New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No: 102
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-
April 9, 1991
25 Cents One Section, 10 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Matthew Beasley, Louise Blevins, Thomas Smith, Andrea Erbcn, Katie Bishop, Erie Rodriguez, Ema Fischbcck, Jessica Garcia, Pedro Alvarez and Sheri Wcrsterfer.
Belated best wishes to Gilbert H. Martinez, Kevin Wuest and Isaiah R. Rubio.
"Happy anniversary” today to Albert and Mary Alice MacNaul. Belated anniversary wishes to Encencio and Paula Pared/.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings.
District 4 City Council Member Eddie Temple, running for reelection, invites the public to a “meet the candidate” reception at 6:30 p.m. today at 632 Riverside Drive in Summcrwood off Loop 337. Call 625-8137.
Michael Meek, vice president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, will speak at the New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club at 6 p.m. today at Oma’s Haus restaurant. His topic will be tourism and its importance to New Braunfels.
Author Minctta Altgclt Goync will autograph her new book, A Life Among the Flora: Ferdinand Lindheimer's Letters to George Engelmann, at a party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the historic Lind-hcimcr Home at 491 Comal Ave. Refreshments will be provided by New Braunfels Historic Museums Association and Friends of the Dit-tlingcr Memorial Library.
Seeking to demonstrate how
senior citizens influence the community’s economy, members of the Comal County Senior Citizens’ Foundation will be distributing yellow “coupons" identifying their sliare of trade. The foundation is raising funds for the renovation of a new Seniors’ Center of Comal County on die site of an abandoned shopping center and health club at 655 Landa Street.
Seniors are encouraged to obtain and distribute the coupons by visiting die new facility to see work in progress. They also will be available at the current center on Comal Avenue and at civic clubs.
Merchants and professionals arc encouraged to participate in the fund drive based on tile share of dicir business derived from older residents.
Attention all McKenna Mcmor tai Hospital volunteers: the correct RSVP date for the annual Volun leers’ Luncheon is April 18. Joan Jcmela, director of volunteers at MMU, noted that invitations carried a misprint.
Comal County Democratic Women invite all interested persons to a meeting at 7:30 p.m. today at Molly Joe’s restaurant. Dr. Harriet Romo, professor of sociology at Southwestern Texas State University in San Marcos
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Hamlet’s lines pass first reading
A drizzly morning should be followed by a partly cloudy afternoon, but a front should drop the mid-day high of 85 to the mid-70s this afternoon and switch winds from the southwest to the north at 15-20 mph. An overnight low of 56 should be followed by rain Wednesday with a high near 75 and a low near 60. High in New Braunfels Monday was 84, with an overnight low of 68 and only a trace of ram recorded by 7 a.rn. For more weather information, please see Page 2A.
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
Hamlet the Vietnamese potbellied pig is one step closer to remaining with its owner after New Braunfels city council members Monday passed the first reading of an ordinance allowing such animals to live within city limits.
“I love pets. I just have the most awful time to think... the piggy (could be taken) away from its mommy,” said District 2 Council Member Loraine Kraft, who supported amending the city’s livestock ordinance.
The ordinance passed 4-1 with Council Member Clinton Brandt casting the one “no” vote.
"We’re not talking about an individual pet here ... We’re talking about changing an ordinance that would allow these pets all over the city,” Brandt said.
“We have a problem with our canine situation already,” he said. “We don’t need to burden them (Humane Society) with additional type animals that they are really not
Naming of coach expected
Members of the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees arc expected Wednesday to name a new athletic director for the district and a principal for the now-undcr-construction sixth grade center.
The athletic director will replace Jim Surety, who is taking a position with North East 1SD in San Antonio.
Superintendent Charles Bradberry said he met Monday with New Braunfels High School Principal John Turman, who has made a recommendation for Strccty’s position.
Bradberry said he will make a recommendation on principal for the sixth grade center, now under construction on Texas 46
Board members will meet in executive scsssion at 7 p.m. and convene into open session at 7:30 p m. The meeting will be at die Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill St.
The meeting is open to the public.
City regains old gates for Landa Park
A pair of historic wrought iron gates soon will be restored and placed on display in I .anda Park.
According to New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman, the two gates once served as pedestrian gates at the enuance to the park. Each gate, he said, bears a seal with the initials "H.L.," which stand for the former owner, Harry Landa
“The two gates,” Grohman said, “had been in the hands of a private owner for approximately 20 years. Found on a farm, they had been left outside and used by roosting chickens.”
The city manager said officials of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will consult with restoration officials on the best methods of restoring and preserving the gates.
“We arc very pleased to have obtained the gates for their historical significance,” Grohman said. “We are trying hard to keep the history of the park in mind in everything we do. We owe a special debt to Gordon Hughes, who really helped this purchase come to fruition. Without his civic mindedness, we would not have this treasure today ”
prepared to take, so I’m going to be violently opposed to the change in this ordinance.”
The issue of changing the ordinance surfaced recently when Jackie Goodwin was cited in Municipal Court for keeping Hamlet as a pet at her residence on West Mill Street.
The ordinance creates an exception to the swine prohibition rule in the
Jackie and Mike Goodwin hold up Vietnamese potbellied pigs brought to New Braunfels by their supproters outside City Council Chambers Monday. A photo and stories on other City Council action appear on Page 3 (Photo by Karla Wenzel)
city limits, allowing the permitting of potbellied pigs under certain conditions. The ordinance also contains a provision requiring the licensing of the pigs, similar to the licensing of dogs and cats.
Mayor Pro Tempore Ramon Chapa Jr. said he visited Goodwin’s neighbors and heard no complaints about the pig.
“From what I can see, putting all the facts on the table, I myself wouldn’t want a pet of that nature, but these people are happy with their pet ... I don’t think there appears to be anything wrong.”
Cheryl Pillar, director of New Braunfels Humane Society Animal Shelter, expressed concern about the ordinance stating there are a number of communicable diseases humans can catch from swine.
In a letter to the city, Mary Bruce, president of the Humane Society of New Braunfels Area, Inc. stated: “Swine have traditionally and historically been recognized as a potential threat to public health due to their ability to transmit or spread communicable diseases to humans such as cholera, rabies or trichinosis. It is noteworthy that there is no rabies vaccine approved by the State of Texas for use on swine.”
Michael Doherty, a vetemanan at Creek View Veterinary Clinic, suggested to council members that the
city require only a leptospirosis vaccination for the swine since this is the only swine disease communicable to man in which there is a vaccination. He also suggested that all pigs, male and female, be neutered.
Austin resident Cindy Carroccio, who raises potbellied pigs and is a member of the Texas Association of Potbellied Pigs, said the pigs stand a bigger risk of getting something from a human rather then vice versa.
The ordinance amendment must pass the council three times before it becomes law
“If this thing back Fires on us and this gets out of control and if people don’t abide by what we are giving them tonight I will be. I’m sure, the first one to endorse revoking the ordinance,” Kraft said.
Voting for the ordinance were, Chapa, Kraft. Council Member At-Large James Goodbread. and District 4 Council Member Eddie Temple. Council Member Bill Arnold was absent from the meeting.
New Braunfels residents, above, gather at a parking lot near Interstate Highway 35 Monday before driving in caravan to Austin in opposition to a “grandfather" amendment to Senate Bill 1099 At the Capitol the group rallied on the Capitol steps and were addressed by Railroad Commissioner Bob Krueger, of New Braun fels, right. Afterwards the group marched through the Capitol to deliver posters and letters to Lt Gov. Bob Bullock and senators Ken Armbrister and Bill Sims (Photos by Karla Wenzel and Stephanie Ferguson)
Krueger blasts amendment
Local residents oppose amendment to waste moratorium
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nrnni Editor
AUSTIN — Railroad Commissioner Bob Krueger joined more durn 50 New Braunfels ciuzens Monday at the Slate Capitol to blast a legislative amendment that would “grandfather ’ Hazardous waste permit applications filed before June 1.
“One of the things that grandfathers are supposed to do is to be patriotic, they are suppose to
take the attitude of a father toward a child.” Krueger said from the steps of the Capitol.
“This is not a very fatherly attitude to be willing to put toxic waste into the air that children breath,” he said. “We can t grandfather an application for a permit to bum toxic waste when toxic wastes are dangerous .. We can’t grandfather for any reason.”
Members of Securing a Future Environment cheered as Krueger spoae about how Sen Ken
Armbnsier. D-Victona, lacked on the ‘grandfather ” amendmeni Wednesday to Senate Bill 1099 The amendmeni passed 6-2 in the Senate Natural Resources Committee New Brauneis residents have Peen tracking SB 1099, sponsored by Sen. Steven Camker. D-Roby, because it could affect the Lafarge Corp and its subsidiary Systech Environmental Corp
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Small Business Council preparing for special week
By JANINE GREEN Managing Editor
Joining the national emphasis themed “SMALL BUSINESS: Building America's Future,” the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will salute the city's small businesses May 5-11. Flans for local Small Business Week acuviues now ore being made, said Cash Heinies, chairman of the Chamber’s Small Business Council.
Chain ag a conin ut tee to organize appropriate events ts Rosemary Alien, Hermes sard.
A 'small business person of the year will be chosen and announced pout to Small Business Week. Last yeai s winner was Mary Jane Salley, honoied for her business leadership in the development of Cruet*: Historic District and several of the business located there.
Od Sunday, May 7, he New drunn
fels Herald -Leilung in cooperation with the chamber and area businesses will publish a 1991 “Salute to Small Business ’ tabloid special section.
“We have long realized that small business people are the backbone of toe American free enterprise system, ’ said adv ems mg directors Lone’ Beasley, “and are excited about doing our part to get the word out about Small BusinessWeek’."
Herald marketing representatives
will be calling local merchants to help sponsor the secuon. “Last year was he Lust such secuon we published am it was a big success.” Beasley said “We are expecting this year’s to be even better ”
“A poster contest is being conducted to choose the official poster of he week and seminars of interest to the small business person are being scheduled,” Hermes said.
Hie poster contest is open to the
public. The winner will receive a SIU) bond and the poster will be printed and distributed in the area as the “Small Business Week potter * Rules for entry, available at the chamber offices at 190 S. Seguin Ave, or by calling 625-2385.
All entries remain the property of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and may be displayed during Small Business Week,
Deadline for submission has been extended to April 19.