New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 63
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144T uesday
Feb. 12, 1991
25 Cents One Section, 10 PagesStammtischBall tickets
A limited number of tickets still is available for the Mid-Texas Symphony Debutante Ball Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Cocktails are at 7 p.m. and the Debutante Presentation is at 8 pan. A buffet supper will be served at 9 p.m., followed by dancing to the Paul Elizondo Orchestra. Tickets are $30 each. Call 625-7004 or 625-3325 for tickets.Charter meeting
Comal Spring Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century, will charter tonight at 9:30 a.m. at Victoria Bank and Trust's North Building. All members are urged to attend as the State President, Colonial Dames XVII Century, will be in attendance as well as many stale officers. In January 1990, Mrs. Walter Spaeth, president general. National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, appointed Mrs. Orval Kirkham organizing president to organize a new chapter in New Braunfels.Valentin# bouquets
The Children’s Shelter is sponsoring its third annual Valentine Balloon Bouquet fundraiser and is selling balloon bouquets consisting of five helium-filled balloons, streamers and a box of candy attached for your favorite sweetie. Orders are SIO per bouquet (prepaid) and may be placed by calling 629-1566. There will be free local delivery on any order placed before Feb. 14.Emergency club meeting
The New Braunfels Emergency Communications Club snd Rescue Squad will have its second meeting of the new year on Feb. 14 at 7:30 pm. in the American Legion #179 Post Home at 410 W. Coll. The public is invited to the meeting. For more information, call 625-8759 or 620-4550. The club wishes to thank the New Braunfels High School Jr. ROTC for the help with the parking lot during Wtiredest.Nature's Way
This month's Nature’s Way program, "Introduction to Bird Identification," sponsored by the New Braunfels Parks and Rccrea lion Department will be Feb. 21 from 4 to 5 pm. in Landa Park at the Landa Lake Gazebo. Children ages 5 to 14 will join the park ranger in an introduction tour to bird identification and bird watching Participants will have the oppor luniiy to meet, observe and discuss physical characteristics of those birds found in Landa Park while walking around Landa Lake. The fee is $3 and pre-registration required at the park office, HO Golf Course Road, Monday through Friday. Call the Park Ranger at 629-PARK.
City will treat Schertz sewage
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Councilmem-bers unanimously approved a wastewater treatment contract between New Braunfels Utilities and the city of Schertz in order to avoid building another sewage plant that would increase the amount of pollutants in Comal Creek.
Schertz City Manager Kerry Sweatt said he felt good about the agreement.
"I believe it’s a win-win situation and a good agreement (for both communities)," said Sweatt. “It’s a landmark action (when) two communities can agree (on something).”
The contract would allow the city of Schertz to purchase a maximum of 300,000 gallons of sewage treatment a day for its citizens living in the Comal Creek drainage area.
The city wanted to contract with
Council voices support for manager
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council members voiced support Monday night for the city manager despite recent attacks on his professional conduct.
The attacks involve a set of anonymous fliers circulating through New Braunfels characterizing Paul Grohman as “a little Hitler” and charging that he makes poor decisions as city manager, operating more like a managing lobbyist for issues he personally supports.
Councilmembcrs described the fliers as “vindictive and secretive."
“Someone is just doing this to get him in trouble," said Councilmember Ed Temple.
“Paul does a fine job for the large majority of the time aid any disagreement we’ve had has been
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New Braunfels Utilities treatment facility because its service area adjoins Comal Creek and the river.
“Schertz wanted to develop a treatment plant on the other side of the Northcliffc (subdivision) and needs the Solms area to coordinate with
their needs," said NBU General Manager Bob Sohn.
That area would run adjacent to New Braunfels city limits, making it easy to connect an extension line to the sewage treatment facility, he said.
NBU recently passed a SI million bond issue to service Solms residents
with water, fire protection and sewage systems. Sohn described the public works treatment service as “the next phase of development” for Solms residents.
Currently residents are using private wells and septic tanks for sewage, Sohn said.
Two people were only slightly injured in this two-car collision at 3:40 Monday afternoon. According to Texas Department of Public Safety reports. Kristy Williams, 20, of New Braunfels was northbound on the Interstate 35 frontage road in a 1989 Ford Escort, above right, and Clifton Kaderli, 19, of New Braunfels was southbound on the frontage road in a 1983 Chevrolet Blazer, above left. As both vehicles approached the crest of the hill at the Watson Lane overpass, Williams
turned left in front of the Blazer, according to DPS reports. The left front ends of both cars collided. Williams was ticketed for failure to yield right of way while turning left and for having expired Texas registration. The school bus in the background of the photo was not involved in the accident DPS Troopers were busy Monday; see more reports on Page 3. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
County studies JP precinct linesGood Day
A tunny, breezy afternoon is anticipated today, with a high of 73 to 75 degrees yielding tonight to a low of about 54. Increasing winds from the southeast could gust cat up to 18 mph. Wednesday likely will dawn in foggy form, with a cloudy day marked by a high temperature of 80 and a low cd* 50 forecast. A cool from likely will blow in Wednesday night, holding Thursday’s high temperature to a more seasonable high 60s.
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nawa Editor
Proposals to redraw lines in Ute four Comal County justice of the peace precincts are being kicked around as Commissioners Court begins workshops to study local redistricting.
“It sounds kind of easy until you get to bringing up all of these problems we’re talking about and then it's just a nightmare,” said County Judge Carter Casteel.
Commissioners Court conducted a workshop Monday morning with Precinct #1 Judge Harold Krueger, Precinct #2 Judge R.G. “Doc" Blanchard, Precinct #3 Judge Fred Stewart, and Precinct #4 Judge Howaid “Curly" Smith. The judges gave commissioners a number of ideas on how to redistrict their precincts.
Blanchard, who represents about 11 percent of the registered voters of the county, said consideration should be made into creating two places within the Precinct I justice of the peace precinct, which covers the City of New Braunfels. This would create a justice of the peace place I and justice of the peace place 2.
“We have a pretty good-si/.cd His-All precincts reporting
Justices of the peace, from left, Fred Stewart, R.G. “Doc” Blanchard, Harold Krueger and Howard “Curly" Smith listen to the debate (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
panic population and I think a se pa- represents a portion of New Braunfels rate place in Precinct I might be along with Krueger, looked upon favorably by the Hi span Precinct I Commissioner J.L. ic population," said Blanchard, who “Jumbo" Evans said that kind of move
would mean an additional cost to taxpayers.
“lf you do establish another JP office there is attendant cost to the taxpayers to establish that. My own view (is) that we need to have justification to establish that office," he said.
Stewart, whose office is in Bulverde, suggested that voting Precinct 13, which is within his precinct, should he shuffled to Smith’s precinct that covers Canyon Lake.
“I’d make a suggestion that voting Precinct 13 which is Stait/ville tx* transferred into JP Precinct 4 to accommodate those people iii Start -zville," Stewart said. “As it is, it’s 20, 24 miles from Start/villc to Bulverde."
Casteel said the Start/villc Business Association also had made the same suggestion.
Smith, who represents about 9'/i percent of the county’s registered voters, said he would be in favor of that move. Stewart currently represents about 22 percent of the registered voters. Krueger, who has offices at the Courthouse in New Braunfels, repress* REDISTRICT, Pag* 2
Sohn said New Braunfels will not lose any money by assisting Schertz because the city will be treated “like any other customer" who uses utilities services.
"They will (be expected to) pay up front for the operation and maintenance costs and the central facility charge for customers on their side of the line," Sohn said. The central facilities charge will be based on the size of the water line and its capacity use.
In addition to general expences, Schertz also will pay for construction of the extension lines that connect between the railroad tracks and FM 482 where they will receive their services, he said.
Estimated costs of the contract is $1 million with Schertz paying a pro rata share of $275,000 in IO equal installments.
Both cities have been negotiating on the project for at least four years.
CISD team collecting suggestions on budget
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Maw* Editor
Because of growing uncertainty surrounding the state’s education finance system, Comal Independent School District officials are preparing for the worst.
"We are ready for the state to take some leadership and get on with it/ said Dr. Arlen Tieken.
During a meeting Monday night of the CISD funding and finance committee. members tossed around ideas of how to cut the budget and operate
the district more efficiently.
"Hie thing that is frustrating to all of us is the dilemma that we arc in as a result of 'he continued funding problems from the state." stud Acting Superintendent Dr. Arlen Tickcn. “We arc ready for the state lo take some leadership and get on with it.” Sub-committees of the finance committee, which consists of more than 40 teachers, administrators, parents, and school board members, met at Canyon High School for about two hours Monday,
Tieken, who led the discussion in the extra-curricular suh-commiiicc, said he received good ideas on how the district could operate more efficiently. One example was to possibly establish a district-wide extracurricular booster club to assist with those activities.
“We got some gixxl ideas from the participants,” Tieken said. “I feel like we got a sense of direction that the people in the sub committee wanted to go.”
Members of the committee also are visiting state legislators each Thursday in Austin as lawmakers work against an Ajml I deadline to devise a ix‘w school finance system.
CIS!) finance director Abel Campti said the district operates “very efficiently, bul due,lo the fact that the district covers more than 585 squares miles, it’s difficult lo operate more efficiently because of the additional campuses."
Campos, who headed up the subcommittee on school finance Monday, said administrators will be preparing three budgets for consideration. One budget will be based on the current level of services The second budget will be based on the loss of $1 million in state aid and the 'bird budget will be based on a "catastrophic loss"of $3 million lo $4 million.
CISD currently receives about $5.4 million in slate aid, Campos said.
The school finance system relics on state aid, local property taxes and some federal money.