New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
herald-Zetiung. Maw Braunfels, Texas
Friday, February I, 1991
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SOUTH TEXAS - Increasing cloudiness west and south tonight Not os cold. Partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy and mild again Saturday Highs in the 60s and 70s Lows in the 30s and 40s, near 50 lower coast and Lower Rio Grande Val lev.
NORTH TEXAS - Clear and cool tonight with lows in the 30s. Partly cloudy and continued mild Saturday with highs in the 60s.
WEST TEXAS - Sunny days and fair at night most areas through Saturday except becoming most!) cloudy far west and Big Bend Saturday. Highs in the 60s Saturday except the lower 70s Big Bend. Lows tonight in the 30s except upper 20s Panhandle and Big Bend mountains.
PORT ARTHUR TO PORT O’CONNOR - Tonight and Saturday cast and northeast wind IO to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet.
PORT O’CONNOR TO BROWNSVILLE - Tonight and Saturday cast and northeast wind IO to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet.
It will be partly cloud) and mild across all of Texas ext Saturday and perhaps for the entire weekend
Temperatures will remain cold at night and South Texas will have
258 cfs (same)
..................218 (down 3)
......... 907.57 (same)
......624.27 (up .02)
occasional cloud cover.
A high pressure system is responsible for the improving weather.
Lows tonight will be in the upper 20s in the mountains of Southwest Texas and in the Panhandle and in the 30s across the rest of West Texas, in the 30s in North Texas and in the 30s and 40s across South Texas except along the coast and in the Lower Rio Grande Valley where readings will be in the 50s.
Highs Saturday will be in the 60s except in the Big Bend area of Southwest Texas and along the coast in South Texas where readings will climb into the 70s.
The state had mostly clear skies early today, but a few clouds were reported along the coast and in the Valley.
Early morning temperatures were in the 20s and 30s in West Texas, the 30s across North Texas and in the 40s in southern portions of South Texas. Extremes ranged from 18 ai Marfa in the Davis Mountains to 49 at Brownsv ille.
Other early morning temperatures around the state included 28 at Amarillo. 31 at Wichita Falls, 33 at Fort Worth, 30 at Waco. 35 at Austin, 32 at San Antonio, 34 at Houston, 41 at Corpus Christi, 32 at San Angelo, 37 at Lubbock. 31 at Midland and 29 at El Paso
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>Hc said, “Day by day, night by flight. Iraq’s capacity to wage war is !tieing systematically destroyed.”
; •! ‘The president spoke on his first trip ‘outside the Washington area this year ‘PH his firs: visit to miliivy installations since he spent Thanksgiving •bay with troops rn the gulf region. *VBush also scheduled an appearance at Fort Stewart in Savannah, Ga. He was flying on to Florida for a private visit with his mother. Dorothy Walker Bush, 89, at the family tome in Hobe Sound, near Palm Beach, before reluming to Camp David, Md., for the weekend.
Amid speculation of an impending Iraqi offensive, administration officials were insisting thai the United States would not begin a potentially costly ground war to dislodge the Iraqis from Kuwait until the lime was ripe.
. Both administration officials and congressional leaders have made clear they hope to confine the fighting to relatively safer air attacks as long as possible.
“When we're ready to move, we’ll move,” presidential spokesman Mar
lin Fiizwaicr said. He called the current allied strategy “exactly right.” Bush met privately with Jewish leaders Thursday. His visitors lata said the president told them he was not read) to mount a ground war immediately.
“He’s not anxious for a ground war at this point," said Shoshana Cardin, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “He trusts that there will be more aerial war ”
She also said Bush promised there would be no cease-fire or bombing pause.
At the Pentagon, Army Ll. Gen. Thomas Kelly, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signaled a similar reluctance to initiate a ground campaign. He said Iraqi President Saddam Hussein wants such a ground batik, and that the Saudi border invasion was designed to provoke a ground response
“The bombing campaign is going vcr) well,” Kelly said. “It would seem to mc we wouldn’t want to engage in a ground war nght now. I think that really is upsetting to our principal adversary, Mr. Whai’s-his-namc, Hussein.”
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Though Rhodes said it would be premature to publicly announce where he has accepted a position, he said the move will put him “much tloacr" to his family and ranch.
) “There were a lot of things that just made it so attractive that I couldn't afford to refuse it."
I Rtodcs said the decision to move is shelly professional
• “I am a professional. And I am a young professional and when an Opportunity presents itself you cannot afford to turn away from it," he said.
• “I have many people torc who I’m going to definitely miss associating with on a daily basis, not the least of which is my stafT.“ he said, adding his staff has achieved every professional
Iraqi units again hit Saudi Arabia
IN NORTHERN SAUDI ARABIA (AP) — Iraqi armored units crossed the frontier north of Khafji again today and fought allied forces in tank and artillery duels. Iraqi tanks, meanwhile, crossed into Saudi Arabia about 50 miles west of Khafji overnight and were engaged by U.S. Marines.
At the Pentagon, a military source
said coalition air forces were attack
ing “a significant enemy force that is attempting to mass itself north of the (Kuwait-Saudi) border.” The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, provided no figures for the sire of the Iraqi force. He said allied troops were firing at “armored vehicles from a significant enemy force.”
“They have kind of done what we were hoping they would eventually do.” to said. "A significant force has
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where Balonis lived. Davis was the maintenance man for the apartment complex. Thai trial began Monday in Nueces County District Court in Cor
Since Curtis filed the brief Wednesday, District Attorney Bill Rcim-cr’s office, which prosecuted the murder case, has 25 days to file a response brief unless an extension is granted.
come out from under its bunkers to prepare to come south to test allied defenses...We can disrupt this formation enormously.”
Elsewhere, the French said their Jaguars and Mirages targeted Iraq’s tough Republican Guards, and Iran’s official news agency said coalition warplanes bombed the strategic southern city of Basra and nearby towns until dawn today.
The allied air effort was getting some quiet assistance from Spain.
Despite political sensitivities, the Madrid government is allowing American B-52 bombers to use a joint air base as a staging area for raids on Iraq, Spanish military sources said today. Britain has given such permission. too.
On another front, experts were fighting a losing battle against a mammoth oil spill blackening the waters of the Persian Gulf. Oil and shipping executives said the slick was breaking up, foiling efforts to contain it.
U.S. officials said Iraq deliberately leaked the slick, the largest ever at an estimated 460 million gallons.
In the Iraqi advance 50 miles west of Khafji, three Iraqi tanks were reported destroyed Thursday by elements of the 1st Marine Divsion, pool reporters said. The Marines called in air strikes and artillery support against the Iraqi forces on the Kuwait side of the bonder. No U.S. casualties were reported in the battle, which came in the same area where 11 Marines were killed Tuesday night and Wednesday.
objective the district has set for itself in the last four years.
“The wily agendas that we have perhaps not fully accomplished would to those agendas that have to do with personnel,” Rhodes said.
“I think the biggest accomplishment that I would point to — which would he impossible (to accomplish) without the stair — was just improving the equity of the district so greatly.
“The appnasal network which distributes the lax burden in this community has come from being an inequitable structure to being a very, very equitable structure. The tax burden falls very equally in all segments of the lax spectrum and that is the only thing that is important in a tax structure that it to fair and cqual,“ he said.
* Arrangements arc pending ai Zocll* dr Funeral Home for Lance Pokrony, who died Jan 31, 1991, in San Marcos at the age of 51.
a Graveside services for Beulah Young of New Braunfels will be at 2 p.m Monday at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero.
Mrs. Young. 90, died Jan 31.1991, al Kirkwood Manor. The daughter of Robert and Alice Cornelia (nee Har
per) Preston, she was bom July 20, 1900, in Cuero. She married John T. Young July 4, 1937, in Victoria. Mr. Young died in April 1986.
Mrs. Young had lived in New Rra'.uifcts for 30 years. She was a housewife.
Survivors include a nephew, Edgar Frank Preston Jr. of Houston.
Visitation will to ai Zocllcr Funeral Home from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight and at Freund Funeral Home in Cuero from 8 a rn. to9 p.m. Saturday.
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“We’ve had the situation in the past where the city built a fire station and didn’t have water to it, where the school district built a school where there w ere no water lines and no sew er,” he said. “I’m not being critical, because we had the economy to handle those challenges, (but) they were engineering challenges, not financial challenges We are not going to be in the position for anyone to make demands on us.”
Ort said NBU should serve “official notice” to contractors and other customers to “not just assume that you will be connected ... because we just won't have the bucks.” He also suggested NBU take another look at its pro rata and central facilities fees and consider implementing a development-based system where the developer pays for the system and contributes it to NBU.
Trustee O.A. “Skip” Stratemann said that although NBU has worked to make each department — water, sewer and electric — pay for itself and remain independent of the others, the utility may have to consider using electric department funds to help pay the w ater treatment plant bonds Consulting engineer Jerry Thomas told the boanl to is concerned about the rate increase decision because cuts will have to be made in three major areas — services, maintenance and capital projects. “The difficulty I have with the process is when we do any one of those three things, it will cost a tremendous amount more in the future,” he said “The pole we don’t replace today, in the next year that pole costs three to four times more and then it is an emergency after it falls in the middle of the street. Customers are oui of service, you lost revenue and you have to pay overtime. We’re really not saving any dollars. we're deferring spending.”
After moving the time for trustee and consultant comments up earlier in the meeting to get the rate increase reactions out of the way, trustees began scrutinizing requests for 75 new utility poles, transformers, wire. other electric inventory materials, and repair of a bucket truck.
Also Thursday, trustees:
• agreed to wait until the Environmental Protection Agency actually delivers its mandate before purchasing a flash-point analyzer that will be needed to monitor the flammability of the wastewater discharges of industries and commercial businesses. Currently. NBU samples industrial wastewater customers once a year using an outside laboratory. “A number of these need to be sampled twice a year and several on a quarterly basis.” stated the stair memo from Chief Water/Sewer Engineer Wesley Hamff.
“We have a rather severe ordinance in front of EPA now and when they send it down, we will have a time frame” in which to comply, said Roger Biggers, technical services director. “When that comes down. there will be a lot more than what you sec here, a lot more testing and a lot more manhours.” Biggers laid EPA is giving utilities the responsibility of making sure customers mc not putting into the treatment system something thai cannot be treated. “Thai's where we become policemen," to said.
The analyzer, which costs SI2,000. will pay for itself in two to throe years because of the large number of tests that will be need to be conducted and NBU's ability to perform tests for other agencies and charge a user fee, he said.
Fines for not conducting the tests arc about $25,000 per day and arc retroactive to when the infraction began occurring, said NBU General Manager Bob Sohn.
• agreed lo allow NBU to advenae
for bids for the purchase of variable frequency controllers and soft-stan motor pump controllers later rn the year after rate increase revenue begins to arrive. The two frequency controllers will be placed (Mi Landa Park Well 5 to allow the pumps to operate at a lower speed for a longer period of time, which will reduce demand and energy costs. The electrical service, equipment and motors at the Landa Park w ater storage fad lilies are being convened from a 2,400-volt to a 480-volt power supply anyway (the last pumps to be convened) and it is a good time to install the speed controllers and soft-stan starters
• learned that NBU will charge off $19,969.03 from the second quaner of 1990. The amount originally was S20.371.42, but nine debtors have paid some of their bills. Several bankruptcies. ami a franchise takeover accounted for most of the charge-offs, said Jeff Thompson, NBU’s director of administrative and financial services Attorney John Dierksen said the bankruptcies were Chapter ll filings and to is confident the money will be recovered. "It will take some tune," to said.
• agreed to use the NBU bill insert -mg macninc only for NBU matenals. The NBU billing statement provides a forum for communication with customers. along with billing information, but the machine also allows for additional sheets of information to be folded and automatically msened into the envelope. “I am very concerned about opening a Pandora’s box and lot of people will want to use our system." said Or. “I am critical of our organization for not communicating with our customers better ... we ought to be putting our own information in there before we let others. It is underutilized because we don’t use it."
• agreed with Stratemann that customers continue to misunderstand that New Braunfels Utilities docs not generate the garbage collection fee that is included on its bills. “We have nothing to do with the rates," he said “We collect it, a check is written to the city and we don’t make a dime. We are more than happy to collect these for the city of New Braunfels, but because it’s on our bill, we’re the ones who get the hickey for it. We collect is as a matter of courtesy and
• agreed to have NBU make sure its security is as good as it can be in this time of war.
• learned that the Lower Colorado River Authority rate increase request hearing has ended and the hearing
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on a regular basis.”
After taking office Bremer spent funds to place new reflective shields ami pin striping on the deputies’ vehicles making them highly visible.
“We do not have a large number of burglars operating in iitis county. We have a small number that are doing all of the burglaries is the way we feel about it." he said.
According to the statistics aggravated assaults also decreased from 31 reported in 1989 to 20 reported in 1990. Burglaries dropped from the 342 reported in 1989 to 315 in 1990. Motor vehicle thefts were down from 51 reported in 1989 to 50 reported in 1990.
Brcntcr said statistics indicate most burglaries occur from the hours of 9 am. to 4 p.m.
The report also indicates there were two murders, two rapes, and five robberies in Coma! County in 1990.
Bremer said his office is also making a dent in the war on drugs in the
“I think we’ve had an impact there’s no question about that. The big thing that I sec is the availability of methamphetamine has really been reduced.’’ to said. "We put people out every weekend and we check things out aud there are weekends around here when you cannot buy “mcth" in Comal County or New Braunfels."
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