New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 18, 1996, Page 2

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 2A a Herald-Zeitung O Friday, October 18,1996 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 attorney’s office with the district attorney’s 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. I and county attorney. The proposal to consolidate the functions of the county attorney’s office and the district attorney’s office has become a hot issue. District Attorney Bill Reinter, 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 anybody,” die district attorney said. “The bottom line is in the next IO to 12 years there are projections that there will be up to 120,000 people in this county and maybe upward to as many as 200,000. The time to start preparing for that is not in die year 2000 but now.” Consolidation would save $75,000 to $81,000 in direct costs and $45,000 to $50,000 in indirect costs, Reimer said. But Reimer’s challenger, Democrat Vicki ‘Any time you get rid of an elected office it slams the door shut on the citizens.’ I — Vicki Langham Democratic candidate for County Attorney Langham, said she wasn’t sure consolidation would save the taxpayers that much in the long run N and would shut them out of the governmental process. “From what I heard, we would save between $75,000 and $81,000, that is about two dollars per citizen,” Langham said. “Any time you get rid of an elected office it slams the door shut on the citizens.” Langham said her experiences in trying cases in other counties whefe the offices have been consolidated have not been good. “You have a rotating staff of attorneys,” Langham said. “All the time there is no upward movement of cases. There are just delays with one staff. You get a backlog of work.” 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. I seat now held by retiring Commissioner Jumbo Evans. Precinct No. I 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 city-county 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 cost-cutting measures. “Efficiency is a difficult topic,” 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 available.” Both Dawson and Millican were asked whether they would consider eliminating the county treasurer’s 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 County,” Dawson said. “If eliminating a governmental office or entity doesn’t interfere with the services it provides to die people, I would be for it. I would have more studies on it and listen to my constituents.” 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 H.‘‘Mo” Cook* 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. 17,1996, at the age of 76 years. Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake Broslin Elma Breslin of New Braunfels died Thursday, Oct. 17, 1996, at the age of 73. Mrs. Breslin was bom in Parsons, Kan., on Oct. 8, 1923, to Elmer and Nell (Mitchell) Rouch. Mrs. Breslin served in tile U.S. 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 Batling of New Braunfels; nephew Gregory Dome and wife Janet of San Antonio; two grand-nieces and two grand-nephews. A graveside service will be held at IO a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 19%, in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park with Msgr. Eugene O’Callaghan officiating. Visitation begins at 2 p.m. today, Friday, at Zoeller Funeral Home and. continues until 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Family will be present from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Boysville, Converse, Texas, or to a charity of one’s 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 IO years, Kevin E. Anderson of Austin; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Cantu Jr.; 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 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Austin’s Catholic Church, 2026 Guadalupe St. in Austin, Texas. Memorial contributions may be made to Christopher House (2632 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78702) or Animal Companions (ASA, P.O. Box 4874, Austin, TX 78765). New Life From Page 1A operate an on-campus school that is accredited by the Comal Independent School District. All three are CISD employees. “We have four girls going to public schools right now,” Wynn said. “It is part of completing their program and getting diem back into the community.” 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. Wynn-said the center works on the girls’ social skills. “Our residential counselors play parental roles by getting them up in the morning, getting them ready for school, feeding and clothing them and making sure their basic needs are met,” Wynn said. Wynn said 101 children have passed through New Life’s doors since it opened Oct. 14,1993. 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 arc 30 years old,” 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 things.” In order to make sure that the girls make a smooth transition into society, Wynn said Lutheran Social Services recently started setting 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 on the children and determining what additional 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 system.” Man found guilty of killing fetus in DWI case CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — It’s too soon to know how the conviction of a man who drove drunk into a pregnant woman’s car, resulting in her baby’s 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 bom 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. Cuellar’s attorney refused to say whether she would appeal, citing a gag order that remains jp effect through * ***.» sentencing, scheduled for today.    . “Its too early to know whether or not ifs a setback,” said Pauline Cashion, executive director of the Texas Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. 'FUNERAL HOME BaLamI Bah|a|m||| BBi Hootn Benjamin dowwi Robert Benjamin Bowell of New Braunfels, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 19%, at Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, at the age of 76 years. There will be no visitation or funeral services. Tuneful home Edna H. Lovateca 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 oms 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. FUNERAL HOME John Daniol “Spooky” 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. Edward’s University, he graduated with a degree in Social Work. John worked in Austin as.a Licensed Tuneful home Ado!* Ramirez Arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Adele Ramirez of New Braunfels, who died today, Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, in New Braunfels. 'Jollier'-a* jLJrVNHULHOMt .................. Call 625-9144 to subscribe. Charge From Page 1A tim) based on their national origin. “They were taking our job duties and giving them to someone who didn’t have the qualifications and didn’t have the experience, and gave her a raise,” Camarera) said. “(Discrimination) is not just within this department. It’s everywhere else in the county, I can see it.” 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 girls,” Zamora said. “I also feel there’s no opportunity for minorities to advance in the county.” The Anglo woman who took over the duties will get a raise, bringing her up to the same pay scale as Medina and Camarera). But she also gets an additional $1,049 a year for work she does for courthouse security, and the two feel this is unfair since they also do a variety of work. They also believe the loss of responsibility for the employee benefits hurts their chances for future advancement. Casteel disagreed, saying county employees can transfer to other departments. The move is not discriminately, Casteel said. Both women received pay raises along with a reduction in workload, Casteel said. Casteel believes County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew’s feelings on the move might be behind the complaint. “Hilda and lima are valued employees, and I’m sorry they’re upset about this,” Casteel said. “But I think this relates to the fact that the treasurer’s unhappy that tile insurance processing was transferred to the human resources department.” Camarera) 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 own,” Medina said. “We were not coerced by the treasurer.” Medina added a complaint was filed with the EEOC because the county’s 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. 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