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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas New Braun 10 I IT I Herald kn lung February Serving Comal Home of Robert Hanover 58 Daily 50 Sunday 75 cents City council debates public comment schedule By GARY CARROLL The New Braunfels City Council dis cussed the possibility of restructuring council meetings Monday by moving the citizens communications segment to the end of the meeting instead of leaving it at the beginning where it is Mayor Clinton Brandt said it would behoove the council to move the agenda item back to allow the council to dis pense with regular council 1 feel that the primary purpose of the City Council here is to conduct the busi ness of the public and then we Related page 2 will proceed with the citizens communi Brandt Brandt explained that this move was not meant to save time or take away from the citizens but rather moving that part of the meeting closer to the end would allow for more time for citizens to talk to the We the council are here to perform these duties regardless of how long it takes Brandt what you elected us here for and thats what we intend to Council member James Goodbread dis agreed with Brandt and said the citizens communication should remain at the beginning of council adding that the present schedule allows for a greater level of citizen I think that it would discourage citi zens participation and not encourage Goodbread Council member Paul Praser voiced his dissension for format change and said also that the success in participation of the citizens communications portion of the meeting can be attributed to the fact that it comes so early in the Eraser told the council that the citi zens are the business of the council and should be of the utmost importance in any consideration to reformat the meet Eraser said that a considerable per centage of the towns population is com prised of elderly and every con sideration should be taken into account for their safety and well being regarding their participation in the More dissension was voiced from Coun cilman Rudy Seidel said it is not fair for the citizens to have to wait on the council to finish its business beftre being allowed to address it accord ing to would make people leery about returning to future If we wait until the very then a lot of time they wont come Seidel Council Members Dan Bremer and Bill Arnold supported the along with Brandt and Chris Bowers of New Braunfels said the council should leave the citizens com munications at the beginning of the meet saying the council should striveg to keep the citizens happy The council will hear the second reading of the ordinance at its next meeting CISD sets date for personnel hearing By ROSE MARIE HASH The Comal Independent School District board of trustees will meet in late February for a pro posed termination hearing of the Canyon Bigh School Assistant officials decided in a special meeting After a fivehour executive ses the board voted unani mously to take final action on the case immediately at the conclu sion pfthe perjsonnel According to Bill board action on the remain der of the cases will be taken at the next regular board Our normal process is that at our regular February meeting theres an evaluation of the Bays At that we take action on administrators relative to disciplinary what Asked if there had been any discussion of postponing the scheduled May CISD board elec tion inresponse to the question of singlemember Hays said there had not Weve been told that the information from a demograph ic study is supposed to be avail able for our 22 board meet said When we hear well kno The board ordered a demo graphic study to help them decide whether board elections should be held by singlemember dis tricts instead of atlarge to allow greater board Racial discrimination charges brought by some parents in the district initiated an which began last summer and culminated in the proposed ter mination of one nonrenewal of contracts and rep rimands for The board has since said that racial discrimination wai not the sole basis for the actions they took against some administra The findings of the tovestiga tion have not been TREE LIGHTING Man Bowen of John Watson Landscape goes out on a limb to install lights in trees above New Braunfels main plaza last The New Braunfels Rotary Club will hold a dedication ceremony for their Main Plaza Landscape Illumination project at 6 City offi club officials and members of the New Braunfels High Band will be on hand to celebrate the lighting of the tree gazebo and Photo by John Marshall Fire was no suspects By GARY CARROLL HwaldZeltung No suspects have emerged in a the probe of a fire that damaged Rhoads Interiors but an investigation has produced several a fire official said Officials have determined that the fire was deliberately but dont know exactly how the blaze was New Braunfels Divi sion Chief and Fire Marshall John Berber The fire started in the Berber I have a point of but I dont have a Berber Berber said the exact figures of the damage done to the located on North have not been released by the insur ance but said that most of the interior and the contents may be New Braunfels firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after midnight Saturday morn Berber said also that he is close to apprehending the third suspect involved in the fire that destroyed the community center in That one should be cleared up in the next week or Ber ber Commissioners discuss consolidation of polling sites By ROSE MARIE EASH Comal County commissioners discussed consolidation of voting precincts for the May 1993 special election in yesterdays commissioners court workshop Id like to see the polling places all open because we can get a better said Judge Carter I understand that there is some benefit to Commissioner Evans pointed out that the cost of a polling place was minimal about per each polling Streater said the major interest was to consolidate polls for the city elections with those for the county and statewide elec Casteel said the suggestion will be addressed in the 18 session of Com missioners Also on the agenda for the workshop session was a report from Business Records Corporation concerning the resolution of what system Comal County will use to tabulate election The county had purchased an optical scan voting system which has been used in four Major problems with the paper ballots used with the system in last Novembers general election delayed results till the wee hours of the Many Comal County officials and citizens called for a return to the punch card system previously Business Records Corporation accepted full responsibility for the problem saying the quality of printing for some of the bal lots was not as good as it should have They stood by their recommendation that the county use the optical scan but offered to replace it with a comparable punch card system at no additional cost to the county if that was A return to the punch card system is thought by some to consider the interests of the county officials above those of The punch card method assures a more rapid tally since it automatically counts invalid ballots as overvotes and ignores This method does not give county election officials any opportunity to try to interpret the voters intention and vali date the Doing so with the punch card system would be difficult because the cards them selves are blank once removed from the voting Proponents of the optical scan method say the system which rejects incorrectly marked ballots provides an opportunity for election officials to count votes which might otherwise be A solution to the tabulating time used up in manually correcting such ballots may be Index Stammtisch State WATER WATCHMMHMHIIIMS WBAI 8 Best wishes The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung sends birthday wishes to Alma Jessica Sue Whitnee Leonard Vincent Mary Cabelo and Larry Belated Birthday wishes go to James Watson lane closing Comal County Road Department will be reconstructing two drainage structures along Watson Lane This project is sched uled to begin 8 and Se completed in approximately four During the construction of these drainage structures Watson Lane will be intermittently Traffic will be detoured to Kolenburg Lane and York Greek For more information call Purple Martin seminar Jim Schult will conduct a Purple Martin seminar from 1011 at Schulx Nursery in The public is invit ed to this free Financial aid Members of the Southwest Texas State University counseling and financial aid departments will conduct a financial aid workshop at 7 at New BraunfeU High School in rooms B15 and They will answer questions and explain how financial aid for college can be Call School funding A Robin Hood school funding proposal could win crucial OOP sup port In the House If lawmak ers agree to place other Items on the same statewide a Republican leader says In todays Herald page 8 For Home Delivery in New Braunfels and Comal County Call 6259144
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