New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Malt Bowen of John Watson Landscape goes out on a limb to instal Kghts in trees above New Braunfels’ main plaza last week. The New Braunfels Rotary Club wit hold a dedication ceremony for their Main Plaza Landscape Illumination project at 6 p.m. Wednesday. City officials, dub officials and members of the New Braunfels High Band wit be on hand to celebrate the lighting of the tree canopies, gazebo and fountain. Photo by John Huseth.
No suspects have emerged in a the probe of a fire that damaged Rhoads Interiors Saturday, but an investigation has produced several leads, a fire official said today.
Officials have determined that the fire was deliberately set, but dont know exactly how the blaze was ignited. New Braunfels Division Chief and Fire Marshall John Herber said.
The fire started in Bis office, Herber said.
"I have a point of origin, but I dont have a cause," Herber said.
Herber said the exact figures of the damage done to the business, located on North Walnut, have not been released by the insurance company, but said that most of the interior and the contents may be salvageable.
New Braunfels firefighters responded to the blase shortly after midnight Saturday morning.
Herber said also that he is dose to apprehending the third suspect involved in the fire that destroyed the community center In January.
That one should be cleared up in the next week or two,” Herber said.
Tuesday, February 9.1993_ Serving Comal County/Home of RobertH.Hanover Vol. 141 .No.58 — Daily50cent*.Sunday75centiCity council debates public comment schedule
By OMV P. CARROLL Heratd-Zettung
The New Braunfels City Council discussed the possibility of restructuring council meetings Monday by moving the dtiaens’communications segment to the end of the meeting instead or leaving it at tho beginning where it is currently.
Mayor Clinton Brandt said it would behoove die council to move the agenda item hack to allow the council to dispense with regular council business.
*1 feel that die primary purpose of the City Council here is to conduct the business of the public agenda, and then we(Mated story, page 2
will proceed with the citizens’ communications," Brandt said.
Brandt explained that this move was not meant to save time or take away from the citizens’ communications, but rather moving that part of the meeting closer to the end would allow for more time for citizens to talk to the council.
"We the council are here to perform these duties regardless of how long it takes us,” Brandt said. That’s what you elected us here for and that’s what we
intend to do."
Council member James Goodbread disagreed with Brandt and said the citizens’ communication should remain at the beginning of council meetings, adding that the present schedule allows for a greater level of citizen participation.
T think that it would discourage citizens’ participation and not encourage them," Goodbread said.
Council member Paul Fraser voiced his dissension for format change and said also that the success in participation of the citizens’ communications portion of the meeting can be attributed to the fact that it comes so early in the meeting.
Fraser told fee council that the citizens are the business of the council and should be of the utmost importance in any consideration to reformat tho meeting.
Fraser said that a considerable percentage of the town's population is comprised of elderly people, and every consideration should be taken into account for their safety and well being regarding their participation in the council.
More dissension was voiced from Ooun-rilman Rudy Seidel. Seidel said it is not fair for the citizens to have to wait on the council to finish its business boffos being allowed to address it This, accord
ing to Seidel, would make people leery about returning to future meetings Tfwe wait until the very end, then a lot of time they won't come back,” Seidel
Council Members Dm Bremer and KU Arnold supported tbs proposal, along with Brandt and Benitos.
Chris Bowers of New Braunfels said the council should leave the dtiaeruf com-municatkxw st the beginning of the meet ing, saying the council should strivag to keep the orisons happy The courted win hear me second reading of the ordinance at its next meeting Feb. 22.
date for personnel
By ROSE MARE EASH Herald ZsHung
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees will meet in late February for a proposed termination hearing of the Canyon High School Assistant Principal, officials decided in a special meeting Monday.
After a five-hour executive session, the board voted unanimously to tike final action on the cate immediately at the conclusion of the personnel hearing.
According to Bill Hays, board president, action on the remainder of the cases will be taken at the next regular board meeting.
"Our normal process is that at our regular February meeting there's an evaluation of the administrators,” Hays said. "At that time, we take action on adnlsnistrators relative to hiring, firing, disciplinary actions, whatever. "
Asked if there had been any discussion of postponing the scheduled May CISD board election in response to the question of single-member districts, Hays •aid there had not been.
"We've been told that the information (from a demographic study) is supposed to be available for our Fab. 22 board meeting,” said Hays. "Whan we hear that, well kno
The board ordered a demographic stuffy to help them decide whether board elections should be held by single-member districts instead of et-large to allow greater board representation.
Racial discrimination charms brought by some parents tai tile district initiated an inveatigrtion, which began last summer and cubninatad in the proposed termination of one administrator, non-ienswal of contract! and reprimands for others.
The board has ainoi said that racial discrimination was not the •ole basis for tho actions thsy took against soma administrators.
The findings of the fhvestiga* tion have not boon disclosed.
Marshall: Fire was arson, no suspects
Commissioners discuss consolidation of polling sites
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
Comal County commissioners discussed consolidation of voting precincts for tbs May 1993 spacial election in yesterday’s commissioners court workshop session.
"I'd Ilks to boo (tho polling places) all open because we can get a better turnout," •aid Judge Carter Casteel. "(However), I understand that thoro is some benefit to consolidation.”
Commissioner J. L Evans pointed out that the cost of a polling place was minimal —about $160 per tach polling place.
Streator said tbs major interest was to consolidate polls for th# city dictions with
those for the county and statawide elections. Casteel said the suggestion will be addressed in the Feb. 18 session of Commissioners Court Alto on tho agenda for tho workshop session was a report from Business Records Corporation concerning the resolution of what system Comal County will use to tabulate alection votes.
Tho county had purchased an optical •can voting system which has bien uead in four elections.
Mqjor problems with th# paper ballots used with tho system in last November’s general election delayed result* till the wee hours of tbs morning.
Many Comal County officials and dtisens
called for a return to the punch card system previously used.
Business Records Corporation accepted filii responsibility for the problem saying th# quality of printing for some of the ballote was not ae good as it should have been.
They stood by thoir recommendation that tho oounty use the optical scan system, hut offered to replace it with a comparable punch card system at no additional coot to tho county if that was preferred.
A return to tho punch eard system is thought by some to consider tho interests of the county officials above those of voters.
Tho punch card method assures a more rapid telly since it automatically counts invalid ballote as overvotes and ignores
them. This method dote not give county election officials any opportunity to try to interpret tho voter's intention and validate the vote.
Doing so with tho punch card system would hi difficult because the cards themselves are blank once removed from the voting mechanism.
Proponents of tho optical scan method •ay tho system which rejects incorrectly marked ballots provides an opportunity for election officials to count votes which might otherwise bo lost A solution to tho tabulating time used up kl manually correcting such ballote may ba
•os COURT, pegs!
By GARY P. CARROLL Harald-Zeltung
Tho Now Braunfels Horald-Zoitung sends birthday wishes to
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Alma Brandt, Jessica Sue Thomas, Whites* Hummel, Vincent Velet, Mare Cabob and Larry Roes
Birthday wishes go to James L Tarlton.
Watson Lan« closing
Comal County Road Department will bo roeonstrueting two
Watson Lane East. This project ti ached-
drainage structures along I uled to begin Feb. 8 and De
completed in approximately feur weeks During tiit construction of those drainage structures Wi will bs intermittently closed.
Traffic will bs detoured to Kolsnburg Lane and York Creek
Road. For more information call 626-6719.
Purpls Martin ssmlnar
Jim Schuls wiU conduct a Purple Martin seminar from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Fab. 13, at Schuls Nurseiy in Marion. Th* public is invited to this free seminar.
Members of the Southwest Texas State University counseling and financial aid departments will conduct a financial aid workshop at ataon Lent 7 p.m. Thursday, Fab. ll, at New Braunfels High School in rooms B-13, B-16 ana B-17. They will answer questions and explain how financial aid for collage can ba obtained. Call 626-6271.
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