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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Minimum wage battle shifts to Senate floor WASHINGTON (AP) — House passage of a plan to raise the minimum wage shifts the partisan battle to the Senate, where the leading proponent of an increase is urging President Bush to refrain from further veto threats while Congress settles on a final bill. See Page 5 Freshman test results show high failure rate AUSTIN (AP) — Higher failure rates of minorities on the new basic skills test for college students can be attributed in part to more of them being poor, Education Commissioner W.N. Kirby said. See Page 7 2201 BFOOKHOLLOW BLZ SUITE 300 APLINGTON, TX 76006 Ruiners cage d v to earn playoff spot Smithson Valley lost to San Marcos 2-1 Thursday night, allowing the Rattlers to advance to the playoffs as the District 26 soccer runner-up. The Rangers needed a tie to earn a playoff berth or a victory to earn the co-championship along with New Braunfels. See Page 9 New Braunfels jflt Vol. 137, No. 95 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 NRU hires architect for new water plantA real card New Braunfels Utilities is one step closer to reducing the area’s reliance on the Edwards Underground Aquifer and the NBU general manager received a vote of confidence to continue his preparations for the future Thursday night. Trustees agreed to spend between $3,000 and $5,000 to hire Rehler Vaughn Beaty and Koonc architects to submit a schematic of the surface water treatment facility that will initially treat 8 millions gallons of water aday. The treatment plant will reduce the city’s dependence on the Et!wards Aquifer, Central Texas’ primary water source. The plant will be financed by a 1987 bond issue, NBU’s water resource development fund and certain revenue funds. It is expected to cost $7.5 million. Last month, NBU purchased a 12-acre site on German Creek in northeast New Braunfels. The site was selected because it was affordable, environmentally safe, close to the Guadalupe River and is in a location that it will be simple to put the treated Guadalupe River water into the water system. NBU also has purchased two adjacent smaller tracts to accomodate the plant and future expansion. Hunter and Associates, NBU’s engineering firm for the plant, suggested NBU hire the architects to develop preliminary building plans. Engineer Sam McKenzie said his firm does not need help designing the actual plant, but does not have an architect on staff to design a building, expecial-ly a water test laboratory. “We’re primarily in the utility business, not the architect business,’’ McKenzie said. Ken Rehler told trustees his firm Sec PLANT, Page 2 Utilities awards bid to trim trees in city New Braunfels is blessed with an abundance of trees, but that blessing has turned into a curse for New Braunfels Utilities crews who try to keep the trees away from electric lines. NBU’s five-man crew docs what it can to keep the trees trimmed, said Roger Biggers, NBU’s technical ser vices manager. “We’re blessed with a lot of trees ... and they are a big problem,” Biggers told the NBU board of trustees Thursday night. “We have 150 square miles to cover and one crew. Most of our outages arc due to trees.” NBU has in effect a five-year program, under which crews try to trim trees in each area of town at least once in five years, Biggers said. The crew, however, is running behind schedule. Biggers proposed hiring Blume Trees of Willis, Texas, to provide aerial crews and manual line crews and equipment to assist in the trcc- See TREES, Page 2 Weaver Oscar Copple shows Katheryn Wilson, left, and Trina LaBab-era how cotton is carded then prepared for spinning and eventually woven into material. The workshop is part of an exhibit at New Braunfels Children’s Museum. The museum plans to house a permanent exhibit with the help of WestPoint Pepperell. (Photo by Deryl Clark) rad ay March 24, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 16 PagesGood day It will be a beautiful holiday weekend with the high today reaching 79 degrees. The low will be 63 degrees. On Saturday, the skies will be cloudy with a slight chance of rain and a high temperature of 82. The overnight low will be 66. On Easter Sunday, skies will be partly cloudy and the temperature will reach 81 degrees. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................11-15 COMICS.........................................8 CROSSWORD  .....................3 DEAR ABBY.................................5 ENTERTAINMENT.........................4 HOROSCOPE................................8 RELIGIOUS FOCUS.....................6 SPORTS....................................9-10 TV LISTINGS.................................8 WEATHER.....................................2Stammtisch Maps and programs for the Home Tour to benefit the Comal County Chapter of the American Cancer Society will be available at the Faust Hotel on the tour date on April I. Get your tickets for “Behind Closed Doors” tour of six homes at Comal Flower Shop, Johnson Furniture, Krause Books and World of Fabrics. Call 625-1741 for more information.... Comal County Council of Early Childhood Educators will host a mini-workshop Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cross Lutheran Preschool, 169 S. Hickory. Janet Wray and Milly Watson See STAMMTISCH, Page 2 Company chooses San Marcos site By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer Consultants of CTEC, a new company formed by Rohr Industries ami General Electric, looked at New Braunfels to locate an aerospace plant, but chose San Marcos because of several factors. “We can’t really isolate any single factor," said CTEC spokesman Dick Dalton. “The factors that we considered for San Marcos was the availability of the right kind of labor. The availability of land. The general economics of the area. Access, by virtue of transportation, to biternate 35 and Interstate IO right down the road. And the airport (Austin and San Antonio) availability to get customers in and out comfortably.” Dose locations of Southwest Texas State University, University of Texas and San Antonio universities also played key roles in the selection, Dalton said. President Tom Purdum of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said CTEC contacted the chamber approximately three months ago to evaluate local locations for the plant. “The initial contact was made by a professional consultant who was a site selector for them and did not identify the companies involved," Purdum said. “We didn’t know the companies involved until the very end. “The name CTEC was used, but that didn’t mean anything at the time because that is mainly their company they arc forming,” he said. Purdum said the company was looking primarly at sites on FM 306. He said the company selected San Marcos primarily because of Southwest Texas State University Sm COMPANY, P»9# 2 Joint venture to manufacture composite engine components Rohr Industries and General Electric Aircraft Engines have formed a joint venture to develop, market, and manufacture advanced composite technology engine components. Named CTEC, the new company will be equally owned by Rohr and GE and directed by a four-member board with two members from each company. “Our objective is to supply high-quality, cost-competitive organic composite engine components to commercial and military aircraft engine manufacturers worldwide," said Dr. James W. Davidson, CTEC’s president. “These will be components such as ducts, fan cases and fan frames. Although the present production components operate at temperatures up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit, it is the intent of the joint venture to expand applications up to 825 degrees Fahrenheit.” The company brings together GE’s advanced composite technology and aircraft engine experience with Rohr’s design and manufacturing experience using composite materials, Davidson said. Composites are non-metal I ic, fiber materials used increasingly in aerospace and other industries to rcplacc'metals because composites reduce weight without sacrificing strength. S*e VENTURE, Pag* 2Riders protest By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer Motorcycle riders opposed to legislation which would make them wear a helmet pulled into The Welcome Stop Thursday night to discuss strategy for their protest soon at the stale Capitol. “I don’t think you should be told what to do,” said J.C. Hanley. “It ought to be the rider’s choice.” More than 50 motorcycle riders from New Braunfels, Seguin, San Marcos, Cibolo, Schertz, and Universal City met to discuss how they will persuade legislators not to enact die helmet law. Riders need “strong education, not legislation,” said Lacey Sloan of Canyon Lake. “ll is a freedom right,” said David Clark of Clear Springs. “We need to prevent the accident in the first place.” Board awards plant contract Thirteen bids were received for expansion of the Gruene Wastewater Treatment Plant earlier this month. Thursday night, New Braunfels Utilities trustees selected the low bidder, Lamda Construction Co., to do the work. Lamda Construction submitted a bid of $1,935 million, which was followed by a bid of $ 1.947 million. The high bidder was $2,440 million, said Sam McKenzie of Hunter Associates Inc., NBU’s engineering firm. Lamda officials will meet with NBU officials next week for a preconstruction meeting and work is expected to begin April 3. It takes about a year to expand a treatment plant of this nature, McKenzie said. The Gruene plant’s amount of discharge will increase from 250,(XX) gallons of treated wastewater per day to 1,100,000 gallons per day. Residents of nearby neighborhoods originally opposed die expansion, but late last year, residents met with NBU and worked out several details. NBU agreed to dc-chlorinate the treated wastewater before it ii discharged into die Guadalupe River and to set a limit on the amount of ammonia-niurogen discharged. NBU also agreed to notify the Sleepy Hollow Association when the permit is renewed in five years. NBU must have the permits reveiwed by the Texas Water Commission even if no changes are planned. Also Thursday night, trustees named board president Gene Mom-hinwcg, NBU Assistant General Manger Karl Zipp and NBU Technical Services Manager Roger Biggers to the Canyon Hydroelectric Technical Operating Committee. They will join three members from Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority. NBU General Manager Boh Sohn, Zipp and Momhinwcg were members of the hydro management committee See BOARD, Page 2 Bush, lawmakers outline aid plan See HELMETS, Page 2 Motorcycle riders from the area gathered last night to discuss strategy to combat a bill now in the Texas Legislature to require all riders to wear helmets. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush, unveiling a bipartisan Contra aid plan as the first plank of his emerging foreign policy, appeared with congressional leaders today to outline a multi-million dollar effort that commits his administration to support Central American peace efforts. “We will be speaking with one voice,” Bush said, striking a sharp contrast to what was perhaps the most devisive issue of the Reagan administration. Flanking Bush were Democratic House Speaker Jim Wright and other congressional leaders of both parties. “Insurgent forces have the right to reintegrate into their homeland” under the agreement, Bush said. Congressional Democrats, in turn, agreed to support Bush’s request for an extension of humanitarian aid to the Contras for another year. “The burden of proof is on the San-dimsta government to comply” with democratic overtures, Bush said. Bush mentioned no specific figure for continued aid to the rebels, but Senate Democratic Leader George Mitchell said the money was to flow at the current rate — about $4 million a month, putting the aid package at roughly $40 million. The accord called for Congress to extend aid to the anti-Sandinista Contra rebels, now scheduled to end after this month, through Feb. 28, 1990. In exchange, the administration pledges to support peace efforts of the five S#* AID, Pag* 2 ;