New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns ready to continue longest-running rivalry in state. See Sports, Page 5.
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14 Pages in one section ■ I riday, Sept 15. 1995
Serving Comal County tor more than 143 years ■ Home of GREG ADDISON
Vol 143, No 220
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
I’lic New Braunfels Herald-Zeitiui}> extends birthday wishes to: Ct reg Addison, Reece Tim-mcrmann (11 years tomorrow), Jim Reeves, Lexi Hampel (tomorrow), and Woody Smith (six years tomorrow). Happy 62nd anniversary to Evelyn and Vernon Wilson (tomorrow).
River and aquifer information
Comal River 246 cubic-feet-per-sec.. down 4.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.35 feet above sea level, same.
Guadalupe River — 110 cfs
Sesquicentennial Hispanic Exhibit on tap
The New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Hispanic Exhibit will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall.
138 W Austin, Saturday, Sept.
16 from 10 a m. to 10 p.m. Live entertainment, mariachi music, folkloric dancers, Hispanic displays, plenty of delicious Mexican food and more will be offered.
Class of 1943 to meet
NBHS Class of 1943 will meet at Clear Springs Restaurant Sept 16 at noon For more information, call Rudy at 625-
About 75 accordionists of all musical types will perform at the Accordion Squeeze-Off from 2 p m to 6 p m Sunday. Sept. 17 at Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten, 212 W Austin Entertainment is free Food and drinks available. For information call Barron Schlameus at 625 3615
Spring Branch Lodge to meet
Spring Branch Lodge #127 will meet Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2:30 p m. at the Odean Gass river cabin Dress casually and bring a meat, pasta, veggie or fruit salad Lodge will furnish drinks and dessert.
Canyon Music Boosters to meet
Canyon Music Boosters meet Tuesday, evening, Sept. 19 at 7 30 p rn in the CHS band hall All Canal, CMS, and CHS band. choir and drill team parents are invited to attend Parents will meet with their child's music group director
Grange to present flag
The Blue Bonnet Grange will present a Texas state flag Sun day to the Extension Service Office during its afternoon meet mg The flag is being presente in the memory of Lorene and R J Kraft, two former members of the Blue Bonnet Grange The meriting begins at 2:30 p.m. Call 651 6146 for information
River cleanup needs volunteers
I he fifth annual Lower Guadalupe River Cleanup, orgam/ed by Friends For Rivers, will take place Saturday, Sept 16. Registration starts at 9 a rn at Whitewater Sports on Hwy 306 iii Canyor Lake and at Rockin R' River Rides on Loop 337 iii New Braunfels Call 1 8(XJ LSr LOAF for information
Constable comes up one vote short at hearing
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Emergency personnel responded to an accident involvinga motorcycle and car on Seguin Ave. in front of the courthouse annex yesterday at 1:45 p.m.
Anthony Jankowski hit the back of Virgil Smith's Plymouth Acclaim while driving his motorcycle. The bike slid about 40 feet, and lodged under a truck. The cause of the accident, and who was at fault, is still under investigation. Jankowski was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.
A l<x:al constable’s request for a pay raise equal to the raise given to the other constables was denied Thursday, and will not be taken to commissioners court.
Jim Hanley, constable in precinct 3, requested a hearing before the salary grievance committee in an attempt to get an increase in pay. The county budget approved by commissioners court in August included a $3,(KH) pay raise for three of the constables, which took their pay from $12,000 to $ 15,000. Hanley was the only constable not to receive an increase.
The constable was asking the grievance committee to give him the same pay raise the others were given. Hanley was one vote short of the six required in his favor to send the request to commissioners court for consideration. Only eight of the nine committee members were present. Hanley said that he believes he would have gotten
the six necessary votes to send it to commissioners court if all nine had been present. He said he also felt he would have been able to persuade the commissioners court if he had gotten the opportunity. County Judge Carter Casteel said the law says the committee must be made up of nine members, but docs not address how many must be present for a hearing.
Casteel said the committee as a whole did not explain its position. However, she said two members did comment as they voted. One member said Hanley should be given the raise but needed to be a better team player The other member simply said to stabilize the pay and keep it the same, said Casteel.
I lanky said he appreciated the support from those who came to the hearing on his behalf.
“I would like to thank the 50 to 60 people who were there and spoke on my behalf. And, I know (Judge Casteel) is a fair and impartial judge,” said Hanley.
Sales tax receipts jump
Registration for local SAC courses exceeds expectations
More than 500 sign up for college classes at area school campuses
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Fall enrollment for San Antonio College New Braunfels extension courses has shot through the roof, exceeding all expectations.
Locally offered SAC courses this fall have 507 spaces filled, up from 176 last spring.
“Our school is extremely happy,” said Ray Lewis, SAC otT-campus coordinator.
Students will take academic courses ranging from F.nglish, math and history to child development and criminal justice.
The evening courses are offered at New Braunfels High School, Canyon High School and Smithson Valley
High School this fall.
Enrollment numbers confirm the demand for locally offered higher education, Lewis said. A recent needs assessment study done by the New Braunfels Committee on Higher Education also found a high demand for local higher education.
SAC owes much of its success to the New Braunfels Independent School District's and Comal Independent School District’s generosity with their facilities, Lewis said.
“I can’t tell you how pleased we are with the cooperation from both school systems,” he said.
SAC plans to expand course offerings as much as possible. “We’re looking for growth,” Lewis said. New
offerings might include legal assisting, another type of Spanish class, writing for business, and two speech sections.
Demands shown in the needs assessment point SAC toward future expansion goals.
"The highest demand in the study was for computer courses,” Lewis said. Unfortunately, costly facilities are needed before they can happen, he said. “A computer lab costs about $60,000.”
Listening to the needs of various segments of the community will help New Braunfels and SAC achieve their educational goals, Lewis said.
“To that end, I will soon be asking folks to serve on a new advisory committee to meet a few times a year,” he said.
For more information on SAC New Braunfels extension courses, call Ray Lewis at (210) 733-2000.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Call New Braunfels the summer tounst mecca of Central Texas — the July 1995 sales tax numbers do. The city’s July sales tax tally is a whopping 23 percent higher than it was for July of last year, said a report published by the state comptroller.
“We had an outstanding July,” said Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek. The year-to-date sales tax receipts are up 6.37 percent from last year, he said.
"That translates into $68,000 more dollars in the city coffers for July and $166,000 more in the year to date,” Meek said.
"At this point it’s obviously good,” said City Manager Mike Shands. The city had budgeted for a 5 percent increase by year*s-end. "By this point we’re already at 6.37 — that means we’re ahead of our prediction,” he said.
The July infusion of sales tax dollars gives the city economy a boost into the fall season. Meek said. "School is starting earlier every year," he said "We needed a good July because we don’t have the impact in August that we did when school started later.”
"lf we have a good August then we can look forward to other events that typically mean an increase in sales tax,” Shands said, “like the fair and Wurstfest.”
The numbers show that New Braunfels competed well with its lnterstate-35 corridor neighbors in July. San
Antonio’s July sales tax revenues were only 4.4 percent higher than last year, with the year-to-date total 5.06 percent up.
San Marcos pulled in 4.36 percent more sales tax dollars in July than last year, 6.51 percent more in the year so far.
Austin's July receipts actually declined from last year 2.15 percent The city’s year-to-date receipts are up 5.12 percent from last year, though.
Seguin’s July sales tax take mush roomed 53.78 percent over last year with the year’s total 65.6 pcrcen' greater than 1994.
The chamber and the Conventior and Visitors Bureau work hard and far in advance to compete for tourism del tars. Meek said. “We’re constantly try ing to do things to stay ahead of the curve,” he said.
Cable television advertising has paid off in a big way for New Braunfels tourism, Meek said. “We’re going to try out the Internet soon,” he said. “We like to walk before we run Tile C&VB has put us along the right track to attract the business that we need."
Tourism benefits the whole local economy, not just the hotels and Sehlit-terbahn, Meek said.
"People don’t realize that we have the variety and quality of goods and services available here because of the tounst business coming into town," he said. "It relates to many other services that many people take for granted, from retail stores to restaurants to dentists."
New security steps to be instituted at courthouse
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal County Commissioners Court approved a security plan aimed at providing more safety for employees and the public. The Shenff told the court he believes the plan is an "absolute minimum at this point in time."
Shenff Jack Bremer said part of the plan will he to simply activate existing equipment iii the building. However, he said additional installations of equipment will also have to bo made.
The plan includes closing many of the entrances into the courthouse, the annex, and the Landa offices.
Bremer said only live doors will be open for the public to use.
I lowever, many of the doors will he equipped for use by employees.
Bremer said many doors already have key pads anil card swiping devices anil additional ones will be installed. All employees will then have a photo identification card tli.it will activate the
The secret is to have only a limited number of doors anyone could enter through. That makes it easier to know who’s entering.’
—Sheriff Jack Bremer
“One of my main concerns is the double doors that come in from the garage. I’m hoping we can find a resolution for that because we have to do something,” Bremer said.
I lowever, Bremer said nothing will currently be done about that entrance because it is needed to meet wheelchair accessibility requirements Ile said changing that would be extremely costly, so the entrance from the parking garage will remain in use.
Commissioner Moo Schwab questioned this approach.
He said closing doors will not be of any help if someone enters the building with a gun fie said it would seem more effective to have metal detectors at all the entrances.
Bremer responded by saying that this would beton costly when you figure iii buying the equipment and then luring personnel to be stationed at each door.
"The secret is to have only a limited number ut doors anyone could enter through,’ Bremer said. “That makes it easier to know who’s entering
Another part of the plan involves putting iii a system that would allow a section ol the building to be closed off if it is needed. II a problem occurred, an employee could dial 9-1-1 and get the sheriffs dispatch. It would then be decided ii the situation requires closing part ol the building
"What we would actually be able lo do is shul down the courthouse by computer on command if it is necessary,” said Bremer.
Bremer said motion detectors will also be
installed in all the buildings. He said this will prevent someone from entering the building din mg the day. and staying until it closed when flies would have full access to the buildings I Ie said it would be set up on a system that would allow employees to stay iii the building for a certain length of lime Alter that, they would have to notify someone thai they are still there, and that everything is okay.
C ounty Judge Carter C asteel said security iii ilk* building is needed, aud the present plan is a good beginning.
“I don’t know if you've been out not ie mg, but we’ve got some interesting people coming iii...They make mc really nervous." said Casteel "I dunk may lx- you start vs uh ibis system and then if there’s need you siait pulling more pieces together."
The court approved the plan, with a cost ol up lo $I hey also antholi/ed an additional uniformed ollicei lot the building, winch will cost about $ ll),OOO Schwab cast the onlv vole against the motionMexican independence celebrated on Dieziseis de Septiembre. See Page 4.