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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Lance Berkman hits grand slam in national tournament Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels The Plaza Bandstand 12 Pages in one section Thursday August HeraldZ Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of Vol 143 No 194 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Dawson Brumbelow 21 Penelope Biggadike and Jason Rheinlaender Happy 19th anniversary to Alice and Adam Hernandez River and aquifer information Comal River 262 cubicfeetper second same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 05 Guadalupe 140 Concert in the Park Painted Pony will perform the free concert tonight at at the dance slab in Lan da Park 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 tonight 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 gradu dents 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 at 7 to 11 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall 138 St Lone Star Primary sneak preview A sneak peek for first and second graders at Lone Star Primary will be held Aug 11 from 3 to Come put away your school supplies and meet your new teacher Canyon Music Boosters to meet Canyon Music Boosters meet tonight at in the Canyon High School Band Hall All parents of band choir and drill team members of Comal Elementary Canyon Middle School and Canyon High School are encuraged to attend Teen Connection Thrift Shop sale Teen Connection Thrift Shop is holding a back to school sale all August All clothing is priced from 25 cents to Thrift shop hours are Monday through Saturday 10 to 3 pm Money raised by the sale supports the programs of Teen Connection The winning numbers Lotto Texas 589 103844 million jackpot CasteePs budget holds the line on spending rTEXflS LOTTERV By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor County Judge Carter Casteel has proposed a million 1996 county budget which would increase spendingjust more than one percent and would allow a drop in the county property tax rate County commissioners received their copies of the proposal yesterday afternoon said County Auditor Bate Bond If passed as presented the county would set a property tax rate of cents per of appraised value The owner of a home with a taxable value of would owe in county property tax The owner of a home with a taxable value of this year owed Since property values have been increasing the county would collect more property tax money even while lowering the tax rate Casteel esti mates the county would collect million in property taxesj up from this year The county also expects to collect an extra from a recently passed increase in the cost of automobile registrations The county also expects to collect more than million from the halfcent sales tax a increase from last year Bond described the proposal as a status quo budget There are not a lot of highlights this he said Casteel is proposing a percent acrossthe board pay raise for all county employees Their department heads would also be able to give each employee an additional two or four percent merit raise Elected officials would all receive percent pay raises The pay raises would cost about Bond said In an effort to better meet the needs of the cit izens the county continues to develop the three new programs begun in 1995 rural recycling environmental enforcement and the parks pro gram The total amount dedicated to these efforts will be Casteel wrote to the commis sioners Spending for roads would remain about the same as last year Helping keep county spending level are sever al spending decreases The county budgeted last year to build two new justice of the peace buildings That expense is not there for next year Spending for records preservation and the law library at the jail would also decrease To balance the budget Casteel proposed using of the county reserve fund which would mfion rrtfan Comal County Spending 1995 total labudpted ttHtt prepaid bufeM 1988 1969 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1MS leave million in reserves Bond said he is comfortable with that amount of reserves and added he expects 1996 would end with more than million in reserves anyway since all budgeted money is usually not spent and rev enues usually exceed what is budgeted HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL David Schoenvogel prepares for a run of the Landa Park Railroad which he has operated for 13 years DRIVING THAT TRAIN David Schoenvogel enjoys his job running the Landa Park Railroad By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer David Schoenvogel gets a broad perspective of New Braunfels and the his seat at the front of the Landa Park train He has been at the helm of the train since 1982 Its an attraction that sooner or later everyone in New Braunfels gets around to Schoenvogel said He owns and operates the train a private conces sion leased by the city A crosssection from the world has been to New Braunfels in the time Ive been here especially since the fall of the he said Name a country anywhere in the world and Schoenvogel has probably chatted with a New Braunfels visitor from there at one time or another he said Now the world has gotten much he said Children of all ages are some of Schoenvogels most loyal customers Kids are fascinated by trains usual he said Most day cares in town bring their children by at least once during the season he said The most common request from children is can I ring the Schoenvogel said The smiles on the faces of the kids are Older folks from New Braunfels enjoy the train too They bring peo ple from retirement he said Its a way to enjoy the park for those who dont get around as easily as they used to One segment wholl visit with you about trains are those who worked on Schoenvo Depot doubles as home for injured wildlife The train depot at Landa Park is something more a parttime wildlife rehab center Train owner and operator David Schoenvogel and his wife Stefanie care for injured or lost park ani mals My wifes taken care of lots of animals from squirrels to Schoenvogel said They first take injured animals to the veterinarian he said Then they care for the animals until theyre ready to return to their nat ural environment Weve fed baby squirrels from a Schoenvogel said Thats an When the squirrels are old enough to run around they play with cats he said The squirrels tease the cats by running circles around them too fast to catch The Schoenvogels found one squirrel knocked out with no sight and no hearing he said The vet told them the hearing would return first then the sight The hearing did come back first and the animal was it didnt Schoenvogel said It was amazing how that animal took to he said The animals seem to know when theyre ready to return to freedom After a period of time theyre ready to go out on their own cut the apron Schoenvogel said gel said Former train workers remi nisce about their jobs when just about everyone used locomotives for long distance travel he said Schoenvogel is not an old railroad man himself though 1 learned it from the previous owner Bill he said He stayed with me until his McCrary put in the train in 1969 Schoenvogel said Born in Shiner Texas Schoenvo gel worked for much of his life for the federal government A Vietnam vet eran he just went into the military to get it over He worked for the United States Department of Agri culture in New Braunfels and came to love the town His job moved him to West Texas but his heart stayed here I was away for four all my vacations here went to all the he said Schoenvogel moved back to New Braunfels and got to know the folks who owned the paddle boats He managed the paddle boats starting in 1978 and learned the Landa Park railroad business by doing A train has been touring Landa Park since at least 1969 In the win ter of 198586 we expanded prac tically doubled the length of the he said Now passengers see almost every corner of Landa Park in a liesurely oneandahalf mile ride The train is open 10 to 8 daily from Easter through Labor Day Admission is for everyone but babies under one year old 1 have six months that I put in a tremendous amount of Schoenvogel said Its the people 1 he said Bar owners say new drinking hours are killing business Officials counter that countys roads are safer By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Local bar owners have experienced a drastic decline in business and they say there is no doubt it is due to a change in the hours for selling alcohol an the county However county and law officials say the ordinance has made roads more safe On March 5 an ordinance passed by the Comal County commissioners went into effect which said bar owners in the unincorporated parts of the county had to stop selling alcohol at 1 on Sat urdays and at midnight the rest of the week This shortened the original hours which were 2 Saturdays and 1 the rest of the week Tammy Gonzales owner of Solms City Limits said her business has seen a a month loss in revenue Gonzales said she has lost a big part of her customer base due to the change She said latenight shift workers in the area get off work too late to come in and enjoy a drink She said tourists from the lake area do not come in any more either Why do people want to come here when they can get the same thing some where else and be able to drink longer she said Several bar owners in the county said they have tried to modify their busi ness to lessen the impact of the change in hours Gonzales said she tried adding other activities such as volleyball to draw a crowd She said this did not work so the bar will expand to a full service restaurant She said several bars are either modifying their business sell ing it or filing for bankruptcy John Lecas owner of the Sundown er said his sales have decreased by 75 percent and he is planning on selling the business Maybe some new blood will have some new said Lecas Binky Reece owner of The Shanty said he ran more happy hour specials He even tried opening his bar several hours earlier but returned to his regular hours Theyre not going to start partying earlier If they cant do it at their regu lar times here theyll go somewhere else to party where they Reece said Bar owners said a lot of their patrons even regular locals are now going to San Antonio or Austin Reece said he has been in establishments on the north side of San Antonio and has been told they have seen a large increase in the number of Comal County patrons Gonzales said she has lost a lot of her customers to San Antonio also Both bar owners said people will meet at their business for a few drinks and then go to San Antonio Gonzales said she has also seen an increase in the amount of It wasnt our intent to hurt anyones business We were just looking out for the publics health and Carter Casteel beertogo sales Theyre going into San Antonio and coming back into our county at late hours and driving a longer way she said The problem with drunk driving was one of the concerns the county consid ered when the ordinance was being debated County Judge Carter Casteel said she does not have exact figures on the number of alcoholrelated accidents However she said she has recently dis cussed the change in hours with DPS officers and they told her the ordinance could do nothing but It wasnt our intent to hurt anyones business We were just looking out for the publics health and said Casteel According to the arrest records from DPS the Constables Office the Sher iffs Office and other law enforcement agencies except for the New Braunfels Police Department the amount of dri ving while intoxicated DW1 arrests for March through Aug 1 have gone up since last year There were a total of 72 DW1 arrests during the period of March to August This is a slight increase from the same period last year when the total was 68 Sheriff Jack Bremer said the hours of midnight to 4 are important to look at During that time for the same dates the number of DWI arrests has increased from 44 last year to 46 this year Bremer said the county should look at the figures for three years before drawing any conclusions about whether the ordinance is causing more or less drivng while intoxicated Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz said the effect of the ordinance on the num ber of alcoholrelated arrests may not be noticeable right now He said there have been a lot of tourists in the county this summer due to exceptionally good water levels in Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River and that will throw the numbers off He said the fall and winter months would likely provide a more accurate depiction of how effec tive the change in hours has been Several bar owners have hired an attorney and are trying to get their case heard in Austin Gonzales said they are still fighting to change the law back and have not dropped the case yet Hopefully well get the late hours said Did the county commissioners make a mistake on drinking hours See Page 4
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