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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Texas tt womble Absentee voting heavy in city races Absentee voting was heavy for Saturdays Clerks arent sure whether thats because the races are so or because Election Day is also the day before The City of New which will vote on four amendments to the city already has 176 ballots in and put 44 in the 40 of which are still Ab sentee polls closed at 5 but mailin ballots can be accepted up until 7 City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi judges that total to be pretty darned Its not the biggest weve ever she The 1981 City Council runoff between Barbara Tieken and Reagan brought in 444 absentee and an ultimate turnout of more than 25 New Braunfels citizens will be voting on four amendments The first item on the ballot would change the way of electing City Council It would provide for four geographical singlemember and three members to be elected at large by It would also change the regular election date from the second Saturday in August to the first Saturday in The second amendment says unexpected vacancies on the City Council must be filled by public held within 120 days after the seat comes The present charter allows unexpired terms to be filled by city council Amendment number three would allow City Manager Delashmutt to purchase up to worth of equipment or services without going out for bids and submitting them to council The current ceiling is Amendment number four would eliminate the paragraph that calls forfluoridation of the citys Citizens in favor of fluorldation should vote no on this Those against fluoridation should vote The New Braunfels Independent School with eight candidates running for three school board has received 190 inperson ballots and mailed out As of 15 of the mallouts had been retur Office staff believe this is a record ab sentee Four candidates are running for Place which will soon be vacated by William Lee They are Gladys Ronald Bonnie Denson and Christina In cumbent Bob Self is unopposed for Place Rudy incumbent for Place is op posed by David Cook and Jose Valdemar Theres just one race in the Comal In dependent School and it pulled in 39 ballots before absentee voting ended Incumbent trustee Erwin Lehmann is opposed by Seldon Ten absentee votes were cast in the City of Garden which has three contested races four council Councilwotnan Bobbie Landrum said she didnt know if that was a record City Secretary Millie Brown didnt give exact but she said there were usually three or four absentee votes Garden Ridge candidates include Paul Davis and Robert Kolstad for mayor in cumbent Neil Craigmile against Robert Howey for Council Place 2 and Ben White challenging incumbent Robert Harmon for Place New Braunfels New Texas HeraldZeitung nl 9 63 3ft Panps Sprtinns WEDNESDAY March 25 cents 92 63 38 Sections USPS 377880 Jail talk Two sites one on Hanz much of the discussion at Tuesdays hearing on a site for a new county Architect Christopher and Sheriff Walter liked the Hanz Drive Representing the Chamber of John Chunn went to bat for Stall photos by John Senior Jail site debate Hanz By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Of those who spoke out at twohour public hearing many were in favor of keeping the new county which has to be completed by in the downtown This was despite the recommendations of Sheriff Walter Fellers and Christopher head of the Houston architectural firm hired by the county to work on the new jail My preference is the Hanz property on Loop Fellers referring to the site selection com mittees top Its just a natural more accessible to any part of Comal he said mentioning Loop IH Gruene FM River Road and Common Street coming into New Prior to public comments and DiStephano outlined the estimated costs of building a facility away from town and in the downtown area which he said would cost considerably The county is proposing that the facility a stipulation in a federal lawsuit settlement initially include a 100inmate capacity offices for the Sheriffs Department and a magistrates DiStephano estimated that square feet would be needed for the new complex square feet of which would be for the jail DiStephano based his estimates for a downtown jail on the Doeppenschmidt property adjacent to the Courthouse where the Courthouse Annex now This site is supported by the New Braunfels Downtown Merchants Association and Chamber of Since property is limited on the downtown site it would cost more to build the jail there because the initial building would have to be designed for all future DiStephano The architects drawings for a jail site there called for at least a fourstory building with the ground floor being a parking area only for the Sheriffs Department and the top floor being a shell until the extra space was The two floors in bet ween would be used for the Sheriffs offices and the security DiStephanos cost estimate for building at the downtown site was million and did not include land purchase of land for parking or a parking garage or the rent the county would have to pay to relocate those county offices now located on the Doeppenschmidt property while the building was being County Judge Fred Clark also pointed out that if the downtown site were that the county would be committing itself to at least 2550 years at that And by virtue of that youre expanding the project since space for the offices located in Annex would have to be included in the proposed building he To build a jail facility on an outside site off Loop 337 as was recommended by a citizens jail site selection committee would cost approximately DiStephano The committees two top recommendations were for a 12acre tract off Hanz Drive between the loop and Gruene Road and a 9acre tract off Water adjacent to Loop 337 between West San Antonio Street and IH On either of these sites away from DiStephano proposed building a onestory jail complex with plans to expand horizontally rather than adding floors to the complex later The figure did not include land costs or future expansion the architect If you have to expand later you pay for it at that he Support for the Hanz site came from Precinct 1 Constable Werner local attorney Melvin Nolte and a few private But most of those who spoke out were in favor of See Page 12A Atlarge debate Groups oppose charter amendment Inside By DYANNE FRY Staff writer City Council set the ballot for the upcoming charteramendment But the New Braunfels public will decide the On our elected representatives will function as ordinary casting their votes with the As they have to make their own decisions on each of the four amendments being And those decisions arent always As of Tuesday Joe Rogers was pretty sure he would vote in favor of the districting plan drawn up by special committee and slightly revised by the I might change my but thats the way Im leaning right said Of he the people who wanted it are going to vote against hes The district election plan is more or less a result of pressure applied by a local MexicanAmerican with backing from the national Mexican American Legal Defense and Education MALDEF and the local Committee for Justice felt that New Braunfels present atlarge election system did not lend itself to minority and asked the council to look into some sort of district A 17member committee was appointed to study the This working closely with MALDEF came up with the socalled 43 It divided New Braunfels into four geographical each of which will be entitled to elect one council The remaining three members were to be elected at large by plurality Council approved the district with certain changes proposed by But City Attorney John Chunn found the plurality system to be in violation of the Texas and this has become the controversial In the committees original all atlarge candidates were to run in the same and the top three votegetters would get the Each citizen would be allowed three but MALDEF specified there should be no antisingleshot Thus a minority bloc could campaign for just one and get a fair shot at one of the After checking the constitutional a majority of the council decided the atlarge members should run for specific and be elected by majority The plan is now opposed by the Committee for and the newlyfounded Mexican American Democrats We dont think its going to help the Mexican Americans one said Valdemar vice president of the Democrats All three Hispanicrights groups favored the committees original The council turned it down for what they felt was an obvious Espinoza He conceded the plan was in violation of the Texas but what about the Constitution What about the citizens rights Councilmember Barbara who was defeated in her move to send the plan back to committee for a second has stated that the revised plan gives the minority community a shot at just one council seat the one representing the West End which was drawn with a 62percent minority She says shell vote against it on The percentage in district 2 is 30 percent minority in District percent and in District The district division is said Were talking about the three people being voted at Thats what were not happy At the time the election was first other council members seemed to feel theyd done the best See Page 12A Todays Weather It will be partly cloudy and warm today and and cooler Winds will be northeasterly at 1015 mph becoming light Sunset will be at and sunrise Thursday will be at NB Blasts Gonzales Mike Cardenas and Armando Martinez kicked off a ninerun fourth inning with doubles and led the New Braunfels Unicorns to a 90 victory over the Gonzales Apaches Tuesday See Page Gilmore Spurs Artis Gilmore netted 32 points to help blunt a Denver comeback attempt and enable the San Antonio Spurs to zap the Denver 136 See Page Part II The debate on fluoride continues to stuff our as six more letters appear in todays after outlining the health con troversy or the lack of actually in Tuesdays Editor Robert Johnson takes a look at some of the benefits of which have been forgotten in the See Page TV Reagan suggests arms compromise on NATO missiles WASHINGTON AP President Reagan today offered to cut back on the planned deployment of new mediumrange nuclear missiles in Europe if the Soviet Union agreed to reduce its arsenal of rockets targeted on NATO Under the the Soviets would also have to cut their worldwide stock of intermediaterange nuclear Even if the proposal were the United States would begin in stalling new Pershing 2 and cruise missiles in Europe late this year as while the Soviet Union would be required to dismantle some of its mediumrange The Kremlins chief arms asked about the offer Im not Revealing a compromise plan to his zerozero proposal to eliminate all mediumrange nuclear missiles in Reagan said in a nationally broadcast statement from the White House that it would be better to have none than to have if there must be it is better to have few than to have If the Soviets will not now agree to the total elimination of these Reagan I hope they will at least join us in an interim agreement that would substantially reduce these forces to equal levels on both The Soviets have flatly rejected the zerozero proposal and the United States NATO allies have urged that the Reagan administration make a scaleddown Reagan did not propose a specific limit on the number of A senior administration official who spoke on condition he not be named said the numbers of missiles allowed under the new proposal would be the subject of negotiations with the Accusing Moscow of failing to offer any serious alternatives to the zero zero Reagan Their failure to make such a proposal is a source of deep disappointment to all of us who have wished that these weapons might be eliminated or at least significantly But I do not intend to let this shadow that has been cast over the Geneva negotiations further darken our search for Reagan Reagans announcement confirmed earlier reports that a new proposal was put on the bargaining table in Geneva on Accompanying Reagans an nouncement was a White House statement saying the NATO allies welcome and strongly support the new American intermediate nuclear force negotiating initiative announced See Page 12A
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