New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Nov. 15,
j, 1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of BRIAN GARZA
I Vol 142, No 264
Council opens door for library board
Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Brian Garza, Kathleen Dailey, Mykel David Martinez, Ingrid Barth Faris, Euphina Alvaraez, Jeff Coleman, Cidelie Saenz (14 years), Diego Saenz (12 years!), Alma Shemwell, Clifton Schrader, Giselle Gutierrez, Neal Miller,
Ida Edna Berger, Kathryn Cole, Yondal Collins, Marilyn Evans, Donald Holmstrom, Roland Morin, Jessie Sawyer, Alicia Trejo.
NSM band boosters to moot tonight
The New Braunfels Band Boosters will hold a meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the NBHS band hall.
One of the items up for discussion will be fundraising opportunities for the club in December, specifically a tamales sale throughout the month. Residents can order tamales from the group by calling the band hall at 625-3800.
After the boosters' meeting, the band banquet committee will meet.
Bushwas counseling available on Tuesdays
The Business counselor from UTS A's School of Business is in the Greater 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.
Downtown Donors to bo gluon away again
To thank the community for its business during the year, the Downtown Association of New Braunfels is giving awa 1,000 Downtown Dollars again this year. Last year, more than 3,500 people registered from all over Texas arid six other states.
The public is invited to register at any of the 40 participating business! > each week. Registration will begin Nov. 18 during Downtown Discovery Days and continues until the last drawing on Dec. 20
Four winners will be drawn each week on the Plaza, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29 during the Tree Lighting ceremony and festivities.
W inners will receive IOO, 75,
50 or 25 Downtown Dollars.
Stop and register where a gold sign in displayed in the window.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Board given approval to investigate potential sites for new library
United Way kudos
Thank you to the employees of Lack's Furniture Cantar Under the leadership of Milton Arnold, $970
was donated to the 1995 United Way campaign. This represents IOO percent employee participation with an average employee gift of $75.
By TECLO J. GARCIA
The New Braunfels City Council on Monday gave the Dittlinger Memorial Library Board permission to investigate and evaluate potential sites for a new library.
In a statement before the council, board president Lucille Donna said though the current library building is aesthetically pleasing, it does not meet the space requirements needed for the amount of people that use the library or the amount of volumes the library has.
Douma said the building is half the size of what is recommended by the Texas Library Association for a city New Braunfels’ size.
“The library is not a community frill, it is not a charitable enterprise and it is not a monument," Doom said. “It is a vital dynamic city facility whose targeted user is every citizen of New Braunfels and Comal County.
“If our library and services can not grow with our community, it is fated to become a second or third rate facility and an economic liability."
Board members did not say what buildings they would consider at Monday night’s city coun-
Council tables contract with Miller again
By TECLO J. GARCIA
The New Braunfels city attorney said Monday she would advise the city council not to go into an interlocal agreement with New Braunfels Utilities for the services of Doug Miller as water negotiator.
The city might be better served if it went into an exclusive contract with Miller, City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said.
“Although it is not prohibited that we would enter in a contract with NBU, I have just stated my preference to them that we would do that directly,” she said.
Cullom said she would make an exclusive municipal contract with Miller more specific than the contract NBU has with Miller. The attorney said she would list the work to be performed among other things.
Miller was New Braunfels’ water negotiator until the city chose not to renew his contract a few months after it expired earlier this year.
Mayor Paul Fraser has voiced his opposition to having Miller, who attends area water
meetings on behalf of Comal County and NBU, as the municipality’s negotiator.
The “interlocal” agreement would not be appropriate for the city because an- interlocal contract was created for the saving of public funds between cities and counties, Cullom said.
“I’m still wrestling with the issue of what exactly our relationship with NBU is quite fhmldy,” she said. “I just feel obligated to tell the council this interlocal statute may not be applicable”
Cullom said an interlocal agreement delegates authority to NBU, and should there ever be a problem with Miller's services, the city would have to go through NBU. It could address its grievances with Miller himself.
The council tabled the Miller issue until after Cullom meets with NBU in the near future.
“I have found NBU to be very cooperative,” Cullom said. “I have been visiting with Ms. Difonzo and she’s been very open and I’ve talked about it with Mr Miller.
Miller is paid $' in hour in addition to expenses incurred b> NBU for representation at area water meetings
cil meeting, however several sites have been mentioned as possible locations for the new
municipal book bank.
The H E B. store on San Antonio St. will soon
be vacated by the grocery chain and some have said the building could meet the city’s needs as a library.
An H E B. spokeswoman told the Herald-Zeitung last week it would consider selling the building to the city at a reduced price if it knew the building would be a library.
Fraser, however, cautioned that funding for the new building would be tough to come by.
“The city is not looking to spend city money here,” he said.
He said the city will have to search for funding through grants, donations and otherwise.
In other city council action:
■ It approved the expenditure of S2,400 for a San Antonio College study that would show what classes the residents and businesses of New Braunfels and Comal County need the most.
The Off Campus Higher Education Steering Committee asked the council for S4.800, what SAC said the city’s part of the survey would cost. Council members asked for a more detailed cost break down of the study than was provided, and asked that the committee ask the county for the other S2.400 since the study will encompass the two school districts in the county.
■ Fraser announced that the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees President E. C. Mom-hinwcg turned down his request that the city council be able to attend a Thursday NBU executive session where water issues will be deliberated.
Wurstfest officials celebrate success
Preliminary totals show 40% rise in paid admissions
By ROGER CROTEAU
Officials at the Wurstfest Association are celebrating a successful festival, which ended Sunday. Preliminary totals show approximately a 40 percent increase in paid admissions from last year, according to Suzanne Heibelin, executive director of the Wurstfest Association.
Herbelin said totals from concessionaires were still being totaled up Tuesday morning, but it appears that about SLS million was spent on the Wurstfest grounds alone. Several other special events were also held around town Attendance this year was about 105,000, she said. Wednesday, which was cold and rainy was the only day that attendee was lower than last year.
“It was a very good year,” Herbelin said. “The festival went very smoothly. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and one thing people commented on was that they saw a lot strollers this year. We Tike that because you have to keep the
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Clowning up aftor Wurstfest art Varnon Gsorgt (on tractor), Gant Cox, Dannla Brlnkkosfer and Auguatlna Chavaz.
young people coming if you are going to keep the fes- spent at Wurstfest went to non-profit organizations, tival going ” “Then they pump that back into the local economy,
She added that about 80 percent of the SI .5 million which is a big boost,” Herbelin said.
Master Blaster earns award at annual IAAP A exposition
From staff reports
Competing in a field of more than 60 m^jor new dry and wet amusement park attractions, Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster was named the “Best New Product in the Park in *94“ last week at the annual exposition of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (I AAP A) in Miami, Fla The ride also won the Golden Wave Award for “Best New Attraction” in IAAPA’s watcrpark competition for the first uphill water coaster which opened last May at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels.
Water Ride Concepts Inc., the New Braunfels-based firm which created the ride, was recently awarded the World Waterpark Association “Industry Innovation Award” for developing the new technology Master Blaster Uphill Water Coasters arc distributed by New Braunfels General Store International, Bi water Leisure and Whitewater West Industries Ltd
Share the Warmth
Jeff Thornton, general manager of administration and finance at New Braunfels Utilities and Paula DIFonto, general manager of NBU, and David White, manager of Lands Cleaners ara all participating In the Share the Warmth program whara several participating buainasa collect coats for local needy families during the cold weather season.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Lightning Metal Specialities Inc., to make home in New Braunfels
From staff reports
City, County and Chamber officials jointly announced that Lightning Metal Specialties, Inc., a thirty-year-olch manufacturing firm with headquarters in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, will expand next year to New Braunfels.
“LMS plans to start construction on an initial 40,000 sq. ft facility and add 40 jobs by the second quarter of 1995,” said Bill Cone, Chair of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Industrial Committee.
LMS manufactures high quality sheet metal stampings, prototypes and dies for the computer, electronics and telecommunications industries. LMS was started in 1965 by Ron Arder, Sr. and Hans Dotzler and operated in a 115,000 sq. ft. facility with 200 employees in the Chicago area.
“The company is well positioned in the computer industry, manufacturing products which are shipped throughout
the world The New Braunfels expansion will take several stages with an eventual 100,000 sq ft. facility and IOO new jobs,” Cone said
LMS is currently interested in property behind the Texas Jacobson Plant which is in an existing city reinvestment zone.
The city’s planning and zoning commission approved a replatting request on Nov. I and city council members on yesterday and amended the existing reinvestment zone ordinance on the property to allow for a tax abatement agreement.
The manufacturing which LMS provides at present consists of chassis, decorative covers, brackctry, grounding springs, shielding and EMI-FRI contacts.
The capabilities of LMS include laser cutting, high volume stamping with 90-440 ton presses, shearing, forming, tapping , spot welding, jig welding, and high volume assembly.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 (Metro) 606-0846