New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Friday, March 21,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Monty Crumrtno
Vol 145. No 87
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jennifer Scott, Maria Leach (Saturday), Jan Wingate (Saturday), Brandon Cisco Hernandez (2 years okH, Loyd Piahr,
Debra Kay Knit, Jan Tyler, Amber Latten (12 yean old), Frances Stephenson (Saturday), Gal Alen (Saturday), Enrique Garde (Saturday), Donald Sdd-aam (Saturday), Beth Matulich Saturday), Bryan Tabor (Saturday), Amy Meyer (Saturday), (Tartan Mendoza (16 yean old), Beatrice Garza, CarmriKa (Pinkie) Horan.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Carol and B.H. Coram.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144.
Man Count Mold —unavailable Mountain Cedar — unavailable Aah — unavailable Elm — unavailable Hackberry — unavialable Mufcerry —unavailable Oak — unavailable Sycamore — unaviaiablo
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Comal River — 246 cubic feet per mc-and, tame aa Thursday Edwards AquHer Panther Canyon Wa! -M44M teat above aaa level, up .02. Canyon Dam discharge — 700 ch
Canyon Like level - 910 66 teat above aaa level. (Above conservation pool.)
NBL) reports pumping 5.636 mMon galena of surtax wet* Thursday, and 320,000 galone of wal waler ware used
Community Chofild oonoMVt on tap Apii 13
The New Braunfels Community Chorale is holding its final rehearsals for an April 13 con cert of Broadway tunes Tickets are now ol sale at China-n-Things and Johnson Furniture The concert will be held at First United Methodist Church.
Visitor Cantar naada voluntaara
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for the new Highway Visitor Center planned to open in mid-May. The Chamber cur rently has a great volunteer core, but new volunteers are needed to staff the new center Anyone interested can call Lyn-di Moon at the Chamber office, 625-2386
SVHS class af *87 plans reunion
The Smithson Valley High School Class of 1987 has planned its 10-year reunion for July 5, 1997. Information was mailed out March 15 lf you are a classmate (or know of a class mate) who has not received the information by March 21. please call 904-4733 or 904-4009 to update addresses
CICO planning group na atli voluntaara
The Comal Independent School district seeks volunteers to help with its Long Range Planning Committee Those interested can call 885-7674 or 625-8061, ext 203 LRPC meet ings are 6:30 p m. March 25 at Mountain Valley Elementary April 8 at Comal Elementary April 22 at Smithson Valley Middle School and May 6 at Frazier Elementary.
County puts vet van plan on hold
By DENISE DZIUK
Plans to provide county veterans with transportation at little or no cost to medical facilities in San Antonio and Kerrville were dealt a blow Thursday when the assistant county attorney told commissioners court it would be unconstitutional for the county to enter the proposed agreement.
Under the proposed contract, the services would have complemented existing services. The senior citizen’s van would be utilized on the days it goes to San Antonio for a charge of $5 and if their ane five or fewer riders, the existing Alamo C oordinated Transit system would be used at $12 per person. On days when the senior center van was not available or more
than five veterans needed transportation, an ACT iran would be dedicated to the county to transport the veterans. A trip to San Antonio would cost $70 and a trip to Kerrville $ IOO, regardless of die number of riders. Those veterans able to pay would be charged $5 a ride using the ACT system. The dedicated van is slated to be available beginning April I, but veterans can already use the services.
Comal County commissioners were to review the contract and policies for the transportation Thursday, but assistant county attorney Ellen Salyers recommended the court take another approach to helping the veterans. Salyers said the county cannot financially assist one group of residents and not others. Even if the county receives a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation
to purchase a van, it would have to be available to all elderly, disabled and veterans in the county.
“It would be unconstitutional to provide a subsidy for the veterans.” Salyers said. “It would have to be available to all elderly and disabled in the county, and not just the veter-ans.
Veterans Service officer Gus Cul-well said he was disappointed when he found out the process would have to go back to square one.
“We’ve certainly put a lot of effort and work into this, getting something acceptable to everyone, and I think we did," Culwell said. “I think probably we can still work something out."
Veteran Ray Robinson, who chaired a committee working to get transportation, said the veterans would
continue to work on getting a van. He said it is possible for the veterans to get their own van and let Veterans Affairs handle the insurance, but they had hoped to work something out with the county first. He said he thought they were making progress, and he was unhappy with the latest development.
“It sounded to me like they’re mostly looking for a way out than a way in." Robinson said. "The county was our first choice in getting a van, but it wasn’t our only way. ...Now we just have to wait and see."
The court tabled acting on the policy and contract, and indicated it would contact the local senior center to discuss the possibility of increasing funding for additional transportation services.
Herald ZMung photo by Michael Oar nail
Kay BaHty Hutchiaon receive Bit Taxan of Bit Yaar Award from Como! County Judge Carter Catlett on Thursday night at the kick-off of the 1BB7 Texas LegleloWve Conference.
Hard work pays off for state’s junior senator
By ABE LEVY
Kay Bailey Hutchison rushed into the New Braunfels Civic Center to receive the Texan of the Year Award Thuraday night after a lengthy day on the floor of the U.S. Senate in Washington.
Her mind buzzing with delight that a resolution she hacked to partner with Mexico in the
fight against drugs had passed by an overwhelming majority, the former state treasurer touted herself as the only hard-working Senator from this state.
“I work six days a week so Phil Gramm (the other U.S. Senator from Texas), can take the credit,” she joked. "I’m really proud that we are the independent and wonderful people that we are and certainly New Braunfels is pan of that
Comal County Carter Casteel presented the award to Hutchison with an ovation from the almost 500 state senators, representatives, major industry officials and, of course, local New Braunfels residents.
"I love being a Texas woman,” Hutchison Turn to Senator, Page 2A
Debate on parking limits tabled until after posting
By DEMME DZIUK
Comal C ounty Commissioners tabled discussion and action on parking restrictions in the community of I hinter aller the assistant county attorney said posting requirements had not been met.
When Riley’s Tavern was in operation, neighbors complained about parking, noise and the conduct of patrons. The day before the court wa* to act on restricted parking, the owners of die tavern said they planned to close.
I ast week, a district judge ordered County Judge Carter Casteel to sign a liquor license for Don Anderson. Anderson is in the process of securing a lease to reopen the tavern as a cafe.
The court was scheduled to discuss and take action on the parking restrictions at Thursday's meeting. However, the topic was tabled.
“I’ve been advised by the (assistant) county attorney that we have to do things a little different and call for a public hearing," Casteel said.
Assistant County Attorney Ellen Salyers said that in September, the public hearing was tabled until the following week. The tavern owners then said they were closing the establishment, so the hearing and restrictions were a moot point the fblbwing week “So no hearing was ever held on placing parking signs," Salyers said.
Casteel said that to meet transportation code requirements, an item will be placed on next week’s agenda to set a public hearing date. A notice will be published in the paper and a hearing will be held seven to 30 days after that notice is printed.
"I apologize to all those who came out here. ... But, under the circumstances and because of the importance of this item, we want to be very careful that we follow the proper procedures,” Casteel said to roughly IO people present for the agenda item.
Salyers said the intent is to allow residents an opportunity to find out about the issue and speak to the court on its regard.
TAVERN TIME LINE
■ September, 1933: J C Riley opened Riley s Tavern in Hunter
■ 1991 Riley's closed
■ October, 1995: Riley s reopened under the ownership of Rick and Donna Wilson
■ Sept 19, 1996 Residents attended a county commissioners meeting where they voiced concerns about parking, noise and decency problems. The commissioners considered making certain areas in Hunter noparking zones, but tabled the issue for one more week of consideration
■ Sept. 25, 1996: The day before the court was to take action on parking concerns, county Judge Carter Casteel received a letter from an attorney representing the Wilsons The
letter stated the Wilsons' intentions to discontinue operations
and voluntarily surrender their liquor license
■ Sept 27, 1996 Tile Wilson's last day of business.
■ March, 1997: A district judge overrules decision by the county judge and orders her to sign a liquor license for Don Anderson, who plans to lease the tavern and reopen it as a Hunter Cafe
■ March 12, 1997: The county judge signs the liquor license.
■ March 20, 1997 The county commissioners tabled discussing parking restrictions in the community of Hunter until the court can set a public hearing The hearing will be set at next week’s meeting
In today’s edition of New Horizons, the Herald-Zeitung takes a look at sports and recreation in our community. From alternative forms of exercise to participatory activities and coaching, see what options are available to fill your leisure time.
Home Depot to open area store
By ABE LEVY
Officials from Home Depot's office in Atlanta said Thursday they expect to begin construction of a new store in New Braunfels by the end of the year.
Home Depot spokesman Don Harrison said real estate experts are currently finalizing a location for a new store that would include a 100,000-square-foot building and employ up to 150 workers.
Company officials have indicated to the city planning department that a plat of land in cast New Braunfels is a possible location for the new store, city officials said.
The plat, which is to the cast of the intersection at Interstate 35 and Highway 46. is owned by Betty Gault and is zoned for commercial development.
The Planning and Zoning ( ommission approved the 34-acre pjal at lls March 4 meeting.
Home Depot officials said they had been looking for more than a year for a site in New Braunfels to add to their grow mg number of stores in Texas.
"We’re looking seriously al the New Braunfels area in the fourth quarter.” I lairi-son said. "There’s a lot cooking in I exas. We think the entire Texas market is another key part of our strategy ”
Home Depot opened a southwest region office in Dallas that covers eight stales. I he chain plans to open a total of 111 stores in 1997, Harrison said Regionally, Home Depot has plans to open a store in North San Antonio by April, bringing its total stores in the San Antonio area to six. Harrison said The company began in I97K and tor the first IM years built 500 stores, which officials said they plan to double in the next 3 1/2 years and add more than ‘JO,OOO new jobs.
Currently, about 102,CKK) people work for Home Depot The stores are located nationwide and in Canada and Santiago, Chile, Harrison said Typically, an average store carries about $0,000 products in the home improvement industry, including lumber, lltxir and wall coverings and lawn and garden supplies, company officials said.
■ Home Depot’s share of the $ 140 billion, home improvement industry has grown from 4 percent in 199(3 to 14 percent today
■ In 1996, the company made $19 5 billion in gross sales of up to 50,000 home improvement prcxlucts
■ The company opened up a southwest division office February in Dallas that oversees stores in night states, including 45 stores in Texas It opened a store in Round Rock this week and plans to open one in hoi th San Antonio scheduled next month
■ The proposed store in New Braunfels is expected to generate up to 150 new jobs for clerks war el louse personnel and experts in various home improvement departments
(Source Home Depot)Kudos to Haymarket volunteers and Arboretum donation. Page 4A.