New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
September 26, 1991
Vol. 139, No. 222
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeiiung wishes “happy birthday” today to Jim Schcclc Sr., Alcot Butch” Kan/, Fred Voges, John McGee, Randy Flint, Christine Zavala, Judy L. Dailey and Erv Schaefer.
Belated birthday wishes to Rod* ncy Flint.
Wishes for a happy anniversary today to Tom and Evelyn Brown.
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.
Food for the county fair
A number of public service, civic and governmental organizations arc sponsoring food booths at this year’s Comal County Fair. Some of the booths include:
•New Braunfels Utilities Employee Activities Organization will sell soft drinks, sausage wraps and chal upas at the NBU parking lot before and during the Fair Parade.
• New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary will sponsor its annual hamburger booth at the fairgrounds.
Farnsworth to speak
Bill Farnsworth of the Oakhills Rotary Club will be the featured speaker Wednesday at the weekly meeting of the New Braunfels Rotary Club.
Farnsworth will speak of the Rotary district’s recent Group Study Exchange with District 119 in England. He will be accompanied by some of the Exchange team members and will use slides to illustrate his remarks.
The club meets at noon every Wednesday at Eagles Hall in New Braunfels.
Christian Women’s Club
The Christian Women’s Club will sponsor a ladies evening out dinner Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 7-9 p.m. at Lake Breeze Ski Lodge in McQueeney. Guest speaker will be Ruby Peckford Johnson, a television producer and director. A native of Canada, she has b^cri a resident of San Antonio for two years. She is owner/manager of Dimension IV Productions. Music will be provided by Ginni Smith of New Braunfels. Reservations can be made by calling 629-0070 or 620-5217. A free nursery is pro vidcd by calling 620-0337.
lf you have an hour or two per week to read a book, play a game or rock a baby, you can show child someone cares by volunteering at the Children’s Shelter in New Braunfels. Everyone is invited lo visit the shelter for a tour and lo meet the volunteer coordi nator Ninfa Cordero. Cal 629-0659 for more information.
German folk songs
Parents wanting their children lo learn German folksongs arc encouraged lo bring them to Bava nan Village Restaurant Sunday Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. For more infor fruition call David C. Smith at 629-1785 after 3 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to serve as hostesses and ticket sellers for this year’s Heritage Exhibit, spoil sored by the Heritage Society at the Civic Center during Wlustiest This year’s theme is “The Home Front: 1941-1945.’’ To volunteer call Rose Marie Zipp at 625-2520
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Sunny skies likely will con untied to the weekend, along with highs in the mid- to upper-Bus and overnight lows from the mid-50s to near 60 lit New Braunfels Wed nesday, the high was 79 and lite oven light low was 51. For weather details, sec Page 2A
Fun at the fair
One Section, 12 Pages
The Comal County Fair opened Wednesday with ‘A Night in Olde New Braunfels" and ‘Family Night at the Carnival.** Two youngsters, top photo, spin their way through a kiddie ride while others, left, pace out the steps of a traditional German dance. Winners of the polka competition were Gayle and Vladimir Pospisil, seen in photo at left flanking ‘A Night in Olde New Braunfels" Master of Ceremonies Don Ferguson of KGNB/KNBT Radio Events continue with Friday s parade and a variety of activities through Sunday. For details, please see stories on Page 2 (Photos by Annexes Schhckenrieder)
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The New Braunfels man who died in a Tuesday night vehicle fire in the 900 block of Hayselton Ave. has been identified by dental records as David C. Samuel, said New Braunfels Police Chief C R “Dick ” Hcadcn.
Following an autopsy by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office the death has been determined to be a suicide, Headen said.
“All indianions are that it was selfdestructive,’’Headcn said.
“No foul play is suspected,” said Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.G. “Doc” Blanchard. “It is an apparent suicide. There is no evidence of foul play of any sort. He was burned so badly that you couldn’t tell, there was no indication (of identity). It had to be (done by) the teeth ”
School tax notices draw in deposits
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
School property tax nonces for the New Braunfels Independent School District are (nu and money has started to come in to the district, said Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance.
“I deposited SUI.OOO u> the CHD today,” Curtis said on Wechnesday
The district also expects this week to receive the first money from the state for this year.
“We have not even got all of our state money in (for last year)," Curtis said. “Part of the money we’re going to get in the next couple of days is probably the last money we’re going to get out of last year. That doesn't mean we’re going to get all of our last year money because we’re sull going to be short the amount that was prorated.”
“They’ve already come out and made a statement that they would probably be at least $98 million short Continued from Pag* I
NBU could buy fuel from contractor
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
New Braunfels Utilities is studying abandoning the fuel business and switching to a private contractor as a long-term money-saving move.
This week, iii NBU board of trustees approved a staff request to seek proposals on one and two-year automatic fuel-supply and service contracts. Also, the board approved advertisement for bids on removal of NBU’s underground fuel storage tanks and a mandated environmental study before the work.
While buying from an outside source would mean NBU will pay slightly more per gallon of fuel, the move relieves the utility from expensive new Environmental Protection Agency requirements designed to protect the environment by preventing underground fuel storage tank leaks, said NBU Finance Director Jeff Thompson.
According to the plan, NBU’s three underground fuel tanks at its warehouse facility on Klingemann Avenue and tanks on nearby property pur
chased from the city would be removed. But within 12 months, new EPA rules would force NBU to dig up the tanks anyway and install costly leak-detection monitonng equipment and re-bury them, Thompson said
“As EPA regulations are continuing to get more and more strict, we feel like it would be in our best interests to go ahead and have those tanks removed, bul first we have to do an environmental assessment," he said.
“We arc constantly dipping those tanks for inventory purposes, and we
know of no leaks or problems." Thompson said.
The EPA will require an environmental study prior to aid during removal of the talks to indicate whether there are any current leaks and how much dirt. if any, needs to excavated.
“lf we don’t go to automatic Offutt fueling, then we’re going to end up continuing to fuel there,” said Roger Biggers, NBU assistant general manager Tor technical operations, referring to the Klingemann facility. “And if we do. these deadlines for the
Commissioners will decide on raise
regulations are going to kick in, and we’re going to be spending tome major dollars installing the required monitonng equipment and the constant recording that has to be done"
Prior to the tank removal. NBU would contract with a private fleet-fueling vendor. At least two local businesses offer such services. Thompson said.
“I think we're making the right move to get out of this business.” said New Braunfels Mayor Janies Good-bread, who sits on the NBU board
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Bf MARK WARNKEN Blan Writer
A Comal County salary grievance committee on Wednesday voted 7-2 in favor of County Attorney Nathan Kheinlander* request for a 3-percent cost of-living salary increase.
The nine-member citizen committee's split vote means that the Com nusstoners Court will have die final decision on Rhemlander'# request next Thursday. A unanimous vote would have granted the salary request automatically, while fewer than six votes in favor would have killed the appeal
Collum nee members were selected al random from the grand jury list. County Judge Caner Casteel said. Last yeai, eight elected county officials, including Kheinlander, sal on the grievance committee with three members of the public.
In die county's 1992 budget, approved by the Commissioners Court Sept l l Kheinlander’s salary will be $42,539, UM MOM as in 1991 Salary increases for top elected and
appointed officials averaged about 5 percent. All county employees were granted 3-percent cost-of-living increases, and some were eligible for additional 2 percent mem increases.
Casteel said that, as the county's chief budget officer, she recommended salaries for elected officials and appointed department heads base d on comparisonx lo similar positions both inside and outside the county. Job performance and responsiveness to the Commissioners Court were also fac uxrs, she said
In a presentation to the comuuiiee. Kheinlander asked the committee to support his request so the court couldn’t control elected officials “through their pocketbooks” and affect their responsibilues to the vol-mg public.
“I feel that I had to do this because it’s a matter of principle," Rhemlan• der said. “U’s a matter of autonomy because if the Conmnssioncrs Court can control the pursestruigs, they can control the office.”
Rhemlander outlined the duties and
responsibilities of his office, saying the workload has been increased greatly during the 2'A years he has headed the department. Although the commissioners appeared to be peru Ii zing him because he was mn as responsive as they would like to their requests, he said the office is doing much mort than in previous years and is doing it more successfully. Per ceived delays in his responses often are due to necessary, thorough legal research.
The current court also is much more activist than previous courts, meaning the county is intervening rn new legal arenas at a level never seen before, Rhemlander said.
He said he should determine the priority of matters to be handled by the county attorney’s office, not the court. He added that he declined to Ale grievances on two previous occasions, even though he had reasons and the right to file
Even employees in his office received the cost-of-living salary adjustments granted to county
employees across the board, Rhein-lander noted
Casteel said the court does not feel Rhemlander is attentive to his job. The court believes it has waited unreasonable amounts of time for such action as legal opinions concerning the Water Oriented Recreation District and the rewriting of the county’s adull-ortented business restrictions and regulations to make them as strict as state law allows, Casteel said.
“Mr. Rhemlander and the court have gone around and around ainee last January, and I can tell that in our discussions we have made a lot of progress,” Casteel said. "One of our problems was are did not feel his office had been responsive to our needs, as well as some of the other elected officials.”
Rhemlander was the single official to appear before the committee this year- Last year, moat elected county officials appeared before the grievance committee Only elected officials are eligible to file grievances
With pledges totaling $106,806 29, United Way Of Comal County ie at 51 percent of its goal tor the current fund drive For details on the campaign, please see stories Page 10.