Friday, August 4, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Local volleyball players honored by Alamo Association See Page 6A 50 CENTS New Braunfels Comal County Courthouse Annex 14 Pages in two sections Friday August Her a IdZ Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of MORRIS Vol 143 No 190 ii t A f Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Emmie Offcrman Sarah Norris Glenn Brietzke Jaime DeLeon Adelita Amaro Darrel Hunter Bert Medina Melissa Morrison Karen Ray burn and Dorothy Allen River and aquifer information Comal River 262 cubicfeetper second down 12 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 05 Guadalupe 187 Aggies ice cream social The Comal County Aggie Moms Club invites all Comal County Aggies and their fami lies to an oldfashioned ice cream social Thursday Aug 10 at Area 16 across from the pool In Landa Park beginning at This new Howdy Night is an opportunity for all Aggies from brand new fish to graduation seniors to former students and their families to get to know each other and share that great Aggie Spirit There is no charge for the event HOPE to hold end of summer dance Hispanic Organization for Public Education announces an end of summer DJ dance fundraising event with DJ Kenny Longoria The dance will be Friday Aug 11 from 7 to 11 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall 138W Austin St Friends of Library to meet The next regular meeting of the Friends of Dittlinger Library will be held Saturday Aug 5 at 10 at the library The next book sorting will be Tues day Aug 8 at 8 at Moyer Park on Hwy 81 E Fire Department Auxiliary to meet New Braunfels Fire Depart ment Auxiliary will hold a short business and social meeting at Fire Station on Loop 337 at 7 Monday Aug 7 Rummage sale Sts Peter and Paul Schools Annual Summer Rummage Sale will be held Friday Aug 4 and Saturday Aug 5 The sale will be held from 8 to 6 Friday and 8 to 3 Saturday The sale will be held in St Marys Hall on the Sts Peter and Paul Church grounds on West Bridge St The sale will be held both upstairs and downstairs in the hall building For information call 625 1729 during the day Scholarship workshop How to Apply For College Scholarships workshop will be presented by Cynthia Ruiz and Phillip C McKee Saturday Aug 5 from 10 to noon at Primera Iglesia Bautista 2080 W San Antonio St It is a free workshop Seguin Womens Aglow celebrates Seguin Womens Aglow will celebrate its first birthday at New Life Fellowship in Pecan Tree Square at Aug 5 County joins asbestos suit By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Round em up Dozens of children got free bicycle hel mets Wednesday and yesterday at the Bicycle Rodeo held at Lamar Elementary School At top Rene Gonzales competes in one of the Bicycle Rodeo events At right Joshua Ortega gets a hand from Amy Merchison Sponsors of the rodeo were McKenna Memorial Hospital the Comal County Medical Society the New Braunfels Optimist Club New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and the New Braunfels Police Department Comal County Commissioners vot ed Thursday to take part in a class action suit regarding the presence of asbestos in county buildings as long as it is at no cost to the county Richard Hile one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs said the suit which already includes 83 Texas cities counties colleges and universities was certified as a class action suit He said this means parameters stating who can be included were set and Comal County falls within those parameters Hilesaid if an entity remains part of the suit an inspection will be done on all the buildings the entity owns that were built or renovated prior to 1980 to determine whether asbestoscon taining surface treatment materials ACSTM are present This is the only product involved in the suit If ACSTM is found a bulk sample will be sent to a laboratory for analysis Two labs in the country are capable of taking a bulk sample and breaking it down into fragments to determine the formula used which will tell who man ufactured it said Hile Most of the time the specifications wont tell you who the manufacturer is Sometimes it will The formula is one sure way to said Hile If the product was manufactured by Asbestospray Corporation United States Gypsum Company or W R Grace the inspectors will estimate an amount present and the costs associated with maintenance or removal of the product However if none is found the entity will not have any further involvement in the case Most of the time the specifications wont tell you who the manufacturer is Sometimes it will The formula is one sure way to Hile Hile said He also added that the attorney sr fees are on a contingency fee basis This means fees will be paid out of court awards if there are any If there is no recovery there will be no charge including attorneys fees laboratory fees or court costs Hile said the county has the option of asking to be excluded from the suit However the county commissioners voted to remain a part of it Commis sioner Moe Schwab said there prob ably is some asbestos present in the older parts of the building However he doesnt believe it is dangerous Monica Wallace head of Environ mental Health agreed with Schwab that it is okay if it is present as long as it is not stirred up If you do have dont disturb it and youll be she said The commissioners voted to go ahead as a member of the suit and let an inspection be performed as long as it will not incur any costs for the coun ty Hile said New Braunfels Indepen dent School District was part of an earlier suit which was won Chamber authorizes study of tourism advertising By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce has hired an outside finn to tell it what it already knows which is that it is doing a good job said chamber officials Jim Scheele Jr director of the Con vention and Visitors Bureau said the chamber has signed an agreement with ProMark Research Inc in San Antonio to do a conversion study The study will focus on 10 local media to deter mine how effective a job the chamber is doing Scheele said the convention and vis itors bureau feels the chamber is doing a good job However he said there are some critics who say it is not The chamber board the convention and visitors bureau and the city council approved a study by a third party to determine effectiveness We just want a third party study to tell us were doing a good job We already know that We just want to hear it from a neutral he said The study which will cost approxi mately will be a profile on the people coming to New Braunfels The firm will randomly survey indi viduals who have previously requested information about New Braunfels through advertisements There will then be a followup of about more sent out said Scheele The goal of the study is to receive responses so the chamber will be able to determine how effective its advertising methods have been Scheele said the study will focus on where people got their information about the city whether or not they came to town how long they stayed and how much they spent By utilizing the survey we hope we can get a better picture of the visi tor and what they see and he said Scheele said the results of the study should be available by the middle of October Scheele said the results will then be used to determine whether the budgeted for advertising in 1995 was used effectively For instance we know a lot of our visitors are from Houston so we wouldnt want to pull our advertise ments out of the Houston he said Scheele said this is the first year a third party has been hired to do a study He said the convention and visitors bureau usually does a small survey He said he does not foresee conducting similar studies every year We just wanted a gauge to mea sure future efforts and this will provide he said Guadalupe River flow cut back to 189 cubicfeetpersecond By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A large number of tourists will be in town again this weekend looking for ward to a day on the river as a way to escape the heat Although the river levels may not be as high as some rafters and tubers may like the river will still be an ideal leisure time activity according to the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority The release rate for the Guadalupe River has been cut back once again as a result of high temperatures and no rain With the current reservoir level at feet above mean sea level the release rate this weekend will be around 189 cubicfeetpersecond said GBRA Director of Project Develop ment David Welsch From May until August we were able to use water from a small but ben eficial if you could call it that flood said Welsch Weve had a dry summer but we happened to have a wet spring We need rainfall now he said Welsch said that due to an agree ment between GBRA the Army Corps of Engineers and outfitters GBRA was able to release water cap River Update tured from those rains at a slower rate This extended the period of good water releases and Aug 3 was the first time the release rate fell below 287 cfs Welsch said the river will still be good for tubing and canoeing How ever he said it will mean a longer trip He also said that rafting will still be possible except that smaller rafts will need to be used so they wont drag bottom Youre just going to have to pay attention to where youre at on the riv er so you know when to get off and youre not stuck on the river longer than you want to he said The release level will likely contin ue to drop However it will probably be a couple of weeks before the rate falls below 100 cfs said Welsch Weve probably gotten accustomed to the higher Levels Now were getting back to normal levels for this time of the he said Norwest promotes local bankers BUI Goertz regional manager of Norwest Banks in Central Texas has announced the promotions of several key pfficers at Norwest Bank in New f Bill Cone has been appointed chair rnarjof the board and will upon com pletion of the acquisition by Norwest of Liberty National Bank Austin assume additional responsibilities as president of Liberty National Bank Cone began his banking career in 1968 as a trainer for Capital Nation al in Houston In 1975 he was named president and chief executive officer of National Bank of Commerce in Austin Five years later he became president and CEO of Montgomery County Bank in Spring and in 1983 ihe joined First National Bank of the Woodlands For the last decade Cone has served as president and CEO of in New Braunfels recently acquired Vice President Lawrence Brumbelow has been elected to the board of directors of Norwest Bank in New Braunfels Brumbelow joked Ihe bank in 1987 He attended South Texas University and is a grad ujte of fte Najjflnal Qsduate School servM p wsg PJpdetJit of the Wijirst Qarol Gravis fest Association and is a pastVP for the New Brauufels Chamber of Com merce Carol Gravis has been named pres ident and managing officer of Nor west Bank in New BlWfeJs Gravis a nineyear veteran pfjpjtfeens Bank has been Ja her position from vice started her career with Wells Bank in 1974 and has held tious at Seguin San Antonio Savings She has bean active in the coniwunity and serves on a number of boards including the Unit ed Way of CornaJ County Commu nities in Schools and as treasurer of the New Braunfels Rotary Club Cjravis recently graduated with honors from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University She and her husband Bob have two children and live in New Braunfels John Stumpf regional president of Norwest Bank Texas made the statement ihat Norwest came to Texas to create jobs and These advancements for our New Braunfels bankers is the actualization of this said Bill Cone Vickie Ross has been promoted from assistant operations officer to cashier A 1972 graduate of New Braunfels High School Ross also attended Southwest Texas State Unj versify arid Texas Tech Universitys and Advanced Schools of pinking Ross lias been a member oftjhf New Braunfels Chamber Cgjnjrnerce and the Oak Run which has 36 banking locals and billion in assets in is part of Norwest Corpus rajion a billion dollar company pro banking insurance invest ments aud financial services through stpjes in all 50 states aJJ JO Canadian provinces and inter Comal County Senior Center announces expansion See Page 44