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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Unicorns hope to extend district volleyball 50 CENTS The citys normal yeprround water restrictions havebeen institut ed No sprinklers or sprinkler sys tems may be used from 10 to 4 Handheld hoses may be used for watering at any time NewBraun Herald HirRnpiim 10 pages in one section Tuesday October Serving Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of ALISOH BOATRIOHT Vol 144 No 241 Inside Blrtttctay wishes INMH tto HmkMMtung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Clay Zientek Ruth Reeves Mary Terry Karen Pruitt Floyd Fendley Jeff Covington Becky Crabill 14 Alison Boa tright 13 years belated and Kara Schmidt Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Lisa and Richard Eastin 8 Theora and Johnnie Mondin 46 Albert and Sarah Floras 2 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 PoNen Count Cedar Pigweed Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well teet above sea level down 02 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels UtilitiM NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water and no well water was used The New Braunfels Indepen dent School DistrictBoard of Trustees will meet at 7 today at the high school cafe torium Items of interest include a discussion on the reassign ment of two high school administrators and a report on the Accelerated block sched uling consensus committee Anyone wishing to address the board on an agenda item will need to sign up at the beginning of the meeting LWV hosts two voter forums this week the League of Women Vot ers will host a public forum for local candidates in the Novem ber election The first forum will be at 7 today at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop Auditorium 100 FM 3159 The second forum is at 7 Thursday in the NBISD Board Room 430 W Mill The candidates remarks will be followed by a question and answer session For more infor mation call Darlene Hicks at 6295167 Republican Women welcome senator The New Braunfels Republi can Women will hold their monthly meeting at noon on Monday at the Comal County Republican Headquarters 204 W San Antonio St The guest speaker will be state Sen Jane Nelson who will discuss Initiative and Ref Members are asked to bring a covered dish Guests includ ing men are welcome to come hear Sen Nelson Clothing drive now accepting donations New Braunfels Utilities along with Other area businesses are sponsoring the Share the Warmth clothing drive this year Donations of unneeded coats jackets sweaters blan kets etc are being accepted at local dry cleaners gntil Oct 24 They will be distributed from 1 to 4 on Oct 26 at United Methodist Church Wesley Hall New home for NBPD found on Seguin Street By ABE LEVY Staff Writer After a search of nearly two months city offi cials plan to move the New Braunfels Police Department to the old Talco Building at 1488 S Seguin St The city purchased the land and building Friday for City officials believe the move will allow for shifts in the use of other city buildings Council chambers could occupy the existing police build ing and the existing municipal building could be used for expansion and storage Were all very excited about Mayor Jan Kennady said of the new purchase Weve had several space problems The Talco Building which sits on 4 acres will give the police department square feet of office space and an additional square feet of floor space in an attached warehouse Kennady said Nearby storage sheds offer an additional square feet Officials said the property was for sale for about three years at 1 million but the Dallas office of the Resolution Trust Corp gained possession of the property and offered it at a reduced price The city plans to pay for the new property with money already designated in the general operating budget for capital purchases Im surprised because we knew it would be many years on the list after the Police Chief Ray Douglas said Now the difficulty is getting moved In other action the council Approved a financing plan to pay for con struction of a new library that would not require a bond election The plan will allow the city to generate million through revenue bonds during a 20year period at percent interest and payments of annually The loan will be guaranteed by at least per year from sales tax money from the Infrastructure and Improvement Board Reappointed Lupe Castillo to the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Directors Castillo an auditor for the Texas attorney general has served as NBU board president for three years in his cur rent sixyear term FROM THE PAST QWM photo iome old Russian hwKivwar he spotted during last wMks 48th Semiannual Antique Show and Sato at the Civic Center Also enjoying the on display were right Qlnny and Baker HeraWZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Overlay project begins this week By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Work brcVs plan to begin overlaying Highway 81 this week as part of a project to improve from San Anto nio Street to the 1500 block of Interstate at the North Y near Center Drive officials from the Texas Department of Transportation said Monday Drivers are cautioned to obey warning signs and flag personnel as workers for Hunter Industries install a 1 inch overlay for an estimated TxDOT officials said They stressed that drivers need to be especially patitious at the intersections with Walnut Avenue Seguin Street and Highway 46 where the potential for accidents exists due to increased traffic flow The project is scheduled to end in three weeks after the overlay and striping is complete on the highway which is also known as Business 35 Workers recently finished milling the road and now the next step is the overlay project TxDOT officials said the road has had several overlays which under normal conditions last seven to eight years The existing overlay has been in place for more than pight years Optimists bring good chefto city By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The New Braunfels Optimist Club served as host of the South Central Texas District Optimist International con vention last week at the Holiday Inn John Lee publicity chairman for the New Braunfels Optimist Club said the convention brought 161 Optimists to New Braunfels on Friday Saturday and Sunday William Teague Past Optimist International vice presi dent came from his home in Leicester to speak at the convention Lee said the South Texas Optimists were honored to have Teague come I think we had a good meeting Everybody enjoyed Lee said We got some good ideas from the vice president and he has a lot of experience as vice pres ident He is a gobetween for Optimist International head quarters and the different Teague said he enjoyed his first stay in New Braunfels They were very nice and a well focused genial group of Teague said Teague said he was asked to attend the district meeting by He Teague estimated from his experience that for each new Optimist member that is added that 31 more youth that are John Lee New Braunfels Optimist Club publicity chairman Optimist International President Cliff Katz because the current international vice president had a different engage ment and was unable to attend Teague just completed his twoyear term as international vice president The purpose of his trip to New Braunfels was to motivate the Optimist Club members Teague said 1 encouraged the district and active club members to motivate themselves to hopefully do more services for the youths and adults in the Teague said Recruitment was also a big topic discussed at the meeting Lee said He Teague estimated from his experience that for Turn to Optimists Page 2 Charges filed in stabbing of two local men By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Police arrested four juveniles and one 18yearold on charges they stabbed two men outside their homes Saturday night on the citys west side The group attacked beat and then stabbed the victims before leaving the scene in the 100 block of Rosedale Avenue in a vehicle police said Comal County sheriffs deputies found the vehicle shortly after the inci dent was reported police said A 25yearold man is in stable con dition at McKenna Memorial Hospital and a 29yearold man was treated at released Michael Anthony Muniz 18 of 655 N Central faces two charges of organized criminal activity He was in custody Monday night with bond set at for those two charges and an additional for a motion to revoke probation from Navarro Coun ty for a previous aggravated assault Justice of the Peace officials said District Attorney Bill Reimer said he could not comment on the charges until he sees the police report Organized criminal activity is a first degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison a fine The juveniles were taken to the Hays County Juvenile Center where they could be held without bond or turned over to their parents It is not known whether the juve niles will be tried as adults or if charges will be pursued Attempts to reach County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander on Monday were unsuccessful Council renews tourism contract with New Braunfels chamber Retains for special events after some heated discussions By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Drawing a packed crowd of area business owners and elected officials Monday night the City Council voted to renew its contract with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce to promote overnight tourism in the city in its first decision since estab lishing competitive bidding for the contract The fiveyear contract gives the New Braunfels chamber in 1997 with increases of about 5 percent each year until 2001 The crowd watched nervously as the council voted 61 to approve the recommendation of a threemember review committee amid much lengthy heated discussion The council also earmarked at least each year that groups can compete for revenues for special events at the councils discretion More mon ey could go toward that fund if sales tax revenue exceeds contracted annu al payments to the New Braunfels chamber We have made giant strides from what has happened said May or Jan Kennady a member of the review committee The committee has made the best recommendation it can make Its not something they can take a chance The vote ended a sixmonth process that began with the citys request for proposals in June The review com mittee spent about 1 months study ing the three applications for the tourism money which by law must be used to increase overnight hotel stays in New Braunfels The review committee Kennady City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom and City Manager Mike Shands extend The committee has made the best recommendation it can make Its not something they can take a chance Mayor Jan Kennady ed the original Sept 3 deadline by 17 days after determining that all three applicants had failed to meet the requirements for supplying complete financial information The review committee then recom mended to the council this past week to approve the contract with the New Braunfels chamber and disqualify the other two candidates the Greater His panic Chamber of Commerce of and Susan H Phillips EVENTS for failure to provide cer tified audits Im very pleased that the over whelming majority of the council approved the recommendation of the review New Braunfels chamber president Michael Meek said Its certainly a vote of confidence The bidding process caused us to do a lot of planning We look forward to the future Its certainly taken a lot of my time and my staffs time Theyve worked very No law requires the city to undergo a competitive bidding process for the contract but Councilman Juan Luis Martinez persuaded the council to establish an openbidding process Prior to that the New Braunfels chamber had secured the tourism con tract with the city since 1971 without open bidding Turn to Contract 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