New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 28, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 136
22 pages in 2 sections
May 28, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
50 centsArea veterans remembering fallen soldiers
By Heather Tood Staff Writer
On Memorial Day, area veterans will place an American flag on the grave of Helmuth Kraft, the first Comal County resident to fall in battle during World War I. Kraft's grave marker rests peacefully in St. Martin’s Cemetery, in front of historic St Martin’s Lutheran Church off Loop 337.
“I’ve serviced that grave through the years, even back when it was in its old location off Highway 46 where the landing field is,” veteran Walton F. Hoffman said.
The World War II veteran, along with members of local associations, will place a flag on the grave of every fallen Comal County solider in commemoration of the holiday.
More than 60 residents sacrificed their lives on battlefields in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Gus Culwell with the Comal County Veterans Services office said 8,000 county residents served their country in foreign wars.
Members of the Comal County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 179 will place flags in four local
cemeteries, beginning at 6:45 a.m. Monday.
‘We place a new flag on each grave every Memorial Day,” said Post Commander James Pickett.
A breakfast will be served for local veterans who participate in the morning ceremonies at the American Legion Home Comal Post 179,410 West Coll St The traditional service honoring local veterans at Prince Solms Park will not take place this year.
Marvin Brown, chairman of Comal County Veterans Council, said a memorial for fallen men and women who served their country would be conducted July 4.
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Rowers and flags will be marking the final resting places of many veterans this weekend.
Dispute forces meeting
Commissioners hear contract dilemma in rural fire district
Cleanup continues on four area lakes
By Heather Togo Staff Writer
Memorial Day revelers looking to have some fun in the sun on local lakes will have to launch their boats at Canyon Lake this year.
Lakes Dunlap, Placid and Nolte, better known as Meadow Lake, will remain closed to motorized boat use for Memorial Day weekend.
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority officials said the three hydro lakes, located between New Braunfels and Seguin, would remain closed to allow contractors to finish removing debris from the October 1998 flood.
David Welsch, director of project development for the GBRA, said a decision to open Lake McQueeney was “on an hour-by-hour basis” Thursday.
“Lake McQueeney might be open late Sunday or Monday, but that decision won’t be made until later this weekend,” said Judy Gardner, manager of communications and education for GBRA. “Contractors have been working energetically on the main part of the lake. The contractors won’t know until they look at it more closely.
“But it will not be opened until it’s ready and safe to be open.”
By Chris Crews
A contract dispute between the Rural Fire Prevention District #4 and the Canyon Lake Fire/EMS required the intervention of county commissioners at a special meeting Thursday afternoon.
Accusations and harsh words were muffled as representatives argued before the commissioners as to which group should control $88,000 in the fire district's reserve fund.
The four rural fire districts are charged with providing funds for services in unincorporated areas of the county. The Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department provided those services before it merged with the Canyon Lake EMS last year.
The commissioners’ court appoints the rural fire district board and contributes $40,000 to their budgets but usually does not get directly involved with the district’s operation.
County Judge Danny Scheel said the court required a contract between the two entities and it was "concerned” because the two groups had been operating without a signed contract since Jan. I.
Keith Lewis, secretary for the district, said the groups were operating on an “evergreen” contract that automatically rolled over each year. The district had paid more than $ 114,000 to the Fire/EMS already this year, he said.
Lew is said the Fire/EMS wanted control of $88,000 the board had in its reserve fund but did not want to submit an audited financial
He’s got game
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Jordan Gomez, 13, attempts a shot over the defense of Keith Penrose, 13, during a basketball game on Thursday at Haymarket Park. The boys were enjoying the late spring weather and celebrating the end of the school year.
NBU board approves bill resolution
By Peri Stone
New Braunfels Utilities board members voted Thursday in favor of a resolution allowing its customers an extra seven days to pay their bills.
NBU’s current 14-day payment period is five to IO days less than the average payment period for utility companies, NBU official Jeff Thompson said.
The utilities company in San Antonio allows its customers 49 days to pay their bills.
“But we don’t want to be anywhere
close to that,” Thompson said. “We feel that’s out of line.”
The board approved the idea of a 21-day initial payment period, leaving the seven-day disconnect period as is. The new time frame to pay a bill without disconnection would be 28 days.
The board’s recommendation will be taken before New Braunfels City Council for consideration in June and July.
Council will make the final decision whether to approve the extended payment period. The NBU board passed the resolution 3-2.More NBU newt_— Page 4A_
Trustees Robert H. Sohn and James Goodbread Jr. voted against the resolution because of a policy change the board will consider next month.
If NBU extends the payment period, it also wants to implement day to day billing, meaning a customer could receive their bill any day of the month.
“People like to pay their bills on the first and 15th of the month,” Sohn said.
Goodbread said, “I don’t think customers will like it.”Inside
Key code 76It’s graduation time
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Members of the Class of 1999 will take their last walk as Comal County high school students at graduation ceremonies this weekend.
Athletes, National Ment Scholars, drama club members and student body representatives will celebrate graduation day together.
Parents, friends and well-wishers are encouraged to commemorate the success of graduating seniors at commencements today and Saturday.
All graduation events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.See GRADUATION/SA
A crane works to remove debris left behind by the October 1998 flood on Friday in Lake Dunlap. The lake will be closed to boating this weekend.