New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 29, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21, 1845 March 21, 1995
16 Pages in one section ■ Sept. 29,1993
Serving Comal County ■ Homa of MICKEY NEGRON
Vol. 141, No. 223
The New Braunfels llerald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Mickey Negron, Kirsten Oelkers, Ion Schlicht-ing, Drew Snider (belated). Happy Anniversary to Patty & Gary Baker, Lionel & Sarah Lopez.
cees, GAS set joint meeting Oct. S
Comal County Genealogy Society will meet with the German American Society for the Oct. 5 meeting to be held at the American Legion Hall, located at 410 Coll Si at 7 p.m.
The program will be an exchange of ideas, goals and activities of each organizations.
Friends of the Library sale to be held Oct. 6-8
The Friends of the Diulingcr Memorial Library arc making final plans for their annual book sale, which will be held Oct. 6-8 at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin St. The Oct. 6 sale will be for members of the Friends of the Library and the next two days will be open to the public. The sale will be open to die public Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. and Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity meeting set for Oct. 7
Comal County Habitat for Humanity will meet al 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Diulingcr Memorial Library.
Those interested in participating in the Comal County affiliate may join a committee at this meeting. Call 625-7005 for more information. For those unable lo attend the meeting, donations for our first home may be sent to CCHFH, P.O. Box 310487, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-0487.
Masonic Lodge sets called meeting
New Braunfels Masonic Lodge No. 1109 will have a called meeting today at 7:30 p.m. to honor the widows of deceased Master Masons. All Masonic widows arc invited to attend.
Rev & Bro. Daryl C. Higgins, Senior Minister of the First Protestant Church of New Braunfels will deliver an inspiring message. Certificates and a small gift will be presented to each widow. Members are visitors are welcome to attend.
Art on display in local business**
The following artists will be displaying work in local businesses through October. Erma Moss - Texas Commerce Bank; Florence Brownfield - Victoria Bank and Trust committee room; Pat Dell/ - Kettle Restaurant; Wanda McNeill - Dr. Mercer's office; Vivian Curry - Dr. Barr s office; Marie Rawls - Wuest’s Lamia; Pal Smith - Boyer and Fricscnliahn; Grant Lathe -Library; Georgic Bush - Mayo Investments; Jack Price - Mike Mullins CPA office.
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‘There’s total apathy,’ CISD board says
By ROSE MARIE EASH
Comal Independent School District board member Tom Potter expressed frustration common among CISD board members at Tuesday night's tax hearing after seeing only 11 members of an audience, ten of those worked for the district.
‘Tonight is a good example,” said Tom Potter, CISD board member. ‘‘There’s total apathy. ‘We don’t care how you do it — don’t tax us anymore and don’t borrow any money. We don’t care about the school district. We don’t care what effect it has on the school. That’s what I’m hearing. That really concerns me.
‘‘We need $4 million and we need it now. It’s pie in the sky to say cut the budget $4 million. I challenge any board member here to tell me how we’re going to do that — right now tonight.” The general consensus of the board was that the best course of action would be to hold the tax rate at the present rate if possible and work to pass a bond issue for additional facilities.
‘‘I think the long-range outlook is the best way to go and that is we need facilities from all the evidence that was presented at the hearings,” said Norman Gerlich, board member. ‘‘I think the average taxpayer represented at those meetings
Taxes will rise regardless of rate set
According to Abel Campos, Finance Director, if the Comal Independent School District tax rate remains at the current SI.58, taxes on an average home of $62,000 will increase by about $25 a year because their value has increased to $64,000.
If the board increases the rate to S1.60, the tax impact will be S34 and at $1.72, the rollback rate, the impact in $92 and the result would be an additional S2.2 million for the district.
At $ 1.60 the district will be short of the budget by $87,000. At $1.62, the district would have a surplus of $212,000. Either $1.60 or $1.62 would probably result in a fund balance since the budget is usually under spent each year.
Campos said that fully funding the budget would provide additional money that could be used to avoid borrowing money in the fall to start school.
understood what we are trying to do and what our problems are. They begrudgingly said they would be very happy to pay whatever was necessary to fund a bond issue. For the most part nobody wanted any more taxes levied than was absolutely necessary. My personal opinion is that we ought to keep the tax rate as low as possible, because we did have somewhat an optimistic outlook from the patrons that were represented at the meetings after they understood the problem and after they understood the fact that we were going to study the thing and come out with a very firm plan for where we need these facilities based on the numbers.”
Not everyone on the board agreed, board member Thomas Bruce was hesitant to borrow money.
‘‘If we pass a bond issue that means that money basto
be paid back at some point in time,” said Bruce. “That means that later there may have to be tax increases to meet that obligation. If we can avoid doing that I think we should.”
Board President Jim Middleton said, ‘‘Whatever we’re going to do for the coming year has to be some kind of a temporary fix because even if we started today the schools would not be ready by next fall. We have a trustworthy, logical story
to tell. It will help the creditability of the district to hold the tax rate. I think we ought to do it.”
He said passing a bond issue would take an intensive effort and the district would have to go to the voters and the community may have to be actively involved in evaluating the schools in their communities so they could sec for themselves.
“Our raising the tax rate three cents this year isn’t going to make a damn bit of difference on what we do next year,” said Middleton. “It’s not going to help that problem. If the answer is a bond issue and it doesn’t pass and the public wants us to continue these temporary fixes the money is there to continue that. You don’t have raise taxes to do that.” According to Campos at today’s rates, a bond issue for up to $14 million would cost about 3 or 4 cents on the tax rate.
Superintendent Jerry Major said the administration was looking at every possibility to cut costs 48 areas recommended by another district, the 101 suggestions board member Douglas Kirk had presented and 40 other areas identified by the administration.
TNRCC to tighten waste burning rules
Community marriage program begins
By JENNIFER ROPPEL Staff Writer
Members of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission said Monday they will explore the possibility of tightening rules on the practice of burning hazardous waste as fuel at cement plants.
A hearing on the topic was
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Arlington. Seven hours of testimony was heard during the hearing.
According to a report from the Dallas Morning News, the TNRCC will investigate policies that “tighten rules on smokestack emissions and disposal of left over dust from the plants."
Members of the TNRCC asked staff members to develop policies to put cement plants under the same rules that commercial hazardous waste incinerators must meet, the report stated.
The commissioners also requested that more control be exercised over cement kiln dust, according to the report.
New Braunfels City Councilman Paul Fraser served on the Cement Kiln Task Force for the TNRCC.
The task force was made up of representatives from Washington, Canada, Chicago, Texas, etc.
“This was the first time both industry and environmentalists had a chance to talk to the issue of burning waste in cement kilns,” he said.
Fraser sent his comments on the subject to TNRCC hearing.
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Dennis Gallaher (right), of Freedom Fellowship Church, leads the first class of a new community marriage program, designed to strengthen and help heal marriages through stronger friendships. The class will continue for 10 weeks on each Tuesday at the NBISD Education Building, 430 Mill St. at 7 p.m.
Local industrial growth facing strong challenges
By DA YID SULLENS Editor and Publisher
‘‘I am opposed to the burning of hazwas (hazardous waste) as a fuel source in the production of cement clinker,” the statement reads. “Cement plants produce a product used in thousands of ways. There is no substantive evidence to disprove that cement clinker produced utilizing hazwas as a fuel will not itself contain the same hazwas.”
According to Fraser, three points should be made including the following:
■ Before permitting the continued or expanding use of hazwas as a fuel source in the production of cement, the conservative approach should be taken rather than making “irreversible decisions at the expense of our ecosys-
New Braunfels and Comal County face strong challenges as they seek industrial growth, those attending the annual meeting of the New Braunfels Industrial Foundation were told Tuesday.
New officers elected by the Foundation’s board of directors at the conclusion of the annual meeting include T.L. Walker, president; Bob Smith, first vice president; Jack Krueger, second vice president; and Maurice Fischer, sccrctary-trcasurer.
The annual meeting also saw the election of Bennie Bock II, Herb Schneider, S D. David Jr., J. Lynn Davis and Randall Haugh to directors’
terms expiring in 1996, and the appointment of Randy Kuntz and Merritt Schumann to one year directors’ terms. Davis was named to replace longtime director Elliott Knox who declined re-nomination and Haugh to replace Joe Siebold, who has left New Braunfels.
Following the unanimous adoption of a resolution recognizing Knox's service to the Foundation, he said he will “be an octogenarian in January” and, though he wishes to step down from his directorship, still will support and work with the Foundation.
Knox has been active with the Foundation since its inception in the 1960s.
Other directors include: Bill Cone, Craig Hollmig, Jack Krueger and Bill Monon, whose terms expire in 1994;
Maurice Fischer, Bob Smith and T.L. Walker, whose terms expire in 1995.
“I’m not going to sugar coat it,” Chamber Vice President Michael Meek told the 50 or so who attended the luncheon meeting at Krause’s Restaurant “We’ve got some real challenges out there ”
Meek said 103 Texas cities have adopted the half-cent sales tax for economic development and that those 103 cities are now seeing $104 million a year in revenue from that levy. That New Braunfels is not one of those cities, he said, places it at a significant disadvantage.
Area communities that compete directly with New Braunfels for industry, he said, include Seguin, Schertz, San Marcos, Round Rock and George
Meek said those communities arc offering industries inducements that include free land and interest free loans while New Braunfels docs not have the resources to counter such inducements.
Similarly, he said, New Braunfels has recently been “granted entitlement status” by the Department of Housing and Urban Development
That status normally is reserved for cities with population of 50,000 or more, or for counties with populations of 200,000 or greater. The status qualifies the city for “steady amounts of money in the public sector,” he said, but make New Braunfels ineligible for economic development financing from the state.
Chance of a lifetime
Special M.I. Hummel figurine ‘Land in Sight* set to be raffled away to lucky ticket holder
■ It should be a requirement that the cement industry disprove the people by independent scientific analyses.
■ The answer to the hazwas problem is source minimization and new technologies that may be in the immediate future for reducing hazardous waste to safe by-products.
Fraser called the decision of the TNRCC a victory for those who are opposed to hazardous waste burning.
From staff reports
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ trip to the Americas, an M. I. Hummel figurine, “Land in Sight,” was created in 1992.
A limited number of these figurines was made and as part of the Hummel Museum’s Grand Opening celebration, one of these will be the prize for a drawing to be held on Sunday, Oct. 3,
after the Casual Mass in front of the museum.
“Land in Sight” began as an original painting by Sister M I. Hummel and the scepter was executed by Gerhard Skrobck. The figurine is the only Hummel with a boat or ship and only one other figurine incorporates more figures into a single motif.
Full of unique aspects, “Land in Sight” also has the largest and most
unusual element in the boat and requires more than two dozen molds to be assembled, fired and decorated in a production process that involves over 325 steps Add to that the limited edition designation that means the molds have been broken for the piece and you have a very valuable collector’s item Tickets for the drawing may be purchased for $1 or six for $5 at the Hum-
at Oct. 3 grand opening
mel Museum or at the following businesses through Sept 30 ■ Centex Office Center, ■ China and Things, ■ Citizen’s Bank, ■ Coiffures de Ville, ■ Felger & Friends, ■ Heidelberg Lodges, ■ Henne Hardware, ■ Holiday Inn, ■ LaFargc Corp, ■ Mill Store Plaza Office, ■ Ncwk’s Tennis Ranch, ■ Opa’s Haus, ■ Perfect “IO”, ■ T-Bar-M Tennis RanchFor news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144