New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texas
January 13,1987 25 Cents
One Section, 12 Pages
Safes tax receipts down
New Braunfels’ first check this year for its share of the one-cent city sales tax was down 2 7 percent from last January’s return The only city in the tri-county area to show a significant increase was Schertz, up 12.75 percent from last year.
Checks returned Friday by State Comptroller Bob Bullock to the 1,038 cities that levy the one-cent sales tax reflect sales during last November. Returns statewide were down almost nine percent according to the cxomptroller's office.
New Braunfels received $106,382.49 compared to last January’s check for $109,333.93 City Finance Director Jim Jeffers said the community should be thankful the decrease was not as great as those in many neighboring cities. Jeffers has previously stated that the city relies heavily on sales tax returns for general operating revenues since ad valorem taxes collected locally account for only 20 percent of city revenues
’’Although I am not as optimistic as I once was, I think everyone should go out and hug their local retailer for doing as well as they did," Jeffers stated Monday. “All in all we experienc
ed less fluctuations than many surrounding communities I don't know what (retailers) are doing, but they are doing it right," he added.
In Guadalupe County. Schertz received $34,413.40 compared to $30,521 12 for the same period last year. Seguing check totalled $68,497 98. a 6 84 percent drop from last year. Marion noted an increase of 28 percent with its check for $1,750.48 whUe Cibolo * return of $1,661.68 was a decrease of 61.5 percent Countywide spending in November was off an average of 3 11 percent.
In Hays County, San Marcos’ check for $91,027 76 was down 7.28 percent from last January. Buda recorded a 14 percent dip with its check of $7,546 17. Dripping Springs showed a decrease of 36.5 percent with its return for $3,050 33 Kyle received a 21.8 percent boost over last year’s check, receiving $3,508.83 for the current period Overall spending in Hays County for the period was off 7.80 percent
In Bexar County. San Antonio’s check for $2,991,074.43 was off 11.7 percent With 20 cities using the one-cent levy, overall county spending was down an average of ll 33 percent.
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Numbered areas in and around New Braunfels identify prime regions of concern for drainage committee members and engineering staff. Although not based on priority, the areas show regions that drain into one another and in which development has contributed to runoff.
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City Council authorizes water study bid requests
By DAVID MAY and JIM WEBRE Staff Writers
New Braunfels Chamber of Com-lerce Board of Directors will meet londay, Jan. 19, at noon in Meuse’s Cafe....
purchase of road equipment
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
ComFund total pledges to date stand at $112,928. about 75 percent
of the 1988-17 goal of SISO,OOO. Keep Comal County Commissioners took action Monday
those checks and pledges coming in that will ultimately put the county in the road resurfac-
'cause some 22 social and human ing business by next year.
service agencies across New County scions called for bids on four pieces of road
Braunfels and Comal County depend resurfacing equipment including an oil distributor, chip on It. You know someone who gets spreader, heat and storage tank and a rated capacity
something from one of these truck. The bid package would include a I ease-purchase
organizations, kids, seniors, single option over the next three years with some $84,000
parents, toms and others derive already budgeted for that period of time,
services from this myriad of helping Commissioners retained an option that would allow hands.... separate purchase of hams, probably tho storage tmh
▼bn Menu and track. Bidders may offer a one package deal to in-
iiiwisien a ii on tho itoms as wbU aslietingequipment
vkAiiiriBo, . T-i i ahflumhr county choose to purchase at such
COMICS..................7-1 County Engineer Mac MeOoy hopes to receive the
CROSSWORD..............S equipment by July with a three-month training program
OBAR ABBY...............S for road department employees following.
naiTtiABiif I The road (Apartment's 1987 budget will allow (or some
aIiuiauc ..............a 40 miles of county roads to be resurfaced this year. On a
Orinioni, Mtii contracted basis, McCoy said he expects costs to be
SPORTS........ t similar to last year’s 48 miles of rsnrfaring, which ho
WRATHRR.................t called surprisingly low.
McCoy supplied commissioners with a list of 95 miles of comity arterial and subdivision roads in need of single ■cal-coating, single overlay and reconstruction work for prioritizing expected within SO days. He hopes for contract bids to go out the first halt of this year.
McCoy said he does not expect to have resurfacing equipment in place for county use in time for the current year’s prelects. Commissioners said they plan to tour the 53.7 miles of arterial and 42 miles of subdivision roads listed to sot priorities.
’’This is not a complete list but a list of the roads we foal are in the most critical need of repairs," McCby told the court "There are three times too many miles of roads tho* we can g mis year's budget," he added.
He noted that Bingle eeal-coating is the least expensive of the three typos of road resurfacing and said he will recommend thid standard for as Beany roads as possible. Roads slated for reconstruction require some rtRit-of-way acquisitions to properly perform needed repairs, McCoy said, which include applying three inches of new base material with a double seal root overlay. Most work listed, according to the engineer, call for surface treatment work only.
January meetings of The New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society will be the 15th and 29th at 7:30 p.m. each day. Location is the I G. k N. Depot. The meeting on Jan. IS is especially important since the society will be electing officers. Nominees are Felix Roque, president: Lee Stewart, vice president historical; David Doege, vice president modeler; Bryan Weidner, secretary; Kermit Basse, treasurer; Otto Peiper, trustee historical; and Don Rude, trustee modeler...
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The Miller family, clockwise from back left, Mark, Larry Jr. Melissa, Larry, Jane and Michelle.
"We were using the beach chairs as stretchers," the doctor said. "It took a while before we saw any city services."
The fire, now thought to have been started by disgruntled employees, started on the first floor of the hotel "Within a matter of two minutes, the whole bottom of the hotel was in flames," Dr. Miller said.
Larry Miller Jr.. 18, and Mark Miller, 15, were surfing directly in front of the hotel when fire broke out. "I saw a little bit of smoke at first and didn’t really pay any attention to it. ” the older boy said "Then the smoke just started pouring out."
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Comal commissioners okay
New Braunfels City Council, on the recommendation of its advisory panel and city staff, authorized advertising requests for proposals from civil engineering firms to develop a complete watershed management study for the city and its two-mile extra-territorial jurisdiction.
Ultimate goal of the city-appointed drainage advisory committee and proposed watershed study is to devise a full set of ordinances to be used to control development and future expansion in such a manner as to not adversely affect properties and residences downstream through water runoff.
The city currently has an enforceable interim ordinance that expires in September The city secretary will receive requests for proposals from prospective firms at City Hall until 2 p.m. Feb. 12. Staff then will review, evaluate and negotiate requests, bringing a contract to council by March 9. at which time action may be taken
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Family and friends of Ranno Adams, right, ha!pad him calabrata his birthday Monday at AAC Donald's, Ranno, who * tumad 3, has boon undargoing canc ar traatmant sine# lost January whan doctors ramovad a tumor from tho mastoid bahind his aor. Ranno's mothar Cappy Adams said tho tot Is "doing good and wa want to Bhara it with avarybody in Now Braunfats."
television and newspaper reporters hoping to learn first-hand about the family’s experience at the devastating New Year’s Eve hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Dr Larry Miller and his wife. Jane Miller, were relaxing on the beach during their two-week holiday when fire broke out in the DuPont Plaza Hotel Within minutes, the doctor with some twenty years of emergency room experience was treating burned victims. Still in his bathing trunks. Miller began administering emergency treatment by draping burned bodies with wet towels and Belee ting those in the most critical condition to be taken to nearby hospitals.
Comal County Attorney Bill Reimer has renounced is Democratic Party affiliation in favor of a GOP label. During his address before Comal County Republican Women Monday,
Reimer said his change of heart and loyalties was the best way to show support for President Reagan One loyalty that will remain unchanged, he said, is his dedication to the citizens of Comal County.
Reimer's former assistant, Ron Prichard, a Republican, ran successfully against incumbent court-at-law Judge Charles Blackley in the last general election despite Republican support for Blackley, a Democrat. Reimer, therefore, is obliged to address his former assistant as "your Honor" these days. Ah, politics ...
New Braunfels Masonic Lodge No. 1109 will meet at 7:30 p m tonight at the Masonic Hall Masons do not invite people to join them People ask to join the Masons There is a story, perhaps apocryphal, that one reason Sam Houston spared Santa Ana s life at San Jacinto was that the Mexican general wore a Masonic ring and Houston, himself a Mason, was tumble to slay his bretheren, as it were....
After hotel fire
Miller family settl
By SARAH DUKE cameras, life is settling down to nor-
Staff Writer mal at the Miller home near
After dealing with death, destruc- For more than a week. the family lion and a barrage of television was the center (X attention from