New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 76
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144Friday
March 1, 1991
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung would like to wish “Happy Birthday” today to Ruth Hinkle, Albino Guerrero Sr., Jane Ryals, Bradley Hill, Frances Dominguez, Peggy England, Lacey Kraft, Chris Silman, Todd Davis, Erica Wendell, Bob Self, Joe Diaz, Ruth Linsmicr, Dusty Krueger, Bernice Knight and Melanie Hartman. Birthday greetings for Saturday go to Denise Schmidt, Lisa Holden and Nicholas Henne, while belated best wishes go to Bacilio Pina.
Celebrating anniversaries today are Dennis and Kathy Wuest and Pedro M. and Irene Aleman.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Call our receptionist at 625-9144 the day before — we’d love to share in the greetings.
The Comal County React group will meet at IO a.m. Saturday at the Startz Cafe in Startzville. The group, which monitors Channel 9 on citizens’ band radio and ferries information on emergencies and natural disasters to the appropriate authorities, is trying to generate public awareness. All CB and Ham radio operators are urged to attend.
TC Yard Sale
Teen Connection, 1414 W. San Antonio, will host its regular spring Yard Sale this Saturday. The sale will include a wide assortment of winter merchandise, along with clothes by the bag, shoes, furniture and toys.
New Braunfels Young Democrats will have an organizational meeting from 7 to 9 pjn. Tuesday at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, 668 S. Walnut.
Aggie Moms meeting
The Comal County AAM Mother’s Club will meet Monday at the Victoria Bank and Trust North Building, 1000 N. Walnut, at 7 p.m. The nominating committee will present its slate of officers and election officers will take place.
Benefit garage sale
New Braunfels Emergency Communications Club is having its third benefit garage sale for the Allen family beginning today until 5 p.m. and continuing Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 pjn. at 17 W. Zipp Road. Donations for the sale will be acce pied until 5 p.m. today. There will be many items for sale, including clothings. Everything must be sold by Saturday afternoon. For information or directions, call 625-7141 or 620-4550.
Tickets for the benefit drawing will be available at the garage sale for $1. Items included are a chain saw, handmade king-size quilt arui a free hair permanent.
Call for health info
McKenna Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a KGNB (AM 1420)
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NEU board approves amended budget
Wurst/est given right of refusal on building
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER StaH Writar
A right of refusal was granted to Wurstfest Association by the New Braunfels Board of Trustees Thursday for future development of the old Landa Park Power Plant
O.A. Stratemann made the mouon, Robert Orr seconded it arui the request was unamiously approved.
“It doesn’t limit the board from using the building. I think we might use the money lo establish a main account (and) I think it's a good idea that someone wants to look ai
it,” said New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Bob Sohn.
NBU officials approved a three-year contract for the association to lease the building, making it annually renewable.
lf a competitor decides to lease it, the associauon must match the competitors amount in order to renew the lease.
The right of refusal will allow NBU officials to notify the association if someone offers to lease the building.
Meanwhile, Wurstfest management will pay SSW) monthly payments to NBU for leasing it.
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
Offering early retirement programs and eliminating employee positions, New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees approved an amended budget Thursday in a 2-3 vote, to help offset last year’s expenditures.
NBU Board President E.C. Mom-hinweg and Mayor Amo Becker cast dissenting votes while O.A. Straie-niann, Vice President Jesse Gomez and Robert Orr voted in favor.
As many as five employees will be laid off as the result of the budgets cuts, reducing the workforce from 182,000 to 176,000. Those positions include a draftsman, AM/FM coordinator, AM/FM technician, information services programmer and a collections clerk. A sixth and open position will be filled internally.
“When nothing is being built and the economy is slow you get a general reduction," said NBU General Mana
ger Bob Sohn. That’s when programs back out and you cut personnel.
Jeff Thompson, NBU’s director of administrative and financial services. said NBU officials quit hiring people several months ago in order to reduce the number of employee layoffs.
“In anticipation of this NBU management has had a hiring freeze ... as
the positions have opened for the attrition they have not been replaced," he said.
In addition to employee layoffs, NBU board members approved funding for an early retirement program. “(We included) a small amount of funds for an early incentive retirement program," eliminating additional pos-
mons, Thompson said.
While NBU board members eliminated positions, they also approved employee raises of $40 per month, adding $90,000 to the already fragile budget.
Sohn defended the raise by defining it as a cost-of-living increase for employees. However, Momhinweg
felt differently. “lf this compaa wanted to give a cost-of-Lvuig increase every year it would go bankrupt. I don’t think the company should be responsible for the cost of living ” However, employee raises suffered a I percent decrease from 3 percent to 2 percent, saving a total of S21,000 Wages would be awarded on an equa basis rather than a percentage basis Previously, NBU officials offered pay raises based on 2 percent of the employees salary Now thev will get i flat 2 percent raise > wit' be divided equallv. Thumps*. .. c Additional re' > elude*, rating NBU liabtiuv on g cr. aL \> uvc and omissions and cr ors it durance, saving Uuliues $1,700 through the end of the fiscal year.
General and auto liability rose from $3 million to $5 million limit, with a total savings of $5,0b2. Deductibles increased from $1,000 to $25,000, saving an annual $29,000.
Col. Roger Wray, commander at Camp Bullis, answers questions during a regular meeting of Commissioners Court Thursday. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
Camp Bullis expresses its neighborly interest
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nawa Editor
Aircraft traffic al Camp Bullis could increase in the future as the facility is upgraded and Col. Roger Wray says he wants to ensure that doesn’t interfere with the comfort of the nearby civilian community.
“They expect to get up in the morning and hear the birds chirping ... and not expect to see some old green airplane come flying over their house that’s just taking off or landing,” said Wray, who is commander at Camp Bullis. “We are concerned about being good neighbors.”
Camp Bullis. located on the fringe of western Comal County is in Bexar County. Wray talked to Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday about what he could do to ensure potential lot owners know about the expansion.
“Is there a way that we can ensure that future lot owners are aware of present ongoing initiatives at Camp Bullis? Is there a way that we can ensure that they are informed?” he asked the court.
County Engineer Mac McCoy said if he was fum-
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Families relieved by cease-fire
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
Power of prayer and the support of family and friends are factors that helped local families deal with fears as their loved ones fought in the Middle East.
And now, since President Bush ordered the cease-fire, there are close to IOO local families that couldn’t be happier.
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while ago. I was Morrison called by the family support (unit) out of Fort Bragg and they said that his platoon had no casualties or injuries. So, now I know he is safe.”
Mrs. Morrison, who lives in New Braunfels, said she can’t wait for her husband, a 1981 graduate of Canyon High School, to return home and see his new son. She had a baby two weeks ago.
“I’m ready for him to come home and meet his son.’’
On Thursday, the day after the cease-fire was called, the Herald-Zeitung contacted a number of New Braunfels families with sons, daughters and spouses serving in Operation Desert Storm. Comments were gathered on how they coped with the
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uncertainties and fears of the war. See pages 4-5B in today’s paper for a pictorial salute to more than 70 local service persons.
“I’m a lot more relieved nght now.
I won’t be completely content until my son comes home," said Elaine Smith, whose son Randy M. Smith II. 21, is a helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne.
“I don’t think we could have made it through without all of the prayers,” said Mrs. Smith, whose son was a 1987 graduate of Canyon High School. “I think it’s why it has been a fairly quick war. because of all the prayer"
Rebecca Rosales said she can’t wait for both of her sons to return home.
“I’m so happy," she said.
“We’ve been praying. First we thank the Lord arid Gen. Schwarzkopf that had everything planned. The Lord gave him wisdom and knowledge to plan everything well.”
Mrs. Rosales’ sons, Sgt. Alejandro Rosales, 26, and Spc. Roberto Rosales, 20, were 1983 and 1989 graduates of New Braunfels High School, respecuvely.
Marilyn Edwards — whose son Pvt. Mark VI. Edwards, 22. is with the
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Winter Visitors’ reception
Local rainfall, recorded from 7 a.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. today, was .45 inch. Yesterday’s high temperature of 64 was followed by an overnight low of 50. Temperatures in die 60s are expected today, with an overnight low of 55 and partly cloudy conditions and a high in lite low 80s anticipated Saturday. For forecasts, please see Page 2.
Bremer credits task force with February drug arrests
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
lf there were no Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force, close to 20 alleged drug dealers would not have been apprehended in February, said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
And the war on thugs rn the region would not be as far along as it is without the task force, he said.
“All of the smaller jurisdictions between Comal County and the city of San Antonio really want lo be a part of this (task force) because we provide some narcotics enfoaemeru that none
of us oil our own would be able to provide," said Bremer, who serves as administrator of the task force.
The Comal County Sheriff’s Office, along with the New Braunfels Police Department and other area police agencies are members of the federally-funded task force. Bremer was named administrator of the task force last year when die city of San Antonio opted to not lead the force.
“I think everybody thought the gram was just going lo fall apart and
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Dancing to the music of Oma and and the Oompahs rounds out a Wine and Cheese Social for winter visitors to the New Braunfels area, sponsored t>y the Greater New Braunfels Chanter of Commerce and hew at the Civic Center Thursday evening Prince drawings and a brief update on chamoer and Wurstfest activities were
included (Photo Dy