New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 24, 1984

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

January 24, 1984

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 24, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas r.w. sox 45^. -759/15 New J J—LL Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Harald-Zeitung Volume 93—No. 17    12    Pages TUESDAY January 24,1984 25 Cents (USPS 377-880) Delashmutt to retire City manager won't reconsider decision By DYANNEFRY Staff writer After nine and a half years in the hottest seat at City Hail, City Manager E.N. Delashmutt is bowing out. Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. called a press conference Tuesday to announce Delashmutt’s impending retirement, effective May 31. The city manager, who is approaching his 64th birthday, says he wants to enjoy the “golden years” before they get away. Delashmutt said that he and his wife, Sarah, had been talking about retirement for at least a year or two. His decision, announced in a Jan. 6 letter to the City Council, was a hard one, he said, “but one that I think my wife and I deserve.” He said the couple planned to stay in New Braunfels, do some traveling, and “participate in all those local activities that a person in retirement might enjoy.” Stratemann said the council discussed his letter in executive session on Jan. 9, asked Delashmutt to consider staying on, and gave him two weeks to think about it. In Monday night’s closed session, the city manager told council he still wanted to retire. But he agreed to stay one week longer than he had originally intended; the first letter gave an effective date of May 25. Delashmutt has been city manager since Oct. 21,1974. He is the fourth city manager New Braunfels has had since it adopted the council-manager form of government in 1967, and he has stayed longer than any of the others. Council hired him on a 4-2 vote to replace Jim Hester, who resigned in Aug., 1974. New Braunfels will advertise for a replacement through the Texas Municipal League, starting today. Stratemann said the council would take applications through March 6, and would then set up a screening committee to review them, possibly making a decision some time in April. Delashmutt said the 1964-85 budget should be prepared and approved by the time the new city manager comes on board, hopefully making for a smooth transition. The mayor said he did not relish making this announcement. “In the six years that I have been on city council, it has been a privilege and an honor to work with this man,” he said. But he conceded that the city manager probably deserved a vacation. Delashmutt retired a colonel from the U.S. Air Force, and has been in city administration since early 1962. He was chief administrator at Conroe from 1971 to 1974. The previous eight years were spent in Denison, where Delashmutt served as finance director, assistant city manager and city manager. Stiff photo bvDvpnmfry E.N. Delashmutt makes a point at Monday's Council meeting (City Attorney John Chunn is at left)Inflation rate hits 11 -year low WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumer prices, restrained by across-the-board moderation, rose a modest 3.8 percent last year to give the economy its best performance since 1972, the government said today. Just three years ago, prices had soared 12.4 percent. They rose 8.9 percent in 1981 and 3.9 percent in 1982. Detailing the good news for last year, the Labor Department said energy prices fell 0.5 percent while food prices rose only 2.7 percent, their slowest gain since 1976, and medical care costs gained just 6.4 percent, their smallest rise in ll years. Villarreal resigns post Sheriff’s Investigator Gilbert Villarreal has submitted his resignation to Sheriff Walter Fellers, effective Feb. 2. Villarreal was unavailable for comment Tuesday, but Fellers said, “When he put in his resignation Monday, he said he wanted an 8 (a m.) to 5 (p.m.) job so he could be at home with his family more. And I think he got a little cross with one of the supervisors, but that’s a long story.” Fellers also said he had reluctantly accepted the resignation. Villarreal has been with the Comal County Sheriff’s Office over eight years, Fellers said, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant “three or four years ago.” He was also honored as Officer of the Year in 1982 by the Breakfast Lion’s Club. The award is named after Sheriff’s Investigator Ed Murphy who died in September of 1981. -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 7. Citizen Douglas Miller brought the City Council a petition signed by 247 registered voters Monday night. While New Braunfels' charter doesn't allow for petition and referendum on matters not involving city ordinances, City Attorney John Chunn has found that the Texas Constitution does. Specifically, 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 not. It takes a petition signed by one-fifth the number of people who voted in the last city election. In New Braunfels’ case, the number was 1.089, which means 218 signatures would be needed to force a vote on the homestead exemption. If a1) 247 signatures on Monday's petition are valid, Chunn thinks the council has no choice but to put it on the April ballot. He is now drafting an emergency ordinance to that effect, while City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi checks the names against the voter registration list. Council will consider holding a special meeting next week, so that the staff can get on with preparations. Ordinances setting the regular City Council election, plus a referendum on the 2 a rn. Free picnics for locals approved by Council, 4-2 Citizen leonard Meyer was obviously bothered by a lack of decisive action on the City Council Monday night. “I wish my old supervisor from Southwestern Bell was here tonight. He always told us, ‘Don't tell me why I can’t do anything. Tell me how I can,”’ Meyer told the council, after sitting through a three-hour meeting. “This IPrince Solms East) parking lot was such a simple thing... and I lost track of how much time you spent talking about it” Council did indeed spend a lot of tune discussing the Parks Advisory Board’s recommendations for increasing off-street spaces and charging a fee to park at Prince Solms Park East. It also did a great deal of haggling over a provision exempting local residents from the weekend picnic fee, which passed unanimously at the Jan. 9 council meeting. The exemption clause was added to the second reading of an ordinance increasing facility use fees for luanda and Hinman Island parks. Picnic fees are being increased from $3 to $5, but a free table will be granted to anyone who can show a driver’s license, utility bill or voter registration card with a New Braunfels address. After much argument, the council approved final reading with the exemption clause intact The vote was 4-2, with Donnie Seay and Joe Rogers voting against. Mayor Pro Tem Laverne Eberhard was absent, which meant that Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. could have tied it. However, he decided after some consideration to vote in favor of the final reading. “I think this will create a can of worms. But if that’s what it takes to show the council. I’m going to vote yes and let it be a can of worms,” he said. Most of the council, including Stratemann, said they were in favor of giving locals a break. But Rogers worried that the proposed identification system wouldn’t be practical, and Seay saw all kinds of potential for abuse. “It doesn’t take young people very long to figure out what’s going on,” he said. He envisioned visitors digging utility receipts out of trash cans, or striking up acquaintances with New Braunfels residents at Hinman Island Park just so they could sit at their free tables. “I think it’s going to be an See PARKS, Page 12 InsideToday's Weather Comal County forecast calls for 50 percent chance of rain today. Winds will be out of northeast at 5-10 mph. Cloudy with 30 percent chance of rain and light, variable winds tonight. Cloudy Wednesday morning, but clearing with light, variable winds by afternoon Sunset tonight will be at 6:02 p.m. while sunrise will be at 7:24 a.m.Snoozer Bowl America’s most-watched sports spectacle — the Super Bowl — often turns out to be America’s dullest sports spectacle. In 18 years, only a handful of games have lived up to their hype, and Sunday’s Washington-lz>s Angeles blowout certainly wasn’t one of them. See Sports, Page 6. CLASSIFIED......................SU COMICS    7.8 CROSSWORD    8 DEAR ABBY........................2 DEATHS...........................2 HOROSCOPE.......................2 OPINIONS..........................4 SPORTS.........................5.6 STOCKS........................ 12 TV LISTINGS.......................8 WEATHER ................... 12 Jewelry store closes; banks handles contents By PATRICIA YZNAGA KINO Wire editor Golden’s Jewelry, Inc., has closed down its stores in New Braunfels and Seguin, and has mailed its keys to Toss Commerce Bulk in New Braunfels and First National Ay«ijt of gfgujn, The local store was located at the Courtyard    Center. john Donegal*, attorney tor First National Bank of Seguin, a^d the bank was holding the store’s possessions and was In tho precess of conducting an inventory, tis saw me inventory would Drahehkv wntHawi until Bm end of the we*. Many of the Bams had been at the store for repair or lay-away, Donegan said. Donegan would not say when he received the store key or when he was notified about the store’s closing. Although the bank plans to Inform the store’s customers about their items, he asked that customers call the hank to Identify the items. He said the bank had already received calls about the merchandise from customers in New Braunfels and Seguin. “We want to assure people that we are making provisions” to account for tho merchandise, he said. “Ws'rs going to take every precaution to help the inifcf (customers)” liquor license law, were passed on emergency reading Monday night There was some discussion as to how the liquor-license question will be worded on the ballot. Chunn wants to avoid the situation that arose during last April’s fluoride election, when some people accused the city of deliberately trying to confuse the voters. But he says there are certain legal requirements that have to be met in stating the proposition to the voters. “You can’t just say, do you want (bars) to stay open late, or not?” Donnie Seay asked. See ELECTION, Page 12Holder, Wong named in suit By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer New Braunfels Department of Public Safety Sgt. James Holder and trooper Gary Wong have been named in a discrimination suit filed .Monday in San Antonio's US. District Court for the Western District of Texas. The plaintiff, Eddie Torres, is alleging he was abused by Wong tm April 9,1982, after being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated The suit also names DPS Director Col. James Adams, but does not specify a dollar amount for damages. Torres will be represented by attorneys Harris D. butler 111 of Houston and August Toudouze of San Antonio. Toudouze said Tuesday the petition alleges “an unnecessary and unprovoked beating. He (Wongi choked him (Torres), and threw him to the ground with sufficient force to cause injury This won’t be Butler’s first fight with DPS. He represented former New Braunfels trooper Robert Butler, who unsuccessfully fought his transfer order to Rockport in a five-da> hearing in 207th District Court, Comal County, in October of 1983 Harris Butler was also legal counsel for a Vidor trooper, James Wade, who charged his transfer from Beaumont to Garland came after complaints See DPS, Page 12Meese on the hot seat Democrats plan to grill attorney general nominee * Edwin Meese WASHINGTON (AP) - Although his confirmation seems assured, Senate Democrats are looking forward to using the debate over the nomination of Edwin Meese 111 to be attorney general as a chance to hit the administration's Justice Department policies. Many members of the Senate Judiciary Committee predict the confirmation hearings will be testy, but no one is venturing to predict that President Reagan’s choice to succeed William French Smith as the nation’s top law enforcement officer will be blocked. In fact, most Republicans say they believe Meese’s reputation as a tough law-and-order man, his conservative ideology and his long-time friendship with Reagan will serve to propel his nomination through the GOP-controUed chamber. Judiciary Committee Chairman Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who will oversee the confirmation hearings, said Monday he thinks Meese, 52, who has been the White House counselor, will “make an excellent attorney general.” Senate Republican leader Howard Baker of Tennessee and Senate Minority leader Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia agreed, saying they could see no problems in getting Senate confirmation Thurmond promised to expedite the sessions, winch could take place within several weeks if the White House sends the nouunation to Capitol Hill next week as expected The senator said he would oppose any efforts by the Democrats to let the hearings become “a political football. The nomination ought to be considered on its merits ” Other GOP committee members, such as Sens Ornn Hatch of Utah, Charles Grassley of Iowa, Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, hailed the nomination ami predicted a prompt approval for Meese But Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del , the ranking Democrat on the committee, said he was concerned whether Meese, whom he called “a controversial political operative," will be able to demonstrate that as attorney general he is the people’s attorney, responsible not only to the White House, but also to the law, the Congress, and tile American people.” Biden predicted Ute hearings will allow Meese to “relieve a large number of these concerns and I look forward to that process.” Sen. Dennis DeConcim, D-Anz., another member of the committee, vowed Meese will not be handled with kid gloves. DeC one im said he and other members of the panel intend to grill Meese on “how he intends to enforce the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the First Amendment, among many other things. ” ;