New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Group says time is right to tighten ethics rules
AUSTIN (AP) — Recent publicity about lobbyists buying legislators’ vacations and a businessman distributing $10,000 checks to senators may make this the time for reform of the Legislature’s ethics rules, a public watchdog group says.
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Bo the brightest , AL makes it 2 in a row
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — If there is someone who can hit a ball farther and run faster than Bo Jackson, he sure wasn’t at Anaheim Stadium Tuesday night for the All-Star Game. Jackson drove in two runs, one with a 448-foot homer, stole a base and made a nifty running
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Vol. 137, No. 173
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144WednesdayJuly 12, 198925 Cents Two Sections, 22 Pages
Recent law affects Pipel!2f£±^ consolidation issue
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Recent changes in the law allowing New Braunfels ISD to maintain its July tax year don’t correlate with a proposal to consolidate taxes for entities in the Comal Appraisal District, said Comal County Tax Assessor-Collcctor Gloria Clennan Tuesday.
“There was a time two years ago that I proposed to collect the taxes for NBISD and City of New Braunfels,”
Clennan said. “But this proposal was not accepted.”
In 1987, Clennan proposed to assess and collect taxes for entities in the Comal Appraisal District — NBISD, City of New Braunfels and Comal Independent School District. Commissioners Court has approved two resolutions supporting that proposal and an election to consolidate taxes is scheduled for Aug. 12.
Currcntlv CISD collects its taxes
while NBISD assesses and collects taxes for itself and the city.
In June, Gov. Bill Clements signed Senate Bill 417, which states school districts, that before Jan. I, 1989, had for at least IO years followed a practice of adopting its tax rate and billing at a different date than as provided by the State Property Tax Code can continue to follow that practice.
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CAD lawyers advise waiting for review
Attorneys for the Comal Appraisal District advise the district to “sit back and wait” until they review the recent attorney general’s opinion that appraisal districts can’t contract with private retirement systems, says die deputy chief appraiser.
The opinion was quite a surprise because it affects so many appraisal districts across the state, said Pat Fox.
Out of 253 appraisal districts in Texas, approximately 140 districts are enrolled in private retirement systems based upon information from the Texas Association of
Assessing Officers, she said.
Attorney General Jim Mattox issued an opinion July 6 stating retirement system contracts between appraisal districts and private retirement systems are not allowed.
Because appraisal districts are considered political subdivisions of the state, they are eligible to participate in the County and District Retirement System. The Texas Association of Assessing Officers plan, which the CAD joined
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NRU to consider
Crews this week continue the work on the city’s 1985 bond issue-approved drainage project in the Santa Clara Avenue and San Antonio Street area. Today, crews are laying pipe on Santa Clara between Mill Street and Bridge Street, which are obviously closed for the work. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Wrltar
1 More asbestos has been discovered in the boilers of the old Comal powerhouse, according to C.D. Shaw, Lower Colorado River Authority project manager.
“We have discovered some asbestos not specified under contract (with BFI Stevens),” he said. “Of course, this will be removed.”
Shaw also said the project could be winding up in another six weeks.
More than $2 million has been spent in an effort to remove asbestos from the powerhouse. Approximately 200,(XX) square feet of asbestos was discovered in the building in May 1986, and removal began in early January 1989.
The question of additional asbestos removal beyond contract specifications can be addressed by BFI Stevens. The contractor can request a change order in the contract with LCRA to make up for the work to remove the additional asbestos.
According to Shaw, BFI Stevens is one of the top IO asbestos removal companies in America.
“We arc not required by law to
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The next several days will be extremely hot with highs near IOO # *
rehearing request Bush promises wider access
showers today. New Braunfels Unities board of
Inside’ trustees will consider approval of a
Classified 4-7B re^car‘n8 request to the Texas Public
roilier ............................ rn A bullies Commission for reconsidcra-
r ROSS WORD............................ 3 A lion of a Lowcr Colorado River
DEAR ABBY .............................4B Aulhorily ratc increase. The board
cM-rcDTAikiaicM-r.......................,D wil* convene in a special meeting
criTcnTAINMENT.......................4B tonight at 7 in the NBU meeting room.
HOROSCOPE............................10A Public Utility Commissioners
KALEIDOSCOPE.....................1-3B approved a rate increase for LCRA’s
OPINIONS....................................4 A wholesale customers by an estimated
SPORTS...............................11-13A total Qf $19 million June 22 but did
TV LISTINGS.............................10A not allow for a rate differentiation for
WEATHER...................................2A those customers who have made
investments in transmission lines and substations.
According to NBU General Mana-
Teen Connection, a foster group 8cr Robert Sohn, it docs not cost
home for teen-age girls and an LCRA as much money to supply
alternative school, will conduct a electric power dirough 138 kilovolt
training class July 22 and 29 for (KV) transmission lines as it does
new or current volunteers. Topics through 69 KV transmission lines,
will include communication skills, NBU also has an investment of
self-esteem building and crisis intervention. “This is an opportunity for volunteers to learn new skills as well as to give something to the community by helping our youth,” said Lane Parker, volunteer coordinator at Teen Connection.
“Our need is ever-increasing for volunteers who are willing to answer a phone, bake a cake, go on an outing with the girls, work in the Thrift Shop, substitute teach in the school, tutor a student, help with GED classes, do yard or carpentry work, or just about anything else,” she said. “We really have a need for anyone with anything they are willing to do — we have a place.” Call Teen Connection at 629-6571 to register for the training....
$10.4 million in transmission and substation equipment which also helps to cut down on the cost to LCRA of supplying power to the local utility company.
“New Braunfels (Utilities) made an investment which makes it cheaper for LCRA to serve them, and the commissioners did not recognize this,” said Richard Balough, attorney for NBU. “What this means is New Braunfels Utilities customers will be subsidizing rates for smaller cities like Bastrop who have made no investment at all. We don’t think it’s fair.”
“I am very disappointed,” Sohn said. “After all the time and effort, it became almost a flip of the coin. People in New Braunfels will see an increase in their utility costs beyond
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — President Bush, declaring that “the Iron Curtain has begun to part,” promised today to give Hungary unlimited access to American markets and send the first Peace Corps volunteers ever dispatched to a communist nation.
He also offered a $25 million grain to spur this reform-minded East Bloc nation’s fledgling frcc-entcrprise system.
Saluting political and economic reforms here, Bush said there is “no mistaking the fact that Hungary is at the threshold of great and historic
Bush made his comments in a speech at Karl Marx University, which was broadcast live on Hungarian television, following talks with Hungarian leaders who presented him with a box contained barbed wire
fencing tom down along the Austrian border.
In his speech. Bush noted that barbed wire separating Hungary and Austria had been dismantled and stacked into bales earlier this year.
“For the first time, the Iron Curtain has begun to part, and hungary is leading the way," Bush said.
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Thursday final voter registration day
Thursday is the final day to register to vote in Aug. 12 elections. This date also marks the last day a voter who has moved to a different election precinct within the county may submit a transfer of registration to be eligible to vote in the precinct of his new
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees running for reelection on Aug. 12 arc District #2 Trustee Jean Ward and District #4 Turstce Bob Clarke. They are uncon-
Board c°o1, clear waters decides
Thursday night’s Concert in the Park at Landa Park will be by hometown band County Line. Beginning at 7 p.m., the concert is free and is sponsored by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and Miller Wholesale Beer. Folks are invited to bring picnic suppers and blankets, but are reminded that glass containers are not allowed in the park,,..
St. John’s Episcopal Church
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By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Wrltar
Edwards Underground Water District directors decided to wait before making any decision concerning the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority lawsuit seeking control of pumping rights from the Edwards Aquifer by the Texas Water Commission.
Russell Masters, assistant general manager for the water district, said the directors were briefed by the district’s attorney Tuesday in executive seesion concerning the lawsuit. The suit was filed after the 71st legislature could not work out a compromise between interests in the district.
“We are planning a further workshop to discuss it with counsel and others,” he said.
GBRA filed the lawsuit in Hays County June 15 in an effort to give the Texas Water Commission control over the pumping rights from the
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tested in their bids for rc-clcction.
Voters in the Comal Appraisal District will be voting on whether to consolidate the tax assessing and collecting of all taxing entities within the district with the county tax assessor -collector.
Campaign to involve parents
Local parents can find out how to participate in a local drug awareness campaign during the Comunity Drug Awareness Comittee meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Canyon Lake Action Center in Saltier.
Dr. Joe Vicars of Smithson Valley High School will present a program on the Peer Assistance Leadership and Support program which involves taking responsible high school students to Starlite Village Hospital for a two-day seminar. The seminar involves 16 hours of classes and mingling with residents of the hospital.
The PALS program depends on these students to be available for students who are using drugs or are contemplating using them. At the May meeeting of the Community Drug Awareness Committee, Vicars said there were about 80 students at SVHS involved in the PALS program.
Committee Member Connie Brooks explained that Vicars has
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Temperatures are expected to climb toward that of the city’s Tube Chute on the Comal River where 100-degree mark today and there is no significant springs from the Edwards Underground Aquifer prochance for rain in the next few days, so it might be a vide cool relief. (Photo by Deryl Clark) good idea to hit the river for some fun. This scene is