New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
By LILLIAN THOMAS Stall writer
The county engineer reported Thursday on damages to county roads from the heavy rains Sunday in the northeast part of the county.
“We had extensive damage from heavy rains early this summer in the western part of the county And now with the heavy rain Sunday ... (the rains* did a lot of damage to roads in that area.” Clark Mac’ McCoy, /county engineer said
McCoy mentioned Old Bastrop, I Hunter and York Creek roads among the damaged roadways “On York Creek Road a whole lot
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WEATHER Holiday Closings
The New Braunfels City Hall and the Comal County Courthouse will be closed Thursday and Friday There will be no trash pickup either day. New Braunfels ISI) and Canyon ISO schools and offices also will be closed both days.
New Braunfels Heuid Zesting readers will receive a morning paper on Thanksgiving The newspaper’s offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and will reopen at 8 30 a rn. Friday.Missing Children
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post THO is sponsoring a “Missing Childrens” program for youngsters in the NBISD, CISD and St Peter and Paul’s Catholic School in the lower elementary grades Literature was I distributed c at the schools today
Comal River........... 1,040 (up 562)
• . Canyon inflow........ 2,000 (up 1,585)
® Canyon outflow........... 542 (same)
Watch Edwards Aquifer ....... 626.56 (up .29)
Canyon Lake level 909.24 (up .15)
NBU trustees reject
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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94 No. 230
November 27, 1985
28 Pages - 2 Sections
I By LILLIAN TNOMAS Staff writar
I Winds and lightning caused some damage around town as a storm moved through the area late Tuesday, but early this morning rain amounts had not caused the creeks to ; rise out of their banks
New Braunfels Fire Department responded to a call from a house hit by lightning at 781 Encino.
One engine responded at 7:01 a.m.,
• and found most of the damage to be "f to the interior, a fire department spokesman said.
“The house had not actually caught fire, but there was damage to the walls.” the spokesperson said.
New Braunfels Utilities had isolated outages caused mostly by high winds.
“WestPoint Pepperell’s sign on | (US) 81 blew down and got into the wires," said John Huck with the electric department at the utilities.
A tree limb blew down and hit a line on Camp Willow Road around i 12:45 am A trailer in the Solms area lost its roof and wiring about 4:15 a m.. Huck said.
“When everyone started getting up this morning some discovered they had a fuse hit by lightning in the night.” Huck said.
“Also. we are still working on a
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Rene Rodriguez left, Robert Morales and Frank Llamas (in white ha*) clean out a clogged drain at the Plaza
couple of houses at Mary Boulevard and Ogden that are without power because a tree fell over and took out a pole.” he added In the Hunter area, residents
reported that the creek had not risen out if its banks, hut “if It Keeps rain ing like this, it's a concern for all of us.” said Charles Torres, a resident in the area
Drainage in the Hunter area was part of th* problem that led to the rapidly rising water Sunday morn ing Torres said The New Braunfels Emergency
Communications Civil Defense Group is on standby as the rains con tinue.
lf the rains continue as anticipated See RAINS. Page SA
CHICAGO (API The National Safety Council estimates between 380 and 480 people will die on the nation's highways during the four-dav Thanksgiving holiday weekend The holiday runs from 0 p rn today to midnight Sunday About 470 people could be expected to die in traffic accidents during a non holiday, four day weekend at this time of year council statistician Barbara Carraro said T uesday “In the last few years holiday figures have not been significantly higher than non holiday Ms Carraro said adding the explanation “could be any number of things ”
Last year's Thanksgiving traffic death toll was 401 The highest toll for the holiday w as 784 dead recorded in 1988
In addition to the holiday death predictions thousands will also be saved from a dinner-less Thanksgiving Thursday As the nation sits down to Thanksgiving dinner, tens of thousands of Americans without a dinner fable of their own will head to public shelters and charity kitchens for the best meal they vc bad in weeks
The>r numbers are on the rise in many cities social service ad ministrafors say. because of an increasing shortage of low cost housing depressed economies in some areas and a lack of job skillsCommissioners hear about rain damage to roads
I Rangers, Cougarettes Sports grab non-district wins
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Utilities trustees reject cost-of-service rates
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New Braunfels Utilities trustees rejected a proposal to base electric rates on cost-of service Tuesday night. Instead, they gave consultant Jerry Thomas and Utilities staff two months to come up with an alternate rate schedule to raise the needed revenue
EH Mornhinweg, the newest Utilities trustee, moved to keep elec the rates “as they are, passing along the pass-through costs from LURA (Lower Colorado River Authority).” His motion also included the desired two month time frame for alter natives
Utilities Manager Bob Sohn’s was perplexed by the boards action “What you’re saying to me is you want me to be a magician, but I can't wave a wand and create revenue.” he said
“You’ve told me theres another way, and I’d hope you want it to be fair. But I don t know how to do that” other than basing rates on cost of service, he added
“I know we have revenue requirements, but I would like to see a different schedule,” Mayor Barbara Tieken said. “If we need a $125 million rate increase, let s justify why, spread it around or defer it” un
til LORA goes to the Public Utility Commission for its estimated $52 million rate increase in July 1988 * What you're saying is it s ail right for LURA to have a rate increase, but this utility -- where you sit on the board can’t have a rate increase,” Trustee Robert Orr said “There are two basic questions here Do we need a rate increase, and if the answer’s yes, liow do we allocate it? I d rather do it on a logical premise than guesswork, he added.
Thomas' cost-of service study was designed to reflect new electric rates based on what it costs Utilities to serve a particular customer class For example, it showed a 33 percent increase for the residential class as a whole, but that increase was offset by decreasing fuel costs Thomas said if the rates were approved. the average residential bill would go up about $8 a month AII customer classes in Thomas’ study showed a bottom line decrease, because of lower fuel costs However, Mornhinweg said, “If it (the cost of fuel) goes back to where it was in 1981 82. then we're putting a 33 per cent increase to our residential customers.”
Sohn said that statement was tn-
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of the new gravel we put down wash ed away On Old Bastrop Road, we had just finished some paving work there and 30 percent of the shoulders have pulled away from the edges,” McCoy said “Parts of Hunter Road were still under water today Our repair schedule and material use w ill be substantially hurt by this ” Commissioner J L “Jumbo” Evans pointed out that those areas were not the only ones damaged “There are lots of roads that had no potholes Saturday and now are showing lots of potholes 8 8 10 inches deep,” Evans said “A number of low-water crossings were damaged Below the Bidder's Creek dam. since
that dam was constructed, this is the first time to my recollection that the fence on the Dean Word Ranch wash ed away ”
Commissioner Bill George, whose precinct much of the worst damage was in. said he was meeting with residenfsof Hunter that afternoon “The water that came through Hunter moved any number of residents out of their homes; their floors have buckled,” George said Commissioners also received a report from McCoy on the boat ramps built by the subdivision developers and given to the county McCoy’s crew repaired most of boat ramps and made safety im
provements recommended by the I S Army Corps of Engineers Only two ramps remain “technically clos ed” Canyon Lake Village and Canyon Lake Village West • When I say technically closed I mean every time the corps puts up a barracade so that it won t tie used someone comes along and tak^s it down.’ McCoy said One of these two the concrete part of the ramp is broken, and McCoy «>aid he can find no one who wants to take on the underwater repair The other ramp only needs the safety improvements done, and the road department has the materials but not the time to do them with the
extra repair work piling up Commissioners decided to w ait and see if the road department can get to the safety improvements by the beginning of next year lf not. com missioners will have the work con tractedout In other business commissioners adopted the 1988 budget without settl mg the question of the money for the constables’ deputies Also the amended 1985 budget was accepted with one change the sheriff’s department uniform allowance had never been increased from $8 240 to $11.040 since last year, though numerous new officers had been added
County Auditor Bate Bond inform ed commissioners that the last ses sion of the Texas legislature passed supplemental pay for appellate court judges to tie paid by the counties in their district Before adding this $1,300 to the 1988 budge* County Judge Fred Clark asked for more in formation Later a budget amendment can be added as it could tie to change their decision on the constables deputies Clark said
In other business commissioners also awarded the bid for courthouse annex s telephone system to San
SM COMMISSIONERS. Page SAOn television
Peggy Kokernot of PM Magazine and cameraman Kirby Oliver tape a segment on Christmas in the Hill Country Tuesday at the Mill Street Mercantile The mercantile feature will be broadcast on KSAT 12 at 6 30 p m Dec.
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4 A feature on Whitewater Sports will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Dec 5 and a segment on Landmark Square will be shown at 6:30 p m Dec. 6