New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Donnie Horecka, Kathy Hartman, Linda Bockholt and Lenard Wiemers.
Wishes for a happy anniversary today to Cheryl and Dwayne Koepp and Paul and Pat Deltz.
Belated anniversary wishes to Ken and Pauline Rector.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Oive our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Book donations
Friends of the Library is collecting books for its October sale. Donors may drop off books at Dit-tlinger Memorial Library or call 629-3048 to arrange pickup. Records, videos and puzzles will be accepted; magazines and textbooks will not.Library card
Do you know what's stacked with substance, long on virtue, packed with respectability and free
for the using? That library card in your pocket gives you carte blanche to the Dittlinger Memorial Library. The library is located at 373 Magazine Avenue.Fair volunteers
Volunteer workers for the Comal County Fair will have a picnic at 6:30 p.m. 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 will meet for the first time 6:30 pjn. Wednesday. For more information call Terry Gene Elliot at 629-7506. German-Amertcan picnic
The annual Oerman-American Society picnic will be 6 tonight a Landa Park picnic areas 5 and 6. A brief meeting is scheduled before the meal.Garden club
Comal Garden Club will meet a 9:15 am. Thursday in the home of Jeanne Scrivcns, 499 W. Edgewater. The program on “Design Mechanics” will be presented by Claire Johnston of Bandera. She is a master of the Judges Council, a flower show school instructor and president of the Hill Country Garden Council in Kerrville.Defensive driving
The New Braunfels Independent School District Community Education Program is offering Defensive Driving this week, with classes from 6-10 pm. Tuesday and Thursday evenings and during the day on Saturday. Meeting place will be the Community Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. Call 620-6200 or 625-81 IO for details.Covered dish
Members of the Albert Kypfer Lodge No. 106, Sons of Hermann, will have a meeting and social beginning at 7 pm. Friday. Sausage will be furnished, but members are asked to (Ming a covered dish.Democratic Women
Texas Democratic Women of Comal County will meet at 5 pm. Sunday, Sept. 8, on the banks of the Guadalupe River at Camp Hueco (fust crossing on River
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Main Street director 4on duty’
Rainy conditions today are expected to stretch into the evening and possible into Wednesday. Temper mure trends should find highs in the low 90s and lows in the tow 70s. The high in New Braunfels Monday was 92 and the overnight low was 70. In the 24-hour period ending at 7 am. today, rainfall was .89 inch at the official National Weather Service collection point. For weather details, please see Page 2A.
By MARK WARNKEN 8taff Writer
New Braunfels’ new Main Street Project director, Penelope Church, on Tuesday began her duties to continue downtown revitalization.
“This position combines everything I have always wanted to do, including historical preservation and the liberal arts side of things. Plus I've always had a real interest in commerce,” Church said Tuesday morning.
On the agenda for her first day of work here is the monthly Downtown Association meeting and mixer, scheduled for 5:30 pm. at Wolfgang’s
Rainfall totaling 0.89 of an inch was recorded Monday at the official National Weather Service rainfall * recording station in New Braunfels.
Unofficial totals of between a 030 of an inch and 5 inches were reported to radio station KGNB. The heaviest rains fell in the Canyon Lake area.
Although skies became menacingl y dark around 5 pm., the late aftemoor .-early evening thunderstorm caused few problems in New Braunfels, sal d Roger Biggers, NBU’s director of technical services.
Scattered lightning strikes knocked out transformer fuses, Ina the minor problems were quickly corrected by the lone repairman called to dul y, Biggers said. One power line suppl y-ing a single house went down, he sai d.
The New Braunfels Fire Depart* merit responded to no weather-relat ed problems on Monday, Fire Marsl ial Elroy Friesenhahn said.
BUI Tepe, NBU engineering ass is-tant and local water watcher, siaid recent rains have helped push the Edwards Aquifer level at the Panther Canyon well in New Braunfels up by nearly two-tenths of a foot.
The aquifer rose to 623.43, up fr om 623.25 on Friday, Tepe said.
Elsewhere in South Texas, slues woe mostly cloudy to cloudy and showers and thunderstorms remained near Laredo.
A large area of showers and thunderstorms had developed across south Central Texas from near Bastrop to Eagle Pass to near Corpus Christi.
Showers and thunderstorms were scattered across the extreme eastern Panhandle, Concho Valley and Edwards Plateau. Skies were mostly clear over the rest of the region.
Temperatures were mostly in the 60s, 70s and 80s across the state with some readings in the mid-50s reported in Davis Mountains.Temple’s decision due soon
The Temple City Council interviewed the first four of 14 ret naming candidates for the vacant city manager’s position — including New Braunfels City Manager Paul Groh-man—on Thursday and coul d decide as soon as Sept. 13.
According to information published in the Temple Daily Telegram, the council could make a decision on the day of the last interview, Sept. 13, or the following day. The council also could narrow the remaining 14 candidates further to several finalists for a second round of interviews.
Grohman, New Braunfels city manager since April 1988, is one of 14 interviewees selected from 86 applicants for the $67,000 to $69,000 position.
The city manager’s ami the city finance director’s positions became vacant after the two resigned in the wake of an audit that showed city reserve funds had been depleted by $4.8 million over a five-yettr period.
The audit said the depletion resulted from routine e xpenditures allowed to exceed budgeted amounts. Council members said Ute situation should have been communicated to them prior to the auditor's disclosure.
Kellar at Prince Solms Inn.
The Main Street Adviso^ Board and the Downtown Association board and members also are sponsoring a reception welcoming Church from 5:30 pjn. to 7 p.m. Thursday, also at Wolfgang's Kellar.
Church, 30, an Austin native, will attend training sessions at the Texas Main Street Center in Austin in September and March. She received a degree from the University of Texas at Austin last month.
Her duties will include promoting downtown economic development
and historical preservation through coordinating promotions, identifying potential retail locations, assisting in the sale of downtown real estate and working with architects on building improvements.
Church said she plans to continue pursuing the short- and long-term goals already established for the Main Street Project, such as the transit study. Attracting non-retail anchor enterprises to the downtown area also will be a focus, she said.
The Main Street Project, started more than two years ago, is aimed at
revitalizing the downtown business district and increasing taxable property value there. About $1.5 million in private funds has been invested so far in restoring commercial buildings downtown, adding about 20 jobs, according to City Manager Paul Grohman. Earlier this year, the city was designated a Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission, which qualifies the city for free architectural and other professional services in its downtown program.
Church, one of seven finalists for the $23,000 per year job, was recom
mended by a six-member selection committee of downtown business representatives after a two-month internal and external search process. Former Main Street Project Director April Goldsmith was promoted to special projects director.
Selection committee members were: Bob Smith, Texas Commerce Bank; Marian Benson, The Collection; Carol Johnson, Johnson Furniture Company; Carolyn Reed, Main Street Advisory Board; Rosemary Allen, Entex; and Bob Schima, Heme Hardware.
Texas Bungee Adventures, Inc. is located at the Lake McQueeney Dam in McQueeney, just out Highway 725 from New Braunfels. The firm operates with a crane which can be adjusted to various jumping heights. A San Antonio man was injured Sunday white attempting the "human rocket launch,” a kind of negative bungee jump maneuver where the person starts with the cords stretched and springs upward. (Photos by Robert Stewart)
Man hurt in bungee accident
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A San Antonio man was injured, receiving a broken leg, while attempting the “human rocket launch” at a Guadalupe County crane bungee jumping operation over the Labor Day weekend, according to Edith Lange, Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department spokesperson.
Mark Ackerman, 31, was injured at 12:30 p.m. Sunday while being launched by stretched bungee cords, Lange said.
“The victim was pulled by a bungee cord and hit the bottom of the basket as he was pulled by the crane operator,” Lange said. “Ackerman hit the basket and suffered a cut on his left leg and possible broken leg.”
The basket is a platform that is raised up to 200 feet in the air by a crane for people to jump off of while attached to rubber band-like bungee cords.
Ackerman suffered a dislocated knee, severe lacerations and a fracture
Local operator stresses safety
By ROBERT STEWART Stall Writer
“We do not support or encourage crane bungee jumping,” said Susy Simpson, manager of Bungee Over Texas in the Preiss Heights subdivision. “We were told by our engineers that structurally they were not safe, and the insurance company that we use would not insure us if we used a crane.”
Bungee Over Texas operates a bungee-jumping platform over the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels, on what is described as the first structure speciftcal-
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and remained hospitalized Tuesday morning at St. Luke's Hospital in San Antonio. He was taking calls from family members only.
Texas Bungee Adventures, Inc. is located at the Lake McQueeney Dam in McQueeney, just out Highway 725 from New Braunfels.
Unlike the bungee platform located in the Comal County Preiss Heights subdivision, Texas Bungee Adventures operates with a crane which can be adjusted to various jumping
heights. The also offer a “human rocket launch,” a kind of negauve bungee jump where the person starts with the cords stretched and springs upward.
“We do not condone crane jumping,” said an employee of Bungy over Texas, near New Braunfels. “Our platform is specifically designed for bungee jumping.”
Texas Bungee Adventures in McQueeney requires all jumpers to be at least 18 years old with a valid driv
ers license. They also allow no one to jump who weighs over 250 pounds. Jumpers sign a release form before jumping.
Prices at the McQueeney jump site are $50 for the fust jump, $45 for the second and $40 thereafter. There are additional charges for “head dips” into the water and videotaping of the jump. Special jumps such as ankle drops, head dips and tandem jumps require jumping expenence.
Jumpers leap off a steel basket after being hoisted over the water. They are attached lo two safety harnesses with all equipment stressed for a load IO times greater than necessary.
Advance reservations can be made by calling an operator who will send an information packet in the mail. For more information call (512) 366-8700. Texas Bungee Adventures is located on Hot Shot Lane in McQueeney off Highway 78.
The San Antonio owner of Texas Bungee Adventures could not be reached for comment.
Only portion of city’s studies tax funded
ByMARK WARNKEN SUM Writer
New Braunfels taxpayers funded $10,000 of a total $122,000 spent on five city studies in the last two years.
The $42,000 golf course study, $10,000 transportation study, $10,000 park master plan study, $50,000 airport study and $10,000 downtown revitalization study generally haven't cost local tax money, City Manager
Paul Grohman told the City Council last week.
“That's the five studies that have been done in the last two years. The total cumulative cost to the taxpayers of New Braunfels has been $10,000, and that was required by contract,” Grohman said.
Mayor James Goodbread said while the figures sounded good, there's no study that doesn't cost tax
“It may not cost them directly, but it costs them. This one that we got for lite transit study, I thought was poorly done, ill-advised and ridiculous,” Goodbread said.
Grohman responded that some type of mass transit, whether it be trolleys or buses, could be part of the answer to relieving parking shortages and roadway congestion during the sum
mer tourist season.
“You're looking at moving people without moving cars down already-congested roadways,” Grohman said. “The concept is there to move people that you don't have the roads to move.”
“I guess what I’m trying to say is that somebody picks up the tab for
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