New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
December 4, 1991
Vol. 140, No. 10
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY
•Y I Home of Hatto M. Berg 4m
Two Sections, 22 Pages
Officials announce location of new industry
By ROBERT STEWART Blaff Writer
Expansion of a local industry and location of a related new industry in New Braunfels was announced by Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce officials this morning.
“We are pleased to announce that Coleman Company will be expanding it's labor force and adding new equipment in the immediate future and a major supplier to Coleman will build a plant adjacent to the Coleman facility with groundbreaking scheduled for January 1992,” said Jerry Tillman, chairman of the Chamber's industrial committee.
Casco Plastics, Inc., which pro-
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vidcs injection-molded parts to Coleman for use in making coolers, plans to build a 50,000 square foot manufacturing facility adjacent to the Coleman plant on Farm to Market Road 306, said Fred Schiller, Casco president.
Casco is headquartered in Wichita, Kan. where they supply the Coleman plant there.
“We are up to 180 people now. We’ve been on a surge and we’re kind of peaked out,” said Randy Kuntz, general manager of the New Braun
fels Coleman plant. “We can’t really build anymore with the existing assembly lines that we have. So we’ve been working along with Casco to develop an expansion plan.”
Coleman will be adding two new assembly lines in New Braunfels to manufacture a five-quart cooler, suitable for use as a lunchbox.
“The five-quart cooler is a new generation of cooler in that it has an injection-molded lining,” Kuntz said.
Casco agreed to locate a facility in New Braunfels to supply the molded
lining for the Coleman operation, he said.
"One of the reasons we’re excited about coming down here is that the public is very friendly and has good work ethics,” Schiller said. “Next year we’d like to come back and say we’ve got 45 people. We predict a first-year payroll of $1 million.”
Casco has purchased 9.5 acres next to the Coleman plant located on FM 306. Casco plans to bring “three or four people from outside” and hire an additional 36 people locally, Schiller said.
Coleman will be hiring an additional 36 people for the new assembly lines, Kuntz said.*
Coleman has benefited from a corporate-level restructuring and downsizing of management due to new ownership that has made the company more competitive in tough economic times, Kuntz said.
“We have a product that caters lo people that want to go out for a weekend or for a picnic,” Kuntz said. “In tough times they can’t go out for a vacation or go abroad.”
Chamber of Commerce President Tom Purdum said a presentation will be made to the three taxing entities, where the new facility will be located, to seek possible tax abatements.
The taxing entities are the city of
New Braunfels, Comal County and Comal (SD.
Schiller added that the possibility of tax abatements is important when opening a new facility to help recover capital investment.
“This is very important for us to be able to make this announcement because industrial expansion announcements have been very slim here the past year or so,” Purdum said. “I think that we have seen an increased amount of activity in the amount of prospects we are working with. We still have some prospects that are on the from burner right now."
Holiday tree trimmers
Students of Bows and Strings of the Mid-Texas Symphony made Christmas decorations to put on the parking meter stanchions in Downtown New Braunfels. Pictured from left, front row, Christina Hill, Lex! Hampel, Laud Simpson, Meredith Vrtoa, Mauri Elbel and Alice Reeves.
From left, center row, Jared Moore, Ryan Deschner, Kourtney Voigt, Alexis Blue, Taylor Brandt and Kris Mund. From left, back row Jonathan Boatright. Melissa Haim, Sarah Ritchie. Nee! Mayo. Grayson LyBrand and Virginia Leigh Carden. (Photo by Bill Ervin)
By LARRY ROWE and ROBERT STEWART Staff Writers
The president of the Water Oriented Recreation District announced the resignation of its administrator Tuesday after an audit of the district’s finances revealed unauthorized expenditures.
The 1991 audit, conducted by County Auditor Bate Bond, “revealed some areas of expenditure that had not received specific board authorization,” according to a statement announcing the resignation of Betty Walls, the district's administrator.
The resignation of Walls was announced Tuesday during a press conference at the Comal County Courthouse.
WORD board President Ch1. John Landry on Monday requested Walls’ resignation less than two months after he and other members of the board of directors convinced her to stay. She had submitted her resignation on Oct. IO, but returned on a month-to-monih basis.
“Dr. Landry and Ms. Walls, while discussing these (financial) ambiguities, agreed that the resignation, previously submitted, would be resubmitted and probably accepted al this time," according to the WORD statement.
“Ms. Walls has agreed to reunburse WORD for any funds which the board determines were spent contrary lo board policy,” it concluded.
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Two men remain in local jail on drug charges
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Ryan Worden, Melvin Tausch, Robert Bier, Duane Hand, Frank Young Jr., Daniel B. Hernandez, Pamela Ann Villarreal, Victor Guerrero and Isabel Moreno.
Walnut Avenue is scheduled to be closed 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily Thursday to Monday between Bavarian Avenue and Rothe Street for work (Hi the railroad crossing. Union Pacific and the city will improve the crossing for a smoother ride for motorists.
Th* Advisory Committee of the Chamber’s Small Business Council will sponsor a seminar titled “Internal Theft and Fraud” at noon Wednesday, Nov. ll in Honors Hall.
Mike Grist, director of the Safe City Commission, will conduct the seminar, the second in a series aimed at helping local businesses. The cost will be $10, which includes lunch. Call the Chamber at 625-2385 for more information or to register.
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 Landa Station. Music will be provided by blues artist Phillip Stevens. Donations may be made at. MB* NRU, the Herald Zeitung, The Strand, Handy Andy, Wucsis, Comal Bowl, Landa Station, Scars, Buy For Less, Wal-rnart. Burger King and die Circle K on Walnut Avenue. To make a cash donation or for more information, call Corbie at 625-9144.
Rehearsals for the Mid-Texas 8m 8TAMMTI8CH, Page 2A
It will tic sunny and cool unlay with a high temperature uround 65 degrees. The winds will be out of the soudi at IO miles per hour. Tonight’s low will dip down to about 35 degrees. For more weather information see page 2A.
21 shopping days to Christmas
By ROBERT STEWART Signwriter
Two South Texas men reuuiin in jail fon drug chwges following their arrest cwly Tuesday iii a combined effort by die Comal County Sheriffs Dcpuiuncut, the Hays County Drug Task Force mid die Alamo Aiea Nai colics Task Force, said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Manuel Vasqucz III, 23, of Donna remains iii die Comal County Jail on charges of aggiavated possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, over 200 pounds, lie remains in jail iii lieu of a $ 150,(XX) bond set by Precinct 2
Justice of the l*cacc R.G. “Doc Blanchard.
Marcos Andrew Roof, 34, of Donna remains in die Hays County Jail in lieu of a $10,(XX) bond as sci by U.S. Magistrate Sleplicii Capette in Austin. Roof is dunged with jxisscssion and conspiracy lo possess with intent to disinhuic a conn oiled substance, mar quaint, over 200 pounds, said Shelby Nelson, magistrate spokesman.
“An oil-duly Comal County deputy, who is assigned lo die Alamo Arcu Tusk Force, was enroute to Ins residence (in Comal County) when tic Mas passed by a tractor trailer and a
passenger ew al a high rate of sjieed,’ said Sumner Bowen, commander of die Alamo Arca Narcotics Task Force.
Gray radioed ahead to Comal County where Deputy John Fekols Slopped die 1989 Mercury Cougar LS with Illinois license plates for Ltilgai mg and failure lo signal lane change. Hremcr said.
The vehicle was northbound on Interstate 35 at the York Creek Road exit, wlien slopped. A subsequent search of die vehicle led to die discov ery of about 75 pounds of marijuana in IO and five jxHind bundles, Hremci
By LARRY ROWE Stall Writer
A distr ict judge signed a judgment Tuesday that paves the way for two sisters to receive one of the Iwgcsl settlements handed down in Comal County.
Judge Fred Moore of District 274 signed the judgement that could give $970,000 to two sisters wlto claim dieu family trust was mismanaged by a local accounting finn.
Diana Claybuiue and Susan Kar gel, the beneficiaries of a uusi left by dam fattier, sued trustee Jaruce Sue Jochec, as well as Juchec’s father and sister, chi several grounds of mishandling the uust, acceding to tile plaintiffs' first amended original petition.
Attorney Jonudtan Hull, who icpre-xciiled die Jochccs, said the case is “far from over." fie said his clients plan to file for a motion for a new mal
Units of the Hays County Drug Task Force stopped die tractor nailer, loaded with bell peppers hound for Chicago, on Interstate 35 near Buda Approximately 475 fxrunds of marijuana, iii 58 bales, was found stacked in the sleeper compartment of the truck's cab and iii two side toolboxes, said Ll. Don Montague, commander of die Hays County Drug T ask Force.
The I lays County thug Task Force is composed of officers from the San Mar cos Police Depot uncut arid the Hays County Sheriff’s Department, Montague said.
within the next two weeks.
Hie judgment is divided between $270,000 in actual damages and $700,(XX) in exemplary damages for charges of conspiring to intentionally breach Jot hee's duties as a trustee.
“It’s die largest dial I know of iii die 11 years dial I've been working here,” said court administrator Martin Allen about die judgment sum.
The main asset of the plaintiffs' trust is 500 acres ol land on 46dt Sueci iii Bulverde, according to latur-encc Macon, the San Antonio based attorney for the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs' petition slates that Janice Jochec, who was upturned trustee ui 1982, formed Su Amia Ira;. to develop the property for Laurence Welie, the owner of the property and father of the plauililfs.
Undei Jochec’s direction, Su Amia then entered a par tiler ship with deve-
Vasquez will face drug charges rn State District Court while Roof will be prosecuted in Federal District Court, Bremer said.
“These guys were not very professional iii the way they hid the dope and die way they were driving," Bowen said.
Bremer added that usually drug carriers uy not to draw attenuon to themselves by exceeding the speed limit.
The Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force recendy co-sponsored a patrol officer narcotics interdiction school in
loper Gordon Sutton of Sutton Properties lo develop die property as Spr mg Oaks Estates,
hi addition, the plaintiffs contended dun Jochec's accounting finn, which she ululated with her luther and her sister J ar nee. overcharged Su Arnut for accounting fees, Macon said.
But Hull said the defendants believe Wchc made a point of waiving die trustee requirements that the Jochccs are accused of breaching.
“ll that's true, then the jurors were mid dial dtere were duties that there really weren’t,” he said.
Hie motion for a new trial will be based on the contention that the jurors were therefore improperly questioned, because the questions for the verdict assume that die trustee's duties were breached. Hull said.
“A jury only gets to answer a question they’re asked,” he said.
Food drive continues
The New Hi aludels Herald Zeitung'i (fleer Fund drive now has laised $2,863.19.
The goal ol the drive is to raise money to provide Christ mas dinners to local resident!
who are less fortunate.
Daily updates of how much money has been contributed will appear in the Herald until the delivery date, Dec. 21.
Latest contributor! arc:
Mr. and Mix. K. Frisbie $25 Mr. and Mrs. Harry Etten ...................$10
J udgment to be appealed