Friday, January 7, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Canyon boys travel fo powerful Alamo Heights COUNTDOWN 440 BAYS New Braunfoli Sdsquioentennlal March March New Braunfels 50 A V 14 in one section Friday Jan Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of DAVID SULLENS years of DAVID SULLENS INSIDE S tarn ni tisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitungI The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to David Sullens Anton Stnelzcyk Edith Ander son Judith Mackie Nelson Nolte Carol Prine Dolores Vargas Paula Webster Mary Meckel Gloria Marie Eseobedo Edith Miller True Women author to sign books Jan 15 A book signing by Janice Woods Windle author of True Women a dramatic novel of Texas and the dynamic women who influenced her history will be held at The Book Trader 185 Seguin St in New Braunfels on Saturday Jan 15 from 1 to 3 Windles book tells vivid stories of the women in her family which were passed down from mother to daughter grandmother to grand daughter aunt to nice and father to daught These women were at the heart of the events and lives that shaped Texas Windles greatgreat grand mother Euphenriia Texas Ashby King me Sam Houston before the battle of the Alamo and her descendants lived and worked in the New Braunfels irea author aridlearn the of Juan the Runaway Scrape the murder of a Union Soldier in San Marcos and more True Women has been endorsed by Governor Ann Richards James Michener Dan Rather and Anne Rivers Siddons For more information call 629 5044 Great American Antiquefest set Many local antique dealers will be at the Great American Antiq uefest to be held Saturday Jan 15 from 10 to 6 in the New Braunfels Civic Center on Seguin St The show formerly held in May will continue through Sun day Jan 16 from 10 to 5 The admission is good for return visits The Heritage Society will once again be serving homecooked food in the lobby for which they have turned into a country cafe Members will also be selling tick ets to the show VFW Arts and Crafts Show scheduled Beta Delta Gamma of Beta Sig ma Phi has announced plans to host a Valentine Ball to benefit the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center Kids in Safe Surroundings KJSS to be held at Tennis Ranch Lodge on Saturday Feb 12 Black tie attire is optional and music will be provided by Jim Volk Door prizes will be given away during the event For reservations or more infor mation call 8994899 or 899 3849 Stammtisch The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and numbers of the German commynlty Stammtisch represents a sitting place for members of the com munity to gather and share the fays happenings We invite you to share with Sales tax increases could be deceiving CU By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Increases in sales tax collections in the city of New Braunfels could be deceiving when the time comes to prepare next years budget According to city Finance Director Darrell Sollberger although sales tax collections increased by more than 30 percent last month the overall increase is just more than 6 percent The increase reported by the State Comptrol lers office in December is the result of a late report being filed Sollberger said one taxpayer had paid the required tax but had not filed a report The collections were then added to the City budget allows for higher total collections December collection check Sollberger said the state comptrollers office would not release the name of the business that filed the late report He also said when developing the budget 1993 94 the city planned on an increase in sales tax col lections We talk to bankers retail merchants and do as much soul searching as possible with people who generate he said Sollberger said when comparing sales tax col lections to those collected the previous year the numbers will always sound better We have to look at what is projected in the said Sollberger The last time the city showed a decrease in sales tax collections was in 19851986 The largest sales tax collection check is usual ly received in March according to Sollberger He said that check usually covers collections for monthly quarterly and yearly reporters The city operates on a million budget with 27 percent generated by property tax and 32 percent by sales tax That is unusual for a city our said Soll berger We are fortunate in that we have the West Point Pepperell Mill Store the Schlitterbahn hotels motels and restaurants There is a good sales tax benefit to the he said The sales tax revenues are placed in the total revenue budget Anything left at the end of the budget year will go into a fund balance which is used at the discretion of the council These funds are not tied up in longterm investments and allow the city to have extra funds in case of an emergency Preparation for the budget is under way The citys fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30 Sollberger said it may be difficult this year for the city to develop a budget that will not require a tax increase Capital murder Fountain f loweth over trial moved to New Braunfels Kerrville native to stand trial here for 92 slaying of Kerr County family By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The capital murder trial of Sam Gal lamore 22 of Kerrville has been moved to the district court in New Braunfels from the Kerr County Dis trict Court Jury selection for the trial is sched uled to begin Monday morning at the Comal County Courthouse A district judge in Kerr County granted the change of venue during a pretrial hearing on Thursday Kerr County District Attorney Ron Suitpn said he did not challenge the ik The defense attorney in the case is Steve Pickell Other pretrial hearings are still being held today Gallamore is standing trial for allegedly killjng three family mem bers in their Kerr County home on March 29 1992 The victims in the case are Clay ton Kenney 83 his wife Juliana Ken ney 75 and Juliana Kenneys daugh ter Adrienne Amot 44 All of the vic tims were living in the same home Juliana Kenney was partially para lyzed because of a stroke Gallamores codefendant in the case is James Steiner 21 of Kerrville Steiner has not yet been tried Both defendants were arrested 16 months after the murder Steiner was arrested in the Kerrville State Hospital Gallamore was arrested in Niles Illi nois Both defendants are reported to have past police records According to reports the sheriff said the motive for the murder is allegedly to get money to purchase drugs Several items were reported to have been allegedly stolen from the home The judge hearing the case will be 198th District Court Judge Karl Prohle of Kerr County Prosecutors will be arriving in New Braunfels on Saturday according to the Kerr County District Attorney The Kerrville Daily Times provid ed some of the information in this New Braunfels city officials tested th Plaza Fountain yesterday to see If everything was In orderto run February W8tef On permanently at th dedication ceremony to be held Secretary of State asks for EAA By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer State leaders hope to move ahead with legislation to create the Edwards Aquifer Authority while let ting the Edwards Underground Water District con tinue to exist according to letter sent from Secretary of State John Hannah Jr to the Justice Depart ment The letter requests that the Justice Department clarify its objection to the abolishment of EUWD under Senate Bill 1477 The letter asks the department to decide if the EAA can be created without dis solving the EUWD Hannah is asking for a speedy response to his let ter because the state is facing a federal court order to regulate pumping from the aquifer In addition the state also has until Friday to file objections against the selection of a court appointed monitor to oversee aquifer pumping What the state is concerned about is that it doesnt want a monitor to be in charge of handling this whole said Doug Miller Comal Countys appointee to the EAA They want to put it back where we have little more local he said Miller said it having the EAA EUWD and the monitor may be the best way to regulate the aquifer during the interim Under Senate Bill 1477 the state is requiring a deadline of March 1 for filing historical usage records The letter says the state believes the deadlines can be met if the EAA can be created soon Miller said this aspect is especially important since one of the focuses of the authority is to find out how many wells are using the aquifer and what their loca tions are so that the they can be monitored There are a lot of wells out there and nobody knows who has he said Under Senate Bill 1477 well owners would be required to report by March 1 The EUWD has no way to implement The EUWD has no authority to make anybody report The EAA does That is a big point that people need to said Miller The boards have different functions but could parallel each he said The EAA which was expected to have its first meeting Sept 1 was challenged by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and other minority groups that opposed the Justice Depart ments decision to clear the authority Currently the EUWD covers Bexar Comal and Hays counties and is governed by 12 elected directors The EAA would consist of nine appointed directors from eight counties including Bexar Uvalde Med ina Atascosa Comal Guadalupe Hays and Caldwell The EAA would also include two existing water districts in Medina and Uvalde These districts split from the EUWD years ago They do not regulate Deer Park residents angry over railroad interference at Bunker St crossing Dif KlABIi By ROSE MARIE EA8H Staff Writer Residents in the Deer Park area of the county are consistently isolated at home or prevented from getting home due to trains blocking the Bunker St railroad crossing Monday between trains just parked there and the work they were doing on the crossing we sat there for about 45 said Bob Pullin one of the residents At about a lady who said she was a contractor told us it would be about 30 more minutes There were about ten cars on each side and they were getting mad I thought there was going to be a fight We finally got out of there by Pullin said residents complain of waiting up to in hour at times for trains actually parked on the crossing He expressed concern about access for emergency services such as EMS or fire trucks Pullin said school biises sometimes return to the schools without dropping off children because they are held up at the crossing for so long Par ents then have to drive to school to pick up their children and some latch key children have to be picked up by neighbors J L James Supervisor of Train Operations for the Austin Subdivision who has only been assigned to the Bunker St track area for a few days said the railroad is suppose to abide by a regulation that says that a public crossing wont be blocked in excess of five minutes James said that there has been tie renewal and crossing renewal work done on that track area recently which should have made access limited However he said the work was scheduled for I to 8 to avoid delaying traffic on Bunker St From what Ive observed this week we havent had that said James 1 wont say u hadnt happened but I havent seen it If that is a pioblon we11 eliminate it Ill be watching out Although the recent repair work may explain some of the recent inconvenience trains blocking the crossing have been a problem for years res idents claim Both the Sheriffs Department and the DPS have acknowledged ticketing and issu ing warnings to trains blocking the crossing Sometimes well go two or three weeks okay and then well have said Pullin The sheriff needs the engine number to ticket them but the trains can be so long you cant get the engine number Ive asked to be on the agenda for the Jan 13 Commissioners CoUrt to ask them to do dont blame the residents for being said Commissioner Neil Craig mile Tm trying to get the railroad to help us with an overpass or underpass or with an alternate access road to that area The alternate route out ii to me the best thing to Its been a problem he said Bunker St is the only one way in and out and the Union Pacific railroad crosses it and has small switch ing yard there Iti more than 9 small inconve nience to those residents Ive been in contact with the railroad for years most recently about two months ago They havent responded We need a grade separation According to Cliff Shoemaker Director of Industry and Public Projects for Union Pacific some funding for such a project would only be provided by the railroad if they are able to close other crossings as a result He said federal fund able fbi Crossings that meet state priorities with state local and possibly some railroad funding usually adding the remaining 20 percent Shoemaker said if the crossing did not meet die necessary criteria for state funding and the project was for local funding other options may be working with the railroad to the crossing or relocate the switching yard Shoe maker acknowledged that traffic on the tracks in this area wss increasing due to the Mexican trade boom For news advertising or subscription caff 6259144