New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 29, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Clinic, center piece lives back together
While they often are believed to be same agency, the Comal County Mental Health Clinic and Mental Retardation Center are separate organizations with different purposes.
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Football teams aiming to make it a 12-0 start
Comal County football teams are each looking to complete non-district play with 4-0 records tonight. The Herald-Zeitung presents its finals reviews of tonight’ important battles.
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Fair winners listed Sunday
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Vol. 137, No. 230
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144FridaySeptember 29, 198925 Cents One Section, 16 Pages
For retirement funds
County holds CAD payment
Comal County’s quarterly payment to the Comal Appraisal District is approximately $400 short this time.
Commissioners Court during a regular meeting Thursday voted to withhold $419.87 from its quarterly payment of $31,755.65 because of the Appraisal District’s participation in a retirement plan Attorney General Jim Mattox says is unlawful.
“It’s not going to do anything to us,” said CAD Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes. “We have other funds out there.”
The county pays 20 percent of the appraisal district’s budget, said County Auditor Bate Bond.
The Attorney General issued an opinion July 6 stating the appraisal district couldn’t enter into a retirement plan with Texas Association of Assessing Officers because it is a private association and the district is a political subdivision.
County commissioners were advised by County Attorney Nathan
Rhcinlander in August that continued payment of public monies into a private retirement system, specified by the Attorney General to be unlawful, could possibly constitute a “knowing, intentional criminal act.” Commissioners Court voted Aug. 31 to withhold the county’s portion of the retirement system and place those funds into an escrow account until the controversy of an attorney general’s opinion of the plan is settled.
State Sen. Hugh Parmer (D-Fort Worth), chairman of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, is requesting the Attorney General to reconsider the opinion. Assistant Attorney General William Walker prepared the original opinion.
CAD board members say they will pull out of the retirement system if the opinion is reaffirmed.
Rhodes said funds paid into the retirement system is paid into a local
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The 1989 Rodeo Queen and her Court were crowned Thursday night during the rodeo performance. Queen for the year is Stephanie Bowden of New Braunfels High School, center. Dutchess is Stephanie Jonas, Canyon High School, at left; and Princess is Kym Neuse, New Braunfels High School. The Queen and her Court will be introduced during each night's rodeo, which starts at 8 p m. They also will representative the Comal County Fair Association for the year. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Utilities board OKs revenue bond sale
New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees approved the notice of sale of 59.7 million in revenue bonds Thursday for six capital improvement projects.
New Braunfels City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance Monday night to authorize the sale of the bonds to be spent for waterworks improvements.
The ordinance is considered an emergency to take advantage of low interest rates, said NBU’s General Manager Robert Sohn who said he
hopes to get an interest rate below 7.3 percent.
Floyd Westerman, NBU’s financial consultant, will use and distribute documents, including audited utility and city financial statements, to prospective bidders for the purpose of securing bids on the bonds.
The largest project to be constructed with the money is an 8-million gallon water treatment plant to provide an alternate source of water for New Braunfels allowing the use of the Edw ards Aquifer to decline. Funds needed are $7.9
The bond issue will be paid out in 21 years and NBU’s indebtedness — including the issue — is $29 million.
In executive session, NBU trustees considered its original answer to the United Slates District Court in regard to the litigation filed by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority seeking a declaratory judgement naming the Edwards Aquifer an underground river. As an underground river, OBRA maintains, the aquifer is
subject to regulation by the Texas Water Commission.
According to GBRA, unregulated pumping depletes the flows of the Comal and San Marcos springs which provide a habitat for endangered species like the San Marcos gambusia, the San Marcos salamander, the blind salamander, the fountain darter and Texas wild rice.
Attorneys for NBU were unavailable to discuss NBU’s response to the litigation.
The weather couldn’t be better to enjoy outdoor activities. The high today will be near 87 degrees with a 5- to 10-mph breeze out of the northeast. Tonight will be clear and cool with die low dropping to 60 degrees by morning. The weekend will be sunny and warm with the highs near 88 and the lows near 60.
Economic forecast shows growth
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s chief economic forecasting gauge rose 0.3 percent in August, its second consecutive advance, indicating continued growth in the months ahead, the Commerce Department reported today.
The increase in the Index of Leading Indicators, designed to foretell economic activity six to nine months into the future, followed a 0.1 percent gain in July. It declined 0.1 percent in June.
Today’s index reinforced recent government and private industry reports indicating that the nation’s
longest peacetime economic expansion will reach its seventh birthday in December.
“I think if we’re going to have a recession it probably won’t start before then and I still think we will squeeze through 1990 without one,” said Lawrence Chimerine, senior economic adviser at the WEFA Group in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. “But it won’t be very buoyant growth."
So far this year, the leading indicators have bounced back and forth — up in January, April, July and August, and down in February, March,
May and June. In the past, three consecutive declines sometimes, but not always, signaled a forthcoming recession.
“This trendless result for 1989 seems consistent with the slow growth experience of the overall economy,” said Ysabel Bums McAleer of the American Financial Services Association.
Five of die 11 forward-looking business statistics that make up the composite index contributed
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City sets up lights following accident
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Traffic controls are now in place near the entrance of the Comal County Fairgrounds to prevent other pedestrian-automobile accidents on Common Street.
New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman met with Fair Association officials Thursday morning and agreed to widen the yellow noparking zone by approximately 20 feet at the fair entrance and to place temporary flashing yellow reflectors on topoftraffic cones in the middle of Common Street.
"By widening that yellow zone and trying not to allow parking in the immediate arca, it will give better line sight for the driver and hopefully also for the pedestrian,” Grohman said.
A New Braunfels man remains in critical condition today in the surgical intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio after he was hit by a Volkswagen as he crossed Common Street Wednesday night.
Fred Andrew Collins, 59, 892 Mcr-riweathcr St., was leaving the fair around 11 p.m. when he was struck by a 1979 convertible Volkswagen driven by Mindy Leu Murphy, 36, of Route 8, Box 948.
Painting crosswalks to the entrance of the fairgrounds is not feasible because the walks are usually used during the day and placed where there is a large concentration of small children.
The city also painted curbing adjacent to driveway s yellow .
The police department is continuing to investigate Wednesday’s accident, said police spokesman Martin Mayer.
Murphy was not cued for any violations. The police report did not indicate how fast Murphy was traveling.
The Comal County Fair has been troubled by pedestrian-automobile accidents through the years because of limited night visibility in the Common Street area. New Braunfels Utilities installed three additional street lights in the area last year.
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With the Comal County Fair also comes the traditional nightly rodeo which is lots of fun for youngsters and adults alike, as Jennifer Hargiss anc Candice Brewer demonstrate as they watch a cowboy entertain the crowds. Rodeo performances continue tonight, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p m each night. Rodeo tickets are $3 50 for adults and $2 for children under 12.
The American Association of University Women will meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. al the Dittlinger Memorial Library for a program and re-organization of the group for die new year. All college graduates are welcome, including current, former and prospective members....
Gruene Country Christmas Celebration again will be sponsored by the Gruene Merchants Assocition Dec. 1-3. Food and craft vendors interested in exhibits should call Dee Buck at 629-7975....
Representatives of the New Braunfels Young Woman of the Year Scholarship Program (formerly the New Braunfels Junior Miss Program) will be visiting the area high schools Monday to talk to all junior high school girls about
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Comal County sheriffs department’s first female deputy will be patrolling the county roads beginning Oct. 7, Sheriff Jack Bremer announced Thursday.
Carole Baroni, currently a deputy in Gonzales County, will start work next Saturday as this county’s first female deputy. Bremer said there once was a secretary/deputy who worked in the office and helped in investigations, but Baroni is the first female to work full time in the position.
“She qualified the highest of 41 applicants," Bremer said. “She wasn’t hired because she is a female. She was hired because she was the best qualified. I think she’ll be an asset. She’ll be a deputy like all the others, and she’ll go out and do what’s required.”
Baroni brings 13 years of law
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