New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
BEST AVAILABLE COPY
Vol. 139, No. 231
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday" today to Ofelia L. Pina, Isabel Caballero, Rebecca Perez, Dorinda Aguirre, Diana Faust, Casandra Camareno, Melissa Ann Torres, Robbie Constable, Manuel Camareno, Doral isa Alvarado and Sue Ponfick.
Belated birthday wishes to Darrell Batling, Midge Haneiwich, Preston Matocha, Lersha Fairchild and Trudi Kite.
“Happy anniversary” today to
Know or a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Lawmakers to speak
Responding to a request from Comal ISD parents, patrons and taxpayers, Superintendent Joe Rogers has arranged a public meeting with State Sen. Bill Sims and State Rep. Edmund Kuempel on Monday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Smithson Valley High School to discuss the school district's financial situation. Audience participation is invited at this meeting, which is open to the public. For more information call Rogers at 625-8081 or (512) 885-7674.
Advance tickets for Wurstfest are available at the Wurstfest office, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and New Braunfels Resorts. Advance tickets are $4 or $5 at the gate and $2 advance or S3 at the door of Wurs-thalle.
Homespun, Early Childhood Intervention, will be offering screening at Canyon Lake Action Center Thursday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon for children from bit iii to 3 years of age. For more information call 625-1510.
The annual meeting and barbecue for Comal County Farm Bureau members will be Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department in Bracken. Dinner will be served at 7 pjn. For more information call 625-6924.
NBU club sponsors sale
The New Braunfels Utilities Employee Activity Organization will be conducting a rummage sale Saturday, Oct. 12. The sale will be at the NBU Maine Office at 263 Main Plaza from 9 a.m. until noon. Call 629-8474 for more information.
Volunteers arc needed to serve as hostesses and ticket sellers for this year’s Heritage Exhibit, spon sored by the Heritage Society at the Civic Center during Wurstfest. This year’s theme is “The Home Front: 1941-1945.” To volunteer call Rose Marie Zipp at 625-2520 or Cora Jane Welsch at 629-6504.
Canyon Lake Chamber of Com mercc will present Casino Night Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7-10 p.m. at Woodlands Country Club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets $25; $35 at the door. Door prizes and Las Vegas style games are planned for the evening.
Sat STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2
Today’s high in the 80s likely will be followed by an overnight low in the high 50s. Southeast winds near IO mph are expected. Similar conditions are due the remainder of the weeks, with highs into the 80s and lows in the high 50s anticipated. In New Braunfels Tuesday, the high was 78 and the overnight low was 48. For weather details, see Page 2A.
—............ ----- ...... ■ ■y*',..’ 9,0 ^ S r *7 '
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL C r0. Geor*
..... — y ^ -
County exploring building purchase
October 9, 1991
George T. McCullough
Two Sections. 1$ Pages
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The Comal County Commissioners Court has agreed to work with The Hummel Museum Inc. to explore purchase of the former First Federal building downtown through some type of cooperative arrangement.
Commissioners met for about VA hours Monday night with David Lamon, president of The Hummel Museum Inc., the county's financial advisor and bond legal counsel, and others to discuss the 44,000-square-foot building, located at 199 Main Plaza. Afterward, the court adopted a resolution supporting continued pursuit of such a purchase.
“What we did was just explore what we were all interested in. Nothing is fixed in stone at this point,” said County Judge Carter Casteel.
Casteel also organized a committee to evaluate the facility and suggest possible uses of the available space. The possibility of sharing building maintenance, utilities, landscaping and repairs also is being studied.
Topics scheduled for further discussion at a 8:15 a.m. Friday meeting in the Commissioners Courtroom also include the legal possibility of a joint purchase of the building or a purchase by the county with a long-term museum lease.
“lf all this works, this will be a good deal for the county because we get some needed office space and have space for the future as this county grows in population at a very reasonable cost,” Casteel said. “At the same time. The Hummel Museum Inc. has the opportunity to get a building for much less than what they would have had to buy, and it's right in the middle of downtown, which should make a major impact within the city.”
Casteel said the estimated purchase price couldn’t be released because of the possibility of pending negotiations.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for
Union Street closed for sewer work
By MARK WARNKEN Blaff Writer
Union Street will be closed daily beginning today between McKenna Memorial Hospital and North Street for New Braunfels Utilities sewer line work.
The road will be closed to through traffic between about 7 a.m. and 3:30 pm. Monday through Friday for about three weeks, but will available to emergency vehicles, said Wesley Hamff, NBU's chief waler and sewer engineer. Cars will be detoured a block out of the way, he said.
“We’ve been having stoppage problems routinely in that area," Hamff said. “It's concrete pipe and the aggregate is showing on the full circumference of the pipe all the way through there, which is a sign of its deterioration, so we need to replace it before the whole thing collapses and really causes us some problems.”
NBU workers will cut a trench about IO to 12 feet deep for a new 8-inch P VC sewer line on the opposite side of the street from the current 8-inch concrete line, which will be abandoned, Hamff said.
Section of 306 reopens today
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Farm-to-Market Road 306 was scheduled to reopen to traffic today after an 11-week Texas Highway Department bridge construction
The $217,800 project in northwest Comal County bridged the state highway system's largest metal pipe structure. which is showing preliminary signs of structural stress, according to Bobbie Hascrt, highway department resident engineer in Comal County. PM306 has been closed between
StePtPC, Page SA
Contract on computer upgrade could be awarded on Thursday
By MARK WARNKEN 8taff Writer
Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday is scheduled to consider awarding a contract for upgrading its troubled data-proccssing system.
Commissioners will discuss two computer proposals during their weekly meeting at IO a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin. A workshop will precede the meeting at 9 a.m.
The Software Group and IBM both submitted complicated proposals opened by the court last week. Plano-based TSG, the county’s current software supplier, submitted a bid including both hardware and TSG software, as outlined in the proposal specifications, while IBM’s bid included only hardware.
Based on recommendations to the county by independent computer consultant Bill McGinty of Seguin, TSG has proposed improvements and additions expected to cost more than $450,000 in the first year of a five-year agreement. The upgrade features a new $340,(XX) main computer for the Courthouse judicial data-processing system.
During the five-years, the proposed upgrade, if approved, would be expected
SM COUNTY, Pag* 2A
This artillery shell, about three feet tong, now is in the hands of a U.S. Army bomb squad after a customer at Comal Iron and Metals suggested owners of the scrap metal firm have it checked. (Photo by Robert Stewart)
our community, and I hope it will work. We’re trying every way to capitalize on it,” Casteel said. “But there are still a lot of questions lo be answered. We can’t just go into this thing blind.”
The Hummel Museum will benefit the county through added tourism, which boosts county sales tax income, she said. At least 150,000 people a year are expected to visit the museum, targeted to open by the summer of 1992. The attraction — governed by the non-profit Hummel Museum Inc. corporate foundation — will be the site of the world’s largest collection of two-dimensional art by Sister M.l. Hummel.
Lamon said museum officials and the county this week have been discussing possible ways to divide the building to the benefit of both parties. The suitability of the building for a museum also is being studied, he said.
“We think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the Hummel to have a building that’s virtually ready to occupy and a building that would have an
immediate downtown presence," Lamon said. “We think the location is superb, and we couldn’t have envisioned anything better than this opportunity. Butat this point, it’s still just an opportunity because nothing has been finalized.”
The president of Victoria Bank in New Braunfels last week offered to exercise his hank’s option to purchase the former First Federal building downtown on behalf of county and the Hummel Museum.
Victoria Bank and Trust Regional Director T.L. Walker has asked that a decision be reached by Oct. 15, saying he must notify the Resolution Trust Corp by Oct. 28 whether or not he will exercise his option.
Tile RTC is currently utilizing space in the building and is expected to maintain that use through Dec. 7, so the Hummel group and the county could not occupy it — or begin to make structural changes in it — until after that date unless some agreement could be reached with the RTC to surrender a portion of it earlier.
Old artillery shell likely scrap metal
By ROBERT STEWART SUN Writer
There was a bit of a bomb scare at Comal Iron and Metals on Highway 306 near Hunter Road on Tuesday. Well, nobody was really scared — but a U.S. Army bomb squad did come down from Fort Hood to pick up the offensive
“It had been sitting around here for a couple of years,” said Mary Ann Rodrigue*, co owner of the business. “I had called the National Guard before and they just kind of never showed up."
The object was an artillery shell, about three feet tall, that apparently ended up in the scrap yard after being bought with a load of scrap metal.
“We probably bought it for scrap metal,’’ Mrs. Rodriguez said. “A man saw it today and asked if we had ever had it checked out before.”
The crew from Fort Hood took the shell back to the base for testing. Fort Hood officials indicated that if it had been properly released it would have been marked with identifying numbers. This one was not, Mrs. Rodriguez said.
“This just shows how little attention the military pays to things like this," said Johnny Rodriguez, co-owner. “We’re pretty sure that it was already
The Rodriguez’s asked the bomb squad if they could have the shell back after it was tested but were told that it would probably be cut open as part of the inspection process.
Riding with Don ‘Butch’’ Offerman, left. at the Offerman Ranch near New Braunfels are Rainer Dick, center, and Dr. George Amadeus Held The pair, visiting from the region near Duesseidorf in northern Germany, are in Texas to learn more about quarter horses. While most Germans follow the English riding style, physician Held owns four quarter horses and is expecting two to foal. Dick is a horse trainer. The pair next will travel to Columbus. Ohio. for aquarter horse show Offerman Ranch currently stocks about 20 horses and boards 17. (Photos by Annexes Schlickenrieder)
Lottery issue leads Nov. 5 ballot
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
One major proposed constitutional amendment to be voted on in the Nov.
5 special election calls for the creation of a state lottery.
“The proposed amendment permits the legislature to authorize the suite to operate lotteries and to contract with one or more legal entities to operate lotteries on behalf of the suite. The amendment specifically provides that all or pan of the operation of the lotteries may be delegated to pnvate firms," according to information released by Rep. Edmund Kuempel.
One pan of the lottery bill that has not received much attention is the proposed creation of a system to study and treat compulsive gamblers.
The bill states: “The commission shall establish a program for: (I) public education, research, and training regarding problem or compulsive gambling* aud (2) the treatment and prevention of compulsive gambling, T*he commission’s program under subsection (a) must include: (I) estab-lishuig and maintaining a toll-free “8(X)” telephone number to provide crisis counseling and referral services to families experiencing difficulty as a result of problem or compulsive gambling; (2) promoting public awareness regarding the recogiuon and prevention of problem or compulsive gambling; (3) facilitating, through in-service training and other means, the availability of effective assistance programs for problem or compulsive gamblers; arui (4) conducing studies to identify adults and juveniles in this suite who are. or who are at risk of becoming problem or compulsive gamblers.”
The bill, if approved by voters, will appropriate $12 million from the general revenue fund to the comptroller for the establishment of the state lottery. The comptroller will also be authorized to transfer other monies into the lottery system, as needed, to
LOTTERY, Raft SA