New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tuesday, April 27,1993
Serving Comal County • Home of Olivia Wilkinson
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Vol. 141, No. 113
Schools to host summer youth rec programs
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-ZeKung
New Braunfels youngsters will have a recreational program in which to participate this summer thanks to the efforts of Police Lieutenant Felix Roque and Recreation Superintendent John Mathis.
Rogue and Mathis announced that a summer recreational program would kick off May 31 with programs at Lone Star School, Lamar School and New Braunfels Middle School.
Roque said the program is designed to keep kids off drugs and out of trouble throughout the summer by providing them with recreational activities.
However, Mathis said the program is much more than just recreation.
"To make the program worthwhile, we’re including an educational aspect,” Mathis said. “It’s not going to be summer school ... we just want to teach the kids that learning can be fun.”
Mathis said the programs would begin at noon with three hours of activities such as soccer, basketball, art projects or other recreational activities.
After activity time is over, the children would have to attend two different learning centers focusing on different educational aspects, such as reading, mathematics or science.
“We’re going to do a lot of hands-on experiments,” Mathis said.
Children in the program will also be involved in various community service projects so they can learn how to be active and contributing members of the community.
“We want to teach them that there are positive things they can do to give something back to the community,” Mathis said.
In doing so, Mathis said he hopes to forge positive relation-'" ships between the program participants and the community.
Children involved in the program will be required to sign a gang-free, drug-free pledge and a small fee will be charged to handle administrative costs.
The program will be staffed by paid employees, but Mathis said volunteers would be relied upon for additional help in running the program.
Roque said one of the problems encountered during the initial planning stages was finding the money to fund the program, but the problem was quickly solved after talking with Police Chief Dick Headen.
“One solution was going to the public and soliciting the money, and the other solution was using some of the money that was taken from drug dealers through our involvement in the drug task force,” Roque said.
The total budgeted cost of the program is $14,544 for one year. After 1993, Mathis said officials will have to obtain funding to continue the program in 1994.
Both Roque and Mathis said the summer program was designed to take a pro-active role in creating a positive future for the children of New Braunfels.
dSD«xamiites single-member districts
By ROSE MARNE EASH Here tdZe Kung
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees voted Monday to pursue the transformation to a single-member district election process.
“I move to authorize the administration to pursue the transformation of the present at-large election into an election plan involving single-member districts with the understanding that my motion is in no way in answer to any lawsuit,” said Tom Potter, CISD board member.
Tt just seems to me to be the best way for this school district to go considering the geographic map,” he said.
“It just seems to me ta be the best way for this school district to go considering the geographic map.”
Tom Potter, OSO board member
The motion was seconded by Leroy Good-son and passed on a 5-2 vote with board members Lee Ikels and Douglas Kirk opposing.
Earlier this year, the board consulted with attorneys and hired a demographer to investigate if it would be feasible to establish single-member voting districts.
The process will roughly six months, during which a committee will consult with district patrons to develop lines for the voting districts and decide if the 5-2 configuration offers the best representation for the minority population.
“I think there's still a lot of questions,” said Dora Gonzales, a CISD patron. "There's a couple of concerns. Tm going to be going back and talking to some of the other parents to see what kind of questions they have. Tm not sure which would be more advantageous to us at this point, 5-2,6-1 or 7-0.”
The board also adopted a resolution approving the tax abatement with Wilde
Advisory Services, Inc. for a facility to house a Century Paper plant.
The abatement is on added values only and will decrease over a five-year period. The district will receive the additional tax revenues immediately.
The board also recognized Rusty Brockman, principal of Canyon Middle School, as the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Citizen of the Year.
In other business, the board approved 70 out-of-district student transfers.
The board also approved the renewal of the district’s contract with Floyd Wester-man and Duane Westerman for financial advice and consultation.
New Braunfels High School Teacher Dave Simmons and members of the NBHS Student Council officiate over the Great Duck Race, held on the Congo River Sunday afternoon at Schlitterbahn Water Park. Above, the group retrieves ducks from the finish line. The race served as a benefit for the American Cancer Society. Photo by Karla Wenzel.
Council rejects proposed budget
Approval to follow May I election
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-ZeKung
The New Braunfels City Council rejected the proposed 1993-94 fiscal year budget Monday night, leaving a new council with the task of approving the budget following the May I election.
Mayor Clinton Brandt told council members he was disappointed the group could not approve the upcoming year’s budget and felt they failed the community.
“We have been working with this budget since the first of the year and the city staff has put in a lot of time and a lot of effort,” Brandt said.
“I’m really concerned that we could not act on a budget tonight.”
Brandt said he felt the council shirked its responsibility by not passing the $11.7 million budget, which included a three percent cost of living adjustment for the city staff and a property tax increase.
Brandt said he felt the proposed budget was “lean," and that although there were certain items that could have been cut from the budget to save money, the cuts were substantial.
Brandt said the budget could have handled the three percent cost-of-living pay increase without a tax hike, but said a tax increase was necessary to handle an increase in capital equipment expenditures.
“I’m basically disappointed that we as a council could not have acted on this budget one
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way or the other, because we have had the time and I just think we set a bad example to the citizens of this community,” Brandt said.
Councilman Paul Fraser disagreed with Brandt, saying the council acted correctly in rejecting the proposed budget.
Fraser said he thought the work done on the budget by the council and city staff was completely in line with the responsibilities of the council.
“If this council in a majority vote feels that it does not want to pass this budget, then this majority vote will stand,” Fraser said. “It would be shirking our responsibility if we passed a budget we didn’t believe in ”
City Manager Hector Tamayo said the city staff would welcome any guidance the council had to ofter in passing a budget by the June 30 deadline.
City Council Candidate Chris Bowers said he was happy the council held the line on any increases in New Braunfelsers’ tax rates.
“I appreciate the opportunity that the council has to explore other revenue sources and other budget cuts that would keep our taxes at the rate they are at now,” Bowers said.
Bowers said he felt the three percent cost-of-living pay increase for city employees was still a possibility, and said the council still had additional revenues left to explore.
New Braunfels woman awaits confirmation to GB RA post
Olga Lara of New Braunfels is awaiting her confirmation to the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority Board of Directors, a post she was named to by Gov. Ann Richards last week.
“I’m quite excited that the governor has appointed me to the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority," Lara said. “I anticipate that my confirmation will be with the Senate this week and I’m looking forward to serving the community as a representative and taking a look at how we manage our water
“I have had an opportunity to sit in on the senate committee on the Natural Resources bills as well as the house committee,” she said.
“From what I understand, all those bills are currently being negotiated and I look forward to hopefully a favorable resolution to all of this because Tm hoping that well be able to put all these matters behind us and continue to do the work that we’re suppose to do in managing our resources.”
Lara’s term will extend to Feb. 1,1999.
Lara, 34, is an education consultant She earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and attended graduate school at Stanford University.
A native of New Braunfels, Lara is also a legislative policy analyst for Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. She is currently on the organizing board of the Comal Area League of Women Voters.
She is former assistant director of the Westchester Individualized Senior Expe
rience, Inc., a non-profit organization to enhance school-based community service programs in the Westchester County Schools in New York. She taught social studies at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, New York from 1990-91.
She is a member of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, the Coalition of Essential Schools and the New York State Teachers Association.
I ara will replace Herbert R Schneider of New Braunfels whose term expired.Inside Stammtisch Editorial
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sit* ting place reserved for a group of special people — or a time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the day's happen' ings. We invite you to share with us.Best Wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Barry Pfannstiel, Frank Villanueva III, Erie James Villanueva and Lee Alania Jr. Belated Birthday wishes go to Eric Borchers and Sarah Gutierrez.
Anniversary wishes go to Oscar and Liz Barboza.Small business counseling
'Hte business counselor from UTSA’s School of Business will be in the offices of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office today.
The counseling has been available through the Chamber’s Small Business Council for the past three years and has attracted many area business people who have questions or need assistance on such topics as cash flow, personnel, loans and many other areas pertaining to the managing of a business.
Inviduals considering starting a new business are also encouraged to take advantage of this service, which is free of charge and completely cofidential. To make an appointment, call the Chamber office at 625-2385.Crash landing
Manuel Alvear examines the risks involved in taking some of life’s big steps — and a particu-lary painful jump during his childhood — and facing the consequences afterward.
See Opinion, page 4.