New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ July 13,1993
Serving Comal County ■ Home of Dr. Jerry Scott Major
Vol. 141, No. 167
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Gail Walker, Jonathan Lagunas, Nora Sotelo, Michelle Hubertus (belated), Happy Anniversary to Dwight and Betty Doeppenschmidt, and also Gregorio and Sara Espinosa (30 years).
Lodge hosts Deputy Grand Master
The New Braunfels Masonic Lodge #1109,1157 W. San Antonio St., will have a Stated Communication, today at 7:30 p.m. District Deputy Grand Master Kellis D. Moore of the Grand Lodge of Texas will make his official visit at the meeting. Members and Masonic visitors are urged to attend.
Christian Women’s Club luncheon set
The New Braunfels Christian Women's Club will hold its monthly luncheon at Woodlands Country Club at Canyon Lake at 12 p.m. today.
The special feature will be a hat contest - most elegant, most original, funniest. Featured speaker will be Marsha Wall, principal of the New Braunfels Christian Academy. For reservations, call 620-5205 or 629-2995. For free nursery, call 620-5929.
Bop. Kuompol moves Austin office
State Representative Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) will move his office from the Capitol to the State Board of Insurance Building, room 203, effective immediately. The move, prompted by the State Capitol Renovation Project, will be temporary. Completion of the renovation is expected by December, 1994. Rep. Kuempel may be contacted by writing P.O. Box 2910, Austin, Texas 78768-2910 or by calling 512-463-0602.
The State Board of Insurance Building is located to the east of the Capitol at the comer of San Jacinto and 11th Streets.
FBC Canyon Lake ’Summershins’ sot
"Summenihinr" will be the theme for Vacation Bible School, set for July 12 through 16 at First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake.
Activities and study are planned for children age three through sixth grade. Featured will be Bible stories and study, crafts, and much more as the carnival theme "Summershine" fun continues through the week.
For further information, call 964-3457.
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Veterans protest budget cut
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Manuel Camareno, a veteran from New Braunfels, signs a petition asking the county to reinstate fulltime hours to the position of Comal County veterans service officer.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL and ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writers_
A local veteran is circulating a petition to area residents in an attempt to gain support for keeping the hours of the Comal County veterans service officer at 40 hours per week.
Manuel Camareno, of New Braunfels, began the petition this week. He said petitions should be available at area VFW posts and American Legions by this afternoon.
A decision was recently made by county commissioners to cut the veteran’s service’s hours from 40 to 20. Camareno said these hours will not be sufficient to serve the more than 1,000 veterans who live in Comal County.
Camareno said the veterans’ service officer works to ensure veterans get any disability benefits they have earned. The officer also works with wives and children of veterans.
“It’s all got to be done through him.. .I use him as an advisor for everything,’’ he said.
Most of the work includes paper work that must be sent to either Houston or San Antonio. Camareno said he is concerned veterans will be forced to go to San Antonio to receive their benefits.
‘The veterans of Comal County were selected to go into the military by the county’s own people. When they needed us, we responded. Now we need for you to help keep what we’ve got,” he said.
Camareno is hoping to get at least 700 signatures for the petition. The petition requests that the veterans service office remain open for 40 hours per week and that the salary of the new officer be negotiated by the commissioners court.
Commissioner Neil Craigmile said that the commissioners were simply trying to be good business managers for the
“It’s not intended to be a decrease in services to veterans,” Craigmile said. “The Veterans Service Officer has been able to take on other duties and still provide his services to
“We had pretty well decided when we advertised for the position to make it a part-time position,” Craigmile said “We are talking to some other counties about sharing a person. There was the feeling that there would not decrease in services and many of those interested don’t want to work fulltime.”
Petition to recall Bremer presented to council
Residents tell council that Bremer does not represent District 2
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Several New Braunfels residents addressed the city council Monday night to present a petition requesting the recall of District 2 City Councilman Dan Bremer.
The petition was signed by more than 205 residents from District 2. It was presented to the council by New Braunfels resident Mary Serold.
According to Serold, the petition drive began last week and continued through the weekend. Other residents who attended the council meeting were also asking to sign the petition.
“He (Bremer) has been acting like he’s speaking for us when he’s really not,” said Serold. “It’s not just the Mr. Goodbread situation. He has threatened the entire election process. He represents us as our mouthpiece. That is what has upset everybody in District 2.”
Paul Lenzen, who also worked on the signature drive, said if the recall is successful, it will be up to the voters of the city to decide if there should be
Judge says Goodbread not a holdover member
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
District Court Judge James Myers ruled Monday that Qty Councilman James Goodbread cannot serve as a holdover candidate on the New Braunfels City Council.
The judge issued an injunction preventing Goodbread from taking a seat on the council. The injunction is expected to continue until a final decision is made during the trial scheduled for Sept. 8 or until other orders are given by the court.The question on Goodbread’s eligibility as a holdover candidate was brought before the judge by the state through councilmen Dan Bremer and Butch Benitez. Bremer and Benitez have served as relaters for the state in the case.
, New Braunfels attorney Ken Brazle has served as counsel for the relaters. Brazle said he is pleased with the judge’s decision.
According to Brazle, the defendants in the case still have the opportunity to appeal the injunction. He added that if Goodbread loses the battle
to be able to serve his fourth term, he can still fight to sit as a holdover until a special election can be held.
If the judge determines he can take a seat on the council, then the issue brought forward by Bremer and Benitez will “go away,” said Brazle.
Goodbread said he was not sure if he would file an appeal. T don’t wart to lock myself in. There is a trial coming up and I will look for that,** he said.Goodbread spoke about the judge’s decision during Monday night’s city council meeting.
“Yes, I am disappointed to have a temporary setback... I am determined to see this confrontation to its conclusion,” he said.
“The sad thing about this is our city is the loser.. .I feel justice will prevail when this comes to a trial,” said Goodbread. Goodbread’s speech was followed by a standing ovation from approximately half of foe more than I OO people attending the meeting.
A hearing was held last Thursday to determine Goodbread’s eligibility as a holdover council member. Goodbread has been under a temporary restraining order until Monday’s decision was announced.
City Manager Hector Tamayo said the petition will go the city secretary, who will verify the signatures. The petition must have 150 valid signatures in order to be accepted If the signatures are verified, a special meeting to discuss the matter must be held. This meeting
is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
After the signatures are presented to the council by the city secretary, Bremer will have five days to call a public hearing if he so desires. The council will then have IO days after the hearing to call an election, unless the council member in question decides to resign.
The next available election day will be Nov. 2. lf this election is held, voters will have to decide if Bremer should be recalled. If he is recalled, then another election would be held in January to elect a new council member.
Bremer was not available for comment as of press time.
Schlitterbahn giving boost to local economy
Resort employs number of local, area youths during summer season
By ROSE MARIE EASH SKH Writer
In addition to the dollars tourists visiting Schlitterbahn Waterpark bring to New Braunfels every summer, there’s an economic impact made by the employees, too. There’s more than 1,700 of them!
There are 484 lifeguards and 252 of them are from New Braunfels and the surrounding communities of Canyon Lake, Spring Branch, Bulverde, Seguin, Universal City, Schertz, Cholo and Wimberly.
There arc 73 employees who do park clean-up. Most of them are under 16 and most of them are from New Braunfels.
There are 433 other seasonal employees in the food service, gift shop and admissions areas and two-thirds of them live in New Braunfels.
Thomas Cannon, 18, is a life guard at Schlitterbahn.
‘The hours are very convenient,” Cannon said. “You’re dealing with the public everyday — it’s good experience for later on when you get a real job."
Cannon has worked at Schlitterbahn for three years and says he spends his money locally as do most of the other employees.
“I keep most of it in the bank for
July 4th drowning victim found at Canyon Lake
HerakJ-Zoitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Thomas Cannon, an 18 year-old lifeguard from New Braunfels, has worked for Schlitterbahn for three years now.
college and use some for gas money,” he said. “Most (of the employees) eat here at places like Taco Bell and they use the Mill Store Plaza stores because the malls are too expensive.”
Cannon said it’s not easy for young people to find jobs in New Braunfels unless they have a personal connection with someone who has jobs to fill.
According to Carol Adams, Schlit-teibahn’s Personnel Coordinator, the waterpark employs a total of 1500 seasonal workers and about 235 permanent employees — mostly locals.
“A large number (of the seasonal employees) return year after year — some have been here six years,” said Adams. “It’s more convenient for us to have local kids because of the transportation problem (when they live far away.) We have several local families, too, that work here.
“If we weren’t here there aren’t many places that will hire young people,” she said. “And we provide the
‘A large number return year after year - some have been here six years.’
- Carol Adams Schlitterbahn
Adams said the training provided for life guards, food service personnel and cashiers can be used for other jobs in the community, too. And she said, some of the seasonal jobs young people take help them focus on a career.
“Some of the life guards, for example, who see or get involved in rescues become interested in becoming Emergency Medical Technicians or going into the medical field,” said Adams. “And many of the admissions people go into retail — some to plaoes like Disney World.”
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Comal County sheriffs deputies recovered the body of a Florida man who drowned in Canyon Lake during the July 4 weekend.
Gregory Roland Sam se I, of West Palm Beach Fla., was nulled out of the water at approximately 9 a m. Sunday. An autopsy was performed bythe Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.
According to Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz, as of Monday, the medical examiner was still working on a positive identification. However, family members have been notified that the man pulled out of the water was wear
ing the same clothing as Samsel. The family is currently in Comal County waiting to take the body back to Pennsylvania, where they reside.
According to Comal County sheriffs reports, Samsel disappeared last Saturday while he was swimming in
the lake with friends. He was renorted missing by f fiends on Sunday. He was last seen at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Deputies conducted a diving search on July 4 and 5 but were unsuccessful because trot lines in the water. However, ledges around the lake were checked.
Since the diving search, deputies have been watching the water to see if the body would surface.
CISD hires new superintendent
By ROSE MARIE EASH solver,” said board member Douglas
Staff Writer_ Kirk. An individual that knows how to
listen to the experts, knows how to get good input so that the decisions he makes are good decisions. He will face the tough issues ”
Other board members sited his budget preparation at Livingston and the way Majors handled racial issues there last year as factors in their decision. They also said they were impressed with a scholarship program developed by Majors and by his discipline program
Majors is married and has two daughters. He will officially start as superintendent of CISD on Aug. 9.
Majors was at the New Braunfels Middle School during a time when Joe Rogers was at New Braunfels High.
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees voted unanimously to hire a former New Braunfels Middle School coach Dr Jerry Scott Majors, currently the superintendent at Livingston Independent School District, as the new CISD superintendent at Monday night’s special meeting “We did an extensive amount of interviewing with a number of different people,” said Jim Middleton, CISD board president. “We were very pleased with the qualities dial we found in Jerry.”
“The thing that stuck in my mind that was very impressive is that we’re dealing with a very intelligent problemFor advertising, news or subscription information, call 625-9144