New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
'AVA wiltInsideCrews contain leaking acid
Acid intended for the city’s new fluoridation system leaked at two locations Thursday, but the volatile material was contained by the concrete buildings that house the chemical’s storage tanks.
New Braunfels Utilities officials discovered the spills at 3 p.m. Thursday. Fire Department and Civil Defense officials examined the sites for safety reasons and police officials checked them for possible vandalism.
Fluoridation was set to begin Monday, but Utilities manager Bob Sohn said the leaks would delay it.
“It’s not a problem at this point. We were concerned because the acid was leaking close to the Comal (River), but we designed a concrete housing around the tank to contain possible spills, and it did what it was supposed to do,’’ Sohn said.
A leak was discovered at Well No. 4 (at the base of the Balcones Escarpment off Highway 46) during a daily inspection of the system. Another leak was then found at Well No. 5 at the edge of the golf course in Banda Park.
The hydroflosilicic acid is a 30-percent concentrate and can cause burns, “like other very strong acid,” Sohn said. Toxic gas was released when the stuff reacted with the calcium in the concrete, but Sohn said it was “not that active.”
The tanks are located next to water wells at four locations around town. Smaller buildings house the injection equipment which will insert a diluted solution of the acid into the water at one part per million, the recommended ratio
See ACID, Page 16
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Wearing air packs, Assistant Fire Chief John Williams and Utilities official John Toeller exit the tank building
Utilitites budget, usage data reflect continuing growth
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
By itself, a record 25.7 million gallons of water pumped by New Braunfels Utilities one day last June was dramatic evidence of the city’s growth. But at Thursday’s NBU board meeting, it wasn’t the only sign. j
The meeting marked the end of one budget year and the beginning of the/next, although the 1982-1983 budget consideration was tabled until the August board meeting because only three board members were present.
Board chairman,Bill Brown asked for a moment of silent prayer fair board member Bill Richter, who died July 14*of a heart attack at the age of 56.
By acclamation, board member E.A. Sahrn was elected vice chairman to replace Richter, but because he was absent for the first part of the meeting, trustees decided to wait on the budget.
Utilities general manager Bob Sohn’s monthly report was colored with end-of-the-fiseal-year assessments. Water revenues were “a bit under
the break-even point,” he said. The sewer department’s revenue was down.
But all in all, Utilities came close to its revenue expectations and should have about $300,000 left over. Sohn commended his department heads for staying within budget.
Tile new budget proposal will be for $32 million, “plus or minus,” Sohn said.
“A lot of hard work went into it. If we keep up like we did last year, we’ll be in good shape. We’re talking about big money,” he added. I^ast year the board approved a $23 million budget after requiring Sohn to cut his original proposal.
There were hints that revenue bonds may be considered next year to finance expansion. Brown cited high interest rates as an incentive to “keep plowing as much (Utilities revenue) as possible back into the system,” but added, “We may have to have some bonds.”
Other signs of growth:
— In the last three weeks, more new customers
See UTILITIES, Page 16
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Reagan repart eyes recovery
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Reagan administration, in a new forecast some of its own senior officials are calling overly optimistic, is predicting a substantial economic upturn this year and a budget deficit of $115 billion next year.
The revised budget report, due out today, assumes a more robust I ecovery during the second half of 1982 than most private economists expect. And although it still projects a record deficit for fiscal 1983, the estimated red-ink is at least $26 billion lower than other government forecasts.
Privately, administration officials concede the mid-year report, an annual requirement of Congress, is more of a political exercise than an economic one.
They say their aim is to produce a report that parallels as much as possible the economic and deficit projections Congress approved in June even though the budget picture seems to have grown bleaker since then.
A revised report showing even larger deficits and weaker economic growth might prove too discouraging to Congress at a time when it is struggling with politically painful choices for cutting spending and raising taxes, they said.
For fiscal 1982, which ends Sept.
30, the report shows the deficit exceeding $100 billion for the first time. In the following year, the red-ink will grow to $115 billion and then taper off to $95 billion in 1984 and $74 billion in 985, White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III said Thursday in an interview on CBS-TV.
In its June budget resolution, Congress projected a 1983 deficit of $104 billion, but the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office this week estimated that the likely red ink will be $141 billion to $151 billion in 1983, and up to $160 billion a year in both 1984 and 1985.
The administration budget review assumes the year-long recession will give way to a second-half recovery that has the economy growing at a 4.5 percent annual rate.
That is a slower growth rate, on average, than has occurred at the start of previous recoveries, but it is a faster rate than most independent economists expect for 1982 because interest rates are still so high.
The Congressional Budget Office predicts the economy will grow at a 3.3 percent annual rate for the last six months of 1982. Some private economists say even that figure may be too high.
Loyal, Americana to relocate here
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
New Braunfels' economy and employment rate is about to get a boost.
Two new businesses — Loyal Electrical Manufacturing Co., Inc., U.S.A and Americana Electronic Products Corporation — have decided to locate here.
The company's plans were announced at a Chamber of Commerce reception Thursday at the Civic Center. Company officials were welcomed by the Chamber’s Industrial Development Council and city, county and Chamber officials.
“We are very fortunate to be announcing another new industry for New Braunfels when other cities are experiencing lay-offs and even shut-downs." Rich Hitz, chairman of the Chamber’s industrial council, said in welcoming the new businesses.
“This new industry will be offering jobs to local citizens who are now unemployed, thereby keeping unemployment down and our economy up."
Dr. Mitch Sacco, president of the Chamber’s board of directors added, “This is one more opportunity to see ourselves diversified and not depending on any one type of industry in the community.
“We can’t guarantee how your business will do, but we will guarantee that you’ll enjoy living in Comal County,” Sacco said.
John H. Bowling, president and managing director of Loyal, who also serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Americana, said he chose to locate in New
See FIRMS, Page 16
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
A new county jail should be built and ready for inmate occupancy by August, 1985, according to an out-of-court settlement agreed upon Thursday by Commissioners Court.
This was the main stipulation in the settlement proposed to commissioners by attorneys for Robert Delgado, a former county jail inmate, who last August filed suit against the county.
In this suit, filed in U.S. District Court, Delgado claimed that living conditions in the jail were unsanitary and that inmates did not receive proper meals or medical attention. He cited the four county commissioners, Sheriff Walter Fellers and District Attorney Bill Schroeder as defendants.
After meeting in a lengthy closed-door session with commissioners Thursday, County Attorney Bill Reimer recommended that the county accept Delgado’s settlement.
“The plantiffs would agree to drop all” damage claims, Reimer said, “if Commissioners Court agrees” to the settlement.
“And the costs are very favorable in light of what we’ve seen in seminars of what can be awarded” in cases like this, he added.
Delgado was asking for $200,000 in damages, Reimer noted.
By the court agreeing to the settlement, Delgado agreed to drop his “claims for monetary damages.” The county, is required, however, to pay for attorney fees and some court costs — which amount to approximately $4,710, he added.
But the settlement does “save costs for the county” in that it does not require all jail renovations to be completed until August of 1985, Reimer noted. This means many of the renovations will not have to be made on the old jail, but instead included in the new jail.
“A great majority of the clauses (in the settlement) have been met by the
county,” Reimer told commissioners. “The most expensive changes will be the physical changes which have to made to the jail in the interim period between now and 1985.”
Reimer and Delgado’s attorneys arrived at the August, 1985 deadline after numerous consultations with the Austin architectural firm of Holt, Fatter and Scott, which is handling the jail expansion.
Currently, architects from this firm are working with Commissioners Court on a demographic study which will be used to plan for the new jail.
As for the renovations to the present jail, Reimer said “they won’t be very extensive.” They will involve providing for a juvenile cell and an area where female prisoners can be separated from other prisoners by “both sight and sound.”
“We’re not talking about tens of thousands of dollars,” said Reimer. “It’s
See LAWSUIT, Page 16
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
Bill Reimer briefs commissioners on the lawsuit settlement
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Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
John Bowling outlines his company's plans to move here