New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon grad gets picked by Houston Astros. See Page 1B
16 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, June 4,1997
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Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Tillie Moreno.
Happy anniversary wishes to: Howard “Ike” and Betty Eick-enhorst (SO years).
To have a birthday or anniversary histed here, call 625-9144.
mold—1,833 iss —28
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 278 cubic feet per second, same as Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.22 feet above sea level, down .04 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 1,600 cfs (decreasing to 0 cfs by noon when the Corps of Engineers will switch to the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority plant. The flow then will be increased to 1,000 cfs by late afternoon.)
Canyon Lake inflow —1,000cfs Canyon Lake level — 910.35 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
Bet out and enjoy the outdoors
New Braunfels will continue to enjoy sunny skies and warm weather today and Thursday.
For today, the National Weather Service forecast says it will be partly cloudy with a high of 89 degrees. Tonight it will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a low of 70 degrees and a light northeast wind.
Thursday will be a carbon copy of today s forecast — partly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high of 89 degrees. Thursday night will be fair with winds from the northeast at 5 to 10 miles per hour and a low of 68 degrees.
Tbdey is another ozone action day
The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission has notified the San Antonio metropolitan area, which includes Comal County, that today is an ozone action day. People should do what they can to make the air cleaner, including avoid excessive driving and reduce driving by carpeting
Using small gas engines such as lawn mowers and small generators should not be used.
lf possible, motorists should wait to refuel until after 6 p.m. so that the emissions from the gas will not go into the ozone.
Watch for young McycRsts
Ifs summer, and bicycle enthusiasts young and old have hit the streets again. Please remember to look both ways when exiting driveways — riders are known to travel in both lanes of traffic sometimes against traffic.
National Night Out sots planning moating
The National Night Out Against Crime organizers are conducting a planning meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Braunfels Municipal Building. Neighborhood watch leaders and any other interested persons are invited to attend the meeting.City considers Gruene Bridge
By ABE LEVY
New Braunfels City Council is poised to hear public comments on a proposal to reconstruct the Gruene Bridge and make a final decision at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
The council postponed action on the proposal last week in a move to buy more time for public input and to study the matter further, city officials said.
City staff recommended going ahead with the proposal to address increasing traffic and concerns for
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New Braunfels City Council will take public comments and make a decision at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave.
water recreational safety.
The Texas Department of Transportation and the federal government are offering to pay 90 percent of the project that is estimated to cost up to $900,000 with the city picking up the rest of the tab.
City officials want to take advantage of the offer that could
save the thousands of dollars and funds would not be available again for another five to IO years, City Manager Mike Shands said.
Local merchants and residents in Gruene have urged the city not to reconstruct the existing bridge because of the scenic view it provides local residents and tourists throughout the year.
They have said the bridge’s position in a valley provided an attractive view for residents and tourists. /
TxDOT’s design plan would raise the bridge by several feet on both sides of the Guadalupe River and widen the road.
Small business person of the year
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
Pam Kraft thanks a crowd
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Tuesday at Honors Hall where she was recognized as Small Buslnsss Parson of tbs Yaar.
Extending their hours
Downtown merchants leaving out welcome mats longer
Herald-Zeitung photo by Micnael Oarnall
Johnnie Rodriguez of the Tobacco Haus on Seguin Avenue changes the hours on one of the signs in front of the store. Tobacco Haus and many other downtown businesses have extended their hours for the summer.
Businesses working to get word out
By CHRIS CREWS
In a move to revitalize the downtown shopping district, many downtown merchants have extended their hours of business to draw New Braunfelsers and tourists to the center of the city.
“Our goal is to unify downtown merchants,” said Lisa Repka, owner of Tobacco Haus on San Antonio St. and co-chairwoman of the Downtown Retail Merchant’s Committee of the Downtown Association. “We
need to get the word out to summer visitors and the local residents that the downtown businesses are open later.”
Repka said participating downtown merchants will extend their normal hours to include the hours from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday until 5 p.m.
Repka likened the downtown revitalization effort to that of Gruene and Fredericksburg, emphasizing widespread advertising as the means to make the project successful for merchants and shoppers.
“We’re looking to get our literature in the bed and breakfasts, hotels and the visitor’s center,” Repka said. She added the group hopes to have in the near future a billboard
along Interstate 35 and a Web site promoting the downtown shopping district.
Repka said that starting this week, all participating businesses can be identified by their display of large banners reading “OPEN.”
Mark Lauer, owner of the Plaza Diner and secretary of the committee, said the extended hours program is part of a larger program to promote downtown New Braunfels.
“The response has been fairly positive and the stores that have stayed open later have seen an increase in traffic,” Lauer said. "It’s going to take a commitment over a long penod of time to make the project successful.”
NBISD taps husband/wife team to lead campuses
By DENISE DZIUK
New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a husband and wife team to serve as top administrators for New Braunfels High School and Memorial Intermediate School.
Keith Garinger, hired as high school principal, has been principal of Jane Long Middle School in Bryan 1SD since 1992. His wife, Debbie, has been principal of Sam Houston Elementary principal since 1990. Debbie was hired as the principal-elect of Memorial Intermediate, which is under construction. While the school is being completed, Debbie will serve as assistant principal at one or more of the NBISD campuses.
“We’re a package deal, and we wanted to make sure we were in the same community," Debbie said. “We’re really excited about it. It’s going to be a challenge.”
The couple said they looked into moving to New Braunfels because of the reputation of the district, and they fell in love with the community, students and staff.
Although neither has worked with incoming superintendent Ron Reaves, Keith said he was looking forward to working with him. He said they sliared common philosophies, and both were “goal-directed.”
“I’ve got to tell you, he’s one of the main reasons we’re here," he said. “I’m real excited about learning from him.”
Although the board’s action fills the top position on the high school campus, three assistant principal positions remain vacant. Keith said he already has been working with NBISD administrators to fill the positions. He said they will look both inside and outside the district, and he will rely on local administrators’ expertise. In the meantime, he said he wants to begin working with his new staff, finding out what it wants from him as a principal.
“The top priority for me is for me to meet with the faculty,” he said. “The first thing we have to do is get great teachers in front of our kids.”
At Memorial Intermediate campus, the staff also will be the first pnonty. Debbie said she wants to get talented and energetic teachers into the classrooms, and she already had met several teachers who fit this profile.
She said one of her main strengths had been her ability to build morale and a happy climate, and she was looking forward to doing that at the new school. She said this helped teachers and students.
Turn to NBISD, Page 2A
What s the plan?
The city’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will meet every third Monday of the month for the next 18 months to write a Master Plan. Several public hearings and neighborhood meetings will be scheduled soon to allow more public input, city officials said. For more information, call the city at 608-2100.
Up to 337 people will serve on the following nine subcommittees to provide the heart of the plan’s content:
• Economic Development
• Education and Population
• Land Use/Zoning
• Parks and Recreation
• Public Service and Finance
• Urban/Mainstreet/Historic Source: City of Now Braunfels
Master plan volunteers take initial steps
By ABE LEVY
Sitting in a circle of concerned citizens who had signed up to serve on an advisory subcommittee to draft the city’s Master Plan, temporary chair O.A. “Skip” Stratemann Jr. asked the group for an agreeable time to hold its first meeting.
“How many are for 6:30 p.m.?” he asked, which drew a showing of IO hands.
“How many for 7 o’clock?, OK, there are also IO.”
He paused a second and then asked, "How about 6:45 p.m.?”
A consensus was reached.
It was a simple process, but one that city officials foresee as an inevitable and critical element in the 18-month process of writing a worthwhile Master Plan.
More than 300 people who applied
‘There’s an element of risk in starting out a process like this, but that’s the way a democracy ought to work.’
— consultant Michael McAnelly
to serve on nine subcommittees gathered Monday night in the Civic Center to hear what the journey of public participation in the process would be like.
“It doesn’t mean you’re going to give up something you’re not ready to give up but finding a solution that everybody can live with,” said Michael McAnelly, the city’s planning consultant hired to oversee the project and provide technical assistance.
“There’s an element of risk in starting out a process like this, but that’s the
way a democracy ought to work. I’m excited to see how the groups will function.”
Terms such as “mutually satisfactory solution” and "cooperative problem solving” were heard frequently during the night’s discussion.
The subcommittee Stratemann temporarily chaired Monday night will gather public input on issues pertaining to environment, natural resources, utilities and drainage.
Members of that subcommittee decided to separate into another three subcommittees, citing the breadth of each of the subjects they were assigned to study.
The more than 300 people who actually showed up for the kickoff meeting broke up into respective subcommittees across the Civic Center floor to meet each other and agree on times, dates and places for their next meetings.
The experience was like a first date
"Let’s not be bashful in this meeting,” Stratemann, former New Braunfels mayor and utility board trustee, told members of his subcommittee. That group included a Canyon High School teen, a real estate agent and several retired people. “Speak up. Please don’t hesitate to speak.”
Most of the subcommittees are made up of 30 to 40 people. They are expected to meet six to seven times before turning their work over to the city’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, which oversees the entire project, officials said.
Specifically, the subcommittees’ focus will be to identify issues, goals, objectives and policies pertaining to the topics they are studying, officials said. They will review draft reports from the consulting firm and make Turn to Master plan, Page 2ADance students get ready to tap their toes. See Page 6A