New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of AUDREY KRUEGER
I Vol. 142, No. 148
Letters to the editor......................5A
Arts & Entertainment....................6A
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-?£itung extends the following birthday wishes to; Russ Whitehouse, Audrey Krueger (16!), Pricilla Ann Dominguez (21!), William L. Schumann, Robert Aguirre (belated), Lillian Gonzales (belated), Lorine Dodd, Cecil Dykes, Hamilton Coll, Leo Miller, Joe T. Hartigan.
Tonight’s lotto jackpot worth $17 million
AUSTIN (AP) - No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said.
The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were: 16-30-20-36-7-10.
There were 197 tickets sold with five of the six numbers, with each ticket worth $1,190.
There were 10,001 tickets with four of six numbers, with each winning $84. And there were 168,654 tickets sold with three of six numbers, with each worth an automatic $3.
Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for tonight’s game will be $17 million
HIV, AIDS seminar to be held Thursday
An educational seminar on HIV infection and AIDS will be held Thursday at the Comal County Health Department.
The seminar is sponsored by the Comal County Health Department and the Hispanic AIDS Commission of San Antonio.
The seminar will begin at 7 p m It is open to all individuals who arc interested in learning more about HIV and AIDS and how the infection is spread The seminar will also cover how the infection can be prevented
This is the first large-scale seminar in Comal County concerning AIDS and HIV, according to Comal County Nurse Shcl McWilliams.
The program is being funded by a grant received by the Hispanic AIDS Commission from the Texas Department of Health The grant requires that the commission offer seminars to counties in its area. Comal County is one of the counties included in the grant.
McWilliams said many individuals in the area have been invited to the seminar so that they can educate others about HIV and AIDS TIm: public is invited to attend
The seminar will be directed toward adults and young adults, according to McWilliams For more information call 620-5595
Christoph Brauna Reunion set June 26
The annual Christoph Braune Reunion will be held at I p m June 26 at the Albert Kypfer Hermann Sons Lodge (three miles east of 1-35 on Hwy 46) in Clear Springs
For more information, call William Braune at (512)-353-8349 or Gloria Reininger at (210) 372-0566
Clkf New Hraunjels Herald /.eHung invites Us readers lo submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophie nburg Archives and members of the German community,
"Stammtisch “ represents a sating place for members of the community to gather and share the day s happenings We invite you to share with us )
NBISD board proposes teacher pay raises
By CRAIG HAMMETT
New Braunfels school officials released their proposed budget for the 1994-95 school year, a total of $25,562,056.
The total represents a little over a million dollars more than the 1993-94 total of $24,117,603 although officials say the tax rate will remain at $1.47 per $100 value.
“There is no tax increase, we’re giving raises and there is a cost increase only in the instructional area. That is where it ought to be,’’ said Superintendent Charles Bradberry.
Employees of the district will receive a four percent raise of the midpoint in each respective salary category. Bradberry said that total will come to $1,184 for each teacher in the district.
Teacher salaries represent the majority of the payroll which in turn represents the largest portion of the budget, some SI 8 million or 70%. Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis said the 70% figure is low compared to most districts or even companies.
New Braunfels is a rare school in that its fiscal year runs from July I to June 30. Bradberry said that enables the district to put out their tax notices in June and in turn, invest revenues before the
school year begins.
The NBISD board is expected to vote on the budget next Tuesday and if approved, tax notices will be sent out sometime in June said school officials.
Curtis stressed to the board that tax rates are based on appraisal values from last year.
“These are based on tax appraisals from last year,” said Curtis. “Our tax bills are sent out on year-old values.”
This means the county-wide raises in appraisals this year, around eight percent on average, will not affect tax rates until the 1995-96 budget is presented.
The state comptroller’s office increased index values by more than $83 million, a figure Curtis said was too high because the actual tax base increased roughly $21 million. This in turn increased the district’s local share of burden by $718,394.
The district offset this partially by an increase in federal revenue from approximately $1.27 million to $1.64 million.
Most of the revenue is generated locally, 47.48%, followed closely by state funds which total 46.09% of the district’s revenue.
River flow set at 550 cfs
Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Rafters and toobars on th# Guadalupe have enjoyed the flow rate of 550 cfs.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agrees to constant release rate
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A verbal commitment by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water at a constant rate from Canyon Lake until flood levels return to normal is seen as the first of its kind by some outfitters.
The Corps has agreed to release water at 550 cubic feet per second until lake levels return to the 909-foot level. Last week the Corps had said it would release water at 550 cfs rn weekends, and 1,000 cfs on weekdays until the water receded to a normal level The commitment came after meetings between the Corps and officials of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority last week.
“It looks as though we will keep that at a constant rate,” said Ronald Ruffennach, spokesman for the Corps “...As long as we draw down the lake We have to do that.”
Outfitters have long advocated a constant rate of flow, especially at times when water is available in the lake and rainfall is low.
“This is a major step as far as the Corps is ainee mod,” said John Guen/el, co-owner of Rio Rafts who has seen some 18 years along the river. “It’s something we’ve always felt was a possibility. Hopefully, it will lead to more cooperation ”
GBRA Planning and Development Director David Welsch who attended the meeting with the Corps, said GBRA General Manager Bill West wanted to meet with Corps officials to learn more about the reservoir, flood
aintrol and conservation.
Welsch said it was important that the Cotps ’’recognize that recreation is a big eainomic incentive, a big business in this arca," but added that "we must maintain flood control and ainscrvation "
Al Zator, an outfitter at Little Ponderosa, said West and GBRA’s attempts to work with the Corps and reaignize recreational business is a big step for recreational opportunities along the river He said a 1969 plan by the Corps to maintain flood control and long-standing state laws that maintain downstream water rights fail to rea>gni/c that some interests along the river, namely recreation, have changed “More work needs to be done but this a major step in the right direction We’re hoping developments continue in a positive direction,” he said. “Hopefully we can work together toward an amendment to the plan of operations that allows for a recreational pool, more or less a stable situation.”
Corps officials had said the 1,000 cfs to 550 cfs plan would probably hold until mid-June With the new constant release at around 550 cfs, that water cixiid last until late June Holding that rate until July 4th would be stretching things unless rainfall totals increase, said Ruffennach
Both outfitters said the 550 cfs provides better opportunities than 1,000 Zator said it would allow outfitters to recruit a more family-oriented user, especially on weekdays
"The safety aspect enters in too," said Guenzcl. “...I think the Corps realized that ”
Police looking into telephone scam reports
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
New Braunfels police officers are warning residents about a possible scam which preys on elderly people.
New Braunfels police Detective Kevin Stevens said he has been investigating a case in which a man has been obtaining health insurance records of people in the area and setting up meetings with them to review their insurance policies.
Stevens said the man allegedly reviews the insurance policies and tells them his brother, an insurance agent, will be calling them to talk about a new policy.
He then allegedly tries to sell them coin-operated phones that cost about SI, I OO and S600 to install.
Two people in New Braunfels have agreed to purchase the phones. The people later stopped payment on their checks after reconsidering the purchase.
Stevens said this action can be con
sidered illegal because the man is representing himself as an employee of the victim’s insurance agency. This can be classified as fraud, he said.
The case is being investigated by a special task force in Austin. Stevens said the Travis County District Attorney’s office has people assigned to investigate and prosecute this type of case He said the man has allegedly contacted people in Travis County and in the Victoria area.
Stevens said a some people have invested as much as $10,000 to $20,000 in the phones. The phones are used in bars and restaurants and require thfe user to insert a quarter before making a call.
“If anyone calls you and says he is representing an insurance company and wants to go over a policy, make sure you know him personally,” said Stevens
Stevens said that if a person does not know the representative he should call the agency and ask if that representative is an employee of the agency
Council, airport advisory board discuss leases
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Members of the New Braunf els City Council met last night with the Municipal Airport Advisory Board to discuss airport leases and operations Bayliss Harris, owner of BAH Aircraft Sales Inc., has entered into an agreement with Engine Components Inc. to sublease portions of the property EC! subleases from New Braunfels Aero Services Inc.
The sub-lease must be approved by the city council.
The matter was taken before the city axmcil during its last meeting However it was tabled until after the workshop could be held The city council also discussed the extension of two leases for businesses operated by Hams.
Harris explained to the council that he plans to build a hangar for Ingram Readymix and he hopes to extend his
current lease to accommodate the building.
Harris is requesting that the city grant him an option to renew his lease which will depending on whether or not he makes the required capital improvements to the property
Hams is asking for a 20-year extension on for leases on two pieces of property
Harris said he believes it is important to make improvements to the New Braunfels Airport because it might become a reliever airport for San Antonio
He also said if the Ratoma race track is built, the airport would be used to bring horses to the area
Former airport board chairman Ed Goerges echoed Harris’ statements. He also explained that the lease extensions only deal with a small portion of the property available at the airport
Downtown Association takes look at public space ordinance
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Members of the Downtown Association and downtown business owners have not determined if any recommendation will be made to the city council concerning public space in the downtown area.
The Downtown Association met Tuesday night to discuss whether or not it will request that the city-wide
Group wants pedestrian walkways downtown
ordinance that restricts the use of and placement of objects in the public space nght of way be changed The group discussed several issues and
gave its comments to the Downtown Association’s Design Review Committee.
Main Street Director Penelope Church said most of the business owners seemed satisfied with tile ordinance and its appeal process.
The group reviewed the ordinance to gain input on what the association
believes will make the downtown are look prettier, said Bill Kolodzie, a member of the Design Review Committee.
“We discussed adding trees, benches and planter boxes. We think these make the downtown a more wholesome place for family activities,” he said
The group also expressed its desire to have pedestrian walkways in the downtown arca designated Kolodzie said that issue will be discussed with the state highway department
During the meeting the association also reminded business owners that the sidewalks citywide, including those in residential areas, are the responsibility of the property owners and are not maintained by the city.
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