New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 112
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
April 23, 1991
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MiUdiu School, in the background are the other candidates running tor lour positions open on the board of trustees. The election is May 4.(Photo by Kan a Wurzel)StammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Nancy Aleman, Ray Luna, Gladys Klacmer, Estella Monceballez, Michael Farmer, Gary Farmer, Jennifer Jonas and Adolpho Castro Jr.
Belated birthday wishes to Francisco J. Munoz and Alan Bueche.
“Happy anniversary” today to Roy and Connie Hansmann.
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.Arbor Day
In celebration of Arbor Day, a tree planting ceremony is slated for 3 p.m. Friday at Landa Palk. A tree givcway also is scheduled; approximately 125 bald cypress seedlings will be distributed. The public is invited to attend.Tickets for sale
Tickets for Folkfcst ’91 are on sale for $3 for adults. (Children under 18 enter free). Tickets will gel you admission on the grounds of Conservation Plaza and the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture May 4. Pick tickets up at New Braunfels Resorts, Chamber of Commerce, and Sophienburg Museum.Canoe safety
The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will be conducting an American Red Cross Fundamentals of Canoeing Certification Course this Saturday, May 4 and May 11 from 9 a m. to 4 p.m. Fee is $65 per person. Participants mast be 11 years old or older and mast attend all 18 hours of clan time to qualify for certification. Pre-registration is required and will continue until April 25. For more information call 629-PARKDriving class
Charlie Rose’s Defensive Driving Class will he tonight and Thursday al Canyon High School Room #4 from 6-10 p.m. Fee is $25. Call 625 8576 or 625 8081 to enroll.Support group
The New Braunfels Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet Thursday at noon at Finkel’s Restaurant on Interstate V5. Dr. Mitchell Sacco, D.D.S., will he the guest speaker. Visitors are wel come.Tennis group meets
New Braunfels Tennis Assot ia lion will meet Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Newk’s Tennis Ranch for its annual business meeting All tennis players are welcomeAuction talk
Terri Smyth of KLRN-TV in San Antonio will speak at the New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club at 6 tonight at Orna’s Haas Restaur ant, 541 Texas 46 South. She will discuss lite upcoming KLRN auction and “New Braunfels night” at die auction slated for May 8.Lion events
Hie New Braunfels Lions Club will not meet at its regular schc duled time April 25 and May 2, but instead members are reminded to participate in the annual Walk adion April 27 followed by a family barbecue in [.anda Park On May 3, 4, 5 the New Braunfels club will host the Lion’s District Convention. All members are encouraged lo particulate.Election forum
Meet District 3 and 4 City Council candidates at a forum set Sn STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2
Council splits tax funds
Historical groups deny its ‘move toward equality’
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
In a move toward what city council members called equality, a four-year plan was approved Monday outlining how to split locally generated hotel/ motel tax revenue among the New Braunfels Arts Commission and New Braunfels Heritage Commission.
“This is a solution that I think is extremely equitable,” said Mayor Amo Becker, who appointed a four-member committee to study the funding. “People can shoot holes in it if they are biased one way or the other.”
The committee recommended to City Council that the Arts Commission receive 17.5 percent of the first 4 percent of hotel/motel tax to split among its groups, such as Circle Arts Theater.
And the Heritage Commission should receive 7.5 percent of the first
4 percent to split among its groups, such as the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.
Last year’s split sent 19-3/4 percent of the first 4 percent to arts groups and 5-1/4 percent went to historical groups, giving $66,386 to IO arts groups and $17,635 to four historical groups. The majority of the tax goes to the Chamber of Commerce and to the city for upkeep of the Civic Center.
“I think it’s equitable. I think it’s fair,” said Council Member James Goodbread.
But Dennis Heitkamp, representing the New Braunfels Historic Museum Association, said it was far from being equal.
“The Historic Museums Association is extremely disappointed,” he said. “It falls far short of what our members see as fair. In fact it is a slap
in the face of our 800 plus members.” He said the recommendation continues to fall short of fairness.
“We’re not happy with the proposal. It continues to fall far short of fairness today and provides us with no timetable for the future where we will be assured to achieve fairness,” he said. “We came here however to cooperate. We wanted to somehow put this battle aside....”
City Council passed the committee’s recommendation, making it binding for four years.
Council Member Bill Arnold made the motion to accept the proposal with Goodbread seconding the motion. Voting for the proposal were council members Clinton Brandt and Eddie Temple. Mayor Pro-Tem pore Ramon Chapa Jr. abstained from voting saying he did not receive information on the proposal to study it before the meeting.
Mayor Becker said the final draft was finished Sunday night.
The proposal accepted Monday night in the form of a resolution also provides that if hotel/motel tax revenues increase in the ensuing years, the Arts Commission will receive the previous year dollar amount plus 4.3 percent for inflation. The remainder of the available funds will be granted to the Heritage Commission provided that it would not be less than the previous year and provided that it will not exceed 12.5 percent of the first four percent of the tax.
If tax revenues drop in a year or do not increase sufficiently to allow the formula outlined to apply, the percentage split of the revenues should be the same as the preceeding year’s split. This percentage split would be frozen until tax revenues increase to the level of the highest dollar amount since 1991.
Arm In arm
David Speck, president of New Braunfels General Store, lends a hand to position the arms of a hew octopus water-sliae attraction at Scnnrter-bahn’s new ‘At the Rapids” site The new park area, formerly Camp Wamecke, is under construction. .Photo oy Erik Kartssom
Parents divided on school boundary
By JOE BELK Staff Writ*?
Concerns over splitting up the lake area dominated a community meeting Monday with Comal Independent School District officials and local residents.
The meeting, at Mountain Valley Elementary School, drew more than HJO people, many of whom want their children to remain at Mountain Valley.
Another group of parents voiced support for CISD’s tentative plan, which would move Startzville-area elementary school students to the new Bill Brown Elementary School start
ing this fail.
“They identify with the lake, and they’re concerned that they'll lose a little bit of that identity,*' CBD Superintendent Joe Rogers said after the meeting.
Community unity was a recurring theme of the meeting, along with day care and other practical concerns, with some parents wanting to remain isolated from schools near San Antonio.
“Most of you live in Staitzville so your kids could go to the furthest school away from San Antonio,” said one parent at the meeting.
“The biggest concern is the bus
ing,’’ said thai same went, who asked not to be identifer titer he meeting. “We don’t want to >piii he community in half.’*
Under the proposed eaiignment, Bill Brown Elementary School would consist in its firs vear iii 322 children from Mountain Valley Elementary and 364 children from Bulverde, according to Assistant Superintendent Arien Tieken. Hie dividing me in Bulverde will likely be Highway to. with youngsters living wxnh of he highway dimming ai Bulvctde mu those on the north nae attending BUI Brown, which is neat the midsection of 4o and U.S. 281.
_New Braunfels wins 4th
Good Pay designation as Tree City
A high neai 90 was forecast for today, with an overnight low of 65 accompanied by lite return of cloud cover. High iii (he 80s, lows in die 60s and lite chance fix lain are lea lures of Ute fix cc ast through Friday. For more weathei information, please see Page 2 A
City of New Braunfels has been named a T ree (Tty USA lur the fourth time, according to May or Amo Becker.
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“The Tree (Tty USA honor comes from the National Aibor Day Foundation, an organization with 800,000 members dedicated lo hee planting and conservation," Becker said.
Communities entering the nationwide piogiam teceive the Tree City USA designation upon recommend* litxt by state foresters. Communities qualify which meet Ute following standards: a city tree ordinance, a leg
al dee governing body. a comprehensive urban forestry program and observance of Arbor Day.
Tree City USA communities receive a flag with the program s logo and a walnut mounted plaque. Winners also receive Tree City USA community signs. Maple leaf suckers will indicate addiuonal qualifying yeans.
"Trees have long been rvcogmied for the beauty and value they lend to our homes, neighborhoods, parks and business areas At the same tune, those trees help clean the an and keep Ute atmosphere ut balance.'* said John Rosenow, the National Arbor Day
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fhe Mountain Valley conungem oi ne new school, aider ne nuuai ara wing, would essentially ail come rom the Stanzvule area. Included subdivisions are: Catiyou Lase Hills, Canyon Laie Forest, Woooianus, Warenrom Park, Wesuiaven, Astro HUUs, Cranes Mill Para, Canyon Springs Resort, Roiling Hills I States, iuacview Park, Mobile Home Estates North, Deer Meadow i states, Mobile Home Estates, l orn c ree*. Acies ana Scenic Heights.
‘ Aller compromis at die .tsscmoiy were thai the Stan/vide residents did
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In a tie vote. New Braunfels City Council Monday night ended debate on the fate of Hamlet, the Vietnamesed potbellied Dig. He won’t be allowed to live inside the city.
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
New Braunfels Mayor Amo Becker cast the deciding vote Monday when City Council voted down an ordinance that would have allowed a local woman to keep her Vietnamese potbellied pig.
“We’re going to have to do something. This is not fair.” said jackie Goodwin as she left the City Council Otambers. “I knew it would be tough ... but I thought we would have it... I guess I vc ill have to (move) now.’’
Goodwin -nd her hashanri Mike were fighting for the chance of heme allowed to keep their pet pig Hamlet in Ute city limns. They recently lost a round in Municipal Coun when it was determined they were in violation of the city’s livestock ordinance alter a neighbor filed a complaint.
rhe couple then took their fight lo City Council. The first reading of the ordinance passed 4-1 on April 8. But on .second reading of the ordinance Monday it failed in a tie vote of 3-3. Mayor Becker vas forced to vote. once a naioruv of four oles ire -’quired to pass ordinances.
Voung for he rdinancc were Mavor IYo-Tempore Ramon luna Jr. and council members James Good-x-ead and Bill Arnold. Voting against ne ordinance were council members Clinton Branut md ddic Temple. Becker then chose to vine against Ute romance.
Council Member Loraine Krait, wno was unsent Monuav. ad vinca or tire ordinance on inc first reno mg uiong with Chapa. Krait, Gooubrcau .nu Temple. Arnold was unsent wncn he first vote was unum.
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