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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Children show unstructured creativity See Page 6A CENTS COUNTDOWN 288 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March March New Braunfels NO 16 18 pages in two sections Wednesday June 8 Her a IdZeitin it ne Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of AUDREY KRUEGER I Vol 142 No 148 Inside Texas Letters to the Arts Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Russ White house Audrey Krueger Pricilla Ann Dominguez William L Schumann Robert Aguirre Lillian Gon zales Lorine Dodd Cecil Dykes Hamilton Goll Leo Miller Joe Tonights lotto jack pot worth million AUSTIN AP No tickets cor rectly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twiceweekly Lotto Texas game state lottery officials said The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were 16 302036710 There were 197 tickets sold with five of the six numbers with each ticket worth There were tickets with four of six numbers with each winning And there were tickets sold with three of six numbers with each worth an automatic S3 Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for tonights game will be million HIV AIDS seminar to be held Thursday An educational seminar on HIV infection and AIDS will be held Thursday at the Comal County Health Department The seminar is sponsored by the Comal County Health Department and the Hispanic AIDS Commis sion of San Antonio The seminar will begin at 7 It is open to all individuals who are interested in learning more about HIV and AIDS and how the infection is spread The seminar will also cover how the infection can be prevented This is the first largescale sem inar in Comal County concerning AIDS and HIV according to Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams The program is being funded by a grant received by the Hispanic AIDS Commission from the Texas Department of Health The grant requires that the commission offer seminars to counties in its area Comal County is one of the counties included in the grant McWilliams said many individ uals in the area have been invited to the seminar so that they can educate others about HIV and AIDS The public is invited to attend The seminar will be directed toward adults and young adults according to McWilliams For more information call 6205595 Christoph Braune Reunion set June 26 The annual Christoph Braune Reunion will be held at 1 June 26 at the Albert Kypfer Her mann Sons Lodge three miles east of 135 on Hwy 46 in Clear Springs For more information call William Braune at 8349 or Gloria Reininger at 210 3720566 Stanuntisch The New Braunfels HeraldZeiiung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Siammtisch represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with NBISD board proposes teacher pay raises By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer New Braunfels school officials released their proposed budget for the 199495 school year a total of The total represents a little over a million dol lars more than the 199394 total of although officials say the tax rate will remain at per value There is no tax increase were giving raises and there is a cost increase only in the instruc tional area That is where it ought to said Superintendent Charles Bradberry Employees of the district will receive a four percent raise of the midpoint in each respective salary category Bradberry said that total will come to for each teacher in the district Teacher salaries represent the majority of the payroll which in turn represents the largest portion of the budget some million or Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis said the 70 figure is low compared to most districts or even com panies New Braunfels is a rare school in that its fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30 Bradberry said that enables the district to put out their tax notices in June and in turn invest revenues before the school year begins The NBISD board is expected to vote on the budget next Tuesday and if approved tax notices will be sent out sometime in June said school offi cials Curtis stressed to the board that tax rates are based on appraisal values from last year These are based on tax appraisals from last said Curtis Our tax bills are sent out on yearold This means the countywide raises in appraisals this year around eight percent on average will not affect tax rates until the 199596 budget is pre sented The state comptrollers office increased index values by more than million a figure Curtis said was too high because the actual tax base increased roughly million This in turn increased the districts local share of burden by The district offset this partially by an increase in federal revenue from approximately million to million Most of the revenue is generated locally followed closely by state funds which total of the districts revenue River flow set at 550 cfs HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Rafters and toobers on the Guadalupe have enjoyed the flow rate of 550 cfs Army Corps of Engineers agrees to constant release rate By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer A verbal commitment by the Army Corps of Engineers to release water at a constant rate from Canyon Lake until flood levels return to normal is seen as the first of its kind by some outfitters The Corps has agreed to release water at 550 cubic feet per second until lake levels return to the 909foot level Last week the Corps had said it would release water at 550 cfs on weekends and cfs on weekdays until the water receded to a normal level The commitment came after meetings between the Corps and officials of the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority last week It looks as though we will keep that at a constant said Ronald Ruffennach spokesman for the Corps long as we draw down the lake We have to do Outfitters have long advocated a constant rate of flow especially at times when water is available in the lake and rainfall is low This is a major step as far as the Corps is said John Guenzel coowner of Rio Rafts who has seen some 18 years along the river Its something weve always felt was a possibility Hopefully it will lead to more GBRA Planning and Development Director David Welsch who attended the meeting with the Corps said GBRA General Manager Bill West wanted to meet with Corps officials to learn more about the reservoir flood control and conservation Welsch said it was important that the Corps recognize that recreation is a big economic incentive a big business in this but added that we must maintain flood con trol and Al Zator an outfitter at Little Ponderosa said West and GBRAs attempts to work with the Corps and recognize recreational business is a big step for recreational oppor tunities along the river He said a 1969 plan by the Corps to maintain flood control and longstanding state laws that maintain down stream water rights fail to recognize that some interests along the river namely recreation have changed More work needs to be done but this a major step in the right direction Were hoping developments contin ue in a positive he said Hopefully we can work together toward an amendment to the plan of oper ations that allows for a recreational pool more or less a stable Corps officials had said the cfs to 550 cfs plan would probably hold until midJune With the new con stant release at around 550 cfs that water could last until late June Holding that rate until July 4th would be stretching things unless rainfall totals increase said Ruf fennach Both outfitters said the 550 cfs provides better oppor tunities than Zator said it would allow outfitters to recruit a more familyoriented user especially on week days The safety aspect enters in said Guenzel think the Corps realized Police looking into telephone scam reports By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels police officers are warning residents about a possible scam which preys on elderly people New Braunfels police Detective Kevin Stevens said he has been inves tigating a case in which a man has been obtaining health insurance records of people in the area and set ting up meetings with them to review their insurance policies Stevens said the man allegedly reviews the insurance policies and tells them his brother an insurance agent will be calling them to talk about new policy He then allegedly tries to sell them coinoperated phones that cost about and to install Two people in New Braunfels have agreed to purchase the phones The people later stopped payment on their checks after reconsidering the pur chase Stevens said this action can be con sidered illegal because the man is rep resenting himself as an employee of the victims insurance agency This can be classified as fraud he said The case is being investigated by a special task force in Austin Stevens said the Travis County District Attor neys office has people assigned to investigate and prosecute this type of case He said the man has allegedly contacted people in Travis County and in the Victoria area Stevens said a some people have invested as much as to in the phones The phones arejsed in bars and restaurants and require the user to insert a quarter before making a call If anyone calls you and says he is representing an insurance company and wants to go over a policy make sure you know him said Stevens Stevens said that if a person does not know the representative he should call the agency and ask if that representa tive is an employee of the agency Council airport advisory board discuss leases By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Members of the New Braunfels City Council met last night with the Munic ipal Airport Advisory Board to dis cuss airport leases and operations Bayliss Harris owner of Air craft Sales has entered into an agreement with Engine Components Inc to sublease portions of the property ECI subleases from New Braunfels Aero Services Inc The sublease must be approved by the city council The matter was taken before the city council during its last meeting How ever it was tabled until after the work shop could be held The city council also discussed the extension of two leases for businesses operated by Harris Harris explained to the council that he plans to build a hangar for Ingram Readymix and he hopes to extend his current lease to accommodate the building Harris is requesting that the city grant him an option to renew his lease which will depending on whether or not he makes the required capital improvements to the property Harris is asking for a 20year exten sion on for leases on two pieces of property Harris said he believes it is important to make improvements to the New Braunfels Airport because it might become a reliever airport for San Anto nio He also said if the Ratoma race track is built the airport would be used to bring horses to the area Former airport board chairman Ed Goerges echoed Harris statements He also explained that the lease exten sions only deal with a small portion of the property available at the airport Downtown Association takes look at public space ordinance By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Members of the Downtown Associ ation and downtown business owners have not determined if any recom mendation will be made to the city council concerning public space in the downtown area The Downtown Association met Tuesday night to discuss whether or not it will request that the citywide Group wants pedestrian walkways downtown Penelope Church ordinance that restricts the use of and placement of objects in the public space right of way be changed The group discussed several issues and gave its comments to the Downtown Associations Design Review Com mittee Main Street Director Penelope Church said most of the business own ers seemed sadsficd with the ordinance and its appeal process The group reviewed the ordinance to gain input on what the association believes will make the downtown are look prettier said Bill Kolodzie a member of the Design Review Com mittee We discussed adding trees bench es and planter boxes We think these make the downtown a more whole some place for family he said The group also expressed its desire to have pedestrian walkways in the downtown area designated Kolodzie said that issue will be dis cussed with the state highway depart ment During the meeting the association also reminded business owners that the sidewalks citywide including those in residential areas are the responsi bility of the property owners and are not maintained by the city For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 or Metro 6060846
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