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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas —————— ■    :- ,    '    l—"'Z: ™W*r '' j:.- AvnwHeads of state agencies given raises despite salary freeze - See P. 3 TUESDAY COUNTDOWNS 269 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21.1845 March 21,1995 New Braunfels Herald 4 1 () S0- We;g r ^ J 6    99    ]    g    4 2627 E YANDELL ®r1SHING ^F'ASO, tx 7990:3 10 pages in two sections ■ Tuesday, June 28,1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of RALPH PREISS I Vol. 142, No. 163 Inside exas briefs....................................2 Obituaries.......................................3 Opinion...........................................4 Comics.............................. 6 The Marketplace.......................7-10 River conditions Guadalupe River..............313 cfs Comal River.......................345    cfs * cfs - cubic feet per second SLimmlisch Birthday wish** from tha Horald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Erie Suite-meter, Rom Heme (90 years!), Sheryl Timmerman (40 years!), Kim Hartman. Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Weber. Lotto Jackpot to ba worth $10 million AUSTIN (AP) - No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said The jackpot was worth an estimated $3 million. The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were: 6, 13,23,24,25 and 45. There were 101 tickets sold with five of the six numbers, with each ticket worth $1,575. There were 6,019 tickets with four of six numbers, with each winning $95. And there were 114,279 tickets sold with three of six numbers, with each worth an automatic $3. Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Wednesday night’s game will be $10 million. Woodmen camp Mf for duly 18-22 Woodmen of the World I ife Insurance Society will have its summer camp on July 18 through July 22, for all the Woodmen youth members age eight through 15. Members of Woodmen of the World are invited to attend our annual youth camp for five days of fun and excitement. The camp is free except for a $10 registration fee, and each camper will receive a T-shirt and a cap. Please call J. F. Felger, Woodmen field representative, at (210) 609-1255 for more information. In March of baby armadillos A BBC television crew is producing a 30-minute nature documentary on the Texas nine-banded armadillo. The production crew recently filmed in New Braunfels and plana to return to film more from June 26 to July 4. They are looking for very young or baby armadillos. Anyone with information about the location of baby armadillos should contact Jim Schmidt at 629-4980. The production company will acknowledge the help by making a donation to a charity of the finder’s choice. Stammtisch (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community,"Stammtisch represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.) This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint City to move Lands Park barricades By JENNIFER ROMP EL Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members voted last night to move the barricades which currently block Lands Park Drive on the weekends to the area of the park Bear the playground. Council members were presented with a petition from people who live near Landa Park. The petition, which contained I IO signatures, requested the barricades be removed. New Braunfels resident Robert Hamel spoke to the council about the need to remove the barricades. He said the barricades have not been helpful in keeping "cruisers" out of the park. "The barricades have done no good. They were put u4 Chally to control cruisers in the park and speeding.. .They've got a perfect cruising route. .. If we are trying to stop it, we are going about it the wrong way," said Hamel. Several other residents in the area spoke against having the barricades in place. Council member Jan Kennady said her concern was that the traffic from Landa Park Drive was rerouted to Playground Drive. "Playground Drive is where the children are. That is where all the traffic is," said Kennady. Sgt. Mac MacEachem of the New Braunfels Police Department said the barricades were originally put up as a response to a need for public safety. "The only injury accidents we have are when the barricades are down. We are dealing with a system that has antiquated, inadequate roadways. We are faced with do we want to have a park for people or do we want a park for automobiles," he said. The motion to change the location of the barricades was made by Kennady. Her motion requested that the Landa Park barricades be moved from Landa Park Drive to Playground Drive and that the police department be allowed to study the need for stop signs or other measures in the park.The only council member voting against the motion was Mary Serold, District 2. New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen explained one proposal that has been briefly discussed. The proposal would make Monument Drive a one-way street to Fredericksburg and Landa Park a one-way street up to Monument Drive. However, no action has been taken on this proposal. The issue of the barricades in the park has been discussed for the past four years. The barricades are closed from 7 a m. to 8 p.m. on weekends from Easter through Labor Day. In 1981 an ordinance was past prohibiting all through traffic in the park. In 1986 it was changed to open the park to through traffic by using the route in which California is blocked as a through street and an exit exists on to Frederickburg Road. Approval given to abatements By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Tax abatements were granted to both Texas Jacobson and Casco Plastics Inc. in older to help the two industries with expansions. The tax abatements were discussed earlier this month during a special city council workshop. The two companies are planning expansions at their facilities. The expansions are valued at $2 million and both plants are expected to hire an additional 50 employees. The council approved the tax abatements unanimously. In other business the council also approved a resolution authorizing the creation of a non-profit industrial development corporation. Th* corporation would allow the city to act as a financing vehicle for businesses considering expanding or relocating in the area. It gives the city the opportunity to allow businesses to use tax free municipal bonds. The IOC was formed in anticipation of Knytex moving into the Iselin Plant. Knytex is currently located in Seguin. Officials are considering combining the companies plants on the East Coast and Seguin. The city of New Braunfels will not be liable for any of the bonds. According to Knytex consultant Ted Alexander, the city is "out of the loop" once the bonds are given to an industry The city and Alexander met in a public workshop last Thursday to discuss the need for the IDC in order to compete for Knytex. Alexander said the company has looked at other cities in the area. If Knytex moves to New Braunfels it will bring 125 jobs and a $3 million payroll, said Alexander. Approximately 90 of the jobs are held by employees in Seguin_ Getting carried away Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Dan Isl Mayer of New Braunfels takes a stab at bungy jumping at Bungy Over Texas near tha Guadalupe River recently. Tubers and rafters on the river are able to view each jump from start to finish. NBU plan accepted by council By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members accepted a plan from New Braunfels Utilities concerning the contribution of system revenues to the city. The plan calls for IO percent of the NBU's adjusted gross income to be paid to the city. The council accepted the plan for one year and will discuss the matter again during next year’s budget session. Mayor Pro Tem Chris Bowers said he believes the city should receive a base payment each year However, NBU officials said offering a base amount would violate their bond indenture District 3 Council Member Brenda Freeman also expressed her concern about the proposal, especially because NBU is asking for a water and sewer rate increase "It's coming from the same people who are getting served by our budget You can call it a contribution or what ! ever you want, but it smells like a tax] to me," she said. The city and NBU continued dis-* cussions on the need for a water anc) sewer rate increase The rate increase would add approximately $2 to each user’s bill, lf approved the rate increase would not go into effect until August. Currently the water and scw^r systems arc being supported in part by the dearie system, according to General Manager Bob Sohn However expenses are expcaed to increase and the utilities would like to see water ami sewer eventually support itself. The increases in rates would not cover tile water and sewer capital improvements program. Any rate changes suggested by NBU must be approved by die city council Real estate market still on the upswing, TAR head tells local realtors By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The real estate market in Texas continues to be on the upswing, but it will never approach the impaa of the market boom of the early 1980s, said the president of the Texas Association of Realtors. Ron Wakefield of San Antonio visited New Braunfels Monday to speak to the New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Board of Realtors. He said one significant faaor contributed to the growth in the 1980s. ’The early '80s had Baby Boomers who hit the market from a buying standpoint We’ll probably never experience a boom like that again,” he said. "We’re seeing steady growth over the last three years but not a boom " While the sheer number of buyers may never fuel a significant boom again, Wakefield said other faaors could influence the market in this state, once such being the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Wakefield said cities like Laredo are already feeling the effects and Houston, which has a major port He said this area has yet to feel a large impaa although that may come as it has in other cities even though the m^jor portion of the agreement has yet to begin. "Even though nothing has happened, there is a perception of what will happen,” he said. ,, ■ Settlement between PEC and interveners awaits state approval By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Herald Zeitung photo by CRAIG HAMMETT Ron Wakefield spoke to the Canyon Lake/New Braunfels Board of Realtors Monday. Wakefield said jobs are the number one factor in creating homes for any area He added business was good all over the state. Wakefield also said there was a misconception that many small towns in the state are declining He said small towns reported two percent growth across the state last year, especially in towns like New Braunfels located near a larger metropolitan arca. “What you have here in New Braunfels is the quality of living,” Wakefield said as one factor. “People want to move from the problems of a big city .” A settlement agreement baween the Pedernales Elearic Ctxiperative and interveners on a rate increase could be approved by late August or September PEC officials must get approval of the settlement from the three-member Public Utility Commission before the rate increase, a first in ll years, axild take effea. The PEC had originally asked for a $10.2 million increase in annual revenue said PEC General Manager Bennie Fuelberg, about an 8 8 percent increase PEC officials ma with intervenors including two industrial intervenors, PUC staff and the state Attorney General’s office who was representing the Texas Department of Transportation regarding highway lighting Recommendations by the PUC stall and accepted by the PEC would reduce the amount of increase to $9 million, about 7% said Fuelberg "We were able to avoid going to a hearing We just all sat down and made a deal,” he said Fuelberg said if approved by the PUC, the rates would take effea in October, meters would be read in November and customers would see the change by their Dec I bill, The PUC staff also agreed to the implementation of the Co-op’s declining Mock rate design in which the awa of a kilowatt hour of electricity Would decline after the first 1,000 kwh of use each month. The Co-op serves much of Cerrial County, mainly in the northern and western sections and sections of Guadalupe County.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-91 ;