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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels 4 I Vol. 139, No. 158 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Gall GrohmanThursdayJune 27, 199125 Cents One Section, 12 Pages Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Ous Elbcl, Nichols Graham, Manucla Venecia, Garcncc Noster, Nicole Blackwell, Marjorie Mueller, Tina Louise Diaz,, Carmen Zavala, Lawrence Brookovcr, John Kovalcik and Cory Pehl. Belated birthday greetings to David Ramirez. “Happy anniversary" today to Craig and Shelley Schullc and Carlos and Velma Castillo. 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. Book sale Friends of Dittlinger Memorial Library arc collecting used paperback and hardbound books, videos, records and puzzles for the annual October book sale. Get those overstuffed bookshelves cleaned out. Donations directly benefit the library through acquisitions and programs funded by the Friends. Bring donations to the library or call L. Douma at 629-3048 for pickup. No textbooks or magazines. AAUW membership American Association of University Women members who have not yet renewed their membership for the 1991-92 year should try to do so by June 30 to be included in the initial AAUW branch and national membership list. All graduates of an accredited college or university arc urged to join. For more information call Joyce Haider son at 625-3629 or 625-6852. Air Force tour Randolph Air Force Base will offer citizens an opportunity to view its operation during a tour slated for June 28 at 9 a.m. The first stop on the approximately two hour lour is the ‘Taj Mahal,” the base headquarters building, which includes a 700 seat movie theater and a 5(X).0()0 gallon water lank. Other features of the tour include a look at an aircraft main tcnancc hangar, the aircraft simu lators and both flight lines. Visitors will sec the 12th Flying Training Wing's aircraft, pilots and mechanics in action. Reservations arc required. Call 512/652-2305 or 652-4407. Soccer team The Crossfire Soccer Team will sponsor a garage sale and bake sale Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Weekend Flea Market located on Farm-to-Market 725. Discovery series Children can learn the answers to many questions in this week’s Discovery Scries al the Childrai’s • Museum in New Braunfels Registration for morning work shops are from 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Children from 6-12 years old are invited to parti cipate in two classes each morning (Parents pick up the youngsters at noon). This week’s classes wit focus on bugs, stained glass, sew ing applications, gingerbread mak ing, popsicle slick flags and water color painting. For more inform* lion call 620-0939. Park concerts The 7th Annual Concerts in the Park series continue Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lamia Park Dance S— STAMMTISCH. Pag* 2 jiooa Day LCRA opposes audit suggestion Board passes resolution against privatization of power-generating assets Highs in die 90s and lows in the 70s still bracket a forecast that includes southeasterly winds at 10-15 mph, partly cloudy conditions and a 20 percent chance of late evening thundershowers. Such conditions arc forecast through Friday. In New Braunfels Wednesday, the high was 92 degrees and the overnight low was 69 For more weather inf or niation, please see Page 2. In a Id#: CLASSIFIED......................10-12 COMICS....................................• CROSSWORD..........................3 DEAR ABBY............................6 HOROSCOPE...........................• KALEIDOSCOPE......................0 SCRAPBOOK...........................7 SPORTS...............................0-10 TV LISTINOS..................., • WEATHER................................8 By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer Comptroller John Sharp’s state budget-slashing audit report suggests the state privatize most electric power-generating assets of the Lower Colorado River Authority, a move the LCRA board unanimously opposes in a resolution passed Wednesday. Sharp’s report recommends the Legislature set up a blue-ribbon panel to study the feasibility of privatizing LCRA’s non-hydro-electiic operations, said Terry Bleier, leader of the Comptroller’s natural resources audit team. The LCRA board of directors passed a resolution Wednesday opposing any study of possible sale of LCRA’s three coal and natural gas power plants, which generate 97 percent of the agency’s electricity, LCRA spokesman Robert Cullick said. The officials blasted the privatization recommendation, saying there is no valid purpose in such a sale, which would be unfair to area residents whose rates have built the system for more than 50 years. Five months of work by IOO state auditors produced a 1,200-page report with 1,000 money-saving changes and fee increases that could total around $5 billion over the next two years if the Legislature follows all the recommendations. The plan has been hailed by state officials as a possible alternative to a huge tax increase or an income tax when they start drafting a two-year budget during a special legislative session next month. The audit report recommendation docs not specifically estimate the amount such a sale would bring the state, which set up and oversees the “quasi-state agency,” Bleier said “There is the argument that ratepayers using the state’s resources — water — have had a break and paid less because of the Lower Colorado River Authority,” she said. Cullick said his version of the audit report says the sale could net the state between $250 million and $500 after the system is sold and its debts paid This one-time state bonus, which Cullick doubts would end up being that large, would leave area ratepayers with higher rates "forever,” he said. Going my way? Hi I; ■.■ - ; ,v'« Sr '■ fr ' * ll WmM v • . * HNI A % 4 * • BH Ready to conduct you on a miniature tram ride around scenic Landa Park in Dick Schoenvogei He is a nme-year veteran of me ooouiar oar* concession. (Photo by Annalies Schhckenrieder) “A sell-off would be a great injustice to the 800.000 citizens of Central Texas who built this system from the bottom up,” said Mark Rose. LCRA general manager "They paid for it in their monthly bills. Now the government in Austin, which never put a cent into the LCRA, wants to take it from them.” Sale of LCRA electric assets would mean a dramatic rise sn electric rates for Central Texans — perhaps as much as 40 percent. Rose said. ’There’s no quick money to be 3m LCRA, R#fl# 2 $5,000 in stolen property located By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writar The Comal County Sheriffs Department has recovered an estimated $5,000 in property stolen from the SAW Railway Shop an Farm to Market Road 2252 rn southern Comal County, according to Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz The burglary of the non-habttauon occurred sometime between lune 18 and June 25. he said. Acting on a up. Detective lames Emory discovered the stolen mer chandi** in a Son Antonio Dawn shop “A juvenile suspect bas been ar rested and warrants nave been ssued for adult suspects.” Ho hen said The property, consisting of heavyduty wrenches and other tools ased for railroad repairs, has been returned to the owners and there is a possibility mat organized crime charges could be filed against the suspects, Hoherz said The suspects, thought us be ‘rom San Antonio, had pawned he mer chandise for $1,015, Emorv laid. “Sometimes ii should he obv-ous o the pawn shops hat people arc rvmg to sawn stolen merchandise. ’ he said. Southwestern Bell adds zip to phone books By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Southwestern Bell Telephone is adding some zip to the New Braunfels phone book to be distributed in July. For the first time, Southwestern Bell is listing ZIP codes with addresses in the residential and business while pages, according to Doyle Be* bee, arca manager for SWB external affairs. Listing ZIP codes is a result of the ever-increasing competition in the phone directory market, he said. Phone books now have coupons, maps and more individualized sections in an attempt to make them more user-friendly. “That’s a very competitive business right now,” Bebee said. “(Having ZIP codes) will be a great sales tool " While most phone book makers include a general list or map of ZIP codes, none are reported printing them for every address like Southwestern Bell. The directory will include only the five digit ZIP code. There are no plans to go to the ’pius four ZIP codes due to space limitations. Bebee said. ZIP is the acronym for the I S Postal Service's Zone Improvement Program. A customer survey more than two years ago found plenty of demand for ZIP codes in the phone book, according to Carol Laurentius, SWB white pages manager This year, 311 of SWB’s 366 directories in Texas. Kansas Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri will include individual ZIP codes The other 55 will be done next year Postal officials say the increased availability of ZIP codes should be helpful. "I think it s a neat idea — as long as it’s nght, of course,” said Brent Mo land, New Braunfels oostmaster "They’re still pulling otil addresses in that changed IO yean ago over it Cedar Grove and that area. ZIP codes are a good idea as long as they re accurate* Southwestern Bell checks the codes with the Postal Service's Coding Accuracy Supper. System a tree continuer icr'ux uesigneu ai ar|e nail customer;. leip ‘U vouui letp ti ne rn one molt would usi jet lite ngnt antres* in he mime mo* n he first mace.” aud Mike -Cneupper caner mperosor n New Sraumeis. “Luis of times mums will ooa in he onone boca, ice a areel Tame aid wrte hat down.” A.ieupper pointed out hat here may be several different postal vjmes on ‘hat street. “It ll probably uitimateiv save as asse monev. ” Mound said. Pat’s in the Park operators to pursue rate renegotiation By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer Operators of the Pat’s in the Park restaurant in Landa Park plan to appeal directly lo the New Braunfels City Council to renegotiate the concessionaire contract. Carol Gucdry said Wednesday dial she and her paroler in the venture, Pat Cantrell, will soon ask the council to consider lowering the city’s current 12.5-perccnt share of the restaurant's gross receipts lo perhaps 6 percent or 7 percent. About two years remain on the five-year contract. Al the New Braunfels City Council meeting Monday, City Manager Paul Grohman said the city attorney is sending a letter of final notice that the concessionaires risk breaking the con uact because they owe back rent, opened about a month late this year and have failed to meet other requirements. But council members should take into consideration the $63,000 the partner! spent repairing and remodeling the building in 1988, Guedry said. The contract required that no less than $20,000 be spent, so the remainder amounts lo a donation toward impro ving the {lurk, she said. “We don’t have any more resources. We've spent all this money — $63.(XX) on the building — and we’ve paid the city $40,000 in rent in three years,” Guedry said. “We’ve bor rowed money, and we personally have used money out of our pockets. We still owe the bank for equipment. We’re not trying to get away with something.” Lowering the city's take would enable the parolers to begin to "chip away” at their debts. Oucdry said “We didn't need this thing in park We look it over because it was such an eyesore We wanted to turn it into something the local people would be proud of,” she said. “We really didn’t expect we’d make that much money out of ti, but we darn sure didn’t think we’d wind up 3‘A years later out $! 50,000.” she said. The park restaurant is barely paying its way this summer, about the same as last season, Guedry said. Bus trK*ss was booming in 1988 and 1989 compared to 1990 and 1991 so far, she said Pat’s in the Park owes between $6,000 and $7,000 in hack rent and another $87,000 to the bank for an equipment loan and lo the parent Pat’s Place restaurant and the business part ttcrship for loans to keep the business going, she said Despite the city in March 1988 agreeing to lower the 12.5 percent take during the off-season to 2 percent, keeping the restaurant open during the winier months has cost the partnership money, she said. Caring contribution Winona Oberkampf, administrator of Oak Crest Inn, presents a $200 donation to Bill Cone. United Way of Comal County president Residents and staff of the retirement home made th# donation id show that “caring is the heart of the matter * Also pictured are front. Oak Crest residents Frank Hurt and Emily Lehmann, anc, from eft at back, Joe Worl, United Way executive director; Mony Armstrong, Oak Crest staff social worker; and Barbara Britton Oak Creel activity director. (Photo by Mark Warnken) ;