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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 223 DAYS NowBraunfels Stsqulcantennial March New Braunfels FASO TX 18 pages in two sections Friday Aug Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of MILTON ERBEN 14 No 201 Inside Church 6A Sports 8A River conditions Guadalupe cfs Comal cfs cfs cubic feet per second Stamnitisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZettung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Milton Erben Arton Jonas Zina Fd ger Mary Hinojosa Karen Wirth Naomi Young Marilyn Arkinson Flossie Fritsch Julie Klinger Bobbie Ludlam Dar lene Minor Everette Reynolds Stephen J Rovnak Dr Mrs K Joe Kuehler 27 Scholarship fund gala on tap Aug 27 The Comal County Fair Asso ciation scholarship fund gala will be held Saturday Aug 27 with dinner at 7 and dance at 8 at the arts and crafts building at the county fairgrounds on Common St Admission is per person For tickets call 6061000 1994 Rodoo Queen entries sought Comal County high school freshmen sophomores and juniors are invited teTcorripete in the 1994 Comal County Rodeo Queen Contest Contestants must be single and enrolled in either Comal County school district as of August 1994 Information and entry forms will be available at New Braunfels Canyon and Smithson Valley High Schools Gartenfest on tap Aug 19 Gartenfest will be held at the Beethoven Home in San Antonio on 422 Pereida and S Alamo The Aug 19 event starts at For more information call Alfred B at 6255206 Lotto jackpot now worth million AUSTIN No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night for the twice weekly Lotto Texas game state lottery officials said The numbers drawn Wednes day night from a field of 50 were and 43 There were 155 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 Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Saturday nights game will be million Stemmtisch The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German communi ty Stammtisch represents a sit ting place for members of the com munity to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint IRS doses doors to local restaurant By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Revenue officers from the Internal Revenue Service closed five Finkels Restaurants yesterday morning includ ing the one at 801 Interstate 35 in New Braunfels IRS Revenue Officer Jerry Gillmore said the company withheld federal pay roll taxes from employees but alleged ly failed to turn that money over to the government Records show the IRS filed liens for more than in taxes owed for six months in 1991 Then in 1992 GFAF the parent company filed Five restaurants closed due to nonpayment of taxes bankruptcy listing in taxes due penalties in interest Late last month the IRS filed additional liens for in taxes owed for the last quar ter of 1993 and the first quarter of this year The IRS officers took possession of the New Braunfels Finkels at about Thursday They auctioned off all the perishable food at 2 The manager was very cordial very cooperative She was upset but she understood we had a job to do and we were just doing said Revenue Offi cer Mick Eskew We gave them all kinds of opportunities to pay up before Eskew said it will probably be about 45 days before the IRS auctions off the building and its contents The mon ey raised from the auction will go to satisfy the taxes owed by Finkels Seiz ing the business also stops the busi ness from continuing to roll up delin quent taxes penalties and interest any further Oillmore said When a business uses those payroll deductions to capitalize the business it is net fair to all the other restaurants out there that pay their Gillmore said He said Finkels employees were still credited for the amount deducted from their paychecks but The American public has to make it up in the long The closure also left several local civic clubs looking for a new place to meet Bemice Ebensberger publicity chair man of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary said the group has meetings scheduled at Finkels within the next couple of weeks I dont know just what well do Well just have to work something she said There was no answer at Finkels cor porate headquarters in San Antonio yesterday and messages left on the1 answering machine were not returned by press time Eskew said he did not know how many employees lost their jobs when the business was closed but said their were six workers and two managers in the building when it was seized The other four Finkels closed yes terday were located in San County passes budget million proposal cut to million By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners passed a million budget Thurs day in front of less than 10 people in the County Courthouse The court met twice Thursday in the morning and evening to let the public consider the proposed Jl million budget cut to million by of the day I think people are comfortable with the budget or they would have been here to say said County Judge Carter Casteel who added she received few comments from the pub lic after proposing her budget The court voted 32 with J L Jum bo Evans and Neil Craigmile oppos ing for the budget and then set the tax rate at by a4l vote Craig mile against Craigmile said he opposed the amount of the budget increase rough ly million from last year because the increase was not based on real growth in the county he said such as new construction and added sales tax revenues The new tax rate is about three percent above the effective tax rate This is effectively a 883 increase in taxes based on property value increases rather than real growth or he said wouldnt be taking million out of Although the county tax rate decreased from last year county resi dents who saw increases in their prop erty values could see a rise in their tax bills Major cuts more than worth came in the health coverage for county employees Commissioners accepted a new insurance agreement through the Texas Association of Counties Commissioners also cut the budget about by deciding to rent space for one justice of the peace building instead of building two new ones The budget included a six percent raise for county employees and three percent raises for most elected offi cials In the morning session of Commis sioners Court not one person in a packed room rose to speak on the bud get Discussion did follow on county boat ramps which lasted more than one hour however The county had earlier released a supplement in the HeraldZeitung and the judge had appeared on local radio programs in an effort to inform the public I think were doing a good job being as open as we can possibly be with the she said School zones watched HeraldZeitung photo by TED EASTWOOD Sergeant Mac MacEachern alms his radar gun at oncoming traffic In of the many school zones In New Braunfels yesterday New Braunfels Police are urging motorist to remember school Is back hi session and that speed limits particularly school zone speed limits are being enforced County orders restrictions at boat ramps By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Many of the people sitting in packed Commissioners Court room at the Comal County Courthouse Annex Thursday morning did not come to hear about a million county bud get They came to hear about county boat ramps and for more than one hour and 30 minutes the subject dominated the courts discussion When discussions finally ceased the commissioners had adopted a resolu tion including an order to place restric tions on the use of county boat ramps What exactly those restrictions are remains topic for debate which is what occured during the meeting The countys main objective is to keep the ramps clear for the loading and unloading of boats The problem Canyon Lake comes in the legal wording of restric tions especially on swimming What you have here is that when you have people swimming around the boat ramps you create a dangerous said Commissioner J L Jumbo Evans The order prohibits obstructing the ramps or road leading to ramps diobeying orders to move from law or emergency personnel picnicing or camping in the boat ramp areas or loi tering The fines range from no more than for the first offense to no more than or jail time for more than two Evans tried to make a motion for an amendment to the order prohibiting fishing or swimming from the boat ramps or the assorted courtesy docks if any Commissioners had to change the amendment several times due to the wording regarding swimming finally electing to say accessing the water for swimming and further studying the legalities regarding swim ming Assistant County Attorney David Friesenhahn who drafted the order said restricting swimming around the ramps would be hard because the coun ty does not have jurisdiction in the water itself and would invite legal action against the county should they try to enforce it Even though we want to restrict swimming its hard to do when we dont have any said County Judge Carter Casteel The judge said activity in the water falls under jurisdiction of the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and the Water Safety Act The county can only control the ramps under the Road and Bridge Act The judge would like to set up a Citizen Advisory Group to look at what restrictions could be made regarding swimming and what the GBRA would be willing to do Several Canyon Lake area residents spoke both for and against swimming restrictions at the ramps Those for the restrictions generally said they feared for the safety of both swimmers and boaters and disliked the crowded conditions at the ramps Those against said the ramps should be open to all taxpayers and that defining the swimming restrictions would be diffi cult Judge Casteel said the restrictions would also apply to parking lots near the boat ramps to be used only by those using the ramps for loading unloading or riding the boats Committee recommends funds for new parks program By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer County Judge Carter Casteel wants to add to the 1995 budget for a new parks program Points of that program were outlined Thursday in Commissioners Court Members of a county wide recreation study committee presented recom mendations to the court for planned park facilities The committee recommended a sev enmember park advisory committee first be organized to study applications and make reports and recommenda tions to Commissioners Court Committee cochair Gloria Sasser Additional sought to fund new program told the court the committee looked first at two parks projects one at See related Canyon Lake story page 2A and the other at See county Eikel Field in budget page 1A New Braunfels aj See boat Costs for conramps page 1A structing a Canyon Dam Park would be around those for Eikel Field improvements would be about County Engineer Tom Hornseth a committee member said the projects would depend on matching grants around for the Canyon Dam Park and for Eikel Field from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart ment and would be constructed over a three year period These projects are obviously con tingent on those two things happen he said The county would contribute in 1995 and in both 1996 and 1997 The Canyon Dam Park would include soccer and baseball fields fish ing piers camp sites playgrounds and trails Hornseth said the county would try to solicit funds or labor from recre ational groups that would use the park and hopefully get them to help with maintenance For example a soccer group said they have contractors willing to do he said people could come in and would be assisting the county to take some of the start up costs and operational burdens off the Eikel Field improvements such as a jogging path piayscape picnic areas and landscaping would be contingent on grants from the city of New Braun fels as well For news advertising or subscription informatioit call 6259144 Mettd 6060846
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