New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Nov. 29,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of STEVEN STARTZ
I Vol. 142, No. 274
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Alice Robbins, Jessica Lynn DeLeon (IO years, belated), Martina Arredondo, Gerard Agnirre, John F. Hopkins, Robert L. Schlabach, Gertrude Gerhard, Lucille Hinds, Roxanne Alvarez, Tanya FalgouL Happy Anniversary to Jim Sc Shirley Hayes (41 years!).
Children’s Museum to host Santa .Claus
Santa Claus will visit the Children's Museum in New Braunfels on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 4 pm. to 8 p.m.
Visits will Santa are free, photos with Santa are available for S8. The museum is located in the Courtyard Shopping Center, behind Arby*s.
For more information, call the Children's Museum at 620-0939.
Downtown Dotters to be given away again
To thank the community for its business during the year, the Downtown Association of New Braunfels is giving away 1,000 Downtown Dollars again this year. Last year, more than 3,500 people registered from all over Texas and six other states.
The public is invited to register at any of the 40 participating businesses each week. Registration began 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.
Winners will receive IOO, 75,
50 or 25 Downtown Dollars. Stop and register where a gold sign in displayed in the window.
Plan Tm Lighting Mi for tonight at • p.m.
Dozens of singers, hundreds of lights and, of course, Santa Claus will help kick off the Christmas season in New Braunfels during the annual Plaza Tree Lighting ceremonies, to be held tonight at 6 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Downtown Association.
Santa will remain on the Plaza most of the evening to hear Christmas wishes.
Mmwmw Club to host Christmas dinner and dane*
The Newcomers Club of New Braunfels will host its Christmas dinner and dance on Friday, Dec.
2 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Members and their guests are invited to come and start the season with them.
The event will be held at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center. Dinner will be a choice of baked ham or baked chicken breast. Coat is $12.50 per person and checks should be given to Ralph Wheat.
Music will be provided by the Seven Dutchmen.
For more information, call Helen Nolan at 620-7749.
There will be no club meeting in December.
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Council approves Miller as negotiator
By TECLO J. GARCIA
The New Braunfels City Council Monday passed a controversial motion by a vote of 4-3 to employ the services of Doug Miller as the city’s water negotiator.
The measure could end months of haggling and political posturing among local officials regarding the position of water negotiator.
According the motion, as proposed by Council member Jan Kennady, the city will enter into an interlocal agreement with New Braunfels Utilities and Comal County for the services of Miller.
The city decided not to renew Miller’s contract in August to continue serving as the city’s water negotiator.
Mayor Pro-Tern Chris Bowers, Council member Mary Serold and Mayor Paul Fraser voted not to enter in the agreement while Kennady, Brenda Freeman, Ambrosio Benitez and Tim Walker voted for the motion.
The agreement, which will be sent to the City
Attorney Jacqueline Cullom for review, is based on Comal County’s interlocal agreement with NBU. The County’s accordance with NBU stipulates it will pay up to S75 a day for Miller’s representation at area water meetings to the electrical entity.
If a total bill from Miller was $200 the most the County would pay NBU would be $75.
“Mr. Miller does not triple dip. He does not Rouble dip,’’ said County Judge Carter Casteel in reference to suggestions that Miller may have been getting paid twice over.
“He gets a salary for his day’s activity,’’ Casted said.
The county judge also said she was satisfied with the arrangement and saw no reason why the city could not also employ Miller.
Miller charges NBU S55 a hour plus his
“The bottom line is continuous spring flow,’’ she said. “I frankly don’t care who gets to boid the hand of Joe Moore (federal water monitor). I just want to go down to Landa Park and see the springs flow.’’
The motion passed also said the city would be able to contact Miller directly about any water issues and he would have to contact the city before he would attend any water meetings.
The measure must still go before NBU for approval. The NBU Board of Trustees meets Wednesday. It is not known whether it will be discussed at its meeting.
In the past Fraser has said he was against Miller representing New Braunfels as its water negotiator because Miller sold insurance and he was not trained in water matters.
Last month, however, it was Kennady who put the water negotiator item on the agenda for discussion.
Walker may have represented the thoughts of many local residents when he said he was content
with the opportunity to deal with the issue of Millers appointment.
“Hopefully the county, the city and NBU can not bicker over who is going to say what," he said. “But that we all make sure that we get what we want said no matter who says it.’’
Miller and dozens of local officials participated in a regional water meeting in New Braunfels last week where the hierarchy of area water panels and organizations discussed the future of the Edwards Aquifer and water usage.
n In other council action, it decided to allocate to the Off-Campus Steering Committee $2,400, the remainder of the $4,800 the committee had asked the city for two weeks ago.
The resources will fund a survey conducted by San Antonio College which will find what the educational needs of New Braunfels and Comal County are. SAC officials have said the survey will cost the college more than $4,800.
The council approved the second half of the stipend only after a more detailed list of survey expenses was provided.
Just killin’ time
HfkbZahung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL W.A. Watthsr apsnt tho afternoon fishing at Landa Park yesterday. WaRher hadnt caught anything when this photo waa taken, but he said he waan't concerned becauae he waa “just killin' time."
County won’t be affected by increased state jail capabilities
By CRAIG HAMMETT
City mourns loss of Franziska Leibscher
From staff reports
Life long New Braunfels resident Franziska Dinlinger Liebscher died at her home Monday at the age of 102.
Liebscher, called Fanny by friends and relatives, had been under “guarded condition” for the last few years.
Bom In New Braunfels on August 21,1892, Liebsher contributed heavily to the New Braunfels community with civic service that helped shape the city at the turn of the century. She was a charter member of the New
Braunfels Garden Club founded in 1933, and was a co-leader for the first Senior Girl Scout Troop in New Braunfels
Liebscher also patriotically contributed to the country’s war efforts during W.W.I and W.W.II with service to the American Red Cross. “Fanny” was also a charter member of the Sophienburg Conservation Society and Heritage Society, which helps preserve the culture and history of New Braunfels.
Among the dozens of clubs and
organizations Liebscher served in one capacity or another, a noteworthy accomplishment should include her service on the Texas Landmarks Commission with her mother and a good friend, Adi na De Zavala.
Husband Alfred died Oct. 14,1979 and she is survived by her two daughters both of New Braunfels; her son and his wife Mary Agnes of Davenport, Iowa; seven grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Dec. 1,1994 at IO a m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic
Church. Burial will be at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The family wll
receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
There will be a prayer service at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Unemployment rate remains steady in Comal County
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Comal County’s unemployment rate remained steady at 4.0 percent far below the state’s average of 5.6 percent and the San Antonio Metropolitan area's rate of 4.4 the Texas Employment Commission announced Tuesday.
Comal's jobless rate remained unchanged from October, however the county did gain 27 jobs over the last month. Unemployment in the county fell over two percentage points since October of 1993 and the county has gained 673 jobs since that time.
For the metro area, which consist
of Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Wilson counties, its unemployment rate fell to a IO-year low to 4 4 percent.
Commission officials predicted that the unemployment rate would dip even further because of the Christmas season where retailers traditionally hire employees. In addition officials noted that the steady decline in the jobless rate resonates from steady job growth in the metro area.
The good unemployment news comes on the heels of the state comptroller's announcement that it handed cities in the county just over $365,500 in tax rebates, a 17 percent improvement over last year.
“The Texas economy continues to
improve along with employment, which grew by 3.1 percent since one year ago,” State Comptroller John Sharp said. He sent a total of $195 .3 million in November sales rebates to Texas cities. “Sales tax rebates reflect a 3.6 percent increase in consumer confident over the same period last year.”
Through November, the city of New Braunfels has received $2,896,013 from the comptrollers officer.
Sharp said a healthy construction industry in the San Antonio area added to the over sound economic numbers posted by the area.
The number of unemployed declined by 1300 over the month and that figure
was 31,000 in October. Total employment in the area increased by 12,100, and stood at 673,500.
The highest job growth sector in the area was local government, which includes municipalities and school districts. It was up by 3,500 over last year.
Wage-and-salary jobs grew 2.6 percent by 15,200 from October 1993 through last month to reach an all time level of 595,000. Wage-and-salary doesn't include the self employed, agriculture workers and active duty military personnel.
Guadalupe County’s October jobless rate stood at 2.8 percent losing nine jobs over the previous month report.
In the coming year, Texans will get what Texans called for, more prima to house more prisoners. New sate jails are scheduled to hold prisons convicted at the state level and take burdens off the county jails.
But at what cost?
Losing prisoners to state jails should not hurt the county coffers, according to county officials, because the coun-ty contracts for federal prisoner! and criminals have been a “It wouldn't affect us at all,** sold Sheriff Jack Bremer. “We have a contract with the feds "
Bremer said the federal government pays the county $44 per prisoner each day according to space available, lf the county does not have room, they ship the federal inmates out.
“We've in the past had a contract with Caldwell Co. to hold their prisoners,” said Bremer. “We turned down some from Houston.”
Some counties contract with other counties to keep their prisoners, for • fee.
Guadalupe County has even homed some prisoners from Washington, D.C. in the past. Not so anymore.
“We're all filled up," said Sheriff Melvin Harborth. “...It (state jails) would cut down on my coat. They say they’ll be ready by September ‘95 but we’ll wait and see ”
Diana Attorney Bill Reinter claims the new state jails will not really affect Comal County but changes in the punishments for certain crimes will.
“There will be an increased coat to the county because there will be an educated criminal population, which means increased insurance coats, increased police costs...”
Most of the changes come in the area of drugs and property crimea. ^Those crimes involving property between $1,500 and $20,000 will earn the criminal a trip to stale jails. But Bm and second offenses require prohn don, according to Reinter, which ha believes will lead to repeat offenses and foster so-called “professional** criminals.
“It doesn’t allow us to keep control of people who scam the elderly around here,” said Reinter. "...It quasi-decrim-inalizes the drug laws and theft laws.** Maximum terms arc two yean in the state jails for these lower-daaaifiad crimes or what Reinter terms 90 day* of “shocked time,” a process he dom not believe in.
“By the time trial comes arougdL some of them have already served IO days,” he said, “...at least put them under the hazard of going to jails.”For subscription, news or advertising information, call 625-9144 (Metro 606-0846