New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 141, NO. 88
WestPoint finalist for governor’s award
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung
WestPoint Pepperell in New Braunfels is a finalist for the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award, a statewide award sponsored by the Texas Water Commission in conjunction with the Clean Texas 2000 program.
According to Kevin Baris, WestPoint Pepperell^ environmental and safety manager, the company was selected as a finalist for its continuing efforts in environmental awareness and the positive effect its efforts have had on the company and the community
Pepperell is currently involved in an organic cotton producing program.
Organic cotton is produced using no pesticides or herbicides and is milled without chemicals or dyes.
Don Compton, director of quality control and technical services at WestPoint Pepperell said die company has been working on the organic manufacturing for quite some time, and that he was very pleased with the recognition.
The potential for businesses who are involved with helping the environment is really good, and I think that more businesses ought to look into how they can become more environmentally friendly,” Compton said.
Baris said the primary benefit of growing organic fabrics is the elimination of possible; run-off of harmful herbicides and pesticides that could contaminate ground water.
And although the process of growing and manufacturing organic cotton is more expensive, Baris said the result is a chemical-free cloth that has not jeopardized the environment
WestPoint Pepperell has been certified as an organic manufacturer by the Texas Department of Agriculture and soon will receive organically colored fabric, which is colored without the use of dyes or chemicals.
Compton said the governmental certification is a key element in the success of the program in that customers want to do business with someone they can trust, and someone they know is helping improve the environment.
Other programs the company is involved in include waste-water treatment programs, and paper and plastic recycling programs. Baris said the efforts an a part of a company-wide directive to help both the company and the community.
“It’s affected the company by helping us reduce our costs and it’s saving the community by keeping recyclable materials out of the landfills,” Baris said.
West Point Pepperell is one of more than 50 finalists in the program, and Gov. Ann Richards will present the awards at a banquet in Austin on April 13.
The awards are made of recycled glass, steel and granite.
Participants line up their animals in the. market lamb competition during the Comal County Junior Livestock Show, which was held over the weekend at the fair grounds. Harold Voges, treasurer for the livestock show organization, said the group raised approximately $210,000 this year, roughly $10,000 above last year's earnings. More tha 300 entries were judged in the sale. Photo by John Huseth.
Brandt: Budget to be approved before election
By GARY P. CARROLL Hsrefd-Zeltung
The 1993-1994 budget was presented to the New Braunfels City Council Monday night, and Mayor Clinton Brandt said it should be approved before the May 5 council election.
The budget will appear on the April 26 agenda, and an additional budget workshop was scheduled for April 5.
A public hearing was scheduled for April 12
Councilman Paul Fraser suggested to council members that Blere might not be enough time between now and the April 26 council meeting to give council members ample time to properly assess the budget
Fraser suggested adjusting the budget calendar to move the item after the May I election.
"I feel that like council members coming on ought to have the right to deliver the budget that they have to sit on for a year,” Fraser said. "And I know it feels a lot better when ifs a budget you have a chance to vote on.”
Councilman Bill Arnold and Mayor Clinton Brandt disagreed, saying the newly elected council members may not have the time to fully and thoroughly review the budget before voting on it and that the council should take care of the budget prior to the election.
Brandt said-the the current council should adopt a budget before the election to help the new council avoid any unnecessary strains.
”1 think we are doing an injustice to those people coming on, and an injustice to ourselves as
"I think we are doing an injustice to those people coming on, and an injustice to ourselves as city councilmen to be responsible enough to take the responsibility to do our jobs.”
Mayor Clinton Brandt
city councilmen to be responsible enough to take the responsibility to do our jobs,” Brandt said. leis do our job as we’re meant to do up here on the council and act on the budget on April 26.”
Councilman Dan Bremer said the council was a long way from agreeing on the budget, and he did not feel any council member could successfully assess the budget
Bremer’s main concern was being able to work through the budget without time constraints and help all council members hilly understand the budget prior to the April 26 meeting.
*1 think we’ve raised more questions in the last meeting Blan answers,” Bremer said.
Brandt urged council member! to question city stair for help and bring questions to the council meeting.
Council members finally agreed that an additional budget workshop was necessary to fully address the budget
The first scheduled workshop was scheduled for April 5.
The new budget year begins July I.
Fire marshal continuing probe into Rhoads blaze
By GARY P. CARROLL Herakl-Zettung
New Braunfels Fire Marshal John Harbor said he is continuing his investigation in the Fob 5 fire that did more than $300,000 damage to Rhoads Interiors.
Raul Marlines Jr., 24, of New Braunfels, was arrested last Tuesday in connection with the
Burglary suspect to go before grand jury
burglary of Rhoads and was subsequently charged with the burglary of Granzin’s.
His bail was set at $50,000. He remains in the county jail.
Harbor said an investigation is continuing into the fire that destroyed Rhoads, which occurred
the same night as the burglary, and that he is awaiting the results of investigations by the New Braunfels Police Department Fire investigators are also questioning Martinez regarding a blaze at the Braun tex Movie Theater, according to Harbor.
However, the fire marshal said an investigation into the theater fire is continuing and nothing definite has been determined.
Tm still waiting for the results of the police department’s work, and if that turns out in may favor ... then more charges will be filed
against Mr. Marline*” Harbor said.
District Attorney Bill Reinter said it was still too early to comment on the cause of the fires Blat destroyed Rhoads and damaged Braun tex Movie Theater.
Reimer said Martinas would sppear before a grand jury in April on charges of burglarising Rhoads and Granxin's.
Officials put task force commander on the payroll
By ROSE MARIS EASH Herald-Zettung
Comal County Commissioners approved the addition of the Alamo Area Task Force commander position to the Comal County sheriffs department Monday.
LL Sumner Bowen, formerly of the Hollywood Park Police Department, is expected to continue in that position, according to Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Hollywood Park recently withdrew from the task force, making the position and Bowen available, Bremer said.
”1 think it would be to our advantage if
we have the executive director and the task force commander located here in New Braunfels,” Bremer said.
The position was approved at a $25,800 yearly salary during the court’s weekly meeting.
The monies will come out of existing funds within the sheriff departments budget, according to Bremer.
Those fUnds will be reimbursed through the task force grant Bremer is the executive director for the Alamo Area Task Force.
In other business, Commissioner Moe Schwab asked the court to approve a pass
through price of $5 for Amdro, a fire ant eradication formula available through the county extension service.
The price of Amdro has been raised from $4.72 to $5,” said Schwab. “We’ve been selling it for $6. At this time, I would move Bist we do not increase the price of Amdro to the public and have just a pass through.
“In other words, well pay $5 and well sell it for $5.”
The Commissioners approved the motion.
The commissioners also:
• Held a public hearing on street name
assignments and approved them.
• Approved the hiring of temporary replacements for employees requesting maternity leave in the treasurers office and the juvenile probation office.
• Approved monthly financial claims.
In a workshop session, the commissioners heard a presentation by consultant, David Young, of Health Care Partner, Im.
Young offered his services to help the commissioners determine what should be done when the county’s health cars insurance contract comes up for renewal later this year.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Rosina Flores, Rafeal Martinos, Victor Cordova, Ricardo Jaime Cantu, John Weige, Brian Ridgway, Marguerite Tmper and Otto Zimmerman.
Belated Birthday wishes go to Litrice Sour.Bible Study
Bishop Crispus Nxaho of Kenya will teach the Men’s Bible Study Breakfast at 7 a.m. Wednesday and the Women's Study at IO a.m. at St John’s Episcopal Church.
He will also speak at the monthly parish potluck supper at 6 p.m. at the church.Community Chorals
The New Braunfels Community Chorale will meet as usual today at 7 p.m. downstairs in the Eden Home. AU singers are invited to
The Colonial Dames XVII Century have changed their regular meeting date to Mardi 23 at the Education Center, 430 W. Mill St Parking is in the rear of the building. Members should take the street level entrance and the elevator on the right to the second floor. Hie program “Colonial Clergy” will be presented by Mary Beth Lobo.
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Mike Sierra, a junior forward for the 1992-93 District 28-4A champion New Braunfels Unicoma, has been named to the Class 4A All-State Second Team by the Texas Association of Basketbal Coaches.