New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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October 16, 1991
Vol. 139, No. 236
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL
<?v .tome of Stanley Wenzel
Two Sections, 20 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeilung wishes “happy birthday” today to Roy (enc Haggard, Shawn Schora, Thelka Allen, Raymond Ybarra, Mary Martinez, Mildred Neill, Javier “Javi" Hernandez, Jessica Hildebrand, John Peacock, Richard Correa, Becky Jentsch, Dorothy R. Cash, Mary Louise Wunderlich and Sammie Lee.
"Happy anniversary” today to Gilbert and Louisa Alvarez' and Elroy and Norma Jentsch.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings. Business counseling
The business counselor from the University of Texas at San Antonio School of Business will be at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Oct. 22 for his regular monthly business counseling. Since the first of the year. the Chamber’s Small Business Council has cooperated with UTSA to provide business counseling to individuals considcr-ing going into business and for persons already in business. To make an appointment for counseling, which is free and confidential, call the Chamber at 625-2385.
A training and appreciation meeting for volunteers of the Comal County Children’s Shelter is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Bank and Trust North Building, 1000 N. Walnut Ave. This meeting is for experienced volunteers and for persons interested in becoming a volunteer. For more information call Ninfa Cordero, volunteer coordinator, at 629-0659.Klndarchor practice
Kindcrchor practice is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the new Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa St. The group is looking for children between the ages of 4 and 12 to sing German folksongs. For more information call David C. Smith al 629-1785.Political candidate
Jim Gaddy, Democratic candidate for the 21st Congressional District, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Oct. 22, meeting of the Comal County Democrats at Molly Joe’s Restaurant at 7 p m. 'Hic public is invited to attend.School patrons
In an effort to increase communication and understanding between school and parents, member of the Canyon Middle School faculty and staff will go into the Sol ms community Monday, Oct. 21 to meet with patrons, parents and students. The neighborhood block party and meeting will be held in the Dry Creek parking lot at 6:30 p.m. For more information call Principal Rusty Brockman at 625-7355.Octoberfeat Fair
Marion’s Ocloberfcst Fair and Auction runs from 4 lo 9 p.m Saturday at Bulldog Stadium in Marion. Events, to benefit Krueger Elementary and Marion Middle schools, include games, an auction, dance and food booths.
Bible Baptist Church will host a 8m STAMMTISCH, Pig* SA
City must make CAD
Youngsters at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School step into the harvest spirit during T uesday’s Oktoberfest celebration, pacing out the steps of a German folk dance. (Photos by Robert Stewart)Pupils harvest traditionGood Day
Southeast winds at 5 to IO mph, a high near 90 and a low near 58 are likely today — and for die next three days. No big chance for rain is forecast. The high in New Braunfels Tuesday was 87 and the overnight low was 49. For wcadier details, see Page 2A.
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Students at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School got a taste of German culture Tuesday as they celebrated Oktoberfest 1991 with traditional songs and dances.
Musical accompaniment was provided by Pearl Sowell and David Smith of Oma and the Oompahs, of New Braunfels.
“Every year in Germany they have Oktoberfest to celebrate the end of their harvest,” said Smith, who is also the parent of a student at the school.
Tuesday’s event was a prelude lo the school’s Fall Festival scheduled Oct. 26-nr*—
“Once again the community has been so generous,” said Principal Norma Miller. “We’ve got lots of items for our auction including some beautiful quilts.
“The students have been doing the dances in P.E. classes and David brought tapes and did an in-service with teacher*.
“These (German folk) dances were brought over by the founding families that settled in New Braunfels," Smith said. “Sonic arc so old they don’t even dance them in Germany anymore.”
Students knew lite words and sang along to such favorites as "Edelweiss,’’ “Der Frolichc Wanderer," "Mein Hut Der Hat Drci Eckcn," and “Hopp, Hopp, Hopp, Pfcrdchen lauf’ Galopp."
New Braunfels/Comal County Crime Stoppers is asking for your help in solving this week’s crime of lite week, which deals with a homicide that occurred in die 200 block of S. Plum Ave. in New Braunfels.
On October 13, 1991, just after midnight, New Braunfels Police Department officers responded to assist EMS in reference to a shooting in the 200 block of South Plum. The victim of the shooting was being treated by EMS personnel hut showed no signs of life.
Witnesses at the scene advised officers that possible suspects were two Hispanic males, possibly wearing some type of mask over their heads and brandishing handguns.
Police have no suspects al this time.
The victim, Francisco Nogues Mender., 35, was a citizen of Mexia). Police said the actors possibly entered tile house through a front door and attempted to rob or did rob the occupants. There were three other occupants, all Mexican nationals, in the house al the time of the slaying
Crime Stoppers will pay 11,000 for one week only for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indict ment of the person or persons responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS.
Crime Stoppers pays up lo $1,000 on all felony crimes.
Providing musical accompaniment for Tuesday’s celebration are Pearl Sowell and David Smith.
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels City Council plans a special meeting to break a deadlock on a nomination to the Comal Appraisal District board of directors.
The council on Monday voted 3-3 to nominate Rick Seidel and Glyn Goff, who both applied for a single two-year term running from Jan. I, 1992, to Dec. 31, 1994.
The council plans a special meeting when Council Member James Good-hrcad, reportedly ill in a San Antonio hospital, is able lo attend in order to meet an Oct. 31 nomination deadline.
Council Member Rudy Seidel nominated Rick Seidel, while Council Member Bill Arnold nominated Goff.
"Richard is my son, and he has had a lot of experience with them," Seidel said after nominations ceased. “Ile has rented a building to them for a period of two years, and during that time he was associated with them quite a bit.
"He has attended many, many of their meetings, and he’s worked with them and sometimes didn’t like what they were doing, like building their own building, which was illegal He worked against that," Seidel said.
Seidel and Mayor Pro Tem Chapa and Council Member Puul Fraser voted lo nominate Rick Seidel, while Arnold and Council Members Clinton Brandt and Loraine Krafi voted for Goff.
Brandt questioned City Attorney Barry Moore about the legality of Chapa, acting as mayor following the resignation of Mayor James Good-bread, voting because there was not a tie when he cast the final vote. Moore said lite charter specifically allows the mayor to vote in all questions, although some previous mayors set the precedence of voting only in cases of tics.
Either Seidel’s or Guffs name will be included as the city nominee mi a ballot to be voted on by the governing bodies of die various taxing entities the CAD serves. Each taxing entity is (iroportioiicd a certain number of votes according to population. The city’s previous nominee. CAD hoard (’hair-man S.D. David Jr., did not not apply for another term.
In other appointments, the council selected John Tays and Virginia Stockhurst for the Library Advisory Board, Jeff VanKlccf mid Carl Fox to die Parks and Recreation Advisory Bourd, and Guadalupe Castillo to die New Braunfels Utilities board ol trustees.
For the two open parks hoard scats. the council received applications from current members Jeff VanKlccf arui Carl Fox, who terms expired CXI. 13 and from Ann Bartholomew. Council Member Clinton Brandt. Loraine Kraft and Rudy Seidel voted for Van Klccf and Fox, while Bdl Arnold and Paul Fraser voted for Bartholomew and Fox.
Hic council received (our applier lions for one scat on die NRU hoard Hie term of current member Jesse Gomez, who serves as board vice president, expires Nev I. Gome/., Robert llhr, Guadalupe' Castillo and Frank Banchi an co turned in applauding.
Kraft, Seidel and Arnold voted for Castillo, while Brandi voted for Gome/ and Fraser voted for Pancbianco
On die library hoard, the terms of current members John lays and Susan Ivy expired .Sept 26. Submitting applications for the seats were lays. Virginia Stockhont and Kathryn Dierkscn.
Also, the council unanimously approved sui emergency reading of an ordinance creating an exception iii the ling restraint ordinance for law enforcement canine units.
“This will change our city ordinance to msikc canine units legal. As ii is written now, they arc not." said Police Chief CR. “Dick" deaden. “We need to exempt our police dogs from this ordinance.**
In other business, the council:
• Appioved amendments lo an ordi nance clarifying the purpose of the Safe City Commission and amending membership requirements aud approving revised by laws
• Approved on second reading an ordinance updating building, median ital, fire, gas, housing, plumbing and swimming pool codes.
• Awarded a SK4.I86 hid to
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New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Bob Sohn recaps Public Power Week and the history of electrical experimentation for the New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
J Public power fueled I history, Sohn tells club
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
Describing die beginning of public (lower as “one of the most mqxKlani dramas iii America’s entire history,’’ the New Braunfels Utilities gcncial manager discussed Tuesday the history of how tile country was illuminated "Public power was there when it (electricity) started," said Boh Sohn, "and it’s here today providing locally ever accountable low cost electric service to its customers leading the country, in what I think, ait* innovative approaches to tins most brilliant, important resource."
Sohn recapped Public Power Week, Oct. 6-12, lor the New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club Tuesday night at Oina’s llaus Restaur ant Public Power Week recognizes the benefits of a community owning its own electric utility company. New Braunfels is one ol more than \000 publicly owned electric utilities iii the United States Electricity had its start in New Braunfels iii lite early 1920s when I (any l amia moved into the power business by first providing street lighting and then home lighting.
“Ile got about 25 homes on his fust run through town and then lie dove loped hydroelectric electricity in the (Landa) park," Sohn said
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NBISD meetings will retain open forum
By ROBERT STEWART Signwriter
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to extend the board’s open forum policy beyond the six month’s sunset period which was to have expired in November. Open forum will now be a regular policy of the board.
Tile recommendation was made that the process be extended exactly as approved on May 21. A motion was made to amend the action to exclude the sunset provision that was a part of the process approved on May 21. The amendment and the continued open forum were approved unanimously.
"On behalf of the New Braunfels educators. I’d just like to say we do support continuing the open forum,’’ said Pat G^jewski, local Texas Stele Teachers Association president. “We feel it has been used in a responsible manner.”
The lack of a district guardianship policy caused concern in the approval of two out-of district transfers,
“Who is going to be legally responsible for this student?,” said Trustee Dick Robinetl, referring to a student who would be living with an aunt and uncle.
Trustee Arlon Hermes pointed out that procedure should not be changed
before new policy wus enacted Trus tee Leo Chafin said he wumed lo vote on the students separately but there was already a motion on the floor.
"This is the first time in five we’ve argued about students transferring in here,” Trustee Bob Clarke said. “We’re wasting time."
The transfers were approved on a 5-2 vote with Robinetl and Chafin voting against. The board is considering making legal guardianship mandatory for non-parents that a student may live with.
The board also approved the awarding of a bid for $88,182.39 worth of classroom furniture for the
new OakRun School horn Indoio Sales, Inc. in Belton. This bid includes desks, chairs, tables, filing cabinets, wastebaskets, projection carts and screens, and stools. By (hit chasing all Hems from lndeco, direr percent was deducted from the ongi iud cost of $90,909.68, said Ixxunc Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance.
Final resolution of problems regarding repairs arid replacement to metal roofing in die district were contained in a change order in which a credit of $33,125.50 was made to die
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