Tuesday, December 12, 1989

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas V V Summit calls for demobilizing rebels SAN Costfl Rica AP Ending a testy five Central American presidents today called for the demobilization of El Salvadors leftist guerrillas along with the Nicaraguan Contra See Page 3 Davis signs with KC for a Royal salary KANSAS AP Mark Davis agreed to a fouryear contract with the Kansas City Royals on making the Royals the first team to start a season with the reigning Cy Young Award See Page 6 County youngsters write to Santa Claus What is Christmas without letters to Santa Claus Comal second graders have compiled their wish lists and are sending them on the way to the North See Wednesdays Herald New Braunfels 22 707 Landa New Texas 78130 DSPS 377880 5126259144 Tuesday December 1989 25 Cents One 8 Pages Testimony begins in lawsuit against city A federal judge began hearing testimony this week in a lawsuit against the City of New Braunfels filed by a former employee who claims he was forced out of his Former City of New Braunfels Public Works Department Manager Fred Ryden alledgcs that former City Manager Joe Michie and current Mayor ProTern Raymond Chapa forced Rydcn to The allegation is part of a lawsuit Ryden leveled at the city and whose suit is in federal court in San Anto is suing on the grounds his civil rights were on breach of contract and lack of due The trial began Monday in Judge Emilio Garzas court with testimony from city employee Abraham former city employee Salvado Police Chief Bcrnic and Rydcn resigned in August At the Michie said he had lost confidence and trust in Ryden contends that he had been unfairly Diaz said in testimony that while working with the Sanitation he a spe cial agreement with Rydcn to leave work ear ly so Diaz could go to a second Zapaia said that he picked up Diaz and took him to the second job each day at 1 Zapata used a city garbage truck to transport Diaz said Rydcn was aware of the arrange When the employees actions came to the attention of Diaz and Zapata were suspended with pay and given a Bocck said that there was no official inves tigation of Works Department until after Rydcn Rydcn contends that Don head of the Safe City and Michie were conducting an and they were looking for black marks against Rydcn said Michie had heard four major complaints trucks carrying too much employees using street signs as personal home drivers who did not have driv ers licenses and city trucks being used for personal Rydcn claims Michie told him to quit or be Michie testified he had not authorized any investigation until he became aware the Publ ic Works Departments problems in May Michie also said complaints from Publ ic Works employees about work sche dule led Chapa to question Rydcns perfor mance during a city council Ryden said that he was never allowed a hearing when questions of his performance His James said that according to the city that loss of trust and confidence in an employee is not grounds for Michics Ronald See Page 2 Take all the necessary precau tions tonight to protect pets and the family A hard freeze ispredicted with the low dropping to 22 degrees by Todays high will reach 42 degrees but the northerly winds gusting to 22 mph will make it seem much The cold temp expected to continue the ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS 15 TO uJIfV A BASEBALL 13 shopping days to Christmas Inside CLASSIFIED 78 COMICS 4 CROSSWORD 3 DEAR ABBY 5 HOROSCOPE 5 SPORTS TV LISTINGS 5 WEATHER 2 Fifthgrade students at Scele Elementary School will perform Christmas music in a program Thursday beginning at 7 in the school The youngsters are taught by Zaida Theres only one day left to gel that letter mailed to Santa Claus for a personalized return The Circle K store at 508 Union is accepting letters from children along with a donation to United Cerebral Palsy through The store is donating the enve lopes and stamps to mail the let Youngsters who write po San ta will receive personlized letters in Cancer Support Group at McKenna Memorial Hospital will have its Christmas party today at 630 Members are reminded its a pot luck party so bring a covered The group is sponsored by McKenna Memorial Southwest Oncology and Hospice New Stop Dont try that Soft Rice Custard with Peach Topping that won a prize in the Heralds Holi day Cookbook Its good all but the ingredients are listed wrong in he They should be 3 cups coxked 4 cups cjp 2 beaten 2 1 ancj the Peach Combine cups an4 Cook over medium stilting until thicjc aw 899 Pege Voters to decide county district Exclusive performance The board of directors of Circle Arts Theatre staged its first Christmas Gift awards party and exclusive per formance for volunteers and contributors Sunday at the theatre in Landa Closing out the musical revue from Cathy Keith Mary Beth Mark Gordon and theatre director Eli zabeth Elliott singing Have Yourself a Merry Photo by Desmond Bostick A proposal to establish an emergency services district for Comal County has drawn fire and praise from area residents and government Voters will go to the polls Saturday to decide if a countywidc fire and ambulance district will be The district would establish a govern mental body 10 provide for fire protec tion and ambulance Coumy Commissioner Neil Craig mile of Prccicnt 2 said ihc district would more evenly distribute monct ary support for fire arid ambulance services in Comal Funds for volunteer services currently arc drawn from donations and fund raising pro jects so not all citizens served by the organizations pay for Opponents of the measure say it means an additional 3 to 10 cents tax per SI00 properly Others question the professional training of fire and ambulance personnel to be used and say ihc proposal is a hidden tax County Commissioner Clyde Jacobs of Precinct 4 said that while the statute is not it can be refined to meet the needs and afforda bility of those persons living within the Jacobs said the first step in forming the district will be for county commis sioners to appoint an emergency com mission to begin I will be extremely diligent in individuals who will tax for the not just because they have the right to Jacobs Jacobs said evaluations must first be made in as much as needs and availability of tax We must look at needs and not just the Jacobs First we will look at the then the and hen ability of taxpayers 1 will be very conservative with lax See Page 2 Officers arrest man for filing false report Comal Sheriffs officers charged a man with making a false report to a peace officer as a result of a 20 shooting according to Deputy Alan The man was arrested and charged with the offense which is classified as a Class B misdemea Investigator James Emory is credited with the investigation and following The Sheriffs department received a call in September which charged an attempted murder was in progress during the burglary of a A patrol officer was immediately dispatched and fol lowed by a patrol supervisor and an Officers found a man had been shot in back with a shotgun mid required When word got out about the area residents were scared because the suspect had not been said The ensuing investigation lasted See Page 2 Downtown advice Council forms advisory appoints members The New Braunfels City Council voted Monday night to approve the formation of a Downtown Advisory and voted in nine members to serve on the inaugural Appointed to the DA 13 were Linda Robert Carolyn Marian Rob Cindy Robert Carol I foffman and Robert The board members were chosen from a list of 14 We are very fortunate to have this many qualified peo ple ask to be on the Councilman James Goodbrcad The issue passed after couuciltncn Eddie Temple and Bill Arnold expressed concern that all the board members be residents of New Temple and Arnold voted for the and it was passed The board will serve as an advisory committee for the suggesting ways to improve commerce down City Manager Paul Grohman has indicated the board will likely function along with the Downtown Project headed by April The council also approved the use of ear marked for the purchase of computers and other office to be used over five years in a Public Property Finance The PPF contract is a financing mechanism which allows a purchaser a taxexempt investment and is expected to be sold at an interest rate of 7 percent or The plan will allow the city to pay for the computers over five years in while gaining percent interest on the remaining sum of City Manager Paul Grohman said the contract will allow a more creative and flexible way of paying for the computers instead of paying the up front in See Page 2 County sets up plan for selecting juries A new jury selection plan was adopted Monday by Comal County Commissioners which is expected to improve sclcctipn of potential Commissioners also agreed to establish temporary branch offices for voting in the March The new jury selection plan uses a computer to randomly select jurors based on local voter registration The previous system was based on state voter registration figures and is said to be some 18 months behind loc al according to Commissioner Neil During the March primary elec Comal County will open porary voting branch offices in three areas of the county to cut down on problems with voters in outlying areas of the Craigmile said the branch offices will be located in Canyon and in the Garden Ridge He said Ihe temporary offices will be day per week during the absentee election Each branch office will have a complete county voting registers and anyone in the county may vote at any of the Exact days and vot ing places have not been officially pending justice depart ment according to County Clerk Rosie Commissioners also agreed to Thursday as the designated meeting day for Commissioners elimi nating Monday The court will meet only once more before the 1990 and that meeting will be held on In other commissioners accepted the resignation of Arthur Smith from Rural Fire Precinct Dis trict 2 and appointed as his Smith resigned citing family health The phone contract for the County See Pege 2 Annual drive gets boost from The eighth annual New fels IleralctZeiiung Cheer Fund will soon be shifting into high gear as the list for items to be included in the Christmas dinners will be going out and volunteers will be gathering to distribute the is the latest of the large contributors to boost the fund with a The funds goal is to raise to fill baskets with Christ mas dinner for 200 area families selected by the Community Service The administrative costs are paid by the newspaper and volun teers including members of the New Braunfels Fire Fighters Asso ciation and Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department as well as news paper staff members provide the labor to package and deliver the Christmas baskets each Each year since the news paper has sponsored the drive to provide a Christmas dinner to the less fortunate in the area who might not otherwise enjoy a holi day That first the drive netted and spent to provide baskets to 60 The drive has grown and now provides baskets to 200 families in the This a goal of has been set to buy the goodies to fill those All of the taxdeductible contri butions are used to purchase the food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping The admini strative and distribution costs arc provided by the lleraldZeitung and community In the contributions have exceeded the goal and provided a beginning balance to start the drive each This a balance of kicked off the annual The lleraldZeitung will publish the names of contributors to the See Page 2

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