New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from he Herald-Zeitung!
Thq New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following Dirthday wishes to; Myra Lea Ascher, Jeffrey Shindler, Doyle Brinkkoeter, Dean Max-am, Tom Laffery, Ronnie Ruhl eight years), and Jessica ’adilla (10 years tomorrow).
Happy belated birthday to Mondo Young.
Happy 50th anniversary to Gilbert and Margrete Persohn.
The Inner Circle to perform Friday
For those who haven’t been fortunate enough to catch Circle Arts’ touring youth company, The Inner Circle, in their production staged on the Landa Park dance slab, you have an opportunity to see them in two one-acts being presented at the theater. The performance of "Seuss on the Loose" and “When the Cookie Crumbles, You Can Still Pick Up the Pieces” will happen this Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.
Directed by Roberta Elliott, the company includes Amber Anderson, Randy Foerster, Margaret Green, Sheryl Hall, Jamie Pantermuehl, Patrick Pope, Leslie Scott, Justin Watson, Robin Williams and Melissa Yeaman.
Now in its 15th year of existence, the touring program is responsible for bringing live theater to well over 80,000 students. "our goal is to bring a taste of the classics or a ‘life lesson’ served in an entertain way,” the director said.
At the end of the school year, the company performs the touring shows at the theater, for the public, the purpose being to raise scholarship funds.
Tickets are available from any of the company mentioned above, or at China-n-Things in Landa Plaza. Pre-purchased admission is $4 and will be $5 at the box office. No reservations will be taken fa this show.
Season swim passes on sale
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is now selling season swim passes. Resident swim passes, which include pools and Prince Solrfis Tube Chute, are $15 for children ages 5-17, $30 for adults ages 18-59, and $25 for senior citizens ages 60 plus.
Resident family passes are $50. Non-resident passes are $22.50 for children ages 5-17, $45 for adults and $37.50 for senior citizens.
Non-resident family passes are $75. Non-resident passes include the swimming pools only. For information, call 608-2160.
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A hard night for incumbents
Serold and Benitez go down to defeat
Both city council incumbents up for re-election last night were defeated.
Juan Luis Martinez defeated incumbent Butch Benitez 210 to 130, or 61 percent to 39 percent.
Attempts to reach Martinez were unsuccessful at press time. Benitez was at the courthouse with family members after the vote count was completed. "The people made their choice," was all he said.
Ray Schoch took the District 2 seat on the New Braunfels City Council Saturday. Schoch received 531 votes. His opponent, the incumbent Mary Serold, received 413 votes, a 56 to 43 percent margin. Schoch, a New Braunfels accountant, said the people have spoken and that the victory was the result of teamwork.
"I appreciate that we didn’t get into a mud-slinging contest,” Schoch said. ‘‘I think we ran a fairly clean campaign. There
weren’t any personal things. We talked about issues that were appropriate, and I appreciate it.”
Serold took office less than two years ago in a special election.
“Back in 1993, the grass-roots movement that came together, that I was a part of, accomplished what we set out to do. That was to recall the District 2 councilman who threw out 2,400 votes...that was our only goal,” said Serold. “In 16 months on council, I have pushed more accomplishments through than anyone else could have done. I’m not bashful to say it. I got a fire station open that was empty for 15 years.”
Schoch’s pre-election platform set priority on updating all city facilities to comply with the American Disabilities Act and for expansion or replacement of the current Police Department building as well as addressing the gang problem in the city.
Paul Fraser turns back recall attempt
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Paul E. Fraser will remain New Braunfels’ mayor— Dist. 4 voters decided not to recall him as their city council representative. “I feel pretty elated,” Fraser said. “There are a lot of people here who arc pretty elated.”
Fraser’s supporters gathered at his home to await the outcome of yesterday’s election.
A total of 338 voted to recall Councilman Fraser, while 559 voted not to recall, a 62 percent to 38 percent margin.
“This showed a bunch of folks in Dist. 4...felt the recall was unnecessary, Fraser said. “They showed it.”
William Kotylo, who led the recall effort, was disappointed by the voters’ choice. “I didn’t do a good job of informing the people of Dist. 4 of the violations Mr. Fraser has done,” he said. “He did a great job of getting the vote out; I didn’t.” The people who came out to vote against the recall feel Fraser has done a
— Mayor Paul Fraser
good job, Kotylo said. “But I’m not going away. If I see any new violations.. I’ll bring it to the attention of the voters,” he said.
Kotylo would be the first in line to congratulate Fraser if his goal to unite the city is successful, he said.
Fraser was pleased that the voters passed the charter amendments and half-cent sales tax, he said.
“I look at my agenda for Monday’s council meeting, and I’m making sure I’m ready to go and lead the council,” Fraser said.
A quick rainstorm wasn't enough to dampen the spirits of the participants and spectators at the annual Kindermaskenball, an annual kids costume parade held in downtown New Braunfels yesterday.
Records show the parade has been held every year in New Braunfels since at least 1856.
For the past three years the Kindermaskenball has been a part of Fondest, which started yesterday and continues today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Conservation Plaza. Activities will include polka bands, demonstrations of pioneer crafts, hay rides, tours of the historic buildings at Conservation Plaza, and more. Conservation is located off Loop 337,on Post Road.
Pictured above are four parade participants and at left is John Elmore.
Coverage of Fondest is on Page GB.
Herald Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Not even close
Pitch for new water district crashes and bums
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Voters in a proposed underground water district’s boundaries gave a resounding “no” to that proposed district.
The vote for the proposed Comal County Underground Water Conservation District rn the western portions of Comal County failed by a 1,501 -211 count, with two precincts still out at press time.
Of the seven distncts, including early voting totals, every district voted against the proposal. The closest margin came at Pct. 5 in Bulverde where the motion failed 243-121.
The proposed conservation district would have created a full-power Ch. 52 district under the Texas Water Code that could perform programs such as conservation and pollution control over the Trinity Aquifer, not the Edwards which lies under New Braunfels. Although many people feel there is an underground water shortage, especially during dry months, many were against a proposed .02 cent tax to hind the district's budget.
“The main thing I was against was the tax, and I don’t think we should have any more regulation on things,” said one voter outside the Sadler voting place.
Results from 5 of 7 Pets.
Early Voting, Failed 508-36
No. 4, Startz Cafe, Failed 180-15
No. 5, Bulverde Community Center, Failed 243-121
No. I, Canyon City Fire Station, Failed 194-13
No. I, Fischer Community Center, Failed 244-8
No. 4, Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Dept., Failed 132-18
Voters give nod to two propositions that will boost city sales tax
Amendments to city charter also pass easily
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels voters did an amazing thing yesterday. They voted resoundingly to increase local sales taxes. Propositions I and 2 of the half cent sales tax increase passed in every district.
Voters also overwhelmingly passed the three charter amendments, giving New Braunfels an at-large mayor and six single member city council districts.
A total of 3,456 people voted in the election. That’s 19.68 percent of the 17,564 registered voters in New Braunfels.
Charter Amendment I, which changes the way the city council and mayor are elected, passed 2,196 to 1,084 votes.
The friendly lawsuit brought against city council will be dropped Monday, plaintiff Cristina Aguilar-Fnar said. “I’m elated; the power belongs to the people,” she said through tears of joy. ‘‘When I first came to this town I loved it and I was right.”
Amendment 2, which allows renters to mn for city- council, passed 2,331 to 969 votes and Amendment 3,-which changes the language in the city charter but will not cause any policy change, passed 2,552 to 685 votes.
“I think people gave it a lot of thought and voted in a manner very positive for the future of this city,” City Manager Mike Shands said.
Proposition I passed with 2,021 votes in favor and 1,324 votes against. With the new tax in place, an estimated $425,000 per year will be raised for property tax reduction. That amounts to $24.55 in savings for a house appraised at $50,000. About $425,000 more will be used by the city for economic development.
“I’m pleased, of course; the chamber supported the sales tax,” chamber of commerce President Tom Purdum said. "I hope the council will appoint people to these committees who arc experienced at economic development,” he said.
Proposition 2 passed with 2,004 votes for and 1,291 against. The city will have about $425,000 per year more to spend on streets and drainage and the same amount to spend on city facilities and equipment.
The extra half cent will not be collected until October I, Shands said. That gives merchants time to change their registers and computers, he said. “We won’t see any of the money until December,” Shands said. “You won’t begin to see accumulation and allocation until the next budget year.”
The city council will appoint members to two boards, one to oversee the spending for each proposition, Shands said. “I think what we’ll look back on IO years from now is that this was a real turning point in New Braunfels history,” Shands said. “For the first time we’re going to have more money to spend on economic development, infrastructure improvement and capital improvements and we’re going to spend less on property taxes,” he said.The liberal media join Clinton in assault on the First Amendment. See Cal Thomas, Page