New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Wurstfest concessions up, attendance figures down for 1984
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Less folks may have visited Wurstfest this year, but they ate more, drank less, and still spent lots of money.
That’s the word from Tom Pur-dum, executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, who said attendance for the 10-day festival was about 135,000. “That’s about
5,000 less than last year,” he said.
The attendance decline could be somewhat deceiving, though, he added. “We let people in free the first two hours on the first Friday. We don’t publicize it, but there were more who knew about it this year than last year,” he added.
Also, Wurstfest visitors under age 12 receive free admission, and Purdum said there were visibly more children on the Wurstfest grounds
during the 10-day period this year.
“I think our attempts to achieve a wider age-spread at Wurstfest is working,” he added. “The biggest attendance decline was 29 percent on Thursday night, while our biggest increase — over 27 percent — came on the festival’s last day.”
Thursday night has traditionally been known as “College Night’’ among university students. Purdum said, ‘That’s not what we call it, but
it does have that reputation.”
Purdum speculated “late media attention” could possibly account for larger attendance counts on the second weekend of Wurstfest. “The second weekend was bigger by about
10,000 people, and the second Saturday showed a 1.2 percent increase over the same second Saturday last year.
“We had a film clip on ‘Good Morning, America' the first Friday
last year, but this year it wasn’t shown until the second Friday,” he added. “In the Dallas and Houston newspapers, Wurstfest was played up after the opening day, and we didn’t get the hype we usually do about a week before.”
Even thought attendance was down, concessions were up Purdum estimated Wurstfest vistors consumed about 40 tons of sausage,
20.000 shiskabobs, 40.000 potato
pancakes, 18,000 ear of corn and
10,000 turkey legs.
“I’m going to say about $1,250,000,000 was spent on the Wurstfest grounds over the 10-day period, and up to $10 million was spent in town,” Purdum said.
Bus service from several points in San Antonio to Wurstfest Gate No. I was not very popular for the second
See WURSTFEST, Page 13
Nicaragua fears United States' invasion, see below
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 220
Nicaragua readies troops for 'invasion'
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) Civilians reopened
trenches, soldiers patrolled the streets and tanks guarded key factories and communications centers in response to the Sandinista government's declaration of a nationw ide military alert.
Soviet-made T-55 tanks and East German-made military trucks full of soldiers started rumbling through Managua’s streets soon after the government radio announced Monday that the armed forces had been placed on combat alert. The move followed repeated warnings by the leftist government that a U.S. invasion was imminent.
Bv nightfall, the forces were deployed at major approaches to the capital and around strategic points such as the airport, an industrial sector and Nicaragua's only oil refinery. Reporters said they saw similar
preparations under way in other cities.
Thousands of soldiers armed with Soviet AK-47 submachine guns and armed militias, called up from the reserves, patrolled Managua throughout the night. Some slept in trenches dug two years ago when the Sandinistas
first claimed the United States planned to invade
U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz, asked about Nicaragua’s allegations of a planned invasion, said Monday that such fears “are a self-inflicted wound on the part of Nicaragua ” He said the charges were “based on nothing, and I don’t know why they are doing this.”
Shultz, who was rn Brazil for a meeting of the Organization of American States, referred to the Reagan administration’s contention that the Soviets are sending increasing amounts of arms to Nicaragua and said the United States planned “to work in even way to cast this aggressive and subversive influence out of our hemisphere.”
In Managua, residents seemed hardly to notice the extras patrols Monday evening as they went to and from bars, movie theaters and restaurants.
it’s been five or more times they've alerted us about an invasion and it's going to tire people. Unless, of course, it s true the Marines are coming,” said Horacio Garcia Rocha. 38.
City allows three dogs per residence
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Calling it an emergency, City Council Monday night approved an ordinance setting a limit of three dogs per residence, and stated that dog owners must reside on the premises Penalty for each violation will be 1200
The urgent situation came to a head in late October when residents of Garza Street and the surrounding neighborhood told Council they were worried about the safety of their children and pets According to the neighbors, at least 12 bull dogs are staked, not fenced, in a Garza Street yard.
“It’s a threat to our neighborhood,” an area resident told Council Oct. 22 At that meeting. Council instructed the city attorney to review the city's existing ordinances regarding vicious dogs and compare New Braunfels’ ordinances with those of other cities.
Attorney Barry Moore told Council
last night that New Braunfels has a leash law. a barking dog provision, and an ordinance pertaining to control of vicious dogs that have attacked a person.
“I approached new ordinance ideas,” Moore said. “And, I have determined that you cannot approach the situation by banning a particular breed of dog. I don’t see how we can focus on a particular breed of dog and have our ordinance hold up.”
Rebecca Shaw, president of the Heart of Texas Pit Bull Association, said this morning that banning a breed of dog is not the solution.
“I realize there are irresponsible owners, but when you ban a breed, you punish innocent people, people who love their dogs and do not want to get rid of them.”
However, Shaw said today, she agrees that if the dogs’ owners are not property looking after the dozen or so animals, “He needs to do something about his dogs if they are a threat to the neighborhood — that’s irresponsible ownership lf you’re going to have pit bulls, you need to
know what you’ve got."
Shaw added that her group is concerned that the breed not be banned from the city. We’re not going to stand by and watch these dogs be banned. There are responsible owners, even in New Braunfels,” she said.
The dogs’ neighbors wanted immediate action Monday night, and Council suggested several solutions that, for one reason or another, were not completely acceptable.
“The problem that I have with this is that all the remedies seem to be after the fact," said councilnieinber Betty Ixm Rushing. “Something has to happen.”
Councilmeniber James Goodbread asked if the city could “go after them on the barking, whining, and fighting at night?"
Cindy Owens, representing the area’s residents, answered that “noise is not a point, the point is that we can’t let our children play in the front yard.”
Owens also said she needed the
See DOGS, Page 13
A color guard from the Texas National Guard helps kick oft the Veterans Day program Sunday on the Main Plaza. The program was
sponsored by the American Legion, and it honored Americans who have served in the armed forces
Engineer wants FEMA to correct errors
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Maps drawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency designating flood plain and floodway areas in New Braunfels contain errors and should be reviewed by the agency, said an engineer retained by local property owners.
Engineer Gary (iuhl, with Espey, Huston and Associates, Inc. told City Council last night, “We do feel very strongly that the 1984 FEMA study research should be reviewed.”
After completing a five-year study, FEMA in August issued revised maps of the area .showing new flood plain elevations and designating a floodway.
A city must adopt the maps and citizens must abide by the building restrictions in the two areas in order for the city to continue participation in the federal flood insurance program.
However, after the maps were reviewed by local citizens, several persons felt the FEMA maps were wrong. A citizens group was formed and donations accepted to fund an
engineering study to find errors in the FEMA findings.
The city, which ultimately carries the appeal to FEMA, also has hired the engineering firm to represent its interests in the appeal process.
At Monday’s City Council meeting, Guh! flowed the Council several charts and graphs illustrating the areas in which he believes FEMA engineers erred.
“They overestimated the base flood, or the 100-year flood elevation, which directly impacts the flood way designation,” Guhl told the group.
Guhl added that because the FEMA-hired engineers used only aerial photographs for a majority of their studies, they missed significant information about the area below the water surface and about the flow of the water.
"It’s not really typical” to use only photographs and topographic maps, said Guhl, who added that his firm uses aerial photographs only as a
See FEMA, Page 13
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Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy through Wednesday, with a chance of drizzle late tonight and early Wednesday. Winds will be from the southeast at 10-15 mph today and Wednesday afternoon, decreasing to 5-10 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 5:37 p.m.
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
County commissioners took the first financial step Monday to build a new Courthouse Annex and remodel the Courthouse.
They unanimously voted to authorize the issuance of $5 million in certificates of obligation for that purpose.
“The tax rate will go up by 5 cents per $100 valuation to cover these bonds, but as the tax base expands there is no reason that amount will not go down,” County Judge Fred Clark said.
The bonds are payable over 20 years and the financial consultant, Floyd Westerman, told the eom-nussioners he believed he could get a 9 75-10 percent interest rate, “especially in view of the recent reduction in prune rate.”
“The building proposed I believe is an absolute necessity to the county," Commissioner J.L. (Jumbo) Evans said.
However, Evans wanted clarification on whether the interest
rate the county would get for tile certificates of obligation would be the same they would have gotten had they chosen to finance it with general revenue bonds. The latter requires a bond election to approve the issuance of the bonds, whereas certificates do not.
At a conunissioners court meeting a month ago a citizen who also w as in the bond business challenged Westerman’s statement that the interest rates would be the same for both.
The general revenue bonds were given better rates, the visitor to the court said, bec'a use the indebtedness had been approved by the taxpayers, and many people in the bond business considered certificates of obligation just a way to get around the taxpayers approval.
At that meeting conuiussioners all said they had chosen certificates of obligation only because it would save them the expense and tune of a bond election, but they felt the election would pass.
In Monday’s meeting, the financial consultant again said that the in
terest rate of the certificates should the same for Comal County that they would get on general revenue bonds “If we do not build the annex now. we would have to very soon. This construction has been forced on us because the building next door (the old Annex! was called unsafe by the engineer we hired and the cost of repair is prohibitive.
"We nught have preferred lo put off this project for a few years because the jail construction bonds had just caused an increase in taxes, but we would have had to do this in the next few years, and at a greater expense,” Clark said In other business, the commissioners accepted the Motorola bid of $156,636 for the sheriff’s department radio equipment. The current equipment is more than 12 years old.
“This is $14,000 less than my estimate of what the cost would be. The vendor has met or exceeded all specifications and has offered a proper performance bond, Don Brooks the communication constr COUNTY, Page 13
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