New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ I «J* J n pCompromise generates lower gas priority
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
A compromise gas curtailment program was approved Monday by the Texas Railroad Commission, leaving electric generating utilities at a lower position on the priority scale but preserving their advantage over larger, industrial gas pipeline users.
The decision culminated weeks of RRC hearings in which testimony from Valero Energy Corp. and its major industrial
customers was pitted against utilities that burn gas to generate electricity, such as the Lower Colorado River Authority (which supplies New Braunfels Utilities).
The compromise, which goes into effect immediately, places smaller commercial gas users and industrial plants who have no energy alternative above the electric producers, who can switch to coal, nuclear, or (in LCRA’s case) fuel oil in case of a gas curtailment.
“It’s probably reasonable. With smaller commercial or business operations, there’s not
much gas involved. They’re justified in making that compromise,’’ Elof Soderberg, LCRA’s chief engineer, said Tuesday.
In case of a gas shortage, brought about by severe winter weather and the resultant increased demand, the RRC order determines whose gas gets cut off first.
Interstate shipments will be the first to be curtailed, as in the previous order. I^arge pipeline industries are next, followed by electric producers.
Before Monday’s order, electric utilities
enjoyed a higher priority. Now, out of 13 categories, they are fourth from the bottom.
“It will be a little bit worse, but not a great deal — we hope,” Soderberg said.
‘Most of the people raising most of the hell at those hearings were the small commercial operators who have no other source of fuel."
If the LCRA is curtailed, No. 2 fuel oil will be used instead of gas, he said. To get an idea how much more expensive that is, gas today costs the utility $2.85 per mega-btu (a unit of heat for comparison purposes). Oil’s cost per mmbtu: $6
“You can see oil is more than twice the cost of gas. Per kilowatt hour, gas would be 2.85 cents, oil would be 6 cents. These are rough figures,” he cautioned.
Utilities customers pay for the extra fuel costs, which are passed through to one portion of the monthly electric bills.
Additionally, since oil is a dirtier fuel, the fins and tubes in the upper part of the boilers soon collect a sooty residue that must be cleaned periodically, increasing maintenance costs, Soderberg said.
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New Braunfels, Texas
ambulance pact okayed
Comal County commissioners yesterday unanimously voted to renew a contract with the City of New Braunfels to extend ambulance and fire services into the unincorporated areas in the county.
According to reports from July to December 1979, the city ambulances made 325 runs in the county compared to 1,109 runs in the city. Mileage in the county totaled 18,502 miles, compared with 7,741 total miles in the city. Ambulance workers spent 1,762 man hours in the city and 3,030 man hours working in the county, the reports showed.
During that time the New Braunfels Fire Department made 179 runs in the county and 304 runs in the city, totaling
4,312 miles in the county and 2,506 miles in the city. Firefighters worked 1,853 hours in the county and 1,513 hours in the city, the reports indicated.
“The problem is that it’s (the services) not in the budget yet,” County Auditor Bate Bond said. "I would recommend we put it (service costs) in our revenue-sharing budget."
The county pays the city $1,980 per month for fire services and $1,782 for ambulance services from its revenue-sharing budget, the auditor’s office reported.
County Judge Max Wommack said the county would receive its revenue-sharing monies in January. Part of tile payment would be used for the costs of the services, he said.
Bids surpass budget for two sheriff's cars
The Gerald Lenz home took first place in the decorative category Mrs. H.M. Bodine lights a candle in her energy winner
Home decorations garner Jaycees' prizes
Some homes entered in the Jaycees Christmas home decorating contest were still being put together as judges arrived Sunday evening.
For the most part, however, the decorations were complete and although beautiful in their own way, judges managed to come up with winners.
First, second and third place winners were awarded $40, $20 and $10, respectively.
In the energy conservation division Mrs. H.M.
Bodine of 28 Royal Crest was awarded first prize, while Lynette Fritz and Rim Scholl of 1157 Dunlap Drive were awarded second prize. No third place winner was named.
The Serda family of 297 S. Grape captured first place honors in the religious category for its nativity scene. The home of Harold Snyder, 550 I^akeview Circle, and Harvey Borgfeld, 462 Ixickener, took second and third place, respectively.
In the decorative category, Gerald I>enz, 330 Briarwood, won first place. The Ed Fischer home at 984 Encino Drive placed second and the home of David Hartmann at 273 E. Mill St. received third place.
To come up with their decisions, judges considered the overall attractiveness of the decorations, plus the evidence of hard work being put into the decorating, according to one judge.
Judging by the bids opened Monday, there may not be enough money in the budget to fund two new cars requested for the sheriff’s department.
Two weeks ago Comal County commissioners voted to amend their revenue sharing budget to allow $13,000 to be spent on two new cars. The cars would replace investigators’ vehicles.
Any combination of two vehicles bid would cost the county a minimum of $15,(HK), according to the bids opened from Bock Motor Co., Becker Motor Co. and Krueger Chevrolet.
After opening the bids, County Judge Max Wommack decided the court should wait until a later date to decide on the purchase.
“I^t he (Auditor H. Bate Bond) and Mr. Sheriff get together and see if we can afford any of it,” the judge said.
“I can’t find where two of them (vehicles) will come out of $13,000,” Bond said.
Krueger Chevrolet, Inc. offered two 1981 four-door Impala models at $7,777 each or $7,484 for one only. Becker Motor Co. offered 1981 Plymouth Fury models at $7,764.16 each, a 1980 Chrysler for $7,415.30, a 1980 four-door Dodge for $7,594.87, a 1980 Chrysler for $7,651.16 if purchased before Jan. I and $8,151.16 if purchased after Jan. I and a 1980 Chrysler for $7,945. Bock Motor Co. offered a I 81 Ford LTD for $8,306,
Computer spells relief for auditor
Approval was given Monday for the purchase of a computer for the county auditor’s office.
Auditor H. Bate Bond recommended to county commissioners that they purchase a computer from Justice Management Information Inc. of Austin.
Bond said $27,000 was available in the 1980-81 budgets for a computer. Two weeks ago the commissioners received bids for the computer from Justice Management Information Inc. for $24,340 and from Burroughs Corp. of San Antonio for approximately $49,600.
Bond recommended the computer be bought on a cash-purchase basis instead of a five-year time payment plan. Under a cash-purchase plan, a payment is made each time a new
piece of equipment is installed. A 14 percent interest rate would have been tacked onto the original computer price under the time payment plan, Bond said.
“What we’ll do with the computer is keep books, write checks and do payroll,” Bond said, ‘irater we’ll do a budget analysis.”
Bond said the increase of the work load in the county auditor’s office made the computer necessary.
Since 1974 the work force in the office has increased by one person, Bond said. At that time the office was dealing with a $750,000 budget, he said. The budget has increased to $2 million this year, he added.
“We’re doing a lot more work now than we were six years ago,” Bond said.
A cat does its part to help with last-minute touches in the Serda family nativity scene which won top religious honors