New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Moberg search dwindling, but
Michie promises to balance the budget
After mid-year gutting, cutbacks, manager calls property tax hike Mast resort'
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
City Manager Joe Michie Monday told New Braunfels City Council that he will present a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year that will allow for needed expansions In essential city services such as police and fire protection.
In a budget strategy outline presented to council at Its regular session Monday night, Michie proposed a four-point plan to eliminate unnecessary expenditures, provide a no-frills budget for each department, adjust fees for certain city services and Increased ad valorem property taxes.
City council will begin budget preparations for the 1987-88 fiscal year next month.
Michie stressed that raising ad valorem taxes would bs recommended by his office only lf monies needed for added police and fire services, as well as other key municipal services, could not be found following certain budget cutbacks and revenues created through user fees.
“I will present to the mayor and city council a balanced budget, recommending only the dollars essential to protect public health, safe
ty. welfare, and services required by our citizen’s,” stated the summary of the city manager s report
Michie told council Monday that the police department's budget for the next fiscal year will Include the addition of several uniformed personnel as requested by Chief Burney Boeck. Workload studies show the department needs IO additional patrolmen. Boeck requested three last year, but because of budget cuts and revenue shortfalls, received none.
According to Michie, the city realised $520,412 In savings during the current fiscal year by eliminating unneccessary expenditures during budget amendments last October
Cutbacks Included the elimination of an assistant city manager position and reduction of salaries for two department heads; freest of the vacant finance secretary position; deferral of the hiring of additional police and fire employees; hiring frees es In Public Works Department; elimination of the city’s financial support of the Clty-County Health Department effective March I; elimination of new profession si services, ag studies, and
outffHtf cbbbuRbbI work; eUmtnntion of membership dues In the Aulete Antonio
Corridor Council, National League of Cities and Sister of Dues; and transfer of the cost and responsibility for water sampling to New Braunfels Utilities
One of the biggest problems the city has faced In the past couple of years has been an Increase In general liability insurance and property Insurance premiums. Insurance costs In fiscal year 1983-84 were $21,878, but are estimated to run $325,807 for the imminent budgeting period for an astronomical increase of 1.300 percent.
"Unlike the State of Texas, with a reported $5 billion deficit, and several major cities such as San Antonio. Dallas and Houston that are facing massive cuts, layoffs and pending deficits. New Braunfels has stayed within its means, ” said Michie, whose annual Job performance evaluation was reviewed by council during execuUve session earlier In the evening.
He added. "However, this has been at the expense of reducing carryover surplus (contingency fund), keeping taxes and fees low and postponing needful pnrrhssfi ”
Michie noted earlier this month that, for the first time In a long while, the city will have to finish out the current fiscal year’s operating
expenditures by dipping into its contingency fund He said that some $125,000 should be left in carryover monies from the current fund of $204,214.
In his report to council, Michie said all capital items were either entirely deleted or Beverly cut and that each department’s budget will be carefully scrutinized to Include only items of need.
Touching on possible city employee pay hikes, Michie said. “While most governmental units raised salaries last year, the city did not. Morale, and coot of living increases, dictates that we consider a reasonable salary adjustment for deserving employees.”
The city’s top administrator also said adjustment of fees, or implementaion of user fees has reduced operating costs and Increased revenues In many areas such as recreational facilities use. building permits, special appeals, fire inspections, ambulance nuts, sanitation collection, court fines for certain violations, and fees for civic center use.
Michie has consistently stated that property taxes in New Braunfels do not even pay for the police department’s budget. Of New
See DUDOIT, Page 2NB Chamber unveils 1987 goals, plan
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce officials Monday unveiled a Program of Work for the coming year that Includes a crime prevention task force and Industrial development goals.
Dan Sedgwick, formerly an employee of DoTex Inc. and now a chamber vice president, commented that a goal of the program Is to attract "the right kinds of Industry.” and suggested those with smokes! arks and large •Tw-Hf of effliNnt or other discharge wore not In that category.
Sedgwick suggested “neo-high tech or high tech” Industries as a class of Industry Now Braunfels should do more to attract.
Executive Vice Pmsldmf Tom Purdum said potential industrial users at many things hi selecting growth sites, including availability of l**Mf force (educated
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Breast cancer awareness session slated Thursday
As part of the American Cancer Society’s year-long Texas Breast Screening Project, ACS volunteers of Comal County will sponsor a breast health awareness training session Thursday at McKenna Hospital.
The two-hour class will concentrate on tile facts about breast cancer. In both men and women, and will feature training In the technique of breast self-examination.
The class will be held at the boultel in the second floor conference room from 8 to $ p m. Thursday.
One out of every IO women will develop breast cancer during the course of her lifetime. In order to expand the impact of the Breast Self-Exam teaching effort of the American Cancer Society, the public Is boing asked to take on the responsibility and commitment of teaching this lifesaving technique to friends, I® fete® coo®* munity as part of the breast health awareness project.
“This Is an Important event In the year-long public focus on
breast cancer and the American Cancer Society hopes that you will volunteer to help in the prevention of fencer and tho prtefw^ff11* (—iffy ”
said Lucy Wilson. ACS public information chairman.
The public is invited to attend this free class. Attendance is limited to 25 people. For more information and to make reservations, call Dana Medal, ACS Comal Unit president, at 625-9111
Tree planting is Wednesday in Landa Park
New Braunfels Council of Gordon Dubs has rescheduled its Arbor Day tree planting ceremony for 10:10 a.m. Wednesday.
Members of the garden dub council will plant a lacey oak tree at Landa Park’s picnic area 7A In sheer Vance of Arbor Day.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Arbor Day Is celebrated on different days hi different plasm. January lf is Arbor Day In Texas. Inclement onusod
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L.V. Villareal and Cecilia Pena, readers will remember, were the Dallas-bound couple who Saturday found themselves one vehicle short on their way to Villareal’s new Job when their 1971 Malibu’s transmission chose New Braunfels as the place to say, “This is the end, mate.”
New Braunfels’ AAMCO transmission shop off Interstate 35 North was about to close when Villareal brought his moaning machine in for diagnosis. Seventy dollars and AAMCO could tell him what’s wrong. More bucks, more time, car gets fixed. Villareal chose not to spend it ’cause he didn’t have it. Okay, car can get put back together Monday morning - no sooner.
Ouch! thinks Villareal, who told us he had to be on the Job by 9 a.m. Monday. He had found a mechanic who would have patched the Chevy up for doodly-squat (well, more or less), but he couldn’t get his car, which had towed his U-Haul trailer from the Rio Grande over the previous two days.
Sunday morning Villareal and Pena show up at Sharon’s One-Stop at Walnut and 1-35, a U-Haul franchise. Long story made short is that Villareal and company couldn’t afford a truck of suitable dimensions • the trailer would have to be it. Carol Dark, manager of the One-Stop called her partner, John Rose, who. being a friendly Texan and all, suggested the couple use his personal Suburban to go to Dallas. Fantastic,... who’s gonna drive it back?
A routine customer and friend of the gals at the One-Stop said he’d drive them there and bring Rose’s Suburban back • gratis, we might add
By now you figure there is a little angel sitting on Villareal’s and Pena’s shoulders and they don’t know it, but should.
Wait. It gets better. Paul Boas!, owner of the AAMCO shop and a transplanted New Yorker with Texas in his soul, has decided to bring in a couple of guys to take care of Villareal’s problem Sunday evening. No Joke. By 10:30 p.m.. some four or five hours after Villareal is situated in Big D, at least, Boast and company have not only repaired Villareal’s car to better than drive-in condition, but are they are willing to accept $70 for the trouble and will hang on to the car until the wayfaring stranger comes back to claim it.
Villareal’s angel by now is beside herself (himself?) with glee having had such assistance from mere mortals. Right now as you read this, Villareal likely doesn’t know what all these people went through to help him and his friend.
But our hats are off to AAMCO’s mechanics and the folks at Sharon’s One-Stop. People like this are the reason Tanya Tucker and Harold Zeitung want to go to Texas when they die, although Harold will never leave anyway ...
Pct. 4 Commissioner Dyde Jacobs proposes to travel his precinct per the following weekly schedule: Tuesdays, Spring Branch Store at 9 a.m.; Filcher Post Office at ll a.m.; Saltier Justice of the Peace office at 2 p m. Wednesdays, Freiheit Country Store at I p.m.; Hunter-RUey’s Tavern at 3 p.m. Contact record cards will be available at each location. Fill one out before telling Dyde your views. This Is great, commissioner. That little extra effort can mean so much...
Congratulations are in order for Victor Martinez, 63, and the former Teresa Schwab, 62, who were mar rled Sunday by Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger. It’s the first wedding to ever take place between two Laurel Plaza residents; these two moved into the apartment house at different times, met and after a courtship, decided to tie the knot. Victor Ie a good friend of Harold, ae he delivers the newspaper to residents of the apartment house at Landa and Walnut . We wish them the beet...
younger girl’s biological father and Moberg's step-father Ray Moberg, 39, earlier this month. The EMS technician and 13-year veteran of the San Antonio Fire Department remains in Bexar County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $700,000 on two counts of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping.
Moberg will face charges of sexually assaulting the 8-year-old, however, San Antonio Police Department homocide detectives say it is unlikely they can prosecute him on charges connected to Debbie, his noncustodial step-daughter, unless her whereabouts are determined.
SAPD detectives have confirmed through evidence found at the abduction scene and information given by the younger girl that Debbie was shot, possibly twice and is now feared dead.
Searchers and authorities in San Antonio have combed hundreds of ponds and creek areas as well as the city-owned landfill in southwest Bexar County in hopes of finding her remains.
Organizers of search teams in San Antonio announced Monday that they will no longer meet.
The 8-year-old girl told authorities that during the 16-hour ordeal, Ray Moberg. driving Debbie’s red Ford
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By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
A Comal County builder has set up new search headquarters at her office as the more than two-week-old hunt for a missing San Antonio woman continues.
Jeanette Albrecht operates Albrecht and Sons Custom Homes located on Interstate 35 North access road between Schwab and Engle Roads Just south of New Braunfels. She transformed her business into a coordinating point for volunteers continuing to hunt for 18-year-old Debbie Moberg, who has been missing since her alledged abduction Jan. 9
“A lot of people feel the search is over. but I don’t,” Albrecht said Monday afternoon while discussing details of the incident and searching strategies with volunteers at her office. She and the searchers who gathered yesterday afternoon have been actively involved with searching efforts in San Antonio.
“We will continue to look for Debbie Moberg as long as the family wants us to.” Albrecht continued, saying that San Antonio reports that the search had ended are “aggravating.’’
Moberg and her 8-year-old halfsister were taken from their nor-thside San Antonio residence by the