New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, January 30, 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Laura Ann Distort
Vol 145. No 56
Birthday wishss from tho Harold Ztttung!
The jVew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Anna Gonzales, Mary Meder, (obeli Schima, Jo Ann Hilliard, (andy McIntosh, Jamie Mueller, Stacy Schmeitekopf, James Eduards, Nikki Remington (8 yean old), Mari Bocanegra (7 ; rears old), Steve Mopier, Laura Ann Dieter!
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Cleburne and Cleo HIM (50 years, belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144.
MoW — 270 Mountain Cedar — 45
(Pollan measured in paris par cubic meter of air. information provided by Dr Frank Hampel.)
sva Information Comal River — 204 cubic feet per second, down four from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet — 623.57feet above sea level, down .01. Canyon Dam discharge —195 cfs Canyon I .aka inflow —151 cfs Canyon Lake level — 90903 Wet above I level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NSU reports pumping 3.515 muon gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 2.921 mMon gallons at wet water were used
Tixas Tomorrow Fund program
The Comptroller’s Office is offering brochures and applications for the Texas Tomorrow Fund.
The program allows Texas families to provide for their children’s future college education at a current fixed cost. The current enrollment period ends Feb. 18.
For more information or an application, contact the Texas Tomorrow Fund at (800) 445-GRAD [47231, or Rep. Edmund Kuem-pel’s office at (512) 463-0602.
economic forecast laminar on tap
New Braunfels Title Co. will sponsor a seminar on the New Braunfels area's economic forecast from 9 to 11 a rn Friday at the Holiday inn.
Travis TiJos and Jon Hockenyo6 of Texas Perspectives Inc will g^ve the presentation For information or reservations call New Braunfels Title Co. at 625-7553 or stop by any of their three Comal County offices in Canyon Lake and New Braunfels.
Halp with tax returns for senior citizens
Tax-aid volunteers will provide tax preparation assistance to senior citizens and others on a first come basis beginning Saturday This is a free 9erw» Please bring supporting paperwork (W2 anc 1099s) and last year's tax return Times and sites are 10 a m to 2 p m Wednesdays and Satur days at the Dittlinger Memona Library, 1 to 5 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Senior Center, and 1 to 4 p m Wednesdays and 9 a m. to noon Saturdays at the Canyon Lake Action Center.
YoungArtist Compot it Ion
The best and brightest young vocalists in the area hit the high notes Feb. 8 as the Young Artist Competition opens to the public at 3 p.m. in the Schuech Fine Arts Center at Texas Lutheran University. Music students compete for a $750 first place purse and a contract for one perfor mane© with the Mid-Texas Symphony in May with renowned conductor David Mairs Vocal ists will perform two selections of contrasting style selected from standard opera, oratorio, can ta ta or songs with orchestra Accompaniment. For information contact Caroline Weston at 606-0462.
First-time home buying just got easier
By DENISE DZIUK
• A program could be available as early as the beginning of April to help local first-time buyers with low to moderate incomes purchase their first home.
The Alamo Area Housing Finance Corporation held a presentation Wednesday to review the 1997 Single Family Mortgage Revenue Bond Program. Financial advisor for the program, D. Ladd Pattillo, of D. Ladd Patti I lo and Associates, said the goal of the program is to offer assistance in purchasing a home for low and moder
ate income families at a below market interest rate.
‘‘We’re not talking about low income housing, but affordable housing for first-time buyers,” said Pattillo. “There’s no stigma. It’s not that kind of thing at all.”
Pattillo said roughly $15 million will be available for a 10-county area, including Comal County. Beginning April 3, first-time buyers will be able to apply for the loans. Under the guidelines for the program, families of two or fewer with an income less than $46,440 and families of three or more with a income of less than $54,180 are eligible
for the 30-year loan. Price limits will apply to the homes being purchased with the loan. The maximum eligible price fora home ranges from $108,447 to $206,636, depending on the number of units and whether it is a new home.
In addition to the low interest rates, down payment assistance is also available to those who qualify for a loan. The buyer could borrow up to $5,000, which will be forgiven if the borrower stays in the home for five years or more.
‘The one thing that this program has that a lot of other programs don’t have is the down payment assistance,” said
Kathi Win, assistant vice president of public finance with Kirkpatrick Pettis. “For some, that's a big help.”
Local real estate agent Gale Pospisil, of Pospisil Buyer’s Service, said this program will be a real benefit to families who are interested in homes within the price limits.
‘‘I think it’s a good program,” said Pospisil. “We have an awful lot of people who would like to buy a house that can't afford the interest rates.... I think this will help a lot of people qualify.” Rita Kaufmann, vice president and manager at First Commercial Bank, said people want to be able to call a
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IjMnger library goes on-line
By AM LEVY
SU* Writer ■
The Dtttlinger Memorial Library has come a long way since 1938 whan the city's first facility, the Emmie Sccle Faust Public Library, began offering a small circulation ofbookf to residents.
In keeping with fast-paced technology, the
Bvy began offering World Wide Web access on I computers behind die information desk at the beginning of this year.
About a dozen people use the Internet services each day and the numbers are growing, library officials said.
“It’s another resource,** said Vickie Hocker, library director. “It’s like having access to another global data bank for our community. People are bringing in their magazines and notes with websites they've read about.”
The busiest times for the new service have typically been weekday evenings and Saturdays Users have reflected a cross section of the community.
“The use (the new service) is getting is a diverse as our patrons are,” Hocker said. “Whether ifs a student looking for a country for a report or the status of legislation.”
Already the new service is helping library officials expand their resources.
Hocker said a woman came in Tuesday to look up the speech given by former President Ronald Reagan after the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 11 years ago.
The new service was able to locate the speech and provide the woman with a printout in less than three minutes.
Patrons had been calling for about a year to check whether the service was available.
Library officials said they expect to expand the number of Internet computers in upcoming plans to build a larger library facility on Common Street The two Internet computers cost $6,173 to hook up and provide service. The cost was paid from die library’s general Rind.
Friends of the Library, which held a book sale, paid for the computers’ workstations.
ON LINE GUIDELINES
The Dtttlinger Memorial Library at 373 Magzine Ave. now offer* two computers with access to the Internet A person must have a library card to use the new service. Here are the guidelines:
B Persons younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent.
B The stations are offered on a first-come, first-served basto with a 30-minute
B lf no one is using the computers, additional time is sdowed until another person Is waiting.
B Printouts may be made from web sites at 10 cents per copy.
B The computers ara to be used to obtain information and not to send or download hies or use email.
No-shows prevent planning panel from taking action
By ABE LEVY
The city’s Master Plan Steering Committee met Wednesday, but did not take action because it lacked enough members to make a quorum.
Only five of the IO members attended and they heard a status report on the search for a planning firm that will assist the committee in compiling a master plan. The process is expected to take as long as two years.
The committee chairman, John Dierksen, appointed himself, Mayor Jan Kennady, New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Paula DiFonzo and City Planning Director Harry Bennett to serve on a selection committee
‘It’s going to bo so critical that we get some grass-roots involvement. It’s such a slow process. The community is growing and so much is happening.’
— John Dierksen. Master Plan Steering Committee chairman
That committee plans to read the five proposals from Houston. Austin, San Antonio and Dallas firms arui then narrow the candidates to three.
Those three will then be interv iewed during a joint meeting of the steering committee and the city's Planning and Zoning board, which will make a recommendation lo the C ity Council No date was set for that meeting but it could occur by the end of February,
NBU and the city have each pledged $I(X),(XX) to split the costs for the consulting work.
The steering committee is made up of representatives from throughout the city, including C omal and Guadalupe counties, New Braunfels Utilities, the two school districts and two chambers of commerce.
City officials and committee mem-
house their own because it gives them a sense of pride. She said this program will help more first-time buyers realize their dream.
“We are very interested in the program,” said Kaufmann. “We have to be able to assist (the increasing number of people) in affording to move from renting to owning their own house This program will do that ”
Various lending institutions must decide if they will commit to the project. The money will be available beginning April 3, and Pattillo said that is the earliest applications will be taken.
Committee plans door-to-door solicitation of ideas to aid proposal
By ABE LEVY
hers will be try to include the public as much of as possible in reviewing trends in land use inside the city limits, including, zoning, transportation, utilities, infrastructure, public buildings, annexation and subdivision development.
At the next meeting, the committee is scheduled to discuss the procedure for setting up the numerous subcommittees they plan to appoint, which will study tile various aspects of growth to include in the final master plan.
“It’s going to be so critical that we get some grass-roots involvement," Dierksen said. “It’s such a slow process. The community is growing and so much is happening.”
Do you think the deer population inside the city limits of New Braunfels is a problem? The city’s Deer Management Committee wants to know.
The 15-membcr ad hoc committee plans to go door to door throughout various neighborhoods, asking about the deer situation before its next meeting Feb. IO.
Tile committee met for the first time Wednesday to elect officers, and decided to survey residents primarily iii the northwest section of town around I .anda Park where most of the deer sitings have occurred.
Members agreed that they need to determine whether the deer pose a problem, what is it affecting and what plan for relief is needed “Tile deer committee wants to know if it is a problem ilia! warrants a plan,” said newly elected chairman I.airy Anderson
lf a plan is needed, the committee likely w ill submit a proposal it) council for consideration by midsummer so that it could he implemented from October It) March, when more deer are seen iii town.
The committee was charged by council to study the situation, but prohibited it from proposing the killing of deer through such methods as how hunting
Options under their review include trapping and relocation through the Parks and Wildlife Department, prohibiting feeding of the deer til hiring* a company to turn the deer into venison for charitable contributions
HOW TO HELP
The city’s Deer Management Committee is soliciting input from New Braunfels residents about whether the deer population inside city limits poses a problem, and if so what needs to be done.
Call the city at 608-2100 to voice your response.
The next meeting is at 7:30, Feb. 10 at City Hall, 424 S. Casted Ave. The committee plans lo review responses at thatCoach exemplifies true meaning of sportsmanship. Page 4.