New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
The H«rald-Z«itung'a 2010 football praview will hit stands Aug. 28.
Volunteers needed for RSVP yydk^ program in schools.Zeitung
Seiying ^ Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 241 14 pages, 1 section
PAITLT ajQUDY High Low
DEAR ABBY 10
COMICS 9 OIO^VM^ S FORUM 4 OSfTUAflfES S SPORTS 6-7 TV GRIDS 10
G)ach DaUman celebrated pookide
Bud Dallman hadnt rniewed his subscription. So even thou^ it had been advertised in the newspaper, the party still managed to be surprise.
More than 100 current and former students gathered poolside Monday at the Landa Psut Aquatic Cent^ to th^ a party in honor of one the state's pre-eminent swimming coaches. And although Dallman may have been caught off guard, after helping raise local athletes for half a century, the outpouring of respect and admiration for him didn't surprise anyone else.
"It's a gi^ ovation to someone who's coached this many years and had such devotion for the children," said Gene Watson, whose daughter and now granddaughter have been coached by Dallmaa
Monday celebrated two more milestones for a man who's athletic and coaching career is littered with them— hjaaPrti yir of coaclitog aftd his 90th MRMtaqf.
Httit^, it was at tlM Bud Dallman Olyn^PooL
"I dcMi't know anyone who is more dedicated to not (miy swimming, but being a positive influence in die kids' lives, said friend and fellow Landa Park Dolphins coach, Kathy Coulehan. "He doesn't care if they all win all gold medals as much as he wants them to be good people That what's makes him so special."
Dallman led the Dolphins for 47 of his 50 years of coaching swimming. He still knows all of the students' names, their best times and what they could improve upon. Monday, he was smiling by the pool recdving gifts and giving secret handshakes to some of the dozens of young Dolphins still under his tutelage.
"For the past 47 years here, I've been
See ComIi, Page 14NEW BRAUN FELS VS. SEGUIN
New Braunféis Mayor Bruce Beyer and Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies hold up the Guadalupe River Bowl plague, celebrating a rivalry that dates back to the 1920s.A friendly wdzer
As New Braunfels and Seguin prepare for a new chapter in the oldest high-school football rivalry in the state of Texas, their ma^rs met Wednesday to kidc the season off with a Uttie wager.
The stakes are simple: New Braun£^ sausage for a Unicom loss and Seguin pecans for a Matador loss.
Before they could make the traditional biet on who would win this year's Guadahipe River Bowl, Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies present^ New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer his "trophy" of Se^iin pecans, earned
Guadalupe Rhrer Bowrfl: Mtowr Braunfels
MMiSfi! 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 Where: New Braunfels High School stadium
last year when the Unicorns won a resounding 51-6 victory over the Matadors. It was the first time either team had scored over 50 points in the 94-game history of the bowl.
"And because I felt he really deserved it, I made him a cake with a whole lot of pecans in it," Matthies said.
Boyer got a chance to bring out the ofticial Bowl plaque, which has been in New Braunfels' possession since the Uni
corns won it back two years ago after a three-year losing stre^
No matter how friendly the wager, Matthies was ready with a prediction for this year's game.
"I'm very optimistic that this year will be a good year and I'm very hopeful the Matadors will prevail," she said.
Mayor Boyer answered, "We're in a rebuilding period and it will be a challenge for New Braunfels, but we're optimistic, too," he said. "It's easy to be gracious when you're on the winning side," he added playfully.
The schools have played each other every season since the 1920s.
The Unicorns have a 55-36-3 record against the Matadors.
Firefighters save 2 from drowning
By Ttieron Brittafai
TWo New Braunfels men owe their lives to the qvdsk actions of otiwrs.
On Wednesday evening, at Hinman Island Paik on the Qnnal River, Danny SaUiias aiKt Roy Camacfao of Cotpus QurM were eeiaxfaig after he^^ their friend, Cyntliia Laia, move back to New Braunfels.
Around 6 p.m., Lara's 9-year-old niece, H^ Garza, ran up fi»m her play spot mar theiiviNbaiik.
"There are two men drowning in the rhner," she said.
After a moment of shock, Salinas and Camacha both with experience as firefl^lhten, Jui^ied into action and rui to the livenk^
"We saw these two guys si^ashing at least 30 yanto out in the rhwi;''81^ Sidtaia, 28. erf Cmm ChristL "lliey wereoMoudy droivn-
sitf biccune imperiled as tN laim man ^iiBctfv^ trfed to din^ cm top Of Mm. By
Roy Camacho and Danny Salinas
te time Camacho and SaUnas arrived, both men, «lAiose identity am not known, had succumbed lo die cunent
Along with Lara's coiufai, Gieg
Gaiza, and another woman wtose klent^ to not known, the men dove into the riv»'stiU clothed m rescue the cfaowning paii;
See DpowMilRt, Pai^ 14Electric rates rise
Local electric bills will be a littie more costiy this month.
New Braunfels Utilities announced Monday that it raised basic costs for electric usage by one-fifth of a penny, translating into an increase of about $2 for the average resident, according to NBU Communications Manager Gretchen Reuw-er.
She sakl the move is in response to the financial gap between the high cost the utility pays to buy v4iolesale power versus the price it sells electricity to its customers.
"Although the price disparity began earlier in the year, we held off making the needed change until we got through the majority of the summer months and could minimize the impact for our customers," she said.
The total rate wül increase from $.08758 to $.08958 per kilowatt hour, beginning this month.
While it is a jump in cost, NBU's rate remains lower than many of its counterparts in the area.
Pedernales Electric Cooperative, which provides etectridty to most county residents outside New Braunfels, currentiy charges $.10276 per kWh. Based on figures provkled by NBU, the utility dÉo chaiges the average 1,000 kWh-per-month customer less each than the dty of Seguin, the C^tnd Texas Cooperative and Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative.Counci tightens city belts
By Chris Cobb
After coasting on the financial gains from booming growth in recent years, the New Braunfels (]ity (>()uncil is tapping on the brakes.
City staff^ unveiled a scaled-back 2(K)9-10 city budget on Monday during the first of three workshops this week to hammer out next year's financiaJ plan.
It was about $2 million less than the current budget — down to $141 million. The budget draft cuts numerous seasonal positions and doesn't give raises to any city employees.
After posting an estimated $1.7 million shortfall in revenue this year, City Manager Mike Morrison said it was a sign of the recession hitting home.
"The reality is that in the current economic climate, San Antonio and central Texas is about the best place to be," said City Manager Mike Morrison. "We're not feeling it to the degree that the rest of the country is feeling it. Hopefully, we come out of it sooner."
No drastic measures — yet
At least for this year, councilmembers do not plan an increase in the city tax rate.
For the third consecutive year, the rate is proposed to stay at $.409862 per every $100 in assessed property value.
But with drops in both property tax and sales tax revenue and the city struggling to pay for debt service on numerous capital improvement projects, city staff said taxes must go up, starting in 2011 unless there is a significant economic turnaround.
"I think (staff) has done a great job at maintaining the tax rate, because it is very difficult," said Mayor Bruce Boyer. "But how do we plan for the future? We're going to have to figure out we're going to pay for some of the debt service for the debt we've issued — mostly for capital improvements that we've sorely needed for so long."
The altemative to higher taxes would be to cut back on city services. As part of next year's budget, the city will have already eliminated 18 positions. That includes eight seasonal lifeguards, four cashiers and four rangers in the parks and recreation department, as well as one trash collector and clerical position in the police department.
City officials said any more chopping down of the city's work force could ultimately hurt the taxpayers who are losing valuable city services, like fire, police and sanitation.
"I would hate to take any steps back," Boyer said. "We've grown so much and so quickly, but we've also tried to catch up so quickly.
"As a consequence, having one down year like we may be facing is something we have to keep in mind as we move forward, and not just count on the idea that we're always going to grow, even though that's what our projections are."
Some council wondered if putting off a potential tax hike now woiild just be delaying the inevitable.
"I don't want to raise taxes, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do," said Councilman Steven Digges. "It's up to us to trim as much fat as we can and keep that from happening."
Budget hearings will continue at 3 p.m. today and Wednesday. The final budget and tax rate are not expected to be approved until Sept. 14.
Have your subscription paid diitctly fixun your credit card, checking or savings account
CALL 83(M25-9144 HERALD-ZEITUNG
(te CcNME BY 707 LABOH ST.