New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Alyssa Smith, Johnny Joe Salazar, Christopher Collin Roque, Rosemary Allen, Pam Gill, Sarah Woelfel, and Trixie Rosales.
“Happy anniversary” today to Mr. and Mrs. Isabcll Bustos.
Belated anniversary wishes to Felipe and Minerva Castilleja.
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.
Old Timers Rodeo
Old Timers Rodeo is slated for this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Comal County Sheriffs Posse Arena, Interstate 35 South at Solms Road exit. Admission to the grounds is free and concessions will be open beginning at 8 a.m. with slack roping all day until performance time.
New Braunfels German Folk-danccrs will meet tonight at 6:30 in the Art League Building in Walnut Square. Meetings are scheduled for each Thursday evening in June. Anyone in the community wanting to participate in preserving the traditional dances of the Germanic people is invited to attend. No previous dance experience is necessary. A German background is not required. For more information call 625-3922.
Concert In the park
The Concerts in the Park series will kick off tonight at the Lancia Park dance slab at 7:30 pm. The rock group, the Stingrays are scheduled to perform. The concert is free to the public.
Calvary Baptist Academy have changed the location of graduation exercises to the Holiday Inn in New Braunfels. The exercises arc slated for 8 pm. June 3.
Friends for Rivers will sponsor a concert at Gruene Hall Friday with Bill Oliver and Glen Waldeck performing. Oliver and Waldeck, of Austin, call themselves environmental troubadours.
Stuff a bag
The Community Service Center is sponsoring a “Dollar Bag Sale” today at the Center, 202 E. South, from 9 am. to 4 pm. Bring your own grocery store bag to pick up a number of donated items.
New Braunfels Newcomers Club is extending the deadline for making reservations to its planned trip to Austin June 6 to tour the Governor’s Mansion, State Capitol, O’Hcnrty Home, LBJ Library and Wildflowcr Reserach Center. Persons can now make reservations until June I and the $29 needed for the trip must be paid by June 4. Call Shirley Kellernuin at 629-6916.
The McKenna Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a new hospital volunteer program for students age 14-18. The “Junior Auxilium of McKMH” shall have the same purpose us its parent organization — service lo our community hospital. An orientation program is scheduled for Thursday from 7:30 to 9 pm. for interested students and their parents. The program will be at the Garza Street Classroom, directly across from the main entrance at McKenna Memorial on Garza
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While a dial tee for sudden showers hasn't evaporated, forecasters continue lo predict highs into lite 90s and lows into the 70s. Wednesday's high rn New Braunfels was 91 and the overnight low was 74. For weallter details, see Page 2.
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Vol. 139, No. 138
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Christopher Collin Roque
One section, 12 Pages
Pie in the eye
Taking aim at Canyon Middle School Principal Rusty Brockman is Marc Castilleja, who won the write to whack the educator with a cream pie in a reading incentive program Names of students were drawn atter they completed reading skill activities. The goo was a gift from H-E-B. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
City, water park sharing road
said, is quicker river access for
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
SMITHSON VALLEY — The Comal Independent School District Finance and Funding Committee Wednesday discussed ways to trim the budget and increase revenues as it discussed the Texas Legislature’s new school funding plan.
CISD Finance Director Abel Campos presented analysis of the legislature’s latest finance plans at the committee meeting at Smithson Valley High School. Campos predicted CISD will lose up to $900,000 in state revenue next year under the plan.
“Plus we have the additional expense of five extra school days and all full-time employees will now get five days of paid sick leave,” he said about changes the district will see under the new legislation.
Campos said the state’s new finance law creates countywide education taxing regions for school districts. A minimum local property tax is imposed, and revenue from it is shifted among school districts within the regions.
This “Countywide Education District (CED)” will be a new government entity separate from the school district, according to Campos. In Comal County, the CED board would be made up of two members each of the Comal and New Braunfels I SD board of trustees. The school boards also will have to find a way to finance the operation oftheCED board.
“Tile school district will get blamed for a lot of the CED problems because the public won’t understand that we’re completely separate," Campos said.
One of the problems associated with the CED is a person’s lax bill will appear to go down because the CISD’s portion of the school tax rate will be lower. But the CED’s portion won’t be listed on the county tax bill and will be charged separately. “Overall, taxes will go up," Campos said.
The CED is mandated to start with a base tax rate of 72 cents per $100 valuation throughout the county. The individual school districts will then
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By JANINE GREEN Managing Editor
The city of New Braunfels is build ing a new road, but it is only 91 feet long.
“What’s special about this project,” said City Manager Paul Grohman, isn’t its magnitude but the “spirit of cooperation" it represents.
Hie road will link the Prince Solms Park parking lot to Schliucrbahn “at the Rapids" property and provide a route for trams carrying water park patrons from the original resort to its new addition. “This will allow their shuttles to move through the park and under the San Antonio Street bridge, avoiding such busy thoroughfares as Union and East San Antonio.”
The advantage to the city, Grohman
emergency and maintenance vehic les.
“Each year, there are IO or 12 ambulance calls” to that section of die river, which includes the city-owned tube chute and the old Camp War necke property purchased for development by Schlitterbahn.
“ I"hey own most of the land and will develop the road on into their park,” Grohman said. I lie city holds easements for the bridge footings and has long had use of Camp Warneeke ’s access road. The development will include a section of roadway parallel to the rtver and allow emergency vehicles to stay on the roadbed, easing such tasks as turning around and avoiding the likelihood of becoming stuck in inclement weather. Hic hank
on the west side of the river is too steep for vehicular access.
Agreement was reached after an executive session of the City Council Monday night and announced Wednesday after a1! the parties involved were notified.
“We’re very happy about the agreement we’ve reached,” said Schlitterbahn ’s Director of Marketing Jana Wilkinson. She praised the spirit of cooperation with city officials. New Braunfels Uliliues, New Braunfels Police Department's traffic safety coordinator and the Chamber of Commerce. adding that all “worked closely coming up with a solution.
“This is the perfect example of what makes the city of New Braunfels special." she said, praising “a new era
“We are pleased to be able to cooperate with a local business that attracts out-of-town guests and benefits not only itself but other businesses in the city,” Grohman said. Schlitterbahn brings a bonanza in sales tax dollars to us neighboring businesses, he said, listing lodgings, convenience stores, service stations, restaurants and retailers. “It also sends a positive message to businesses." he said. “Your city government is here to help.”
Easier access to the river. Grohman said, also will allow the city to move some fence lines and freely use some steps located on Schlitterbahn property between the tube chute and a small dam that provides a drop and some limned “white water” for tubers.
Airport may land new status
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
A resolution passed by New Braunfels City Council Monday paves die way for die local airport possibly serving as a “reliever airport" for San Antonio in die future.
City arid chamber officials and members of die New Braunfels Municipal Airport Advisory Board say if the New Braunfels Municipal Airport receives designation as a reliever airport it will bring new life lo the airport.
“Nothing really changes at the airport (widi the designation),” said Glenn Crow, cluiiiman of the Airport Advisory Board. “We expect more people to come over and patronize our fixed-base operators ... We will then have more people buying fuel at the airport, busing their airplanes at the airport ... which will then generate enough income for these fixed-base operators and sum showing a profit again."
With reliever status, granted by the Federal Aviation Administration, the local airport would provide access lo general, private-type aviation, relieving congestion for commercial flights at San Antonio International Airport.
New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman said with reliever status, federal funds could be made available for improvements at the airport.
The Airport Advisory Board recommended to City Council to pass the resolution and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Conunercc
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with river visitors
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writar
The influx of tourists pushed the population of New Braunfels up to an estimated 100,000 people over the holiday weekend, according u> Jim Scheele, director of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Scheele said that the normal New Braunfels population of around 30.000 increases to about 60,000 on an average summer weekend.
“We csumaie direct expenditures by tourists for the Memorial Day weekend to be $4-5 million," Scheele said. Hus includes recreation, food, lodging and other expenses.
Scheele said that over the summer $70 million is spent rn New Braunfels by tourists with an average summer weekend laking in $2-3 million.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau takes calls from people interested in coming lo the New Braunfels area and provides them with information on aitracuons and lodging When the bureau has confirmed Out all local lodging is booked, they refer tourists to surrounding areas.
Tri-City Distributing, distributors
of Bud Weiser beer saw a 200 percent increase in sales over a normal weekend.
“I’ve been here since 1988 and I’ve never experienced anything like that.'’ owner Scott Brown said. “The good dung is all those people (tourists) will go home and tell others and they’ll come back."
Brown said it looks like the good business could continue throughout the summer.
Suzanne Ma/ac, properly manager of the Mill Store Plaza said that mer chams there also had a busy weekend. She reported a full parking lot.
“We had a real nice weekend.” she said. “I think this will be a great summer Some of the stores said sales were great "
Ma/ac said thai the plaza ran a pi ohio! ion with Schimei babu over the weekend where they gave away ten season passes to the water jiark and “1000 balloons in 3 hours."
“Word of mouth ut our best adver-usuig,” she said. “I dunk our biggest drawback (in New Braunfels) is not enough rooms for everybody that wants to come.”
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Putting the finishing touches on their pizzas, auctioned at a Muscular Dystrophy Association benefit Wednesday at Mr Gaits’s in New Braunfels, are Ron Morrison of Communications Professional and Marcus Pirtle of Milt Ferguson Motors MOA spokesman Elizabeth Soto estimated $900 was raised, with more donations expected (Photo by Erik Karlsson)