New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Chairman favors cutting federal deposit insurance
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress should consider lowering the $100,000 federal deposit insurance limit now that the savings and loan industry bailout is in place, the chairman of the House Banking Committee
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District play begins on good note for NB, SV
Both Smithson Valley and New Braunfels won their opening District 28-4A volleyball matches Tuesday night. Hie Rangcrettcs downed Schertz Clemens while die Unicorns polished off Boerne. Canyon bombed St. Gerard in a non-district match.
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Vol. 137, No. 213
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USHS 377-880) 512-625-9144
September 6, 1989
Two Sections, 20 Pages
Rain continues to fall in the arca today with a good chance of more of the wet stuff through tomorrow. Today’s high temperature will reach only 95 degrees and tonight’s low will be 75 degrees.
Group calls for vote against CAD budget
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Taxing entities within the Comal Appraisal District begin this week taking action, for or against, the district’s budget and a group of concerned citizens are encouraging citizens to contact local officials and persuade them to vote against the budget.
The proposed I ODO district budget, adopted by the CAD board of directors Aug. 21, shows an increase from the 1989 budget of $2,1 OO.
But a group of citizens still are not happy with the
A letter to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, signed by Margaret Rabom and Marie Priem, states five reasons why taxing entities should disapprove the budget. The main reason is the proposed budget continues to fund the Texas Association of Assessing Officers private retirement plan, which Attorney General Jim Mattox has stated is unauthorized because the appraisal district is considered a political subdivision and shouldn’t participate in a private plan.
See BUDGET, Page 2A
Local officials express mixed reactions to plan
Council looking for development
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Cities along the Austin-San Antonio Con idor need to work together to develop the entire region, said Lee Cooke, Austin mayor and current Corridor Council president.
Cooke spoke before a group of local dignitaries and businessmen at a luncheon at the the Civic Center Tuesday. New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller, Chamber of Commerce President Tom Purdum, City Manager Paul Grohman and County Judge Fred Clark were among those present to
hear Cooke speak.
“We are much stronger as a reg ion,” Cooke said. “Not just Austin, not just San Antonio. We need New Braunfels on the team. We need Comal County on the team.”
The Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council was active in the early 1980s but died out when the Texas economy crashed. Cooke is being credited with reorganizing the the council and breathing new life into it after he became president with his election to the Aus-
See COUNCIL, Page 2A
As President Bush released his S7.9 billion war on drugs strategy Tuesday from the White House, Comal County officials were watching closely at home, gearing up for a local fight against drugs.
“If we’re going to win this war it’s has got to he an all-out American effort similar to what we had in World War ll when we defeated the Japanese and the Nazis ” said New Braunfels Police Chief Burney Boeek.
Boeck, who spearheaded the Safe City Commission, said he was impressed with the President’s ■'tratcgy, but was hoping for more prison construction and the enaction of the death penalty for drug pushers.
“We really need to come in and take advantage of the death penalty,” Boeck said. “I would impose the death penalty on dealers that sell to people under 21 or sell within I,(KH) feet of any child care center, school, recreation center, (or) where children are.”
Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer, a former employee of U.S. Customs, said, “It’s the first real step I’ve seen iii a long time.”
Bremer said he questions the President’s plan to double federal funding
to local law- enforcement efforts to help finance a street-level attack on drugs.
“I really don’t understand how the federal government is going to interject monies that will reflect directh into local law enforcement unless it’s through a grant program which would not be a long-term situation," Bremer said.
“I think the strategy is a big step in the right direction,” said Safe City Commission Director Don Ferguson “I think we must realize that it is not the cure-all to our illness that our nation is facing as far as drugs.
“The war is going to have to start in the neighborhoods,” he said. “People are going to have to become activated. I think you can throw all the money in the world at this problem bul I think what the President said last night as far as residents getting involved is extremely important.”
Comal County District Attorney Bill Reimcr called the strategy a “half-hearted committment.”
“You’re going to do battle with this stuff or your’re not," Renner said. “There’s no halfway ground. The peo-
See OFFICIALS, Page 2A
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush is embarking on a public relations campaign to sell his “block by block, child by child” war on drugs, but Democrats complain the $7.9 billion program doesn’t go far enough and relies on cuts in other federal programs for financing.
“Unless the president supports the tax increases that will be necessary to fight this war. the drug dealers arc going to win,” said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski.
In his first prime-nmc address to the nation Tuesday night, the president held up a bag of crack cocaine seized across the street from the White House and declared drugs the “gravest domestic threat facing our nation.” But he said, “We can pay for
See BUSH. Page 2A
Work on the Santa Clara drainage projects is continuing, closing down die intersection of Santa Clara and Mill Street from Sept. 7 through 12....
Emergency Communications Civil Defense and Rescue Club will meet Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in American Legion Post Home 179 at 410 W. Coll. The club’s work this year on River Road is drawing to a close and the club sends out many thanks for the support and work done by everyone who helped out. At the Sept. 14 meeting, the work schedule for Wurs-tfest will be ready. Members and the public are invited to attend the meetings. For more information, call 620-4550 or 625-8759. ..
Christian Women’s Club invites you to the Sept. 12 luncheon at Soulhbank Clubhouse. The luncheon will be catered by Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken and Biscuits. Jewelry made from broken pieces of china will be shown by Lynette Clauser of Creative Hands. Diane Hause will provide special music. The guest speaker will be Margaret Mosely from Houston. Luncheon reservations may be made by calling 620-4347. Reservations for the nursery should be made through Dena Wheeler al 620-5732....
German-Texas Heritage Society will hold its lith Annual Meeting in San Antonio Sept. 8-10 al the Menger Hotel. Frances (Heimer) Harrison is general chairman of the event.
Founded in 1978, the society is a non-profit statewide organization
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Building Rain gear
Building activity was on the rise during August with substantially more permits issued than the previous month and over the same period in 1988.
The New Braunfels Planning Department issued 145 permits valued at $1,397,230, increasing from July’s 101 issued permits valued at $981,930. During August 1988, the planning department issued 131 permits valued at $978,603.
Three new commercial permits were issued last month by die planning department. A permit valued at $400,000 was issued to T.P.I. Restaurant for construction of a restaurant at 1035 Interstate 35 West. Garrott Construction is the designated contractor for the venture.
Chefburgcr was issued a permit for a tenant finish-out at 651 Highway 81 East #1152. Garrott Construction is the designated contractor.
A permit for an extension office valued at $149,(XX) was awarded to Comal County on Aug. 21. Spirit Builders will construct the office at 132 Water Lane.
Residential pemiits issued during August include:
• Billy McDonald; 1933 Lance Circle; include 6-foot privacy fence; $65,(XX).
• Bobby McNeill; 836 Northstar Loop; include 6-foot privacy fence; $55,(XX).
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Purdum to head economic panel
New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Tom Purdum was named chairman of an important committee of the Austin-San Antonio Comdor Council by the council’s president, Austin Mayor Lee Cooke.
Cooke made the announcement during a luncheon at the Civic Center Tuesday before local dignitaries and businessmen.
Purdum will head the economic development committee of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council. The committee also will include
industry and tourism development.
“It will give us a representation of the region also in terms of voicing the interests of businesses and public and private interests." Purdum said
Cooke said he named Purdum to the post because of his experience with tourism and his insight into water and electric issues, citing Purdum s experience with the Lower Colorado River Authority.
"This committee is one of the most important committees of the corridor,” Cooke said.
Group pulling stops to attract conference
Fifth graders Jimmy Pitman, left, and Kayden Risinger spent their morning in rain gear. The two are crossing guards at Carl Schurz and were prepared for the morning's sudden downpour which brought some much-needed rain to the area, along with some humid air. The rain, sometimes heavy, was expected to continue through much of the morning, but was moving westward and may not continue this afternoon. Temperatures will remain in the 90s. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
World leaders may be al New Braunfels’ back door next year if Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council President Lee Cooke has anything to say about it.
Cooke said Tuesday after a luncheon at the Civic Center the corridor council will have to “pull out our political muscle" to have President George Bush name San Antonio as the site of the 1990 World Summit Conference.
According to Cooke, Bush told European leaders he would like to have the next summit conference in Texas. Because Bush is hosting the
1990 summit talks, he will choose the local-on of the co tile re nee.
“It could easily go to Dallas or Houston," Cooke said, adding the selection of San Antonio will help show the region as a part of the “new Texas,”
Cooke said approximately 30,(XX) people will be involved in the summit as well as 5,000 to 6,(XX) American press members,
The C’orridor Council president indicated the region will put in a bid to help convince Bush to choose San Antonio as the summit site.
Wreck injures one
Wet roads contributed to the wreck at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and West San Antonio Street this morning around 9:30. Edward P. Fournier of San Marcos was unable to stop his 1982 Toyota pickup for the red light at West San Antonio Street and hit the 1986 Dodge Colt driven by Shirley Pol
lard of New Braunfels as she was driving through the intersection. Pollard was transported with back and neck injuries to McKenna Memorial Hospital by New Braunfels EMS. Fournier was charged with failing to stop for red light. (Photo by Deryl Clark)