New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 148
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY
Y / Home of Everett Trappe
June 13, 1991 25 Cents
One Section, 12 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Antonia C. Alvarez, Marcy Odell, Suzanna Blythe Boloman, Gladys T. Steel, Derek Sol-lbcrger, Monique Ann Urias and Melrose Ott.
Belated birthday wishes go out to Gregg Hill and Kimberly Weaver.
“Happy anniversary” today to Mr. and Mrs. Hilmar A. Schcel.
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.Arts and crafts
Summer Showcase of Arts and Crafts will be June 28-30 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. More than I CX) artists and craftsmen will be selling their handmade works. Doors will remain open Saturday from IO a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from IO a m.-5 p.m. Adult admission is $1 and children under 12 arc admitted free. Call 512/698-0811 for more information.Piano repair
The piano in the Civic Center is in need of repair. A citizens committee has been formed to help raise the funds to fix it, they include Hclgard Suhr, Barron Schlamcus, Jan Kennedy and Jo Anna Schima. The committee is l(X)king to raise $1,(XX). For more information on how to donate call Hclgard at 625-6330 or JoAnna at Hcnnc’sat 625-3318.Knights in Gruene
Travel back to a time when chivalry was alive and knights fought for die honor and glory of his lady. Or to a time when Robin Hood still roamed the Sherwood Forests. Experience first hand the sword fighting, the music and dancing of this era.
The society for Creative Anachronism, a local group whose hobby is to re-create this time period, will be at the "Old Gruene Market Days” craft show June 15 and 16. For more information call Randy Nicholson at 512/398-2285.Class reunion
Canyon High School Class of 1971 will celebrate its 20-ycar class reunion from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. June 29 in the Arts and Crafts Building of the Comal County Fairgrounds. For more information, call 629-7707.Membership drive
Jaycees membership drive is slated for Saturday, June 15 at Conservation Pla/a. Interested persons arc invited to attend to learn more about the Jaycees. For more information call Russell McDonald at 629-2305.Grand opening
Teen Scene will open its doors Saturday, June 15 at I p.m. at 298 W. San Antonio St. Ihe public is invited to attend.Garage sale
Members of die Regulators, a New Braunfels girls softball team, will conduct a garage sale lo raise funds for a trip to the slate tournament. Hours will be 9 a m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1837 Spur 3.RMEF banquet
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation San Antonio Chainer will hold its third annual banquet and auction 6 p.m. Friday al The Club al Sontcrra in San Antonio. The foundation is an international
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Slight chance of showers this afternoon. Expect a high temperature of 95 degrees. Overnight low is expected to be in the mid 70s The high temperature Wednesday was 92 and the recorded overnight low was 73. For weather details, see Page 2.In a ld«:
Local condos won’t get waiver
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The Resolution Trust Corporation has announced that the resort condominiums it controls in the Inverness at New Braunfels, Comal River Condominiums and The Rapids will be placed into the affordable housing program.
The properties remain available for a 90-day period only to those qualify
ing by low or moderate income, according to Teresa McUsic, spokesperson of the RTC Southwest Region in Dallas.
“After that time, if not sold, the properties will go on the open market,” McUsic said. “Right now we are looking for agents to list the property.”
Officials of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce had hoped to
obtain a waiver to keep the condominiums out of the affordable housing program due to their suitability to investors as resort rental housing.
The affordable housing program was part of the Financial Institutions Reform Recovery Act that created the RTC in 1989. The program is intended to make properties valued under $57,500 available to low and moderate income people before they
go on the open market.
McUsic also said that the RTC is about to put Executive Banc, the only New Braunfels thrift now controlled by the agency, up for sale.
“We hope to Find a buyer for Executive Banc this summer,” she said.
Last week the RTC transferred deposits and assets of First Federal Savings of New Braunfels to Victoria
Bank and Trust of New Braunfels.
“The FFS loans became an asset of the RTC receivership,” McUsic said. “1MCO, a servicing agent, collects loan payments, pays taxes and carries out all the functions of a mortgage company.”
The RTC bundles like types of loans and resells them to interested institutions, according to McUsic.
Restaurateurs question new grease ruling
By MARK WARNKEN SlaM Writer
City and utility officials arc scheduled to meet in the next week with the owners of a Uxiil restaurant that questions a New Braunfels Utilities’ decision requiring stricter grcasc-conlrol measures.
Ernest Luna, owner of the Peking Restaurant, appeared before New Braunfels City Council Monday to complain that NBU is requiring an additional 500 gallons of grease-trapping equipment in the building before utilities will be reconnected. Luna and his sister. Mary Luna, own and lease out the restaurant, which closed earlier this year with fire damage.
Mayor James Goodbrcad asked City Manager Paul Grohman to set up a meeting involving himself, Grohman, Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr., the Lunas, Planning Director Mike Shands and NBU representatives to discuss the situation.
NBU requires the restaurant add a second 5(X)-gallon grease trap or replace the current one with a I,(XX) gallon grease Pap to prevent future sewer line backups. Luna said.
“We operated the business since 1971 and we never had one problem with lines getting clogged up oi anything,” Luna said, referring lo the years his family ran die restaurant before leasing the building. He went on to say that the utility had lo dig up the sewer line two years ago after it became clogged with grease, perhaps from the previous restaurant.
“One occurrence in 18 years is not valid enough reason for them to refuse us. Pulling another one in there is not going to stop it from happening,” Luna said, adding that regular grease removal from the trap by pumping once or twice a month is the key.
NBU General Manager Hob Sohn said Thursday a I,(XX) gallon grease trap is the current standard requirement for restaurants that do a substantial amount of cooking.
The requirement’s main objective is to prevent flushing of clogged sewer lines, which doesn’t remove die grease from the line but instead sends it into the wastewater-treatment plant, Sohn said. A three-person crew works about three or four hours using an $80,(XX) piece of equipment to flush a line.
"'The problem we have is that if we allow people not to do it, then all the
A 1,000-gallon grease trap is the current standard requirement for restaurants.
grease would come down into the sewage treatment plant, and massive corrections would have to be made at the plant to take diat kind of grease out of the system. A plant would have to be half again or twice as large and that much more expensive to operate.
“The basis for our concern is to save money and make the policy fair so that all the restaurant owners know,” Sohn said. “We’re not picking on anyone, we don’t want to. It’s for the betterment of all the people in town.
“We want to work with everyone and be fair and reasonable, but there are certain things we have to insist upon,’’ he said.
At the council meeting, Grohman said the city, as the enforcement agency of the utility, enforces what utility officials decide.
“lf you read your current codes it says that no grease is to be expelled into die sewer line,” Grohman said. “That’s based on EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations. Apparently, they feel that a I,(XX) gallon grease trap would be better than a 5(X)-gallon based on this backup of a couple of years ago."
Luna told the council that NBU’s decision was unfair and arbitrary because city codes and EPA regulations do not outline specific grease trap sizes.
Shands said the Lunas were informed of the requirement about four months ago when the permit was issued lo repair the building and that they have several options to modify and upgrade the restaurant’s grease* trapping equipment, including hiring a private engineer to support their position.
“My stand is that if the utility has a problem, it’s our (the city’s) problem," Shands said. ‘‘We shouldn't be using taxpayer and ratepayer dollars to clean up other people’s messes.”
Challa said dial, after talking to several people involved in die dispute, he concluded that die utility was inappropriately interfering in local free enterprise.
Rotary exchange student Anya Veit was feted at the weekly meeting of the New Braunfels Rotary Club Wednesday as club members celebrated her birthday The Wednesday meeting was the last Veit and another exchange student, Hege Paulsen, will attend in New Braunfels The two are about to begin a month long tour of the United States before returning to their native Germany Pictured with Veit are Pat Nichols, left, and John Dierksen, club members who work closely with the exchange student program locally. (Photo by David Sultans)
Inmates face new drug charges
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Two federal inmates being held in the Comal County Jail were charged with new drug charges after allegedly being caught with drugs in the jail, according to officials of the Comal County Sheriffs Department.
Clara Cardenas of San Antonio, 32. was charged with two counts of possession of controlled substance when officials found a loaded synnge of heroin and an eyebrow pencil with the lead hollowed out that was stuffed full of cocaine. Cardenas was in the jail on
previous federal drug charges.
Consuete Cantu of San Antonio, 34, wxs charged with possession of controlled substance, librium, a muscle relaxer which is available by prescription only. Cantu wxs in jail on federal forgery charges and a revocation of probation due to failed drug lest.
“Cantu swallowed the packet of 12 pills and we had to take her to the hospital to get her stomach pumped, ’ ail official said.
Two bonds of $35,000 were set for Cardenas and bond of $50,IXX) was set
for Camu by Municipal Court Judge David Perkins.
“It’s been a while since vc omul anything inside the jail,” an oificial said. “ *\s long as there is contact visitation they can get it in.”
The official said dial prisoners transferred to the jail sometimes bring drugs in and then distribute them to other prisoners. Officials ->aid they spoiled the drugs when an alleged drug exchange between prisoners was taking place.
Man indicted on indecency charges
By ROBERT STEWART SUH WriUr
A Coma' County grand jury Wednesday issued multiple indictments against a 60 year old New Braunfels man. who lias been charged with
aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child.
James Calvin Lewis, 60, of the 400 block of Academy Street, was indicted four times on charges ut aggravated sexual xssaultand indicted
six tunes oil charges of indecency with a child.
Also indicted was Tomas Acevedo, 58. of the 200 block ol E. Camp on
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‘Popular’ Canyon Lake scene of celebrationGood Day
Visitors to tho Canyon Dam ‘Silver Celebration," featuring a rededication ceremony and oar bec ae will have an opportunity to tour US. Army Corps of Engineers structures at Canyon Lake (File Photo)
The 25th aruuversary of Canyon Darn and Reservoir will be celebrated Saturday with a rededication ceremony, bar becue lunch and afternoon of enterlaiiuneiu.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers retired Vtaj. Gen. Frank P Koisch, district engineer during the durns construction, will be a guest speaker.
The corps lists Canyon Lake as “one of the most popu tar” ut T exas.
“Canyon Lake tuts upwards of 2 million visitors a year, while the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam recorded visitation of 350,000 for 1990, pumping millions of dollar Hilo the local economy,” said Belly Walls, admuiisuaior of Comal County 's Water Oriented Recreation District.
’’Here in Comal County, just 16 miles from New Braun fels, we are blessed with one of lite largest and most scenic lakes in Texas,” said WUK!) president John landry. ll and “the Guadalupe River ofter Ute most diverse recreational oppoiiumiies in Ute state.’’
An added feature of Ute celebration is that it falls in American Rivets MonUi. which has been adopted as a slate observance by Texas Gov. Arui Richards and a coun ty observance by Comal County Judge Carter Casteel.
Saturday's “Silver Celebration” ceremony begins with a flag raising at IO a.m., near the project OI Tice off of South Access Road. The ceremony, highlighted by the
unveiling of a 25th anniversary plaque, will follow.
ITic dam, completed in 19o4 and dedicated in ivkkv was designed by Ute corps Fort Worth District for Bood con-uroai, water supply arid recreation. In us quarter century of operation, Ute lake is credited with preveiiung nearly $60 million ut Hod damages with its record high water level reachuig 942.67 feet on June 19, 1987, and its record low of 899.7 feel on Dec. 12, 1984.
lite event, spoused by Ute U.S. Army Corps of Engi acers, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, New Brauidels Chamber of Commerce and the Water Oriented Recreauon Dis'- „t ut Comal County, will feature tours of Ute dam and hydroelectric power plant. In additory exhibits showing the history ut Ute lake and water safety mfomiauon will be displayed. One exhibit will detail ordinances prohibiting use of glass and polystyrene containers on the river.
To reach Ute “Stiver Celebration” site, lake Ute Canyon Lake Dam exit from Texas Highway 306 and follow signs to the Corps of Engineers office area and overlook park.
Tickets to Ute barbecue luncheon are available at Ute chamber office.
Admission lo Ute dedication ceremony is tree to Ute public. Conunemoialive booklets, T-shins, caps, posters, food and beverages will be available for purchase.