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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas mr waiuhe mpv A 25 Cents Wednesday July 17, 1991 VU Vol. 139, No. 172 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of aiding >f Jonathan Akers Two Sections, 18 PagesStammtischBest wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Margaret Ogden, Pish Vil-arreal, Rosie Amaya, Liz Culpeper, Tammy Schneider, Oscar Guerrero, Tomas Guerrero, Susan Heinemeyer, Elsie Koch, Grace Farias, Robert L. Gonzales, Christine Braclay and David Wallace. Belated birthday wishes to Jeanette Fatheree, Francis M. Ala-nis and Paul Anthony Shane. Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings.Flag retirement Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post #35 is planning a “flag retirement" ceremony. If you have an American flag that has gotten tattered, tom, shredded or bleached out and is no longer suitable to be displayed, call 629-1252 or 625-4848. Flags will be picked up and retired properly in an upcoming ceremony.Swimming lessons New Braunfels Parks & Recreation Department is continuing registration for swim lessons for Sessions IV and V. Classes are American Red Cross certified and each class session will run for two weeks. Classes meet Monday through Thursday with Friday reserved for make-up days. Session IV is July 22 through Aug. 16; Session V is Aug. 5 through Aug. 16. Cost for each session is $20 per person. Classes offered include beginner, advance beginner, intermediate, swimmer and waler babies. To register call 629 PARK.Blood drive First Protestant Church is sponsoring a blood drive Sunday, July 21. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank will be accepting donors from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Seelc Parish House located on Coll Street. Appoint mcnts may be scheduled by calling the church office at 625-6951.School registration AU returning Canyon High School students need to pick up registration packets next week. Students who will be in grades nine through 12 at Canyon High this fall should report to the campus July 22, 23, 24 or 25 from ll a.m. to noon or from I p.m. to get their registration materials. For more information contact CHS Principal Will Kricg at 625-6251. Rummage sale New Braunfels' Historic Museums Association is collecting items for an Aug. 22 rummage sale to benefit its members — Sophien burg Musucm and Archives, Con sensation Society (operators of Conservation Plaza), and the Her itagc Society (Musucm of Texas Handmade Furniture). Donations arc being accepted at Conservation Plaza each Saturday morning or pickup can be arranged by calling Dennis Hcnkamp at 625-7541 or Pam Brandt at 629-0004. To have an item listed in Skim rn Use h, contact Janine Green or Stephanie Ferguson at 625 9144 Submissions should be of amman tty interest but not commercial in nature Hot days under partly cloudy skies continue, with die high today expected to reach % and an over night low near 73 anucipated Similar conditions could yield a slightly higher chance for rain over the weekend, but highs in the mid 90s and lows in the mid-70s should continue. For more weather information, please see Page 2A. In ald#: CLASSIFIED.....  ......4-6B COMICS..................................SA CROSSWORD........................SA DEAR ABBY..........................2B ENTERTAINMENT  ......  SB HOROSCOPE.........................SA KALEIDOSCOPE.................1-2B OPINIONS...............................4A PRIME TIME...........................SA SPORTS ••****••*«•••••••»•• • •••••*•• qua TV LIS lirtWN3^L»••«••••*•*•• ••*•*•••**•• SA German guests Honored at a reception in the Opa Room of the Wurstfest Association are local students returning from Germany and their German guests. A toast to the exchange is shared by, back from left, Till Strodter, Stefan Scupin, Christina O’Keefe, Pierre D'Aveta, Scott Stratemann and, front row, Monique Haupert, Amy Snow and Julia Weigand. Christina and Julia, right, open a packet of tickets to area points of interest, presented to each “team" during Tuesday’s gathering. (Photos by Annalies Schlickenrieder) Comal County man loses his Bengal tiger City lowers rental rates in bid to bolster business at airport By MARK WARNKEN StaH Writer The city aims to attract new clients to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport and promote expansion of businesses already there through lower property rental rates. Because of lease amendments approved unanimously by the City Council last week, the city's four airport fixed-base operators will pay the same annual rental per square foot of property, 1.16 cents, which in each case will be less than they pay now. Although this will mean less rental revenue for the city, the lessees will have more capital to improve facilities and increase business and ultimately increase gross sales tax receipts to the city. Also, lower rental rates might attract other businesses to the local airport in an increasingly SM AIRPORT. Pug* 2A Residents invited to discuss building codes Ihc city of New Braunfels has scheduled a public meeting for Thursday to discuss adoption of the latest model codes from the Southern Building Code Congress. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten. The 1991 codes represent the latest publications for construction methods arui materials. Interested parties are invited to attend. “The real emphasis is getting the word out to builders and to people who own commercial property because the axles obviously affect the cost of the remodeling work that they may decide to do in the next year or two," city Planning Director Mike Shands said. The codes have been relaxed in some areas, particularly as a result of new technology, and lightened in others for safety reasons, he said. “The intent is to talk generally about some of the code changes and what impact those might have on materials and construction, rather than getting into specific details about a single application,’’ Shands said. The city currently operates under the 1985 editions of the Southern Codes, which are uniform building codes used nationwide and in other countries. Cities have the power to amend the recommended codes, Shands said. “There are obviously going to be some things that work in New York that don’t work in Texas, and vice versa," he said. “And so this is an attempt to identify some of those areas that need local amending." For more information, call the City Building Department al 625-3428. By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer A Comal County man in violation of a county wildlife order lost his Bengal tiger Tuesday to county officials. “We served the writ and took the cat,” said Sheriff Jack Bremer. “It’s out of the county and I hope it stays out.” Bremer, officers of the Sheriffs Office and the county’s animal control officer David Young took the pet tiger from Kenneth Black, who lives in the 3000 block of Viewridge subdivision near Spring Branch. Before officials picked up the animal arrangements were made with a wildlife orphanage in San Antonio to house the animal, Bremer said. Officers had a court order issued by State District Judge Charles Ramsey NBISD board approves drug control plan By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District Tuesday unanimously approved a contract with the New Braunfels Police Department to provide a narcotics, marijuana and alcohol detection and control program for the upcoming school year. In December 1982, the district hired Security Associates International of Houston to provide services for developing and implementing a program which included canine searches on various campuses and properties in the district. The New Braunfels Police Department will now be providing more frequent service at the same cost the school district is already paying. This amount is $2,600 for the 1991-92 school year. “The Police Department will provide service much more often than SAI," said Superintendent Charles Brad berry. Other action at the meeting included approval of the add»uon of a daily pre-route inspection of school buses to be sure all equipment is functioning properly and the addition of five days of state sick leave for drivers as provided by the legislature. The transportation handbook also gives “more leadership in discipline of children to bus drivers." Hic board also selected Western Heritage Insurants Co. of San Antonio to provide student earner insurance for the district. The plan features zero deductible and will cost the district $26,709 for athletics and extra-cumcular activity coverage. Other students will be able to buy into the plan for $44 fix in-school coverage or SM NBISD, Pag* 2A to remove the tiger, Bremer said. “It’s right back in Bexar County now, where it started,” Bremer said. “I don’t know why he thought he could bring it into Comal County when we modeled our (order) on the Bexar County one.” Bremer said the writ was served around IO a.m. Tuesday with the wildlife orphanage showing up at noon and the “whole thing wrapped up by 1:30 p.m.” Black has continually threatened a lawsuit against anyone taking the tiger. Bremer said conditions did not appear to be very good for the cat in Comal County. “It was out there in a little cage and had to be sprayed with a hose to cool it off," he said. ‘Stay at home health care’ studiedGood Day By OAYID SULLENS Editor and Publisher New Braunfels business and civic leaders gathered Tuesday lo hear a plan for a broad-based insurance program outlined by representatives of McKenna Memorial Hospital and of a Houston-based insurance firm. Opening the presentation, McKenna Administrator Johiuiy Johnson told the group that the “slay at home health care plan for you and us’’ was devised with the help of consultants in response to difficulties fating all rural hospitals. “It is basic economics in action," Johnson said. Johnson later turned the presell la uon over to Bob Treaty, a representative of Philadelphia American Life Insurance Co., the firm through which the McKenna Health Plan would be written. Treaty opened his remark* by praising Johnson “I want you all to know that you have an adnunistraior here you should be very proud of ... This is a man who really wants to get it done." Treaty said that “Many, many hours already have been spent (for ululating the plan) and there are still many details to be worked out." He said any community that wants to progress “must have a viable health care provider,” but that recent changes in the nation’s economic and demographic makeup are making it more and more difficult for rural health care providers to survive. “Rural America is an aging population,’’ he said and that is causing health care and thus insurance costs to escalate. That escalation in turn causes young, healthy people to opt out of insurance pirns, causing the cost of those plans to escalate even further for those still in them “What we’ve got is a vicious cycle,” he said. At the same unie, "there are a lot of hospital beds in the big clues and they’re coming out and finding people to fill those beds.” The drawing away of that health care business uicreases the pressure on the smaller, rural hospitals, he said. “We've got to get together as a community to overcome these prob lems ... ll we don’t, in a couple of years this hospital is going to lace some very serious questions about where the money is going to conic from...,’’ Treaty said. Under the McKenna plan, Treaty said, “a portion of the premium stays here to cover fixed costs.” This differs from the more traditional insurance plan that sees no payment made until care is actually provided. This would help meet the hospital’s ongoing operational expenses. Another element of the plan is that the strength of the group formed under the McKenna plan would enable the local hospital to negotiate low rates with San Antonio hospitals for advanced care not available locally “because those hospitals warn this community's business.” Treacy said a similar plan is about to be implemented in Seguin. Responding to questions from the floor, Treacy said the plan is being formulated to keep costs within the range of IO percent of family income He said that studies have shown that people begin to opt out of health care plans when the cost exceeds about 12 percent of family income.Burglary rate grows By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer A rash of burglaries has broken out in Comal County, according to Chief Deputy Wayne Hohcrz of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department. A large bell was stolen from a tennis ranch on Mission Valley Road and was recovered by Schertz Police. It was found in an early 70s-model Ford stopped “before they got too far away," Hoherz said. A burglary of a habitation was reported on Route 6 in the Acres Mobile Home Park sometime between July 7-10. Taken was a television, a VCR, and a stereo system. The items were the property of a rental company and were valued at $3,000, Hoherz said. There was another burglary of a habitation reported in the Canyon Lake Island subdivision on July 15. A computer system, typewriter, and fax machine were reported stolen. Hohcrz said. Four boat storage facilities were broken into in the Palm Creek area sometime between July 5-12 and an undetermined amount of miscellaneous items were taken, Hohcrz said. Also at Canyon Lake, a San Antonio resident reported the burglary of $250 in miscellaneous items from his boat, Hoherz said. A $200 phonc-maie answering machine was reported stolen in a burglary of a habitation on Route 7 at Canyon Lake, he said. A stolen vehicle was recovered on July 13 by Deputies Tim Ko!be and Johnny Gray. The red 1991 Suzuki was reported stolen from Austin, Hohcrz said. “We’re trying to keep the premiums at $100 or less,’’ he said. He said the plan will be simple and will not offer a variety of benefit plans. “You’ll pay maybe $10 when you go lo see a doctor and the insurance will pay the rest, he said by way of illustration. “You'll pay maybe $50 a day when you go to the hospital and the insurance will pay the rest.” Ihe program concluded with presentations by several other McKenna administrators, who outlined services the hospital can provide for local employers. One of those people, Assistant Hospital Administrator Mary Faria, after outlining several wellness programs — "The most effecuve way to contam medical cosh,’’ she said, “is to stay healthy” — told the group, “We really want to be your health resource.’’ Johnson concluded the presentation, which was held at the Holiday Inn, “This was not a polished sales presentation. ll was an honest approach to trying to improve our community.’’ $300 OOO_ $225,000_ $150.000_ $75 000 _ $0___ With the addition of $4,817 in donations, th© fund drive for th© new Seniors Canter of Comal County now stands at $249,764. For a list of latest contributors, please see Page 3A. ;