New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Jan. 31,1995
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Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of SYLVIA ZAMARRIPA
■ Vol. 143, No. 56
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Morgan Rachell Fenner (1 year!), Sylvia Zamarripa, Sheila Van Ryswyk (Monday), Herbert Fey (Monday), Deborah Flt-sko, Isabel Garza, Eva Saenz, Larry Schulte, Robert Magnuson (Monday), James Ragsdale (Monday), Juanita Weaver.
Peer counseling starting at CCFWC
The Comal County Family Women's Center is starting group peer counseling for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Individuals who have expenenced violence in their family or been sexually assaulted in die past are encouraged to use this opportunity to explore how these events have impacted their lives while joining with others in the therapeutic process.
Family violence groups will meet on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. and on Wednesday mornings at IO a.m. Sexual assault and incest survivor groups will be offered on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 11 a m Interested individuals can call program coordinator Patty Bray at 620-7520 to set up a pre-group appointment. There is no fee for services provided through the women's center.
The center is currently in need of postage stamps, volunteers, three-nng notebooks, digital and infant thermometers, and a new sturdy vacuum.
Black Heritage Society hosting art contact for students
The Black Heritage Society of Comal County is hosting in art contest for students in local school distncts as one of the activities to luck off the 1995 Sesquicentennial celebration The art contest will be held the month of February to honor the accomplishments of Black Americans in observance of Black History Month
Entnes have already been submitted to the chamber of commerce
Winning art work will be put on display in the Texas Commerce Bank lobby for the entire month of February
Canoor Society to benefit from 'Rumors'
Circle Arts Theatre's Sunday, Feb. 5 performance of the Neil Simon play "Rumors" will benefit the local unit of the Amencan Cancer Society, and is the premier event promoting the annual ACS Starlight Gala to be held on June 16 this year.
There will be a wine and cheese reception for everyone attending the 7 p.m. performance Doors to the theatre will open and serving will begin at 6:15 pm
Tickets are available through Gals committee members and at Circle Arts Theatre.
For more information, call Linda Gabbard at 629-6153 or Laune at 620-1379.
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Candidates for chief narrowed to three
Headen accepts interim job in Lancaster
By MARK LYON
LANCASTER - Former New Braunfels chief of police Dick Headen. who resigned this fall as chief of police in New- Braunfels, has accepted the job of interim police chief in Lancaster, Texas, a suburb just south of Dallas.
According to Lancaster interim city manager Jackie Denman. Headen was hired on an intenm basis until a new city' manager is hired in one to two months.
"He is not an applicant for the permanent job." Denman said. "We will use his administrative background to help us find a new chief w hen a new city manager is hired."
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Three local public safety officials have stepped forward to apply for the New Braunfels chief of police job — New Braunfels Police Captain Ray Douglas, New Braunfels Police Lieutenant Felix Roque, and New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn, said City Manager Mike Shands.
Douglas is die interim chief of the NBPD. He has been with the force since 1978, and served with distinction for several years as a child abuse investigator.
Douglas has achieved advanced certification under the T.C.L.E.O.S.E. Texas law enforcement certification program.
Roque has served with the NBPD since 1971 He is the director of Youth Services at the department. Roque has earned advanced T.C.L.E.O.S.E. certification and masters peace
Assistant Chief Fnesenhahn came to the New Braunfels Fire Department in 1982 from a position as fire marshal at Alamo Heights.
Friesenhahn was promoted to assistant fire chief in 1988. “He’s the best assistant chief I* vc ever had,” said Fire Chief Philip Baker.
The city of New Braunfels considers internal applications for job openings before searching outside, said Shands.
“The applicants will each go through two days of testing and assessment next week,” he said.
After several days of deliberation an announcement will be made as to whether ane of the three internal applicants is chosen or die search for a chief of police will be continued and
The job of selecting the police chief falls under the city manager’s duties. “The final decision is up to me,” said Shands.
CISD seeking waiver from state’s 22-to-l ratio mandate
By CRAIG HAMMETT
While Comal Independent School Distnct board and officials were discussing building projects, approving land purchases and hiring new teachers last week, one item passed quickly, an item that helped fuel the need for the others.
Since the mid-1980s the distnct has requested waivers from the state’s 22-to-l student-teacher ratio mandated in Kindergarten through fourth grades.
Last week, the distnct passed a measure to ask the state once again for a waiver. Assistant Superintendent Carol Hall said IO sections in the distnct are affected in Pre K -4.
“We’re actually in better shape than last year. We hired elementary teachers last year and gave pnonty to the elementary,’* she said.
The distnct also built portable buildings and moved classrooms around to adjust to growth panems.
Many schools in the state, especially along the Interstate-3 5 corridor, have requested waivers for class size due to growth
“The state checks to see if we’re building portables, discussing bond packages...” she said
The state could withhold funding if it came to that, although Hall had heard of no cases where this has happened The CISD passed a bond to build three new intermediate schools for grades five and six to address growth.
The State Legislature is discussing allowing school distncts to determine their own class-size requirements. Right now, the CISD tnes to limit class size to 25:1 in the higher grades where there are no state mandates.
“The fewer children the more individual instruction is what is generally accepted,” said Hall. “...I hope we as a distnct would try to maintain the 22:1 in the elementanes if possible.”
School finance law upheld
AUSTIN (AP) — When the current school finance law was challenged by propefty-nch, poor and mid-wealth school distncts, one lawyer for the state quipped that it must be constitutional because it made everyone unhappy
On Monday, her prediction was borne out: The Texas Supreme Court upheld the state's latest share-the-w cal th school finance law.
“Children who live in property-poor distncts and children who live in property-rich distncts now have substantially equal access to the funds necessary for a general diffusion of knowledge,” wrote Justice John Comyn for the 5-4 majority
City awarded $230,000 from TP&W for improvements to Landa Park
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Lamia Park is going to become better than ever thanks to the far-sighted dedication of the Parks dc Recreation Advisory Board and Parks dc Recreation Director David Whatley
The Texas Parks and W ildlife IX*pt has awarded the city a $230,(XX) grant for the improv ement of Landa Park, the largest grant for park development ever received by the city
Among the improvements in the park will fie a “zero depth” pool for small children "The spntig-fed is pretty cool for the little ones,” said parks board Vice Chair I been Wofford, ” and die Olympic is too deep ” TIk* new pool can be a leam-to-swim pool as well as friendlier pool for dis abled access, said Whatley.
The grant will also fund slides and othci play equip men! at the spnng-fed pool, said Wofford "Studies show that most people who come to the pool come to play." she said
A new running/walking "biking trail will be added to the park Many use the park for exercise in the morning and at lunch time, said Mal llerbclin, parks board chair. The exact location of the trail has yet to be determined The existing playground equipment will be augmented with added, up-to-date equipment, said Wotloid Cleaning the algae from the spnng-fed pool is anodic! goal which the grant will help achieve ”
The spring-fed pool used to be crystal clear," said Her behn. Before the fountain darter became protected, the pool was drained twice weekly and sprayed with Clorox “Now tliey’re trying to come up with a chemical that will take care of the algae without harming the environment,” said Hcibchn.
This is the first project of its kind in the country. he said "We were the first to put in an ADA (American Dis abilities Act) tuber exit Now we’re going to be breaking new ground on this," he said "It’s come a long way, considcnng it used to be- Harry Lamia's pasture," said Herbehn.
Plans for improvements began some IO years ago
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels has recently been awarded $230,000 texas I’,ilks Hi W ildlife grant to improve Landa Park. Hie planning and application for that grant has been an aiduous process Park improvements have been in the plans tor about ten years, said City Manager Mike Shands
An mgxxtant thing to remember about the grant is that is a matching grant, said parks and recreation Director David Whatley, "The cit) lias to put up an equal amount of money," he said, “and every cent of the matching funds were from user fees "
(onsidenng w hat it costs to use the various park facilities, the parks department literally saved up its pennies lot years to make the matching grant possible.
I i leer) W offord, parks board vice-chair, has been on tile board since plans to improve Lamia began "We started talking about it on the parks board almost ten years ago.’ she said. "We’re all looking forward to seeing it all in place.”
There were 69 applicants for this type of grant, said Whatley. Fifteen cities received grants. "And New Braunfels was one of only six cities in the state to receive a giant tor tile development of an existing park,” he said
Hic parks board tried for the same type of grant this time last year and was turned down. "That turned out to our advantage anyway," said Whatley, “because we were able to save more matching funds " The city can only apply for as much money as it has funds to match.
The planning and execution of this grant is an example of working participatory government at its best, said Shands
County seeks grant to build new park
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Some citizens of Comal County may have new and improved park facilities by the end of this year, provided a gram is approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Commissioner’s Court approved a resolution adopting a recreational master plan as recommended by the Comal County Parks Advisory Committee. Thespian includes one new park near Canyon Lake and improvements to Eikel Field in New Braunfels.
The county hopes to obtain a matching grant from the state to help with the development of the parks.
In her budget plan for this year, County Judge Carter Casteel lobbied for funds to start a parks program. Of the $100,000 proposed for that purpose, about $75,000 was eventually approved A county master plan also calls for future parks in other areas of the county, incuding Bulverde
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Photo by STEVE HAMM
(From left) Meta, Wanda and Willie Mae Timmermann were honored as Hall of Honor recipients Friday night at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet held at th# New Braunfels Civic Center. All seven eieters were named to the Hall of Honor, as well at Margaret Fields and Iris Schumann. See Page 2 for more chamber banquet photos.The Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!