New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section I Tuesday, May 24,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of DAVID HERRERA, SR
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; David Herrera Sr., Margaret Morris,
Rosa Diaz, Robin Hanover, Malari Ann Castilleja, John Schiller (belated), James Gooden (belated), Jose Espinoza (belated), Jimmy Freeman, Carlton McEwen.
NB Art League plans big sale June 17,18
The New Braunfels Art League is organizing its Trash and Treasure Sale.
Scheduled for June 17 and 18 at 239 W. San Antonio (downtown), proceeds will go toward helping renovate the building.
To find out more about vendor spaces or to donate items for the sale, call Sharon Ncuhaus at 625-6570 or Dottic Bagley at 625-5736.
Friends for Rivers to meet Thursday
The next meeting of Friends for Rivers will be this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Herb Schneider room of Victoria Bank & Trust.
Guest speaker will be State Representative Edmund Kuemple, who will discuss current and future legislation of river issues, as well as answer questions abou the possibility of a container deposit law. The public is invited to attend.
Leadership NB class to graduate on May 24
Robert Or. Chair of the Chamber s Leadership New Braunfels committee. announced that graduation for the class of 94 has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. May 24 in the New Braunfels Civic Center.
The 20 participants will be honored with a social hour, dinner and a presentation ceremony featuring Dr. Jim Kern, nationally-known inspirational leader.
The Leadership New Braunfels program kicked-off in October with a VIP reception and overnight retreat and continued monthly with full-day sessions through May. Topics included city and county government, dealing with the media, parks and recreation, economic development and others.
The program was organized last year by the chamber of commerce in order to identify and bring together men and women who desire to improve llteir leadership skills and to learn more about our community. Within the next few weeks, applications will be accepted for the class of 95.
The graduation program is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at the chamber of commerce office.
Council/Safe City workshop planned
A workshop for members of the Safe City Commission, members of the city council, and residents of district I will meet to discuss neighborhood watch programs and improvements to Eikel Field Park.
The meeting is set for Eikel Field, W. San Antonio St. at Grape Avenue, ijiMay 25 at 7 p.m.
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Police, Parks & Rec expand summer recreation program
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The New Braunfels Police Department and the Parks Department have expanded the Summer Recreation Program for 1994. This year the pro gram will include a third location and summer youth employment program.
Lone Star Elementary and Lamar Elementary will again be serving children ages 6 to 12 years old. Frazier Elementary is the new site for this year. It will also serve youth ages 6 to 12. New Braunfels Middle School is the site for the youths 13 to 18 years old. The elementary schools will be open from noon to 5:30 p m and New Braunfels Middle School will be open from noon to 8
Lt Felix Roque, who oversees the program, said last year 250 youths participated in the program. Roque said this year the youth will be required to have an identification card in order to participate.
The cost to participate in the program is S5 This will cover all activities, the cost of a t-shirt and the identification card
“The purpose is to provide the youth of New Braunfels with some recreational outlet When school ends many youths ck) not have any structured recreational activities,” he said.
Scheduled programs include a bicycle rodeo, exercise classes, D A.R E. classes, gardening classes, bicycle repair and maintenance classes,
self-image seminars, karate lessons and arts and crafts lessons Other activities include swimming, basketball, organized games and field trips Officials are also hoping to mark the end of the summer by taking a special field trip Last year, the group went to Fiesta Texas The trip was funded through donations from New Braunfels citizens.
Donations for this year’s trip can be made to the New Braunfels Parks Department with a note Summer Recreation Program These should be sent to the New Braunfels Police Department, attention Lt F Roque, 111 West Garden Street, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 Registration will be 8 a rn. to 3 p m June 4 in the Landa Recreation Center in Landa Park The
program is funded with money from the Community Development Block Grant
Participants in the Summer Youth Employment Program will be working with the children in the recreation program The purpose of the employment program is to find summer employment for youths 14 to 20 years old who are having a hard time find a job, according to Roque
Other services to be provided by those in the program arc community-service work such as painting public buildings, reconstruction of the nature trail in Panther Canyon and cleaning the rivers
The youth will also take classes for first aid, self-imaging, CPR and job skills
Renovation of toober exit put on hold by council
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
A proposal to renovate the Union Avenue toober exit by initiating user fees and permits has been put on hold after city council members heard comments from tube renters and parks and recreation board members Parks and recreation board chairman Hal Herbelin presented city council with a proposal asking that S25 permit fee per year be charged to tube renters and 25 cents per day fee be charged for each tube rented.
The funds would be designated to be used for the Union Street exit “There have not been any lawsuits down there yet but it is just a matter of time,” said Herbelin.
The agenda item asking for an ordinance allowing for the fees to be passed was withdrawn. City council members expressed interest in exploring whether or not the funds for the renovations can be found in the city
Tube renter Ray Felger expressed his discontent about fees being enacted
“It seems we have become very pnv-pnetary about things that are public and should be supported by the public,” said Felger. “It is a public exit and should be supported by public funds ”
In other business the council authorized the city manager to request proposals for a recycling program for the city of New Braunfels.
A reuuest for orooosals was wnnen by recycling committee member Larry Scott The request will be sent to known recyclers in the area and will be published in two newspapers The proposals will be opened on June 30.
The options included in the request are for curbside recycling and drop-off' recycling. Once the proposals are reviewed by the committee a vendor and method will be recommended to the council
Fraser named mayor by 4-3 vote
Herald Zeitung photo by SUE ENGLAND
Membere of tho Comal Community Band played at Schlittorbahn Saturday aa part of th# park’s 15th Anniversary Grand Opening celebration. Members include Director Ken McGuire, Mary Thompson, Gayle McGuire, Brenda Penshorn, Melanie Schulze, Peggy Lee, Joe Waldrop, Key Petrie, Sherry Marshall, Sandy Jackson, Jennifer Voges, Ken Gandall, Brad Baker, Doris C. French, Brenda Corey, Frank Chuber, Don Bourquln, Dixie Waldrop, Jack Mlscoe, John Gaunt, Patrick Johnson, Ken Frazer, Bob Wilkins, Doug Robe, Sharon Miller, Bill Holden, Henry Garza, Dee Cain, Richard Fletcher.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
In a four to three vote city council members decided to name District 4 city council member Paul Fraser mayor of New Braunfels.
“It is humbling to know I have been selected by my peers, yet what is more important is I ran on a campaign twice now saying that the mayor should bo elected by the people. That requires an amendment to the charter,” said Fraser. “I certainly believe strongly, while I am proud to serve here, that it is appropriate that the people of the city should elect the mayor.”
Fraser, the senior council person, was nominated by city council member Chris Bowers. The other nominee was District I council member Ambrosio “Butch” Benitez, who was nominated by council member Jan Kennady.
District 2 council member Mary Scrold voted for Fraser despite the fact she was presented with 32 signatures requesting the mayor be elected from the at-large council positions.
Serold said she made the decision to vote for Fraser because she had received many phone calls from people in her district who wanted her to vote for Fraser.
“At 5 p.m. two people from my district presented me with petitions, one with nine signatures and one with 23 signatures. There was no verification of the signatures being those of registered voters,” she said.
“I had many more phone calls expressing concern over what is to come with the cement plant and spring flow. I have to listen to all of them,” she said, explaining that callers were asking her to vote for Fraser.
“They (the petitioners) exercised their rights as citizens I could not vote the way 23 people and nine people wanted. I wanted to make sure I was
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Council member Mary Serold hugs former mayor Rudy Seidel after the council passed a resolution and presented him with a plaque and gavel for his service to the city.
doing what was right for the city,” she said.
Scrold said the petitioners were, in effect, asking her to modify the charter She said the charter
states the mayor must be elected from within the council anti it docs not specify which district or at-
“If I had been influenced by the petition it would constitute me taking it upon myself to change the way the charter is interpreted,” she said. “I am not going to be a part of that.”
The petitions were presented to council by local residents Ray Schoch and Bill Biggadike. Schoch said the purpose of the surveys was to let Serold know there were many people who felt the same way they did. Schoch and Biggadike spoke to Serold during a District 2 meeting last week.
“Whom we ended up with was a person who won by a very near victory. Those who won at-large positions won by a wide majority. They represent the whole town,” said Schoch.
Schoch explained the petition was merely a survey to show Serold he and Biggadike were not the only ones who had the opinion the mayor should be elected from the at-large positions and it was given to Serold just for her information.
Also in four to three vote, Bowers was named mayor pro tem. Benitez was also nominated for the position.
bowers said he will work hard for the city council.
“I am very honored the council elected me to be mayor pro tem. I look forward to serving the city in this capacity. I look forward to a great year,” said Bowers.
Former Mayor Rudy Seidel relinquished his post last night. Council members presented a resolution to Seidel thanking him for his service. He was also presented with a plaque and gavel.
Seidel thanked his family and the council for helping him during his term as mayor and city council member.
“I want to thank all of the people of District 3 who had enough faith in me to vote for me. I want to thank all the people who always come here and show interest in the city.. .1 also want to thank all the department heads and all the people who work in this building. They have been wonderful to me,” he said.
New city council members Tim Walker, at-large, and Brenda Freeman, District 3, took their oaths'Of office last night Also taking his oath of office was Fraser. This is the first time in a year that all seven city council positions have been filled.