New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, October 1,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of JIMMY SISAK
Vol 144. No 231
Birthday withst from tho HamM Zaltungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sherry Forester, Jimmy Sisak (40 years), Bobby Tristan (belated), Cody Mueller, Josephine Dougherty (belated) and Dee McPherson (Monday).
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Kevin and Debra Honnoll (8 years) and Joe and Susie Pina.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold—1.380 Grass —22
weed —10 Ragweed —192 (Polan measured in parts par cubic malar of air. Information provided by Or. Frank
Comal River —180 cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon WeN — 622.13 feet above sea level, down .02 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 110 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — S28 cfs Canyon Lake level — 904.90 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pod.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NSU reports pumping 6.693 million gallons of surface water, and no well water was used Monday.
Fwm rkflM on N*BUS coming to rn dooo
The N*BUS will continue its offer of free bus rides on all routes through Wednesday.
Beginning Thursday, the N*BU8 system will resume charging at the rate of 75 cents one-way. The free ride program began Sept. 3 lf riders have any questions, they may call the N*BUS system at 608-2100.
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Hermann Sons Lodge No 106 will hold a meeting and social on Friday. The Lodge wil furnish stew, and members should bring side dishes. For more information, call 658-3994
CoMtna Nloht at NBHS Is Thursday
Area parents and high school students of all grades who are seeking guidance along the road to college are invited to “College Night" from 7 to 9 pm Thursday in the New Braunfels High School Cafetorium.
Representatives from schools such as The University of Texas Texas A&M University, South western, Texas Lutheran Col lege, Texas Christian University Schreiner College and others will discuss admission require ments, the application process and financial aid possibilities
Hazardous wast# collection Oct. 12
The city of New Braunfels and Comal County are sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 behind Fire Station #2,4120 Loop 337 in New Braunfels.
For more information about the collection and what materials may be dropped off, call 608-2120
family in naao of special assistance
The Ramon and Bertha Chapa family have set up an account at First State Bank to benefit the family of David Sotelo, who died Thursday.
The Sotelo family is facing severe economic hardship and is in need of assistance. Go to the bank at 401 Main Plaza (608-0233) to make a donation or call 625-6221.
Brylane expansion welcome news
Growth will mean addition of 400 new jobs for area
From Staff Reports
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Cameron Edelen won tho Most Unique Boy contest Sunday at the fair, despite Me competition litters.
A telemarketing center in Universal City announced this morning expansion plans that will create an additional 400 jobs for area residents.
National women’s and men’s catalog apparel company Brylane, L.P., which handles catalog orders for Lane Bryant, Roa-man's, Lemer, Sue Brett, Kingsize and other private labels, opened its center at Pat Booker koad and Loop 1604 in Universal City in February 1995.
“We were very pleased when Brylane, L.P. chose to open its call center in Universal City in 1995,” said Mayor Wes Becken. “The company’s continued growth has had tremendous positive economic impact on our community.”
‘The company’s continued growth has had tremendous positive economic .impact for our community.’
- Universal City Mayor Wes Becken
Current employment for the center stands at approximately 200. and will double with the expansion. As the leading catalog retailer of women's clothing for large sizes. Brylane, L.P.'s net sales volume is more than $650 million. Today's ceremonies celebrated the addition of Roaman’s and Lerner inbound telemarketing responsibilities to the already existing Lane Bryant business.
“When we opened our Universal C'ity call
The majority of the positions will be customer service representatives and the company will hire locally for the part-and full-time positions. People interested in applying should contact their local Texas Work force Commission or apply in person at Brylane, L.P., 3150 Pat Booker Road.
center in 1995, we set a goal to grow our business in this area and we are pleased to announce today that we have realized this goal,” said Dick Bennett, senior vice president of Human Resources. “Now, having more than doubled the number of jobs available at Brylane. L.P.. we recognize even more potential for continued expansion in the future.”
Speaking With One Voice
San Antonio water officials get earful from springs’ friends
By ABE LEVY
About 50 New Braunfels residents converged on a group of San Antonio water officials during a Sunday morning tour of Comal Springs, claiming the Alamo City hits failed to understand the impact
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New Braunfels Real Estate Broker Luke Speckman led the rally before the San Antonio Mayor’s Citizens Committee on Water Policy, waving signs that blame San Antonio for persuading the Edwards Aquifer Authority not to declare the drought an emergency and instead ease its emergency rules for critical periods.
Numerous county and city officials attended the rally, including New Braunfels Mayor Jan Kennady, Comal County Judge Carter Casteel and Edwards Aquifer Authority Board Member Doug Miller.
“We intend to let our voices be heard,** Kennady said. “We have got to let them know that we must be considered.**
Casteel walked up to Kirk Patterson, a member of both the water policy board and People On Watch, a San Antonio activist group, and told him, “Your solution ruins us.” Patterson replied, “That’s why we should talk.”
The event was peaceful, as demonstrators said they were mere-
durlrigarailly atComal Springs.
How you can be heard
The Edwards Authority is holding a hearing on It* draft cfi gency rules at 7 p.m.' day at the Sen Antonio City Council Chambers, 103 Mein Plaza, in San Antonio. Local officials ere meeting at 5:30
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.rn. wegneeoay ax ma new Braunfels CMC Center, 306 S. Seguin Ava,, to go to the hearing and encourage the public to sign up early at the hearing. The sign-up list wi be located rn front ct the building and ire given five min- ‘
ly informing representatives of San Antonio about the water concerns in this region.
Elected officials at the rally urged residents to attend, the next EAA
Turn to Rally, Page 2
New evidence causes delay in Ullrich trial
By ABE LEVY
The trial of a New' Braunfels man charged w ith stabbing to death a deputy constable earlier this year was postponed Monday after the District Attorney's Office reported it received “very critical” evidence early Friday morning.
State District Judge Jack Robison tentatively rescheduled the murder tnal of Paul Scott Ullrich,
39, to begin Oct. 14 after Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip told the judge he received new information about the case at about 2:15 a.in. on Friday.
The postponement came during a morning break during jury selection.
Wade Arledge, Ullrich's attorney, requested the delay to review the new developments and to formulate a rebuttal.
Arledge said he was notified of the situation Saturday evening and would confirm with the judge whether the Oct. 14 date is acceptable.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Spectator* file into me courtroom for the murder trial of Scott Ullrich.
“I just need to check it out,” Arledge told the judge.
Waldnp told the judge his case is ready for trial and that he agrees with the defense’s need for more time to review the new evidence.
Ullrich, who was indicted Feb. 14 by a grand jury, is charged with murder, a first-degre; felony that carries a sentence of five to 99 years in prison.
The victim, 34-year-old Ben Kiesling, was a deputy constable for Precinct I and was at a convenience store on Highway 46 when Ullrich allegedly stabbed him one time in the chest on Jan. 22, according to police records.
This incident happened at about 7 a m., and Ullrich went to the Police Department to report the incident about 45 minutes later, police records indicate.
C ourt records show kiesling later died atter rescue workers took him to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Nearly 1,000 people, including numerous law enforcement officials, attended his funeral on Jan. 25 at First Baptist C hurch.
College Night provides options to local students
By DENAE DZIUK
Area students will have a chance to get a jump start on higher education options when the New Braunfels High School holds “College Night” on Thursday.
“What I want to stress it that it’s more than just colleges, so anyone can attend, even if they don’t plan to go to a four-year university,” said Irma Alvarado, the event’s coordinator.
Alvarado said representatives from 72 organizations will be on hand from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafetorium to talk with area students and parents.
Technical schools, four- and two-year schools, community colleges, the military and “many, many more will be there,” Alvarado said.
Most organizations will be from Texas, but there will be a few from out of state, “so there’s something for everyone,” she said.
“We encourage all students and their parents in Comal County to attend, from freshman to seniors, so the students can have options,” Alvarado said.
Alvarado said the representatives will be stationed throughout the room, and visitors can go from one table to another gathering information.
Students and parents can get answers to questions on admission requirements, the application process and financial aid.
The representatives also will be able to have additional information sent to the student at a later date, if the student finds an organization of interest.
‘This is just an introduction to the different organizations,” Alvarado said. “It lets the initial questions get answered, and students can get more detailed information sent to them.”
She said the three area high schools alternate holding the event, but students from Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools are invited, as well as from Seguin, San Marcos and Marion.
Garden Ridge council gives OK to $1,095 million budget
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Garden Ridge city council approved a $1,095 million budget for fiscal year 1996-97 in a special meeting Monday night.
After a public hearing on the budget, the council approved the budget by a vote of 5-0.
“We did it all in an hour of the public hearing,” Million said.
“There was a discussion on pay and compensation for city employees and discussion on the long range program for the city water company.”
The 1996-97 budget includes the general fund, the Garden Ridge Water Co., interest and sinking fund and the capital improvements f und.
The vote reduced the budget by $12,(HK) from the 1995-96 fiscal year budget of $ I. I million.
The new budget takes effect today.
The budget projects $442,516 in revenues. The capital improvements general fund has $40,000 set aside for street repairs and $32,000 designated for an impact fee study. The city is considering implementing an impact fee in which developers would pay the city for water improvements.
The proposed tax rate is .022153 cents per $100 valuation. The fiscal 1995-96 tax rate was .022628.
General fund retained earnings from fiscal years 1995. 1996 and 1997 are projected at $370,779.
Water company revenues are projected at $288,(HK) with projected retained earnings of $510,977 from fiscal years 1995, 1996 and 1997 These retained earnings w ill he used for larger capital water improvements in the future.
The biggest expenditure will be $161,000 tor a ground storage tank that will hold 2(X),(XX) to 300,000 gallons of water at the city’s well site on FM 2252
I hat project was carried over from last fiscal year’s budget.
The Garden Ridge Police Department is set to receive a new vehicle worth $20,(KX) and equipment for the car valued at $4,(XX).
The proposed tax rate for the budget is set at .022153 cents per $ I (JO valuation. This is slightly lower than the tax rate for fiscal year 1995-96, which was .022628.Select substance over style when making choice for president. See Opinion, Page 4.