New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYLocal businesses show their United Way spirit See Page 7A,
Letters to the editor......................5A
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Margaret Trayhan, Irene Self, Dindra Nicole Rosales (belated), Diana Kramer, Brad & Chad Hartmann, Sylvia Erben. Happy Anniversary to Emil & Margie Mueller, Doug & Pat Feuge
Mid-Texas Symphony rehearsals scheduled
The Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus rehearsals will start on Thursday, Nov 3 at 2 p.m. in the Ayers Recital Hall at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin.
For further information, call Dr. Fred Frueholz at 625-6420.
Wurstfest offers advance tickets
Advance tickets sales for Wurstfest *94 are now on sale at the Wurstfest offices in Landa Park,
Adult admission advance tickets will cost 55 if purchased by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3.
Adult tickets at the gate cost S6. Children 12 years old and under are admitted free. Admission to the Wursthalle is free.
Slated this year for Nov. 4-13, Wurstfest is a German/Texas festival that attracts an estimated 100,000 people from around the world to New Braunfels.
For more information, call 625 9167.
Historical tour of Landa Park scheduled
Wilkommen! It’s Wurstfest time once again. The City of New Braunfels Parks & Recreation Department will be offering a "Deutsche (German) Historical Tour of Landa Park.”
Three tours will be given on Nov. 4, 1994.
Tours will begin at 9 a m., 11 a m., and 2 p.m. and will last approximately one-and-a-half hours.
United Way kudos
Thanks to R«/Max River Cities Real Estate.
Welcome to the United Way family1
Under the UnltadWtau
leadership of Bobbie Landrum.
they raised a total of $1 .OOO which represents an employee per capita gift of $67. This depicts 100 percent participation by their employees.
A big thank you to the employees of the Greeter New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Under the leadership of Beverly Giacolettf they raised a total of $592 for this year's United Way campaign with 100 percent employee participation. The employee per capita gift was $46 which represents a 9 percent increase over last year's fund raising efforts.
Congratulations to the employees of Centex Office Center They raised $689 for the United Way campaign, a 60 percent increase over last year's fundraising efforts The per capita employee gift was $57 and represents 100 percent employee participation Thanks to campaign coordinator Cash Hermes
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
City’s insurance to pay for fountain
Fountain expected to be operational for April Sesquicentennial events
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
New Braunfels Firefighters Fred Boch and Scott Kayler work to extinguish a truck fire yestf rday which took place at 1-35 and FM 306. The 1088 Ford pick-up belonged to Enrique Martinez of Elgin. Fire officials said the fire was caused by a fuel leak In the engine area. The pick up suffered severe damage, however no estimate was given. Martinez was treated and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor Injuries.
New Braunfels officials announced Tuesday the City’s insurance carrier will cover the damages caused to the Main Plaza Fountain.
The fountain will be in operation in time for the April 1995 Sesquicentennial activities.
It was estimated that a drunk driver caused at least • S50.000 worth of damage after he crashed the car he was driving into the fountain which was just refurbished last ; year. ;
Finance Director Sharon Day had been consulting * with the Texas Municipal League, the City’s insurance • carrier, to find out if it would cover the wrcckcd-fountain. '
Day said the fountain was only added to the list of' items insured by its policy with the TML on Oct. I,
1994 Had the accident happencdjust one month ago, the citizens of New Braunfels would have been out a cool 50 grand. The driver who ran into the fountain was not insured.
Parks and Recreation Director David Whatley said the fountain will be picked up next week by Robinson’s Iron of Alexander City, Alabama, the firm which did the latest work on the fountain.
"Where we’re real fortunate is that this is the compa- . ny that recently worked on the fountain,” Whatley said. “It has some of the castings. We are not starting from scratch, if we were it would be much more expensive and take a longer time to repair.”
Whatley said he and Day met with insurance adjusters Tuesday.
Robinson will redirect a truck to New Braunfels to pick up the broken fountain Friday, Whatley said He also said a Robinson official will fly to New Braunfels to supervise the loading and to make sure everything needed itpictod up by the driver.
New computer system brings New Braunfels Utilities to 21st century
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Although New Braunfels Utilities has dozens of employees to serve customers, several projects going simultaneously and a computer system so sophisticated it can out smart a Lexus, most NBU rate payers only have one question: How much will my utility bill be?
With the impression that the utility company has the highest rates in Texas, the last thing customers want to hear is that it spent over SI .2 million on revamping a computer system that will bring NBU into the 21st century
The new IBM computer system replaces an old system that, according to NBU computer system consultant Grog Galluzzi, could have failed any day and caused an administrative nightmare. He said bills might not have been sent out if the old computer had quit.
Let’s here it for the old machine.
“NBU was being held hostage by this Data General (the name of the old computer),” said Galluzzi. "A software contract guy would come in and do changes that were needed on the software but he did not understand what he was doing. No one understood.”
The consultant said the old computer was purchased in the early eighties by NBU, but the vendor folded and NBU was left holding the chips, so to speak.
With the old system, there was no continuity to speak of. The warehouse did not know what accounting was doing, accounting did not know what billing was doing and that had Gallup telling Board of Trustee members that something had to be done.
"I was basically here to make sure everything was integrated,” he said "This should be significantly faster than the old system. This new com
puter system is a massive impact on how we do business here There is no doubt in my mind the system has the functional features needed and I believe the efficiency of the system will only benefit the rate payers ”
Now each computer NBL1 has hooked up to the main computer share a common "server.”
All stations have their own information, but they share the information on the server, which leads to better communications between departments and saves asubstantial amount of travel time Before the new- system w'as installed Galluzzi said information had been hand carried from place to place using extra employee hours and over taxing vehicles.
One of the first things installed by Galluzzi was electronic mail, or "E” mail as most of us computer whizzes call it.
Now it’s just a push of a button, or a few buttons.
One of the few things left to be installed by the computer guru is the new bar axle being put on bills, similar to that on most grocery items, so when customers come in, the bill would be scanned That would bring up the customers acaiunt information as soon as the computer would read the code "Right now you may see a slower response time at the window, but once our personnel learn everything that the new system has, everything will be faster,” Galluzzi said Another feature that will be added will be a meter reader computer called an icon device.
It will allow meter information to be entered into the device and at the end of the day, the Icon simply gets plugged into another aimputer and it feeds all the information into the billing department’s computer.
The Wurst Weather
Eyes will be on the skies in hopes of favorable weather
By CRAIG HAMMETT
As Wurstfest opens this weekend, one might catch Wurstfest officials looking toward the skies
“The last four years, weather has been a factor,” said Wurst -fest’s Suzanne Herbelin. "Last year, there was a rcaxd heat wave in October. Then, the day before we started, a cold, wet norther blew through and it stayed cold through the IO days ”
Wurstfest has had bad luck with the weather —— n m
the past four years and officials are hoping for better luck this season While the festival still averages more than I 00,000 people each year, that number would no doubt
‘It (bad weather) hat tended to make people stay home. When we lose attendance on Saturday, we don’t make that up.1
- Suzanne Heberlin
i ncrease with perfect weather.
"It (bad weather) has tended to make people stay home,” said Herbelin. "When we lose attendance on Saturday, we don’t make that up ”
One change made in the last few years has been to charge one admission price to the Wurstfest grounds, which includes admission to the Wursthalle.
"Most everything is under cover,” said Heibelin "It’s just getting people on the grounds (during bad weather).”
She said that although attendance was down somewhat last year, concession sales actually
Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Harry Schnaidar sats up hit booth at Wurathaila yaatarday.
showed an increase because people stayed in covered areas such as the ' Wursthalle and concession area Two tents, the Grosse Zelt (Big Tent) and Kleine Zelt (Little Tent) also feature entertainment Forecasts call for rain Friday, but clearing for the opening weekend
Officials at the National Weather Service office in New Braunfels predict normal precipitation and temperatures, ranging from highs in the 70s to lows in the 50s. At this time of year, a front can be expected every five to six days, which can change those forecasts
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■ Vol. 142, No. 256Plan to visit Wurstfest ’94, Nov. 4 —13 at the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park