New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
November 29, 1991
Vol. 140, No. 7
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMA
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday** today to Leonel Rojas, Leonel Rojas Jr., Courtney Elizabeth French, Wanda Whitecotton and Fenny Rhoads.
Birthday wishes on Saturday to Merry Brinkkoeter, Charlotte Churm and Hubert Hermes.
Belated birthday wishes go to Ashley Wilkinson and Abbie Ellington.
Anniversary wishes today go to Bob and Betty Hillin.
The 32nd annual Advent Vespers Massed Choir Concert is scheduled for 4 pm. Sunday, Dec.
I at First Baptist Church.
Singers from all churches, schools and the community will continue the tradition of bringing great Christian choral music of Christmas to officially usher in the Christmas season.
Sponsored each year by the New Braunfels Music Study Cub — affiliated with the Texas Federation of Music Cubs (TFMC) and the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMQ — the offering received will be used for music materials and scholarships for talented young musicians. Melitta Frueh directs, and JoAnn Lemmon is the accompanist.
Tl% Downtown Association is again sponsoring the Tree Lighting on the Plaza and the arrival of Santa on Monday, Dec. 2.
Thd program begins at 6 pm. with Lone Star Elementary singers on the band stand, followed by Hospice New Braunfels* tree lighting at 6:30 pm. Santa will then
arrive on a fire truck led by the Canyon Middle School band and Cub Scout Troop No. 163 aid accompanied by Sparky the Firedog and EMS Ready Teddy.
Various activities will be held around the plaza while the children wait to talk with Santa, including a performance of “How the Chinch Stole Christmas’* by Toby’s School of Dance and music by the Community Band. Photos with Santa will be available, and refreshments will be sold.
The 1991 Toys for Tots Drive, sponsored by Milt Ferguson Motor Co., begins with a benefit auction and entertainment event from 8 pm. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 7 at Lands Station. Music will be provided by blues artist Phillip Stevens. To make a cash donation or for mote information, call Corbie at 625-9144.
It's going to be a warm breezy day today with a high temperature approaching 80 degrees. There is a slight chance of rain on Saturday. A cool front is expected to blow through the area this weekend. The high temperature in New Braunfels Thursday was 79 and the low was 66. For more weather information see page 2.
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By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
TCI Cablevision of Texas has announced a rate increase for subscribers of the New Braunfels cable system, effective Jan. 1,1992.
“Overall operating costs going up (is the cause),” said Mark Morrison, system manager. “We adjust our rates annually.**
The rates are in line with guidelines approved by the Federal Communications Commission that allows a five percent annual increase, Morrison said.
“Right now the bigger cities (like San Antonio and Austin) are running about three dollars or even higher than we are,** he said.
The rate for basic service will increase to $16.01 from the current $15.25 rate. Expiated basic will increase to an additional $2.50 from the current $2 rate. The Cable Guide schedule booklet will increase to $1 from the current rate of fifty cents per month.
Response to the optional Cable Guide has not been strong and the increase is an attempt to get the publication to cover its cost of production, Morrison said.
The rate for premium movie channels will remain the same, Morrison said. Those are $12.20 for the first service (or $11.95 for Disney), any two for $17.95, any three for $22.95 or any four for $26.95.
Some good news for cable customers is that the cost for the “Encore” movie channel will only go up to
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One of several pieces of exercise equipment from Gaston’s Hair, Skin nesday morning. Pictured are, from left, Bob Tatum, Scouts Erie and nails is loaded aboard a trailer for transport to the Senior Citizens Kennedy and Bruce Froehlich and John McBrayer. (Photo by Bill Center. About 12 Boy Scouts and some adult leaders from the troop Ervin)
sponsored by the First Methodist Church moved the equipment Wed-
Residents urged to put on ‘thinking caps’
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
As New Braunfels City Council members prepare to hear from citizens on capital improvements, they are anticipating possible suggestions and playing with ideas of their own.
Four district town meetings will be conducted in December by the council member representing those districts. All citizens have been invited to attend and give suggestions on street and neighborhood improvements they want to see on the ballot in an expected bond election.
Council Member Ramon Chapa Jr. said his constituents in District I may warn to consider funding for Eikel Park through a bond election.
“We need to really build more facilities for our own children” instead of visitors’ children, Chapa said.
He said he is currently working with Interim City Manager Hector Tamayo and the Parks and Recreation Department to improve Eikel Park’s
Town meeting schedule
District town meetings will take place at the following dates and locations:
• District I: Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Holy Family Church Conference Room, 245 S. Hidalgo Ave.
• District 2: Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. New
Braunfels Municipal Building meeting room, 424 Castell Ave.
• District 3: Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Victoria Bank and Trust North Building, 1000 N. Walnut Ave.
• District 4: Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Eagles Hall, 256 E. South St.
“We’re proposing to extend the cement and build at least two more courts. The long-run plan is to have a covered, open-air basketball facility.” Chapa said he is soliciting companies for the funding. A recent donation will buy bleachers and sand volleyball courts for the park.
Council Member Paul Fraser's suggested converting the abandoned Katy Railroad right-of-way into a “minifreeway” to alleviate traffic congestion through town during the summer.
The city may need to make a deal with the Texas Railroad Commission for the right to use the right-of-way, he said.
“You could build a roadway that goes the full length of the Katy Railroad, from 337 all the way through town, and exits on the other side,” Fraser said.
He explained that it would pass by McKenna Memorial Hospital, Landa Park and a water recreation park and would not require that the city condemn property to build it.
Fraser also invited the other council members to his District 4 meeting and added that he wished they had not been scheduled during the holidays.
Council Member Loraine Kraft mentioned some specific areas in District 2 that may come up at the meetings.
Some of the ideas may be to widen the underpass on Seguin Avenue near Interstate 35, staffing Fire Station #5 with nine personnel, and widening Walnut Avenue.
She said citizens will have to weigh the advantages because “any time you correct these things, you’re either looking at a bond issue or a tax dollar.”
Council Member Rudy Seidel of District 3 said he expects some street repairs might come up at the meeting, but “I want the people to tell me what they want.”
He said he has looked for street damage in his district and “I try to hit every street but there may be some that I missed.”
NBISD superintendent wearing many hats
By ROBERT STEWART Blaff Writer
In the absence of several top New Braunfels ISD administrators, Superintendent Charles R. Bradberry is wearing many hats to keep things running within the district.
“I kind of like it — I really do,”
Bradberry said. “I may become a business manager in my next life.
It’s going to make me a better superintendent because when you’ve got someone like Lon- Bradberry
nie (Curtis) you tend to just kind of let that stuff go — you don't have to wor-
ry about it. There’s a lot of stuff that I’ve had to learn that it’s good for me to learn.
Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance is on leave recovering from a heart transplant; Director of Personnel Services Flo Pacharzina has just returned from a medical leave and the position of K-12 curriculum director remains unfilled. Linda Schlather, former director of elementary and special education, was appointed principal of Seele Elementary School this year.
Lonnie Curtis is expected to return to his duties in mid-January.
“Flo is back now and Mike Fitsko (assistant superintendent for curriculum) is really kind of picking up all that, doing that job and his job, too,”
Bradberry said. “And I tell you, those gals in the business office know their business. They've really responded in such a positive way.”
The reassignment of Schlather and the departure of Anita Stipnieks, former director of secondary and bilingual education, resulted in some reshuffling of duties at the Education Center. Joe Parra, formerly an English teacher at New Braunfels High School, was named director of special programs and absorbed the bilingual education duties. Charlie Morton, former coordinator of special programs, wu named supervisor of special education. The K-12 curriculum position which combines the elementary and secondary duties formerly performed
by two different people remains unfilled.
In the business office, an accountant is being hired effective Dec. 2 to make sure financial matters are handled properly by the district, Bradberry said.
“People around here (believe) when life gives you lemons, they just make lemonade,” Bradberry said. “You don’t find many districts where you have elementary principals who go across town and do the appraisals at another school because most places have somebody that does those appraisals. (For example,) the Lone Star principal goes to Lamar and the Lamar principal goes to Lone Star — that’s kind of unique but it keeps our administrative costs down.”
County attorney to run for reelection
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Citing a “strong working relationship” with Comal County law enforcement officers, n County Attorney"
Nathan Rhein lander announced Friday that he will seek a second term.
“The legal needs of the coun- RhBinlandtr
ty continue to -grow as our county grows,” Rheinlander said in a prepared statement. “I am proud of the strong working relationship we have developed with all County officers, on either side of the political aisle."
As past accomplishments, he mentioned stricter penalties for drunk drivers and a decrease in driving-while-intoxicated filings in the past year.
He also credited his work for tripling hot check collections in the past two years, negotiating “a very costeffective settlement” in a suit over county jail conditions, and passing ordinances against sexually-oriented businesses.
Rheinlander said the county's legal office soon will experiment with a “truancy court” similar to those used in Bexar and Travis counties.
‘In aggravated circumstances, it only seems fair that in addition to children being taken to court for failure to attend classes that parents who refuse to bring their children to school should be prosecuted as well,” he said.
Rheinlander added that this summer, he and law enforcement officials plan to increase their presence along River Road “and at various ‘hot spots' along the river.”
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Comal ISD officials are planning two community meetings to provide information to taxpayers regarding the on-going attempt to rollback the 1991-92 tax rate. Superintendent Joe Rogers has scheduled public meetings at Canyon Middle School and Smithson Valley High School during December.
A taxpayer group seeking to organize a rollback election for the Comal Independent School District has been collecting signatures on petitions in an attempt to schedule a rollback election. The five organizers of the Comal ISD Taxpayer Association are Richard Lorenz, August A. File. Peter Garcia, J.F. “Bud” Wright and Glen Robbins. Each has signed a document stating the group’s positions and purpose.
“We have no intention whatsoever of criticizing the school district or anybody there or anything like that,” Lorenz said. “Our main purpose is to simply exercise our right to attempt a rollback.”
Lorenz acknowleged that the tax rate of $1.73 per $100 valuation for this year is already set. A rollback would lower the tex rate for the 1992-93 school year to $1.59.
“We don’t have any option regarding (the $1.73 rate),” he said. “What we’re doing by this is saying you’re going to force us to pay 43.6 percent more (this year) but we’re going to force them to get their budget down IO percent. That’s a pretty good trade for them.”
CISD Superintendent Joe Rogers has said that the rollback would hurt the district but would not save taxpayers much money.
“It would financially make our schools really have to make some drastic cuts,” Rogers said. “I don't know if it would be worth it to set us back that much.”
Information provided by Abel Campos, CISD business manager, indicates that besides funding losses, the increased tax rate covers expenses associated with the new Bill Brown Elementary School, interest on tax anticipation notes, the 1990-91 budget shortfall and an estimated amount to cover anti-
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