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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY ■50 CENTSNew Braunfels 41 0Herald -Zeit S°~WI rM°t6 JO - ’    — -'627 p J'lQJo    T-Uuf/ - ^NDEu^Lt8HtNQ 16 - ^SO. r„ ^    ■?V90    ■INSIDE WEATHER.....................2 WATER WATCH.............2 CLASSIFIED............13-16 COMICS.....................„.10 OPINION.................1.....4 SPORTS..................11-13 OBITUARIES..................2 CUISINE.........................8STAMMTISCH Best Wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes to David Gonzales, LuLu Gonzales, Blanca Aguilar, Irene Friesenhahn, Robert Ryan Aguirre (belated). Publicity seminar set for June 14 The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council will sponsor a publicity seminar for local non-profit organizations with the Herald-Zeitung on Monday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dit-tlinger Memorial Library, located at 373 Magazine. Managing Editor Mark Lyon and news editor Gary Carroll will be on hand to talk and held questions concerning procedures in getting information into the Herald-Zeitung. For more information, contact Sharon Neuhaus at 625-6570. Journey to Bible Times Bracken United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible Camp “Journey to Bible Times” is scheduled for June 14 through June 18,9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the church located at 20377 Farm to Market 2252. The Bible camp will offer children ages 4 through sixth grade the chance to share the experience of gaining an understanding of God’s plan. For more information call 625-1849 or 651-6928. 16 Pages in one section ■ June 9,1993 Serving Comal County ■ Home of Jon Lindley OI. 141, No. 144 Chamber asks for answers Leaders want to shed ‘power broker’ image, clarity hotel/motel tax issue By MARK LYON Hsrald-Zeltung New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’ Board of Trustees and chamber staff members met with members of the New Braunfels news media yesterday in an effort to proactively correct what was termed “misinformation” concerning the entity’s handling of city hotel/motel tax monies. Chairman of the chamber’s executive committee, Mike Dietert began the meeting by saying he and other chamber associates were concerned with the “power structure,” and “power broker,” images and descriptions given by some members of the community toward the chamber. “We want to see what we can do to kind of blow that myth away and show what we can do in a positive way for this community.” Tom Purdum, president of the chamber, echoed Dietert’s opening statements. “We have a concern about repeated negative comments about the chamber that could, if it continues, conceivably harm the economic development effort by this chamber and its volunteers. “Since you (the media) represent our only means of communicating with the public, we wanted to give you the opportunity for questions or clarifications. If there is something we’re doing that is bad, we don’t know that what we’re doing is bad so we’ve come to find out.” New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Publisher David Sullens, managing editor Mark Lyon, news editor Gary Carroll, and KGNB radio newsman Don Ferguson were present at the meeting. All ■ See chamber budget, expenditures, page 9 declined to take positions on the issue however all agreed that both sides should sit down and settle the issue in a reasonable manner. “I guess what I need to know is ‘am I a power broker,”’ said Carter Casteel, a board member. “I never thought of myself as a power broker. I don’t like to get on sides. Everyone is invited to our functions. We invite the city council, the county, the press, anyone.” “Special interest groups - band boosters, PT A, Friends of Rivers, VFW - those are special interest groups. And there isn’t anything immoral about them,” Purdum said. “But the chamber’s label as a special interest group is bad. And yet, how in the world can we be a special interest group when we do everything from putting on a legislative conference to attracting industry and tourism to this community?” The group was asked if it were not a better idea to go face to face with those who are accusing the chamber of being “power brokers .” Casteel replied that all city employees as well as citizens of the community are invited to all chamber functions and their input has been welcome all along. “But we've seen for some reason a boycott of those by the city,” she said. “We’re not hiding anything. I’d talk with anyone at any time.” “I could care less what people say about me,” said O.A. “Skip” Stratemann, Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. “When you do something for the community and have inference of inpropriety - that bothers me. Tm a trusting soul.”Comal County election results reveal heavy support for Ray Bailey Hutchison Comal County Commissioners canvassed the June 5 election results yesterday certifying the official results for reporting to the state. According to the county elections office, the total vote in Comal County was 6,719 for Hutchison and 3,140 for Krueger. Ray Bailey Hutchison received 2,720 votes during the early voting period compared to Bob Krueger's 1,410. Early voting accounted for 41 percent of the vote, 4,130 ballots, compared to 5,729 ballots cast on election day for a total of 9,859 votes cast Statewide the unofficial numbers according to the secretary of state’s election office on Monday are Hutchison 1,183,766 and Krueger 574,089. What’s wrong with this picture? No, this Is not one of the new amphibious Pontiacs. An accident at the first crossing bridge on River Road on Tuesday resulted In two passengers In the car, Lisa M. Castellano, 16, and Lisa M. Lopez, 16, being transported to the McKenna Hospital after the car they were riding In overturned Into the river according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Gary Wong. Castellano was treated and released and Lopez was not seen according to hospital records. The driver, Peter Alan Wyatt, 20, was not Injured. The accident occurred at 3:43 pm. The driver apparently lost control on the turn according to Trooper Wong. All three were from San Antonio. HeraJd-Zertung photo by JOHN HUSETH Class of ’42 reunion The New Braunfels High School class of’42 will hold its monthly get together at 6 p.m., June ll. Meet at the Oaks Shopping center by 6 p.m. For more information call Jack Ohlrich 625-2495. AWARE needs volunteers Always Wanted A Riding Experience, Horses with handicapped riders, needs volunteers to help. Training classes are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at AWARE Therapeutic Riding Center, 1708 Center POint Rd., San Marcos. For more information call 512-75-HORSE. (The New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stummtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, *StammtischM represents a sitting place reserved for a group of special people — or a time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.) Building permits on rise so far in ‘93 By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeitung According to the City of New Braunfels Building Department records, it looks like a very good year for growth in new singlefamily residences in the city. So far there have been 64 building permits granted for single-family residences. “Hopefully it'll be a six year up cycle," said Mike Shands, assistant city manager. “We had 110 in ’92, 79 in *91, 57 in 'BO and 60 in ’89. What tends to happen is cyclical. You have three good years and you hit a “S.” We had close to that in the early seventies — in ’84 was the best year in New Braunfels history with 207.” According to Shands, building permits stalled in ’89, *90 and ’91. The “S" curve theory is pretty consistent in single-family residences, Shands noted. “It worked except for one period in the last 20 years,” said Shands. The dollar value also increased — in ’92 was $7.8 million. It was $5.3 million in ’91, $3.9 million in *90 and $3.2 million in ’89. At the current rate it appears that this year’s building totals will be more than last year’s Shands said and that’s good for the city. Jan. Feb. March April May June “It means employment’s up, it means we’re growing, the tax base goes up,” said Shands. “We won’t see the impact on taxes for maybe two years, but the good news is they’re moving in here, they're spending their money here, the contractors are spending money here. It’s good for our economy and growth.” Herald Zettung photo by JOHN HUSETH Harleys for MOA Hundreds of leether-clad Harley-Davldaon enthusiasts ventured through New Braunfels on 1-35 yesterday ae pert of their 90th Anniversary Reunion Ride which benefits the Muscular Dlstrophy Association.For news, subscription, or advertising infatuation, call 625-9144 ;