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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY_______ New Braunfels Herald rn A l0S>f S;“ > «mWLL 18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, June 25,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for mope than 145 years ■ Home of Hunter Moulter Vol. 145, No. 160 Inside Editorial........................................4A Sports......................................1-2B Comics  ...........................3B Market Place.............................4-8B Dear Abby....................................3A Birthday wishes from the Herakl-Zeitiifig! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Margaret Conyers, Matt Schriewer (14 years), Nate Skelton (12 years), Janey Matulich (7 years), Hunter Moeller (3 years), Stephen Morga, Patrick Goebel, Bridge Schultz (16 years), Cheryl Keller (belated) and Kyra Brandt Happy anniversary wishes to: Juan and Cruz Rose Zavala. To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count Not available (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 345 cubic feet per second, down 40 from Tuesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.49 feet above sea level, up .007 from Tuesday. Canyon Dam discharge —128 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 935.95 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 6.547 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 833,000 gallons of wen water were used. Moi* rain could be on th* way Although the area is still recovering from the weekend’s flooding, more rain, with possible flooding, is expected for the county. According to the National Weather Service, the area is under a flash flood watch until 6 p.m., with a 40 percent chance or thunderstorms. Heavy rain is possible today. The high will be in the upper 80s, with a south wind at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, temperatures in the lower 70s and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday calls for mostly cloudy skies, a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, temperatures reaching near 90 and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph. NBISD filing period ends today Today is the last day for individuals to make up their minds whether to file for the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees. Two at-large seats, the Districts 1 seat and the remaining year on the district 4 seat are up for election. Anyone still wishing to file has until 5 p.m. today to complete the paperwork at the Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. To be eligible to file, the potential candidate must have been a resident of the state for 12 months, and a resident of the trustee district for six months. Donat* to Rod Cross to aid flood victims The local Red Cross was on the front lines, providing flood victims with shelter, food and other necessities. The best way to help the Red Cross help victims of floods and other disasters is with a monetary donation to the Red Cross. That money can be used to provide exactly what is needed at a given time, from baby formula to new clothes. Send donations to: Red Cross, 178 E. Mill St., New Braunfels, TX 78130 or call 606-1999. Chamber tells visitors to splash it up after deluge Effort will focus on counteracting news of flood By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, reacting to the weekend’s flooding, will embark on an aggressive advertising campaign begin ning this weekend to promote New Braunfels’ summer attractions. Chamber President Michael Meek said the group will spend about $40,000 during the initial thrust of its “You Can Still Have a Splashing, Soaking, Wet and Wild Time in New Braunfels” campaign. Meek said the campaign was necessary to correct the public perception across the state that recent floods had closed tourist attractions in the area. “We have multiple recreational options, including the Comal River and Schlitterbahn,” Meek said. “People hear about the floods and think the Hill Country is closed. That is not the case.” Meek said the chamber would run ads on Sunday in the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle. The group also would run about 300 60-second radio ads across the state on the Texas State Network Friday through July 2. Meek said the short-term goal of the campaign was to attract visitors for the Fourth of July weekend. New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shantis said die chamber receives about $750,000 annually to promote tourism. The money is derived from the city’s portion of the room tax paid by visitors at local motels and hotels. “(The ad campaign) is a good, appropriate use of the funds because it attracts visitors here and encourages them to Cleaning up, planning ahead Weekend flooding leaves residents, county pondering options By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Three days after evacuating their homes because of rising floodwater, flood victims in Bulverde, Cibolo and Schertz were cleaning up their water damaged homes and trying to put their lives back together again. Sunday’s rains which poured anywhere from six inches in New Braunfels to as much as 18 inches in Bandera caused several flash floods in Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Medina and Bandera counties. No injuries or fatalities were reported as rescue personnel evacuated more than a dozen residents who live on Bulverde Lane and 35 to 40 on Twin Ridge Drive off Farm to Market 1863. Residents of Riverwood Estates, south of Spring Branch, had to he evacuated as the Guadalupe River rose and flooded several homes. On Tuesday, Nelda and Lester Mumme were busy cleaning their home. Nelda said she witnessed the flood from a neighbor’s house which was on higher ground. “We were standing on the porch,” Nelda said. “I stood and watched the water (go) in the living room.” Evidence of the flooding was still in the Mumme’s backyard as a birdhouse, lifejackets and debris from the river were still scattered about. While the Mummes are cleaning up their house, Nelda said they are staying in a guest house. Nelda said people have been real helpful to her during the trying time. “The people who couldn’t help move the furniture went down (the block) and provided meals,” Nelda said. The Mumme’s daughter, Arline, Turn to Cleaning Up, Page 3A Weldon O’Neil takes a break from the humid weather during the clean-up of his mobile home at Pecan Grove Mobile Home Park in Schertz on Tuesday afternoon. [    ,,    ~    "I    County    eyes flood control measures Commissioners to hear drainage study proposal By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Western Comal County residents are still trying to recover from the second flood to hit the area in less than two weeks, and talk is already beginning to see what, if anything, can be done to help manage the swollen creeks. Comal County Commissioners Court will hear a report Friday on a drainage study of the Lewis Creek Watershed and Oak Village North Subdivision in the Bulverde area. County Commissioner Danny Scheel, whose precinct was hardest hit by the recent rains, said there are currently five flood control dams in the county that were erected in about the 1970s. He said the dams are scattered throughout the county, and are located on various creeks, including the Bidders and Comal creeks. “They prevent a lot of water from flooding those creeks,” Scheel said. U.S.D.A. Natural Resource Conservation Society will make the presentation to the court Friday. Turn to County, Page 3A Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall The signs says It all at Potter s Creak Park st Canyon Lake Tuesday. James Tarry cleans up the mass at his home near the Guadalupe River in Riverwood Estates near Spring Branch. The water reached the second story and took nearly everything with it, including a 1960a model Cadillac. Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Oarnall Senate endorses boosting Medicare eligibility to 67 WASHINGTON (AP) — Affluent senior citizens would pay up to four times more for Medicare premiums and the age of eligibility would rise gradually to 67 for all recipients under a plan approved by the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said the proposed changes were a matter of “fundamental fairness.” “Why should working people making $35,000 a year be paying for wealthy people who make $100,000 to get Medicare?” he asked Tuesday during debate on the plan. The Medicare provisions were part of a massive *Why should working people making $35,000 a yaar ba paying for wealthy people who make $100,000 to got Medicare?1 — Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott bill designed to save $136 billion from Medicare, Medicaid and other programs and balance the budget by 2002. The overall bill was expected to pass the Senate by a wide margin today, although President Clinton has said he believed income-linked premiums and a higher eligibility age for Medicare had no place in the balanced budget deal. The House also was set today to take up its own version of the bill, but it did not call for such dramatic changes in the government health care program for the elderly. Under the Senate plan, Medicare premiums — which otherwise would be $540 for everyone next year — would begin to increase for elderly individuals whose incomes exceed $50,000. spend money and have a good time,” Shantis said. Meek said state law governing use of the room tax prevents his group from advertising in the San Antonio and Austin markets because visitors from those areas normally do not stay overnight. “We are fortunate that those markets are covered by advertising from entities such as Schlitterbahn and the Gruene merchants,” Shantis said. City, hotel settle suit over back bed taxes Ramada has 30 days to pay debt By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels gave a local hotel 30 days to pay back more than $15,000 in delinquent hotel occupancy taxes, according to an agreement both parties signed Friday. Ramada Limited Motel at Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue failed to pay taxes for the third and fourth quarters of 1996 and the first quarter of this year, City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said. lf the amount is not paid within 30 days, by July 23, Cullom said the city would seek a temporary restraining order to stop hotel operations until all the taxes are paid. “I’m pretty confident they will pay the money back,” Cullom said. “It’s pretty typical. It’s not our intent to slow their business down. That doesn’t mean that if they don’t pay, we won’t seek an injunction.” The taxes are paid by overnight visitors who are assessed a 7 percent charge on all room rentals within the city limits. Citywide, hotel occupancy taxes totaled almost $1 million this past year. According to state law, the revenue must pay for tourism promotions that attract people to spend the night in New Braunfels hotels and motels. Almost three quarters of the revenue goes to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce in a tourism promotions contract. Ramada’s total debt, which includes past due payments, penalties, attorneys fees and court costs, is estimated at $15,767. Tile suit names Monarch Club Management Limited Company of San Diego, Calif., as an unincorporated association whose assumed name is Ramada Limited. Hotel officials could not be reached for comment. Judge Casteel, Mayor Kennady bowl for mixer From staff reports Who is queen of Comal County, Mayor Jan Kennady or County Judge Carter Casteel? At least when it comes to bowling skills, the two are scheduled to settle that question Thursday night. Owners of Comal Bowl have scheduled a bowling match for the two rivals during a monthly mixer for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Comal Bowl, 1202 Huisache Ave. The two are best friends but that didn’t stop them from talking some “smack.” Said Casteel of Kennady, “Of course, IMI beat her because I’m a much better bowler. I know I can.” Said Kennady of Casteel, “That’s just like Carter. No wonder, she plays every Wednesday night. I’m too busy serving the public.”Want to know who won the ACS car? To find out, see Kudos, Page 4A. ;