New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorn, Ranger soccer, Page TOA / Rosemarie's Hometown, Page 5A
New Braunfels, Texas
vol. 134, No. 38
Two Sections, 24 Pages
I'Road/ drainage projects manifest in '87
“Coping with Heart Disease" is the title of a program sponsored by Comal County Health Department and the American Heart Association beginning at IO a.m. Thursday at 705 Comal. A panel of doctors and laypersons involved in the prevention of heart disease will discuss various aspects of cardiovascular problems. A question and answer session is included in the day’s schedule. Be sure to attend this most informative and important public service offering about America’s No. I killer ...
Randolph MetroCom Chamber of Commerce will host a “Chamber Wednesday" beginning at 11:30am March 4 at Woodlake Country Club. Guest speaker will be Jim Howerton, president, Southwest leadership Institute. Cost is 910 per person Reservations are available by calling 658-6281. Deadline is March 2 ...
“While reading a woman’s praise of a certain day care center the other evening, I became motivated to write my own such letter.
“The New Braunfels Child Development Center is deserving of praise and thanks for the excellent scholastic and social ife so many parents seek for their children and find within its walls.
“.. the classrooms are bright and cheerful, inviting the little ones to explore and learn ...knowledgeable and experienced staff...heartfelt thanks to Janeda Gray, Teresa Jiminez and the rest of the staff for your excellent work." That was from Lane Speck, who thinks her pre-school son gets the most out of this fine facility....
Our own Jessie Garcia has been re-elected to serve as a member of the board of trustees of United Way of Texas. R.M. “Bob" Tinstman, administrative director for Lower Colorado River Authority, will serve as president of that august organization....
Wimberly’s 1987 Puniest XI. a community-wide effort to raise funds for the North Hays County Emergency Medical Service, the Village Library and Wimberly Chamber of Commerce, will be April 4-11. Anyone interested in participating in the tournaments, parade aria and crafts can obtain application forms from Charles Evans, Chairman, P.O. Box 115, Wimberly. Texas 78678. or call (512) 847-2526...
By 2006, with no other bonds issued, the city will have paid $17 million in interest and principal. In 1987 alone, the city of New Braunfels will pay $930,467 in principal and interest on bonded debt.
By DANAOVERSTREET Staff Writer
City taxpayers who helped approve the issuance of bonds in October 1985 may begin seeing the results of that election this summer On Oct Ii). 1985. a scant 2.685 voters went to the polls and approved $7 41 million in improvements for the essentials streets, drainage and fire stations Voters did not approve bond issuances for improvements to the Civic Center, city hall, parks, golf course and olympic pool. The entire bond issue package that fall totaled SI I 45 million The city still owes approximately ll million for a 1968 bond issue, which paid for the construction of the Civic Center, nine holes at Lands Park Golf Course and the Olympic pool By 2006. the city will have paid $17,749,405 in interest and principal for the two bond issues.
Preparations for the 1985 bond issue election began in 1984 when Chamber of Commerce and council-appointed committees suggested several high-dollar improvement projects should take place Both groups advised the city to hold a bond issue election to raise money for many of the improvements Now. after engineers and architects have done their jobs, the city is getting down to advertising for bids for much of the improvement work
One of the first projects to be completed will be the construction of a fire substation on County Line Road near the new Memorial Primary School
All architectural design and engineering work has been completed for both the fire substation and renovation and construction of the downtown Central Fire Station, said City Budget Director Court Thieleman Bids for both projects will be opened March 12.
Thieleman expects the substation to be completed in July 1987 and said salaries for the firefighters to man that station have been included in the final quarter of this fiscal year to allow for training time before the station opens. The city's fiscal year runs from July I through June 30.
Work at Central Fire Station — expected to cost about $749,000 — includes the complete remodeling of the inside of the old building to include training facilities, offices, and a communication center City Manager Joe Michie said in 1985 that the county someday will
Monsignor Drozd dead at 78
Five students from Kriewaldt Keyboard school of piano participated in the Baroque Classical Festival at the University of Texas last Saturday. Receiving superior ratings were Christina Castro, seventh grade; Monica Halm and Amanda Rayburn, sixth grade. Monsignor Anthony Drozd, founder
Receiving excellent ratings were of the St. Thomas the Apostle Open
Katie Riedei, seventh grade; and Air Chapel at Canyon Lake, died this
Sarah Bdle, fourth grade. morning at McKenna Memorial
Hospital after being injured in Feb. 5 Amy Kriewaldt, third grade, par- automobile accident on Interstate 35.
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competition. Castro. Bdle. Monica SU Peter and Paul Cathdic Church,
and Melissa Helm and Kriewaldt Drosd was invdved with several
participated also in the Piano-thon community activities including serval North SUr Mall in San Antonio. fog as chairman of the Comal County
the girls played for 90 minutes to Community Fund covering the lake
help generate proceeds for a area twice. He served for two years
scholarship fund for San Antonio as the Comal County chairman of the
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have an emergency 911 number which would make the central sta-tIon’s communication center an important piece of equipment.
Central Fire Sutton construction also includes the addition of a building adjacent to the current facility built in 1918 to house sleeping quarters, along with bays for ladder trucks, pumpers, ambulances and equipment The fire chief, fire marshal and other administrative personnel will move in March to the county health office at 705 Comal Thieleman expects construction on the central fire station on Hill Street to be completed in April 1988 Work on the public building. Thieleman said, does not Uke as long as that of street and drainage improvements because of the time it takes to acquire needed land.
“Fire stations will be projects where you will actually see turning of the ground — the first one’s done so fast compared to road projects because they don't involved land acquisition and you can move into the construction stage quicker.” he said “The biggest, most expensive and longest of the street prefects is Coun ty Line Road’’ expansion to a four-lane divided roadway leading to Memorial Primary. Thieleman said Preliminary design end engineer mg work is complete, while construe Hon bid documents ere about half completed, he said. “It involves land acquisition which is why this is still in this stage Earnest money contracts have been signed and surveying has been done on several tracts "Other (land acquisition) negotia lions continue. ’' Thieleman said.
Construction of County Line Road, which will involve the removal of the existing roadway, is expected to be complete in February 1988. Estimated coat of the project is $192 million.
Pahymeyere Lane. another avenue to the new Memorial Primary School, is also scheduled to be widen od to include curbs and gutters cest of the project is estimated at $805,000 and completion alto depends on negotiations with landowners for acquisition of right-of-way land needed for the expansion.
Thieleman said preliminary design and engineering work is complete and construction bid documents are near completion The extension of South Walnut Avenue from Gardenia to County
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This Hill Street underpass culvert is one of several drainage locations on the program of work under New Braunfels' bond improve-
LESLIE KRIS WALDT/Staff I
ment program in 1987-88. Road and drainage improvements are included in the package, as well as new fire department facilities.
‘It's just temporary'
Senior nutrition site will close doors after today
•y SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
A group of senior citizens shared their last meal together today until officials find a new home for the program that has fed elderly New Braunfels residents every weekday for the past IO years
Because of what program officials call “unreasonable'’ lease requirements. the Community Council of South Central Texas is evacuating the Laurel Plaza Apartments community room and looking for a new site to feed the elderly CCSCT serves meals at the nutrition site The meals are prepared in Seguin and transported to New Braunfels along with meals to be delivered to homes of senior citizens who are unable to leave their houses to go to a congregate meals site
“After tomorrow, we will not be serving meals here until I can find another place ... But it s just temporary, I'm not going to let any of you all go hungry.” CCSCT program coordinator Sal Almanza told the more than 50 senior citizens gathered for Tuesday's meal The announcement was met with silence Later, many of the elderly residents said they wondered where they would go to get a nutritious, hot meal.
Katherine Swearengen, si, has been eating lunch at the community room since the program began IOMggr.Drogd
more than 300 members.
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Ho was t member of the Conference of Christian and Jewa tor ll
ara pending al poMchmldt Funeral Home.Suicide ruled in Canyon Lake woman’s death
Investigators this week have concluded that the death of a Canyon Lake woman Fob. ll was a suicide after receiving a toxicology report from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office.
June Davis Kelley, €5, was found dead In nor bed that morning with a bag tied around her head. The autopsy report stated cause of death was asphyxiation
“Unless more Information turns up that sheds new light on the subject, we are concluding that it was a suicide," Comal County Sheriff's Investigator Gordon Lilluex said Tuesday. The woman's address was given as Star Route 2, Box 216, Apt. ll.
Ulluex said he wet awaiting the toxicology report. which shewed nothing, before making a determination hocauoo the woman was taking several proscriptions.
years ago "I don’t know what I’m going to do now It's going to be kind of a hardship on us. This kind of a meal would cost 64-5 in a restaurant.” she said pointing to the plate full of liver and onions, peas, macaroni and cheese, bread and a piece of cake Swearengen. a spunky woman who is unhappy about temporary suspension of the meals program, said the government-funded lunch is the best meal of her day Her breakfast con sisls of dry cereal and milk and for dinner, she said, she usually makes a sandwich.
Lena Ivey. 72, said she has gotten used to sharing the noon meal with people her own age It gives her a chance to visit rather than spend so much time alone at her home “If you ever set at a table by yourself and stare at the four walls, that's why I come," Ivey said The woman said she hates the prospect of driving to Seguin to get a meal at that city’s senior citizen center "U's so far," she said, adding that she cooks for herself occasionally “If you get hungry, you have to."
CCSCT’s executive director said the agency has been unable to work out an acceptable lease contract with the New Braunfels Housing Authority, owner of Laurel Plaza. The housing authority's board of directors limited the number of people who could participate in the lunch program to 60. Louis Ramirez. CCSCT’s director, said limiting the size of the program is out of the question and the program has begun the search for a new home.
“We have a contract with the (Alamo Area) Council of Govemements The contract is not only for 60 meals,” he saki, adding that the program cannot aet limits on the number of people it serves and cannot turn people away.
Ramirez agreed with Almanza that no elderly citizens will have to go without meals while the nutrition site is homeless. He said the home delivery meals will continue, but for thoro residents ti tat have been eating at the congregate meal*, they may have to go to the Seguin Senior Citizens’ Center until a new site is found.
Ramiros said the news that the housing authority would no longer allow more than 80 participants came as a surprise when he received a letter last Thursday Tbs letter, from tho housing authority's chairman, said tho community council had IO days to eithor agree to the new lease terms or Mop operating In the toitt#wg The community council’s existing contract had expired Nov. 21.
"There was no negotiation that I know of. I just got this letter It puts me in a heck of a situation I was given IO days to find another place," Ramirez said
Housing authority officials disputed Ramirez's story saying they made several attempts to negotiate the expired contract. Nadine Mar doch. housing authority executive director, said she wrote Ramirez four letters about the lease and never received any response
"We were more than willing to work this out and I think that’s evident by the fact that we've sent four letters," Mardoch said She added that the 60-person limit was set following a recommendation by New Braunfels Fire Department personnel that more than that number could create a hazard in community room
The nutrition program lost one-third of its space in the community room in December when a state funded developmental program for handicapped infants and toddlers moved in to a section of the room Senior citizens at Tuesday’s meal said they didn't mind sharing the room with the children s program but they are concerned that their space was reduced
The more than IOO senior citizens who have depended on the meals program are caught in the bureaucratic squabble Almanza said 22.500 meals were served at the Laurel Plaza site during 1986 making the New Braunfels site one of the largest in a six-county area Almanza said the New Braunfels site hosts one of the largest programs in a six-county area. More than 22.000 meals were served there during 1966.
Lanita Roto. Comal County coordinator for the aging program, said the tragedy of the situation is Hut the senior citizens will suffer because of the governmental dispute “So many of them don’t have any other chance to get out. This provides them with the opportunity to socialize and they really need that,” she said.
Gerta Howell, a registered nurse who checks blood pressures at the nutrition site, said the program provides a chance for much nsodod recreation. “What they're doing la terrible (closing the site). Thoro people koep gaiting shoved around (rom piece to place and they really need this program,” aha Mid.
Ramirez said he Is optimistic about the program finding a new home and he is open to eugfrotloM. Ha said any medium or large building could serve as a new nutrition alto.