New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Jack Ohlrich, Tiffany Dreibrodt, Jeremy Scott Perez, Aleighse Lucas, Christa Crumrine, tobin Fiebrich, Betty Right, Cindi eight King, Tina Goodyear, Mary tahe, Jcramie Hernandez, Tina Goodyear, Ski Hanewich, Jesica Marie Charles, Matt White, Chad Salge, Michael Kropp, Mark -aney and John Faust.
Belated birthday wishes to Jennifer Marie Castilleja.
Celebrating an anniversary today, Dr. and Mrs. Martin W. Sir ai em ann.
Belated anniversary wishes to Henry and Gloria Montanez and Tomas and Grace Juarez.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Red Cross
Red Cross board of directors and volunteers will meet Monday, July 15 at Eden Home in the Friendship Room at 7 p.m.Gardening workshop
A fall gardening workshop is slated for Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Comal County Extension Office, 132 South Water Lane. Dr. Jerry Parsons, vegetable specialist from San Antonio, will present the program on fall gardening and include information on soil and fertilizer preparation, planting dates, varieties, insect and discase management and harvest of fall
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Two Spring Branch teen-agers died early this morning in a one-car accident on Sun Valley Road near Spring Branch, a Department of Public Safety spokesperson said.
Lance Aaron Rittimann, 18, and Harley Summersill, 14, were pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart.
Rittimann was driving a 1971 Chevrolet pickup truck northbound on Sun Valley Road and reached the top of a hill, started downhill and ran off the road to the right, impacting with several large trees and branches, according to the investigating officer, DPS Trooper G. Lozano.
The top of the vehicle was tom off by branches and both the driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle, as no scat belts were being worn, according to Lozano.
lite speed limit on Sunset Valley Road is 30 mph.
Both bodies were transported to Docppcnschmidt Funeral Home.
Rittimann was a 1991 graduate of New Braunfels High School and an employee of the Guadalupe Canoe Livery, a river outfitter. Summersill was a student at Smithson Valley
Tubers in the scenic Comal River in New Braunfels hang on to precious cargo including pets, left, and small children. The dog is decked out in the latest eyewear and the child is fitted with a life jacket. (Photo by Annates Schlickenrieder)
NEU still discussing budgetary needs
Computer controller for water plant approved
New Braunfels Utilities trustees on Wednesday approved an $80,041 purchase of a controller for the new surface water-ireatment plant.
Board members also approved a $20,500 two-year contract, with an optional one-year extension clause, for janitorial services.
The computerized controller, to be bought from low bidder Hydrofoil Systems, will basically be the brains controlling the pumps, motors and valves of NBU’s new $7.5 million surface water-ireatment plant, said Roger Biggers, NBU’s director of technical services.
Plans for the plant originally called for a $200,000 mechanical controller, but recent advances in technology
have given NBU the opportunity to save money without lowering performance, Biggers said. lite equipment also will be able to control the facility’s future expansion. Biggers said.
Trustees approved the janitorial contract with New Braunlels-bascd Collazo Cleaning Services. A full-time staff janitorial position recently was eliminated during a budget-cutting staff downsizing.
Both items were approved unanimously by Vice President Jesse Gomez, Mayor James Goodbrcad. and Trustees G A, Siralcmann Jr. and Robert Orr. Also present was President E.C. Momhinwcg.
vegetables. All gardeners from Comal County arc urged to attend.Christmas Bazaar
The Women’s Fellowship of First Protestant Church is sponsoring its annual “Christmas in July” Bazaar on Friday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Items for sale include handwork, floral, canned and baked goods. Lunch consisting of potato soup, sandwiches, and desserts will be available after 11 a m. All are welcome.Rummage sale
Iglesia Bethel Pentecostal will sponsor a church rummage sale Friday from 8 a m. to 5 p m. and Saturday from 8 a rn. to 2 p m. at 350 N. Grape St.Garage sale
A benefit garage sale for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church has been rescheduled from 8 a m. to I p.m. Saturday at 443 See Ie St. Clothing will be sold for 50 cents to $1 per item. Republican womenTeen Connection
Support the programs at Teen Connection by shopping at the Thrift Shop “SI a bag sale” Friday, July 12. The yard sale will continue through July IS where all items are at least 1/2 off. Teen Connection provides services lo youth and families through its emergency shelters, alternative school and outpatient counseling service The Thrift Shop, 1414 W. San Antonio St., is open Monday-Saturday IO a m.-3 p m.Nursing home
Oak Crest inn Nursing Home, 1310 Interstate 35 West, will hold a garage sale today and Friday from 9 am. to 5 pm. lo raise
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees on Wednesday continued discussing a proposed $54.5 million 1991-92 budget scheduled for adoption later this month.
During the three-hour meeting, NBU staff members summarized revenue, operations and maintenance, and capital projects. Discussion also centered on proposed cost-of-living salary increases and a proposed merit pay-bonus program.
The budget projects operating revenues of: $36.9 million, electric; $3.5 million, water, $2.7 million, sewer; and $815,000, other. This totals $44.0 million, compared to the $42.8 budgeted for 1990-91.
Operations and maintenance expenses for 1991-92 are budgeted at $7.07 million, compared with the $7.03 million budgeted for 1990-91.
The staff also presented a lengthy, detailed description of $10.36 million in proposed capilal-improvement projects and equipment purchases. Some capilal-improvement projects are already under way and will be carried over into the next fiscal year, which starts Aug. I. The 1990-91 budget included $10.93 million in this category.
The proposed budget, which trustees are scheduled to consider for final approval on July 25, includes 167 staff positions, compared to the 189 budgeted in 1990-91. Total proposed payroll-and-benefit budget is $4.39
million, about $229,144 less than 1990-1991.
Trustee James Goodbread, New Braunfels mayor, expressed disappointment that the staff downsizing
— which included four incentive retirements, five layoffs and elimination of several vacant positions — produced only $174,828 in payroll savings. NBU Finance Director Jeff Thompson said the reduction was significant. especially if one considers the alternative with no staff-st/e reduction.
The board agreed to a single 2-per cent cost-of-living increase for every employee and to $40,000 for the mem pay-bonus program
In its original budget proposal two weeks ago, the staff proposed two 2-percent cost-of-living adjustments
— one in August and the second in
February — for all employees, at a total cost of $127,000 in die 1991-92 budget.
Trustee O.A. Siraiemann Jr. said he would only support a single 2-percent adjustment in the budget, but would be willing to reconsider the second 2-percent increase at midyear
"My personal opinion is that we have treated these employees very well over the past four years — almost every one of them,’’ Strate-maim said. “I personally will go on record tonight saying I believe that there are a lot of businesses out there that have not have cost-of-living increases.
“We’ve taken good care of our people We’ve got wonderful people who work hard for us, and I want to compensate them. But we're responsible to the ratepayers,” Siraiemann said.
Board members also tentatively agreed to $40,OOO for the “exceptional performance compensation” program Under the program, qualifying employees would receive one-time merit bonuses based on job performance The pay menu wouldn’t permanently increase employees’ base salary, NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said
The staff originally proposed $65,000 for the program.
“The philosophy behind the presentation to the board on that is we believe that an employee is paid to do a good job — they aren’t paid to do an average job or just get by," Sohn said. “With the proper kind of cvaluauon process that we have rn place, we can determine whether the employee is actually well or an average or whatever,” Sohn said.
“We feel like to qualify for a merit increase — if you want to call it a merit increase — this employee has got to really be doing an outstanding job.” Sohn said.
Board President E.C. Momhmweg said he thought the $65,000 was to high because if that total were divided evenly among half NBU’s staff, about 80 employees, that would mean sums of more than $800 each — and more if fewer employees were to receive the bonuses. Trustee Jesse Gomez agreed that the total was to high.
Trustee Robert Orr said he supported the concept but asked that the staff flesh out the proposed program to let the board, public ami staff know how it will work and requircmenu for qualification.
“I think there’s lots of room for abuse or perception of abuse,’’ said Orr, before proposing that the total be lowered to $40,000.
“You’ve got to have faith rn your management and faith that we know what the employees’ needs are." Sohn said of the program, “lf we’re not sue* cessful, then you get us — through me.
Some board members also took issue with the staff’s plans to contract with an outside consultant to study NBU’s salary structure compared with private businesses in New Braunfels. Sohn defended the plan, say mg the staff deserves to know whether NBU salaries are too high or too low.
SM STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2Restaurant, residents compromise
By MARK WARNKEN SUH Writer
Owners of Mazailan Charlies, New Braunfels city officials and neighbors of the Gruene restaurant reached several compromises during a VA -hour meeting Tuesday evening.
The restaurant and about 20 neighbors agreed on a temporary ban on outside bands and on outside games after IO p.m., said City Manager Paul Grohman, who attended the meeting along with Council Member Paul Fraser. Also, the restaurant will look into additional soundproofing, he said.
The owners and neighbors also agreed to meet again in August to review the situation, Fraser said “I think it will work out. At least we got people talking to each other,” Fraser said.
David Harrison, one of the Mexi-
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A partly cloudy afternoon should find today’s high temperature at about 91 degrees, with an overnight low in the mid-70s expected Winds likely will be from die southeast al 10-20 mph For the next few days, forecasts indicate early clouds and partly cloudy afternoons with highs in the mid 90s and lows rn the mtd-70s. Wednesday’s high in New Braunfels was 92 and the overnight low was 72. For more weather information, please see Page 2.
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WEATHER 2Duke able to give son pilot training awards
By ROBERT STEWART SUH Writer
A local man appears to be on his way to being “top gun ”
Second Ll. Tom Duke of New Braunfels won the Commander’s Trophy as the top graduate of undergraduate pilot training with the 64di Flying Training Wing ai Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock on June 28
Duke was also selected as a distinguished graduate and won the "top slick" award as top ranking student iii flying skills.
Duke is the son of Charlie and Dotty Duke of New Braunfels and is a 1985 graduate of New Braunfels High School He graduated from Baylor University in 1989 and has been in the Air National Guard since the summer of 1987. He is a member of a unit based at Kelly Air Force Base Charlie Duke is a fumier Apollo astronaut and was the speaker at the gra duauon ceremonial As speaker, he presented the awards lo his son.
“It was a great thrill for me," said Charlie Duke The elder Duke walked on the moon as part of the United States' fifth lunar landing with fellow asuonaut John Young on the Apollo 16 mission in April of 1972. Duke and Young's mission was the second to be equipped with the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LR V), a kind of car which they drove on the moon
Second Lt. Tom Duke, left, receives pilot training honors from his commencement speaker and father, retired astronaut Charlie Duke
The younger Duke now will undergo survival training and fighter lead-in training at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington State before going on to F-16 training inTuscon, Aru