New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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August 22, 1980
Vol. 89 - No. 46 54 Pages 3 Sections (USPS 377 880)
New Braunfels. TexasWater rights: City has an opportunity
Water rights are hard to get, and to keep ’em, you gotta use ’em.
That’s what attorney Charles Blackley, who has done a great deal of research on the subject, told Utilities trustees Thursday.
Water rights hearings were held two years ago, and last May, the Texas Department of Water Resources granted the Utilities the use of five acre-feet of water per year from the Guadalupe River.
Five acre-feet a year equals about 1,500,000 gallons of water. The Utilities is currently pumping as many as 14,000,000 gallons a day. General Manager Bob Sohn said.
“We’d use five acre-feet in 30 minutes,” he said.
But the amount isn't as important, Blackley indicated. The fact that the Utilities was granted water rights is what’s important, he indicated.
It’s much easier to have water rights increased than it is to get them in the first place, he explained. “That sounds like we got nothing at all, but it’s a foot in the door situation,” Blackley said.
But while acquiring water rights is a valuable foot in the door, the flip side of the coin is that you have to use them, Blackley and trustee Bill Richter said.
Taking water out of the Guadalupe means building a water treatment plant below the
confluence of the Comal and Guadalupe, Richter added.
“It wouldn’t be cost-effective to build a plant to treat five-acre feet," Sohn said.
However, Blackley said the plant could also be used to treat water from the Comal. He said the Utilities has the right to divert 141.438 acre feet a year and to consume approximately 5.5(H) from the Comal.
Since the Comal increases the flow of the Guadalupe, the Comal water could also bt1
delivered at a treatment plant on the Guadalupe downstream from the confluence of the two rivers, he explained.
Although the Utilities has other water rights, the Guadalupe is the board’s primary concern, since it may someday be a possible surface water source to supplement water from the Edwards Aquifer, board chairman Herb Schneider said.
This year’s adjudication of water rights is a first in Texas history. Blackley said.
By ROBERT JOHNSON Staff writer
It would cost an estimated $257,600 —almost $10,000 per customer—to provide sewer service to the 26 houses in the upper portion of Jentsch Acres subdivision, consultant Sam McKenzie told New Braunfels Utilities trustees Thursday.
And the Utilities doesn’t have the money to do the entire project, he added. However, most of the homes could be served at a lower (though still expensive) cost, McKenzie indicated.
Trustees took no action on the item, as General Manager Bob Sohn indicated he wanted to bring a proposal to the board at next month’s meeting.
The matter was brought up by Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Tieken at the July 28 City Council meeting. Noting the subdivision had been in the city for six years, she asked Sohn about plans for extending service into the upper portion.
Thursday, after a lengthy report on the history of water and sewer plans for the subdivision, McKenzie pointed to the estimates and said, “It’s economically unfeasible to consider this for those few customers.”
The rocky ground of the upper portion is the reason sewer installation would be so expensive, he explained.
Construction on sewer lines into the lower portion of the subdivision along Cedar-Elm Street has been completed, McKenzie said. That portion will serve 28 customers.
A total of $1 million from the recent bond sale has been allocated for sewer projects. Of that total, $850,000 has been earmarked as the Utilities’ share of expansion of the Kuehler Avenue sewer plant, which will be built partly with federal grant funds, McKenzie said.
Five other projects currently on the drawing board would cost an estimated $164,500, eating up the remaining bond funds, he said.
Those projects include extension of sewer service to the site of the new fire
No consumer price rise reported in July
See project, Page I2A Sam McKenzie outlines Jentsch Acres sewer plans
Stat/ photoUtilities board tables action on pension plan
New Braunfels Utilities employees have been carrying the majority of the burden of the company’s pension plan, consultant Carl Duncan said Thursday.
To provide information on which a revision of the plan could be based, Duncan offered to perform a study on a sample group of five to six Utilities employees for a $500 to $700 fee. However, trustees tabled action on the item after trustee Bill Richter said he
preferred to see that study done in-house,
Duncan, who heads the San Antonio firm of Duncan and Associates, said the original pension plan was begun with a modest benefit program because of the large number of older employees. The average age has decreased since then, but the contributions have remained at the original level or higher, he added.
Indicating the contributions were
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VACATION GUIDE 36 pages
WASHINGTON (AP) - Overall consumer prices did not rise at all in July, the first time that has happened in more than 13 years, the government said today. The sharp improvement was due almost exclusively to a rapid decline in home-financing costs.
Excluding mortgage costs and housing prices, consumer prices last month increased 0.6 percent, led by a 0.9 percent boost in the food and beverage category, the I.abor Department said.
For the first seven months of this year, inflation at the consumer level has accelerated at a 12.6 percent compound annual rate, the department said.
July’s stable rate followed a I percent jump in June, but private economists predicted that last month’s increase in food and beverage costs is only the beginning of a dramatic rise in this category.
The l^ibor Department reported last
week that wholesale prices rose 1.7 percent in July, while food prices at this level jumped about 9 percent. It usually takes a month or two for food prices at the producer stage to work their way to the consumer level.
The I percent difference in the Consumer Price Index between June and July was “almost unprecedented,” said labor Department economist Patrick Jackman. Not since March 1967 has the CPI remained unchanged, and the index has not declined since August 196a, he said.
Before July, consumer prices had risen at least 0.9 percent for 18 straight months.
The CPI in July stood at 247.8 before seasonal adjustment. That means that goods and services that cost $100 in the 1967 base period cost $247.80 last month. The index was 13.2 percent higher last month than in July 1979.
The l,abor Department reported that:
Housing costs dropped 0.7 percent, after rising 1.5 percent and 1.8 percent in May and June, respectively. The reversal was due to a steep, 5.7-percent plunge in mortgage interest rates and a 0.5-percent decline in housing prices.
Food and beverage prices, after going up only 0.8 percent in May and June combined, accelerated by 0.9 percent last month. Prices at grocery stores increased 1.2 percent, after rising only 1.5 percent during the first six months of this year.
Prices for beef, pork and poultry shot
up sharply, following three months of decline. Fruits, vegetables and dairy products also registered substantial increases. Restaurant meals, foods at other than grocery outlets and beverages, including alcohol, rose a combined 0.5 percent in July.
Youth dies of injuries despite efforts of EMS
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Emergency medical personnel here revived a local 17-year-old whose heart .stopped on the way to San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital Thursday.
Despite the lifesaving action Tim Jennings, 17, died hours later of head and multiple injuries, hospital reports said.
A car struck Jennings in the southbound lane of IH-35 about 10:35 a.m. while he was crossing the highway on foot. He suffered cardiac arrest in the city ambulance taking him to San Antonio after a stop at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Ambulance attendants Kent Howard and Mark Bryan used artificial respiration to keep him alive before
leaving McKenna, then used cardiopulmonary resuscitation to restart hts heartbeat.
“We were breathing for hun when we left McKenna,” Howard said in an interview at Central Fire Station.
“His heart stopped en route. We worked on hun approximately 40 minutes and continued CPK after we got to Methodist Hospital. We kept it up until the doctors and nurses shot hun full of drugs and stabilized hun," Howard said.
Jennings, son of David L. and Beulah Jennings, 380 Napoleon St., died at 9:40 p m. in the Surgical and Intensive Care Unit of Methodist Hospital.
He suffered a compound fracture of the lower right leg, a possible skull fracture and abrasions, Howard said.
The driver of the car, Bert Gerard Miller of Muenster, 18, stopped to help, police reports said. Jennings was struck in the fast lane of the highway.
ranging around $11,000 to $12,000 per employee, he said the Utilities’ cost to provide pension benefits was around $3,000.
“We’re putting in $8,000 more than what’s probably needed,” he said. “You’re asking the employee to pay the biggest part of the cost, and that’s a little inequitable.”
He said original discussion centered around improving benefits without increasing the cost. Since then, that discussion has evolved into providing even more benefits at an extra cost, Duncan said.
The important factor is deciding what kind of income level the Utilities wants to provide, he said. “Ifs a complex question. It requires a good deal of groundwork.”
However, trustees felt they wanted a shot at doing that groundwork first.
Emergency helpIfs all in a day's work
Life and death situations are almost routine for the city’s Emergency Medical Service personnel.
EMS technician Kent Howard sat at a table playing cards in the Central Fire Station dispatcher’s office late Thursday and talked about his work.
Earlier, near the beginning of his 24-hour shift, he and Mark Bryan saved the life of an injured man by reviving his heartbeat while John Williams drove their ambulance to a San Antonio hospital.
“This past week we’ve had a lot of trauma cases. Two amputees, one leg and one arm, and now this,” Howard said.
Not every trip to San Antonio is successful. One of the cases Howard mentioned, a I^i Porte man who lost his left leg in a motorcycle accident here Aug. 12, died en route to Santa Rosa Medical Center.
And Howard, speaking at 7 o’clock in the evening, could not know the boy whose life he helped save that morning would die at Methodist Hospital three hours later.
“McKenna (Memorial Hospital) doesn’t have the specialists, like neurosurgeons, trauma cases require. On a run to San Antonio, we try to have two attendants and a driver,” he observed.
Howard said evacuation by MAST helicopter is
generally reserved for infant cases because the ambulance is often just as fast.
“They’re military, and they have to cut all the red tape before they can leave. Once they get going it’s a 15-minute hop from here to the hospital. We can get there in 45 minutes,” Howard said.
Williams said patient preparation, transfer to a stretcher, and other delays could extend a helicopter’s transit time to 30 minutes.
"By that time we could have them to their destination,” Williams said. “We’ve already got them on a stretcher. If the hospital was 50 or 60 miles away, it’d be different.”
Infant care is the helicopters’ strong suit.
“They can get a portable incubator for the infant cases, and they can pick up a pre-natal nurse at Santa Rosa on their way up here. There’s no way we could come close to that,” Williams said.
“The choppers can be here in 15 minutes if the weather’s good. If we have two out of three ambulances out, or if the hospital is in a busy part of the city at rush hour, choppers are great. But when we have the time and the facilities, they’ve found out we can do it as fast as they can.”