New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
MOTA .1 0/22/99 ST MI CRO PUB LI SH.TNC-E VANDE: LL DR
12 p«QM in on* Motion ■ Thuradoy, July 28,1994
Guadalupe River..............132 cfs
Comal River .......274 cfs
• cfs - cubic feat par second
■ Vol. 142, No. 185
Birthday withal ffrovn th# ItoraM-Mtungt
Hie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Gladys West* mayor, Jean Langendorff (29th!), Debbie WlHanis, Jess Robertson (15th!), Richard Gal* terra, Jr., Kart Mlttwede (55!), Vicky Rangel, Brandon Rife, Mona Osteen, Debra Hornell (30!), Jeff Reinhart, Juan Ley* ba, Jr., Michael K. Garrett, Douglas Gass, Reno L. Idwam, Joshua Paul Hutt, Alyce Coulson, Vivian Moos, Dora Peres, David Reidel,
David Riding. Happy Anniversary to Fidencio & Isabel Luna, Dennis & Doris Tasto (15th!), Vivian & Abbey Moos (49th!).
program sol si vmnd
The The Children's Museum of New Braunfels continues its free first Tuesday program.
Admission for families will be waived on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from I p.m. to 5 p.m.
Aug. 15 at the civic center, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Autographed baits to bo auctioned Friday
Friday's Comal County MHMR Celebrity Auction will feature autographed baseballs from Texas Rangers manager Kevin Kennedy and the Rangers1 two-time betting champion, Juan Gonzales.
The auction is scheduled for tomorrow a the New Braunfels Civic Center, beginning a 6 pm. Mote than 130 items have been received for the auction.
Astronauts Claries Duke, Jr., and Charles Conrad, Jr., donated autographed pictures of themselves wearing their moon walk uniforms.
For more information, call Leland Cox a 629-7525
for Aug. 12
The Comal County 4-H dubs are having their benefit dance on Friday, Aug. 12 a the Comal County Fairgrounds from 8 pm to 12 am.
Tickets are available a the county extension office, 132 Water Lane.
BS AMM MIAmMMBmR
(Tho Ne* Bretetfela Herald lekmg im**
lam ilk suAretf Jimm i* JEgmmMMffo^A
ut rmmrt tu muumuu #■
According to the Sofhianbtsrg Archfoe and metnbers of the Germen community, "Hlommlieck" represents e fitting place for members of the community lo /ether and there Ute day's happening* We invite you to share with at .)
The* winninq numbers
MO mHon jackpot
Accident In Settler
Horoki-Z&tuna ohoto by JOHN HUSETH A two-vtMcfesccMsm took PISCO at tbs Intersection of FM 306 at FM 2673 near Settler yesterday a approximately USO ain. Three victims wart tranaportsd to McKenna Memorial Hospital by Canyon Lake EMS. Pictural ara Harvai Scott (right) of Canyon Lake EMS, comforts Roberta DeWeeae of Canyon Laka aa aha Is ramovad from her Chovrolat Lumina. Also transported was Wyona Harper of Canyon Lake. Reports of their concRtlona were not avadana as of press time.
DPS troopers looking
All through Comal County on 1-35 today, Department of Public Safety troopers and New Braunfels Police will be stopping speeders and watching for drivers not wearing seat belts.
A DPS representative laid no one was in the office for commem this morning because they were all working 1*35.
New Braunfels Police Department Cape Ray Douglas said the city was not involved in the program. ‘They’ve dine this before,” he said.
But one of the things DPS is targeting is non-seat-beit
wearers. And NBPD is also pulling people over for not wearing seat belts, Douglas said
Comal County Sheriffs Department Chief Elwood Hoherz said if the DPS got short-handed, the sheriffs department would help out. DPS has IO troopers available for Comal County, Hoherz said.
The project is part of Operation Crossroads, a nationwide effort to stop speeding on the nation’s main interstates: 1-35 and 1-70. “Here they’re calling it Project 1-35,” the DPS spokesperson said.
The seat-beh-for-safety effort falls under a Special Traffic Enforcement Program. Parts of STE programs continue for different lengths of time, Douglas said
Hot, dry summer is beginning to take toll on Guadalupe tourism
Low river flow caused by lack of rain, inflow into Canyon Lake
By CRAIG HAMMETT
This dry summer ii just now starting to effect the tourism trade on the Guadalupe River.
Along with fanners and ranchers, and homeowners who tee increased utility bills, businesses along Guadalupe River ere suiting see ffntrim Af glow flows.
The river was funning at 134 cubic feet per second coming out of Canyon Dam and only 67 clk going into the lake.
“For one thing, they hydroelectric plant takes IOO eft so in theory, it
(release) should never get below IOO," said Al Zator of Little Ponderosa, who, along with many outfitters, has advocated a recreation pool to ensure better flows during dry periods
“I will say that the GBRA (Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority) has made a sincere effort to try and help ut out,** he said.
Zreor also mentioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as beginning to recognis the importance of the tourism industry to the area.
Meanwhile, tourists are just beginning to figure out that flow rates are low and business is beginning to suffer, with roughly five weeks remaining
Justice Department approves single member district plan for EUWD
By CRAM HAMMETT
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
The US. Judice Department Tuesday approved the tegps of an agreement to change the electoral system for the Edwards Underground Water District Board from at-large to single-member districts The agreement will increase the potential for minority representation on the board, according to an EUWD statement. The agreement ii also supposed to eliminate the one-person, one-vote system, which would weigh power with San Antonio.
“lf representation on the District's board were strictly a
to propose $16.2 million
Despite hefty 15% spending increase, tax rate could go down
By ROGER CROTEAU
until Labor Day.
“Our hope is that it doesn’t get any lower than it does,” he said "Last week, it was pretty busy, but now it’s mainly the families here, which is great, but people are starting to realize just now that it's low ”
August does initiate the hurricane lesion, which is about what it would take to bring significant rainfall to the area.
Even with up to five inches of rain upriver near Kerrville, the effect would still be minimal, said Zator, given the fact that the lake level is already below normal pool.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel is ready to propose a SI6.2 million 1995 county budget that would increase spending 15 percent over this year’s budget.
Casteel will present the budget to the commissioners court and file a copy with the county clerk Aug. 4.
Most of the $2.1 million spending increase would be fonded by dipping into the county reserve fond, with only about S300.000 coming from increased propcny taxes, Casteel said
In fact, because of increasing appraised property values, Casteel said the county will be able to actually decrease the tax rate slightly, from 30.775 cents per SHK) of appraised value, to 30.323 cents. If the budget is adopted as proposed by Casteel, the owner of a home with a taxable value of S50,000. mould pay $151.62 in county taxes next year.
This year the county will collect $6.5 million from property taxes. Casteel is proposing increasing that to $6.8 million.
The major spending increases in Casteel's proposal incluck:
■ $500,000 more for the road and bridge department.
■ $430,000 to give a six percent across the board pay raise to the approximately 275 county employees, and pay raises for elected officials.
■ $170,000 to hire six new employees in various departments
■ $250,000 for
increased health insurance costs. "We’re going to get a big hickey in health care," Casteel said "There is nothing we can do about that, really "
■ $238,000 for new buildings for two of the justices of the peace
County Judgt Carter Costa#!
‘In forms of omployee salaries, we have dons studios and wa ars balow tho average of tho public sector, bi some areas as much ss 18 percent.’
- Judge Casteel
We hire people, get them trained and they leave.
Then we have to hire somebody else and train them.
“We have people who work for the county who qualify for food stamps. That is disgraceful (that the county pays them so little,)” she said.
Casteel also said she thinks there is support on the commissioners court to fond construction of the new JP offices. She said the current buildings are in poor condition, have inadequate parking and do not meet the mandates of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
She said there is also support for some funding for parks program, although it may be less than $100,000.
Casteel is also proposing adding eight hours per week to the current 20-hours fonded for the county veterans services officer. That will cost about an additional $3,000.
Casteel is proposing at least a 3 peK cent cost of living increase for all eta*' ed county officials, with the county commissioners, county treasurer and constables slated for larger increases.
About SI.8 million of the spending increase Casteel is proposing would be fonded by dipping into the county reserve fluid. The road and bridge reserve fond will srand at between $2.25 million and S2.5 million when the fiscal year ends in January, Casteel said. About $700,000 of that would be used to balance next year's road and bridge budget.
The general fund reserve will stand at
function of the population of the county areas within the district, Bexar County would dominate the board by their numbers This would make it impossible for a regionally elected board to manage the aquifer,” aid Rick Olgner, General Manager of the EUWD.
The new agreement is supposed to help the other counties, Comal and Hays, keep and equal representation on the board. EUWD officials also believe it will improve relationships with other water districts in Medina and Uvalde counties.
This enhances the Diana’s relationship with partner districts, Medina and Uvalde, since they are both already single-member districts,’’ Mid Illgner
M $100,000 to sun a county park program
■ SA new area of the budget is records preservation, with $356,000 budgeted. Records preservation is fonded completely by a SI fee on all transactions at the county clerk's office.
■ Other increases include the cost of feeding jail inmates and new cars for the Sheriffs Department.
Casteel stressed that the operations budgets for county departments remained almost unchanged "The department heads have been very good about squeezing their budgets,” she said She also noted that this is only a budget proposal, and it is subject to amendments and deletions before it is adopted by the commissioners court. Casteel said she feels strongly about the need for several of the spending increases "In terms of employee salaries, we have done studies and we are below the average of the public sector, in some areas as much as 18 percent below. If you include the private sector, it is even more I am trying to address that, trying to ga our employees into a more competitive range," Casteel said “Frankly, we arc not very competitive Turnover eats us alive.
baween $3.4 million and $3.8 million at the end of this year. Casteel it proposing using SLI million of drat reserve to balance next year’s general fond budget.
“It will still be in the $2 million range or better, which is where we like to be. Rather than raiM taxes, we will use the reserves," Casteel Mid.
Precinct I County Commissioner J.L. 'Jumbo' Evans said he could not comment on much of Casteel's budget proposal, since he has not seen it yfif He said “some adjustments are needed” in employee salaries, but "rd question whaher that (a six percent across the board raise) is justified."
Evans said he can see the need for "some kind of increase for some county officials”
“I think the county needs to show some support for parks, but I seriously question $100,000. I don't know', what it is for," Evans said. He said: the JPs definitely need new building^ On die overall spending increase of-15 percent, Evans said, “I need aq opportunity to review the budglf before commenting. That surprise me It may be folly justified. I don't know." . •;*
Residents will have their chance tq tell commissioners their feelings about the 1995 county budget tt a budget hearing at the courthouse Aug. 18.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 606-0846