New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAYLocal volleyball players honored by Alamo Association. See Page 6A.
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Emmie Offerman, Sarah Norris, Glenn Briet/ke Sr., Jaime DeLeon, Adelita Amaro, Darrel Hunter, Bert Medina, Melissa Morrison, Karen Rayburn and Dorothy Allen.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -262 cubic-feet-per-second, down 12 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer —624.98 feet above sea level, down .05.
Guadalupe River — 187 c.f.s
Aggies’ ice cream social
The Comal County Aggie Moms Club invites all Comal County Aggies and their families to an old-fashioned ice cream social Thursday, Aug.
10 at Area 16 (across from the pool) in Landa Park beginning at 7:45 p.m. This new 'Howdy Night' is an opportunity for all Aggies - from brand new 'fish' to graduation seniors to former students - and their families to get to know each other and share that great Aggie Spirit. There is no charge for the event.
HOPE to hold end of summer dance
Hispanic Organization for Public Education announces an end of summer DJ dance fund-raising event with DJ Kenny Longoria. The dance will be Friday, Aug. 11 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall, 138 W Austin St.
Friends of Library to meet
The next regular meeting of the Friends of Dittlinger Library will be held Saturday, Aug. 5 at 10 a m. at the library. The next book sorting will be Tuesday, Aug 8 at 8 a m at Moyer Park on Hwy. 81 E
Fire 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.
Sts. Peter and Paul School s Annual Summer Rummage Sale will be held Friday, Aug 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5. The sale will be held from 8 a rn. to 6 p m. Friday, and 8 a m. to 3 p m. Saturday.
The sale will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on the Sts. Peter and Paul Church grounds on West Bridge St. The sale will be held both upstairs and downstairs in the hall building.
For information, call 625-1729 during the day
“How to Apply For College Scholarships” workshop will be presented by Cynthia Ruiz and Phillip C. McKee Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 a m. to noon at Primera Iglesia Bautista, 2080 W. San Antonio St. It is a free workshop
Seguin Women’s Aglow celebrates
Seguin Women's Aglow will celebrate its first birthday at New Life Fellowship in Pecan Tree Square at 9:30 a rn. Aug. 5.
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Norwest promotes local bankers
Chamber authorizes $20,000 study of tourism advertising
By DENISE DZIUK
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of C ommerce has hired an outside firm to tell it what it already knows, which is that it is doing a good job, said chamber officials.
Jim Seheele Jr. director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the chamber has signed an agreement with ProMark Research Inc. in San Antonio to do a conversion study. The study will focus on IO local media to deter
mine how' effective a job the chamber is doing.
Seheele said the convention and visitors bureau feels the chamber is doing a good job. However, he said there are some critics who say it is not. The chamber board, the convention and visitors bureau, and the city council approved a study by a third party to determine effectiveness.
“We just want a third party study to tell us we’re doing a good job. We already know that. We just want to hear it from a neutral party,” he said.
The study, which w ill cost approximately $20,000, will be a profile on the people coming to New Braunfels. The firm will randomly survey 5,000 individuals who have previously requested information about New Braunfels through advertisements. There will then be a follow-up of about 3,000 more sent out. said Seheele.
The goal of the study is to receive 1.000 responses so the chamber will be able to determine how effective its advertising methods have been. Seheele said the study will focus on
where people got their information about the city, whether or not they came to town, how long they stayed, and how much they spent.
“By utilizing the survey, we hope we can get a better picture of the visitor and w hat they see and do.” he said.
Seheele said the results of the study should be available by the middle of October. Seheele said the results will then be used to determine w hether the $2X7,000 budgeted for advertising in 1995 was used effectively.
“For instance, w e know a lot of our
visitors are from Houston, so we wouldn't want to pull our advertisements out of the Houston Chronicle,” he said.
Seheele said this is the first year a third party lias been hired to do a study. He said the convention and visitors bureau usually does a small survey. I Ie said he does not foresee conducting similar studies every year.
“We just wanted a gauge to measure future efforts, and this will prov ide one," he said.
Guadalupe River flow cut back to 189 cubic-feet-per-second
By DENISE DZIUK
A large number of tourists will be in town again this weekend looking forward to a day on the river as a way to escape the heat.
Although the river levels may not be as high as some ratters and tubers may like, the river will still be an ideal leisure time activity, according to the Guadalupe-Blaneo River Authority.
The release rate for the Guadalupe River has been cut back once again as a result of high temperatures and no rain. With the current reservoir level at 908.90 feet above mean sea level, the release rate this weekend will be around 189 cubic-feet-per-second said GBRA Director of Project Development David Welsch.
“From May until August, we were able to use water from a small but beneficial, if you could call it that, flood event,” said Welsch. “We’ve had a dry summer, but we happened to have a wet spring. We need rainfall now, though," he said.
Welsch said that due to an agreement between GBRA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and outfitters, GBRA was able to release water cap
from those rains at a slower rate. This extended the period of good water releases, and Aug. 3 was the first time the release rate fell below 287 cfs.
Welsch said the river will still be good for tubing and canoeing. However, he said it will mean a longer trip. He also said that ratting will still be possible, except that smaller rafts w ill need to be used so they won’t drag bottom.
“You’re just going to have to pay attention to where you’re at on the river so you know when to get off and you’re not stuck on the river longer than you want to be,” he said.
The release level will likely continue to drop. However, it w ill probably be a couple of weeks before the rate falls below IOO cfs, said Welsch.
“We’ve probably gotten accustomed to the higher levels. Now we’re getting back to normal levels for this time of the year,” he said.
Bill Goertz, regional manager of Norwest Banks in Central Texas, has announced the promotions of several key officers at Norwest Bank in New Braunfels.
Bill Cone has been appointed chairman of the board and will, upon completion of the acquisition by Norw est of Liberty National Bank, Austin, assume additional responsibilities as president of Liberty National Bank. Cone began his banking career in 1968 as a trainer for Capital National in Houston. In 1975 he was named president and chief executive officer of National Bank of Commerce in Austin. Five years later he became president and CEO of Montgomery' County Bank in Spring, and in 1983 he joined First National Bank of the Woodlands. For the last decade, Cone has served as president and CEO of Citizens Bank in New Braunfels, which Norwest recently acquired.
Executive Vice President Lawrence Brumbelow lias been elected to the board of directors of Norwest Bank in New Braunfels. Brumbelow joined the bank in 1987. He attended Southwest Texas University and is a graduate of the National Graduate School of Real Estate Finance. Brumbelow serves as vice president of the Wurst-
fest Association and is a past-VP for die New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Carol Gravis has been named president and managing officer of Norwest Bank in New- Braunites. Gravis, a nine-year veteran of Citizens Bank, has been promoted to her position from vice president/cashier. Gravis started her career with Wells Fargo Bank in 1974 and has also held positions at Seguin Savings and San Antonio Savings. She has been active in the community and serves on a number of boards including the United Way of Comal County, C ommunities in Schools, and as treasurer of
the New Braunfels Rotary Club. Gravis recently graduated with hoi Kirs from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. She and her husband, Bob, have two children and live in New Braunfels.
“John Stumpf, regional president of Norwest Bank Texas, made the statement that ’Norwest came to Texas to create jobs and opportunities,’ These advancements for our New Braunfels bankers is the actualization of this commitment," said Bill Cone.
Vickie Ross has been promoted from assistant operations officer to cashier. A 1972 graduate of New Braunfels High School, Ross also attended Southwest Texas State University and Texas Tech University’s Intermediate and Advanced Schools of Banking. Ross lias been a member of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Run PTA.
Norwest, which has 3b banking locations and $2.9 billion in assets in Texas, is pan of Norw est C orporation, a $61,8 billion dollar company providing banking, insurance, investments and other financial services through 2,878 stores in all 50 states, all IO Canadian provinces and internationally.
Vol. 143, No. 190
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Round ’em up
Dozens of children got free bicycle helmets Wednesday and yesterday at the Bicycle Rodeo held at Lamar Elementary
At top, Rene Gonzales competes In one of the Bicycle Rodeo events.
At right, Joshua Ortega gets a hand from Amy Merchison.
Sponsors of the rodeo were: McKenna Memorial Hospital, the Comal County Medical Society, the New Braunfels Optimist Club, New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and the New Braunfels Police Department.
County joins asbestos suit
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County Commissioners voted Thursday to take part in a class action suit regarding the presence of asbestos in county buildings, as long as it is at no cost to the county.
Richard Hile, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs, said the suit, which already includes 83 Texas cities, counties, colleges, and universities, was certified as a class action suit. He said this means parameters stating w ho can be included were set, and Comal County falls within those parameters.
Hile said if an entity remains part of the suit, an inspection will be done on all the buildings the entity owns that were built or renovated prior to 1980, to determine whether asbestos-containing surface treatment materials (ACSTM) are present. This is the only product involved in the suit.
If ACSTM is found, a bulk sample will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. Two labs in the country are capable of taking a bulk sample and breaking it down into fragments to determine the formula used, which will tell who manufactured it, said Hile.
“Most of the time, the specifications won’t tell you who the manufacturer is Sometimes it will. The formula is one sure way to tell," said Hile.
lf the product was manufactured by Asbestospray Corporation, United States Gypsum Company, or W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn., the inspectors w ill estimate an amount present and the costs associated with maintenance or removal of the product. However, if none is found, the entity w ill not have any further involvement in the case.
‘Most of the time, the specifications won’t tell you who the manufacturer is. Sometimes it will. The formula is one sure way to tell.’
He also added that the attorneys' fees are on a contingency fee basis. This means fees will be paid out of court awards, if there are any. lf there is no recovery, there w ill be no charge, including attorneys' fees, laboratory fees, or court costs.
I hic said tile county has the option of asking to be excluded from the suit. However, the county commissioners voted to remain a pan of it. Commissioner “Moe” Schwab said there probably is some asbestos present in the older parts of the building. However, he doesn’t believe it is dangerous. Monica Wallace, head of Environmental Health, agreed with Schwab that it is okay if it is present as long as it is not stirred up.
“lf you do (have asbestos), don’t disturb it and you'll be okay,” she said.
The commissioners voted to go ahead as a member of the suit, and let an inspection be performed as long as it w ill not incur any costs for the county. Hile said New Braunfels Independent School District w as part of an earlier suit, w hich w as won.
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