New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in two sections* Thursday, July 10,1997Water rate hike; may be passed on to customersCrash kills Aiver
Market Place Dear Abby....New Braunfels man dies after train accident
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Fatal Mamfag, Rhonda Barrett, Nancy Hartfid, Gladys Turner, Marilyn Hartmann, Alfredo Morales (65 years) and , conifer Marie Castflfeja (8 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Council, utility mull increase in NBU returns to city
By CHRIS CREWS
cussed the amount of money the city-owned utility contributes to the city's general operating fund. Board members said the city is asking for about 6 percent of NBU’s gross revenue, a number they said approached the national average for city-owned utilities.
A proposal presented to the board would increase the amount NBU returns to the city by $5 million over a five-year period.
“We need to do this to keep the utility vital and competitive,'' said NBU President Guadalupe Castil-
A New Braunfels man died Wednesday morning after the dump truck he was (hiving was smack by a Union Pacific freight train at a private company crossing on Wald Road.
Thomas Gans, Jr., 28, of New Braunfels was pronounced dead at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday after he was transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Vaughn Pack said Garza was driving his dump truck across the tracks when it was struck by the northbound freight train.
Pack said Garza apparently tried to beat the train.
“The driver disregarded the stop sign at die intersection,” Pack said.
The train struck the passenger side of the truck, between the bed of the truck and the cab, near the truck's gas tank.
The cab of the truck was crushed, and the train traveled about 2300 feet before it stopped. Pack said.
An officer at the scene said the tank exploded, throwing flames onto the side of the tram. Train personnel had to be evacuated from the train.
“From what I understand they saw a fireball when he (Garza) was hit,” Pack said
Emergency crews from the New Braunfels Fire Department used the jaws of life to remove Garza from the truck. They used a crane to remove the dump
Water rates and the amount of money to be contributed to the city’s general fund were the primary topics discussed Wednesday evening at a special session of the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees.
The meeting was convened to discuss the utility’s budget for the 1997-98 fiscal year and the five-year financial prospectus.
“The cost of water is on the rise,'' said Jeff Thompson, assistant general manager for administration and finance for NBU.
The cost increase, primarily driven by proposed increases in raw water prices by Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, will eventually have to be passed on to residential and business customers. Thompson said.
Information provided by NBU indicated that the utility spent $68,855 on water in 1995-96, but the projected cost for 1997-98 is $497344, an increase of more than 700 percent.
In other business, the board dis-
New Braunfels Mayor Jan Ken-nady said she was pleased with the proposal.
“I’m pleased initially — it looks workable,” said Kennady, who as mayor is an ex officio member of the NBU board.
While the increase in NBU’s financial contribution to the city enjoys broad support on the board, support was not unanimous.
I don’t care what the national average is,” board member Eugene Momhinweg said of the proposal which would increase the transfer from NBU coffers to the city by about $ I million each year. “Those people don’t live in New Braunfels.”
The board did not set a date to vote on a final budget tor 1997-98.
Comal River — 334 cubic feet par second. up 1 from Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther canyon Well — 626.73 lest above sea level, up .01 nom wednesday
Canyon Dam discharge — 5,521 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 1,629 cfs Canyon Lake level — 931.4 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
Bunny ikltii Wghi in 90s Depicted
The summer sky should be mostly sunny this afternoon with temperatures rising to a high temperature in the mid 90s. A south wind of 10 to 15 mph should help make outdoor conditions more bearable until we reach an overnight low in the mid 70’s.
lf you like today’s weather, you’re in luck, lf you don’t like today’s weather, you might consider leaving town for a few days, because tomorrow’s forecast looks a lot like today’s.
City, WORD mull safe tubing accord
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Abow*, Texas Department of Public bareiy ovncar aeon riaag comions Juliana Aguirre, the girlfriend of driver Thomea Garza Jr. Friend Sandy Shane comforts Aguirre. Garza was pinned in the vehicle for nearly an hour before he was teed by the usa of a crane and the jaws or me.
At left one of Thomas Garza’s co-workers examines the wreckage after Garza was akHflad to Brooke Army Medical Center In San Antonio. The train pushed the truck nearly one half a mile before tapping
in the city limits and in the county, results from a lawsuit between the city and the parents of a woman who drowned in the Guadalupe River while tubing five years ago.
Under the terms of a compromise settlement with the parents, the city council appointed a River Safety Commission in January'. The job of the commission was to look at the possibility of implementing a river safety ordinance and to establish standards and regulations for recreational users on the river.
In Apnl, the commission rejected the idea of an ordinance because of enforcement problems But commission members agreed that uniform safety measures, signs and educauonal safety materials were needed.
Another recommendation was to work out an interlocal agreement between the city and WORD.
Council approved the recommendations this spring and the city Turn to Tubing, Page 2A
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Representatives for the city of New Braunfels and Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District are hard at work hammering out an interlocal agreement concerning tubing regulations on the Guadalupe River.
City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom Murphy said she will meet with representatives from WORD and mer outfitters Tuesday.
Murphy said she wrote a draft of the agreement and would share it with the representatives at the meeting.
“The main goal is a uniform educational message regarding any dangers in the river,” Murphy said. “The river is a natural habitat and sometimes people are uneducated about the hidden dangers.”
The desire for an interlocal agreement between the city and WORD, w hich w ould set up a uniform standard of regulations with-
The time to immunize your school and preschool children is now. The last two weeks before the beginning of a school year is a busy time for the county health department so get a jump start. For more information, call the county health department at 620-5595.
Bush will push tax rollback measure
AUSTtN (AP) — Gov. George W. Buck is planning a road The $ I billion proposal is what remains atter the Legislature trip before the Aug. 9 election to ask voters to approve a SI bit- spent 140 days chewing over Bush's initial tax rollback idea. lion plan for rolling back local school property taxes. Bush recommended spending a $ I billion budget surplus and
Bush, who lost two-thirds of his $3 billion tax relief plan in replacing about $2 billion in local property taxes with new the LeguUture, wares to make sure Texans know about the bal- state levies.
lot measure and ratify it. The $1 billion tax cut is a proposal amendment to the Texas
“I’m worried about turnout,” the governor said Wednesday. Constitution, lf it’s ratified by voters, minimum homestead “I’m confident that with a reasonable turnout it will pass. Very exemptions will be raised from $5,000 to $ 15,000, reducing few people should be against it” school property taxes by an average of $ 140 a year.
Figures show McKenna Memorial in good financial health
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stance,” Knox said. ^
Wayne Sorensen, chairman of the department of health administration at Southwest Texas Skate University, complimented McKenna on its management and strong financial situation, but addod there are accounting foetors such as depreciation and bad debt that can contribute to the apparent financial status of a hospital.
“There are accounting factors that can contribute to a hospital’s bottom line,” Sorensen said. “But this doesn’t mean they can continue to lose money indefinitely — they have to right the ship eventually .”
Sorensen added that there are tmpor- Seguin, has certain advantages and dis- “This creates stability and provides talk differences in the way the New advantages when compared to greater continuity for the hospital.”
Braunfels, Seguin and San Marcos bos- McKennna’s private management. On the negative side, Sorensen said
piNls are managed. “A city-county system allows the the city-county system is subject to
A city-county operated bostal, such community to directly support the bos- political disagreements. as Guadalupe Valley Hospital in pital with a tax base," Sorensen said. “A hospital administrator in a city-
Today last day foe voter vo|istrot ion
Residents wanting to vote on Aug. 9 for the constitutional amendment election or the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees election have until 5 p.m. Thursday to register to vote. To register, call or visit the Comal County Tax Office.
lf McKenna Memorial Hospital had a check-up on its financial well-being, it would be judged to be in robust health.
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Department of Health, total net " revenue was $5 million more than expenses at the New Braunfels hospital in 1995. Guadalupe Valley Hospital in Seguin broke even during the same period, while the difference at Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos was a negative $2 million. Financial figures for 1996 were not available.’
Former McKenna bored president Elliot Kook attributed the financial health of fee hospital to its private,
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Summer heat is dangerous for small children and pets Make sure younger children have plenty to drink when they are out in the heat, make sure they are well protected. When leaving your house for a while, and make sure your pets have plenty to drink and shade to keep cool.
Never leave pets in a car without the air conditioner running.
Source: Texas Department of Health, 1996 Hospital Survey
county system must compete for hinds with the police chief and fire chief Sometimes it comes down to, do wd buy new police cars or do we hire a
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