New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No. 159
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Rochelle
June 28, 1991 25 Cents Two Sections, 18 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday" today to Thomas Garza III, Mark Oakes, Tonya Castillcja, Erie Sul-tcrmeicr, Martha Glencwinkcl, Megan Renee Gonzales, Irineo Torres, Plutorch Garcia, Chris “Tiny” Roy, Kim Hartman and Rose Henze.
Belated birthday greetings to Elisa Rodriguez.
"Happy birthday” Saturday to Pedro Chavarrca, Mary T. Fey and Robert Rubio.
"Happy anniversary” today to Jim and Hazel Davidson.
Celebrating an anniversary Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Richard Medrano.
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.Downtown meeting
Jerome Nowotny will present “A Bird’s-Eye View of Downtown New Braunfels 1918-1919” to the Downtown Association at their monthly breakfast meeting Tuesday, July 2 at 7 a m. al Krause’s Cafe.Community band
The Community Band is again performing on the docks at Canyon Lake Marina. The band is scheduled to play at 3 p.m. outside the ship’s store Sunday, June 30. The marina is located off of Farm-to-Markct 306 on the north side of the lake at Canyon Lake.Book sale
Friends of Dilllingcr 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 Henderson 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 tour is the “Taj Mahal," the base headquarters building, which includes a 700-seat movie theater and a 500,000 gallon water tank. Other features of the lour include a look at an aircraft main tenancc hangar, the aircraft simu lalors and both flight lines. Visitors will sec the 12th Flying Training Wing’s aircraft, pilots and mechanics in action. Reservations are 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
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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. In New Braunfels Thursday, die high was 92 degrees and the overnight low was 73. For more weather information, please see Page 2A.
NEU reviews ‘pared’ budgetGood Day
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees on Thursday reviewed a preliminary $54.49 million budget for 1991-92.
. The proposed budget is down from $59.43 million in 1990-91, largely due to expenditure of available bond funds and despite an increase in NBU’s wholesale electricity costs.
“I think there’s some very significant areas in this budget, including the reduction of a great number of employees since last year. Operations
Local firm gets contract for sewage plant work
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees on Thursday approved a $4.04 million construction contract for expansion and renovation of the South Kuchlcr wastc-watcr treatment plant.
Trustees unanimously voted to award the contract to New Braunfels-based Lambda Construction Co., the lowest of nine bidders. The other eight bids ranged between $4.13 million and $5.21 million.
Lambda also is the main contractor on NBU’s surface watcr-trcatmcnt plant, now more than 85 percent complete, and previously completed the expansion of the Grucnc wastewater treatment plant.
NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said the outdated South Kuchlcr plant, built in 1928, needs improvement because it is literally falling apart. The concrete work actually is flaking off in some areas, he said.
“We arc into a situation with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Texas Water Commission in which we arc only marginally meeting the requirements for certification of die plant,” Sohn said. "So truly this is a needed project.”
The plant’s capacity will be expanded lo 4.2 million gallons a day from 3.1 million and in the process will be updated to use a more efficient sludge-trcatmcnt process. The project will be funded through bonds issued in the late 1980s.
Work should start by Aug. I and be complete in about a year and two months.
NBU officials currently arc seeking a variance from the Texas Water Commission to temporarily divert the South Kuchler waste-water flow to the adjacent North Kuchler treatment plant during the project, said Roger Biggers, NBU’s director of technical services. Although North Kuehlcr may then temporarily exceed its normal capacity, the plant physically will be able to treat the extra flow with no problems, he said.
Board President E.C. Momhinwcg questioned whether Lambda had enough resources to begin the Kuchler work before the company completes work on the surface-water ireauneiu plant. The lambda president, who was in attendance, assured the board there would be no delay because of his company's other commitments.
Voting were Trustees O.A. Strate maim, Robert On, Vice President Jesse Gomez and New Braunfels Mayor James Goodbread.
and maintenance expenses arc almost exactly where they were last year," NBU General Manager Bob Sohn told the board.
Board President E.C. Momhinweg scheduled a budget workshop for July IO so the trustees can discuss and propose changes to the document. A final budget will be adopted by Aug. I when NBU’s 1991-92 fiscal year begins.
The proposed 1991-92 budget contains 167 staff positions — twenty-two positions, or 11.6 percent, fewer than the 189 budgeted in 1990-91.
The staff size has been reduced through eliminating vacant positions and through four incentive retirements and five lay-offs, said Jeff Thompson, NBU’s director of finance and administration.
The budget proposes across-the-board employee raises of 2 percent in both August and February, but total payroll costs will be down almost $100,000 because of the staff downsizing. The personnel budget also includes $65,000 for a proposed merit pay bonus program.
No NBU rate increases are
included in the preliminary budget, although an increase in the cost of wholesale electricity bought from the Lower Colorado River Authority is passed through to local ratepayers, who will see an actual increase of about 8 percent in their bills in 1991-92 compared to 1990-91, Sohn said. Revenue from this increase will be passed directly on to LCRA, he said.
But the proposed budget doesn’t preclude the possibility of a change in NBU rates during the 1991-92 budget year after results of a rate study now
under way are available, Sohn said. NBU has not raised its rates since 1987, he said.
Operating revenues in the 1991-92 budget total $43.81 million. Of that total. Electric Department revenues are projected at $37.06 million. Water Department and Sewer Department revenues are projected at $3.77 million and $2.97 million, respectively.
A total of $8.07 million in major capital projects and improvements is included. $3.92 million for the South
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Preiss Heights patrol
A jumper is outlined against the Preiss Heights cliffs in this photo, taken as searchers combed the river for the body of a man who died June 22 following a dive (Photo by Annalies Schlickenrieder)
Security to be boosted for holiday
By ROBERT STEWART 8tatt Writer
In the wake of last week’s drowning death at the Preiss Heights cliffs on the Guadalupe River, the city of Seguin plans to beef up security to keep trespassers off the cliffs during the Fourth of July holiday, according to Jake Krauskopf, Seguin city manager.
Seguin, which owns the property, has hired a
private security firm to make sure holiday revelers stay off the cliffs. Krauskopf said.
Terry Scott Ake of Arlington, 29, died after diving into the river off the cliffs last Saturday. An autopsy by the Travis County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be accidental drowning, according to Harold Krueger, justice of the peace, precinct I.
Chief Deputy Wayne Holier/, of die Comal County Sheriffs Department said that the area is well marked with signs and fences that clearly show the cliffs to be off limns,
While Ake’s death is the first one at Preiss Heights this year, in the past there have been as many as five deaths there in one summer, officials said.
Woman files lawsuit over boxed remains
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Suit has been filed in Bexar County District Court against Zoeller Funeral Home of New Braunfels by a Comal County woman.
Margaret Hunt went to her husband’s funeral at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio expecting his cremated ashes to be stored in a proper container and was shocked when the remains were presented to her in a cardboard mailing box, according to Christa Samaniego, a San Antonio attorney representing Hunt.
Hunt alleges in the lawsuit that the
Zoeller Funeral Home misled her about how her husband's remains would be stored.
"We didn’t do anything wrong,'' Daniel Zoeller owner of the funeral home said. "We fulfilled our contract to the letter The crematory ran out of the cardboard containers that they normally use and they used another one and it was too late to try to rectify the situation by the time we found out about it.”
Zoeller said that the San Antonio crematory that was contr ac ted to do the work used a different box when they ran out of the usual type.
"All I can say is what actually hap-
pened ... she declined to purchase an urn from us,” Zoeller said. "At that point, she was willing to settle for whatever the crematory provided for her”
Samaniego said the widow was standing by with a full military honor guard as she was presented with an ordinary mailing box with suckers sull on it.
Southwest Research Institute, based in San Antonio, announced in March its organization would perform an mde pendent environmental assessment of the proposed use of selected industrial hazardous wastes as supple mental fuels at the Balcones Cement Rant near New Braunfels Take a look at the progress of that assessment and the man behind that project, prog ram manager Dr Michael Mac-Naughton, in Sunday's Herald-Zeitung
Two jailed on felony drug charges
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writar
Two New Braunfels men renuun iii the Comal County Jail on felony drug charges after being stopped in a traffic stop, Martin Mayer, New Braunfels (Allice Department spokesperson said.
Marie A. Aleman, 21, of the 2300 block of West San Antonio St and Michael Retie Hernandez, 17. of a nailer paik on Linde Avenue are each charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, under 28 grams, Mayer said. Bond had not been set as of presslime.
The men were pulled over by New Braunfels Police Officer Tommy Gonzalez at 2:29 a.m. Friday in the IOO block of North Peach Avenue.
Gonzalez allegedly found a small quantity of cocaine and marijuana in the vehicle, Mayer said.
Police seized a Nissan pickup truck, $1700 cash and a pocket (lager iii the arrest, Mayer said.Sale of sign disputed
Police were dispatched to Executive Banc on Interstate 35 in New Braunfels Wednesday to “break up warring parties” in a dispute over who owns a computerized sign in front of the bank building according to Mat un Mayer, New Braunfels Police Depart meiu spokspcrson
The dispute had to do with who has authority to sell property under the control of the Resolution Trust Cor
poration, Mayer said.
Execuuve Banc is in receivership and under control of the R FC
" Apparently, a pci von who was not authorized to do so sold the compuiei-i/ed sign in front pl the bank building (to a local company)," Mayer said.
The lien holder did not approve the sale and there was a confrontation between two parties over ownership of the sign, Mayer said.
A New Braunfels man wa* sentenced in 22nd Judicial District Court to 40 years in prison and fined $10,000 for the robbery of $3 and a pair of tennis shoes
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