New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Corn.>Lake hydro project irritates resident, PEC board
By SANDRAJACKSON Staff writer
Canyon Lake area residents took advantage of an opportunity Monday to attend the Pedemales Electric Cooperative’s first-ever board meeting held outside their Johnson City headquarters.
"We’ve put our show on the road to give our members more access to the board,” said PEC board chairman W. W. "Bud” Burnett,
who opened the meeting at the district office in Settler by inviting customer comments to the board.
Wallace M. Greene, president of the Canyon Lake Area Citizen’s Assn., was quick to accept the invitation. The group is opposed to the construction of a hydroelectric power plant at Canyon Dam, which has been proposed by the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority.
Greene said that the plant was not economically feasible and would adversely
affect propertyowners in the area. “People who paid high prices for property here will be lookinng at a mudhole,” Greene said of conditions he foresees if the power plant is built.
“It’s a little curious to us that the hydro project is right in the middle of the PEC’s territory and the power is allocated to New Braunfels,” said Burnett, in response to Greene’s charges.
“We first heard of this project after the GBRA laid already filed (for a permit),” said
PEC General Manager Bennie Fuelberg “Basically, we didn’t know what was happening We filed as an intervener, and suddenly they (GBRA) signed a contract with New Braunfels,” he added.
James Mann, an attorney with Clark, Thomas, Winters 4 Shapiro of Austin, said, “I’d rather not go into details of what we plan to do. As a lawyer, I don’t try my cases before I file them,” said the PEC consultant.
A. W. Moursund, general counsel for the
PEC, added, “It was represented all over the world when this lake was built that it was for flood control. You can’t sue the government, but you can sure sue the GBRA.”
When asked if the PEC would really be interested in a hydro proposition at Canyon Dam, Fuelberg replied, “We don’t think it would be a real good investment.” He added that the power generated by the proposed plant wound not even be enough to nm the PEC’s substation at Settler
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TUESDAY September 20,1983 25 cents
Navy shellings aid Lebanese
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - The government said its troops killed six Syrian-backed insurgents today while resulting a new assault on Souk el-Gharb — the mountaintop town overlooking Beirut which the United States has pledged to help protect
State-run Beirut Radio reported that Druse militiamen try ing to move into Souk el-Gharb this morning were beaten back, with six of the attackers killed and several others injured The radio said fighting around the strategic town had raged through the night.
Before daybreak, U.S. F-14 Tomcat fighters from the U.S. aircraft earner Eisenhower flew reconnaissance missions over Beirut and the nearby mountains. Lebanese military officials said one of their reconnaissance planes crashed near the Druse mountain town of Ale)
On Monday, for the third time since civil warfare broke out Sept. 4, U.S. Navy ships ships off the coast opened fire on anti-government positions.
Druse spokesmen in Beirut claimed the shells landed in several towns around Souk el-Gharb and said civilians were killed But U.S officials insisted the guns fired at military positions
The destroy er John Rodgers and the guided missile cruiser Virginia fired repeated barrages as the Lebanese Army 's 8th Brigade fought with Druse and Palestinian guerrillas attacking Souk el-Gharb The town overlooks the U-S Marine base at the Beirut airport
UJS. Embassy spokesman Jota Stewart said the naval gunfire supported * defensive actions” by Lebanese forces which wert vital to the safety of Ui>. personnel.”
Chamber wants answers on post dffice search
The Chamber of Commerce has a couple of questions about the “preferred area” for a new post office in New Braunfels Chamber president Donnie Seay said the chamber received a letter from the United Stales Post Office real estate division in Dallas indicating that the chamber would have to concur with the proposed expanded Ate before action could be taken The 'preferred area’’ was expanded earlier this month to U S Highway ll. That expansion makes the “preferred area” bounded by Santa Clara on the south, the Comal and Guadalupe rivers on the north, the Missoun-Kanaas-Texas Railroad on the west and Highway SI on the
The original boundaries included Academy Street on die south, the Comal River on the north. Garden
Street on the east and the MKT Railroad on the west
Brady said earlier this month that the downtown area was still under consideration He said his office has had several offers on downtown Ates, but none was suitable an price or configuration of the property
Seay suggested that the chamber concur with the expansion since it's not enlarging the area by that much .” He suggested that the chamber concur with two questions Which side of Highway SI would the expansion extend to, and why would some of the offered downtown property, not be suitable’
Seay said that the Producers' Co-op on South Castell Avenue had indicated that its property would be available as a possible post office Ate.
-PATRICIA YZNAGA KING
A surprised Carolyn Fey gets a hug from her predecessor, Lavonne Schlabech, after being named Comal County Fair Queen Sunday night. Sponsored by Comal County Farm Bureau, she was one of 33 contestants in the annual pageant Right, contestants (from top) Denise Denson, Patricia Scheffe! and Heather Seay peek out at the crowd while waiting for the queen and her court to be announced Related Photo. Page 14
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Wurstfest buses due this fall
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING
The Wurstfest Association will be providing buses to the festival from other cities this year, Tom Purdum, executive secretary of the association said.
The buses should relieve two problems that have cropped up in the last few years: traffic congestion and overcrowded parking.
"We’re hoping that we can reduce traffic congestion as well as parking problems, and at the same time, try to minimize DWI problems,” Purdum said.
Last year’s festival was marred by the deaths of the four members of the Ruben Sa uceda family as they walked along Highway 81 West. Pvt. William Dale Savage was convicted this year in the involuntary manslaughter of Ruben Sauceda, and later pleaded guilty to the deaths of the other family members. He had been drinking at Wurstfest prior to the accident.
Purdum said the buses will be providing round-trip rides for people la Austin and San Antonio. The —ocietion has contracted with Transportation Enterprises Inc. to provide tranaportaion to this year’s festival, which will be Nev. S-I4.
The association is trying to get “the biggest markets in the nearby metro areas,” Purdum said. The association also tapas to encourage people to attend Wurstfest during the wadi, and relieve some of the Saturday congestion, he said.
The coat of a round-trip ticket from Austin and San Antonio is ll for adults and $1 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under I years old can ride and enter the fairgrounds for free.
"The price is very low in order to attract people to use buses," Purdum said.
Purdum said the association plans to spend $10,000 to $12,000 in advertising the bus rides in both Austin and San Antonio.
"We have no idea how well it will be
See WURSTFEST, Page 14
Two drown as floods plague Houston area
HOUSTON (AP) - Rains that may have dropped more water on Houston than Hurricane Alicia produced flooding that left two youths drowned, stranded a fully loaded school bus and gave surfers a new playground — city
Rescue teams found the bodies of Guetavo Mesa, I, and Terry Ardoin, lf, in Houston bayous Monday. Searchers were unable to find an unidentified 14-year-old who was •wept off a raft in southwest Houston, a police ipokeeman saki.
Sevsa inches of rain was ma—ursrt in seme parte of town Monday, a weather bureau "Arial said.
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“The driver told us to sit there and not panic,” said seventh-grader Laversa Owens, who said water poured through the vehicle’s front door. "And we did, except one girl started crying.”
The two drownings Monday brought to throe the death toll from the flooding in South and Southeast Texas. Josephine Quintanilla, 17, drowned in San Antonio Sunday night when her car stalled in high water, officials said. Two children in the car, Georgia Cardenas, ll, and Bobby Garcia, 14, escaped unharmed.
Six baro-chested young men tied a surfboard to the back of a Jeep and towed tach other on southwest Houston streets.
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NBISD, city may face changes after all
By DVANNE FRY Staff writer
Travis County Tax Assessor Bill Aleshtre doesn’t doubt for a minute that Comal County government* could save money by consolidating tax billing and collection under one central office.
If they did it the way Travis County has done it, with bills automatically printed and processed through a central computer, they might save as much as $1 million a year. In a leas automated office, "doing just a plain ol* good job, I think you could still save a great deal.” Atoehire told local officials Monday night.
But if all the taxes couldn’t be put on the same bill, and paid at the same time, Alastors isn’t sure a central office would save money at all.
That s sn important point here, because the City of New Braunfels and New Braunfels 1SD collect taxes at a different tune from everybody etoe.
It became a point of contention et Monday’s
meeting of the Comal County Appraisal District board of director*, with officials from the various taxing entities present. While Comal County officials are interested in the possibilities of a central system, and the aly and school district are not willing to give up their unique tax year The appraisal board, at the suggestion of County Judge Fred Clark, had invited Alestore to explain how the Travis County system works He (fed But there was also some time spent discussing whether the Qty-NBlSD's summer tax collection is legal Aleshire didn’t think so, though he admitted he wasn’t a legal expert "Please don't put me in the position of debating you on this. because it s none of my business,” he said "You’re right,” murmered NBISD bual ne— manager Lonnie Curtis, sitting in the back row with the superintendent and tax assessor from the Comal ISD
Fire destroys service station
As of proartime Tuesday, the cause of a two-alarm aarly-morning fire that destroyed Norman's Texaco on Highway ll East was etill under investigation.
A fire department pokia&an laid the eenrire station at Highway ll Bart sad Richter Lam was “engulfed” in flames when firefighters arrived about 4 sob. Four units sad the tedder truck refunded to the call.
Om of the units fighting the statal fire was then called to a car fire en Interrtate 8, art far (roea
Norman’s Texaco. A yellow Ford Torino, keener plates or regialratioe number to that bisie.
Comal County Sheriff's Office LL Villarreal was called out to detenniM if the was a cast of anoa.
Meanwhile, the fire department the -aire building and IU contents at Texaco had been determined a total teas. A •attaste of $8.81 has bam reported hp Bm
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