New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYLocal runners training for Boston Marathon. See Sports, Page 5.
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years ■ Home of NATALIE M. KASTNER
Vol. 143, No. 239
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
Tile New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Natalie M. Kastner, Crystal GU (seven years), Will Winters (16 years), Isabel Rosales (IO years), George Rosales, Jessica Dominguez (13 years.)
River and aquifer information
Comal River -266 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 624 86 feet above sea level, down .01. Guadalupe River — 104 c.f.s
Antique Show and sale
The 45th semi-annual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Civic Center in New Braunfels, 380 S Seguin St Quality dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will exhibit quality merchandise for sale The show and sale will be open three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 13-15. Hours will be from 11 a m. to 7 p m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p m. Sunday Admission is still only $2.50, which is good for all three days. For more information, call 625-0612 or 620-4934.
Lake Dunlap VFD event Saturday
Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual barbecue-auction-raffle at the River Bend Clubhouse, starting at 3 p.m., Saturday. Oct. 14. Adult plate - $4 50, child's plate - $3.50 Anyone with items to donate for auction or raffle, call Tammy at 609-1204 or Betty at 629-0115.
Taste of the Town
Taste of the Town 1995 will be held, Thursday. Oct. 12 from 6 p m to 9 p m. at Krueger Chevrolet Building, San Antonio and Academy streets. Tickets at the door are $15. The event benefits the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels.
German youth choir here Friday
A 35-piece youth choir from Germany will sing famous songs Friday, Oct. 13 from 7 p m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bavarian Village, 212 W.
Austin Street. Fee, $3 The German-American Society is proud to sponsor the choir, which has performed throughout Germany, England and France. For information, call Helgard Suhr at 625-6330.
Community Chorale fall concert
The New Braunfels Community Chorale will present its fall concert Sunday, Oct. 15 at 4 p m at the First United Methodist Church. The concert will consist of many arrangements from different well-known composers. There will be something for everyone’s musical taste Tickets may be purchased from any choir member They will also be sold at the door, China ’n' Things, and at Johnson Furniture Adult tickets are $5 and senior/student tickets are $4
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprintAU they need is a chanceNBISD programs get special education kids into the workplace
By DENISE DZIUK
Special Education students in the New Braunfels Independent School District are anxious to show people in the community just how much they can do, and they’re accomplishing just that. Many special education students have found employment and training within the community with the help of two programs, and NBISD is trying to find even more opportunities for these eager students.
Alison Malik, Vocational Adjustment Class Coordinator, said the Vocational Adjustment Class, which helps students find employment, has been in place for a long time. She has about 35 mildly disabled students, who are 16 years old or older, employed with 30 different employers.
Malik said the goal of the program is to teach the students skills that can be used in the workforce.
“We want them to be as independent and self-supporting as possible. • We’re trying to show them that it doesn’t mean that just because they’re handicapped they can’t work,” she said. “It improves self-concept to be paid to do something worthwhile.”
Another program available to disabled students is community-based instruction. This program does not pay, but provides the training a student may need later to find a paying job. Malik said the two programs work together, because the training program is a starting point for later employment.
“We hope that one leads to the other. We would hope they would get the training to find a paying job later. Without that training, it could be harder to find one,” said Malik.
“What we’re focusing on now is getting the moderate to severely handicapped out in the community... Everyone has strengths,Msaid Martie Rodriguez, NBISD special education coordinator. Nlt’s a chance for people to see just how much special educa-
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Dale Schmidt, a New Braunfels High School special e works at his job in the high school kitchen.
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tion kids can do," said Rodriguez.
Bill Higgs, owner of Country Clean Laundry, said his business has been used as a training site for the past year. He said the program is a good opportunity for the students to get out into the community, and it gets the community more accustomed to seeing them.
“There may have been some uneasiness when it started, but now, they enjoy having them in here. They’re well behaved, and they help keep the place clean," said Higgs.
Susan Williams, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels, said there is one student employed with the museum. However, it is hard to tell the student is part of the program.
“It’s not something you would know is there. She has learning problems, which haven’t hurt her job here at all," said Williams.
Higgs said he has seen a change in the students training at his business. He said the students have become more comfortable dealing with the
public. Williams said the student has been working at the museum for about 20 months, and in that time, a distinct change has taken place rn that student also.
“She has much more of a willingness to stand up for herself, and speak out. She honors her needs now,” Williams said.
She also added that the student has been an asset to the museum. When she started, the student was an assistant floor manager, which meant she was responsible for keeping the floor clean and picking things up afler the children. However, now her duties include greeting the public, running the cash register, leading art projects, and organizing birthday parties, said Williams.
“Our part-time positions are limited... We would be happy to look at it. We would have no qualms at all,” she said.
Businesses interested in involved rn the program can contact Malik at New Braunfels High School, or Rodriguez at the Education Center.
Mission Valley Textiles Mill Discharges
Effluent Characteristic Discharge Limitations 10/26/94 Test Results Chromium 0.4 Less than 005
Phenolic Compounds 0.4 Less than 005
Oil and Grease 15.0 Less than 5
Color Units 580 73
Arsenic 50 Less than 33
Chromium, phenolic compounds, sulfides, oil and grease chloride , and ar < - mc n >< i sured in milligrams per liter Color reported as ADMI color units
Permit states ‘The surface waters of the State shall be maintain*. I in it i <■ It .* ti* attractive condition ... There shall be no substantial visible contrast to th* natli*al appearance of the receiving waters atter the wastes receive the required treatm*' •
Limit for Arsenic is the Environmental Protection Agency limit for drinking wet* •* ■ level is measured in millionths of a gram
Mill discolors Guadalupe River
While unattractive, Mission Valley Textiles Mill discharge poses no threat, TNRCC says
By DENISE DZIUK and SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A local textile mill is releasing colored water into the Guadalupe River. However, an official with the agency that granted the discharge permit said the water is not toxic, and only presents an unattractive appearance.
Bobby Caldwell, Water Program Manager for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, said Mission Valley Textile Mills, which is located on the Guadalupe River, has a discharge permit for treated water, which allows the plant to release 3 million gallons a day. Caldwell said the permit specifics limits on chemicals that can be released into the river. He said Mission Valley is operating within those limits. He also said they are not releasing actual dye, only colored water.
“The only problem they’re running into is some dye is persistent and all the color won’t come out,” he said.
Bill Morton, president and CEO, said he gets complaints about the discharge about every four or five years, and usually when it is time to apply for a new permit. However, he said there has not been any problem getting the permit.
“We do discharge waste into the river. There’s no question about that.” said Morton. “It’s one of those things that’s been blown out of proportion We’re not polluting the over.”
Morton said water is taken out of the
river for use in tile mill, and it goes through six or seven processes before it goes back into the river, including chlorinating and dechlorinating. I low-evcr, he said the water will go through yet another process before release I Ie said that by December, the water will go through an ozone final treatment. which will cost the mill about $500,(KX) to install He said this treatment will remove even more of the color
Morton also said the water released does not contain high levels of arsenic Arsenic is found in many pesticide >, and almost every farm in the area has probably used a compound with arsenic in it
Morton also added that the mill uses a lot of organic cotton, which docs not have any chemicals on it He said the acceptable drinking water level is 0.05 parts per million, and the water released has a level oft) OOI parts pci million
He said the river has trace amounts of arsenic even upstream from where the plant discharges water hack into the river. *
“They’re not in violation It s an aesthetic condition. People can see the difference and may get apprehensive. Caldwell said
Morton said the null has been continually improving its technology, and is not trying to hide any tiling \\ c tr\ to be good citizens We’re not violating any laws or trying t hide anything, and ultimately, we ie not poisoning the river," said Morton
Garden Ridge needs a budget
By DAVID DE KUNDER
The Garden Ridge City Council is expected to approve its fiscal year 1995-96 budget at a budget hearing set for Monday.
The city budget will be adopted two weeks after it was supposed to go into effect on Oct. I. The reason for the delay is that the city did not give an official 10-day notice of a public hearing on the budget. Mayor Jay P. Million said at a special meeting on Sept. 30.
At the Sept. 30 meeting, the council was scheduled to vote on the $ I. I million budget and the 22.628-cent tax rate. The council postponed the decision until the public notice was put into the legal section of the area newspapers. Millikm said that not posting the onginal notice was an oversight on his part.
“It was confusion with the Texas
Governmental Code on my part." Million said. “Under the Texas Governmental Code, there is one law that states that you must have a public hearing if the city raises its tax rate by more than three percent.
Since our effective tax rate went down by one penny, the city did not need to hold a hearing on the tax rate. However, under a different code, the city must hold a public hearing on the budget, regardless of w hether or not the effective tax rate is increased. I was not aware of this until later on in the budget process."
The public notice for the budget hearing was put into area newspapers last week, Millikin said. City services have not been interrupted by the budget delay.
“We have not issued any checks since Sept. 30 (the end of fiscal year 1994-95),” Millikin said. “We will start issuing checks on Oct 17 after the
budget is adopted
Important items iii the budget ale a five percent raise lordly employees. a proposed 200,000-gallon water ground storage tank, a contribution lo start a retirement program lur cliv employ ees and two vehicles for the police department
Millikin said the council is serious ly considering the retirement pi oui ain for city employees “A year and a half ago. the eitv council made most of mu employees full-time," Millikin said “The eitv council is considering this because this would help us retain quality eitv employees ”
lf the retirement plan is implemented, Millikin said. it would he funded under the Texas Municipal I cague. which has a retirement plan
Hie budget hearing is set tm ’ p.rn Monday al the council cliambeis at Sc hi >ent Ital Road
Marion VFD to host annual breakfast this Sunday
Herald-Zeilutig photo by MICHAEL DARNALLBritish invasion
Jim Valley, formally of Paul Revere and the Raiders, was at Memorial Elementary School yesterday, performing for the children. He will be at Memorial Primary today.
On Sunday, Oct. 15, 1995, the Marion Volunteer Fire Department is having its semiannual pancake breakfast. The all-you-can-eat breakfast menu consists of pancakes, sausage, panas, se rambled eggs, orange drink and coffee. Breakfast will be served from 7 a m. until noon. The cost is $4 for adults and $3 for children under age 12.
There will also be free blood pressure screening at the breakfast by emer
gency medical technicians.
To help with the rising cost of maintaining the fire department, the Marion VFD will also he collecting newspapers for recycling.
This project will allow funds to he raised without added cost to the community. You can drop off newspapers every second and fourth Saturday of the month at the fire station between S a m. and noon. Newspapers and cir
culars delivered with them can he. accepted bul no yellow newspapers and please, ne' magazines Volunteois will he on lulu! lo un Ii cid all di locoes The depaitment reports that the annual sausage sujvpei was a success and the final payment on the new tanker truck was made I mute goals include the pun. liase s of an \utomatcd External IXdihnllator. hand lick! radios, and updating the bunker equipmentWhy does the AFL-CIO call Gov. Bush’s labor rep on a new state board a Judas? See Page 4.