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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY 410 190 SOWEST I1ICRQPUBLISHING 2627 E YAMDELL DR EL PASO IX 79903 Area coaches remain upbeat about twoaday practices See 50 CENTS March New Braunfels Herald 16 pages in one section Riday Aug Serving Comal County tor more than 142 years Home of JUUANNE LEAVERTON Inside Sports Church River conditions Guadalupe cfe Comal feet per second Stammtisch Birthday from TteNewBroujeliHeraU Zeilung extends the following birthday wishes to Mark Gtera Brktake Srn Fen Hfc gbbotluun Badtag Bert Medina Charlie Wdcer belated Dolores G Bus toe Brandon Gold Kurt WWeofeM belated 95 Ddta A Peru Sandy Putt bett Annie Caddefl Melba Beal Horie Busch Richard Cbqrbn Johnnie Mae Morgan Doretta Rentier Ena Sarto Junes Sitman Mike Taferfco Happy Anniversary to Dai Doris Grinm 50 Edward Kara Reiniager 11 1994 Rodto QiMen sought school juniors are invited to compete tn the 1994 Comal County Rodeo Queen Contest Contestants must be single and enrolled in either Comal County school district as of August 1994 Information and entry forms will be available at New Braunfels Canyon and Smithson High Schools Womens center to host open house The board of directors and the staff of the Comal County Wom ens Center will host an open house on Tuesday Aug 9 from 5 to 7 pjn The open house will be held at the new shelter and administra tive offices located at 1547 Com monSt V 4H benefit dance sat for Aug 12 The Comal County 4H clubs are having their benefit dance on Friday Aug 12 at the Comal County Fairgrounds from 8 pan to2ajn Tickets are available at the county extension office 132 Water Lane New Braunfels BPW to meet Wednesday Tne New Braunfels Business Professional Womens Club will meet Wednesday Aug 10 at the Holiday Inn beginning at pjn Dinner wOl be served at 7 pjn followed by a program by Lizz Cutney District Director of BPW titled The Proactive For more information contact Elaine Wells at 6252947 or Ruby Bading at 6257511 Stammtisca limits its rtadtn submit items to StoHMijck to tftt Genital OMMMily fitamiHtixk npntstHO a attiitg for tkt community This newspaper is printed on recycted newsprint moving closer to electing mayor By ROGER CROTEAU Oty Editor New Braunfels mty move one step closer to tawing in atlarge election of the mayor tonight An itluge election means every registered in the chy would be tbte to vote for mayor Now the city council members elect the mayor among themselves Thfc mayors Mayoral Committee will meet at 5 pjn this afternoon at the Municipal Building on South Castell Street to consider making a formal recommendation to me mayor backing atlarge election of the mayor Some members of the committee expressed frustration mat the committee has not been able to get input from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund on the proposed change in how the mayor is elected Judith SantosCastro MALDEF staff attorney said she is concerned that moving to atlarge elections would make it less likely that New Braunfels would ever have a minority member become mayor The impact on minorities has to be assessed There is a lot to be looked SandersCastro said Right now there is some room for working things out in the context of the council There would be absolutely no hope if the mayor is SandersCastro said she was first contacted about the issue two years ago by committee mem ber Nayo Zamora but she has never come to New Braunfels to discuss the issue with com mittee or city officials She added that she does intend to come to New Braunfels to discuss MALDEFs concerns but does not have any thing scheduled Committee member Betty Lou Rushing said she is ready to vote to recommend atlarge may oral elections whether the committee gets any input from MALDEF or not Other cities have atlarge mayoral elections why would they pinpoint New said committee member Betty Lou Rushing We have sought to hear from MALDEF We would set something up andlit would be canceled and we would set something up and it would be can celed We have given mem every opportunity to meet with us but the time has come for us to move forward She said that last year the committee took a straw poU of its members and all but one favored recommending atlarge mayoral elections I dont know of anything to the contrary that has come up to change our Rushing said Brenda Freeman who resigned from the com mittee when she was elected to the city council was the one member who did not support at large elections in the straw poll She explained that she does not fed strongly either way and that the voters should have the opportunity to decide She said she abstained from the straw poll vote because it was unclear whether the committee was voting to have the mayor elected by a major ity or plurality She said she personally favors having a major ity vote to ensure the city a consen sus but she has concerns that may cause problems elect a minority member mayor Committee member Cheryl Scott also said she is ready to recommend at large mayoral elec tions We were just wanting their MALDEFs input before we went forward We are ready Its pretty simple The citizens of New Braunfels want the mayor elected at large I think its She said she does not think the committee will make any recommendations on whether or not to get rid of at large council seats which is also listed as an action item on tonights agenda She said any redistricting recommendations would likely be made by the Charter Review Committee that will be formed If the committee recommends changing the way the mayor is elected the issue would move to the city council which could vote to set a pub lic election on the issue Then the Department of Justice would have to preclear the election New Braunfels residents would then be allowed to vote on a ref erendum to change the city charter to have atlarge mayoral elections Beating the heat Casteel presents budget proposal StaffWriter Canyon football pfcywa took from tht of practice and high pondMQM tor ttw annual gnMHng Bratt Pmish right white from a trough Canyon Lake subdivision raises water concerns By CRAIG HAIMETT Staff Writer Responding to water concerns in the county Comal County Commissioiiefs Court tabled a motion to approve a new subdivision unit near Canyon Lake The court voted to table a motion to approve Unit 6 of the Canyon Lake Village West until developers could produce a letter showing the unit would have plenty of water also asked that a repre sentative of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corpo ration whose well would supply the water talk to the court about the availability of water Ive beard of people who have had to replace filter OVy a WMkhflQWi f rnluV t sioner Jumbo Evans of residents in the area I have questions whether there is a viable water John Dietksen a lawyer for the developer said the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation had assured him that a newlydug well would provide enough water Im not sure we can do more than what weve he told the court The CLWSC recently purchased many of the water systems in the Canyon Lake area Their plans call for putting in water treatment facilities at the lake and eventually bringing surface water to the area This particular case however deals with avail ability of well water Tom Homseth county engineer said the county requests tetters from the Texas Natural Resouce Conservation Commission usually provided by devel opers saying their wells meet requirements Commissioners court requested a tetter in addition to consultation with a representative from the CLWSC Coming Sunday Candidates for positions on the New Braunfete Independent School Districts Board at Trustees wffl answer questions posed to them by the HeraldZeitwg Sanchez Ted Gaskamp Bete ORerrnan Spain and Bob Reborn address toe issues in a CAA series Dont miss this informative feature in Sundays Hef aldZeitung County Judge Carter Casteel offi cially presented her budget for the next fiscal year to Commissioners Court Thursday The budget calls for county spending for next year up 15 percent from a year ago The tax rate will go down according to the judge however from 30775 cents per value to 30323 cents Most of the million spending increase would be funded through the county reserve fund She said the county will use funds from the reserves and generate from increased property taxes Although tax rates go dijwn some residents may see increased bills due to higher prop erty appraisals The judges proposal is just that Commissioners and the public will have time to review the budget before an Aug 18 hearing with formal approval slated for pjn of that v same day Casteel said she wanted the public not only to become more aware of the budget but to have the opportuni ty to speak thus the later time period for the approval The county will produce a copy of the budget inducting salary raises and other projections to appear as an insert in the HeraldZeituitgs Sunday edi tion This approach is new The pub lication will also appear in the Cayon Lake Times GuanMat on Wednesday Were trying to get citizens to begin being interested in the county she said 1 hope they will call me or the county commission ers on the Among other things the budget includes a six percent raise for classi fied county employees and a three percent raise for elected officials and the addition of several new positions Casteel said some elected positions such as the county treasurer commis sioners and constables tanked very lOW Otmpaiefl tft fitter T Casted sad some changes expected before the final hearing Ine costs total but could change by Aug 18 The insurance bids on Aug 18 may knock about off that if they come in where they she She also said the county may saw money on projected new buildings Sat two justices of the peace set at around For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 Metro 6060846   

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