New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 7, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
First group of soldiers leaves desert sands for home.
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Local designer’s work featured by national magazine.
Vol. 139, No. 80
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
March 7, 1991
One Section, 16 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday greetings today to Ethel Schumann, Travis Batey, Bill Boyd, Amber Miller, Katie Dewitt, Thomas P. Ortiz, Arlon Bartels, Sharisse Mims, June Wagner and Julia Carrano.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Call our receptionist the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
The New Braunfels High School All-Sports Booster Club will hold a general meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. in room B-15 at the high school. Officers for 1991-91 will be nominated. All members are urged to attend.
Benefit garage sale
Ballet Folkloric© Infantil will sponsor a benefit garage sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the home of Janie Gonzales, president/director, 135 N. Plum, 629-1737. Mcnudo and breakfast tacos also will be available. Money raised will go toward the purchase of additional costumes for the organization.
Would you enjoy learning about, caring for and presenting to visitors one of New Braunfels’ historic treasures? The docents of the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture, in conjunction with the Heritage Society, have scheduled a new docent training class and would ajipreciate the opportunity to tell you about serving the community in this capacity. Training sessions are set for Monday and Tuesday, March ll and 12, at the museum off Church Hill Drive. In addition to classes about the home and its contents, tours of other New Braunfels museums are included. Chil Mary Ann Hollmig at 625-6740 for complete details.
Easter coloring contest
The Eckerd Drug Company is sponsoring an Easier Coloring Contest for children ages 3 through 12. The contest continues through March 23 with three winners being picked in each of Eckcrd’s 1,681 stores. The winners arc from each of three age groups: 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12. Each winner receives a “Chuck lite Duck” stuffed toy and judging will take place at the store March 26 where the winning entries will be on display. Entry forms and coloring pages are available at any Eckerd Drug Store.
Canyon rips Pleasanton in today’s Unicorn Invitational opener.
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Brush fires brewing
Firefighters got an early taste of a dry summer chore when they subdued a brush fire off Farm-to-Market Road 725 Wednesday No loss of property was reported but New Braunfels Fire Department officials
are using the occasion, coupled with recent unseasonably warm days, to urge caution and avoid careless fires. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
EU WD votes to fund lobbyist
Aquifer board wants expertise, full-time approach to issue
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
In a 9-2 vote, the Edwards Underground Water District Wednesday approved funds for a lobbyist to support the district’s proposed legislation.
Board members Carol Patterson and Hans Hellend dissented and Charles Rodrigue/ abstained from the vote. EU WD Board member Harry Bishop made the motion, Frances Emery seconded it and it was approved.
“We as a board don’t have the time and we don’t have the connections that a lobbyist would have," said board member Jo Ann De Hoyos. Although a lobbyist could not support everything, he could work full time supporting the issues that are most important to the board, she said.
As much as $100,000 will be transferred from last year’s ending balance and $40,000 from another account into the 1991-92 fund to help fund the legislative counsel.
In September, the board voted for proposed legislation to help conserve water used from the Edwards Aquifer. That legislation will be presented to legislators by the approveid lobbyist at a future date.
While the majority supported the legislature, some board members felt the district needed to reach a consensus before funds were allocated for a lobbyist.
“We have no bills or sponsor, but just an outline. That’s a quarter of a million dollars gone” if board members can’t reach an agreement. There’s no sense spending $160,000 when “there’s a slim chance of bring
ing it together,” said Patterson.
Rodriguez believed board members should present proposed legislation to legislators because they were the ones who voted on it. “I never felt we should spend a quarter of a million dollars on a lobbyist and because I felt we could get by with less and do more ourselves,” he said.
Other board members chided dissenting members for being too cheap with the aquifer. “A lot of us have worked too hard, trying to protea the aquifer and to see it go downhill because we are afraid to budget, much less spend a few dollars ... is ridiculous,” said EUWD Board Secretary Jerri Martin.
EUWD Board member Robert Hass I ocher wanted to fund the lobbyist, but review changes on the proposed laws.
“I would prefer that it come back to the board” in order for members to monitor legislation, he said.
But board members felt that wouldn’t be necessary If members monitored every piece of changed legislation, it would be a constant deluge of paper work, Rodriguez said.
Other EUWD Board members al the meeting held at Viaona Bank and Trust’s North Building in New Braunfels include: General Manager Russell Masters, Chairman Kenneth Ikels and Craig Hollmig.
At its next meeting, the EUWD Board will consider funding $200,000 for an educauon campaign. “It is time now to tell the public what we do and what we’re responsible for,’’ Hassio-uher said. Hie board will vote on this issue during its regular meeung on March 12.
Comal County reports higher sales
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON New* Editor
Despite the governor’s call for a moratorium of all hazardous waste permits, state and local officials are contending legislation is still the answer to stop such permits being approved.
And Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) is busy pursuing three different forms of legislation. Rep.
Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) also is pursuing similar legislation.
"The governor’s support is Zaffinni certainly important and impressive and helpful but we still need the weight of legislation to get this done,” Zaffinni said.
Gov. Ann Richads called for a two-vear moratorium in early February on permits for commercial iuzardo us waste incinerators, cement kilns that bum hazardous waste and injection wells.
“Her (moratorium call) is just a personal preference and has to be supported by the weight of the law," Zaffinni said.
Zaffinni’s staff — working closely with the law firm Hooper A Haag that is representing the city of New Braunfels the matter of stopping a local jorporauon from storing and burning fiazardous waste — has developed three forms of legislauon that is aimed al strengthening emulations concerning the storage and burning of hazardous waste.
• Senate Bill 348 would place a moratorium on the burning of hazardous waste in cement kilns or industrial furnaces unui Sept. 1993.
• Senate Bill 349 would prohibit the turning of fiazaruous waste m cement kilns or industrial furnaces within five miles of an established school, park. public hospital or nursing home sull in service.
• Senate Bill 350 would ban theState conference
T he Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary #2999 will be hosting the Texas State Leadership Conference at Eagles Hall March 8-10. All members are urged lo attend. The meetings are free to attend, but a $15 registration fee will be charged for Saturday’s banquet, Sunday’s breakfast and sack lunch Sunday.
Se* STAMMTISCH, Page 2Good Day
After a high Wednesday of 98 degrees and an overnight low of 52, New Braunfels is expected to reach a more seasonable high-ternjicrature in die 70s today. No rain has been recorded in March, leaving die year’s total lo dale at 7.67 inches. For a forecast, see Page 2.
By KATHRYNSCHOEMER Staff Writer
Retail activity in Comal County increased for the third quarter of 1990, according to reports from State Comptroller John Sharp’s office.
According to Sharp’s State Sales and Use Tax Analysis Report for the third quarter of 1990, gross sales in Comal County rose to $298,819,440 compared with last year’s
$246,237,457, reporting a 21.4 percent increase.
The number of gross outlets for the third quarter also rose from 1,260 to 1,299 for Comal County. Oudets are the number of business locations with a sales and use tax permit who filed a return Gross sales indicates the total amount of all sales, leases and rentals of tangible personal property and service charges made during the report.
Nearby counues showed slight increases, but not os dramauc as Comal County figures in die first quarter, Guadalupe County’s gross sales totaled $218,265,162 from last year’s third quarter $215,415,178. Gross oudets also rose from 1,025 to 1,036, reporting a 1.3 percent change.
Hays County reported $166,409,221 in gross sales with 1,164 oudets fhat number increased
by 16.1 percent from last year’s thrnl quarter $143,344,351 gross sales .mu 1,079 outlets.
State-vide, a total of 327,313 gross oudets for the third quarter of 1990 increased by 7.2 percent from last year s 325,486 gross outlets. Gross sales for the third quarter of 1990 totaled 591,947,461,651 from last year 's $85,802,072 gross sales.
mining cl bazaruous waste in cement kilns or iKlustnai unlaces in the Edwards Aquifer rec barge /.one or the Edwards Aquifer transition /one.
“So tar this is wluti we iiave developed and have prepared to tile, but we continue to study the summon, Call bun said. “ And as we sec othei bills and resoluuous that tiave to tie filed we will pursue that arena too.”
3«* BILL Pan* 2
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N*w* Editor
ll was a day of education and fun Wednesday as more than 400 area senior citizens gathered at the New Braunfels Civic Center for the second AcUve Aging seminar.
‘ It's a real opportunity to bring a variety of services in one place," said die Rev. Rodney W Wells, execu live director and administrator of Fden Home.
Hie free issues on aging event, sponsored by Fden Home and KGNB radio, helps bi mg professionals together dial can help meet the various needs of senior citizens. More than 20 boodis were set up lo help edu cate senior citizens of the ditfereiu services available lo them.
A number of professionals also spoke at the seminar, including David lalimer of the Texas Association for die Homes of die Aged He discussed the continuum of care issue and how the government fill into that role.
Four stages of senior citizen continuum care include independent living at home, group or congregate housing arrangement, personal care arrangements or assisted living, and custodial or nursing home care, he said.
“It’s very difficult to give up," Latimer said about the independent living stage. “So, I think we should have a public policy that supports thai independence.”
“'too often we try to put people in boxes or move them along and we don’t need to do that. We don’t need to follow that policy. We need to follow a policy of what we call the least restrictive environment,” he said.
“The big question I think for policy makers is we try to set up these little boxes .. but it’s never that neat People change gradually they get better then they may slip back.” he said.
For more information about continuum care call Latimer in Austin at 512 477^>994.
Local seniors given overview of services in event on agingMary Kay representative Ann Kuehier talks beauty with one of the Active Aging participants Wednesday at the Civic Center (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)A