New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, TexasSunday
June 21, 1987 50 Cents
Vol. 134, No. 121
Four Sections, 40 Pages
By DAVID MA V Staff Writer
Comal Count > * Int1* \ppruisei Richard Rhodes ay- the ok had barely dried on the proposals he for mutated and sent each of the taxing entities before controversy erupted over his plan to offer the lax collet' ting units a consolidated cost effective collection service 'i dont understand what i th* hoopla is about." said Rhodes ast week “The entitle- should have a choice That s all we are offering, is i choice We are the only iption th.it can ofter one stop shopping. ou will," said Rhodes, referring a '.he ability of Comal Central Appraisal District to assess, review and collect for taxpayers at a single location Rhodes said his proposal ut cen trailing tax collections should come as no surprise to any of the board members since he said it was discussed during his interviews tor the chief appraiser position cardel this year CAD board chairman S D David last week publicly supported Rhoad's proposal The controversy over the plan. which would provide tax collection at a cost of 20 percent ut what currently is spent by all taxing jurisdictions if all were to contract with CAD began during last week s Comal County Commissioners meeting when board member County Auditor Bate Bond voiced displeasure with the plan be ing sent on appraisal stationery con taming, in particular his name County Tax Assessor Collector Gloria Clennan accussed Rhoads of using a similar proposal if hers to formulate his own In reference to Bond s remarks. Rhodes said using stationery containing the names of board members w as unavoidable since all the appraisal district's letterheads contain such Also. he questioned how he could
h.i\e i opted any proposal from ( leo nan •once his va: em in advance of her- and claimed he had not seen or revelv od a copy prior to is*uing his VNe don t care who or where collections are lone lated Rhodes It any or ill the entities decide not to contract with us it is not going to hurt my feelings, believe me But they should have more than one choice and one that is cost effective That s it in a nutshell Rhodes als*) said lie is allowed to negotiate contracts before receiving the board - approval though agreements must then be ratitieii by the board Any negotiations or tor malized contracts are about a year away the chief appraiser said
tax collection services at cost only vin entity with the exception of a ounty can cont i a t on its own v dh i i AD or private firm for such a advice In order tor a county to contract with ai \!) o! any other collection serv ice it must first be approved by the tax assessor collector and then rallied by county commissioners.
I niler Rhodes' proposal, the more entities thai agree to contract, the more cost effective ;t becomes den nan Friday -aid sin* w ill not approve contracting w ith t VD
T m willing to do collections not give up collections ’ she said That s what I was elected to do l’his office does a tremendous lob for
CADs can by law provide central See HOOPLA, Page2A
Shooting suspect makes Guadalupe County bonds
A Seguin man is out ut jail on Six).IHM) bond after turning himself in Friday in connection with a shooting spree which led a Marion father and his son critically wounded
Charges oi aggravated assault and attempted murder charges have been filed against 44-year old Thomas Williams of .Seguin in connection with the Thursday evening shooting of the Marion men
Robert Buffington, 29, and his all-year old lather Robert Butt ington Sr , were critically wounded by buck shot blasts from a 4IU gauge shotgun as the pair were driving along Zuehl Road near the Zuehl Airport to check on some land they own when Williams allegedly followed the Buff
ington s reportedly at high speed When the Buffingtons stopped their car and stepped out. Williams allegedly .started shooting at the pair
The father was in Methodist Hospital rn San Antonio Saturday and reported in stable but guarded condition Buffington Jr was transferred by MAST helicopter to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin where his condition remains critical According to Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin Harborth, Williams turned himself in to Sheriff authorities late Friday morning Reports from neighbors indicate that there has l>een a longstanding feud between the Buff ington s and Williams.
The Whitewater’s in our home town
Rebecca Anne Allen is a special gal The New Braunfels Noon Lions sponsored her trip to the Kerrville Summer Camp recently, where Rebecca, crippled but capable had blast riding horses, fishing, studying nature and generally having a real good time Thanks to the Lions and special to Rebecca from Harold ‘ Boy, I wish I eould'a gone
Today’s the day for the * * brave to hit the rustling < waters of the Guadalupe River and the less macho of us to take dip in the cool, clear water of the Comal River. This afternoon will be partly cloudy and hot with a high in the low 90s Southerly breezes at 10-15 mph will cool your evening. Tonight will be a comfortable evening with a low in the mid 70s. Weather promisee to be hot and muggy this weak with highs in the low 90s and warm nights.
Central Texas residents will soon realize that the clouds that brough* week- of heavy rain have a silver lining in the form of lower energy costs The Lower Colorado River Authority generated nearly iii percent of electricity from hydropower during the first lh days of June saving LCRA and its customers roughly a half million dollars in fuel costs LCR.Vs hydroelectric units at Highland Lakes dams generated 54 7 million kilowatt hours or electricity or 19 t percent of the river authority's net generation Hydro power benefits all of LCRA’s wholesale customers through reduced fuel expenses, a statement issued this week said LCRA provides power for 33 cities and ll electrical cooperatives in a 41 -county Central Texas area including New Braunfels Power for
the massive distribution s>stem is usually generated through use of more expensive fossil fuels During the same period last year, hydro production con tributed only 7.3 percent of LCRA’s net total generation, ic cording to a statement released this w eek
S David Fremann, LCRA s general manager noted that the increased hydroelectric genera tion reduced the demand for power rom LCRA s more expen sive fossil fueled plants
LCRA s total generation in ear ly lune was down nearly IO per cent from the same period last year said Raymond Staats. Ll RA chief system operator That s because the cool rainy weather has reduced the need for air conditioning and other summer type uses of eiectricy ‘
Canyon High’s Wimberly Rittimann begins competition in the
Texas High School Rodeo Finals in Seguin today. For the full details, see Page9A (Photo by Deryl Clark)
LCRA generating costs drop due to heavy rains
Assessment issue has county tax, appraisal heads hopping
Gloria Clennan says Richard Rhodes stole her idea for
centralized tax collections Rhodes says it's hoopla'
New Braunfels Parks and Recrea tion Department will host a walk up Panther Canyon beginning at IO a m Saturday, .lune 27 The hike is open to all ages and it costs $1 You will need about two hours to do it. but the summer offers a real nice environment and the rams we weren't too crazy about have en sured lots of flowers and lush greenery Call the parks people at 525-5818 for more information
Some 40 members of the Society of American Travel Writers will be in our fair city Tuesday. June 23. as a respite from their freelance coun oil workshop in San Antonio They Ii be checking out things like our historic sites, banda Park and generally walking around If you bump into em show em some friendly New Braunfels. Texas hospitality. Part of the tour of the Ixist City of Prince Solms is a photo contest for the writers, and guess what° They have to use pictures taken here Subject matter will be smiling faces picture, best “travel sell" picture, funniest picture pee pie “but no faces" picture (,? i. and the "Wish I'd taken that" category We should be sure and comb oui hair and brush our pearl ie whites that morning W ith luck none of our visitors will come across Harold who has been reponsible for numerous broken lenses and frozen ilocks ...
Fritzie Richter of New Braunfels recently was recognized as a top volunteer leader in the Southwest District of the Texas Agricultural F.xtension Service Richter has been ,i 1 11 leader for 13 years in Comal County and has been instrumental in promoting membership in the organization She has been club manager for the largest club in the county Her involvement is renown and we are lucky to have her call Comal County home
State Rep F.dmund “LIT Abner Kuempel has been named as a member of the Subcommittee on Pensions of the State Federal Assembly of the National Con ference of State legislator NI SI. Texas House Speaker Gib Lewi -, made the appointment
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
The Guadalupe River isn’t the place for floating along lazily on a sunny day anymore. But river outfitters agree the river offers an ‘‘exhilarating’' trip and probably will continue to as long as outflows from Canyon Dam remain at the 5.000-plus cubic feet per second mark
"(Rafting with a guide) is safe to the extent that it is Whitewater. It is unsafe if you do not have proper equipment. It’s exhilarating, but irs something you have to respect."
Susan Petta Manager, Mountain Breezes
“Right now, you don’t have to go to Idaho or Colorado to get Whitewater You can get the thrill right here in your own home town.” said Susan Petta. manager of Mountain Breeze, a campground and river rental business Petta’s business, like several other outfitters, is offering guided raft trips down the river.
River outfitters are hoping enough people will be lured by the excitement of riding the rapids to give business a boost. So far this month, river business was off dramatically because of heavy rains. Now, outfitters said the negative publicity about the danger of the high waters is scaring off customers
Inflows into Canyon Lake are beginning to decline after more than a month of rains, leaving the lake at its highest level ever
“The publicity has hurt us quite a bit in the last couple of weeks,” said Greg BuShey, manager of the Guad a-Loop Shoot. BuShey’s business has avoided the Guadalupe River, turning attention to the Comal River instead.“We are renting tubes for the Comal, but nothing in the Guadalupe." he said, adding that he has referred several customers to the Guadalupe River outfitters which offer raft trips with experienced guides.
"If this was a normal Saturday, we would have done three to four times the business." BuShey said at the end of a work day Saturday “The bad publicity Is killing us ... but there is sill good tubing on the Comal."
River business managers agreed that while areas around Canyon Lake are flooded, the river can still be enjoyed by those willing to
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Canyon Dam’s 5.000-plus cubic feet per second from the business end Note the inundated observation deck. (Photo by Leslie Kriewaidt)
ride the rapids with an experienced guide
Smokey Isgur. manager of Rocking R River Rides, said Saturday s business was only fair but it was better than he expected “With so much bad publicity, it s really not that bad." he said
Isgur added that although the river is dangerously high there were no mishaps Saturday “It s not that bad I just came down myself I wouldn't recommend anyone to do it by themselves, but with a guide it s no problem." he said
Rocking R opens for business at 8:30 a rn The Guad-a-Loop Shoot is open every day from 9 a rn. to 7 p.rn Mountain Breezes can arrange raft trips anytime between IO a m and 7 p.m.
Petta said Mountain Breezes will not allow any children in the rafts arx! all rafters must wear life jackets “I saw a Im of stuff that I didn’t Uke seeing in the river today.” she said referring to people ricing small inflatable rafts or tubes and people drinking on the river This water can be a killer with that type of thing I saw a lot of people on the river who had no business being there ”
See WHITEWATER Page 2A
Reservoir Manager Jerry Brite of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers said Friday all parks surrounding the lake are closed to the public He said they could remain closed through August while water releases