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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 13, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Local athletes to compete in UIL state track meet today See Page 7A 50 CENTS NewBraunfels Herald MO 16 184 E YANJDELL DR El PASO TX 18 Pages In two sections Friday May Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of HENRY ROMPEL I Vol 142 No 131 Inside Church Sports The Stammtisch Birthday wishes from tht H mldZaltung New Browtfels Herald Zeiamg extends the following Sunday wishes to Sylvia lay tor Alex Brotee EDk Botton Henry Rompel Alan Rompel Jr Katharine John m LUHan Phillips Leadership NB class to graduate on May 24 Robert Orr Chair of the Cham bers Leadership New Braunfels committee announced that gradua tion fbf the class of 94 has been scheduled for pjn on Tuesday May 24 in the New Braunfels Civic The 20 participants win be hon ored with a social hour dinner and a presentation ceremony featuring Dr Tim Kern nationallyknown inspira tional leader The Leadership New Braunfels program kickedoff in October with a VIP reception and overnight retreat and continued monthly with fullday sessions through May Topics includ ed city and county government deal ing with die media parks and recre adon economic development and others The program was organized last year by the chamber of commerce in order to identify and bring together men and women who desire to improveJheir leadership and to learn more about our community Within the next few weeks applica tions will be accepted for the class of 95 The graduation program is open to the public and tickets may be pur chased at the chamber of commerce office Optimist Club to meet Mondayy May 16 The New Braunfels Optimist Club will meet Monday May 16 at Rnkels Salad Bar Grill at pjn The guest speaker will be Keith Warren The Texas out doors columnist for the Herald Zeitung who has a program on KMOL channel four NB Letter Carriers seek food donations The New Braunfels chapter of the National Association of Letter Carri ers will host a food drive on Satur day May 14 to help stock food banks in New Braunfels Donations wiD be asked for in the form of nonperishable food in a sack near their mailboxes before mail is delivered on Saturday May 14 so that respective letter carriers may pick up donations on their routes City mayor Rudy Stidel pro claimed Saturday at Food Drive Day in New Braunfels In yesterday18 HcraldZetiung page 1 headline Kahlig claims fraud demands the word fraud should not have appeared Gary Kahlig defeated in last weeks city council race has alleged questionable actions by a presiding election judge at a polling place and htfaumenl by election workers at the early voting location The HcraldZeitung regrets any confusion caused by yesterdays headline Stammtfecfa if On commity w vMMMi fNiUGwf No biz like showbiz Top members of the JOY Playhouse Dinner Theatres production of How the West was Tamed Give or Take a Lie or Include sit ting from left Jim Schatelle Jean McCartney Standing from left Barren Schlarneus Sherl togarr Harry Myers Hazel Sluga Clayton Reaa Lagarde The production which debuted last Comal County Senior Citizens Center will continue tonight beginning at 7 at the center A dinner will be served at that time with the second production of the play to follow The play will end wtth tonights production The center Is located at 655 Landa Street Right photo Jan Kalmus puts some finishing touches on Jim Cooneys right makeup HensldZeitung photos by JOHN HUSETH river cleanup on tap Around volunteers expected to participate By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Several key srxakers will headline tomorrow niehts forum and dinner following the Upper Guadalupe River Cleanup Among the featured guests will be Andrew Sansom executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife department Citizens wanting Andy Goldbloom director of to volunteer for the Greenways Protomorrows clean up gram will also speak as will can do so by calling several other state and local dignitaries Registration contin The event sponsored by a ues this afternoon host of state and local groups will begin at Saturday morning and run until A dinner for registered volunteers will follow at Canyon Park funded by the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District Those wishing to participate must register by Friday afternoon by calling 4382656 Everyone from divers to canoers to people who just want to pickup or haul trash are welcome Registration will also take place Saturday mom ing at St JosephsCatholic Church but volunteers may have to drive many miles if they wait that late said Deirdre Hisler coordinator Free camping will be available at Honey Creek State Natural Area and at Canyon Park and several out fitters will give discounts to volunteers This event is the first such that will include portions of the Upper and Lower Guadalupe and Canyon Lake The is expecting nearly volunteers for the event Commissioners call for limit on investments time periods By CRAIQ HAMMETT Staff Writer Commissioners Court bounced back and forth once again Thursday with the county treasurer concerning the issue of investment allocation basically how and where to invest the countys money The issued addressed Thursday concerned what should be the appropriate length of maturity for county investments County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew and Coun ty Auditor H Bate Bond last week presented an asset allocation plan calling for only 25 percent of county money to be invested with maturities from 18 to 36 months The plan stated any investment of a length exceeding 18 months should receive the reas surance of the court that those funds would in no foreseeable circumstance be needed before they mature I dont think we ought to go out more than 18 months maybe even a said County Judge Carter Casteel have to give Mr Bartholomew a Merit pay increases approved by court By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer County Commissioners approved a plan to increase merit pay for county employees who have served long terms Currently the county operates under a 12step plan for employees Older employees often reach the top step and remain there without any merit increase for many years unless they are redassified in someway The new plan would make a 24step process allowing merit more chances for a merit increase Tom Coriette human resources man ager said the plan would help until a more per manent merit plan could be developed We will add more steps until we come up with a better he said we increase produrtivjty and higher morale Do we want to reward productivity or do we want to reward There w employees out there who 1 really believe should be said Com missioner Cristina Zamora I believe we need to an Incentive Officials are concerned that employees with many years of service will leave simply because they know they will never receive any raises other man cost of living Commissioner Neil Craigmile voted against saying this would be inevitable There are going to be cases where people are going to top out It is he said Bartholomew said he would be willing to restrict investments tol 8 months and under I want the Court to recognize any treasurer can violate policy go too long in the market and get he said I want to work with the Concerns mounted not only on how long the maturities should be but where the money should be invested Bartholomew has claimed invest ments such as Tbflls give better investment rates than TexPool a staterun investment organization A motion was made but defeated 32 that called for no investments longer than 180 days and most investments restricted to TexPool Bartholomew opposed total commitment to that short of an investment maturity With the volatile market the way it is to invest in something other than shortterm would not be said Commissioner Neil Craig mile who along with Jumbo Evans favored the motion Im saying TexPool is a good place to put money right Craigmile said the issue of liquidity having to cash in bonds and safety making sure the coun ty can get their money back in lull are the key points Casteel said the treasurer ought to be able to keep some money in TexPool and invest some in other ways The court tabled any action to change the investment policy until next week Officials say Seguins passage of halfcent sales tax gives them advantage over NB By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The decision by Seguin voters to pass a halfcent sales tax for econom ic development gives Seguin an eco nomic advantage over New Braunfels according to officials from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Seguin has been very aggressive even before it passed the halfpenny said Michael Meek executive vice president for the chamber Meek said Seguin has cityowned land that can be sold to companies at a below market price or given away and the city of Seguin can access the Texas Capital Fund He said Seguin also has a more aggressive tax abatement program This could serve as a wakeup call to reexamine our Meek said However chamber of commerce officials stress that no effort is being made to place a halfcent sales tax on the ballot in New Braunfels If the city wishes to do that they can but we are not initiating said Chamber President Tom Purdum Chamber officials recently visited with members of the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees in order to encourage the board to consider adding incentives for companies interested in New Braunfels New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands said the sales tax is something the council might consider in the future There are certainly more answers available now than there were the first he said referring to the 1990 election in which the sales tax was defeated in New Braunfels The mayor and the council would be the ones to determine if they would want to call an said Shands Shards said New Braunfels may not be as competitive economically but it still has other attractions Economically we are not as com petitive We dont have any economic incentives more than tax abatements The only tax abatements are from the city and We are competitive in other ways such as our geographical location and the quality of said Shands When it comes to dollars and cents we cant be as competitive as those cities that have money in an economic development fund or have access to grant We want community leaders to come together to find a way to remain competitive and at the same time to maintain the said Meek A halfcent sales tax can be used either to encourage economic devel opment or to offset property taxes Cities can now pass halfcent sates tax es that allow onequarter to go to prop erty taxes and onequarter to econom ic development Meek said approximately ISO cities in Texas have a halfcent sates tax For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 or Metro 6060846
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