New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Good DayBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Sandy Ross Parks, Barbara Meurin, Erie Wayne Koepp, Jody Smith, Jerica Marie Alvarado, Suzanne Smith, Francesca Cardenas, Michael Mitchell, Rafael Hurtado and Steven Hildebrand.
Belated birthday greetings to Vicente Rosales, Henry Saenz, Mary Ann R. Cruz, Matt Noble, Eddie Scott, Louisa Alvarez, Edward Reininger and Mary Ann Cruz.
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.Square dancing
Square dance lessons begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 pjn. at Bracken United Methodist Church. Call Jim or Bernie Mitchell for two free lessons at 625-0484.Fair parade
The Comal County Fair Association is taking entries for the fair parade scheduled for Sept. 27. Entry categories. c: loc ii organ!- . zations, school organizations, visiting festivals and fairs, visiting | towns and cities, miscuiar ous • and political, equestrian riding groups, local and visiting commercial. To obtain an entry form or for more information call Sue Bush at (512) 996-3796, Margi Handrick at 625-1884 or Danny Schcel al 625-3117. Entry deadline is Sept. 24.Hospital auxiliary
September is membership month for the McKenna Hospital Auxiliary. Persons interested in joining the group of volunteers should call Joan Jemcla at 625-9111 ext. 355.Mid-Texas Symphony
The Mid-Texas Symphony will again this year have its “Bows and Strings” program for the 1991-92 school year. This group participates in various community projects as well as musical arts education. Fifth graders in Comal County interested in joining can contact the Education Committee at 629-0920 or by mail, 805 North-park Ridge, New Braunfels 78130.Catfish fry
Hill Country Bible Church at Canyon Lake is sponsoring its annual catfish fry Saturday, Aug. 31, al the church at Farm-to-Markct 306 and Tamarack Shores from 5-8:30 p.m. All you can cal catfish. Adults, $5; children under 12, S3.Crafts show
The Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is set for Aug. 31 and Sept. I at the New Braunfels Utilities parking lot on Main Plaza from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Admission is free. For more information call Tressie Russell at 625-8081.Garage sale
New Braunfels Police Department Auxiliary is sponsoring a garage sale Sept. 7 at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. from 8 a m. to 5 p.m.
To have an item listed in Stout-mdscH, contact Janine Green or Stephanie Ferguson al 625-9144 Submissions should be pf community interest but not commercial in nature.
Vol. 139, No. 201
August 27, 1991
of Michael L. Tidy One Section, 12 Pages
Chemical spill causes evacuations
Mayor wants to address parking issue
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COunrY / Home
than a flammable hazard. The chemical is an irritant to lungs, skin and eyes.
Firefighters entered the building with full-protective gear.
Officials evacuated the motor company and every structure within a one-block area.
The cleaner is used for cleaning carbon residue off motor parts, Friescnhahn said.
City of New Braunfels building inspector Daniel Pentecost confirmed that the spill was contained before it
Sm SPILL, Pag* 2Traffic needs of residents,Council ups parking tickettourists clashcourt costs
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Mayor James Goodbread on Monday asked the city manager to organize a late September meeting with local water recreation business operators to address the summer traffic and parking problem.
“We’ve got to do something. We’re going to take the lead on forcing some satellite parking in some of these areas,” Goodbread said. “We want to cooperate, but we need to get something done before next summer comes.
“We love the tourists, and the tourists keeps our taxes down low, but they also are becoming a real problem in some areas. We’ve got to manage it, because now it’s managing us,” he said.
During the resident input item on the agenda, Randy Kuntz, a resident of the 1200 block of East Common Street, presented a petition asking die council to take several steps to relieve the summer traffic congestion on the road.
“We can’t mow our grass safely; we can’t get mail out of our mailboxes without threatening ourselves; we can’t walk along the street, that’s for sure,” Kuntz said.
Speeding and litter also are problems, and neighbors have a difficult time backing cars out of their driveways, Kuntz said.
Kuntz, spokesman for a group of neighbors in attendance, asked the city to make East Common a two-lane thoroughfare and reserve the outside two lanes for parking, bicycling and walking lanes.
He also requested that the city establish satellite parking areas outside Loop 337 and shuttle buses to move visitors to the amusement areas, such as Schlitterbahn and the river outfitters.
Also, the council should consider rerouting some traffic to other commercial thoroughfares, such as San Antonio and Seguin, and increasing
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By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
About 250 students at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church School and other arca residents were evacuated this morning when a 55-gallon drum of cleaner spilled at Bluebonnet Motors Inc.
At the scene, 315 N. Seguin Ave., city of New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn said the carburetor cleaner, mixed with water, was accidentally spilled around IO a.m.
Friesenhahn said the cleaner, spilled in the garage arca of the motor company, was more of a vapor hazard
Fire Chief Phil Baker, left, presents a proclamation to retired Fire Capt. Rudy Wesch, right, honoring him for 38 years of fire-fighting service to the city as Mayor James Goodbread applauds during the City Council meeting Monday. Wesch, 61, retired Dec 31 as a captain commanding 16 firefighters. A reception attended by more than 45 people followed at the Central Station. (Photo by Mark Warnken)Building codes changes given more study time
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels City Council on Monday put on hold a staff recommendation to update local building codes until some council members study the proposed changes in a special workshop later this week.
City Planning Director Mike Shands said the city intends to adopt the latest edition of Southern Building Code Congress’ model codes, a set of uniform building regulations used nationwide and in other countries. The city currently operates under the 1985 editions.
Several council members said they plan to meet with Shands Friday afternoon to discuss the proposed changes in detail.
Council Member Rudy Seidel, referring to 40 pages of proposed code modifications, asked the staff to provide information about the original wording to be changed.
“I can’t vote on these because I don’t know what they’re canceling,” Seidel said.
While presenting each council member with copies of the current Ifs volumes and several thousand pages of codes would be impossible, u workshop meeting to discuss
the proposed changes would be helpful, Shands said.
In some areas, codes will be tightened mainly for safety reasons, while others will be relaxed, particularly as the result of new technology.
One of the most signficant changes is new plumbing code revisions that require low-flow water fixtures and low-flush toilets, derived from a new state law signed into law in June. Such water-saving features will be required in new and remodeled bathrooms, but the new orduiance won’t require retrofitting of existing bathrooms.
About 75 licensed contractors and other members of the public met for several hours July 18 at the municipal building to discuss the codes and the adopuon process with city officials, including building inspectors and the fire marshal, Shands said. A clear concensus was achieved on the proposed amendments discussed, with some restrictions being increased and other decreased.
Council members unanimously voted to table approval of the first reading of an ordinance updating the codes until next month. Voting were Mayor James Goodbread. Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chap* Jr., and Council Members Loraine Kraft, Rudy Seidel, Bill Arnold ami Paul Fraser.
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council members on Monday agreed to an additional $5 municipal court cost for parking violations to help pay for the school crossing guard program.
The city of New Braunfels 1991-92 budget includes expenditures of $18,386 for the program. The additional court cost, approved unamm ously by the council, is expected to generate $ 1,200 to $ 1,500 per year, or between 6 percent and 8 percent of the program’s costs, said city Finance Director Richard Burdine.
The additional court cost recently was approved by the Texas Legislature.
“The Legislature givcth and taketh away from local government. Unfortunately, most of what they have been doing is taking away,” Burdine said. “This is one very small thing which can be done to help offset the school crossing guards costs.
“The ‘taketh away’ is that we lose bank franchise tax, effective Sept. I. That’s a hit of $19,000 to the city of New Braunfels.... That’s unfortunately the way state government works as far as revenue generauon," he said.
State coffers will benefit from the bank franchise tax, he said.
The city, instead of school districts, traditionally has funded the guards because the program is a public safety issue. City Manager Paul Grohman said.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a five-year extension of an agricultural lease at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport. Steven Link, who has been farming about 500 acres of city property for about $9,100 a year, wrll pay the city a gradually increasing annual lease fee. Under the new lease, Link will pay $9,725 rn 1993, and the fee will increase gradually to $12,225 in 1997.
• Unanimously awarded a $43,933 bid for four new pickup trucks to Becker Motor Company of New
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New Braunfels Police Department personnel are joined by fire, EMS, city and NBU workers in control and clean-up of a chemical spill. (Photo by Robert Stewart)Cheerleaders fight to pep up rally schedule
Partly cloudy conditions and a 20 percent chance of rain are the focus of a forecast for today and Wednesday that includes highs in the mid-90s, lows in the mid-70s and east-southeast winds at about IO mph. In New Braunfels Monday, the high was 92 and the overnight low was 67. For weather details, please see Page 2.Inside:
DEAR ABBY 4
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
In Monday's regular meeting of the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees, Smithson Valley High School Cheerleaders protested the scheduling of only four football pep rallies at the school this year.
“Pep rallies are the only thing that our school can work toward as a common cause,” said Christine Lucas, SVHS head cheerleader “We feel that ten rallies for football is a uadition and should be continued.”
Lucas said that fans would uavel 698 miles roundly ip to attend all away
Buies. She said this was a very portent dung to a lot of people and that pep rallies show players thai students are with them in spirit even though they may not be able to uavel
to the away games.
“We need those pep rallies to get the football players going (for away games),” Lucas said. “We feel that pep rallies for away games may be even more important than home games.”
Richard Lacy, a parent re pre sealing SVHS students, presented a pennon signed by students concerned about the pep rally situation.
“As a parent of a cheerleader and a parent of a son on the football team. a lot of energy goes forward on the pan of those students to show school spirit for the rest of the body," Lacy said. “We’re not sure that four pep rallies will allow our cheerleaders and our student athletes an opponunity to present themselves before the student body to encourage the kind of spirit
that's necessary for a school to be successful in all areas — whether it be academic or athletic.”
Lacy requested that the district reconsider the policy and make revisions that would allow “a greater participation on the pan of our students.”
“I have decided that four football pep rallies would probably be more appropriate — we have four home games, one for each home game — but there are a total of ten," said SVHS principal Dr. Ron Hay worth. “My justification for cutting the number from 13 last year to tai this year was sui .ply that each one of these eats a little bit into an academic schedule.
“The other issue I had in mind was being a little more equitable with other sports,” Hayworth said. ’’Last year we had ten pep rallies for football
and then two for the other sports with one hastily constructed for the academic decathlon team ”
Hayworth said he thought each sport throughout the year should have at least one m^jor pep rally.
In other non-agenda discussion. Trustees Tom Potter and Leroy Good-son asked that the board be provided with information cm a proposal for a year-round school plan dial will be considered for implementation in the district next year.
“The papers have already had it, the patrons already know it, the teachers already know it — I think the board needs to at least be briefed on what's being planned,” Potter said.
Superintendent assured the board that information was still being gathered by Assistant Superintendent
for Cumculum Carol Hall and that a workshop would be held to present information to the board The official proposal is tentatively planned for February. Rogers said
The plan, which would have three-month sessions with one-month intersessions three-umes-a-year, may make C1SD the first school distnct in Texas lo go to a distnctwide year-round calendar for all grades, kindergarten through high school, in 1992-93. Some districts in Texas are offering year-round school schedules this year un elementary schools on a voluntary basis.
The board approved the hiring of ten Mldiuonal teachers to accomodate student body growth expenenced by the district this year. Out-of-district
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