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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Heady days of revolution give way to . "hard winter. H#    Hun% See Page 3A pff^T imoflnQ annuity Canyon Lakc/Coroal County REACT win hold an organizational meeting at IO un. Saturday aft die Staru Cafe in Starkville, said Joyce Reaves, public information officer for the new group. Part of the 25-year-old. international REACT network, the local group already is monitoring channel 9 on citizens' band radios and forwarding information on emergencies to I law enforcement and emergency service agencies. Bim more help is needed. For more information, contact commander Don Huntley 11512/899-7111. Methodist Women dinner First United Methodist Church Women will be serving dinner Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 5 to 7 fun. in Wesley Hall. The menu is roast beef, potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, drinks and dessert. Cost is SS for adult plates, $2 for child's plate (12 and younger). Proceeds will be divided among Community Service Center, Homespun, and the Children's Shelter. Take-out plates anil be available. The church ss at 572 W. San Antonio. Ran** retreat Saturday Saints Peter and hod Catholic Church will host a Retreat after-aeon Saturday firam I to 5 pjs. The theme for the day, "Responding lo the Lord,- will compaa the Resow theme. The afternoon begin in die Parish Activity Center and consist of presentations, reflections and prayer time. There is no charge for the day, but preregistration is requested to help the planning committee. Call Bill Smith at the Religious Education Office, 625-1519, or the Rectory at 625-4531. Cttlzana update New Braunfels ISO Trustee Margie Rbora, district 5, will host a citizens meeting Friday al the Victoria Bank and Trust meeting room at 7b pm. All residents of NB1SD, especially District S. as well as employees of die district and other board members, are invited. Financial ald hotline The Texas Anociation of Student Financial Aid Administrators will sponsor a toll-free Hotline available for all Texas residents from IO am. to 6 pm. Saturday and Sunday. People in Texas may telephone toll-free, 1-800-253-8989 with their questions about the financial aid process, deadlines, application procedures, and types of available assistance. Financial aid administrators from across the state will be answering phone lines. Spanish-speaking counselors will be avail- tM BTAMMTIBCH, tees SA An unseasonably warm day is anticipated today, with a record high temperature of 83 to 85 degrees forecast. Winds from the southeast, shifting to the wen this afternoon, could gust to 20 mph. A cold front likely will reach (he area tonight, J. making it a day of contrasts and limiting Thursday's high to the low 70s. There is little chance for precipitation in the area. Inside: ChJUNMPIEO»    6*081 cornet. .......—------..-ta ORQ8W6RfORO»    SAi DEAR AMY. EDUCATION. rV,B“4A ^lift Allied missiles slam into military commaiid center. See Page 5A Rangers top San Marcos 2-1 to take over first place. Seepage IGA By STEPHANIE FERGUSON New* Editor Controversial questions surrounding the termination of the Comal Central Appraisal District’s retirement plan may have to be answered in court, according to an official with the attorney general’s office. “I hope not,” said County Commissioner Neil Craigmile, who serves on the CAD board of directors. “ll will be a board decision ai this point and time and we’re just going to wait and sec what that position is.” said Deputy Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers. While the board has terminated the plan, questions still remain as to whether employees are eligible to receive the employers’ contribution to the plan. Employees can receive the portion they contributed. The money purchase pension plan, or retirement plan, has been controversial since it was funded in 1988 when the question arose whether employees of a political subdivision could participate in a private plan. The controversy spurred two Texas Attorney General opinions, which CAD officials said did not give a definitive answer to the legality of the plan. During the 1991 budget process in September 1990 the board of directors, with the employees’ blessing, voted to scrap the plan. Then County Attorney Nathan Rhcinlander, who originally requeued the attorney general opinions through the direction of Craigmile. asked the attorney general’s office for guidance (Mi how to divest the plan which is derived from employee and matching employer contributions. A letter from the attorney general’s office dated Jan. 29,1991, stated questions of fact could not be resolved in the opinion process and a court "possessing full evidentiary powers” would be better able to resolve the complexity of these fact issues as well as difficult questions of federal law. “What we were concerned about was whether or not that was going to be a valid, binding agreement,” Rhctnlandcr said about the Texas Association of Assessing Officers retirement plan, Rhcinlander said the question has to be answered whether the plan is valid because there is a lack of certain signatures on the adoption agreement, lf it is not valid, he wants to know if that affects the right of the employees to obtain the employer’s contribution to the clan. There were supposed to be a certain number of local directors on this board that were supposed to sign out on this adoption agreement and that had never been done." Rhcinlander said. “The (attorney general’s) response was that this was a federal question that they did not get into because it had to do with interpretation perhaps of Internal Revenue Code.” "Up until this letter here we had not heard any questioning of the signatures,” said Rodgers, w'k> will soon be acting chief appraiser. While the employees have access to their portion of the fund, the monies in question are being beld in escrow until the questions arc answered. ”What the AG basically has said is that we don't get involved in those kinds of questions,” Rhcinlander said, adding he will be asking the IRS to determine if it’s a valid plan. “I've provided those letters (from the attorney general’s office) to the members of the board and to the chief appraiser," Craigmile said. ”1 have not talked to any of them since I did that so it would be premature for me to make a public statement until such time as they have had a chance to review that and I have had a chance to get their feelings on it. CAD plan controversy may be settled in court Good Day Civic minded Fire, emergency board members to be appointed Suspicious fire New Braunfels Fire Department investigators are continuing to study the cause of a fire in a motel room at Camp Warnecke. 370 W Lincoln, Tuesday morning. Nearly 10 firefighters responded to the call at about 1125 a.m. and extinguished the blaze in approximately 10 minutes, said Fire Chief Phil Baker. The fire was confined to the one room, Baker said. No damage estimates were available. Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set. (Photo by Erik Karlsson) By STEPHANIE FERGUSON New* Editor Board appointments to the ncwly-ercatcd fire district at Canyon Lake and the emergency services district in the Bulverde-Spring Branch arca will be made Thursday by Comal County Commissioners Court. Five members will be appointed to each board during a regular meeting of the court. “They (appointees) arc very representative of the fire district from the various areas of the community (with) different interests,” said County Judge Caner Casteel. Precinct I Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans and Precinct 4 Commissioner Moms "Moc" Schwab, whose precincts cover the areas in the new districts, led the search for appointees. “Jumbo and I both put out a search-and-feeling committee from some of the more affluent, efficient type of citizens in both our precincts," Schwab said. "Each came up with a bunch of names." “We were looking few not necessar ily firefighters or people with EMS experience but who were active in the community, civic minded," Evans said. “So that we wouldn't be called sexist, we went toward some lady representation on both boards." In a controversial election in January, voters in the Canyon Lake-Startzvillc arca voted to establish Rural Fire Prevention District #4. After commissioners appoint the board, those members will levy and enforce the collection of taxes not to exceed 3 cents per $100 valuation to persons in the fire district. The monies will be used for fire equipment and other efforts of the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Also in January, voters in the Bulvcrdc-Spnng Branch area overwhelmingly approved the creation of an emergency services district to serve areas already serviced by rural fire prevention districts #1 and #2. After commissioners appoint this board, members will levy and enforce the collection of taxes not to exceed 2 SM RRC. teg* SA Stammtisch City backing Newk’s sewer grant request By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer Extension of sewer lines to John Newcombc’s Tennis Ranch will be the focus of a grant application following New Braunfels City Council's unanimous approval earlier this week. Council on Monday agreed to submit the grant application to provide financial assistance for the extension of sewer lines to Newk’s on Texas 46. "They want to add lo their condominiums and lake in more people, but the size of the sewer is maxed out," said New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Bob Sohn. “In order for them to continue to grow, they will need a new sewer system or to re-do their old one," he said. The Texas Water Commistion, however, has restricted live tennis ranch from adding to its sewage facilities because it is die only wastewater treaunent facility located over the Edwards Aquifer recharge /one “The water commission has indicated for them to do away with the sewage system as soon as possible,” Sohn said. The recliarge /one is live area where Edwards Aquifer slrcamflow passes through cracks and pores between soil particles, adding to the water storage in the underground aquifer. Additional sewage could pollute the Edwards aquifer, he said. The council decided to apply for GRANT, Paste 2A Robbie Haas ties a yellow ribbon on a car antenna showing her support for the troops serving in Operation Desert Storm (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson) Wife ties one on for support By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N*** Editor The wife of a serviceman serving in Operation Desert Sum rn took to the Erects Tuesday and tied one on— a yellow nbbtMi that is. Robbie Haas, with the help of friends and family, sta-tioncd herself at the Civic Center parking lot Tuesday afternoon and tied yellow ribbons on vehicles in honor of the troops " ITk*> love it. They are excited that we are out here. I'm excited that I’m out here,” said Haas, whose husband is serving in the U.S. Army 24th Infantry Division on the front lines in Saudi Arabia. Haas, who stays busy raising her two young daughters, said she suptxirts die troops' efforts, "It’s my husband*!job. It took care of us when my child had cancer So now it’s his turn to do his duty,*’ she said. “And it's been hard Once in a while I’ll turn around and say ‘My gosh, why me?’ I’ve been through this once. I almost lost my child. Why is this happening again? “We’re dealing with it day by day ” The 25-year-old New Braunfels woman said she receives a letter almost daily from Iter husband John Haas. “I got a letter and he said from one minute it's total boredom to heart-stopping scares," she said. Haas said she got the idea of lying the ribbons on cars when she and family and friends stood cm Main Plaza with signs showing support for Ute troops. "We wanted to see exactly how many people are supporting this, so I said, ’Let’s lie yellow ribbons so we'll see yellow ribbons around town’," she said. “People are going to need ribbons They always fall off.” County stubs out smoking By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Haws Editor Comal County Commissioners Court is expected to pass a resolution Thursday to ban smoking in Ute Courthouse. “Some of you may smoke and that's fine but you are going to smoke outside," said County Judge Carter Casteel. The resolution, if passed, will prohibit smoking ut public areas or common work areas of the Courthouse “We will still allow smoking in the private offices if one smokes and wants to contaminate himself or her self, so be it,” said. Precinct 2 Com missioncr Net!Craigmile. The proposed resolution suits “The Comal County Commissioners Court recognizes Ute increasing evi donee dun smoke creates a danger to Ute health of citizens, and is a cause of annoyance and discomfort to those who arc in confuted spaces where smoke is present.” "TTte other day I was going from my office over to county court at-law and I just look my hands and parted Ute smoke so I could get through dial air where Ute jurors sit," Casteel said. "... I said this is ridiculous. We're all in agreement on that ." New Braunfels City Council passed SMBMOftlNQ,Pag»!A New Braunfels Vol. 139, No. 64 BEST AVALABLE COWWednesday 707 Landa St.. New Braunfels. Texas 78130 (LISPS Zeituaq 377-880) 512-625-9144 Feb. 13, 1991 25 Cents Two Sections, 20 Pages ;