New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 156
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes "happy birthday" today to Shelley Hoff, Jerin Scheel, Tony Olvera, Lawrence Weidner, Matthew Schriewer, Travis Dcdck, Pearl Pehl and Ryan Petrie.
Belated birthday greetings to Jeanne Juarez, Lab Martinez, Naomi Linnartz, Juanita Emoralas, and Mandi Robles.
“Happy anniversary” today to Lewin and Elvira Weidner, Juan and Cruz Rosa Zavala, Raul and Amelia Rosales, Betti and Ray, and Albert and Santos Morales.
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.Republican meeting
The Republican Men’s Club of Comal County will meet at 7:30 tonight at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative’s offices. Guest speaker will be Rep. Edmund Kucmpel, R-Scguin. Public is invited to attend. For more information call Charles Billings at 512/964-2624.Applications taken
The city of New Braunfels Housing Authority has reopened taking applications for rental assistance. For more information call 625-6908.Parks workshop
The New Braunfels Parks Sc Recreation Department is cosponsoring a “Project Learning Tree” workshop to adult youth leaders and teachers. The workshop is slated for June 29 at the Landa Park Recreation Center from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fee is $10. For more information call 629-PARK.Vaccines available
Comal County Health Department has received 50 doses of Pncumovac vaccine from the Texas Department of Health for use in high risk individuals. This vaccine will be available for individuals age 65 or older who have never received the vaccine. Friday, June 28, from 1-4 p.m. has been set for administering the vaccine at the Health Department in the Comal County Courthouse on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $8. For more information call 620-5595.Garage sale
Clear out the closets and bring those items to the old Krueger building, 472 W. San Antonio St., for the next five Saturdays for the Senior Citizens garage sale slated for July 27. Furniture, books, games, clothing, toys are just a few of the items to be gathered and sold to benefit the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation.Plano repair
The piano in the Civic Center is in need of repair. Because the necessary funds have not been budgeted by the city, a citizens’ committee has been formed lo raise the needed money. Members include Helgard Suhr, Barron Schlameus, Jan Kennady and JoAnna Schima. Goal in $1,000. Those making donations should write checks payable to the city of New Braunfels and mail them to 8 Mission Drive. All donations are tax deductible. For more inform a lion, call Suhr at 625-6330 or Schi ma (Henne Hardware) at 625-3318.
8m STAMM TISCH, Pag* 2Good Day
Partly cloudy and hot conditions are forecast for the next few days, with highs in the mid-90s, lows in the mid-70s, southeastern winds near IO mph arui the chance for rain at about 20 percent. In New Braunfels Monday, the high was 88 and the overnight low was 66. In the 24-hour period ending at 7 a m. today, .13 inch of precipitation was recorded. For more weather information, please see Page 2.
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Mayor James Goodbread accepts a copy of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 11 from Sopnienburg Museum and Archives board member and Legislative Chairwoman Dona Bruns (center) and President Charlene Fischer. The resolution, passed during the recent state legislative session, designates New Braunfels as a ‘German heritage center” in Texas. (Photo by Mark Warnken)
City warns concessionaires that park contract in danger
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels city attorney is sending a letter to the Lamia Park restaurant concessionaires warning that they risk breaking the contract to operate Pat’s in the Park.
The final notice warns the concessionaires — partners Pat Cantrell, who owns the local Pat’s Place restaurant, and Carol Guedry — of possible cancellation of the five-year contract with a five-year extension option. City Manager Paul Orohman told the City Council Monday.
"They are not in compliance with the contract, and we’ve been unable to get them in compliance with the contractual agreement," Grohman said. "Mr Moore (Barry Moore, city attorney) has now or is in the process of sending a final notice letter. We’re doing our best to gel them to comply, but so far they have not responded."
Pat’s in the Park has failed to
comply with the contract in several ways, including opening about a month late this spring, Grohman said. The restaurant is contractually refired to be open during the enure Landa Park season, from Easier to Labor Day each year Also, the concessionaires owe the city several thousand dollars from the last several years and failed to keep current on an outstanding debt-paymcnt schedule granted by the city, Grohman said. They have also not met requirements for properly insurance coverage.
Under the contract, the concessionaires pay the city 12 percent of gross receipts during the summer tourist season for the right to operate the restaurant.
Council Member Loraine Kraft said the concessionaires told her they planned to appear before the council to request that the contract be renegotiated.
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By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
City Council members on Monday approved a staff plan to participate in a 2-year-oid investment service for public funds through the state Treasury Department.
TexPool allows local governments to join with other public state entities to get high interest earnings on public money under secure condiuons. TexPool invests only in federal government-backed securities.
City Finance Director Richard Buntine said TexPool’s current interest rate is about 6 percent, slightly higher than the city could earn 'through certificates of deposit at its bank or through stumer-term government-backed securities such as Treasury Bills. City funds will be wired to and from the department in Austin.
“One of the attractive things is that it’s very liquid, ’ Buntine said. ‘We could move funds in and out on a daily basis, if we needed to. With the others, typically we buy for 30 days or more."
City staff members, who have planned no specific amount of city funds for investment in TexPool. requested council approval for the plan to give them another solid interest-earning option for shortterm investment
In other business, the council:
• Unanimously approved bids on two vehicles for the Criminal Invesugauon Division of the New Braunfels Police Department Two 1991 Ford Thunderbird! will be purchased from Bluebonnet Motors Inc. of New Braunfels for $13,ll9each.
• Unanimously voted to authorize the city manager to advertise for bids on two Sanitation Department high-compteuon garbage trucks and a pickup truck for the
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CISD again delays decision on vacancy
By ROBERT STEWART Blaff Writer
The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees again put off a decision on filling a board vacancy. Leroy Goodson called for retaking of the action and Tom Potter seconded.
Board President Lee Beds said that if a trustee election was called for August IO the filing deadline would be June 26. This would only give possible candidates one day to file for a place on the ballot.
The board did give notice of an August IO election to empower the County Education District (CED). Setting up of polling places and distribution of ballots for the election was also approved.
Abel Campos, business manager of CISD said that some voters may have to go to two separate polling places to vote on the CBD items. Some county polls are at different locations from CISD polls. Another situation is
someone that lives outside of Comal County but is still in CISD.
"On the first ballot which is the ‘yes or no’ to give the CED authority you will have to vote in the county of residence," Campos said. “If you live in Bexar County you’ll have to go to the Bexar County polls to vote and then come back to the CISD to vote on CED taxing exemptions."
Another problem facing CISD is the requirement of having locations open for absentee ballot casting five days a week. During the summer CISD is operating on a four-day week schedule and some schools are closed for the summer.
The district also will have to find people to man the closed schools as polling places throughout the week for absentee voting.
The first meeting of Ute CED board is at 7 p.m. tonight at the CISD Central Administration Building. 1421 Highway 81 East in New Braunfels.
NBISD narrowly names Schlather Seele principal
By ROBERT STEWART Blaff Writer
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees tried again and this time appointed Linda Schlather to be the new principal of Seele Elementary School.
The appointment was made on a 4-3 vote after Superintendent Charles Bradberry once again recommended Schlather for the position as Bob Clarke, Bob Self, Dick Robineu and Adon Hermes voted for approval while Jean Ward, Margie Ha bom and Nayo Zamora voted against.
"As board members we must act on the superintendent’s recommendation,’’ Bob Self, board president said. "I wish there was a place for both people — I’m sure there’ll be another position in the future."
Seele parent Sylvia Sanchez addressed the board, asking them to
promote Barbara Doeppenschmidt to the position. Doeppenschmidt is administrative assistant at Seele and some felt that she should move up to principal instead of bringing in someone from outside the school.
"In my heart I know I made the right decision," Bradberry said.
Trustee Bob Clarke made the motion to approve Schlather’s appointment and apologized for being absent at last week's meeting when the vote was deadlocked at 3-3. Clarke’s vote broke the tie in favor of Schlather.
Schlather has served as director of elementary special education for NBISD since 1987. During the 1986-87 school year she was an assistant principal and teacher appraiser for three elementary campuses in NBISD. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Southwest Teats Stale University.
You’re never too young or too old to enjoy a fresh, cool deep in the Comal River. This tuber had a refreshing experience at the Tube Chute recently as summer temperatures continue to rise. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
Council told October ruling likely
By MARK WARNKEN Signwriter
Members of die New Braunfels
City Council were told Monday the Texas Water Commission is expected to rule in October on a request to immediately deny a permit to store hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant.
City Attorney Barry Moore told the City Council the TWC commissioners decided that a special hearing
would be scheduled “on or after" Oct. 9 to rule on two surveys that show the plant kiln violates a new state law because it is within a half-mile radius of three residences. Commissioners directed TWC staff to study the issue
and return a recommendation, he said.
“That issue will be settled first before they g* onto a full hearing on
the entire application," said Moore, part of the city legal team Austin attorney Philip S. Haag represented the city of New Braunfels at Monday’s commission meeting. “You probably are not surprised to
hear that we did not receive a ‘stay of execuuon,’ " said Council Member Paul Fraser, who attended the hearing. “We are not in a denial of the
permit to Lafarge at this time, but my general feeling was that the Water Commission was very receptive to the city and to the activiues of getting the hearing process under way."
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
While members of Securing a Future Environment are confident they have the evidence to stop the storing and burning of hazardous waste near New Braunfels, a Systech Environmental Corp. official says it’s still too early to tell.
“We’ll take it one step at a time," said Reggie Brashur, Systech’s assistant to the president for legislative affairs.
Brashur’s comments came after the Texas Water Commission considered Monday a motion filed by SAFE to deny Systech s permit to store hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant located near New Braunfels. The Water Commission directed the staff to review the motion.
“I don’t think you can anticipate what the Texas Water Commission is going to do," Brashur said.
Members of SAFE filed a similar motion with the Texas Air Control Board earlier this month asking for denial of the Lafarge Corporation’s permit to bum hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant.
Systech is a subsidiary of Lafarge and both are cooperating on the supplement fuels project designed for the Balcones Cement Plant.
“I think we’re in a great position,’’ said Paul Pennington, SAFE’S legislative expert about eventually stopping the plans by Systech and Lafarge.
SAFE, along with the city of New Braunfels, commissioned two separate land surveys recently that indicated there are three homes located within a half-mile of the Balcones Cement Plant, therefore being in violation of Senate Bill 1099, passed during the last state legislative session. The bill states no plant will be allowed to store and bum hazardous