New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAYRangers to take on number one ranked Cougarettes. See Page 6,
City moves to control traffic at Memorial schools
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Angie Long (94 years), Johnny Rosales, Erv Schaefer, Clay Orona (one year), Alfredo Acevedo Jr., and Donna Parks.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -258 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 4.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.63 feet above sea level, up .10.
Guadalupe River — 114 c.f.s.
German choral groups to gather here
More than 300 singers from around the state will gather for the 1995 Saengerfest at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Saenger-halle. The Gemischter Chor Har-monie of New Braunfels welcomes German choral groups from around the state to this Sesquicentennial event.
Clothes from the ’20s needed for float
George A Garcia Post 11050 and Ladies Auxiliary are planning to participate in the Comal County Parade, Friday, Sept. 29. The Ladies Auxiliary will be on a trailer dressed from the 1920s. lf you have any clothing, jewelry, music, etc. from the 20s that you could loan to the group, call Tina Medina at 620-0606.
Hermann Sons Lodge to meet
The New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #21 will have its meeting Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at the lodge hall. Meat furnished. Members bring a covered dish.
M.S. support group to meet
The New Braunfels Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets at Ryan's Thursday, Sept. 28 at noon.
New Orleans Night in Gruene
The Gruene Mansion Restaurant and the American Cancer Society Gala Planning Committee are hosting New Orleans Night in Gruene, Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. The Cajun-style dinner buffet will include shrimp etouffee, dirty rice with sausage, blackened chicken, complimentary beer and wine and more. The event will benefit the ACS, and help underwrite the 1996 Starlight Gala. Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets by calling 629-6153 or 606-4115.
GHCC to present status report
Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m., at Lone Star Elementary cafeteria, the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors will present a public status report on its developments, and will reveal future marketing objectives for potential small minority- and woman-owned businesses in New Braunfels and Comal County. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Aggie Moms meet
Comal County Aggie Moms will meet on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the New Braunfels High School Library. Members are asked to bring items for the Goody Bags, and sign up to work on the Cookie Bake.Perot does about-face, says he’ll form a third party to run in 1996. See Page 4.
Marion gets tough with building code violations
By DAVID DE KUNDER
The Manon City Council took action on Monday night to crack down on owners who, it says, are not following the city’s building ordinance.
The council approved a motion to take corrective measures proposed by Building Inspector Dennis Kucherka. Kucherka came before the council to talk about three properties he said do not comply with the city’s ordinance.
Kucherka said the first property on the list is a wooden structure located on Meadow Drive in the Marion North Subdivision. The problem with this structure is that it has a corrugated tin roof, Kucherka said. Also, the building is not made with 50 percent masonry and the foundation is not placed on
concrete, making the structure not level, Kucherka said.
The second property, at 212 Krueger Street, is a boarded-up house which has overgrown weeds on the property. The structure has not been completed, the foundation is not stable and the building is starting to sway, Kucherka said.
The third property, a carport at Meadow , is built w uh wood, which is making the water flow into the center of the roof and going over the port, Kucherka said.
Kucherka said that in all instances he warned the owners verbally or through a letter that they must take care of the alleged violations. Kucherka told the council they could give the owners more time to comply if they chose to. However, follow ing the strong adv ice
of Councilmen Clarence Jackson and Felix Arambula Jr., the council decided to act now.
“We need to take corrective measures and tell them (the owners) that we are not just talking about this,’’ Jackson said. “It is not fair to the other citizens who are follow ing the rules.’’ Kucherka agreed with Jackson. “We've got to be tough and firm on this,” Kucherka said.
Rosemary Hernandez, a resident of the Marion North Subdivision, came before the council because she received a letter from Kucherka. Hernandez had applied for a permit to build a fence and sidewalk on her property. In his letter to Hernandez, Kucherka said that there was a question of w hether or not Hernandez built her fence too far away from her property line in an alleyway.
Kucherka also said that her fence posts are not deep enough and that a sidewalk she was building in her yard was not level.
Hernandez was not happy she had to appear before the council. She said that Kucherka never contacted her or personally talked to her. The only time she knew of her violations. Hernandez said, was when she received the letter.
“I have never met this man before,” Hernandez said. “He should have contacted me personally instead of forcing me to come to this meeting. I go to the school, work for the (Marion) school district and I am in the reserves. But I am home most of the time. I hav e already tom down the fence."
Kucherka said that he had tried to contact Hernandez, but was not suc
“The permit you applied for never had a work number where I could have contacted you,” Kucherka said. "Look, I am not here to harass people but to help them."
Mayor Glenn Hild suggested that Kucherka meet with Hernandez after the meeting and advise her on how she should build her fence so that it will comply with the city code. Hild said that Hernandez should look at her plot and see where her property line ends so that there is no question on whether or not she is building the fence on her property. After the discussion was finished, the council approved the motion, w hich would send certified letters to the ow ners asking them to take action on their property or the city w ill take legal action to do something about it.
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Man taken by AirLife after assault
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A New Braunfels man is hospitalized after an assault last night outside the VOO building of the Grand Cypress Apartments. Christopher Meunn, IV, was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center by AirLife, where he is listed in serious condition.
He and another young man had a history of dispute over a girl and confronted each other, said New Braunfels Police Detective Sergeant B B. Boatright. The police were called at 10:45 p.m.
A witness said that a large pipe wrench was used as a weapon, Boatright said. Meunn had serious face and head injuries, he said.
T he other person allegedly involved in the fight was a juvenile and was released into a parent’s custody shortly after the incident, Boatright said.
"Even though we’ve taken someone into custody we’re still gathering facts and evidence,” Boatright said.
Your Fair Queen and her court
Jinny Lizanne Edwards was crowned the 1995 Comal County Fair Queen Sunday night at the Comal County Fair Association Queen's Contest held at the Canyon High School Commons. Edwards is a junior at New Braunfels High School and was sponsored by the Breakfast Lions Club. She is the daughter of Troy and Kaye Edwards. Above, she is pictured (center) with Fair Princess Brandy Michelle Durham and Fair Duchess Erica Carroll Fye. Durham is a Smithson Valley High School student, sponsored by the New Braunfels Art League. She is the daughter of Howard and Barbara Durham. Fye goes to New Braunfels High School and was sponsored by Witting and Miller Insurance. She is the daughter of Samuel and Janet Fye.
At right, Edwards is congratulated by other contestants after winning her crown.
School emptied when fire alarm smokes, sparks
By MELANIE GERIK
A fire alarm itself started to burn, disrupting class for a short time Monday morning at Comal Elementary School.
‘There w as a Hash and some smoke, but absolutely no fire,” said Comal Elementary School Principal Barbara Miller.
A pull-down fire alarm shorted out in a classroom in the annex of the school, Miller said.
New Braunfels Fire Department received the call at 11:08 a.m. and was at the scene a few minutes later, said Batailion Chief Don Zercher.
T he sw itch which activates the alann when the handle is pulled shorted out. Zercher said.
Zercher said besides tile alarm, which would cost around $30 to replace, the sheetrock around it was damaged by smoke. But he added that the wall could be repaired by washing or painting it
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Classic cars converge on city
Dick Leppky and Steve Banks check under the hoods of a couple of 1940s era cars at the 42nd semi-annual Greater San Antonio/Austin Collector Car Auction and Show held during the weekend at the Wursthalle grounds in Landa Park. The top bid was $160,000 for a 1950 Delahaye, but the owner turned it down. A Rolls Royce from the Rajneesh Baghwan collection went for $28,600 and total sales were $1.2 million for the 300 cars sold.
“I don’t see why taking a second out of someone’s day to stop at a stop sign is more important than the safety of a little child,” a resident said.
The ordinance will have two more readings before it is law.
The city is looking for land.
The Little League has outgrown its field on Common Street next to the cemetery, and that would be an ideal place for a badly needed new library/police station building, City Manager Mike Shands said.
What’s needed is an eight- to 12-acre piece of land for new Little League fields — ideally big enough to include softball and soccer — and maybe an eventual youth center.
The city seeks an outright donation or a low-price sale by a civic-minded individual or group which has land available, Shands said. Anyone interested should contact Shands at 608-2100.
In other business, the city council finished tinkering with an improved parade conduct ordinance.
The paragraph dealing with parade interference was struck completely from the ordinance.
Approved was a section that prohibits throwing objects like gifts and candy from the parade. The amended ordinance gives the police chief control of parade movement after the parade starts.
The third and final reading of the changes in the parade ordinance passed unanimously last night, in time to be in effect for the Comal County Fair.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Children going to Memorial Elementary and Memorial Primary schools will have a new set of stop signs to make their journey safer — starting Thursday.
The city council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that will put two stop signs on South Walnut Avenue at its intersection with Northpark Ridge.
A crosswalk going across Walnut and one across Northpark Ridge will appear, as well as a crossing guard at that intersection.
“We’ve spent all this time amending the parade ordinance for the safety of children on an event that happens once or twice a year,” said Dist. 2 Councilman C. Ray Schoch. “There are children crossing at this intersection every day.”
The city council decided to use an ordinance with three readings and let the stop signs be installed quickly under the emergency powers of the police chief rather than emergency ordinance.
That will get the stop signs up right away, but give an opportunity for public input before the ordinance passes completely, said Councilwoman Brenda Freeman.
The move came after 25 Northpark Ridge/Palace Heights residents took a petition to the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board’s September meeting stressing the need for the new safety measures.