New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
2A □ Herald-Zeitong □ Friday, August 22,1997County
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agree with Dawson’s idea to take additional funds from the fund reserve. He said those funds were for emergencies, and he would rather add the positions later in the year when the court had a better idea of what the county’s income would be.
“I don’t like to roll dice, particularly when it’s with taxpayers' money,” he said. “I like to know w hat I have in the bank and what I will have in the bank at the end of the year.”
The approved budget includes a 3 percent cost of living and a 4 percent njerit raise for employees. Department heads and elected officials would receive 5 percent pay increases.
;Two key cuts in budget requests were for the sheriff's office and the criminal district attorney’s office.
The sheriff requested IO additional patrol deputies, but only five were included in the proposed budget.
; The district attorney asked that a new position be created to replace theRodriguez
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county attorney position, which becomes defunct when the county and district attorney offices merge beginning Sept I.
Two residents spoke to commissioners during the morning session about the budget. Resident S. A. Swenson questioned why the county needed to be in the business of owning parks. The budget calls for $60,000 for the purchase of land in the Solms area for the county’s third parte. Swenson said the money could be better spent in other areas.
’’Rather than spending $60,000 on a park, I’d rather see two more deputies,” he told the court.
Commissioners responded by saying the parks were wanted by many residents. They also pointed out that lease agreements had been established with various organizations, and the county was not paying for the development of the land.
Scheel said he supported spending money on the “good kids” because the county already spends a large amount of money on “bad "kids”
through the probation office.
“I think the more we keep these kids involved in sports and related activities, the better off we’ll be in the long run,” Scheel said.
Swenson said he did not support percentage pay raises because everyone gets a different amount. He said all employees and elected officials should get the same amount. He said the mileage allowances also seemed excessive.
Tony Trungale, who volunteers in the district attorney’s office, asked the court to explain why the chief misdemeanor prosecutor position, which would have replaced the county attorney position, was cut from the budget. He predicted the decision would lead to a backlog in the docket and less efficiency int he office.
County Judge Carter Casteel said the cut was made because promised savings were not evident in the budget request. She said the district attorney could return to the court and ask for another position later in the year if cases get too back logged.
“The bottom line for me is promises made, promises kept,” Casteel said.
Scheel said he did not agree with cutting the position. He said the office needed the extra staff if it would be expected to maintain the work load.
“With more cases being filed this year than last year, I don’t think it’s fair to ask Mr. (D.A. Dib) Waldrip to perform under those conditions,” he said.
Scheel was one of two commissioners voting against denying Waldrip the position a few weeks ago. He voted in favor of the recommended budget for the office on Thursday. Commissioner Cristina Zamora also voted against the original denial, but voted in favor of the office’s budget. She said she still did not agree with it, but the issue was settled with the first vote, and she wanted to show her support of the budget.
“I did want to vote for the budget because it’s good except for that,” she said.
• The transition from a 10-year career in the state legislature to Congress has been tricky, Rodriguez skid.
> He was appointed to serve on the National Security Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee but still has been seen as a freshman, he said.
• “Of the 434 congressmen, there’s
only one with less seniority than I,” he said. “When they ask me to speak. I’m the last one they get to.” The forum lasted for more than one hour and covered a range of topics.
Asked whether he would favor U.S. troops guarding the Texas border, he responded, “No.”
It was an issue he said he always objected to and instead supported more border patrol officers whoPool
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report said a new indoor swimming pool would cost $4.5 million with an annual debt service of $370,000.
The report cites the example of San Antonio and the Alamo Community College District, which share the cost and use of the pool at Palo Alto Community College.
Casteel said if the city of New Braunfels and the two school districts jumped on the indoor swimming pool bandwagon, she could see the county helping to pay for it.
Casteel said the county could float a Kind issue to help pay for a pool. She suggested forming a board with representatives from all interested
parties. Casteel said in that scenario, the county could help pay off the debt, while the city of New Braunfels and the two school districts could split the cost of operating the facility.
“We all need to be partners in it,” she said.
No one at the meeting spoke in opposition against the indoor pool.
After the meeting, Casteel said residents would give the final nod to building an indoor pool. “We have to get into the county and see if the citizens want it,” she said.
Commissioners approved a mortem appointing Commissioner Danny Scheel to look for a pool site if the project becomes a reality.
could become more in touch with the people in the region.
“What we need is well-trained people to be able to look out for terrorism,” he said. “We need bright people to seek them out.”
He told the group that he was concerned about the future of Social Security that is scheduled to ran out of money by 2012.
“We’re going to have a problem with social security. A lot of people
don’t have pensions,” he said.
A union member from San Antonio asked him what he thought the impact would be of possible federal deregulation of the electricity industry.
Rodriguez told him he was concerned that residential customers would have to pay higher rates as a result of the large companies switching service to,providers outside the current utility districts.Be the ‘Power of U’
The United Way of Comal County will have its “kick-off” reception at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Tree Tops Restaurant.
Guest speaker for the 1997 drive is Gary Wilson of United Way of San Antonio. The new informational film for this year will be shown at the reception. About IOO volunteers are invited to attend.
The drive chairman is James Dunks. Carter Casteel is gifts chairwoman, ^om Purdum, is honorary chairman? This year’s t officers are President Sheryl Bremer, President-elect Kathy Meurin, Treasurer Sharon Day and Immediate Past President David
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Edwin Lehmann, who passed away at the McKenna Memorial Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997, at the age of 74.
State seeks property swap to protect historic mansion
Sensing. Carol Robison is the allocation chairwoman.
Board members are Joe Alvarado, Sumner Bowen, Roland De La Rosa, Joyleen Dodson, Mike Doherty, Debbie Fitsko, Jonathan Hull, Bobbie Landrum, Jerry Major, John Mathis, Michael Meek, Ray Mendez, Esther Mendoza, Barry Moore, Randy Pawelek, Barry Shea, Bill Smith, Liza Stockwell, Bonnie Tetrauh and Marian Whitson. .....
The United Way volunteers urge every citizen in Comal County to be the” Power of U”andnSke a pledge during the 1997 drive.
(Submitted by United Way of Comal County)
AUSTIN (AP) — Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, who fought to have the Texas State Cemetery restored, is now trying to preserve an historic mansion put up for sale by the University of Texas.
At the urging of Bullock, the five-member State Preservation Board voted Wednesday to see whether the state has property it could give to UT in exchange for the Pease Manson in west Austin.
The family of Texas* fourth governor, Elisha M. Pease, owned the home, named Woodlawn, for IOO years until 1957.
UT received the home as a gift from ex-Gov. Allan Shivers and wife Marialice Shivers. They bought the home in 1957. The former governor died in 1985. Marialice Shivers lived there until she died in September.
The pink and white mansion on 3.8 acres includes an 11,441-square-foot main house, separate guest quarters, a four-car garage and a swimming pool.
”1 think it’s very important that we
A Stammtisch entry on Page 6A of Wednesday’s Herald-Zeitung incorrectly listed the date of the Comal County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo.
The Comal County Sheriffs Posse Rodeo will be Sept. 13.
keep that in the hands of our state government,” said Bullock, who envisioned the mansion as a place for official receptions and other state functions.
The Preservation Board’s membership includes Bullock, Gov. George W. Bush and Speaker Pete Laney.
The university plans to begin accepting sealed bids for the mansion, with a minimum of $2.6 million, on Oct. 6.
Texas officials are now searching the state’s property rolls to determine if there is land available to exchange for the mansion.
If a swap were to be offered, UT officials said they would be interested in acquiring only state property that could be sold. Proceeds from the sale of the mansion are earmarked for endowed chairs at the UT Law School and UT-Pan American in Edinburg.
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! ■ New Braunfels Police investigated reports of criminal rfiischief and assault causing bodily injury early Thursday morning in the 1500 block of Eiehen Road.
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■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of a theft late Tuesday or early Wednesday in the 200 block of Business 35.
Owners of Alamo Automotive Sales reported that someone stole
two window air conditioner units from their store.
Police said there was no evidence of forced entry and that they had no witnesses or suspects.
■ New Braunfels Police arrested a 17-year-old New Braunfels man on charges of no driver’s license, no vehicle lights and failure to appear. Bonds were set at $335.
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