Sunday, January 15, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas COUNTDOWN 60 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentennial March March Inside Sports Local Class of the 3B Stammliscli Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Darrel Que sada James Rahe Jr Mon Miriam N Plstor 80 Maria D Soto Trey Hartman Helen Scharmann Earlean Reeves aren Usey Vincent Welsser 3arol Czerwonky Simon Esqulbel Leslie Pentecost Brian Griffith Christy School Rafaela Mancha Happy Anniversary to Larry Gloria Abel 24 Spurs to host special night for New Braunfels The San Antonio Spurs will host a community night honoring New Braunfels on Saturday Feb 4 for their game against Sacramento The event sponsored by the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club will feature a pre game ceremony with New Braunfels dignitaries and lots of fun and recognition for the New Braunfels crowd Also the Spurs will donate from each ticket sold to the downtown sidewalk paver project Tickets range from to All ticketholders will be registered for a drawing to trade for two courtside seats on the night of the game Buses are available For tickets or informa tion call Tobin or Maureen at 6257502 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 NBU warns of blasting during project Yantis Corporation a contrac tor for New Braunfels Utilities working on the Blieders Creek sewer extension project near the Dean Word Ranch will begin limited blasting on Tuesday Jan 17 Anyone having questions regarding the project may call Roger Biggers at 6298400 Meeting set for District 1 residents New Braunfels residents who live in district 1 will be able to discuss issues with county com missioner Cristina Zamora and city council member Ambrosio Benitez at a town meeting sched uled for Tuesday Jan 17 at 7 at the Lone Star cafeteria Items up for discussion include the Bergeld Street drainage pro ject Proposed city charter amendments Eikel Field devel opment housing and applica tions for homestead exemption The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est million jackpot LOTTERY This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Special Supplement 24 Hours In New Braunfels A pictorial look at a day in the life of our community Friday Jan II Sports Day Hoop it Up Local basketball teams enter district play where each game means everything 8A New Braunfels Herald 9 y DR SUNDAY Serving Comal County for more than 143 years 1 Home of MIRI 46 Pages In four sections Sunday Jan HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Fire at Lake Dunlap Roberts president of the Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department sprays down some of the smoldering places of a structure which caught fire at Saturday The structure was locat ed at 2706 FM 725 lot 30 and was totally destroyed according to Roberts Six Lake Dunlap VFD firemen responded to the blaze and had It under control in only ten minutes after arriving Roberts said the fire was caused by careless burning of trash at a nearby residence All good Langston House owners announce the closing of citys threestar rated restaurant this week By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A New Braunfels tradition is about to become part of New Braunfels history It is with great sad ness that we inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control we have decided to close our beloved Langston said Bill Knight owner Effective immediately the award winning restau rant will close its doors Langston House has been one of New Braunfels1 favorite choices for the very finest in dining for years We have worked diligently and very hard during the past 15 years to make our restaurant one we are proud said Knight The restaurant was awarded the coveted threestar rating by the Mobil 1994 Travel Guide And Langston House won first place in the KLRN Wine Food Tasting in both 1993 and 1994 Langston House was the only nonAustin or San Antonio restaurant to be invited to be a participant in the 1993 Hill Country Wine Food Festival in Austin Darlene Tantzen coowner of Langston House was the creative force behind the restaurants out standing cuisine Bringing years of study and exper tise to her task she concocted a menu varying from seafood to traditional German dishes critics pro claimed so delicious only a few restaurants can touch these Guests at the Langston House were treated to fine music as well as fine dining thanks to Bill Knights generosity with his talents Trained at the American Conservatory at Chicago Knight has performed in such venues as the Houston Symphony during the Houston Chronicle Pop Con certs under the direction of conductors including Arthur Fielder Henry Mancini and Quincy Jones At Langston House Knight turned his piano mastery to playing guests favorite songs on the grand piano each It is with great sadness that we inform you that due to cir cumstances beyond our control we have decided to close our beloved Langston day New Braunfels will not be the same without Langston House Knight and Tantzen extend fond regrets as they close their restaurant We appreciate your loy alty and patronage and for giving us a good closing they said We regret we will not be able to host the many parties on our cal endar nor fly our Sesqui centennial flag during this Bill Knight exciting year for New Knight and Tantzen will be available for those needing to contact them on Langston House business If you have pending business with the Langston House please leave a message at 6251898 or 629 they said We will be in touch with you as future plans are formulated We hope that 1995 and the continuing years will be good years for all of Sparks fly at council meeting Council deviates from agenda members defend themselves against petitions accusations By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council departed from its published agenda yesterday morn ing when it met to be formally presented with a petition to recall council member Paul Fras er The agenda consisted of two items Presentation of petitions calling for the recall of Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr B Consider action to be taken if any regarding petitions calling for the recall of Mayor Paul E Fraser The petition accused Fraser of incompe tence misconduct or malfeasance in because 1 he violated the open meetings act by polling a group of council comprising a quorum about the firing of city attorney Bar ry Moore and 2 he exceeded authority by requesting nonpayment for the services of water negotiator Doug Miller The petition was presented to council by city secretary Veronica Sarkozi through city manager Mike Shands A memo from Sarkozi included information pertaining to the petition It was received on Monday Jan 9 1995 at the city council meeting containing 352 signa tures After verifying the signatures the city sec retary determined that 328 of the signatures were valid Four addresses were not in Dist 4 one signature was a duplicate and 19 signers could not be found on the list of registered vot ers Mayor Fraser then read the petition as well as the letter from Sarkozi to Fraser dated Wednesday Jan 11 in which he was officially informed of the petition Then came the departure Fraser said Now I want to make a state ment about the petition This petition is a statement that convicts it does not allege it convicts me of violating the He said that he had not violated any law nor had he ever been brought with charges in any court of violating the law Fraser asked each council member in rum if he or she had conspired with him to circum vent the open meetings act Each in turn replied in the negative and Fraser asserted that he therefore must not have circumvented the law He asked each council member if he had polled any of them regarding the firing of the city attorney and each in turn answered Kennauy recalled that she did have a phone call from the mayor regarding Barry Moores resignation 1 will go on record saying that when Bar ry Moore was asked to resign the phone call that I got from the mayor said At the behest of several city council members 1 met with the city attorney earlier today and asked for his said Kennady The mayor called for council to decide if any action should be taken on the petition Mayor Im not sure the council actually has to take any action on the said city attorney Jacqueline Cullom I believe that section B states you can announce whether you would like to request a public hearing All On this agenda theres nothing that calls for dis cussion and what were doing is the hearing As a point of order I would like to go on record to say were not supposed to be doing this and were not following this Jan Kennady the charter requires is that the petition be she said Council member Mary Serold said that the petition indicted all of the council since it did not name who specifically had met with the mayor I really take offense to being indict ed convicted without ever even being asked by one of these she said Serold expressed concern that receiving the petition would incriminate the council mem bers Fraser Serold and Mayor Pro Tern Chris Bowers said they would not receive the petition If you want to vote on it arent we just vot ing on the fact that there are enough valid signatures here said Freeman Actually in my legal opinion thats the only comment the council could make said Cullom The charter states that the council cannot make any factual determinations about the allegations Even if theyre criminal Serold Thats what the law Cullom Even if it incriminates us by accepting it Fraser asked 1 dont know why we need to say we accept it so long as we receive said Free man Its presented therefore it was Cullom stated In my legal opinion the charter states that if all the technicalities are met it is the duty of the council to order a spe cial election on the recall The city attorney said she did not believe the allegations were worthy of further Cullom reiterated that councils only duty at this meeting was to receive the petition and later to call a hearing if requested by the may or and call a special election if the mayor did not resign This is a ministerial act and the council has no discretion to question the alle she said Discussion of the petitions allegations con tinued however The city attorney warned council of the consequences of deviating from the charters dictates If the council takes that action does not accept the more than likely there would be subsequent legal action directed at the she said On this agenda theres nothing that calls for said Kennady and what were doing is the hearing As a point of order 1 would like to go on record to say were not supposed to be doing this and were not fol lowing this For advertising or news information call 6259144