New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends die following birthday wishes; Nkkkk Villa, Rime SUnpir, Robert Heynis, Fibencio Luna, Jeffrey Juarez, Lope Pina, Billy Jeffrey, Roy O'Donnell, Margaret Pahmlyer, Marjorie Wilson. Happy belated birthday lo the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, Kathryn Cole, Donald Hobnrtrom, Roland Morin.
Hormk§ZmHitng Cheer fund donations sought
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's Cheer hind campaign to provide food for local needy families is continuing with mud) success, according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery.
Avery said that any type of non-perishable food item can be donated, as well as money.
The Cheer fond goal is to assist 200 local families this year. Over 1,900 families have received Cheer fond assistance over the last 11 years, Avery noted "This has been possible due to the generosity of the community."
To dome, call the Herald-Zettung at 625-9144.
Today's donations were from;
■ Susan Miller-$10
■ Leland St Jean Cross -$25
■ Margaret St Wilbur Thompson-$35
The total is now at $2,849.
Crim* prevention program set
The Garden Ridge Area Women's Club will sponsor a crime prevention program at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department Community Hall.
Bracken Fire Chief Glenn Mueller, Garden Ridge Police Chief Parus Dudley and a representative from Citizens Against Crime will present information and answer questions about personal and property safety.
The program is open to all area residents. Call Evelyn Miller at 651 -9718 for information.
Blood drivos sot by
ST Blood Bank
South Texas Blood Bank will conduct blood drives on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 am. to 11 arn. at Victoria Bank St Trust parking lot, 1000 N. Walnut; Wednesday, Nov. 17 from I p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lafarge parking lot, Wald Rd, and Thursday,
Nov. 18 from 12 pm. to 3:30 pm. at Symons parking lot, 1155 Churchill, Call 1-800-292-5534, Ext 217 for more information.
Hospice Open House scheduled
Hospice New Braunfels will have an open house Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 4 pm. to 6 pm. at the new frdlity, 613 N. Walnut.
The public is invited to tour the Hospice facility and meet new administrator Lawrence Leahy.
(The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "StammtischH represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.)
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Laidlaw waste contract renegotiated
Decorations go up on the Plaza
Cost of disposing household wastes are increased by more than 400%
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Materials collected on Hazardous Waste Collection Day will not be disposed of in cement kilns, according to Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn, project manager of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.
The Household Hazardous Waste board met Monday morning and modified its contract with Laidlaw Environmental Services Inc.
Friesenhahn said the decision of the board was unanimous. Members of the board are Mayor Rudy Seidel, New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil Baker, Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willman and Comal County Commissioner Moe Schwab. New Braunfels City Council Member Paul Fraser has also been vocal about the program.
“We've done nothing more than what was assured us by the Texas Water Commission. . .We’ve done nothing more than keep the contract in tact,’* said Fraser.
Die original plan was for the wastes robe sent to a cement kiln in Alabama. The contract now calls for the wastes to be disposed of at a permanent hazardous waste incinerator.
The change in the contract will cause an increase in costs for the program; however, none of these costs will be bom by the City Of New Braunfels or Comal County since the project is fonded by grants.
Friesenhahn said it would have cost $95 to use fuels blending to dispose of a 55-gallon drum of wastes. Incinera
tion will cost $395. He explained only IO to 15 barrels will be used.
The project is funded by a $212,000 grant horn the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and $136,000 in fine money provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. Officials said no financial commitment has been made by the city or the county to fond this project.
Fraser said he would like to dispell the idea that the city or county is fonding the program.
“I want to clarify this false feeling that the city or county is fonding this. This is fonded by the state through a grant,” said Fraser.
Friesenhahn also explained that no legal costs were associated with changes in the contract. He also said he hopes residents will concentrate on the positive aspects of the program.
“We hope we can turn the publicity around from a negative aspect to a positive aspect,” he said.
‘‘We all need to focus on the important goal of this project which is preventing the pollution of our streams and ground water. This can be accomplished by boxing up leftover paints, cleaners and pesticides and bringing them to Fire Station No. 2 on Dec. 4. All county residents are encouraged to participate in this free, safe, pollution prevention program,” he said
If the first collection day is successful and gram fonds are available, a second collection could be held in the spring. Friesenhahn said citizens will be surveyed during the upcoming collection VQ see if they will pe willing to help pay for a potion of the program.
Filing begins for Dis! 2 council post
No filings reported so far, officials say
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Robert Offermann and Brian Magott of New Braunfels Utllltlas wart hanging Christmas lights In anticipation of th# annual Christmas Tree Lighting on th# Plaza, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 5:45 p.m. Th# celebration heralds the arrival of Santa and the lighting of downtown for th# holidays. Other downtown festivities Includes Wassallfest on Dec. 9.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Filing began this week for those persons interested in running for the position of District 2 city council person.
The first day to file was Monday. Officials said no filings had been made as of 5 p.m. Monday. The last day to file will be Dec. 15.
Interested persons can file for the position at the New Braunfels City
Secretary's Office at the New Braunfels Municipal Building.
Those filing must be a registered voter of New Braunfels and must have lived in District 2 for a minimum of 12 months.
The scat for district 2 was left vacant after citizens in the district recalled the past city councilman Dan Bremer. The recall election was held Nov. 2.
The election to fill the seat will be held Jan. 15.
County DA warns of scanning process to forge signatures
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer_
Comal County District Attorney Bill Rcimer is warning area business persons about the possibility of forged signatures being made by criminals using computer scanners.
Rcimer said be became concerned after a trial last week in which the defendant used a scanned image of his bosset’ signature to steal $28,000.
The trial, In which 50-year-old Austin resident Robert Miller was the defendant, resulted in a guilty verdict. Miller was convicted for taking a total of $110,000 from the now bankrupt Midway Mobile Homes in New Braunfels.
According to Rcimer, the defendant showed a memo in which the owner of the business had authorized checks overtime and bonuses in the amount of $28,000.
However, the memo was a copy and Reinter contested Miller had
scanned the signature onto the memo.
Comal County Manager of Computers Fred O’Neal was called in to testify on
the possibility of a scanned image being used as a signature.
Rcimer said he encourages business people to keep certified copies of documents because of the ability of others to alter them. He said businesses should take more procedural steps to make sure they do not become victims.
"They need to make a policy of keeping certified copies of the originals,” he said. “They should never send out an original without keeping a certified copy."
Texans Warehouse Foods announces IO to 20 lay offs at New Braunfels store
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Texans Warehouse Foods has confirmed that approximately 20 employees per store have been laid off in what is said to be a normal procedure in the grocery industry following a grand opening.
“We never know exactly — in a grand opening we hire X number of people,” said Dan Dexter, General Manager of Texans Warehouse Foods in San Antonio. ‘There are times when it’s a few too many and sometimes it’s too few.” Dexter said those laid off will be the first considered for re-hire when openings become avail-
able. He said he wouldn’t know how tm . , a , _
many people may be laid off in New ® don t think I was treated
Braunfels for a couple of days, but fair* They Just hired a
estimates it may be IO to 20. Accord- bunch of DOODle to aet ing to Dexter Texans Warehouse “ * " JJT*TV® J**
Foods may be hiring more employees tnem tnrOUfln their grand as the Christmas season nears. opening and than Arad us.’
One woman, who asked not to be -Former TWF employee expense rather than a capital asset
named in the newspaper, said she tm-— wVbelieve this conservative
test they made me take.”
Megafoods Stores, Inc., doing business in Texas as Texans Warehouse Foods, incurred a loss of $5,088,000 ($0.60 per share) during the third quarter which ended October 2 compared to net income of $453,000 ($0.09 per share) for the same quarter last year.
They had previously announced that the anticipated coos associated with the opening of 15 San Antonio area stores would be approximately $5.7 million and that those costs would be recorded in the third quarter resulting in a net alto tax loss for the quarter.
“No one likes to report a loss,” said President and Chief
............ '■ Executive Officer of Megafoods
Stores, Inc., Dean Miller, commenting on the quarterly results. “However it relates to the establishment of the new San Antonio division and not on-going operations. Unlike some retailers, we treat store opening costs as an
one of 13 employees in the deli department laid off. She said she was angry because she thought she had found a permanent job, and because the company deducted $22.50 from her pay check for a drug test the company made her take.
“I don’t think I was treated fair,” she said. “I was excited that I had a fulltime job. They just hired a bunch of people to get them through their grand opening and then fired us. And I don’t think they should make me pay for a drug
accounting treatment is in the long-term interests of our stockholders.”
Miller said in the quarterly results press release Nov. 9 that the company still expects to open an additional seven stores in the fourth quarter which will bring their total store count to 46 by year end.
Fourth quarter results are expected to bear that burden, but Miller expressed confidence that 1994 will reap the benefits of the additions.For news, advertising or subscription , call 625-9144A