New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Laura Ann Rodriguez, Kenneth Brinkkoeter (Saturday), Carl Newsome, William R. Woeckn-er, Janice Gandy.
Happy Anniversary to John & Margaret Landmark (47 years!).
Third Doll a Toy Show data la changad
The Third Annual Doll & Toy Show at the New Braunfels Civic Center will be moving to a new date - Saturday, Feb. 11.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The agenda for the show will remain the same. A raffle of several beautiful and valuable dolls is held at 4 p.m. with proceeds going to the Comal County Children's Shelter.
For more information, call Dorothy 625-3245.
Cktdaralla to ba cast Monday, Jan. 30
A pumpkin coach, Prince Charming, a glass slipper and a dream come true are all woven together by the magic of a Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, presented by the Missoula Children's Theatre. This original adaptation is a musical production which features 50 local children from K thru 12th grades.
Tickets are available at the Children’s Museum or during rehearsals at the civic center (after 4 p.m. daily, Monday. Jan 30.-Fnday, Feb. 3)
Proceeds will benefit the Children's Museum, New Braunfels Art League scholarship fund and other local chanties.
Auditions will be held Mon., Jan. 30 at 4:15 p.m. at the civic center. Fifty parts for students grades K thru 12th will be cast.
For more information, call Jean Wilson at 609-0454.
FPO Youth Choir ar# taking orders for Super Subs
The members of the High School Youth Council of First Protestant Church are taking orders for Super Sub Sandwiches for Super Bowl Sunday.
Sales proceeds will be used to support PPC Youth Projects and the S.O.S., Inc. Community Food Bank
Cost per 12-inch sandwich is $6. Send your order (with payment) to: SUPER SUB SANDWICH, First Protestant Church, 172 W. Coll St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130. Sandwiches can be picked up after the 10:30 service, Jan. 29 (Super Bowl Sunday).
Woman's evening Bible study set
The non-denominational, women’s evening Bible study, "JOURNEY WITH DIRECTION,” continues to meet at First Protestant Church, in the Family Life Center. The one-hour study begins at 7 p.m.
The study is taught by Marty Lindley. For more information, call 609-7729.
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1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of LAURA ANN RODRIGUEZ
Residents clash over proposed street
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The New Braunfels City Council recessed at the beginning of its meeting last night and reconvened less than a block away at the New Braunfels Civic Center to accommodate the number of citizens who attended.
Those citizens aired their differences on council agenda items in a meeting which lasted until 12:50 a.m.
The counpil meeting went into overtime when discussion began about extending Ridge Hill Drive through to Loop 337 to alleviate traffic congestion in the Mission Hills area, particularly on Kerlick Lane. "We’ve beat this subject to death,” said Mission Hills developer Randy Taylor.
The City of New Braunfels Development Plan/Transportation Plan (master plan) now provides for the extension of Ridge Hill Drive as an outlet for the subdivision. Petitions were presented to the council both on Dec. 12, 1994, and last night regarding the extension. Discussion was tabled on Dec. 12 pending further information gathering.
Area resident Jim Cook wanted the master plan amended to not require the Ridge Hill Drive Extension. "We are not being ‘elitist’ or ‘self-ish’...we want to keep out the undesirable element — the burglars, the thieves,” he said.
"If you cut Ridge Hill through to the loop,
Council schedules hearing for Paul Fraser
By 8U8AN FLYNT ENGLAND
The New Braunfels City Council voted unanimously to schedule a public hearing to allow Mayor Paul Fraser to answer charges in the recall petition presented to council on Jan. 14. The hearing will be Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Several citizens spoke up in Fraser’s behalf at
last night’s meeting. Jim Holster of Dist. 4 said that Fraser has been a long time leader in the community. “He took a leadership role in Lafarge when it wasn’t popular, and now he’s taking a leadership position on the library issue when it isn’t popular,” he said.
Another resident enumerated situations in which Fraser has served the community. "If he was incompetent why was he elected to a second term?” she said.
every car that goes through is going to shine its lights in my kitchen,” said another resident.
Others insisted that some sort of traffic collector street was absolutely necessary for traffic safety. “Honor and defend our master plan and diffuse this speedway that Kerlick has become,” said resident Stinson Worley.
The council heard numerous vehement opinions on both sides of the issue. Taylor, the area’s developer, defended his actions in circulating a petition regarding the Ridge Hill extension and claimed neutrality in the matter. "We circulated two petitions, one for, one against," he said. He claimed he had been directed by the city manager to circulate the petitions.
City manager Mike Shands disagreed with
Taylor’s version of the facts. “You came to me saying you wanted to kill the street,” he said.
Alternate ideas for easing the Kerlick Lane traffic problems were introduced: building a driveway connecting New Braunfels Christian Academy with Loop 337, and extending Valley View Lane instead of Ridge Hill.
Council member Ambrosio Benitez said that no solution would please everyone. “I suggest you go back and hammer out a solution,” he said.
A motion to table the item was made and seconded. It passed 4-3 with council members Jan Kennady, Brenda Freeman, Benitez, and Tim Walker in favor of tabling.
When the issue of scheduling a referendum on recycling came up, more emotion was dis
played. Council member Mary Serold introduced the agenda item to discuss a referendum. "The general consensus of the citizens I spoke with is that they want to have the opportunity to vote on this recycling program,” she said.
Trisha Cogdell of Dist. 2 took offense that recycling had not come for a vote in the first place, and accused Recycling Committee chair Susan Curtis of speaking irresponsibly about those who oppose recycling. "I’m afraid there’s not going to be a democratic process for my grandchildren,” she said, “The point is that you need to ask before you reach into our pockets.”
Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Bowers reminded citizens of the length of the planning process the city employed for recycling, and the opportunities for citizen input. “We did everything in our power to put this before the public. We had an excellent committee,” he said, "I feel we’re not giving this thing a chance to flourish.”
Kennady warned the council against changing its direction every time negative views are expressed after due process of legislation has already been completed. “It’s a terrible precedent to set,” she said.
Resident John Haas noted that citizens express their views when they vote for elected officials. "I voted for you guys to take care of business. Recycling is business,” he said, “The best thing you did this year was to get a contract and set up this recycling program.”
United Way tops $320,000 from ’94 drive
From staff reports
The Comal County United Way's 1994 campaign drive totalled $310,000 from 4,000 different local sources, according to a release from the organization this week.
The United Way board of directors met last week and elected Doug Miller as the new president for 1995 and also named Frances Huff as the organization's drive chair for the next campaign. She will be assisted by John Stauffer, who was instrumental in the success of the 1994 drive.
"We have a strong foundation to build upon and it is our responsibility to keep Comal County a great place to live," Miller said. "Over 4,000 citizens of our county have entrusted us to distribute their money where it can do the most good. This is an awesome assignment because over 35,000 people count on the United Way and we can't let them down."
Nine new board members were also elected, including Diana Guerrero-Campos, Deame Chollett, Joyleen Dodson, James Dunks, Bonnie Landrum, Ray Martinez, John Mathis, Lee Rodriguez and Bonnie Tetrault. David Sansing was named presidentelect and Cheryl Land was named treasurer.
The $320,000 was ail all-time high for the local United Way. The United Way began from what was called "the Community Fund," which began in 1954. The Community Fund was changed to United Way status in 1990. In five years, the total contnbution gathered each year has gone from SKK),OOO to $320,000.
Election to create water district may be called
Board to meet in Spring Branch
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Heratd-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Workers from Robinson Iron of Alexander City, Alabama and the New Braunfels Parks Department lower the Plaza Fountain back down to its foundation after it was returned from a repair job yesterday. A suspected drunk driver struck the Fountain several weeks ago, causing considerable damage. However, the city's insurance enabled the repair work to begin soon after the mishap.
A temporary board of directors for the Comal County Underground Water Conservation District will meet Wednesday night, 6 p.m. at the Spnng Branch Fire Station on U.S. Hwy. 281.
The meeting will include only one action item. to call an election to decide the creation of the distnct. Only those who live w ithin the proposed distnct boundaries would be eligible to vote in the election
Cameron Wiley of Bulverde was an onginal petitioner in the first phase to create the distnct I Ic is also a temporary board member but said a new board would be voted in should the distnct the creation pass.
Wiley said early indications say an election could come as early as May, although the temporary board has any of four dates within this year to set for election.
He said the county would not be in charge of the election, rather the temporary board.
"They arc not responsible for it," said Wiley. "We can contract with them to do it We need v oting machines, those kind of things.”
An election would conclude a long process to create the distnct. A petition was submitted in February of 1993 to the Texas Water Commission. A public hearing was conducted in the county in March and July of last year. and the petition tor creation, it approved by election, was granted by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission in November.
The proposed distnct would include approximately 64 percent of the county, about 360 square miles of land over the Trinity Group aquifer. It includes a proposed initial tax rate of .02 cents per $100 valuation, estimated to provide $ 137.8(H) annual revenue for recharge, brush control arui other water conservation projects.
NB Battalion Chief takes top honors in arson investigation
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Donald W Zereher took top honors among the law enforcement professionals who graduated Friday night from an Arson Investigation class offered by the Alamo Area Law Enforcement Academy.
The graduation ceremony was held at Oak Run School in New Braunfels.
Zercher’s fellow NBFD officer, Lieutenant Stephen K Mabe, was second in the class of 25.
Zereher is a 20-year veteran of the
Students in the arson investigation class began Aug. 29 to endure long hours of punishing work, said City Manager Mike Shands.
"They studied four nights a week and most Saturdays,” he said.
"Community service is a way of life for all of us, but these graduates have taken the effort to go a step further,” said speaker Jerry Smith.
Staey Cornwell of the NBFD described how the cadets had to undergo unnerving search simulations.
Entenng a vacant building iii Seguin, they would try to ferret out a hidden
suspect armed with a gun loaded with blanks.
“Every one of us got ‘killed’ more than once,” Zereher said.
Exhausting memorization of penal codes and traffic laws was another part of the training, said Cornwell. "They would get home from work, study ‘till midnight, then study again when they woke up in the morning,” she said
In an address to his fellow graduates, Zereher urged the younger cadets to learn from experience — theirs and that of their senior officers. "When you’re out in the field you can’t put a price on experience,” he said.
Zereher urged graduates to set an example with their own lives for youth to follow in the hope that future crime might be prevented.
"As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind,” said Edward Coleman of the Alamo Area Law Enforcement Academy, as he read the Code of Ethics which all law enforcement officers pledge to follow, "I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to til...”
Each of the 25 trainees who completed the course passed tile state examinations. They are: Seth A. Burgoon, Seguin Police Dept.; Joe S. Castillo,
Seguin Fire-EMS Dept.; Kurt A. Domke, Hays County Constable Pct. WI; Larry Leissner, Comal County Constable Pct. #2; Stephen k Mabe, New Braunfels Fire Dept.; John E. Moher, Hays County Fire Marshall’s Office, Robert Moya, Comal County Sheriffs Dept.; Joel V. Pope, Hays County Fire Marshall’s Office; Terrence I) Roberts, Comal County Fire Marshall’s Office, Martha Rodriguez, Seguin Fire-EMS Dept.; David E. Strawn, Hays County Fire Marshall's Office; Gerald Weniger, Seguin Fire-EMS Dept.; Donald W. Zereher, New Braunfels Fire DeptThe Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!