New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 22, 1991, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

February 22, 1991

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4    HeraW-Zaftwg,    New Braunfels, Texas    Friday, February 22, 1991Council seeks to have demolished landmark rebuilt SAN ANTONIO (AP) — City Council members say they will order the rebuilding of the historic Finck Cigar Co. building if they can find out who ordered that the building be demolished. The historic building was destroyed Sunday morning. Council members said Thursday that ordering the company to rebuild the building would be the maximum penalty available to the city. The council took the action in response to a plea from the San Antonio Conservation Society. Mayor Lila Cockrell and council members expressed outrage at the demolition, which was earned out by an unlicensed contractor. Adolfo Vela, the contractor, and the person he said hired him, Larry Gibbons, have been cited for demolishing a building without a permit and for violating the city's historic preservation ordinance. Gibbons, managing partner of the Vista Verde Plaza Joint Venture, has denied any knowledge of the demolition. He and another partner, Bernard Lifshutz, have said the joint venture sold the Finck property several months ago, but they cannot remember the name of the buyer. The city’s historic preservation ordinance, which was strengthened in 1987 to protect historic buildings, allows officials to demand the rebuilding of a landmark if it is tom down illegally. Qty officials said they have not been able to determine the owner of the Finck property. "I am very angry about this," Mrs. Cockrell said. "Unless we take the most drastic action we can, we are going to have a repetition of this. I’d like to proceed along the lines of making them reconstruct the building." Councilman Nelson Wolff, who called the demolition an "outrage," said, "We're not just looking at a fine." Councilman Bob Thompson cautioned his colleagues against demanding the maximum penalty. "For this body to prescribe the penalty, this is not right," Thompson said. "This is a system of laws, not of people." Thompson, however, joined other members in voting to direct city staffers to explore the possibility of seeking the maximum penalty in the Finck case. Conservation society president Jane Foster asked the city council to seek the brick-by-brick reconstruction of the building, which was built in 1882. It was designated an "exceptional" landmark, the city's highest rating for historic structures. Ms. Foster said the building was tom down by owners who "beewise of wealth and political influence placed themselves above the law." : Members of the Bexar County Historical Society and Cattlemen's Square Historic District, in which the Finck building was located, also told council members demolition. they deplored the Grand jury    s records, witnesses on Berlanga AUSTIN (AP) — State Rep. Hugo Berlanga, a {Hominem South Texas lawmaker, said a special grand jury that has subpoenaed witnesses and business records apparently connected to him "doesn’t even merit any comment." The grand jury has already indicted House Speaker Gib Lewis, D-Fort Worth, on charges of allegedly violating ethics laws. Appearing before the grand jury Thursday were Mike Medley of Harlingen and Tom Elmore of Conroe. According to the subpoenas, Medley was ordered to bring documents of Title USA, Federal Civil Process and Berlanga Business Consultants. Elmore was told to bring records concerning any business negotiations, dealings or contracts between Federal Civil Process ami Title USA. Both declined to talk with reporters after leaving the grand jury room. Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle declined to say how the documents might be related to the investigation. Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi, said he was a past president of Title USA, a title search firm. On the financial disclosure statement that elected officials file with the secretary of state, Berlanga also lists himself as a business consultant for Berlanga Business Consultants. Earlier, an employee of Federal Civil Process, which served delinquent tax citations and conducted title searches, testified to the grand jury. The company has been linked to the San Antonio law firm of Heard, Gog-gan, Blair and Williams. Heard, Gog-gan is the state’s largest collector of delinquent taxes. The indictments of Lewis stemmed from allegations that he failed to report a gift from Heard, Goggan, and tliat he failed to disclose his interest in a business for which the law firm allegedly paid some property taxes. Les Williams, a partner in Heard, Goggan, helped start Federal Civil Process, which did most of its work for the Heard, Goggan firm, according to a lawsuit filed in Houston. Richardson Chiropractic  Clinic (fit A ii 629-4488 Walnut at Hwy. 81 Most Insurance Accepted TO AU INTERESTED PERSONS AND PARTIES; You are hereby notified of the opportunity for written public comment concerning Construction Permit Application No. C-20618 to Parker LaFarge Inc. to construct a rock crushing facility in New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas. The proposed location is at the existing quarry site off Wold Road. Approximately 5 miles southwest of the Comal County Courthouse. This facility proposes to emit the following air contaminant: particulate matter. Before a permit can be issued for this facility, all emission sources must demonstate compliance with all Rules and Regulations of the Texas Air Control Board and all applicable Federal Regulations. This includes the application of "best available control technology" to each emission source and compliance with all ambient air quality standards. The permit will allow the company to replace an existing rock crusher at the site with a modern rock crusher which will significantly reduce dust emissions from the process. Additional information concerning this permit application is published in the Public Notice Section of this newspaper. Comal County DEMOCRATS Want YOC! Join the county’s fastest-growing political party. Texas Governor’s Race* 1990 Ann Rlohffi’da ^B.360 Clayton Williams 8.763 rew’oy 46 p&d?ent! •Comal County Clerk Join us at our next meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 TJ's Burgers St More 636 S. Seguin Ave. 1989 Mark White £*3.687 AWW" ---- Bill Clement^ 8,793 Sx- Name. Address Phone _ Dues - SS per person/ SIO per family Return to Comal County Democrats PO Bo* 3107767 Aa paid by Comal County Democrats New Braunfels. Texas 78130-0767 These 17 businesses will promote their people and their operations in Horizons ’91. All Star Glass Bradzoil Centex Office Center Dittlinger Roller Mills Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home Entex Hadlock and Fox Kirk Gregory Lone Star Die Casting Mill Store Plaza Naegelin’s Bakery The Porter Company Tri-City Distributors, Inc. TXI Cement Company WalMart    _ WalMart Distribution Center WestPoint Pepperell    Herald-ZrituBg Mission Valley Mills Many of our sons and daughters honored this F call. Now it's t w time to honor them. The City of New Braunfels has proclaimed Saturday, March 2, 1991 "Pro Troop Rally Day." On this day citizens of our community will gather at the square in New Braunfels to show their support for our troops in the Middle East. Guest speakers will include Mayor Arno Becker, County Judge Carter Casteel, State Senator Ed Kuempel and others. Make plans now to attend. On Friday, March 1st The Herald-Zdtung will publish a complete schedule of events as well as photographs of service men and women from our area now stationed in the Persian Gulf. The only way we can know who from our community is over there is by you telling us. Send us a photograph and we will include it in our Friday, March 1st tribute. We will also mail each troop a copy as our way of saying thanks. Please fill in the form below and return it along with a photo, to our office no later than 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 27th. Shouldn’t you? Call at 625-9144 today for details Service Person's Name Rank Serial Number Service Person's Address in Persian Gulf Service Person's Age Service Person's High School and Last Year Attended Your Name Your Address HORIZONS 91 Service Person's Realtionship to You j7. 1994 Your Phone Number Mall to: Honor the Troops New Braunfels Her ald-Zcitu fig P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 or bring bf 707 Landa Street, New Braunfels ;

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