New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. IOO
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
April 4, 1991 25 Cents
One Section, 12 Pages
Stammtisch School finance leading concern
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The New Braunfels llerald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday" today to Carol Marie Moreno, Melba Moreno, Molly Bingham, Elizabeth Ann Shepard, Dora Ybarra, Stephan Darnell, Milda Schlameus, Bob Oso, Modcsta Garcia, Mary Alice MacNaul,* Mary McGee, Mclonic Steele, Lee Rogers, Concetta Chick, Kathy Vickroy, Harvey Haas and Cesar Castillcja.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Closed today for street construction are Unicom Avenue from S.E. Terrace to the 1-35 frontage road, Mcrriweather from Mistletoe to Fem avenues and Perryman from Mistletoe to Fem.
A pecan and peach tree grafting workshop begins at 2 p.m. Friday at the Comal County Extension Office, 132 Water Lane in New Braunfels.
Dr. Loy Shreve, extension horticulturist, will present the program and demonstrate several methods. Participants also will have the opportunity to do some hands-on grafting of seedlings and graft-wood will be supplied at no charge.
For additional information, call County Agent Joe G. Taylor at 625-9178.
Sis. Peter and Paul School spring rummage sale and plant sale will be held this week at St. Mary’s Hall on the campus. Hours arc 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Among the items for sale are are clothes, furniture, appliances, toys, housewares, knickknacks and plants. For more information call 625-1519 or 625-3233 days or 635-6101 evenings.
Cub Scout Pack 133 is looking for second and third grade boys to join the Cub Scouting adventure. For more information, call Vicki Simpson after 6 p.m. at 625-5059.
The New Braunfels Iris Society will host its 26th Iris Show from I to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall. Irises in an array of colors and shapes will be displayed.
Brown Bag Concerts
The first in a scries of Brown Bag Concerts is sci from noon lo 12:45 p.m. Friday at Main Plaza. Sponsored by the Downtown Project will be a performance by Paul McLaughlin of Grapes of Wrath. Similar concerts are planned each Friday this month.
“A Bird’s Eye View” is die theme of Saturday’s Home Tour, staged to benefit die Mid-Texas Symphony. Tickets priced at $10 in advance and $12 on Saturday may be purcliased at Centex Office Supply, First Choice or China N’ Things. Luncheon tickets at $5 each and prize drawing tickets also are on sale. Tour maps will be available.
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A chance for rain this afternoon and evening, and possibly heavy rain toward morning, is forecast for die area. Temperatures ranging from a high in die low- to nud-70s to a low near 60 are expected today and Saturday. Wednesday’s high in New Braunfels was 80 and lite overnight low was 60. For more weadier midi motion, please see Page 2 A
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N*wt Editor
Candidates running for a place on the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees are putting the issue of school finance at the top of the list of campaign issues.
Twelve of the 13 candidates gathered at the New Braunfels Utilities meeting room Wednesday night for a “meet the candidate” panel, sponsored by Concerned Ciuzens
In agreement on most issues, the candidates said they were opposed to plans by the Lafarge Corp. and its subsidiary Systech Environmental to store and bum hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant.
They said they were opposed to a state income tax.
Candidates attending were: Martin Allen, incumbent Tom Potter, Elizabeth “Bridgette" Griffin, Charles E.
Burt, Connie Cantu, Harriet W. Aris-teguieta. Don Craighead, S.G. “Hap” Becker, James M. “Jim” Middleton, incumbent Lee Roy Dcels, incumbent Clay "Spud” George, and Bryan W. Kraft. Candidate Dan Mitchell did not attend.
On the issue of whether the candidates would support a state lottery, Craighead and Becker said they were opposed, while the other candidates said they would support it if it was
The main topic discussed was the stand of each candidate on the state funding crisis. Comal Independent School District is expected to lose a significant amount of state aid in the future, regardless of legislation passed in Austin because it is considered a property-rich school district.
•Allen said while he wants to help restore more local control to funding he said school board members are fac
ing possibility of cutting the budget. “That call will be made after we find out what the guys in Austin do to us ” •“It’s going to be disastrous to this school district no matter which bill is accepted or if the special master’s plan is implemented,” Potter said.
•“I’m concerned about the challenges that we face in the near future with the changes that will be brought
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Ousted council member suing Garden Ridge
Just a taste?
Janie Macredie, top right, serves up a plate of chicken fajitas from Guadalupe Smoked Meat Company while Heidi Hegeman prepares more food for patrons of the third annual Tastes of the Town Wednesday evening at the Civic Center Mack Bowman, right, of Squat & Gobble says his beef barbecue is ‘the best you’ve ever tasted in your life.” The event is a benefit for the New Braunfels Children’s Museum. (Photos by Erik Karlsson)
Local school officials studying budgets as they await action
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N #w» Editor
While state lawmakers continue scrambling to find a school finance reform plan, local school officials are holding their breath at home waiting for the outcome.
In the meantime, Comal Independent School District Superintendent Joe Rogers said officials are looking at ways lo trim the budget.
CISD, considered a property-rich school district, is expected to lose a significant amount of suite aid despite the plan that is passed.
“We’re meeting to see where we can possibly cut in every area starting with the Central (Office down through every school,” Rogers said. “I feel like we have lo trim somewhere."
Officials at New Braunfels Independent School District, considered a property-poor district, also are looking at ways to trim the budget, though they aren’t expected to lose as much stale aid as CISD.
Differences in local property values now result in large disparities in education funding available to school districts.
lawmakers missed Monday’s Texas Supreme Court deadline for devising a reform plan. State District Judge F. Scott McCown set a new April 15 hearing date and appointed an expert to devise a backup reform plan for his consideration in case the legislature still fails to act.
The Texas Supreme Court has twice unanimously ruled the current funding system unconstitutional. The current $14 billion-a-ycar school finance system, relics on suite aid, local property taxes arui some federal money.
By JOE BELK Staff Writer
A Garden Ridge City Council member who was removed from his post after missing three meetings while on active duty in Operation Desert Storm filed suit Wednesday against the city.
Former Garden Ridge Mayor Pro-Tern Keith Richter watched from the crowd as a temporary restraining order was presented to the Garden Ridge City Council at its Wednesday night meeting, prohibiting the council from filling his posiuon or having an election for the vacant Place 5 until the mailer is settled. Richter’s attorney said.
Richter and his lawyer, Steve Sain-don of San Antonio, obtained the TRO from Comal County District Judge Robert Pfeuffcr, who granted it Tuesday afternoon.
Before the order was served, the Garden Ridge City Council deadlocked on a motion to have Richter fill the position until a May 4 election. Councilmcmbcrs John Albracht and Patti Whim voted to reinstate Richter, while current Mayor Pro-Tem Don Haven and Alderman Charles Jordan voted against it.
Mayor Walter Yohey, who Richter said initiated the acuon to originally have him removed from the council, did not attend the meeung because of illness. Because of the 2-2 ue. no action was Liken.
Pfeuffcr set the court date for April 16 in district court, preceding a May 4 elecuon in which the Place 5 seat was scheduled to be filled. .Another year was remaining on Richter's two-year term.
Richter was in the middle of his fifth council term when he was relieved, and he now is running for mayor.
Haven said he believed the council had taken proper acuon based on state law, and would thus have a good case in court.
“We went by the rulebook, ne said. The law he pointed to states, “lf a member of the governing body is absent for three regular consecutive meetings, the member’s office is considered vacant unless the member is
sick or has first obtained a leave of absence at a regular meeting.’’
“I guess the argument is whether he noufied anybody or if he didn’t notify anybody,” Haven said.
Richter and Saindon contend that he did. Saindon said he didn t know if it was recorded officially, but Richter had told the council he was called to acuveduty.
“No question,” he said. “They knew where he was.”
Richter, who Hew C-5s between Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio and Saudi Arabia, had arranged to be at a January meeting that was canceled.
Haven said there were no items to discuss in January, causing the cancellation. Reserve duty caused Richter to miss regular meeungs in December, February and March.
“We didn’t have that meeting, ’ Haven said of the Januarv chic Richter said he planned to attend “When tim next one came up. he was not available.”
Richter did attend a Feb. 21 special meeting, saying he received no indication that he would be relieved if unable to he present al the March meeting.
“I was completely shocked,” he said. “Nobody ever said anything. I had no forewarning.”
Saindon said they did not file the lawsuit until this week because he was not released from active military limy until Monday.
Richter was a lieutenant colonel and Saindon a major rn the same \ir Force unit — the 433rd military airlift wing — but they did not enow eacr other until the attorney read of Richter’s situation.
"That’s why we waited — the Air Force obviously can’t become involved in this,” Saindon -.aid. “I didn’t know Keith before this ‘iap-pened. But he’s a brother officer.” Richter believes the action resulted from an agoing personal coml ta between himself and Yohey.
In other action, the council:
• Voted unanimously to instate a no-smoking policy in the council chambers.
• Tabled acuon on a recycling xmcy. Alderman John Albracht said be expected that -anne type oi recycling pickup policy would be adopted in mc future, but the council first wanted to receive feedback from Garden Ridge ctuzens.
Yellow Freight drives home safety lesson
By JOE BELK SUM Writer
After driving an accident-free 30 years for Yellow Freight System, Pal Roger has spent the last five years as a traveling guru of safety.
Roger, who made his first-ever stop ut New Braunfels this week, now drives a truck outfitted with a library of safety films. He travels across the country, showing companies videotapes on almost any safety-related topic specific to them.
‘‘I play it by ear,” he said. “Thai’s what you’ve got to do. When they ask me what kind of program I’m going to put on, I say, ‘What do you want? What do you use?’ ”
In New Braunfels, he spent Wednesday showing films to city employees includmg workers from the street mauiienaiice. police and fire departments.
Local Yellow Freight branch manager Hue Greenlees provided a busy schedule for Roger during his New Braunfels stay, with two compaiues getting a look at his movie collecuon in addition to the city employees.
Today, Roger will set up shop at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center for presentations that he guessed would be tm dungs like forklift safety and back injuries. Friday, he is scheduled for a morning program at the Coleman plant before Hying back to his home near Princeville, 111
Roger works weekdays throughout the year, generally using
Mondays as a travel day on his way to the next stop. Occasionally he will remain in one area for an extended period of time, such as a two-month vtsn to Disney World.
Usually booked al least a month rn advance, Roger travels to Army and Air Force bases, corporate headquarters, schools and state fairs.
He also maintains an enviable iimerary which keeps aim ut the south during the w utter and takes hun to more northern locales ut summertime.
“We try to keep it ut wee weather,” he said. “Bad weather kind of hurts us, because people don’t want to come out.”
Yellow Freight had put on safety programs in the past, with the dea for a traveling tnuiung arui coming to fruition five years ago.
Grecnicss said those who request Roger to visa — companies, tnumcipaiiues, or any of the various enuues that he visas — pay no fee, with Yellow Freight providing the irmnuig unit as a public service,
“We’re promoung public safety and try mg to create public awareness of safety among our customers and the public ”
Roger, who had worked for tin; company for 30 veals with a spotless record, applied for the position when che program was first uuuated. Five years later, he said he never tires of the job.
“I love ii — you’d have to love it," be said. “I get to go ail over the country, stay rn the incest hotels and meet a lot of tuce people everywhere. I never mind gouig to work. And to dunk, they also pay me.”
Pat Roy ar chats with visitors