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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Canyon New Braunfels meet tonight in 284A showdown See P 5 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 176 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicenlennial March New Braunfels Herald 410 11016 SOWEST MICROPUBLlSHINfa 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 10 pages in one section Tuesday Sept Serving Comal County tor more than 142 years Home of ROZELLE WATSON Vol 142 No 228 Inside Sports The River conditions Guadalupe cfs Comal cfs cfs cubic feet per second Stammtiscli Birthday wishes from the HeraldZettung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Caleb Reininger Jo Allison Renee Murphy Ramon Herrera Rozelle Watson Christina Var gas Betty Brissenden Naomi Sanchez Tina Marie Diaz 1 year Ervin Schaefer Mon Cindy Clayton Amy Mark Valetta Orth June Foer ster Echo Franke Guthrie Tessye Maurer Krys tal Farias Kay Pogge Margaret Shadd Nancy Stuart Mike Franco Childrens Museum in need of docents The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels needs docents teaching tour guides to help with the Magic School Bus Inside Me They also need volunteers for a variety of museum activities including exhibit construction special projects greeting the pur lie gift shop workers and more Decent orientation is Monday Sept 19 at 9 refreshments will be served Call 6200939 for information Conservation Society to host meeting The September meeting of the New Braunfels Conservation Society will be held Thursday Sept 29 at the Forke Store at The meeting will include an ice cream social and election of offi cers The public is invited to attend A yard sale will be held Satur day Oct 1 from 9 until 4 at the Wagenfuehr Property 521 San Antonio St This sale is to benefit the New Braunfels Conservation Society Childrens Shelter in need of pantry foods The Childrens Shelter is in need of pantry foods such as canned soups vegetables fruits and juices dry items of macaroni spaghetti noodles jello rice and assorted baby foods Individuals or organizations wishing to make food donations are welcome at the shelter 2797 IH35 West Monday to Friday from 8 to 5 or call 629 0659 HOSTS needs tutors Be a special friend to a child Only one hour of your week will help two children learn to read and do math The NBISD Help One Student To Succeed program makes a dif ference one student at a time Call 6207533 Stammtisch The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophtenburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happen ings We invite you to share with This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Council postpones legal fees decision By TECLOJ GARCIA Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council voted Tues day 42 to postpone a decision on whether to reimburse Mayor Paul Fraser legal fees accrued from a lawsuit challenging his election In an emotionally charged chamber several citizens vented their frustrations to the council concerning the election process and the image New Braunfels is conveying outside of town as a politically unstable city Fraser who is being sued by Bluebonnet Gen eral Manager Gary Kahlig for what Kahlig calls election has accumulated more than in attorneys fees Councilwoman Mary Serold who wanted to vote on the matter along with Bowers said the council has lost its sense of direction It shows that they have no she said It has nothing to do with the fact its because its Paul Fraser just like I said early on They hate him They dont care It could be them next Fraser said he had to live by the decision of the Lawsuit against Fraser called indictment on city council and he said he would go on with the law suit Let me make this clear the issue is not me the issue is the election said Fraser Im just sort of a symbol for the election process This whole thing has to do with the fact that the elec tion process has been challenged here I am just the vehicle for challenging it and I think that is Several council members said the suit by Kahlig was an indictment on the city of New Braunfels because several city employees were named in the suit for alleged wrong doing I cant just sit here and let the city be said Councilman Tim Walker We are saying that the city can be attacked and that our positions here have no He urged the city attorney to look into possibly intervening in the suit to try to come up with a solution of some type However City Attorney Barry Moore at times seemed confused on what the council actually wanted him to do because other members of the council had different ideas In addition Moore will leave the city as attor ney Oct 15 Therefore if city council does not hire a new city attorney by that date it could face dealing with several legal problems without counsel Fraser should have kept the council abreast on all financial matters before hiring a personal attor ney Councilwoman Jan Kennady said He made that said Kennady He did not come to us He did not ask us to help He did not ask us what attorney he At one point in the meeting County Judge Carter Casteel got up while another citizen was speaking and suggested that everyone donate for a fund to help raise the money for Fraser and then spend city tax dollars on fixing city streets Casteel said she was making the suggestions despite her well documented differences with Fraser City Charter Committee Chairman David Wal lace asked the council to put away their differ ences He said he needed a united council in order to finish work on the city charter concerning the same election problems the council is debating If they arc going to defend the old electioii process then I am concerned that the new election process which we are trying to do Wallace said He said Moore leaving complicates matters and that is why the Charter Review Committee hired outside legal aid as well Harold Johnson a concerned citizen who spoke before the council said this of all the legal wran gling and political infighting the city has genarat ed recently Were going to come off as a city with the IQ of a damn Mayor ProTern Chris Bowers said he thought Councilman Abrosio Butch Benitez should have abstained from voting since he works in the Blue Bonnet Motors system That he was unwilling to admit that as an employee of Bluebonnet Motors and an employ ee of Gary Kahlig he is not party to this or have direct interest in this said Bowers I dont think he can honestly say that he can not be influenced by his City nets in lawsuit Judge Luciqus Bunton outers agreement maHe between parties By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer A multimillion dollar settlement reached between plaintiffs and defendents in the Sierra Club lawsuit over endangered species in Comal Springs will give the city of New Braunfels The agreement stemmed from a lawsuit origi nally filed in May of 1991 against the Depart ment of the Interior charging that the department and its subsidiary Fish and Wildlife Service should protect endangered species in both Comal and San Marcos Springs The city of New Braunfels was an intervenor or partner in the case along with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority city of San Marcos Green Valley Water Supply Corporation Atascosa Rur al Water Supply and Bexar Metropolitan Water District Judge Lucius Bunton III ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and ordered reimbursement be made This just simply say the judge is upholding the order He said we we are right yall go agree on the said Bill West General Manager of the GBRA got a long way to go The GBRA received roughly million the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club San Marcos Green Valley Atascosa and Bexar Metropolitan Water West said the amount of reimbursement for GBRA would be less than half the expenses incurred He also said the parties agreed on a per centage before the dollar amount was announced When you get into a negotiated settlement you have what you can see and also what you cant see should it be negotiated said West West said the issue of pumping of the Edwards Aquifer would likely intensify in the next State Legislative session which begins in January Spechts Crossing dedication Photo by ROBERT STEWART Members of the Comal County Historical Society as well as county dignitaries gathered at Spechts Crossing near Spring Branch Sunday for the dedication of a historical marker Early settlers used to cross the Guadalupe River at Spechts Crossing where low water and the gravel river bed enabled safe crossings Comal ISO sets tax rate By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District set its tax rate at Monday evening the same rate as the last two years The board voted 52 Jim Middleton Lee Ikels Norman Gerlich Dan Krueger and Derald LaRue voting for and Douglas Kirk and Thomas Bruce against to set the rate at per evaluation Finance Director Abel Campos said the tax bills should be going out in the next few weeks although he did not know the exact date because CISD maintains tax rate of previous two years by 52 vote the bills will be sent through the county It will go through the said Campos If you live in the CISD youll get one tax bill county CISD some water Much like the New Braunfels School District sent their bills through the city the CISD will go through the county in order to make things more convenient for taxpayers Campos reemphasized the point that the recent passage of a bond to build new schools will not effect the taxes for this year Any increases would be seen in next years tax rate He did tell the board that growth in the district could affect entitlements from the state and that he might be coming back to the board if amend ments to the budget are needed Ill be making reports to the board on what impact entitlements might have on the he said Unemployment rate drops by percent in Comal County By TECLOJ GARCIA Staff Writer The Comal County unemployment rate dropped percent to per centthe lowest rate of the yeardur ing the month of August the Texas Employment Commission reported Comal Countys total number of people employed shrunk by 362 to and the monthly report showed people still looking for work The San Antonio region which includes Bexar Comal Wilson and Guadalupe counties had its jobless rate drop of a percentage point to percent the third lowest level this year The Bryan College Station area metro area had the lowest unemploy ment rate in Texas at percent Comal was at percent unem ployment in May Even though Comal County gained on the jobless rate Texas Employment Commission employment analyst Richard Domwell said month to month tabulations can be misleading Its a seasonal he said The students quit looking jobs if they dont have them and those that do quit the jobs they have School is beginning earlier and what used to happen in September is now creeping into August The thing is to key is on the yearly Comal is averaging five percent unemployment for the year because of higher figures earlier in the year In August of 93 Comals jobless numbers stood at percent Guadalupe County added 897 more people to its payrolls last month to suppress its unemployment rate to percent Domwell said in nine of the last ten years unemployment has gone down from July to August He said he does not expect any large fluctuations in the rates for the next two months Texas Comptroller John Sharp said the state has reached a record employ ment of million working Texans New jobs means greater consumer confidence in the future of the Texas economy and translates into increased retail Sharp said New Braunfels is showing a 12 per cent increase so far this year in sales tax refunds from the state As a result of these new jobs Sharp said the length of the average manu facturing work week has grown by 13 percent to hours in addition claims for unemployment assistanqe are down by percent in Texas com pared to one year ago For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 Metro 6060846
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