New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Friday, April 30, 1993
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Vol. 141, No. 115
——-Court mulls access to river cliffs
By GARY PvCARROLL Herald-Zeitung
The Conia] County Commissioners Court discussed the possibility of fencing off the cliffs near Preiss Heights on the Guadalupe River during their meeting Thursday.
IVeiss Heights has been the site of numerous injuries, including broken bones, near drownings and drowning deaths, and officials are trying to prevent further incidents.
The cliffs of Preiss Heights are located down river from Bungy Over Texas and are at least 45 feet high.
According to medical officials at McKenna Memorial Hospital and San Antonio’s Baptist Memorial Hospital, most injuries are not a result of hitting the bottom, but are sustained upon impact with the water.
County Sheriff Jack Bremer said Seguin officials, who own the property, had been approached about fencing off the cliffs, but to date nothing has been done.
“(Seguin officials) indicated they have had this subject brought up before ... and it was something they wanted to take to their city council,” Bremer said.
County Judge Carter Casteel said since the area to be fenced belongs to the City pf Seguin it was their call, but New Braunfels and Comal County officials would work with them on any fencing undertaking.
“Currently I sense they’re interested and they realize it’s a problem for die communities,” Casteel said. “Where we end up I don’t know, but we’re going to try to get something done within the next four weeks.”
The possibility of spending tax-pa>ers money to fence the area in is an option that Casteel said she would explore.
“It would benefit us if I could use taxpayers money to fence it in,” Casteel said. “In the long run, it would end up saving us money by keeping the sheriff s office and the police and fire departments from going out there so often.”
County Attorney Nathan Hheinlander said each time an incident occurs at Preiss Heights in which the court system is involved, it costs Comal County taxpayers.
“It’s most expensive to our county to have to police their property,” Hheinlander said.
Seamstress May Koenig of New Braunfels puts to the finishing touches on a '‘Hook*’ costume Thursday afternoon in preparation for Saturday s Kindermasken Parade tan Jackson, 4, of New Braunfels is Capt-ian James Hook from "Peter Pan." Photo by Karla Wenzel.Dressing for Kindermaskenball
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeitung
May Koenig has been making dimdles for German dancers and for Wurstfest for ages, but this year Koenig, like others preparing for Saturday’s Kindermasken Parade, is making costumes of a different sort.
Koenig created a Captain Hook costume and a 1915 ladies costume for Kindermaskenball.
The “children’s masked dance" is a long time tradition in New Braunfels and is said to have been a continuation of the tradition that children lead the way in welcoming spring each year.
Historically, a parade of costumed children march through town to celebrate May I every year.
This year, the grand marshalls for the parade will be Rose Marie Leissner Gregory and Myra Lee Adams Goff, who recently authored the book, “Kindermaskenball: Past and Present.”
The Kindermaskenball recently became a part
of the Folkfest celebration to be held at Conservation Plaza this weekend.
According to Gregory, the parade will start as it has traditionally at the New Braunfels Independent School district’s administration building on Mill street.
Children will march downtown to San Antonio Street and proceed to the Main Plaza and down luanda to the old city hall building, which now houses the Sophienburg Archives.
Kindermaskenball is one of the oldest on going events in Texas.
Gregory, Goff and Koenig said they would like to see a return to the days when designing and preparing costumes for the children was a year long project culminating in a day dedicated to children celebrating spring.
This year the parade starts at IO a.m. Saturday. Gregory and Goff will be signing their book about the tradition at Folkfest in Conservation Plaza this weekend.
Tax brochure turns up on
Candidate says he will file an ethics complaint
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeitung
Three candidates for the Comal Independent School District board of trustees, Domingo Herrera, Larry Neptune and Thomas Bruce, expressed concern Thursday about the distribution of the campaign literature by district employees in district facilities.
Steve Rich, also a school board candidate, is named on the “CISD Association of Concerned Taxpayers Tax Facts — Not Fiction” publication as the compiler of the data in the publication.
“I don’t think Comal Independent School District employees ... should be distributing this kind of material — they should stay the hell out of it,” Herrera said. “Especially when it has a candidate’s name on the back. It seems to me that the Comal Independent School District is endorsing Mr. Rich.”
Herrera said he would be filing a complaint with the voting ethics commission.
“lf they are favoring a single candidate, I think that’s beyond their capability,” said Larry Neptune. “I don’t think the schools should be passing out information endorsing candidates.”
Neptune said he would be looking into exactly what was done and whether or not it violated any election regulations.
“I think it’s inappropriate for the district or anyone in the district to be handing out things like that," Bruce said. “If this is illegal, I’ll pursue it.”
CISD superintendent Joe Rogers said he investigated the issue and had been told a group brought the publications to the school campus and set them on a desk.
He said other copies of the
material were brought to district facilities by individuals, but so had the “Tax Fact” materials which this publication rebutted.
In response to the expression of concern by some of the candidates, Rogers said there was no intent on the district's part to become involved politically, although it should not have been done.
Told that the publication urged voters to pass the bond issue and had a candidate’s name on it, Rogers said the copies he had seen did not have that information.
“It’s a bunch of garbage,” Rogers said. “We’re not going to get in the political arena — we’re not that stupid.”
When told of some of the candidates concerns, Rich said he did not see any difference between the availability of this publication at school facilities and the previous availability of the “Tax Fact” publication at the schools.
“They’re concerned because it disagrees with their position," said Rich.
“It’s simply a case of sour grapes because they didn’t want the information out.”
Rich said his name is on the publication because he compiled the information and did not think it was fair to publish it anonymously.
He said it was not an endorsement of his candidacy.
Rich said the school district was not given any copies by him, although some associations asked for and were given copies for their members.
The material was published as an advertisement in the Her-ald-Zeitung earlier this week, according to the candidate.
Four other candidates contributed funds for its publication, Rich said.
According to Mark Bell, spokesman for the Texas Secretary of State’s office, the Elections division, “it’s a very fine line" and more information would be needed to determine whether it would be an issue for the ethics commission.
Woman charged in scam
By GARY P. CARROLL rterald-Zeltung
A woman accused of scamming elderly New Braunfels residents out of thousand^ of dollars has been arrested in Kentucky, according to Captain Ray Douglas of the New Braunfels Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.
Sharon Kay Collett, 39, was arrested Sunday in Marshal County, Kentucky, and charged with five felony counts of securing
the execution of a document by deception. According to Douglas, Collett was selling bogus insurance policies and other financial products to elderly people.
Warrants for Collett’s arrest were issued in October of 1992, but Collett fled Texas. An investigation by Detective Sgt. John Villarreal and assisted by the FBI resulted in the arrest.
Officials are working on extradition procedures to return Collett to Texas for trial, but he said the process could take a while.
Hotel manager says CVB concerns are valid
By GARY P. CARROLL Heraki-Zettung
Don McGregor, president of the company that owns and manages New Braunfels’ Rode way Inn, said incumbent City Councilman James Goodbread’s concerns for the operation of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau are valid.
In a released statement, McGregor said, “Over the past couple of years, it has become increasingly apparent that the New Braunfels Convention and Visitors Bureau has become stagnant and lethargic in its will
ingness to consider new and alternative approaches to the promotion of tourism."
Goodbread agreed and said he doesn’t feel the tourist industry has reaped the financial benefits it should have, and has called for the Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors Bureau to divulge financial records regarding revenues and expenses.
Chamber officials, however, have refused to release those figures, citing a clean bill of health by an independent accounting firm, a unanimous vote by city council for the approval of the bureau budget, and said personnel information such as payroll figures do
not have to be released according to state laws.
McGregor questioned whether the CVB spending is effective, but Chamber President Tom Purdum said the Chamber’s successes attest the fact that marketing and promotion of the area has been successful.
“This year alone, we’ve seen a 50 percent increase in inquiries and our highest rate of inquiries is walk-ins — and that’s during the slowest part of the year,” Purdum said.
Purdum said McGregor’s Rode way Inn enjoyed an 18 percent increase in business during 1992, according to chamber records
WATER WATCH ...
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 sitting 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 hap penings. See more Stammtisch on pages 6 7.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Lar ry Mark Anderson, Debra Baumier, John Huck and Albert Gallegos.
Belated Birthday wishes go to Chance Herbelin. Saturday Birthday wishes go to James and Lorine Startz Sr.
Tickets are on sale for Folkfest *93, sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, the Heritage Society of New Braunfels, and the New Braunfels Conservation Society. Folkfest will be held May I and 2 at the Conservation Plaza and Museum o fTexas Handmade Furniture. Hours will be IO a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Demonstrations on sausage making, sauerkraut making, candle dipping, Indian folklore and much more. With every $3 admission for adults 18 and over, attendants get a chance to win two round-trip tickets to anywhere American Airlines flies, courtesy of American Airlines and Rennerts New Braunfels Travel. Tickets can be purchased at the Sophienburg Museum, New Braunfels Resorts or the Chamber of Commerce.
Where to vote?
Comal County voters head to the polls tomorrow to sound off on state, city and school district propositions and races See page 2 for a complete listing of polling places around the county