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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 24, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas tt J New Braunfels Ntw Texas Volume 17 Zcituno 12 Pages TUESDAY January 25 Cents USPS 377880 Delashmutt to retire manager wont reconsider decision City By DYANNE FRY Staff writer After nine and a half years in the hottest seat at City City Manager Delashmutt is bowing Mayor Stratemann called a press conference Tuesday to announce Delashmutts impending effective May The city who is approaching his 64th says he wants to enjoy the golden years before they get Delashmutt said that he and his had been talking about retirement for at least a year or His announced in a 6 letter to the City was a hard but one that I think my wife and I He said the couple planned to stay in New do some and par ticipate in all those local activities that a person in retirement might Stratemann said the council discussed his letter in executive session on asked Delashmutt to consider staying and gave him two weeks to think about In Monday nights closed the city manager told council he still wanted to But he agreed to stay one week longer than he had originally intended the first letter gave an effective date of May Delashmutt has been city manager since He is the fourth city manager New Braunfels has had since it adopted the councilmanager form of government in and he has stayed longer than any of the Council hired him on a 42 vote to replace Jim who resigned in New Braunfels will advertise for a replacement through the Texas Municipal starting Stratemann said the council would take applications through March and would then set up a screening committee to review possibly making a decision some time in Delashmutt said the 198485 budget should be prepared and approved by the time the new city manager comes on hopefully making for a smooth The mayor said he did not relish making this In the six years that I have been on city it has been a privilege and an honor to work with this he But he conceded that the city manager probably deserved a Delashmutt retired a colonel from the Air and has been in city ad ministration since early He was chief administrator at Conroe from 1971 to The previous eight years were spent in where Delashmutt served as finance assistant city manager and city Stall photo byDyannefry Delashmutt makes a point at Mondays Council meeting City Attorney John Chunn is at left Inflation rate hits 11 year low WASHINGTON AP Consumer restrained by acrossthe board rose a modest percent last year to give the economy its best performance since the government said Just three years prices had soared They rose percent in 1981 and percent in Detailing the good news for last the Labor Department said energy prices fell percent while food prices rose only their slowest gain since and medical care costs gained just their smallest rise in 11 Villarreal resigns post Sheriffs Investigator Gilbert Villarreal has submitted his resignation to Sheriff Walter effective Villarreal was unavailable for comment but Fellers When he put in his resignation he said he wanted an 8 to 5 job so he could be at home with his family And I think he got a little cross with one of the but thats a long Fellers also said he had reluctantly accepted the Villarreal has been with the Comal County Sheriffs Office over eight Fellers and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant three or four years He was also honored as Officer of the Year in 1982 by the Breakfast Lions The award is named after Sheriffs Investigator Ed Murphy who died in September of DEBBIE DeLOACH Homestead vote due Petition may force exemption issue onto April city ballot Doug Miller New Braunfels residents may get to vote on the 40 percent homestead exemption April Citizen Douglas Miller brought the City Council a petition signed by 247 registered voters Monday While New Braunfels charter doesnt allow for petition and referendum on matters not involving city City Attorney John Chunn has found that the Texas Constitution the 1981 amendment that set up the optional property tax homestead exemption also outlined a procedure whereby the voters of a given taxing entity could decide for themselves whether to take the exemption or It takes a petition signed by onefifth the number of people who voted in the last city In New Braunfels the number was which means 218 signatures would be needed to force a vote on the homestead If all 247 signatures on Mondays petition are Chunn thinks the council has no choice but to put it on the April He is now drafting an emergency ordinance to that while City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi checks the names against the voter registration Council will consider holding a special meeting next so that the staff can get on with Ordinances setting the regular City Council plus a referendum on the 2 Free picnics for locals approved by 42 Inside Citizen Leonard Meyer was obviously bothered by a lack of decisive action on the City Council Monday I wish my old supervisor from South western Bell was here He always told Dont tell me why I cant do Tell me how I Meyer told the after sitting through a threehour This Prince Solms East parking lot was such a simple and I lost track of how much time you spent talking about Council did indeed spend a lot of time discussing the Parks Advisory Boards recommendations for increasing offstreet spaces and charging a fee to park at Prince Solms Park It also did a great deal of haggling over a provision exempting local residents from the weekend picnic which passed unanimously at the 9 council The exemption clause was added to the second reading of an ordinance increasing facility use fees for Landa and Hinman Island Picnic fees are being increased from to but a free table will be granted to anyone who can show a drivers utility bill or voter registration card with a New Braunfels After much the council ap proved final reading with the exemption clause The vote was with Donnie Seay and Joe Rogers voting Mayor Pro Tern Laverne Eberhard was which meant that Mayor Stratemann could have tied he decided after some consideration to vote in favor of the final I think this will create a can of But if thats what it takes to show the Im going to vote yes and let it be a can of he Most of the including said they were in favor of giving locals a But Rogers worried that the proposed identification system wouldnt be and Seay saw all kinds of potential for It doesnt take young people very long to figure out whats going he He envisioned visitors digging utility receipts out of trash or striking up acquain tances with New Braunfels residents at Hinman Island Park just so they could sit at their free I think its going to be an See Page 12 Jewelry store closes banks handles contents By PATRICIA YZNAQA KINO Wire editor Goldena has closed down stores in New Braunfels and and has mailed its keys to Tens Commerce Bank in New Braunfels and First National Bank of jean attorney tor Tint National Beak eald the bank was balding the He aaU the inventory ajU QtttftaMft IMtittl fte end of the Many of the 1 repair or Donegan Donegan would not say when he received the store key or when he was notified about the stores Although the bank plans to inform the stores customers about their he asked that customera call the bank to identify the He said the bank had already received calls about the merchandise from customers in New Braunfels and We want to assure people that we are making provisions to account for the he Were going to take every precaution to help the Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for 50 percent chance of rain Winds will be out of nor theast at 510 Cloudy with 30 percent chance of rain and variable winds Cloudy Wednesday but clearing with variable winds by Sunset tonight will be at while sunrise will be at Snoozer Bowl Americas mostwatched sports spectacle the Super Bowl often turns out to be Americas dullest sports In 18 only a handful of games have lived up to their and Sundays WashingtonLos Angeles blowout certainly wasnt one of See Page COMICS DEAR TV liquor license were passed on emergency reading Monday There was some discussion as to how the liquor license question will be worded on the Chunn wants to avoid the situation that arose during last Aprils fluoride when some people accused the city of deliberately trying to confuse the But he says there are certain legal requirements that have to be met in stating the proposition to the You cant just do you want bars to stay open or not Donnie Seay See Page 12 Wong named in suit By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer New Braunfels Department of Public Safety James Holder and trooper Gary Wong have been named in a discrimination suit filed Monday in San Antonios District Court for the Western District of The Eddie is alleging he was abused by Wong on April after being arrested for Driving While The suit also names DPS Director James but does not specify a dollar amount for Torres will be represented by attorneys Harris Butler III of Houston and August Toudouze of San Toudouze said Tuesday the petition alleges an unnecessary and unprovoked He Wong choked him and threw him to the ground with sufficient force to cause This wont be Butlers first fight with He represented former New Braunfels trooper Robert who unsuccessfully fought his transfer order to Rockport in a fiveday hearing in 207th District Comal in October of Harris Butler was also legal counsel for a Vidor James who charged his transfer from Beaumont to Garland came after complaints See Page 12 Meese on the hot seat Democrats plan to grill attorney general nominee Edwin Meese WASHINGTON AP Although his confirmation seems Senate Democrats are looking for ward to using the debate over the nomination of Edwin Meese III to be attorney general as a chance to hit the administrations Justice Department Many members of the Senate Judiciary Committee predict the confirmation hearings will be but no one is venturing to predict that President Reagans choice to succeed William French Smith as the nations top law enforcement officer will be In most Republicans say they believe Meeses reputation as a tough lawandorder his conservative ideology and his longtime friendship with Reagan will serve to propel his nomination through the GOP controlled Judiciary Committee Chairman Strom Thurmond of South who will oversee the confirmation said Monday he thinks who has been the White House will make an ex cellent attorney Senate Republican Leader Howard Baker of Tennessee and Senate Minority Leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia saying they could see no problems in getting Senate Thurmond promised to expedite the which could take place within several weeks if the White House sends the nomination to Capitol Hill next week as The senator said he would oppose any efforts by the Democrats to let the hearings become a political The nomination ought to be con sidered on its Other GOP committee such as Orrin Hatch of Charles Grassley of Alan Simpson of Wyoming and Arlen Specter of hailed the nomination and predicted a prompt approval for But Joe the ranking Democrat on the said he was concerned whether whom he called a con troversial political will be able to demonstrate that as attorney general he is the peoples responsible not only to the White but also to the the and the American Biden predicted the hearings will allow Meese to relieve a large number of these concerns and I look forward to that Dennis another member of the vowed Meese will not be handled with kid DeConcini said he and other members of the panel intend to grill Meese on how he intends to enforce the Voting Rights the Civil Rights the Freedom of Information and the First among many other
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