New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
New allocations included; traffic light tossed out
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
City Council scratched one new traffic signal, and decided not to buy an asphalt pavement lay down machine It found some money for youth soccer and a luanda Park parking lot, and added to the w heelchair ramp and street improvement funds.
Except for those items. City Manager E.N.
Delashmutt’s Entitlement 14 revenue sharing budget went through as previously outlined.
He didn’t agree on the traffic light issue, but the council had final say. Members voted to save $19,940 by not updating the light at Union and East San Antonio.
‘If there’s ever an accident and it goes to court. I will end up being subpoenaed and must testify that I’ve brought this to the city council every year since
1980,” Delashmutt said.
Federal codes require that there be two visible signals for each lane of traffic. "There’s four in the city that need to be replaced, at a total cost of $76,000. I just selected two for this year,” Delashmutt reminded the council.
Members voted to go ahead and replace the single
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Staff photo bv John SenttrFinal count
Wurstfest attendance dropped after wreck
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Playing the numbers game with this year's Wurstfest might be a little disappointing The 135.000 attendance figure from the festival which ended Sunday was down by about 15,000 persons over last
"But we're not after numbers,” said Tom Pur-dum. executive secretary of the Wurstfest Association Tuesday. “We’re after quality.”
Based on attendance for the opening two nights of W urstfest, compared to last year’s and then to the rest of this year's festival, it would seem Wurstfest didn t end as well as it started. Why? Perhaps the tragic deaths of four members of the Ruben Sauceda family, who were struck down and killed by a San Antonio man, charged with driving while intoxicated, Get 30, had an effect on the merriment of others.
Purdum said last week that Wurstfest had been stuck a “bad rap” by the media coverage, Unking the four deaths to the festival. “To say these killings were Wurstfest’s fault is ridiculous,” he stated.
But the people who stayed away this year obviously disagreed. “Our attendance the first Friday and Saturday of the festival was up from last year. The crowds were more mature, and then it dropped off,” Purdum said. “I understand that there were circumstances that were going to be reported, but the ullage came out in the media that Wurstfest was bad. And that hurt,
“There are a lot of things, not just one thing, that affected attendance this year. But if I had to look for a dominant one, it would be that some media reports were mtrepretative that the deaths were Wurstfest’s fault,” he added. "We had numerous calls from people who were afraid to come to Wurstfest this year, for fear it had become a drunken brawl.”
Since 1978, the Wurstfest Association has not released figures on the number of gallons of beer sold, rn an effort to “eliminate the emphasis placed on drinking at the festival,” Purdum said. However, food is a different story
“There were over 16,000 funnel cakes sold, 40,000 potato pancakes, 15,000 turkey legs and we estimate about 40 tons of sausage,” the executive secretary reported. In addition, the festival’s star accordion man for many years, Myron Floren, performed more days than ever before. The Goebeifest was added as a new attraction this year, putting Wurstfest in touch with Hununel collectors from all over the state.
Department of Public Safety Sgt Bob Holder said he considered this year’s festival a success, in that “we kept the accident picture down, and that’s what we were after."
Holder said DPS troopers arrested 109 persons for driving while intoxicated over the entire Wurstfest period, and city patrolmen arrested 23. “I understand that Hays County arrested more than we did,” Holder added.
The only major accident during the Wurstfest period was the Oct. 30 tragedy inside the city limits. “But there were no serious accidents outside the city,” the sergeant stated. “Our objective was to keep Wurstfest traffic volume down, and based on that, our program was a success. We did our best to keep the roads of Comal County safe, and that’s what we’re paid to do.”
Sen. John Traeger offers his assistance
Traeger needs datato help countyToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for considerable late night and morning cloudiness with partly cloudy afternoons. Winds will be from the southeast at 10-15 mph this afternoon, diminishing to 5-10 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 5:39 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 6:51 a.m.How About Them 'Dawgs
Saturday’s upsets and routs combined to produce a new, topsy-turvy Associated Press Top Twenty college football poll. Georgia, on the strength of a 44-0 demolition job on Florida, jumped from third to first. SMU, all geared up for the No. I ranking following the loss to former No. I Pitt, will have to be content for now with second See Page 6
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Sen. John Traeger (D-Segumi is willing to go to bat for Comal County — if there’s going to be a ballgame.
Right now, however, that ballgame — which would consist of the Comal Commissioners Court proposing a bill to the Legislature — all depends on the county.
If the county hopes to obtain legislation giving it ordinance-making power or the authority to impose a county sales tax — it’ll have to come up with strong facts to back its case for the Legislature, Traeger said Monday.
While in town for a brief visit, Traeger toured River Road and Canyon Lake with Comal Commissioners and members of the County Growth and Development Committee, discussing how legislation could help solve some of the county’s growth and tourist-related problems.
Growth committee members O R. Heitkamp, J.L. "Jumbo” Evans (county commissioners of the lake area > and Ken Karger were among those w ho drove Traeger around the county to point out areas suffering most from the county's growth and increasing tourism.
Currently the growth committee, which was appointed by Commissioners Court to study growth and tourism problems, is considering legislation to help alleviate these problems.
No specific legislation has yet been recommended to Commissioners Court by the comuuttee, which will self-destruct in February. But, committee members have discussed how a county sales tax or ordinance-making powers might help the court deal with the problems.
"Right now the county doesn’t have the authority to keep anyone
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In less than two months, Mark White will be Governor of Texas. To get there, he “sold the people a bill of goods he can’t produce," Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said Monday.
And Sohn is already beginning to feel the backlash.
“To make a campaign promise like I will eliminate the fuel adjustment charge on your utility bills,’ is totally irresponsible and incompetent," Sohn said. “And that’s giving White the benefit of the doubt, assuming he’s not just plain stupid.”
If anyone would know what White actually meant when he said that magic campaign promise before the Nov. 2 election, a Utilities manager would, right? Well, the best Sohn could do was guess.
"Here's what he might mean...to eliminate the fuel cost by driving its
Sohn blasts White's pledge to end fuel adjustment
identification back into the base rates, and if that happens, what honesty there is in utilities companies will go out the window,” Sohn said. “The way things are set up now, there’s no way out of being open and honest when it comes to fuel cost.”
The judicial system decided in 1974 due to the variable costs of fuel, that an injustice was being done to utility customers by burying that cost in the base rates. So the fuel charge was to be separated from the base rate, “and utility companies had to expose their bones,” the manager explained.
The Public Utility Commission formed in 1976, and profits on fuel adjustment charges were declared against the rules. New Braunfels Utilities buys its power from the liOwer Colorado River Authority, who is under legal direction to report fuel
costs without a profit.
We’re not making money off fuel, and neither is 1X RA,” Sohn stated “We take our bill from LCRA telling us how much power we used, and divide the per kilowatt hour cost equally among all our customers.
"If White takes the fuel cost and gives the PUC the authority to combine it with the base rates, it will mean a step backward at least 20 years. Consumers are going to get the same bill. The fuel adjustment charge will still be on that bill — somewhere”
There’s something scary about going backward “If the fuel adjustment charge is elimmated, utility companies wiU be going to the PUC every three to six months
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City seeks answer on boat hoist
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
The final horn
The sounding of a horn often signifies the conclusion of something, usually a sporting event, lf a horn was to be used to mark the end of another Wurstfest celebration, Mike Barker's Alpen horn would probably do nicely. Barker played in Das Kleme Zelt on Sunday, the final day.
The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority has a permit system to control structures built on I .ake Dunlap and other water impoundments managed by the GBRA The Army Corps of Engineers has authority over projects that involve dredging or filling along rivers, streams and lakes.
All navigable bodies of water are public property. In this state, they come under the jurisdiction of the Texas Water Commission, a division of the Texas
Department of Water Resources. But John Specht, general manager of the GBRA, said the Water Safety Act gives some ordinance-making power to any political subdivision that controls a body such as a reservoir.
"Whether or not the city (New Braunfels) can pass an ordinance to control (docks and other river-bank structures) is a question your City Attorney should address,” he told the City Council Monday night.
But he doesn’t see why tile city shouldn’t have that power.
The question arose after contractor Michael Flume made a belated request for a permit to build a boat hoist at 494 Rio Drive, on the property of J.L. McCormick. The hoist, already under construction at the time, extends 12 feet into the Guadalupe River. Since the river is narrow at that punt, council members
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New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 91 — No. 217 14 Pages (USPS 377-880)
Strange coalition seeks bill to force lower interest rates
WASHINGTON (AP) — An unlikely but potent coalition of conservative Republicans and Democratic leaders is emerging in Congress to force the Federal Reserve Board to lower interest rates.
The prospect of a bipartisan bill that would pull down high interest rates is attracting Republican luminaries such as Rep. Jack Kemp of New York and GOF House Whip Trent Ixitt of Mississippi, and Democratic leaders such as Senate Minority leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia and House Majority I/eader Jim Wright of Texas, according to congressional sources.
Backers of such legislation say the effort will force the Federal Reserve — either voluntarily or by law — to abandon its current monetary policy for controlling inflation and return to the interest rate-setting policy it scrapped three years ago. They also claimed rates could be brought down without jeopardizing the success the Fed has achieved in
Congressional emissaries delivered that message in a post-election meeting at the “Fed” last week with an aide to bank Chairman Paul A. Volcker: either the bank bring rates down or Congress will force it to. Some Fed critics contend the bank already has moved to lower rates to diffuse support for the legislation.
The Fed, although independent of the White House, is under the direct control of Congress, which created it and can abolish it.
“The prospects (of a bipartisan coalition) may be better than anyone believed at the beginning of our discussions,” one Senate Democratic source said Monday
“This is one of the two or three major issues on the Democratic agenda when (the newt Congress convenes," the source said.
“We emphasized to the Fed that the coalition is
serious and alive and intending to press the interest rate issue,” said another source who attended last week’s meeting. “It was not just an election issue.” The Fed's response was that while it would not commit itself to any policy changes, it is well aware it is a creature of Congress and is listening to what Congress has to say, Fed officials said.
The prospect of Congress setting monetary policy has perturbed Volcker, who said last spring that “transient political influences" on monetary policy could have adverse repercusssions for the economy. The Fed chairman also has personally lobbied members of Congress against interest rate legislation, the sources said.
Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress have been in agreement on few economic issues since Reagan moved into the White House.
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