New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, Feb. 16,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of RACHEL TRISTAN
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Birthday wishes from tha Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Rachel Tristan, Debbie Lain, Vernon Wilson, Jeannie Medrano, Nits Riggins, Armando Ramirez, Carrie Campbell (24 years), Joanna Gonzales, Fred Willard, John Holan, David Garrett.
Laka Dunlap yard sal# scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25
The Lake Dunlap Property Owners' Association will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southbank Club House
Funds raised from the sale will used to treat the hydnlla in the lake in the spring.
Users of the lake and property owners are asked to contribute items for the sale.
Items can be dropped off at the Southbank Club House on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Fnday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anyone having large items to donate can call Jack Burkett at 829-3237 to arrange for a pickup.
The Southbank Club House is located off PM 725 in the Southbank subdivision on Southbank Boulevard.
City offices to close for President’s Day
City offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of President's Day.
However, there will be regular garbage service.
For further information, call 608-2140 between 8 a m. and 5 p.m. on any business day.
Historical Masquerade Dance set for Feb. 24
The German- American Society will sponsor a dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Feb. 24 starting at 8 p.m.
The Seven Dutchmen will play and Pnnce Solms, knights, pnncesses, the court jester and settlers dressed in beautiful regional costumes from the Old World invite everyone to come join the festivities.
Costumes are not required, but prizes will be awarded to the best five costumes.
Tickets are $6 and can be bought at Centex Office Center, chamber of commerce, Henne Hardware, Old Town Inn and Lcpp Juwelier
Tickets at the door will be $7.50.
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Injured driver transported to hospital
(Top photo) Now Braunfels Fire Department paramedics prepare Rose Marie Miller for transport to McKenna Memorial Hospital for whiplash symptoms after her 300ZX was forced off of I-3S.
After Miller exited the highway, a black Mitsubishi driven by Tammy Etter driving behind Miller wee struck from behind. (Right photo) Derek, Brittany end Tiffany Raabe sit In the middle of the greasy median of 1-35 while the mesa which used to be their car is towed away after the accident on 1-35 near Rueckle Road at approximately 5 p.m. yesterday.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Three people charge for posssession of drugs, several weapons confiscated
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Comal County ShenfTs deputies charged three people with drug possession and confiscated several weapons when they executed a search warrant in Spnng Branch Tuesday, said Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz.
Somey Calvert, 44, and Manlyn Calvert, 37, were found with slightly over a pound of marijuana. They were charged
with possession of over four ounces and under five pounds.
James Wilcox was charged with possession of from two to four ounces of marijuana.
Deputies also found one rifle, one shot gun, and several pistols.
The warrant was executed at 4:30 p.m. at 5049 Apache Moon in the Indian Hills area of Spnng Branch.
At press time Somey Calvert was housed in the Comal County jail and Manlyn Calvert was free on bond.
Agreement for county’s insurance reached
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Comal County employees will finally have full benefits under their new insurance plan approved last year.
County Judge Carter Casteel said an agreement had been reached between a physician’s group from McKenna Hospital and Prudential Insurance, the company the county signed on with last year.
Opting for the Prudential plan through the Texas Association cf Counties saved the county thousands of dollars in this year’s budget, but problems occurred when local doctors with McKenna’s physician health organization (PHO)
and Prudential could not agree to terms
It was important for the county to have local doctors on the plan. The company pays 90 percent of costs when participants use doctors on the plan, 70 percent when they do not.
Atter a meeting between the insurance company and PHO last week, terms had been reached C asteel said 24 doctors had signed up, including specialists. She said general surgeons are still lacking from the plan.
The process has taken months and Casteel was relieved.
“You bet,” she said. “This sounds very favorable because the local hospital and doctors are included on this.”
City’s sales tax revenues up by 10.61 percent
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The City of New Braunfels received $3,499,410.95 in local sales tax revenues in 1994, according to State Comptroller John Sharp. That’s up 10.61 percent from tax revenues in 1993.
This indicates that the local economy was healthy during 1994. “Sales tax revenue is one of the best barometers we have to measure local retail sales activity," said Sharp The 7.75 percent sales tax collected in New Braunfels breaks down this way: the state charges 6.25 percent in sales tax, New Braunfels charges I percent, and Comal County levies a 0.5 percent sales tax.
Fraser recall caused by ‘control’ issue,
Charter violations, Miller, Moore also cited as reasons for change
By MARK LYON
First there were term limits. Then of course,
James Goodbread. Later it was Dan Bremer who was later replaced by Mary Serold, who was instrumental in ousting Bremer.
Most New Braunfels residents know the saga of the city council well from the last two years. In fact, many have grown tired of the repeated conflicts among the members.
Now, New Braunfels mayor Paul Fraser is on the hot seat, however, Bill Kotylo insists that this is not just another chapter in local politics or power brokerage.
Kotylo, who began the petition campaign to recall Fraser as District 4 council member late last year, said in an exclusive interview with the Herald-Zeitung this week that his motivation for removing Fraser from office stems from Fraser’s tendency to pursue "control” over local city government.
“He told us that he wanted to unite the city,” Kotylo said. “I felt we needed to give the man a chance to see if he can bring the city together. But then he began trying to control the city instead of bringing it together.”
Kotylo points to several reasons for his belief that
THG reason I’m doing this is because Paul Fraser is a control freak.’
- Bill Kotylo Dist. 4 resident
Tile sales tax collected goes into the general hind, said City Manager Mike Shantis It is used to pay a range of general budget items. The 0.5 percent which goes to the county goes to the county’s general fund, said County Auditor Bate Bond.
Certain items are not subject to sales tax. Sales tax is not paid on rent or mortgage payments. Groceries and health care are not taxed.
Sales tax revenue were also up throughout the state in 1994. Revenues averaged 7.7 percent higher than in 1993, showing a stronger economy statewide.
The state comptroller’s office breaks the state up into regions for comparison. Comal County falls into the South Texas region. Tax revenues for the region were up 7.2 %.
Fraser has tried to gain control.
Kotylo disagrees with choices made by the city concerning appointments
made to the air- -
port advisory board where some candidates with practical aviation experience were snubbed in favor of one who had no experience in Gil Lindsey.
The applications filed by four other applicants showed extensive experience in the field of aviation while Lindsey’s showed he had worked for Krdft Foods, Inc.
“Where’s the sound judgment in that?,” he asked.
Kotylo admits that Fraser was not the only one voting on the issue, but said he found it ironic that Lindsey was a supporter of Fraser’s dunng his elechon last year. Kotylo said he supported Fraser’s opponent, Gary Kahlig, however he added that he does not support Kahlig’s lawsuit against Fraser in connection with that election and noted that such a lawsuit bears no substance.
“There were a lot of good people implicated in that lawsuit and I just find it hard to believe those accusations,” he said.
Another example he points out is the issue of retaining Doug Miller as the city’s water representative, who has served in the capacity for some time. Also, the handling of Barry Moore, city attorney, was also done badly, he said.
”1 heard him admit to polling council members on that issue,” he said. “That is a violation of the Open Meetings Act. And on practically every meaningful issue that comes before the council there ends up being a 4-3 vote. I understand that
there are other council members involved who have their own opinions, but he has some influence with them. Later, he mailed out 123 letters to people all over the city, not necessarily residents of District 4 which he represents, but all over the city at the taxpayers’ expense. When this was brought up, he went and paid the city back but I can’t understand why 123 letters and why did they go all over the city when only residents of District 4 will have a say in this? Also, these letters were written on official city letterhead, indicating that somehow the city was in support of this letter. That is simply wrong.” Ironically, Kotylo said he is not totally against Fraser, calling him a hard-working person who sticks to the task.
“He’s a hard worker,” he said. “He puts in a lot of hours. He’s retired and he can afford to do that. We (he and his wife) supported him during the Lafarge issue when the burning of hazardous waste was on the line. We didn’t join SAFE (Securing a Safe Environment) but we signed the petition.”
Kotylo reflects on Fraser’s first campaign for the District 4 council seat and a visit paid to him in his front yard by Fraser and supporter Chns Bowens. Kotylo said that
- whai has happened
today was, in a way, foretold that day.
“He and Bowers talked to me in my front yard one day before that election,” he said. “He told me the mayor had a lot of power here. I reminded him that he was just running for a council seat He said that one day he would be mayor.
“The reason I’m doing this is because Paul Fraser is a control freak," he said. “He’s violated our city charter repeatedly and his mih-tary-style of leadership has no place in local city government The only power he has, by charter, is to preside over meetings, attend any ceremonial functions and powers dunng emergency situations. He thinks we’re having that (an emergency)
365 days a year ”
Kotylo is confident that Fraser will be successfully recalled. He notes that there were 322 valid signatures on the recall petition, which he and others circulated for no more than 30 to 40 minutes per day for four weeks dunng the Chnstmas-New Year’s holiday season.
“It took us four weeks to get the signatures,” he said. At least 95% of those were secured with me there This was dunng the Chnstmas season when many people were not home. People were calling us wanting to sign it. In the last election, he won by 17 votes which shows mc it was pretty much a split decision. I don’t think there’s any hatred there for Paul Fraser He's just not representing our distnct’s views.”For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144