New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in one section ■ Friday, September 1,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of EDGAR AND CLARA DIETERT
Vol. 143, No. 210
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Robert Croteau (two years), Tippani Eppenson, Adam Morales, Eva Aleman, Veronica Sotelo, and Raymond Zamarri-ta. Happy 70th anniversary to Edgar and Clara Dietert.
United Way kicks off drive for $310,000
River and aquifer information
Comal River -254 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 624.52 feet above sea level, down .01.
Guadalupe River — 116 c.f.s.
Canyon Lake Chamber holds membership drive
The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce is holding its fall membership drive all month. Each chamber member is encouraged to sponsor one new member to the chamber. There will be a special drawing at the October Mixer, both sponsor and new member will be entered, both could win a Canon Snappy V camera.
American Legion fish fry scheduled
The American Legion Post 179 will hold its first Early Bird Membership Drive Fish Fry on Sept. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This is open to members who have paid their 1996 dues or are life members of Post 179, its auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, or Junior Auxiliary.
The cost of your meal will be your 1996 dues. Membership cards will be checked.This is a members-only function. No guests.
Members may pay their 1996 dues at the door and are encouraged to do so. Also, a reminder that auxiliary dues will be increasing as of November 1. For more information, call 625-0179 Tuesday through Saturday after 3 p.m.
Polio survivors to meet
The New Braunfels Polio Survivors Support Group will have its next meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at Landa Station restaurant, 381 Landa St. For information, call Debbie at 606-5556, Rena at 620-4473 or Raymond at 625-1363.
How to run for office
The League of Women Voters meeting Thursday, Sept. 7, will feature a discussion entitled “How to Run for Office.* Speakers include Austin Political Public Relations Manager Clarke Straughan and Bexar County Court at Law Judge Shay Gephart. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Herb Schneider Room at Victoria Bank. Call Rose Marie Eash at 980-3188 for information.
New Braunfels Young) American Bowling Alliance will sign up youth bowlers for fall leagues Saturday. Sept. 2 from 10a.m to noon at Comal Bowl (1202 Huisache). Leagues bowl on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. for ages 4 - 8 and 10:30 a m. for ages 9 - 20. Call Donald or Kim at 625-6263.
Campaign has already raked in $35,000
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By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The thermometer is already on the rise — the United Way kicked off its 1995 campaign with volunteers and board members last night and the advance gift goal of $35,000 has already been met.
More than IOO United Way workers filled the Senior Center to fire up for what they hope will be the best campaign ever. This year’s theme is “A World of Difference — One Peace at a Time.”
“What makes New Braunfels so great?” said President Doug Miller. “The volunteerism of our community — people like you who give of their time to help others.”
The 1995 United Way drive started Aug. I and continues until Nov. 30. This year’s goal is $310,000.
“United Way helps over 35,000 people throughout Comal County,” Miller said. Dollars given to United Way go far, he said — 98 cents of each dollar goes directly to help Comal County residents.
United Way representatives will be contacting area businesses to organize pledge drives. “When it comes to helping others we have a great team spirit here in Comal County,” said Drive Chairman Frances Huff.
Comal County’s united fund drive began in 1954 as the “Community
Fund.” “One drive for all drives” was the Community Fund’s slogan. The Community Fund joined the United Way in 1989.
The United Way of Comal County now serves area residents by supporting the following: Adult Literacy Council, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Bulverde Public Library, Bulverde Senior Center, Bulverde-Spring Branch Community Service Center, the Canyon Lake Action Center, Caring for Children, CASA of Central Texas, Comal County 4-H, Comal County Welfare Board, Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter, Comal County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation, Comal County Women’s Center, Comal County Youth Homemaking, Comal County Youth Livestock Show, Community Council of South Central Texas, Community Service Center, Crisis Line Drug Dependency Council, Family Outreach of Comal County, Guadalupe Valley Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Homespun, Lone Star Girl Scout Council, Greater New Braunfels Communities in Schools, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Salvation Army, SOS Inc. Food Bank, Teen Connection.
To make a pledge or organize a pledge drive at your workplace, call the United Way at 620-7760.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Above, United Way Volunteer buttons were a hot Item at the kickoff party at the Senior Center last night.
At light, Gay Janszen fills out a pledge card. Two-hundred and forty pledges were made during the advance gift period. The drive has already met the advance gift goal of $35,000.
Large crowds expected for last big weekend of summer
By DENISE DZIUK
This weekend is a holiday weekend for most people, and local outfitters are expecting a “large but manageable crowd.”
Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin ‘R’ River Rides, said the Labor Day weekend has turned into a local holiday, with river enthusiasts from Austin to San Antonio taking advantage of the cool water. He said the holiday is not as big as it used to be because of schools starting earlier. However, a large crowd is still expected to be coming into town, and a lot of reservations for campsites and rafts have already been made.
The current level of the Canyon Reserver is 908.41 feet above mean sea level, and the current release rate is IOO cubic feet per second. David Welsch, director of project development for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, said that if it rains on Friday, the release rate may increase slightly. However, he said even the current rate is okay for slower activities.
Rivers said this simply means there will be a “large crowd in small boats,” and lots of tubing on the Guadalupe River this weekend He said the lower level will take a way
some of the adventure of the trip, but not the fun.
“It’s still cool and it’s still fun. You can also still have a four-hour float. It just won’t be from point A to point B. Instead, you’ll get out somewhere in the middle,” he said.
Rivers said tubers will also be able to have a great time on the Comal River, which he said is flowing at about 300 cfs. He said this will give them a busy weekend also. He said Schlitterbahn will also have a good crowd, and the whole town will be full.
Regardless of which of the three options are chosen, Rivers said people are sure to find it enjoyable and a great escape from the hot summer heat.
“It feels like 105 degrees when it’s 95 degrees. The water will feel great,” he said. “It’s a really neat way to end up the summer.”
Tejano stars head to Civic Center
The world of Tejano music is claiming its crown in New Braunfels this weekend in a historic pre-Labor Day dance with big name Tejano artists.
Tejano music is a combination of Mexican country music and German accordion that has been around for more than 150 years and is today capturing audiences around the world.
The Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) this week welcomes one of its first members, Ramon Chapa Jr. of Ramon Chapa Jr. Promotions in San Antonio, to the New Braunfels Civic Center, Sunday, Sept. 3,1995 at 7:30 p.m.
’Tejano music is New Braunfels, because it is one of the few places in the world where German and Mexican culture have come together to create a sound that has become internationally acclaimed,” Chapa said.
Chapa brings to town one of his best Tejano music productions. He is putting the project together for CIMA (the Comal Independent Men’s Association). CIMA works toward celebrating New Braunfels’ cultural diversity by hosting dances and Hispanic
Tejano vocalist of the year J. Perez will perform at Sunday’s dance along with Rene Zapata y Grupo Presidente, who will play "El Barrachito," his number-one hit off his new gold record, "Steel Rain." Opening acts will be D. J. Reyes and ADRI & T-M AX, a 17-year-old female artist and Chapa’s latest discovery.
Cost for the dance Sunday is SIO advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available in New Braunfels at the following stores: Focus 3, New City Bakery and Ruben’s Jewelers. Advance tickets will be available until Saturday, Sept. 2,1995.
Part of the proceeds benefit Project Learning, a non-profit community advocate of education that raises money for school supplies for needy children and the Hispanic Chamber’s Small and Minority-owned Business Economic Development Fund.
“I want to give back to the community, to my home town,” Chapa said. “It is important to me to bring the best of Tejano music to New Braunfels, one of the binh places of Tejano music.”
Lake residents protest water rate hike with petition
BY DAVID DE KUNDER
Some ratepayers of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation are upset by a 30 percent increase in their rates and are petitioning the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to hold hearings into the matter.
“This is not a petition against the board of directors (of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation),” Sattler real estate owner Bob Carter said. “It is a petition to see if the rate increase is justified "
At its June meeting, the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation (CLWSC) board of directors voted to increase its rates from $17 for 2,000 gallons of water to $21.95. The fee for each additional 1,000 gallons of water used was hiked from $1.35 to $1.95. The new rates took effect on Aug. I.
After the rate increase was voted on, CLWSC sent a notice to its customers on July I notifying them of the rate increase on Aug. I. The notice stated that tte TNRCC will hold a public hearing on the rate increase if it receives petitions from IO percent of the CLWSC ratepayers within 90 days of the notice. This means the protesting ratepayers must submit all of their petitions to the TNRCC by Sept. 30.
Since there are between 3,700-3,750 water users in the CLWSC, petition representative G.C. Helm estimated that 300-400 water users need to sign the petitions for them to be valid.
CLWSC Board of Directors Treasurer Larry Ratliff said the rate increase is justified because the corporation has to cover its debt service and startup costs. The CLWSC was formed in March 1994 after it acquired 26 independent water systems in the Canyon Lake area so that it could pool the resources of those systems and provide better water service for their customers.
“We need to have a rate system that will support our water system,” Ratliff said. “Our rates are based on the water usage of our ratepayers .”
Ratliff said that the CLWSC is looking into buying nine more independent water systems which would expand the CLWSC’s customer base to 4,000 ratepayers. The rate increase, Ratliff said, would help pay for capital improvements, such as the proposed water surface treatment plant near Canyon Lake Shores on the north side of the lake that would help improve the quality of water the customers are receiving.
CLWSC General Manager Dale Yates said the corporation had no choice but to raise water rates because of increasing operational costs. He said recent water sampling testing guidelines from the TNRCC would cost the corporation $9,000 a year
“In fiscal year 1994, we lost $200,000 in operating costs because we had to get starred,” Yates said.
“We had to go clean up the old water systems, start up our administration and we had a lower customer base.”
Since March 1994, CLWSC has made SI.5 million in capital improvements, Yates said. In May, ratepayers approved a bond issue in which the corporation entered into a 25-year note with the Texas Water Development Board. The note gave the CLWSC SI million to finance new system acquisitions, Yates said.
Yates said that the board of directors could have increased rates higher and that their water rates are reasonable compared to other water corporations around the area.
“According to our financial records, we could be charging $25 (per 2,000 gallons),” Yates said. "But the board elected not to do that.”
The petition will force CLWSC to spend between $10,000-$ 15,000 to defend the rate increase, Yates said - a cost the ratepayers will have to pay for, Yates said.
Carter said he can understand the startup costs for the corporation and that a small increase could have been justified, but he believes the latest increase was way out of line.
“Everyone knew there would be startup costs involved with the CLWSC," Carter said "There was no question about it since they built the water (treatment plant at Triple Peak) plant. But I believe a 30 percent increase is too much.”
Patrick Shaughnessy, TNRCC spokesman, said that his agency received the petition on Wednesday. Shaughnessy said that once the petition is validated by the TNRCC they will try to encourage a settlement between the corporation and the ratepayers on a rate favorable to both sides. If that is not successful, a hearing examiner from the Office of Administrative Hearings would hold hearings into the matter. The hearing examiner would hear from the TNRCC, the CLWSC and the petitioners. Based on those hearings, the examiner would make his recommendation to the TNRCC board, Shaughnessy said.
“It will take days before the hearing examiner would make his recommendation,” Shaughnessy said. “The item would then be set on the TNRCC’s agenda at the next meeting. The applicant (CLWSC) and the protestors would have a chance to speak at the meeting.”
The TNRCC would have the final say on the rate, Shaughnessy said. The TNRCC spokesman said that the process could take months because the agency would have to take time validating the petition, setting the dates for the hearings arx! having the examiner take his time to make his recommendation.Labor Day is a chance to honor America's workers. See Page 4.