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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas <i>sbU 25 CentsTuesday September 10, 1991 Vol. 139, No. 210 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Charles UHM Carles F. Balonls_ One Section, 12 PagesStammtischBest wishes The New Braunfels Herald* /eilung wishes “happy birthday” today to Michelle Shipley, Judy Trayhan, Dorwin Ohr, Gloria ICraft, Rusty Brandt, Dago Sanchez, Jordan Lee McKinnis, (risti Dictcrt, Linda Macchia and Shawn Anthony. Belated birthday wishes to abian Leal, Stacey Docge, Nonna Gemmier and Jose Parra. Wishes for a happy anniversary today to Daniel and Becky Rodriguez and Mark and Melanic Oaks. Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before al 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Volunteer training Teen Connection is seeking volunteers to enhance services offered in the girls and boys shelters, alternative school, outpatient counseling service and outreach program, the thrift shop and the new teen parent program. Training is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Teen Connection, 1414 W. San Antonio St. in New Braunfels. This will be followed by a selfesteem workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. presented by Teen Connection Director Nancy Ney. For more information or to pre-register for the training call 629-6571.A ARP meeting New Braunfels A ARP Chapter #1823 will meet Wednesday, Sept. ll at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 142 Comal. The program will be about Alzheimer’s discase anyhow it affects the caregiver. Members are reminded to bring a covered dish for the luncheon. Visitors are welcome.Parent-teacher meetings • The Goodwin-Frazier PTO will meet at 5:30 pjn. Tuesday, Sept. IO at Frazier Elementary cafeteria. The speaker will be Joe Rogers, Comal ISD superintendent. An open house of lite school will follow the meeting. • New Braunfels High School PTA will meet Tuesday, Sept. IO at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. School calendars, PTA memberships and volunteer forms will be available before the meeting. • New Braunfels High School Junior Cass will meet Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in Room D-l. This is an organizational meeting for all interested parents who want to participate in class projects this year. For more information call 625-8457.CPR and first ald Comal County Chapter of the American Red Cross will soon sponsor CPR and first aid classes at the Oarza Street Classroom across from McKenna Memorial Hospital. Community CPR will be offered from 6-10 p.m. Sept. IO and 12 and Oct. 12 from 8 a.m p.m.; standard first aid, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct 8 and 9 from 6-10 p.m. Classes are offered on a first come, first-serve basis. To register call 620-1999.FFA mating Any Canyon High School FFA or Junior FFA member interested in raising lambs or broilers have a mandatory meeting Wednesday, Is# STAMMTISCH, Pag# 2A Partly cloudy conditions and wind from the southeast st 10-15 mph should keep today’s high near 93 and the overnight low near 73. Only a slight chance for rain is forecast the next few dave, with temperatures holding the 90s by day and 70s overnight. Monday's high in IV I New Braunfels was 91 and the overnight low was 71. For more weather information, please see Page 2. Inside: CLASSIFIED......................10-12 COMICS....................................S CROSSWORD..........................3 MAR ABBY............................4 HOROSCOPE...........................4 R SCORDO.................................4 SPORTS...............................9-10 TV LISTINGS............................4 WEATHER................................2 CISD split on tax rate increase By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees approved consideration of an .82 cents per SKX) valuation increase in school taxes on a split vote Monday night. Leroy Goodson made the motion, which was seconded by Bill Hayes, for the 21.060 percent increase in the rate. Voting for the proposal were Goodson, Hayes, Lee Ikels, and Connie Cantu. Voting against were Tom Potter, Don Craighead and Jim Middleton. The .82 cents figure is an upper limit which trustees can lower following the upcoming tax hearing. Trustees indicated that by the time the funding problem gets lo this level, the board can just do what the state is forcing it to do. “I think it’s flatly unfair for taxpayers of this school district," Goodson said. “Neighboring county districts are building million dollar football complexes because they have more money titan they know what to do with and our taxpayers are subsidizing it.’’ Business manager Abel Campos presented three proposals to the board for their consideration. Proposal number one was for a tax rate of .77 cents per $100 valuation which would generate $10,571,742, a rate 13.678 percent over the rollback rate. Proposal two was for .79 cents per $100 valuation which would generate $10,846,332, a rate 16.631 percent over rollback. The third proposal was for .82 cents per $100 valuation, generating $11,258,218, a rate 21.060 percent over rollback. “Proposals number two and three provide us with a little bit of cushion,” Campos said. Under the plans, a home valued at $61,770, the average home value in Comal County, will see an increase in taxes under the respective plans of $210.70, $219.59 or $232.91. An owner of a $50,000 home would see an increase of $166.44, $173.44 or $183.94. The owner of a $100,000 Let the games begin! TBarM hosting events By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer The third annual New Braunfels Gen Games opened Monday with spelling and trivia contests ai T Bar M Tennis Ranch. About IOO seniors from local retirement centers and nursing homes attended opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. to hear New Braunfels Mayor James Good-brcad and City Manager Paul Grohman make brief comments and the introduction of sponsors. The games started with about 30 seniors competing in spelling. Winners were: Frances Noell, Vista Village Retirement Center, gold; Wilma Miitchcll, Eden Heights Retirement Home, silver; and Marjorie Murphy, Eden Heights 8m GAMES, Pag* 2 Margaret Adams, pointing, spells a word for Contest Judge Emmogene Grill, standing, annual Geri Games, which opened Monday at T Bar M tennis ranch. (Photo by during the third Mark Warnken) City to intervene in aquifer suitGood Day By MARK WARNKEN Blaff Writer The New Braunfels City Council on Monday decided to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of the Interior to protect endangered species living in the Comal and San Marcos springs. Council members voted 6-1 to join with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, which filed the lawsuit, “Sierra Club vs. Lujan,” last year in U.S. District Coun in Midland. District Court Judge Lucius Bunion has set Dec. 23 ai the court date. Voting in favor were Mayor James Goodbread, Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. and Council Members Clinton Brandt, Loraine Kraft, Rudy Seidel and Bill Arnold. Council Member Paul Fraser cast the dissenting vote. Ooodbread said the city and New Braunfeli Utilities plan to share the costs of the legal intervention equally. “I feel like we'd be one of the nuyor recipients, ai far as benefiting from keeping the springs flowing,” the mayor said after the meeting. “It’s a judgment call. The cost ia contemplated to be shared equally with New Braunfels Utilities, which certainly baa a vetted interest in keeping the water flowing. “lf our springs dry up, we’d suffer untold loss of revenue, so we are justified in going forward with this to keep our springs from going dry.” Goodbread said. Frater said although the lawsuit has value, the city should support a more regional approach to conservation of the Edwards aquifer involving San Antonio and other major water users. “One of the things I see as necessary is to address whether we’re going to have a system to recharge the Mayor Jamss Goodbread roads s proclamation dsclsring th# week of Sept. 17 to 23 as Constitution Wssk In Nsw Braunfels while Carole Leiasner, canter, and Delitha Gusnztl, representatives of the Capt. James Jack Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, look on. (Photo by Mark Warnken) recharge zone.” Fraser said, "lf we can prove unequivocally that by pouring more water across that recharge zone and keeping the aquifer level maintained in that way, then I believe that will be a lot more economical in the long run.” The suit seeks to force the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reg- Concession proposals sought By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council authorized the city manager to request proposals for operation of the food-beverage-novelty concessions in Landa Park and Prince Solmi Park. The Landa Park concession facility, now Pat’s in the Park, typically has paid between $ 15,000 and $20,000 annually to the city’s general fund. Bidders could propose operating both facilities, or the city could accept separate concessionaires for both facilities. See PARKS, Raga 2 ulate pumping of the Edwards Aquifer to protect four endangered or threatened species — the fountain darter, the San Marcos gambusia, Texas wild rice and the Texas blind salamander — through the federal Endangered Species Act. Manual Lujan Jr. is U.S. secretary of the interior. The lawsuit seeks to force federal authorities lo restrict pumping from the aquifer at any lime spring flow from the Comal Springs is less than 350 cubic feet per second, thereby protecting the endangered species. So far, three irrigators from Uvalde and Medina counties have filed to intervene on the side of the defendant, while the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority has intervened on the side of the Sierra Club. City Manager Paul Grohman said joining the lawsuit ii important for New Braunfels, especially because the city of San Antonio or the city water board is expected to intervene on the opposite side. “We feel that the Sierra Club and the GBRA position is the most favorable to us and believe that sometime in the future we might be forced to intervene and will be left out if we don’t do it now.” Grohman said. Goodbread — responding to comments from resident Leonard Meyer during the citizens input pan of the agenda that the springs haven’t flowed at 350 cfs in years — said the number was set high to allow room for negotiauon. The vote followed a VA -hour executive session on the intervention and on the communication situation between the council and Grohman resulting from his sending applications for city manager’s positions rn Temple and Tyler. home would experience an increase of $355.80, $370.80 or $393.30. “Basically tlicy’re shifting the burden to the local taxpayer,” Campos said. ‘‘In terms of us getting more state aid — I don’t see it. Next year we will continue getting state funding losses.” “This year the administration is coming in with three propositions — none of which sound good to me," Trustee Tom Potter said. “What can be done besides raising people’s taxes Continued from Pogo I Rogers seeking response By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Proposed tax rate increases al Comal Independent School District arc being forced by actions of stale officials in setting up a new funding plan and withholding funds that were promised to the district, according to Superintendent Joe Rogers. “We’re playing politics with children,” Rogers said. “The state is lying to the public.” Rogers has been writing letters to state officials from the governor to state representatives complaining about the situation and asking the state to live up to its responsibilities. He has received little response. "I told Mr. (Rep. Edmund) Kucm-pcl that I thought he didn’t represent us at all,” Rogers said. “I’m still going to check with our legal people to sec if there’s any avenue we can pursue (to recover the funding shortfall).” Board members expressed disgust that the state is withholding funds from school districts around the state while ending the fiscal year with a $1 billion surplus. The CISD board is proposing a tax rate of .82 cents per $100 valuation, 21.060 percent over rollback, to counter the shortfall. “At some time you reach a breaking point where they (taxpayers) can’t pay it — they just can't pay it," Trustee Jim Middleton said. “I agree with you that we're reaching a saturation point,” Campos said “It appears that Senate Bill 351 is an attempt to consolidate school districts on a county wide basis," Trustee Leroy Goodson said. “You've got collections and administration (in the CED) — all you have to do is add the curriculum part of it,” Abel Campos, business manager said. Rogers asked Campos how many new state funding plans he has had to deal with the state over the past three years. The answer was three. “lf the CED system had been found unconstitutional and the “master plan” had gone into effect we would have lost $4-5-million,” Campos said. “We wouldn’t be attending any football games or band concerts.” Rogers said. “We may have to stop those anyway,” Goodson said Trustee Jim Middleton requested a look at the final actual budget totals for the previous fiscal year "With the kind of tax rate we’re contemplating, I can't feel comfortable voting without seeing final budget figures from last year," Middleton said. "I assure you I will never feel comfortable voting for it,” Goodson said A tax rate hearing to get input from the public on the proposed rate increase will be held Sept. 18 at 7 pm. al the Frazier Elementary School, located al 1441 Highway 81 East in New Braunfels. Event to mark ‘step’ toward Hummel art musuem By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor A reception ii planned for tonight for area civic and business leaden to celebrate the consummation of a contract that takes New Braunfels one step closer to s Hummel Museum. “It’s a msjor step,” said Tom Pur-dum, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “I think there's no question that this will become a reality now.” Members of the Hummel Museum Inc., a non-profit corporation, formed from a Greater New Braunels Chamber of Commerce committee, will announce tonight the signing of a contract with Jacques Nauer, the president of Ars Edition inc. for a museum in New Braunfels. "We have been negotiating on this now for several months and of course we’ve already been in the process of kicking off a fund drive and raising money but we still never had a formal contract completed,” Purdum said. The museum will house a collection of about 350 original Hummel paintings and drawings through a lease-purchase agreement. The chamber committee now will look for a location for the museum. Hummel an had its beginning with artist Berta Hummel, bom in Massing, Lower Bavaria, Germany. She joined the Franciscan nuns at Siessen in 1931 to become Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. And while a member of the convent, her unique drawings of children attracted the interest of a publishing house, An Sacra Josef Mueller Verlag, which specialized in religious an and books. Though Sister Hummel died in November 1946, her an lives on in books, calendars, notecards and many other items. The reception tonight will be at the Holiday Inn’s Guadalupe Room from 5-6 p.m. Nauer and Steglinde Smith, a model of Sister Hummel, are scheduled to anend the reception. ;