New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No. 119
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
May 2, 1991 25 Cents
One Section, 14 Pages
Council hopefuls in last forum
City Council candidate Joe Kuehler stands to address a question as others in Saturday's two races wait their turns Seated from left are Paul Fras er, Eddie Temple, Susan Curtis and Rudy Seidel. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)StammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Jason Lagunas, Shannon Timmermann, Cris Caballero, April Caballero, Sandra Scheel, Mary Vega, Myrtle Clark, Shawn Cirstin Haynes and Robert Pineda.
“Happy anniversary” today to Martin and Mary Rosales and Karen and Scott Nance.
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.
Paul McLaughlin of the Grapes of Wrath will perform from noon to 12:45 p.m. Friday at Main Plaza in Downtown New Braunfels. This concludes the Brown Bag Concerts series sponsored by the Downtown Project. Bring a bag lunch and a awn chair and be entertained for unch.Street closings
Closed for street construction from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today will be Hackberry Avenue from Katy to W. San Antonio streets and Bridge and Mill streets from Live Oak to Mesquite avenues.Busy Saturday
Although Saturday will be busy with local city and school board elections, the family is encouraged to attend the Kindcmiaskcnball Parade beginning at IO a.m. Parade line-up begins at 9 a.m. at the NBISD Education Center on Mill Street. Don’t forget about Folkfcst '91 that afternoon at Conservation Plaza on- Churchill Drive. Tickets for Folkfcst are on sale for $3 for adults. (Children under 18 enter free). Tickets will get you admission on the grounds of Conservation Plaza arui the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture Saturday. Pick tickets up at New Braunfels Resorts, Chamber of Commerce and Sophienburg Museum.AARP to meet
The American Association of Retired Persons will meet al 9 a m. Wednesday for greetings and coffee at the Senior Citizens Center, 142 Comal St. To honor Mother’s Day, a catered meal will be served at noon. Reservations must be made by Friday by calling Treasurer Raymond Vogcs at 625-1363.Bracken barbecue
The Bracken Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 21st annual Bazaar and Barbecue Dinner Saturday. Hic fire station grounds open al 2 p.m. and food will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. Planned are games, cake booth, country store and live entertainment. The Tire station is located of Farm-to-Market Road 2252 near Garden Ridge.Nursing class
Free nurse assistant training classes arc being offered at Eden Home. The program consists of 60 classroom hours and 20 hours of clinical experience. Interested parties can come by Eden Home, 631 Lake View, and fill out an application. Classes begin on alternate Mondays and run from 7 am. to 3 pm. weekdays for two weeks. Next scheduled class begins Monday.School Issues
Comal Independent School District Superintendent Joe Rogers will conduct a special meeting with parents of children who live in the Purgatory Road area of the school district to discuss the possibility of realignment of attendance zones for the 1991-92 school year.
All parents and interested per-
Sm STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2Good Day
Clouds and a chance for rain are forecast through the weekend, with highs near 84 and lows near 70 anticipated. Wednesday's high in New Braunfels was 84 and the overnight low was 68. For additional weather information, see Page 2.
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Maws Editor
In their last appearance together Wednesday before the election, candidates running for a slot on the New Braunfels City Council blasted a recent raise for the city manager, discussed water issues and questioned a city charter change.
In an hour-and-a-half forum sponsored by the Concerned Citizens Coalition at the New Braunfels Utilities meeting room, candidates in District 3 (Joe Kuehler and Rudy Seidel) and District 4 (incumbent Eddie Temple, Susan Curtis and Paul Fraser) stated their platforms and answered questions.
One question gained a unanimous response which was whether New Braunfels City Manager Paul Groh-man should have been recently granted a $5,000 pay raise by the City Council.
• “I think in a time when city employees are getting much less of a raise then Mr. Grohman was I think City Council should have thought of being more responsible to the amount they gave Mr. Grohman. I think Mr Grohman also should do like other administrators in our city and refuse such a raise.” — Curtis.
• “Knowing that we are in hard economic times and that many people do not even have jobs much less raises. I was the lone city councilmember that voted against die raise. The raise, frankly, in my opinion should have been zero.” — Temple.
• “I want to tell you there are a lot of folks out there that are mad ... There’s a chance here for a city manager to show a real leadership role to his own staff and certainly demonstrate to the public that he wants to hold the line on spending and return his own raise to the city budget.” — Fraser.
May 10-12, the Childless Emergency Sheila will host a booth set up at Wurslhalle, selling hotdogs and pickles to raise money.
Hie New Braunfels facility is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week The shelter serves Comal County, Guadalupe County and Bexar County.
• “I think if a raise was given the raise should have been commensurate with the percentage raise given to the rest of the employees.” — Kuehler.
• “Running the city is running a big business. The city is a big business. And today, with the economy the way it is a lot of big businesses are making their people take cuts in pay not giving them raises. And if Mr. Grohman
Children at the shelter range in age from infants to IO year olds.
“We recently had a baby under a year old who was severely physically abused. She had two black eyes. She Iud bi ok ca ribs She Iud Cigarette bums, scrapes. They hit ha on the head with a two by four. She had
needed a raise it shouldn’t have been that much it should have been on a smaller scale." — Seidel The five candidates were few a new library, against the Lafarge/Systech corporations storing and burning hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant and said they could work with the current city staff and council members if elected.
bruises everywhere," said Esther Mendoza, administrator of the sheila. bi lins case police officers were sum ■ rooned by the parent. lite mother called police and thai handed the baby over to an officer saying, "llus
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Candidates did disagree on whether the mayor of the city should be elected by popular vote rather then from the city council.
• The mayor should “serve at the pleasure of the city." — Fraser.
• The position of mayor is that of honor and integrity and should not be political. —Temple.
• The mayor should be a ceremo-
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Ntwi Editor
Depending on clarification of recent school funding legislation the development of the local 1991-92 school calendar has been put on hold.
“The reason we don’t have a proposal for the calendar changes is we’re waiting to see if they (legislators) are going to try to solve this." said Carol Hall, assistant superintendent for curriculum for the Comal Independent School District.
While C1SD and the New Braunfels bidependent School District share the same calendar, the districts alternate its preparation. Officials ai GSD are responsible for developing the 19dl-d2 calendar.
Omnibus Bill 1118, expected to clean up Senate Bill 351. which passed in April, could change some such SB 351 specifications as increas -mg the number of msiruciioual days from 175 to 180.
Under SB 351 each school must provide for not less than 180 days of msirucuon for students and IMH less than three days of preparation for teachers for each school year This rn turn means ail mc lease in the cost of nonsporting students and uuliUes. Hie bill also calls for each school to provide for not less than 40 hours of sud! development training under guidelines provided by the Cornua ss uh a*r of
By JAMIE LEE CAMPBELL Sialt Writer
While the River Conservation Awareness Festival has already begun, us maul events will be May 31 alai June I There will be live music, tibn presentations, contests alai a clean up along the Guadalupe Riva.
I he film piesaiuruon will emphas ize water conservation ara! safe boat mg The enure fesuvai is auned at uiioniung the public about water conservation.
Hie main event is the music fesuvai which stalls Friday and couunues through Saturday. Headline acts appealing at Gruene Hall are Gary P Nunn and Bill Oliva.
Saturday the fesuvai moves out doors with a river clean up that covers 50 miles of the Guadalupe. Visitors railing curara!, rafts or tubal will be
mal position leaving a city manager form of government — Curtis
• If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. — Kuehler.
• lf the public wanted to elect the mayor they should have the opportunity to do so. — Seidel.
The election is Saturday. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Education. This means pulling the teachers out of the classroom for five days forcing the district to hire substitutes.
Rep Edmund Kuempel, R Seguin. said today from his Austin office that he, along with other lawmakers, will work to ensure teachers will not suffer and will possibly reduce the Mum cr of staff development, or inscrvtce training, set out in die senate bill.
‘When die bill was (wised it was made very clear there were some major concerns about mservicc training days,” Kuempel said. "Some of the leachers I’ve talked to instead of the inscrvice they didn t know if they were gelling the full benefit. (X course it was mandated, so diey had to do it but they would just as soon be in die classroom as going to nisei vice.
“We don 't want to be a bm den on the school distr leis by having them to hire a substitute fin leachers if diey flail to go to iiucivice." he said.
“U we had to hire substitutes (or all of our teachers to get live days ol sui! development ... it would cost $87,000,’’ Hall said
NH1SD officials piojecl it would cost then disutci about $57,000 exua.
Hall said the calendal may not be coitipieted until June.
“It's really wieakmg havoc with any kind ol planning, die said. Usa big mesa."
handed a tree mesh bag to pick up uash. Come tenuous river ct insets will be rewarded for their nine After turning in a bag of Intel and placing aff recyclable* in a comanic! die nvei cruiser is eligible to win $ IOO or a hee pass lo a variety of recreauonal acrylics. Key locauons for river rajas are Bucku’ R River Bilks and die Rio Raf t Co. both rn (Jiucne
“Hopefully the public will be nude awaic that every drop of waler cot! raved keeps waul ut our rivers," said Betty Walls, adnunisuann of the Waler Oriented RecieaUon District, which is co-sponsor mg the event with Friends For Rivas. Walls also said die fesuvai will give people an opportunity to joui the Fncnds For Rivas orgamzauoti.
For information, call 625-0062 or 620-5544
Pam Brandt and Ken Daniels display a new T-shirt design to be sold at this weekend s Folkfest in Conservation Plaza.Folkfest visitors get chance to journey back into history
Take a journey back in time Saturday aral Sunday with Folkfest '91. The event, held on the grout als of Conservation Plaza and die Museum of Texas Hand made Furniture, is open front ’Oa.m. to 6 p m Saturday and noon to 6 pin. Sunday.
Tile spring celebration will feature German food and home-baked cakes and cookies along with exhibits, folk dancing and hanils-on demonstrations of age old crafts.
Sponsored by the New Braunfels Conservation Society, the lier luge Society and the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, this sixth aiuiual event has grown in each presentation.
lins year, Folkfest adds to its Ga man flavor the mfluaices of alba early clima groups Entertain!nail will feature Ballet Folklorico, Kinder Tan/a, Mariachi Cardenas Ecus de Mexico, Klein Steins, Hi re ^hi the Mountain doggers, Slaruvillc Stompers and Bd Kad
lecck and lite Village Band
Demonstrauons will include Ukrainian egg painung, molasses making, weaving, quilting, tortilla making, blacksmithing, beekeeping, tailing alai caning Children's events include the Kmdennaskeiiball Parade downtown and a Grand March at Cointer vaiion Plaza at noon.
With every $ 3 admission, visitors gaul entrance to the grounds alai acuviucs, lours of the historic! buildings and a chance on two lound trip airline tickets anywhere in the contiguous United States, courtesy of American Airlines and Rennert's New Braunfels Travel. Also available is a discount fare to Natural Bridge Caverns.
Proceeds from Folkfest fund the continuing effort* lo preserve the heritage of New Braunfels alai Comal County by the sponsor mg organizations.
Food booth to benefit children’s shelter
Legislation stalling local school calendar
Music, Guadalupe clean-up part of conservation festival