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SUNDAY April 3,1983 50 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 66
64 Pages—4 Sections
Believe it or not, fluoride ends in tie
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Ballot box and tally sheets from New Braunfels Presbyterian Church arrived at City Hall around 7:55 p.m. Saturday.
It was the last box in. and City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi carefully-recorded the tallies for each of the four Qty Charter amendments. Then she added them to the other box totals, starting from the bottom with the anti-fluondation amendment.
“Oh, no,” she said. “If I added right, we have a tie.”
A check with the adding machine showed that Sarkozi had, indeed, added right The fluoridation issue, probably the hottest controversy in town for the past few weeks, ended in a draw: 1,133 for, and 1,133 against.
Everyone rn the office groaned, including Joe Rogers, the only City Councilman present.
“What happens now?" someone asked.
“I don’t know. We’ll have to look in the book,” Sarkozi replied, picking up her copy of the Texas Election Code.
“If it says the council breaks the tie, I’m gonna miss Monday,” Rogers said. Council members had agreed to canvass the returns at 5:30 p.m., and it now looks as if this will be much more than a routine meeting.
Sarkozi didn't find the answer she wanted in her book. But City Attorney John Chunn, after doing some quick research, came up with a legal opinion. The way he sees it, Amendment IV, which would lave taken fluoride out of the city water supply, failed.
The Texas Constitution. Article ll, Section 5, states that cities over 5,000 may, by majority vote, amend the charter,” said Chunn. “lf it's a dead draw, you don't have a majority vote."
If the city didn’t already have fluoridation in the charter, and if an amendment had been proposed to add it, a tie vote would have meant no fluoride; the charter would have stayed the way it was.
Such an amendment was proposed in August of 1960, and passed by only 15 votes. Now that New Braunfels already has fluoride in the charter, a tie on the amendment to delete that paragraph isn't good enough to get it out, Chunn said.
Opponents of fluoridation made plenty of protests in the months following the 1960 election. With that 15-vote margin dwindled to nothing this time around, chances are the council won't meet Monday without some citizen input.
As to the question of whether the vote was really a “dead draw,” Chunn couldn’t say what would happen next.
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County may choose site, bond issue date
Battling, Reimer win in NBISD
Lehmann wins by wide margin
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Gladys Bartling went to see the movie “E.T.” Saturday night. When she came home, she found a note from her daughter on the front door which read, "Congratulations, Mom,” and a house full of family.
Bartling triumphed over Bonnie Uhr Denson by only 51 votes, 701 to 650, in Place 5 on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees. Other candidates, Christina Zamora and William Dalrymple received vote totals of 328 and 206, respectively.
Incumbent Rudy Reimer won Place 6 in NBISD easily with a total of 1,023. His opponents, David Cook and Jose Valdemar Espinoza, drew closer results at 441 to 397, respectively.
Bob Self ran unopposed for Place 7 in NBISD. He received 1,493 votes Saturday.
With only one spot up for grabs in the CISD board election, incumbent Erwin Lehmann won over his opponent, Selden Becker, 312 to 149. Lehmann was the only one of three incumbents who ran in Saturday’s
Staff photo bf Cindy Richardton
It was not exactly a busy morning for Sheriffs deputy Rozelle Watson at the River Road gatehouse Saturday, as Watson reads a book to pass the time Easter weekend is the traditional opening of the Comal County tourist season, but Watson didn't have too much of a market for her brochures on River Road.
Eureste faces runoff; Taylor beats Wise
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The date of the bond election for a new county jail might be set Monday in Commissioners Court.
The specific site for the new jail complex — which the county is required to build by August, 1965 according to a lawsuit settlement — may also be announced at that time, according to earlier statements made by County Judge Fred Clark.
Last week Clark indicated that at the same time the court set the bond election, it would also pick a specific jail site.
The naming of a jail site, however, is not listed on the court’s IO a.m. Monday agenda, as is the setting of the bond election.
Although be noted that the specific site was not needed in order to call the election, Clark said earlier, “If we’re going to pass it (bond issue) the people are going to want to know generally where we’re talking about.”
In the estimation of Clark, the election will be called either the first or second week of May. He was not certain if the county’s election might end up being the same week as the 68.5 million bond election being called for by the New Braunfels Independent
School District on May 3.
“I don’t know how that would work on the citizens’ standpoint,” Cark said earlier. “But I would like to do it (the election) as soon as possible."
The exact amount of the bond issue has also not yet been disclosed. But at a public hearing last week the Houston architect working on the jail plans revealed costs for a downtown site and one out off Loop 337.
Christopher DiStephano, head of the architectural firm hired by the county, gave a cost estimate of 66.9 million to build on the Doppenschmidt property where the Courthouse Annex now is. In comparison he said it would cost 62.9 million to build on a 12-acre tract off Hanz Drive between Loop 337 andGrune Road.
Neither of these estimates included land costs — and in the case of the dowtown site, DiStephano’s estimation did not include costs for locating additional land for parking (or a parking garage), or rent for the offices in the Courthouse Annex displaced during construction.
The downtown site, which would have to be a multi-story building, would be more expensive since the structure would have to initially include all future expanaion plans and elevators. The Hanz site, which would
be a one-story structure, would not need the future expansion plans built in since the building could be expanded horizontally rather than vertically, DiStephano said.
DiStephano, Sheriff Walter Fellers, a couple of law enforcement officials and a few private citizens voiced support of the Hanz site at last week’s hearing.
The downtown site, meanwhile, generated support from representatives of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Merchants Association and private citizens who spoke in favor of it at the hearing.
In addition to talking about the jail Monday, commissioners — who will meet in their courtroom, first floor of the Courthouse — have other agenda items to consider.
Among them is a budget amendment request from District Court Adminstrator Martin Allen and the possible acceptance of a letter of credit for a portion of Allen View Drive in Inland Estates Subdivision.
The court will also open bids for janitorial services for the Courthouse Annex at 1:30 p.m.
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election. Trustee spots belonging to Lehmann, Raymond Soechting, and Judy DeVillez, dwindled into one position, in an effort to reduce the board from nine to seven members. The board was requested to shrink, in compliance with the Texas Education Code.
Bartling will succeed Dr. William Lee Jr., who decided to step down this year. The local dentist has served in Place 5 for seven years.
"I am very excited, and want to thank all the people who voted,” Bartling said Saturday night. “I want to thank four people in particular for their support, Merritt Schumann, Bea Langford, Joe Setser and Bert Farias, and my dear family, of course.”
Asked if she had any initial project ideas, Bartling said, “I have lots to learn, and I’m willing to learn. I want everyone to know that I’m open to People’s comments. I want them to share with me, so I, in turn, can share their comments with the (school» board.”
Several weeks before the election, See SCHOOLS, Page IZA
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Voters in Texas cities went to the polls across the state Saturday to select their city councils and school boards, and to vote on issues ranging from fluoridated water supplies to the nuclear arms race.
Starke Taylor, an investor and retired cotton merchant, defeated Councilman Wes Wise and eight other candidates in the Dallas mayoral race. Taylor had 43,858 votes, or 54 percent, to 35,508, or 43 percent, for Wise, a former mayor.
“I just want to congratulate you and anything I can do to help you in the next two years, I hope you call on me," Wise told Taylor.
In San Antonio, Mayor Henry Cisneros easily won a second term, with 94 percent of the vote, but much of the election attention focused on controversial Councilman Bernardo Eureste, who was forced into a runoff April 16.
Eureste had 43.4 percent of the vote to 30.5 percent for urban planner Jease Valdez.
In the race for mayor of Austin, Councilman Ron Mullens led former Councilman Lowell Lebermann 20,416 votes to 17,764 with 76 of 112 boxes counted. A third candidate Michael Nofziger had 5,480 and appeared to be forcing the race into a runoff.
Eureste drew six opponents, making the field in his race the largest of any in the IO San Antonio council seats.
Valdez was the leading challenger. Five of the six opponents jumped into race after Eureste was stabbed and a female aide raped in a park Feb. ll in an early morning attack he claimed was orchestrated by police.
In other municipal elections Saturday, Galveston resident* voted 2,727 to 2,356 in favor of a referendum calling for a nuclear arms freeze, and voters in the South Texas city of New Braunfels split 1,133 to 1,133 in unofficial returns on an amendment that would stop the city officials from continuing to pix fluoride in the community’s water supply.Today's Weather
A fair, warm Easter Sunday is in store, with increasing cloudiness and a 20 percent chance of showers tonight. Winds will be light and variable in the morning, turning southeasterly at 15-20 miles per hour by afternoon. Monday will be mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers. Sunrise today will be at 6:18 a.m.District Tennis
The first of the spring sports to begin winding up is tennis. The District 13-4A tennis meet begins Tuesday morning in Kerrville, and the New Braunfels Unicorns will go sporting three of the four No. I seeds. Canyon is taking a full complement, too, with three seeded doubles teams. Sa* Page 6A.
Davis back at the helm
Former mayor, White,
Apparently, Paul Davis and Ben White Jr. didn’t make too many enemies during their original stints on the Garden Ridge City Council. Voters welcomed them back on Saturday.
Davis, who served as the town’s first mayor from 1972 to 1978, ran against Planning and Zoning Chairman Robert Kolstad for his old seat, and won — 162 to IOO. White, who stepped into Davis’ shoes when he resigned in 197V, solidly defeated Robert Harmon, incumbent candidate for Council Place 3.
Place 2 incumbent Neil Craigmile put down challenger Robert Howey, former police chief of Garden Ridge. The tally was 170 for Craigmile, and Bl for Howey. In the Place 3 race, White got 173 votes to Harmon’s 88.
A proposal to establish a one-cent sales tax within the city limit passed easily, 179 to 80.
The results are official, because City Council members canvassed the votes some two hours after the polls closed. A total of 283 ballots were cast. That’s not bad for a city with less than 700 residents, many of whom aren’t old enough to vote.
Davis, a retired Air Force pilot, will replace incumbent Mayor Betty McGranahan, a retired Army nurse. McGranahan, after serving two terms, decided not to run for re-election.
See GARDEN RIDGE, Page IZA
Garden Ridge results