New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 89 - No. 104 14 Pages
(USPS 377 880) New Braunfels, Texas
Appraisal district allocates funds for
JACQUELINE SMITH aff writer
sitting in borrowed furniture, the ard of directors of the Comal County ipraisal District met last night in its wly leased office for the first time.
Appropriately one of the main items the agenda was obtaining office rniture. Aside from board members, small audience, a few chairs and hies and two or three gas heaters, e “office” itself was bare.
Located directly behind the old K&H jrvice Station, their new headquar
ters will take up the three bottom floor apartments (the entire first floor) of the Doeppenschmidt apartments located on Mill Street.
To convert the apartments into one main office, plans are being made to cut an archway between the two biggest apartments, which are expected to house the main section of the office. The third and smaller apartment will be used for a lounge area with kitchen facilities.
In addition, trustees authorized a $5,000 expenditure (of the appraisal district’s funds) to Gloria Clennan,
chief appraiser, which she will use for office supplies and “towards getting the apartments into office facilities.”
The money will be used to hire painters, purchase heating and cooling equipment, desks, chairs and calculators, repair blinds, and do electrical work and refurbishing as needed.
A six-month lease on the apartments for $300 a month was officially signed during the meeting last night. The lease, which is retroactive to Nov. I, includes an option of renewal.
Germen told the board that the
Doeppenschmidts want to sell the property on which the apartments are built and the county has plans to buy it. “They (the county) do say that they plan to continue renting to the appraisal district,” she explained. However, unless the county buys the property, the lease will be terminated, she said.
In other business last night, various chief appraisers reported on their trip to Tobin Map Co., the company which the appraisal board is considering hiring to do the central appraisal map of the county. From their reports, the appraisers all seemed to be “quite
impressed with the company.”
“The only problem seemed to be the scale of the map, I which is a 1,000-to-an-inch scale), but if we go with a large scale, it will cost us a lot more. We can work with this one and make do with it,” explained one of the appraisers who visited the company.
According to Glyn Goff, who also visited the company, “IO percent of the area (which the map will cover) will give them < the map company) the most trouble, the rest will fall into place very fast.”
Clennan explained to the board the proposal which a San Marcos chiefoffice
appraiser had suggested to her earlier in the week. “They’re covering everything in Hays County (including parts of Comal Independent School District) and they will offer us their figures (evaluations) of that area for half of their cost (in these overlapping areas),” she said.
“Their values will be different since none of us are going to appraise the same. We’d have to do it over anyway,” she added.
Since the San Marcos appraiser was not present at the meeting, discussion of this topic was dropped and no action was taken.
Advisory board axes closing parks roads
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
After listening to a dozen vocal citizens Tuesday and accepting petitions signed by about 485 residents, the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board narrowed down proposed improvements for luanda, Hillman Island, and Prince Solms Parks.
Gone were the ideas of keeping the parks closed to traffic all year long, or of centralizing parking in two lots located near the entrances and providing trams to get people around.
Instead, the board agreed the city should charge a fee for park use only on weekends during the tourist season. laical citizens should not be charged, they decided.
On those weekends, gates would go up at entrances to luanda Park and to Hinman Island Drive, but Elizabeth Street, dividing the parks, would be kept open.
The board voted to recommend another workshop session with City Council, and altered or deleted sections of a plan submitted by Bob Frazer, vice president of Groves, Fernandez and Associates.
The San Antonio consulting engineering firm was hired by the city for $12,000 to recommend solutions to park overcrowding problems.
The solutions presented by Frazer were ridiculed by the citizens in attendance, but neither Frazer nor the board members were much surprised at this reaction.Inside
Citizens who argued against the plan said park improvements would only make the area more attractive to outsiders, would cost too much and would cut off major traffic arteries during times the park is uncrowded.
But they agreed with the entrance fee idea when polled by board member Edward Dedeke.Central parking plan also dropped
Some spoke bitterly about the overcrowding problems that prompted the board to seek an outside consultant in the first
“This is a city park. It belongs to the people here. It’s not for everybody,” said Raymond Kirby of 104 Wood Road.
"Driving through that park makes me feel good in the morning. Closing it to traffic 365 days out of the year when you have a traffic problem 14 hours each weekend for 12 weekends doesn’t make much sense,” attorney Eddie Badouh Jr. told the board.
Badouh expressed shock at the total projected cost of the Groves plan ($2,733,174, which includes a $1.5 million tennis complex that was not discussed), and he implied Frazer had a financial interest in pushing the plan on the city.
“The more the thing costs, the more commission he gets," Badouh observed.
“I’m not advocating anything. These are just alternative solutions. We started big, with the absolute maximum. I’m not trying to sell anything,” Frazer protested.
Badouh submitted six copies of a petition urging the city to keep the park roads open and not to attempt to raise bond money for improvements.
“You put that bond issue up, it’ll sink like a lead balloon,” Badouh warned.
When asked about an entrance charge for tourists on weekends, Badouh replied he was “IOO percent for it.”
“It’s expensive to keep that park going. The fees should be set up. It is a public park. At the same time, a charge — a good one — might deter those people who come in and dump their garbage upon us,” he said.
Other residents said the city should discourage large picnic groups and pickup truck-mounted barbecue barrels.Blue norther
When the chilly winds blew into town, and the skies were painted gray, when frigid rains fell upon the autumn lawn, the only people that dared to go
outside were usually bundled in many layers of protective clothing as a hedge against winter's dawn.
Commissioners review, accept plats and roads
By PATRICIA YZNAGA Staff writer
Roads were the major topic of discussion at the regular meeting of the Comal County commissioners yesterday.
Because County Judge Max Wom-mack was absent for most of the hour-long meeting, Comm. Monroe J. Wetz presided. Comm. Charles “Tart” Mund was also absent.
The commissioners unanimously approved vacating of plat and replatting Section 2, Unit 2 of Oak Hills Estates.
“We should have added that on the agenda last week and somehow it just didn’t get there,” Comm. Orville Heitkamp said.
The commissioners also unanimously accepted roads in Sierra Subdivision II, Unit II, after receiving a briefing
from County Roads Administrator Bodo Dietert.
“You went over those?” Heitkamp asked Dietert. “Well I think I’ll move to accept them,” he said.
The commssioners voted for the preliminary approval of Hill Crest Estates, north of New Braunfels, after discussion of its roadways and boundaries.
“I don’t think that there’s enough of the property, enough roadway that it would interfere with building,” Heitkamp said.
A water system is being designed for the estate, Dietert said, “so there will be a water system instead of each person building a well.”
Owners of the 3,400-acre estate were asked to donate 80 feet of right-of-way, Heitkamp said.
“For the property, we said we would go in there and build about four miles
worth of fence,” he said. “We built one side of fence because it didn’t interfere with the existing roadway.”
The only way the county could build a cattle pass on the property would be with a separate agenda item, Wetz said.
“The cattle pass, if ifs on the right place, is usually put in by the state,” he said. “We never really did get that far.”
“We need, somehow along the road, to approve (the estate) and get it out of my hair,” Heitkamp said, “so I move we approve it.”
Although the commissioners voted to approve Koehler Subdivision along Engel Road, Wetz was upset at the notion that the county relinquish a 15-foot road along the area.
“Somebody along the line slipped up
See COMMISSIONERS, Page 14A
Chamber of Commerce plans shadow program for students
By SANDRA JACKSON Kaleidoscope editor
“Free enterprise is alive and well,” reported Bob F ischer to the board of directors of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at their regular luncheon meeting yesterday. Apparently that is not a widely known fact.
But “teachers are not prepared to talk about it” because they know little about free enterprise, he added. Fischer, general manager of Mission Valley Mills, serves the chamber as chairman of their free enterprise committee. That committee will sponsor a shadow program Feb. 2 through 6 for 120 .students, 40 each from the three high schools in Comal County.
High school seniors will be chosen by their teachers to participate in this program, where they will spend one day with a local businessman, “shadowing” him throughout the day.
The chamber is soliciting the participation of local businessmen — whether they are members of the Chamber of Commerce or not — to sponsor these 120 students. The program will be concluded the last morning with a breakfast for all of the students and their sponsors.
Everett Meyer, chairman of the chamber’s business promotion committee, announced a new audio-visual training program to assist members in setting up loss prevention programs specifically designed to fit the needs of their business.
The audio-visual program, “Iaiss Prevention in Modern Business,” consists of nine titles covering a wide range of subjects that provide a complete program for a retail facility. Although the program was prepared primarily for retailers, many other businesses could find the program beneficial, Meyer said.
Each of the filmstrips runs approximately 20 minutes. The titles are “Loss Prevention Orientation,” “Shoplifting,” “Check Cashing,” “Currency Protection,” “Pilferage,” “Employee Inaccuracy Elimination,” “Waste I,oss Prevention,” “Safety for Retailers” and “Applicant Evaluation.”
Chamber members may schedule one or more of the filmstrips for use in their place of business by calling 625-2385.
Jean Pfeuffer reported that the Heritage Exhibit held at the Civic Center during Wurstfest was very successful, with a 45 percent increase in attendance over last year.
The annual banquet for the Chamber of Commerce has been set for Jan. 16, according to executive vice president Tom Purdum. He also told board members that sales tax receipts for Comal County are 15 percent ahead of this time last year, showing that “the economy here is healthy and strong,” he explained.
County Judge Max Wommack told the board that he has received an update from the Census Bureau reflecting a new population figure for Comal County of 36,170, an increase of 46 percent in the past decade.
Staff photo by John Scorer