New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Habermann House, 543 W. Mill Historic landmark
Eight pages in one section ■ Tuesday, December 5,1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than
Vol. 144, No. 16
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Pamela Weyel (belated), Kelle Watson (29 years), Kori Athas, Elisa Jackson and Israll Ramirez.
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Department heads satisfied with courthouse security plan
By DENISE DZIUK
Concerns that the proposed courthouse secunty plan may not be adequate for protection during business hours appeared to be laid to rest following a meeting with department heads, law enforcement, and a representative from a security company Friday.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel asked that the workshop be held to go over the plan with department heads to determine what employees want from the plan, which Sheriff Jack Bremer said will cost roughly $60,000, depending on the bids.
“The main thing is to give us an
opportunity to find out what it is they’re proposing,” said Casteel.
Douglas Emanus, building systems sales representative from Simplex Time Recorder Co., said the proposed plan is a combination of access control and security.
He said the first line of defense in securing a building is to limit the
He said there will be five doors for public use. All other doors will have card readers for employee use, or be emergency exits only. Emanus said these doors will also have monitors to detect forced entry. Motion sensors will be in place throughout the three-building complex. The three buildings will have separate key pads so one can
be disarmed, while the others remain armed.
“If we have a situation, hopefully we’ll know who’s in here and hopefully where they are,” said Lieutenant Sumner Bowen.
Emanus said the cards can be programmed to limit the times a person has access to the building, as well as what areas can be accessed. Several department heads said the added secunty after hours is needed because there have been problems in the past. However, others present felt like the plan did not provide adequate protection dunpg business hours.
“What is all this stuff going to do to stop someone from walking in, and shooting at point blank range,” said
County Commissioner “Moe” Schwab. “This is what courthouse secunty is all about.”
Bremer said the highest level of secunty would be to lock all the doors except for one, and put a metal detector and an officer at that door. However, he said that would be too costly, and it’s not what people want. Bowen said there are mechanisms to increase protection during working hours. He said this includes an extra officer, locked stairwells, panic buttons, and 9-1-1 hook up to the shenffs department.
“There is no fail-safe. We’re trying to anticipate, and be proactive,” said Bowen. “It’s a proactive plan that uses presence and perception to prevent a
Casteel said the plan w ill not restnct the public, but will increase the safety level for the employees. She asked if there was anyone who did not agree with the current proposal, and no one responded .
“It sounds like you have been doing some good work on this. I don’t want you to think that we came here just to criticize,” said District Judge Jack Robison.
Casteel told Bowen and Bremer to begin getting the paperwork in order to go out for bids.
“There were a lot of unanswered questions on people’s minds, and I think now they have a pretty good idea of what it is we have in mind,” he said.
CHMT Fund donations continuo
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy.
New donations include:
Rita Radosevich - $25; Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Bercaw Jr. -$25; Preston Staats - $50; Steven J. Slagle, M D. - $100; Irene N. Miller - $60; La Mujer Tejana - $25; and two anonymous $25 donation, bringing the fund total to $2,973.11.
To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
Jaycees’ Toys for Tots campaign helps families ring in the season
By MELANIE GERIK
The New Braunfels Jaycees are playing Santa to more than 200 families again this year.
The Jaycees are collecting toys and donations for the annual Toys for Tots campaign and will deliver the toys to families on Dec. 17, said Sue Kolath, membership vice-president for the Jaycees.
The Community Services Center gives the Jaycees the names of families who have signed up for assistance dunng the holidays.
The average family has about three children, but “sometimes we get families with IO kids in them,” Kolath said.
The Toys for Tots campaign tries to give toys to all children under 13 years old in the families, Kolath said. With bigger families, she said the Jaycees try to also give a larger present such as a bicycle.
In addition to the presents for the children, the Jaycees give the families the food to cook a traditional Christmas turkey dinner.
“We spend $4,000 on food alone,” Kolath said.
She added this year gift certificates to H.E.B. may be given to the families instead of the traditional frozen turkey and staples.
Drop boxes for toys are located at Milt Ferguson Motor Co., Century 21 Action Realty, Target, Wal-Mart and K-Mart.
If toys are donated through TCI Cable, donors will receive free cable installation, Kolath said.
The Jaycees also are sponsoring a rib-eye steak
They wouldn’t havo anything if it weren’t for the program.’
— Marcus Purtle
dinner and dance on Dec. 16 at Wursthalle, featuring Quarter Moon.
Kolath said the Toys for Tots campaign collects hundreds, maybe even thousands, of toys, filling a service bay area at Milt Ferguson.
But she added some families, including three who were left homeless after fires a few years ago, sign up for the program at the last minute.
“No matter how many toys we collect, we seem to nm out,” Kolath said “It’s always a mad scramble to wrap things up.”
Marcus Purtle, general sales manager for Milt Ferguson Motor Co., said he has been involved in the program for nine years because he thinks the program helps the families.
“They wouldn’t have anything if it weren’t for the program,” Purtle said.
But Purtle said the Toys for Tots campaign, which Ferguson has sponsored for 13 years, has suffered lately because of competition from other charities, which pulls potential donors in “too many different directions.”
In addition to the drop box, Ray Parker, unit manager for H.E.B., said the store also may make a donation, although the amount has not been determined yet.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
It looks Ilks this chimnsy won’t bs around at Christmas. Way na and Trinity Griffin, of Gsrard Chimnsy in St. Louis, Missouri, start work on demolishing the smokestack at the old Landa Mill sits st the entrance of Landa Park.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -286 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer — 625.16 feet above sea level, down .01. Guadalupe River — 200 cfs.
Canyon schools present Christmas Choir Concert
Canyon High and Canyon Middle schools singers will present their annual Christmas Choir Concert Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St.
Admission is free and open to the public. CMS 6th, 7th, and 8th grade singers, and CHS's Treble Choir, Balladier, Chamber Singers, and the Chordsmen will be featured.
The search for the best Christmas lights in town
The Herald-Zeitung is planning to run a page of photos of the homes with the most impressive Christmas decorations in New Braunfels.
But we need your help to find them, lf your house is a winter wonderland, or you know of a house with great decorations, call the Herald-Zeitung by Friday and tell us where the best lights are. Call 625-9144 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sutton jumps to Democrats
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Believing he has more of a fair shot of getting elected, Precinct 4 Constable candidate Jim Sutton announced that he will switch from the Republican to the Democratic party.
“I want people to know that I am not a traitor,” Sutton, a Canyon Lake resident said. “I was forced to do this because of the circumstances. I want people to have an opportunity to vote for me in an unbiased and fair election.”
Sutton had recently announced that he would run against incumbent Precinct 4 Constable Ed Mullins in the March 12th Republican Primary. Sutton said he felt like he did not have a chance in the Republican Primary after talking to an officer with the Canyon Lake Republican Women's Club, whom he said had professed her support for Mullins.
“I do not want to hurt anyone or put anyone in a bad spot,” Sutton said. “But no one (in the C. L. Republican Women’s Club) is supposed to be working for a candidate until after the primary is over. Simply, I was not going to put up with it anymore.”
Comal County Democratic Party Chairwoman dona Sasser confirmed that she met with Sutton on Friday to discuss his switch to the Democratic Party. She said she and Sutton had a long talk and she feels comfortable with Sutton running as a Democrat.
“The Democratic Party is open to anyone,” Sasser said. “He should feel at home as a Democrat because his views are consistent with the party.”
Canyon Lake Republican Women’s Club President Lucille Biegel said she did not know about Sutton’s switch and that to her knowledge, no officer had supported or endorsed Mullins.
“It is specifically outlined in our bylaws that we do not want to express any support for a candidate before they file or during the primary,” Biegel said. If someone did this, then they were way out of line. I am sorry this happened. What probably happened is that someone innocently said something which hurt someone’s feelings.”
Biegel said if she found out that any officer or committee member was openly campaigning or supporting Mullins she could not do anything about it. Sutton would have to complain to the State Republican Executive Committee. Biegel said.
Sutton said that he would return the $600 in contributions and petitions he collected as a Republican and start the filing process over again. The deadline to file as a candidate for the March 12th primary is Jan. 2.
The third annual Wassailfest will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 downtown. The event features open houses, caroling, bell choirs, Santa visits, buggy rides and all the wassail you can drink. Vote for your favorite wassail, door prizes to be drawn on the Plaza at 8:45 p.m. The Brauntex Theatre will show a free Christmas movie at 6:45 p.m. for children, while their parents visit Wassailfest. Supervision will be provided by the NBHS Interact Club
Lake McQueeney to drop 15 inches tomorrow
The level of Lake McQueeney will be lowered approximately 15 inches Wednesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 7 for routine generator maintenance. According to Larry Moltz, assistant operations manager for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA), the six hydroelectric lakes along the Guadalupe River are lowered at various times during the year to permit GBRA hydroelectric
crews to perform maintenance and repairs on the dams.
“We encourage lake residents to take advantage of the temporarily lower levels to inspect and repair docks and retaining walls,” said Moltz, “and also to work together in lake and neighborhood associations to remove trash and debris from the lake. In keeping with GBRA’s effort to encourage greater participation in car
ing for water resources, we will notify the public in advance as other lake lowerings are scheduled.”
Moltz also reminds boaters and water skiers that “lower lake levels reveal debris and other potential hazards which are normally not visible. Anyone using Lake McQueeney should exercise caution and good judgment until the lake is returned to its normal level.”
Street signs are taken down to make way for a moving house late Monday morning. The AOK House Moving company handled the move. No police escort is required when houses or huge construction parts are moved. “Just about any time a house moves they have to move some eigne,” New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Worn mack said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A not-so-mobile homeAs campaign closes in, cracks in GOP unity begin to show. See Opinion, Page 4.