New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
City’s lawsuit set Wednesday
The warm weather of this weekend will continue on into the week with expected highs in the mid-90’s to almost IOO. Mostly cloudy skies will prevail today with an expected high of IOO. Tonight will be partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy in the morning. The lows are expected in the low to mid-70’s. For the rest of the week, expect to see mostly cloudy mornings, partly cloudy afternoons, and high temperatures. Highs are predicted in the mid-90’s and lows in the low to mid-70’s through Saturday.
A multi-million lawsuit between owners of Schlittcrbahn water park and the City of New Braunfels begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. in federal court in San Antonio.
A six-member jury was selected Monday to hear the suit, which accuses the city of orchestrating a massive campaign of conspiring to damage the water recreational tourist
industries by harassment and by representing water quality in and around the city to be poor when it wasn’t.
Chief District Judge Lucius Bunton will hear the case for four days at the U.S. District Courthouse located at 655 E. Durango.
Former and current city employees along with reporters have been subpoenaed to testify starting tomorrow.Stammtisch
On stage at the Civic Center tonight will be Doc Tommy Scott’s Last Real Medicine Show sponsored by the Comal County Senior Citizens for its building fund. Showtime is from 7:30 to IO p.m. and the show features a combination of old and unusual types of music and acts performed in funny ways, such as the musical saw played by Old Bleb. The show has been performed for more than IOO years lo approximately 19,000 audiences. It also may feature some local senior citizens in some of the acts. For tickets, call the Senior Citizens Center at 629-1161....
Friends for Rivers will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels National Bank annex. A representative from the Koch pipeline project will address the group. This is a public qucsiion-and-answer forum concerning the proposed pipeline that will cross the Guadalupe River north of McQueeney. All interested persons arc invited....
Beware this week if you arc driving on West San Antonio. The intersection of West San Antonio and Santa Clara will be closed beginning at 8 a rn Thursday morning for drainage improvement work in that area. Crews hope the street will be closed for only one day. Detour routes will be marked....
The Book Review Club will meet Wednesday morning from IO to 11:30 am. at the Senior Citizen Center, 142 Comal. Coffee is it 9:30 a.m. John Malcolm will review The Lyre of Orpheus by Robertson Davis. Membership in the group is SIO per year, guest visits are 12 donation ..
Recent studies reveal that 40 percent of all American high school seniors have used an illicit drug other than marijuana Despite the welt-publicized reports about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, substance abuse, especially among young peole, continues to grow at an alarming rate. Dealing with teen agers who may already be experiment mg with drugs will be discussed rn the lecture on "Teenage Substance Abuse Is ’Just Say No’ Enough?** Wednesday from 7.30 to 8:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The free seminar will he presented by Rae Mangos. MA., who is a counselor m the adolescent psychiatric program at Charter Real Hospital in San Antonio
The seminar, sponsored by the Charter Real Outreach Services of New Braunfels, will focus on the facts about alcohol and drug abuse among youth Parents md teens are encouraged to attend; for reservations, call 629-6239 ...
The annual Texas Agricultural Extension Service spring garden
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
The president of Lone Star Die Casting Corporation recently asked the City of New Braunfels to apply for a Texas Department of Commerce loan to expand the company, but said Monday private donations will be used instead.
“The end result is to make sure Lone Star Die Casting was able to stay in New Braunfels and we think that has been accomplished without submitting the grant," said New Braunfels City Manager Paul Groh-man. "Thn/’s one of the things chauve try to do is leave every door open.”
Through private funding, an addi
tional building will be added to the facility on FM 306 and 30 additional employees will be hired. The expansion will allow Lone Star Die Casting to produce magnesium cylinders for consumer products manufactured by Poulan/Wcedcatcrof Arkansas.
New Braunfels City Council unanimously approved a resolution May 8 to apply for money from the Texas Capital Fund to enable expansion at the facility. The bulk of the grant had already been formulated by Marsha Anderson, the city’s administrative assistant.
"We must proceed like we're going
See GRANT, Pag* 2
New Braunfels Utilities Engineering Assistant Bill Tepe measures the level of the Edwards Underground Aquifer at the test well in Panther Canyon every day with this very old machine which tracks the level of the aquifer’s water each hour. Tepe then
posts the flow of the Comal Springs from the Aquifer and the Edwards level on this sign at the Comal headwaters in Landa Park, below. (Photos by Deryl Clark)
Banks credit recovery to economy, interest
By MARGARET EDMONSON Stat! Writer
Higher interest rates and an improved economy are being attn butcd to the improvement of New Braunfels banking institutions during their first quarter of 1989 over die same period of 1988.
"We’re doing much better than last year," said LaMoync Davis of New Braunfels National Bank. "We can contribute the improvement to less loan losses and higher earnings on interest."
New Braunfels National’s total assets went from S61,442,000 in the first quarter of 1988 to $58,357,000 in the same period for 1989. NBN B’s total liabilites were $55,684,000 in the first quarter of 1988 and $52,985,000 in 1989.
Citizens Bank increased its total assets from $11,509,000 in the first quarter of 1988 to $14,206,000 rn 1989. Citizens’ total liabilities went from $9,139,000 to $12,244 over the same period.
"We have an advantage being a new start-up bank. Two dungs work in our favor. First, we are the only home -owned bank in town, and we started after the real problems in the real estate ami oil industry began.’* said Larry Brumbetow, Citizens Bank executive vice president.Aquifer near drought level▲ nn o rr* •
Al&l union OKs strike with deadline of Saturday
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members trf AT&T’s largest union voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if a new contract with the telecommunications giant is not reached by Saturday, union officials said today.
The Communications Worker* of America did not release a breakdown of the sevrei hallot vote authorizing it* executive council lo call a strike, with the date to be determined by union President Motion Bahr, CW A represents Se* AT4T, Peg* 2
Texas Commerce Bank-New Braunfels also saw increases in its total assets and liabilities in the first quarter. In 1988, total assets were $131,009,000 in the first quarter while in 1989, the total assets were $156*679,000. First-quarter total liabilities jumped from $124,667,000 in 1988 to $149,393,000 in 1989.
"The real estate market is slightly better than last year, and the market economy is doing well,” said Bob Smith, president of Texas Commerce Bank New Braunfels.
"We are also seeing some discouraging things going on as well. The real estate market and construction are very slow right now,” he added
MBank reported total assets for the first quarter of 1989 at $137,395,000 and $132,690,000 for total liabilities. Tile bank closed the first quarter of 1988 with total assets of $143,700,000 and total liabilities of $137,700,000.
"We’ve had a lot of positive feedback, both within the bank and from outside the bank,” said Joe Seibold, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of MBank. In late March, he credited the survival of MBank-New Braunfels after the takeover of MCorp to a strong Central lexas economy and close ties with investors
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Local authorities are concerned about the decreasing level of water in the Edwards Aquifer. Today, the aquifer reached its’lowcst level since the mini-drought of 1984.
"We only had 18 inches of rain last year,” said Bill Tepe, engineering assistant at New Braunfels Utilities. "There hasn’t been enough rain in the right areas as far as the recharge areas go. We’ve had rainfall in die wrong spots."
According to Tope, the Comal Springs arc within 3/10ths of a foot of going dry. lf there is no rain and usage continues to increase, tourists may see dry springs on Mcmonal Day.
Tope reports that today’s level was down 0.11 inch to 623.01 feet above mean sea level. The lowest recorded level for the aquifer was documented on Aug. 21, 1956, at 613.34 feet. Landa Lake will go dry at 619 feet.
"Even in 1984, the lake didn’t dry up,” Tope said. "We need some ram."
The Edwards Aquifer is the main source of water for domestic, industrial, agricultural and recreational uses in Comal, Kinney, Uvalde, Medina, Bexar, and Hays counties. The flow of the Edwards through the Comal and San Marcos springs provides water to the Guadalupe River and New Braunfels and San Marcos rely on that river for their tourism and recreation business.
’’Tic aquifer is recharged through rainfall from the west
See EDWARDS, Page 2Frugality will conserve aquifer
In light of the decreasing water level of the Edwards Aquifer, water conservation is being stressed for the sake of all who use water from the aquifer. Increasing demand for water and little rainfall account for the decreasing levels.
While there is little residents can do about the rainfall, there is much they can do about the amount of water they use.
The following water conservation tips have been provided by New Braunfels Utilities and the Edwards Underground Water District:
• Limit showers to five minutes. Every minute saved in the shower saves 5 to IO gallons of water. When bathing fill the bathtub only halfway. Adjust water
temperature as the tub tills.
• Low-volume shower heads and flow resiriciors can save 25 percent of the water normally used in the bathroom.
• By using this method, you can save 5 or more gallons of water per day in your toilet:
a. Find an empty plastic bottle that will fit in the tank.
b. Put a large stone in the bottle to weigh it down.
c. Fill the boule with water and cap it.
d. Place the boule in the tank.
See CONSERVE, Page 2
Council gives city manager raise after evaluation
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
After seeing the city overwhelmingly reject a lax rollback ami learning what nudes New Braunfels tick, City Manager Paul Grohman — after a year <—• receives good marks and a pay raixe
New Braunfels City Council members met in executive session Monday night to evaluate the manager, who <.ame from the City of Rockport in May 1988 He received praise for his aggressiveness and innovative financing, hut admonishment for not giving council more background information on issues and options.
Paul received high marks rn all the categories," said Mayor Doug Millar, "A few council members had some minor commem* on ways they thought he could improve All in all, it was a very good response."
City Manager Braunfels
Paul Grohman reflects on his first year in New
Council members granted Uroh-man a 10-percent pay raise, which brings his base salary to approximately $57,000.
"Council is very appreciative of the job Paul has done in die last 13 months for us,” Miller said.
Grohman, after the regular city council meeting Monday, said he rates his first year in New Braunfels as “very good.”
"We have re-established credibility in our organ 1 /ation," Grohman said, “ ‘We’ as far as the council, the maria ger and the staff. I til ink the general public really thinks we’re doing our job correctly.”
As manager, Grohman got the 1985 bond issue projects into full swing in 1988 and addressed problems in the garbage department. He also spent
See GROHMAN, Page 2
Boating- while-drunk bill OK’d by House
AUSTIN (AP) — A bill to strengthen the law against drunken boating and water skiing is meant to curb alcohol abuse, but not outlaw alcohol on the water, according to the House sponsor.
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Officers calling for telephone crackdown
AUSTIN (AP) — Many of the state’s largest police organizations are asking,.the Legislature to pass a bill to crack down on telephone pitchmen who raise money in the name of law enforcement groups but keep most of the proceeds.
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heating up in NBA
The Detroit Pistons and the Phoenix Suns will try to battle back and even their respective conference final series in NBA games tonight. The Pistons trail Chicago 1-0 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference series while the Lakers lead the Suns by a game in the West.
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