New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
Saving Comal County for mort than 142 years ■ Hem of ROZELLE WATSON
Canyon, New Braunfels meet tonight in 28-4A showdown, See P. 5
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Sept 27,1994
OMuaries ............. 3
Opinion.. ................. 4
Sports Day ...............................5
Guadalupe River......... 101 cfs
Comal River.......................304 cfs
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* The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes lo; Caleb Rrininger, Jo Alisos, Reece Morphy, Ramon Herrera, RoaeBe Watson, Christina Vargas, Betty Brissenden, Naomi Sanchez, Tina Marie Dias (I year old), Ervin Schaefer (Monday), Cindy Clayton, Amy Mark, Valetta Orth, Jane Foer-ster, Echo Frank*, Loretta Guthrie, Teasyc Maarer, Krystal Farfels, Kay Bone, Margaret Shedd, Nancy Stuart, Mike Franco (Monday).
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The Children’s Muaeum in New Bnandbto needs doceaii -teaching tour guides-to help with the Magic School Bus bride Me!
They also need volunteers fat a variety of museum activities
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Dooent orientation is Moadty,
Sept. 19 at 9 am., refreshments will be served. Call 620-0939 for information.
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The September meeting of die New Braunfels Conmrvation Society will be held Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Forks Store at 7:30 p.m.
The meeting will include an ice cream social and fleering of ofli-cers.
The public is invited to attend.
A yard sale will be held Saturday, Oct. I from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Wagenfoehr Property, 521 San Antonio St This sale is to benefit the New Braunfels Conservation Society.
ChlMwii1! Ihtltor in mod off pantry toodt
The Children’s Shelter is in need of pantry foods such rn canned soups, vegetables, fruits and juices, dry items of macaroni, spaghetti, noodles, jello, rice and assorted baby foods.
Individuals or organizations wishing to make food are welcome a the sheller, 2797 IH-35 West, Monday to Friday from 8 a m. to S p m., or call 629-0659.
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Be a special friend to a child. Only one hour of your week will help two children learn to read and do math.
The NB1SD Help One Student To Succeed program makes a difference —— one student at a time. CaU 620-7533.
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indictment on city
The New Brsunfela City Council voted Tuesday 4-2 to poatpone a decision on whether to reimburse Mayor Paul Fnaer legal fees accrued from a lawsuit chaUenging his election.
In an emotionally charged chamber several citizens vented their frustrations to the council concerning the election process and the image New Braunfels is conveying outside oftown as a politically unstable city.
Fraser, who is being sued by Bluebonnet General Manager Gary Kahlig for what Kahlig calls election “irregualiritfes" has accumulated more than $5,000 in attorney's foes.
Councilwoman Mary Serold, who wanted to vote on the matter along with Bowers, said the council has lost its sense of direction.
“It shows that they have no objectivity,” she mid.’It has nothing to do with the fret, its because its Paul Fraser, just like I said early on. They hate him. They don’t care. It could be them next time.”
Fraser said he had to live by the decision of the
council and he ^ he would go on with the lawsuit
“Let me make this dear, the issue is not me, the issue is die election process,” sad Fraser. ‘Tm just sort of a symbol for the election process. This whole thing his to do with the fret that the election prooem has been challenged here. I am just the vehicle for challenging it and I think that is inappropriate,”
Several council members said the suit by Kahlig was an indictment on the city of New Braunfels because several city employees were named in the suit for alleged wrong doing.
T can’t just sit here and let the city be attacked,” said Councilman Tim Walker. “We are saying that the city can be attacked and that our positions here have no integrity.”
He urged the city attorney to look into possibly intervening in the suit to tty to come up with a solution of some type.
However, City Attorney Barry Moore at times seemed confused on what the council actually wanted him to do because other members of the
council had different ideas.
In addition, Moore will leave the city as attorney Oct 15. Therefore, if city council does not hire a new city attorney by that date, it could free dealing with several legal problems without counsel.
Fraser should have kept the council abreast on all financial matters before hiring a personal attorney, Councilwoman Jan Kennedy said.
“He made that decision,” said Kennedy. “He did not come to us. He did not ask us to help. He did not ask us what attorney he wanted.”
At one point in the meeting County Judge Carter Casteel got up while another citizen was speaking and suggested that everyone donate $50 for a fund to help raise the money for Fraser and then spend city tax dollars on fixing city streets.
Casteel said she was making the suggestions despite her well documented differences with Fraser.
Qty Charter Committee Chairman David Wallace asked the council to put away their differences.
He said he needed a united council in cedar to finish work on the city charter concerning the same election problems the council is debating.
“If they are going to defend the old election process then I am concerned that the new election process which we are trying to do now,” Wallace said.
He said Moore leaving complicates matters and tint is why tin Charter Review Committee hired outside legal aid as well.
Harold Johnson, a concerned citizen who spoke before the council said this of all the legal wrangling and political infighting the city has generated recently: “We’re going to come off as a city with the IQ of a damn rode.”
Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Bowers said he thought Councilman Abrosio “Butch" Benitez should have abstained from voting since he works in the Blue Bonnet Motors system.
‘That he was unwilling to admit that as an employee of Bluebonnet Motors and an employ-. cc of Gary Kahlig he is not party to this or have direct interest in this lawsuit,” said Bowers. “I don’t think he can honestly say that he can not be influenced by his employer.”
City nets $106,000 in lawsuit
made between parties
By CHAMI HAMMIT
A multi-million dollar settlement reached between ml in the Sierra
Club lawsuit over endangered species in Comil Springs will give the city of New Braunfels $106,020.
The agreement stemmed from a lawsuit originally fifed in May of 1991 against the Department of tile Interior, charging that the tiepa|'*iw*n^ and ira aibfedfery FU) and WUdUfe Service timid protect endangered species in both Comal and San Marcos Springs.
The dty of New Braunfels was an iimvenor, or partner, in the erne along with the Guadahipe-Bfenoo River Authority, dty of SanMara* Green Valley Wrier Supply Corporation, Atascosa Rural Water Supply Cop., and Bexar Metropolitan Water District.
Judge Lucius Bunton III ruled in favor of the
SpecHt’s Crossing dedication
Photo by ROBERT STEWART
Members of tho Comal County Historical Society ss well ss county dignitaries gathered at Specht's Creasing near Spring Branch Sunday for the dedication of a historical marker. Early settlers uced to cross the Guadalupe River at Specht’s Clearing, triter* low wetar and the Qrevri river bed enabled erie crossings.
By CRAIG HAMMETT
plaintiffs and ordered reimbursement be made
‘This jus simply say the judge is upholding the rn A Ari f—A A
sfSS Comal ISD sets $1.58 tax rate
The OBRA received roughly $1.4 million, the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club $320,000,
San Marcos $106,000, Green Valley, Atascosa and Bexar Metropolitan Water $15,140.
West mid the tretrere of "rirehtfwre** for OBRA would be leas than half the expenses Mf fiffl yid thfptrtfei agreed ens pcr-centme before tile dollar amotus was announced.
“Whew you get into a negotiated mtiament, you have what you can me and abo what you can't see it he negotiated Anther,” grid
West mid tin feme of pumping of the Edwards Aquifer would likely intenrify in the next State Legislative iMrion which htgjni in January.
The Comal Independent School District set its tax rate at $1.58 Monday evening, the same rate as the last two years.
The board voted 5-2, Jim Middleton, Lee Heels, Norman Gerlich, Dan Krueger, and Deraid LaRue voting for, and Douglas Kirk and Thomas Bruce again*, to set the rate at $1.58 per $100 evaluation.
Finance Director Abel Campos said the tax bills ritoukl be going out in the next few weeks, although he did not know the exact due because
CISD maintains tax rate of previous two years by 5-2 vote
the bills will be mi through the county.
“It will go through the county,’’ said Campos. “lf you live in the CISD, you'll get one tax bill, county, CISD, some water district!.”
Much like the New Braunfels School District sent their bills through the city, the OSD will go
through the county in order to make things more convenient for taxpayers
Campos re-emphasized the point tim the moept passage of a bond to build new schools will not effect the taxes for this year. Any incream would be seen in next year’s tax rate.
He did tell the board that growth in the district could affect entitlements from the state and that he might be coming back to the board if amendments to the budget are needed.
TTI be making reports to the board on wha impact entitlements might have on the buffed,” he said.
Unemployment rate drops by 0.6 percent in Comal County
By TOLO J. GARCIA
The C!nmfi ^reemployment rate dropped 0.6 percent to 3.8 percent-the lowest tale of the year-dur-ing the month of August the Texas Bmployraaat Qmtmjm Comal County’s rotil antiar of people employed shrunk by 362 to 28300 md Ilia monthly report rim wed 1,118 people still Uniting for work.
The San Antonio region, which include* Bexar, Comal, Wilson and
Guadalupe counties, had its jobless rate drop 0.7 cfs percentage point to 4.9 perms the third lowest level this year.
The Bryan College Station area metro area had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas at 3 J percent.
Comal eras at 3.8 percent unemployment in May.
Even though Comal County gained on tis joblea rife, Texas Employment Comtsiuios employment analyst iywmmii mid magi Bb norib
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“It’s a seasonal phenomenon,” he said. “The students quit looking jobs if they don’t have them and those that do quit the jobs they have. School is beginning earlier and what used to happen in September is now creeping into August.
‘The tiling is to key is on the yearly figures.”
Comal is averaging five percent \tmemployiwMf for the yea because of
August of *93 Comal’s jobless numbers stood at 5.1 percent
Guadalupe County added 897 more people to its payrolls last month to suppress its unemployment rate to 3.1 percent.
Dornwell said in nine of the last ten yean unemployment has gone down from July to August.
He said he does not expect any large fluctuations in the rates for the next two months.
Texas Comptroller John Sharp said the state has reached a record employment of 7.7 refill working Texans.
"New Job# meant greater presumer
confidence in the future of the Texas economy and translates increased retail safes,” Sharp said.
New Braunfels is Blowing a 12 percent increase so for this yrnr in mica tor refunds from the state.
As a result of these new jobs, Sharp said the length of the average manufacturing work week has grown by 15 percent, to 43.5 boult, is claims for unemployment ssristanqi ire down by 83 percent in Texas compered to one year ago.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 (Metro) 606-0846