New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tx 75£55Amendments, contested race spice ballot
New Braunfels voters go to the polls tomorrow for the annual city election, but this year’s ballot may keep them in the voting booths a little longer.
In addition to a contested council race, voters will turn thumbs up or down on five amendments to the City Charter. The issues range from appointment power for City Council to whether or not the city’s water supply should be fluoridated.
As usual, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If absentee voting is any indication, tomorrow's turnout should be nearly equal to last year’s city election.
A total of 106 absentee ballots were cast this year, which beats last year’s all-time high of 104, city secretary Jane Reinarz said.
Last year, 1,402 people turned out—still only a small percentage of the city’s estimated 8,500 registered voters.
Seeking his second three-year term, incumbent Councilman Gerald Schaefer is opposed by local insurance agent Doug Miller. Max Winkler is unopposed in his bid for a second full term.
Although five amendments are on the ballot, there are really only three issues to be decided. They include:
1. Should council members take office in September, or in November as currently provided by charter?
2. Should council be allowed to fill vacancies by appointment instead of by special election?
3. Should the city fluoridate its water supply?
Amendments III and IV speak to issue number one. Both would change the charter to allow newly elected council members to take office at the first regular meeting in September. Currently, they take office in November—three months after being elected.
Amendment I covers the second topic. Currently, if a vacancy occurs more than two months before a city election, council must call a special election to fill the vacancy. If it occurs within two months of the regular election, council can simply proceed with the vacancy.
Amendment I would allow the council to appoint someone to fill the vacancy.
Amendment V, which has received the greatest amount of attention, is the fluoridation question. Fluoridation is the process of ar
tificially increasing existing fluoride levels in the water as a means of decreasing tooth decay.
Council is solidly behind Amendments III and IV. and a majority (five of seven) backs Amendment I. Debate on that amendment has centered on the cost of a special election versus the advantage an appointed incumbent may have when (or if) he runs for election the first time.
Four council members have said they favor Amendment V, while three have declined to state their position. However, the majority of people who have sent letters to the IteraUi-Ziituny oppose fluoridation.
Amendment II is a housekeeping amendment which brirgs the charter into compliance with state laws on elections. State law provides for
local elections on one of four days each year (including tile second Saturday in August, the current city election date), and the city has been obeying that law since it became effective four years ago.
However, the charter still states election shall be held on the second Tuesday in SeptemberPolling places
Wesley Hall, First United Methodist Church. 572 W San Automa voting precincts I, 2, 3, 6 and 7.
Eagles Hall, 257 E. South voting precincts ll, 15,16 and 17.
New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373*
Howard, voting precincts 8 and 12.
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Vol. 89 - No. 36 20 Pages — 2 Sections (USPS 377 880)
New Braunfels, Texas
Texas coast awaits killer hurricane
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will refuse non-resident students
DALLAS (AP)—The Dallas Independent School District plans to ignore a federal court ruling and enforce its policy against admitting illegal alien children this fall.
School Superintendent Unus Wright said proof of citizenship will be required of students enrolling in DISD unless the district receives a federal court order to the contrary before classes begin Aug. 25.
'•Based on the advice of our attorneys, the district will continue to enforce its
attendance policy requiring documentation of legal residence from all students,” Wright said.
Wright said attorneys warned against admitting illegal aliens because the district has not yet received a court order to do so.
Admitting the children could mean “severe financial loss” if the Houston decision is overturned on appeal, he said.
U.S. District Judge Woodrow Seals of Houston last month threw out a Texas
law prohibiting use of state funds to educate illegal aliens.
While the Dallas policy was combined with several cases before the Houston trial, it was not directly ruled upon and was returned to U.S. District Judge Robert Hill in Dallas.
Meanwhile, DISD attorneys filed a brief in federal court Thursday contending Seals’ ruling had no direct bearing on Dallas.
The attorneys claimed Seals’ ruling is binding only on school systems in the
Southern Judicial District of Texas and that the ruling focused only on the state law, not DISD’s policy.
The Dallas case was filed by a group of 19 illegal alien children and their parents in April 1979. [.ast August, Hill refused to grant a temporary injunction against DIS!). The case then was consolidated with 16 similar Houston cases.
Texas Attorney General Mark White has appealed Seals’ order to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans and has asked that the order be stayed
BROWNSVILLE (AP) - The National Weather Service issued a hurricane watch for the entire Texas coast at 5 a.in. today as killer Hurricane Allen moved within 500 miles of this South Texas port city.
The government of Mexico also issued a hurricane watch for the northeast coast of Mexico.
Allen was continuing to move to the west northwest at 18 mph at the tune the hurricane watch was issued by the National Weather Service at Miami, Fla.
Forecasters said if Allen continues on the present course at the current speed hurricane conditions could be in effect along the Texas coast within 36 hours.
They said hurricane warnings would likely be issued for portions of the watch area later today.
Highest winds in the hurricane were at 145 mph.
“Allen continues to be an extremely dangerous hurricane and is expected to strengthen again later today,” forecasters said.
At 5 a m. when the watch was issued, Allen was located near latitude 22.8 North and Ixmgitude 90.2 West.
Small craft from the mouth of the Mississippi River westward to the Mexican gulf coast including the Yucatan peninsula and around western Cuba were urged to remain in port.
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The watch was issued only hours before the Disaster Emergency Management Agency was to hold a meeting in Dallas to organize 35 federal agencies and volunteer relief organizations that might be called upon should the hurricane strike the Texas coast.
On Thursday, oil companies evacuated more than 2,500 employees from offshore rigs, disasters workers poured into the state and coastal residents stocked up their supplies of food, bottled water, plywood and blankets.
“We’re just about clean out of candies,” said Rod Nichols, a Houston supermarket manager.
John Stewart, another supermarket employee, said he made plans Thursday to re-stock his rapidly-dwindling sufv-plies of powdered milk, canned meat, batteries and sterno.
About 400 Red Cross workers nationwide were placed on alert and at least IOO were en route to the Texas coast, spokeswoman Jo Anne Jones said in Dallas.
“These are disaster preparedness people with experience in survey, mass feeding and shelters. There are more than 400 on standby in the Midwest and as far away as Washington. They are preparing to set up shelters and get ready for mass feeding,” Ms. Jones said.
The workers, backed by more than IOO radio-equipped emergency vehicles, planned to stage a watch from stations in Beaumont, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Victoria and Houston.
Maj. Roland Chambliss, coordinator for the Salvation Army in San Antonio, said the local unit was on standby to join units from other Texas cities. He said mobile canteen units were fully equipped with food, coffee, water, clothing, blankets arid medical supplies.
Bob Rushlow, a Houston lumber yard manager, said residents had depleted his store's supply of masking tape by noon Thursday and that he had very Uttle plywood left.
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NEW OHIOANS (AP) — The Coast Guard called off its search today for a helicopter that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico while evacuating oil rig workers in the advance of Hurricane Allen.
Thirteen people were aboard the helicopter when it went down Wednesday night in the storm-tossed Gulf of Mexico, about 60 miles southwest of Houma, I .a.
Four bodies and scraps of wreckage were recovered Thursday. The identities of those known dead were not released inunediately.
The southern Gulf of Mexico was being churned by winds from Hurricane Allen, which was more than 500 south of louisiana, when the 58-foot, 9,500-pound Air logistics helicopter went down
while evacuating workers.
Five of the passengers worked for Ocean Drilling and Exploration Co. and seven worked for companies servicing the ODECO platform.
Evacuations from drilling rigs and producing platforms also were underway by Amoco, Chevron USA, Gulf Oil Co. and Shell Oil Co.
ODECO identified its employees as Robert W. Ellison, 26, of College Station, Texas; Stephen Fagnani, 20, and Brandon Young, 20, both of Armonk, N Y.; lawrence Neebe III, 29, of Houma; and Joe DiGiovanni, 27, of Independence, la Tile pilot of the Bell 205 helicopter was identified as Neil Castle, 27, of Pensacola, Fla.
Residents of 14 area subdivisions have expressed interest in Crime Watch, a neighborhood program that in three months has brought to a halt burglaries in the Cypress Rapids area in Gruene.
The New Braunfels Board of Realtors is paying for signs and promoting the idea. The New Braunfels Police Department is supplying window stickers.
Police Chief Burney Boeck will speak at the Realtor’s monthly meeting Aug. 25 to “create enthusiasm” for a seminar to be held in October, Marilyn lewter, the original driving force behind the program, said Thursday.
That’s progress. I.ast April, while Lewter attended the first Crime Watch organizational meeting, her own home was burglarized. It was the fourth since the neighborhood was first developed.
But it was the last one, too — there have been no break-ms at Cypress Rapids since.
“Marilyn got fired up about it, and did a bang-up job,” said Jan Estes, who will inherit the leadership role now that l>ewter is moving
“So far everybody’s been very willing to work, aud not just grownups Kids, too,” Estes said in an interview at her home Thursday.
“They know the neighborhood, theyTe out there all the time, and they know the makes and models of cars better than a lot of adults So we’ve started a kid-watch,’ as well,” Estes said.
"Each block has a block captain. The idea is, lf you’re going to bt? gone for any length of tune, you notify your neighbors on the left, right, and behind, and you tell your block captain,” she continued.
"The kids can mow the lawn and pick up your papers, check on the inside We check out anyone who looks out of place. We even checked the sewer people wee,” Estes added.
Marvin Nichols, a neighbor of Estes and Lewter,
said most of the burglaries occurred during the daytime hours.
"The non-working women in the neighborhood are mostly involved during the day, the men in the evening,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s tourists that rob homes; ifs people fauuliar with die area,” he said.
Virtually evey home ui Cypress Rapids cooperates with the program, and now the search is on for organizers in other neighborhoods,
"Each neighborhood will be responsible for its own program,” Estes said She referred to a list of interested residents of Mission Oaks, Tanglewood, I .anda Estates, River Oaks and other developments around the city.
The neighborhoods that start their own program have to be approved by Boeck, l^ewter said.
“He’ll determine if most of tile people there are fired up or apathetic,” she said.