Tuesday, January 10, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDA New Braunfels is again toprated team in local soccer preview OOUNTI DAYS New Braunfeli Seiquloentennlal March New Braunfels 8 pages In one section Tuesday Jan HeraldZeitu 1996 ServlnaComal Co Ltv for more than 1 43 vearsl Home of LISA AKIN BRUCKS I Inside Sports The Birthday from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes toRobert Braune Lisa Ann Brucks Barbara Hau pert John White belat Marcos Suarez Eugene Kbplin Happy Anniversary to Emma Offerman Community Chorale rehearsal scheduled The New Braunfels Commu nity Chorale will rehearse this evening at 7 at Eden Home For more information con tact Dr Fred Frueholz at 625 6420 Music Study Club plans Jan 12 meeting The New Braunfels Music Study Club will host the Jan 12 meeting at the Seele Parish House at There will be a Founders Day observance and the second part of the study book Clara Schumann The Artist The Woman presented by Robbie Borchers Featured violin soloist will be Clive Amor In addition to the violin there will be flute and piano performance by Susan Deschn er and Barbara Houde respec tively The public is invited Rehearsals set for MidTexas Symphony Rehearsal for the MidTexas Symphony Chorus will be Sun day Jan 15 at 2 in the Ayres Recital Hall at Texas Lutheran College For more information call Dr Fred Frueholz at 6256420 NBHS Theatre II to present Nit Wits The New Braunfels Theatre II students will present the play Nit Witsat in the New Braunfels High School Cafetorium Admission is for adults and for children Violet Society to present show and sale Members of the Magic Knight African Violet Society will pre sent a show and sale at Schulz Nursery in Marion from 10 through 4 Saturday Jan 14 Educational exhibits and demonstrations will be present ed A gift certificate door prize will be given away Admission is free and the public is invited AARP to meet Jan 17 at Senior Center The local chapter of AARP will hold a meeting Jan 17 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center 655 Landa in New Braunfels The meeting will begin at Coffee and cookies from 9 to New members and friends are invited This news paper is printed on recycled newsprint Petition presented for mayors recall By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A petition for the recall of Mayor Paul Fraser was submitted to City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi by Dist 4 resident Bill Kotylo at last nights city council meeting We want a city council to be united to work together for the better of New he said The petition contained 350 signatures accord ing to Kotylo 73 signatures above the 277 required by percent of the recorded vote in Dist 4s last election Grounds for recall stated in the petition arc incompetence misconduct or malfeasance in office pursuant to Article V of the Charter of the City of New relating to several points The petition accused Fraser of violating the open meetings act Aug 1 when he allegedly polled council members regarding the firing of the city attorney It accused Fraser of exceeding his authority when he allegedly directed the city attorney to submit his resignation and it accused Fraser of misconduct when he allegedly directed the city attorney not to pay the city water man agers salary After Sarkozi received the signatures Fraser directed her to make receipts copies of them so that they would not be lost Under city charter Sarkozi must now verify that all of the signatures are of valid registered vot i Reiall referendum may appear on bist 4 May election ballot ere in Dist 4 In five days or less from last nights council meeting another council meeting must be called for the petitions to officially be presented to the council Frasor then has five to 15 days to request a pub lic hearing Statements may be heard at the hear ing but no action may be taken by the council at that time Then if the mayor does not resign a recall election will be called which would occur at the neKt regularly scheduled election which is May 1995 Severn residents came forward in support of the mayor I dont think the recall efforts are helpful to the said New Braunfels resident Ted Alexander were doing things that you would teach your children to In what respect did Mr Fraser not represent you said resident J Leonard Meyer Its going to cost all of our district money for this said Recycling Committee Chair person Susan Curtis I think its wrong for our Councilmember Tim Walker urged all resi dents who support Mayor Fraser to come for ward I i encouraged everyone who voted for Mayor Ffaser to speak up in support of him in the next few he said David Wallace chairman of the Charter Review Com mittee presented proposed charter amendments to the council Changes in the charter include electing the Paul Fraser mayor by plurality a method that would make it possible for a mayor to be elected from the minority population The amendments also call for redistricting the voting districts into six separate districts two minority one 50 percent minority and three non minority These changes would allow for the election of a mayor from the minority population Its supposed to provide some relief to concerns raised by council member Benitez that a minor ity mayor could never be elected by a said Wallace Councilmember Brenda Borchers Freeman brought up that the new districting might affect the terms of the current council members When new lines are drawn some districts may have two sitting council some none at all More than likely partial terms and council vacancies are going to have to be dealt said Councilmember Mary Serold The charter amendments go on the ballot in the May election Copies of the amendments are available for residents to pick up at the Municipal Building In other business New Braunfels Utilities Gen eral Manager Paula Difonzo presented a resolu tion to the council regarding a contract for NBU to supply Golf Parks New Braunfels Inc with reclaimed water The resolution was unanimously approved by the council NBU would sell effluent from the New Braun fels sewage treatment plant to the Golf Park for use in irrigating the golf course If the effluent is returned directly to the Guadalupe River the city no longer has any claim on it said Difonzo But it can be sold to another user directly from leav ing the plant This is a fairly revolutionary pro said attorney John Dierksen who drew up the contract Its not often that you have a project where the requirements fit together so said Difon zo Plans for improving Eikel Field Park were pre sented In Sept 1994 Commissioners Court allo cated for Eikel Field improvements The plans include an exercise track to accommodate both walkers and runners more single picnic tables with grills a new playscape and more trees Councilmember Benitez called a town meeting for Dist 1 to discuss the charter amendments and other business The meeting will be held Jan 17 at 7 at Lone Star School A SAFE SECURE HOME 1Q tn A sign In front of Docs Guns reflects a growing concern for home security Texans have many options to choose By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Violent crime is a part of the fabric of American life today Fear of it prompts many to seek enhanced protection for their homes and businesses Texans have many options The first and perhaps the most effective is community cooperation To keep crime from being a bigger problem in New Braun fels Neighborhood Watch is number one in said Cheryl Scott of the Safe City Commission Ill come out any place any time to help set up a neighborhood said Scott The Safe City Commission is stronger than ever Were there for anyone who wants to make their neighborhood more The second tier of home protection said Scott should be a home security check New Braunfels Police officers as avail able will perform these checks informing home owners of changes they can make in their homes to enhance security One simple step is engraving items that might be stolen such as home electronics Residents can borrow an engraver free of charge through the Safe City Commission said Scott Use your drivers license number to engrave the item Once its taken to a pawnshop it can be easily she said Electronic jiome security systems are a considerable financial but they can be worth looking into said Scott Priced from several thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands When my husband is out of town it reallyi gives me peace of said Scott If the intruder is armed and dangerous the police could arrive too late even if alerted by a home sequrity system Owning a gun can be a if the gun is used prop erly said Doc Cantu owner of Docs Guns It provides excellent peace of mind espe cially if you Ijve in an isolated he said Cantu recommends several types of guns for home protection depending on the prospective user Small revolvers easy to use and maintain are a good choice for women he says Prices start at about Small combination gun safes are available for storing loaijled pistols Shotguns anf another good home securi ty choice said Cantu Some guns have a very powerful psychological he said Cantu stressed the importance of proper gun maintenance and regular practice using the gun A giin doesnt do anything by itself it only does what you tell it he HemldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL In this country arming citizens has been a pos itive thing throughout its Bill Reimer District Attorney said Texas law gives property owners broad rights concerning use of firearms to pro tect property under Penal Code Sec said District Attorney Bill Reimer In this country arming citizens has been a positive thing throughout its he said In the beginning it was meant as a defense against an med and autocratic government said Reimer Defense of property with deadly force may be legal but consequences can be heavy as well If youre going to have a loaded gun in your home you need to be ready to use said Cantu And what if a person successfully defends his property and kills another person New Braunfels Police Detective Kevin Steven warns that citizens need to think long and hard before they choose deadly force as a home securi ty measure Even if its legal to kill some one while protecting your property there are so many other consequences to he said CDAC to begin documentation of local needs By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Thursday evening at 7 many New Braunfels resi dents will crowd into the city council chambers in the Munic ipal Building hopes Community Development Director Penelope Church We want people to come forward and identify critical she said Those involved with providing any type of service to the special needs of the community are urged to attend In Thursdays meeting the Community Development Advisory Committee CDAC will begin to write a needs assessment document to be submitted to HUD The Department of Housing and Urban HUD requires that cities receiving Community Develop ment Block Grants and other federal grants must submit a doc ument called a Consolidated Strategy and Plan Submission in order to receive funds This is the single most important requirement for us to receive CDBG said Church She emphasized that the meeting was to define needs not distribute grant money This is not going to be a contest for she said The needs assessment document will bean opportuni ty for all New Braunfels residents to receive the maximum grant funds possible from the federal government Thursdays meeting will be structured as a workshop with individuals addressing similar needs grouped together These submeetings will each choose a liaison to the planning com mittee This will be a partnership building vision building process from the bottom said Church We want to share resources and talent reducing duplication of The more variety of service providers the better said Church Those meeting needs of the elderly or disabled cri sis support the homeless children and families mentally ill drug dependency health care and AIDS housing neigh borhoods and churches economic development education and others are encouraged to attend We want anyone who feels there is a need that is not being addressed in the com said Church Job Express available here By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Texas Employment Commission TEC is going on line The state employment agency will be easily accessible to many more people through TEC Job a new computerized job listing said TEC Area Manager Robert E Bluhm Job Express in New Braunfels is part of a test of the pro gram in the San Antonio market When they started the pilot program in San Antonio 1 asked if New Braunfels could be a part of it That way the pilot program could be tried in a small community said Bluhm Statewide job listings will now be available to anyone with access to a personal computer with a modem through the new People wishing to use the Job Express do not need to have computers of their own however Anyone is free to use the computers at the New Braunfels office of the TEC locat ed at 1 SSI N Walnut Suite 3 The Marketplace Onestop shopping five days a week

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