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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 6, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Ht Wit oh womble Amendment election attracts 25 absentee votes By DORIAN MARTIN Staff Writer The Comal County Gerks office had recorded 25 absentee votes Friday afternoon in the constitutional amendment Nineteen of those votes had been cast in personal appearances and six had been sent in the Four more mail ballots were still These have to be in the mail by 7 Absentee balloting ended Friday Election day is Proposed Amendment 1 will authorize fewer Justice of the peace and constable precincts in certain Proposed Amendment 2 concerns the replacement of the limitation on the value of an urban homestead with a limitation based on Proposed Amendment 3 relates to the associations of producers of agricultural Proposed Amendment 4 would authorize statutory provisions for the succession of public office during disasters caused by enemy It also would authorize the suspension of certain constitutional rules of legislative procedure during those disasters or during immediate threat of enemy Proposed Amendment 5 would authorize the use of the permandent school fund to guarantee school Proposed Amendment 6 concerns the assignment of income for the enforcement of courtordered child support Proposed Amendment 7 would authorize financial assistance to veterans as well as See Page MA New Braunfels HcraldZcitung SUNDAY 1983 50 cents New Taxes 92 221 74 Sections USPS 377880 City OKs MALDEF settlement By DYANNE FRY Staff writer The judge hasnt signed it But the New Braunfels City Council has unanimously approved the proposed settlement of a lawsuit challenging the citys election Council took action at a brief emergency meeting on Friday af The represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education plan to announce their acceptance of the settlement at a Monday morning press conference in San The last step will be to file the agreed judgment with District Judge what the city has agreed to do is to take the original recommendation of the Districting Charter Review turned in more than a year New Braunfels will still elect four council members from and three at large as prescribed by the charter amendment voted in last But instead of electing the at large members by numbered place and majority citizens will elect them by Candidates will not file for specific seats they will simply put their names in a Everyone will be entitled to three and the three contenders getting the most votes will win without You in effect are all running with and against each said City Attorney John Contenders from the four districts will continue to be elected by The council has also agreed to pay the plaintiffs in attorneys fees and to cover court Chunn said he found these sums to be and Mayor Stratemann agreed the suit might have cost the city much The first atlarge council race is scheduled for April The 43 plan with plurality vote was proposed by the Charter Review Committee last and MALDEF had said it would go along with this Chunn found it to be in violation of the Texas which says that city council members serving more than twoyear terms must be elected by majority At that MALDEF had not yet taken legal and the council had no choice but to obey the Chunn The filed 23 on of local residents Ezequiel Torres and Aguinaldoalid Cristiria put a different on Chunn a federal court can overrule state and local Ill say one thing for the federal lawsuit it broadened our Chunn summed up after Fridays The council could not have done last year what were doing The city was unwilling to go along with other solutions proposed by MALDEF which included reducing council terms from three to two or adopting a seven singlemember district Attorneys for both sides were able to agree on the modified 43 I dont particularly like this but I can live with said Councilmember Joe Rogers on In view of the fact that this reflects the original recommendation of the Id like to make a motion that we approve Councilmember Barbara Tieken seconded the and said it was a very good Chunn noted that the proposed settlement is a not to be taken as an admission that MALDEFs charges of discrimination and violation of voting rights were Along the river Wurstfest officially opened with the sailing of the Wurst which carried festival royalty and special guests along the Comal River Friday Later in the Myron per formed with the Mid Texas conducted by Terence Staflphotos by Cindy Richardson A cool start Rain fails to dampen Wurstfest spirits Parking space was at a even at 5 Wurstfest 1984 started with a The afternoon clouds rained themselves out and cleared off in time for the opening ceremonies on the Comal River Spectators sitting the grass probably found their seats a little but the air was pleasantly cool as the Opas sang their first Ein Prosit and introduced accordion man Myron back for his 16th played a few numbers with the MidTexas appearing for the first time at the annual When that performance was guests headed for the two outdoor tent stages where seats were hard to find by 7 and started filing past the refreshment booths in the Wurstfest was named for but the Bracken Volunteer Fire Depart ments kartoffelpuffers seemed very much in The rain held off until closing but returned before dropping inches in KGNB Radios official Intermittent showers on Saturday brought another and put a damper on the Craft Show at the Main quite a few stubborn metalworkers and bake salesmen hung on until when the sun Heritage Exhibit Civic Art League show at offered a place to get out of the Cars kept up a steady trickle into the Civic Centers parking Traffic at the Wurstfest grounds seemed light in the But by 5 the guests were coming from all directions filling up the lots across Landa Street or coming up the sidewalks in brand new Wurstfest The Emergency Medical Service had a quiet day The ambulance stationed on the Wurstfest grounds took one patient to McKenna Memorial Hospital at 1 and a report was not available on the reason for the The Comal County Jail had a full staff on and was getting a fair amount of business at 9 But Sheriff Walter Fellers said the jail wasnt It just he as his deputies booked seyen people just tested for blood alcohol We havent put but about three or four in jail before A deputy said 30 Public Intoxication and Driving White Intoxicated suspects were processed Friday Some were arrested at the Wurstfest Fellers and others were picked up on the If a suspect tests legally We make them stay a minimum of four then we go to bonding thefn out or letting their friends bond them Inside Todays Weather Skies will be cloudy this becoming partly cloudy this Fair skies are in store tonight and Winds today will be light from the New Braunfels received inch of rain Friday and inch on Except for a 30 percent chance of rain this no more showers are Sunrise today will be at Remembering JFK Twenty years ago this the 35th After 20 no one seems satisfied with the official explanation of his Newscasters Pan Rather and Walter Cronkite remember their actions on that daySw 8A DEAR I14A Congressmen visit Grenada battle sites Grenada AP congressmen visited battle sites and talked with the acting civilian leader of this Caribbean nation Saturday in an attempt to determine what led President Reagan to order the When the 14 congressmen arrived the commander of forces on Edward said many of the Cubans on the island apparently were con struction and that the military had no hard evidence that American residents were in im mediate danger before the invasion The chairman of the 14member congressional Thomas said Saturday it is American troops migftt N needed on Grenada into the enable the government to establish full control ovei1 the island move toward Dick I think well have a military con tingent here for least a few mon Reagan administration officials had said they expected troops would be withdrawn within But Assistant Secretary of State Anthony Motley said here Saturday it would be dumb to set a firm time The House approved a War Powers resolution last Tuesday requiring Reagan to withdraw forces from Grenada before The Senate passed an identical measure 28 but killed the unrelated bill to which it was Another vote is but no date has been The Reagan administration has said it ordered the invasion to restore protect civilians and evacuate Americans who felt unsafe after a bloody power struggle within the Cubanbacked Marxist Later Reagan accused the Cubans of plotting to take over the island Cuba has denied it The congressmen met for M minutes with Sir Paul the governor general heading a tern See Page 1IA
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