New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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13 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of ELIZABETH RODRIQUEZ
14 Pages in one section ■ Dec. 30,1993
■ Vol. 14^ No. 35
Birthday withes! I
| The New Braunfels Herald- J Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Elizabeth I Rodriguez, Richard Conrey, Paul I Hudson, A J. Kirkendall, Irmo J Heels, Linda Pf ell, Joe L. I
Espinoza (belated). I
NS Optimist Club | [mssting Monday I
■ The New Braunfels Optimist I [Club will hold its first meeting of I
the new year on Monday, Jan. 3 at I 16:30 p.m. The meeting will be at I I Finkel's Salad Bar and Grill and I I the speaker will be Comal County I [Agent Bob Taylor. I
■ Board members will meet at 7 I [aim. Friday morning. I
I Beginner piano I [program slated I
■ New Braunfels Community I [Education will offer a beginning I I piano program for students ages I 17-12. Students will be learning the!
I fundamentals of music using the I I latest computer and keyboard I J technology in a fun-filled, stress- I I free environment. This course I I allows students to try piano to see I I if they are interested in music. I
m To register, call 620-6200. I
[New Year’s Eve I adance planned
ta A New Year’s Eve dance has I (beenset for Holy Family Home I I from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on I Idcc. 31 (Friday). I
■ The dance will feature the I
■ sounds of the Texana Band. Tick-1 I cts will be $8. For more informa- I I don, call 625-5320. I
I Republican kick-off I Iset Monday I
ta The Comal County Republican I iCampaign Kick-Off will be held I I at Molly Joe’s restaurant on Mon-1 I day, Jan. 3 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 I p.m. Candidates who have filed I I on the Republican ticket for local I I offices will be on hand. Refresh- I I ments will be served. Call 629- I 10388 for more information. I
113th Bridal Fair I
I scheduled for Jan. 4 I
I On Tuesday, Jan. 4, the New I I Braunfels Bridal Fair Association! I will host its 13th annual Bridal I I Fair at the New Braunfels Civic I I Center, located at 380 S. Seguin I
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I Admission is $3. Doors open at! |6:30 p.m. I
ta All facets of planning a wed- I
■ ding from engagement to honey-B I moon to moving into a first home!
I are represented by the bridal con-! | gultants participating — including! I jewelry, hair styling and nail care,! I flowers and other special decors-! I dons, catering, photography, wed] I ding dresses, hotels, reception ll I rooms, honeymoon travels, chi-l I na ware, and more. m
I A bridal gown fashion show I I will be interrupted only by the H I awarding of exquisite prizes given I by participating businesses. This | I year's prizes still include groom's!
I gifts as well. You're invited to vis^ I it the booths of each participating! I business to see what services and! I items they hive to offer and to I I register to win each consultant's I I giveaway. I
I Stammtisch I
(The New Brantails Herald-Zeitungl invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the ■ Sophienburg Archives and members] of the German community, m
"Stammtisch" represents a sitting| place for members of the community to gather and share the day's hap-M partings. We invite you to share with its.) rn
Jackpot $3 million
Lafarge preparing for ‘winter turnaround’
By ROSEMARIE EASH Staff Writer
The Lafarge Balcones Cement Plant will shut down for their annual ’’winter turnaround,” a mqjor maintenance effort, on Jan. 30 and will upgrade the cement kiln burner during that time.
uWe plan on being shut down for 17 days," said Ride Toedtman, Plant Engineer. "We nearly quadruple our workforce with outside workers during this time. Our objective with the new combustion system is to improve system reliability and reduoe downtime while reducing our Aiel costs. This will be accomplished with
improved flame control and with an air to Aiel mixture at optimum efficiency.
"We will also be able to improve the production of our Class-H clinker which is the cement product coming directly ftom the kiln priot to being finish ground in the cement mills," said Toedtman.
The new burner was designed by Lafkrge-Coppee in France and modified to U.S. stan
nic photo by JOHN HUSETH The Lafarge cement kllne will be ahu! down during the mattenanoe effort, atoning Jan. SO.
(lards for the Balcones Cement Plant. The installation of the new burner will require the removal of an existing 13 inch diameter burner pipe that is 25 feet long. The new multichannel burner will be 17 inches in diameter and 35 feet long providing channels for the Aiel and the air required for an optimum mixture.
Currently the Balcones Cement Plant bums
40 percent coke and 60 percent coal. With the new burner the ratio will be 80 percent coke and 20 percent coal. Coal is three times more expensive than coke so the change will provide a financial savings. The new burner system will be controlled by a computer system that will monitor and automatically adjust the air to Aiel ratios to insure maximum efficiency.
Solms water rates to be topic of discussion at NEU meeting today
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees will discuss whether or not to approve a conversion of water rates in the Solms area to standard city of New Braunfels ordinance rates at a 4:30 p.m. meeting today in the NBU board meeting room.
Some residents of the Solms area could see a decrease in their water rates if the conversion is approved and some will see an increase in rates.
According to NBU General Manager Bob Sohn, the Solms water supply corporation was purchased approximately eight years aga Sohn said NBU invested money in purchasing the
corporation and in installing some water mains.
"We promised to keep their rates in place, other than the New Braunfels rate, until the capital improvements program was finished," he said. Solms is located south of New Braunfels near the Stripling and Blake Lumber Yard. Part of the area is in the city limits of New Braunfels.
City moves closer to block grant funding
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The City of New Braunfels may be one step doser to I accessing federal funds after the Community Devel-1 opment Advisory Committee meets tonight. I
The committee will meet at 6 pan. at the New Braun-1 fels Municipal Building to discuss submission of rec-1 ommendations to the city council for uses for the Com-1 munity Development Block Grant hinds. I
The city was notified earlier this year that it had been I named an entitlement city and would receive $425,000. The funds are distributed through the Department of Housing and Urban Development I
According to Main Street Director Penelope Church, applications for hinds were received ftom the city engi-1 nearing department for dninagi projects, the parks and I police departments for the summer youth program,! Habitat for Humanity and the Comal County Woman’ll Shelter. |
An application was allo received ftom the Housing! Authority; however, the committee is awaiting a ruling! from HUD to see if the project is eligible, said Church. I Church laid the request tot the largest amount of ftindi came ftom the city projects. She said the committee can decide to partially hind certain projects.
The requests for hinds exceeds the amount of hinds available, said Church. The amount requested is eati-: mated at $1.7 million.
"Tint is why we have committee to delve inio lames," she said.
"They can partially hind things if they want to. Some things could be eerily partially funded For example, they might decide to do one phase of a drainage project. That ii what will be disouring at the meeting," ahs said.
Recommendations on projects to be funded will be made to the city council. Public hearings will also be held to allow input ftom citizens.
Retama spin-off effects expected here
Local tourism could get big shot in the arm
By ROGER CROTEAU city Editor
This week's announcement that construction is ready to begin on the Retama Hone Racing Track in nearby Selma is great news for that city, officials said. But they also expect New Braunfels and other neighboring cities to reap economic benefits from the track.
"I don't see anything but good coming from it," said New Braunfels City Manager Hector Tamayo. "For example, our airport. I see more activity there as a result of horses, trainers and just people coming in. It is just as easy to get there from New Braunfels as San Antonio, easier really... I would much rather come into New Braunfels.”
He said he also expects businesses along Interstate 35 to see more business as people head to and from the track.
Michael Meeks, executive vicepresident of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, also noted the potential benefit to the airport, which will be the closest airport to the new track. "And from a tourism standpoint, this will be a much needed help to our off season visitations. People familiar with New Braunfels will stay here. It will help our room nights and restaurants. Anything of that major importance in our state will only aid in giving us more exposure," he said.
"The impact on the economy will be - real strong for our town, of course," said Selma Mayor Kenneth Fleenor. “ But the impact will be felt in New Braunfels and all of Comal and Guadalupe counties as well. I think there will be spin-off ecomonic impacts. This race track will be a catalyst for expansion."
Fleenor said the tourism industry of the entire area will see a shot in the arm. This is just one more thing for people to do in the Austin to San Anto-
Hereld-Zwtung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Baptist Air Lits maria a visit to Prince Botete Park Tuosriay to film a safety video with th# halp of tho Now Braunfels Firs Papartmant Tho fem wM ba Shown to firs departments, EMS unite and few anforcamant agsnctes throughout A lr Ufa's ssrvlc# ar aa. Tho vlriao out tints procsdurss fee totting up remote landing zonts and for tho oofs loading and unloading of patients from tho hsllcopttr. According^ Air Life flight nurso/markoting coordinator Sondlo Shellabargerl, th# Now Braunfels Fire Department was chosen for this video because of their location In relation to the hoo-pital In San Antonio and for thalr excellent performance while working with AlrLHe In th# past.
nit) corridor. Fiesta Texas, the Alam-odome, Sea World, Schlittetbahn, Retama, they all make the area attractive to people planning a vacation," he said.
lire track will be located on about 200 acres of land on Interstate 35 nar Loop 1604 in Selma, midway between New Braunfels and San Antonio. The
grandstand will have a capacity of 15,000 people.
The racing schedule calls for 135 days of live raring per year, featuring 17 weeks of thoroughbred raring and IO weeks of quaiteihorse raring, beginning in April of 1995. Races are planned five days a week during the
season, with purses averaging $100,000 per day. About 2, OOO jobs will be created.
All the paperwork for the financing was completed Dec. 21, with the bonds sold and the money for construction in the bank.
Fleenor said construction should
begin next week.
"We started planning this the day horse racing was legalized in Texas in 1987," he said. "It took a long time and there were glitches along the way, but I am very optimistic about it. The revenue projections are conservative. We will probably beat those estimates’’Today’s texas Lottery numbers are 15 - - 28 - - 47 -