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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAYRicky Boehle takes top athletic award at    See    Sports,    Page    5. ' SO CENTS New Braunfels Churchill School ^ I •8 pages ift on# section ■ Tuesday, May 14,1996 I feTJSSt- EL P^0’ T* 7<?9°" Serving Comal County and surrounding areas to, ...ore than 144 years ■ Home of TY NANCE Vol. 144, No. 131 -M, jjlaK&jfentoi J Comics............................................3 Editorial...........................................4 Sports..............................................5 Market Race...............................6-8StammtischBirthday wishes from the Harald-Zaitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ty Nance (four years), John Michael Whitby (18 years), Alex Brotze (yesterday), Anita White and Georgia Brooks. To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count Mold—1,620 Grass—trace Oak —trace Hackberry—0 Crepe Myrtle—trace Ash —18 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic metar of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River —187 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 623.22 feet above sea level, down .04 from yesterday. Canyon Dam discharge —128 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —82 cfs Canyon Lake level —906.28 feet above sea level. (Below conservation Pool.)Project Graduation meeting Tuesday The next meeting of the Canyon High School Project Graduation Committee will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Commons area of CHS. Plans will be finalized for the celebration to be held after graduation May 23. For information, call Luanne Schuetze at 651-9505*1 Need A Vacation* The public is invited to the spring musical presented by Bill Brown Elementary School, music and theater departments, under the direction of Sherry Smith and Denise Stout. The show,‘I Need A Vacation’ will be performed at 7 p.m., May 14. Admission is free.La Lochs Lsagus to La Leche League of New Braunfels meets Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m. in the meeting room of NBNB Center North, 1000 N. Walnut. For more information, call Dana at 625-1240 or Mary at 609-2889.Aggie Moms to hold picnic Comal County Aggie Moms will hold their annual picnic to honor all students planning to attend Texas A&M in the fall. The picnic will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Landa Park Pavilion #16. Bring a covered dish. Meat and drinks furnished. For information, call 625-2637.Diagnosing and treating arthritis May has been designated National Arthritis Month, and the week of May 13 will be Nursing Home Week. In observance of both, Colonial Manor Care Center is hosting a public presentation on "Arthritis: Diagnosis and Treatment." The event will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 15 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Horan will speak.Legion to mast Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post #35 and Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the post home, 4210 FM 482. This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint New council members take seats By ABE LEVY Staff writer (Bensil — AMaory over flu Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Jan Kannady is sworn in as New Braunfels mayor Monday night District 5 Councilwoman Cathy Talcott and District 6 Councilwoman Juliet Watson also took their seats. In front of a packed house of cheering supporters, Jan Kennady was sworn in at Monday’s council meeting as the first mayor of New Braunfels elected at large after a 30-year reign of council-elected mayors. The last mayor elected at large was Julius Schwandt on April 5,1966. Businesswoman Cathy Talcott was also sworn in for District S and school psychologist Juliet Watson for District 6. Councilman Ray Schoch of District 2 was elected as die new mayor protein by a unanimous vote of the council. Kennady’s first address after taking her seat as mayor was to assert the need for cooperation and fairness in dealing with future issues facing the new council. “I’ll work long and hard to be the kind of mayor this city deserves. We have a wonderul city council. We have a top notch city staff,” Kennady said. “When we all fly high the banner of consistency and fairness in a positive cooperative spirit, I truly believe we will have positive, productive results.” The city charter was modified one year ago to include six single-member districts and an at-large mayor after a citywide election in May 1995. By about a 2-1 margin, voters approved the measure. The council bid farewell to council member and former mayor pro-tem Chris Bowers, a real estate business- ‘I look forward to working to best servo the people of New Braunfels.’ — New District 6 Councilwoman Juliet Watson man, who served on the council for three years. Also leaving was lawyer Timothy Walker who served two years. Their vacancies opened up seats for districts 5 and 6. Outgoing mayor Paul Fraser will finish out the last year of his term as District 4 council member. “It’s been an interesting horse to ride,” Fraser said of his two-year may-oral stint. Kennady, whose term as council member at large expired Monday , said she plans to serve her mayoral term like she did as a council member. Talcott, who won handily, with 65 percent of the vote, said she hopes the people who voted her in will be pleased with her performance. “It’s a time I’ve been looking forward to ever since I started campaigning,” Talcott said. “Just the opportunity to work with the city and the rest of the council is very much an honor.” Watson, who edged out a win by 24 votes, said she plans to voice the concerns of her district. “I think it’s a good council. I look forward to working to best serve the people of New Braunfels,” Watson said. City seeks proposals on By ABE LEVY Staff writerPolice to brief city on KKR ratty security The city council will meet privately May 23 to be briefed on the security measures on tap for the Ku Klux Kl an rally scheduled for June I on the Comal County courthouse steps. The city manager and New Braunfels police will report to the council for about 30 minutes, city manager Mike Shands said Monday. Mayor Jan Kennady said she is planning to meet with Comal County Judge Carter Casteel concerning the {Clan rally as well. After more than an hour of deliberating, the city council approved Monday a final version of a request for proposal, seeking contracts to promote tourism with revenue from the hotel occupancy tax. The request calls for up to a five-year contract and allows any individual, government entity or private organization to compete for the money, which last year totaled $750,000 or about 74 percent of die annual hotel tax revenue. The city has until June 30 of next year to approve a contract, with the goal of attracting visitors to New Braunfels. The revisions were mainly recommendations from councilwoman Brenda Freeman, who said the RFP now ensures that companies stipulate how they plan to spend tax money if they are awarded a hotel tax contract. “What specific items do we want to see from their proposals in order to lay them side by side and evaluate them,” said Freeman, who is a New Braunfels attorney. “We want a broad range of proposals — well thought out... from companies prepared to carry them out.” The RFP will require companies to supply such information as a credit report, references, employment experience of key personnel and a detailed list of expected purchases. The request, which is set to be issued from June I to Nov. I, is subject to review by city attorney Jacqueline Cullom. She will look at whether state law requires contracting agencies to turn over major purchases to the city after their contracts expire. Cullom urged council members last week to draft an RFP that requires specific reporting by future tourism agengies regarding the use of the hotel tax money. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Comal County have indicated they will respond to the RFP. HamU-Zmtung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL cop PslBCtiw Mike Osborne, an officer with the New Braunfels Police Deportment, receives the EP Murphy Memorial Award for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from Ron Zipp, president of the Breakfast Lions Club, at a ceremony Monday morning. The award honors Ed Murphy, a Comal County Sheriffs officer who lost his life In a helicopter crash. In his letter nominating Osborne for the award, Detective Sgt. Basel Boatright wrote: "Mike is the perfect example of what a good detective should be. His mlx of intelligence and common sense givee him an advantage that criminals can’t overcome." Canyon Lake resort has history of consumer complaints By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer / A Dallas-based time share resort company, which has a resort facility at Canyon Lake, has been subject to complaints to both the Better Business Bureau and the Texas Attorney General’s office for more than six years. According to a report provided by the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Dallas, Silverleaf Resorts has been subject to consumer complaints since it started in 1989. A file on Silverleaf was opened at the Dallas BBB office in September 1990. The report was written in December 1995. The BBB report states “this company has been the subject of complaints alleging high pressure selling tactics, misrepresentation of the terms of time share contracts, or dissatisfaction with the free awards offered at sales presentations. The company has responded to all complaints by explaining its policies and by offering refunds when it felt an obligation to do so .” Silverleaf operates five resorts in Texas. Sonya Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Office, said her office has handled calls from upset Silverleaf customers who think they have been taken to the cleaners by the resort. The Attorney General’s Office keeps records of complaints against businesses for two years, Sanchez said. “We get calls from people trying to get out of their contracts with them,” Sanchez said. “Everything sounds good initially, but once they start paying the money, they find out about stuff that they weren’t told about,” Sanchez said. Silverleaf clients have complained they have not been able to get die time slot they wanted or they have to go to a resort other than the one they signed up for, Sanchez said. Sanchez said when customers think about going into a time share contract they should be cautious and beware. “The bottom line is people need to read the fine print in the contract because what they read in the contract could be different from what is being sold,” Sanchez said. And consumers should take their time and look over the contract carefully, Sanchez said. “People should be careful if they are being pressured into something by someone who says this offer is only good for one day,” Sanchez said. “Don’t really believe it, take the contract home, read it, look it over and maybe even have your attorney look it over.” James Green, owner of Bayseas Fish Market and Seafood Restaurant, said he is not satisfied with the contract he signed with Silverleaf last year. Green said he signed a contract for time sharing at the Canyon Lake resort since he owns two businesses in New Braunfels and does not always have the opportunity to take a vacation. “My only complaint is that I hardly get into the lodges when I want to,” Green said. “The only time I have been able to get into a room was on my wife’s birthday last year.” Green said he has called the office weeks in advance to reserve a room for the time he wants, but that hasn't worked either. “I call a week ahead of time to tell them what time I want to stay, but that still doesn’t do any good,” Green said. “I’m disappointed with my situation,” Green said. “I want to sell back my shares... But they (Silverleaf) say that if I did I would be assessed some sort of penalty.” Larry Fritz, Silverleaf chief operating officer, said the company has taken care of the complaints cited in the BBB reports and his company would be willing to work with Green to take care of any complaints. “If we get complaints we will handle them,” Fritz said. “We will try to resolve it or ofter a settlement or reach a compromise with them if they are not happy.” Fritz said people who buy into time shares buy a deed into a certain resort for a certain week during the year. Vacation time for times of the year other than the ones paid for by the owner is called bonus time. Bonus time does not cost extra, Fritz said. Fritz said bonus time is based on space available at the resorts, which can be reserved up to 24 hours in advance by calling the company’s reservation system. “It is based on space available,” Fritz said. “It is based on a priority system; the person who has used it the least gets first priority over another person for that same time slot.” Fritz said timeshare owners have a chance to rescind or cancel their contracts five to six days after they sign them.Republicans can learn a lesson from Ted Kennedy. See Opinion, Page 4. ;