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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Summit calls for demobilizing rebels SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Ending a testy summit, five Central American presidents today called for the demobilization of El Salvador’s leftist guerrillas along with the U.S.-backed Nicaraguan Contra rebels. See Page 3 • • • Davis signs with KC for a Royal salary KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mark Davis agreed to a $13 million, four-year contract with the Kansas City Royals on Monday, making the Royals the first team to start a season with the reigning Cy Young Award winners. See Page 6 County youngsters write to Santa Claus What is Christmas without letters to Santa Claus? Comal County second graders have compiled their wish lists and are sending them on the way to the North Pole. See Wednesday’s Herald New Braunfels Vol. 138, No. 22 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Tuesday December 12, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 8 PagesTestimony begins in lawsuit against city A federal judge began hearing testimony this week in a lawsuit against the City of New Braunfels filed by a former employee who claims he was forced out of his job. Former City of New Braunfels Public Works Department Manager Fred Ryden allcdgcs that former City Manager Joe Michie and current Mayor Pro-Tcm Raymond Chapa Jr. forced Ryden to resign. The allegation is part of a lawsuit Ryden leveled at the city and Michie. Ryden, whose suit is currently in federal court in San Antonio, is suing on the grounds that his civil rights were violated, on breach of contract and lack of due process. The trial began Monday in Judge Emilio Garza’s court with testimony from Ryden, city employee Abraham Zapata, former city employee Salvado Diaz, Police Chief Bernie Bocck, and Michie. Ryden resigned in August 1987. At the time, Michie said he had lost confidence and trust in Ryden. Ryden contends that he had been unfairly treated. Diaz said in testimony that while working with the Sanitation Department, he had a spe cial agreement with Ryden to leave work early so Diaz could go to a second job. Zapata said that he picked up Diaz and took him to the second job each day at I p.m. Zapata used a city garbage truck to transport Diaz. Diaz said Ryden was aware of the arrangement. When the employees’ actions came to the attention of the city, Diaz and Zapata were suspended with pay and given a hearing. Bocck said that there was no official investigation of the Public Works Department until after Ryden resigned. Ryden contends that Don Ferguson, head of the Safe City Commission, Chapa, and Michie were conducting an investigation, and they were looking for “black marks” against him. Ryden said Michie had heard four major complaints: trucks carrying too much weight, employees using street signs as personal home markers, drivers who did not have drivers’ licenses and city trucks being used for personal matters. Ryden claims Michie told him to quit or be fired. Michie testified he had not authorized any investigation until he became aware the Publ ic Works Department’s problems in May 1987. Michie also said complaints from Public Works employees about Diaz’ work schedule led Chapa to question Rydcn’s performance during a city council meeting. Ryden said that he was never allowed a hearing when questions of his performance arose. His attorney, James Kosub, said that according to the city charter, that loss of trust and confidence in an employee is not grounds for firing. Michic’s attorney, Ronald Schmidt, See TRIAL, Page 2 Take all the necessary precautions tonight to protect plants, pets and the family car. A hard freeze is predicted with the low dropping to 22 degrees by morning. Today’s high will reach 42 degrees but the northerly winds gusting to 22 mph will make it seem much colder. The cold temperatures are expected to continue through the week. 13 shopping days to Christmas Inside: CLASSIFIED...............................7-8 COMICS.........................................4 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY.................................5 HOROSCOPE................................5 SPORTS.........................................6 TV LISTINGS................-.................5 WEATHER.....................................2 Voters to decide county district Exclusive performance The board of directors of Circle Arts Theatre staged its first Christmas Gift awards party and exclusive per formance for volunteers and contributors Sunday at the theatre in Landa Park Closing out the musical revue are, from left, Cathy Houde, Keith Trammell. Mary Beth Smith, Mark Gordon and theatre director f ii zabeth Elliott singing "Have Yourself a Merry Christmas." (Photo by Desmond Bostick) A proposal to establish an emergency services district for Comal County has drawn fire and praise from arca residents and government officials. Voters w ill go to the polls Saturday lo decide if a county wide fire and ambulance district will be created. 'Die district would establish a governmental body to provide for fire protection and ambulance service. County Commissioner Neil Craig-mile of Precicnt 2 said the district would more evenly distribute monetary support for fire and ambulance services in Comal County. Funds for volunteer services currently arc drawn from donations and fund raising projects so not all citizens served by the organizations pay for services. Opponents of the measure say it means an additional 3 to IO cents tax lier SKX) projvrty valuation. Others question the professional training of fire and ambulance personnel to be used and say the proposal is a hidden tax increase. County Commissioner Clyde Jacobs of Precinct 4 said that while the statute is not perfect, it can be refined to meet the needs and affordability of those persons living within the district. Jacobs said the first step in forming the district will be for county commissioners lo appoint an emergency commission to begin operations. “I will be extremely diligent in seeking individuals who will tax for the needs, not just because they have the right to lax,” Jacobs said. Jacobs said evaluations must first be made in as much as needs and availability of tax revenues. “We must look at needs and not just the wants," Jacobs said, “hirst we will look al the wants, then the needs, and then ability of taxpayers’ finances. I will be very conservative with tax See ELECTION, Page 2 Fifth-grade students at Seclc Elementary School will perform Christmas music in a program Thursday beginning al 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The youngsters are taught by Zaida Monnich.... There’s only one day left to get dial letter mailed to Santa Claus for a personalized return letter. 'Die Circle K store al 508 N. Union is accepting letters from children along will) a $5 donation to United Cerebral Palsy through Wednesday. The store is donating the envelopes and stamps to mail die letters. Youngsters who write to Santa will receive personli/ed letters in return.... The Cancer Support Group at McKenna Memorial Hospital will have its Christmas party today at 6:30 p.m. Members are reminded it’s a pol luck party so bring a covered dish. The group is sponsored by McKenna Memorial Hospital, Soudiwcsl Oncology and Hospice New Braunfels.... Stop! Don’t try that Soft Rice Custard with Peach Topping that won a prize in the llerald's Holiday Cookbook Contest. It’s a goal recipe, all right, but the ingredients arc listed wrong in the cookbook. They should be: 3 cups cooked rice, 4 cups milk, 2/3 cups sugar, 3/4 tsp. salt, 2 beaten eggs, 2 Tbsp, butter, I tsp. vanilb and the Peach Topping. Combine the rice, 3-1/2 cups milk and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thick and 8m STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 Officers arrest man    wn advice for filing false report Council forms advisory board, appoints members Comal Sheriff’s officers charged a man with making a false report to a peace officer as a result of a Sept. 20 shooting incident, according to Deputy Alan Trollingcr. The man was arrested and charged with the offense which is classified as a Class B misdemeanor. Investigator James Emory is credited w ith the investigation and following arrest. The Sheriff’s department received a call in September which charged an attempted murder was in progress during the burglary of a habitiation. A patrol officer was immediately dispatched and followed by a patrol supervisor and an investigator. Officers found a man had been shot in the back with a shotgun and required hospitalization. When word got out about die shooting, area residents were scared because the suspect had not been apprehended, said Trollingcr. The ensuing investigation lasted See ARREST, Page 2 The New Braunfels City Council voted Monday night to approve the formation of a Downtown Advisory Board, and voted in nine members to serve on the inaugural board. Appointed to the DAB were Linda Dictcrt, W. Robert Smith, Carolyn Reed, Marian Benson, Rob Evcrsberg, Cindy fumer, Robert Whiling, Carol Hoffman and Robert Pfeiffer. I lie Kurd members were chosen from a list of 14 applicants. “We are very fortunate to have this many qualified jvo-plc ask lo be on the board,” Councilman James Good bread said. The issue passed after councilmen Eddie Temple and Bill Arnold expressed concern that all the board members Ive residents of New Braunfels. Temple and Arnold voted for the issue, and it was passed unanimously. The board will serve as an advisory committee for the council, suggesting ways to improve commerce down town. City Manager Paul Grohman has indicated the board will likely function along with the Downtown Project headed by April Goldsmith. Tile council also approved the use of $350,000, earmarked for the purchase of computers and other office equipment, to be used over five years in a Public Property Finance contract. Tile RPF contract is a financing mechanism which allows a purchaser a tax-exempt investment and is expected to be sold at an interest rate of 7 percent or less Tile plan will allow the city to pay for the computers over five years in SSO,(KH) installments, while gaming 7.75 percent interest on the remaining sum of money. City Manager Paul Grohman said the contract will allow a more creative and flexible way of pay ing for the computers instead of paying the $250,(KH) up front in cash. See BOARD, Page 2 County sets up plan for selecting juries A new jury selection plan was adopted Monday by Comal County Commissioner! which is expected to improve selection of potential jurors. Commissioner! also agreed to establish temjxrrary blanch offices for voting in the March primaries. ITie new jury selection plan uses a computer to randomly select jurors based on local voter registration rolls. The previous system was based on stale voter registration figures and is said to be some 18 months behind local rolls, according to Commissioner Neil Cragmile. During the March primary elections, Comal County will open temporary voting branch offices in three areas of the county to cut down on problems with voters in outlying areas of die county. Craigmilc said the branch offices will be located in Canyon Lake, Bulverde, and in the Garden Ridge arca. He said the temporary offices will be open one day per week during die absentee election phase. Each branch office will have a complete county voting registers and anyone in the county may vote al any of the satellite offices. Exact days and voting places have not been officially established, pending justice department approval, according to County Clerk Rosie Bosenbury. Commissioners also agreed to Thursday as the designated meeting day for Commissioners Court, eliminating Monday meetings. Die court will meet only once more before the 1990 and that meeting will be held on Dec. 21. In other matters, commissioners accepted die resignation of Ardiur J. Smith from Rural Fire Precinct District 2 and appointed W.E. Ray as his replacement. Smith resigned citing family health problems. The phone contract for the County SM COUNTY, Pag* 2 Annual drive gets boost from donations^ Hie eighth annual New lit dun Jels Herald ZeHung Cheer Lund will soon be shifting into high gear as the list for items to be included in the Christmas dinners will be going out and volunteers will be gathering to distr ibute the baskets. Barked, Inc. is the latest of the large contributors to l>oost the lurid with a SKK)donation. The fund’s goal is to raise $5,000 to fill baskets with Christmas dinner for 2(X) area families selected by the Community Service Center. 'Hie administrative costs are paid by the newspajvr arui volunteers including members of the New Braunfels Fire Fighters Association arid Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department as well as newspaper staff members provide die labor to package arui deliver the Christmas baskets each year. Each year since 1982, the newspaper has sponsored the drive to provide a Christmas dinner to the less fortunate in the arca who might not otherwise enjoy a holiday meal. That first year, the drive netted $1,807.70 and spent $1,260 to provide baskets to 60 families. The drive has grown and now provides baskets to 2(X) families in die area. This year, a goal of $5,0(X) has been set to buy the goodies to fill those baskets. All of the tax-deductible contributions are used lo purchase the food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by the Herald-/*Hung arid community volunteers. In the {last, contributions have exceeded the goal arid provided a beginning balance lo start the drive each year. This year. a balance of $1,033.67 kicked off the annual drive. The Herald-Zeuung will publish the names of contributors to the SM FUND, Pag* 2 ;