New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 140, No. 15
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Harold Weyel
Two Sections, 24 Pages
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Mark Zamora, Ken Keeble, Cindy Billera, Cathy Hemsell, Joe Michael Espinoza and Ashley M. Garza.
Belated birthday wishes to Ann Danforth.
Anniversary wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Wohlfahrt.Christmas musical
A new Christmas musical titled “Canticle for Christmas” will be performed at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at First Church of the Nazareth, 1465 Interstate 35 North. The public is invited to share in the Scriptural account expressed and celebrated in song.Cultural arts contest
Students in grade K-12 are invited to use some time during their holidays to create entries in the PTA-sponsored “Reflections” cultural arts contest. Entries — expressing the contest theme “Exploring New Beginnings” through the visual arts, photography, literature and music — will be due at each campus by Jan. 6. For more information, contact the PTA “Reflections” chairperson at each campus.Aggie cookies
Comal County Aggie Moms have cookies for sale at Oakwood Tire Service, 971 N. Walnut. Types available, for $2.50 a dozen, are molasses, mandelkranze (Christmas wreaths), pfaffenbrot (priest’s bread) and zimmetsterne (cinnamon stars.) Proceeds benefit the group’s annual scholarship program.Penny Pickup
Teen Connection is still collecting pennies during its Great Penny Pickup fund-raiser. Penny collection jars are located at many local merchants, and donations also are welcome at Teen Connection, 1414 W. San Antonio. Proceeds will go toward funding a new art therapy program.Business counselor
A business counselor from UTSA’s School of Business will be available in the Chamber’s office for counseling on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Usually scheduled for the fourth Tuesday, the counseling day was moved this month because of the holidays.
“Throughout the year, the Chamber has made business counseling available to all interested business people in the area, and the program has proven to be extremely successful.” said Bob Smith, chairman of the Chamber’s Business Advisory Committee.
“Many of those who have taken advantage of the service report that it has made a difference in the business.”
The free counseling is completely confidential, Smith said. To make an appointment, call 625-2385.Natural Christmas
The Wednesday, Dec. 18 “Nature’s Way: A Natural Christmas” program will help youths ages 5 to 14 get into the holiday spirit through construction of Christmas ornaments and holiday
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Take your rain gear today because it’s going to be cloudy and rainy. The high temperature will be near 72 and the overnight low will be about 65.
County attorney comments on water plan
The county legally could, but probably will not. fund the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation’s study for a surface water treatment plant, the county judge says.
The Comal County Commissioners Court last week rejected a $125,000 request for the funds, to match a potential Texas Water Development Board grant.
At the time, Casteel said the funding had to be rejected because the county auditor found it would violate die Texas Constitution.
But on Friday, County Attorney Nathan
Rbeinlander found a recently legislated paragraph in the Local Government Code that essentially would allow the county lo fund the water corporation contractually.
As the water supply from the Trinity Aquifer deteriorates, officials believe the treatment of surface water is an alternative to supply more and better water for the area over die aquifer.
County Judge Carter Casteel said helping to fund the treatment plant study "may be a possibility” now that they know it’s legal.
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
A Canyon Lake non-profit corporation thai wants to supply better water to parts of Comal County may get a $125,000 gram it needs to start, an administrator with the Texas Water Development Board said Monday.
But the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation would need to find another $125,000 in local matching funds within 90 days — money they want from the county but are not yet likely to get.Carolyn Britton, grant administrator for lite water board, said staff will recommend approval of die grant at the board’s Thursday meeting.
However, “before a contract can be executed they (the corporation) have to provide evidence of local matching funds,” Britton said.
“Before we enter into a contract with the entity, they’re going to have to satisfy some of the concerns of the locals,” she added.
“One of them is the County Judge (Carter Casted).”
The total $250,000 — grant plus matching funds — would enable the
corporation to study the feasibility of building a surface water treatment plant.
This plant would allow water
suppliers to stop relying on the drying Trinity Aquifer and. they hope, beat the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s rates projected for their water treatment program.
Unlike New Braunfels, which lies over the Edwards Aquifer, other areas of the county such as Bulverde and Canyon Lake rely on the Trinity Aquifer, whose water supply is deteriorating — in some places to a critical level.
David Wallace, the corporation’s general manager, has written to Casteel and the Comal County Commissipners Court asking for the matching $125,000 funds to help start the feasibility study.
But Casteel said she and the commissioners need much more information before they can consider funding it.
Referendum gets good reviews
Canyon Lake project may receive needed fundingGood Day
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
Several members of the New Braunfels City Council reacted favorably Tuesday night to die idea of a non-binding referendum to gauge citizens’ interest in electing a mayor.
“I would not want to deprive the citizens of the community to have that opportunity to express their feelings,”
Mayor Clinton Brandt said at a joint meeting between the council and the City Charter Review Committee.
“I think we definitely should have a non-binding referendum in May to get the will of the people," Council Member James Goodbread said.
lf the council does decide to hold a non-binding referendum, they should make sure that “sufficient information and education get out to the people so that they know what they’re making a decision on,” Brandt said.
He suggested that the Charter Review Committee draft proposed charter guidelines for a mayoral election, and this could be presented the Justice Department for approval or rejection.
This examination of the mayoral process was one of the essential duties assigned to the committee, whose members were appointed by council members in June.
As the result of a 1983 lawsuit brought by the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the City Council currently chooses the mayor from among its members, in order to improve minorities’ access to the mayor’s seat.
Arguments for and against this procedure were voiced by members of the council, committee and public at Tuesday’s meeting.
Committee Member Ray Mendez said he felt bothered and ambivalent over the issue of minority rights and mayoral election.
"It would behoove us all to be
cognizant of the issue that has been proposed by MALDEF,” he said after some at the meeting characterized the group as an adversary to the city.
However, “for a minority person to obtain any sort of posture in this community, that it has to be legislated bothers me and it continues to bother me," Mendez said.
Some committee members and citizens warned that changing the mayoral process may invite another expensive lawsuit from MALDEF.
One possible outcome of such a suit could be a mandated increase in the number of single-member districts, which would reduce a voter’s representation, they said.
“It comes down to a matter of how bad you want to mix it up with MALDEF," committee Secretary George Bokomey said.
But others argued that regular mayoral elections are essential to the democratic process.
Shealynn Kiesling, front, and Amy Rentau and Shannon Effenberger prepare for the Christmas poinsettia sale, sponsored by the New Braunfels chapter of the Mid-Texas Symphony. The sate is slated the day of the concert at 4 p.m., Dec. 15 at the Civic Center.
County releases audit findings
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
Following a county audit of the Water Oriented Recreation District, its resigned administrator is expected to pay back $3,324 in unauthorized expenditures, the county judge said today.
About $1,450 of that amount resulted when WORD Administrator Betty Walls paid herself to work during vacation time. County Judge Carter Casteel revealed this morning.
“It had been signed by a member of the board. The board was aware of it, but there was no budget amendment to their current budget nor was there any board action taken, so it was unauthorized,” Casteel said.
She said Walls spent another roughly $600 of unapproved funds when she repaired her car, which she was using for WORD business.
About $700 came from unauthorized medical expenses; $187 was overspent in travel funds; and another $300 resulted when Walls made a clerical error in withholding taxes, the audit revealed.
Walls was unavailable for comment at presstime.
Casteel said WORD board members directed board President Dr. John Landry to meet with the district attorney about the unauthorized funds, but no criminal proceedings will take place.
Lawmen testify in local man’s trial I
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The former boss of a local man accused of impersonating a peace officer says he was asked by the defendant’s father — who is a Comal County official — to commission his son as a peace officer before appearing before a grand jury.
Schulenburg Police Chief Lee Hoffman testified Tuesday that Andy Krueger, his father, Precinct I Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger and an attorney “appeared in my office saying Andy needed to be commissioned to appear before the grand jury and that Andy was in some trouble for impersonating a peace officer.”
Hoffman, along with other officials testified in the impersonating a peace officer trial of Andy Krueger that began Tuesday with District Judge Charles Ramsay presiding. As of presstime the testimony was continuing.
Hoffman told the jury that he had hired Andy Krueger in April of this year to work as an undercover narcotics officer. He said he terminated
him effective May 24 because the department “had made a dent in the (drug) problem.”
The East Texas police chief said he then reinstated him on July IO and back-dated the form 30 days to June IO after his meeting with the Kruegers and the attorney.
Hoffman said the men talked to him about the matter for several hours. .
He said he consulted with the Schulenburg city attorney and the officials of TCLOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education) who advised him that it was OK to grant the commission.
Peter Stone, director of TCLOSE, testified the policy has a “30-day rule” that is usually used in the case of transfers from one law enforcement agency to another.
He added that Krueger had not properly notified TCLOSE of the charges filed against him. Stone added that Krueger had appointments with Comal County (as bailiff and jailer), the Schulenburg Police Department, and the Marion Police DepartmentStammtisch
Harriet Sotlberger of Hospice New Braunfels and Anna Clare Ray, board member in charge of the Tree of Lights put ornaments on the Hospice tree at McKenna Memorial Hospital. The Tree of Lights fundraiser is an annual one for Hospice. Donations can be made to honor someone, in memory or in celebration of a birth of a child or in commemoration of a special occasion. For a donation, a light will be lit on the Hospice tree above the New Braunfels Utilities building and a dove will be placed on the tree at McKenna. For more information on how to donate call Hospice at 825-7500. (Photo by Bill Ervin)