New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 6, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 143
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Robert Boehle
June 6, 1991 25 Cents
One Section, 10 Pages
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel discusses a variety of legislative issues in a Wednesday meeting of the New Braunfels Rotary Club (Photo by David Sullens)
Ethics legislation not solution, Kuempel says
Assessment will simply provide facts
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Ed Hendry, Jason Hendry, Rachel Luna, Alex Caballero, Edna Syamkcn, Colleen Sanchez, Milton “Sonny” Haas, Ray Schoch, Angelo G. Aragona, Joanne Villanueva, Diane Ayala, Yolanda Ortega and Claudio Palacio.
Belated best wishes to Kenneth Roy Seidel Jr.
“Happy anniversary” today to Jesus and Erlinda Hernandez, Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Jentsch and Margaret and Dale Moore.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Concerts in the Park scries continues at the Landa Park Dance Slab at 7:30 p.m. today with an appearance by Johnny Pfcil and Grucne’s Crossing, a country group. The concerts are free.
In conjunction with the concert the Wasscrfcst carnival will open with, for tonight only, rides al $1 each. The carnival is located on the Wurstfcst grounds adjacent to the park and will be in operation from 6 to 10 p.m.
Children’s rides, food and beverages will be available.
The carnival will continue from 6 to IO p.m. Friday and IO a.m. to IO p.m. Saturday as part of Was-serfest. For more information, call the Wurstfcst office at 625-9167. Carwash Members of the Regulators, a New Braunfels girls softball team, will conduct a car wash to raise funds for a trip to the slate tournament.
Hours will be IO a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 993 U.S. Highway 81 at Walnut Avenue.
New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is co-sponsoring a Hunter Education Safety Course with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Classes will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 17, 18 and 20 at the Landa Recreation Center.
The course is mandatory for hunters born after Sept. I, 1971. Fee is $5, due on the first class day. Pre-registration is required and will be accepted at the park office through June 14.
For more information, call 629-PARK.
The Schertz Senior Citizen Center will ofcr a defensive driving class June 26. For more information or to sign up, call (512) 655-5467.
On Saturday, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church will sponsor a unique dual-benefit rummage sale in the church hall. Funds for the church will be raiser i through the rental of tables anc 10-by-8-foot spaces at a cost of $10 each. Participants can make money for themselves by what they sell.
The sale will be from 8 arn. to 4 p.m. Saturday and is open to the public. For more information, call 625-3534. The church is located at 138 W. Austin today.
Food bank thanks
SOS, Inc., food bank Saturday will celebrate its third aiuiiversary and honor its volunteers with a
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Partly cloudy afternoons and a chance for thundershowers accompany a forecast dial puts the high in the 90s and the low in lite 70s today and Friday. High in New Braunfels Wednesday was 92 and die overnight low was 72. For weather details, see Page 2.
By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher
Ethics legislation will not ensure ethical legislators, State Rep Edmund Kuempel, D-Scguin, said here Wednesday.
Kucmplc, speaking at the weekly meeting of die New Braunfels Rotary Club, said die ethics reform bill passed in the just concluded regular session of the Texas legislature is strong.
But, he went on, “I’ll tell you one thing: If you’re going to be cdiical you're going lo he ethical; and ii you’re going to be unethical you’re going to be unethical.
“But the great thing about ii is that ya’ll elect every one of us!”
Kuempel briefed the local civic group on the various major issues with which the 72nd Legislature contended.
On education, the Seguin lawmaker
Tiger’s fate still awaits court action
By JAMIE LEE CAMPBELL Staff Writer
The “liger trouble" in Comal County continues.
A Bulverde man has been asked by county officials to remove his “pet” tiger.
"We’ll proceed to remove die liger,” said County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander. ‘This whole dung is a fraud,” he said, referring to die recent sale of the liger to one of die owner's friends. Rhienlander said Kenneth Black sold die Bengal tiger to Thomas Caldwell in an attempt “to circumvent a valid court order.”
Hie new owner called die New Braunfels Herald Zetiung Wed!ie* day lo present his point of view “I’m going to sue for $1.5 million,” Caldwell said. “I’m going lo piove die law die county made is uficoiisiilional, vague and broad.”
When asked lo explain his charges, Caldwell answered, "The coomy has been put on notice that if dtey remove my property without due paxes* ut law I will sue....”
Caldwell also said he was not informed of any (mcvious judgements iii die case. “I just bought die liger on die lOdi of May," lie said
Rheinlander expiessed his thought* on die matter by saying, “We'll file a motion of contempt ... and we will remove die tiger.”
said, “The two school districts you have iii Comal County arc damn fine school districts — and ITI tell you ihey’rc the envy of the state.
"What you’re going to sec in education is equity funding....
“Comal (Independent School District) is going to get popped. There’s no doubt about it. They’re probably going lo lose $1.5 million the first year.
“New Braunfels (ISD), because its per pupil wealth is so low. is going to do pretty well.”
The education legislation finally adopted, Kuempel admitted, is far from perfect. But the alternative, the appointment of a “master” to oversee education in the state, he said, “chilled mc to the hone.”
Of insurance reform, he said, ‘The two basic things we wanted to do is stabilize the insurance industry and then to make it more competitive....”
By MAHA WARNKEN Butt Writer
City of New Braunfels officials are studying possible ordinances that would tequue waler efficient toilets ui new homes and ut remodeled baduooms
Mike S tau ids, New Braunfels plan mag director, has been examining the issue suice recently serving as a mein tier of an Edwards Underground
On prisons, Kuempel said, “We cannot build jails fast enough to hold all die people who need to be there....
And, he remarked, “Somewhere we’ve got lo face up to the fact that those prisoners in the county jails are our responsibility. Unfortunately, we don’t have the money right now and the counties don’t either.
This country’s overriding quest for convenience. Kuempel said. has led to its environmental cnsis.
“We're going to have to find ways to reduce the waste that’s related to that convenience," he said. “The major thrust is going to have to be waste reducuon by the consumer .’’
As he opened his remarks, Kuem-pel told the New Braunfels Roianans, “It’s a pleasure to be with you. It’s always a pleasure to get out of Ausun and get back to New Braunfels or Seguin or Boerne.’’
Water Distr id-sponsored task force of planners, plumbing industry representatives and area city officials dial discussed legislation and ordinances encouraging water-efficient plumbing.
T he Edwards Underground Water District formed the task force in March following a seminar last year. Cities sending representatives to the task force meeting included New
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
When San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute decided to perform a risk assessment of the storing and burning of hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant, it was after a lot of evaluation, an official says.
“We went through a lot of soul-searching before we took it,” said Dr. Michael MacNaughton, assistant director of environmental engineering for the Institute.
“... We talked MacNaughton this all over whether or not we could do a study that would in fact be reflective of how we do business that we would not be looked at as being a flunky of Lafarge/Systech.”
MacNaughton was the guest speaker Wednesday night of the Concerned Citizens Coalition at Victoria Bank and Trust. He discussed the process of performing a risk assessment for Lafarge Corp. and its subsidiary Sys-tcch Environmental Corp.
Corporation officials hired Southwest Research in March to study the potential impact on health and the environment from storing and burning hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Rant, located outside of the New Braunfels city limits.
“Our job is to lay cia the facts,’* MacNaughton said. ”... Our job is not to come to you at the end of this study or come to the plant and say this is a good project or this is a bad project. Thai’s a decision thai you the community have to make and for the regulatory agencies to make "
Lafarge and Systech officials — who maintain the proposed project is safe to the environment and public
The New Braunfels Welcome Home Troops Committee is “getting geared up’’ for the Fourth of July “oldfashioned picnic and parade.’’
“I just wanted to remind everybody our meeting is tonight," said Cheryl Scott, committee member. “It s at 7 pan. at the Knights of Columbus Hall."
“We already have some musicians and dancers" signed up to participate.
Braunfels, Converse, San Marcos, Universal City, San Antonio and Hollywood Park.
The task force Ural ted a model ordinance requiring efficient plumbing m new construction and remodeling frun wluch the dues can craft their own legislauou.
New Braunfels is studying the model ordinance and gathering input from local plumbers and from New
health — have put their permits to store and bum waste on hold while the assessment is being performed.
MacNaughton said a study plan for the assessment is now being reviewed by a technical oversight panel comprised of professors from Louisiana State University, University of Texas-Austin, and University of Western Washington. Panel members are not affiliated with the Institute or Lafarge/ Systech.
After the study plan is released Lafarge/Systech will then decide to have the plan executed or will drop the plan, MacNaughton said.
“They will not have the prerogative to make any changes to the study plan,” he said.
The study plan, if Lafarge/Systcch funds the project, will begin in July and take approximately nine months to complete, he said. The study is a “paper study’’ and could cost up to $500,000 to complete, MacNaughton said.
While the study is performed, Mac-Naughton said researchers will look at information from stale and federal regulatory agencies, records from Lafarge and Systech and documenta-uon provided by interested parties, such as from members of Securing a Future Environment.
During the study, researchers will look at the issue of storing and burning waste near the Edwards .Aquifer, transportal'on of waste, emissions from the plant, on-siie spills, byproduct analysis and the effects from burning hazardous waste on tourism and property values.
MacNaughton said he is willing to discuss the study with any residents of New Braunfels and already has discussed the project with memners of SAFE, Friends for Rivers and die Natural Resources Committee of die Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Scott said. She noted dial there still is “plenty of room" for a variety of participants.
The celebration will be beld on die Comal County Fairgrounds. Food ana game booths are planned and activities will include entertainment and a fireworks display.
Scott said a variety of local
Brauuielx Utilities on the impact of requiruig bathroom toilets that use only 1.6 gallons of water pa Bush, compared to the current standard duo; to 3‘A gallons. Strands said.
NBU would feel the effects of such an ordinance rn the long run because customers will use less wata. Also, because low-volume toilets currently
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Hamlet’s owner gets stock answer
Hamlet may soon lose the right to stroll through his owner s yard rn New Braunfels The pot-bellied pig has been the subject of a debate on an 1896 ordinance prohibiting livestock in the city limits (File Photo)
By ROBERT STEWART Stall Writer
‘To be or not to be?” That was the question facing Hamlet die pig in court Wednesday. Ai issue was die pet’s nght to be a New Braunfels resident.
Hamlet’s owner, Jackie Goodwin, was found guilty in Comal County Coun-at-Law of keeping livestock rn the city in violation of cay ordinance. The jury assessed a $100 fine for die offenseL The maximum allowable fine would have been $200.
Goodwin bought Hamlet almost a year ago at die suggestion of a friend who knew she liked pigs. The pig is neutered and cared for by a veterinarian just like any household pet, according to Goodwin.
Hamlet is a Vieuiamese pot-bellied pig, a small variety that has created a new fad ut keeping diem as household pets in some cities, t he Austin City Council recently amended that city’s livestock ordinance to allow die pigs to be kept as pets there.
Hie New Brauiueis City Council snot down an attempt to cnange die local ordinance with a 4-3 vote on April 22, with Mayor Amo Becker casting die ue-oreatung vote. Concerns were expressed about die Humane Society not having adequate faculties or training to handle new kinds of animals.
Hie New Brauiueis ordinance has been on die books suice 1896.
This latest mal came about as die result of the appeal of an earlier conviction in Municipal
'We decided this case strictly on the wading of the ordinance, ’ Jury Foreman Dennis Mar-bach said in a statement to die judge. "Personal feelings say maybe (the ordinance) should be changed.’’
Goodwin plans an appeal and another attempt to go before die die council, which has some new members and a new mayor.
It could be that Goodwin may have to say “goodbye, sweet pig."
City flushing out information on toilets
Planning session tonight