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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY CENTS COUNTDOWN 279 DAYS Newiraunfels Oiiquioentennial Moroh March NewBraunfels 18 pages In two sections Friday June Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of CA88ANDRA ENGLAND Vol 142 No 157 Inside Arohives Church 2B River conditions Quadalupe ofe Comal cfs cfs cubic feet per second Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltung The New Brawtfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Johnnie Cooper Charlene Seyferth Heather Nicole Maynard Lisa Golding Brandan James Cra bill happy Tyra Lynne and Tarra Rochelle Schroeder happy Oscar Barboza Jr happy German for beginners starts today The German American Society and the NBISD are offering a Ger man class for beginners The class runs from 7 to 9 June 16 to July 21 at the Education Center 430 W Mill St Fee is S20 Call Helgard Suhrat 6256330 for information MexicanAmerican Class of 1974 The New Braunfels Mexican American graduating class of 1974 is planning a 20year reunion The reunion will be held Labor Day weekend For information call Johnnie Rodriguez at 625 4920 or 6292646 Womens Center to conduct training The Comal County Womens Center will conduct training for Hotline Volunteers on Monday June 20 at 6 The Womens Center staffs a 24hour crisis hotline for women who have been battered abused or sexually assaulted This hotline is forwarded to your home Anyone interested in being a volunteer can contact the volunteer coordinator at 620 7520 Fathers Day dance set A Fathers Day dance will be held Saturday June 18 from 8 to midnight at the Holy Fam ily Church Hall featuring Ruben Ramos Tickets are SI 0 Call 6095320 or 6207678 for information Woodmen of the World summer camp Woodmen of the World Life Society will have its summer camp July 18 through July 22 for all Woodmen Youth members ages eight to 15 Regis tration isSlO and includes a T shirt andcap Call 6091255 fash to be held atHEB The St Paul Lutheran High School seniors will hold a car wash at the HEB parking lot from 10 to 5 Saturday June 18 Siammtisch The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invite its readers to submit items to Slammlisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Slammlisch represents a sitting place fo members of the community lo gather and short the days happenings We invite you IQ share with This newspaper Is printed on recycled newsprint City wants plant expansions here By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Members of the New Braunfels City Council met with representatives of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Monday night and agreed to have the city attorney draft resolu tions proposing tax abatements be given to two local businesses that are planning expansions Casco New Braunfcls on FM 306 and Texas Jacobson on Interstate Highway 35 both arc exploring the possibility of expansions at their New Braunfcls facilities George Atchison plant manager for Cascot explained to the council that the company would need a decision concerning the tax abatement quickly City attorney to draft resolutions offering tax abatements to Casco and Texas Jacobson We are looking at which of our three facilities we need to expand Two of the prime candidates arc our New Braunfcls plant and our Wichita Kansas he said Glenn Kucs the financial officer for Texas Jacobson said the plastics plant is looking at cither doing something in El Paso or expanding the plant in New Braunfcls We also need to do something very quickly We have a 12month time frame We arc looking at getting started in a couple of said Kucs The resolutions for the abatements will be brought to the city council Juno 27 After discussions were held between he coun cil and the companies representatives the coun cil and chamber officials reviewed some of the citys industrial development incentives Chamber Executive Vice President Michael Meek said companies are getting a lot of help in other communities and New Braunfcls may need to look at its abatement program in order to stay competitive We arc finding ourselves more and more to be less competitive Seguin did as many abatement deals last year as weve done since 1986 The quality of life Is not always going to be the tie said Meek A company coming in Is looking at heavy costs for said Meek The first couple of years Is We need to look longterm at what other things we can do to make the program more he said The Economic Development Coordinating Committee from the chamber is expected to explore the possibility of increasing incentives They will bring their proposals to the city coun cil Corps of Engineers now charging for use of boat ramps at Canyon Lake By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Its Showtime The Red Stocking Revue the major fundraiser for the Community Service Center will take over the New Braunfels Civic Center for three shows this weekend Above Carol Crist Blssett and Cathy Crist Taicott perform a musical song about sisters at the last dress rehearsal Thursday At right Barron Schlameus and Roselyn Llsk do a takeoff on Ricky and Lucy Peformances are tonight at 8 tomorrow at 8 and Sunday at 3 Tickets are available at China n Things Felger and Friends and at the door HeraldZeitung photos by JOHN HUSETH People using boat ramps or launch sites along the shores of Canyon Lake are finding they have to pay this summer if they use the Corps of Engineers areas While county launch sites located mainly in suburbs are still free the Corps now charges at some launch ramps and swimming beaches Jerry Brite of the Corps of Engineers said the 1993 Deficit Reduction Act initiated further charges on fed erallyrun publicuse areas We do not indicate the fees coming back directly to Canyon he said Boat ramps and swimming fees are to offset the federal Collection began June 1 at Canyon Park Comal Park Cranes Mill Park and Potters Creek Park Begin ning in the spring of next fees will be charged at Potters Creek Park swimming beach North Park camp ing area and Jacobs Creek Park boat ramp and camping area Fees are SI per person up to S3 per vehicle at some developed swimming beaches Children under 12 are free A fee of S2 will be charged for the use of some boat launching ramps Those with Golden Age or Access passes can pur chase annual passes for or use facilities for halfprice We estimate we will be able to offset the cost of col lection and maintenance of ramps and camps in three said Brite Charges on use of Corps ramps would most likely result in increased use of the eight county launch sites located mainly in subdivisions County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the county currently had one of the sites all of which are maintained by county funds under test ing to determine the amount of usage Homscth said the county estimates 45 uses per day in the one site which he said was a pretty heavy load Brite told county commissioners in his opinion the county had authority to monitor recreational use on the lake especially around the county ramps He said Corps officers had a higher and more fre quent obligation to go to those ramps where the Corps had initiated use Brite was asked by the court about the possibilities of putting buoys on the lake in response to personal water craft usage for example He said he saw no reason why the county could not and estimated the cost at around per buoy with about four at each of the eight sites Outfitters ask for insurance break By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels city staff local outfitters and city coun cil members met Thursday morning to discuss insurance requirements for shuttle dri vers Local outfitters came to Mondays regular city coun cil meeting to express their views concerning the ordi nance requiring shuttle own ers to be insured up to for liability At that time they decided to meet in a workshop this week to dis cuss the matter further Many outfitters in the area operate shuttle services to bring customers who have traveled down the river back to their starting point Some outfitters use trucks and some use buses and vans to carry people and equipment According to City Manag er Mike Shands the council developed the ordinance requiring shuttle owners to be permitted in 1987 Revi sions were made in 1989 At that time the city was pushing for SI million in liability and a compromise was made to lower the requirements Shands said the reason for the insurance is to protect the city and the public He said if several people were hurt while traveling in a shuttle on city streets they could attempt to receive compen sation from the city if enough money was not available through the shuttle owners insurance carrier Shands explained that many shuttle owners in the area already have the required insurance However The bottom line is we cant afford it and we dont want to put kids out of shuttle owners at the meet ing said they will have diffi culty paying the costs They also said the insurance com panies require them to hire drivers over the age of 21 and they will be forced to fire several drivers if the ordi nance is not changed The bottom line is we cant afford it and we dont want to put kids out of said one outfitter Weve got to depend on college students for employ ees We need to help keep the kids in college said another outfitter The outfitters received notice approximately 10 days ago that they were not meet ing their insurance require ments Some of the outfitters were not aware they were required to have more insur ance City council member id city staff agreed to consider changing the part of the ordi nance which requires liability insurance on trailers and vehicles haul ing only equipment They are also considering appointing a Transportation Advisory Board City staff agreed not to cite or shut down any outfitting businesses not meeting the requirement until there is more time to reach a deci sion City staff and outfitters arc expected to meet again on June 30 to sec if any oth er proposals can be made Riding the chute The hot weather Is here and more and more people are tak ing advantage of the Tube Chute at Prince Solms Park The chute Is open from 10 to 7 each day and the park has picnic areas and barbecue pits showers and restrooms Admission for ages five and up Is with tube rentals plus a deposit Ufa Jackets are also available Call 608 2160 for more Infor mation If you see or hear news happening caff the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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