New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Birthday wisH#s from the Herald-Zeitung!
Th© New Braunfels Herald^ Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to. Betty Kopp, Debbie Lein, Gregg Huff, Bradley Poeey, Loony Hadlock (Monday), Jim Hubbard Monday), Marie McWilliams Monday), James Sanchez Monday), Kalyn Crain (Monday), Larry Longoria (Monday), Olga Gesener (90 years old), Myrtle Nowotny, Janie V. Aedrano, Paul Barsch HI Monday), Unde Dominguez Monday).
Happy anniversary wishes go o: Denise and James Holster 23 years). Jesse and Mary Jane Aleman (3 years), Rey and Marie Escobedo (23 ).
To hove a birthday or anniversary hated here, call 625 9144.
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Sports Day 1 -28
Dear Abby ........................ 2A
Thrift Shop Books donations
The Community Service Thrift Shop is now soliciting donations. All items are welcomed Bring donations to 132 Caddell Lane or contact Pete at 625-3439 for Dickups on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thrift shop hours are 9 a rn to noon and 1 to 4 pm
ChVdron’B Muoount plans cltywldo solo
The Children's Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annual City Wide Garage Sale from 10 a rn. to 4 p m March 2 at the Civic Center Booth rental $25 for one, $20 for each additional Admission $ 1 for adults; maximum $2 per family Accept mg donations now Call 620-0939 for information.
Outstanding grAdust# nomine## sought
Comal Independent School District is accepting nominations fey The CISD Outstanding Graduate for Notable Achievement Award To be eligible, nominees must have graduated from Canyon High School or Smithson Valley High School at least 10 years ago Nomination forms are available at both high schools and the CISD Central Office, or call 625 8061 or 885-7674.
Quid#d nature hik# outings on tap
Walk the Blanco State Park nature trail with the park naturalist Learn about native plants, their historic uses and landscape uses Local wildlife and ecology will also be discussed Wear walking shoes Times are 3 p m Monday, 4 p m Fob 28, IO a rn March 15, 3 p rn March 28. weather permitting
Republican Won ion mooting Monday
The New Braunfels Republi can Women will meet at 11:30 a,rn Monday at Molly Joe s Restaurant Hospitality starts at 11:30; lunch is at noon Guest speaker Gail buttle, membership chairwoman of the Texas Federation of Republican Women
Southwestern Bell retirees will have their annual coffee at 9 a rn Monday at tho Seguin Senior Citizens Building.
plan roast Boof dinner
The United Molt xx list Women will hold their annual Roast Beef Dinner from 5 to. 7 p m Tuesday in Wesley Hall Adult tickets are $5 50, children younger than 12 are $3 50, desserts are 75 cents, Take-out plates will be available
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New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will meet at 7 30 p m, Tuesday at the NBHS band flail, The executive board will meet prior to the regular meeting at 6:45 All those inter ested in supporting the NBHS band program are invited to
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City receives sales tax surprise
Fourth quarter payment more than 9 percent above previous year
By ABE LEVY
Much to the surpnsc of city officials, state sales tax payments for the fourth quarter was 9.33 percent greater titan last year despite a summer drought that impacted water recreational businesses in the arca, city finance officials said Friday.
Fourth-quarter payments represent revenue from December, quarterly and annual tax payments that are reimbursed to the city by the state’s Comptroller of Public Accounts.
The payments equaled $687,000, an amount city officials did not project to receive in this year's budget, City Finance Director Sharon Day said ‘I was playing it safe because everyone was warning mc about the drought," Day said. “We were all holding our breath. Overall, the year was excellent. We’re a diversified community.’*
City sales tax is one and a half cents on every dollar and represents the largest, single money-maker for the city, which in turn funnels the revenue into five accounts.
Onc-cighth of the revenue is sent separately to property tax reduction, economic development, capital improvements and streets and drainage maintenance. The remaining I percent goes into the < icnenil Fund, which also pays for property tax reduction.
Volos in May 1995 approved a plan to increase the sales tax by one half
cent to create the various accounts.
Collection of the half-ccnt sales tax began in October of 199.5 and the increase generated almost $2 million iii additional revenue after one year City Manager Mike Shantis said the increase shows the vitality of the New Braunfels economy anti the success of shitting the property tax burden onto sales tax payers.
“While we know that certain sections of our economy did not have a got si year, we have a diversified economy,” he said. "Many of these dollars
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Bike theft highlights need for licenses
By ABE LEVY
A downtown arilled robbery of two teen-agers* bicycles Thursday illustrates the need for residents to obuun licenses to aid police in investigating and recovering stolen property, police said Friday Two New Braunfels teens, ages 13 and 14, were riding their bicycles amoral the 500 bltick of l ast San Antn nm Street at about IO p m Thursday when they reali/ed a car was fellowing them, a rcpt iii state
The car snipped and (lie four passengers, who were believed to be between 16 and 19 years old. waved to the bicyclists to amie near, police said I he two hack passengers got out of the car. one brandishing a gun and the other waving a red auto-theft deterrent (lev KC. called " I hc ( Tub"
I he assailants threatened to kill the younger teens if they did not tun) over their bikes to them, tire report stated Hic assailants tried to put (lie bikes into the car but, when tiiey realized they did not fit, they drove off with them.
Police later found one of Ila.* bikes on Mather Street and the red "( lub " Police have no suspects iii the incident, a problem they said thai often arises when bicyclists fail to secure a city license
Police also said the younger teens should have been aware of their surroundings and the hour of the night Sgl John Mc I-.adient of the New Braunfels Police Department said a city ordinance requires licensing of bicycles to provide police wit!) an accu-Turn to Bike, Page 2A
The city of New Braunfels has an ordinance thai requires all bicycles to be licensed The process provides ti ie city with basic information about the bike that can then be used to recover the property if stolen, A license costs 50 cents and can be obtained at the Police Ste bon, 111W Garden St. Hie orcfi nance also requires the bike to have front and roar reflector?-
Cause of deadly mobile home blaze still undetermined
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Investigators have not yet determined the cauae of a mobile home fire near Geronimo which killed two people on Feb.7.
Guadalupe County F'ire Marina! Don McFarland said he ie awaiting word from the State F'ire Marshal’s Office in Austin and a private tat) on the results of their investigation.
"I called them while ago,”
McFarland said. “They said they would have a fax (report) for me on Monday."
Bobby Dean Rigby, 65, and his wife, Wilma, 54 were killed in the trailer fire, which occurred in a trailer park on Krause lime off of Highway 46 bid ween New Braunfels and Seguin.
The Rigbys 17-year-old son, Elvis, escaped from the burning mobile home through a window Fie tried to save his parents by going through a door but could
get the door open.
Th** mobile home did not have a smoke detector. Under Texas state law in Vernon’s Annotated Civil Statute’s Section 92. 265 it states: "Before the first tenant takes possession of a dwelling unity, the landlord shall install at least one smoke detector, outside, hut in the vicinity of, each separate tiedroom in the dwelling unit..."
The landlord of the trailer park is Raymond Krause.
Numerous attempts to reach Krause wen* unsuccessful McFarland said fie is well aware of the state law that governs smoke detectors, tenants and landlords.
“It is nothing the county can enforce," fie said. “It is lietweon ‘the landlord and the tenant ” John Wynn, assistant director of investigation for the Stall* Fire Marshal’s Office, said there are specific requirement* in the law Turn to Blaze Page 2A
were not paid by our citizens "
Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels C hamber of Commerce, said the increase was expected because early reports of hotel occupancy tax revenue from winter months indicated a high volume of overnight guests.
I Ie said the increase also shows retail businesses and special events during the holiday season were successful.
Meek said an estimated 60 to 70 percent of sales tax is paid by non-residents.
Council seats up for grabs
By ABE LEVY
I he first day for candidates to file for Districts 3 and 4 on the New Braunfels (Tty Council begins Tuesday and as of Friday no candidate lias picked up an application, City Sccre-lary Bonnie Surko/i said.
I he elections for those positions are slated for May 3 with early voting from April 14 to 29 and mail ballots must be received no later than the close of business April 25 at the city secretary's office.
I lie last (by to tile for a place on the ballot in the races is March 19
I he seats, whose terms last three years, currently are filled by District 3 (nunc 11 woman Brenda Freeman and District 4 ( ouncilman Paul Fraser.
I iceman, a local attorney who was elected lo council in 1994, has announced that sire will not sect a second term. Fraser, the former mayor of New Braunfels who was elected to council iii 1991, will not he eligible to nm lot another council position this year as defined in the city charter Freeman said slur lias cit|oycd serving lot three years although the journey has been tough.
"The first year was very tumultuous," she said “ I here were quite a lew hoi personality issues (full needed to be resolved."
I rccman said the next two years were smoother and included the pus-sage of an ethics ordinance, (Ik* start of the Master Plan Steering I ommittec, increasing salaries for city employees and |mdice officers and (lie addition ol a new tire station
"I wouldn't trade this experience lot anything else iii the world," said Freeman, who plans to s|k*iu1 more time al work and with her husband "I’ve met some Incredible people and learned an enormous amount about city government ’’
I raser could not be reached for comment Friday.
Satko/i Simi IJ ic sc two spits traditionally sImiw a sigj ii Iii .ait voter turnout I he previous District 3 race collected 9S5 votes and District 4 col levied 562.
I he upper right hand comer of the voter registration card indicates what district residents are eligible to ''rite iii Karkozi said the turnout will likely depend on how hotly contested die races become On May 3, polls will be open at Sec Ic I leo tertiary School, 540 Howard St.. for the District 3 nice and Faith United < lunch, 970 N Loop 337, for District 4, Sarko/l said District 3 encompasses the northwest section of the city, including res idents on “The Hill" above Lamia Park and Wood Road District 4 is a northeast section of town, east of tile < luadalupe River on the north side of Interstate 35.
Ballot box best way to limit terms. See Opinion, 4A.