New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
October 22, 1991
Vol. 139, No. 240
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMA BOUNTY / Home of Jackie Kunkel
One Section, 10 Pages
sttr.m"sch Hummel Museum finds home
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today, to Dennis Koepp, Sandra Mendoza, Reagan Paige Johnson, Amanda Thomas and Kevin Schmidt.
Belated birthday wishes to Elo Schwartz and Jerome B. Fey.
Happy anniversary” today to Jerry and Janice Zercher.
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.
Six men needed
Needed are six good men to work about 12 hours during the coming year to move donated books from the Dittlinger Memorial Library to the Friends of Library sale site at the Municipal Building on Casten Avenue.
Persons who can work any weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are in good shape should call L. Douma at 629-3048. Persons who donate time will receive an honorary membership in Friends of the Library, a first shot at purchase of donated books, and a book-totcrs’ banquet.
The sixth annual New Braunfels Lions Select Shot Golf Tournament will be Sunday, Oct. 27 at Chaparral Country Club in Seguin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Prizes will include $300 to the first place foursome and $200 to the second place team. Entry fee is $50 per person and includes green fee, cart, food and drink. Contact Steve Schultz at 625-6492 for registration and more information. Volunteer orientation American Red Cross Volunteer orientation will be at McKenna Memorial Hospital’s second floor conference room on Saturday, Oct.
26 at 9 ajn. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at the hospital or at the Red Cross office or a nursing home are asked to call 625-9764 or 625-3260.
Noontime concerts are planned once again beginning at noon Friday, Oct. 25 on Main Plaza. Paul McLaughlin and Don Forres will perform this Friday. Other concert dates are Nov. I, 4 through 8. Admission is free. Bring a sack lunch. For more information call Penelope Church at 625-3425. Blood drive
First Protestant Church is sponsoring a blood drive Sunday, Oct.
27 at the Secle Parish House located on Coll Street. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the church office at 625-6951. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank will be accepting donors from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Because of a change in the City Council meeting slated for Monday, Oct. 28 the public hearing regarding an enterprise zone also has been moved to Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building.
Walnut Avenue will be closed during the day Wednesday between San Antonio and Bridge streets for leveling and seal coaling resurfacing work.
City of New Braunfels Street Department crews will continue spot improvements on Walnut toward Landa Street throughout the rest of the week, but no further complete closures of Walnut are anticipated. The resurfacing work is designed as a temporary repair
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By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The Comal County Commissioners Court and The Hummel Museum Inc. board on Monday agreed to jointly purchase the former First Federal Savings and Loan building downtown.
Each partner will pay $365,000 toward the purchase, and both also will pitch in an estimated $18,000 to physically divide the building, 199 Main Plaza.
According to the tax rolls of the Comal Appraisal District, the building alone — not including the property — is valued at more than $2 million.
County commissioners approved the joint purchase after meeting behind closed doors for several hours on Monday. The Hummel board approved the agreement that morning.
Museum and county officials plan to evenly split the 30,000 square feet of usable floor space and share the I IO or so parking places in the 15,000 square foot parking garage, which the county will use primarily during the week and the museum on weekends.
Goodbread reportedly in hospital
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Former New Braunfels Mayor James Goodbread is expected to continue resting comfortably in a San Antonio hospital, according to his wife.
Goodbread, who has reportedly been too ill to attend the last two special meetings of the New Braunfels City Council, is awaiting results of blood tests. His condition, brought cm by stress and complications from diabetes, is not serious, Stephany Goodbread said. He also will need to pay closer attention to his diet, she said.
She said while she couldn’t release the name of the hospital, she has been conveying get-well wishes, cards and flowers to her husband, who slept for two days straight after checking in more than a week ago.
“He’s doing much, much better. He needs lots of sleep and relaxation — no stress and no politics,” she said. “He should soon be back in the saddle serving the people as well as he always has.”
In a written statement read during the Oct. 14 council meeting, Goodbread resigned his position as mayor but said he planned to finish his current council term, which expires next year.
In May, Goodbread was unanimously elected mayor by his fellow council members. He broke precedence set by former New Braunfels mayors and cast a vole on each question before the council, not only to break ties.
Goodbread is a leading opponent of the Lafarge Corporation’s plans to bum hazardous industrial waste al its Balcones cement plant near New Braunfels and is an outspoken proponent of management of the Edwards Aquifer.
The county also will need another $125,000 in renovations for: building cleanup; signage; a walkway from the second floor of the Courthouse Annex; and a restroom, fire escape and other fire-code improvements for its half of the building, said County Judge Carter Casteel. The county also anticipates spending another $40,000 on furniture.
The museum also will need to make some renovations, particularly lighting and ultra-violet screening of windows.
The building comes complete with two vaults. The museum will use its vault to store part of the collection not on display, and the county gets the other vault for its important records.
Casteel said the deal will not only mean much-needed additional county office space, it helps the museum, which once opened will bring in much more revenue to the county through sales tax.
Final cost to the county after renovations will be about $33 or $34 per square foot. Casteel has appointed a committee to study financing options and make a recommendation in the
A year-round attraction
Chamber officials estimate thousands will tour museum
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Monday’s agreement between the Hummel Museum and the county is a big step toward a New Braunfels museum housing the world’s largest collection of original two-dimensional art by Sister M.I. Hummel, according to museum President David Lamon.
“The museum is an exciting new economic generator for the city and county,” Lamon said. “We’re glad to have a downtown New Braunfels location a short distance away from the most popular tourist attraction in the state — the Alamo in San Antonio. We think we’ll have a large pool of visitors.”
The museum’s governing body, a non-profit corporation named the HummeUMuscum Inc., approved
spending $365,000 to purchase half the building, about 15,000 square feet, on Monday morning, Lamon said. The museum is scheduled to open by the summer of 1992.
Hummel officials recently finalized a lease-purchase contract with the Jacques Nauer family of Switzerland, stewards of the $8 million collection.
Conservative estimates say between 175,000 and 200,000 people will visit the museum during its first year, said Tom Purdum, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. The added tourism is expected to have a direct impact of $16 million per year on the local economy, based on state
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next couple days. Options include using the county’s cash reserves or issuing certificates of obligation, which would add no more than one-third of a cent to the county tax rat<, she said.
County Attorney Nathan Rheinlan-der has notified T.L. Walker, president of Victoria Bank and Trust, in writing that the county wanted Walker to exercise his bank’s option to purchase the First Federal building from the Resolution Trust Corporation. Walker offered to acquire the building on behalf of the county and museum earlier this month, seeking a decision before Oct. 28.
Victoria Bank and Trust acquired First Federal Savings and Loan from the RTC in June.
The RTC was scheduled to continue occupying the downtown building until early December, but that timetable could be shortened, depending on when the museum and county close on the building, said Hummel Museum President David Lamon. The buyers plan to push for an early closing date, hopefully within the next 30 days, he said.
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Leaders surprised with awards
Expect a high today around 84 and an overnight low of 65. Winds will be out of the southeast today at IO to 15 miles per hour. Monday’s high temperature in New Braunfels was 81 and the low was 58.
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Managing Editor
Four community leaders were surprised with Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board awards Monday during the monthly chamber luncheon.
Doug Miller and O. A. “Skip”
Stratemann and his wife Chere Stratemann were all recognized for their volunteer work in the community at the Holiday Inn. David
Chairman of the Board awards are presented each year by the Chamber to individuals who have performed outstanding service to the community through civic endeavors in a specific field of voluntary work.
David, who currently is chairman of the Comal Appraisal District board
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of directors, was recognized for his efforts in economic development. Currently he sits on the Chamber’s Transportation Committee.
“Knowing that it is critical that proper highways and roads are developed for future economic growth we are pleased with the service you have provided this community as chairman of the Chamber’s transportation committee,” said Manard Ivy, current chairman of the board.
Miller, a former mayor of New Braunfels, was presented the chairman’s award in the field of I public affairs. He currently has been chairing the Natural Resources Committee and is Miller working extensively in the arena of water negotiations involving the Sierra Club lawsuit and the Edwards Aquifer.
Reading from the award, Ivy said Miller was recognized for his investment “of an extraordinary amount of volunteer time and efforts” toward “protecting and preserving our community’s most valuable resource, water and especially the Comal Springs.”
Miller also is the 1988 recipient of
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Drug-free week continues
Red Ribbon Week in New Braunfels continues tonight with hour long parenting workshops at 5:30 pjn. and 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.
Red Ribbon Week, coordinated locally by the Safe City Commission of the city of New Braunfels, is sponsored by the non-profit Texans War On Drugs organization. The annual week of activities is planned to establish and promote drug-free lifestyles among all segments of the community, including schools, parents, youths, churches and businesses.
During tonight’s free workshops, guest speaker Olivia Davis of New Braunfels-based Treatment Associates will discuss the family unit as it relates to parenting. The workshops are open to the public.
On Wednesday, which is “Wear Red Day,” a free confidential drug
and life counseling hotline, 620-1099, will be manned by volunteer professional counselors from 6-10 p.m. The “Help Line” is sponsored by the Adult, Child, Family Counseling Center of New Braunfels and co-sponsored by the Guadalupe Valley Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
From 6-10 p.m. Thursday, residents are encouraged to call the New Braunfels Police Department hotline, 620-TIPS, to report possible drug activity to make “Crack Down Night” a success.
On Friday, area schools will exchange ribbons with visiting schools at football games.
The Red Ribbon Campaign is in memory of law-enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, especially Drug Enforcement Agency agent Enrique Gamer ana who was murdered by Mexican drug traffickers in Mexico in 1985.