New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 28, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No. 136
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Gerald M. McGauley
May 28, 1991
25 Cents One section, 10 Pages
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
AUSTIN — Texas lawmaker killed a number of bills lins legislative session that could have stopped or stalled companies proposing to use hazardous waste as fuel.
But, before the 72nd Legislature ended midnight Monday, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1099 that strengthens the rules and requirements set out for hazardous waste facilities.
“Without this we would have been dead in the water,” said Rep. Edmund Kuempcl, who was appointed to the bill’s conference committee over the weekend.
Officials of Lafarge Corp. and its subsidiary Systcch Environmental Corp. leaded favoiably to the bill.
“Generally speaking we feel good about the bill,” said Reggie Bashur, Systcch’s assistant to die president for legislative affairs.
“I think it’s strong. It offers strong environmental regulations, tough rules that good ethical, wellmeaning companies can fulfill. And Systcch falls into the category.”
One regulation set out by tile legislation is a 1/2 mile prohibition, indicating no residence, school, church, day care center, dedicated park or surface water body for drinking can be located with 1/2 mile of the facility. Measurements are to be taken from a
Speaker of Ute House Gib Lewis sounded the gavel many times over the weekend as lawmakers scrambled to pass a number of bills at the last minute.
parameter not more than 75 feet from die edge of the proposed unit.
Michel [almoin, plant manager of die Balcones Cement Plant, owned by (.afaige Corp., proposing to store and burn waste at the plant, said diere would have lo be a clear determination of whedier a residence falls within that piohibilion.
“We would have to look very carefully,” lairnoni said. “There
are some houses ... that might meet that from what I could see. On the other side (of the plant) you don’t have any houses that close.”
Another amendment successfully tacked onto the bill by Kuempcl deals with the risks associated with the transportation of hazardous waste to a facility.
“And that’s a factor that the Texas Water Commission must consider when drafting rules under that section,” he said.
The Texas Water Commission and the Texas Air Control Board are the state agencies that issue permits for the storage and burning of hazardous waste.
Kuempel, whose moratorium legislation. House Bill 420 failed during the session, said he will pursue the legislation during the special session. The bill would have placed a moratorium on the issuance of permits to facilities proposing to store and bum hazardous waste as fuel.
“Technology has advanced so quickly that I still want to pursue the possibility of letting the permit process catch up with the technological piocess,” lie said. “It’s something that has become very important to me and I'm going to pursue it with vigor and gusto.”
Senate Bill 1099, sponsored by Sen. Steve Carriker, D-Roby, takes effect after the TWC and the TACB adopt all the rules needed to apply to the bill which must be done within 120 days.StammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Scott Worden, Roxane Voss and Kyle Engler.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Concert In the park
The Concerts in the Park series will resume this Thursday at the .anda Park dance slab at 7:30 p.m. The rock group, the Stingrays are scheduled to perform. The concert is free to the public.Canoe course
City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will be conducting an American Red Cross Fundamental of Canoeing Course on June 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and June 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-register by May 31. For more information call the parks office at 629-7275.
Christian Academy New Braunfels Christian Academy is taking summer enrollment for children 3 to IO years old. Sports, crafts, field trips and swimming lessons are being offered. For a calendar of events or to enroll call 629-6222.Veterinarian to speak
Veterinarian Dr. Kent Fischer will be the featured speaker at the New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club at 6 tonight at Oma’s Haus Restaurant. Dr. Fischer’s topic will be on the dangers of Lime discase.Republicans meet
Assistant District Attorney Robert Fisher will be the guest speaker at the Republican Men’s Club of Comal County tonight. His topic will be ’Taxpayers Should be Mad.” The meeting will be at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop at 7:30 p.m. All members and prospective members are welcome. For more information call 629-0388.Fire department barbecue
Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for its annual fund raising barbecue to be at Fire Station #1 in Canyon City, off of Farm to Market 306 with activities planned June 1-2. The 5-member country and western band, Original Sound, will perform Saturday, June I from 8 p.m. to midnight. On Sunday, June 2 the barbecue serving line will open at noon. Cost is $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for children.Discovery camp
The Summer Discovery Camp, sponsored by the city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, will be June 12-13 for children ages 6-12. Participants will spend lime with a park ranger learning about wildlife, canoeing fishing and other outdoor and environmental activities. Preregister by May 31. Fee is $14 for one day or $20 for both days. For more inf on nation call the park office at 629-7275.Military wives meet
The National Coalition of For mer Military Wives will meet June 9 at 2 p.m. at Denney's, located at Blanco and Loop 410 in San Amo nio. Representatives from Revlon will present a program on new make-up for spring. For more information call 512/653-8668.Defensive driving
Marion Independent Schoo District Community Education will sponsor a defensive driving class June 4 and 6 from 6-10 p.m both nights at Marital High School
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The forecast for today and the remainder of the week is hot and humid, with highs into the 90s and lows into the 70s. Monday’s high in New Braunfels was 90 and the overnight low was 67. For weather details, see Page 2.
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decision on filling spot
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to table action Monday on filling a board vacancy left by Bill Smith, who is resigning from the board.
After a 46-minute executive session, Board Vice President Leroy Goodson made a motion to table the issue. After being seconded by Bill Hayes, the motion carried 5-1. New trustee Don Craighead voted against tabling the action.
Smith submitted a letter of resignation to the board May 16, leaving one year remaining of his term. By law, the resignation became effective eight days after it was submitted. Smith said he was resigning so his wife, Susan Smith, could be considered for a staff position with the CISD.
State law will not allow Smith’s wife to be considered for employment while he sits on the school board. She is seeking a library position.
Smith received a plaque recognizing his two years of service as a trustee. He then addressed the audience, expressing his thanks to all who have given support and encouragement to the board. He stressed that the board will need continued citizen’s support in the coming budget process.
“I deem it a privilege to have served our children and you during the past two years,” Smith said. “Be assured that every decision and every choice I made was done with the intention of helping our children and making Comal (SD the best school district in Texas. However, after careful delibcrauon, Susan and I feel that her return to CISD would be advantageous for our family.”
Father threatens suit on rankings
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
In lieu of being able to get the Comal Independent School Board to take any action regarding the district’s class ranking system, Smithson Valley High School parent Scott Watson threatened legal action against the board.
“We have met on this and no action has been taken which leads me to think that the only way to get anything done is to file suit against the school district,” Watson said.
“There’s still some things that aren’t understood about this system,” he said.
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The remaining trustees have two options. They can either appoint someone to finish the remaining one year of the term or call a special election to fill the vacancy. The action will be taken up at the next regular board meeting June 24 at the Central Administration Office.
The board also approved the calender for the 1991-92 school year that will add five instructional days as dictated by the legislation passed in Austin Monday night. The school year will start three days earlier on August 21. The other two days will be January 17, extending the semester by one day, and April 17, eliminating the Good Friday holiday.
The board also approved plans for
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County commissioners reject bids on task force vehicles
By JAMIE LEE CAMPBELL Staff Writer
The Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force might have to conduct its narcotic investigations on foot, at least temporarily.
The Comal County Commissioner’s Court today rejected bids on six potential task force automobiles.
“The prices were just too high and they didn’t meet specifications,” said Ed Krai, Comal County purchasing agent.
County Judge Carter Casteel called a recess after a 15 minute meeting when she concluded the bids “didn’t
comply with specs.”
“Rebids will be taken on ... lease cars” for the task force. Krai said, with bidding to “reopen in about twenty days.”
The bidder wanted to “charge for mileage.” according to Krai.
All Comal County Commissioners attended Tuesday's meeting. Precinct I Commissioner J J-. “Jumbo” Evans attended along with Precinct 2 Commissioner Ned Craigmile. Precinct 3 Commissioner Pat Hernandez also attended as well as Precinct 4 Commissioner Morris “Moe” Schwab. All
Two deaths, arrests keep officers busy
Waste bill in under wire
By ROBERTSTEWART Staff Writer
The sherrifTs office didn’t take a holiday this weekend as the influx of tourists kept officers busy.
There were two deailis.
Virginia Smith, 23, of San Antonio was killed when she collided with the side of a boat while riding a jct ski in the Canyon Lake Hills arca of Canyon Lake around 3 p in Sunday, accotd-ing to Chief Deputy Wayne Hoher/ of the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. The boat tried to swerve and ended up culling the victim with its propeller, according to Holier/..
Another boater recovered die body, took it lo shore and called audacities.
“We’re taking stuff to die Bexai County lab and continuing to invest! gate,” Holier z said.
Justice of the Peace Howaid Smith pronounced die victim dead at 4:30
Jerry Gonzales, 34, of San Antonio drowned in the Jacobs Creek Park area of Canyon Lake about 8 p.m. Monday. Justice of the Peace Howard Smith mled the deadi to be accidental drowning.
There were numerous older throughout the weekend including traffic violations, minors in possession of alcohol, and assaults and family violence, officials said.
In jail on assault charges are: David Touring, 35, Jennifer Touring, 21, and
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, right, works down to the line as the 72nd Legislature headed to a close Monday. (Photos by Stephanie Ferguson)
Local man held on drug charges
By ROBERTSIEWART Sis ft Writer
A New Braunfels man remains in fedeial custody iii lieu of a $100,000 loud today after lie was arrested on diug charges Sunday.
Amulfo T. Hernandez, 43, of the 1500 block of Lichen Road, was an cs ted without incident by officers of the New Braunfels Police Department, said Police Chief C R. “Dick” Headon.
Ile was arrested alter a sealed indictment was issued by a federal grand jury in Harris County on six cluuges of possession of marijuana with intent lo distribute, in excess of 1000 kilograms.
U. S Marshal Service was in the. New Braunfels area over die weekend looking for Hernandez, deaden said.
“They couldn't find him and Sunday some of my uoops spotted him,” he said.
Timothy Hutson of Canyon Lake, 30.
Rick Bruner of Houston has been charged with minor possession of marijuana and traffic violations.
There was a report of a missing per
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Memorial Day ceremonies held Monday at Canyon Middle School featured music by the school band and a flag ceremony with community representatives participating. (Photo by Karla Wenzel)
Weekend tourism ‘astronomical’
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The economic impact from Memorial Day weekend visitors to New Braunfels is being termed as “astronomical" by one chamber of commerce official.
“lf the number of people in town was any indication, it was just astronomical,” said Jim Schoele, director of the Greater New Braunfels Cham
ber of Commerce Convenuon and Visitors Bureau.
“All hotels, motels, and campgrounds in New Braunfels, Seguin, and San Antonio were filled,” he said.
Sebec ie added that by last Tuesday the majority of New Braunfels accommodations were taken by reservation and the bureau started referring people to Seguin and San Antonio.
“We had 15,400 inquiries about
New Braunfels thanks u> good publicity from the media and advertising,” Sc hee Ic said.
David Rinehart, an owner af the Guadalupe River Station said that a lot of the time they had all available tubes rented out.
“It was a good weekend, really crowded,” Rinehart laid. “If we can keep the water up It should be a good summer”