New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, TexasFridayJanuary 16,1987 25 CentsOne Section, 16 Pages
San Antonio man falls off scaffold
A 27-year-old San Antonio man will undergo surgery today for an injury he sustained when he fell from scaffolding at General Portland Cement Co
David De La Rosa of Leming. Texas, fractured his left leg in the accident that occured at 2:45 pm Thursday.
"A scaffolding broke and he fell.” said Herb Schneider of General Portland “He was inside a tower, inside a shaft.”
Schneider said De La Rosa is employed by a contractor performing yearly maintenance work at the 6-year-old plant on Solms and Wald roads
The man fell two and a half stories before landing on a wooden floor. New Braunfels Fire Department rescue workers and Emergency Medical Service personnel transferred De La Rosa to McKenna Memorial Hospital at 3:59 p.m.
Children iniured in collision Thursday
Two children were injured Thursday afternoon when the pickup truck they were riding in was struck by another pickup on Hunter Road at FM306
According to New Braunfels police. James Smallwood. 68. of Fischer was driving a 1979 GMC pickup on FM 306 toward Canyon Lake when he passed through the controlled intersection His pick-up hit the left front fender of a 1973 Ford pick up driven by Jo Ann Spicer. 19. of New Braunfels Of the six persons in Spicer's vehicle, two were injured A 3-year-old New Braunfels child was treated at the scene for “bumps
and bruises.’ while a 3 month-old New Braunfels child was transferred to McKenna Memorial Hospital A hospital spokesman said the child was treated and released for minor injuries No citations were issued at the scene, said Lt John Wommack.
The traffic light on FM 306 at Hunter Road has been in place almost two months. Wommack said Previously, vehicles on Hunter Road had to stop at a sign, while there was no signal on the highway Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were driven from the scene
agree hydro is worthy project
N B City Council is less supportive
•y SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
Members of the New Braunfels Utilities board ot directors agreed Thursday that, despite opposition and escalating costs, the Canyon Dam hydroelectric project is a chance worth taking.
Despite directors’ enthusiasm, New Braunfels City Council members did not share in their praise of the project. Instead, during a joint workshop, council members questioned the details of a bond sale to finance the project. The sale. if made, leaves NBU customers responsible for $12.5 million in municipal bonds sold by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority
“When we’re doing something like this, I think we have to go out and take a chance if it’s a benefit for the people of our city,” said Jesse Gomez, NBU director. As the newest member of the NBU board, Gomez said he considers the risk in the cost and time estimates of the project to be reasonable.
While GBRA officials are asking for authorization to sell $12.5 million in bonds, they could not guarantee that the project would not exceed the estimate. Flucuations in the river flow also determine the feasibility of the project. In times of little rainfall, the proposed hydroelectric generating plant would not be profitable for NBU customers. During heavy flows, the project could save NBU customers hundreds of thousands of dollars compared to Lower Colorado River Authority energy costs
NBU now receives power from LCRA. The proposed project would serve as a supplemental source of power, supplying about 25 million kilowatts to NBU customers annually. LCRA would remain the city’s principal source of energy.
”We don’t know lf it’s going to rain or if there’s going to be a drought — no one can tell you that...I would like to know exactly what (the project) is going to cost, but no one can tell you that. We have to take a chance,” Gomez said. ”1 think we’re endeavoring to do something good. I think it will work well for the people of the city.’*
NBU attorney Tom Burros said
NBU has to put the bond resolution “on the fast track to get it ready for March 15 ” Interim financing for the project expires March 15 NBL Manger Bob Sohn said the interim financing, which was an issuance of $10 million in commercial paper, has been good for the project because it has collected positive arbitrage
Before the bonds will be sold, the bond resolution must tie approved by the NBU and GBRA boards of directors The GBRA board approved the resolution last summer but. because of changes in market conditions and payment schedules they will review the agreement again Council members also will be asked to approve the bond resolution during February The bond resolution includes a provision for NBU to “opt out” of the project if the plant ut not completed by I9t*»
GBRA General Manager John Specht said he anticipates the plant going into operation in the latter part of 1988 “based on every thing going all right.” He said construction can begin in June Construction inside the dam. which would interfere with the release from the dam, would not begin until next winter, he said "Certainly the project has ex-calated in cost.” Specht said. “We've gone through about three mr four years longer than we expected in the process That’s true of any construction project. You estimate the best you can using the best expertise the you have ”
Specht said the final coats will not be known until the bids for construction are awarded. He said the market is “fairly hungry at this time” and bids should be reasonable.
Sohn said he expects the bonds to sell at about a 7.1 percent Interest rate. Jim Cooksey, GBRA’S controller, said during a GBRA board of directors meeting earlier Thursday that the bonds might sell a little higher than that depending on the bond rating.
Specht said earlier Thursday that Lie decrease in interest rates since last summer have offset any loos In revenue the river authority would have had because of new tax laws. Council members have said that
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Stammtisch \ Clean-up competition
Elizabeth Rodriguez of our fair city has returned to school at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, after appearing on national television as part of the BYU Cougar Band during the Freedom Bowl, then at Disneyland and then at Knott's Berry Farm Elizabeth is a freshman majoring in Spanish and pre-law She is the daughter of Robert and Mary Rodriguez, of New Braunfels, of course And while she is a Cougar now. she was a Unicom before graduating in 1986 While at NBHS, Mary attained a seat in the All-District and All-Region bands by playing well the flute and piccolo
While our police department’s budget has been in the news lately as being dink-squat, the city is advertising for bids to purchase four police patrol cars and one criminal investigation (read detective) car Specs for the vehicles can be obtained from the city secretary. We think Corvettes or leaser XEs would be nice, but we probably need the standard beefed up sedans Opening of the bids is sch«*duled for 2 p.m. Feb 2 lf you have never read the specs for a police car, you should. They just look domesticated....
Rudy Kahn, a rather mesmerizing gentleman who liquidates merchandise for businesses going out of it. will return to New Braunfels in the next week or two to do his thing for Jacob Mendlovitz, 180 194 W Seguin. This may be a good time to do some after Oiristmas shopping cause Rudy will bring in other merchandise to add to Mendlovitz' stock during the liquidation. Rudy, oldtimers may remember, liquidated Eiband-Fischer store some 15 to 20 years ago when that plaza merchant went out of business. Kahn says he always liked New Braunfels and will be here for a month or more “Of course. I hope to make a little money, too,” he says. ..
Jim Porter, Ph D. and owner of ABC Pest Control here, reminds us of something that is comforting to know. There are no poisonous scorpions indigenous to the Hill Country. The ones you might see are striped scorpions (Centruroides vittatus), which are not poisonous, but which sting like a wasp. Which is to say they hurt big time anyway Scorpions, by the way, like to hide out in trash piles and piles of wood of any sort. The little boogers like wood. They don’t climb very well and often will fall from high places they manage to get to at all. Since they need moisture, bathrooms are good places to be careful and on the lookout. Winter is a good time to be aware of these pests since they’ll be looking for places to hang out wherein they can keep their little tails warm They aren’t as mobile when it s chilly Keep your place clean and dust places they might show up. Keep in mind New Braunfels has a lot of wood frame houses with crawl spaces....
Tuper Wood will test for his black »lt in karate Jan 31 at Chris apex’ studio on San Antonio Street, e’re talking 20 rounds of full-jntact stuff, here, so if you are in-t res ted in a good fight, don’t miss uper’s gauntlet It beats watching ie rain fall ...
The New Braunfels Parks and ^creation Department is offering a lie up Panther Canyon on Jan. 24 IO a m The nominal fee for the ip is $1 and parks officials say a1) (es, experienced and novice ken, are welcome to join the fun. IU Mark Peltier at 625 5818 for ore information....
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RELIGIOUS FOCUS I
Dee Duck of Buck Pottery and Virginia Hughes of Gruene Haus, both members of the Gruene Merchants Association, take part in
the local portion of the Keep Texas Beautiful campaign by picking up scores of stryofoam items from the grounds in Gruene.Comal Countians help in search
•y DAVID MAY Staff Writer
Authorities and volunteers searching for a San Antonio teen-ager missing since last Friday have asked for the assistance of residents in Comal County and surrounding areas to help locate the missing girl
As people gathered this morning in cold, drizzly weather to begin another day s search of area ponds and lakes, a friend of the girl's mother said Canyon Lake was a likely place for the girl to have been left to presumably die of gun wounds, alledgedly inflicted by her stepfather.
Eighteen year-old Deborah Suzette Moberg, a senior at MacArthur High School there, has been missing since last Friday when her and her eight year-old sister were abducted from their home
San Antonio police detectives have determined that the girl has been shot, possibly twice, and is now feared dead. Volunteers and friends, in cooperation with local and county authorities, continued their search this morning of ponds and lakes In northeast and northwest sections of Bexar County.
Ray Moberg, 38, an BMS technician and 13-year veteran of the San Antonio Fire Department, has been charged with sexually assaulting his eight-year-old daughter and remains in Bexar County jaU In liou of a $500,000 bond.
Tho chad told authorities, after being returned to hor grandmother's house Saturday, that hor father kidnapped them. She remembers hearing gunshots and seeing her sister lying on the floor, but still breathing. She was taken to a local hospital for ffpiftiffi after tolling police that
play at the scene of the abduction Ray Moberg refuses to tell authorities what happened to Debbie, his non-custodial step-daughter The missing teen is described as being five-foot three-inches tall and weighing about IOO pounds She has long, wavy dark hair and was last seen wearing a light blue, long-sleeve sweater and blue jeans.
The younger girl told police investigators she remembers her father taking them to an area where there was a large body of water and an open field with some cattails and telephone poles She was instructed by the man to stay in the car, Debbie's red Ford Mustang hatchback, while he reportedly opened the rear daw and dumped the girl. The Sightsee MISSING, Rife I
he sexually assaulted her Homocide detectives found definite signs of foul
Wurstfest Association receives TRAPS award
•v DAVID MAY $taff Writer
Perhaps New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Director David Whatley said U best. “In New Braunfels, because of Wurstfest, ’1st des leben •chon’.”
That statement came at the conclusion of a nomination submitted by Whatley, which was solely responsible for the association receiving Texas Recreation end Parks Society's (TRAPS) 1087 Service Club Award.
An official from Wurstfest will accept the award at a presentations banquet to be held by TRAPS at its annual meeting in Galveston
sometime in March.
The award cites non-profit civic organizations for their contributions to community leisure services and activities.
“It was a very pleasant surprise,” Suzanne Herbelin, executive secretary for Wurstfest, said of the announcement made this week.
“David Whatley submitted us without us knowing about it and we are very appreciative,” said the association’s first full-time employee. She speculated Wurstfest President Clinton Brandt will represent the association at the awards banquet.
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