New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Senate committee backs state lottery amendment
AUSTIN (AP) — The fears of people who oppose creating a Texas lottery are “not based on reality,” says the sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment for a lottery that was approved by a Senate committee. _ _ .
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Symphony Society hosts young artist contest
The MitFTexas Symphony Society is sponsoring its annual Young Artists Competition on March 4 in the Bertha Ayers Recital Hall on the Texas Lutheran College campus in Seguin. The finals for the competition are open to the public, free of charge, beginning at 4
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Vol. 137, No. 77
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Residents speak out against parlors
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Sexually oriented businesses could face adversity if they set up shop in Comal County following a clear message sent by local citizens to county commissioners Monday — regulate the sex shops.
“We have a family-oriented county,” said Richard Weightman, pastor of Bible Baptist Church. “If we have things like massage parlors, spas ...
you’re going to destroy the attitude of this county.”
Comal County commissioners heard comments from citizens who packed the courtroom during an afternoon public hearing limited to 30 minutes. Commissioners will consider an order soon prohibiting sex shops from locating within 1,500 feet of child care facilities, churches, dwellings, hospitals, public parks or schools.
“I’m for it (order) because we need to control the atmosphere that our people are in, I’ve not been there; I hope you haven’t been there,” Weir told commissioners.
“If one even moves within 1,500 feet of our church, I’m going to be out there with a picket sign every time somebody crosses. I might be taking pictures,” he said.
The order — patterned after Harris County’s ordinance — was proposed
by Precinct 2 Comal County Commissioner Neil Craigmile Jan. 27 to stop the illicit businesses from moving to Comal County. The proposal came in light of Bexar County’s crackdown on sex shops, fewer than 30 miles away from New Braunfels.
Comal County wants to be ready to protect itself against the San Antonio businesses if they move this way, Craigmile said.
“I have very strong convictions
regarding this matter,” said Susan Weber. “I consider it injurious to the people that work for businesses of this nature — injurious to the clients.
“For a community whose prosperity depends on tourism and family fun — those kinds of things are not conducive to family fun.”
A resolution passed by commissioners Feb. 18, 1980, states massage parlors, love parlors, nude or modeling studios should not be located
within three miles of churches, schools or residential subdivisions.
But commissioners noted the three-mile criteria wouldn’t stand up legally in court.
“That’s prohibitive for a legitimate massage parlor or anything like that,” Craigmile said. “It’s the illicit that we’re trying to get at, not the legitimate. They must be permitted, they
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Bob Goebel of the CISD transportation department checks out one of the new buses which will be added to the routes in March.
Council My what b|gteeth accepts bid for street
Commissioners approve plan to hire more jailers
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
Construction of the controversial Walnut Avenue extension will start in IO to 15 days and should be completed by fall.
New Braunfels City Council accepted a $433,393.70 bid from Fischer Construction Co. for the construction of Walnut Avenue from Gardenia Street to 1,800 feet north of County Line Road. The local firm was the low bidder.
“It was an excellent bid. Some esti-mantcs were up to $600,000,” said City Manager Paul Grohman. “We’re very pleased we could award the bid to a local contractor because it helps the economy to hire local people.”
Council recently awarded a contract to Fischer to construct 1,800 feet of the extension from County Line Road at a cost of approximately $230, OOO.
The Walnut Avenue extension is the second largest of the street construction projects New Braunfels voters approved in the 1985 bond election. The sale of bonds allocated $549,013 for the project. Money saved on the construction of Pahmcy-cr Drive and County Line Road will be used for extra costs of the Walnut Avenue extension.
.Council also has authorized Grohman to advertise for bids for the reconstruction of Morningside Drive. Funds remaining in the street portion of the 1985 bond issue will be used to pay for the construction. Grohman estimates it will cost between $130,000 and $140,000 for the project.
“At this time, I think it will be frugal lo use an outside contractor,” he said.
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Six new jailers will join the Comal County sheriff’s office soon after county commissioners finally conceded Monday to Sheriff Jack Bremer’s consistent requests to hire additional detention officers.
“It’s a beginning,” said Comal County Commissioner Precinct 4 Clyde Jacobs Jr. after the meeting. “This may be all we need.”
“Commissioners have their job to do and I have my job to do,” Bremer said. “Thcir’s is to protect the taxpayers’ money, mine is to provide a service to the taxpayers. It takes cooperation on both sides.”
Commissioners denied Bremer’s icquest for nine additional jailers Jan. 5 because of a lack of funds. During a
commissioner’s court workshop Jan. 27, Bremer requested 14 extra jailers after Jack Crump, executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, loured the facility and found an employee shortfall.
Crump recommended 46 employees operate the jail. There arc currently 32 men and women employed at the jail.
“Obviously, I’m very elated commissioners court gave us additional help,” Bremer said Tuesday. “It’s probably my fault that I could not communicate to them the urgency that I feel about this. I’m absolutely convinced that I
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NE bank wins bid for county’s funds
These life-size porcelain replicas of Little Red Riding Hood and the nasty wolf belonged to Mr. and Mrs. John Faust and always sat on the landing of the old Victorian Faust Home, built in 1905, at 361 W. San Antonio. The figurines, bought in Germany, are now on display at the Sophienburg Memorial Museum. Hermann Seele later built a home on the same lot. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Comal County Commissioners approved awarding the county’s bank depository contract to New Braunfels National Bank after a unanimous vote Monday in a regular meeting of the court.
MBank currently has the county’s contract, which ends April 30. MBank did not bid for the contract it has held for two years.
Texas Commerce Bank and NBNB were the only banks vying for the contract.
Both banks propose the county be paid interest on checking accounts
and tile county pay fees for services performed by the bank, said County Auditor Bond. ‘They both gave us the opportunity to maximize our interest.”
The cost of services will be offset by the income generated by the interest-bearing checking accounts, he said.
Texas Commerce Bank proposed 4.75 percent for the interest rate on the checking accounts. NBNB offered 7.03 percent.
Commissioners also granted Motorola with the radio maintenance contract.
Crime Stoppers sets up jail to raise funds
The band stand on New Braunfels Main Plaza will serve as a jail for a day March 17 when Crime Stoppers sponsors its first jail-a-thon to raise money for the program’s reward fund.
Arrest warrants are on sale for persons wanting someone arrested in the local Crime Stoppers board of directors jail-a-thon.
’This is your chance to get back at your boss or close friend while benefitting the local Crime Stoppers program,” said Don Ferguson, who chairs the local chapter. “People can purchase arrest warrants
naming a certain individual who will be placed under arrest for charity.”
Individuals targeted in the warrants will face charges ranging from “womanizing” to “sleeping in church” and each will be asked to solicit donations to match the bond placed on the charges.
Some of those persons named in the warrants will be allowed to turn themselves in to authorities on the day of the jail-a-thon while others will actually be taken into custody while at work.
"Each person arrested will be required to spend
CISD adding buses to fleet operation
Transportation is big business and an area school district is operating its transportation department as such.
Comal Independent School District is adding IO new school buses to its fleet the second week of March. The district ordered the 1987 buses in March 1988 at a cost of $31,000 each.
‘Transportation is big business when you have a budget over $1 million, and we try to operate like a big business,” said Kenny Franklin, CISD transportation director. The transportation department is operating with a $1,121,000 budget this fiscal year.
He plans to remove three 1970 buses from service and may remove another seven buses. The district still is transporting students on two 1972-model, five 1973-model, and four 1975-model buses.
“These buses have been through the mill and it's costing us to maintain them,” Franklin said. “With these out
of the way we could cut maintance costs.”
Worn-out school buses are expensive because they must constantly be inspected, and major repairs to engines, transmissions and steering gears must be made.
New buses reduce time and cost of operation because they require only routine maintenance. Should there be a major problem, the manufacturer’s warranty should cover the cost of repairs, Franklin said.
“We’re going to try to sell some of the buses, but we’re not going to jump out and sell all IO,” Franklin said. “When you have down time, you have to use a spare bus.”
The fleet also includes two 1976-model, two 1977-model, four 1978s, six 1979s, five 1981s, two 1982s, four 1984s, five 1985s, and IO
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some time behind bars in the converted band stand,” Ferguson said. “It’s all in fun in an attempt to raise money for the local Crime Stoppers program which pays cash for tips clearing local crimes.”
Arrest warrants can be purchased for $10 until Friday at New Braunfels Police Department, Keith Moore’s CP.A. office in New Braunfels and at the Times Guardian in Sattler.
Crime Stoppers board members encourage all citizens to help the program by purchasing warrants and helping those persons named in the warrants make their bond.
It’s cooler and skies arc cloudy. The high today was expected to reach 63 under cloudy skies with occasional drizzle. The low tonight will be 42. Wednesday morning will be cloudy but it could be partly cloudy by afternoon. Tile high Wednesday will be 64. The low Wednesday night will be 45.
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Tonight is the last scheduled meeting of the Cancer Support Group organized by Southwest Oncology Associates, McKenna Memorial Hospital and Hospice New Braunfels. The topic will be “Go for the Gusto! Where do I go from here?” and will be pre settled by registered nurse Opal Umpicrre. Tile meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Garza Street Classroom across from the main entrance to McKenna. Group organizers will discuss the future of the group with persons attending tonight’s meeting, so if you are interested in seeing the group continue, you’re urged to go tonight and voice your opinion. All cancer patients (current and formerly treated), family members and friends and anyone else interested is invited,...
Marsch und Wandergruppe will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 410 W. Coll....
The Catholic churches of New Braunfels — Saints Peter and Paul, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Holy Family — are conducting an outreach this Lenten season. As part of the outreach, the churches are conducting “Welcome Home” sessions. The next two sessions are Wednesday from 9 to 11.30 a.m. and again from 7 to 8:30 p.m. — and are al the Knights of Columbus Hall on Landa Street. A question-and-answcr format will be used so people are invited to either or both sessions.
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