New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
ll hurt as tornadoes hit Southeast Texas
COLUMBUS, Texas (AP) — Nearly a dozen people were injured when a rare January tornado touched down near this Southeast Texas town, tossing vehicles oft the highway, destroying five mobile homes and knocking down power lines.
S««Pag«4CHS teams succumb to very physical play
was a physical night of play for both of Canyon’s ctball teams on Monday. Hays ^napped the Cougar boys' five-game winning streak, while the 0-4 Cougarcttcs finished play with just two players on the court.See Page 7Kids’ magazine aims at ‘environmentally
MONTGOMERY, Vt. (AP) — “It’s growing. It’s gross. It’s garbage.’* So reads a headline about the world's trash problems in Planet Three, the magazine for environmentally cool kids.SMPag«8
Vol. 139, NO. 44
707 Landa St.. New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS_377-880) 512-625-9144
Jan. 15, 1991
One Section, 10 Pages
Lafarge asks permit delay to fund study
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Maw* Editor
Officials of Lafarge and Systech corporations put a halt today to the permits they are seeking to store and bum hazardous waste while an environmental assessment of the proposed project can be performed.
“During the six to nine months needed to complete the assessment, Lafarge and Systech will support a moratorium of the permit application process,*’ said Fred Koester, president of Lafarge/Southern Region.
“We will ask the regulative agencies to put our (permitting) process into an intermission,** said Tom Wittmann, president of Systech Environmental Corp.
The announcement to put the permits on hold was made this morning at a press conference at the Balcones Cement Plant on Wald Road. Lafarge and its subsidiary Systech have applied for permits from the Texas Water Commission and Texas Air Control Board to store and bum hazardous waste as fuel at the Balcones Cement Plant in New Braunfels. The hearings concerning the permits, before the announcement, were not expected to be heard for another six to nine months.
Koester announced at the press conference that Lafarge and Systech will fund the commissioning of an independent environmental assessment of the proposed project to store and bum hazardous waste. The environmental assessment will be conducted by an independent professional research organization and will be directed by a project manager operating with complete autonomy, he said.
“This will be an objective and independent assessment in every sense,** Koester said. “Lafarge will have no involvement in it except underwriting its cost. The single, overriding objective of this study will be to address the questions and concerns the people of New Braunfels have about the project.’’
The townspeople of New Braunfels have voiced an overwhelming opposition to the project and will go to the polls Saturday to give city fathers direction on whether or not to fight the permits.
lite Texas Air Control Board is conducting a public hearing on the burning of hazardous waste in cement kilns in New Braunfels and Midlothian
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"During the six to nfna months needed to complete (an environ mental) assessment, Lafarge and Systech will support a moratorium of the permit application process," Fred Koester, president of Lafarge/Southern Region, announced in a news conference today (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Council asks for further drop in rate
A water rate increase of 41 percent was approved in a 4-3 vote by New Braunfels City Council Monday night, as several councilmembcrs expressed the desire to sec that rate decreased even further for the third and final reading of the ordinance on Jan. 28.
“This is a real hard job to try and raise the rates by this amount,” said Counci I member Clinton Brandt, who nude die motion. “I know some of us have spent lime ai the Utilities and I agree with you thai 48 percent is really a high figure, bul I think all the figures they came up with are justified figures.
“We should gel down to being realistic as to what the Utilities needs to
continue to operate as a viable business,” he said. Brandi’s motion called for NBU to reduce its 48-percent increase request to 41 percent.
“I would go along with at least this much of a decrease and talk to y<xi and your stafF’ to determine what other reductions can be found, said Councilmcmber Bill Arnold.
Councilmembcrs Brandt, Arnold, and Eddie Temple and Mayor Amo Becker approved the second reading of the ordinance increasing NBU water and sewer rotes Councilinem-bcrs Ramon Chapa Jr., I ox ai ne Kraft and James Goodbread voted against the increase.
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Taxpayers to get notice before collection effort
More than 1,200 taxpayers in the office or law finn to avoid being New Brauufeta area will be receiving sued,” said Oliver S. Heard Jr., part-notificaiion to pay their delinquent ncr of the San Antonio law Turn, “lf taxes Otis week to avoid forced colla*- -k#ai ai tion is necessary to collect the lion measures designed lo recover taxes, the tuxjuycr may lose their
Rumblings of war in gulf
Breezy conditions today, with **—■'* —
northwest winds at 10-25 mph, m ft V lit
deafen as deadline nears
night low near 36. Wednesday
delinquent property taxes.
The 1,207 taxpayers in lite New Braunfels area owe more than $650,700 to the New Braunfels Independent School District and the city of New Braunfels, according to records of the delinquent-lax attorney for lite entities — Heard, Coggon, Blair & Williams.
“Taxpayers receiving a letter should respond immediately to the lax
property as a result of sei/uie or foreclosure.”
lite city and school have contracted with die firm to implement an aggressive, hut fair, delinquent tax collection program that has proved successful iii many communities throughout Texas, the firm said. Hic firm has the resources and state of -
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should remain sunny with a high #* ™C ASSOCIATED PRESS
of 67-71 forecast arid an overnight ™ .of U N-
low rn the mid- to high 30s. “SAtT SSZ
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gnUl. nimbi ings of war.
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SPORTS -.................—...........^ President Bush was briefed early
today by his intelligence and national security advisers. Late Monday, he signed the congressional resolution, passed over the weekend, authorizing him to use military force to drive Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.
Members of the UN. Security Council met into the early hours today and heard a sobering summary of U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez dc Cuellar’s failed peace mission to Baghdad. Diplomats described the report as “somber’’ and “tragic.’’
The council was expected lo discuss an 11 th-hour French peace plan today, which would guarantee that Iraq would not be attacked and calls for a U.N. peacekeeping force. But the offer of a Middle East peace conference, so Saddam would not fully lose face, was unacceptable to die Americans.
In Paris, Foreign Minister Roland Dumas said he would not visit Baghdad to promote the French peace initiative, a spokesman said.
Commissioners change salary grievance panel
Comal County Commissioners Court in a 4-1 vote Monday changed the composition of the county’s salary grievance committee to a nine public-mcmbcr group, eliminating six elected officials.
“There's two ways you can do it,”
said County Judge (.arter Casteel, “One you can have six (elected) officials and then three more members front the |>uhlie tx you can have nine public members.”
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The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring its annual Troutfest on Jan. 17-20. This year’s event will take place at the Landa Park Olympic Pool, which will be stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout.
Public fishing times are from IO a.m. until 8 p.m. every day except for Jan. 17. On that date, the pool will be open for the disabled only from IO a.m. until 5 p.m. The general public may fish after 5 p.m.
There will be a youth Fishing tournament on Jan. 19 beginning at 8 am. for boys and girls ages 6-15.
Fees for the Troutfest will be $3 for children ages 4-15, $5 for adults and free of charge for the disabled. For more information call 620 PLAY....
On stage at New Braunfels High School Jan. 18-21 will be The Utile Mermaid. The play, directed by instructor Kathy Hill and performed by students in the Drama ll class, will serve as a fundraiser for the groups trip to UIL One-Act Play competition. Performances will be at 6 pm.
Jan. ll, IO am. Jai. 19, 2 pm. Jan. 20 nd 7 pm. Jai. 21. Friday’s performance will be a
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State inaugural rites marred by gulf fears
AUSTIN (AP) — Celebration mixed with concern today as Democrat Ann Richards became Texas’ new governor on the day the nation was bracing itself for a possible Persian Gulf war.
“The American men and women in the Persian Gulf are going to be remembered throughout the day," said Chuck McDonald, a spokesman for the governor-elect.
Richards was to be sworn in at noon, after leading an expected 15,000 participants in a “people’s march" through downtown Austin to the Capitol steps.
Richards, 57, and Lt. Gov.-clect Bob Bullock, 61, were to take their
oaths of office from Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips. She’s the First woman to become governor since Miriam “Ma” Ferguson was sworn in on Jan. 17,1933.
Event organizers said the possibility of a Middle Eastern war could change plans. The United Nations deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait or face attack is midnight tonight.
Yellow ribbons were added Monday to the rcd-white-and-blue inaugural banners which spanned the street leading to the Capitol.
Richards planned to begin her day with a special prayer service lo remember troops in the Middle Fast.
New Braunfels among sites for TACB waste fuel hearings
The Texas Air Control Board staff will conduct public hearings to consider changes to its Regulation I concerning burning hazardous waste fuels in commercial combustion facilities.
The hcaings are set for Wednesday and Thursday in Austin, New Braunfels and Midlothian.
The first hearing Wednesday will ba conducted at the TACB central
office auditorium in Austin at IO am. The second hearing will be Wednesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave. a 7 pm. The third hearing will be conducted Thursday at the Midlothian High School auditorium, 925 S. 9th St. in Midlothian a 7 pm.
The agency is proposing new rules
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Ursula, portrayed by Tandelyn Smith, right, threatens Mollymarok (Mandy Maxwell) is a scene from The Little Mermaid, being staged as a fundraiser for UIL competition by New Braunfels High School theater students. The cost is $3 for adults, $2 for students and $1 for children under six. Performance times are 6 p.m. Friday (with guests invited to bring their own dinner at 5:30), 9 a m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday.