New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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'OI. 139, NO. 146
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Robert and Anita Alvarez.
June 11, 1991 25 Cents
One Section, 10 Pages
Council fronts money for fireworks
Dave Clark failed to pursuade council members to amend an ordinance to allow him to sell ice cream on the streets of New Braunfels (Photo by Mark Warnken)
Council melts ice cream vendor’s plansStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Chris Ramsey, Marilyn Schmidt, Melissa Florez, Arlon Hermes, Robert Paredez, Chris Ramsey, Gerald Gonzales, Marilyn Schmidt and Felix T. Velez Sr.
Belated best wishes to Laura Vela.
“Happy anniversary” today to Robert and Anita Alvarez 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.Happy birthday
The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels was 5 years old June 6 and will celebrate that milestone tonight at 6:30 with a potluck supper at the museum in the Courtyard Center, off Interstate 35. Dress is casual.Street closings
Lakeview from Klingemann to Eden Home will be closed today while a water main is installed.Senior services
Community Council of South Central Texas, Inc. Aging Program has many services available for the senior citizens of Comal County. One service of the CCSCT Aging Program is a hot, nutritious, low cost meal served at noon at the senior citizens centers located in New Braunfels and Garden Ridge. Meals for homebound senior citizens alsd are available. For more information call 629-1516.Boy Scout dinner
The Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America will sponsor its 10th annual Good Scout Dinner June 25 at the Wyndham Hotel. This year’s honoree will be Roger R. Hemming!urns, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Diamond Shamrock Inc. He will receive the award which is presented to an individual who, through activity and service within community, state, or nation has been a good Scout.
Tables of 8 arc available for a $1,000 donation. Individual tickets are $125. For more information call 512/341-8611.
All proceeds from the dinner will support Scouting programs in 13 South Texas counties.Rep. Smith to speak
U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith will attend the New Braunfels Republican Women’s Club annual covered-dish dinner meeting June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Landa Park picnic areas 4 and 5. Bring spouse or guest and covered dish to serve 8-10 people.Crime Watch
The Crime Watch organizational meeting for River Oaks property owners has been re-scheduled for June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Ben Friedel’s residence. Bring lawn chairs.July 4 activities
American Legion Post #179 is plat ming a number of activities for die July 4th celebration. After the pax ade lo welcome home Desert Storm uoops the post home at the corner of Coll and Academy suceis will be open to die public. Lunch will be available either to eat there or take out. Music will be provided by Texas Country from 6-12 p.m. Desert Storm veterans will be admitted free. Proceeds from die events will enable die American Legion to continue die support of all veterans.Discovery series
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Partly cloudy conditions, slight chance of rain diis afternoon and evening. The high temperature Monday was 85 and die recorded overnight low was 70. For weadier details, see Page 2.
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council on Monday unanimously denied a request from an ice cream vendor to sell his wares on city streets.
Dave Clark, a 12-year resident of New Braunfels whose former private wall-covering contracting business fell victim to difficult economic limes, asked council members to amend a 1987 ordinance that bans onstreet vending. A few weeks ago, Clark was laid off as sales director of a local manufacturing company, which cited the economy as the reason for the pink slip.
To earn a living, Clark recently used his savings to buy a $10,000 custom-made ice cream vehicle from which he sells prepackaged ice cream “novelty items.” He said his street-legal bright yellow vehicle has extensive safety features and wasn’t involved in any accidents during its prior 13 years of operation.
He requested the right to drive his truck slowly through residential neighborhoods, but not to set up rn
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Willer
Comal County Sheriff’s Dcpart-mein officers searched for several hours Sunday night for duce people reported missing til die Guada iupe Suite Park aiea, says Chief Deputy Wayne Holier/.
Two men and one woman who had been tubing on the liu tdalupc River were reported missing when diey failed lo exit die river at a designated outfitters pick up point, Holier/ said.
Hie duce eventually weie found “walking up die road,” he said "They were found A OK ."
“We had quite a few officers on overtime pay dial had continued searching from die evening shift," he said.Vehicle recovered
A stolen 1988 die violet two-door automobile was recovered on Wald Road Sunday by Deputy Mark Reynolds, according to Chief Deputy Wayne Holier/.
The vehicle liad been stolen in New Braunfels. It was lowed lo die New Brauidels Police Depainuciti for processingAuto burglaries
Burglaries of automobiles appear to be on die increase with the advent of summer as evidenced by several incidents this week rn
any single location. Currendy, he sells his products mostly to summer camp participants outside the city.
City Planning Director Mike Shands said the current ordinance restricting street vending in pan results from a vendor parking near a local school and causing traffic and safety problems several years ago. Since 1987, New Braunfels street vendors have been allowed only to sell from commercial property where parking and restrooms are available, with the property owner’s approval.
lf Clark’s request were approved, the city would be flooded with vendor-permit requests. Shands said, which would create an enforcement, public health and traffic-safety nightmare.
New Brauidels likely would generate considerable vendor traffic during the summer tourist season. Even a $500 fee per permit probably wouldn’t pay for the city inspectors that would be needed, Shands said.
Unauthorized vendors continue to cause problems after occasionally slipping into the city until caught by
Comal County reported by the Sheriff’s Department, officials
There were two car buiglaiies Sunday at the Natural Bridge Caverns parking lot on farm to Market Road 1009, Hobe' / said.
Wu Samuel Shtouh Gluing of Bryan, Texas reported ic officers dial someone bloke into his 1991 Mazda sometime between 1:30 and 3:30 p in and stole a Panason ic Camcorder valued al $ 1,500.
Tun Turley of Pasadena icpoilcd dial while visiting the cavel us between 2:15 p in and f45 p.m. his 1988 Ford was bro ken into. Losses include a wallet, a purse, a stereo cassette player and accessories with a total value of $225
“I can't believe people leave dungs like camcorders iii (the passenger compartment ut) a vehicle, " Holier/ said
He said that citizens should take care to secure items dial would be templing to a buiglar
Another vehicle burglary occuued in Siurl/ville behind a pizza restaurant.
Hi uce lh I w oi th says dial some time Sunday someone shattered die driver’s side window of his Chevrolet with a rock and look two
city officials, Shands said. For instance, one unauthorized barbecue vendor last summer caused health problems by selling bad food here and then disappearing, he said.
Street vending is unfair to exiting businesses that pay taxes, Shands said, adding thai he believes public streets shouldn't be used as a private marketplace. Shands said.
"This is not free enterprise. This is subsidized enterprise,” Shands said. “I think if we allow this to occur, we do an tnjusuce to our businesses located here who have paid parking, who do have restrooms, who do have a commitment to the city ... To allow someone to set up in front of them is unfair ”
Clark said the city could set up guidelines similar to those in San Antonio. Houston and Austin to avoid problems with vendors, such as allowing only the sale of prepackaged items and not allowing vendors near schools or major lniersecuons.
“I’m just uymg to survive. I’m driving vehicles that are IO years old. My house needs a roof. I don’t really
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Wrilar
The Comal Independent School District will conduct a public hearing 2:00 p.m. Wednesday rn the Central Administration Building Bouid Room.
School officials will discuss the use
want to move, I want to stay in town,” Clark said. “You can’t just say 'We expect to have problems.’ ”
"We have hail problems.” said Mayor James Goodbread.
Council Member Clinton Brandi made the motion to deny the request. citing safely concerns in residenual neighborhoods.
“I sympathize with you on this investment you have made in this equipment,” Brandt said. "Yes. we all have hard times, but my greatest concern is for the safety of the people of the city. Looking at this truck, even (hough you are talking about pulling up along side the curb, you will have to get out. and you'll be on the street and the children will follow you onto the street.”
Council members qucsuoned dark who said he has been planning hrs v.urrent venture for about six years — aooul why he didn I investigate cay restrictions thoroughly before making the investment.
Clark >ard he plans to ask local bus-
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Jaycees urged to scale back July 4 display
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels City Council on Monday voted 5-2 to contribute up to $5,000 toward the annual New Braunfels Jaycees-sponsored July Fourth fireworks display.
Council members agreed to subsidize the Jaycees’ efforts to raise $10,000 for the annual event — up to $5,000. if needed — but also urged the community-service organization to consider scaling back the fireworks display this year and make every attempt to raise the entire amount themselves without needing taxpayer funds.
The city previously included a $5,000 fireworks expenditure in the 1991-92 budget, but allocation required prior council approval.
“It’s for me to vote to spend $5,000 of the taxpayers’ money in 20 minutes, and I love those fireworks as much as anybody else,” said Mayor James Goodbread. “I wish we could come up with the funds through a private source.”
The Jaycees pledge to raise at least $5000 for the event through the organization's fund raising events and from local businesses, corporations and residents. Jaycee representative Terry Mitchell told the council.
"I don’t really consider the fireworks display just a 20-minute explosion.” Mitchell said. “It’s a traditional thing that’s been going on for 20-something years. People look forward to it. There’s lots of intangible things people get out of the fireworks display It’s not something physical like a ditch repaired or a pothole filled.”
Potential financial backing from the city gives the Jaycees another year to try to secure corpoiatc or other sponsorship before having to consider canceling the event. The Jaycees haven't been able to raise more than half the $10,000 the past three years because of the tough economic umes. Mitchell said.
Council Member Loraine Kraft reluctantly supported the request, but challenged the Jaycees to try to keep the costs down, perhaps through a less elaborate display.
“I have a difficult time voting for $5,000 when I see so many other needs.” Krait said.
Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. and council members Clinton Brandt. Bill Arnold and Paul Fraser also voted in favor, while Goodbread and Council Member Rudy Seidel voted against the expenditure.
In other business, the council voted unanimously to table consideration of an amendment to a lease agrement with the Comal County Farr Associa-Sm COUNCIL, Rag* 2
where this money should be u»ed to supplement specific academic program needs in that paiucuiar district, acceding to Carol Hall, C1SD assistant superintendent for curriculum.
"We have targeted math programs (atOSU),'' Hall said.
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Lazy days of summer
Hot, sultry days of summer ato hare tor awhile so local osider us as well as visitors find some relief in the cool waters of the Comal River. Today s high <s expected to reach close to 90 degrees with a slight chance of afternoon showers. (Photo t>y Stephanie Ferguson)
Missing tubers located
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CISD public hearing Wednesday