Friday, September 15, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns ready to continue longestrunning rivalry in state See Sports Page 5 CENTS New Braunfels The Landa Park Gazebo HeraldZc 410 M016 cjOUEST MICRQPUBLI8HIMC 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 14 Pages in one section Friday Sept 15 1995 Serving Comal County lor more than 143 years Home of GREG ADDISON Vol 143 No 220 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New linninfels llemlil Ziiliinn extends hirllulay wishes to Greg Addison Recce Tim mcrmann 11 years Jim Reeves Lexi Hampcl and Woody Smith six years Happy 62nd anniversary to Evelyn and Vcrnon Wilson River and aquifer information Comal River 246 cubicfeetper down 4 Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level same Guadalupe River 110 Sesquicentennial Hispanic Exhibit on tap The New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Hispanic Exhibit will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall 138 W Austin Saturday Sept 16 from 10 to 10 Live entertainment marhchi music folkloric dancers Hispanic dis plays plenty of delicious Mexican food and more will be offered Class of 1943 to meet NBHS Class of 1943 will meet at Clear Springs Restaurant Sept 16 at noon For more information call Rudy at 625 5352 Accordion Squeeze Off About 75 accordionists of all musical types will perform at the Accordion SqueezeOff from 2 to 6 Sunday Sept 17 at Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten 212 W Austin Entertainment is free Food and drinks available For information call Barren Schlameus at 625 3615 Spring Branch Lodge to meet Spring Branch Lodge will meet Sunday Sept 17 at at the Odean Gass river cabin Dress casually and bring a meat pasta veggie or fruit salad Lodge will furnish drinks and dessert Canyon Music Boosters to meet Canyon Music Boosters meet Tuesday evening Sept 19 at in the CHS band hall All Comal CMS and CHS band choir and drill team parents are invited to attend Parents will meet with their childs music group director Grange to present flag The Blue Bonnet Grange will presenl a Texas state flag Sun day to the Extension Service Office during its afternoon meet ing The flag is being presented in the memory of Lorene and Kraft two former members of the Blue Bonnet Grange The meeting begins at Call 6 lor information River cleanup needs volunteers The fifth annual Lower Guadalupe River Cleanup organized by Friends For Rivers will take place Satur day Sept 16 Registration starts at 9 at Whitewater Sports on Hwy 306 in Canyon Lake and at Rockin R River Rides on Loop 337 in New Braunfels Call 1800 Constable comes up one vote short at hearing By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Biker hurt Emergency personnel responded to an accident involvinga motorcycle and car on Seguin Ave in front of the courthouse annex yesterday at Anthony Jankowski hit the back of Virgil Smiths Plymouth Acclaim while dri ving his motorcycle The bike slid about 40 feet and lodged under a truck The cause of the accident and who was at fault is still under investigation Jankowski was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released A local constables request for a pay raise equal to the raise given to the other constables was denied Thurs day and will not be taken to commis sioners court Jim Hanlcy constable in precinct 3 requested a hearing before the salary grievance committee in an attempt to get an increase in pay The county budget approved by commissioners court in August included a pay raise for three of the constables which took their pay from to Hanlcy was the only consta ble not to receive an increase The constable was asking the griev ance committee to give him the same pay raise the others were given Hanlcy was one vote short of the six required in his favor to send the request to com missioners court for consideration Only eight of the nine committee members were present Hanley said that he believes he would have gotten the six necessary votes to send it to commissioners court if all nine had been present He said he also felt he would have been able to persuade the commissioners court if he had gotten the opportunity County Judge Carter Castccl said the law says the commit tee must be made up of nine mem bers but docs not address how many must be present for a hearing Castccl said the committee as a whole did not explain its position However she said two members did comment as they voted One member said Hanlcy should be given the raise but needed to be a better team player The other member simply said to sta bilize the pay and keep it the same said Castccl Hanlcy said he appreciated the sup port from those who came to the hear ing on his behalf I would like to thank the 50 to 60 people who were there and spoke on my behalf And I know Judge Cas tccl is a fair and impartial said Hanley Sales tax receipts jump Registration for local SAC courses exceeds expectations More than 500 sign up for college classes at area school campuses By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Fall enrollment for San Antonio Col lege New Braunfels extension courses has shot through the roof exceeding all expectations Locally offered SAC courses this fall have 507 spaces filled up from 176 last spring Our school is extremely said Ray Lewis SAC offcampus coor dinator Students will take academic courses ranging from English math and histo ry to child development and criminal justice The evening courses are offered at New Braunfels High School Canyon High School and Smithson Valley High School this fall Enrollment numbers confirm the demand for locally offered higher edu cation Lewis said A recent needs assessment study done by the New Braunfels Committee on Higher Edu cation also found a high demand for local higher education SAC owes much of its success to the New Braunfels Independent School Districts and Comal Independent School Districts generosity with their facilities Lewis said 1 cant tell you how pleased we are with the cooperation from both school he said SAC plans to expand course offer ings as much as possible Were look ing for Lewis said New offerings might include legal assist ing another type of Spanish class writ ing for business and two speech sec tions Demands shown in the needs assess ment point SAC toward future expan sion goals The highest demand in the study was for computer Lewis said Unfortunately costly facilities are needed before they can happen he said A computer lab costs about Listening to the needs of various segments of the community will help New Braunfels and SAC achieve their educational goals Lewis said To that end 1 will soon be asking folks to serve on a new advisory com mittee to meet a few times a he said For more information on SAC New Braunfels extension courses call Ray Lewis at 210 7332000 By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Call New Braunfels the summer tourist mccca of Central Texas the July 1995 sales tax numbers do The citys Jury sales tax tally is a whopping 23 percent higher than it was for July of last year said a report published by the state comptroller We had an outstanding said Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek The yeartodate sales tax receipts are up percent from last year he said That translates into more dollars in the city coffers for July and more in the year to Meek said At this point its obviously said City Manager Mike Shands The city had budgeted for a 5 percent increase by yearsend By this point were already at that means were ahead of our he said The July infusion of sales tax dollars gives the city economy a boost into the fall season Meek said School is starting earlier every he said We needed a good July because we dont have the impact in August that we did when school started If we have a good August then we can look forward to other events that typically mean an increase in sales Shands said like the fair and The numbers show that New Braun fels competed well with its Interstate 35 corridor neighbors in July San Antonios July sales tax revenues were only percent higher than last year with the yeartodate total per cent up San Marcos pulled in percent more sales tax dollars in July than last year percent more in the year so far Austins July receipts actually declined from last year percent The citys yeartodate receipts are up percent from last year though Seguins July sales tax take mush roomed percent over last year with the years total perceni greater than 1994 The chamber and the Conventior and Visitors Bureau work hard and far in advance to compete for tourism dol lars Meek said Were constantly try ing to do things to stay ahead of the he said Cable television advertising has paid off in a big way for New Braunfels tourism Meek said Were going to try out the Internet he said We like to walk before we run The has put us along the right track to attract the business that we Tourism benefits the whole local economy not just the hotels and Schlit terbahn Meek said People dont realize that we have the variety and quality of goods and services available here because of the tourist business coming into he said It relates to many other ser vices that many people take for grant ed from retail stores to restaurants to New security steps to be instituted at courthouse By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Commissioners Court approved a security plan aimed at providing more safety for employees and the public The Sheriff told the court he believes the plan is an absolute minimum at this point in Sheriff Jack Bremer said part of the plan will be to simply activate existing equipment in the build ing However he said additional installations of equipment will also have to be made The plan includes closing many of the entrances into the courthouse the annex and the Landa offices Bremer said only live doors will be open for the public to use I lowever many of the doors will be equipped for use by employees Bremcr said many doors already have key pads anil card swiping devices and additional ones will be installed All employees will Ihcn have u photo identification curd thai will activate the The secret is to have only a limited number of doors anyone could enter through That makes it easier to know whos Jack Bremer door One of my main concerns is the double doors that come in from the garage Im hoping we can find a resolution for that because we have to do Bremer said I lowcvcr Bremer said nothing will currently be done about that entrance because it is needed U meet wheelchair accessibility requirements He said changing that would be extremely costly so Ihc entrance from the parking garage will remain in use Commissioner Moe Schwab questioned this approach He said closing doors will not be of any help if someone enters the building with a gun He said it would seem more effective to have metal detec tors at all the entrances Bremer responded by saying that this would be too costly when you figure in buying the equip ment and then hiring personnel to be stationed at each door The secret is to have only a limited number of doors anyone could enter Bremer said That makes it easier to know whos Another part of the plan involves putting in a system that would allow a section of the building to be closed off if it is needed If a problem occurred an employee could 1 anil get the sheriffs dispatch It would then be decided if the situation requires closing pn1 of the building What we would actually be able to do is shut down the courthouse by computer on command if it is said Ikemer Hrcmer saiil motion ilelcolois will also de installed in all the buildings He said this will prevent someone from entering the building dur ing the day and staying until it closed when they would have full access to the buildings I Ic said it would be set up on a system that would allow employees to stay in the building for a certain length of time After that they would have to notify someone that they are still there ami thai everything is okay Counly Judge Carter Casicc siiil security in the building is needed and the present plan is a good beginning I dont know if youve been out noticing but weve got some interesting people coming make me really saiil Castccl I think maybe you start svilh this system and then if theres need you start pulling more pieces The court approved the plan with a cost of up to They also an addition al uniformed officer lor the buiUlmg which will eost about Schwab the only against the motion Mexican independence celebrated on Dieziseis de Septiembre See Page 4