Wednesday, October 27, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 27, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas World Series Qtme3 New York 6 Atlanta 5 Yankees lead series 30 BEST AVAILABLE COPY NEW Volltybill PELS 0337 MO09 69 tUHftfi IB IB SO WEST fl 10 ROPU Bl ISHIN6 2627 K YfiNDELL mVallty w FI TX 7ggQ3 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 244 20 pgs in Z sections October WEDNESDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Wurst countdown Annual sausage festival begins its 10day run Friday in Landa Park BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer How do you spell good fellowship and fun in German Gemuetlichkeit of course Although not easily translated into English the German word which means loosely a feel ing of best describes the annual salute to German heritage music dance and of course sausage The 39th annual Wurstfest kicks off 5 Friday in Landa Park The 10day festival celebrating all things German begins with an open ing ceremony Friday afternoon including the traditional biting of the sausage Local residents and outoftown guests are invited to don their lederhosen and dirndls and head out to the festival to enjoy strudel sausage beer and polka music Admission is free before 7 on Fri day and after 3 on Nov 7 Wurstfest began as a oneday sausage festival in 1961 Today the fes tival attracts more than visitors from and generates an economic boost to New Braunfels estimated to be in excess of mil lion Suzanne Herbelin executive director of the Wurstfest Association said the festival has transformed into a more familyoriented affair Since it began the festival has seen tremen dous growth The amount of people coming to Wurstfest was more than the site was prepared See WURSTFEST9 Wurstfest opens on weekdays at 5 and Saturdays and 11 on Sun days The festival closes at midnight on Thursdays and Fridays 11 Sunday through Wednesday 1 on Saturdays and at on the last Sunday Admission is and includes access to all entertainment areas including the Wursthalle Children 12 and under are admitted free WAI Jerry Schneck of Crabtree Amusements sets up the Bear Affair carriival ride on Tuesday at the Wurstfest grounds The 10day German heritage festival Friday Drainage committee ponders alternatives BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The Drainage Advisory Committee came up with two alternatives Tuesday to pay for future projects in the city of New Braunfels The first if formally approved by the committee and then New Braunfels City Council would give council the power to create a special assessment district would give them the right to go to a certain area with a major drainage problems and collect a higher fee to pay for projects committee president Hal Herbelin said Council would define the area and residents would have to give their approval probably through a special election Herbelin said Money raised could only be used in that area Committee members also discussed the possi bility of a remediation fee which could be levied against property owners whose land was causing drainage problems elsewhere Any money collected could only be used to alle viate drainage problems in the affected area Council would determine who if anyone would pay this on a case by case basis committee secre tary Mary Cunningham said They might never get she said But this would give them the Previously the committee had talked extensive ly about levying a monthly utility fee to most property owners On Tuesday committee members said the utili ty fees could be spent on projects anywhere in the city although exactly where those project would be has yet to be determined The committee is still waiting for a list of pro jected expenses that they requested at last months meeting from city engineer Bolner who was out of town and unable to attend the meeting Knowing how much the city needs each year they said would help them decide how much to charge in future fees Currently the exact amount of the utility fee has not been decided although the ordinance draft the committee has been reviewing for several months suggested a monthly drainage fee for commercial industrial and retail uses of land and monthly fee for residential units That ordinance also suggests developer fees the fees is going to be the biggest decision we Herbelin said INSIDE Key Code 76 Heritage Exhibit breathes life into history BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The Schmitz Hotel Landa House and Seekatz Opera House are buildings that exist onjy in old photographs for most New Braunfels residents But these historical remnants of New Braunfels past and many others will come alive at the 1999 Heritage Exhibit Local residents can literally take a nostalgic stroll through New Braunfels at the turn of the 20th century Friday through Nov 7 at the New Braunfels Civic Center 380 S Seguin St The Dawning of a New Century features a large scale model of downtown New Braunfels complete with detailed jngs and a replica of the fountain at Main Plaza Sharlene Johnson cochairman of the Heritage Exhibit gala said the model originally was creat ed by Baron Schlameus a retired school teacher and his former students in 1980 The model sat in storage for almost twenty years It the model went over so well at previous exhibits people asked for it to come John son said Its an actual scale of what New Braunfels looked like 100 years Johnson said a committee of volunteers worked to restore the models In order to preserve them many of the mod els had been left at the original sites and we had to go around and find them which was she said See CISD trustees heeding advice of comptroller Costsaving measures could be implemented on Thursday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees will meet this week to consider implementing a number of measures recom mended by a Texas School Performance Review evaluation to improve efficiency Trustees will consider adopting a list of TSPR recommen dations at 6 Thursday at Canyon Intermediate School 1275 N Business 35 A sevenmonth study conducted by the Texas Comptrollers Office turned up 114 recommendations MEETING WHO Comal Independent School District board of trustees WHEN 6 Thursday WHERE Canyon Intermediate School 1275 N Business 35 that could potentially save the district million over the next five years Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander announced results of the study May 17 as a way to improve district efficiency and direct more dollars into classrooms CISD is the 14th fastest growing school district in Texas and faces a 5 to 6 percent increase in student enrollment each year The TSPR team cited communication with district patrons security on school campuses and effective management of future growth as key areas TSPR study WIST the past five months antfoHrpied Apriority lists One list includes projects that could potentially save money or increase revenue If the board adopts all 15 recommendations on priority list No 1 there could be savings of more than mil lion The largest savings would come from adjusting staffing for mulas and increasing studenttoteacher ratios which could save million Rylander said by consistently applying a studentto teacher ratio the district could reduce positions and the total number of new classrooms through attrition and growth That recommendation plus many others already have been implemented or are in the process of implementation including board member and superintendent training and changes to the transportation system A second list contains recommendations that could improve the districts efficiency and save money over the next several years but would initially cost money to implement The largest cost of the 29 recommendations would be to add cooler and freezer space to the districts food ser See Social Security Administration opens referral center in Comal FROM STAFF REPORTS SEGUIN The Social Security Administration in agreement with several other agencies has opened a referral center in Comal County The partnership brings together the cooperation of several agencies at different levels the SSA office at the national level the Senior Tex ans Employment Program administered at the state level and Comal County Commis sioners Court at the local lev el said Lynn King manage ment support specialist The referral center is designed to provide not only a direct link to SSA via tele phone but also give referrals Joy Schriewer left and Chere Stratemann stand by a replica of Main Raza the centerpiece of this years Heritage Exhibit