband Chester of Gonzales, La.; daughter Linda Klinger and husband Larry of San Antonio; son Ed Babin and wife Connie of Prairieville, La.; granddaughters Brenda of California, Sandi of Louisiana, Kristi and husband Ricky of New Braunfels and Kelli of San Antonio; greatgrandchildren Joshua and Jacob Velasquez of New Braunfels; and beloved friend, Lottie Williamson of New Braunfels. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, five brothers and sisters. ' vr ti.ilv.
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