New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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The city’s normal year-round water restrictions have been instituted. No sprinklers or sprinkler systems may be used from 10 am to 4 p.m. Hand-held hoses may be used for watering at any time.
10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, October 15,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of ALISON BOATRIGHT
Vol. 144, No. 241
inside i New home for NBPD found on Seguin Street
Sports..............................................5 By ABE LEVY
Comics............................................6 I Staff Writer
Birthday wishes from tho Horald-Zoitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Clay Zientek, Ruth Reeves, Mary Terry, Karen Pruitt, Floyd Fendley, Jeff Covington, Becky Crabill (14 years), Alison Boatright (13 years belated) and Kara Schmidt.
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Usa and Richard Eastin (8 years), Theora and Johnnie Mondin (46 years), Albert and Sarah Flores (2 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold-2,790 Cocklebur—trace Qm88 — 18 Cedar Elm —8 Pigweed —trace Ragweed —86 (Polen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Ap*)
Comal River —171 cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wen 622.99 feet above sea level, down 02 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge —104 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 63 cfs Canyon Lake level — 904.51 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBL) reports pumping 7.620 million gal-lone of surface water, and no well water
KBItD Board of Tm—mooter
Th* Now Braunite Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. today at the high school cafetorium.
Items of interest include a discussion on the reassignment of two high school administrators and a report on the accelerated block scheduling consensus committee Anyone wishing to address the board on an agenda item will need to sign up at the beginning of the meeting.
LMfV hosts two votOT forums this w##k
The League of Women Voters will host a public forum for local candidates in the November election. The first forum will be at 7 p.m. today at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-op Auditorium, IOO FM 3159. The second forum is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the NBISD Board Room, 430 W. Mill.
The candidates remarks will be followed by a question and answer session. For more information call Darlene Hicks at 629-5167.
Republican Woman welcome senator
The New Braunfels Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting at noon on Monday at the Comal County Republican Headquarters, 204 W. San Antonio St.
The guest speaker will be state Sen. Jane Nelson, who will discuss ’’Initiative and Referendum."
Members are asked to bring a covered dish. Guests, including men, are welcome to come hear Sen. Nelson.
Clothing drive now accepting donations
New Braunfels Utilities along with othor area businesses are sponsoring the “Share the Warmth” clothing drive this year. Donations of unneeded coats, jackets, sweaters, blankets, etc. are being accepted at local dry cleaners until Oct. 24.
They will be distributed from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 at United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall.
After a search of nearly two months, city officials plan to move the New Braunfels Police Department to the old Talco Building at 1488 S. Seguin St
The city purchased the land and building Friday for $400,000.
City officials believe the move will allow for shifts in the use of other city buildings. Council chambers could occupy the existing police building, and the existing municipal building could be
used for expansion and storage.
‘‘We’re all very excited about it,” Mayor Jan Kennady said of the new purchase.
‘‘We’ve had several space problems looming.”
The Talco Building, which sits on 4 acres, will give the police department 16,000 square feet of office space and an additional 15,000 square feet of floor space in an attached warehouse, Kennady said.
Nearby storage sheds offer an additional 12,600 square feet.
Officials said the property was for sale for about three years at $ I million, but the Dallas office of the
Resolution Trust Corp. gained possession of the property and offered it at a reduced price.
The city plans to pay for the new property with money already designated in the general operating budget for capital purchases.
‘‘I’m surprised, because we knew it would be many years on the list after the library,” Police Chief Ray Douglas said. “Now the difficulty is getting moved in.”
In other action, the council:
■ Approved a financing plan to pay for construction of a new library that would not require a bond election.
The plan will allow the city to generate $3 million through revenue bonds during a 20-year period at 6.34 percent interest and payments of $268,800 annually.
The loan will be guaranteed by at least $225,000 per year from sales tax money from the Infrastructure and Improvement Board.
■ Reappointed Lupe Castillo to the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Directors. Castillo, an auditor for the Texas attorney general, has served as NBU board president for three years in his current six-year term.
Treasures From The Past
Charges filed In stabbing of two local men
By ABE LEVY
Police arrested four juveniles and one 18-year-old on charges they stabbed two men outside their homes Saturday night on the city's west side.
The group attacked, beat and then stabbed the victims before leaving the scene in the HK) block of Rosedale Avenue in a vehicle, police said.
Comal County sheriffs deputies found the vehicle shortly after the incident was reported, police said.
A 25-year-old man is in stable condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital, and a 29-year-old man was treated at v the hospital and released.
- * Michael Anthony Muniz, 18, of 655 N. Central Ave., faces two charges of organized criminal activity. He was in custody Monday night with bond set at
$40,000 for those two charges and an additional $15,000 for a motion to revoke probation from Navarro County for a previous aggravated assault charge,’Justice of the Peace officials said.
District Attorney Bill Retmer said he could not comment on the charges until he sees the police report.
Organized criminal activity is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
The juveniles were taken to the Hays C ounty Juvenile Center, where they could bo held without bond or turned over to their parents.
It is not known whether the juveniles will be tried as adults or if charges will be pursued.
Attempts to reach County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander on Monday were unsuccessful.
Council renews tourism contract with New Braunfels chamber
Retains $20,000 for special events after some heated discussions
By ABE LEVY
Overlay project begins this week
By ABE LEVY
Work crews plan to begin overlaying Highway 81 this week as part of a project to improve th* (bad from San Antonio Street to the 1500 block of Interstate 3 4 at the North Y near Center Drive, officials from the Texas Department of Transportation said Monday.
Drivers are cautioned to obey warning signs and flag personnel as workers for Hunter Industries install all/2 inch overlay for an estimated $341,000 project, TxDOT officials said.
They stressed that drivers need to be especially cautious
at the intersections with Walnut Avenue, Seguin Street and Highway 46 where the potential for accidents exists due to increased traffic flow.
The project is scheduled to end in three weeks after the overlay and striping is complete on the highway, which is also known as Business 35.
Workers recently finished milling the road, and now the next step is the overlay project.
TxDOT officials said the road has had several overlays, which under normal conditions last seven to eight years.
The existing overlay has been in place for more than eight years.
Optimists bring good cheer to city
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The New Braunfels Optimist Club served as host of the South Central Texas District Optimist International convention last week at the Holiday Inn.
John Lee, publicity chairman for the New Braunfels Optimist Club, said the convention brought 161 Optimists to New Braunfels bn Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
William Teague, Past Optimist International vice president, came from his home in Leicester, N.C., to speak at the convention.
Lee said the South Texas Optimists were honored to have Teague come.
‘‘I think we had a good meeting. Everybody enjoyed themselves,” Lee said. ‘‘We got some good ideas from the vice president, and he has a lot of experience as vice president. He is a go-between for Optimist International headquarters and the different clubs.”
Teague said he enjoyed his first stay in New Braunfels.
“They were very nice and a well focused genial group of people,'” Teague said.
Teague said he was asked to attend the district meeting by
‘ll* (Teague) estimated from his experience that for each new Optimist member that is added that is 31 more youth that ara served.’
— John Lee
New Braunfels Optimist Club publicity chairman
Optimist International President Cliff Katz because the current international vice president had a different engagement and was unable to attend. Teague just completed his two-year term as international vice president.
The purpose of his trip to New Braunfels was to motivate the Optimist Club members, Teague said.
“I encouraged the district and active club members to motivate themselves to hopefully do more services for the youths and adults in the community," Teague said.
Recruitment was also a big topic discussed at the meeting, Lee said.
“He (Teague) estimated from his experience that for
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Drawing a packed crowd of arca business owners and elected officials Monday night, the C ity Council voted to renew its contract with the Greater New Braunfels C hamber of Commerce to promote overnight tourism in the city in its first decision since establishing competitive bidding for the contract.
The five-year contract gives tile New Braunfels chamber $714,000 in 1997 with increases of about 5 percent each year until 2001.
The crowd watched nervously as the council voted 6-1 to approve the recommendation of a three-member review committee amid much lengthy, heated discussion.
The council also earmarked at least $20,000 each year that groups can compete for revenues for special events at the council’s discretion. More money could go toward that fund if sales tax revenue exceeds contracted annual payments to the New Braunfels chamber.
“We have made giant strides from what has happened before,” said Mayor Jan Kennady, a member of the review committee. “The committee has made the best recommendation it can make. It’s not something they can take a chance on.”
The vote ended a six-month process that began with the city’s request for proposals in June. The review committee spent about I 1/2 months studying the three applications for the tourism money, which by law must be used to increase overnight hotel stays in New Braunfels.
The review committee - Kennady, City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom and City Manager Mike Shantis — extend-
‘The committee has made the best recommendation it can make. It's not something they can take a chance on.’
- Mayor Jan Kennady
cd the original Sept. 3 deadline by 17 days after determining that all three applicants had failed to meet the requirements for supplying complete financial information.
The review committee then recommended to the council this past week to approve the contract with the New Braunfels chamber and disqualify the other two candidates, the Greater His-panic Chamber of Commerce of Comal,County and Susan ll. Phillips, EVENTS!, for failure to provide certified audits.
“I’m very pleased that the overwhelming majority of the council approved the recommendation of the review committee,” New Braunfels chamber president Michael Meek said. "It’s certainly a vote of confidence. (The bidding process) caused us to do a lot of planning. We look forward to the future. It’s certainly taken a lot of my time and my stairs time. They’ve worked very hard.”
No law requires the city to undergo a competitive bidding process for the contract, but Councilman Juan Luis Martinez persuaded the council to establish an open-bidding process.
Prior to that, the New Braunfels chamber had secured the tourism contract with the city since 1971 without open bidding.
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