New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Landscaping masterplan would add color to downtown — Page 1B
Vol. 139, No. 77
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880)
March 3, 1991
Three Sections, 38 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung would like to wish “Happy Birthday" today to Leo DeLeon, Deby Lyn Ormond, Scott Cameron, Frances Hajcck, Betty Heine-meyer, Elisa Alvarez and Jaime Nicole Ruble. Birthday greetings for Monday go to Sue Johnson, Kimberly Greenlees, Effie Harder-man and Virginia Tiner, with belated best wishes to Bryan and Ryan Vargas and Sonny Heinemcyer.
Do you know of a birthday or wedding anniversary? Call our receptionist at 625-9144 the day before — we’d love to share in the greetings.
It’s time for First United Methodist Church to host the annual Pancake Supper. This year, it’s Monday in Wesley Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and a beverage is $3.25 for adults and $1.50 for children. Wesley Hall is accessible from the Mill Street parking lot of the church at 572 W. San Antonio St.
Friendship Circle will meet in Scarborough Hall, Church in the Valley, at IO a.m. March 7. Pearl Phelps will be the guest speaker and her topic is “On the light side." Lunch will follow the meeting.
NBMS Club Night
AU eighth graders at New Braunfels Middle School and their parents arc invited to attend Club Night at New Braunfels High School Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Each club will have a table display tended by club members to help next year’s freshmen become aware of what activities arc available to them at NBHS. To add to the spirit of the evening, the PTA will award the three best displays with $100, $75 and $50. Judging the event will be the new publisher of the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, David Sullens; the new Police Chief C.R. “Dick" Hcaden; Kathleen Krueger, wife of Railroad Commissioner Bob Krueger; and Mike Grist of the Safe City Commission.
Beginning March 6, the Comal County Health Department will change its Immunization Clinic permanently to Tuesdays. The hours will remain the same — 9 to 11 a.m., and I to 4 p.m. On most Tuesdays, two nurses will be available to administer vaccines. For more information, call 620-5595.
The Marion Independent School District Community Education Program will offer a Defensive Driving Class March 5 and 6 from 6 lo IO p.m. at the Marion Hihgh School. For more information, call Tom DcKundcr at 420-2311.
Texas Exes fun
Comal County Texas Exes are reminded lo make their reservations for the March 9 Texas Independence Day Celebration. Happy Hour begins al 6 p.m., with a steak dinner at 7 p.m. Members of the Longhorn Singers will provide entertainment. Cost is $25 per per son and a $50-per-licket drawing
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5 jailed as search turns up cocaine
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nawa Editor
Five local residents are behind bars this morning after officers from the New Braunfels Police Department executed a search warrant in a West End home Saturday night.
Booked into the Comal County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine under 28 grams, were: Jose Chavez Jr., 31; Maria Chavez, 30; Pete Diaz, 39; Jose Rodriguez, 22, and Anita Ybarra, 38, all of the 200 block of McGaugh Avenue.
Lt. Ray Douglas said officers executing the search warrant at the house found close to four grams of cocaine in small packages and other drug paraphernalia. The search warrant was executed around 7 p.m.
The department’s canine unit was called to the residence to help sniff out the drugs, he said, adding the dog allegedly alerted to the smell of drugs in several places inside of the house.
Approximately $100 in cash also was found at the residence, Douglas said.
NBU ending resource fund contributions
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer *
As a result of midyear budget cuts, New Braunfels Utilities will no longer support a Water Resource Development Fund to help save the Edwards Aquifer.
In 1980, NBU officials initiated the fund to purchase surface water at Canyon Lake and to help fund the new surface water treatment center. For every 1,000 gallons of water purchased, NBU donated 5 cents.
Last Thursday, NBU officials terminated the water resource fund. “We will discontinue ... the water resource fund effective immediately which would mean we would not make the payment in March," said Jeff Thompson NBU, director of administrative and financial services.
Interest from both areas now will flow into the general revenue which would help offset the cost of purchased water.
The 29-ccnt rate increase forced NBU officials to cease funding that account. “(Hopefully), we’ll be able to pick it up another day," Thompson said.
On Feb. 21, NBU consultants and board members reviewed budget revisions which included up to $600,000 cuts for capital projects and $261,000 in general operating expenses.
NBU management started their midyear budget with $1.7 million, losing almost $500,000 in cash and short-term investments.
Water revenue decreased by $68,645 and sewer revenue by $58,643 within 6 months, creating a significant setback for NBU.
New Braunfels residents suited up in red, white and blue carry signs, flags and photos for the march to Landa Park during Saturday's troop support celebration. (Photo by Erik Karisson)
• About 400 sing and cheer at Main Plaza rally before marching to Landa Park in a day set aside to honor American troops
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
It was a day of overflowing pride and patriotism as close to 400 people gathered on Main Plaza Saturday to celebrate the end of the war in the Middle East and to pay tribute to the men and women in uniform.
“Pride is now so great that most of us arc busting our buttons,’’ said New Braunfels Mayor Amo Becker, who spoke to the crowd from the bandstand.
Members of the crowd, many with family and friends serving in Operation Desert Storm, carried banners, waved flags and displayed yellow ribbons and pictures of loved ones, as a host of local and state dignitaries spoke to them about the war. Many members of the crowd forced back tears as the conflict was remembered.
"Today we are saddened that many families throughout our whole land are suffering because of the loss of their loved ones. " said Comal County Judge Carter Casteel. “But, today we celebrate the victory, the peace and the soon return of our troops."
The crowd celebrated the victory in song and prayer during the ceremony as bands from Canyon, Smithson Valley and New Braunfels high schools played painouc songs. One member of the band played TAPS after a 21-gun salute.
Retired Brig. Gen. Charlie Duke,
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Two seeking District 4 council seat
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
District 4 City Council member, announced his intentions to seek re-election.
“It is after much thought and with renewed enthusiasm I have decided to commit
another three ___.
years to our great ^
city. I feel our city has made great progress in the past few years (and) the council and staff have initiated many programs to make our city more efficient,” Temple stated in a letter to
the New Braunfels Herald-Zeuung.
As an experienced council member, “I’ve learned that (it’s better) to make decisions you think are best for the city" than to side with a few people who disagree with you. Temple said.
Some people don’t like the way city council operates, he indicated, but it’s more important to base decisions on what affects the community rather than what a few people think.
To be a good council member you need to be "broadminded, learning every aspect of the community” and listening to what people are saying. “It’s not easy because sometimes there are some tough decisions to make," he said.
Temple’s goal for city council is to improve city services while keeping a
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By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
Susan Curtis, a teacher at Comal Elementary School, filed Friday for the District 4 seal on the New Braunfels City Council.
Elections will be held May 5.
“The reason why I wanted to run is because I wanted to take an acuve role in city government," Curus said.
That role involves pushing for environmental ordinances dial would prevent toxic waste axal preserve the
"We need to be seen as laking a leadership role in this and City Council lias done a great job” but more work needs to be done, she said.
lf elected, Curtis wants to enforce additional water restrictions for the aquifer and to pressure San Antoiuo city officials to also adopt strict measures for water conservation. “I would like to see diem encourage San Antoiuo to adopt the same measures we have been using ... but I would like to see these levels kick in quicker," she said. Water restrictions are enforced in New Braunfels oidy wneri the aquifer drops 650 feet below mean sea level.
“I feel very strongly about die springs because our whole conuuuni-ty is lied lo those waters either spu itu-
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SAFE strategy includes TWC petitionGood Day
today, with a high in die upper 60s
arui northwest winds al 15 mph.
Clear skies this evening should see
a low near 42 degrees. On Monday,
more sun should see the tempera
ture climb to near 75. For forecasts,
please see Page 2A.
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N*w* Editor
Members of Securing a Future Environment are trying another method of fighting plans to store and bum hazardous waste ut New Braunfels by askmg a state agency to change its rules.
"It’s a strategy that will win," said SAFE menthe! Paul Pennington.
Members of the group filed a peu lion with the Texas Water Commistion Thursday askmg the agency to change some rules and add some others
“We are inakuig this peuuon rn reference to standards for hazardous waste storage, processing and dispos a1,” the peuuon states “Our primary reason for this action is to protect surface and ground water quality and
public health and safety as well."
TWC Spokesman Bill Colbert said the peuuon now will be presented to the commissioners of the Texas Water Conuiussion.
“Alter the conmussiouers see it they will direct the staff to deter fume if there is the need for such rules. Generally that can be done through a public comment, some type of public hearing," Colbert said.
“'Then if you go through the hear mg and you find out that there is significant concern about it then you try to develop a proposed rule and then you bring it back lo the commissioners to *ee if the rules will be adopted.” SAFE’s peuuon comes in the midst of a number of possible legislate maneuvers that could signiftcanUy impact the permuting of hazardous
Members of SAFE along with the city of New Braunfels are working with suite lawmakers to draw up legis-lauoo that could halt the Lafarge Corp. and its subsidiary Systech Environmental Corp. from obtaining permits from the IWC and the Texas Air Control Hoard to store and bum hazardous waste at tin; Balcones Cement Plant ut New Braunfels. Company officials say the use of such waste for fuel is safe and will not impact the environment. The compa-mes curreudy are searching for a project manager lo perform an environmental assessment of the project.
SAFE is laking an additional approach by filing for the rule changes, which includes mandating that no hazardous waste faciliUes be
permuted that are located within five riulcs of a school or public park. The Balcones Cement Plant, located on Wald Road, is located within five miles of a number of local schools.
The peuuon also calls for “bad boy " rules that would require permuting agencies to take into account past compliance and safety histories of permit applicants.
Other changes or addiuons include.
• Any commercial incinerauon apphcauon should be subject to public review by either appointed boards or public referendum.
* Pacihues in the New Braunfels (Edwards Aquifer area) proposing to bum and store hazardous waste must provide secondary containment rn case of accidental spills.
• Steps must be taken to protect endangered species.
• Facilities in a sole-source water zone (such as the aquifer) should be required to have on-going multi-level monitoring at a minimum of every 50 yards around that property.
• Any mumcipaluy dependent upon a sole-source aquifer should have jurisdiction to protect that watershed within the extra territorial jurisdiction.
• Requests higher tines for plant violations.
Rep. Edmund Ivuclapel (R-Scguin), Sen. Judith /ailimn (D-^aredo) aud Sen. Bill Suns (D-Sau Angelo) all are currently working on legislation that would affect hazardous waste faciliUes.