New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Victory! A special 1 Pipage section commemorating the end of World War ll, inside this paper.
The Plaza Bandstand
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Erie Wayne Koepp (7 years), Donny Ortez, Matt Noble, Shirley Schmidt, Thomas Whitker, Ida Pittman, Suzanne Smith, and Rita Mathis. Happy 40th anniversary to Mary and John Powell and happy 25th anniversary to Annie and Joe Stoeltje.
Quarter Moon closes concert series
Country band Quarter Moon will perform the free Concert in the Park Thursday, Aug. 24. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab in Landa Park. Bring lawn chairs, but no glass containers allowed. This is the last concert of the series this year.
Dayspring Christian Church dedicates new facility
Pastor Dave and Faith McK-ain along with the entire congregation of Dayspring Christian Church cordially invite you to join them for the dedication of their new worship facility at
6 p.m. tonight at 1895 S. Walnut, across from Memorial School.
Hate Monday Night Football?
Monday Night Ladies Bowling League meeting, Monday,
7 p.m. at Comal Bowl. New members welcome to attend.
Black Heritage Society meets
The Black Heritage Society will meet Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Chamber Honors Hall at 5:45 p.m. Plans will be made for an African Extravaganza Style Show to be held Oct. 28 at the American Legion. Anyone may attend the meeting
Hermann Sons gather
Members of Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 are reminded of the meeting and social Friday, Sept. 1. The lodge will furnish hamburgers and hot dogs. Members are asked to bring something to go with the meat.
Polio Survivors Support Group to meet
The New Braunfels Polio Survivors Support Group will have its next meeting at 11 a m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at Landa Station restaurant, 381 Landa St. For information, call Debbie at 606-5556, Rena at 620-4473 or Raymond at 625-1363
Tejano dance at Civic Center
A Pre-Labor Day dance with three bands, featuring Jay Perez will be held at the Civic Center Sept 3. A portion of proceeds will benefit Project Learning Pre-sale tickets available at Ruben’s Jewelers or call Dora at 606-0433 or Gloria at 625-8753.
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New county office can get results if junked cars trash your neighborhood
By DENISE DZIUK
The county has finally put a program in motion that is aimed at cleaning up the county by getting rid of public nuisances, which can endanger the health, safety, and welfare of county residents.
County Attorney Nathan Rheinlan-der said the increased urbanization of what had previously been rural areas created several problems in the area of public nuisance and safety. In July, 1994, the Comal County Commissioners Court passed regulations requiring the removal of junk vehicles.
Since May, an attorney, a paralegal, and an environmental officer have been hired for the Environmental Enforcement Section. Rheinlander said this office is responsible for investigating complaints about junk vehicles and illegal dumping.
“We’ve been very careful to make sure we understand the statutes involved, and (the attorney and the
County vows to clean up site on Watson Lane
The Environmental Enforcement Section has been staffed for about three months, and it may not be much longer before county residents begin to see results.
The county is already trying to get several sites cleaned up. David Young, county environmental officer, said one site in particular has been present since 1984 and nothing has been done. He said he is now ready to file the complaint. Then it is just a matter of time before it gets
Another neighborhood may also soon see the benefits from the Environmental Enforcement Section. A group of homeowners were present at Thursday’s Commissioners Court meeting to complain about a location on Watson Lane East.
Jane Warmke, spokesperson for the group, told the court there was concern over the lot, which, she said appears to simply be a dumping ground. She said it is not a landfill,
and the debris appears to be just dropped on the ground.
Michelle Meyers, the environmental enforcement attorney, said the decision had already been made not to issue another permit to the operator.
“The next big hurdle after he’s not permitted is to clean that up,’’ said County Judge Carter Casteel.
“We want it gone, even if I have to go out there and do it myself. It’ll just make my property values go up,’’ said Warmke.
officer) have gone through extensive training,” he said.
Michelle Meyers, the attorney for Environmental Enforcement, said there have already been more than 70 complaints about junk vehicles.
David Young, the environmental officer, investigates each complaint
the office receives to see if a violation has occurred. He said the site must pose a hazard to .public health or present a nuisance, and not just be unattractive.
"An untidy yard, with leaves and tall grass, is not a violation,” said Young.
lf a violation is found, the Comal County Office of Environmental Health, with the help of the county attorney’s office, will file a complaint with the Justice of the Peace. The owner will then have IO days to either clean the area, or request a hearing. However, if the owner does intend to
clean the area, but needs more time, the deadline can be extended. If no action is taken, a hearing is still required, lf so ordered at the heanng, the county can clean the area and charge all expenses to the property owner.
"lf we have to go in and clean it up, it is still going to cost the county, but there are some procedures that will recover some of the costs,” said Meyers.
Rheinlander said the process may actually take even longer.
Ile said that a vehicle with a current license plate or inspection sticker must remain in the same location continuously for 45 days before it can be considered a junk vehicle. Then, the rest of the process begins.
“lf this seems like a long time, you have to remember this involves going on pnvate property and removing items without compensation,” he said Individuals wanting to file a complaint can call the Environmental Health office at 608-2094 ex 608-2095.
They answered the call
Five decades ago, three local women volunteered to do their part in the fight for democracy.
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Vol. 143. No. 206
Herald-Zeitung photo by MELANIE GERIK
NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry and Karen Simpson, executive director for education services, stand with the Hills and Daniel Pentecost and his class in front of the house at 1521 Daisy Lane.
Pentecost's clasa built the house.
Project gives students valuable experience, and a couple its new house
Students in the Building Trades at New Braunfels High School poured the foundation, laid the bricks and shingled the roof while building a house throughout the last school year for their classes.
During the summer, Dawn and Alvis Hill were looking for a bigger place. When they saw the students’ house at 1521 Daisy Lane, they immediately fell in love with it.
“It just felt like home the minute we walked in,” Dawn Hill said.
The students showed off their work and the Hills showed off their new home Friday at an open house.
The students were pail of a two-year vocational-technical program designed to give students real-world experience, directly transferable to the work force, said Daniel Pentecost, department head of Vocational Building Trades of the Career and Technology Division.
“I’m out there just like any other foreman — hollering, pushing, fussing,” Pentecost said.
Pentecost said the entire New Braunfels High School Career Technology Division is designed to pre
pare the students for life after high school, either for work or for college.
“We don’t BS them,” Pentecost said. “I don’t know of a single vocational teacher down there that fills these guys with sunshine.”
Pentecost said the house cost $80,000 to construct, and the Hills bought it for $82,750.
The next house, on which construction begins Monday, has a preliminary budget of $75,000, Pentecost said. This year, instead of going to an architect to draw plans for the house, Chris Collins, a senior, will be designing it.
Pentecost started with New Braunfels High School in 1994, taking the position from Phillip Cobb. Pentecost said the toughest challenge that faced the class was the switch to his style of teaching from Cobb, who started the program more than 30 years ago.
But Robert Garcia, a sophomore who studied under both Cobb and Pentecost, said he had no problems switching over to Pentecost.
“He makes it even easier to learn,” said Garcia, who is now out of the vocational program and is taking the regular academic classes.
He added that Cobb would throw the students out on the construction site and make them learn by trial and error, whereas Pentecost demonstrates the techniques in class before the students have to start work.
Afternoon and morning classes split the day working on the house, averaging about three hours of work per shift. With the exception of a few minor details, such as the mantle above the fireplace, construction of the house was complete on July 26. The Hills moved in the next day.
The work was primarily done by students, but with help from local businesses and individuals, including plumbing and air conditioning subcontractors, some of whom donated their services and materials to build the house.
“The only reason this works ... is community support,” Pentecost said.
The Hills, youth and college directors for Life Christian Center, said they chose the house because they wanted a house big enough for church functions. But Dawn Hill added that she was touched by the work the students put into it.
“Since we work with teen-agers, that made it special to us,” she said.
Plan could save youth center at Canyon Lake
BY DAVID DE KUNDER
Supporters of a Canyon Lake Youth Community Recreation Center came up with a plan last night they hope will allow them to build the center where they had planned.
They will approach the Comal County Commissioners Court with a separate lease to build the center on a proposed county park leased on federal land.
The county wants to build a park on land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers near Canyon Dam. The Corps of Engineers would lease the land to the county in order for the park to become a reality.
Project KISS (Kids In Safe Surroundings) will have to go to the county with a separate lease of its own to convince the county and Corps of Engineers officials that they will maintain and fund the facility so that both the county and federal governments will not have to assume any responsibility for it.
“I have a very good feeling this plan will work,” U.S Army Corps of Engineers Resident Manager Jerry Brite said. “I feel at this time and with this method, this is the best way to do it.”
The Project KISS board met with County Judge Carter Casteel, State Representative Edmund Kuempel, Brite and citizens to discuss the future of the project, which is entering its third year. The meeting was called because officials from the Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth have expressed concerns over the past year that building the facility on government land would make them liable for it. Already, the county has applied for a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to build the park, County Engineer Tom Homseth said.
Homseth, who is chairman of the County Parks Advisory Board, said the county approached the state for the
‘I have a very good feeling this plan will work.’
— Jerry Brite, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
grant last September and that the county should receive word from the state in a few days on whether or not it will receive the grant. Homseth said the grant stipulates that the park be used for outdoor recreational facilities such as baseball fields, soccer fields, walk-ing/jogging trails and restrooms. The state grant excludes indoor facilities, such as a rec center. Homseth said the county will build the county park with or without the recreation facility.
Homseth said that supporters of Project KISS should come to the Parks Advisory Board and present a four-year plan on how they would maintain and fund the facility on a sublease or inter-local agreement. The board would then look at the proposal and submit it to commissioners court if it finds it acceptable. The commissioners court would have to approve it and then send the separate lease for the rec center to Army Corps of Engineers for its approval.
“We will have to go to the county and convince them that the rec center will not be a financial burden on them,” Project KISS member Doug Dalglish said.
Dalglish, who is the pastor of Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church, said that the financial support to maintain the facility would come from the community, corporations and user fees at the facility.
Project KISS, which began in 1993, has raised $50,000 dollars for the $200,000 facility. Dalglish said Project KISS wants to start building the facility at the end of 19%.
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