New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2004
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement (4B) Corporation now will have to reimburse the city for legal services, use of facilities . and other accom- j AT A glance modations the city I ■ 4B board provides. ■ 6:30 p.m.
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Charles Zech said state law now requires the 4B board to reimburse the city.
"State law does not allow the city to provide anything of value to the 4 B board now without being reimbursed,” Zech said.
Matt Harrison, 4B president, said the board will discuss a contract Tuesday that reimburses the city $10,000 a year.
"The contract will be for legal services, administrative support and use of facilities.” I larrison said. “But there will have to be a public hearing before the contract can be approved.
City Manager Chuck Pinto pointed out the 4B board is a separate corporation
4Bhas to pay city for
COOGS WIN AGAIN
Canyon beats New Braunfels, 56-41, in the Cougars' final home game. Page SA
BE MY VALENTINE
Straight from the heart — Local couples and families express their love. Page 6A
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Jeff and Vergie Van Kleet on their wedding day, (above), and today (top). The couple says the keys to a long lasting relationship are developing a friendship and learning to compromise.
■ COMING SUNDAY: Couples get married on Valentine's Day.
“We don't need a special day to do all of those wonderful tilings for each other,” Jeff said. "Everything we do, we do together. We enjoy each other very much.”
I tis prescription for a successful marriage seems to have worked.
Jeff spied Vergie on the tennis courts at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State) when they were both freshmen. More specifically, he noticed her "pretty little legs" and asked a mutual friend to introduce them.
“I knew he was the one guy on our first date,” Vergie said.
That date, spent at the Devil’s Backbone, took place in May 1952.
They married the following Jan. 23. They were both only 19 years old. The next year was challenging. Although they lived in the university’s married student housing, affectionately referred to as the “dog patch,” money was tight.
“Vergie quit school to help support us,” Jeff recalled. "She stuffed envelopes and I threw papers, but it still wasn’t enough.”
Inspired by his father’s exterminating business in San Antonio. Jeff started his own bug-elimination company. By the time he graduated in 1956 with a degree in accounting, they were able to pay
See LOVE. Page 2A
Together 50 years, couple expresses affection without an occasion
By Leigh Jones
eff and Vergie Van Kleef have spent the last 18,273 days together. If they only expressed their love on the 50 Hallmark-sanctioned Valentine’s days that fell during that time period, their story would probably be much shorter.
See MV. Page 2A
County audit asks workers about stealing
By Ron Maloney
lf county employees know anyone stealing money or property from the taxpayers, Comal County and its auditors want to know.
County Auditor David Renken said he doesn’t think anyone is illegally lining his or her pockets, but a new federal law designed to help government agencies ferret out theft and corruption questions county employees about workplace theft..
“It’s no reflection on the county,” Renken said. “This is an additional audit requirement that has come down in the wake of Enron and some of those situations
In their next paycheck, county employees will receive a letter explaining the
See THEFT. Page 2A
New golf fees to go before council next month
By Scott Mahon
The I .anda Park Golf Course Advisory Board expects to recommend new golf fees to city council next month.
Board member Don I alley said tile board discussed restructuring fees and should have its recommendations ready by March.
"Our goal is to keep the golf course financially viable and playable," la I ley said.
Talley said the advisory board will recommend increasing fees 5 percent for annual punch cards.
Currently, golfers pay $333 for 30-round punch cards and $456 for 50-round cards.
I lie current weekly rate is $14.75 for 18 hole play and $18 during weekends.
“We want to keep the fee structure as simple as possible, and also have the financial ability to improve the quality of golf,” Talley said.
According to Jeff I Huson, chief financial officer for the city, golf course revenues were about $91,000 more than expenses last year.
Revenues were $706,179, and expenses were $615,005.
For fiscal year 2002, the course lost almost $50,000.
In 2001, it lost $75,000.
Talley said the board will recommend a larger variety of annual punch cards, from 20 rounds to 80 rounds of golf at the 18-hole municipal course.
And the board will recommend increasing rates for junior golfers — under 18 years and still attending high school — from $5 for weekdays to $7, and from $6.50 for weekend golfing to $7.50.
Coif carts rent for $ 11 per day, seven days a week.
BMX biker and Smithson Valley High School student Nathaniel Oku has ridden in six national championships and won one.