New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 7, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Buster Bowers, Jacob Villanueva, Patricia Fuller, tester Marcum, Edward Offleld, Arnold Paulen, Mickey Sanders, Jack Spathes Belated birthdays- BobPUllin,Norma Jeanne Bercaw, Nancy Call, Wietse De Hoop, John Karbach, Billie Moeller, Evelyn Schumacher, Jason Christopher Lyssy, Jermey Sanchez, LeRoy Baerwald. Monday birthdays -Elsa Glenewinkel, Sandra Meckel, Waynette Rogers,
Everett Sparkman, Jonathan Saucedo. Happy Anniversary to Floyd A Wilma McLaughlin (30 yean!), Richard A Mary Tijerina (I year).
VFW flag-raising ceremony set
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 will conduct a flag-raising ceremony at 8 a.rn. on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Post Home.
Immediately following the ceremony, members are invited to Canyon High School for the student council's program in observance of Veterans' Day. Those members wishing to attend the program at Canyon High School should be in the stage area by 8:30 a.m.
Bassoonist is Mid-Tsxas Symphony's guest artist
Austin native Craig T. Engle-man, a bassoonist, will be the guest artist when the Mid-Texas Symphony presents a concert on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. in the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Tickets for the concert are $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and college students, and S3 for students through high school age. Tickets are available at the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and First Choice and will be available at the door the day of the concert.
For more information, call 629-0336.
Wsihnschtsmarkt to bsgin Nov. 19
The Fifth Annual Weihnachts-markt (Vi knocks marked, German for Christmas market), sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels, will be held in the Civic Center at 380 South Seguin on Nov. 19,20 and 21.The event marks a Christmas shopping extravaganza with SO merchants under one roof.
This year’s theme, "Hansel A Gretel." promises inspired decorations to delight the eye.
The Kaffee Haus in the lobby is a great place to meet friends and sample some of the home baked goodies, delicious potato soup and many other foods and beverages. The $3 admission is good for all three days and children under IO ait hee.
Door prizes will be given away every hour. Hours are Nov, 19,
IO a.m. to 7 p.m.; Nov. 20, IO a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 21,11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Th* New Braun/th Ut raid 'frilling invites its readers to submit items to Siammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members af the German community, "Siammtisch* represents a silling place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you lo share with us.)
CANYON TALB ACK TODD MICHELL ECLIPSES MAGIC 2,000-YARD MARK!
BI-DI«triet clash ss! Alamo Heights.... 33 Mitchell gets 2,000!
■ Canyon will meet the New Braunfels. .. 31 ■ Todd Mitchell broke the
Bastrop Bears, runners up Uvalde 12 2,000-yard mark with a 165-
in District 27-4A, in SWTs Boerne..........0 yard effort in a 39-14 win over
Bobcat Stadium in San the Smithson Valley Rangers ^
Marcos on Saturday, Nov. .....Friday night - See story,
13 at 7:30 p.m. -11A Schertz Clemens.. .14 Page 1M
■ The Canyon Cougarettes (30-3) swept the Waco Mkferay Pantherettes,
15-12,15-6 Saturday to earn a berth In Vie state AA regional semi-finals Tuesday against Corpus Christi Flower Bluff to be played at site yet to be determined. See game story, statistics, Page 12A.
42 Pages in three sections ■ Nov. 7,1993 Serving Comal County ■ Home of TODD MITCHELL
Chamber Trill seek budget approval
Vol. 141, No. 251
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Officials from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will present the 1994 Convention and Visitor’s Bureau budget to city council members on Monday.
Chamber officials arc bringing a S852,406 budget to the council for approval. The C&VB budget is being presented to the council so that the Chamber can go ahead with purchasing advertising in the early pan of 1994 The presentation will include an explanation of the budget. Officials said the budget has been prepared with input and suggestions from various
Council to be presented with $852,000 budget
subcommittees of the C&VB, approved by the Strategy and Steering Committee of the C&VB and reviewed by the general membership of the C&VB. The chamber board of directors has also reviewed and agreed with the preliminary draft of the budget and is expected to make final approval after the city council’s review.
In a letter to city council members, Chamber President Tom Purdum said the C’V&B has had a record-breaking year in almost every statistical category
According to chamber officials, the Summer Visitor’s Survey indicated that more than S56 5
million was spent during the summer months in New Braunfels. Also records from the Visitor Information Center show that 122,731 visitors have been helped at the center, a 24 percent
increase over last year, said officials In other business, the council is expected to canvass the returns of the District 2 recall election and approve an ordinance declaring the results of the
I lie council is also expected to set Jan. 15 as the election day to fill the District 2 scat. The scat was left vacant after Dan Brcmer was recalled in a special election last week.
In other business, the council will discuss the following:
■ Consideration and approval of the third and final reading of an ordinance establishing an impact fee advisory committee.
■ Consideration and approval of third and final reading of an ordinance regulating the rates charged by cable operators in the city of New Braunfels.
■ Consideration and approval of a resolution to cast 391 votes toward the election of members of the Comal Appraisal District Board of Directors
■ Consideration and approval of a resolution accepting the resignation of City Manager Hector M. Tamayo effective Feb. 28, 1994.
Cable TV rates not decreasing
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Most cable television customers in New Braunfels have seen few decreases in their monthly cable bills despite raflalaiionq placed on cable companies by the 1992 Cable Act, according to TCI Cablevision officials.
Some of the new rates went into effect Oct. I. The act also makes it possible for city governments to regulate cable rates. The New Braunfels City Council is currently working on a ordinance regulating local cable companies.
Regulations passed by the city council arc basically a safeguard for customers, according to Mark Morrison, system manager for TCI Cablc-vision of New Braunfels
He said if the ordinance is enacted, cable officials will have to present their proposed rates to the city council each year and justify the amount. If the two groups do not agree on a rate, the issue can be brought before the Federal Communications Commission.
“I don’t see any of that happening,” said Morrison
According to Morrison, the regulations already put in place by the federal government resulted in decreases only for those customers who had equipment in their homes. He said those customers with convener boxes, etc. saw S2 to S3 decreases.
However customers with basic and expanded cable rates did not sec much of a decrease.
Basic rates decreased by 4 cents but expanded rates increased by S1.39. Installation decreased from S60 to $34.
“The regulations were for the future,” he said.
According to Morrison, the most confusing thing about the changes has been the changes in bills.
“The confusion about the bills is the thing that makes them the most angry. We’ve had to move the channels around," he said.
Any channels offered to customers a la carte are not regulated by the FCC. At this time, there are no a la carte channels for New Braunfels customers.
“In the future that’s probably where they will all end up at,” said Morrison.
A survey conducted by the government shows that nationwide rates went down for 68 percent of subscribers and up for 31 percent. According to a report in the Austin American-Statesman, the survey cov-ered only about 15 percent of all cable television users and did not use a scientific random sample.
Hispanic March for Jesus
Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH 8ylvla Gonzales of Naw Braunfels raises her hand and tings during Saturday's morning's Hispanic March for Jesus which started at th# Holy Family Church on Hidalgo and continued to w. San Antonio St., anding back at Holy Family Church. An astlmatad 50 people participated In th# avant.
Bremer to step down Monday
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Dan Bremei will ed!wally be asked to step down from his position as District 2 City Council Member at Monday’s meeting of the New Braunfels City Council.
City officials are scheduled to canvass the votes from the election and approve an ordinance declaring the results of the election. At that point Bremer will no longer be a member of the council, according to officials. !
Bremer said he believes the recall will result in a divi-; sion of the council.
“It’s unfortunate. The people on the opposition keep saying they want unity and togetherness That only counts when you believe what they believe,” he said.
Brcmer said the closeness of the vote shows that people arc still split on the issue.
“They (opposition) have driven the wedge even further into the politics of the city council,” he said “You have to look the council has been divided The common thread is one person who has been on the council nine almost IO years.”
Brcmer said the division in the council is based on a difference in philosophies among council members.
“I do believe there arc a few people who have a lot of vendettas in town and they have sought positions of pow er,” he said. “It (the division) was there long before I ever got there. Unfortunately I just got caught up in the politics of it. A lot of people out there arc disgusted w ith New-Braunfels politics and arc tired of the fighting,” he said “They need to realize it is critical for them to get out and express that position.
Bremer said he hopes in the next charter review, the city may consider having an unbiased party review allegations presented in recall petitions.
“The difficult part is the people who did the recall did not have to prove their allegations." he said.
“I've been told the allegations probably should have been proven in court. I thought that would be one more legal battle that the city didn’t need to be facing.. .Soon after the petition surfaced they left behind their allegations and added other issues,” he said.
Bremer said possible candidates for the election to fill his scat could be Mary Serold, who spearheaded the effort to have him recalled, or Bob Towel, his original opponent when he took office. However, he said he did not know who would be running. He said he did not know if he would be running for re-election to the office.
Candidates for the upcoming race are wide open, said former council member and Mayor Doug Miller, who lives in District 2. He said some people might be apprehensive about running.
“They might be I little intimidated or a little concerned to subjecting themselves to that kind of public scrutiny," he said.
Jury selection begins Monday for Miller trial
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Wrltar
Jury selection will begin Monday in the trial of Robert Miller, 50, of Austin Miller is standing trial on charges of theft for allegedly stealing SI IO,(KM) from Midway Mobile
Homes in New Braunfels.
According to Comal County District Attorney Bill Rcimer, Miller was the accountant for the business.
Reinter said Miller is standing trial for allegedly "cooking the btxiks."
Since the alleged incident, Midway Mobile Homes Inc has declared bankruptcy,
The business was formerly located on Interstate Highway 35.
The case is being prosecuted by Ret mer and will be heard in district court at the Comal County Courthouse.
Rcimer said Miller could be facing a sentence of two to 20 years if the jury returns a guilty verdict.Today's Texas Lottery numbers are 6-27-31 -41 -45-46 Jackpot $17 million