New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 92
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144SundayMarch 24, 199175 Cents Three Sections, 44 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday** today to Jaime Aleman, Jim Lan-gabecr U, John Truman Toeller and Marie Priem Re im ann. Celebrating Monday birthdays are Gos-win Klacmer, Shirley Kivlin, Connie G. Gonzales, Cory Preuss, Dor-isse Krueger and Ruby Helen Kiesling.
Belated best wishes to Cynthia Rodriguez, Gabriel Gutierrez and Rick Cantu.
Happy anniversary Sunday to Richard and Shalyn Schroeder and Monday to Albert and Bruna McKinnis. Know of a birthday or anniversary? Call our receptionist at 625-9144 the day before — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Storteller Orb Rotem and puppeteer Natasha La Gitana will join forces Thursday to present a shadow puppet • performance and workshop at the New Braunfels Children’s Museum in Courtyard Shopping Center. Rotem specializes in interactive storytelling and creative drama, while La Gitana’s specialty is shadow puppetry. They will present a show based on the message of peace and understanding others. Children first will watch a performance, then will participate in a workshop to create their own shadow puppets. After a sack lunch, the youngsters will present their own puppet shows. Registration for the session starts at 9 a .rn. and the performance for parents and others interested will be at I pjn. The activity is appropriate for youngsters between 6 and 12 years old and cost is $5 for museum members and $7 for nonmembers; children should bring a sack lunch. Reserve a space now by calling 620-0939.
Meet the Candidates
Friends for Rivers is hosting a Meet the Candidates night for New Braunfels City Council candidates. The four who have filed for election to date have indicated they will attend. The session is Tuesday at 7:30 pin. in the Herb Schneider Room at Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut. Each candidate will present a prepared statement, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The public is invited to hear the early positions of the candidates in the May 4 election.
The Concerned Citizens Coalition will host two “Meet the Candidates Night” for persons running in May 4 elections. On April 3 the public is invited to listen to candidates running for a place on the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees. On May I the public is invited to listen to candidates running for New Braunfels City Council.
The proposed format for the meetings will be lo allow candidates to make an opening statement and then field questions from
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Attendees listen to panelists at the 25th Annual Texas Legislative Conference sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at
the Civic Center. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Columnists poke fun at politics
By JANINE GREEN Managing Editor
“These are extraordinarily interesting times,” said columnist Paul Burka, “and people in the legislature aren’t happy about it.”
Providing an often humorous and sometimes pointed conclusion to Friday's Texas Legislative Conference was a session featuring columnists whose job it is to comment on activity in Austin.
Burka, executive editor of Texas Monthly magazine, was among the speakers in a lively session titled “Hot Issues and Who’s Winning.”
Held at the Civic Center in New Braunfels, the forum was chaired by Glenn Biggs, chairman of the conference advisory committee and a representative of Intercontinental Finance Corporation. Moderator was George E. Christian, vice president of public affairs for the Texas Association of Taxpayers. Other speakers were Doug S. Harlan, a columnist based at the San Antonio Light, Dave McNeely, political editor for the Austin American-Statesman; and Kaye Northcott, capital bureau correspondent for the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Burka characterized the atmosphere in legisla
tive chambers as “foreboding,” noting that Texas’ new governor is “asking them to do things they don’t want to do.” For instance. Burka said, even its sponsors are calling current efforts at school finance legislation “an ugly baby." Since when was your own baby ugly?
Harlan reminded his audience he was the speaker who at last year’s conference “assured you Clayton Williams would be the next governor." He said he had no idea Williams would go to “such great lengths to prove his campaign promise that ‘I’m not a politician’.”
He sees the basic issues of this legislature as education, budget, ethics and redistricting.
In education, he says, “nobody’s winning, everybody’s losing" because finance is only one dimension of the issue. He challenged Texas legislators re-establish standards and discipline. Educators need to know “poor students learn the same way rich kids do.” he said.
On the state budget, he cautioned that “taxes are never sufficient to satisfy all of society’s worthy causes” and cautioned that care must be taken to “prioritize worthy causes, limit what’s spent and
reform the basis of taxation.”
One key need is reform of the state’s property tax system. “An alternate source of independent revenue must be found for cities who depend almost exclusively on it,” Harlan said.
When McNeely took the floor, he speculated on Bob Bullock’s new role as lieutenant governor. “Everyone’s wondering 'will Bullock die because his brain overheats or because someone shoots him?’ ” he said. In the question-and-answer period that followed prepared statements, McNeely explained that “Bullock won't let those 31 Senators do anything” and that Bullock “still shouts as loud” as he did while serving as comptroller of public accounts. “Slowly but surely (he’s) getting to the place where he’s trapping more people."
Northcott began her comments with an anecdote about asking a legislator if he had any “good news” to report on the current session. His reply: “Yeah, we’re pretty sure we’ll get the Monday after Easter weekend off!"
She characterized the situation in Austin, with ethics questions and school finance possibly headed back to court, as “a big mess, but fascinating for us. There’s so much room for fireworks."
Finances on minds of state leaders
By DANA OVERSTREET City Editor
Everyone interprets budget cuts differently, said a Texas lawmaker, “and we arc in the position of making no one happy.”
State Rep. Robert Earley spoke at the 25th annual Texas Legislative Conference sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at New Braunfels Civic Center Friday morning. “Everybody interprets cuts differently — ‘lf we don’t utilize them and we don’t think it’s important in our lives, it should be cut’,” he said. “It is difficult and it is frustrating and I ask for your prayers and your patience because we need them very much."
Along with Earley, panelists Friday morning were William Allaway, executive vice president of the Texas Association of Taxpayers; Sen. Chet Brooks, Rep. Alan Schoolcraft and Sen. Judith Zaffirini. The panel wa presided over by Rep. Edmur Kucmpel.
The state of Texas, Earley said
facing a budget shortfall “not a d cit. It is $4.7 million that we w< have going into the next bienniu The “harsh and difficult” struggle be to find ways to make up that nu cither by raising revenue throug) existing tax structure, making I across-the-board cuts and addin new revenue, restructuring the base and doing something total! ferent for the state of Texas.
“We are having to do what business in the state of Texas is ... look at our income and amu our expenditures and reduce expenditures where we can Withee violating state mandates,” saio Brooks, adding that the state will be
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Veterans Memorial organizers seek funds
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
Members of the Veterans Memorial Committee are encouraging all persons and corporations to get involved with helping fund a memorial to honor Comal County veterans.
“It will be just like a little Washington Monument or San Jacinto Monument,” said retired Maj. Fred Lingner, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee.
The monument will be made from granite and will stand between 16 and 17 feet tall. The monument will be erected adjacent to a monument erected in Landa Park in 1936 to commemorate IOO years of Texas freedom.
The Veterans Memorial Committee, composed of members from all area veterans groups, recently kicked off its fundraising efforts for the monument. In January, New Braunfels City Council gave die committee approval to construct Ok monument in Landa Park to honor all veterans of Comal County.
Lingner said for a $35 donation, persons can have the name of any veteran engraved on a brick to be placed around the monument in the form of walkways. The money raised through the brick sales will pay for the monument.
Treatment technology completes water cycle
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
Have you ever wondered what happens to sewage after it gets flushed down the toilet?
Federal law requires cities to properly treat wastes in order to protect the environment. And New Braunfels Utilities operates three wastewater treatment plants in order to fulfill those regulations.
Without wastewater plants, “we would be living in our own sludge,” said John Toeller Jr., wastewater superintendent of the North and South Kuehlcr Road plants. Properly treated, the water can be returned to the ecological system, flowing into the Guadalupe River and creating no environmental impact or additional stress, he said.
In fact, the North Kuehler and Gruene wastewater plants produce a better quality water than the river offers, he said. “And we’re trying to get die South Kuehler plant operating the same way,” he said.
At the North Kuehler and Gruene wastewater plants, aeration is used to break down the solids. Unlike the modernized plants, the South Kuehler plant uses a trickling system that allows algae to add air for the biological breakdown.
The aerobic process utilizes carbon dioxide and trace amounts of carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfate and is used in modem plants while the older process, known as anaerobic, requires mediane gas and hydrogen sulfate.
The South Kuehler plant is approximately 60 years old and needs to be repaired. It works “like a giant septic tank” with an anaerobic type of bacteria working in a closed system without oxygen. The bacteria stabilizes the waste, leaving lite solids at the bottom
After the addition of sulphur dioxide to kill almost all Water in this clarifier is kept still, allowing solids to fall 0f the chlorine, the water heads out into the Guada-to the bottom where it is scooped up and sent back to |ype Rjver j^n Toeller Jr. shows he is not afraid to the aeration basins. (Photos by Fnk Karlsson) sj,c^ ^is hands into the final product.
of the tank while allowing the clear tanks to the amount of sewage measured in the filters.
After the wastewater passes through the aeration basins it travels to a biological clarifier. In the clarifier, microorganisms settle to the bottom of the tank while a hydraulic dif
ferential skims the surface, picking up additional solids, he said.
Plant Manager Orlando Peru! said the solids at the bottom of the clarifier pass through a tube that brings it into the arm of the hydraulic differential, sending the sludge back to the aeration basins. “It cannot be nitrified
(stabilized) at one time” but is constantly circulated through the aeration process. Only after several hours will the wastewater be ready to enter the second clarifier, Pena said.
Meanwhile, the clear water bleeds to the top and enters a trough thai car-
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