New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County for more than 142 years I Home of HYLMAR AND PAM SCHNEIDER
■ Vol. 142, No. 153
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-7£itunn extends the following birthday wishes to; William Max Welborn, Ashley Bailing, Carlos Vela, and Douglas E. Graves. Happy anniversary to Hylmar and Pam Schneider (25) and Max and Janis Worn-mack.
Bon Voyage party for Bob Krueger
The public is invited to a Bon Voyage party for Bob Krueger tonight at 7 p.m. at the Forke Store at Conservation Plaza.
Krueger, of New Braunfels, will leave shortly with his family to take his new post as U.S. ambassador to Burundi.
Conservation Plaza is located at 1300 Church Hill Drive in New Braunfels. For information, call Gloria Sasser at 620-0864.
Women’s Center to conduct training
The Comal County Women's Center will conduct training for Hotline Volunteers on Monday, June 20, at 6 p.m.
The Women’s Center staffs a 24-hour crisis hotline for women who have been battered, abused or sexually assaulted This hotline is forwarded to your home. Anyone interested in being a volunteer can contact the volunteer coordinator at 620-7520.
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Republican women to hold picnic
The New Braunfels Republican Women invite the public to their annual picnic, Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p m at Pavilions 4 and S at Landa Park Guest speaker is Ralph Wall Meal costs $3 for a single, $6 for a couple and S2 for children
Business After Hours at SchlRterbahn
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours membership mixer, an informal gathering of chamber member! sponsored by Schlitterbahn Resort and Waterpark.
To be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p m. Thursday, June 16 at the Sur-fenburg entrance to Schlitterbahn on Union St.
Introduce yourself to the'Mystery Member and you may win a c?sh prize.
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Alcohol banned from Eikel Field Park
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
People who use Eikel Field Park on the west side of New Braunfels will no longer be able to consume alcohol on the park grounds.
New Braunfels city council members passed an emergency ordinance Monday night banning alcohol consumption and possession at Eikel Field Park, Haymarket Park, The Little League Fields on Common Street and the Little League
Fields on Fredericksburg Road.
The issue was first brought to the city’s attention by residents who attended a town meeting held in District I. Eikel Field Park is located in District I. Residents in that area and in other areas of the city later signed a petition requesting alcohol be banned in Eikel Field Park. The petition was presented to the Parks and Recreation Board, and the board made a recommendation to the city council in favor of the ban.
Local resident Gloria Suarez Sasser presented
a second petition to the council requesting the ban be put in place. The petition contained more than 300 signatures.
Several west side residents spoke to the council in favor of the ban. The residents said they are scared to allow their children to go to the park because of the type of people who are spending time there in the evenings.
Earlier this month another petition was presented to the city asking that the city not ban alcohol in the park. This petition was signed by
300 people who opposed the ban because it would affect family functions such as birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and reunions.
West side resident Mary Paniaqua said she and her Ballet Folklorica dance group have never had a problem when practicing in the park.
District I city council member Butch Benitez proposed the ban be approved.
“I feel we need to pass this and get alcohol banned so we will have ample time to do what we need to do,” he said.
Phone problems hit New Braunfels
By ROGER CROTEAU
Thousands of New Braunfels residents may have thought their telephones were not working Monday, but if they had been patient they could have made their calls, according to Tim Tippit, area manager of external affair! for Southwestern Bell Telephone.
“The phones weren’t really dead,” Tippit said. ‘The problem we were having at the switching office caused people to have to wait IO to 30 seconds before they got a dial tone.”
The hardware problem that developed at the New Braunfels switching office began early Monday morning and was corrected by about 2 p.m. Monday. It effected all the New Braunfels exchanges — any number starting with 62 or 60, Tippit said.
Tippit said the problem was compounded by people who picked up their telephone, got no dial tone, put the receiver back down and then
picked it up again.
“In effect, when you did that, you put yourself in line behind yourself. Our computer goes in order, answering every line that gets picked up, whether you are still on that line or not. So when people did that, it caused a snowball effect, and made
'Th* phones weren't really dead. Th* problem SSS caused people to have to walt 10 to 30 seconds for a dial tone.’
— Tim Tippit
the delays longer,” he said.
Tippit said the company does not know what caused the equipment failure. ‘There is no indication that there was a lightning strike or power surge or anything like that. We don’t know what caused the hardware problem,” he said.
Harald-Zaitungphoto by JOHN HUSETH
A two-car collision occurred Monday at 12:20 p.m. outside tho Now Braunfels Factory Stores. Police reports Indicate a Plymouth Colt driven by Joseph Francis Davis, 73, of New Braunfels ran a red light and hit a Toyota Tercel driven by Karin Sue Stanush, 31. Her two children were also in the car. No one was taken to the hospital.
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City, NBU to continue talks on water rate hike
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
New Braunfels City Council members will conduct another workshop with members of the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees to discuss water and sewer rates and NBU's contribution to the city.
A workshop and a regular city council meeting were held Monday night, and both issues were discussed.
The NBU board has already passed a resolution requesting the city allow the board to increase water and sewer rates The board has asked that water rates be increased 5 9 percent and sewer rates be increased 9.6 percent in the next three fiscal years If approved the rate increases would begin in August
'We want to bring water and sewer up to tho level where they support themselves... We came to the council three years ago for a rate Increase SSS We were given lees than half of what we asked for.’
— Bob Sohn
NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said the board has been trying to get the water and sewer systems to the point where they make enough revenue so that they support themselves. The dearie system currently supports the water and sewer systems
“When we received the water and sewer operations we agreed that water and sewer should be almost given away Water was relatively inexpensive and we were fortunate in having a very lucrative dearie system,” he said
“We want to bring water and sewer up to the level where they support themselves, . We came to the council three years ago for a rate increase . We were given less than half of what we asked for,” said Sohn.
Even with the new proposed rate increases
the water and sewer systems collections would pay for only operations and maintenance. The capital improvements would be paid by the electric revenues.
At-large council member Jan K e n n a d y expressed her concern over
whether or not the proposed increase in rates was a result of the city receiving an increased contribution from NBU • Board members O A Stratemann and
Momhinweg explained that NBU was planning to ask for an increase before the contribution amount was determined However board member Robert Orr said the rate increase would not be as much if city contribution had not been increased.
During the regular meeting the city council discussed whether or not to approve a resolution agreeing to NBU’s methtxi of calculating a contribution to the city. City council member! expressed they would like to study the issue further and conduct a workshop
The new method calls tor the city to receive IO percent of the adjusted gross revenues from NBU. That will amount to nearly SI 4 million this budget year The method will not include the cost of water, power, or the payment on bonds for the Canyon Lake Hydroelectric Plant
“It allows the city to have more money and helps us protect our investment.. .We need a checkpoint to make lure the utilities stay in good financial condition,” said Sohn.
City council members questioned whether or not they should request that a minimum contribution be met in case NBU does not make a profit in future years. NBU board members said ensuring a future contribution would violate the bond ordinance
The workshop to discuss rates and the conalbumin will be held at 6:30 p m June 27 The regular council meeting will begin at 8 30 p.m.
The 4-H Saddle Slappers put on a fund raiser barrel race recently. Brandi Elliot presents Donna Dugoah bar money for winning the open class. Donna's sons ara also plctursd.
Two teen-agers drown over weekend
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Area emergency personnel responded to two drowning! lait weekend - one that occurred in Canyon Lake and one that occurred in the Guadalupe River.
New Braunfels Fire Department EMS responded to a drowning that occurred in the Comal River on Saturday evening.
A 16-year-old New Braunfels resident wai reported milling at 9:32 p.m. Saturday, according to Captain Danny Procknow of the New Braunfels Fire Department.
Procknow said two people were on the scene when EMS personnel arrived at the River. The people reported that there was a person milling from a tube.
Procknow said rescue personnel were ititioned at The Other Place reaort, the Union Street Exit, and at the end of Seele Street before the Minion Valley Dam. Rescue personnel allo took the rescue raft on the river to search for the boy.
After rescue effort* were unsuccessful EMS personnel borrowed the police department’! boat, and after two panel they were able to locate the body 300 feet down stream from where the teen fell out
of the tub. He was found under 15 feet of water near The Other Place resort.
Other people who were floating had gotten out of the water at The Other Place and the Union Street Exit.
Canyon Lake emergency personnel responded to a drowning that occurred near the Canyon Lake Park in Hancock. Michael R. Gonzales, 17, of San Marcos was pronounced dead by a doaor at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
The drowning occurred at 6:10 p.m. June ll Gonzales, who was a student at the Gary Job Coips, was at the park with friends Gonzales apparently could not swim and got into an area of the lake that was too deep for him to stand, according to Chief Elwood Hohenr, chief deputy at the Comal County Sheriffs Office.
Hoherz said statements from people at the scene show that Gonzales began screaming for help and somebody pulled him out of the water Several people, including a doctor from Houston, attempted to help Gonzales.
Emergency personnel were called to the scene and AirLife was called. However, AirLife was unavailable and the helicopter from Brooke Army Medical Center responded to the scene.