New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 184
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY
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Coming SundayStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Joyce Schaefer, Gisbert Schaefer, Karla Wenzel, Elaine Marie Villanueva, Juan Gabriel Rodriguez, Rebecca Alvarez, Beniamin Robinson, Vincent Paul Molina, Zena Herrera, Vicky Cerda Cruz and Elaine Villanueva.
Belated birthday wishes to John Vela and Sheila Rodriquez.
Celebrating a birthday Saturday will be Ashley Simon and Jane Ann Gonzalez.
Celebrating an anniversary today arc Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Bciersdorfer and Mr. and Mrs. Guillermo Gomez.
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.Silent auction
The lobby of the New Braunfels Civic Center will be open today and Saturday so bidders can examine such prizes as an autographed Spurs basketball, original crafts and coupons for meals and amuse ricnts - all part of a silent auction to benefit the Texas Young Woman of the Year Program. Bids may be entered at any point during the three-day competition, with winners announced during Saturday’s finals, set for 7:30 p.m. Bidders need not be present. Proceeds will fund scholarships presented as program prizes.Cleaning up
The Rivcrcrest Heights Neighborhood Association will holds its second clean-up meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday in the neighborhood park. Bring lawn tools and refreshments.Rummage sale
Comal County Women’s Center is having a rummage sale Saturday at the Old Krueger Building on West San Antonio Street. Stuff a grocery bag for $2. Sale will be from 8 am. to 3 pm.Band practice
Canyon High School Band summer practice began Thursday and will continue from 7:30 to 11 a m. Monday through Friday. Afternoon practice will be Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. mid Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m.Band practice
Band practice for the New Braunfels High School Unicom Band will begin at 7:30 a.m. Monday for high school freshmen and new band members. All reluming percussion and color guard personnel also need to start practice on Aug 5. Band practice for all other returning members begins Thursday. Aug. 8 at 7:30 a.m. All practices, which will be held at New Braunfels High School, will end at noon. Band members need lo bring their instruments.School immunizations
The Comal County Health Department announces its schedule for immunizing children and adults prior to the beginning of school. Beginning Aug. I through Aug. 22, all walk-in immunization clinics will be at the Knight's of Columbus Hall across from the main entrance to Lamia Park. The
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Temperatures near IOO are expected again today, with a southeast wind at 5-10 mph. A clear evening could yield temperatures near 75. Through the weekend, conditions will “cool” a bit with highs reaching only the mid-90s and a chance for afternoon or evening thundershowers returning lo the forecast. In New Braunfels Thurs day. the high was 99 and the overnight low was 69. For more weather information, please see Page 2.
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Gruene Hall again scene of filming
Hearings set on bungee traffic
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Comal County commissioners on Thursday scheduled a public hearing to consider no-parking zones on portions of Edwards Boulevard and Agarita Trail near the controversial bungee-jumping enterprise.
The court scheduled a public hearing for 9 a.m. Aug. 22 to consider limiting parking on short stretches of road in the Prciss Heights subdivision, based on recommendations from Sgt. Capt. Dennis Koepp of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department.
Vehicles parking near Bungy Over
Texas, which opened July Fourth in the mostly residential neighborhood. have been restricting resident and emergency traffic on the weekends, Koepp said.
The bungee jumpers leap from a metal tower extending from a cliff overlooking the Guadalupe River and free fall about 125 feet until giant elastic cords snap them back up.
‘The bungee jumping seems to be increasing in popularity,” Koepp said. 'There’s more people wanting to see what it’s all about, ll seems like every weekend there are mole and more cars showing up over there ’’
Koepp recommended commissioners consider prohibiting parking along Edwards on both sides of the street 50 feet beyond boundary of the bungee-jumping property and along Agarita 50 feet from the intersection with Edwards.
Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans said moving the parking 50 feet away from the site wouldn’t solve the problem, but only relocate it. He said he supports a more extensive parking ban on Edwards between Elmgrove Avenue and Ervendberg Avenue and on Agarita between Edwards and Mary Prciss Drive.
Koepp said the county could later consider expanding a parking ban if the initial ban doesn’t relieve the traffic congestion there.
The extent of a parking ban. if one is established at all, wouldn’t need to be decided until after input from the public is heard at die hearing, County Judge Caner Casteel said.
Parking restrictions need to be considered for the safety of the public and the motorists traversing the area near the bungee jumping, Shenff Jack Bremer said.
“I don’t think we should use this as a harassment for a business or any
thing else. I’m looking at it strictly from a safety standpoint, lf that
doesn’t do the job, then we can
expand it," Bremer said.
In other business, commissioners:
• Reviewed the Dec. 31, 1990, Comal County audit performed by the
accounting firm E. Keith Moore.
CPA. The county’s financial records received a good report, although several minor auditing and bookkeeping procedures were recommended.
• Clarified action taken at the July 25 meeting concerning a public hearing on a speed limit on Saltier Road.
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City schedules weekend hours for bigger-than-expected vote
Kourtney Goerges of New Braunfels, right, is among 23 girls in town this week competing for the title of Texas Young Woman of the Year. See Sunday s Herald Zeitung for a pictorial look at the events leading up to Saturday when the winner is announced at the Civic Center. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder)Hot weather, slight chance for rain forecast for weekendCity’s regulations can limit placement of campaign signs
By ROBERT STEWART Start Wrltar
It is illegal to place political campaign signs in the right of way of streets in New Braunfels, according to Mike Shandy city planning director
“We go through this every election year.” Shands said. “We’ll get complaints but people don’t want to give their names so we don’t have a complainant."
The requirement for political campaign signs is that they “shall be exempt from regulation as long as they arc located on private property, do not exceed 32 square feet per face in commercial and industrial zoning districts, do not exceed eight square feet per face in residential zoning districts, and are displayed within 90 days prior to and IO days following the election,” he said.
“We normally have pretty good compliance here.”
There are no standards for construction iii the city ordinance. Signs can be wood, paper, metal or “anything from the back of a paper plate to beautifully done neon,”
Proving culpability is difficult because sometimes, other people remove signs and place them in places where they arc not supposed to be, Shands said.
Determining where the right of way is can be tricky as it varies from place to place. Rights of way in town can range from one fool to SO feet from the edge of the road. Rights of way in most residential areas are seven to IS feet
“Generally speaking, if you stay behind the power poles five feet, you're almost always out of the right of way,” Shands said. This is because the utility companies leave five feet for the overhang of power pole crossbars.
“We’ve had real good compliance by people when you call their campaign headquarters," he said. “We don’t do anything until we get the name of a complainant.”
By illegally placing signs, a candidate or properly owner may be opening the door lo possible legal liability.
“Someday, there will probably be a problem where somebody hits a sign on a bicycle and gets (injured) and there could be a lawsuit over it,” Shands said. “But a hasn t happened yet.”
Election day is August IO for the city, county and school districts.
homesteads and to provide for the tax anon of personal property.’' The second amendment authorizes issuance
The National Weather Service’s weekend weather forecast for die New Braunfels aiea calls for partly cloudy skies and hoi temperatures, with a slight chance of rain on Sunday.
On Saturday, party cloudy skies with a high in the upper 90s are pre dieted, along with IO mph soulheasi winds.
The Sunday forecast calls for a slight chance of widely scattered showers and thunderstorms with highs in the upper 90s and a low in the 70s
About 20,000 daytime and overnight visitors are expected in New Braunfels this weekend, the average number expected for a non holiday summer weekend.
The Greater New Braunfels Cham
ber of Commerce's Convention and Visitors Bureau averaged about 500 telephone inquiries and walk-in visitors Monday through Thursday tins week, according to bureau Director Jim Schcele Jr.
tourism volume is expected to remain fairly high through the start of die school year as families fit in vacations before the end of the summer. Schcele said.
More than 500 relatives and local residents are expected lo anend both the preliminary Texas Young Woman of die Year program at 7:30 p.m. tonight and the finals competition Saturday al 7:30 p.m., said Palsy Vann, secretary treasurer of the suite board Both events will be held at the Civic Center, and tickets will be available at the door.
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Absentee voter turnout in the Aug. IO elections has been heavier than expected al the city and county polling places.
Tile city of New Braunfels has scheduled weekend absentee voting from IO a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave., in the Aug. IO special election on extending the hours alcohol can be sold at local bars and restaurants.
City residents will cast ballots for or against licenses ami permits for retail dealers, private clubs and mixed alcoholic beverage establishments for the authority to sell, serve and consume alcoholic beverages on Sunday between the hours of I a.m. and 2 a.m. and tm any day except Sunday between the hours of 12 midnight and 2 ain.
City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi said the city typically offers absentee voting on the second Saturday of each city absentee voting period. Between 50 and 60 people are expected to turn out, mostly those who work out of town and aren’t able to vote absentee during the week.
From the start of absentee voting July 22 through Wednesday, about 419 people had cast absentee ballots at City Hall, a total Sarkozi called heavy for this lime of year.
“It’s a little more than we expected," she said.
Regular weekday absentee voting by personal appearance at the municipal building continues between 8 a ni and 5 p m through Aug. 6.
Through Wednesday, about 530 people have cast ballots at the Comal County Courthouse. IOO Main Plaza, since absentee voting on two state constitutional amendments started July 22, County Clerk Rosie Botan-bury said Thursday.
“I just didn’t expect the volume that
we’re having,'' Bosenbury said. “From the very beginning, we’ve had a good day every day."
The state ballot appears to be generating high interest, but Bosenbury said she didn't know what to expect on election day Aug IO.
The first amendment is a “for or against" vote to “allow the voters of a county education district to adopt certain tax exemptions from the district's ad valorem taxation for residence
of general obligation bonds to provide educational loans to college students.
Voters also are casting absentee bal Iou at school district polling locations throughout the county. Resided u of both the Comal and New Braunfels school districts are voting
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By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The name of Gruene Hall was changed to Druene Hall on Thursday as country-western singer Clint Black was in town filming a beer commercial at the historic dance hall.
Workers removed the “G” from the front of the building and replaced it with a “D” to avoid identifying the hall in the commercial. This was to avoid the implication that Gruene Hall sells only the one type of beer, the worker who made the switch said.
The commercial should be released for airplay in one to three months, according to Jim LaRoc-ca, assistant director.
“We shot one day here, two in El Paso, and did some driving around the state in the tour bus," he said.
The crew started filming at 5:30 a.m. to beat the summer heat.
Black, whose hits include “Killing Time,” headed to San Antonio after wrapping up filming in Gruene.
A beer commercial for another company was filmed in Gruene earlier this week.
Gruene Hall takes on a new look for the filming of yet another commercial. (Photo by Robert Stewart)