New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns travel to 1-35 rival San Marcos tonight to battle the Rattlers, 5A
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Church Life............................6A, 7A
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeituhg extends the following birthday wishes to; Cambry Clark, Amy Whitaker (18 years on Monday), Jared Platt, Gerald Groves (Saturday), Jo Cooper, Espi Rodriguez, Ruby Brown, Charles Dunn, Arlene Sedgewick, Loyce Thomas, Kermit Forshage (Saturdaya*.
Donations to H-Z Cheer Fund continue
Arca citizens have begun to submit donations to the Herald-Zeitung's annual Cheer Fund campaign, which provides food to needy local families for the Christmas holidays.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so in person by coming by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St., or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144 Volunteers for food delivery arc needed, Avery said. Anyone wishing to sign up for delivery can do so by calling Avery. Today's donations include:
■ David & Charline Johnson -SI OO
B Paul & Liz Davis - S25
■ Frank & Mary Chatham • S25
Post Office to host open house Doc. 9
The U.S. Postal Service will host a open house at the New Braunfels Post Office on Seguin St. on Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 a m. to I p m Refreshments will be served during the day.
The Post Office will have extended holiday hours from Dec 5 through Dec. 24, Monday through Fnday from 8 a rn. to 5:30 p m and on Saturday from9am to 12 30p.m.
In January, the cost of U S Postal stamps will rise to 32 cents from 29 cents.
Christian Women’s Club to host luncheon
The New Braunfels/San Marcos Christian Women’s Club will host a luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.
Kelly Walker Presents “Stocking Full of Ideas,” Christmas music of C.C. and Cary Fink of San Marcos will be featured, Minnie Jane Johnson speaks on “Garlands of Joy.” Admission is S7.
Please call for reservations: in New Braunfels (210) 904-7348 For free nursery reservations, call (210)904-7348 in New Braunfels.
Lottery now worth $18 million
No one matched all six numbers Wednesday night, so the new Texas lottery jackpot for Saturday night will be $18 million *
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Comal ISD bonds approved by AGBonds delayed by questions on signature match
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Lawyers from the State’s Attorney General’s must be keeping a close eye on school bonds these days. After a short delay, bonds for the Comal Independent School District have been approved by the office and sold by a securities firm representing the district.
The district had to go through a slight delay after lawyers from the state could not distinguish two signatures from CISD Board of Trustees Secretary Norman Gerlich
The secretary must sign the official bond paper and another paper stating that his signature was on the first. Apparently, Gerlich signed one very carefully and the other more quickly.
“He signed the two pieces differently,” said CISD Finance Director Abel Campos. “When they reviewed them, they didn’t look alike.”
CISD officials and the securities firm had Gerlich resign the items upon request from the AG’s office, and were quickly approved. »
The bonds include S9.1 million of the SI7.6 million approved by voters in September.
Campos said the delay was only minor and would not cause any protv lems.
“We’re going as scheduled." he said “We should start receiving the money the first part of next week ”
A complaint was filed with the AG’s
office in a separate matter regarding the bond election and questions of the secretary’s position at the ti mc of the notice Sonya Sanchez, a rcprc-scnativc for the Attorney General, said the lawyers of the Public Finance Division found “the complaint had no legal significance for the bond issue "
The Public Finance Division includes eight lawyers and five support staff, in charge of reviewing and approving all bonds and other obligations issued by the State. State agencies, cities, counties, school districts, municipal utility districts, hopsital districts, institutions of higher education
and certain non-profit corporations created to act on behalf of some of these political subdivisions.
Sanchez said the bonds arc sent to the State Comptroller’s office for registration and then go to the bend counsel for the district.
“You’re talking about millions of dollars. If they screwed up, I’d hate to be the guy that approved something." said Campos. “They weren’t going to let it go until we got the signatures worked out.”
Perhaps the AG’s office is even more careful given recent developments concerning the Judson school district and the Justice Department’s hold up of a bond election there The New Braunfels School District has a bond election set for Dec IO Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis said the district was doing what it could to prevent any problems
“We have one handout in Spanish and one in English,” he said. “A tape is also available in Spanish for the slide show we have ...Basically we’ll do it as we do every election ”
Curtis said politics can sometimes come into play When Jim Mattox was Attorney General, Curtis was subpconed to testify in a lawsuit involving lawyers who represented the district on bonds and Mattox, which it turned out. stemmed from another matter between the two parties entirely.
Allegedly, Mattox had threatened to withhold bond approval due to another case involving the firm and one of Mattox’s friends “It had nothing to do with the bond or the residents,” said Curtis, whose knowledge included only hcresay. “No telling how much they spent there in Travis County on that ”
FM1102 upgrade runs into problems
County, state seek deal with several companies to pay for improvements
By CRAIG HAMMETT
County and state transportation officials are trying to work out agreements with several large companies to avoid paying a $140,000 bill related to road improvements.
The state and county are going to extend Farm-to-Market Road 1102, about a one and one-half to two-mile project from Conrads Road to FM 306
The problem has developed at the railroad crossing, were the road department would construct culverts Fiber-optic cables owned by a company named Electra and AT&T run near the tracks, which they claim should be protected by pipe casings
County Engineer Tom Homseth said Union Pacific Railroad which owns the right-of-way, would benefit from improved culverts, but as of yet, is not willing to pay for the casings • “Part of this project is to improve the culverts,” he said. “.. We’ve been trying to work with the railroad personnel. It’s obviously important to the railroad.”
Homseth said railroad companies often lease right-of-way space to utilities and “promise to protect it for them.”
Bills sent by AT&T to provide casing for the cables totaled $118,000, while those from Electra came to $21,000.
David Kopp, local engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, termed the situation “extremely frustrating”
He did offer hope for a lower cost to county taxpayers by re-designing the culverts which would nullify casing requirements. By doing that, he estimated the county might be able to get that total down to between $26,000 and 40,000. He added the highway department could even pay to drop new casings in the ground.
“It depends if the railroad tries to get in and defend their people,” said Kapp
Kopp said AT&T was not exactly sure where their casings were located. If they arc on private land, the county has no obligation.
“It’s my hope they are not on railroad property,” he said.
Unicorns hit the road tonight
Two council members cry foul on Miller vote
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Haw Braunfels guard Johnny Rayas drlvaa through an Edison player in a gams played last weak. Rayas and the Unicorns will travel to San Marcos tonight to take on the San Marcos Rattlers. Sea story, Page 5A.Commissioners approve new retirement plan, cost to cut into employees’ pay
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Comal County employee topics highlighted much of the discussion and action at Commissioner’s Court Thursday as commissioners and other employees talked about everything from retirement to holidays.
The court voted 5-0 to accept a retirement plan through the Texas County and District Retirement System The new plan, one of several offered, raises the county’s contribution about $50,000, from $443,061 to $493,936 Each employee will have an additional one percent taken from their paycheck, from six percent to seven percent The combination for retirement, age and years worked, dropped from 80 to 75 under the new plan Also, after eight years of employment with the county, a person is eligible for retirement benefits when they reached 60. Also cost-of-living increases, 50 percent of the Consumer Price
Index each year, will go into effect for those already receiving a retirement check In other news, the ongoing saga of health coverage continues Officials accepted a temporary deal from Prudential covering employees 90 percent in network and 80 percent out-of-network with a S300 deductible until a program is completed between the insurance company, McKenna Hospital’s PHO, and/or local doctors.
“I can say we’re moving along, I can’t tell you how fast,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. “...By Jan. I, we could be in much better shape " Also, Sheriff Jack Brewer voiced objections to the court’s decision last week not to give a full holiday for Veteran’s Day The county will allow employees to take a couple of hours off during the day to attend a ceremony on the Plaza
“I don’t think we are going far enough,” said Bremer. “I just think we ought to have the opportunity to honor veterans ”
Two city council members said they may have voted to appoint Doug Miller as water negotiator if they could have read the motion before it was acted upon by city council Monday night.
Mary Serold, a district two council member, and Mayor Pro-Tern Chris Bowers voted against the measure, along with Mayor Paul Fraser, that named Miller the city’s water consultant The measure passed by a vote of 4-3.
Council member Jan Kennady made a motion to enter in an interlocal agreement with New Braunfels Utilities, similar to the one the county has with NBU for Miller’s services Kennady read the motion several times from some personal notes she had
“I won t enter into any type of agreement unless I see it in black and white before me," said Serold “It would have been a courteous gesture to have it made available.”
Serold said Kennady could have circulated her proposal to council members if it was already in writing.
“I could not support the measure because I could not read it or see it for myself,” said Serold "I would have been derelict in my duty if I voted and didn’t read anything first.”
Bowers said he would have liked to have read the measure before voting on it, but said it was important to get past the divisive issue
"Irregardless of your personal feelings, let’s go forward and put whatever disharmony behind it," Bowers said
The agreement has been drafted by the city and sent to NBU for authorization
Although NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo could not be reached for comment by press time, at NBU’s monthly board meeting on Wednesday she said “We feel we can work with it ”
E C Momhinwcg, NBU Board of Trustees president, said he has always wanted the city to be in the water negotiations
“The water issue is something we, the city and the county must be thoroughly together on,” he said.
Other NBU business:
■ E. C Momhinwcg was nominated by acclamation by Guadalupe Castillo, who was chosen by board members to serve as vice president by the board Castillo fills the position left open by O A Stratemann whose five-year term expired last month Karl Zipp will remain as secretary.
■ DiFonzo spoke briefly about the city’s proposed interlocal agreement with water negotiator Doug Miller Although she had just received the proposal, DiFonzo said “We foci we can work with it ”
■ Approved the purchase of a 2 7 acre $$5,000 tract of land, off of loop 337 near Industrial Dr., to build a proposed electrical substation site suggested to be called the Horton Town substation.Coming Sunday
Herald-Zeitung managing editor Mark Lyon goes into the shop of New Braunfels knlfesmlth Johnny Stout, known all over the nation for his craftsmanship and beautifully creative knives.
Stout tells how it all got started and where it has taken him today in Sunday s People section. Don t miss it!For subscription, news or advertising information, call 625-9144 (Metro 606-0646)