New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYNB Unicorns baseball tournament begins today, See Page 7
New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845
mm ^ mmm
Herald -Zci v
so-west "m?Rn?n22/99 >AS0, TX 79903-
14 pages in one section ■ Thursday, March 9, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of CY CHAPA
Vol 143, No 84
Local economy booming
Class of the Week..........................6
Sports Day......................................7 I By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Comics............................................9 I staff Writer
The Marketplace.....................10-14StammtischBirthday wishes from tho Horald-Zottung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Cy Chapa, Rosa M. Morales, Lee Anthony Alanis, Sandra Sahara, Frances Cantu, Frank V. Gomez, Danny Ybarra, Laura Givens, Consuete Ramirez, Andrew Farias.
Tonight, clear and not as cold. Low in the mid 30s. Calm winds Friday, sunny and mild. High in the mid to upper 60s. Wind becoming southeast near 5 mph.
nvip ii rn winning
$18 million jackpot
After Hours schsdulsd
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce' monthly membership luncheon will be held Tuesday. March 14 at Victoria Bank & Trust,
1000 N. Walnut rn New Braunfels This month s mixer is sponsored by Molly Joe s Catering, TempAsso-ciates and Victoria Bank & Trust New Braunfels The mixer wtll last from 5 p m. to 7 pm.
For more information, call 625-2385
Bsnviis Bock ll to spook at CBMC
The Christian Business Men s Committee will host their monthly luncheon Tuesday, March 14 at Tree Tops Restaurant, beginning at noon.
Featured speaker for this month's luncheon will be Bennie Bock I, automobile dealer, broadcaster, businessman, rancher, politician and attorney. Bock recently purchased KWED radio station in Seguin and is also the Ford-Mer-cury dealer at Seguin Motor Co He is a former assistant Attorney General and a former member of the Texas House of Representatives Cost will be $7 per person No reservations are needed For more information, call Ray Long at 629-1760 or Charley Pooler at 629-5725.
The Christian Business Men's Committee is an inter-denomina-tionai group of men from many churches.
lions Club to Host youth job fair
The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club will host its second annual summer youth job fair Saturday, March 11.
The location will again be in Wesley Hall, First United Methodist Church, 527 West San Antonio St All area high school and college students, ages 15 and above, are invited.
Employers and organizations interested in participating can call Preston Kennedy at 620-0241 or Mac McDonald at 629-9109
New Braunfels is on the grow - and it means better lives for New Braunfels residents. That’s the message in the 1994 economic figures.
“People are going to work in a whole range of occupations,” said Robert Blum, arca manager of the Texas Employment Commission for Comal County.
Unemployment was down from 6 percent in ‘93 to 4.3 percent in ‘94, according to figures compiled by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “My feeling is that it’s just an overall healthy economy,” said Blum.
What kind of jobs New Braunfels has is important, too, said Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Michael Meek. “We’re over the state average in manufacturing jobs,” said Meek. “We feel that’s very important.”
Manufactunng jobs make up 17.5 percent of the
City going through progressive period in many growth categories
jobs in New Braunfels, over the state average of about 13 percent, he said.
More manufacturing would be even better, said Meek. “It all goes back to attracting new dollars into the local economy,” he said. “At this time of the year, traditionally, the service jobs arc picking up,” said Blum, “and the construction industries also.”
New Braunfels built more in 1994, both new homes and businesses. The more new houses built, the more people moving into New Braunfels.
"That’s good news any way you look at it," said Meek.
Single family housing permits were up 22.1
percent in 1994, multi- family up by a whopping 166.7 percent.
More people means more retail sales, more sales at local restaurants, more bank deposits, more money circulated into the economy, said Meek.
“The bigger pie that you have, the more wealth per capita,” he said.
Dollars committed to building commercial properties jumped last year, up 29.4 percent from 1993.
“That’s going to be things like Casco, H.E.B., Target,” said City Manager Mike Shands, “That obviously tells you that the economy is improving and New Braunfels is growing.”
City and county sales tax collected in 1994 were also up. “That’s a real increase over what we projected,” said Shands.
The increase in sales tax to the city is keeping ahead of the rise in costs - and that means more money can be spent on things like streets, drainage, and other needed projects. City sales tax was up 11.5 percent in 1994 and county sales tax 7.8 percent.
“Yes, the economy is up and people are spending more money in New Braunfels,” said Shands.
The increase in building homes and businesses means more shanng of the property tax burden, said Shands. “The taxes are going to be spread out to more properties,” he said.
Rising sales taxes collection means the economic outlook on the whole is good, said City of New Braunfels Financial Director Sharon Day.
“It proves that people are coming here, people arc buying here, people are spending, people arc building,” said Day.
‘The Whole Shabang’
Susan Curtis resigns as head of city’s recycling
Advisory committe chair returns to family activities
From left, Dora, Manuel and Cassie Camareno stand in front of their new home.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
VA program works for local veteran Manuel Camareno
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Manuel Camareno is getting a new home, courtesy of Uncle Sam, not a relative but the Veteran’s Administration.
Camareno lives in New Braunfels. He is a veteran. He qualified for the house through a program of the Veteran’s Administration Camareno was wounded in Vietnam and qualities as IOO percent disabled. The VA is funding the major part of a new home especially adapted for those with major disabilities such as using a wheelchair.
“It’s the whole shabang,” said Camareno, describing his new home which is about 70 percent completed The VA does not pay the whole amount. Camareno also qualified for a loan through the VA which he must help pay the
remainder. But the VA's share is the major portion.
“They have to find the builder. Then we guide them every step of the way,” said Don Newberry of the VA office in San Antonio.
The program, called the Specially Adapted Housing Program, has been in existence for many years, back to 1978 in the San Antonio area. Among the criteria for qualifying include service-related injuries resulting in loss of limb or limbs or being wheelchair bound. There are also other grants available for disabilities.
Camareno said he wanted to increase awareness that there were many programs out there available to veterans. Many times, he said, veterans will not even bother to check these out.
Often, however, the veterans should be prepared for a lot of paperwork.
“There’s too much paperwork,” said Camareno, who began the process for the new home in 1992. “It can take two hours
just to fill out a form, and you have to get it right or they send it back and you have to start all over."
Camareno would like to see a full-time person at the Veteran’s Office in Comal County. The county used to have a fulltime office but cut that to part-time in recent years. A few months ago, Commissioner’s Court granted additional hours to the 20-hour week for the office because of demand
“They may be so close to qualifying,” said Camareno. “lf a veteran goes and finds the door locked, he’s not going to come back.”
Camareno claims he did some research with the state officials who said about 7,500 veterans were registered in Comal County. These veterans received $6 million in benefits which can multiply as the money is used. Camareno said estimates indicated about $60,(XX) in taxes to the county was generated through these veterans’ benefits.
City to help residents with storm clean up efforts
By MARK LYON
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
The city of New Braunfels will help city residents clean up from storm damage done during Tuesday morning’s violent thunderstorms which saw winds clocked at more than 62 miles per hour at the local National Weather Service office.
According to city manager Mike Shands, the city will pick up debris consisting of trees and limbs on the morning of Monday, March 13 all over the city. However, he said there would be certain requirements to be met by citizen^ who wish to have debris picked up “We will accept trees and limbs of no more than eight inches in diameter, six feet long or less which are placed at the curbs,” Shands
By ROGER CROTEAU
said. “We’re only going to be picking up storm debris, not what residents may have had on their property for some time."
Shands said there would be no charge for the pick up service.
He added that citizens should make sure to have their debris on the curb first thing Monday morning because crews would only make one trip.
One of ne pcqpJc most responsible for bringing curbside rec) cling to New b. lunfels has stepped down from her pos' on the city’s Recycling Advisory Committee.
Susa i Curtis, chairwoma;. of the committee, has announ ed her resignation froi i the committee, although she premised to stay involve! in the issue.
"It was mainly a family — decision . I have two teen- ‘It WRS mainly a agers, and beth are inv^l .cd family dacision in athletics and it is just too a a a | hava IWO much,” Curtis said. "But I and
will be a consultant to the committee.
She added that the recy- involvad In atheling committee has latics and it is achieved its initial goal of just IOO much.’ starting up a curbside recy- . susan Curtis cling program. ________.
She said the next goal of the committee will likely be to start a yard waste program, which would divert grass clippings, leaves and such from the landfill to a composting center. Curtis also said she hopes the committee will help set up drive-through recycling centers for use in the unincorporated areas of the county and for use by businesses and people who live in apartments. The current curbside recycling program does not serve apartment buildings or businesses.
Homes needed soon for German visitors
From staff reports
With a little more than a month away, more than 200 visitors from Braunfels, Germany will be arriving in New Braunfels to help celebrate New Braunfels’ 150th birthday.
Rusty Brandt, chair of the Sesquicentennial Host Housing Sub-Committee is asking for area families to donate their time and provide housing for the numerous German visitors who will be arriving
"Many New Braunfels citizens have already volunteered to be hosts for these German visitors and we appreciate this very much," Brandt said. "We are very close to finding all the Germans housing. However, we still need IO homes, so if you are interested, please contact me at 629-5924."
Gerhard! Adam, Secretary for New Braunfels in Braunfels, Gennany, is the official contact for the Sesquicentennial Commission. "Only those groups being organized through Gerhardt will be found housing," said Brandt Approximately 90 German visitors will be arriving Apnl 13 and another 60 on Apnl 19. “We do understand that other groups will be coming to New Braunfels from Germany on Apnl 19, and we hope that they will take part in the Sesquicentennial activities."
Tours are planned for San Antonio, Laredo and Fred-encksburg for the German visitorsCall 625-9144 for subscription, news or advertising information