New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 27, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
Annual sausage festival begins its 10-day run Friday in Landa Park
By Heather Todd
How do you spell good fellowship and fun in German? Gemuetlichkeit, of course.
Although not easily translated into English, the German word, which means loosely “a feeling of well-being,” best describes the annual salute to German heritage, music, dance and, of course, sausage.
The 39th annual Wurstfest kicks off 5 p.m.
Friday in Landa Park. The 10-day festival celebrating all things German begins with an opening ceremony Friday afternoon, including the traditional biting of the sausage.
Local residents and out-of-town guests are invited to don their lederhosen and dirndls and head out to the festival to enjoy strudel, sausage, beer and polka music.
Admission is free before 7 p.m on Friday. and after 3 p.m. on Nov. 7.
Wurstfest began as a one-day sausage festival in 1961. Today, the German/Texas festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors from and generates an economic boost to New Braunfels estimated to be in excess of $6 million.
Suzanne Herbelin, executive director of the Wurstfest Association, said the festival has transformed into a more family-oriented affair.
“Since it began, the festival has seen tremendous growth. The amount of people coming to Wurstfest was more than the site was prepared
Wurstfest opens on weekdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays and 11 a.m. on Sundays. The festival closes at midnight on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 1 a.m. on Saturdays and at 10 p.m. on the last Sunday.
Admission is $6 and includes access to all entertainment areas, including the Wursthalle. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
CISD trustees heeding advice of comptroller
Cost-saving measures could be implemented on Thursday
By Heather Todd
Comal Independent School District trustees will meet this week to consider implementing a number of measures recommended by a Texas School Performance Review evaluation to improve efficiency.
Trustees will consider adopting a list of TSPR recommendations at 6 p.m. Thursday at Canyon Intermediate School,
1275 N. Business 35.
WHO: Comal Independent School District board of trustees WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday WHERE: Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 N. Business 35
A seven-month study, conducted by the Texas Comptroller’s office, turned up 114 recommendations that could potentially save the district $13.3 million over the next five years. Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander announced results of the study May 17 as a way to improve district efficiency and direct more dollars into classrooms.
CISD is the 14th fastest growing school district in Texas and faces a 5 to 6 percent increase in student enrollment each year.
The TSPR team cited communication with district patrons, security on school campuses, and effective management of future growth as key areas.
District staff and board members have discussed results of the TSPR study over the past five months and compiled two priority lists.
One list includes projects that could potentially save money or increase revenue. If the board adopts all 15 recommendations on priority list No. I, there could be savings of more than $3 million.
The largest savings would come from adjusting staffing formulas and increasing student-to-teacher ratios, which could save $2.2 million.
Rylander said by consistently applying a 15.3-to-l student-to-teacher ratio, the district could reduce positions and the total number of new classrooms through attrition and growth.
That recommendation, plus many others, already have been implemented or are in the process of implementation, including board member and superintendent training and changes to the transportation system.
A second list contains recommendations that could improve the district’s efficiency and save money over the next several years, but would initially cost money to implement.
The largest cost of the 29 recommendations would be $750,000 to add cooler and freezer space to the district’s food ser-
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Drainage committee ponders alternatives
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
The Drainage Advisory Committee came up /ith two alternatives Tuesday to pay for future rejects in the city of New Braunfels.
The first, if formally approved by the committee nd then New Braunfels City Council, would give ouncil the power to create a special assessment istrict.
“This would give them the right to go to a certain rea with a major drainage problems and collect a igher fee to pay for projects there,” committee resident Hal Herbelin said.
Council would define the area and residents ould have to give their approval, probably through special election, Herbelin said.
Money raised could only be used in that area.
Committee members also discussed the possibility of a remediation fee, which could be levied against property owners whose land was causing drainage problems elsewhere.
Any money collected could only be used to alleviate drainage problems in the affected area.
Council would determine who, if anyone, would pay this on a case by case basis, committee secretary Mary Cunningham said.
“They might never get there,” she said. “But this would give them the authority.”
Previously, the committee had talked extensively about levying a monthly utility fee to most property owners.
On Tuesday, committee members said the utility fees could be spent on projects anywhere in the city — although exactly where those project
would be has yet to be determined.
The committee is still waiting for a list of projected expenses that they requested at last month’s meeting from city engineer C.A. Bolner, who was out of town and unable to attend the meeting.
Knowing how much the city needs each year, they said, would help them decide how much to charge in future fees.
Currently, the exact amount of the utility fee has not been decided, although the ordinance draft the committee has been reviewing for several months suggested a $10 monthly drainage fee for commercial, industrial and retail uses of land and $5 monthly fee for residential units.
That ordinance also suggests developer fees.
“(Setting the fees) is going to be the biggest decision we make,” Herbelin said.
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Heritage Exhibit breathes life into history
By Heather Todd
The Schmitz Hotel, Landa House and Seekatz Opera House are buildings that exist only in old photographs for most New Braunfels residents. But these historical remnants of New Braunfels’ past and many others will come alive at the 1999 Heritage Exhibit.
Local residents can literally take a nostalgic stroll through New Braunfels at the turn of the 20th century Friday through Nov. 7 at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin St.
“The Dawning of a New Century” features a large scale model of downtown New Braunfels, complete with detailed three-dimensional buildings and a replica of the fountain at Main Plaza.
Sharlene Johnson, co-chairman of the Heritage Exhibit gala, said the model originally was created by Baron Schlameus, a retired school teacher, and his former students in 1980. The model sat in storage for almost twenty years.
“It (the model) went over so well at previous exhibits, people asked for it to come back,” Johnson said. “It’s an actual scale of what New Braunfels looked like IOO years ago.”
Johnson said a committee of volunteers worked to restore the models.
“In order to preserve them, many of the models had been left at the original sites and we had to go around and find them, which was fun,” she said.
WAI U/HeraW-ZeitungJoy Schriewer (left) and Chere Stratemann stand by a replica of Main Plaza, the centerpiece of this year’s Heritage Exhibit.