New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 8, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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EMPIRE MICROFILM CO
New Braunfels, Texas
P.O. BOX 816423 DALLAS, TX 75381
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January 8,1987 25 CentsOne Section, 14 Pages
Sy JIM WEBRE Staff Writer
New Braunfels Drainage Committee Wednesday approved a proposed site development drainage policy and will go before the city council Thursday to present a scope of services that is the outline for a complete watershed management study.
City Engineer Bill Dobrowolski said he hopes to receive council approval of the scope of services at Monday night’s council meeting and mail out requests for engineering firm proposals by the end of next week
The committee Wednesday nominated two men to fill vacancies on the panel, which is mandated to recommend drainage control policies and methods to the council periodically.
Subject to council approval, the nominees are Maurice Fischer and Shep Long. Since Long works for an engineering firm that might submit a proposal for the 990,000-plus engineering study, Long said he may not be able to serve in any case.
The proposed policy for site development drainage control includes the supposition that a complete watershed management plan will be used as a basis for growth planning such that development does not adversely affect downstream residences and property. Simply put, a drainage plan that is administered by the city’s engineering department would require that certain types of construction and drainage controls be in place or be able to be put in place before permission to build is granted by the city.
Similar controls are included in an interim drainage control ordinance due to expire in September.
lf approved by the council, the city’s policy on drainage control would
assume that water runoff from previously undeveloped property is “inevitable" and ongoing; planning for and controlling drainage within the city and its two-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction is a dynamic process that will be administered by a drainage board of adjustment and appeals.
The board is intended to ensure that developers and builders are not unduly restricted in their exercise of free enterprise.
Developer fees charged under provisions of the existing interim ordinance are what will pay for the engineering study proposed by the committee, augmented by city contributions already budgeted
The city engineer’s office is available to review such drainage
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We have one rain gauge left to deliver, so we’re hoping to do that before it pours. The joke has been that now that we have some 12 gauges in place and agreements to report rainfall totals, we will go into a drought.
Fran Haecker on the Southside of Canyon Lake already had a gauge but we gave her another one anyway. After a couple of calls to try and locate her absolutely beautiful home overlooking the shore beneath Canyon Lake Forest subdivision, our semi-lost representative arrived. “I didn’t know whether you were going to show up wearing a white carnation or driving a red Porsche.’’ said Fran. One neat lady .that....
Smithson Valley's team practices on the tire hurdles during off season drillsValley athletes ‘Winning Edge'
Tom Purdham. executive vice president for New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, wrote us to say his wife has moved his belongings into his dog’s house ’came we didn’t make it clear that Folklife Weekend, a Sesquicentennial activity. was co-sponsored by the Heritage Society and NB’s Conservation Society at the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture. Gawd knows we wouldn’t want to be remiss in making that clear Sorry, Tom. We have some flea powder available from Francis Bridges should you require relief.
By the by, during a visit to the MTHF a week or two ago. one of our staff had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Frederic Oheim, the widow of the late former publisher and editor of the Zettung. Mrs. Oheim said she enjoys reading Stammtisch. Drought or no drought, that made our day ....
Smithson strive for
By TIM WAITS Stan Writer
Hie building of a winning highschool football program does not begin that first Friday night in September. That night starts only the culmination of a year’s worth of effort
Smithson Valley has had little football success in its decade-long existence. But the building of a winning program is at long last under way.
The Rangers were winless in IO games last fall, after moving up one classification, with a brand new coaching regime but with a minimum of players.
Following the final game of the season, the Ranger underclassmen took a couple of weeks off before beginning to prepare for the 1917 season on December 1,1906 Athletic Director Joe Matuitch has four criteria for his Rangers to meet
in the next few months “I want us to be stronger, faster, quicker, and tougher," he said.
Matultch, with the help of his assistants, put together a booklet entitled “The Winning Edge," which is about equivalent in size to most highschool football playbooks The booklet is a detailed outline of offseason drills for prospective football
SM RANGERS, Plftl
Mr. Smith goes to WashingtonFreshman Congressman from Texas backs budget
By SARAH DUKE StaH Writer
Lamar Smith took the oath of office as a U S. representative earlier this week Just in time to begin work as a supporter of President Reagan's proposed budget.
Smith praised Ute president for submitting a budget that does not increase taxes and said the budget reflects Reagan’s serious efforts to balance the budget, which Is roughly HOO billion in the hole.
"I think ifs good that the president submitted a budget that does not require any new taxes,” Smith said during an interview Tuesday following his swearing in ceremony as representative of the 21st Congressional District. Smith’s district includes New Braunfels and much of South Texas.
The budget itself is continuing in the
direction of reaching a balanced budget, which I think is an absolute necessity .”
Smith, a Republican, replaces Rep. Tom Loeffler in the Congress. Loeffler did not seek re-election but gave up his leat in an unsuccessful bid for the governor’s post. Smith topped his Democratic opponent. Pete Snetson. by a sizable margin in the November election.
"Ifs exciting to get on with the Job and start serving the people of the 2!st District," Smith said He added that he has already met a number of times with Rep Jim Wright. Speaker of the House.
"He and I are both looking forward to working together... I’m not saying that I’m going to vote his way a1) the time," he said about the Texas Democrat. ”1 think Tip O'Neill and Jim Wright both have about the same voting record, but I think since
(Wright's) from Texas. I can work with him a little better for the benefit of tile 21st
Smith said that so far. he has only received a general overview of the president’s budget, but will be studying it in detail in coming months. Some of the budget will have to be changed, he said, but many good parts will remain He said he expect the budget, the first to top ti trillion, to be received well by the public.
"I think the public will realize that the president is continuing to try to reduce Ute budget,” he said He added that tile three percent increase in defense spending is less than the president wanted, but he thinks it is reasonable.
Smith said he is not happy about the cut to public education included in the budget, but feels they are needed. "Education cuts are
always going to hurt,” he said, adding that spending for education has increased substantially since the Reagan administration came into power His office has completed a study based on figures from the Federal Office of Mangement and Budget The study shows that, under the Reagan administration. spending for the Pell Grant program has increased 42 percent in and spending for the Guaranteed Student Loan program has increased 105 percent Those amounts were not adjusted for inflation “The president obviously is trying to make (education) a priority.” Smith said. “I’m sorry. I know (the cut) are going to hurt.” He added that he hopes the cuts to education can be reinstated at a later date Smith said he is continuing his support of the Contras in Nicaragua "The problem isn’t changing," he said, adding that he does
not think there is any other reasonable means of influencing the Sandamsta government of Nicaragua than through the Contras.
"The problem is still Soviet expansionism in Central American," he said "Obviously, we hope for better developments, for instance. as in El Salvador ” Reagan has reported that the government of El Salvador is improving its poor record on human rights violations
Smith said the United States can not ignore that Nicaragua is a Soviet-backed government. "We can’t forget that Nicaragua is closer to Texas than Texas is to Washington, DC ” The new Congressman said the idea of sending U S troops into the region is highly unlikely. "That’s not something that’s even being considered.’’ he said.
Michie maintains bright outlook
Bv DAVID MAV StaH Writer
As the city’s bud** preparations begin to hit full stride, a number of key issues are going to have to be analyzed and some unpopular decisions made.
The year ISIS will goon record as a unique and difficult year in New Braunfels in light of revenue shortfalls and city departmental fiestas. City Manager Joe Michie hopes that by streamlining city operations and increasing certain revenue basos, as well as maintaining a bright outlook into the new year. New Braunfels will gradually climb old of its current economic slump
“We were really fortunate last year,” the top city administrator said from his office Wednesday afternoon. “1989 could have been worse. Thou* there wore problems, they were not insolvable," ha said.
Michie said that he hopes increased economic development and positive attitudes will help make 19B7 a better year. “Bad times and slumps feed on themes! ves We need to talk ourselves out of this gloom and doom.** he said.
Goals and proposals laid out by the administrator for the coming year ara desired to save money and got
"Bad limas and slumps lead on thamsalvas. Wa naad to talk oursalvas out of this gloom and doom/'
City Manager Jog Michia
the city through another year. Michie said that department heads are being asked to limit their budgets to the
“I don’t one any new or different activities this year. We are going to try to maintain and staff what we have,” Michia said la reference to 19trs "no frills” budget outlook. Ha •ald ha is also roviawtng tho possibility of contracting for ooma municipal
budget will be in ordinance form by May or June.
"We know ifs going to be tough and tight. We are going to have to learn to do more with less,” he said.
Hie manager said he wants to cut government excess and waste across the board ss a means of saving the city money He pointed to employee layoffs ss a possibility, but said he hopes that will be a last resort
Michie, with council approval, would like to explore the feasibility of gaiting the city out of the sanitation and golf course managment business as a way to save money and create revenue. He said many cities in tbs state and this area lease those services to privies firma, who in turn pay a Ina tor those rights. Tho private firms than assume all respcn-sibilates and liabilities for those ser-
“! am going to look for more council Input. Thole are going to bs more policy choices the agunah la gi**ig to aaad to make police, Hie
andotherbasic services,” ho said.
Department heads muot have their budgM request! In by Jan. ti. Michia •ald that ha hop* that the total city
Michie polite** to tho sanitation dapartiMnt, which ha said needs (our garbage trucks to replace worn-out module. He saki two are needed Immediately at a coat of HOO,OOO per truck.
Another advantage to a private-finn contract, ha said, is that a private investor has more money and resources to make needed capital improvements, such as those needed at the naif course.
"We know it's going to be tough and tight. We are going to have to learn to do more with less."
City Manager Joe Michie
Other ways of increasing local revenues will have to come in the form of either increased governmental transfers from the utility*, higher property taxes or the use of more user fees to recover costs of operating city facilities.
Property taxes in New Braunfels, ast st SI cents per 9100 evaluation, brine In approximately ll .2 million annually to city coffers Michie pointed out that the police rtopirtiiMnfs budget Is Ii i million, while the file department’s is ll million.
According to a list published by (ha Taxes Municipal League, af all eidos with populations of 29,919 to M.999, Now Braunfels has the Iowa* proposes MICH ll. Pegs I
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City staff readying draft sign ordinance
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