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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas JJ—LL 75 Cents Sunday September 1, 1991 Vol. 139, No. 205 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of R. Herbert Ross Three Sections, 46 PagesStammtischBest wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday** today to Adam Morales, Justin Kneupper, Emily Ann Kleinjan, Ryan Scheele, Leigh Ann Cobb, Veronica Marie Sotelo and Reno Armendarez. “Happy birthday" Monday to Lilly Mae Wilkerson, Donna Jo Johnson, Barbara Kay Standers and Rim Free. Belated birthday greetings to Regenia dimer, Melissa Castine-ja. Tom Hayden, Oreg Bueche, Holly L. Hill, Richard Thayer, Jon Banda, Kerry Banda and Judith C. Rodriguez. Wishes for a happy anniversary today to Oracie and Paco DeLaCerda and Jerry and Mary Krupp. “Happy anniversary” Monday to Hilmar and Mary Harborth and Clara and Edgar Dieters Belated anniversary wishes to Richard and Shannon Thayer. 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. Fair volunteers Volunteer workers for the Comal County Fair will have a picnic at 6:30 pjn. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the air conditioned arts and crafts building at the fairgrounds, located on Common Street.Rodeo queen Contestants interested in running for the title of Comal County Rodeo Queen can pick up rules and entry forms from agriculture teachers. The first meeting of the contestants will be 6:30 pm. Wednesday. For more information call Terry Gene Elliot at 629-7506.Downtown director The Downtown Association is moving its regular meting Tuesday from its usual breakfast to an evening reception. Members will have an opportunity to meet Penelope Church. Church is the new Main Street Project Director for New Braunfels. Tuesday is her first day on the job. The reception at Wolfgang’s Keller in Prince Solms Inn is from 5:30-3:30 pm.German-American picnic The annual German-American Society picnic will be 6 pm. Tuesday at land! Park picnic areas 5 and 6. A brief meeting is scheduled before the meal.Newcomers meet The New Braunfels Newcomers Club will meet Tuesday at the Senior Citizens Center, 142 Comal. Coffee will be served at 9:30 am. and the regular meeting begins at IO. Guest speakers will be Linda Bingham and Vicky Kre-jci, HOST coordinators at Carl Schurz School. They will discuss the Help One Student to Succeed program. All new residents to the area are invited to attend.CIMA danes The Comal Independent Men's Association, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is offering a free dance tonight to the public at the Civic Center from 8 pm. to midnight. All former members of 8m STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2A A 50 percent chance for rain today and Monday may dampen Labor Day Weekend plans. Today's high likely will be in the low 90s, with winds from the northeast at IO mph. After an overnight low in the low 70s, temperatures should climb back into the 90s on Monday. For weather details, please see Page 2A. Inside: BUSINESS............... TOA CLASSIFIED ........... 5-1    SB COMICS__________________12A,    9-1    SC CROSSWORD ••• •••••• •••!■• »• ••• ••• ■ SA DEAR ABBY ••••••••••••••••••••••••a* SA EDUCATION________________________48 ENTERTAINMENT................11A HOROSCOPE____________________12A KALEIDOSCOPE 1-14B OPINIONS RECORDS_______________________SA SPORTS...........................13-1 SA TV US TRIOS t„ ■SSSSS•••••• 1-SC WEATHER • ••••• SSS SOS SSS SSS SSS SS SSS SSS • 2A Flames are visible at the Bueche home, above, at 2355 Oak Valley Drive near Highway 306 and Purgatory Road before the fire spread to surrounding brush. Members of the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department, one of four groups responding to the blaze, attach a hose to a water truck. (Photos by Robert Stewart and Annelies Schlickenrieder)IOO acres charred as Are spreads from lake houseGood Day By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Fire destroyed a Canyon Lake area home and about IOO surrounding acres of brush Friday in a blaze fought by personnel from four different fire departments. The fire at the home of Roger and Nina Bueche at 2355 Oak Valley Drive near Highway 306 and Purgatory Road was reported about 11 am. by a passing motorist who stopped at a neighbor's house to call authorities. Neither the Buechel or their two boys, ages 9 and 12, were home at the time of the fire. “We were just driving by, coming back from New Governmental offices close for Labor Day Closings in New Braunfels for the Labor Day holiday include all city, county, state and federal offices. Classes will not be held in either the New Braunfels Independent School District or the Comal Independent School District on Monday. The offices of the New Brothels Herald-Zeitung will be closed (rn Monday so that employees may enjoy the holiday with their families. All banks and the post office will also be closed. There will be no mail delivery. The city of New Braunfels will have garbage collection on Monday, but will begin routes at 5 a .rn. instead of the normal 6:30 a jn., city officials said. Residents who normally take their trash out in the morning may want to consider doing it the night before. The Texas Department of Public Safety has estimated that as many as 31 persons could lose their lives on the state's roadways during the 78-hour Labor Day holiday. Last year, 40 persons died during the holiday weekend with 63 percent attributed to either excessive speed or alcohol-related accidents, DPS officials said. As of Saturday, there had been ten highway deaths on Texas highways since 6 pm. Friday. The count continues until midnight Monday, Sept. 2. “We never make these fatality estimates to show how accurate we can be,” said DPS Assistant Director Lt. Colonel James R. Wilson. “We always hope the estimate is high. The more wrong we are, in this case, the more pleased I'll be. Please drive carefully." Ireno Torres accepts a new shotgun from Mike Cantu of Doc's Guns. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder) Funny tale captures gun The winner of the “Funniest Hunting Story" contest jointly sponsored by Doc's Guns and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is Ireno Torres. "This was a pretty tough call," said Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher David Sullens. “We received far more entries than I expected and most of them were pretty funny stuff.” A number of entries also had to be rejected because they were submitted after the deadline. One, in fact, was brought to the newspaper’s offices as Torres was being no tined that he had won the shotgun offered as the contest’s prize. That shotgun was presented Thursday afternoon by Mike Cantu, owner of Doc's Guns. Here is Torres’ winning tale: "... Every year in December I take my wife to see her folks in Marathon, which is in Brewster County. "While there several years ago, I went hunting and shot an 8-point blacktail deer. The next day we started bacck to New Braunfels. At Del Rio, we decided lo go across the border to eat breakfast. "I had the deer on the back of the pickup. When we came back out of the restaurant, I could see the head and horns of the deer in the back of the pickup, so we headed home. "When we made it home, I slopped al my daddy's house to show him and my brothers my deer. "But when I flipped the tarp back, all I had brought home was the neck and head with the horns mi it! "Somewhere along the road, someone cut the head and horns off and helped themselves lo the rest of the deer! "What kind of surprise do you think I felt? I was the laugh of the neighborhood!” And then Torres added a P.S.: "I still have the horns and every time I look at them my stomach growls.” City Council surprised by news reports Braunfels and I looked over and said ‘Hey, that house is on fire,’ ” said Linda Gonzales, a lake-area resident. “The house went very fast — within 15 minutes (the fire) was out in the field.” Due to brisk winds, the fire spread quickly in two directions across the dry-brush fields, threatening two other residences — the Lackey and Tice homes. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze before the other homes were damaged. Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Terry Roberts received bums to his upper back, head and Sm FIRE, Page 2A By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members agree they can't fault City Manager Paul Grohman for considering a career move, but some would have preferred hearing about his recent applications for two job openings directly from him instead of through the local media. Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. and Council Member Clinton Brandt said Grohman had told them prior to the information being released by the media, but Council Members Loraine Kraft, Bill Arnold and Rudy Seidel said they didn't know until they read it in the newspaper or heard it on the radio. Council Member Paul Fraser said Grohman told him in a telephone conversation that a story was on the radio and would be published in the newspaper later that afternoon. Last week, Grohman confirmed he was one of 14 finalists for the city manager’s position in Temple and one of 151 applicants for the top city staff post in Tyler. Mayor James Goodbread said that in a meeting Wednesday afternoon he told Grohman he was disappointed that Grohman didn’t have confidence enough in him to inform the mayor and council before last week. “I felt he had an obligation to inform the council so that they would be better prepared,” Goodbread said. “I was disappointed with that. I thought it was very poor judgment ” The mayor said this situation perhaps wouldn't be such a concern to himself and some council members if Grohman hadn’t done a similar thing in accepting a lunch-time teaching position at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos last fall without first informing the council. “I can perceive the need of further discussion, perhaps in executive session, with all the council members for their input,” Goodbread said. Goodbread said that as mayor, he’s not even remotely interested in entering a bidding war for Grohman's services. “Mr. Grohman is amply compensated, and he recently had a more-Jian-ample raise, and to me there is absolutely no issue of getting into a bidding war,” Goodbread said. Goodbread said the city manager has to make decisions that are in the best interests of himself and his family. He said although Grohman is not perfect, he’s doing a good job. “I wish only the best for him, but there are proper ways to go about this and there are proper lines of communication to follow, and I don’t think Mr. Grohman followed them,” he said. “lf he is looking, we have that same option,” Goodbread said. Grohman was hired by the New Braunfels City Council in April 1988 after serving as the city manager of Rockport for three years. Prior to Rockport, he served as city manager of Dower City, Texas, from 1983 to 1985. Chapa, who said Grohman told him about the resumes just prior to the media stories, has thought all along that the city manager he helped select would stay four or five years before moving on to a higher-paying job in a larger city. “It doesn’t surprise me that he did this, but he did it a little sooner than I thought he actually would,” Chapa said. “But when we first hired him, I told the other council members that he would come in and use us as a stepping stone. That was no problem to me because I knew this guy was young and aggressive, and the only thing that would result is that he would do good work for New Braunfels trying to prove that he’s a good city manager ” Chapa said Grohman puts in long hours doing an excellent job, especially in addressing complaints by residents and the concerns of the City Council. “But you can't please everybody, just like being an elected official, and he’s going to make some enemies,” Chapa said. “There’s some people in the community who have done nothing but try to create animosity among the citizens toward Paul.” Kraft said she would have appre- Grohman says applications ‘keep hand in’ By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer Applying for city manager vacancies in Temple and Tyler doesn’t indicate a desire to leave New Braunfels, but simply a possibility to further a career and continue to provide fen- his family, City Manager Paul Grohman says. “It’s always difficult to know what’s going to be best for your family in the future,” Grohman said. “In my situation. I’ve grown very comfortable here. I have had an excellent working relationship with the council and I have absolutely the finest staff on earth. New Braunfels is a wonderful place to live, and I’ve become very comfortable. “But I also have to lode at the realities that there can be political swings in communities. If the philosophy of the community generally changes three, four, five or six years from now, I don’t want to be the kind of guy who hasn’t put together a resume in eight or IO years and hasn’t been for an interview in that length of time and hasn’t really kept up with the job market. I think tint would be imprudent on my part and on the part of my family,” he said. Grohman said he appreciates the council’s efforts in the last couple years to move him closer to what he believes is an appropriate salary in the market, but doesn’t have any intention of involving the city in a bidding war with another city. “But if the council ever said they want to negotiate to keep me a longer period of time, sure I’d sit down and talk with them,” he said. As far as notifying the council before sending out resumes, Grohman said he thought that would be premature. “There’s nothing formal. There s nothing imminent. It’s simply a look-type situation, and I think that would be extremely premature. There’s no sense worrying people unnecessarily,” he said. Grohman said his chances of being offered a position don’t really appear too good because there were more than 200 applicants for the jobs, including some premier city managers in the state. “Even if I were offered a position, it’s going to have to be an absolutely perfect situation for me to go there,” he said. The city has seen much progress during the past VA years, including substantial street improvements, downtown rehabilitation, and an increase in effectiveness of the police and fire departments. “How many communities today can say the tax rate is exactly what it was four years ago, md yet services have improved dramatically? Not many. But New Braunfels can, and I’m very proud of that fact," Grohman said. Bm still much remains to be done. Major reconstruction of several main thoroughfares is needed, and a second municipal golf course is an economic necessity, he said. Continued improvements to the highway infrastructure and the municipal airport should be pushed. Another long-term goal he plans to pursue is diversifying the economy away from water-oriented recreation. “When I look at the future, I look at being here, whether it be tomorrow or IO years from now," he said. “I want to see the community grow and prosper, and I want to see the residents of the community prosper and get better services every day, hopefully for the same or less cost.” cisted knowing about the resumes before reading it in the newspaper. “My personal feelings on this is that I'm never going to keep anyone, be it a city manager or whatever, from possibly improving themselves or Bm COUNCIL, Raga 2A A ;