New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Local utility opts out of power contract with Lower Colorado River Authority
By WIN Wright
New Braunfels Utilities has received the go-ahead to notify Lower Colorado River Authority of its intent to terminate its power supply contract before it expires in June 2016.
During its Monday meeting, New Braunfels City Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Gale Pospisil to co-sign NBU's letter requesting termination of its current agreement.
NBU communications manager Gretchen Reuwer said the NBU board was to meet in executive session Tuesday night to approve the resolution and decide when to deliver notice to LCRA, which must receive it by June 25.
NBU's current agreement with the provider, which has been in effect since 1974 and was extended in 1987, will end effective June 25, 2016.
"Between now and June 25, that letter will be delivered to LCRA," Reuwer said. "If we had taken no action at all, the contract would have had the option of continuing for another 25 years, until 2041."
NBU officials have been planning the move since last year, when CEO Paula DiFonzo said the company was exploring its best options to supply customers in the future. She said NBU sought to provide competitive electrical rates and reliable service, and explore receiving power from diverse sources.
About 50 percent of LCRA's power to NBU is derived from coal, with 46 percent from natural gas and 4 percent from renewable sources. NBU also contracts with Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority for hydroelectric power from the Canyon Lake power plant.
In January, NBU began receiving electricity from Waste Management's methane gas-fired generation plant at the local landfill.
Last year, DiFonzo said NBU's double-A credit rating should welcome a variety of bids from power providers, adding the company expects to enter into more than one — and perhaps as, many as five — power supply contracts.
NBU last year hired a
Eower-supply consultant to elp steer the company toward potential providers, especially those who currently have strong energy demand-management protocols and energy-conser-vation programs.
By Will Wright
New Braunfels Utilities officials met Monday to review procedures to call for Stage III water restrictions, which could be announced by the end of this week.
NBU will call for Stage III when the Edwards Aquifer J-17 test well falls under 640 feet above mean sea level (msl) or when the
Guadalupe River flow at Comal Springs drops below 150 cubic feet per second (cfs) — whichever occurs first. As of Tuesday, the aquifer test well measured at 641.23 feet above msl.
NBU has never called for Stage III restrictions. On June 1, it called for Stage II, which allows watering with a sprinkler or landscape irrigation system one day a week, before 10
a.m. and after 8 p.m., based on the last digit of the address.
Under Stage II, watering with a hand-held hose or soaker hose that does not spray water into the air, a bucket or drip irrigation system is allowed on any day, but only before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
Under Stage III, watering will be allowed under the same guidelines, but only one day per week every
other week beginning on the second Monday after Stage III has been declared.
"Certainly, it's going to be a challenge in many ways," NBU communications manager Gretchen Reuwer said. "We've got the game-plan down and tomorrow we'll meet to review what our process is going to be. But I don't see getting around Stage III at this point."
RETIRING OLD GLORY THE RIGHT WAY
* GIRL TESTIFIES
By Daiondo Moultrie
Editor's note: The following report, which deals with an alleged sexual assault, contains material that might offend some readers.
Jurors in the trial of a 19-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a then-12-year-old girl heard both parties speak Tuesday inside a Comal County courtroom.
Each blamed the other for instigating the alleged sexually charged encounter prosecutors said happened last year in a boys' bathroom at a shelter for youth in need of supervision in New Braunfels.
The accused, Marc Russell Byron, 19, said in a videotaped police interrogation that the victim did things to him and forced him to do things to her.
The victim — whose name is being withheld — testified from the stand that she was afraid and did what he told her.
Byron is on trial for three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency by contact. Comal County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Smith called to the stand Tuesday the police detective who first interviewed Byron
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Thomas San Miguel burns a flag during the disposal of unserviceable flags ceremony Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
GRAND OLD FLAG DAY
American Legion, Knights of Columbus honor country’s banner
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Early Tuesday, a group of men quietly watched as a pile of more than 100 battered and sun-faded American flags disappeared in flames.
It was Flag Day and American Legion Post 179 and the Knights of Columbus conducted a Disposal of Unserviceable Flag ceremony and hosted a fish and chicken fry in honor of "Old Glory."
A small, but patriotic audience dressed in red, white and blue watched as each flag transformed from a cherished American symbol into a smoldering, black skeleton as the fabric disappeared inside a gust of billowing smoke.
John Schendel of American Legion Post 179 said, "To me, the red represents the blood shed in wars, the white represents the purity of our thoughts and ideas. The stars represent every state in our nation, and the glory of God who, in our own way, we each revere."
Knights of Columbus member Herbert Strunk, a German immigrant, regards the flag with as much respect as any American-born patriot.
"This day is so special for me because everything in this country is free, and I didn't have that in Germany," Strunk said. "I honor everything this country stands for."
In the evening, the groups celebrated Flag Day while enjoying a good oP American fish and chicken fry.
Donations from the dinner are used to fund the American Legion's youth programs.
Exalted Ruler Jimmy Newsom holds up an American flag while participating in Tuesday’s ceremony honoring the flag at the Elks Lodge.
Proper American flag disposal
According to the Flag Code, any American flag that is worn, damaged or tattered beyond repair should be retired in a respectful and dignified manner. The preferred method is burning. You can burn the flag yourself, making sure it is done in a discreet, respectful, professional manner, or many organizations like the American Legion, the Boy Scouts Council and the Girl Scouts Council will perform a flag-retirement ceremony and burn your flag for you. In this case, burning signifies purification and rebirth. Although burning is the preferred method, it is also acceptable to seal your old flag in a box or bag and bury it.