New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Economy, crime link not simple
WASHINGTON (AP) — It may seem logical that as economic times get tough, crime rates go up — hut experts say the equation is not that simple.
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Lawmakers silent on Lewis charges
AUSTIN (AP) — Lawmakers and lobbyists appear ready to help Gib Lewis gain a record fifth term us speaker of the House, virtually ignoring recent charges.
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Cougars & Rangers find the winning way
Canyon’s boys basketball team won its fourth straight game and Smithson Valley’s boys snapped a six-game losing streak on Friday night in non-district games. Unfortunately, the four other local teams all
lost district encounters.
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Cold, cloudy, rainy conditions likely will continue today, with a 60 percent chance of rain and winds shifting to the north sliding the high from the 50s down into the 40s and driving the overnight low into the 30s . A 50 percent chance or rain and temperatures remaining in lite 30s are forecast for Monday.
“Why Do I Feel So Blue?” will be the program on seasonal depression presented by Maria Jones, counselor with the Community Resource Center, on Jan. 9 at the Comal County Extension Service meeting room at 132 S.
Water Lane. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.
The program begins at 12:15 and will end by 12:45 so everyone can return to work on time. For reservations, phone 625-9178....
Comal County AAM Mother’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Victoria Bank & Trust north building. High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to anend as financial aid for college will be discussed....
Comal County Democratic Women will meet at 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 al Molly Joe’s Restaurant. Holland’s electoral process will be contrasted with that used in the United States by Holland native Caroline Botenburg and her husband, Simone Strobos. Organizers invite you to come at 7 p.m. and enjoy Dutch-ireal dinner. Reservations must be made today for itaugural activities and transportation can be arranged by calling Thea Chcssher at 629-1681, Susan Curtis at 629-3624 or Mary Hitch at 620-1522....
Cancer Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Elliott Knox Board Room at McKenna Memorial Hospital. The group, sponsored by MMH and Hospice New Braunfels, has chosen the second Tuesday of each month as its regular meeting time for 1991....
As a public service effort, the Comal County Kennel Club is hosting a special event this afternoon at the New Braunfels Childrens’ Musuem, Courtyard Shopping Center. From I to 4 p.m. on Jan.
6, members will conduct a hands-on exhibit featuring books, videos and live, AKC-registered animals....
The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and New Braunfels Utilities are continuing the the fourth annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program in Landa Park. An area in the swimming pool parking lot is where to take the trees. More than 900 trees were collected last Christmas for recycling.
All decorations such as tinsel must be removed for the tree to be accepted. Nails and other metal fasteners must also be removed to protect the employees and the chipper used to convert the trees to mulch. The mulch is used to promote water conservation practices in caring for the many trees and landscape plants within the park system. The mulch also is available free to those homeowners who wish to use it in their landscapes to promote water conservation....
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Few voting absentee on local issues
A car-train collision at the railroad tracks located at Hill Avenue and San Antonio Street sent two persons to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries early Saturday. The collision with the Union Pacific train occurred around 12:30 a m. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
SAFE will initiate testing
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for levels of lead in blood
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
A citywide blood screening for lead soon will be offered by SAFE, which hopes to begin collecting data dial could in the future determine possible health effects of burning hazardous waste.
‘‘It’s not intended at this point for an experiment, but if we get lite data then it could be useful to us if we wish lo compaie numbers in five years or IO years,’’ said Dr. Mark Slatier, who is heading up the program for the group Securing a Future Environment.
Vouchers for persons wanting lo participate in the seedling can be picked up for the first time from SAFE members Jan. 16 at die Civic Center, when the Texas Air Control Board conducts a public hearing to consider changes to state rules concerning die burning of hazardous waste fuels in commercial combustion facilities
Blood for die tests will be diawn at die laboratory at McKenna Memorial Hospital and samples will be tested for lead levels at a lab in San Antonio, Slatier said, adding the cost is still being negotiated.
“It is particularly a good idea for us to test the community in large numbers ... and then we can repeal that ... in five years, or IO years then we may be able to obtain the critical sort of information here that could prove or disprove whether this increased air pollution will be a risk to us," Slatier said.
The screening is prompted by SAFE as die Lafarge Corp. and its subsidiary Systech Environmental Corp. attempt to secure permits lo store and bum hazardous waste as fuel
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Absentee voting for a number of local elections Jan. 19 has been off to a slow start in the first week, according to city and county officials.
As of Friday afternoon, 28 persons had cast absentee votes iii the special city election, according to City Secretary Bonnie Sarko/.i. Ixrss than 20 persons hurl cast voles in county elections.
Hic last day to vote absentee is Jan. 15. Persons voting in the city election can vote absentee from 8 a m. to 5 p.m. weekdays al the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casteel Ave. And persons voting in county elections can vote absentee 8 a.rn. to 4:30 p.m. at the county clerk’s office at the Comal County Courthouse.
In the city election, registered voters arc going to the polls to determine if the city of New Braunfels should oppose the applicancy of Systech Environmental Corp. and the Lafarge Colp. to store and bum hazardous waste al the Balcones Cement Plant. And, if so. how should the fight be funded. There are six propositions to vote for or against on the ballot.
•Proposition I — Resolved that the city of New Braunfels oppose die permit application of Systech Environmental Corp. and/or Lafarge Corporation to store and/or burn hazardous wastes.
•Proposition 2 — Resolved that die city of New Braunfels should oppose the permit applications described in Proposition #1 by seeking relief only through the suite legislature (No monetary expenditure).
•Proposition 3 — Resolved that die city of New Braunfels spend city funds to oppose the permit applications of Systech and/or Lafarge to
Parks, golf course boards among this weekys meetings
A number of boards and districts will meet in the coming week. Listed are a rundown of some of those open-to-the-public meetings.
•City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will meet 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Landa Park office to consider a proposed site in Landa Park suggested by the Comal Veterans Memorial Committee in order to construct a monument recognizing the Veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.
•City of New Braunfels Golf Course Advisory Board will meet 7 p.m. Jan. 8 ai Landa Park Golf Course Pro Shop The board will discuss the project of cart paths on Front 9 and a water line to be installed across the golf course to storage lank by New Braunfels Utilities.
•City of New Braunfels Planning A. donning Commission will meet 6:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels Municipal Building Meeting Room, 424 S.
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Smoke testing of sewer lines finds fewer leaks over aquifer
The program causes some concern among residents every two years, but the New Braunfels Utilities smoke testing of the sanitary sewer lines continues to ferret out both minor and major leaks each time it’s conducted.
hi 1988, NBU found 24 major leaks and 22 minor leaks on the customer side of die system. On die NBU side, there were 18 major leaks and seven minor.
With die program 90 percent complete for diis year, NBU has discovered 14 major customer-side leaks and 26 minor customer leaks. The NBU system was found to liave seven major leaks and 16 minor leaks.
"We’re 90 percent complete, the only thing stopping us now is the weather,” said NBU’s Earl Taylor. Hie program began in October and is conducted on lines over the Edwards Underground Aquifer through mandate by the Texas Water Commission.
The concern from residents comes when diey see smoke venting from the sewer vents atop their homes and call the fire department to report it. Needless to say, NBU notifies die fire department of the areas in which testing is being conducted.
Leaks on the customer-end of the
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Legislators will be sworn in
Sen. Judith Zaftirini and Rep. Edmund Kuempel will be sworn in lo the offices to which diey recently were re elected at at noon Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Capitol in Austin.
Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock will administer the oadi of office in the Texas Senate lo Zaffirini and 14 other senators who will begin dieir terms on the session’s opening day.
A native of Laredo, Zaffirini represents the 20-county 21st Senatorial District, which includes New Braunfels. During her first term, she set IOO percent attendance and voting records.
The ceremony in the Texas House will be presided over Speaker Gib Lewis. Kuempel was first elected representative in 1983.
Head holdGroup wtake stand
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor
The environmental group Friends for Rivers will not be taking a stand as a group on how people should vote in the upcoming special city election concering the topic of hazardous waste.
Dec Buck, who serves as president of the group, said the organization does not take political stands.
New Braunfels residents who arc registered voters will go to the polls Jan 19 to determine if the city should fight a proposal by Lafarge and Systech corporations to store and bum hazardous waste as fuel and how the fight should be funded — through a tax increase, borrowing money or instituting an additional half-cent sales tax.
Securing a Future Environment, a group formed to fight Lafarge and Systech, arc supporting propositions that ask the city to fight the permits the corporations are Sm GROUP, Pag* 2
A young competitor in the junior lamb showmanship division of the Cayon Future Farmers of America livestock show, held Saturday in New Braunfels, struggles to hold his animal in place for an inspection by a judge Serving as judge is Washington County extension agent Doua Pierce of Brenham. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
store and/or bum hazardous waste.
•Proposition 4 — Resolved that the city of New Braunfels should borrow funds on the general credit of the city not lo exceed $1.5 million to be utilized in opposition to the permit applications described in Proposition #1. (Such borrowed funds would result in a property tax rate increase of approx-
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON New* Editor
A month after the local boat company laid off a number of employees
because of “a bad economy,” another IOO persons have been let go and production curtailed at Glastron Inc.
“I don’t think ii came as a huge surprise to them (employees),” said Gla-stron President Clint Moore. “Obviously it’s disappointing. It's disap pointing to us too. They are real good people with a real good work ethic.”
A number of employees were laid off from the New Braunfels-based Glastron in November and slightly more than IOO employees were laid off last week.
"What we intend to do is, between now and the end of March, ...relocate all of the production to a sister company in Minnesota,” Moore said. "We’re keeping everything but production (in New Braunfels). It’s important that people know dun Glastron will remain a New Braunlels-based company.”
Those departments retained include sales, marketing, customer service, engineering, new product development, tool making, credit and finance, he said, adding those departments keep approximately 50 employees at the New Braunfels plant.
At the time of die November layoffs, Moore told the Herald/eiiung that problems in the economy and uncertainly over a potenual Middle East war are among factors ilia! have creating problems in the boating industry.
"The business has dramatically worsened iii the last several months.” Moore said Saturday.
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