New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Dylan Jimdnez
The New Braunfels City Council, slated to take several steps forward Monday night on civic center expansion, instead took a step back.
“I want to see the design determined and the cost,” said District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull.
She led councils decision to hold off on hiring a project manager, testing soil, closing off streets near city hall and reimbursing the general fund for preliminary project expenses — all items slated for Monday's meeting.
Since 1998. city officials have discussed expanding the current facility to draw more tourists to the city.
Council voted unanimously to conduct another workshop on the civic center to determine what the city can afford and whether the civic center will be able to make money in the convention business.
“We’re only going to get one civic center, and we have to be able to market it,” Hull said.
Moving the civic center to the river could be a part of the conversation again, Mayor Adam Cork said.
Last month, council decided to forge
See COUNCIL, Page 3A
Local leader, water activist Fiedler dies
By Ron Maloney
New Braunfels lost a prominent environmentalist, leader and community builder early Sunday.
Kenneth J. Fiedler, 84, passed away at McKenna Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Fiedler, always active in the community, is perhaps best known for his tenacity and his interest in environmental issues — particularly the rivers and Comal Springs.
Former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Kenneth J. Miller, who serves on Fiedler the board of directors of the Edwards Aquifer District, knew Fiedler well.
“He was a great individual,” Miller said. “I will miss him, and I know he will be sorely missed by this community.”
Miller visited Fiedler at McKenna Saturday.
“Right away, he wanted to talk to me and tell me what we needed to do to protect our water. All he wanted to talk about was water issues,” Miller said.
Fiedler worked to raise awareness of
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Family fun at its wurst
Skoog: Festival attendees Quality over quantity’
By Dylan Jimtnez
What’s a little drizzle and a bit of cold weather to a man in lederhosen?
Apparently not much.
Wurstfest officials continue to tally the earnings from this year’s 10-day sausage party. But officials’ first impressions say New Braunfels benefited from a strong tourist showing.
“I think it went well,” said Herb Skoog, Wurst relations director. “Certainly it was a more successful than last year.”
Last year it rained for eight of the IO festival days, Skoog said, so the few days of chilly weather and rain last week were small problems.
“The people stayed and they enjoyed the entertain-ment A
Skoog said. Kenedy and Carton Koehler.
The city’s largest annual tourist event is said to generate $6 million in revenue into the city.
“It imports a lot of wealth into the community that otherwise wouldn’t be here,” said Michael Meek, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. president
The wealth comes in the form of hotel stays, restaurant meals and parking, as well as money paid to the many civic groups that sell food and trinkets.
Skoog, who has been involved with Wurstfest almost since the first event in 1961, said lower attendance in recent years has made the event more family friendly.
“We had an overabundance of success in the 1970s,” he said. “We kind of cut back and have gone to a ’quality instead of quantity* in terms of people.”
Dan Henry, New Braunfels Restaurant and Lodging Association director, said commercial impact has fallen slowly during the last IO years partly because of the growing number of hotels. .
“The (hotels) I’ve talked to are telling me attendance is down (from previous years),” Henry said. “It was probably the same as last year.”
Still, the event will continue to be important to hotels and other industries that depend on tourism. Wurstfest brings tourists to town between the summer water recreation months and the arrival of Winter Texans.
“It gives us a nice little boost while we’re slow,” Henry said.
CL, Bulverde power rates to increase
From Staff Reports
Electric bills for residents in Canyon Lake and Bulverde whose power is supplied by the Pedernales Electric Cooperative will rise in December.
It is the cooperative's first power increase in three years.
PEC officials said Monday the decision comes after months of absorbing power cost increases related to the rising cost of natural gas.
In recent months, PEC
has seen its power costs go up by 24 percent. Utility officials have projected a 14-percent hike for 2004.
Account Services Manager Robert Peterson s(iid PEC would increase its power cost recovery factor charge to .0155 cents per kilowatt hour.
A PEC residential customer will see an increase of about 13 percent in his or her current bill.
For example, a homeowner whose monthly use averages 1,500 kwh would
see electric power costs increase from $120.33 to $135.78 per month.
The power cost recovery factor includes generation, fuel, transmission and other costs associated with purchased power.
It is used to adjust for periodic fluctuations in gas prices.
The increase will be assessed beginning in December and will be charged differently depending upon meter readings and billing cycles.
Photos by REBECCA S. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung
Ciaran Boardman makes sure theres enough memories to go around Sunday at Wurstfest.
Molly, Ann Terese, Cameron and Darren Hill enjoy the sites and food during the last day of Wurstfest
Dietitian Nancy Foster feeds her family of four for feu than $80 a week. Find out how Wednesday in LIFE.
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