New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of DONALD HILL
16 Pages in one section ■ Friday, April 14,1995
I Vol. 143, No. 110
Birthday wlshas from tho Horald-Zoitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Donald Hill, Dr. Luis Ramos and J.T. Janda.
On tho trail from Indianola
(Editor’s Note: New Braunfels resident Dr. Werner Kiesling is calling the Herald-Zeitung each morning during the Sesquicentennial Trail Ride with a report on the events of the day before. Friday's Report: We've got a foggy morning and big crowd.
We had a long, hard ride yesterday, the animals are tired and some of the riders are pretty tired too. But we had a good night’s sleep at the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Posse Arena in Seguin.
It has been a good, safe, ride. The horses are holding up well. Everyone is excited about the big day today.We'll parade through Seguin, have lunch at Clear Springs and we will cross the Guadalupe in New Braunfels at 3:30 p.m. today. That is when the original settlers crossed the river, at 3:30 p.m. on Good Friday, and that is what we are going to do.
City offices closed Friday
All city offices will be closed
April 14 in observance of Good Friday/Founders Day. However, the Sanitation Department will provide regular trash pickup service. For information, call 608-2140 during business hours.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month by Governor George W* Bush, Show your support for a violence-free community by wearing a plaid ribbon on your lapel or tying a plaid ribbon to your car antennae. Call the Comal County Women’s Center at 620-7520 to get your plaid ribbon or for more information on how you can help reduce the incidence of sexual assault.
Sesquicentennial postal cancellation available
A special hand-cancellation commemorating the Sesquicentennial celebration will be available starting Good Friday, April 14 in the tabby of the New Braunfels Post Office.
The cancellation will be available during the hours 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The final day for the cancellation will be Monday, April 24 You must have a stamped envelope to receive the Postmark, or you may elect to buy the specia souvenir envelope for $5. This envelope may also be placed in the Time Capsule at no additional charge.
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Day care center closes
Parents get two days’ notice before New Braunfels Child Development Center shuts its doors for the last time
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND and ROGER CROTEAU
One hundred thirty-eight children will have to find a new day care home after the Now Braunfels Child Development Center closes its doors for good at 6; 15 p.m. today.
Parents interviewed as they picked up their children Thursday afternoon said they reacted with shock and anger when they were given just one or two days notice that die center was closing. The center is located in several buildings on Comal Street.
Day care center owners said they doubt there are enough vacancies at other day cares to absorb all the children from the Child Development Center. Only Happy Days Day Care, with two locations, has more children in the city than the Child Development Center, said NBC EXT owner David Minor.
‘One off the teachers called me yesterday evening. They should have given us more notice, not to mention all the people who work here.’
— Parent Joe Troyer
“They should have given us enough time to find another day care,” said Molly Leos, who had a four-year-old girl at the center. “I might have to miss some work until I can find something else. This was a great day care. They didn’t watch TV. They did lots of activities.”
“One of the teachers called mc yesterday evening," said Joe Troyer. “They should have given us more notice, not to mention all the people who work here ... I wouldn’t mind it if they said ‘Hey, in three months we’re closing,’ but two days, that’s terrible.”
Troyer said he will shop around for another place for his three-year-old child, and will probably let his 10-year-old daughter “latch-key it.”
Pam Holmes said she was upset to lose the day care for her three year old because she has tried several other day care centers and was not happy with them. “I was very, very happy here. They just do a lot more with the kids here. They really teach them here,” she said.
Douglas and Pat Feuge said their granddaughter was four weeks old when she started at the Child Development Center, and she is now 18 months old. They said their daughter is a single parent who goes to school and works, so they are very involved in raising their granddaughter.
“We found out this morning,” Pat Feuge said. “Our granddaughter loves it here. She never cries when we drop her off. Sometimes she doesn’t want to leave. We never have a guilty moment about bringing her here.”
“I just wish we got more than a day’s
Connor Martin and 137 other children will their days.
notice,” Douglas Feuge said.
Child Development leases property from Martin W. Stratemann, D D.S. Minor said the lease came up for renewal several months ago. “The new lease was not acceptable to us,” Minor said. “With the new rate we would not be able to stay in business.”
The letter given to parents notifying them of the closing, signed by Director Nancy Minor, states: “We have lo>t our lease on these buildings and I have been unable to find enough space for us in any other building ... My husband and I have tried everything in our power to keep from having to take this step - from trying to renegotiate the lease to finding an alternate building. All of our alternate building plans have fallen through. It was not a question of raising rates. It was a question of finding space. Please forgive me for doing this. I have no other choice.”
“I need to say for the record that Dr. Stratemann and Skip Stratemann have been very nice over the years,” Minor said. Through the years the working relationship and communication have always been good between tenant and renter, he said.
Betty Stratemann, Dr. Stratemann’s wife, said she does not understand how the Minors can blame the closing on the lease.
“They basically wrote the lease,” she said. “We are not trying to raise the rent. When their lease came up in October we presented them with a new lease, which was unacceptable to them. So they came up with their own lease and we accepted it.”
Minor did not dispute that version of events. He said he hoped to have a new building constructed by the time the cur-
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
be looking for a new place to spend
rent lease expires at the end of this month. When it became clear that the new building could not be built on time he tried to find a temporary location, he said. He thought he had a temporary site worked out, but the plans fell through, forcing the closure on very short notice, he said.
Minor said 12 to 18 people worked at the New Braunfels riiild Dev elopment Center. They got two days notice that the center was closing.
Minor said “It was sad,” when he told them the news.
Three employees at the center declined to comment on the record, but one said, “We’re just trying to get over the shock. I guess I’ll just file for unemployment and start looking for another job.”
Troyer said he saw workers crying and hugging each other Thursday morning.
Other day cares were swamped with calls Thursday from parents scrambling to find a place for their children. Workers at Happy Days Day Care said they were taking calls all day.
Shirley Smithers, Owner/Director of Happy Days Day Care, said Happy Days can accommodate 30 children, thanks to a just-completed addition to its building. “Many of the other day cares are full with waiting lists,” she said.
“I did some checking around on day care to see what is available in town,” Minor said. He said he does not think there are enough vacancies at other day cares to absorb all 138 children.
“I found that the majority of them should be able to find day care, but some of them are more expensive than we were,” he said.
Alpine quak rattles locals
By CRAIG HAMMETT
When you’re making a sandwich and your mayonnaise jar starts moving down the counter, you know you’re in one.'
— Jean Whiteside, former California resident, on how to tell if there is an earthquake.
An earthquake that hit West Texas apparently sent slight rumbles through the center of New Braunfels Thursday evening.
Fire Department personnel were called to at least one residence and others probably felt something and did not realize what it was.
The Fire Department responded to a call at the Torrey Place Apartments in the northern part of town around 8 p.m. when residents reported movement in the walls of some units. No injuries or damage were reported.
Jean Whiteside and her husband live there and said they felt the walls “quivering” slightly but were not alarmed. They said they didn’t really think about it until they heard news reports later.
Raised in California, she said a person can tell when they are in the middle of a earthquake as she had been several times.
“When you’re making a sandwich and your mayonnaise jar starts moving down the counter, you know you’re in one,” she said of one such experience in California.
Slight tremors were reportedly felt around 7:30 p.m. Some said they felt something in the downtown arca as well.
Ann Young is a member of the First United Methodist Church. She said the choir was stationed up in the balcony during a service about that time and felt the balcony move for a short period.
“It was a very strange feeling,” she said. "...The balcony was shaking, something wasn’t quite right.”
She at first thought it was the air conditioner causing the movement but realized the air conditioner wasn’t on. Like many, she didn’t realize at the time what might have caused it until she later learned of the earthquake in Alpine.
According to the Associafed Press, the epicenter of the quake snuck JO miles southeast of Alpine, about 35(» rn.ic* from here, at 7:33 p.m. and registered a magnitude o! 5.0. Damage was reported on gas lines and windows but no injuries were reported.
Earthquakes are very rare in Texas, the largest is believed to have registered a 6.0 near Valentine some 60 years ago.
Teen-ager charged in stabbing at bar
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A youth is in custody after he allegedly stabbed the two men who were trying to control him in a Canyon Lake bar Wednesday night. The 16-year-old male entered the Locker Room Sports Pub Bar at FM 306 North and Canyon Lake at about 11:15 last night, Comal County Sheriffs officials said.
“He looked drunk and was asked to leave,” officials said. He left briefly, then came back in the bar and began to take money out of the tip jar. John E. Mann and Paul Butterfield physically escorted him from the bar.
He stabbed both of them, one under the left arm and one on the left wrist, reports state. The juvenile and both victims were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital, treated and released.
“The subject was physically restrained by patrons until police could arrive," officials said.
Kotylo lays out reasons for recall at city election forum
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Staff Writer .
District 4 resident William Kotylo faced Mayor Paul Fraser with the charges at the heart of the petition which put Fraser’s recall as city councilman on the May 6 ballot last night at the League of Women Voters candidate forum.
“As mayor he does not have the authority to hire and fire under the city charter,” Kotylo said.
Kotylo asserted that shortly after Fraser became mayor he asked for the resignation of then city attorney Barry Moore, telling Moore “he had the votes to fire him.”
Kotylo said that Fraser had admitted August 1994 on local radio and in the Herald-Zeitung that he told council members Jan Kennady, Butch Benitez and Brenda Freeman that he would dismiss Moore because he already had the votes to do so.
Fraser urges voters to keep him and to support charter amendments: City council candidates spell out their qualifications and positions
‘As mayor he does not have the authority to hire and fire under the city char-ter,’
— William Kotylo
This was in direct violation of the Open Meetings Act, Kotylo auld.
There was no rebuttal or point by point exchange between Kotylo and Fraser. The mayor spoke first and the forum did not allow for rebuttal or a question and answer period in the recall portion.
“I have done nothing while in office to deserve to be recalled,” Fraser said.
He had been neither charged nor convicted of any illegal activity, Fraser said.
“I encourage all the citizens of Dist. 4 to vote “no” to remove me,” Fraser said. “I strongly encourage all the citizens to vote for all three charter amendments and both sales tax propositions.”
The forum introduced Dist. 2 challenger Ray Schoch and Dist. I challenger Juan Luis Martinez to attendees. The incumbents from those districts, council members Mary Serold and Benitez appeared along with the challengers for each district.
Benitez and Martinez were asked what New Braunfels needs to do to solve the perceived problems of youth violence. “I believe it comes down to
‘I have done nothing while in office to deserve to be recalled,'
— Paul Fraser
the family,” Martinez said. “Maybe we can get more involved in helping the families of these young people.” Benitez cited the success of programs like DARE. and the Summer Recreation and Summer Work programs, and emphasized the need to give more support to those kinds of efforts. “During the summer activities on the streets has been less because of the programs in place,” he said.
An attendee asked how many city council meetings each had attended. “I haven’t missed one yet,” Benitez said. “Last year we had 52 meetings. I attended them all.”
“None,” Martinez said.
Both Benitez and Martinez were in favor of the property tax reduction/economic development sales tax increase proposition. Benitez supported the streets and drainage/facilities and equipment proposition. Martinez said he would support the second proposition only if he saw a significant portion of the proceeds used in Dist. I.
Dist. 2 challenger Ray Schoch emphasized that his 16 years experience in leadership in New Braunfels civic organizations such as the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce qualify him to be an effective council member. He also cited his 17 years of experience on the San Antonio Water Board as a valuable asset in tlwsc times.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144