New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 31, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No. 182
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July 31, 1991
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Kathy Hill
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Gloria Laverne Jung, Larry Schuetz, Stephanie Ann Garcia, Julia Ayala, Raymond Kirby, Brenda Rice, Greg Ibrom and Cry sui! Juarez.
Belated birthday wishes to Nick Manix, Tim Morris and Charley Watt Jr.
Celebrating anniversaries today, Don and Johnnie Head.
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.
The lobby of the New Braunfels Civic Center will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday so bidders can examine such prizes as an autographed Spurs basketball, original crafts and coupons for meals and amusements — all part of a silent auction to benefit the Texas Young Woman of the Year Program. Bids may be entered at any point during the three-day competition, with winners announced during Saturday’s finals, set for 7:30 p.m. Bidders need not be present. Proceeds will fund scholarships presented as program prizes.
Members of the newly organized New Braunfels Police Department Explorer Post will conduct a fund-raising car wash from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at I anda Street Carwash, 790 I anda. Proceeds will fund the post’s projects, including uniforms and equipment.
For more information, call officer Martin Mayer at the NBPD, 625-6872.
Comal County Women's Center is having a rummage sale Saturday. Aug 3 at the Old Krueger Building on West San Antonio Sued. Stuff a grocery bag for $2. Sale will be from 8 a rn. to 3 p.m.*
Register for two Sea World pas ses at Teen Scene, located next to the Brauntcx Theatre, to be given Aug IO. No purchase necessary Store hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4-7 p m. and Saturday from 1-5 pm. Teen Scene is a project of Teen Connection.
Band practice for the New Braunfels High School Unicom Band will begin Monday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 a m. for high school freshmen and new band members. All returning percussion and color guard personnel also need to start practice on Aug. S. Band practice for all other returning members begins Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 a.m. All practices, which will be held at New Braunfels High School, will end at noon Band members need to bring their ins tm menu.
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City ‘passes’ on park property
Temperatures around the century mark arc making themselves felt. The forecast today includes a high near 102, followed by si overnight low near 78. Partly cloudy and hot conditions arc expected to umjuup the neat several days with highs ncarr IOO and lows in the high 70s In New Braunfels Tuesday, the temperature totaled an even IOO degrees, with si overnight low of 68 recorded For more weather information, please see Page 2A
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Tuesday declined the gift of a small lot on Moss Rock Drive offered as a neighborhood park.
The lot, about 135 feet wide by 300 feet deep, is severely sloped and has a utility line running along one side of
NBU joins new LCRA energy program
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Utilities board of directors last week approved the utility's participation in a Lower Colorado River Authority energy conservation program free to residents and small businesses.
Through the program, a local homeowner or small-business owner can request that LCRA send an surveyor to conduct a free energy analysis to check energy efficiency. The surveyor will provide a list idem tifying the estimated costs and savings of any recommended energy-conservation improvements.
lf the home or business owner decides to invest in the improvements, LCRA’s Energy Fitness Program, at no cost to NBU, will help out with rebates of between 13 percent and 20 percent of the cost of the recommended measures, plus a 10-pcrccnt bonus for prompt action.
“It makes sense to consider spending money on areas of long-term conservation that would save you from having to build another power plant." NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said.
Recommendations might include weather stripping, caulking, attic insulation and ventilation, solar window screens, installation of gaskets behind electrical outlets, and replace mcnt of inefficient cooling equipment. NBU Resource Manager Jim Rappel said.
Homeowners will be able complete some of the improvements than selves, but the work must pass irupee uon by LCRA pasonnel. Rappel said
“Maybe they’ve been thinking about doing something for a long time, bul they don’t really know how much it’s going to cost them or how much it's going to save them. This might spur them on to make an energy improvement," Ruppet said
The surveyor also will install an energy kit thai includes an insulating wrap for an electric water heater and water pipes, low-energy light bulbs, and low-flow shower heads fur homes with electric water heaters
LCRA, wholesale supplier of electric poiser to NBU, esumates that
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it, Parks Department Director David Whatley said.
Because it appears unsuitable for playground equipment or basketball courts, the only possible use would be to preserve a small part of the natural landscape in the neighborhood, he said. Additionally, there would be no parking, he said.
Board Member Martin Morris said
developing the lot as a park could potentially cause trouble with the neighbors that surround it.
“I don’t see any advantage at all for this park system, and I certainly don’t see any advantage for that neighborhood,” Board Member Jeff Van Kleef said.
Voting to decline the gift were Morris, Kleef, Allen Wofford and
Carl Fox. Board Chairman Guadalupe Castillo conducted the vote.
The advisory board also heard a report from Whatley on the department’s new customized birthday party service. Landa Park and Rec Center activities for the $45 parties are customized by parks employees with input from parents, he said. The par
ties include a cake decorated with a parks theme.
“Besides making it fun, they try to make it educational, and it has been going over real well,” Whatley said.
The board then took a half-hour van tour of city park facilities, focusing on recent improvements at Eikel Park.
A chorus line
Patterning their movements after their peers, participants in this week s Texas Young Woman of the Year Program step through Tuesday s rehearsal for a production number to be included in their upcoming event Preliminary competitions are Thursday and Friday, with the finals set for Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets for the 7:30 p m. performances are $5 for the preliminaries and $6 and $8 for the finals (Photo by Annexes Schiickenrieder)
NBISD candidates generally agree
By ROBERT STEWART
About IOO people heard the six candidates in the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees election face off in a public forum Tuesday night where they often agreed with one another.
Aguinaldo “Nayo” Zamora is running unopposed for the District I seat. He said that he has lived in New Braunfels for 35 years and is an advocate for people's nghu “I am here because of you and for you.” Zamora said.
Zamora’s priorities are a ten percent pay raise across the board for teachers, administrators and employees as well as balancing the budget In the at-large race, incumbent Board President Bob Self, who has served as board president for the last seven years and was first elected to the board in 1977. He expressed pride in the district's programs to address ai-risk students and pointed out thai life expectancy is going up for every age group except teenagers and those in their early twenties, showing a need for more programs. He also said thai the retirement program is a priority Self has been in the construction industry for 35 yean and is presently the vice-president of sn air conditioning company in San Antonio
NBISD board candidates appeared in a forum Tuesday, discussing a variety of issues and agreeing on many (Photo by Robert Stewart)
The other incumbent, Adon Hermes. said that a quality education is the best gift we can gjve our children because ii lasts a lifetime He stressed the budget, academic planning and a teacher salary increase as priorities
Hermes holds a graduate degree un chemistry from Southwest Texas State University, taught chemistry and physics for three years tf Smith
son Valley High School and has served on the school bood for three years.
”1 own my own business so I understand the importance of budgeting," Hermes said Candidate Feta Olsen, a local minister, said that planning is the key
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Raising teacher salaries a goal despite budget ills
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
All candidates for the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees want to raise teacher salaries wlyle, at the same time, balancing the ever-tightening budget.
“Salaries have got to be increased this year," incumbent Arlon Hermes said. He added that they would not know the details until the legislature settled on a final funding plan.
“A pay raise is important, not only for teachers but for custodial staff and secretaries,” candidate Leo Chaftn said. “Any raise should be fair and equitable.”
Incumbent Nayo Zamora proposed doubling the traditional five percent increase to ten percent and to make it across the board for all employees “Attracting people based on what a nice community we have and the quality of life on the Comal Riva will backfire,” candidate Peter Olsen said about the need for financial incentives
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CISD begins budgeting with workshops
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Write*
The Comal Independent School District has begun the budget process with workshops to acquaint board members with the budget and lo sift through details In a letter to board members, Super intender)! Joe Rogers stressed the following three areas • emphasis on the basics of
• opportunities for special enrichment for students of all ability levels
• conservative fiscal policies.
“It is our belief the proposed budget places top priority on these three important areas." Rogers said
Trustees and staff worked with tentative figures for nearly four hours Tuesday night and have another irs sum planned for tonight
"To survive now with the economy as it is, we need to be very efficient," Rogers said “This budget does not hun anybody."
Copies of the proposed 1991-92 fiscal year budget for public review can be picked up beginning Aug. I at the CISD central office building, located ai 1421 Highway 81 E. in New Braunfels.
The annual budget heanng will be held ai 7 p m on Monday, Aug 5.
“We make the budget available on Aug I so the public can look it ova and ask questions ai the heanng," Sandra Jackson. CISD spokesperson said
Dates for tax hearings will not be set unul after the Comal County Education District election and pending action of the legislative
On th* final day of its fund drive donations to the Seniors Center of Comal County stands today at $278,287 20 — a bit short of the $300,000 goal For a 1st of latest contributors please see Page 5A