New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Candidates for A G trade political jabs
AUSTIN (AP) — Political jabs at a Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general signify he is the man to beat in the party’s primary, spokesmen for the office seeker said.
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Exxon, Coast Guard asked to outline plans
WASHINGTON (AP) — Exxon executives and the U.S. Coast Guard are being asked to clear up a growing mystery over whether Exxon will resume its oil cleanup in Alaska next spring.
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NB fast-pitch players headed for Pasadena
This weekend, the SA Royals will compete in a regional softball tournament in Pasadena. Among the Royals are an NBHS student who is hoping to form a local fast-pitch team and two college players who are living in New Braunfels this summer
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July 28, 1989
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707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144One Section, 16 PagesUtilities board approves amended rates
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
New Braunfels Utilities customers will be paying more for electricity and water, but not as much as first expected. NBU trustees approved an amended budget Thursday which resulted in the proposed rate increase being cut almost in half.
General Manager Robert Sohn volunteered to reduce the proposed rate increases by $500,000. This change will affect residents’
monthly electric bills by an average of 75 cents, much lower than the proposed $ 1.75.
New Braunfels residents will still have to pay for the Lower Colorado River Authority wholesale rate hike. This hike is effective now, and Jeff Thompson, NBU’s director of administrative and financial services, said the additional 85 cents every month will be seen on next month’s bills.
Sohn also suggested making some reductions in expenditures. These voluntary reduc
tions in the budget netted a $103,000 reduction in certain expenditures such as a $25,000 cut in proposed legal fees, a $7,300 cut for the proposed purchase of personal computers, a $4,500 cut for lab equipment with the rest of the cuts coming out of proposed projects. An additional $9,000 was requested for line monitoring equipment for the electrical engineering department.
Sohn also suggested hiring seven addition
al people instead of IO and slashing the year-cnd cash by $ 150,000.
In addition to these changes, the board of trustees made other cuts in the personnel category. The board decided to raise employees’ salaries by only 2 percent and lowered the maximum merit raise percentage to 3 percent with a 2 percent average merit increase. Trustees also cut the proposed holiday schedule.
Trustee Albert Kosko told NBU employees
at the meeting he would like to give them all the raises they deserved but he had to consider the people who could not afford to pay their bills.
“I have to think about those people whose salaries don’t change unless they lose their jobs,” he said.
The changes made in the budget by the board and Sohn netted an estimated $243,000
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Outfitters decide not to buy water to up river flow
While the water coming down the Guadalupe River from Canyon Dam is not exactly Whitewater, river outfitters said the current flow rate is fast enough for tubing and canoeing and they will not purchase water to augment the flow.
The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority reduced the outflow from Canyon Dam to 60 cubic feet per second Thursday afternoon because of drought conditions in the Guadalupe River Basin. GBRA was forced by federal licensing regulations to release a minimum of 90 cfs until the the inflow averages less than 90 cfs for 45 consecutive days. That provision in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s license for the hydroelectric plant at Canyon Dam was sought for by Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the protection of downstream fisheries.
David Welsch, GBRA director of planning and development, explained the outflow was reduced to 60 cfs based on a calculated inflow which allowed credit for any rain that falls beyond the Sring Branch gauge which measured at 44 cfs Thursday.
Thursday afternoon, the Guadalupe River Organization told GBRA officials it would not purchase water for the upcoming weekend. GRO is an organization of river business owners who arc concerned with the economic development and ecological pre-
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FDIC takes over local thrift
From staff and wire reports
New Braunfels Savings and Loan Association was declared insolvent and placed under the management of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Thursday.
According to FDIC, depositors are not affected in any way by the takeover and can continue to transact business as usual.
New Braunfels Savings and Loan officials referred all questions to Dave Coldrcn of Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. He was unavailable for comment at press time today.
The New Braunfels institution was one of five Texas institutions that was put under the govern
ment management program. FDIC also was named managing agent for two in Louisiana and one each in Arkansas and Michigan.
All deposits, offices arid almost all of the institutions’ assets were transferred by FDIC to tile new ly created federal mutual institutions.
The government management teams will supervise operations of the local institution and others until Congress approves the funding needed to sell or merge the institutions. The teams work to prevent operating losses and ensure that the institutions are operated in a prudent manner.
Also placed in receivership and issued new char
ters by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board Thursday were:
• North American Saving Association, San
• Hallmark Savings Association, Plano.
• Capitol City Savings Association, Austin.
• Federal Savingsbanc of the Southwest, Kilgore.
• Lafayette Savings and Loan Association, Grel-
• Commercial Federal Savings Bank, Hammond.
• Capital Savings and Loan Association, West Helena, Ark.
• Guaranty Federal Savings Bank, Taylor, Mich.
Local officials caution residents about water
NB police arrest man for robbery
A former convict, who filed the controversial lawsuit against the Comal County jail for bad living conditions, was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery Thursday by New Braunfels police.
Robert Delgado, 34, 2021 W. Mill St., was arrested in the 1600 block of West Bridge Street without incident
after a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
“This afternoon when I was coming home I saw a guy that I thought looked like him walking down the street on West Bridge,” said Lt. Felix Roque Thursday night. “I went
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Although outside watering restrictions have been lifted, New Braunfels residents need to be aware that the city is still partially in Stage III of the conservation plan, said Mayor Doug Miller.
Residents do not need to worry about even-numbered addresses watering only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and odd-numbered addresses on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Miller said that starting today residents can water their lawns on the days they choose.
However, lawns should only be watered between 6 and IO a.m. and 7 and ll p.m., and residents cannot allow water to run onto streets and driveways. Restaurants should not serve water except upon request, and industrial water waste is to be eliminated.
Violations to these mandatory conservation activities can still result in citations and fines not less than $50 and not more than $200.
“We’re not totally out of Stage III,” Miller said Thursday. “We’re coming out for two reasons. We’ve seen an upward trend in the aquifer to at least halfway to the second stage. Number two, our citizens have earnestly complied with what we’ve pied to accomplish with conservation. Consequently, some warnings have been issued, bul not one person has received a citation. Once they knew about the ordinance, they have complied.”
Stage B’s voluntary conservation measures can be prac-
“We’re coming out for two reasons. We’ve seen an upward trend in the aquifer to at least halfway to the second stage. Number two, our citizens have earnestly complied with what we’ve tried to accomplish with conservation. ”
Mayor Doug Miller
heed to prevent further mandatory conservation. Residents should be careful of the water they use for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. Water reduction devices will also save water; they can be obtained at the front desk of the New Braunfels Utilities.
Hie following conservation tips have been provided by New Braunfels Utilities mid Edwards Underground Water District.
* Limit showers to five minutes. Every minute saved in the shower saves 5 to IO gallons of water. When bathing, fill the bathtub only halfway. Adjust water temperature as the tub fills.
• Low-volume shower heads and flow restrictors can
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Oak disease found in New Braunfels
New Braunfels residents should be aware that oak wilt has been diagnosed in the city, said County Extension Agent Scott Durham.
Two cases of the deadly tree discase have been identified near Priess Heights and Loop 337. There is no cure for a tree that has been infected with the disease.
“Folks need to know they don’t have to be hooked into something expensive,” Durham said. “Once the tree has been infected, it is a doomed tree."
Residents can see if oak wilt has struck their live oak trees by checking for necrosis in the leaves. Durham explained that the leaf will appear to die from the main vein toward the margin.
Rapid defoliation is another symptom of the disease. The leaves will fall off the infected trees within three weeks to a month of infection.
“Under certain circumstances, a tree can survive oak wilt, but it will never be the lush live oak it once was,” Durham said.
Oak wilt has been associated with a family of beetles that are known to carry the oak wilt spore from Spanish oak trees to an open wound on a live oak tree.
In light of that fact, Durham said, pruning should wait until January or
February when insect activity is lowest.
lf residents must prune their trees because of storm damage, they should apply pruning paint to the wound.
“lf residents hire pruning companies, insist they use wound paint on the wounds from pruning,” Durham said. “Even in the winter time, the bugs don’t know they’re not supposed to be active. There is some bug activity ... use pruning paint in the winter time.”
New Braunfels residents also need to discontinue use of oak-wilt-infected firewood. When purchasing firewood for the winter, homeowners should find out where the wood came from, if the wood came from trees infected with oak wilt, and how the wood was harvested.
During dry periods, trees can become especially vulnerable to diseases such as oak wilt.
“Many of the trees are suffering from drought stress. We are in the second year of a fairly well-extended period of dryness,” Durham sasid.
A result of drought stress can be diseases which cause major canopy death in trees.
Oak wilt has been found in New Braunfels and can kill healthy trees such as this.
New Braunfels Utilities has been recognized across the state for its outstanding system achievements by the Texas Public Power Association and the Lower Colorado River Authority.
The TPPA honored the local utility July 18 in Austin with the 7'PPA System Achievement Award, recognizing NBU for system achievement over the last year. According to E.C. Momhin-weg, president of the NBU board, NBU was chosen out of 71 members in die association.
“We’re very proud of our staff because they’re the ones who really got the award,” he said.
As a result of that award and other achievements by NBU, a resolution was passed to die board of directors of the Lower Colorado River Authority to honor NBU. The July 20 award was given to NBU because it “continues to improve service to its customers by enhancing the prestige of public power.”
“NBU looks for aggressive and innovative efforts to serve its members efficiently through memberships in the Association of Wholesale Customers through acquisition of hydro-
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It will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain today with a high of 93 degrees and a low of 75 degrees tonight. The weekend will be partly cloudy and hot with a slight chance of rain on Saturday. The highs will be around 98 degrees with lows near 75 degrees.
La Mujer Tejana (The Texas Woman) will be sponsoring a rummage and bake sale on Saturday. Thtfc semi-annual event raises funds for contributions to local nonprofit organizations.
The rummage and bake sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at New Braunfels Flea Market, 1661 S. Seguin (the old Gibson’s Discount Center). Most of the items will be priced at less than SI....
New Braunfels City Council of PI’As invites all FTA members in the area to its School of Information on Aug. I at 7 p.m. in New Braunfels High School cafetorium.
All officers and chairmen of local PTA units will meet in small groups to become oriented to their new positions and to plan the year’s activities. New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Brad-bcrry and Comal Independent School District Superintendent Bill Brown will address the gathering....
Get up early Saturday morning and go down to IGA Foodliner to enjoy homemade pancakes and all the trimmings prepared by the Breakfast Lions Club.
IGA Foodliner has donated all the ingredients so that all proceeds will benefit local charities of the Breakfast Lions Club. Serving time is from 7 to 9 a m....
Members of the Mill Street Area Association are concerned about preventing crime in their neighborhood and are inviting other citizens with the same concerns to join them Aug. I in a Walk Against Crime. The evening will start about 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot near the Tube Chute, 8m STAMMTISCH, P»o« 2