New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYAll-Stars in stretch run for state title. See Sports Day, Page 6.
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Arts & Entertainment......................8StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Wayne Korpi, Wayne Effen-berger, Maria Perez, Courtney Juarez, Elaine Marie Villanueva (15 years), Crystal Juarez (15 years), Juan Gabriel Rojas (IO years), Cricket Rylas, Rebecca C. Alvarez, Gilbert and Joyce Schaefer, Casey Brandt and Vicki Silva Cruz.
Recycling participation at 47 percent
River and aquifer Information
Comal River -274 cubic-feet-per-second, up 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 625.00 feet above sea level, down .03.
Guadalupe River — NAHave patience, please
The Herald-Zeitung is in the process of bringing its new printing press on-line. As a result, as we work out some of the bugs in the system, the paper may publish late some days for the next week or two.
Our readers' patience while we get our new press running smoothly is appreciated.Bicycle Rodeo Wednesday and Thursday
Children bringing their bikes to this week's Bicycle Rodeo will receive free bike helmets. Participants in the Summer Recreation Program are eligible for the event.
The Bicycle Rodeo is at Lamar School Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. Sponsors are: McKenna Memorial Hospital, the Comal County Medical Society, the Optimist Club, Parks and Recreation and the New Braunfels Police Department.Sports booster club to hold breakfast
The New Braunfels High School Ail Sports Booster Club will have its membership kickoff breakfast drive at New Braunfels High School cafeteria Aug. 4 at 7 a m. Breakfast tacos and coffee will be served.
For information, call Jeff Mund at 620-4839 or Danny Zoeller at 625-2349.Family Outreach •vent
Family Outreach volunteer appreciation dinner and installation of officers will be held at Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. RSVPby Aug 1 to 620-1299.Jaycees to gather
New Braunfels Jaycees will meet Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Mr. Gatti's Pizza at 7 p.m. Call Sue Kolath at 620-6349 for more information.Friends of Library to meet
The next regular meeting of the Friends of Dittlinger Library will be held Saturday, Aug. 5 at 10 a rn. at the library. The next book sorting will be Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 8 a m. at Moyer Park on Hwy 81 EFire Department Auxiliary to meet
New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a short business and social meeting at Fire Station #2 on Loop 337 at 7 p m. Monday, Aug. 7.
By DENISE DZIUK
New Braunfels’ residents have beaten the national average in the percent of participation in recycling programs.
Municipal Marketing Manager for BF1 Waste Systems Gabe Garcia said the latest numbers show that the average monthly participation in the recycling program, which began in January, is about 47 percent. He said this is above the national average, which is in the neighborhood of 35 to 40 percent.
“However, you have to remember it’s just that, an average. Some neighborhoods may be participating at closer to 65 percent while others may be closer to 25 or 30 percent,” said Garcia.
City Manager Mike Shands said the city pays BFI $ 15,508 a month to col
lect the recyclables. The company sells the items collected and the city receives, half of the proceeds. Shands said the checks the city receives from BFI have gone up from $2,314 in January to $3,825 in May.
“One of the things we have working for us right now is that the price of recyclables is higher than when we first started,” he said.
Garcia said the check amounts are higher than what was expected.
“Overall, the program is very successful and nothing to be ashamed of,” he said. “The city got into the program at, I think, a very good time.”
Even though the city is receiving the checks, there is still a difference of $12-13,000 that the city must generate to pay BFI. To pay the company, citizens are charged $ 1.85 per month.
Of this, four cents is put into a recycling account to pay for related expenses, such as bins, posters and educational material.
Shands said the tipping fee the city is charged at the county landfill has not gone down even though the amount of trash has decreased. Shands said this is due to several reasons, which includes city growth, trucks carrying lighter loads, and charges being increased. Shands said that although the fee the city is charged has gone up, that increase was not passed on to rate payers.
“Nobody expected this would break even, and no one in their wildest dreams thought of this as a profit maker. Everyone knew going into this that it would cost the citizens,” he said. “What we do save on is what’s put in
‘One of the things we have working for us right now is that the price of recyclables is higher than when we first started.’
—- Mike Shands
Dan Bump, Vice President of Comal County Landfill, said the amount of waste being brought in has increased. He said the life span of the landfill was predicted to be 22.5 years in October, 1994. However, after recent changes in law and in the amount of inflow, the life span is now estimated at
13.5 years. Bump said the main reason for this is the rapid growth in the area.
“Basically, recycling hasn’t offset the growth, so the flow of waste into the landfill is actually increasing,” he said. “But we’re always looking for ways to compact our operations and conserve the landfill area.”
Shands said that although the life span of the landfill is decreasing, the city’s program is still a success. He said two indications that it is working is that the participation level is so high and the amount of trash being picked up by the city is decreasing.
“Our employees are picking up less trash and taking it to the landfills... When you look at the issues, it is very clear that the landfill is being conserved by the city of New Braunfels,” said Shands.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A worker staples up the underhang on a unit at the Grand Cypress Apartment Homes on the Guadalupe River.
Local economy expected to keep humming
By DENISE DZIUK
The economy in New Braunfels is doing well and continues to be on an uphill trend in terms of building and employment, officials said.
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce released a list of economic predictors for New Braunfels and Comal County, and according to Michael Meek, the chamber president, the numbers look promising.
“The trend is still up. We’re still ahead...More good things are on the horizon for us,” he said.
The number of single family building permits for the city saw an 11.2 percent increase from June 1994 to June 1995. Last year, 116 permits were issued. During that same period this year, 129 were issued.
The number of commercial, industrial, and professional building permits in the city also increased. During the first part of last year, eight permits were issued. This year, 39 permits were issued between January and June, which was a 387.5 percent increase.
The county-wide numbers also looked strong: The number of single family permits decreased from 309 to 306 this year, which was a one percent decrease. However, the county
did have a 50 percent increase in the number of commercial, industrial, and professional permits, from six last year to nine this year.
"The numbers for the county are just about equaling last year and last year was a record breaking year. Even the one percent decrease isn’t much when you consider what it was last year,” Meek said.
Sales tax collections for May have only changed slightly. The city’s sales tax collection increased by 0.35 percent. The county’s increased by 4.6 percent. Meek said this number used to be in the double figures. However, the tax has matured and the strengths are now showing up in other areas such as homes being built and new industries. He also added that the impact of Target and Checks In The Mail would not be felt for several months.
Meek said another important number to look at is the number of visitor inquiries. This number has increased by 13 percent, from 75,438 to 85,275. He said these are important because the people come to town and buy things, which influences the sales tax figure. He said some also decide to reside here or purchase a vacation home here, which further impacts the economy.
"It’s good to look at many different
indicators," he said. “All these things are intertwined.”
Meek said one final set of numbers to look at is employment in Comal County. The percent of unemployment for June 1995 is 4.5 percent, which is up slightly from June of 1994, when it was 4.4 percent. Texas unemployment for June of 1995 is 6.8 percent. However, the number of people in the labor force has increase by 4.8 percent.
Meek said the fact that the unemployment rate has not changed drastically from one year to the next despite hundreds of recent high school graduates looking for jobs is a positive sign for the economy.
“Five percent or below for unemployment is considered full employment. Our economy is absorbing these people,” he said.
Meek said the future for the economy of the city and the county look promising. He said the economy is “very diverse and that’s a key to any economy.” He said diversity helps because the future of an area is not tied too tightly to one industry, lf there is a downturn in one industry, the remaining industries can still support the economy.
“That’s vital for the survival of an economy,” said Meek.
haling fret on
By DENISE DZIUK
A fire at a storage building on Old McQueeney Road Monday afternoon is under investigation, and the man police arrested in connection to it is already out on bond.
New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn said the fire department received the call for a structure fire shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. When authorities amved at the scene, the one-room storage facility was fully engulfed. Friesenhahn said the firefighters had some difficulty distinguishing the fire due to the fact that the room was full of combustible materials, such as wood, tree trimmings, and paper. Witnesses told authorities they saw a man in a white truck leaving the scene.
“Less than IO minutes later, the police stopped a vehicle fitting the description, and picked up (Gary) Kahlig,” he said.
Kahlig, a former city council candidate, was arrested and charged with attempted arson and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Kahlig’s bond was set at $751,000 for the two offenses. He posted bond and was released early Tuesday afternoon. County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander said the unlawful carrying of a weapon is a class A misdemeanor and should appear in the county court-at-law. However, he said the county will probably defer to the district court.
"We’ll let them file the felony charges and just tack on the misdemeanor in the consideration stages.
Then, depending on the outcome of that, we can file for the lesser offense,” he said.
Friesenhahn said the storage facility and the lot it was located on belonged to Kahlig. However, Kahlig went to court yesterday for a divorce settlement with Katherine D. Kahlig, and he is checking whether Kahlig's wife was awarded the property where the fire occurred.
Friesenhahn said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined. However, he said he has about six officers involved in a full investigation and hopes he will have something to present to the District Attorney before long.
Kahlig is also facing charges of disorderly conduct with a firearm, from a June 29 incident. Kahlig allegedly parked his bicycle outside the county courthouse with a loaded AR-15 assault rifle locked to the bike.
He was arrested while sitting in a courtroom where Judge Fred Clark was presiding.
Rheinlander said this charge is a class B misdemeanor, which can cany a $2,000 fine and 180 days in prison. He said the case was scheduled to be heard in the county court-at-law. However, he said Clark formally filed a motion which says he cannot hear the case due to a conflict of interest. Rheinlander said the case was transferred to the District Court on Tuesday and is waiting arraignment.
“It was just transferred and now we’re waiting for arraignment. It shouldn’t be to long,” said Rheinlander.
Oak Run changes registration process
Oak Run School, in the New Braunfels Independent School Distnct, has made a slight change in its registration process, which will give parents more time to register students.
Registration packets can still be picked up on Aug. 3, between 8.30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. However, the return deadline has been pushed back. The
packets must be returned by Monday, August 7, between 8:30 a m. and 3:30 p.m.
Oak Run principal Mike Fitsko said the change should give students more time to get registered.
He said all other parts of the registration process have remained unchanged.
Helmuth Salge tapped to be Wurstfest Grosse Opa
Each year the Wurstfest Association selects one of their member* to serve as “Grosse Opa.”
This honorary title, meaning “Big Granddaddy," is bestowed upon a member for his loyalty, dedication and willingness to participate.
The Grosse Opa serves as the official “Spass Meister” (fun master) and is responsible for demonstrating “Gemutlichkeit,” which means fun and fellowship in the German tradition.
Recently the board of directors unanimously approved the selection of Helmuth Salge to serve as the 1995 Grosse Opa, according to Wurstfest President
Title makes him the official Spass Meister for annual sausage festival as well
Born in Guadalupe County, Helmuth attended school in Clear Spring and graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1939.
He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942 and spent almost 4 four years aboard ship in the South Pacific. Upon his return to New Braunfels in 194<>, he resumed his job at Commet Hosiery Mills. That same year he met Dons Mang and they married in 1947. In
1955, Helmuth and Doris purchased a small business from the widow of J.K. Dau, which they still operate today.
Helmuth is a past president of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce; a member of the chamber’s ambassador group, the Blue Coats; and is a dues-paying, card-carrying member of many social, civic and fraternal organizations in the area.
He was baptized and confirmed at First Protestant Church, as were his
three children. Helmuth has been an active member of the Wurstfest Association since 1981.
Helmuth and Doris have two daughters, one son, and eight grandchildren who all live and work in the New Braunfels/San Antonio area and enjoy the ten days of Wurstfest as a family.
Wurstfest is a nonprofit corporation designed to promote local commerce, especially through tourism, and to preserve and promote the community’s heritage.
Dates for this year’s Wurstfest are Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 12.
Grosse Opa Helmuth SalgeFor subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.