New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes ‘‘happy birthday” today to Robert Reviea, Roy O. Young, Peter Ulloa, Johnny Rodriguez, Roger Cruz, Amelia Garza, Carlos Castilleja, Mike Ivy, Rumaldo Aguirre, Nacho Flores, Zae Garrott, Johnny Rodriguez and Sebastian Alvarado.
Belated birthday greetings to Angie Alanis.
“Happy anniversary” today to Gary and Julie Erben and Juan and Rose Bustos
Best wishes to all secretaries, too. Many bosses took time to pay tribute for National Secretary’s Day today on Page 5B.
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. NBTA meeting
The New Braunfels Tennis Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at Ncwk’s Tennis Ranch. All tennis players are welcome to attend.
Brown Bag Concerts
The fourth in a series of Brown Bag Concerts is set from noon to 12:45 p.m. Friday at Main Plaza. Sponsored by the Downtown Project will be a performance by David Owens. On May 3, the final concert will be prcsencd by Paul McLauglin of the Grapes of Wrath.
Closed from 8 a.m. to noon today for street repairs is Live Oak Avenue from San Antonio Street to U.S. Highway 81. Closed from noon to 3:30 will be Jackson Street from Live Oak to Mesquite avenues and Hackberry Avenue from Stonewall Street to U.S. 81.
Dollar bag sale
The New Braunfels Community Service Center will hold a Dollar Bag Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Participants arc asked to bring their own grocery store bag.
In celebration of Arbor Day, a tree planting ceremony is slated for 3 p.m. Friday at luanda Park. 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 get you admission on die grounds of Conservation Plaza and the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture May 4. Pick tickets up al New Braunfels Resorts, Chamber of Commerce, and Sophicnburg Museum.
The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will conduct 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 must be 11 years old or older and must attend all 18 hours of class time to qualify for certification. Prc-registralion is required and will continue until April 25. For more information call 629-PARK.
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Vol. 139, No. 113
707 Lands St.. New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
April 24, 1991 25 Cents
Two Sections, 18 Pages
Emergency medical technicians transport a victim of an automobile accident to McKenna Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon. The accident occurred on the Interstate 35 access road in front of the Holiday Inn. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Form focuses on budgetary issues
City Council candidates Susan Curtis, left, and Eddie Temple watch as Rudy Seidel answers a question. Master of ceremonies Wallace Henk-elmen looks on. A fourth candidate. Joe Kuehler, is hidden by the podium. (Photo by Karla Wenzel)
By JANINE GREEN Managing Editor
In a non-partisan forum sponsored by Comal County Democrats, four of the five candidates seeking two spots on the New Braunfels City Council answered a variety of questions.
The forum, held in the Civic Center lobby Tuesday evening, opened with District 3 hopefuls Rudy Seidel and Joe Kuehler and District 4 candidates Eddie Temple and Susan Curtis answering questions posed in advance by the event’s organizers. They later took questions from the audience of about 30 gathered for the event.
A third candidate for District 4, Paul Fraser, declined an invitation to participate.
Serving as master of ceremonies was Wallace Henkelman and speakers drew numbers to establish the order in which they would speak.
The opening “question” cited understaffmg of some fire stations while asking the candidates how, if elected, they would enhance city revenue.
Seidel detailed “a local financial institution" forced by the banking crisis to cut its staff from 56 to 38. "They’re giving the same service, they’re giving it in the same time frame with 18 less employees. That tells you there was fat or waste,” he said. He said he feels efforts to boost the city’s budget must first begin with making sure city employees “give a full day’s work for full day’s pay" or “double up on some duties.”
Kuehler said that until the area's overall economy improves, “every
body’s going to have to work together” and ‘ tough it out.” He sees another key as attracting business that would help diversify the economy and “make us not so dependent on the tourist dollar. Tourism is too much like farming — no one can predict the weather."
Temple used his incumbency to address the question, saying “One thing I would say is that we have kept taxes and other rates as low as we could" and that city “services have become more efficient.” He said he “opposes the idea of enhancing
revenue because that sounds too much like a new tax. We should focus instead on enhancing the efficiency of the services the city offers.”
Curtis agreed “there’s no quick fix.” She said, “What we need are innovative ways lo enhance the tax base.” In addition to dependence on sales tax revenues, she encouraged cooperation with such organizations as the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce to attract “clean industries” to the area. She also praised the city’s recouping of funds from concessions in Lamia Park and praised
plans :o add a “glass-bottom boat on Landa Lake to educate the public about our springs while deriving
On the subject of attracting business and industry to New Braunfels:
• Seidel cited his experiencing leasing business properties to say local firms must "go with the flow" and “offer properties at prices businesses can afford.”
• Kuehler encouraged “putung egos out of the way” and “everybody pulling together — the city, die chamber, the industrial foundation, the private sector We need to actively pursue, court, talk to, encourage” the locauon of new business in New Bruanfels.
• Temple said businesses seeking to relocate want “low taxes, good schools, a good hospital, a good infrastructure. That has been made clear by many industrial prospects.” He cited efforts to improve downtown New Braunfels and praised “reinvestment of more than $1 million in that area.”
• Curtis said the “center, the heart, the image in your mind" of New Braunfels is the Main Plaza area. “We have eight new building owners, a new restaurant, three new retail stores and 24 jobs created” in that area and encouraged the appiicauon of similar development principals to stimulate growth of the tax base.
On the subject of mum taming the flow of Comal Springs, even if that means limning use of water pumped from the Edwards Aquifer by New Braunfels:
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• Two trustees seek to rescind votes made in open forum.
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N«w« Editor
A week after New Braunfels Independent School District trustees selected a football coach and athletic director, two board members are asking to have their votes rescinded.
“We’re looking in to rescinding our vote in open session so that we will feel better about ourselves,” said Trustee Robert Clarke.
“I would like to have my vote rescinded, and then if I have the opportunity to vote again f would like to have that opportunity,” said Trustee Jean Ward.
Clarke and Ward presented a letter to Board President Bob Self and Superintendent Charles Bradberry Tuesday asking for a full review of policies and procedures for rescinding their votes until a review of all policies involved in the selection of school personnel could be reviewed.
On April 18 the board of trustees in a 6-1 vote hired New Braunfels High School Assistant Coach Lew Sim-monds to be head football coach and athletic director. A search committee and NBHS Principal John Turman had recommended that former University of North Texas Coach Corky Nelson be selected for the job.
Trustee Nayo Zamora was the one member to cast a vote against hiring Simmonds, because he said he wanted to follow the committee’s recommendat ion.
And now, Ward and Clarke said they wished they would have fol-lowed the committees recommendation
“We didn’t follow our principal’s recommendation. I think this is a letdown to John Turman, who has been here for many years and we should have honored his (recommendation),” Oarke said Tuesday at the regularly-scheduled school board meeting.
‘We are looking into rescinding our open forum vote. Nayo was the only one who had the guts to sit there and vote.... I felt dirty after that meeting. I don’t think all the board members voted their conscience.”
Zamora said after the meeting he was glad Clarke and Ward made the request.
“I’m glad they really would like the community to know what really is going on as far as the vote. Stall the majority rules and we will have to go along with it.” he said. “I know we wanted to come up with a unanimous vote and I could never go along with something that is not my convicuons.”
Board President Bob Self said it s tune to move on from the decision made.
“I kind of feel tike this is an issue that’s been resolved and we should (rut it behind us. I understand and I
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NEU board grants raise for its general manager
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON tows Editor
New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Bob Sohn was granted approximately an annual $2,300 raise Tuesday after the board of trustees gave him high marks, especially for his work on the LCRA rate case.
“Our general manager ... look us through a very difficult and arduous task," said Trustee O.A. “Skip" Siraiemann of the rate case.
The Texas Public Utility Commission last week approved a negotiated settlement of the Lower Colorado River Authority rate case which led to a base increase of about $4.3 million compared lo the original $26 million requested and freezes LCRA rates through 1993.
Trustee Robert Ort, who made the motion to grant the raise, said Sohn went “above and beyond" while providing leadership to a coalition of four
wholesale customers of the LCRA.
Sohn sawed as spokesman for the New Braunfels Group during the fight, comprised of the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, Dewitt County Electric Cooperative, San Bernard Electric Cooperative and New Braunfels Uuliues
“We’ve accomplished a lot," Sohn said.
“It was lime we got something back for our dollars spent,” Slratemaiui said.
The raise granted Tuesday bruigs Sohn’s salary up to $69,000 a year
Also Tuesday, members of the board of trustees recognized Mayo* Amo Becker, who attended his last meeting as a board member Tuesday. Becker is not running for reelection iii the May 4 election. The mayor of the city of New Braunfels sits on the NBU Board of Trustees
RLRN sets ‘New Braunfels Night’
I grri Smyth, coordinator of the KIHN auction, addresses a local Rotary Club. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
Ciuzens in New Braunieis donated inure than $18,000 worth of merchandise ibis year tor tile KL RN public television aucuon, indicating a record year, according lo un aucuon coordinator.
“I applaud you for thai,” said Tern Smyth, who is coordinating KLRN’s Silver Jubilee Aucuon slated for May 4-11. “Your support has been very, very important to us."
Srnyth discussed the upcoming aucuon and "New Braunieis Night' at the auction. May 8, with members of the New Braunieis Evening Kouuy Club at Dina's Haus Tuesday.
KLRN-Channel 9, servuig a rnuiupie-coumy viewing mea, rarses IO percent of tis annual revenue through the aucuon each year. Ibis year marks the 25th year of the aucuon.
Smyth said with the 3,000 nails donated, worth about $500,000, the television station will make about $300,000.
And people will be able to bid oil such I terns as a collapsible deer stand, a registered bud dog with joining tape. an emerald and diamond rutg, airplane tickets, and a list of other specialty item*.
“New Braunieis Night* is sponsored by New Braudels Net aid-Zeuung, KGNB KNBT Radio and Citizen* Bank.
“ll s a ume when you can do something good tot die community, ’ she said about local residents gelling behmd “New Braunieis Night.”
For more information about the aucuon call Kl.RN at 512/270-9000.