New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 3, 1987

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

May 03, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas On target, Page IBUnicorns win regional,Page 9A New Braunfels iiv LL New Braunfels, Texas Five Sections, 50 Pages Vol. 134, NO. 86 Sunday May 3, 1987 50 Cents City manager's 'contract' on agenda ( ailing the performance master ful and beautiful Marguerite Me Clelland urges fellow New Braunfelsers to attend the poi formant eof the Original Herr mann- Royal I.ipizzan Stallions of Austria It s truly something they should see .md hear ” McClelland said of the family of horsemen who have kept this magnificent breed fit horses alive for decades Herr matin s stallions ire a legend in themselves t»eing a pari of a great adventure story, the evacuation and rescue of the bre**d from the Bus sums rn World War ll and the epic journey uniter the protection **f Gen George Patton At the end of World War ll the tieautiful horses were in grave danger and answering Herr rnann Sr s cull tor help. Patton and his Third Army went too kilometers into Russian terratom at night to rescue the precious crown jewels of Austria The dancing white Lipi/./ans lured to tie war horses wall he perform ng *g un today at 2 p rn at the Sheri ifs Posse Arena on Morningside Drive A portion <»i the Sn admission fee will be contributed to the posse Geronimo Volunteer Fire Depart ment Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual hake '.de on May 9 it tile (Jeronimo Drive In in, where else but downtown Geronimo The -ale starts at ti a rn and there promises to be lots oi goodies The annual Comal Artists and Craftsmen show and Sale will tx5 held again today from 9 ti a m to 5:20 p rn at the New Braunfels Chitties parking lot on Main Plaza The show features local artists and craftsmen who live in Comal or New Braunfels s. hoot districts \ w ide variety ot handmade items oil and water paintings wood items jewelry and other crafts will tx* teatured I Ins w ill he a good op portionty for all of von who need to do your Mother s Day shopping The e\eni is sponsored by Community (education Speaking ot Mother s Day the Magic Knight African A inlet Society ol san Antonio will hold its annual Mother s Day display and sale al Wonderland Mali. upper level on May * from 9 to ti The Retired Senior Volunteer Pro gram will be sponsoring a Senior Citizens Dance on Friday. May » The dance will be held in the activi |y center oi New Braunfels Presbyterian Church b i Howard and will last I rom I to to it Mi p rn The dance will featured tile ( ircle .1 Ramblers until H Mi p in and the Gruene * fussing Band from then until the end ot the dance Sand wishes and soft drinks will tx* scrv ed and admission will be only $2 at the door All proceeds I rom the event will benetit the RSVP. which works to recruit older adults who w ish to donate their time and talents to Comal County non profit agencies or health care facilities There are cur rently 55 HSV P volunteers who are donating their time to 12 agencies in this county A 20 percent chance of some badly needed wet si ut f is in Sunday’s and Monday’s forecast Otherwise, expect late night and early morning cloudiness with highs in the upper HOS and lows near TO tor the next couple of days with light southerly breezes The Menu BUSINESS..............8B CLASSIFIED.........2-7D COMICS................6B CROSSWORD..........IO DEAR ABBY...........ID EDUCATION.........6,JA KALEIDOSCOPE. ... I 10B INSIGHT........  5A OPINIONS..........     4A SPORTS.............9-11A By DAVID MAY and JIM WEBRE Staff Writers Dong Miller commented about a contract tor the city’s chief administrator before be mg elected to New Braunfels City Council and he said this week that his concern over the item has mellowed A formal binding contract for New Braunfels city manager is prohibited by the City Charter but questions about whether loc Michie has one have prompted Mayor George Erben to place the matter on the councils agenda for May ll in New Braunfels I tilities meeting room I wish we could put this behind us and get <>n w ith business, Miller said The first-term councilman at large was the only candidate for the three seats decided who said he favored the idea of a formal contract for the city manager Several candidates agreed during one informal press conference that .my contract i- worth only the promises of the people making it There had been rumors of this mr some time Miller said ' I nisi wanted -ome clarification" after being elected He added he “was the lone wolf in making an issue of the memorandum of understanding signed by former mayors Barbara Tieken and Cd Sciantareiii dating back some three years The latest memorandum signed by then-Mavor Sciantareiii stipulates the manager -$42,525 a year salary and lienefits Including motor vehicle allowance and expenses associated with profe-sional nffliliattohs and travel The memo further states that it t lie city manager is terminated from his mb another than a criminal offense or other viola lion of law he will receive six months' salary as severence Michie -aid no sui ii allocation of city funds for his severance |> tv exists indicating the count ii adopted budget is based on a premise that the money won t lie needed .Mu hie signed all three memo*- ontrary to published report s Sciantareiii -aid other council members knew about the memo It was in out agenda pat kets for the “\ecutive session when the manager’s performance was appraised by the council last January I ’ooked at the city ( hurter and I see nothing wrong with it the memorandum The document is not in question here it is the method Miller said He added his curiosity s I tunction people on the council then and serving as mayor then are not serving on the council or serving as mayor now I el s :iisi say Joe you don’t have a on* tract in pubic and my It we want you o have a contract we tan 'it down and negotiate The only taint is that it wasn * done in public " Michie earlier had said rumors and report-of am controversy over ti is agreement with the council had not been brought to hi- attention by or. ot it- members It the council w nits me to know something I wish they would tell me Michie -aid indicating the remark was I acerous adding I don’t consider it a contract Til** manager said he welcomes construe tive critic sm md i- confident Of his deci -mn- and ability to -(and un his action- *-New Braunfels - City manager City Attorney Barry Moore -aid he knew of the macer mulled mo acc nemora’-dun * 1984 lh* aid he was not 11 ire ot sui equent memo- It wa- just an expression of -mention th** ntent * ■• - * * • -. - - ne dc '    * •    • ’ oil and manager it was not intended to b* * binding contract and it was not < violatmnof open meetings Saw -ii ce ’ w •• no* 1 'codon as a binding agreement Moore lid He said he had not discuss***! : ** a a • it ti any coun* I member md tie ■*• is no* rn un ed in any executive -e--mn- mn* em'cg the subject It - .) eke aid Fd Seiant irelli whose signature ippear- on th** ae- * memo don't consider it to tx* binding because .Joe dots po* consider 1 to tx? * ding setae tared! iv th** District ( representative >n th*-council Ramon ( hapa .lr mayo! p*o tem -aid Se* CONTRACT Page 3A N BMS band hears sound of successes For eat ti student who steps through th** doors of the New Braunfels Middle School band hall the sound of success is playing in the background The student enters the home of an award winning band which t*x>k Sweepstakes honors at the seventh and eighth grade level and which produced no award winning musicians at the New Braunfels invitational sol** and Fnsemble Contest They also enter a program geared (ti ensure success at the high school level where they will tx* a member of the prestigious New Braunfels High School hand Before reaching that pinnacle however the middle school student will work at becoming a good individual musician who knows the fundamentals and who has attributes of self discipline and motivation Here the emphasis is on prepar mg the individual student ’ said Steve nankins who directs the n BMS band program along w ith ( lay /.ientek Kach student has something to give We try to get that out of them Making Sweepstakes rating with our eighth grade and seventh grade bands this year was terrific, but that - not our primary goal our primary goal is to see that the kids from the eighth grade band are prepared individually for the challenge that lies ahead Hanking said See BAND Page 3A Just a draggin’ They’re draggin’ and the parade hasn’t even started yet. These two dragons horse around before Saturday morning’s Kindermasken parade beginning at Elks Lodge and ending at landa Park with a picnic (Photo by Leslie Kriewaldt). NBU moves closer to Canyon hydro project New Braunfels I ulitie- tm a rd of directors t*>ok one more -top toward the construction of a hydroelectric plan* it < anyon Dam when it authorized a bond resolution during its monthly meeting This action tonight is a very positive step Soh?! -aid following Thursday’s meeting He ha- worked with the hydro project and has con tinually vowed hi- support ct the pro ject which would tap energy from the water flowing out of A anyon t lam Board action was unanimous ii support of the project after NHI at tome) Tom Burros recommended the adoption of the resolution as it was presented by the GuadaltJf)c Blanco River Authority with certain conditions tieing met * »n*t Ii** bianco in the Beton? th** po ll * mf ichor hydro que-*ion l r ,mf Pan* urged memtier* to lay hydro His comment' contrasted tho-**of Leonard Meyer woo warned the board to it* mdon 'he pf>>av now that you ce go* about -4 million in it’ with no r**-ult-Thursday - meet mg marked the just ippeaiatlee of Nor. Braunfels Max or ' Jem ,?•* FC***    **» ■ >»*- ’n-?,? term as mayor He irged other board member- to Irop'te*- *• *•' * Kin ruse I****charged !>ecity F.\**r    ft*** cut is one we hav** to ook at ti** told other ixiai <1 member After considerable discus-ion on the I na (lei ho boar I \ot> * i iv<*i Se* HY ORO P<*«* 3 A Cibolo VFD celebrating 31 years of service in area Public may debate increase Monday Personnel Lindley Fred Niemiet, Mark President Andrew Tote* Schlock. Pax id schieck I el I V A ic** President David Schieck Smith And!ew Tote* Aliya el Tion Treasurer Fred Niemietz coso Mattilde Troncoso. Jr Erwin Secretary John Lemons Wieder-tein * blet Ed Higginson Board of directors R C Wieders The Cibolo Volunteer Fir** Pepart- tem Sr Kenny Brannon Matt men! was organized n Mat ch -**5*i i’roncoso Jt Fd Niemietz David The His! board ut dire* im - dei ted Del Toro Roger Niemietz on March I* 'J*'**' con-!-!*- of Mar Active members Kenny Brannon vin Kterum President Alw rn Fleck Sam Bauder lames Catfoot David V ice president J aine- Meek Del Toro David Guel C.irl Griffon Secretary Trea-uiei .*» Gone *.eldrich Fd Higginson Alex Hernandez John Lemons Mike See CIBOLO *’aq* A By DAVID MAY Staff Writer Opportunity for New Braunfelsers to speak either in favor of or against a proposed 55 percent increase to the current effective property tax rate is Monday night Pity Council's special public healing commences at 7 iii p rn iii the meeting room of New Braunfels I tMilles The proposed IU cent increase over the present 28 cent per SKHi evalua Hon ad valorem rate is expected to generate some $821.uoo additional revenues based on a collection rate of around jo percent At stake is UHT 88’s operating budget balanced and presented to council April in Revenues anticipated relied a tentative 15 per cent property tax hike, a requested utility transfer increase, creation of an industrial district and a transfer from the capital improvement bond fund The proposed budget totals $8.024 million as compared to the current amended operating budget of $7 17 million Expenditure increases have been attributed to requested additional police and fire personnel, some vehicle lease purchase costs and in surance and cost of service inflations Lily Mangager Joe Michie has also penciled rn a contingency fund Where the money is going The need for city budget revenue adjustments stems from the need to meet costs related to additional police and fire department personnel and to inflated in surance costs. A J percent employee pay raise and the purchase of replacement vehicles, including a new front-loading sanitation truck also are large contributors to increased city expenditure items City of New Braunfels staff members have proposed distanced budget of $8.024 million based on yet-to-he-approved tax and transfer increase requests The hiring of four additional policemen, two criminal investigators. three clerical and dispatching personnel to the police department and six firefighters to the fir** department have increased their budgets by a combined 21 percent The six firemen will be needed to man the new County Line Road substation after its completion later this year Police Chief Burney Boeck’s additional personnel request was pared by one patrolman lo accomodate the proposed 2 percent employee pay raise A recent police department management study showed the terce was understaffed by about IO patrolmen according to state law enforcement standards See MONEY, Page WA amount of $250,OOO and an employee 2 percent pay raise amounting to $150,000 which has lieen added to the contingency amount Council will hold a special session May 12 to vote on the proposed tax rate increase* followed by a public bearing concerning the requested budget and the first reading of 1987-88’s fiscal year operating budget or dinance Two more public readings will follow on May 26 and June 8. Council voted April 12 to increase property taxes greater than per cent Any increase greater than 8 percent is subject to a rollback clee lion which, it st) called and sue cess!ut. would roll the tux rate hike back lo the 8 percent Hgure, or 2.27 Cents per SHW evaluation In order to call tor a rollback election. a petition containing the signatures of IO permit oi registered voters who participated in Hie most recent municipal elections must lie presented toi’itv Hail New Braunfels' current .!8 cent rate is listed as second lowest in the state of cities it- size Even w ith a IO cent increase New Braunfels would still have one ot the lowest tax rates ol cities with populations between lo.imo and 20 ooo according to a list of Texas Municipal Taxation It so set. a 55 percent tax property tax adjustment would increase the payment to the homeowner ot a $♦55,000 home by $ho annually The current sears operating budget was amended by council last October due to drastic revenue short falls in the torm mainly of declined sales tax revenues A slight increase in those returns is retlected in the coming year s anticipated revenues The budget was cut by some $529.ooo through elimination and freeze of employee positions, delays in the hiring of additional police per sonnel and other line item deletions, including a reduction in the parks department’s budget of 20 jiercent Those reductions combined with the pairing of the requested budget to the balanced figure amount to -er vice reductions totaling nearly $1 million The budget process in its chronological order has been as follows: March 5: Department lieads presented council w ith requests total See HEARING, Page BA Barnstormer reliving the good old days By TIM WAITS Staff Writer If you’ve been on tin - earth good many years you ma\ have been around when barnstormers came through town to put on stage shows or let you take a ride in a flying machine tor a nominal charge There aren't many ot the like still around, but one of those rare breeds is currently -tatmned in Canyon Lake, allow mg lolks to ex penance a ride in a helicopter Larry Hancock has -et up his Bell 47 helicopter just off FM 5U6 in, appropriately enough Man cock For $2(J dollars and a part ner, Hancock is flying people al 1,000 feet above Canyon Lake to give them a view of the country rarely experienced He flies at a speed ot about 80 miles per hour “It's a throwback to the days ot the old fixed-wing biplane that would pull up in a small town or at some (armer s Held,’’ said Hancock Hancock said he recently flew a man in his 70s. who told Hancock he had done the same thing 1921 Se* COPTER, Page BA ;

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