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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 2A O HeraldZeituno n Friday October Consolidation of county offices debated By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Concerned citizens at a candidates forum Thursday night focused on a proposal to merge the Comal County attorneys office with the district attorneys office as well as the possible consolidation of the county and the city of New Braunfels The Comal Area League of Women Voters put on the forum in the board room of the Education Center which was the second held this week for candidates for constable in Precinct No 4 county commissioner in Precinct No 1 and county attorney The proposal to consolidate the functions of the county attorneys office and the district attorneys office has become a hot issue District Attorney Bill Reimer the Republican nominee for county attorney has based his campaign on consolidation Consolidating the offices would provide better services and save taxpayers money Reimer said Citing his previous experience as county attorney Reimer told the IS people in attendance that he knew the functions of both offices and where to take the fat out without sacrificing civil law services The savings can be made without hurting the district attorney said The bottom line is in the next 10 to 12 years there are projections that there will be up to people in this county and maybe upward to as many as The time to start preparing for that is not in the year 2000 but Consolidation would save to in direct costs and to in indirect costs Reimer said But Reimers challenger Democrat Vicki Any time you get rid of an elected office It slams the door shut on the i Vicki Langham Democratic candidate for County Attorney Langham said she wasnt sure consolidation would save the taxpayers that much in the long run and would shut them out of the governmental process From what I heard we would save between and that is about two dollars per Langham said Any time you get rid of an elected office it slams the door shut on the Langham said her experiences in trying cases in other counties where the offices have been consolidated have not been good You have a rotating staff of Langham said All the time there is no upward movement of cases There are just delays with one staff You get a backlog of County commissioner candidates Republican Jack Dawson and Democrat Louis Charlie Millican were asked questions relating to consolidation of governmental services and what impact it would have on residents living in Comal County Both Dawson and Millican are running for the Precinct No 1 seat now held by retiring Commissioner Jumbo Evans Precinct No 1 covers the southside and western portions of Canyon Lake and extends into northern New Braunfels Dawson said he would have to closely look at the subject of citycounty consolidation of services and study it before he would make a decision on it Millican said he would only favor consolidation if it gave all citizens the same quality of services they have always had and should not just involve the aspects of efficiency or costcutting measures Efficiency is a difficult Millican said It leaves out the important things We have recently only talked about goods and services I feel strongly in a democracy in fairness and equity I suspect the consolidation of offices would fail to take into account the level and the type of services Both Dawson and Millican were asked whether they would consider eliminating the county treasurers office as has been done in other counties Millican said he would have to study the issue Dawson said he would have to consider the opinions of the citizens on the issue and the affect it would have on the county My priorities are to the citizens of Comal Dawson said If eliminating a governmental office or entity doesnt interfere with the services it provides to the people I would be for it I would have more studies on it and listen to my Incumbent Constable Ed Mullins promised to improve hot check collections in Precinct No 4 which is in the Canyon Lake area Mullins a Republican is looking to be elected to his second term Mullins challenger Democrat Jim Sutton was unable to attend the forum because of a business meeting Sutton had Comal County Democratic Chairwoman Gloria Sasser read a statement to the audience In the statement Sutton promised that businesses and homes would have his top priority when it came to patrols Obituaries Morris ft Mo Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake for Morris H Mo Cooke who died at Brooke Army Medical Center on Thursday Oct at the age of 76 years Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake Elma Breslin of New Braunfels died Thursday Oct 17 1996 at the age of 73 Mrs Breslin was bom in Parsons on Oct 8 1923 to Elmer and Nell Mitchell Rouch Mrs Breslin served in the Navy during World War II and in 1944 married John Breslin who preceded her in death in 1976 She is survived by her sister Mozelle Dome and husband Marion of New Braunfels niece Deanne Bading of New Braunfels nephew Gregory Dome and wife Janet of San Antonio two grandnieces and two grandnephews A graveside service will be held at 10 Saturday Oct 19 1996 in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park with Msgr Eugene OCallaghan officiating Visitation begins at 2 today Friday at Zoeller Funeral Home and continues until Saturday Family will be present from 7 to 8 today Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Boysville Converse Texas or to a charity of ones choice Medical Social Worker at the David Powell Clinic a medical facility serving people with HIV and AIDS In addition John was active politically and presented various workshops and retreats dealing with AIDS After retirement John continued volunteering for various agencies John is survived by his partner of 10 years Kevin E Anderson of Austin parents Mr and Mrs Daniel Cantu brother David Cantu and his Wife Amelia sister Dollie Lagunas nephew David Cantu Jr and Bryan Lagunas and nieces Elizabeth and Leigh Ann Cantu all of New Braunfels A rosary will be held at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday Oct 19 at 7 A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday Oct 21 at at St Austins Catholic Church 2026 Guadalupe St in Austin Texas Memorial contributions may be made to Christopher House 2632 E Martin Luther King Jr Austin TX 78702 or Animal Companions ASA Box 4874 Austin TX New Life From Page 1A operate an oncampus school that is accredit ed by the Comal Independent School District All three are CISD employees We have four girls going to public schools right Wynn said It is part of complet ing their program and getting them back into the The center currently houses 39 girls with an average age of 13 to 14 Wynn said it takes six to 18 months for a girl to complete the program and start the process of living in a foster home and getting their lives back together Wynnsaid the center Works on the girls social skills Our residential counselors play parental roles by getting them up in the morning get ting them ready for school feeding and cloth ing them and making sure their basic needs are Wynn said Wynnsaid 101 children hsive passed through New Lifes doors since it opened Oct Eighty percent of those girls have been successfully moved into foster homes or their own homes depending on the situation Wynn said Only time tells whether or not their time at New Life has been successful Wynn said The best indicator to know is how they are doing when they are 30 years she said Some do well at first but the problems are then tremendous Some do awful then do better later on It is hard to tell It is one of those In order to make sure that the girls make a smooth transition into society Wynn said Lutheran Social Services recently started set ting up a network of foster families By establishing the network in the San Antonio and Canyon Lake areas New Life will be able to do a better job of following up the childreniand determining what addi tional care they may need Wynn said It will tell us how well we our doing or the things we need to improve on in our own Man found guilty of killing fetus in DWI case CORPUS CHRISTI Texas AP Its too soon to know how the conviction of a man who drove drunk into a pregnant womans car resulting in her babys death might impact laws determining when life begins say groups on both sides of the abortion debate Frank Flores Cuellar 50 was convicted Thursday of intoxication manslaughter in the death of Krystal Zuniga who was born a month and a half premature because of the crash The case is one of the first in Texas to test whether a person can be held criminally liable for harming an unborn child However both abortion supporters and opponents said the implications of the verdict would remain murky until considered by an appeals court Cuellars attorney refused to say whether she would appeal citing a gag order that jus scheduled r it Itstoo early to know whether or nbntsa said Pauline Cashion executive director of the Texas Abortion j and Reproductive Rights Action League mJNEMLHOME Btnjamln Bowell Robert Benjamin Bowell of New Braunfels died Thursday Oct 17 1996 at Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio at the age of 76 years There will be no visitation or funeral services FUNERAL HOME Edna H Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for Edna H Lovelace who died at M D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Thursday Oct 17 1996 at the age of 69 years Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home Julio Ortiz Arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Julio Ortiz of New Braunfels who died Thursday Oct 17 1996 at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 94 years John Daniel Spanky Cantu John Daniel Spanky Cantu passed away while on a trip with his family to San Francisco on Oct 15 1996 from AIDS complications Bom in New Braunfels Texas John came to Austin in 1978 to attend St Edwards University he graduated with a degree in Social Work John worked in Austin a Adelo Ramirez Arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Adele Ramirez of New Braunfels who died today Friday Oct 18 1996 in New Braunfels Call 6259144 to subscribe Charge From Page 1A tion based on their national origin They were taking our job duties and giving them to someone who didnt have the qualifications and didnt have the experience and gave her a Camareno said tion is not just within this department Its everywhere else in the county I can see Commissioner Cristina Zamora who cast one of the dissenting votes said she believes the move was both a demotion and discrimination I always felt this was a demotion for the Zamora said 1 also feel theres no opportunity for minorities to advance in the The Anglo woman who took over the duties will get a raise bringing her up to the same pay scale as Medina and Camareno But she also gets an additional a year for work she does for courthouse security and the two feel this is unfair since they also do a vari ety of work They also believe the loss of respon sibility for the employee benefits hurts their chances for future advancement Casteel disagreed saying county employees can transfer to other depart ments The move is not discriminatory Cas teel said Both women received pay raises along with a reduction in workload Casteel said Casteel believes County Treasurer Bart Bartholomews feelings on the move might be behind the complaint Hilda and Irma are valued employ ees and Im sorry theyre upset about Casteel said But I think this relates to the fact that the treasurers unhappy that the insurance processing was transferred to the human resources Camareno and Medina said they talked with Bartholomew about the change but he did not influence them We were the ones that went to the EEOC on our Medina said We were not coerced by the Medina added a complaint was tiled with the EEOC because the countys employment officer was the supervisor of the other department involved Bartholomew said he wrote a memo to Casteel in which he talks about a blatant disregard and denial of equal opportunity employment to head off any further action by the women in his office He said Casteel had offered to call in a mediator but one was not brought in so the two women filed a complaint CD or IRA Maturing Learn about a safe investment that beats low bank rates avoids probate state inheritance tax where applicable and current income taxes I could care less about duties and responsibilities but you cant take peo ples money Bartholomew said Were talking about job descriptions and job descriptions is how you get Pedro Esquivel EEOC district direc tor in the San Antonio office could not confirm whether a complaint had been filed If there is a complaint Esquivel said the county will have a chance to respond The EEOC will then investigate to determine the next step Esquivel said That could take three months to a year he said CALL NOW FOR FREE INFORMATION OR VIDEO CASSETTE TOLL FREE 18005963299 No cost or obligation 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