New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 140, No. 29
By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher
The name of MBank New Braunfels, NJV., will change with the new year.
The bank’s board of directors, according to Joe T. Siebold, chairman of the board and h i e f executive officer, has voted to change the name of the bank to I a z a Bank, N.A. „
MBank’s new logo will accompany Its new name.
MBank New Braunfels was one of five banks owned by MCorp which was not closed by the Comptroller on March 28,1989.
‘The board is very proud of the New Braunfels bank,” Siebold said, “and it is simply the proper time and place to change the bank name to one which will be completely identifiable with the New Braunfels market. There is certainly no area of New Braunfels which is more representative of the city or more recognizable than the plaza with its gazebo.”
Siebold emphasized that, though new signs will reflect the Plaza Bank name, customers may continue to use their existing supplies of checks and deposit slips.
The bank’s board includes Raymond A. Baese, Janelle Berger, James M. Cornelius Randall Haugh, S. Craig Hollmig, Mitchell J. Sacco, Steven D Taylor, Robert J. Uhr, Stanley M Woodward, and Siebold himself.
Its officers arc Siebold; Randal Haugh, who is the bank's president; Deborah Bright, senior vice president and cashier, Debra Lynn Krueger, assistant vice president and secreta^ to the chairman of the board; Karen Wofford, assistant vice presidem accounting; Betty Rust, vice president, loan administration Daniel Hutchison Jr., vice president, customer service Margaret Messer, vice president customer service; and Beverly Garrotu assistant vice president.
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December 31, 1991
It will be cloudy today with a good chance of afternoon and evening showers. The low will reach about 56 degrees. The high temperature in New Braunfels Monday was 60 and the recorded low was 49. Rainfall was measured in the past 24 hour period at .03.
Recall effort I
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By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
A petition drive to recall the New Braunfels mayor and a city council member took an unexpected twist after weeks of silence Monday when a phrase in the City Charter sparked a dispute over the validity of the completed petitions.
Regardless of who is right in the disagreement between city officials and the recall group, the City Council must now hold a special meeting within five days to view the recall petitions, says City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi.
“We’re going to still go ahead with the process” as outlined in the City Charter, she said.
Jim Mcllvaine, a leader of the group, submitted six weeks worth of signatures to Sarkozi on Monday calling for an election to decide the recall of Mayor Clinton Brandt and Council Member Bill Arnold.
Mcllvaine said the petition passed with 537 signatures. But Sarkozi and City Attorney Barry Moore said it needs 875.
The confusion begins between the lines of the City Charter, which demands that before a recall election can take place,
petition signatures must equal “at least thirty (30) per cent of the number of votes cast at the last regular municipal election of the city ...”
The last “regular municipal election” took place May 1991, when Council Members Rudy Seidel and Paul Fraser were elected from two single-member districts. Only citizens who lived in those two districts could vote.
Sarkozi said 1,631 votes were cast in that election. Using that number, the recall group’s petition would pass the test.
But Sarkozi and Moore argued that the charter was intended to include only city-wide elections — not single-member district elections — because the districts did not exist when the charter was written.
The last citywide election in May 1990 yielded 2,916 votes, and 30 percent of that is 875, Sarkozi said.
Mcllvaine said the recall group believes all regular municipal elections should be included.
“Our position is that the City Charter clearly states ‘regular municipal election,’ and we are in conformance with that,” he said.
Best wishes .
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Alan B. Stewart, Gail Partain, Adriana Marie Aguirre, Isabaell Annette Saenz, Robert Morales, Adrian Juarez, Sophia V. Camareno, Celeste H. Torres, Vera Joyce Koepp, Allen Welsch and Yvonne Garcia.
Belated birthday wishes to Michael R. Pape, Lee Alanis III, Marie Alanis, Vickie Kennedy, Vanita Rumfelt and Susie Dombusch Trevor.
Anniversary wishes today go to Bobby and Nelvia Perez.
The Comal County Genealogy Society meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Victoria Bank and Trust North Building, 1000 N.
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Because of increased trade with Mexico, Union Pacific officials are considering the possibility of reopening the Missouri-Kansas railroad tracks. (Photo by Bill Ervin)
More hats tossed into the ring
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A flurry of Republican candidates filing to be included on the March primary ballot before the Jan. 2 filing deadline was reported Monday by Robbie Borchers, chairman of the Republican Party in Comal County.
“We knew they were going to be there — they were just a little slow about it," Borchers said. “They’re not so anxious to be the first one out anymore.”
John Curtis, chairman of the Democratic Party in Comal County, said he expects an announcement from within his party Thursday.
Included in the most recent filings are Republican incumbents Bill M. Reimer, seeking reelection as district attorney and Jack Bremer, seeking reelection as sheriff.
Reimer is seeking a second term as Comal County district attorney aller having previously served as county attorney. Bremer is seeking a second term after receiving 73 percent of the votes cast when elected as Comal County sheriff in 1988.
Also filing were: Marc Powell, candidate for precinct 3 county
commissioner; Preston Overstreet, candidate for precinct I constable; Danny Scheel, candidate for precinct
2 constable; E.O. “Bo” Eoff Jr. candidate for precinct 3 constable; Ben Kiesling, candidate for precinct
3 constable, George M. Wolf Sr., incumbent precinct 4 constable; and Jim C. Sutton, candidate for precinct
George Wolf served a partial term as constable after being appointed by the Comal County Commissioner’s Court to fill the unexpired term of Fidel Tamez who took a position with the Comal County Sheriff’s Department. Wolf later was elected in 1990 to finish the two year’s remaining on the term.
“This particular constable’s precinct (4) has been enlarged greatly — probably doubled — by redistricting, and there will probably be more on the ticket,” Borchers said.
Earlier filings included incumbent J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, seeking a fourth term as precinct I county commissioner and incumbent Al Herberich, seeking reelection as precinct 2 constable.
“At the time the charter was adopted, the only kind of election there was was a city-wide election,” Moore responded. “There wouldn’t have been a reason to use the word ‘citywide’ because at the time, that’s all there was — citywide elections.” Moore said the council may ask him for his opinion on the matter. .
When the charter was drafted, all City Council members were elected at-large. In 1983, a lawsuit brought against the city by the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund divided the city into four single-member districts, leaving three council members who are still elected at-large.
Sarkozi said the change in 1983 was not properly addressed in the charter, and “that’s what is so confusing.”
Mcllvaine said that because of a 45-day window mandated by the charter, the group had until last Saturday to collect all of the signatures before the first signatures would become invalid.
The petition seeks the recall of Brandt and Arnold on grounds of “misconduct, malfeasance and incompetence (lack of intellectual or moral fitness) in failure to investigate allegations of voter misconduct of former City Manager Paul Grohman.”
Performers ringing in
a new year
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
New Year’s Eve revelers in the New Braunfels area have several options to celebrate the passing of 1991 and the arrival of 1992.
The third annual New Years Eve Dance at the Wursthallc will feature Clay Blakcr and the Texas Honks-Tonk Band. Tex-mcx food from the Adobe Cafe will be available and complimentary black-eyed peas and cornbread will be provided. Admission for the dance is $12 advance and $14 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the band starts playing at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available through 5 p.m. at High Brchm Hats or at the Wursthallc ticket office on the Wurstfest grounds. For more information or to charge tickets, call 620-7078.
B.C. Smith and the Breeze, another local country favorite, will ring in the New Year at the Watering Hole Saloon on Old McQueeney Road at Interstate 35. The $8 admission charge includes a buffet, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Watering Hole. Call 625-0045 for more information.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, a non-profit organization, will sponsor a New Year’s Eve dance with music provided by “Sounds of Country’ with Frank Kosub. Admission lo the dance is $12 and party favors, breakfast tacos and black-eyed peas are included. The dance will start at 8 p.m. at Eagles Hall, located at 257 East South Street. For more information, call 625-7243 or 625-5881.
lf polka is more appropriate for you than the Cotton-eyed Joe, Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten is the place to be as the Litt’l Fisherman host a New Year’s Party from 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The cost is $15 at the door and includes a breakfast buffet and party favors. Bavarian Village is located at 212 W. Auslin Street, near Schlmerbahn.
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By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
Managers at Union Pacific Railroad Co. may decide next year to reopen the abandoned Katy Railroad that runs through New Braunfels, largely because of a surge in U.S.-Mexican trade, the company’s officials said.
“They have not set aside in the capital budget moneys to do this yet,” said Harold Brandt, the company’s real estate agent. “At this point in time, their studies have indicated that it would be justified.”
The 16.7 miles of Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad right-of-way, informally known as the Katy Railroad, was closed in 1988 as part of Union Pacific’s aquisition of MKT properties, Brandt said.
“Originally, after the UP-MKT merger, that line was thought to be redundant because basically, the MKT line paralleled (the Union Pacific track) through New Braunfels,” said Mark Davis, UP spokesman in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Katy has since fallen into disrepair and been dismantled, paved over, and even mentioned for possible conversion into a nature trail or mini-freeway by some local officials.
Its track stretches northeast to southwest through town after parting with the loosely parallel UP track. It runs just north of Gruene before cutting down through the Landa Park Golf Course and winding parallel to Sm TRACKS. Page 2
The deadline for candidates to file petitions to be on the primary ballot is Jan. 2.
“The telephone and the doorbell have kept me busy,” she said.
Borchers added that it is uncertain whether an extended deadline of Jan. IO recently permitted by a federal court in Auslin applies to local elections.
“If they come after that time, FII just have to call state headquarters to find out what to do about it,” she said.
Many candidates collect signatures on petitions to be included on the primary election ballot to avoid having to pay a filing fee. In a county-wide race 300 signatures are needed to avoid paying a $1,000 fee. For a district less than county-wide, such as the constable, justice of the peace, or county commissioner races, signatures equaling two percent of the most recent gubernatorial vote for both parties in that district are required.
Candidates for county commissioner can avoid a $600 filing fee, while candidates for Sa* FIL ING, Pag# 2
Former police chief files a slander suit
By LARRY ROWE Staff Wrltar
A police chief who was fired by the City of Garden Ridge has filed a slander suit against the mayor pro tem because of a statement attributed to her in a northern San Antonio newspaper.
The suit against Mayor Pro Tem Patti While was filed in the 22nd District Court of Comal County and has not been scheduled yet for trial.
According to the Plaintiff’s Original Petition, former Police Chief Parus Dudley's charge is based on a statement White reportedly made which said in part that the chief had broken state law.
The quote was printed in a Dec. 19 front-page story of the Hecorder-Times, a newspaper covering the Randolph area in northern San Antonio.
Contending the remark was false and maliciously intended, Dudley
is seeking a total of $1.5 million rn damages, in addition to court costs and $25,000 in attorney’s fees, according to the petition.
While’s husband, George White, said in a telephone conversation Monday that she was present but that she would not comment.
Jim Sanford, assistant claims manager for the Texas Municipal League, said officials cannot yet comment on the sun.
Marvin Townsend, deputy director of the league, said San Antonio attorney Lowell Denton will represent White in this suit.
Denton, who is representing the city of Garden Ridge in an unrelated suit filed by Dudley, could not be reached for comment Monday or Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Dudley said he filed the slander suit to keep White from making further statements that he called “false” and “unproven.” f®