New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following: Gloria Kolacek, Barbara Cobb (Monday), Elizabeth Hassold (Monday), Marcy Lindsey (Monday), Darrell J. Jarisch, Lauren Espinosa, Sabrina Brinkkoeter (Monday), Grant Warnecke (Monday), Frank CabaBero (Monday), Isaac Mesa (Monday^ beanie Jarisch (belated) Md Brooke Campbell (Monday).
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Artou and Myrtle Bartels (46 years Tuesday) and Lope and Efeie Paredez (54 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Monday — Clear. Highs in the upper 50s to near 60.
Tuoodoy — Clear. Lows in the 30s. Highs in the 60s.
Wodnooday —Partly cloudy. Lows near 40. Highs in the 60s.
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The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for Monday was the Hummel Museum.
This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and hand out information. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park that night.
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Th* New Braunfels Herato-Zeitung offices will be closed New Year’s Day. The New Year's Day edition of the Her-ald-Zeitung will be delivered early Thursday morning, lf you experience delivery problems, call 625-9144 from 7 to 10 a m. Thursday. Normal business hours 'will resume Jan. 2.
Post office closing
Window service for the New Braunfels post office will close at noon Wednesday. Express mail, parcels and priority mail may be picked up until 4 p m that day. The post office also will be closed Thursday for New Year’s Day.
The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities will sponsor the 11th annual Christmas tree recycling program starting Monday. Residents can drop off live trees at a specially marked area kl the Olympic Swimming Pool parking lot at Landa Park Drive and Golf Course Road in Landa Park through Jan. 19. For information, call 608-2160
School’s out until 1M8
Schools and offices of New Braunfels Independent School District will be closed through Friday. Employees return Jan. 5, while students begin the second semester Jan. 6.
The Tax Office, which collects taxes for the school district and the city of New Braunfels, will be closed Monday through Friday, but it will be open the last three . days of December. Closed on Thursday, it will be open Friday. Office hours for the Tax Office are 8 a m. to 5 p.m.
Comal Independent School District offices and schools will be closed through Friday. The CISG central office will reopen at 8 a rn. Jan 5. School will begin Jan. 6.
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26 pages in four sections ■ Sunday, December 28,1997
Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years ■ Home of Darted J. Jarisch
Vol. 146, No. 32
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NBU eyes transmission, light pacts
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
New Braunfels Utilities trustees will consider Tuesday a contract with the Lower Colorado River Authority for shared use of die NBU transmission network for fiber optic construction.
Also on the agenda is a proposed agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for shared costs in changing street lights on Interstate 35 in the city.
The NBU board will meet at 7 p.m. at NBU on the Main Plaza.
LORA could pay NBU to use NBU-owned transmission lines within the city for installation of fiber optic equipment. This would enable NBU to share in revenues gained from the equipment.
The fiber optic system can transmit data more readily and is a favorable communication system, according Jeff Thompson, NBU assistant general manager of business services.
NBU and LCRA have been negotiating to reach an amicable contract agreement for both parties, Thompson said.
“We hope to arrive at an equitable
way to distribute the revenues from third parties,” he said.
LCRA could reroute the fiber optic network and go around New Braunfels if an agreement is not reached between LCRA and NBU officials, according to Thompson.
Also scheduled for discussion Tuesday is a proposal for city council to contract with TxDOT for an illumination project to change 7.4 miles of street lights along Interstate 35.
NBU officials evaluated options for a partnership with TxDOT for Turn to NBU, Page 2A
Police prepare relocation to new home on Seguin Street
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Local police officers and law enforcemer personnel are preparing to step into a spaciou new work area that officials say should mer their needs well into the 21st century.
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weeks, according to NBPD chief Ray Dot glas. Contractors are putting the finishin touches on carpet, wiring ami (mint.
The city of New Braunfels purchased ti building, which once housed Calco Lumtx Company, and four acres of land surroundin it for approximately $417,000 from a con mercial firm in Dallas. The building passe through a number of owners and was vacant f< about 14 years, according to city officials.
“We’ve redone about 26,000 square feet Douglas said.
The purchase of the building and rcnov; tions totaled approximately $1.5 millioi according to city officials. About $ I million < that was derived from the city's general fun About $225,000 was provided by drug semi funds, and about $225,000 came from the ci infrastructure and improvement fund, city mal ager Mike Shands said.
“We’ve been in this building (at 111 V Garden St.) for 25 years,” said Douglas. “We probably outgrew it IO years ago.”
Increased office space will mean officers will not have to work elbow to elbow.
“Now you won’t have three officers working out of one office,” Shands said.
Once talk of expansion began, city officials ruled out expanding the current police building. Douglas said.
“One of the reasons we had to look else-
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where is because this (police station) was considered a civil defense building. The exterior walls are three feet thick," said Douglas.
The new police station will be in a prime location, according to officials.
“They can be on the interstate in a heartbeat,” as well as Farm-to-Market 725 and
Texas 46, Shands said. “They’ll be highly visible at the new location.”
A new municipal court and New Braunfels 911 Emergency Dispatch will occupy a portion of the new building, the majority of
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Candidates wait until last minute for filing
From staff reports
Campaign filings for county offices are gaining momentum, but the full slate of candidates will not be apparent until the last minute, according to the Don Hensz and Gloria Sasser, county Republican and Democratic chairmen, respectively.
Formally fifing recently with the Republican Party for the March IO primary were:
• Brenda Freeman, county court at law judge
• Norma Keeton, Precinct 4 justice of the peace
• Howard “Curly” Smith, Pct. 4 J.P. incumbent
• Fred Stewart, Pct. 3 J.P. incumbent
• James Gilbert, Pct. 4 commissioner
• Moe Schwab, Pct. 4 commissioner incumbent
• Bart Bartholomew, treasurer incumbent
The only Democratic candidate filing thus far has been Diana Gutrrcrro Campos, Pct. I J.P. incumbent.
One key race for which no one has filed thus far is the county judge's race. Incumbent Carter Casteel announced months ago that she would not be seeking re-election in 1998.
“I know there are some (possible candidates) out there, but they’re having to wait until the last minute,” Hensz said.
Sasser said, “We don't expect many in the county to file until the last three days. We know some are weighing decisions over the weekend.”
Candidates have until 6 p.m. Friday to file for county offices with their party chairs. They first must register their campaign treasurers with the county clerk’s office.
County mulls WORD seats
Comal County Commissioners Court will make appointments to the Water Oriented Recreation District board when it meets at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in the commissioners courtroom on tire third floor of the courthouse annex.
Commissioners will appoint a new member to replace board member Guy Anderson, whose term limit of four consecutive two-year terms has expired.
The court also will consider reappointing two WORD board members — Scott Watson and William Mayo.
In ocher action T uesday. commissioners will consider approving a contract with the Alamo Area Council of Governments for grant money to pay for the city/county household hazardous waste collection.
Leftover hazardous materials aren’t just for landfill anymore
City, county develop recycling program
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Local officials are teaming up lo develop a chemical collection recycling program with a goal to re-use hazardous materials otherwise destined for disposal.
The city of New Braunfels and Comal County are altering a hazardous waste collection program to include recycling of products such as garden
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“Anything with a hazardous label can be brought to the collection," said New Braunfels free marshal Elroy Fnesenhahn.
The chemical product recycling program is the first locally, although officials have collected hazardous materials from the community for yawl — for disposal purposes.
Officials aw modeling the recycling effort after a hazardous materials recycling program in Abi
lene. Gauging New Braunfels and Comal County’s response to the local program, officials will determine whether the program wil continue, Frresen-hahn said.
Pesticides, fertilizer, herbicides, auto and cleaning chemicals are among products sought for the city and county’s primary collection date, scheduled for April 4.
“We will be segregating chemicals that week,” Fnesenhalui said. “A lot of chemicals can be reused, saving on disposal costs.”
April IO is designated as government day, when any government agency can obtain donated chemicals and products.
“That way, they’re not buying new products — they’re using existing ones,” he said.
Collection will open to the general public April 11 so others might pick up any chemicals they want. Officials plan to dispose of any remaining hazardous chemicals April 12.
There will be no fees for any individual or agency wishing to obtain the chemicals, just an agreement that the product will be used to the manufacturer's standards or otherwise returned, said Frresenhahn.
Designated drop-off areas and other mformanoo will be available as April approaches, Frresenhahn said.Babysitters offer tips for parents betiding out for New Year's Eve fun — Page 7A