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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                Sports MnftfMy wraiMS from The New BraUnfela Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Bttty Kopp DabMt Lain Qragg Huff Bradley Posay Lonny Had lock Jim Hubbard Marie McWIIIIami Jamas Sanchez Kalyn Grain Mon Larry Longorla Mon Olga Qaaanar 90 years Myrtle Nowotny Janla V Medrano Paul Barach III Linda Domlnguez Monday Mionoay Monday Monday Monday Happy anniversary wishes go to Danlta and James Holater 23 Jaaaa and Mary Jane Aleman 3 Ray and Maria Eacobedo 23 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 thrift Shop seeks donations The Community Service Thrift Shop is now soliciting donations All items are welcomed Bring donations to 132 Caddell Lane or contact Pete at 6253439 for pickups on Tuesday and Wednesday Thrift shop hours are 9 to noon and 1 to 4 pm Childrens Museum plans cttywide sale The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annu al CityWide Garage Sale from 10 to 4 March 2 at the Civic Center Booth rental for one for each addi tional Admission for adults maximum per family Accept ing donations now Call 620 0939 for information Outstanding graduate nominees sought Cornal Independent School DlfMct Is accenting nominations for we Outstanding Grad uate for Notable Achlevernent Award To be eligible nominees mysthave graduated from Canyon High School or Smith son Valley High School at least 10 years ago Nomination forms are both high the CISD Central Office or call 6258081 or 885 7674 Guided nature hike outings on tap Walk the Blanco State Park nature trail with the park natu ralist Learn about native plants their historic uses and land scape uses Local wildlife and ecology will also be discussed Wear walking shoes Times are 3 Monday 4 Feb 28 10 am March March 28 weather permitting Republican Women mooting Monday The New Braunfels Republk can Women will meet at Monday at Molly Joes Restaurant Hospitality starts at 11 lunch Is at noon Guest speaker Gail Suttle membership chairwoman of the Texas Feder ation of Republican Women Bell retiree annual coffee Monday Southwestern Bell retirees will have their annual coffee at 9 Monday at the Seguin Senior Citizens Building Methodist women plan roast beef dinner The United Methodist Women will hold their annual Roast Beef Dinner from 5 to 7 Tuesday In Wesley Hall Adult tickets are children younger than 12 are desserts are 75 cents takeout plates will be available NBHS Band Boosters meeting Tuosday New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will meet at Tuesday at the NBHS band hall The executive board Will meet prior to the regular meeting at All those inter ested in supporting the NBHS band program are Invited to NewBraunfels Herald 7 II1 IAMU TX SUNDAY 24 pages in two sections Sunday February Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Homo of Otgm OMSIWT Vol 145 No 68 I i City receives sales tax surprise Fourth quarter payment more than 9 percent above previous year By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Much to the surprise of city offi cials state sales tax payments for the fourth quarter was percent greater than lust year despite a summer drought that impacted water recreational busi nesses in the area city finance offi cials said Friday Fourthquarter payments represent revenue from December quarterly and annual tax payments that arc reim bursed to the city by the states Comp troller of Public Accounts The payments equaled an amount city officials did not project to receive in this years budget City Finance Director Sharon Day said I was playing it safe because every one was warning me about the Day said We were all holding our breath Overall the year was excellent Were a diversified City sales tax is one and a half cents on every dollar and represents the largest single moneymaker for the city which in turn funnels the revenue into five accounts Oneeighth of the revenue is sent separately to property tax reduction economic development capital improvements and streets and drainage maintenance The remaining 1 percent goes into the General Fund which also pays for property tax reduction Voters in May 1995 approved a plan to increase the sales tax by one half cent to create the various accounts Collection of the halfcent sales tax began in October of 1995 and the increase generated almost million in additional revenue after one year City Manager Mike Shands said the increase shows the vitality of the New Braunfels economy and the success of shilling the property tax burden onto sales tax payers While we know thai certain sec tions of our economy did not have a good year we have a diversified econ he said Many of these dollars HflfajdZflltuno photo by Mlchaol Darnell The event polka lovers from all Bike theft highlights need for licenses By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A downtown armed robbery of two teenagers bicycles Thursday illusf rates the need for residents to obtain licenses to aid police in investigating and recovering stolen property police said Friday Two New Braimfcls teens ages 13 arid 14 were riding their bicycles around the 500 block of East San Anto nio Street at about 10 Thursday when they a car was following them a report state flie car stopped arid the four pas sengers who were believed to be between 16 and 19 years old waved to the bicyclists to come near police said The two back passengers got out of the car one brandishing a gun and the other waving a red autotheft deterrent device calledThe assailants threatened to kill the younger teens if they did not turn over their bikes to them the report stated The assailants tried to put the bikes into the car but when they realized they did not fit they drove off with them Police later found one of the bikes on Mather Street arid the red Police have no suspects in the inci dent a problem they said that often arises when bicyclists fail to secure a city license Police also said the younger teens should have been aware of their sur roundings and the hour of the night Sgt John Mcliachern of the New Braunfels Police Department said a city ordinance requires licensing of bicycles to provide police with an aceu Turn to Bike Page 2A DIKE ORDINANCE lty of New Braunfels has ani ordinance that requires all Bicycles tp be licensed The procees provides the city with basici Information about the bike that can then be used to recov er the property if stolen A license costs 50 cents and can be obtained at the Police Sta ton 111 WGlarden St The ordi nance also requires the bike lo have front and rear reflectors Cause of deadly mobile home blaze still undetermined By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer have not yet determined the cause of a mobile home fire near Geronimo which killed two people on Guadalupe County Fire Mar shal Don McFarland said he in awaiting word from the State Fire Marshals Office in Austin and u private lab on the results of their investigation I called them while McFarland said They said they would have a fax report for mo on Bobby Dean Jiigby 65 and his wife Wilma 54 were killed in the trailer fire which occurred in a trailer park on Krauae Lane oftof Highway 46 between New Braun fels and Seguin The Rigbys 17yearold son Elvis escaped from the burning mobile home through a window He tried to save his parents by going through a door but could get the door open The mobile homo did not have a smoke detector Under ToxaH state law in Vernons Annotated Civil Statutes Suction 92 255 it states Before the first tenant takes possession of a dwelling unity the landlord shall install at least one smoke detector out side but in the vicinity of each separate bedroom in the dwelling The landlord of the trailer park is Raymond Krause NumerouH attempts to reach Krause wens unsuccessful McFurland waid he in well awure of tho state law that gov oniH smoke detectors tenants and landlords It iH nothing the county can he said It in betwonn the landlord and the Wynn assistant director of investigation for the State Fire Marshals Office said there specific requirements in thu law Turn to Blaze Page 2A were not paid by our Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said the increase was expected because early reports of hotel occupancy tax revenue from winter months indicated a high volume of overnight guests He said he increase also shows retail businesses and special events during the holiday season were successful Meek said an estimated 60 to 70 percent of sales tax is paid by nonres idents Council seats up for grabs By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The first day for candidates to file for Districts 3 and 4 on the New Hniunfcls City Council begins Tucs day and as of Friday no candidate has I picked up an application City Secre tary Bonnie Sarkoizi said The elections for tiitWc1 jtosmons are slated for May 3 with early voting from April 14 to 29 and mail ballots must be received no later than the close of businessApril 25 at the city secretarys office The last day to file for a place on the ballot in llie March 19 The seals whoso terms last three years currently are filled by District 3 Council woman Uremia Freeman and District 4 Councilman Paul Fraser Freeman a local attorney who was elected to council in 1994 has announced that she will not seel a sec ond lenn Fraser the former mayor of New Braunfels who was elected to council in 1991 will not be eligible lo run for another council position this year as defined in the city charter Freeman said she has enjoyed serv ing for three years although the jour ney has been lough The first year was very tumul she said There were quite a few hoi personality issues that needed lo be Freeman said the next two years were smoother and included the pas sage olan ethics ordinance the start of the Master Plan Steering Committee increasing salaries for city employ ees and police officers and the addition of a new lire station I wouldnt trade this experience for anything else in the said Freeman who plans lo spend more lime al work and with her husband Ive met some Incredible people and learned an enormous amount about city Ilaser could not be reached for comment Friday saitl these two spots tradi tionally show a significant voter turnout The previous District 3 race col lected 955 voles and District 4 col lected 562 The upper righthand corner of the voter registration card indicates what district residents are eligible to vote in said the turnout will likely depend on how hotly contested the races become On May 3 polls will be open at Seele FJementary School 5401 toward lor the District race and Faith United huicli 970 N Loop 337 for District I said District encompasses the north west section of the cily including res idents on The Hill above Umda Park and Wood Koad District 4 is a northeast section of town east of the iuudalupc River on the north side of Interstate 35 Ballot box best way to limit tertps See Opinion 4A   

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