New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
2 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Tuesday, April 25,1995City balks at renewing tax contract with chamber of commerce
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
• The city council turned down the chamber of commerce’s requested new five-year contract for use of the hotel motel tax. Debate on the contract was sparked by requests from the Hispanic community to hold off renewing the contract and fueled by the announcement that a new Hispanic chamber will form.
Two years remain on the present contract. The chamber and the city have a five-year contract which is up for review 30 days before the end of the contract’s third year.
To keep doing the good job it does for New Braunfels, the chamber needs to plan well in advance on such projects as conventions and tour business, Chamber President Tom Purdum said.
“lf we’re going to keep attracting the quality people to New Braunfels we need a firm base,” said Chamber Executive Vice President Michael Meek.
Some perceive that renewing the contract every three years leaves some people out of the loop on decision making, Mayor Pro-Tern Chris Bowers said. “It doesn’t seem like it will hurt to hold off a little on this contract,” he said.
“We are not saying the chamber of commerce is doing a bad job,” said Gloria Sasser. “We should be able to walk hand in hand, but unfortunately that’s not happening,” she said.
The chamber of commerce is and has always been eager to welcome Hispanic business owners and individuals, Purdum said.
“Don’t let yourself be railroaded,” former council member James Good-bread said. “You don’t have to make that decision tonight.”
“I just hope that no matter what side you fall on, I hope the polarization that seems to be happening tonight doesn’t
tear this town apart,” Councilwoman Jan Kennady said.
Councilwomen Kennady and Brenda Freeman voted to renew the chamber’s contract. Councilman Ambrosio Benitez abstained. Mayor Paul Fraser, Councilwoman Mary Serold, Bowers and Councilman Tim Walker voted not to renew the contract at this time.
Benitez had no choice in good conscience but to abstain, he said. He is in favor of a Hispanic chamber, but presenting the idea to city council last night surprised him, he said. “I don’t know the reason why they want the contract postponed,” he said.
Residents of Kuehler Avenue voiced protests over the proposed sale of city property for a hotel on Kuehler. This would be the only New Braunfels hotel situated in a neighborhood, resident Cheryl Krueger said. “I don’t think the proper place for a hotel or motel is a neighborhood,” she said.
Traffic increased on the street and several homes were broken into after the baseball field was built, Krueger said. “I’m not against business, I just think it should not be built in a neighborhood,” she said.
The land to be purchased for the hotel is already zoned for that type of
business, developer Bill Lowman said) The added tourists and room taxe^ would benefit the whole city, he said/
As a part of the consent agenda, th j second reading on the land sale passed with only Kennady voting no. The said will come before the city council on^ more time before it is final. ;
The city council decided to let the city operate the Landa Park golf course for a year. A PGA golf pro and anjj other management personnel would be hired and supervised by the cit)) manager. During that year die city will collect data for future management decisions. •Obituaries
Gladys Q. Buss
Gladys G. Buss, age 81, of Kingsbury, died Sunday, April 23, 1995 at her residence. She was bom May 3, 1913 in New Braunfels to Peter and Ella Pfiiilman Coll. She married James J. Buss on Aug. 29, 1931 in New Braunfels. She lived in New Braunfels for most of her life where she worked as a licensed practical nurse. Mrs. Buss was a member of the First Protestant United Church of Christ.
* Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Doyle Cowen of Kingsbury; sisters, June Wenzel and
husband Wilfred of New Braunfels, Madge Mauldin and husband Jim of Thelma; brother, James A. Goll and wife Lou of Kingsland; grandchildren, Raymond G. Howarton and wife Nancy of Houston, and John J. Howarton and wife Angela of Kingsbury, both of whom she helped raise; great-grandchildren, Donald Ray Read and wife Carrie, Dianna Major and husband Ken, Raymond Read and wife Alicia, Chance and Sarah Howanon, Michael and Stephanie Howarton; great-great-grandchildren, Derek Ray Read and Lance James Read; numerous nieces
Mrs. Buss was preceded in death by her husband, James J. Buss; an infant son, John Edmond Buss; a brother, Kermit L. Goll; a sister, Virginia Du Mend; and both of her parents, Peter B. Goll and Ella Pftillman Jackmuth.
Private funeral services will be held with interment following at the Comal Cemetery in New Braunfels. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Guadalupe County.
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Graveside services were held Sunday, April 23,1995 at 3 p.m. in Mathis, Texas for Irene Aitzt DeWeese, of Dinero. She passed away Friday morning April 21,1995 at Spahn Hospital in Corpus Christi at the age of 74. She was bom May 21, 1920, at Twin Sisters, Texas, in Blanco County to Erich C. Artzt and Emma (Mueller) Artzt.
Survivors include her husband, Charles DeWeese of Dinero; sons, Louis Charles DeWeese and wife Nancy of Bryan, Texas, and Robert Eric DeWeese and wife Kris of Port
New Braunfels Youth Soccer Club needs referees for the fall season. Adults can earn up to $100 a day. Classes will be scheduled soon. Call Jim Hetchler at 606-1727.
The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is offering a summer day camp for children ages 6-12. Camp Thunderduck is a two-week day camp that offers participants a wide variety of fun-filled games and activities. The fee for the program is $50 per camper. Registration will be accepted from New Braunfels city residents beginning May I. Non-residents may register starting May 20. Registration is at the Landa Recreation Center. There are five sessions. The first starts June 5 to June 16 and the final one runs July 31 to Aug.
11 All are Monday to Friday from 8 a m. to 3 p.m. Call 608-2167 for information.
family Outreach of Comal County, an agency dedicated to the prevention of child abase and neglect, is in need of a volunteer to serve as volunteer coordinator and another who would function as office manager. People working in these areas would lend invaluable assistance to the other volunteers, lf interested, call 620-1299.
Clean cars for ACS
Throughout the month of Apnl, Landa Street Car Wash is sponsoring two specials which will benefit the local unit of the Amencan Cancer Society. For every Spring Detailing Special, or Unicom Wash, Landa Street Car Wash will donate a portion of the cost to help underwrite the 1995 ACS Starlight in the Tropics Gala. The Gala, scheduled for June 16 is the only ACS fundraising event benefiting cancer patients in Comal County. Have a clean car, courtesy of Landa Street Car Wash, and at the same time, help in the fight against cancer in our community.
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; or 629-6153.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
! The month of Apnl has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month by Governor George W. Bush.
; Show your support for a violence-free < community by weanng a plaid nbbon • on your lapel or tying a plaid nbbon to ! your car antennae. Call the Comal County Women’s Center at 620-7520 to get your plaid nbbon or for more J information on how you can help reduce the incidence of sexual assault.
Pneumococcal Pneumonia infects up to SOO,(MM) people per year in the United States, with more than 40,000 deaths occurring as a result. A vaccine is available which provides excellent protection against 23 of the most common types of Pneumococcal Bac-; terra This vaccine is recommended for adults who have chronic illness, including heart or lung discase, diabetes, alcoholism, HIV, cancer, kidney or liver disease or for adults age 65 years or older. Unlike flu vaccine, this vaccine may be given at anytime of the year. The vaccine is available at the Comal County Health Department I every Tuesday and Thursday between 1 the hours of 8 a m. and 11 a m. or I p m. to 4 p m For further informa-! tion, please telephone the Health
Department at 620-5595.
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is now selling season swim passes. Resident swim passes, which include pools and Prince Solms Tube Chute, are $15 for children ages 5-17, $30 for adults ages 18-59, and $25 for senior citizens ages 60 plus. Resident family passes are $50. Non-resident passes are $22.50 for children ages 5-17, $45 for adults and $37.50 for senior citizens. Non-resident family passes are $75. Non-resident passes include the swimming pools only. For information, call 608-2160 or visit the parks office in Landa Park.
As New Braunfels’ 150th anniversary approaches in 1995, members of the community are encouraged to begin selecting items to be included in a time capsule, which will be buried in commemoration of the Sesquicentennial year. Submissions must be of paper origin, i.e.... photographs, letters, documents. Submissions must either fit in a 9x12 or #IO envelope. Costs for submitting envelopes for inclusion in the time capsule are $10 and $5 respectively. Deadline is Sept. I, 1995. Submissions and payments can be made at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office, 390 S. Seguin. The capsule will be buried at the Civic Center for 50 years.
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