Tuesday, November 29, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Smithson VaHey athletes honored at Fall Sports Banquet See 50 CE New Braunfels HeraMZeit 4 I i M i O 10 pages in one section Tuesday Nov Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of STEVEN STARTZ Vol 142 No 274 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Alice Rob bins Jessica Lynn DeLeon 10 years Martina Arredondo Gerard Agnirre John F Hopkins Robert L Schlabach Gertrude Gerhard Lucille Hinds Roxanne Alvarez Tanya Falgout Happy Anniversary to Jim Shirley Hayes 41 Childrens Museum to host Santa Santa Claus will visit the Chil drens Museum in New Braunfels on Wednesday Nov 30 from 4 to 8 Visits will Santa are free pho tos with Santa are available for The museum is located in the Courtyard Shopping Center behind Arbys For more information call the Childrens Museum at 6200939 Downtown Dollars to be given away again To thank for its business during the year the Downtown Association of New Braunfels is giving away Downtown Dollars again this year Last year more than people registered from all over Texas and six other states The public is invited to register at any of the 40 participating busi nesses each week Registration began Nov 18 during Downtown Discovery Days and continues until the last drawing on Dec 20 Four winners will be drawn each week on the Plaza beginning Tuesday Nov 29 during the Tree Lighting ceremony and festivities Winners will receive 50 or 25 Downtown Dollars Stop and register where a gold sign in displayed in the window Plaza Tree Lighting set for tonight at 6 Dozens of singers hundreds of lights and of course Santa Claus will help kick off the Christmas t season in New Braunfels during the annual Plaza Tree Lighting ceremonies to be held tonight at 6 The event is sponsored by the Downtown Association Santa will remain on the Plaza most of the evening to hear Christ mas wishes Newcomers Club to host Christmas dinner and dance The Newcomers Club of New Braunfels will host its Christmas dinner and dance on Friday Dec 2 from 6 to Members and their guests are invited to come and start the sea son with them The event will be held at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Dinner will be a choice of baked ham or baked chicken breast Cost is per person and checks should be given to Ralph Wheat Music will be provided by the Seven Dutchmen For more information call Helen Nolan at 6207749 There will be no club meeting in December This newspaper Is printed on recycled newsprint Council approves Miller as negotiator By TECLO J GARCIA Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council Monday passed a controversial motion by a vote of 43 to employ the services of Doug Miller as the citys water negotiator The measure could end months of haggling and political posturing among local officials regarding the position of water negotiator According the motion as proposed by Council member Jan Kennady the city will enter into an interlocal agreement with New Braunfels Utilities and Comal County for the services of Miller The city decided not to renew Millers contract in August to continue serving as the citys water negotiator Mayor ProTern Chris Bowers Council mem ber Mary Serold and Mayor Paul Fraser voted not to enter in the agreement while Kennady Bren da Freeman Ambrosio Benitez and Tim Walker voted for the motion The agreement which will be sent to the City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom for review is based on Comal Countys interlocal agreement with NBU The Countys accordance with NBU stip ulates it will pay up to S75 a day for Millers rep resentation at area water meetings to the electri cal entity If a total bill from Miller was the most the County would pay NBU would be Mr Miller does not triple dip He does not Dou ble said County Judge Carter Casteel in reference to suggestions that Miller may have been getting paid twice over Doug Miller He gets a salary for his days Casteel said The county judge also said she was satisfied with the arrangement and saw no reason why the city could not also employ Miller Miller charges NBU S55 a hour plus his expenses The bottom line is continuous spring she said I frankly dont care who gets to hold the hand of Joe Moore federal water I just want to go down to Landa Park and see the springs The motion passed also said the city would be able to contact Miller directly about any water issues and he would have to contact thecity before he would attend any water meetings The measure must still go before NBU for approval The NBU Board of Trustees meets Wednesday It is not known whether it will be dis cussed at its meeting In the past Fraser has said he was against Miller representing New Braunfels as its water negotiator because Miller sold insurance and he was not trained in water matters Last month however it was Kennady who put the water negotiator item on the agenda for discussion Walker may have represented the thoughts of many local residents when he said he was content with the opportunity to deal with the issue of Millers appointment Hopefully the county the city and NBU can not bicker over who is going to say he said But that we all make sure that we get what we want said no matter who says Miller and dozens of local officials participated in a regional water meeting in New Braunfels last week where the hierarchy of area water panels and organizations discussed the future of the Edwards Aquifer and water usage n In other council action it decided to allocate to the OffCampus Steering Committee the remainder of the the committee had asked the city for two weeks ago The resources will fund a survey conducted by San Antonio College which will find what trie 1 educational needs of New Braunfels and Comal County are SAC officials have said the ftirvey will cost the college more than The council approved the second half of the stipend only after a more detailed list of survey expenses was provided i i Just killin time MICHAEL DARNALL Walther spent the afternoon fishing at Landa Park yesterday Walther hadnt caught anything when this photo was taken but he said concerned because he was just klllln City mourns loss of Franziska Leibscher From staff reports Life long New Braunfels resident Franziska Dittlinger Liebscherdied at her home Monday at the age of 102 Liebscher called Fanny by friends and relatives had beenunder guard ed condition for the last few years Bom In New Braunfels on August Liebsher contributed heavi ly to the New Braunfels community with civic service that helped shape the city at the turn of the century She was a charter member of the New Braunfels Garden Club founded in 1933 and was a coleader for the first Senior Girl Scout Troop in New Braunfels Liebscher also patriotically con tributed to the countrys war efforts during and with ser vice to the American Red Cross Fan ny was also a charter member of the Sophienburg Conservation Society and Heritage Society which helps preserve the culture and history of New Braun fels Among the dozens of clubs and organizations Liebscher served in one capacityor another a noteworthy accomplishment should include her service on the Texas Landmarks Com mission with her mother and a good friend Adina De Zavala Husband Alfred died Oct and she is survived by her two daugh ters both of New Braunfels her son and his wife Mary Agnes of Daven port Iowa seven grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren Funeral services will be Dec at 10 at Sts Peter Paul Catholic Church Burial will be at the Sts Peter Paul Catholic Ceme tery Visitation will begin at 8 Wednesday The family wll receive friends from 5 until 7 Wednesday There will be a prayer service at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home Wednesday at 7 Franziska Leibscher Unemployment rate remains steady in Comal County By TECLO Staff Writer Comal Countys unemployment rate remained steady at percent far below the states average of percent and the San Antonio Metropolitan areas rate of the Texas Employ ment Commission announced Tues day Comals jobless rate remained unchanged fiom October however the county did gain 27 jobs over the last month Unemployment in the county fell over two percentage points since October of 1993 and the county has gained 673 jobs since that time For the metro area which consist of Bexar Comal Guadalupe and Wil son counties its unemployment rate fell to a 10year low to percent Commission officials predicted that the unemployment rate would dip even further because of the Christmas season where retailers traditionally hire employees In addition officials noted that the steady decline in the jobless rate resonates from steady job growth in the metro area The good unemployment news comes on the heels of the state comp trollers announcement that it handed cities in the county just over in tax rebates a 17 percent improve ment over last year The Texas economy continues to improve along with employment which grew by percent since one year State Comptroller John Sharp said He sent a total of million in November sales rebates to Texas cities Sales tax rebates reflect a percent increase in consumer confident over the same period last Through November the city of New Braunfels has received from the comptrollers officer Sharp said a healthy construction industry in the San Antonio area added to the over sound economic numbers posted by the area The number of unemployed declined by 1300 over the month arid that figure was in October Total employ ment in the area increased by and stood at The highest job growth sector in the area was local government which includes municipalities and school dis tricts It was up by over last year Wageandsalary jobs grew per cent by from October 1993 through last month to reach an all time level of Wageandsalary doesnt include the self employed agri culture workers and active duty mili tary personnel Guadalupe Countys October job less rate stood at percent losing nine jobs over the previous month report County wont be affected by increased state jail capabilities By CRAIG HAMMETT M Staff Writer i In the coming year Texans will what Texans called for more to house more jails are scheduled to hold priswieii conVIcted at the state level and take burdens off the county jails But at what cost Losing prisoners to state jails should not hurt the county coffers according to county officials because the coun ty contracts for federal prisoners and criminals have been a steady supply It wouldnt affect us at Sheriff Jack Bremer We have a corf tract with the Bremer said the federal government pays the county per prisoner each day according to space available If the county does not have room they ship the federal inmates out Weve in the past had a contract with Caldwell Co to hold their pris said Bremer We turned down some from Some counties contract with other counties to keep their prisoners for B fee Guadalupe County has even housed some prisoners from Washington in the past Not so anymore Were all filled said Sheriff Melvin Harborth state jails would cut down on my cost They say theyll be ready by September 95 but well wait and District Attorney Bill Reimer claims the new state jails will not really affect Comal County but changes in the pun ishments for certain crimes will There will be an increased cost to the county because there will be an educated criminal population which means increased insurance costs increased police Most of the changes come in the xarea of drugs and property crimes Those crimes involving property between and will earn the criminal a trip to state jails But fiflt and second offenses require probf tion according to Reimer which he believes will lead to repeat offenses and foster socalled professionaj criminals It doesnt allow us to keep conttol of people who scam the elderly around said Reimer inalizes the diug laws and theft Maximum terms are two years ta the state jails for these crimes or what Reimer terms 90 dayf of shocked a process I not believe in By the time trial comes some of them have already i he said least put under the hazard of going to For news or advertising information call 6259144 Metro 6060846

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