New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sohn takes harder line in speech
Henry Moak Rollins
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
It was the same speech on “load management,” but a different audience, and this time New Braunfels Utilities general manager Boh Sohn took a hard line with the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Two hours after urging Utilities' industrial customers to help reduce the local electric system’s “peak demand,” Sohn used the same figures and projections to address the LUKA Wholesale Power Customers Association’s annual convention at the Civic Center Thursday.
Delegates heard Sohn describe efforts to interest the authority in load management programs as a way of reducing demand for electricity and avoiding costs involved
in new power plants.
The customers group, faced with a growing demand for LORA power, has endorsed the authority’s plans to construct a third generating unit at its Fayette County power complex, but Sohn believes load management can delay the need for a fourth generator.
“Fayette-3” will increase Utilities’ share of the LUR A’s bond debt from $2.15 million (last year's figure) to an estimated $20 million per year by 1990. Building “Fayette-4” would double Utilities annual debt service cost to $40 million.
“I’m not sure we can survive that one. We’ve got to keep the growth (in demand for kilowatt capacity) to 3 percent or less
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PUC chairman sees power problems
By DYANNE HHY Staff writer
The Lower Colorado River Authority's wholesale customers talked a lot about keeping power costs down Thursday.
Henry Moak Rollins, chairman of the Public Utility Commission, told the gathering at the Civic Center he’s afraid Texas won’t have enough power at any price.
Summer’s peak electrical demand increased 5.7 percent per year, average, between 1970 and 1980. If that rate persists through the ’80s, “We’ll be in trouble two to five years from now, even if all power plants now under construction are finished on time,” said Rollins in his luncheon address.
“If we could retard the rate of growth
to 3.5 percent per year, we could make it through this decade smiling,” he added.
“In my opinion, load management is no longer an interesting intellectual topic, eleven a desirable technology. It s a necessity,” Rollins said.
I oad management, a method of leveling peak demands by staggering high-energy activities throughout the day, was the subject of a Thursday morning meeting between New Braunfels Utilities manager Bob Sohn and heads of local industries.
Rollins also mentioned “co-generation," in w hich an industry makes double use of a product or raw material to produce some of its own power, thus lightening the load on its power company.
Those measures can help. On the w hole,
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Speakers list effects of marijuana use
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Fven though Cen. Robinson Risner, executive director of the Texans’ War on Drugs (TWO!)), couldn’t make the combined Lions and Rotary clubs meeting Thursday ut Fagles Hall, his message came through loud and dear.
“The youth of Texas is too precious to waste on drugs,” Cen. Risner was supposed to say. And Ricardo Leora, TWOI) minorit) coordinator, and Mrs. Lynn Dawson, youth coordinator, took it from there.
“The illegal drug industry represents an estimated OB to 90 billion dollars a year in the United States,” Leora said. “Drugs rank second to Exxon Inc., and just above Mobil Oil. And marijuana accounts for 18 to 20 billion dollars of that staggering IM) billion-dollar figure.
Marijuana is the fourth largest cash crop, the minority coordinator informed, with California, Hawaii and Oklahoma leading the harvest list. Time magazine reported 100,000 people are commercial growers of marijuana. They supply about 20 percent of the gross consumed annually by the nation’s 25.5 million smokers.
Leora described marijuana as the “gateway” drugs or “stepping stone” to other drugs. “Ninety percent of heroin users began with marijuana. One in every 14 high school seniors use marijuana on a daily basis. Marijuana is the most
Clements. White spar on session
AUSTIN (AP) For any Texan who doesn’t think Gov. Bill Clements' call for a Sept. 7 special legislative session will provide fuel for autumn political campaigns, there’s this from Attorney General Mark White, Democratic candidate for governor:
“This is a crystal-clear example of Clements’ incompetence and inability to manage the affairs of the state of Texas."
Clements on Thursday called the Legislature back for the third special session in 14 months. This time the problem is the state’s unemployment fund, which, as a result of increasing joblessness, is being drained.
The governor wants legislators to approve a federal government loan to pump up the fund. He also wants lawmakers to change the state formula that could spark a massive Oct. I increase in employers’ tax payments into the fund.
That increase estimated to be as high as 2,700 percent would be triggered by the current formula, which requires an increase when the fund drops below $225 million.
“By recouping, recovering some of the dollars we have sent to Washington, we can avoid this intolerable increase that has been discussed previously,” Clements said, referring to a Texas Employment Commission estimate that the tax would jump 1.800 percent on Oct. I
The tax stands at $0 per year per employee for companies with a good record of keeping people on the job and thus not collecting unemployment benefits.
"There should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that whatever measures we finally end up with ... there will be no doubt whatsover about the payment of these unemployment benefits," Clements said.
“There are very sensible, reasonable, equitable, fair answers to these questions. This is no great big extreme crisis,” the governor told reporters outside the Governor’s Mansion.
Ll. Gov. Bill Hobby, Speaker Bill Clayton and Comptroller Bob Bullock met with Clements at the mansion on Thursday and came out nodding agreement with Clements’ plans.
But it took only a few hours for White’s campaign headquarters to crank out a release blasting Clements for not reacting sooner to the problem.
The Texas Employment Commission and Rep. Lloyd Cnss, I)-La Marque, say they had warned Clements of the problem. But Clements said there was no such warning.
White said Clements’ handling of the matter “is highly reminiscent of
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available drug for our young people.”
Statistics reflect that availability 32 percent between the ages of 14-15 have tried marijuana, 51 percent between 16-17 years of age, and 68 percent between 18-25 years. The average .starting age of a marijuana user is ll or 12 years old.
What affect does marijuana have on kids’ bodies? “We have a lot of research still up in the air, but we know these tilings, for sure,” Leora said. “The potency of the drug is up from one-quarter of one percent to four percent that’s an increase of 16-20 percent.
“Marijuana contains 421 chemicals. Then, 2,000 more chemicals are manufactured immediately upon lighting a marijuana cigarette, and an additional 200 chemicals are produced once the marijuana smoke reaches the lungs and is metabolized.”
The THC contents of marijuana determines its potency. THC will stay in the body at least 21 days. So if someone smokes only one marijuana cigarette every three weeks, he or she is never free of the effects of THC, he said.
“The chemicals in marijuana are attracted to the fatty tissue of the brain. That’s where we get amability to focus, think, concentrate, communicate, etc.,” Leora stressed. “Then there’s motor skills. Just one joint has been shown to reduce motor skills by 43 percent, two joints
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Utilities adopts 1982-83 budget
The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees approved a $32 million budget for 1982-83, reflecting a 28-percent increase over last year’s budget.
“This is a roadmap for us, and we may have to come back with amendments,” General Manager Bob Sohn said. “But I feel good about this budget.”
Most of the difference between the 1981-82 and 1982-83 budgets conies from a 10-percent increase in projected kilowatt hour sales, and a projected water-sewer rate increase. The - small’’ water-sewer hike would provide a 10-percent increase in water-sewer revenues, Sohn said.
A major part of the approved budget $23.6 million, in fact is for expected power costs, paid bv New Braunfels Utilities to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LURA). Last year’s power costs were around $19 million.
“Thirty-five percent of that $23.6 million is
fuel cost, which is 32 percent more than last year’s costs,” Sohn stated.
Required capital ($1,231,839) and system expansions, also referred to as routine extensions ($850,000) will be put back into the system, Sohn said. “We’re awfully proud of that. We're putting $2 million plus back into the system from revenue.”
Utilities began this year with a cash balance on short-term investments of $678,IKM), and will end the 1982-83 year with $371.OOO on hand.
The Utilities’ payment to the City of New Braunfels in lieu of taxes for 1982-83 is estimated at $810,000, compared to last year's $729,000. The payment is based on the number of kilowatt hours sold.
The approved budget also allows for four new full-time and one half-time employees.
In a report to the board, Sam McKenzie of Hunter Associates Inc., an Austin firm, said New Braunfels should be in line for federal
funds in 1983, if not 1982, for a $3 million capacity increase at the Kuehler Sew age Treatment Plant The expansion project is funded through the Environmental Prat' ction Agency, but allocated by the Texas Department of Water Resources (TWDR I.
"The word from the TDWR is before the end of the year, the funding list for 1983 should be out, and New Braunfels will move up on that list, if it’s not included in 1982 funding,” McKenzie said. New Braunfels is currently fifth on the 1982 list, and would move up if any of those cities above it fail to meet funding and other requirements.
The board also gave Sohn and his staff authorization to bid budget approved vehicles: electric, water and sewer system inventory supplies and material; and the bank depository contract for 1983-85. Board member Robert Orr
See UTILITIES, Page 16InsideToday's Weather
The Comal County forecast calls for more of the same sunny and hot through Saturday. Highs will be in the upper-90s with lows dropping at night to the mid-70s. Winds will be out of the Southeast 10-15 mph today, decreasing to 5-10 mph tonight.
Football Fans, Take Heed
Comal County football fans will have , . .. ,
a bonus in store for them in Sunday s l»cal leal estate agen o, e
Herald.Zenunq. A special football Krueger has been named to the
section will be packed with stories and b“ard of directors of McKenna
photos of the three local high school Memoual Hospital.
teams, along with a look at the Krueger, co-owner et I owne and Southwest Texas Stale Bobcats County Realtors replaces former
board member John I Langston, who died in June.
Active in community affairs,
CLASSIFIED..............8 13 Krueger is the immediate past
COMICS..................14 president of the New Braunfels
CROSSWORD.............14 Board of Realtors and a former
DEAR ABBY................2 president of the New Braunfels
DEATHS...................2 Chamber of Commerce.
HOROSCOPE.............. 2 He presently serves as a member
Krueger named to board of McKenna Memorial Hospital
of the executive and legislative committees of the Texas Association of Realtors and is treasurer of the Wurstfest Association. Krueger, a graduate of Texas A&M University and former member of the U.S. Air Force, also sits on the executive committee of the South Texas Chamber of Commerce.
Krueger entered the real estate and lumber business iii New Braunfels in 1970 when he and his parents opened Town and Country Realtors.
Planners eye tighter plat regulations
The experts recommend retroactive plats, density regulations in the zoning ordinance and deletion of the "park donation" provision from the New Braunfels subdivision ordinance.
“Generally, we’re recommending that every part of the city that’s never had a plat filed on it, /hive a plat filed on it,” consultant Craig Farmer'told the Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night.
Farmer’s firm, Freese & Nichols of Austin, has been hired to revamp the city’s subdivision ordinance. He discussed the progress of the effort in a workshop meeting attended by four commissioners and city planning director Debra Goodwin.
“Your ordinance is not at all restrictive, compared to other cities.” said Fanner. He thinks that’s just as well; some cities have “gone overboard.” But the New Braunfels ordinance needs tightening up in places, and there’s a need lo Coordinate it with the zoning ordinance md Die city’s master plan, Fanner said.
P&Z chairman David Hartmann was there to listen, along with John Dierksen, Joe Hartigan and Mike Dietert.
“More and more cities are going to what’s called a development code,” said Fanner. Iii other states, such a code can more or less combine zoning and subdivision regulations. In Texas, the law requires two separate ordinances, and they’re governed by different rules. Thus, it makes a difference which regulations are included iii which ordinance.
“For example, when we were working in San Marcos, we found out the city had all its density controls in the subdivision ordinance," Fanner said. “We pointed out that applied only lo new plats.” That left the city no avenue for controlling density in older parts of the city.
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