New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writar
Last time, they blamed lack of publicity for the bond issue’s failure at the polls.
This time, however, New Braunfels Independent School District officials, teachers, administrators and parents are determined not to let that happen.
They’ve organized as a “Bond Issue Committee" and will wage a full-scale campaign for the May 3 bond election.
This group is currently promoting the $8.85 million bond package through buttons, bumper stickers, telephone calls, and slide show presentations and speeches to local groups.
"This particular time instead of keeping it low-keyed, we’re going all out,” Supt. O.E. Hendricks said Tuesday.
Hendricks, other members of the administration and committee members are already scheduled to
appear before the Retired Teachers Association, the Lions Club, the two Rotary clubs, various PTA organizations, local bankers and taxpayers, Hendricks said.
The committee, led by parent Katie Gordon, has organized itself into various subcommittees addressing such topics as finance, telephone banks and advertising.
Work by all the subcomittees is being accomplished, “but what we need right now is finances,” Hen
dricks said. The district is not legally allowed to use taxpayers’ money for campaign literature.
Marilyn Kolacek, a teacher at New Braunfels Middle School who serves on the finance committee, noted that her group currently has pledges amounting $1,500, but has only collected $991 of that amount. Kolacek is president of the New Braunfels Educators Association, one of the groups that pushed for the last bond election in February.
The “minimum budget” needed to promote the bond election through advertising in local newspapers and on the radio is $3,500, Hendricks said. This money will also be needed to pay for bumper stickers, buttons and literature that the district plans to mail to its patrons.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, Hendricks passed out copies of leaflets which the committee plans to mail and distribute by hand to citizens and local organizations.
Noting that the district couldn’t use taxpayers’ money to campaign for the bond election, school board president Margy Waldrip said, “But we can give out factual information,” she said, referring to the leaflets.
The leaflets outline the specifics of the bond package as well as why it is needed.
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Shuttle astronauts eye space walk
CAPE CANAVERAL, Ela. <AP) - Challenger's astronauts, awakened by a sultry love song, plunged into a da\ of tests and experiments today, including a dress rehearsal for Thursday’s space walk. Specialists on the ground said they expect to salvage the satellite ejected from the shuttle early in the mission.
"Teach Me, Tiger," sung by the sexy-voiced April Stevens, was the wakeup music beamed to the orbiting ship by Mission Control in Houston Capsule conununicator Mary Cleave asked if they were reading and got this reply ixmd and clear."
The astronauts were also relieved that they were not to blame for the problems encountered by the communications satellite.
Tile space travelers had asked several times if anything they had donekiad caused the rocket failure that sent the 24-ton payload tumbling into the wrong orbit after they ejected it from Challenger’s cargo bay Monday night.
Mission Control, atter analyzing the problem. assured them Tuesday night they were not at fault.
"It was a rocket problem; it was definitely not a crew prubie,.», and »ou’r» oeuig congratulated on the job you did." capsule communicator Guy Gardner radioed the orbiting ship
"That s good news," replied astronaut Story Musgrave, who more than the others was responsible for the checkout and deployment of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite.
Musgrave and his crewmates, commander Paul J. Weitz. Karol J. Bobko and Donald H Peterson, also were pleased to learn that ground controllers had regained control of TORS and had successfully commanded through radio signals all of its systems into operation.
Musgrave asked if the experts were optimistic
about moving the payload out of its egg-shaped orbit into its intended stationary outpost 22,300 miles high.
"They’re looking at using the on-board fuel to boost it up to geosynchronous orbit," Gardner said. "It looks like they’ll be able to do it and that we’ll have a good TORS for future shuttle missions."
TDRS is the largest, most complex and most expensive communications satellite ever built, but to be effective it must be in an orbit matching the spin of Earth It is designed to serve as a space switchboard between the Earth and as many as 26 satellites, including the shuttle fleet.
Challenger, the second ship in that fleet, continued its near-flawless performance. There were only a few minor problems, and Gary Coen, one of the flight directors, said: "Challenger is a super vehicle."
The astronauts had a busy schedule of spaceship checks and materials processing and scientific experiments on this third day of the planned five-day mission, which is to end with a landing at 10:49 arn. PST Saturday at Edwards Air Force Base. Calif
Musgrave and Peterson planned an elaborate rehearsal late today for the 34-hour dual space walk they are to take Thursday rn the airless void of ihe open cargo bay. The practice session involves donning the bulky space suits and pressurizing the airlock — everything short of actually leaving the spaceship.
The purpose is to pinpoint any problems in advance — Uke the space suit technical bugs that forced a similar walk to be canceled during the fifth flight of the shuttle Columbia last November.
During the Thursday excursion, the pair are to test the suits and tools and techniques for servicing and repairing satelUtes on future shuttle missions. It will be the first space walk by Americans in nine years
Not for novices
Staff photo bv John Santa/
Expert paddler Steve Smith dive bombs off a cliff into the Guadalupe River in his "CV' canoe, "Old Man River ', after getting a push from his father, Frank Smith. Novices will have to settle for something more traditional, as this technique could prove disastrous for them.
'Posse' plans power play
Group seeks control of Pedernales co-op
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Calling themselves the "Pedernales Posse”, a group organizing to fight for control of Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) will hold an organizational meeting Saturday in Marble Falls.
The group was organized by Bill CoiUer, editor of the Highlander, a weekly newspaper based in Marble Falls, who charges that PEC is "too closely held by a small group, and that members are in effect excluded by the ways the meetings are held.”
Collier said the group will be called the "Pedernales Posse" because, "It is a group of ordinary citizens banding together to right a wrong for the benefit of the community.” Two hundred people have already signed on as members, which Collier said is enough to form the nucleus needed.
In a telephone interview, Collier charged that the PEC purposely holds its annual general membership meetings during the day on a weekday to prevent most of the members from attending, and therefore voting He said that PEC employees, however, are always given the day off and they represent the largest group in attendance and are able to control elections.
In response, Bennie Fuelberg, PEC general manager, said in a telephone interview that the company has been having its general meetings on the same day for many years. Since the PEC’s service area ranges from New Braunfels to l,am-pasas, and the company serves 55,000 members, it is impossible to choose a time that is convenient for everyone
There will never be a time where everyone can come," Fuelberg said, explaining that holding the meeting on a weekday was "not an attempt to ex-
See PEC, Page 10AMALDEF to contest at-large council places
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Charter Amendment I, popularly-known as the 4-3 plan" for city council elections, passed Saturday by a two-to-one vote
The next step is to submit it for review by the U.S Department of Justice. There, the plan will meet with opposition from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, as was promised in December by MALDEF attorney Judith Sanders-Castro.
But Jose Garza, chief counsel for the Hispanic rights group, says this opposition will be "limited.” His clients will ask the justice department to throw out just those features they don’t like: specifically, the
requirement that three at-large council members be elected by place, and by majority vote.
The rest of the plan, which divides the town into four geographical districts entitled to elect one council member apiece, is okay with MAIJDEF. In effect, Garza will be asking the justice department to approve the plan originally proposed by New Braunfels’ Districting Charter Review Committee.
Which isn’t surprising, since Garza worked closely with the committee in drawing up that plan.
The big difference, as indicated above, is in the way the three at-large council members are to be elected, lf the first plan had been approved, they would have run en masse, and been elected by plurality vote — no runoffs.
The snag came when City Attorney John Churm looked at the Texas Constitution. It states that when city council members serve terms longer than two years, they must be elected by majority vote. New Braunfels council members are elected for three-year terms.
The council made that change. And since it would be difficult to determine a majority vote if no one was running for a particular seat, members added the "by-place" provision as well.
MALDEF withdrew its support at that point.
"Those features have been documented over and over again to discriminate against minorities,’’ Garza said Tuesday. “It was very important to us that these features not be included in any sort of compromise
And the committee’s original plan was a compromise, he noted. MALDEF came in wanting seven single-member districts, and quite a few committee members thought there was no reason at all to change the present election system. The final recommendation was unanimous.
Two local Hispanic organizations, the Mexican American Democrats and the Committee for Justice, campaigned against the modified plan in Saturday’s election. But it passed, 1,476 to 721.
It carried in all boxes. The Methodist Church, which serves the heavily Hispanic West End neighborhood, had the closest vote — 368 for, and 218 against.
"I think it was mostly the Anglo
vote that passed it,” said Raul Munoz, who served on the charter review committee. "To me, it just means that the voters thought that since (the plant was different, it was good enough — not taking into consideration what they called a small change."
Councilwoman Barbara Tieken, who opposed the changes made in the committee’s plan, had the same idea.
"Most people do not follow the proceedings as well as someone on the council might. MALDEF’s reason for opposition probably didn’t seem all that clear to most citizens," she said.
As far as the constitutional point goes, Garza said, ‘i’m not sure this provision applies to New Braunfels’ situation. In the first place, I’m not sure it’s constitutional with respect to
the U.S. Constitution. But even if it does 1 apply), I think there were ways to get around it.”
Cutting the terms would have been one possible solution, he said, but the council didn’t want to do that.
MAlXiEF has introduced a bill in the Texas legislature that would i epeal the offending paragraph rn the state constitution. But there may be no action on it before New Braunfels’ individual case has to be decided.
"We’ve had some success with the Department of Justice in the past,” Garza said. The City of leckhart, which recently settled a year-long court battle with MALDEF, ended up with a system much like the one first proposed for New Braunfels. Of course, Lockhart council members are elected for two-year terms.
Planners put subdivision rules ahead of annexation — chairman
Gladys Battling took her NBISD seat Tuesday Story, Page 2
City planners and zoners decided last fall to put off serious annexation until a decision was reached on New Braunfels’ new election system.
Six months later, with the system just approved by the voters and not yet submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Planning and Zoning Commission hasn’t changed its mind. Chairman David Hartmann plans to say so at the April U City Council meeting.
Hartmann had received a letter from the council, requesting that his commission take a look at annexing the territory north of FM 306, where the Coleman Company and some other industries are located, in the very near future.
That area is designated Number 15 on the city’s long-term annexation map. It’s among the areas charted for
annexation before 1985, and it’s true the city limits weren’t expanded at all last year.
With New Braunfels contemplating a district election system, commissioners didn’t want to upset the population balance in different areas of the city. They decided to concentrate on annexing three strip areas which contain few, if any, residences, but will protect the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction from encroached by Schertz.
Councilwoman Barbara Tieken brought up Area 15 at the March 14 council meeting. Planning Director Debra Goodwin said there were three or four houses in that area, but Tieken didn’t think that would be enough to upset the balance.
Hartmann has heard plenty of stories in which the Justice Depart
ment overturned municipal annexations, and he doesn’t think it’s a good idea to start anything right now.
"We still have a number of things staring us in the face,” he said. The commission is now in the process of revamping the city’s subdivision ordinance, with the help of an Austin consulting firm. Ifs supposed to be updating the Master Plan, and hasn’t gotten much done in that area.
"We have a redistricting plan, which has passed, and the possibility of a MALDEF suit,” Hartmann added. He said that annexation procedures, with all the new regulations passed by the Texas Legislature last year, are more expensive than some people might think.
See PLANNERS, Page 10AToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for mostly cloudy through Thursday. Showers could develop this afternoon, with the chance for rain increasing Thursday. Winds will be from the north at 15-20 mph and gusty. Sunset will be at 6:52 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 6:14 am.Coming Home
It was a sad trip home for the Houston Cougars, but a joyous one for the North Carolina State Wolf-pack, which defeated Houston, 54-52, Monday for the NCAA crown. The Cougars look to next year, as practically their entire team returns. Details in SportsSiberian Odyssey
Former Comal County attorney Frank Voigt had his share of problems with customs officials while trying to get a supply of cholera vaccine to American forces stationed in Siberia around 1920. Part ll of his odyssey appears 011 Page ID.
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