New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels, HeraldZeitung Tuesday, February 21, 1984
Master plan report due in spring
By PATRICIA YZNAQA KING Wire editor
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce handled a variety of business Monday at its monthly meeting.
1984 Master Plan Update Chairman Jack Ohlrich said master plan subcommittees are working on their assigned tasks.
“We feel like we’re on schedule to make a final report of the City Council sometime in April or May,” Ohlrich said.
The committees include streets and drainage, parks study, utilities, public buildings)im* provements and finance.
Executive vice president Tom Purdum said the last time the master plan was completely updated was in the summer of 1976.
Larry Brumbelow, vice chairman, of the Shadow Program, reported that last week's program was successful.
The program included several students from the high schools observing the free enterprise system at various biasnesses and operations in the city.
"Everyone had a successful week,” Brumbelow said.
Plans are underway for the 1984 Heritage Exhibit, committee chairman Belgard Suhr announced.
The exhibit will be Nov. 2-11.
A pilot committee has been formed to develop
ideas for exhibits, Suhr said.
“Everything seems to be working well,” she said.
The chamber voted Monday to be the representative agent for Comal County for the sesquicentennial project. The vote came after the chamber had been approached by the county to represent it.
The sesquicentennial committee is planning for the city’s 150th birthday in 1986.
Members of the steering committee as of Monday are Edna Bremer, John Chunn, Bill Dillen, Jesse Garcia, Bill Jones, Margaret Naegelin, Robert Partida, Fred Willard and Frances Bridges.
The chamber also voted to write a letter to U.S. senators and representatives urging them to push for less regulations, no new taxes and a lower budget deficit. Congressional Action Committee chairman Tom Bluntzer said.
“We should be on record stating that the chamber is strongly against larger budget deficits,” Bluntzer said.
Doyle Krueger, Legislative Conferenece arrangements committee chairman, said that he has three confirmed panelists for the conference.
Most directors happy with maps
Staff photo by Francas Bridges
Doyle Krueger outlines plans for the Texas Legislative Conference
They are state comptroller Bob Bullock, Rep. Stan Schlueter, D-Killeen and Sen. Carl Parker, D-Port Arthur.
The arrangement committee also reported that 35 co-sponsorships for the conference have been sold. The Texas legislative Conference will be March
State to review Appraisal District
After working three years to put local properties on the tax rolls at fair market value, the Comal County Appraisal District is about to be evaluated by the state.
Chief Appraiser Glenn Brocks expects to get a copy next week of a State Property Tax Board survey, which will tell him how close his staff came to fair market value. The survey won't contain any orders or directives. “It's just to let us know how we did,” Brocks told the board of directors Monday night.
That's just as well, because it appears that the directors plan to take the survey with a large grain of salt. Neither they nor Brocks can figure out just how the state determines what “fair market value”
Apparently, Brocks said, the property tax board based its conclusions on recent sales of property in the area. Director Esther Boarnet, a local realtor, knows from experience that actual sale prices are “very difficult to get,” and wanted to know how the
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property tax board got them.
“I haven't the foggiest," Brocks admitted.
Board chairman Charles Lewis wondered the same thing. Fair market value, he said, was the price that would be paid to a willing seller by a willing buyer, with neither under any particular pressure. Many transactions don't fall into that category, he noted.
“If they’re going to sit up there in Austin and tell us how good a job we’re doing...” Lewis said.
Director S.D. David Jr. advised him not to worry about it until the report comes in.
Brocks learned of this survey, and several other things, at a seminar last Saturday, attended by himself, David and district employee Pat Fox. Brocks and David gave the board a general report on that seminar Monday night.
The chief appraiser said he’d gotten some good, new ideas from a class in personnel management. He also attended a seminar on computer usage. In the past, the district has had some problem getting
New Braunfels 1SD will be offering several adult and continuing education classes during the spring.
Oil Painting II will begin March 12 and will run on Mondays for six weeks at New Braunfels High School, Room C-29 from 7-9 p.m. Mary Zirkel is the instructor.
Folk Art II also will start March 12 for eight weeks at NBHS from 6:30-9:30 pm. Sheila Orr is the instructor.
Skill Building Refresher Typing, a class for those who know the typing keyboard and who want to uuprove and build their typing skills, will begin meeting March 12 The course, which will be on Mondays for
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Manning Conversational German II will begin March IJ tor six Monday session* at NBHS It will Im 41 U) p m and
wa. oe uiugbt by Dr. Verne Schmidt of Trmit> University.
Real Estate Principles, a 30-hour San Antonio College credit course, will be taught for four weeks beginning March 19 at NBHS. Taught by Bernie Boarnet, this class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-10 p.m. Registration will be March 12.
Oil Painting Session II will start March 13 for su Tuesdays. It will be held at the Senior Citizen Center from 9 a.rn.-noon, and will be taught by Sheila Orr.
Tole and Decorating Painting also will begin March 13 for six weeks at the Senior Citizen Center from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sheila Orr will be the instructor.
Lynette Cia user will teach Intermediate Quilting, beginning Feb. 28. The class will run
from 2-4 p.m. for six weeks at the Senior Citizens Center.
Oil Painting II will begin March 14 for six Wednesday sessions at Eden Heights Apartments from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Taught by Mary Zirkel, the class is open to the general public.
Folk Art will begin March I for six Thursday sessions at the Senior Citizen Center. The class will be from 9 a.rn.-noon, and will be taught by Sheila Orr.
Debbie Adams will teach Counted Embroidery, beginning March 15. The class, which will be from 7-9 p.rn for two Thursdays at NBHS, will work on an Easter project.
See CLASSES, Page 12
Arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Atley Berg, of New Braunfels Route 8, Box 199B, who died Tuesday morning at Nix Hospital in San Antonio, at the age of 65.
The Rev. Chuck DeHaven will conduct funeral services for Nora Reiland at IO a m. Wednesday in Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, with burial to follow in the Comal Cemetery. Mrs. Reiland. of 2287 Morningside Dr., died Sunday, Feb. 19 at McKenna Memorial Hospital. She was 80 years old and a native of New Braunfels, born Nora Franke on Jan. 12, 1904. Her parents were Joseph and Annie (Kreikenbohmi Franke. She worked as a seamstress for Cater Frock Dress Co., and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She married Ernest Reiland on Sept. 12.1936, and he preceded her in death in 1978.
Mrs. Reiland is survived by a sister, Izila Franke and a brother, Bruno E. Franke, both of New Braunfels Memorials may be given to the St Paul Lutheran building fund.
just what it wants out of its computer system. Brocks said he picked up some valuable tips in discussion, and hasn’t even been through all the literature he received yet.
"You say they <the publishers) want to protect us instead of the computer company? I say, Amen to that,” lewis commented.
As a new board member. David took a class on the functions of the appraisal district board. Its three main functions, he said, are to hire the chief appraiser, set the budget and appoint the Appraisal Review Board.
He got some tips on budgeting, and also got some data on centralized tax collection — an idea that has been proposed for Comal County's future.
“I found out that 199 counties of the 256 (in Texas) have some cooperative billing, and they are saving money," David told the board. Not all those counties have a completely centralized operation. But the Comal County board has already talked to at least one county that does. DYANNE FRY
Canyon eyes drug abuse
That group will be followed on Friday by the start of “Wagon Weekend.” at which time students will pledge to abstain from the use of the alcohol and drugs during the three-day weekend. They will also pledge to encourage their family and friends to do the same.
These activities will be sponsored by the Canyon High School Student Council.
Canyon High School students will mount a major offensive against alcohol and drug abuse with a senes of activities this week.
A group of inmates from the Huntsville prison system will be on campus Wednesday to share their experiences with drugs and alcohol with students. The volunteer group will speak and answer questions on how drug and alcohol abuse landed them in prison._ _
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Arnold Moos Sr., director of the Comal County Appraisal District, can’t shake the feeling that Tobin Aerial Research Inc. sold the board a “bill of goods” when it contracted to do the district's maps four years ago. But Chief Appraiser Glenn Brocks says he’s satisfied with Tobin’s work.
The other four board members indicated that if Brocks was .satisfied, they were too. But they told him not to make the last $50,000 payment until Tobin corrects errors in the final maps, as indicated in the contract.
So far. Brocks has found only three major errors. He hasn’t notified Tobin of those yet, preferring to wait until his staff has checked all the maps. But he told the board Monday that he would go ahead and send them in. Directors felt that once the company has its money, it might be disinclined to make corrections.
Since the $150,000 contract was awarded, the board has been annoyed by delays. The maps were supposed to be done in 18 months; it was approximately three years before the last sections arrived at the appraisal office. Brocks said Tobin had run into unexpected problems in some parts of the county, but the board told him several months ago to withhold the last payment until he was satisfied with the maps.
Today. Moos still feels that the district didn't get everything it paid for. “We were told when we made the deal that the (aerial) map would show every building on every piece of property. We were told that we'd find buildings in the boondocks that we didn't know existed, and that the increased revenue would be
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enough to pay for the cost of the map,” he said.
photographs that came with the maps are printed to the promised 1-inch-to-l,000-feet scale. In practice, that’s not big enough for spotting structures with the naked eye, Brocks said. The photos are good for finding a building’s location on the property, if onqe already knows it’s there. And the line maps are accurate enough to figure actual acreages from, he added.
County Tax Assessor Gloria Clennan remembers a Tobin salesman making the statements Moos recalled. But new director S.D. David Jr. said the district could hardly hold the company to those claims, since they weren’t specified in the con
Brucks told his bosses that the property-ownership maps were “at least 95 percent accurate,” and two of his appraisers reported the maps were a great help in their work. Clennan agreed it was a good map. And Esther Boarnet, sworn in last month as an appraisal district director, said it was “wonderful” from a realtor’s point of view.
The appraisal district can’t make copies of the map, or any sections thereof, for realtors or private appraisers. Tobin Research retains the copyright, and rights to all reproduction. “We can’t sell them; in fact, we can’t even give them away,” Brucks said. “One thing (private businessmen) can do; they can bring a piece of tracing paper in and trace it all they want.”
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