New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of DAVID SULLENS
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Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; David Sullens, Anton Stnebcyh, Edith Anderson, Judith Madde, Nelson Nolle, Carol Brine, Dolores Vargas, Paula Webster, Mary Mechel, Gloria Marie Escobedo, Edith Miller (belated).
True Wonton* author to sign books Jan. IS
A book signing by Janice Woods Windle, author of True Women, a dramatic novel of Texas and the dynamic women who influenced her history, will be held at The Book Trader, 185 Seguin St. in New Braunfels, on Saturday, Jan. 15 from I p.m. to 3 p.m.
Windle's book tells vivid stories of the women in her family which were passed down from mother to daughter, grandmother to granddaughter, aunt to nice and father to claught. These women were at the heart of the events and lives that shaped Texas.
Windle's great-great grandmother, Euphermia Texas Ashby King, me Sam Houston before the battle of the Alamo, and her descendants lived and worked in the New Braunfels area.
Meetthe author and learn the true story of Juan Seguin, the Runaway Scrape, the murder of a Union Soldier in San Marcos and more. True Women hasbeen endorsed by Governor Ann Richards, James Michener, Dan Rather and Anne Rivers Siddons.
For more information, call 629-5044.
Qraat American Antiquates! sat
Many local antique dealers will be ss the Great American Antiq-uefest, to be held Saturday, Jan.
15 from IO a.m. to 6 pm. in the New Braunfels Civic Center on Seguin St.
The show, formerly held in May, will continue through Sunday, Jan. 16 from IO am. to 5 pm. The $3.50 admission is good for return visits.
The Heritage Society will once again be serving homecooked food in the lobby for which they have turned into a country cafe. Members will also be selling tickets to the show.
VFW Arts and Crafts Show schsdulsd
Beta Delta Gamma of Beta Sigma Phi has announced plans to host a Valentine Ball to benefit the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreadon Center, Kids in Safe Surroundings (KISS) to be held at Newks Tennis Ranch Lodge on Saturday, Feb. 12. Black tie attire is optional and music will be provided by Jim Volk. Door prizes will be given away during the event.
For reservations or more information, call 899-4899 or 899-3849.
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Sales tax increases could be deceiving
By JENNIFER ROM PEL Staff Writer
Increases in sales tax collections in the city of New Braunfels could be deceiving when the time comes to prepare next year's budget.
According to city Finance Director Darrell SoUberger, although sales tax collections increased by more than 30 percent last month, the overall increase is just more than 6 percent.
The increase reported by the State Comptroller's office in December is the result of a late report being filed. Sollberger said one taxpayer had paid the required tax but had not filed a report. The collections were then added to the
City budget allows for higher total collections
December collection check.
Sollberger said the state comptroller's office would not release the name of the business that filed the late report.
He also said when developing the budget 1993-94, the city planned on an increase in sales tax collections.
“We talk to bankers, retail merchants and do as much soul searching as possible with people who generate taxes," he said.
Sollberger said when comparing sales tax collections to those collected the previous year, the numbers will always sound better.
“We have to look at what is projected in the budget," said Sollberger.
The last time the city showed a decrease in sales tax collections was in 1985-1986.
The largest sales tax collection check is usually received in March, according to Sollberger. He said that check usually covers collections for monthly, quarterly and yearly reporters.
The city operates on a $11 million budget, with 27 percent generated by property tax and 32 percent by sales tax.
“That is unusual for a city our size," said Sollberger. “We are fortunate in that we have the
West Point Pepperell Mill Store, the Schlitierbahn, hotels, motels and restaurants. There is a good sales tax benefit to the taxpayers," he said.
The sales tax revenues are placed in the total revenue budget Anything left at the end of the budget year will go into a fund balance which is used at the discretion of the council. These ftinds are not tied up in long-term investments and allow the city to have extra funds in case of an emergency.
Preparation for the budget is under way. The city's fiscal year runs from July I to June 30. Sollberger said it may be difficult this year for the city to develop a budget that will not require a tax increase.
Capital murder Fountain floweth over
trial moved to New Braunfels
Kerrville native to stand trial here for ’92 slaying of Kerr County family
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The capital murder trial of Sam Gal-lamore, 22, of Kerrville, has been moved to the district court in New Braunfels from the Kerr County District Court.
Jury selection for the trial is scheduled to begin Monday morning at the Comal County Courthouse. A district court judge in Kerr County granted the change of venue during a pre-trial hearing on Thursday.
Kerr County District Attorney Ron Sutton said he did not challenge the defense attorney's request for a change Of venue
The defense attorney in the case is Steve Picked. Other pre-trial hearings are still being held today.
Gallamore is standing trial for allegedly killing three family members in their Kerr County home on March 29,1992.
The victims in the case are Clayton Kenney, 83, his wife Juliana Kenney, 75, and Juliana Kenney’s daughter Adrienne Arnot, 44. All of the victims were living in the same home. Juliana Kenney was partially paralyzed because of a stroke.
Gallamore’s co-defendant in the case is James Steiner, 21, of Kerrville. Steiner has not yet been tried.
Both defendants were arrested 16 months after the murder. Steiner was arrested in the Kerrville State Hospital. Gallamore was arrested in Niles, Illinois. Both defendants are reported to have past police records.
According to reports, the sheriff said the motive for the murder is allegedly to get money to purchase drugs. Several items were reported to have been allegedly stolen from the home.
The judge hearing the case will be 198th District Court Judge Kart Profile of Kerr County.
Prosecutors will be arriving in New Braunfels on Saturday, according to the Kerr County District Attorney.
(The Kerrville Dally Times provided some of the irrformation in this report)
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New Braunfels city officials tastsd the Plaza Fountain yesterday to ase lf everything was In order to run water through the Fountain. With everything working aa designed, city officials say they will turn the water on permanently at the Fountain's dedication ceremony to be held In February.
Secretary of State asks for EAA clarification from Justice Department
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
State leaders hope to move ahead with legislation to create the Edward's Aquifer Authority while letting the Edward’s Underground Water District continue to exist, according to letter sent from Secretary of State John Hannah Jr. to the U.S. Justice Department .
The letter requests that the Justice Department clarify its objection to the abolishment of EUWD under Senate Bill 1477. The letter asks the department to decide if the EAA can be created without dissolving the EUWD.
Hannah is asking for a speedy response to his letter because the state is facing a federal court ceder to regulate pumping from the aquifer. In addition, the state also has until Friday to file objections against the selection of a court appointed monitor to oversee aquifer pumping.
“What the state is concerned about is that it doesn't
want a monitor to be in charge of handling this whole thing,” said Doug Miller, Comal County’s appointee to the EAA
“They want to put it back where we have little more local control," he said.
Miller said it having the EAA EUWD and the monitor may be the best way to regulate the aquifer during the interim.
Under Senate Bill 1477, the state is requiring a deadline of March I for filing historical usage records. The letter says the state believes the deadlines can be met if the EAA can be created soon.
Miller said this aspect is especially important since one of the focuses of the authority is to find out how many wells are using the aquifer and what their locations are so that the they can be monitored.
“There are a lot of wells out there and nobody knows who has them," he said. “Under Senate Bill 1477, well owners would be required to report by March I. The EUWD has no way to implement that."
“The EUWD has no authority to make anybody report The EAA does. That is a big point that people need to recognize," said Miller.
“The boards have different functions but could parallel each other," he said.
The EAA which was expected to have its first meeting Sept. I, was challenged by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and other minority groups that opposed the Justice Department's decision to dear the authority.
Currently, the EUWD covers Bexar, Comal and Hays counties and is governed by 12 elected directors. The EAA would consist of nine appointed directors from eight counties, including Bexar, Uvalde, Medina, Aiasooaa, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays and Caldwell.
The EAA would also indude two existing waler districts in Medina and Uvalde. These districts split from the EUWD years ago. They do not regulate pumping from the Edward’s Aquifer.
Deer Park residents angry over railroad interference at Bunker St crossing
By ROBE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Residents in the Deer Park area of the county are consistently isolated at home or prevented from getting home due to trains blocking the Bunker St. railroad crossing.
“Monday, between trains just parked there and the work they were doing on the crossing, we sat there for about 45 minutes," said Bob Pullin, one of the residents. “At about 12: IO p.m. a lady who said she was a contractor told us it would be about 30 more minutes. There were about ten cars on each side and they were getting mad. I thought there was going to be a fight. We finally got out of there by 1:30 p.m."
Pullin said residents complain of waiting up to an hour at times for trains actually parked on the crossing. He expressed concern about access for emergency services such as EMS or fire trucks.
Pullin said school buses sometimes return to the
schools without dropping off children because they are held up at the crossing for so long. Parents then have to drive to school to pick up their children and some "latch key" children have to be picked up by neighbors.
J. L. James, Supervisor of Train Operations for the Austin Subdivision, who has only been assigned to the Bunker St. track area for a few days, said the railroad is suppose to abide by a regulation that says that a public crossing won't be blocked in excess of five minutes.
James said that there has been tie renewal and crossing renewal work done on that track area recently which should have made access limited. However, he said the work was scheduled for 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. to avoid delaying traffic on Bunker St.
“From what I've observed this week, we haven't had that problem," said James. “I won’t ssy it hasn't happened, but I haven't seen it If thai is a problem we’ll eliminate it I’ll be waterily out for it."
Although the recent repair work may explain some of tire recent inconvenience, trains blocking the crossing have been a problem for years, residents claim. Both the Sheriffs Department and the DPS have acknowledged ticketing and issuing warnings to trains blocking the crossing.
“Sometimes we'll go two or three weeks okay and then we'll have problems," said Pullin. 'The sheriff needs the engine number to ticket them, but the trains can be so long you can't get the engine number. I've asked to be on the agenda for the Jan. 13 Commissioners Court to ask them to do something.""! don’t blame the residents for being upset," said Commissioner Neil Craig-mile. Tm trying to get the railroad to help us with an overpass or underpass or with an alternate access road to that area. The alternate route out is to me the best thing to do."
"It's been a problem forever," he said. “Bunker St. is the only one way in and out and the Union Pacific radioed crosses it and has a small switching yard there. It’s more than a mall inconve
nience to those residents. I've been in contact with the railroad for years, most recently about two months ago. They haven’t responded. We need a grade separation there."
According to Cliff Shoemaker, Director of Industry and Public Projects for Union Pacific, some funding for such a project would only be provided by the railroad if they are able to dose other crossings ae a result. He said federal funding for about 80 percent af such projects is available for crossings that meet state priorities with state, local and poaaibly some railroad funding usually adding fire remaining 20 percent.
Shoemaker Mid it the crossing did not meet the necessary criteria for stele funding and the project WM prohibitive for local fending, other options may be working with the radioed to move the creasing or relocate the switching yard. Shoemaker acknowledged that traffic on the tracks in this area wu increasing due to the Mexican trade boom.For news, advertising or subscription call 625-9144