New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Friday, Nov. 11,
1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years* Home of PETER CORDOVA
■ Vol. 142, No. 262
Veterans’ Day Special.................7A
Sports Day...........................9A, 10A
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Birthday wish** from th* Horald-ZaKungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Peter Cordova, Etta Mac Blankenship, Audrey Aguirre, Nicholas Miner (belated), Jennifer HUI, Gayle Offerman, Leslie Ann Gonzales, Julie Cockerham, Joseph Ernest Garza, Dorothy Peters, Twyla Schroeder (belated),
Tina Gonzalez, Russell Lackey, John W. Bormann, Donald A. St. John, Kenneth Patten, Charles Czarny, Adeline George, Dorothy Fetters, Albino Guerrero. III.
Happy Anniversary to Claro Br Bola Garcia, Sr. (50 years!).
Ducks Unlimited tleksts still available
Tickets are still available for the New Braunfels Chapter of Ducks Unlimited’s annual fUnd-raiser banquet, set for Nov. 15 at the Knights of Columbus hall.
During the banquet will be an live and silent auction, a raffle and door prizes will be given away. Also, a foll-course steak dinner will be served with refreshments. According to chapter president Jim Cook, "something very special" is also set to take place.
To obtain tickets, call Mark H. Brown at 620-4668.
Canyon PFA mooting oot for Monday
Canyon High School Future -Farmers of America members will I hold their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school commons.
Registration for all shows will take place at the meeting.
Dht hunter's photos
The Herlad-Zeltung will be taking photos of deer hunters and their prizes Saturday morning, beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the Herald-Zeitung office, 707 Lands St.
Photos can also be made through the week. For more information, call Michael Da all at 625-9144.
Business counseling eveilable on Tuesdays
The Business counselor from UTSA s School of Business is in thcG.cater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office every Tuesday to offer counseling in topics of interest to anyone in business or considering starting a business.
Topics cover financing, personnel, business planning, taxes, expansion and many others. The service is free and confidential. Appointments may be made by calling 625-2385.
United Way kudos
We salute the employees and corporation of Chevy New Braunfels.
Under the leadership of Don Maxwell, they have raised $8,000 for the 1995 United Way campaign with 100 percent employee participation. The average gift was $205, which represents a 61 percent increase over last year's efforts.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Car meets building
Heraki-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A comer of a wall at th# Pit Stop #6 was left crumbled and the car which hit It (left) also suffared damage yesterday when a Waco man Inadvertently ran Into tha wall with Na car.
Waco man slams car into convenience store
By TECLO J. CARCIA
Lloyd Rushing is proof positive that air bags work However, after the Waco man ran his car into Pit Stop #8 at Highway 46 and Interstate 35 Thursday and his air bag did not activate until after he hit the steering wheel, Rushing had this observation: “My stomach protected mc more because my stomach hit first."
Rushing said his stomach acted as a cushion between the rest of his bodyand the steering wheel.
* 1 ■ Afterfilling his car up with gas, Rushing decided to drive the car closer to the store to pick up his wife who was inside the store paying for the fuel.
Apparently, Rushing lost his bearings for just a second and may have pushed on the accelerator pedal rather than the brake, police said. His car rammed into the cor
ner of the store and caused some damage to a wall, a pay telephone and some water lines underneath the wall.
“After I hit the wall, then the air bag came out," said Rushing “It did not stop me from hitting the steering wheel"
The Army veteran was on his way back to Waco from San Antonio after receiving treatment at a local hospital.
Rushing, who was not seriously injured, was treated by paramedics at the scene and released.
Attendants inside the store said the crash sounded like a bomb had gone off. One attendant, who is eight months pregnant, said the accident almost frightened her into having the baby.
New Braunfels Police, EMS and Fire Department responded ut the call. No one inside the building was hurt.
The amount of damage caused by the crash was not known by press time as police reports were not complete.
Commissioners okay WORD rule changes
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Input sought for planning new Canyon Lake park
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The Comal County Parks and Recreation Committee is looking for help concerning a proposed park at Canyon Lake.
County Engineer Tom Homscth said the county is seeking “any input a recreational group" may have about the park.
He said the county would put out proposals to various groups intcrcscd in not only using but helping to maintain the park.
"We want to know what will they need, what will they provide dunng the operation of the park once it’s constructed,” said Homscth.
He said the county would ask for a formal commitment and require liability requirements from any group.
The committee would also have discretion in choosing any organization The county is seeking matching grants from the Texas Parks and Wildlife department for the park “lf we have cooperative arrangements with other groups, we get more points on the grant application,” said Homscth.
The county hopes to have their information complete by Jan 6, 1995
The County Commissioners’ Court approved recommended changes in the Water Oriented Recreation District rules Thursday, changes that could cause some anger among river outfitters.
Some of the notable changes involve specifically naming w'atcr recreational items such as tubes and canoes and the percent caps for their tax rate. The list includes 17 items from bcd and hrcnM places to recreation packages
' * 'hi Ic most of the items could be up i five percent, taxes on tubes zouid have a IO percent cap where it is currently five. That means the tax rate could go up to that IO percent ceiling at some point.
“You put it (cap) up there, it (tax rate) will get there eventually," said Paul Rich of Mountain Breeze Campground and a WORD board member. “I think it would cause animosity among the outfitters...I sec other viable alternatives"
Guy Anderson, president of the WORD board, said the intention is to create equality among the various taxable entities. By breaking down various entities, the tax burden can be shifted where now there is one rate for every thing.
He said those who use the lake, such as storing boats in marinas, pay a higher portion of taxes because their rent is higher. Those who use tubes generally pay less but cause more litter and the need for more law enforcement and thus, create a larger portion of the expense. Anderson said a five percent rate on a five-dollar tube would generate only .25 cents. It costs .28 cents for every WORD litter bag distributed
“That item is not generating enough revenue," said Anderson "It probably still doesn’t cover it but it gets it to a level to suffice more law enforcement ..."
Rich said money should be spent to guarantee water release rates, which in turn could generate more business and offset a need for a tax increase. Charg
ing a flat fee was also suggested by Commissioner Neil Craigmilc. Although Anderson said he did not oppose a flat fee, he said a fluctuating dollar would cause repeated requests for a change.
Anderson said the intent was not to cause confusion by taxing items separately. Package deals arc included in the list whereby one tax can be charged for packages including one or more of the separate items.
While the intent may be to shift some of the tax burden from lake users, the new changes do include an expansion of boat rentals to include dry storage as well as boat slips. Commissioner Craigmile opposed this decision stating that someone may use the boat somewhere else but store it at the lake.
“I don’t think that has a place here," said Craigmile, the only one who voted against the changes. “...We’re definitely getting into more government that is not warranted"
“lf you’re going to put it at dry storage, you’re more than likely going to use it on the lake," said Holly Gilman, a lawyer representing WORD Recommendations arc forwarded to Representative Edmund Kucmpcl and Senator Jeff Wentworth for review.
Gilman said if the changes for tax ceilings arc approved by the State Legislature which convenes in January, a Hfiearing would then have to be set locally for any proposed change in the actual tax rate on any one item. It is still unclear whether any tax rate change could be set or implemented before next summer.
“I think we should let the WORD board work with the folks out there (at the lake) on how to do this," said County Judge Caner (astccl.
Other changes include charging Class B misdemeanors to those previously convicted of violating WORD ordinances which is a Class C misdemeanor. WORD would also not be allowed to collect taxes on places such as bcd and breakfasts businesses that lie within New Braunfels’ cxtratcm-torial jurisdiction where a hotel-motcl tax is already collected
San Antonio pollution may cost New Braunfels, county
By TECLO J. GARCIA
While people who live in New Braunfels and Comal County depend on San Antonio for essentials such as employment, shopping and entertainment, many area residents live here to keep away from the nation’s tenth largest city’s problems.
Drive-by shootings and sub par schools are things people could escape from by moving to New Braunfels. Polluted air, however, might be something that people can not drive away from.
Because New Braunfels is part of the San Antonio metropolitan arca, the city is subject to the same penalties levied on San Antonio by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for polluting the air—even if the air is clean here, said a TNRCC spokesman.
If San Antonio exceeds the federal ozone standards and achieves non attainment status, the metro arca could ultimately lose federal highway funds.
“That is a long way off, but it could be an issue," said TRNCC Spokesman Terry Hadley. “The consequences could be the same for both places."
A TRNCC news release said, ‘The San Antonio metro area has one airshed and one economy; their combined economic and envi
ronmental health depends on each other A comprehensive community strategy is needed to control ozone levels so the area can continue to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standard ”
Non attainment is defined as an area that has not met the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ground level ozone, 0.120 parts per million. It was established by the EPA. The standard marks the level above which ozone concentrations become a threat to human health San Antonio last crossed over into non attainment on Sept 21, when ozone readings reached 0.124, the highest since 1988 The eight county area surrounding Houston has been designated a non attainment arca It has some of the most severe ozone pollution in the country, according to the TRNCC. Vehicles there must go through rigorous emissions inspections, community development is hampered by a restriction on what new industry can relocate to the area and vapor recovery systems have been installed on gas pumps all in order to reduce pollution.
Because San Antonio does not have near the industrial base Houston does, this area’s air pollution comes mostly from vehicle use.
Four readings of 0.125 or higher over three years would inject San Antonio in the non attainment realm along with El Paso, Houston, Dallas and Beaumont
Herald Zoitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
More music, more fun
Tim and Joan Patrick Bearden of New Braunfels watch tha local bands perform during the • seventh day of the 34th annual Wurstfest celebration being held through Sunday at the Wurstfest grounds In Lands Park. The Beardens were enjoying the sounds of German folk music while trying to stay warm as cold tamperatures failad to keep away Wurstfest visitors. Wurstfest will continue through Sunday with more German music, food and fun. For more Information, contact tha Wurstfest office at 625-9167.
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