New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
SCARING THE CROWS
It will be cool and damp today as the high in New Braunfels reaches about 55 degrees. Tonight's low will dip down to about 40 degrees. For more weather information see Page 2A.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Jennifer Schuetz, Kathleen Haag. Doris Grimm, Cynthia Hartmann, Isaac Gonzales, and Pat Voigt and Pam Schneider.
Happy birthday Saturday to Nina Bueche.
Belated birthday wishes to Erik Daniel Gonzales and Christy Williams.
Anniversary wishes to Alan and Judy Brucks and Alvin and Johnnie Bertram.
Holiday music concert set
The Mid-Texas Symphony will present a concert of holiday music at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
The concert features the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus with the New Braunfels High School and Seguin High School choirs performing Vivaldi’s
“Magnificat” along with traditional holiday carols.
The rest of the program will include Bach's “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3,” Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Vaughn Williams. Maestro Akira Endo will conduct the orchestra. The Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus is being rehearsed by David Stevens of Austin.
Tickets for this Christmas concert are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and college students and $2 for students through high school. Tickets are available at First Choice and Rhoads Interiors in New Braunfels and will be available at the door the day of the coneen.
The Mid-Texas Symphony Guild will sell Christmas poinsettias during the reception immediately following the concert. Proceeds benefit the Mid-Texas Symphony.
Call 629-0336 for more information.
Pot luck supper
AU Senior Citizen Foundation members, or potential members, will meet for a Christmas pot luck Supper on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. Bring a meat dish and one other dish. Call 629-4547 by 4 p.m. today if you need a ride.
Caroling on the Piaza
Celebrate the holiday season
by helping fill the night air with
song at the annual Caroling on
the Plaza Sunday, Dec. 15.
Area musician Paul
McLaughlin will serve as song
leader for the holiday tradition,
which begins at 6 p.m. on the
Main Plaza. The streets will be
blocked off for the 10th annual
celebration, and printed song
sheets will be distributed.
Participants should consider
taking lawn chairs and
flashlights. Hot chocolate and
coffee will be served.
‘Shop Alone’ program
“Shop Alone," offered by The Children's Museum, helps frazzled parents do their holiday shopping child-free each
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United Way helps child
A scary host of scarecrows were in the running for top honors this year in the 6th annual Girstmiil Scarecrow Contest that benefits the United Way of Comal County. There were 13 entries this year. Above, Teen Connection took third place for MA Scary Crow" and at left, the Canyon Middle School Art Club took second place with "Pallet Painter named Bill Joe Bob." First place honors went to Mt. Valley
Elementary School for "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.:
The United Way of Comal County has made a $10,000 donation to the Caring for Children Program of Comal County, Inc.
The donation will fund basic, preventive and emergency health care for 32 children between ages six and 18 in Comal County.
Herb Schneider, general manager of LaFarge Corporation, proposed-the funding to the United Way Board of Directors. He is a member of the steering committee which makes decisions tm funding agencies.
The Caring for Children. Program is a tax-exempt,
See CARINGI Page 2AVol. 140, No. 17 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of James A. Johnson Two Sections, 20 Pages
Members of the Cornel County United Way present $10,000 lo Caring for Children Thursday during a ceremony at the Comal County Courthouse. (Photo by BUI Ervin)
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head into last week
The New Braunfels Herald* Zeitung’s Cheer Fund drive now has raised $3,963.19.
And as the drive heads into the last week approximately more money is still needed in order to provide Christmas dinners to about 200 local residents who are less fortunate.
Daily updates of how much money has been contributed will appear in the Herald until the delivery date, Dec. 21.
Latest contributors are:
George and Amy Shafer — $20 Anonymous — $20 Michael and Regina McFarland — $25
Oerald and Rosalie Groves — $25
Kai, Laurel and Luke Jensen — $50
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
City of New Braunfels staff expect in the future to propose a hazardous waste ordinance that would clarify service charges for the clean-up of hazardous spills, says City Attorney Barry Moore.
Staff members are drafting the proposed ordinance after an agreement between the city and Bluebonnet Motors Inc. The company disputed some of the charges for a clean-up of spilled carburetor cleaner on their property in August.
“The purpose of (an ordinance) would be to establish what the charges would be to a property owner or a company that caused a spill” if it required a response from the city, Moore said.
“Whatever formula they come up with will be something intended to accurately reflect what the actual costs were,” he said.
The proposal is at this point “not near final form,” he said.
Interim City Manager Hector Tamayo said the city agreed not to charge Bluebonnet Motors for personnel and equipment that stood by in case of an emergency but did not participate in the Aug. 26 cleanup.
The spill of 15 gallons of carburetor cleaner occurred in the company’s parking lot at 315 N. Seguin Ave. and forced the evacuation of area residents.
Bluebonnet was originally billed $9,692, but this was negotiated down to $4,870.
See STUDY, Page 2A
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
When several New Braunfels police officers wound up in a high-speed car chase on the night of Nov. 29, the lines of communication between them were dead because of a failing radio system.”
For most of the time (the radios) were useless,” Police Chief C.R. “Dick" Headen said. “Nobody could talk to each other.”
Because the entire citywide radio svstcm is old and worn, Interim City Manager Hector Tamayo was authorized by the City Council to seek vendors’ proposals for a new system.
“Our officers are virtually uncovered out here with no radio contact because of an antiquated system,” Headen said.
He said the police radios are dated from 1973, and they constantly drift off
Paper reduces work force
The New Braunfels Heiald-Zeitung Friday morning reduced its work force by six full-time and four part-time employees.
“Certainly this was something we all regretted,” said Editor and Publisher David Sullens, “but it was something that, in light of a continuing soft economy, had to be done in order for the Herald-Zeitung to remain a strong community newspaper.”
The action results in about a 20 percent reduction in the newspaper’s work force, Sullens said.
The news'paper’s publisher said he expects no further work force reductions.
And he said the newspaper’s management and employees are dedicated to seeing that the paper’s quality and the service rendered tis customers remains high.
searching for new lifeline
frequency or need to be patched.
“Over the years since 1973, you’ve got a piecemeal system that’s just reached its peak,” he said. “It’s gone. It’s sick. And we’ve got to go for a replacement.”
The city-wide system covers fire, emergency services, police and various general city services, “from the dog catcher to the sanitation department, to the street department, to the building department," Tamayo said.
Headen said the city-wide system additionally must be relied upon for emergency management in the event of a hazardous materials spill ot tornado, for example.
Tamayo could not yet disclose an estimate of what a new system would cost.
According to the city’s explanation report for seeking proposals, the
handheld police radios have worked roughly 25 percent of the time in the past two weeks. This is largely the result of interference from a malfunctioning transmitter operated by another governmental agency in the area, the report states.
“The present radio system was installed in 1973 and provides no backup system," the report states.
"You’ve got an officer out here in trouble, nobody knows where he is or can hear him calling for help," Headen said. “That radio is our lifeline."
The report states that all radio systems in the city should be replaced because any system will interfere with the old system.
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