New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No. 220
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Rene Tristan, Stacy Mitchan, Usa J. Richter, Johnny Gabriel Rosales and Mildred Jurica.
Belated birthday wishes to Junie tosales, Scon Oraschel, Dawn dane Sanchez, Dora Lagunas and Hector Carlos Diaz Jr.
Wishes for a happy anniversary today to Reyes and Esther Torres and Susan and Jack Stockberger.
Belated anniversary wishes to Fred and Caroline Ortiz.
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.
Book club meets
The Book Review Club will meet Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Senior Citiens Center, 142 Comal. John Malcolm will review “Head First: The Biology of Hope” by Norman Cousins. Coffee is served rn 9:30 a.m. Membership is $10 per year. Visitors are welcome.
Veterans to march
All veterans of foreign wars are invited to join the George A. Garcia VFW Memorial Post 11050 in a veterans march in the Comal County Fair Parade Friday, Sept. 27. Any veterans interested may congregate in the arca of San Antonio and Santa Clara streets.
Support group meets
New Braunfels Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet at noon Thursday, Sept. 26 at Finkle’s Salad Bar and Grill Restaurant. Speaker will be John Ranft of the Texas Air National Guard in San Antonio. He will discuss Operation Desert Storm. Visitors are welcome.
Bridge Street from Casten and Academy avenues will be closed from Wednesday, Sept. 25 to Saturday, Sept. 28 to allow Union Pacific to repair railroad tracks.
EUWD official to speak»
Harry Bishop, a director of the Edwards Underground Water District, will speak Wednesday to the New Braunfels Rotary Club of the controversial catfish farm and its effect on the aquifer, according to Randy Haugh, the club’s vice president and program chairman. Bishop's remarks will be accompanied by a slide show.
The meeting also will feature a brief presentation by Fred Lingner for the Veterans Memorial Committee.
Texas Ranger Ramiro Martinez will be the featured speaker at tonight's meeting of the Republican Men's Club of Comal County.
The meeting will get under way at 7:30 p.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative building, and is open to members, guests and prospective members.
For further information, call Charles Billings at 964-2336.
To have an Hem listed in Stammtisch, contact J ani ne Green or Stephanie Ferguson at 625-9144. Submissions should be of community Interest but not commercial In nature.
A cold front is expected to blow through the area this afternoon dropping the temperature about IO degrees. Expect a north wind at 20 to 25 miles per hour. Tonight's low will dip to the low 60s. Wednesday's high should top out in the high 70s. The high temperature Monday was 84 and the low was 70. As of 8 a.m. today 3.12 inches of rain have been recorded in New Braunfels. For weather details, see Page 2A.
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CISD property owners face tax rate increase
By ROSERT STEWART Staff Writer
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved a UU rate of .82 cents per $100 value lion on a 4-3 split vote Monday night.
This .82 cents will be in addition to the County Education Districts' .91 cents, bringing the total UU rate this year to $1.73 per $100 valuation for residents of the Comal Independent School District.
“What we're voting on here is a 44 percent tax increase,” Potter said.
Voting for the rate were Lee Ikels, Leroy Ooodson, Bill Hays and Connie Cantu. Voting against were Tom Potter, Don Craighead and Jim Middleton.
The .82 cents was recommended by Business Manager Abel Campos on behalf of the administration.
“I have to say that until this moment I really don't know what I'm going to do,” Cantu said. “I feel like we passed a good budget and it would be irresponsible to not pass a tax rate , that would fund it (and give some cushion). This may go to a rollback vote and perhaps that's what needs to happen."
In general, the board members expressed that they didn’t like being forced into the higher taxes by actions of the state. A loss of $1.4 million in state funding led to the need for more local money, Campos said.
District studies annual school
•y ROBERT STEWART StaH Writer
The Comal Independent School District adminisuation presented Findings to the board of trustees Monday indicating year round education possibilities at the high school level were not feasible.
“This is a workshop on what we’ve found out lo date,” said Superintendent Joe Rogers. “Somewhere down the road we'll have lo find a way to better utilize our facilities.”
Assistant Superintendent for Carri culum Carol Hall said the district initially began looking at year round options as a possible way to improve student achievement. Under a single-
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“At this point fast year we didn’t know we'd have to dcul with the CBD,” Good son said. “The mandated things hun: the CBD, and die 22-1 (student teacher ratio)." Cuts won’t hurt the elementary teachers, as they ate covered by the 22-1 requirement but they would hit the high school teachers, Ooodson said.
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Citlzsns Bank Chairman Donnie Seay, left, is joined by Maynard Ivey, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce chairman and BIM Cone, bank president, at the ground breaking ceremony Monday. (Photo by Karla Wenzel)
Independent bank breaks ground
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By MARK WARNKEN
While the new 8,0OO-square-foot Citizens Bank building, expected to be complete next spring, won't chsige the financial institution's friendly, first name-basis atmosphere, bank officials say it will greatly improve customer service.
A large crowd of customers, business leaden, and city, county and chamber officials helped the New Braunfels bank celebrate on two accounts Monday — the ground breaking for its new building and its fifth birthday. After short presentations by the bolk president and board chairman, each member of the board of directors turned a shovel of earth behind the current building to commemorate the start of construction. The crowd then returned inside the bank for cake and other ceeemioaiee.
The bank's current building, originally a convenience store, will
once the new budding is complete directly behind it at 315 Lands Street, according to President Bill Cone.
“At this point in time, (Executive Vice President) Larry Bnim-below and I sit by the front door and our commitment is to continue to do that,” Cone said. “Our offices will be the first ones on the left and right as our clients come in.”
The new facility is a commitment to progess for the customers, said Chairman Donnie Seay. While the new building likely will attract some new accounts, the important thing is the added space to meet customers' needs.
“Customers think this is unique only so long, and then they begin to think you are never going to expsnd and will always be in a temporary building with a drive-in that's inadequate,” Seay said.
“Maybe now we can no longer be affectionately known as 'Circle K National,' "Seay said during the
ground-breaking ceremony. “This building has served us very well. We laugh about it, but it has been a lifesaver for us by keeping our overhead low.“
Citizens Bank — the only independent financial institution in New Braunfels — had its beginnings in 1984 with Seay organizing a group of investors, and after a long wait to be chartered through relatively difficult banking times, the bank opened in Sept. 22,1986.
Since opening, the bank has paid almost $4 million in interest to depositors, funded new loans in excess of $24 million, paid $85,000 in state taxes and paid $ 1.784 million in salaries.
“In five years. Citizens Bank has grown to toul assets approaching $30 million dollars," Cone said. “Citizens Bank, I think, is a very viable part of this community, and we’re proud to be in New Bnamfels.”
The new building — featuring native stone, a metal roof and Cen
tral Texas architecture — is expected to cost about $300400, Cone said. The modest structure will provide enough room for growth to double the number of current employees, he said.
“We have 18 employees crammed into 2,200 square feet of space, mud we're very excited about building a new building.” Cone said.
For customers, the building will include more safe-deposit boxes, an expanded vault and three drive-through lanes, designed to be easily expandable to five lanes. Currently, the bank has taro lanes.
Other bank directors are Hal Holtman. Paul Norwood, Jean Pfeuffer, Dennis Ray, Dudley Snyder, Earl Stein, Carter Casteel, Edward Sciantarelli. Johnnie Rodriguez and Nile Riedel. Officers also include Vice President Land-Ie Anderson, Vice President Carol Gravis, Cashier Angelia Beene and Loan Administration Officer Jill Curtis.
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The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees voted Monday to join the city of New Braunfels in intervening in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior to protect endangered species living in the Comal and San Marcos springs.
Board members voted 4-0 to act as a separate intervener but using the same Austin law firm as the city. Hutcheson A Grundy. Trustees also agreed to cap NBU spending at $20,000.
The suit, filed last year by the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club in U.S. Distnct Court in Midland, seeks to force the Interior Department and the US. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a plan to protect four endangered or threatened species — the fountain dana, the San Marcos gambusias Texas wild rice and the Texas blind salamander — that depend cm the Edwards Aquifer through the federal Endangered Species Act.
Such a plan would ensure a certain level of spring flow and likely would address regulation of aquifer pumping.
The New Braunfels City Council on Sept. 9 voted 6-1 to intervene in the lawsuit on the side of the Sierra Cub. The Seguin-based Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority also has intervened on the side of the plaintiffs.
“I feel that we should join the city in this venture.” board Vice President Jesse Gomez said. “I’m sure all of us know how important the flow of the springs is to this community. I think it's vitally important that we intervene in this suit.”
New Braunfels Mayor James Goodbread, who also sits on the NBU board, said the lawsuit has too many potential ramifications on the community, especially concerning economics, for NBU not to become involved.
“I feel that we really don't have an option We have to proceed,” Good-bread said.
Trustee Robert Or said the city and NBU have vested interests in the lawsuit because spring flow directly affects the local economy and tourism.
“We are concerned because if the economy declines here because of a lack of water, it’s going to adversely affect us and our ability to pay our
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