New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Members of the cast of Up With People per formed in New Braunfels Civic Center Tues day night providing a gala of entertainment and action before a packed house From rock 'n roll to an international menu of song and
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dance, New Braunfelsers and others enjoyed the show that featured more than IOO per formers from across the United States and several foreign countries.Tieken won't seek re-election
tv JIM WEBRE Staff Writer
Barbera Tieken, a nine-year New Braunfels City Council member and former mayor, announced today that she will not seek another term in office in the upcoming April 4 election.
Alter what she said was careful and considered thought, Tieken said “it Is appropriate that someone else, other people pick up the ball and ran with it.
“Certain members of the council are portrayed as being anti growth. But we, the city, the county and the (Greater New Braunfels) Chamber of Commerce have to cooperate. Perhaps the only way they will de that is if I step out,” Tieken said.
Tieken was first elected to the council in ITO and served as the city's mayor for two terms from May ISM through May ISM. She served also as mayor pro-tem in 1980-11.
“We must make every effort Ie preserve what our German forefathers gave us. I don't see how I can keep from being involved, but for new I Just think It's time tor other people to carry the ball.
“I am not saying that I am ruling out ever running again," Tieken said, citing water conservation, environmental preservation and growth management as issues she intends to follow and address as a private citizen rather than as an elected official.
Regarded as a dynamic speaker on issues concerning New Braunfels, Tieken said she thinks “the guns are out and pointed at me That’s not why I have decided not to run. I am a fighter’
In summarizing what she says are growth issues involving signage and river conservation, Tieken said the general public has “misconceptions" about such issues as sign control and growth management She said property taxes are too low to adequately plan and protect the integrity of New Braunfels’ quality of life at present.
“lf you have a wart on your nose long enough you get to where you don’t notice it. But people coming in, the kinds of people and development we want to attract, will notice," she said.
Five candidates have filed for the April 4 election for three at-large council seats They are incumbent James Goodbread, along with Dennis Kaderli. Doug Miller, the Rev BUI Arnold, and George Bigley. Incumbent Max Winkler, also up for reelection has not yet announced his intentions
State commission approves permit for sewage facility
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
The Texas Water Commission Tuesday granted permit renewals to New Braunfels Utilities to continue operating the Gruene and old Kuehler wastewater treatment plants
“They were very basic renewals," said Kyle Shelton, TWC engineer in charge of the renewal permit applications. “There were no substantial changes."
Under the terms of the renewed permits, NBU can discharge up to three mUlion gallons of treated wastewater per day from the old Kuehler plant into the Guadalupe River. NBU tUities can discharge up to 250,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day from the Gruene plant.
The required quality of discharge wUl remain the same under the terms of the renewed water commission permit.
The previous discharge permits for both plants expired in November. TWC officials said at that time NBU would not be penalized for discharging without a valid permit because a backlog of applications caused the delay.
Roger Biggers. NBU's technical manager, attended tile water commissioners meeting Tuesday and said the matter was “cut and dry.’’ The discussion of renewing the permits took about five minutes, he said. and there were no problems
Shelton said there were no ma for public complaints or concerns “Certainly there were no com ments to generate a public hearing," he said, “it was an unprotested renewal. It was basically a motion before the commis stoners and they approved it ”
Residents of the Lake Dunlap area near the Kuehler plants have expressed concern that the plants produce an undesirable smell and poor water quality downstream The Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association is planning to test lake water quality regularly.
Restrictions at the Kuehler plant are set at a moderate level, Shelton said. The Gruene plant, which discharges south of the Gruene Road bridge, has more restrictive regulations, he said.
A new treatment plant was built at the Kuehler site in 1976. NBU General Manger Bob Soto said the permit for that plant remain in effect for several years.
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Staff-written measure more liberal than earlier controversial measure
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
A new sign and billboard ordinance. more brief and liberal than the proposed ordinance drafted by an advisory committee late last year, has been readied by city staff for its first reading by New Braunfels City Council Feb. 23.
At council’s request, a public hearing will be allowed during regular session before the ordinance’s first public reading Three public readings must be held before the or dinance is effective
“This will give us an ample opportunity in the next two readings to make any necessary adjustments.’’ said City Manager Joe Michie, who, along with City Attorney Barry Moore and Planning Director Mike Shands. designed the proposed sign control regulation
City staff was charged with the task of formulating the ordinance after controversy erupted among proponents and opponents of the or
dinance drafted last November by the first of two council appointed ad visory committees
Opponents of the original draft, who appeared to be more visible and vocal than proponents of the measure, called the draft “overkill” and “anti-business,” which led to council's abolition of both committees Mayor Ed Sciantarelli chastized citizens then for what he called “the cat fight" that erupted between factions
"We tried to make this one as plain and simple as we could, while addressing the major tasks and removing some of the controversial provisions.” Michie said of the condensed revision “Staff did respond to coon ells request. We reviewed our previous propanol and other ordinances in effect around the state, as well as taking in what we heard and saw and this is what we have come up with.’’
The new draft does not detail
See Sign, Page 2A
Sales tax receipts drop; budget bust possible as result
By DAVID MAY Stall Writer
The continued decrease in returns of the city's share of the l-cent local sales tax is going to make it more difficult for the city to keep within this year’s amended budget To date in the current fiscal year, which runs through June 31, collec bons to the city have fallen more than $12,000 short New Braunfels' February check from the state comptroller's office, which reflects December spending, was for $244,999.73 Payments so far in 1987 total $351,382. a decrease of I 23percent.
“This is a picture of realism, not a picture of gloom," said Finance Director Jim Jeffers Tuesday, observing that adminstration is “going to have to watch expenditures. ’'
Jeffers said that the continued decrease remains in line with projections forecasted in mid-fiscal year
"While it is not good, it is not as bad as it might be."
Jim Jeffers NB Finance Director
when the city budget was amended as economic indicators began falling “We are scheduled very closely with our budget amendment While we may not go into the hole, we may end up with no carry over monies.” the finance director said Jeffers said the returns were disap pointing because he had expected increased spending during the Christmas holidays and anticipated many large purchases t>efore the new federal tax reform laws went into ef feet at the first of the year “While it is not good, it is not as bad as it might be It does concern me
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Allo, listed below are the lunch menus for Sts. Peter and Paul School, which also were left out of Sunday’s paper. At least the kids there will know to expect for Thursday through Friday. Enjoy ...
Thursday — Hamburger, French fries, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, Icecream Friday - Fish sticks, vegetable soup, macaroni salad, fresh bread with butter, Valentine cupcakes.
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Now Braunfels, TexasUp With People
We have included once again on Page 4A the Reader Survey published last Sunday in today's edition. The response so far is encouraging and informative. There are obviously a lot of divergent opinions about what New Braunfelsers and Comal Countians want in their local newspaper. We will do more, as one respondent put It, than “simply count the Xs.“ We would like to thank those people who have taken the time to fill out the surveys and offer their suggestions and criticisms. And we will publish results as soon as we get through the job of deciphering the comment! and tabulating the responses. There likely will be some changes in the paper as a result, although some things are simply not possible, like pleasing everyone. However, we take very seriously what our readers and subscribers think, so please give it some thought Some respondents apparently haven’t read the paper thoroughly in recent months, while others seem to have dissected an edition or two as they chose their answers and composed their comments. There have been a few surprises, so please keep those forms coming in. ..
New Braunfels Little League baseball starts up later this month, probably late the last week of February. The league is looking for people to serve as announcers and otherwise help out. Senior citizens, college students, whoever might have some extra time to get Involved with this fine program can call Robert Rodriguez at 625-7300 or Marcia Barbosa at 625-3696. Tryouts for league play will likely begin Feb. 28. There are oodles of kiddos out there who will benefit and enjoy the league’s activities this year. If you can swing a bat, drive a car, keep stats or just help out (the folks involved already will have a list of possibilities), call these people. ..
E.L. Green of New Braunfels Is a prolific golfer, as letter readers will know. In his 70s, E L. is a few mon- * ths away from back surgery that will keep him off the green* for a while, but he nevertheless thinks young and enjoys reading Andy Rooney’s column in the Herald-Zeitung He wrote a letter to Rooney a few weeks back commenting on language and the need to bo brief in style, which Rooney fans know is the columnist's trademark almost to the point of distraction. Anyway, E L. opened his mailbox Tuesday to find a card from Rooney himself. Andy, who generally doesn’t return correspondence with readers, chose to write to Green and say he agreed with the golfer’s salient points about language ...
City Manager Joe Michie begins a journalistic endeavor Thursday with a twice-monthly column for which we have no title at present. We suggested "City Lights", but Mr.
Michie said that sounded too much like his column was about New Braunfels UtUities. "and I don’t want people to mix me up with that." Anyway, the city manager's column will concern topics of Interest to New Braunfels residents and taxpayers. He might offer clarification on city council meetings, previews of meetings, and just plain or explanations and insight... 1
The names of three New Braunfels High School sophomores were omitted in the list of honor roll students sent to us by the district. Also among the brightest straight A scholars at NBHS are R D. Guerrero, Leonard Delgado and Roger Luna. Congrats, gentlemen....