New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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iller selling factory-fresh Buick*, Fords and Chevy* during the first half of the century tq tee-idtefe in the New Braunfels erst.
And now. the 88-ysarold building, located st 472 W. San Antonio St. across from Wucst’s Supermarket, will undergo a renovation that will tau* tbs two-story structure into a seven-unit apartment complex with two retail spaces.
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retired ^saints— nam, plans to ewtepuq the historical ami ic Kicky as much ae possible durn* the ranovpion.
The Guiding already earned a histarical deaig-
of downtown and we hope other people will suit,** said Krueger, a member of the Dow Association.
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14 pages in one section ■ Thursday. January 9, 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Storting.ling
Vol. 145. No 41
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Barham Hanpert, Sterling Handrick (IO years), Emily Blakeney, Dwell Carpenter, Putty Jo Maxey (18 years), Tara Springer (16 years) and Jean Kelly.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Mwian and Jack Hicks and Debbie and Kenneth Lain
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Tickets for the 78th Annual :New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Banquet set for Jan 24 at the Civic Center went on sale this week and wilt remain on sate until Jan. 17.
The theme for the banquet is Invest Wisely ... It s Your Business "
Highlights will include multiple audkYvisuals and award pre sedations including the Besserung Award winner. This “citizen of the year" award is kept secret until the time of the presentation and is awarded each year to a person who has made a significant contribution to the community.
The event is usually a sell-out so get your tickets early.
Call the Chamber office at 625-2385 for more information
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The group informally known as Power Plant Protectors will meet at 9:30 a m Jan. 11 at the Senior Citizens Center. 665 Lan da St.
A video presentation of how several other communities have restored historic buildings for arts centers and museums will be shown.
The group will continue to form committees and groups to plan how the LORA building in Landa Park can be restored as a multi-cultural arts center for the community.
For more information call Betty Lou Rushing. 625-6362 or Will Ryals. 629-0847,
Brown bag lunch
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New Braunfels residents will
have an opportunity to let Mayor Jan Kennedy know what is on their minds regarding the city at a series of bi-monthly brown bag lunch forums starting Friday J The brown bag forums will be held on the Fridays before regular City Council meetings which take place on the second and fourth Mondays of each month The lunches will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Conference Room A-B of the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S pastel! Ave
WORD, outfitters wary of city safety plan
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE - Board members and Guadalupe River outfitters alike expressed reservations about tubing safety regulations being proposed by the city of New Braunfels at a special meeting of the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District on Wednesday night.
The city’s proposed tubing regula
tions come as a part of a settlement concerning a woman who drowned in the Guadalupe River in 1992.
As part of the settlement, the city is required to pass an ordinance requiring all outfitters to educate their customers about the dangers of the river and the city would post river flows daily, as well as a recommendation to use life preservers. The city would also try to ask other governmental entities such as WORD to go along with the proposed
The regulations would affect tubing inside the New Braunfels city limits. The WORD district docs not go into the city of New Braunfels.
Board member Bill Mayo asked WORD attorney Holly Gilman whether WORD should get involved.
“We arc involved because we have the same jurisdiction of the river." she said. "It will impact the outfitters who allow tubers to go into New Braun
Then Mayo asked New Braunfels Councilwoman Cathy Talcott, who attended the meeting, what the city was hoping WORD would do about the proposed regulations.
Talcott said the city was still in the fact-finding process and was not asking WORD to pass any rule.
"We are hoping to get input from outfitters on it,” Talcott said.
Gilman said if WORD does not
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At one time children's laughter F cubage-Krueger Building ss on their roller skates.
Tbs owner, man, plans to as much as
The nation for ~ leal Commission, and Knieper is applying for a historical designation with the city's Historic Landmaik Commission.
The Historic Commission is scheduled to coo-fidsr the designation at 8:30 un. today at the Municipal Building. 424 S. Casten Ave.
Krueger said the renovation should be complete by August and be declined to comment on its total cost, wlhch. he said, does not include any public fends.
"I feel it's vitally important for the revitalization
Krueger said he expects to rent the residential units, which range from 800 to I JOO square feet, fcrS I jOOQ to SI JOO and the retail spaces for $1 per square foot.
The renovations are designed to restore the building to its original look when it was built in 1908 by Nicholas Hoi/, but will include modem features, Chiding ait elevator.
The units will fcivc two bedrooms and two bathrooms except for one, which will have one bedroom. All the units will have complete kitchens
with major appliances and features, including washers and dryers.
He said he will be markchpg the units to an upper-income bracket, including refiled couples who may want to avoid the coals associated with property ownership.
Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, agreed with Krueger's plan for marketing the rentals.
“There's not a only good market for the property, but it would also bring people to shop in downtown stores,** Meek said.
Meek said there are a number of retired couples and people working ok of their homes who could be interested in renting these type of apartments.
Through the years, the building was used as a roller rink, karate school and a dress factory, but mainly served the automobile industry in New Braunfels.
The Holz family first used the building as a dealership for Avoy Plows and Studebaker buggies and carriages.
Louis Fonhage apparently acquired the building in the early 1920s, which was then used for the Sippel Buick Co. Sippel was succeeded by Becker Chevrolet Co., which Krueger Chevrolet Co. bought in 1933.
From 1936 to 1944 the building housed a grocery store and four Ford dealerships, including
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apply the city's proposed standards to tubing in the district then someone else in a lawsuit could force WORD to do
"lf anybody dies drowning in the district and WORD has not set its own standards, then they will try to impose the city’s standards in the district over conditions that arc different," Gilman said atter the meeting.
Board member Zero Rivers, whose
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New sheriff doesn’t see trend in 1996 murder rate for area
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County saw a jump in murders in 19%, but newly-sworn in Sheriff Bob Holder said he does not believe the numbers are a cause for panic.
According to Holder, there were six murders in 19%, up from zero in 1995 and one in 1994 The city reported one murder for 1996, the same number as in 1995. In 1994, the city had two murders.
Of the seven total murders for the arca, five have been cleared. The city’s only murder victim was deputy constable Ben Kieslihg. In October, Paul Scott Ullrich was convicted of the killing, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Two of the county’s victims, Pennye and Sheldon Lindsey, were part of a double-murder, suicide. Two victims were part of a double murder. John Charles Naef, of San Antonio, is awaiting mal for the murders of John Patrick I .amb and Kelly IXiugherty.
"lf more information comes in on (the cleared county cases), we’ll certainly pity attention to that," said Holder. "That was cleared under (former) Sheriff Jack Bremer."
T wo county murders remain unsolved Fermin Flores of Seguin was shot with a small caliber weapon. His body was found on Doeppen-schmult Road on June 7.
"There are no suspects that I am aware of,” said Holder
Hie final murder of 1996 occurred on July 28, when the body of Michael W Henry, 21 of C anyon Lake was found on the side of FM 106. just west of Purgatory Road Henry’s hotly was stabbed and beaten.
"We’re waiting on an analysis on some evidence from the crime lab,” said Holder
Holder said he cannot explain the larger number of murders in 1996, but he does not believe it will he a trend.
"I think 1996 was a strange year, quite frankly,” said Holder "This is not the norm. I do not believe we will Turn to Cause, Page 2
Garden Ridge mulls purchase of Canyon Lake water rights
By DAVID DEKUNDER
GARDEN RIDGE — Looking to supplement the city’s water supply. Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P. Millikin said he has talked to the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority about acquiring Canyon Lake raw water rights.
Because of the possibility the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board will cut how much the city can pump from the aquifer, Millikin said it is important
for Garden Ridge to find an alternative source of water before it is too late
"The idea of purchasing Canyon Lake water nghts is to do it before the cost of raw water substantially escalates because of the water challenges all communities face,” Millikin said.
The mayor said the city is looking to purchase one to two acre feet a day, between 350,000 to 700,(KXI gallons per day.
'This is a requirement for the long
term when we get a water transmission line to the city from cither New Braunfels Utilities, Canyon Regional Water Authority, or GBR A,” Millikin said.
He said if the city can purchase raw water rights it will be prepared once a transmission line comes to the city.
“lf we wait five or seven years before a transmission line gets to the city there may not be any Canyon Lake water left (for us),’’ Millikin said.
Millikin has been talking to NHU about the possibility of purchasing 500,(KH) to 800,000 gallons per day. That decision will wait this spring atter the EAA determines how much water both Garden Ridge and NHU can pump •from the aquifer.
The purchase of NBU water rights would be for short-term water needs, Millikin said.
Millikin said he will ask the city water commission to consider his rec
ommendation at its meeting this month The water commission will then study it and make a recommendation to the city council at its February meeting OBRA General Manager Bill West said the discussion concerning alternative water sources has been an issue since his first day on the job as general manager.
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