New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from tha Harald-Zaltungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Sybil Tups, Telia Franklin (SS years), iary Qllbart, Dustin jwrence, Patty Qlbson IS years), Dr. Daan Mama, Atalaya Mlehslls MuAoz, David Qsns Supul-var and Iran# Matamoros. And happy bslatad birthday to Monica Leland (two years), and Charlene Scott.
Spurs to host special night for New Braunfels
The San Antonio Spurs will host a community night honoring New Braunfels on Saturday, Feb.
4 for their 7:30 p.m. game against Sacramento.
The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club. The Spurs will donate $4 from each ticket sold to the downtown sidewalk paver project.
Tickets range from $10.50 to $45.50. Buses are available. For tickets or information, call Tobin or Maureen at 625-7502.
Registration for The Fantasy Factory, Circle Arts Theatre's school of drama for children, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the theatre, located in Landa Park.
The spring semester will begin on Feb. 6, with classes structured according to age groups. Six- and seven-year olds will meet on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be two classes for ages 8 and 9, the first being on Mondays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., and the second on Wednesdays in the same time slot. The IO- and 11-year olds will meet on Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Ages 12 through 14 will have classes on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
An advanced class, made up of mixed ages, and containing students that have gone through the basic program several times, will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p m They meet twice a week in order to prepare a more complex performance, usually a musical, for the public recital given at the end of the ten-week course.
Students learn the basics of theatre skills, involving proper use of the voice, movement, ensemble acting, and simple stage terminology. According to the associate director of the theatre, Roberta Elliott, they also gain in confidence and self-expression. “The instructors are more pleased about the personal strengths learned than the technical skills,” she said.
Assistant instructors will be Cathy Clark, music teacher at Mountain Valley Elementary, and Valane McCow Both are experienced actresses as well. For tuition fees or information, call 629-4808.
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Event to celebrate the arts
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Tonight New Braunfels artists and art lovers will flock to the Civic Center for the 15th annual Dinner With The Arts. Sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council, the sold-out event will include dinner, a gallery of works by local artists, an awards presentation, and a variety show spotlighting local performing talent.
"We insist on celebrating what is good in the arts locally,” said Arts Council President Elizabeth Elliott.
Among the awards presented will be the Arts Award and the Business Award. These recognize an individual and a business which have contributed
greatly to the arts in New Braunfels over the past year. Also honored will be a few individuals whose body of work over a long period of time has enhanced the quality of the local arts scene.
“One-Hundred-Fifty and Counting” is the theme for this year’s theatrical offering, in keeping with the sesquicentennial year of 1995. It includes acts ranging from “Orphans on the Guadalupe” to songsters in a broad range of styles to the New Braunfels German Folkdancers.
Dinner With The Arts serves to celebrate the arts and to remind New Braunfels of the vital role the arts play in the lives of its citizens. "We feel that the arts are an absolute essential in life;" said Elliott, “they are not frills."
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Complaints fuel call for recycling election
By Roger Croteau
New Braunfels voters may have the chance to vote on whether to continue the curbside recycling program begun two weeks ago.
Councilwoman Mary Serold has placed an item on the agenda for tomorrow’s city council meeting, which, if approved, would direct the city attorney to draft a referendum that could appear on the May 6 city election ballot. It would take another council vote after the referendum is drawn up to include the measure at the May 6 election, which will also include races for districts I and 2 on the city council and charter amendments.
“I am not sure what the exact verbage would be," Serold said. "Something on the order of do we continue with this particular program with BF1 after one year or not."
She said the city has an escape clause that would allow it to cancel the contract with BFI after a year. However, the city would have to buy back the blue recycling bins from BFI at a cost of about $30,000. Serold said.
The talk of an election on the future of recycling in New Braunfels came after city officials and city council members were flooded with complaints and questions about the program.
At the same time, city and BFI officials say the program appears to be off to a strong start BFI reported that 57 percent of households have put their recyclables out at the curb, and the volume picked up has exceeded 20 tons.
City Manager Mike Shands said he personally fielded more than IOO complaints since recycling began.
“I was a little surprised. I did not expect it.” he said. “Their concerns are numerous. They do not really object to the concept of recycling. The main question is whether it is the right pnority for the amount of money it costs."
The city will pay BFI about $650,000 over the three-year term of the contract. Residents are charged an extra $ 1.85 per month to pay for the program However, the city will get back half of the revenues from selling the recyclables collected, will save on tipping fees at the county landfill, and will benefit by extending the life of the county landfill.
“A lot of them complained because they had not heard it was coming," Shands said. "Some asked about the extra fuel used in the collection process since the trucks come from and go to San Antonio. Some felt like the money we pay BFI is leaving the city. Some said the money would be better spent on police, fire protection or fixing streets.
"One guy talked about all the water he wasted rinsing out a mayonnaise jar. People have done a lot of thinking about it,” Shands said. “All of those questions were considered and answered in recycling committee hearings.
“There are certainly other needs the city has, but if we wait until they are all addressed, you will nev er start recycling,’’ he said.
‘One guy talked about all the water he wasted rinsing out a mayonnaise Jar. People have done a lot of thinking about it.’
— Mike Shands. city manager
Serold said she stopped counting the number of complaints she received at 50 calls and nine visits. “I only had one call supporting it and that was from (County Judge) Carter Casteel.” she said.
Serold said she has heard of as many as five petitions being circulated asking for an election on whether to continue the recycling program, although she has only seen one, with two pages of signatures on it.
“The main complaint they expressed to me was not the $1.85, but that it was crammed down their throats," Serold said, although she added that the Recycling Advisory Committee did a good job of seeking public input and trying to keep the public informed.
“In no way should this be misconstrued as saying the recycling committee has not done its job," Serold said. “But now we are getting some public input and it should be considered. People have asked me to let them vote on it, and I am not going to deny citizens that right.’’
Serold said she never liked the idea that the recycling bins w ould not have covers, and that has been one of the often-voiced complaints, she said. The lack of a cover has allowed newspapers to be blown out of the bins. Also, newspnnt must be dry. and citizens have complained that they don’t know w hat to do with newspapers if it looks like it might rain.
"One man at Canula and Heather Lane had a foot-and-a-half stack of newspapers he picked up after the truck left his street.’’ she said.
Susan Curtis, chairwoman of the Recycling Advisory Committee, said she is “disgusted and discouraged" by the number of complaints and the prospect of an election on the issue.
“Mary Serold voted for it and she should support it now she said "Are we going to have a recall election for every decision city council makes? This town has recall fever.’’
Curtis said she is confident New Braunfels residents would support the program at an election, but she does not think an election is called for.
She said that people who did not know recycling was coming have no one to blame but themselves. She pointed out the numerous articles in the Herald-Zeitung ami many news reports on local radio stations.
“People need to give it a chance. Yes, there are bugs. But any program of this size is going to have a few glitches when it starts Ihey can be worked out." she said.
“The people behind this, (election effort) are giving their grandchildren this message: ‘I don’t care about your future. I just care about my $1.85 a month.’"
Last call for late night drinks?
Bar owners want input
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Various business owners throughout the county plan to meet with county officials this week to discuss the repeal of late-night alcohol sales in the county.
A public heanng has been set for I p.m., Thursday Feb. 2 in the Commissioners’ Courtroom, but some owners want to meet with officials before then.
“We want to be sensible and businesslike about it," said.Ron Gonzales, who owns the Solms City Limits. "...We were kind of blindsided with this."
Law enforcement officials have voiced a concern about traffic coming into the county late at night. Hays and Guadalupe counties, as well as
the cities of San Marcos, Seguin and New Braunfels, require businesses to stop serving alcohol at midnight everyday except Saturday, when the deadline is I a rn.
Officials say dangerous situations occur w hen people drive into Comal County to take advantage of the county businesses which can serve mixed drinks and beer until 2 a m. They would like to see the times made the same as Hays and Guadalupe counties.
County Judge Carter Casteel said she has already had more phone calls and input on this issue than any in recent memory. A three-week period was given before the hcanng date.
"We’re trying to give everybody plenty of time," said Casteel. "The public hearing is
intended to let everybody have a chance to speak"
Casteel said no action item had been placed on the agenda as yet. A simple vote by Commissioners’ Court could set the hours back to midnight.
Gonzales said business owners would like a chance to work with the county before any action is taken. He and other owners say stricter enforcement of current rules would help.
"I think I’ve taken measures in my own personal business,” said Gonzales, who also owns the Cafe Adobe in New Braun-fels and Adobe Verde in Greene and is a president of the Seguin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “...Give us a chance to* work on the issues. Most of us are doing a great job on that"
Herald Zaitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Project Graduation rally
A party at Luby’s Cafatarla Saturday was tha kickoff for this year's Project Graduation, which glvaa high school seniors a aafa placs to havs fun on graduation night, without alcohol or drugs. A series of avants will raise funds for the parties, and will provlda prlzss to ba glvtn away. Sa# story on Page 2A.For subscription, advertising or news information, call 625-9144