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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Microfilm Box 45136 rail38 Tx Billy Jo Zercher knows how to keep cool these dogday With temperatures soaring to 100 the sun sizzles the skin and fries a lot of hosing off with refreshingly cool water certainly soothes the solarized Billy Jo is the daughter of and Don Zercher of 588 Guenther Staff photo Redistricting plan in limbo By Robert Johnson Its been almost two months since the 60day deadline and there has been no word on the fate of Comal Countys redistricting plan from the Department of And theres no telling when a response will be John the departments assistant director of public said That which would redraw commissioner precinct lines to conform with the Supreme Courts onevote has been before the Justice Department since May In most the department has 60 days in which to respond to a On July 60th department requested additional statistical which the county eventually furnished When he supplied that attorney who has been retained by com missioners to represent the county in this said he understood a new 60day period was supposed to When that period expired April he assumed the plan had been Wilson said the deadline applies only to the original not to subsequent Reagan Judging from case the 60day limit would apply in this situation as he In late Wilson said he felt the department would respond by May date of Texas primary Wilson My Impression is its still gonna be He said he could offer no estimate as to how long awhile would The plan is the key link in the redistricting which involves the Comal County and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational MALDEF is representing a group of local citizens which has expressed concern that current precinct lines dilute the minority making it impossible to elect a minority If the county plan is the majority of voting Precinct 10 Bulverde would be tran sferred from Charles Tart Munds commissioner Precinct 3 to Monroe Wetzs commissioner Precinct In a small chunk north of Highway 46 and east of 281 would be shifted from Munds precinct to Harry Carpenters commissioner Precinct The shift would bring the county Into com pliance with the onevote according to 1970 census It would also increase the minority percentage in commissioner Precinct 3 from to MALDEF has opposed that and has proposed its own which would increase the minority percentage in Precinct 3 to 70 The higher percentage is necessary because population studies show a greater percentage of the minority population is under voting age than the Anglo MALDEF officials have Last after a hearing before a federal magistrate in San MALDEF was granted a temporary Injunction enjoining elections for commissioner Precincts 1 and 3 from being held under existing drawn in As a those races did not appear on the May 3 primary 89 26 June 152 Pages 25 Cents New Texas Judges eye rulings in Utilities cases By Wanda Lasater A decision was delayed in 207th Judicial District Court this week on a motion to quash or dismiss the in against former New Braunfels Utilities electrical superintendent Howard Batey for of ficial A similar motion by attorney Fred Clark representing both men is pending in the 22nd Judicial District Court for indictments of official misconduct against former Utilities Manager Richard who resigned from the Utilities was indicted for two counts of official misconduct by a special grand jury March who also resigned 14 after trustees indicated certain of his business activities were conflicts of was indicted by that grand jury on one count of official miscon Three more indictments were returned against Sledge by another special grand jury April 15 for theft in funds official misconduct and aggravated perjury in connection with his testimony to the March 26 Clark filed exceptions to the in dictment before 207th District Judge Robert Pfeuffer and 22nd District Judge Terry Jacks on May The motions in the defendent excepts to the substance of the in dictment because it appears from the face of the same that a prosecution for the offense is barred by lapse of The basis of the motion is that the official misconduct incidents took place more than three years ago which is the statute of limitations for certain class three District Attorney Bill Schroeder has not filed answering Pfeuffer said he was not ready this week to make a ruling on the motion and is considering the memorandum submitted by Clark challenging the legality of the He added that it is a purely legal question relative to which statute of limitations applies to the official If the charges against Batey were to be considered the statute of limitations is 10 One indictment alleges that Batey purchased utility poles for his own use through the Utilities in an attempt to avoid paying sales tax The other indictment charges him with instructing a Utilities employee use a company vehicle on company time to go to San Antonio to pick up personal items for The motion to the 22nd District Court will be considered by Jacks next Pfeuffer disqualified himself earlier from hearing the Sledge case since he legally represented Sledges wife before the couple was Even if the official misconduct in dictments against Sledge are dismissed he will still face the indictment for the alleged theft by check of on July and aggravated The theft charge could result in a sentence of up to 20 Both men have been free on bond since the indictments were Foundation neutral Rock policy defeated Last New Braunfels In dustrial Foundation voted 75 not to support the Chamber of Commerces position opposing new rock crushing operations along the Balcones Escarpment in Comal the board also voted 75 not to support a position which touted cooperation with limestonerelated industries which have purchased land locally as being in the best interest of the The two votes seem to indicate the foundation will simply take no position on the one member The threepage statement states that cooperation with industries which have purchased land here will benefit the community more than attempting to resist these industries It also states that quarried land will be reclaimed when it becomes feasible that new industries should be scrutinized to insure that they have the financial resources to carry out a reclamation program and that limestone industries are stable and would provide a consistent source of A portion of the chambers policy dealt with the problems being caused in the city by increased rail much of which is generated by limestonerelated The proposed foundation policy suggested the foundation encourage industries using the rails to join forces with in terested citizens and governmental representatives to help make the railroads aware of the The eventual goal could be con fronting the railroads about eliminating the downtown track and asking their cooperation in building overpasses or uV Highwheelin txff photo by John Senter Stratemann looks over the vintage 1870 July parade sponsored by the Sophienburg highwheel bicycle he will ride in the Fourth of Memorial Glorious 4th Parade to honor hostages in Iran Children laughing and fireworks popping are but two of the sounds of a traditional Fourth of July This the celebration sponsored by the Sophienburg Memorial Museum will have an oldfashioned emphasis with a parade of antique automobiles and a fire truck as well as a dedication to the spirit of the American Ann program chair said the celebration is dedicated to the flag and to the American hostages in The festivities will start with Walter Faust ringing the Courthouse chimes and a concert by the New Braunfels High School band on the At almost the same a parade will start from Mayor Donnie Seays home and wind its way around the Included in the parade will be the 1925 Reo Speed Wagon several antique automobiles and a contingent of 10 members of the Stratemarui family on antique high wheel All the participants will be wearing period costumes and waving American flags which also will be handed out to the The Stratemann family will be headed by riding a vintage 1870 His will be riding an 1860 bike with solid metal wheels which was first salvaged by her The rest of the group includes Stratemanns Meta who will ride a high wheel tricycle as well as his two and one daughterin and four This is only the third parade for the family group to participate in on the high wheeled The first was the citys centennial celebration in 1946 and the second in One said is that the bikes are difficult to get on and off as well as but it is a lot of Of the only the two are antiques and the others are rideable reproductions since the bikes are extremely difficult to find as well as being quite said After the group arrives at the patriotic speeches will be made and a moment of silence will be observed for the hostages in Speakers include Kenneth Stanley Woodward and Elizabeth Elliott will sing God See
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