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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Berkman wins SWC Newcomer of the Year honor Sports Day page 5 50 CENTS The Landa Park train Npw Braunfels Herald 10 pages in one section Tuesday May Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of GEORGIA and MIKE DOERR Inside Sports Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Krystle Garcia Jessica Medrano Lind say Bottenfield and Toby Maxam Happy belated birth day wishes to Chet Cou villon and Lauren Moore Happy 25th Anniver sary to Georgia and Mike Doerr River conditions Guadalupe cfs Comal cfs cfs cubic feet per second Republican Women to hold Founders Day celebration The Canyon Lake Republi can Women invite the public to join them May 17 at the Canyon Lake Forest Civic Club house for a combination Founders Day celebration and fundraiser for 1995 A Fun time begins with happy hour cash bar at fol lowed by a unique program that should have you rolling in the aisles Food will be served following the program Contact Ruby Swain at 8893673 for tickets The cost is for a full evening of food and enter tainment Kids to suit up for eighth annual Toddler Run McKenna Memorial Hospital will sponsor the eighth annual Toddler Run on May 13 This is a community event that fea tures a race forchildren between the ages of 10 months and 36 months All participants will receive a 1995 Toddler Run tshirt a participant ribbon and a grab bag of coupons and goodies from area merchants Registration forms are available at the main desk in the hospital lobby The completed form and the entry fee must be received in the hospital devel opment office by 4 on Thursday May 11 Camp offers insight into job of park rangers Youths between the ages of 11 and 17 may develop an understanding of local park ranger duties responsibilities job skills and tasks during the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Jr Ranger Camp in Landa Park They will also explore the nat ural world visit the Comal Springs and historical city park areas learn basic environ mental citizenship and partic ipate in various activities environmental projects outdoor sports games hikes movies adventure swimming etc The Jr Ranger Camp will be held on July 10 11 and 12 from 10 to 5 Prereg istration is required and is being taken at the parks office from May 1 to July 7 The fee is per person For more information you may call the parks office at 608 2160 or come by the parks office at 110 Golf Course Road This newspaper is print ed on recycled newsprint Whatley resigns as director By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Tenyear Parks and Recreation Department Director David Whatley is moving on to green er pastures He turned in his resignation last Thursday City Manager Mike Shands said and it becomes effective June 30 David is going to enter into partnership in a family Shands said Whatleys exit comes at a hectic time for the park system with summer coming a tuber exit under construction and a grant for parks improve ments approved Parks Board Chair Hal Herbclin said Hes going to be very difficult to he said The city has already started a search for a new parks director Shands said The position is being advertised locally plus a statewide he said Applicants will need 10 years experience in parks management within cither the public or private sector and a degree in parks administration or something closely related Shands said Whatley came to New Braunfcls with those quali fications im W New Braunfels outstand r Ji ing park system and prime location could attract quality candidates for Whatleys position Herbclin said 1 think we will attract a very good cross he said I have a tremendous amount of faith in Mike Shands Whatleys easy going personality belies the huge responsibility he shouldered in his job as parks manager A lot of people dont realize how much the park system encompasses its a David Whatley mammoth Shands said The sheer numbers are staggering Over people come to New Braunfels to visit the parks each year Shands said and they spend up to million in the city Schlitterbahn brings in about people which puts that figure into Shands said The miniature train carries about to riders a year About swim in the springfed pool Fifty thousand slide down the tube shoot with paid admission and tens of thou sands more do so from other entrances to the river Shands said Its certainly more than a fulltime alltime Shands said The park system hasevolved into one of the more important aspects of the city of New Braunfels Shands said something for which we are known nationwide Since David Whatleys been here the citys turned the whole park system he said Whatleys accomplishments for the parks include xeriscaping the many landscaped areas including neighborhood parks to cemeteries to traffic islands to the Plaza bandstand Hcrbelin said Whatley procured a grant for the city to have a fulltime biorogist study the Comal Springs ecosystem Herbelin said Whenever he wants to do something that involves the Comal River hes got to go through all types of federal and state Herbclin said The biol ogist gives Whatley recommendations for Comal Springs management as well as producing research he said This program will be passed on to the next parks Herbclin said This gives you the kind of foresight he Herbelin said I think hes one of the reasons the parks board has such a good working relationship with the parks department and the Blaze guts mobile home Several Canyon Lake firemen stand outside a mobiie home fire top photo while others are working to put the flames out inside the home Monday evening The home is on Maverick Lane near Canyon Lake off Purgatory Road According to Deputy Comal County Fire Marshal Al Bohne the Canyon Lake VFD extin guished the fire quick enough so that the damage inside the home can be repaired Most of the damage was in an inside bedroom and Bohne estimated its cost at The fire began after a kerosene lamp was knocked to the floor and caught fire The blaze is still under investigation Firefighters left take care of Paul Winsett after he left exhausted from fighting the fire HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Residents lining up to protest appraisals By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Services available for patients By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Individuals suffering from the virus no longer have to travel to larger counties to receive the services they need thanks to a San Antonio based service agency that now provides unprecedented outreach services for individuals in rural areas Jerry Permenter director of the Alamo Area Resource Center said the decision to expand to rural counties was due to a prior neglect of these counties Theres a tremendous gap in services for the rural coun ties and its ridiculous Someone needs to care for them so I proposed that this center help he said Permenter said the demand is present however it may be understated He said the number of cases may be too low due to the fact that people travel to larger cities such as San Anto nio to obtain services Permenter expects the presence of ser vices in the county to reduce the number of individuals rely ing on other cities According to the Texas Department of Health there have been 24 diagnosed cases in Comal County from 1980 1994 For this same period there were 13 deaths due to AIDS Permenter said this number is slowly increasing due to a general denial and the belief that AIDS is a gay The center offers a wide range of services including mental health counseling medical referrals a food pantry and transportation to and from doctor appointments center does not currently offer testing for the virus The center will provide two case managers who will provide services throughout the area on a daily basis The services became available on April 1 The grant cycle which funds the services will end March 31 1996 Permenter said if there is enough community support and referrals the center will apply for an additional grant to maintain services The center expanded its services to individuals with the virus in Public Health Region 8 This region includes Comal County as well as Gonzales Guadalupe Karnes Atascosa Frio Medina Bandera Kerr Kendall Gillespie and Wilson counties The Comal County Appraisal Dis trict has been busy hearing protests from residents concerning the average increase in city property values this year The increase in appraisals upset many residents Some believed it was excessive while others simply called it ludicrous Lynn Rodgers Chief Appraiser for the CCAD said the increased appraisals resulted from an increase in the market value of property due to supply and demand Right now in this city demand is high and supply is low That means an increase in he said However Rodgers said the increase in property appraisals does not auto matically lead to an increase in taxes He said the impact of the higher appraisals on taxes cannot be deter mined until the necessary revisions if any are made in the taxing budget Citizens who want to protest their appraisals can do so by meeting with an appraiser to discuss it informally Rodgers said that at the end of last week 500 appointments had been made to discuss it informally Two hundred have already been heard Rodgers said an estimated 34 have requested a formal hearing with the Appraisal Review Board He said they are currently able to hear between 30 and 40 protests a day which helps them from becoming backlogged Golfers get on new fee By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Regulars at the Landa Park Golf Course can golf with fees intact for the next six months at least The city council tabled an ordinance changing golf course fees and regulations for six months The fees are just too compli a resident said Landa Park Golf Course regulars wrangled over various details of the proposed fee structure from reserva tion fees and their exemptions to mem bership categories to reservation meth ods Lets hold off and try to go with what we have Mayor ProTern Chris Bowers said Councilwoman Jan Kennady moved to table the fee change motion for six months The morion to table passed four votes to three Voting to table the motion were Councilwoman Mary Serold Ken nady Bowers and Mayor Paul Fraser Voting against tabling the fee change were Councilwoman Brenda Freeman Councilman Ambrosio Benitez and Councilman Tim Walker In other action the city council unan imously decided to let incoming coun cil members Juan Luis Martinez and C Ray Schoch participate in approving the proposed city budget with complaints 1 Rodgers said the citizens are leaving the informal discussions with a better understanding of why the appraisal rates Were explaining the realty market and making very very few adjust ments They arent really happy but theyre able to Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers have increased but no real changes are being made in the actual values Were explaining the realty mar ket and making very very few adjust ments People are leaving here with a better understanding of why there was an increase They arent really happy but theyre able to he said Rodgers said that qverall the number of protests are lighter than what was anticipated However people still have time to protest The deadline for filing protests is May 31 or 30 days after the postmark on the notice Rodgers said this still leaves time for many more protests to come in He said they will continue to schedule appointments for protests in order to minimize the amount of waiting time and answer citizens questions as quick ly as possible reprieve ordinance Weve got two new people coming in who are going to have to live under that budget and for that reason 1 move to Kennady said City council gave a unanimous nod to developer Bill Lowman to buy a small parcel of city land he needs to build a motel on Thompson Street Some resi dents of Kuehler had protested the pres ence of a motel near their neighbor hood Lowman showed his good faith to the area residents by applying to the Texas Department of Transportation for permission to have a motel entrance and exit to the 135 frontage road He showed the written permission to city council members Two entrances and exits are now planned for the motel one set on the frontage road and one set on Thompson Lowman said No entrance or exit to the motel will be located on Kuehler Fraser issued a proclamation naming May 13 1995 Food Drive Day This is when New Braunfels mail earners will collect nonperishable food items along their routes The food goes only to the New Braunfels food bank Last year mail carriers collected pounds of food Mail carriers will be collecting county wide for the first time this year Call 6259144 for information about subscriptions to the HeraldZeitung   

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