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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY Sunday September 22, 1991 75 Cents Vol. 139, No. 219 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Harlan HIHO rn Fischer AW Three Sections, 44 Page^ Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Roxanne Urias, Oscar Gerth Jr., Junie Gonsalcs, Cindy Plock, Katrina Cornell, Heather Zech, Christine Smith, Sara Autumn Kocpp and Rene Molina. “Happy birthday" Monday to Spike Reeves, Kimberly Brown and Joseph Forte. Belated birthday wishes to Ash- , ley Rose Gonzales, Clint Zcnglcr, Roger Pape and Michael Pastrano. Wishes for a happy anniversary today to Lester and Viola Rittiman, Juan and Dora Rios and Ruben and Michelle Gonzalez. “Happy anniversary" Monday to Egon and Clara Schricwcr and Patrick and Hattie Anthony. Belated anniversary wishes to Oscar and Barbra Gerth and Chester and Frances Borgfcld. Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 we’d like to share in the greetings. Fair rabbit show Entries arc now being accepted for the rabbit division of the 1991 Comal County Fair. Entry deadline is Sept. 23 and the entry fee is $2 per animal. Additional information, rules and entry forms can be obtained by calling 625-6511. Unicorn calendar “Year of the Unicom" calendars arc still available for $5 a piece. The calendar includes dates and times of all Unicom sports, band and choir practices, and meetings of booster clubs and the PT A. For more information call Joy Bindscil at 625,7203. Queen’s contest The Comal County Fair Queen’s Contest is tonight at 7:30 at the Canyon High School Commons. There will be 21 girls from local high schools participating in die event. The fair queen’s court will represent the Comal County I-'air Association at surrounding festivals for the upcoming year. Cost is $1 per person and audience participation is a portion ofthcjuding. Nutrition lecture A free nutrition lecture, “Maintaining a lowfat low cholesterol dict” will be offered at McKenna Memorial Hospital Monday, Sept. 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room. For more information call 625-9 111. Band meeting The New Braunfels High School Band Boosters Club will meet in the band hall at 7:30 p.m. T uesday, Sept. 24. All interested parents and friends arc urged lo attend. Auxillary attends play Members of the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 71 IO who will be attending the Circle Ans Theatre 3 p.m. production of “Noises Off” today are reminded lo arrive at the Playhouse in luanda Park between 2:30 and 2:45 p in. Tickets will be distributed there. City offices closed All city offices will be closed Friday, Sept. 27 for the Comal County Fair. There will be normal garbage pickup, but service will begin at 5 a.m. Persons with Friday S#« STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2A Cool and cloudy conditions continue today with a 20 percent chance of rain. Expect a high today of SH with a low in the mid-60s. Another cool front is expected to blow through die South Texas ar ea Monday night bringing with it a 50 percent change of rain. The high temperature Saturday was HI and the low was 58. For weather details, see Page 2A. In aid*: BUSINESS............................12A CLASSIFIED;.....................6-12B COMICS.................13A,    10-16C CROSSWORD........................3    A DEAR ABBY..........................7A EDUCATION...........................4B ENTERTAINMENT..................SB FORUM.................................11A HOROSCOPE.......................13A KALEIDOSCOPE.................1-6B OPINIONS...............................4    A RECORDS...............................5A SPORTS...........................14-16A TV LISTINGS.......................1-9C WEATHER..............................2A A ‘fruitful’ find Stolen property found in search By ROBERT STEWART Staff Wrltar The airest last week of two New Braunfels men has lead authorities to the recovery of at least $5,(XX) in property and the clearance of eight local burglaries, says Detective Kevin Stevens of the New Braunfels Police Department. Michael David Timmins, 18, and Richard Dale Wilson, 18, both of the MXH) block of Kuchlcr St., were arrested at 11:30 arn. Friday by police. The men remain in die Comal County Jail on charges of burglary of a habitation and burglary of a non habitation, Stevens said. Bond for both men has been set at SHMXX) on cath charge. Properly recovered includes a washing machine, two refrigerators, a soft side waterbed, stereo and television equipment, telephones and more Sonic of the property has already been returned to owners, Stevens said. Thursday, Stevens said he made contact with the individuals at their residence, told them they were sus-jx'cts in a burglary case and asked for permission to search their house. The pair agreed and signed consent-to search forms. Serial numbers of property in the house were checked out and turned out to be stolen, he said. An initial attempt was made to arrest the men but they ran from the house, he said. Surveillance was set up at another residence where they were thought to be. They were arrested when they attempted to leave that residence, Stevens said. Some projierty was hidden in the attic of the men’s residence, Stevens said. Four residential burglaries and four business burglaries have been cleared with the arrests, he said. “They walked around at night (to do burglaries),” Stevens said. ‘They don’t have a car." Tests for water plant scheduled this week Sheriff Jack Bremer takes a look at the “raisin-jack" found fermenting in the Comal County Jail. (Photo by Robert Stewart) Inmates 6spirits’ dashed By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Nobody can say thai some of the inmates at the Comal County Jail don’t have spirit(s). At least they did until authorities discovered their hidden brew. Jail officials Friday discovered a large batch of “raisin jack" fermenting in a plastic trash bag, with trash on top of it, hidden in the bottom of a trash can, said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer. "These arc the same guys who complain about not getting enough food," he said. “It started fermenting already, lf they could keep this batch going for 30 days (it would have been ready)." The home-brew is made by adding pieces of cut-up fruit, sugar, and bread (for the yeast needed for fermentation) to water, he said. Jail administrator Brian John said that a similar batch was found in the jail about three years ago. “We sometimes find small batches in jars," John said. Also found were several I lard -boiled eggs and pieces of fruit that were not in the “raisin-jack." Perhaps the prisoners were preparing for the holidays or just reacting to the cold weather, Bremer said. By MARK WARNKEN Staff Wrltar New Braunfels Utilities’ $7.5 million surface watcr-trcatmerit plant unique among cities over the Edwards Aquifer — is scheduled to begin processing water under test conditions on Wednesday. Work is now substantially complete, about a month ahead of schc dule and on budget, said Roger Biggers, NBU’s director of technical services. Only ground and road work remains to be completed, he said. Contractor on the main plum is New Braun fcls-bascd Lambda Construction. List week, the plant and the river intake structure passed a major inspection by a consulting engineer, he said “ Hiey’rc ready to put water in the plant and fill it up, and then they’ll test the equipment by circulating the water and chlorinating it," Biggers said. “And then we’ll go from there to work out the bugs in the hydraulics.’’ The plant should be processing water for public consumption in early October, he said “Good weather, a good contractor and a well designed project all went into making a project of this magnitude work out this well," Biggers said. The plant the only municipal water treatment facility over the Edwards Aquifer has the capacity to treat 8 million gallons from the Guadalupe River daily lo supplement NBU’s six ground water wells that draw from the aquifer. "They're ready to put water in the plant and fill it up, and then they'll test the equipment by circulating the water and chlorinating it. And then we'll go from there to work out the bugs in the hydraulics." — Roger Biggers, NBU's director of technical services. T he plant will supply enough water for the city during most of the year. bul will he supplemented by the wells as needed during the summer months when demand is highest. Water will be pulled from the Guadalupe River and piped lo the nearby plant, located at the end of Albert Street, for treatment before distribu lion to NBU’s water system. Funds for the project carne from IK>rid issues of $3.5 million in 1987 and $3.5 million in 1989 and from NBU’s water resource development fund, built up through the years by a small surcharge on each gallon of water sold to customers. NBH purchased enough piojx*rty at the site to add two more similar plants to address future growth in the area Good Day Sponsors announced for show “Today’s Lifestyles’’ with Horne makers Schools will Ire presented to Comal County consumers on Sept. (0 ai the New Braunfels Civic Center Lical sensors iii c<xi|>eralion with the New ll mu nj tis Herald /rilling will provide an evening of fun, learn mg and prizes. Lucinda Kahny, Homemakers School home economist, promises lo present new recipe ideas (included in the ‘Today’s I .ifestyles” cookbook free to all attendees) that arc in lune with today’s lifestyles Recipes involving both microwave arui con volitional cooking methods will be featured, as will a range of both every day and company fare all in easy to fix fashion. I inky winners wd! take home one of the dozen or so dis lies prepared Local sponsors and door prize donors include • Mowers by Sharon • McDonald s Flectromcs • Cristabell’s Skin (’rue • Buy For I a ss • Just $10 to $ 12 • Kitchen Collection • Williams Appli;.’. Se# SCHOOL, Pay® 2A Commissioners hold line on tax rate By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer Under the 1992 budget adopted earlier this month, Comal County will pay its employees more and increase services to residents while dealing with a flat total taxable property value and higher insurance costs for employees — all al the same property tax rate as the 1991 budget, Earlier this month, Commissioners Court adopted a $13.39 million 1992 budget, about 3 percent over the $12.98 million 1991 budget. Bul the court didn’t raise the property tax rate to pay for the slight increase in the budget. Commissioners set the 1992 tax rate al 28 83 cents per SKX) property valuation exactly the same as the 1991 rate. Hie owner of a $60,(XX) home with no exemptions again will pay about $173 in annual county taxes. “I understand dial county government does not have the mandates to comply with — even though we have some, such as those at the jail — that a school district does,” said County Judge (’arter Casteel. “We do have some control over our budget, and I do appreciate that. So we were able to keep that rate the same. Steadily increasing sales tax revenue is one factor helping the 83 84 HI IBS 86 *88 ’09 ’90 I I 91 OPERATIONS DEBT SERVICE Comparison of ad valorem tax rates 1982-1991 county maintain its current lax rate, Casteel said. For example, during the first nine months of this year, the county received $1,144 million in sales tax rebates from the stale comptroller's office, com {lured with $1,056 million during the same period of 1990. “Another difference between the county and the school districts is that we gel sales taxes. We get almost $1.5 million in sales tax revenue*,” Casteel said “Some of the departments woik ed at trying to be very frugal iii their budgets, and that’s been helpful, but ihat sales tax certainly is important,” she said Also, the county is doing a bel ter job investing its money, she said. loU,i taxable property value iii Comal County in 1991 was calculated by the Comal Appraisal District at $2 (X>8 billion, just slightly higher than the $2 (X>4 billion in 1990 So county coffers received no real boost iluongh increased property value. Hie county’s effective pro{x*rty lax rate the rate that would raise roughly the same amount of tax revenue in 1992 as in the current year was calculated according to a slate formula at 29.71 units, Although some of the county's reserve funds tentatively have been committed to hold the line on the lax rate, the county historically spends less and brings in more revenue than budgeted Therefore the reserve fund should remain strong in the eventuality of a major emergency, she said. Without increasing the tax rate, the county was able lo meet increased costs for workman’s compensation insurance and health insurance, while providing 3 per cent cost-of-living salary adjust menu for all employees, some of whom also will be eligible for additional 2 percent merit increases, and salary increases averaging about 5 |x*rccnt for elected officials and department heads, Casteel said Che county also was able to set aside $135,(XX) for a much-needed facility for the health department, now located on the third floor of the Courthouse Annex, Casteel said Hie move will improve ser 8## TAXES, Pug# 2A ;