New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Rate Elaine Kennedy, Wilbert Krueger and Ray Rosales Jr.
Belated birthday wishes go to Cindy Miller and Rudy Guerrero.
German American party
The German American Society will have its annual Christmas party at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the American Legion Hall, 410 W. Coll St. Members whose last names begin with the letters A1 through K should take desserts, while other members should take chips and dips. Party trays and drinks will be furnished.
Middle school reception
The La Mujer Tejana organization invites New Braunfels Middle School parents to a reception for the principal and assistant principals from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Holy Family Hall Conference Room, 245 S. Hidalgo.
Great Books Club
The Great Books Club will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the library. “At the Beach” by Alice Adams will be discussed.
The public is invited to a free workshop on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 198 W. Bridge St. Child psychiatrist James Wicoff, medical director al Colonial Hills Hospital and private practitioner in San Antonio, will make the presentation.
Comal Independent School District officials are planning two community meetings to provide information to taxpayers regarding the current attempt to roll back the 1991-92 property tax rate.
Superintendent Joe Rogers and his staff will present information and answer questions during public meetings scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Canyon Middle School and 7:30 p.m. Dec. ll at Smithson Valley High School.
CISD taxpayers are urged to attend a meeting to learn more about die financial situation of the school district.
Toys for Tots
The 1991 Toys for Tots Drive, sponsored by Milt Ferguson Motor Co., begins with a benefit auction and entertainment event from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 7 at Uvula Station. Music will be provided by blues artist Phillip Stevens. To make a cash donation or for more information, call Corbie at625-9144.
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The weather will remain cool and breezy today with a high near 60 and the low tonight will dip to about 28 degrees, so cover the plants and bring in the pets. Monday’s high temperature in New Braunfels was 56 and the overnight low was recorded at 40 degrees. For more weather information see page 2.
Councilman gets feedback on bond idea
About 30 local dikBM turn od out for the first of foul tows
mgs Monday so the New Braunfels City Comical receive input on items dial swli be considered for a bood election.
The first meeting Monday was led by District 3 Council Membm Itudy Seidel with but constituents. The residents aired <yw<'*iir|a of
roadways and bridgcswid upgrading peri facilities.
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• Dec. ll-District2*7pa. New Braunfels Municipal Building meeting room, 424 Canell Ave.
• Dec, 5 — District I at 7 pa. Holy Family Church Conference Room, 243 S. Hidalgo Ava.
• Dec. lf — District 4 at 7 pa.
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Commissioners hire county engineer
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners Court on Monday announced that Thomas Homseth, a vice president for the Houston-based engineering firm of Steffck & Van Dc Wide Inc., has been hired as county engineer al a $40,000 annual salary with the opportunity to move up to $43,000 after three months.
“We found him to be a very dynamic young man,” County Judge Carter Casteel said. “He impressed us with his technical background ”
Homseth will fill the vacancy left in the road department by former County Engineer C.B. “Mac” McCoy, who resigned in September after 7‘/i years with the department. McCoy said at the time that he was resigning because “guidance and interference from Commissioners Court over the
past six to eight months” hindered his ability to work effectively.
Since then, engineering technician Larry Kearney has served as interim road department administrator.
According to the new county engineer’s resume, Homseth graduated in 1980 from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology in Minneapolis. He started work as an associate engineer at Fluor Engineering Inc. in Houston.
In 1984, he moved to Steffek & Van De Weile, where he gained experience in roadway and bridge project design and became familiar with the rules and regulations of Harris County, the Texas Water Commission and several other entities.
Homseth’s resume also states that he is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
New owners to maintain Faust Hotel’s charm
Vol. 140, No. 9
Kevin, TJ. and Dustin First tall Santa what they tree-lighting festivities on the Main Plaza in New
want for Christmas and that they’ve been nice, Braunfels Monday evening,
not naughty. The trio visited with Santa at the
Suspect in jail after arrest on drug charges
By ROBERT STEWART SUH Writer
A South Texas man remains in the Comal County Jail on drug charges after his arrest early Tuesday, said Comal County Sherif! Jack Bremer.
“We’ve got approximately 75 pounds of marijuana here and another 475 pounds in San Marcos," Bremer said.
Manuel Vasquez III, 23, of Donna had not been magisirated as of press time.
Comal County Deputy John Eckols stopped a 1989 Mercury Cougar LS with Illinois license plates for tailgating and failure to signal lane change, Bremer said. The vehicle was north
bound on Interstate 35 at the York Creek Road exit.
A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of about 75 pounds of marijuana in IO and five pound bundles. Bremer said.
The seized contraband was moist and fresh, according to narcotics officers.
Eckols determined that the vehicle was traveling with a nae tor-lr aller truck and radioed ahead to have the second vehicle slopped. Units of the San Marcos Police Department slopped the truck, in which approximately 1,000 pounds of marijuana SM ARREST, Pig* 2
Commissioners reject request for water plant funds
WORD board asks administrator to resign
By GREG MEFFORD Special to th# Herald Zeitung
Water Oriented Recreation District Administrator Betty Walls was asked to resign Monday following an audit of the district's finances, said County Judge Carter Casteel on Tuesday.
Dr. John Landry, the WORD chairman, made the request Monday, based on the early finding of the district’s
first audit in the past four years, Casteel said.
“Because of the preliminary results of the audit, Betty was asked to submit her resignation again,” Casteel said.
“I do think her resignation was accepted by the chairman of the board,” she said.
The judge, who declined to elabo
rate on the exact results of the audit, scheduled a press conference for 4:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Courthouse Annex in New Braunfels. Both Landry and Walls were expected to attend.
Walls, who has been administrator of the district since Feb. 1989, submitted her resignation to WORD’S board of directors on Oct. IO.
However, Landry and additional
members of the board convinced Walls to remain witht the district on a temporary basis.
“WORD requested that she conic back — and she did — on a month-to-month basis,” Casteel said.
During that period, Casteel said. Walls assisted County Auditor Bate
Bond in conducting the audit of the
Board members said Walls cited personal reasons during her previous attempt to resign.
“She was fed up with a loc of people, me included,” Undry said during the group's October meeting.
they applied for a grant from the water development board.
“I told him of course the county would support anything that would assist in the development of water resources at the county, bul that before we would support something that he was doing, we would want to know more about it, plus we would want Bulverde included." Casteel said.
The long-term goal of the project is to build a $22 million to $23 million
plant with a capacity of three to four million gallons per day.
The water supply cooperative would be owned and managed by wholesale water customers such as subdivision and private water supply companies. Unlike the New Braunfels area. most of rural Comal County gets its water from the drying Trinity Aquifer instead of the Edwards Aquifer. Both the quantity and quality
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Managing Editor
The Faust Hotel iii New Braunfels was sold for an undisclosed price Monday to a local couple vowing to maintain its historic charm.
“We're not going to change any history down here," said Bob Abbey, shortly after the transaction was complete. “Certainly, The Faust has a very interesting history and we want to continue on with thai and promote that history in our marketing.
“We plan to reclaim the Faust’s position that it enjoyed in a bygone era. Definitely The Faust still exists for a trip back in time.”
Bob and Judy Abbey, who live outside of lite New Braunfels city limits, said they will use a lot of their experience gained by operating outer resort areas when upgrading and marketing the local hotel, originally opened in 1929.
“We have a lot of marketing experience through our resorts and we intend to use dial experience to market the hotel and get the occupancy up In the hotel," Mr. Abbey said. “I’ve actually been Interested In the hotel
business and motel business for quite a number of years."
Tile Abbeys are Ute owners of apartment communities, developers of rural subdivisions and office complexes. They moved to San Antonio in 1978 and moved to the New Braunfels area in 1987. They have owned a resort/campground in Bandera since 1985.
One of the first projects Mr. Abbey said he will undertake is creating an additional twelve suites by refurnishing 12 small bedrooms which will become sitting/sleeper rooms dial already adjoin existing sizeable bedrooms.
He said lie also plans to reopen the restaurant inside of the hotel.
“'I'hii is only the beginning for fine food and beverage and old-fashioned hospitality."
By LARRY ROWE Start Writer
Comal County have turned down a request for funds to study construction of a Canyon Lake surface water treatment plant, the county judge said Monday.
The Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp., recently formed to examine die possibility of improving water .service for rgral pens of the county by building a water lr cairn ait plant.
The non-profit corporation, led by
General Manager David Wallace, hopes to raise $250,000 for an engineering study. This would consist of $125,000 from the Texas Water Development Board and $125,000 in local matching funds.
“Just recently, David Wallace has requested that we either give to him or loan to him $ 125.(XX) so dial he would have that pot of money to match the grunt dial die Texas Water Development Board was goinj; to possibly give him,” County Judge Carter
Casteel said at Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting.
“I have since written him and told him that of course the county cannot do that, that we don’t loan to private companies or private individuals" because it would violate Texas Constitutional rules. Casteel said.
She said Wallace — who owns a private SulUcr-buscd water supply company, WW Water Company — had initially asked for the county’s general support for the corporation as
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Joyce Steel Hendricks and John Holloway with the New Braunfels finn of Hendricks and Associates, inc. listed and sold the hotel.
From left, Boty and Judy Abbey, New Braunfels. (Photo by Ste-new owners of the Faust Hotel In phani* Ferguson),
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