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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Smithson Valley Hangereffes open hoops season X COUNTDOWN 489 DAYS New Braunfelt Sesqulcentennial March March New Braunfels 18 Pages In two sections Nov INSIDE Sports SIAMMIISCII Birthday wishes The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung extends the following birthday wish es Luna Cole Corey John West brook Mary Jo Dry Regina Sanchez Amy Resales JJK Allen Marine Reisbig Dennis Tasto Jerry Uly Barucki 26 HeraldZeitu Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of LAN A COLE I Vol 142 No 4 HeraldZeitung Cheer fund donations sought The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs Cheer fund campaign to provide food for local needy fam ilies is continuing with much suc cess according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Avery said that any type of nonperishable food item can be donated as well as money The Cheer fund goal is to assist 200 local families this year Over families have received Cheer fund assistance over the last 11 years Avery noted This has been possible due to the gen erosity of the To donate call the Herald Zeitung at 6259144 Todays donations were from Cpt Mrs Frank GajewsW Jesse Willy Mae Saegert Moore Raymond Trudy Soechting Total is now at Rev Terry Fullam to speak Thursday Thursday Nov 18 at the Rev Terry Fullam will speak at St Johns Episcopal Church Fullam is recognized worldwide for his gift of present ing the gospel with clarity and conviction His former parish St Pauls in Darien Conn is the subject of the book Miracle in This event of singing and teach ing is open to the public St Johns is at 312 S Guenther League off Women Voters training The League of Women Voters will conduct a onehour observer corps training session on Thurs day Nov 18 at 7 at the Herb Schneider Room of Victo ria Bank and Trust The corps members attend meetings of local government bodies and provide reports on policy issues to the League for development of its policy action program Call Thea Chessher at 629 4262 or Olga Lara at 6252187 Hospice Open House scheduled Hospice New Braunfels will have an open house Wednesday Nov 17 from 4 to 6 at the new facility 613 N Walnut The public is invited to tour the Hospice facility and meet new administrator Lawrence Leahy Stammtisch The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites iti readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German communi ty Stammtisch represents a sit ting place for members of the cam muraty to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with oodbread out By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels residents will once again be asked to head to the polls to elect a new member to their city council A judge determined Tuesday that James Good bread who held a position as an atlarge coun cilman is not eligible to serve another term on the city council Goodbread said he was a little disappointed about the judges decision but he has not made a decision about whether or not he will appeal I am satisfied with the way my council presented the he said I still Goodbread think the whole thing was a waste of time and of the taxpayers The question of Goodbreads eligibility became an issue after local businessman Peter Lingam felter filed a quo warranto action challenging whether or not Goodbread could serve on the council Lingamfelters case was based on the fact that New Braunfels citizens approved an amendment May 1 putting term limitations into place on the council During this same election Goodbread was elected to office Goodbread has already served three terms on the council Certainly the issue in my mind still was not said Lingamfelter Thanks to a couple of brilliant attorneys and some dedica tion they helped me preserve the will of the people who voted for term A jury trial on the matter began Monday how ever after all of the testimony was heard the judge decided the case was a matter of law and jjTtijdjjjiwthe case from the jury The verdict was rendered at after one and one half days of jury selection and one half day of testimony Lingamfelter was the first witness called to testify in the case He told the jury he began to question Goodbreads eligibility to serve just after the May 1 election Initially I discussed it with my wife and a few friends trying to make some sense of he said I learned through several phone conversa tions that it was going to be necessary to get some legal help in order to keep the city from what clearly could be a violation that could put Relief disappointment shown by city council members concerning decision By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Members of the New Braunfels City Council expressed both relief and disappointment about a judges decision that City Council Member James Goodbread cannot serve on the city council The judge decided Tuesday that Goodbread was not an eligible can didate becaiise member has served more terms than those allowed in an amendment to the city charter The amendment was passed by voters in the May 1 election Goodbread was elected to another term at the same time Council member Chris Bowers said he was disappointed about the judges decision I supported James Goodbread I always supported Jim Goodbread through this whole ordeal It came down to a point of said Coun cil Member Chris Bowers jl believe it was the will of the people to have Jim he said H Trn disappointed in the said Council Member Paul Eraser We will have to fill a partial term now Over people voted for him He was the second highest votergetter in the atlarge election Those votes have been stolen Hes a man of great experience We should not throw the baby out with the bath water Ive seen examples of his expertise His input has been said Fraser Fraser also said the term limitations amendment states it does not apply to partial terms Whats left is a partial term He could conceivably run he said Two other council members expressed relief that the ordeal is over although one said she did not have any opinion about what the outcome should be 1 just think this council has had enough dissection to last a said City hadnorealstrong feelings one way or the other 1 see both sides of it Paul Fraser Butch Benltez Jan Kennady the city in he testified Also testifying for the plaintiff was Former New Braunfels Mayor Clinton Brandt Brandt testified that he believed the amendment to the charter included current city council members The first witness for the defense was Good bread who said he had asked when the final reading of the charter amendment was approved whether or not this would affect the May electioa He said he was told it did not apply That night was very important to as to the fact do I run he said Goodbread testified that he believes he should be allowed to serve on the council I was duly elected There wasnt even a close he told the jury Other witnesses for the defense included City Manager Hector Tamayo Assistant City Secretary Julia Mulhollan and New Braunfels residents Allen Seelhammer Gil Lindsey and Al Kosko No witnesses were called by the City of New Braunfels which was also named as a defendant in the case The city was represented by City Attorney Barry Moore Goodbread said he will probably run for anoth er office in Comal County but did not name EU WD fires GM Masters By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer The Edwards Underground Water District board of directors fired Russell Masters General Manager of the EUWD Some of the Bexar County direc tors have lost confidence in the man said Kenneth Ikels a Comal Countys representative on the board I have confidence in him I think its an inopportune time for that to occur when the Justice Department ruling is due in a couple of The Justice Department is due to rule on whether or not the appoint ment of a board to direct the new Edwards Aquifer Authority is a vio lation of the Voting Rights Act by Friday Nov 19 Masters was placed on a 90 day administrative leave on Oct 12 and was fired Tuesday at a special meet ing The vote was 63 with Ikels vot ing against along with Harry Bishop and Frances Emery both of Hays County It the amend ment did say cur rent but some consid ered that retroac she said Im just glad its Its unfortunate that it had to go to the extremes it went said Mayor Pro Tern Butch Benitez It was very clear from the very beginning Im sorry we had to go through Benitez said he would have accepted the judges decision whether it was to keep Goodbread on the council or not Council members said they did not know what was in the future for the council I see a sevenmember council with two vacancies jara I believe the ideals James Goodbread stood for will RrtUUQro show in the election Bowers Bowers Benitez said he did not know if anyone would want to run considering the recent recall and the Goodbread issue Kennady said she hopes the city council can work together in the election If we all start working as a team we can do wonderful things for the she said The council will now have to call an election to replace Goodbread A special election has already been called for Jan 15 to fill the seat vacat edby Dan said they did not know if an election to replace Goodbread will be freldatthe same time which one In addition he also said he hopes the city will decide to have an election to name his1 replacement at the upcoming special election on Jan 15 This is the second person removed from the council this year Former District 2 Councilman Dan Bremer was recalled from his position on trie council earlier this month Goodbread said he did not think issues on the council will be resolved as a result of the judges decision It will not be until they the citizens get the representation they want and they Residents near airport plea their case to board again HeraldZaitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Girl Scout toy donation Girl Scout Troop 1042 yesterday donated toys to the Community Service Center From left are Chrlstl Perez Thera Edwards Maria Perez assist leader Karen Popp Ashley Forester Susie Garcia director of community service center Kelll Mayfleld Not pictured Donnelly Anya Doughty Whitney Douglas Klndra Fell Jennifer Grler Mia Humphries Alex Mollnar Rachel Motz Chelsea Schulle Ashley Smith Reagln Smith Rebecca Vetter and troop leader Kay Smith Former councilman being held in local jail By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Former Mayor Pro Tern Ramon Chapa Jr is currently being held in the Comal County Jail for failure to pay child support According to reports Chapa was arrested in Dallas on a warrant He was transferred to the Comal County Jail Tuesday morning said deputies Officials said Chapa 36 had moved from New Braunfels to Dallas Chapa was still being held in the jail as of Wednesday morning His bond has been set at Chapa served as councilman for Dis trict 1 between 1986 and 1992 He opted not to run for the position again The vacant seat was filled by current Mayor Pro Tern Butch Benitez According to past reports from the HeraldZeitung Chapa faced time in the county jail at another time because of written court order to pay pastdue child sup port The reports jr showed he did pay that child support in 1991 Ramon Chapa By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Residents living in the area of the New Braunfels Municipal Airport once again plead their cases to members of the advisory board in hopes that their land will not be condemned when the airport begins to expand Officials of the airport advisory board received a report Tuesday evening on the status of a million federal grant which will allow for some runways at the facility to be refur bished This report triggered the discussion about the master plan and future expansions at the airport According to officials appraisers have been hired to appraise property that will be needed for all future expan sions Residents of that area said they were notified about surveyors being on their land but were not given notice of appraisers j The whole thing that concerns me the most is they want to come into my said Nancy Krueger who lives near the airport I feel like I dont have a she said Leatrice Saur who also lives near the airport said she wanted to know what the future plans of the airport are Is this the dream of the city or is there some private organization out there she said Arent our farms worth anything and our heritage out there she said Expansions currently being consid ered call for a small portion of land to be condemned However if an instru ment landing system is added at a lat er date the expansions will be greater and Krueger and her family could be forced to leave their home City Engineer William Dobrowols ki said he would contact the FAA about the possibility of getting a waiv er so that the Kruegers home would not be damaged Canyon Lake resident Ted candidate for county judge questioned if an ILS would be needed at the air port if there is not enough traffic cur rently at the location and said officials may be placing the cart before the Why arent we developing our air port to attract tenants to create a demand for and ILS he said Goerges said at least two airlines have been looking at the New Brauri fels airport but said he could not name the airlines at this time If an airline gives its intent to serve in New Braunfels The same thing that happened in Nacogdoches can hap pen he said The airport in Nacogdoches opened to a commuter airline several years ago Goerges said the airline moved into that location in less than six months Goerges assured the residents at the meeting that nobody wants to take land from them and explained that before an airline could move into New Braunfels approval must be given by the city council The board will meet in December to tour the airport The next regular meet ing of the board will be held Jan 1N the New Braunfels Municipal Build ing For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144
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