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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas M j fi County and surrounding areas fo more than 144 Home 6f TV WAKi council take seats By ABE LEVY Staff writer Editorial Marketplace Stammtisch Birthday wlslws from the The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Ty Nance four John Michael Whitby 18 Alex Brotze Anita White and Georgia Brooks To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Crepe Myrtle trace Ash 18 Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank RivwInformation Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 04 from yesterday Canyon Dam discharge ofs Canyon Lake Inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation Project Graduation meeting Tuesday The next meeting of the Canyon High School Project Graduation Committee will be held on Tuesday May 14 at 7 in the Commons area of CHS Plans will be finalized for the celebration to be held after graduation May 23 For infor mation call Luanne Schuetze I Need A Vacation The public is the spring musical presented by Bill Brown Elementary School music and theater depart ments under the direction of Sherry Smith and Denise Stout The Need A Vaca tion will be performed at 7 May 14 Admission is free La Leche League to meet La Leche League of New Braunfels meets Wednesday May 15 at 10 in the meeting room of NBNB Cen ter North 1000 N Walnut For more information call Dana at 6251240 or Mary at 609 2889 Aggie Moms to hold picnic Comal County Aggie Moms will hold their annual picnic to honor all students planning to attend Texas in the fall The picnic will be at Thursday May 16 at Lancia Park Pavilion Bring a covered dish Meat and drinks furnished For informa tion call 6252637 Diagnosing and treating arthritis May has been designated National Arthritis Month and the week of May 13 will be Nursing Home Week In observance of both Colonial Manor Care Center is hosting a public presentation on Arthritis Diagnosis and Treat The event will be held at 7 Wednesday May 15 at the New Braunfels Civic Center Orthopedic surgeon Dr John Horan will speak Legion to meet Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post and Auxiliary will meet Tuesday May 14 at at the post home 4210 FM 482 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Jan Kennady Is sworn In as New Braunfels mayor Monday night District 5 Councflwoman Cathy Talcott and District 6 Councilwoman Juliet Watson also took their seats In front of a packed houseof cheer ing Jan Kennady was sworn in at Mondays council meeting as the first mayor of New Braunfels elected at large after a 30year reign of councilelected mayors The last mayor elected at large was Julius Schwandt on April Businesswoman Cathy Talcott was also sworn in for District 5 and school psychologist Juliet Watson for Dis trict 6 Councilman Ray Schoch of District 2 was elected as the new mayor pro tern by a unanimous vote of the coun cil Kennadys first address after taking her seat as mayor was to assert the need for cooperation and fairness in dealing with future issues facing the neWcouncil Ill work long and hard to be the kind of mayor this city deserves We have a wonderul city council We have a top notch city Kennady said When we all fly high the banner of consistency and fairness in a positive cooperative spirit I truly believe we will have positive productive The city charter was modified one year ago to include six singlemember districts and an atlarge mayor after a citywide election in May 1995 By about a 21 margin voters approved the measure The council bid farewell to council member and former mayor protern Chris Bowers a real estate business I look forward to working to serve tho poopto of Now New District 6 Couhdlwomart Juliet Watson man whd served on the council for three years Also leaving was lawyer Timothy Walker who served two years Their vacancies opened up seats for districts 5 and 6 Outgoing mayor Paul Eraser will finish out the last year of his term as District 4 council member Its been an interesting horse to Fraser said of his twoyear may oral stint Kennady whose term as council member at large expired Monday said she plans to serve her mayoral term like she did as a council member Talcott who won handily with 65 percent of the vote said she hopes the people who voted her in will be pleased with her performance Its a time Ive been looking for ward to ever since I started campaign Talcott said Just the opportunity to work with the city arid the rest Of the council is very much an Watson who edged out a win by 24 votes said she plans to voice the concerns of her district I think its a good council I look forward to working to best serve the people of New Watson said City seeks proposals on By ABE LEVY Staff writer Police to brief rally security V The city council will meet privately May 23 to be briefed oh the security measures on tap for the Ku Klux Klan rally scheduled for June 1 on the Comal County courthouse steps The city manager and New Braun fels police will report to the council for about 30 minutes city manager said Monday u Mayor Jan said sheis planning to meet with Comal County Judge Carter Casteel concerning the Klan rally as well After more than an hour of deliberating the city council approved Monday a final version of a request for proposal seeking contracts to promote tourism with revenue from the hotel occupancy tax The request calls for up to a fiveyear contract and allows any indi vidual government entity or private organization to compete for the money which last year totaled or about 74 percent of the annual hotel tax revenue The city has until June 30 of next year to approve a contract with the goal of attracting visitors to New Braunfels The revisions were mainly recommendations from councilwoman Brenda Freeman who said the RFP now ensures that companies stip ulate how they plan to spend tax money if they are awarded a hotel tax contract specific items do we want to see from their proposals in order to lay them side by side and evaluate said Freeman who is a New Braunfels attorney We want a broad range of well thought from to carry them The RFP will require companies to supply such information as a credit report references employment experience of key personnel and a detailed list of expected purchases The request which is set to be issued from June 1 to Nov 1 is sub ject to review by city attorney Jacqueline Cullom She will look at whether state law requires contracting agencies to turn over major pur chases to the city after their contracts expire Cullom urged council members last week to draft an RFP that requires specific reporting by future tourism agengies regarding the use of the hotel tax money The Greater New Braunfels Chamber Of Commerce and Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Comal County have cated they will respond to the RFP Department recel vesthe Enforcement Officer of the Year Irom Ron Zlpp president of the Breakfast Lions Clubrat Murphy a Comal County Sheriffs officer who lost his life In a helicopter In his letter nominating Osborne for the award Detective Sgt Basel Jpatright wrote Mike is the perfect example of what a good detective should be His mljcoflntelllgence and comrnon sense gives him an advan tage that criminals cant Canyon Lake resort has history of consumer complaints By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A Dallasbased time share resort company which has a resort facility at Canyon been subject to com plaints to both the Better Business Bureau and the Texas Attorney Gen erals office for more than six years According to a report provided by the Better Business Bureau of Metro politan Dallas SUverleaf Resorts has y been subject to consumer complaints since it started in 1989 A file on Sil verleaf was opened at the Dallas BBB officp in September 1990 The report was written in December 1995 The BBB report this compa ny has been the subject of complaints alleging high pressure selling tactics misrepresentation ofthe terms of time share cbhtracts or the free awards offered at sales pre sentations The company has ed to all complaints by explaining ifs policies and by offering it felt an obligation to do Silverieaf operates five resorts in Sbnya Sanchez a spokeswoman for the Attorney 3eherals Consurtier ProV tectibh Office said her office has han1 died calls from upset Silverieaf cus tomers who think they have been tak en by the resort pt cbmplajrrts against busi nesses for two years Sanchez said cails from people trying to get out of their contracts with Sanchez said Everything sounds good initially but once they start paying the nipftey they find out about stuff that they okj Sanchez said Sjiverleaf clients have complained they have not been able to get the time slot they wanted or they have to go to a resort other than the on they signed up for Sanchez said Sanchez said when customers think about going into a time share contract they should be cautious and beware The bottom line is people need to jread the fine print in the contract what they read in the contract be different from what is being Sanchez said And consumers should take their time and look over the contract care fully Sanchez said careful if they are iritb something by someone who says this offer is only good for one Sanchez said Dont really believe it take the con tract home read it look it over and maybe even have your attorney look it James Green owner of Bayseas Fish Market and Seafood Restaurant said he is not satisfied with the contract he signed with Silverieaf last year Green said he signed a contract for time sharing at the Canyon Lake resort since he owns two businesses in New Braunfels and does not always have the opportunity to take a vacation My only complaint is that I hardly get into the lodges when I want Green said The only time I have been able to get into a room was on my wifes birthday last Green said he has called the office weeks in advance to reserve a room for the time he wants but that hasnt worked either I call a week ahead of time to tell them what time I want to stay but that still doesnt do any Green said Im disappointed with my situa Green said I want to sell back my But they Silverieaf say that if I did I would be assessed some sort of Larry Fritz Silverieaf chief operating officer said the company has taken care ofthe complaints cited in the BBB reports and his company would be will ing to work with Green to take care of any complaints If we get complaints we will handle Republicans can learn a lesson from Ted Kennedy See Opinion Page 4 Fritz said We will try to resolve it or offer a settlement or reach a compromise with them if they are not Fritz said people who buy into time shares buy a deed into a certain resort for a certain week during the year Vacation time for times of the year other than the ones paid for by the owner is called bonus time Bonus time does not cost extra Fritz said Fritz said bonus time is based on space available at the resorts which can be reserved up to 24 hours in advance by calling the companys reservation system It is based on space Fritz said It is based on a priority system the person who has used it the least gets first priority over another person for that same time Fritz said timeshare owners have a chance to rescind or cancel their con tracts five to six days after they sign them
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