New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Calendar of school events. See Page 2B
18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, February 26, 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Punta and Molly Koopp
Vol. 145, No. 75
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of the sew officer*, to Marat now has eight reserve offi-me paid officers — Crespo
Crespo said It will take a month or two before to new officers complete their training.
The 41-year old New Yolk City native has 22 years of law epforoemcnt experience, most of it aa a military police officer. He served as the military police personnel supervisor at Fort Sam Houston, a hill-time officer in to Alamo Community College District system and a reserve officer with to Garden Rides Police Department.
Water rights exchange tops NEU agenda
By AU LEVY
The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustee* will consider a proposed deed documenting the exchange of water rights several months ago with to city of New Braunfels at its regular meeting Thursday.
During an Oct. 4 joint meeting of to City Council and NBU trustees, council members agreed to sell 1,289 acre feet of municipal water rights to NBU tor $400,000 and 200 acre feet of water rights.
The money helped to city pay for part of the purchase of a new police building on South Seguin Avenue last year.
In late November, NBU trustees
tabled consideration of its deed of transfer in a move that trustees said would allow to city to take to first step in writing the bansfcr agreement.
City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom wrote to city’s deed of transfer earlier this month and City Manager Mike Shantis signed shortly aller Now trustees are planning to consider a draft deed that was written by water rights attorney Bell Hooper of Austin.
Cullom submitted a draft similar to to wording of to city’s deed to NBU staff, who have opted instead to recommend Hooper’s proposal to trustees NBU attorney John Dierksen said both drafts have to same legal impact but that Hooper’s was preferable to avoid to additional time to edit to
Meanwhile, disputes about water rights, transfer of profits and property ownership have prompted Cullom to seek an attorney general’s opinion to clarify the relationship between NBU and the city.
Cullom’s position is that the city has more authority over the utility than what is currently practiced.
She plans to forward the letter to State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin, who will make the formal request to the AG’s office
Dierksen will respond to to letter and include NBU’s position — that NBU trustees, not the City Council, have authority on issues of management and control of utility property.
The Thursday night meeting also
includes the following agenda items:
■ Consideration of a proposal to waive a portion of the impact fee for Simpson Race Products, which is building a facility in New Braunfels. Simpson already secured tax abatements from Comal County ami the city of New Braunfels and plans to make a minimum investment of $2.8 million to construct its new facility and add up to 220 employees.
■ Consideration of a contract to perform smoke testing on sewer lines over to Edwards Aquifer to check for leaks as required by state law. NBU staff is recommending the low bidder, Lin-nartz Services, which projected a cost of $39,554 to complete the testing
Mobile home costs expected to rise if proposals enacted
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A local mobile home seller said proposed state mandates affecting the safety of mobile homes could have an adverse impact on consumers.
”1 don’t think they have done their homework.” Jack Nordstrom, owner of Best Value Mobile Homes, said. “Some of this stuff is overkill.”
An 11 -member state advisory commission formed by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is studying proposed changes in regulations which will affect the mobile home industry.
Ann Denman, a TDHCA staff attorney, said the proposed rule changes wen* publisluxl in to Texas Register in November.
She said since then the public has had six months to comment to the TDHCA on the proposed regulations.
“If there is no action and they aren’t adopted or amended, they are automatically withdrawn,” Denman said. “The advisory committee will meet and consider the rules and come up with their recommendations. Then the department will formulate the rules before the six-month period, lf new rules are proposed, people will have another opportunity to comment since we will put it in the Texas Register ” Denman said it will take a month to set up public hearings for rules changes published in the Texas Register.
The rules cover the health, safety and w elfare of mobile home residents, Denman said.
"They cover tiling, installation requirements, inspection fees and registration requirements for retailers, manufacturing and installers,” she said Denman said the regulations are being reviewed because they were transferred from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations to TDHCA in September 1995.
"(hie of the changes will affect who is going to be responsible ft* where the home is going to be placed on the lot," Denman said. "Under the present rules, the consumer is responsible tor that The proposals have the installer responsible site for preparation.” Nordstrom said making the installer responsible for on-site preparation is a good idea except for tine side effect.
"You will now raise the price of a single-wide at least $2,(KXI arid double wide $4,(XX)," Nordstrom said Depending on how the state mandates any proposed rule changes, the cost for a double-wide mobile home could increase as much as $8,000, Nordstrom said.
“You will have additional labors, regulations and materials,” he said. “It is not a bad idea but somebody has to pay for it.”
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Mn*sn*ivmm Superintendent profile complete
By DENISE DZIUK
A list of characteristics forming the ideal superintendent for the New Braunfels Independent School District has been developed, and a brochure highlighting that profile and the school district will soon be sent to prospective candidates.
Texas Association of School Boards search consultants Hank Wheeler and Don KJIlough held sessions for two days at the beginning of the month to listen to opinions about what type of person is needed to replace Charles Bradbcrry. Birdberry left the district in
January after 14 years to become the superintendent of the Keller ISO. Wheeler said the profile is a list of the top traits named.
“Those eight to IO came to the surface pretty easily,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler said the traits will be listed in rank order, and cover financial aptitude, moral standards, communication skills and leadership skills. He said the priorities vary depending on to district, but the basic traits are consistent with what was heard from local groups.
“We don’t hear many new things, but the focus on the different areas changes,” Wheeler said. “How they rank depends on what each individuals
district needs "
Wheeler said the profile is being included in a brochure highlighting to district and the position. He said printing of the brochures should be complete in a week, and copies will be sent to members of the profile sessions, education agencies and candidates. Candidates receiving brochures will be those who are invited, recommended or independent applicants.
“We have to make sure they match up to this particular job," Wheeler said. “We want to be fair to these people. We don’t want to bring someone in
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Happy anniversary wishes go to: Dennis and Molly Koepp, Loraine and Calvin Kraft (SO yean), Robert And Connie Flo* res (20 yean), Raul and Emma Morales (50 yean).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Th* Community Service Thrift Shop is now soliciting donations All items are welcomed Bring 132 Cadded Lane a contact Pete at 625-3439 for pickups Tuesday and Wednesday Thrift shop hours are 9 am. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Registration is under way for New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Tennis Program Group lessons for youth 12 and older will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Prince Solms Tennis Courts The five-week program begins Monday The fee is $25 per participant Register at Lan-da Recreation Center. Call 608-2167 for infomtetion.
The Children s Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annual Citywide Garage Sate from 10 a m. to 4 p m. Sunday at the I Center Booth rental $25 for one; $20 for each additional Admission $1 for adults; maxi-$2 per family. Donations now being accepted Cal 620-0939 for information
Fib# horn* repairs
Applications are being accepted for this year’s Worlc Changers protect, running from June 14 to 21. Need home repairs? Call (210) 372-3750 Priority will be given to the greatest need To donate money or materials to World Changers, call Erie Walker at the above number
Mctory celebration today
The Unitarian Universalists wi have Mark and Ruth E. Adams Southall present a program o\ music and history to commemorate Black History Month at 7:30 p m. today at the Faith United Church of Christ, 970 N Loop 337. Mark and Ruth will be remembered for their outstand ing performances in Circle Arts Theatre’s “Big River." The public is invited to attend
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