New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels city manager Hector Tamayo steps down after long successful career. Incoming city manager Mike Shands will look to continue Tamayo’s success. - IB
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New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995
32 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, Jan.
an. 2, 1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of ANGIE YBARRA
Vol. 142, No. 37
I 9 9 3 ' S TOP TEN STORIES
‘Lafarge gives up’ was year’s top story in Comal County
I After many months of protest from numerous local citizens, offi-■ dais with Lafarge dedded to temporarily withdraw their request for a permit to bum hazardous waste at their Lafarge Balcones plant just outside of New Braunfels.
In a released statement, Lafarge's Southern Region President Duncan Gage said "Lafarge must prioritize its projects in order to match their critical nature with realistic timetables and finite resources." Lafarge's efforts to secure a permit began in 1987. A state court denied the permit on a point of law banning hazardous waste processing within one-half mile of residences.
Opposition to the permit, including Mothers Organized to Help Environmentally Responsible Standards (MOTHERS) and Securing A Future Environment (SAFE)
called the decision a victory.
Judge hands down decision against James Goodbread
2 Many voters in New Braunfels were sur
prised this year when a district court judge B decided New Braunfels City Councilman James Goodbread was not eligible to serve on the council. --------
Goodbread was elected to the office in May and had already served three terms on the council. During the same election, voters passed a charter amendment which limited council members to three terms in office.
A lawsuit concerning the matter was filed by local businessman Peter Lingamfelter and a restraining order was put in place that would not allow Goodbread to take his oath of office.
In addition, a second suit was filed by council members Dan Bremer and Butch Benitez. This suit questioned whether or not Goodbread could serve as a holdover candidate until the issue of his eligibility was resolved.
On Nov. 16, the original suit finally went to trial. A jury was chosen; however, just before the issue was expected to go to the jury the judge ruled that it was matter of law and that Goodbread was not eligible.
Native son Bob Krueger has mercurial year in 1993
Sit was a mercurial year for Comal County native ■ son Bob Krueger.
He started the year with the Jan. 5 announcement by Governor Ann Richards that he would replace Lloyd Bensten as a U.S.
Senator from Texas, after Bentsen’s appointment to the post of U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
But he ended the year as a private citizen after being drubbed by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison in the special election in June.
Krueger gave up his seat on the
Bob Kruagar and wife, Kathleen, at the Krueger election night rally.
Texas Railroad Commission to become Senator. The first sure sign that his campaign was in trouble came in the May I primary, when he garnered only 30 percent of the vote. Hutchison followed him with 29 percent, and two other Republicans broke into double digits, with Bob Barton and Jack Fields each garnering 13 percent of the vote.
Locally, Krueger did not fair much better, taking just 33 percent of the primary vote in his home county.
Krueger tried to focus on family issues, but his campaign faltered badly. In the June 5 general election, Hutchison swept to an amazingly lopsided victory, taking 67 percent of the vote to Krueger’s 33 percent. He actually did slightly worse in Comal County than he did statewide, taking just 32 percent of the local vote.
In his election night concession speech, Krueger told his assembled supporters, ‘The most painful thing is I know how hard you worked and I thought the only way I could repay that was through public service. But not this time.”
Sierra Club lawsuit brings light to Edwards Aquifer
4 The ramifications of a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club
against then U.S. Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lqjan and the a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to enforce the Endangered Species Act captured Comal County's attention throughout the year. See TOR TIN, Page 2A
Future development of NB airport to be discussed at meeting Monday
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Members of the New Braunfels City Council along with the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Advisory Board and other interested parties will meet in a workshop to discuss future development of the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 at the New Braunfels Municipal Building Meeting Room D.
Members of the Airport Improvements Task Force
Workshop slated for 7 p.m. in municipal meeting room
are also expected to attend. The Airport Improvements Task Force is made up of representatives of the cities of Seguin and New Braunfels and members of both the New Braunfels and Seguin chambers of commerce.
Also expected to attend are some residents who live near the airport.
A tour of the airport was given last month to
update city council members and other interested parties on the improvements made by the 1992 grant and possible improvements to be made with the 1994 grant.
The grants are federal funds that are distributed through the Texas Department of Transportation. The 1992 grant was for $650,000. The 1994 grant is for $1.4 million.
Expected improvements to be made with 1994 grant funds include acquisition of airspace, rehabilitation and reconstruction of some runways and adding runway lights.
’Tis The Season
New Braunfels man says there is a real need for Chimney Sweeps
By ROSE MARIE EASH
It's not the most popular profession in the world, but one New Braunfels Chimney Sweeper is quite content with his seasonal occupation.
"Your fireplace should be cleaned once a year according to safety codes,” said Kenneth Odenwelder of Sugar-bear’s Chimney Sweeps in New Braunfels.
”If you bum a cord of wood or more you should clean it once a year. Around here it doesn’t get cold enough for that, but the now and then fires for a couple of hours in the evening are harder on a fireplace than burning it constantly. Routine maintenance will prevent a lot of problems down the road.
Odenwelder said sweeps require access to the inside of the house to properly clean out a fireplace. The firebox itself is cleaned out, the damper is removed if possible. If the damper isn’t removable, the sweep will get into the firebox and reach behind it to clean out the debris that collects on the smoke shelf and vacuum everything that can’t be shoveled out.
If the chimney has a cap that’s removable, the preference is to clean it from the roof down, he said.
“Chimney caps are extremely important on fireplaces,” said Olden-weldcr. “Rain is a big killer in fireplaces and people don’t realize that, but if you had a thirteen by thirteen
Hirald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Local chimney swooper Kenneth Odenwelder eeye fireplaces should be cleaned at least once a year.
hole in your roof you’d fix it. If you don’t have a chimney cap you get a lot of rain down a chimney and it will
rust out everything and create a lot of problems.”
Patricia Anderson Rasor, Comal
County Extension Agent-Home Economics, provided the following suggestions from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for the safe use of fireplaces:
■ Have your fireplace inspected to make sure it has all the necessary linings and clearances and was constructed for use as a fireplace and not jus for decoration.
■ Don’t use gasoline or other flam-liable liquids to kindle or rekindle a fire or store or use them near a fire because the vapors can explode and travel the length of a room.
■ Always keep the damper opened properly while fuel is burning.
■ Bum one artificial log at a time. More than one such log produces too much heat for some fireplaces to withstand because of the sawdust and wax content. Read the directions on the wrapper.
■ Always use a screen that completely covers the opening around the fireplace to keep sparks from flying and keep combustible materials away from the fireplace.
■ Be especially careful when wearing loose-fitting clothing near the fire and keep children away from the fireplace.
■ Be sure all ashes have tliorough-ly cooled before you dispose of them and dispose of ashes in a metal container only.
■ Use chimney guards to prevent squirrel and bird nests that can stop up a chimney.
A cozy fire sounds like just the thing this time of year, but make sure your fireplace is ready for that roaring blaze and make sure your year starts off with a little bit of luck, too.
“They say if you get a smudge of soot on you from a chimney sweep you’ll have good luck,” said Olden-welder.
Survey shows readers think high on economy
From tuff reports
In last week's Herald-Zeitung reader survey, 28 readers responded to the question "Do you think the economy will improve in 1994." All survey responses indicated a favorable opinion of the local economy's prospects for 1994.
One reader said "With a new hotel in town, and Retama moving in, well see a big improvement."
Planning & Zoning meeting set Tuesday
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Blaff Writer
The New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the New Braunfels Municipal Building.
The following items will be discussed:
■ Public hearing and recommendation to the city on the proposed rezoning of Lots 5-14 of the Kirk
wood Commercial Unit 3.
■ Public hearing and recommendation to the city council on the proposed special use permit for approx imately 7.20 acres out of Lot 12E, Block H, Cypress Rapids at Greene to allow for specialty retail to include florists, photographer, offices, financial institutions, bakeries, general store, restaurant, produce market, housing for overnight accommodations, artisan shops and facilities,
theater, wine tasting room, plant nurseries, studios, clothiers and antiq ie sales.
■ Consider preliminary and/or final approval of re-subdivision of Lots 125RA and 127R, Block 4, Las Brisas Subdivision, Phase I.
■ Consider preliminary and/or final approval of Doherty Estates Master Plan.
■ Citizen commission communication
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