New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Pete Chavarria Sr., Lonie Soell, Lillie Hartwick, Melissa Alvarez, Susan Fuentes, and 1 Ruben Valdez.
“Happy birthday” Monday to Carlo Ormond, Karen Stolte, Tammy Phueffer, and Harry Jameson.
Belated birthday wishes to Alex Lopez, Nolberto Farias, and Chris Stolinski.
“Happy anniversary” today to Avis and Karl Mittwede, Mike and Charlotte Lusmae, and Robert and Sylvia Vela.
Belated anniversary wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Silberio J. Gonzales and Franklin and Leatric Preusser.
“Happy anniversary” Monday to Orville and Virginia Cocker-ham, Mark and Audrey Cheatum, Thomas and Jody, and Arthur and Merry Brinkkoeter.
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.
New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring water aerobics classes at Landa Park pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8-9. For more information call 625-9295 or 935-2843.
July 4 celebration
The Welcome Home Troops Committee has planned what they call “an exciting” parade for July 4. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Main Plaza. The parade will wind its way to the Comal County Fairgrounds on Common Street for an old-fashioned picnic. For more information or to enter the parade call Margi Handrick at 625-1884 or Wilton Wamecke Jr. at 629-2215.
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. at Krause’s Cafe.
The free nutrition lectures son-sored by local physicians will be presented the first four Mondays of the month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room al McKenna Memorial Hospital. The topic for Monday, July I is “Conquering the diabetes exchange list.” For more information call dietitians Belinda Bazan or Donna Dodgcn at 625-9111 extension 134 or 136.
Boy Scout Troop 119 will hold a free car wash today from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the HEB parking lot on San Antonio Street. The scouts are raising money for a trip to Philmont Scout Base in New Mexico in August.
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-10-Market 306 on the north side of the lake at Canyon Lake.
Friends of Dittlinger Memorial Library are collecting used paperback and hardbound books, videos,
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A 40 percent chance of rain, coupled with winds from the east or southeast at 10-20 mph, highs near 90 and lows in the low to mid-70s are forecast through today. For more weather information, please see Page 2A.
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Delivering a stained glass window to Eden Home in New Braunfels Saturday are David Beisser, left, and Joe Ward. The two carpenters, each the son of a United Church of Christ minister, have restored six windows recovered from the old San Antonio Eden Home location. (Photo by Annalies Schlickenrieder)
Sale of LCRA holdings opposed
By MARK WARNKEN
Staff Writ* .
City and New Braunfels Utilities officials will send letters to legislators opposing the proposed sale of LCRA’s electric power-generating facilities to ease the state’s budget crunch.
‘There seems to be a very serious attempt by certain legislators — House Republican Caucus committee members working on a budget — to sell LCRA lock, stock and barrel,” NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said. He has asked New Braunfels Mayor James Goodbread and NBU board of trustees President E.C. Momhinweg to sign letters to be sent to Rep. Edmund Kuempel and other legislators protesting even the study of such a move.
State Comptroller John Sharp’s budget deftcit-reduciion plan made pflbTfC^fast week suggests a blue-ribbon committee be established to study such the sale, Sohn said. The House Republican Caucus recommended an outright sale.
A sale to a private investor-owned utility will mean higher rates for local customers, Sohn said. A sale wouldn’t eliminate LCRA’s $1.4 billion in existing debt, and a purchasing utility almost surely would have to borrow money, creating more debt. And an investor-owned utility would have to pay stockholder benefits and state and federal income taxes — neither of which LCRA does.
"lf LCRA were sold, there’s no question that our electric rates would see at least a 20- to 30-percent
increase over the next few years," he said.
Area ratepayers have provided the capital for LCRA’s expansion, and it’s unfair for the state’s general fund budget to benefit from the $500 million the House Republican Caucus deficit-reduction plan estimates the sale would raise. ^
“We’re the ones paying for it. People in the state of Texas didn’t pay for it. That guy out in Amarillo had nothing to do with LCRA,” Sohn said.
“It’s no good because legally it can be challenged. It’s no good because of the capital that we have invested in LCRA through years of rate paying in the procurement of the facilities that LCRA has — generating plants, transmission lines — which we financed and we paid for.
“The state legally, we think, does
not have the light to arbitrarily take LCRA over and sell it and then use the money for something else” such as building prisons or for public education, he said.
Members of the LCRA wholesale customer association are making plans to launch a full-scale legal battle if such a sale were to develop, Sohn said.
“We just don’t feel like the purchase of LCRA by an investor-owned utility will change anything to the better,” Sohn said. "We will get no better response, no better system, no better electricity. But we will get a lot more costs, and we don’t think that’s necessary.”
LCRA sells electrical power wholesale to 44 cities and cooperatives, including NBU and the Guadalupe Valley Electric Co-op.
City soon to seek bids on garbage trucks
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The city of New Braunfels plans to soon advertise for bids on two garbage trucks and a pickup truck as pan of the ongoing effort to update vehicles in the sanitation department to reduce mechanical breakdowns.
The city buys two or three garbage vehicles each year and aims to retire
older vehicles after five years, City Manager Paul Grohman said last week before the City Council unanimously approved advertisement for bids on the vehicles.
The preliminary fiscal year 1991 -92 budget contains $ 181 .OOO for the three vehicles, Grohman said. The rear-loading high-compaction garbage truck is expected to cost between
$50,000 and $60,000, while the front-loader with more mechanical equipment will cost more than $100,000. The pickup truck will be used by the sanitation department supervisor.
Rear-loading trucks — which typically require a three-man crew of a driver and two trash-handlers — are used in residential pickup. The front-loading trucks, operated by a single
person, are used mostly to pick up commercial garbage in dumpsters.
The city sniff sought permission to advertise early to ensure receipt of bids immediately after the new fiscal year starts this fall and to ensure timely delivery of the vehicles. The last two trucks the city purchased weren’t
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Sesquicentennial logo now available for use, display
By JANINE GREEN Managing Editor
Chances are, you’ll soon be seeing a lot of this new shield. New Braunfels' official sesquicentennial logo.
Its design incorporates the area's recent designation as a “German Heritage Center of Texas” and the phrase “150 jahre” (150 years in German).
“Copies of the logo will be included in the next copy of our newsletter," said Tom Purdum, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “All our members will get those in the mail. Anyone who wants copies can pick them up at the chamber office now.”
Early availability of the logo is expected to generate interest in the city’s 150th anniversary celebration, scheduled throughout 1995. “Events will begin on New Year’s Eve 1994,” Purdum said, with activities building toward Founders' Day in March and throughout the year “designed to recall what happened 150 years ago
that day or that week." A highlight will be a “great homecoming celebration.”
The chamber has been designated by the city its official sesquicentennial planning committee.
“We have lots of openings for membership” in planning groups, Purdum said, noting that he and Sesquicentennial Commission chairman
C. Herb Skoog hope to involve individuals and organizations from throughout the community in the celebration.
“The steering committee has established a time line and plans to enlarge the committees as the projects develop,” Skoog said. The fun "is starting now.”
While the chamber reserves the nght to use the shield on products to be sold, “we encourage everyone to use it on their stationery, in their advertisements or on signs in store windows,” Purdum said. Other uses “are retained as a fund raising mechanism for sesquicentennial events.”
Persons interested in seeking the appropriate licensure to place the logo on products may contact the chamber by writing Greater New Braunfels Clamber of Commerce, PO. Box 311417, New Braunfels, Texas 78131 -1417; or by calling 620-2385.
The fund drive for the new Seniors' Center of Comal County now stands at $230,000, up from Wednesday's total by $1,041. For a list of the latest contributors, please see Page 5A.
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By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel discussed possible remedies to the state’s budget shortfall and recent changes in public school financing with the Concerned Citizens Coalition at Molly Joe’s Restaurant Saturday.
The Legislature has one major task to accomplish during the special legislative session next month — passing an appropriations bill, Kuempel (R-Seguin) told the crowd of about 70 residents of Comal, Kendall and Guadalupe counties.
The state faces a $4 billion to $5 billion deficit on the estimated $56 billion to $57 billion budget for the next biennium, he said.
“You can’t have deficit spending at the state level like you can at the federal level," Kucm-pcl said.
But Kuempel predicts legislators won’t establish a personal income tax to close Kuempel the gap between revenue and spending.
The only remote chance through which an income tax would be established would involve legislators abolishing or substantially reducing the property tax, reducing the sales tax, and, most importantly, adding a constitutional amendment that would require voters to approve any reestablishment of or increase in either of the two rates. Kuempel said.
Kuempel favors continued use of the sales tax because every person residing in the state participates. He predicts lawmakers eventually will broaden the range of goods and services the sales tax includes to bring rn extra billions, instead of instituting an income tax.
Part of the projected budget shortfall is due to the increased suite spending for public education included in the school funding-equalization bill passed during the regular session. Bul simply continuing to pump more suite money into Texas school systems isn’t the answer, Kuempel said.
“We as Texans blame educators, we blame administrators, and we blame school boards. But I’m telling you that’s not where the blame is. We have too many parents who don’t care what their kids do.” Kuempel said.
Kuempel also discussed the newly established County Education Districts (CEDs) and their ability to tax in relauonship to the school districts in the county.
The Legislature set up die CEDs as a method to equalize funding between rich and poor school districts, but several rich school districts are challenging the constitutionality of the new system, essentially leaving local school districts in limbo while plan rung their 1991 -92 budgets.
Kuempel said he is recommending to each of the eight school systems rn his dis un ct that they plan budgets according to the worst possible fund mg scenario.
Kuempel said he voted for the equalization bill in order to avoid having a court -appointed master with sweeping powers take over the restructuring of Texas public school financing. Most of the school districts in Kuempel’s district are classified as property poor except the Comal Independent School District, which will lose about $1 million under the first year of the plan, he said.
Many local school district budget pressures result from continuing sharp increases in health insurance and workman’s compensation, outside forces the districts can't control, Kuempel said.
“How many of your car insurance premiums or your health-insurance premiums have gone down rn the last three years? It doesn't happen, and it's just not happening that way,” Kuempel said. “Look into the whole picture instead of just saying, ‘Oh. they're raising my taxes again.’
“It's all going out of sight and it costs taxpayers money to pay for it. Thai’s the important thing," bt said.