New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texas
Four Sections, 40 Pages
Vol. 134, No. 106
May 31, 1987 50 Cents
A phone number listed in last Wednesday’s issue for stroke victim assistance was just one number off but that was enough Strokes may cause paralysis or weakness of one side of the body, with additional loss of voluntary control over the other side of the body, loss of sensation, a speech disturbance, visual difficulties and intellectual or emotional disorders.
To get more information regarding strokes or on the formation of a local stroke support group, contact Victoria Laubach at Speech and Language Services, 625-7385 ...
In Harold’s Class of 87 gradua
tion section, the 1987 Smithson Valley High School Valedictorian was wrongly identified as .Jeff Redelift, when in fact, the valedictorian is Stephen F.mmons Redclift is Hie school’s honored salutatorian and we regret the error
Donations are continuing to come in to help New Braunfels Jaycees continue the young tradition of hosting a Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza in Banda Park Recent contributions amounting to $4,433 were received from the Chamber of Commerce. $400; Wurstfest Association, $500; W J Holloway, $50; Harold and Doris Voges, $10; First Federal Savings and Loan. $250. New Braunfels Savings. $100, Sylvia Frost. $5; Frank Witting. $20; Carmelia Horan $10; Hay and Charlie Smith, $5 Comal County Taxpayer Association, $20, Jim Webre, care of Herald-ZeRung, $10, Richard and Marjorie McDonald $5, cash, $72.
And. Joe Michie, $100; Oasis Outdoor Advertising. $100; Kurt Ruzicka. $20 Schriewer and Associates. $100, Noon Lions. $200; Phillip Haven. $100, Mr and Mrs Carl H Skoog, $25, The Plant Haus, $25. Dennis Kaderli, $50; Fred B W illard $25, Michael and Diane Tilly, $23. Stephen and Janet Tunnel. $20. RF. Orr $25, Marion J Bor chers $50. Norris Insurance Agency $25 MBank, $250, General Portland Balcones Plant. $25; Family Credit, $25 The Porter Company, $50
Also. 1/iraine and Calvin Kraft, $100, San Antonio Savings and Loan, $2o. Mrs John P. Fuchs. $10, C W or Ruth Heitkamp, $5; Wholesale Beer, $100, Dan and Susan Phillips, $25, Jeff and Tammy Albrecht, $10; Lorenz and Lottie Hading, $10, Col. and Mrs. W T Kills. $25, Kaderli Insurance Agency. $10, Two Friends Fashion Gallery. $10; Carlos Campos. M D., $50 New Braunfels Breakfast Lions, $200, anonymous. $50. Brauntex Realty, $25; Gruene Hall, $25.
And, Gristmill Restaurant, $25; Gruene Antique Co., $25; Tom Pur-dum. $20; Gene and Frankie Neeley, $25 Mrs M A Cook, $5;
Mr and Mrs Don Jackson, $10; Betty Moorhrad, $25; Barkel, Inc , $500. Renee Raabe, $4; New Braunfels National Bank. $50, Kenney and Janice Rose, $10, David and Ann Keeler $10; Frank Pane-bianco and Susan Tolberts, $20; Dona Bruns. $10, Pit Stop Food Marts. $100; Ladies who attend Teresa McClure’* morning aerobics class, $50; Comal Independent Men’s Association, $50; Carol Morgan Smith, $15 On behalf of the Jaycees, Harold thanks you all....
A flash flood warning is STILL in effect today with a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high expected in the low 80s Southeast winds will reach IO to 15 mph Tonight, the chance of heavy rain and thunder boomers drops to 40 percent with a low near 70
Canyon Cougar Class of 1987 graduated Friday with many students taking part in pensive activities.
N BU balks over transfer request
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
New Braunfels Utilities trustees Friday took no direct action on the city’s request for a higher transfer leaving the city's proposed operating budget in limbo until the entities can resolve the funding matter The city's request for an additional transfer from NBL of $261,000 apparently was not as locked in as city officials had thought The money has been included in anticipated revenues for the city’s next fiscal year to partially balance the city’s proposed $7 75 million budget Utility trustees opposed funding the additional transfer through an increased electric rate levy to city ratepayers of three-quarters of a mil based on kilowatt hours as sug gested by City Manager Joe Michie in his April IO request What the utility board discussed Friday was to advance or loan the city the funds either the bulk amount up front or in monthly installments with a stipulation that the amount be paid back by the city through decreased transfers in the future Because Mayor George Erben who also sits on the utility panel, could not guarantee that council would be receptive to a payback proposal. trustees instead voted to have their attorneys and financial officers meet with the city’s brain trust to consummate the deal before finaliz mg it
Trustees suggested a workshop with council to openly discuss the funding issue Frben made a motion that trustees approve a resolution to pay the city the requested money in monthly installments of $21,750. but there was no second made to his motion because a promise of payback could not be rendered Council was to have considered the third and final reading of its 1987 88 budget ordinance June 8, but Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo said after the trustees action that reading may have to be postponed unless an agreement is reachedNBU-city language sensitive
New Braunfels Utilities Trustee Robert Orr Friday said the language used between the city and the utility rn any form of increase in intergovernmental transfers has to be worded carefully so as not to adversely affect the city’s bond rating
Trustees voted to have NBL' Sawyers and financial officers meet with those of the city to iron out details of a requested $261 OOO increase in money transferred to the city from the utility
•We have to watch the language we use said Orr because Moody’s and Standards and Poor’s read the local newspapers and reports and they are not slow they are very smart and if they sense that the city is just using the utility to keep from having to raise taxes or to keep from having to cut spending, they will cut the bond rating anyway ”
The city and the utility share bond ratings as set by Moody's Investment C ompany and Standards and Poor’s The current bond rating is listed as A l The highest rating achievable is a Triple A rating and ratings affect the amount of interest paid back on long term indebtedness The lower the rating, the higher the interest on bonds sold
Orr said it was his understanding that the city had a bond obligation to make next month but that it was cur rently short funds to meet that pay ment Mayor George F.rben who also sits on the utility board followed Orr's comment with ’ Yes but my understanding is that we can work it out if we do get an installment on the requested transfer increase
However City Finance Director Jim Jeffers Saturday said via telephone that the comments made
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Landowners feel crunch of bogus subdivisions
Dam hydro material purchased, construction work to be re-bid
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
With time running out on the 1987 construction schedule. New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees Friday approved the purchase of ll 2 million worth of materials for the proposed Canyon Dam hydroelectric project.
At the same tune, the board rejected bids tor civil construction on the project after the lowest but came in $1 4 million higher than estimated costs NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said civil work will be rebid immediately in hopes of meeting a construction schedule which centers around low flows on the Guadalupe River during December and January Sohn said he was disappointed with both the materials
and the civil work bids. The bid for a liner and penstock materials for the plant was more than $400,000 higher than Guadalupe Blanco River Authority engineers had estimated, he said NBL Trustee Robert Orr balked over the bids “There are companies starving for work. This is bread and but ter and I don’t see why we should be overcharged tor bread and butter ” be said about the cost cl materials “Did we design some kind ot albatross Sohn said actually the Canyon Dam project, which is projected to produce 25 million kilowatt hours of clee tricity annually for New Braunfels, is quite complicate ! because it means building a generation plant into an ex isting dam rather than simply building a plant The liner
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N BISD trustees urged to tighten budget belts
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
" While some local residents urged New Braunfels ISO to “tighten its belts,” others told school board trustees Friday they understand the need for increased taxes and want a continuation of quality education
I personally think you ought to have to suck up the gut and take in another notch in the belt,” Walter :D trustees and administrators during a public lax hearing at the school district offices “I don’t have to
tell anybody here about the economy Everybody is really in a bad way ”
Cadenhead told the trustees that he thinks local school teachers should skip their local pay increase this year In a year when people are being laid off their jobs and businesses are failing, the school district should do its bit to keep taxes low and teachers, like everyone else should be willing to go without a raise, he said.
Lonnie Curtis, NElSD’s finam director, said the majority of the
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By TRAVIS E POLING Staff Writer
The residents of at least eight sub divisions in Comal County are feeling the backlash of broken promises and non-compliance from developers of the illegal subdivisions.
These residents have gone to the Comal County Attorney and the Texas Attorney General seeking legal recourse in hopes that it will gain them improved roads, adequate water supply, and clear title to their land
Owners of the Lazy Diamond Ranchettes. Ashley Ranch. Guadalupe Hills, Tom Creek Acres. Bulverde Ranches, Buckhorn Ranch. Devil’s Backbone, and Parkland Estates subdivisions have all been cited as being in violation of county and state statutes All failed to file a plat designating the developments as subdivisions
The problems being experienced by the landowners rn these illegal subdivisions stem from, in most
cases, dishonest) and a lack of responsibility from the developer In 1978 Margaret Maynard, a cur rent resident of Lazy Diamond Ranchettes. purchased land in what she thought was a legitimate subdivision Jim Ashley, the developer sold Maynard the land with promises of improved roads When she moved to her land in 1984 the roads had not been improved and no compliance from Ashley seemed forthcoming Another resident of the illegal subdivision. Charlie Bernier, said Ashley had committed himself to the residents to sealeoat the road by 1986. He did not comply and since that time has filed for bankruptcy Lazy Diamond Ranchettes was originally a part of the Hanno Guenther Estate and parts were sold by Hanno Guenther Jr The land, which is now Lazy Diamond and \shley Ranches, was actually purchased by Pat Maloney, one of Dallas' foremost lawyers, who is using Jim Ashley as a front for his illegal operation Bernier says that the residents had
non resident landowner at the sub division, had documents drawn up by his own attorneys to make the road a public instead of private road said Bernier The change they hoped, would allow the landowners to receive county maintenance of the road
According to Mac McCoy head of the county road department, roads are not maintained unless they are first brought up to county road standards and then accepted into the county s I nit Road System “We already have enough sub standard roads that are county roads to be worried about without having to deal with building new ones in these ii legal subdivisions McCoy said
McCoy says that if the residents oi the developers will bring the roads up to county standards the county will maintain them
Now that the road is a public one the residents’ problems have been compounded because they no longer
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taken the problem to the sta*e At judgement on Maloney but that it
torney General s office The', were would not change the road situation
told that it may be possible to get a Kenneth Sedgewick, currently a
A water well once used by 49 persons