New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, July 31,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Sonja Mtti
Dry conditions spark concerns about fires
Marketplace Dear Abby ...
By CHRIS CREWS
“We’ve discussed (a rural fire ban here), but we haven’t had a serious problem yet,” said Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann.
Hays County Fire Marshal A.D. Carroll said a rash of grass fires caused the ban to be implemented in his county.
“We started having grass fires all over the county,” Carroll said. “None Turn to Fires, Page 2A
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The Texas Department of Transportation will conduct a public information meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, IOO Farm-to-Maricet 3159.
TxDOT will present information and discuss design alternatives to improve traffic safely at the intersection of Borgfeld Road and US. 281.
The Borgfeld-281 intersection was where a Comal Independent School Distrfcrbus collided with a passenger car last May. Representatives of the Comal Independent School District and many citizens are expected lo attend.
County residents may continue to bum their trash for now, but dry con-t difions might soon bring that to an end.
Within the past week, Hays and Llano counties in Central Texas have instituted a ban on rural burning. Fire officials in Comal County have talked about putting such a ban into effect
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Swan Brooks, Sharon Shannon, Jose Veta, J* Ro* (17 years), Soqja Mesa, David Kennett!, Robot Itevftd Jackson (6 years), Travis Lee Thompson (4 years) and Stephanie Abb Garcia ii* years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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NEU adopts increase in city payment
By ABE LEVY
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Wk 1944-New Braunfels Utilities’ first payment to the city was $24,000. The NBU board decided on a lump sum payment.
1967 - Because the NBU payment fluctuated each year and was difficult to anticipate, city officials asked for a more consistent way to receive payments from NBU. That resulted in a formula of paying the dy .001 cents tor every kilowatt hour.
1974 - NBU increased the Anour* of .payment to .OOI* cento per kilowatt hour based on a request by the city.
1994 - NBU and city dined on a new formula that ie the currant basis for calculating the payment.
Wednesday-The NBU •lard approved an increase of the percentage for the transfer from 10 to 14.5 percent for two years and then 16 percent for the next three years.
The New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees unanimously approved a plan Thursday to increase NBU’s annual payment to the city of New Braunfels.
NBU and city officials said the move brings to a close a debate that started earlier this year when city officials requested an increased payment from the city-owned utility.
“I am delighted that the board has approved the proposal, and I want us to work forward for the >: r x betterment of the city,’’ said Jan Kennady, who as mayor sits on the NBU board.
Claims of poor communication between the two entities and questions on land ownership and personnel policy made for touchy discussions on the transfer over the past few months.
NBU and the city even asked for an attorney general’s opinion J six months ago to clarify the bounds of their relationship. The opinion was released two weeks ago.
NBU’s approval of the payment increase follows action of New Braunfels City Council, which voted to accept the proposed increase at its regular board meeting Monday.
The transfer payment this year will be $2.4 million, which is about $750,000 more than the city received this past year.
The plan calls for NBU paying the city almost $5 million more over the next five years than what NBU was planning — a total of $14 million.
The payment — paid in monthly installments and deposited in the city’s general hind — is designed to give the city a share of the investment it made when it bought the utility in 1942.
Since 1994, the transfer payment was IO percent of electric.
NBU reports pumping 6.327 mtoon gallons of flurtoot waler Wednesday, and 4.150 mtoon galore of wet water ware
Tonight, firstly cloudy with a 50 per cent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the lower 70s. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday, mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the lower 90s. East wind 5-10 mph.
Saturday through Monday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s.
Heraid-Zeitung photo by Michael Dam all
Forty-three tteivagifi from att over the world joined In a little New Braunfels fun sponsored by Tbs Now Braunfels Noon Liono Club retd TYM San Antonio Found* Association. Gutiz Ercon, from Turkey, and David Martinez, from Mexico, join in tbs fun Wednesday evening during a dance et Bavarian Village Restaurant.
NBISD candidates outline platforms
sewer and water revenues minus NBU’s cost of power and water, including the principal on the Canyon Hydroelectric facility.
The revenue (toes not include interest and is not based on gross revenues. Wednesday’s action increased the percentage for the transfer to 14.5 percent for two years and then 16 percent for the next three years.
NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo said the board’s action was a compromise with the city council. City council will consider two water and sewer rate increases over the next few years as part of NBU’s five-year budget-
Those increases would be 5 percent each and necessary
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Rotary Club conducts forum at senior center
By MMK DZIUK
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in our club and anybody else who might want to attend, an opportunity to hear the candidates if they haven’t been able to attend the other forums,” Dunks said.
Six of the nine candidates attended the forum. Panebianco and Villarreal were out of town. Sanchez also was unable to attend.
Rickel said if elected, she would study the issues prior to action, give teachers the freedom to teach and be an open communicator and show mutual respect. She said she wanted to see aligned curriculum to make it consistent across campuses and grades, adv ancements in technology and a well-rounded education fag students. She said as a mother, she wanted students to have excellent future opportunities.
‘That is why I’m running for school board and want this job,” she said. “I’m Turn to Platform*, Page 2A
Residents in NBISD have until Aug. 5 to cast an carty ballot at either the attn anion aswtor, 430 W. Md! St, or tim courthouse annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave. The education center polls also wM be open on Saturday. The election wi be conducted Aug. 9. So far 1.458 people have voted in the NBISD election and 1,401 have voted to the constitutional amendment election.
Get the family and friends together tonight and head on down to the Lands Park Danoe Slab for some good Texas music.
Clay Btaker and Jay Erie will perform at the weekly concert in the park at 7 p.m. They ask that those attending bring canned goods or other non-rerishable food items in lieu of admission.
Donations will benefit the SOS Inc. food bank.
All county-operated boat ramps at Canyon Lake are now open to the public. Ramps had been closed because of the high take levHegMer your Mock parties
It's not too late to register a National Night Out Block Party for Tuesday’s festivities. All parties must be registered, and the city can close streets on an as-needed basis. Registrations will be accepted until the end of business Monday. Register your party by calling at 608-2100 or stop by 424 S. Casten Ave.
Keeping as many trees intact as possible was a priority for Cash Hermes when moving into a new ly built facility for her and her husband’s office supply store, Centex Office Plus.
She and Dennis opened the doors three weeks ago to their new store at the comer of Seguin Avenue and Nacogdoches Street. The two still are digging new office products out of boxes in their warehouse in the back of Jhetr property.
While installing the almost I-acre parking tot around the facility, the couple made sure to have developers build around an existing pecan tree. They also had the gutters constructed to drain rainfall toward the tree, and they broke up some of the asphalt to allow space for the root structure.
“Preserving some trees like that is a gcxxfida^ especially when plans couldAim coda chtngtd
The area code for New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Seguin, Boerne, Gonzales and Kerrville changed from 210 to 830. After Oct. 6, cals using the old 210 area code will no longer be connected.
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While Cash and Dennis Hermes decided on their own to protect at least one tree and plant three more on their Turn to Landscape, Page 2A
be made,” she said. “It adds a little bit of aesthetic beauty to improve appearances. When you get to legislating things, that’s when troubles occur.”School registration information — Page UPS workers may strike — Page 3A