New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in one section ■ Friday, May 17,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of FLORIE AND ALONZO BUSCH
Vol. 144, No. 134
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Norma Schneider (Saturday), Donna Mechler (40 years), Shawn Clennan (17 years), Betty J. King (Saturday), Herbert Seibert, Gary R. Wilson (Saturday), Jared Lell (one year), Maria Sylvia Martinez, Ndda Halm, Mary Louise Wahl (Saturday), Lawrence Weber (belated) and Ray Farias Jr.
Happy 54th anniversary to Flo-rie and Alonzo Busch (61 years, Saturday).
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Pollen Count MoJd —880 Grass —trace Oak—trace Hack. —10 Pecan —trace Bm —trace (Posen measured In parts par cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
River Information Comal River —174 cubic feet per second, down IO from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wen —623.01 feet above sea level, down .09 from yesterday.
Canyon Dam dtecharge —128 cfs Canyon Lake inflow—57 cfs Canyon Lake level —906.18 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool)
Youth theater presentation
Circle Arts Theatre will present its touring youth company, The Inner Circle, in its annual end-of-the-school-year show, Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 19. at 3 p.m. The show is a collection of dramatized folk tales, comedy and music. Tickets are available at China-n-Things in Landa Plaza.
Senior Cont or to host Alay danco
The Senior Center will have its May dance Friday, May 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 10:30 p.m. Dress is casual, picnic style with box refreshments by Al and Ann Payne. The 'easy* dance music will be provided by the 'Strictly Dancing' group featuring John and Betty Prejean with Russ Willrup. Tickets available at the Senior Center, 655 Landa for $5, but at the door that night are $6.
DBT to moot
The Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas meet Saturday, May 18, at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church on Howard Street at 11 am. Salad luncheon will be served.
Party for danco toachor
A good-bye party, honoring Joan Slocum Hannan will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at the New Braunfels Dance Studio. Public invited. Meet the new owner and teachers.
Support group to moot
New Braunfels Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder meet the third Monday of each month. Next meeting is May 20 at 7 p.m. at Oakwood Baptist church on Loop 337. Call Karen Owens at 629-2033 for information.
A town meeting with County Judge Carter Casteel and Commissioner Danny Scheel will be held at the Justice of the Peace #3 office in Bulverde May 20 at 7 p.m
From the book The Chemalnus Murals
This is one of dozens of murals painted in the small town of Chemalnus, British Columbia, Canada.
It Could Happen Here
Drive is on to bring downtown alive with art
By ABE LEVY
Thousands of new tourists drawn by sophisticated paintings on the walls of Downtown shops, reflecting a robust love of the arts and the heritage of New Braunfels. Sound impossible?
Not to visionary Karl Schutz, who with the help of local supporters, has started a fundraising drive to see 30 to 40 wall paintings in the downtown district of New Braunfels.
“b’s like establishing a brand new industry,” said Schutz, who arrived Tuesday and will leave Sunday. “It will be museum quality (paintings) depicting die history of the founding fullers (of New Braunfels).”
The idea is supported by an infernal committee that tndudec Wayne Rahe, Sandy Ridley and Anna Margaret Alexander. Rahe and Alexander are members of the Main Street Design Review Committee.
The group plans to form a non-profit organization that would oversee a five-year project, funded by federal and state grants and donations from businesses wanting to take part in the plan, Kelley said. She added that each painting would cost about $10,000, which includes hiring a professional painter and purchasing equipment and supplies, bringing the total tab for the project to $300,000 to $400,000.
Schutz is scheduled to speak at 6:30 pm, Saturday, at the Schumann Family Life Cen
ter at First Protestant Church, 172 W. Coll St. The public meeting will be an indicator of how much community support the ;dea has garnered.
Kelley, who is an interior designer, said 25 to 30 businesses and individuals have already donated toward the plan.
Lynn Fountain, the city’s main street director, said if the idea takes root in the community, die city will offer logistical support. She added the idea would help reflect the ethnic cultures in New Braunfels.
“I think it’s an extraordinary opportunity to help diversify this economy,” Fountain said. “The effort is wonderful historically. We’re talking about the German influence, the Hispanic influence and die black influence."
Schutz, who was bom in Heidelberg, Germany, moved to Canada in 1951, where he said this same idea vastly improved the tourism in Chemainus, British Columbia, where he resides.
Schutz, 66, said the town, whose population is 4,000, draws about 450,000 visitors annually, all due to numerous paintings on downtown businesses.
“It has totally revitalized our downtown core,” Schutz said. “People come from all over the world.”
Schutz, who is not a painter, is working as a consultant and would help search for qualified artists to paint downtown.
Supporters expect a plan to be formed in about a month and predict at least one paint-
Herakt-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Kart Schutz will speak to those interested in pursuing the mural project Saturday.
mg to be completed by the end of the year.
Schutz emphasized that the plan does not call for glorified graffiti, but a sophisticated painting much like Michelangelo's murals in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy.
hepatitis outbreak is found
By DENISE DZIUK
Despite additional confirmed cases of hepatitis-A in two schools in the Comal Independent School District, health officials believe they have found the source and will be able to contain the virus.
Comal County Public Health Nurse Shel McWilliams said as of Thursday morning, there were a total of seven confirmed cases and two more possible cases of hepatitis-A. All the cases were in Frazier Elementary and Goodwin Primary. However, she said, file source did not appear to be in the school system, and the children did not give it to each other.
“The time element leads us to believe they contracted it from a common source,” die said.
McWilliams said environmental officers from both the city and the county worked hard at isolating the source. She said it is believed the source was a faulty septic system.
“Thanks to the excellent work done by Joe Lara, City Environmental Health Officer, we believe the source of the hepatitis-A outbreak has been identified,” she said. “Steps are now being taken to correct the problem at a home—the problem was/is not within any school.”
According to a CISD press release, file source bf the disease is a home where the septic system is inadequate for the large number of people living there. The disease spread from the septic system to the sand on the ground above where the filmily children play. This has resulted in the spread of the disease among extended family meonbess, including chidra! blending Frazier and Good* win Schools.
McWilliams said a few additional cases may be confirmed due to exposure. However, she said they already know who has been exposed to file infected children, and should be able to prevent additional cases, except for maybe one or two more.
“For the most part, we should be able to contain it Now that we know the source and who’s exposed, preventive measures can be taken,” she said.
McWilliams said hepatitis-A, which mimics a flu virus and is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, stomach aches, and fever, is spread by contaminated food or items being placed in the mouth or by touching a contaminated item and putting fingers in the mouth. “It’s easy to prevent,” she said. “If we could convey (file importance of good hygiene) we would be able to reduce the number of potential cases.”
CISD clears legal hurdles, ready to issue $17.95 million in bonds
By DENISE DZIUK
After months of delay due to a lawsuit, the board of trustees for the Comal Independent School District awarded a bid and approved an order authorizing issuance of the $17.95 million in bonds approved by voters last October.
The district received a total of five bids, which were opened Thursday afternoon. The bonds were awarded to a group of underwriters headed by Dain Bosworth, Inc. The bonds are scheduled to be repaid from 1998 to 2016 and file successful bidder named a combination of rates which resulted
in an effective interest rate of 5.7832 percent.
“lf we had done this last week, the interest rate would have been 6 percent,” said CISD Financial Advisor Floyd Westerman. “We did hit a little bit of a window in the market.”
The bonds were approved in an October, 1995 bond election. However, a lawsuit alleging the distort did not follow proper state election laws or education codes delayed the sale of the bonds. According to the financial advisors, the district will incur an addition $1.4 million in interest due to the delay since December.
“I would like to make note...what
this delay has cost the taxpayers and community,” said newly elected board member Scott Watson.
Campos said the $ 1.4 million is only from the interest paid on the bonds over the lifetime of debt. He said that figure does not include temporary facilities, lost interest, or other costs associated with the delay.
“That does not include any other expenses due to the delay. It’s simply on the debt service side,” he said.
Architects working on projects slated to be funded by the 1995 bonds said the delay in the sale has caused a delay in the projects. Time schedules for several of the projects have been
pushed back, and some projects will not even begin until next summer, Board President Dan Krueger said he was pleased the board could finally sell the bonds and move forward.
“Obviously we’re indeed excited,” he said. “We want to get moving on. We feel like we’ve been stalemated and we’re ready to move forward.”
However, Krueger told CISD Superintendent Jerry Major he would like a report to the board regarding the total cost of the delay. He said he wants that to include all aspects affected by it Major said the district's staff already has preliminary numbers on that, and a final report could be made.
“Now that it’s a done deal, we’ll refine those and bring them to the board at the next meeting,” said Major.
In other business, the board received a report on the status of file budgeting process. According to very preliminary numbers, there is a $3.2 million increase, which is 8.6 percent. CISD accountant/auditor Ron Graham said file largest increase in expenditures is in the area of additional personnel to staff the three new schools scheduled to go on-line over the Christmas break.
“It’s a big number but when you’re looking at opening three new schools and operating them, it’s not that big of a number,” said Graham.
‘Spartzville’ to become ‘Startzville’ again
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Baul Ramoa, of Chula Vista, California, was driving a truck for Swift Transportation of Phoenix, Arizona on Landa Street at about 1:05 p.m. yesterday, whan, not surprisingly, his 13-foot-5-lnch tall truck got stuck under th# 11-fooMHnch railroad overpass. It took about an hour to dear the acana.
Because of numerous complaints by Canyon Lake advertisers concerning many mistakes, an Arlington, Texas map company has decided to reprint a map of Canyon Lake.
“They are doing something to regain some of the confidence (from the advertisers),” Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce President Richard K. Smith said. “I think we feel happy that they are fulfilling their obligation.”
In a letter sent to Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wanda Trochsess on May 8, Janis Franks of D&L Map Service wrote that the company would reprint the map and would send drafts of the map during the week of May 20. At the end of the letter, Franks stated, “We want this map to be something we are both proud to have our names on.”
In November, D&L approached the chamber with an offer to print the official map of Canyon Lake. Smith said D&L promised to give the chamber 3,000 free
maps to sell and IO percent of the advertising revenue sales.
Smith said D&L sold too many ads and wanted lo print two maps. But advertisers and chamber members felt this was unfair because not all the advertisers would be on the official map. D&L was told by the chamber to get rid of the promos and pictures and make every advertiser fit on one map.
The company gave the chamber the first proofs of the map and was supposed to give the second proofs to the chamber so the advertisers could look it over and make sure everything was okay.
Unfortunately, in April, D&L reprinted the map and sent out 20,000 copies with many mistakes on them.
The biggest error was that Startzville was spelled “Spartzville.”
Smith said he wants to have the maps available at the chamber’s office on FM 2673 for at least two weeks so that the advertisers can come and look over the maps and make sure everything is okay.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.