New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ Nov. 9,1993Herald -Zeitung
1993 Serving Comal County ■ Horn* of KATHRYN SCHWAB
Vol. 141, No. 252
Council opts to delay C&VB budget
More details, chamber board approval sought
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Members of the New Braunfels City Council-opted to delay a decision Monday night on whether or not to approve the proposed 1994 budget of 5852,406 for the Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
The council voted four to one to table the item, with Council Member Jan Kennady voting against the motion to table. The motion to table the item was made by Council Member Paul Fraser.
Fraser said he wanted to sec the item tabled so that final approval could be made by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce board of directors. The Chamber has a contract with the city to run the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“I’d like to suggest the city council approve what the board of directors has approved,” said Fraser.
“I feel it’s appropriate that the board of director approve it before the council approves it. We are not a reviewing agency. We arc an approval agency,” he said.
“I am of the opinion this thing is premature and should not be brought to us,” he said.
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Chamber President Tom Purdum said the board of directors has approved a draft of the budget. He explained approval is needed quickly because of die lead time needed in placing advertisements in various publications.
“The next thing you will do is fuss at us for spending money you didn’t approve,” said Purdum.
Purdum expressed disappointment that the budget was not approved.
“I am disappointed we couldn’t move ahead. They continue to ask for things. We will try to respond,” he said.
Members of the city council also asked for more details to be released in the budget.
Council member Chris Bowers asked for more detail in the arca of salaries. However, Purdum explained that the break down of salaries in the C&VB’s budget is more detailed than that of the city.
“You are asking for more than you do for the city budget,” he said.
Purdum told the council the chamber is a private organization and he did not think it was fair for all staff members’ salaries to be published.
Bowers refuted Purdum’s claim that the chamber is a private group. However, he was met by a presentation by Purdum of an opinion by the Texas Attorney General showing that chambers of commerce, economic development councils and C&VB’s, in particular those in San Marcos, arc not subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Purdum said he hesitates to publish the staffs salaries. However, he invited city council members to come to the chamber to look at the books if they would like further detail.
Kennady expressed her thanks to the chamber for volunteer work and for bringing in tourism
‘The chamber is many times made out to be an enemy . I for one appreciate what the chamber does in other areas as well as bringing in visitors," she said.
Kennady said she was prepared for the council
to table approval of the budget.
“I knew there was no chance in the world that the budget was going to pass tonight. I have no objection to dealing with the budget longer,” she said.
Purdum said he did not know what to expect when he brought the budget to the council.
“I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. On one hand, they wanted the salaries of the president and the director. We have done that. I was hoping they would be satisfied,” he said.
The budget was presented to the council by Chamber Chairman of the Board Mike Dieters This year’s budget shows few major changes over last year. Major increases arc proposed in the budgets for administration, advertising, market research and travel trade.
Advertising increased due to the proposal of adding television commercials to the budget, which will cost 560,000. Also market research increased from S300 to SI5,000 because of a proposal to conduct a conversion study.
The CV&B is funded by hotel and motel sales tax revenues. These revenues can only be used to promote the tourist industry, according to state laws.’Dido donation
Herald-Zeitung photo by MARK LYON
Janet Petry (left) of Addison, Texas, Jim Schmidt (center) of "Put on Your Armor Against Drugs" of New Braunfels, and Michael Petry of Addison are shown In front of a IOO-piece collection of armadillo crafts donated yesterday to the "Put on Your Armor*' anti-drug program, headquartered here In New Braunfels. The program uses the armadillo to demonstrate to youth how protection Is needed against negative elements such as drugs, alcohol and smoking. The collection has been accumulated by the couple since 1986. The couple met Scmldt In Hamburg, Arkansas at the annual Armadillo Festival there and were so Impressed with the anti-drug program they decided to donate their collections to the cause.
Nov. 2 election results canvassed
‘Spirit of ‘76’
proposal given to city council
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Members of the New Braunfels city council canvassed the vote of the Nov 2 special election, making last night’s meeting the final one for District 2 Council Member Dan Bremer.
Bremer was recalled from his position as council member last week during a special city election.
Bremer took the opportunity to thank family and friends who supported his efforts and voiced his opinion on the division of the city.
"Obviously this community is still very much divided. I hope this point on that the city can go forward," he said.
“I hope the future holds something a little brighter for New Braunfels,” said Bremer.
Bremer then exited the meeting and was applauded by citizens attending the meeting.
Council members also approved a resolution calling for
a special election to be held Jan 15. At that time a replacement for Bremer will be elected.
In other business, the council also cast 391 votes to Felipe Ramirez Jr. for a position to the Comal Appraisal District Board of Directors.
Other items discussed include the following:
■ City Manager Hector M. Tamayo announced that 532,325.72 was raised through the surplus auction held last month. He said 520,000 of these funds came from seized assets and must be used by the police department. Officials said the department uses the money to fund youth program, as well as purchase equipment.
■ The third and final reading of an ordinance establishing an impact fee advisory committee was tabled.
■ Final approval was given to an ordinance regulating the rates charged by cable television operators in the city for basic service and related equipment and installation charges.
■ The resignation of Tamayo was accepted effective Feb. 28.INSIDE
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Classifieds ... „ .... .* 9,10 See WUEST’S inserts insideSTAMMTISCHBirthday wishes!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following >irthday wishes; Kathryn Schwab, Larry Morales,
Jonathan Gonzales, Nicholas Mixer, Jean Prochazka, Dorothy Ritter, Delores Rubalcoba, Her* man Schoertfeld, Dennis Wegn-er. Happy Anniversary to John & Yvette Medina.Bassoonist is Mid-Texas Symphony's guest artist
Austin native Craig T. Eng leman, 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 coneen arc 59 for adults, 58 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 coneen.
For more information, call 629-0336.Woihnachtsmarkt to begin Nov. 19
The Fifth Annual Weihnachts-marki (Vi knocks marked, German for Christmas market), sponsored by the Sophicnburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels, will be held in the Civic Center at 380 South Seguin on Nov. 19,20 and 21.'TW event marks a Christmas shopping extravaganza with 50 merchants under one roof.
This year's theme, "Hansel & Gretcl," 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 53 admission is good for all three days and children under IO are free.
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 5 p.m.Canyon Lake Democrats meeting
The Canyon Lake Democrats will meet Thursday, Nov. 11 at "CarolsYThe Hitching Post" in Saltier at 7 p.m.Comal County 4-H Food Show scheduled
Comal County 4-H Food and Nutrition project members will compete at the County Food Show on Nov. 20 in the Stanzville Community Center in Staruvillc.
Each contestant will be interviewed by judges and scored on his/her knowledge of food preparation and nutritional accuracy. Doors will be open to the public for viewing.
An awards program will follow.
(Th* New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammlisck. According lo the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with
Edwards board meeting on tap today in San Antonio
From staff reports
The Edwards Underground Water District board of directors will meet in a workshop today in San Antonio.
The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the Conference Center of the District office located at 1615 North Saint Marys Street The following items will be dis
B Briefing by district staff on information with regards to request by board pertaining to an incidental take permit.
■ Briefing by district staff on the comprehensive management plan.
The board of directors will have a regular meeting at 4 p m in the Conference Center.
JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Members of the newly-formed Spirit of '76 presented their ideas to the New Braunfels City Council Monday night in order to receive approval to use the Lower Colorado River Authority building on Landa Street.
The ideas of the group were presented by Spirit of ‘76 President Ralph Wall, of New Braunfels.
“We’re trying to reactivate the LCRA building into a museum and theater that will talk about what our founding fathers believed,” said Wall.
Wall said the building will include a bookstore to sell books and tapes and he hopes to be able to do some television productions to spread the group’s message However he said it will be hard to raise funds without a building.
“We’re going to need a central location. . . Something that people can see,” said Wall.
Wall said the LCRA building was chosen as a possible location because it is already there and because of the access to New Braunfels.
“We had a number of other locations in mind and finally centered on that one," he said "It has the most central location and most available location.”
He said the idea is being supported by the LCRA. However, he added millions will be needed to make the museum as success.
He also said there arc some pollution problems around the building that must be taken care of when developing the site plan
LCRA officials said the problems center around a old landfill on the site and some fuel oil storage tanks in the ground.
“It’s not going to be a problem,” said Bill West, executive director of natural resources for LCRA
"We just need to be congnizant of old problems,” he said.
West said the Spirit of ‘76 is the type of program the LCRA would like to have in the building.
“We’re looking at several options and Spirit of ‘76 is the type of thing we think is appropriate,” he said.
The American history museum is ^expected to include a theater, state-of-* art museum, possibly two libraries and a restaurant.
“We want to cover the American Revolution along with the Industrial Revolution," he said “They happened at about the same time and they were driven by the same philosophy and that is that government is not a source of anything much . . George Wash
ington said ‘Government is like a fire; useful in the fireplace, but if it gets out of its place, it will consume everything you own.’“
-““Thar is what happened with the Industrial Revolution, when Adam Smith wrote "The Wealth of Nations” which brought out the theory of Laissez Faire, which means the government stay out of business, granted there were some abuses but it catfecd industry to explode,” he said.
“It went well for a number of years until once again -
story of industry Ralph Wall as well as what our Amcncan Revolution did for us,” he said
"We want to recreate villages from different periods in time We want to point out what industry accomplished over past 200 years," he said
In order to achieve the goals for establishing the building, Wall has been putting on programs for the LCRA, which owns the building, New Braunfels Utilities, which leases the building, and the City of New Braunfels, which leases the land around the building
Millions will needed to be raised to make the project work according to Wall.
"We have some possible sources. One is industry wanting to tell their story,” he said.
He explained there is also many sources for finding exhibits for the building.
“We also hope we can provide jobs, apprenticeships in some cases, “ said Wall
“I’d like to see thing really start cracking after the first of the year," he said “I think LCRA is eager to start on it too. A lot of it depends on how soon we’re sure we have the building ready togo ”
"Nobody’s going to give us money until that’s nailed down "
The presentation given to the council discusses the history and what's happened to society in the last 15 years and about what the group would like to do.
Spirit of‘76 is made up of a board of directors who share the same interests as Wall.Buy it! Sell it! Trade it! Herald-Zeitung classifieds get results! 625-9144