New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 1, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Four elections face Comal County voters
Of 44 absentee ballots malled out of town by the City of New Braunfels, 30 were still out Friday morning. Ten had arrived since Wednesday, for a grand total of 190 absentee votes.
“I’m sure there’ll be some more today, and probably tomorrow, too,” said City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi. Residents will decide the fate of four amendments this Saturday.
Mailed-in ballots are also being accepted in the New Braunfels Independent School District, where eight candidates are running for three school board seats. With the district office closed for Good Friday, the Herald Zeitung was unable to get an up-to-date count. There were 205 ballots in custody as of Wednesday morning, 190 cast in person and 15 in the mail. Eighty-two mailed ballots were still out.
Places 5,6 and 7 are up, with incumbent Bob Self running unopposed for Place 7. David Cook and Jose Valdemar Espinoza are challenging incumbent Rudy Reimer for Place 6. Four candidates, Gladys Bartling, Christina Zamora, Ronald Dalrymple and Bonnie Denson are competing for Place 5, as incumbent William Lee Jr. steps down.
No mail-out ballots were requested in the Comal ISD, where Selden Becker is attempting to unseat Erwin I^ehmann. The total absentee vote was 39.
Ten people voted absentee in the City of Garden Ridge, where six people are try ing for three council seats. Up for the mayor’s spot (being vacated by Betty McGranahan) are Planning and Zoning Chairman Robert Kolstad and Paul Davis, original mayor of Garden Ridge. Running for Place 2 are Ned
Craigmile, incumbent, and former police chief Robert Howey. Ben White Jr., another original city council member, is opposing incumbent Bob Harmon for Place 3.
Every Comal County resident, plus some who live in other counties, should be eligible to vote in at least one of these elections. Many people will be voting in two. To find out where to vote for what, find the precinct number on your registration card and check the list below. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.City of New Braunfels
First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San
Antonio: Comal County election precincts 1,2, 3,6 and 7.
New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard Street: Precincts 8,9,12,22 and 23. Eagles Hall, 257 F. South: Precincts ll, 15.
16, 17, 20 and all city residents in Guadalupe County.New Braunfels ISD
Seele Elementary School, 540 Howard Street: Voting precincts 8, 9, ll, 12, 17, 18, 22 and 23.
New Braunfels Middle School, 659 S. Guenther: Precincts I, 2,3,6,7,15 and 20, plus Guadalupe County residents.Comal ISD
Bulverde Middle School: All those who live in Comal County election precinct numbers 9 and IO, and all territory within Bexar County.
Smithson Valley High School: Comal County precinct numbers 14 and 21, and all territory within Kendall County.Saturday
Startzvllle Store: Comal County precinct 13. Comal Elementary School: Comal County precincts 3, 4 and 7, and all territory within Guadalupe County west of the Guadalupe River.
Bracken Volunteer Fire Department:
Comal County precinct 5.
Canyon High School: Comal County
precincts 12, 16, 17 and 20, and all territory within Guadalupe County east of the Guadalupe River.
Mountain Valley School: Comal County election precincts 18 and 19, and all territory within Hays County.City of Garden Ridge
Everybody votes at City Hall at the comer of Garden Ridge and Timber Rose drives.
A New Js!skts> Braunfels
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 - No. 65 16 Pages
April 1,1983 25 cents
Fluoridation tops charter ballot
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The great fluoride question will be decided Saturday at least as far as it affects customers of New Braunfels Utilities
City residents will go to the polls and vote on whether to retain the section of the city charter tliat calls for fluoride lo be added to the water supply at the rate of .5 parts per million. This, combined with the .3 pprn that occurs naturally in the wells, brings the level up to .8 ppm. which is judged by the Texas Department of Health to be optimum to reduce tooth decay.
This is just the last of four amendments to be voted on Saturday, but it appears to have become the most controversial The paragraph on fluoridation was added to the charter by popular vote in August 1980 A group of residents petitioned last January to have it removed - which has made for confusing wording on Saturday's ballot.
A “yes” vote means to delete the paragraph, to take fluoride out of the city water.
A no’’ vote means, leave the charter 'and the fluoride I the way it is now.
This issue has divided the community, and even the City Council does not present a united front.
“I favor fluoridation,’’ said Max Winkler. “The reason is because the public demanded it two years
ago We have a considerable — ami I do mean considerable — investment in the program ’’
“I'm going to vote no,’ so I mean yes, said Joe Rogers. In other words, he favors keeping fluoridation, too.
Iaiverne Eberhard said she d vote to get rid of it
"I think things can be proven’ on on*- side or the other,” she said. “Ive read both sides, and they both have a lot of substantiated evidence I’m begtnn.ng to think thai even rn science, after you've studied all the facts, it still boils down to what your opinion is.''
Eberhard also believes, like some others, that the city was misled as to what the initial cost of installing the system would be. She admitted it would be sad,” now that we have it, to take it out again, but added, ' We won't be the first city that’s done that.”
Barbara Tieken favors fluoride. “The cost is minimal,” she said. Some people say it costs five to seven cents per person to operate the system, once in place. “The cost of treating tooth decay for indigent people would be much greater. Fluoridated water has been rn use for years on U.S. military bases. I don't think the government would put it in there if they thought it was going to hurt anybody,” Tieken said.
Mayor O A. Stratemann Jr. and Mayor Pro Tem
See CITY, Page 16
This is what City Charter Amendment I is all about — four council districts, with one council member elected from each, if the amendment passes. The proposal would also establish three at large positions which would be voted on by the entire city. The
boundary lines were drawn by a special charter revision commission, and set up so at least one district (1) would have a rnajo1 ;ity of minority residents.
Reward offered on kidnappings
The New Braunfels “Secret Witness Committee” is offering $1,000 to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for recent kl lnappings at area convenience stores In December, 1982, and February and March of this year, a kidnapping has occured at three local convenience stores, according to police reports.
In each instance, a woman clerk from the stores was kidnapped by
a white man reported to be in his early-30s. 5-8 to 5-10, with brown hair. He covered his face with women’s hose and a plastic bag to disguise himself.
Anyone having information about the kidnappings is asked to contact Detective Mario Guerrero with the New Braunfels Police Department at 625-7181.
The Secret Witness comnuttee is an anonymous group formed several years ago that organizes funds to offer lo witnesses of crimes.
Group's plan would help) county divide revenue sharing 1 funds
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writar
One of the more difficult decisions facing Commissioners Court each year is how to divide limited county funds among the volunteer fire and emergency medical service departments.
Annual requests from these departments usually exceed available funds, making it impossible for the court to please everyone.
This has resulted in a vexing problem both for the court and the departments. But a plan is in the works which might help the situation.
According to the Comal County Firefighters Association, “in the past the organization that was the most persuasive or voluble generally received the most funds” — rather than those that might ha ye
needed it the most.
“This disparity generally leads to discontent, disunity and a lack of cohesiveness county-wide in vital functions that should be coordinated and complementary throughout the county,” an association proposition stated.
And the situation has continued “because there has been no logical, rational, objective procedure or criteria by which county commissioners can assess the value of the services so that they can make intelligent judgments during the budget formulation process,” it said.
But an association plan — that calls for the ‘ equitable distribution of county funds for volunteer organizations providing county services” — could change that. County officials earlier this week gave their blessings to the plan and seemed willing to give
it a try.
“We don ’t have a very prec lse yardstick to use to measure the (funding) allod itions,” County Judge Fred Clark, sa id earlier this W' *ek.
“This ( plan ) would ease the burden of Commissioner s Court some and gives us a logical yardstick to utilize (in alloca ting funds),” he told association member Came ron Wiley of Bulverde, who prese nted Hie plan to Cr mimissioners Court.
Each volunteer fire dep artinent has an area of “primary responsibility” and Wiley presented the court with a map outlimn g these areas. “For fire protection there can be a logical and rational correlation established b etween the funds alloted and the value of the thi ng being protected,” ac-
See COUNTY, Page llWhite hails resignation of third utility commissioner
AUSTIN (AP) — An angry utility commissioner who quit in protest says Gov. Mark White’s efforts to lasso utility rates will backfire and result in higher monthly bills for Texans.
White responded within the hour Thursday by calling the resignation of Moak Rollins a victory and tapping aide Phil Ricketts to fill the vacancy on the Public Utility Commission.
It makes the three-member panel, which sets telephone, water and electric rates, an all-White appointed commission for the first time.
Two other commissioners quit six weeks ago, saying they were weary of criticism from White, who complained during his election campaign last year the commissioners leaned in favor of utility companies at the expense of ratepayers.
“One of the ways in which I can assure that Mark White is held personally responsible is to resign from this commission so that only the appointees of Gov. White are involved in establishing utility rates,”
Today's WeatherDeath toll at 20(3 in Colombia quake
said Rollins, who used to be chairman of the commission.
Rollins said talk of lowering utility rates has already caused bond ratings of Texas utility companies to drop.
“I think you can anticipate future downgrading of electric utility bond ratings as well, with corresponding increases in costs to ratepayers,” he said.
White said, “The irony of it is even on his last day in office, Mr. Rollins spent more time worrying about the bond holders on Wall Street than he did about the ratepayers on Main Street.”
Rollins called White “unprincipled and dishonest” and said, "I have no respect for him.”
White called his remarks “intemperate and unfounded.” The governor denied he had ever promised lower rates, but he said if his appointees had been in place four years ago, “we’d all be paying lower utility rates today.”
Comal County forecast calls for sunny, windy and POPA YAN, Colombia (AP) -
warm this afternoon, accompanied by a lake wind Authorities today confirmed at lea st
advisory. It will turn clear and cooler tonight, and go 200 dead from a powerful earthquai ie
back to sunny and nuld Saturday. Winds will be from and the provincial governor appeal. ?d
the west to southwest at 20-30 mph and gusty this for help for this shattered city, whe re
afternoon, becoming northwesterly at 15-25 mph tourists and religious pilgrims join ed
tonight Sunset will be at 6:49 p.m., and sunrise in a desperate search for survivors.
Saturday will be at 6:20 a.m. In a nationwide radio broadcast.
Provincial Governor Amalia de r(Aqc|Pirn 0 14 Salazar said the most urgent needs I or
rnMirc ........................ 8 Popayand the surrounding area wt ire
rpoiqword.........................8 for drinkin* water or water
LnU&aWUnU.........................« purification drugs, tents, porta hie
DEAR ABBY..........................2 stoves an(j jarge pots for cook ing
ENTERTAINMENT.....................15 collective meals for the rn any
OPINIONS............................4 Doctors appealed for drugs —
RELIGIOUS FOCUS.................... 5 especially pain killers — and als* > for
SPORTS............................6,7 rat poison because many of the
WEATHER................*...........2 destroyed buildings, some (biting
back to the 17th century, were infested w ith vermin.
First aid shipments, organized by the Intl ^national Red Cross, arrived at the a irport in Cali, 92 miles north of here, from Canada.
The United States, France, Spain, Ecuad or, Panama and Venezuela mobil! zed a massive aid effort, but the transf er of supplies from the airport was v ery difficult, officials said.
Ixx -a1 authorities said 132 dead had so fa r been identified and that there wen : about 70 unidentified bodies. At leas t 500 were injured, authorities said i. A hundred buildings were des troyed in the neighboring towns of Caj ibio, Piendamo and Mondomo, wh ere 15 of the dead and 50 of the rn) ured were found.