New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Council names 18 streets to head priority
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Priorities set last year by the City Council held good. Members decided Monday to put new asphalt overlay on the seven streets left over from the 1962 priority list, and then start on the list prepared by city staff late last year.
There are 18 streets, or sections thereof, on that second list. But by City Manager E.N. Delashmutt’s estimates, the city will have just enough money to do four of them. If he's erred on the high side, perhaps as
many as eight.
Estimated cost to complete all the projects on both lists is $306,495. Available funds will probably come to IIM,715.
“And this is just the beginning of the streets," Delashmutt told the council. "We’re working on another $800,000 worth in case Sen. (John) Traeger’s pothole bill goes through."
He’s keeping a close watch on that bill, which has a top-priority endorsement by the Texas Municipal League. Officially titled Senate Bill 287, the "pothole bill" would route state funds to cities for repair of
existing streets. The money would be given (rn a 30-70 matching basis, with the city itself putting up the smaller share.
Over a two-year period (fiscal years 1964 and 1965), each city would get $3,230 for every mile of paved street. This would mean $450,000 for New Braunfels, which would have to put up $184,000 in matching funds.
If the state comes through, Delashmutt figures he can find the money somewhere. And he won’t have any trouble finding the streets.
Those that fell high enough on Monday’s priority list will be getting a
new coat of asphalt within the year. This sort of work has been contracted to an outside firm in the past. This year, the city manager plans to stretch available funds by using his own employees and Comal County’s new paving machine. New Braunfels will exchange fire and ambulance service for use of the machine, on a pro rata basis.
Delashmutt also has a list of streets which, he says, are in such bad shape that they wouldn’t be helped by asphalt overlay. He has a different plan for those, and it involves the $9,500 chip spreader Council agreed to
purchase on Monday night.
Cooper Equipment Company of San Antonio quoted that price on a reconditioned machine (a new one would run $35,000 to $40,000, Delashmutt said). The chip spreader allows the street department to "lay its own base," as Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. put it.
The process, which Delashmutt calls "double-course penetration," involves a layer of primer material, a layer of course rock, a coating of asphalt oil and a top layer of finer rock. In the past few years, city workers, using a borrowed chiplist
spreader, have performed this operation on Cedar Elm, Madeline Street and Alves Lane.
It takes a little traffic to pack the new pavement down. "Then you’ve got a street that’s in pretty good shape at a much lower cost (than if you’d done it like a new street)," Delashmutt explained.
Streets on the priority list for new asphalt overlay this year include:
— Zink Street, from Seguin Avenue to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas tracks;
— Market Street, from the MKT
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Vol. 92 — No. 52 12 Pages
TUESDAY March 15,1983 25 cents
Parks board backs center
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
City Council members have a recommendation coming their direction from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board that takes several breaths to say, but says it all.
The newest Parks board member, Bob Hamil, did the honors Monday night, putting months of work into the form of a motion. His recommendation provided for the hiring of a recreation supervisor-coordinator and part-time assistants as required, and the use of luanda Recreation Center in the recreational program of the city — if necessary cm a part-time basis, with the remainder of tune available for building rental The board's recommendation also asked that early hiring of part-time recreation aides be considered, to insure the summer recreation program is staffed and can begin on tune
The motion was seconded by Edward Dedeke, but Allene Wofford wondered if the word ‘ trained’' should be added in front of •recreation supe rvisor. ’’
"I think we should give the personnel hiring people a little credit," Hamil said. “I don’t think they would hire someone who didn’t know what he was doing."
"I hope you're right,” Wofford said.
Board members would like to see a recreation coordinator hired, and put in charge of all city recreational sports and activities, the summer recreation program for school-age children, the scheduling of seasons for each sport (and perhaps the registration), indoor activities, the pools and bathhouse, and maintaining the existing luanda Recreation Center building
Part-time use of the Center for recreation was stressed again, with Hamil adding “how much part-time will be up to the city, with the coat of operation offset by rental of the building."
If council approves the parks board’s recommendation, the fate of the I anda Recreation Center and the enhancement of the existing recreation division within the Parks and Recreation Department is sealed,
See LANDA, Page 12
Film at 10
Staff photo by Canty Nu harrison
No, this isn t the Eyewitness News team in action it’s part of a three day workshop on arson sponsored by the New Braunfels Fire Department Firemen Kent Howard and Robert Reed do
the filming as Lawrence Intrau, John Herber and Steve Woodward put out the fire, which was set on a beat up car in Cypress Bend Park as a practice exercise.
Room tax, part two
Hotel-motel tax debate surfaces again
The vote was taken a month ago But the city's contract with the Chamber of Commerce for convention and tourism services didn't get signed without an argument.
The argument was started by City Councilmember Barbara Tieken. That’s not surprising, since Tieken was one of the two last month who voted against giving the chamber 80 percent of the city’s room-occupancy tax to finance its tourism program.
She and Max Winkler were in favor of giving a larger share to the community's arts organizations, which have been alloted IO percent of the room tax for the next two years. The remaining IO percent will be used by the city to maintain public facilities.
At that time, Tieken was not satisfied with chamber executive Tom Purdum's account of how the money was being spent. She took particular exception to his claim that 50 percent of it (approximately $76,000 last year) went for “administrative costs ” Tieken said that state and federal grant programs usually set an absolute maximum of 20 percent for administration.
On Monday, Tieken again expressed her discontent with the audit report the chamber gave the city, and suggested tabling the tourism contract “until we can see when the money was spent, who it went to
and what for." Councilmember Donnie Seay, who is also president of the Chamber of Commerce, saw nothing wrong with the report. He pointed out that the chamber uses the same auditor the city does. And he said the books are open; anybody that wants to can go and look at them.
Seay challenged Tieken’s assertion that financial reports from Circle Arts Theatre and the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild ( who each got a quarter of the arts cut last year) were "very detailed."
"You call Circle Arts’ report detailed?” demanded Seay. "Here it says, ‘McCoy’s, $16.98.’ No purpose. Elizabeth Elliott, $37.’ No purpose. ‘Elizabeth Elliott. $15 Elizabeth Elliott, $135.’ And soon.”
Tom Put durn, on hearing an account of the meeting on Tuesday morning, said Tieken was "way out in left field."
"We have invited her down to look at our books. She and Mr. Winkler have received specific invitations," he said.
He said he was getting tired of "innuendos" and implications that he and his eight-member staff were mismanaging public funds.
See CHAMBER, Page 12InsideToday's Weather
It will be windy, warm and humid today, with a 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. A lake wind advisory is in effect, with south to southeast winds at 15-25 mph and gusty today. Tonight will be windy and much cooler, with a 70 percent of thunderstorms, some possibly severe and northwesterly winds at 15-20 mph and gusty. Wednesday will be cloudy, windy and cool, bringing a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. Sunset will be at 6:39 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 6:40 a.m.Cougars On Top
The NCAA tournament begins tonight with four opening round contests, and the final Associated Press college basektball poll surprised no one—the Houston Cougars are ranked No. I for the third straight week, garnering most of the first-place votes. See Page 5.
River group wants county sales tax to fund proposal
Absentee voting begins for city, school races
Absentee voting for school board races, New Braunfels city charter amendments and Garden Ridge City Council races began Monday and will continue through March 29.
Voters in their respective areas will decide three trustees’ races in New Braunfels Independent School District, one in Comal ISD and three contested Garden Ridge races.
New Braunfels voters will decide whether the city’s water supply should continue to be fluoridated, and whether council members should be elected according to a "4-3” plan — four from single-member districts, and three at-large.
NBI8D; Any registered voter in the New Braunfels Independent School District, who expects to ba out-of-town for the April 2nd school board election, may cast an absentee ballot with the district’s central administrative office on West Mill Street across from the old high school.
Three places are up for grabs on the NBISD board of trustees.
Incumbents Rudy Reimer, place 6 and Bob Self, place 4 are both seeking re-election. Self is running unopposed, but Reimer faces opposition from David Cook and Jose Valdemar Espinoza.
The third spot on the NBISD board is that at place 4 which come April will be vacated by incumbent Dr. William Lee Jr., who decided not to seek another term.
Lee’s soon-to-be-vacant seat on the board has drawn much interest as four candidates are seeking it. These include Gladys Bartling, Ronald Dalrymple, Bonnie U hr Denson and Christina Zamora.
CISD: Voters may cast absentee ballots from 8 a m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Central Office, 1421 Hwy. SIE.
There is only one race on the ballot, since CISD is
reducting its board from nine to seven members to comply with state law. Two incumbents — Judy DeVillez and Ray Soechting — did not run for the lone spot. Incumbent Erwin Lehmann faces Selden G. Becker of Canyon Lake in the lone race.
New Braunfels: City voters may cast absentee ballots at City Hall, 202 N. Seguin, between 8 a m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Garden Ridge: City Hall on Timber Rose Drive is the absentee polling place. If it is not open (and it isn’t all the time), contact City Secretary Millie Brown.
Hie mayor’s race and two council spots are up for grabs. Paul Davis faces Bob Kolstad for mayor; incumbent Robert Harmon and Ben White vie for council Place 3; and incumbent Neil Craigmile faces Robert Howey for Place 2.
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
A group of Lower Guadalupe River businessmen want a I percent county-wide sales tax implemented to fund a "management plan” to meet river-related problems.
In Commissioners Court Monday, Betty Walls, president of the l>ower Guadalupe River Business Association (LGRBA), outlined her group’s proposal calling for regulation of the recreational use of the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam.
Her group claimed that "this precious resource (Guadalupe River) is in danger of being destroyed by the large influx of people who descend upon us during the peak periods of our season."
They blamed "the problems of overcrowding and overuse” on the "unpredictable fluctuations in the amount of water released from Canyon Dam.”
According to the association, "there has been inadequate consideration of the economic and ecological problems caused by dumping vast amounts of water.”
To fund their proposed plan, Walls’ group suggested creation of the county sales tax, "part of which (is) to be earmarked for return to the river district or community.”
Other funds would come from licensing county commercial recreational rental businesses, including but not limited to canoes, rafts, kayaks and tubes. license fee would be $200 annually per business, according to the group’s proposal.
Commissioners Court took no action on the plan, although County Judge Fred Clark said "the court will seriously consider it...and you’ll be
seeing it back on the (court’s) agenda in the near future.”
Commissioner J.L. "Jumbo” Evans asked Walls to forward her proposal to the Comal County Growth and Development Committee, which is assembling a study on the effects of growth and tourism on the county and its recreational aspects.
Walls’ group, which consists of 17 river outfitters or business-related members, reported that is “experiencing overdemand and overuse of the resource during the infrequent desirable water release periods and under-utilization during the frequent periods of too high or too low water release for recreational boating.”
As concerned businessmen, recreationists and land owners "with an investment of time and money” in the river, "we no longer feel the present water management plan for Canyon Dam is adequate to meet the needs of of all concerned,” the group said.
And the unrestricted use of the river has "brought about a condition of near anarchy.
"Instead of a pleasant afternoon float down a clean, peaceful, and beautiful hill country river, our customers are now faced with piracy, vast amounts of litter, a polluted stream, bodily assault with and without deadly weopons, vast amounts of drunkenness, drug abuse, obscenity, and all types of illmannered indivduals,” according to Ute association.
Despite these problems, it is not too late, Walls group said to "turn back the clock with a sensible management plan that will return to us our beautiful, clean, clear Guadalupe River."
See RIVER, Page 12