New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 82
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880)
March 10, 1991 75 Cents
Three Sections, 40 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeltung would like to extend best wishes and “welcome home” greetings to Lt. Commander Mark Hickman, who returned to New Braunfels Saturday after serving as a surgeon aboard the hospital ship USS Mercy during the Persian Gulfwar.
“Happy Birthday” today to Isabel Campos, Alyssa Barucky, Joan Trayhan and Ashley Bevil and on Monday to Veronica Batey, Bill Kolthoff and Anne Louise Miller. Belated birthday greetings to Felicia Andrea Flores, Donna Bevil, Jennifer Fisher and Ross Hirschficld.
Happy anniversary to Harry Perez and his wife Delia on their 12th anniversary today.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Call our receptionist the day before at 625-9144. We’d love to share in the greetings.
On March 13, geologists from the Texas Water Commission will be in New Braunfels to conduct two training sessions for anyone assisting them with the Edwards Aquifer Protection Project. The project will taken an inventory of potential sources of ground water contamination surrounding public jttjpply wells that draw water from the Edwrds. There have been approximately 30 wells identified in Comal County, but the majority of these are located within the New Braunfels city limites. Volunteers will be asked to survey within a half mile diameter around each well. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are needed for this project. There will be two volunteer training sessions next Wednesday, at 9 a.m. and another at 5:30 pan. (volunteers need only attend one session). The training will be in Conference Rooms A and B of the city’s Municipal Building at 424 S. Casten.
The Goodwn-Frazier PTO will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Frazier Cafeteria. Lonna Clinch from Laurel Ridge will speak on self-esteem, and there will be a presentation to honor the school principals and secretaries.
Join Pleasure Divers
Dive with the Pleasure Drivers organization every Sunday at I p.m. Meet at the shop 1.2 miles north on Hunter Road or call for directions, 629-3696. All divers are welcome; if you don’t have a buddy, they have one for you.
Charlie Rose’s Defensive Driving Class is Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to IO p.m. in room 4 of
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The spring-like weather will continue today with mostly sunny skies and a high in the mid
70s. The wind will continue to blow, though, from the southeast at IO to 15 mph. Tonight’s low will drop to about 54 with increasing clouds, Monday will be partly cloudy with a high expected of 82.
Desert Storm claims council member’s seat
Kickin’ up the dust
Hundreds of Comal County youngsters will be kickin' up the dust this week during the 23rd annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show March 14-16 at the fairgrounds. Saturday, the livestock show association hosted a Blue Ribbon Gala honoring buyers of the livestock, which was followed by a dance with Clay Slaker and the Texas Honky Tonk Band. A giant screen showed slides of oast youth shows while gala-goers enjoyed barbecue under the colorful lights of Wursthaile. (Photo by Erik Karisson)
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N*w* Editor
A Garden Ridge City Council member, who has filed for mayor, has been removed from his post by Mayor Walter Yohey after he missed more than three meetings while serving in Operation Desert Storm.
Air Force Ll. Col. Keith Richter, representing Place 5 on the City Council, was removed last week during a regular city council meeting, said City Administrator Kandi Wat cr street.
Richter, who was activated last year, flys transports planes for the 68th Military Airlift Squadron based out of Kelly Air Force Bse.
His wife, Betty Richter, said she spoke to her husband by telephone Fnday night about the action. She said a certified letter arrived at then- house Saturday from the city informing Richter of the action.
“I have -on lac ted an attorney and we are in the process now of doing some research ... then we will go
ahead and make a decision based on the findings,'’ she said.
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Hearings will focus on high-speed rail
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
Plans for building a high-speed rail system connecting San Antonio to Austin and Dallas will be discussed in several hearings with the Texas High Speed Rail Authority this month.
Two franchise proposals from two different consortiums, composed of several nationwide engineering contrators, will be presented to the rail authority March 18. The hearings are expected to last for at least three weeks.
The high-speed rail would run in a triangle, starting from Dallas, stopping in Houston, San Antonio and Austin with possible connections in Bryan-Collcge Station and Waco.
“Right now, the only plans we have (for connections) are the larger cities,” said Henry Johnson, senior vice president for Lichliter, Jameson and Associates, a firm that belongs to one of the consortiums.
The French consortium, known as Texas
TGV, will use French technology for the highspeed rail while the German consortium, known as Fast Track Inc., will rely on German technology. Both groups plan to produce a train that will ride anywhere from 180 to 220 mph.
Many of the riders on this train will be commuting or traveling on business and will be “sensitive to time.” If the train stops in New Braunfels, that could take up an additional 13 minutes and the rail could actually lose riders, he said.
However, the rail could provide weekend excursions to New Braunfels because the area is a tourist attraction and could pick up some business, he said.
Glenn Biggs, president of Fast Track Inc., also said engineers will focus on the needs of business people who are consistent with their travelling. “New Braunfels may have a way of getting on the train, but it can’t stop too many times” because that takes up time, he said.
The French consortium, known as Texas TGV, will use French technology for the high-speed rail while the German consortium, known as Fast Track Inc., will rely on German technology. Both groups plan to produce a train that will ride anywhere from 180 to 220 mph.
Even though ihe rail may not stop ut New Braunfels the exposure may help its growth.
A high transportation system would be helpful to New Braunfels because it would get people into this area, said Michael Meek, executive
vice president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “Anything San Antonio does (that pulls) people down Interstate 15 will be helpful because we’ll get a spinoff of that,” be said.
Both consortiums have spent millions of dollars conducting studies and hiring consultants for the project
lf the proposal is accepted by the rail authority. Biggs predicts the project will cost approximately $3.4 billion. Although neither consortium will receive state funds for the project, they arc investigating alternative ways to pay for the project such as tax-exempt bonds.
Five or six years ago, the German group sparked an interest to investigate a high speed rail for the mangle area, said Glenn Laird, vice president of environmental services for Lichii-ter, Jameson and Associates.
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Fraser files for spot on NB City Council
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
Paul Fraser Jr., a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, filed Friday for a seal on the New Braunfels City Council District 4.
Elections will be held May 4.
Fraser expressed concern with industries contaminating New Braunfels and plans to investigate other alterna-tive measures besides conservation lo preserve the Edwards Aquifer. Fraser
“(To) continue die expansion of heavy industry will hurt our city and holding the line on that type of growth is essential ... in all these efforts, the city staff and manager require strong guidance from the City Council and I know I can provide drat,” Fraser staled in a press release to the Herald leuung.
City management can defeat Lafarge by annexing the company arid reappraising it to levy ad valorem taxes, bi addition to charging additional taxes, the city should enforce “any regulation that will cause (Lafarge) to spend more money and make it loo expensive for them (to operate),” he said.
Fraser also believes City Coun
cil should investigate the “Dye Plan” in order to preserve the
“David W. Dye, director of the Silver Creek Research Inslitue, has developed a plan which ‘describes... how existing water resources in the San Antonio region can be managed ... to supply water for everyone for generations to come'," Fraser said.
Council members need to investigate this plan to see if there is a way aquifer users can reach an agreement. The Dye Plan would annually pump 437,000 acre feet of water near Loop 1604 in San Antonio via creekbeds to already dry recharge dams iii that area. It would also provide reservoirs to capture winier water and then release it over the recharge zone during the summer months.
Another goal Fraser has for the city is amending the City Charter. “Our City Charter... is fast becoming a dinosaur Part of the responsibility of pioiecuiig our City Charier is keeping up with the times," Frasei said.
Fraser also believes citizens may want to hold a hear mg to decide whether they want to elect a mayor or continue letting council members decide who will get the mayor's posiuon.
Collision kills San Antonio man
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
Three cars collided on U .S. 281 and FM 311 Saturday afternoon killing one man and injuring two women.
Anthony Cieszynski, 60, of San Antonio, was transported to Medical Center Hospital. He later died.
Beulah Jardin, 65, of Spring Branch, and Shirley Krogol, 60, of
Bluffton, were transported to Medical Center Hospital.
According to a Comal County
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City presented award for budget
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
New Braunfels finance officers received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Thursday from the United Suites and Canada Government Finance Officers Association for a second consecutive year,
“I ain proud for the City of New Braunfels rn receiving tins award (because) ii emphasizes the tremendous improvement iii our budget over the past three years,' suited City Manager Paul Grohman rn a press release to die llerald'ZeUu/ig.
TTm; awald is selected from a group
of budget experts who evaluate tile budget on how well it is presell leo in addition lo how it serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a cotiunuiucauou tool.
City officials will submit the 1991-92 budget to GFUA this year, hoping to win tor a third consecuuve year.
ll gives us an ‘‘individual third parly, saying we did a good job land) better bond rating,” said Hic hat d Boldine, director of finance for the City of New Braunlels.
Preparation Ioi the budget begut* in
December when depot unem beaus start preparing individual budgets tor each division.
City otlicials then piepare a rcviscu budget, using the previous year as a stalling poult and subsequently make a proposed budget, usulymg their line item requests.
A presentation of die budget is given to council members ut a budget works! top arid then made into a dr all wiuch is available to die public at die Municipal Building. Afterward, City Council holds a public hcarmg lot citizens' input on die budget.
Congressman meeting with residents
Congressman Lamar Saudi will conduct five town mceungs Saturday, Match 16 in Sari Amoiuo and New Braunfels.
“This is a gieat opporiuruty for me to meet with residents of die 21st Congressional District to discuss die issues they lace every day,” Smith said. “These meetings have proven invaluable rn the past. I believe they are an important par t id leprescniauve government.”
Snub) (K San Antonio) will visit New Braurdeis lf oui 4:15-5 pan. at Seele Elementary School, 540 Howard St.
Resident* are invited to talk with the congiessinaii about the upcuiuuig session. Smith will be available to die public at the following location* alai
• 9-9:45 ami. — Alamo Height* J ut u oi High School cafetal ia, J to I N. New Braurdeis in San Amoiuo.
• 10:30-11:15 aan. — San Aiuouio Board of Realtors Auditorium, 9110 Intersuie IO VV.
• 12:30-1:15 p.m. — Hollywood Pink Conunuiuty Center, 2 Mecca Drive.
• 2-2:45 pan, — Northern Hdls Elementary School cafeteria, 13901 Higgins, San Antonio.
• 4:15-5 p.m. — Seeie Elementary School, 540 Howard St. in New Braunfels.