New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
HerakJ-Zeifunp New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, February 19.1987
A dissatisfied Gary Henry running
for Council despite pending lawsuit Unanswered questions
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
With his filing as a candidate for an at-large berth on New Braunfels City Council, Gary L. Henry says he can now take a high-profile position to bring the issues before the people of the city.
Henry filed Wednesday morning for the April 4 municipal elections that will decide the three at-large positions open on council.
“I am not satisfied with the way I have seen council run the city over the last eight years,” Henry said Wednesday. “I will Judge all issues based on a set of principles - those that respect an individual’s rights and those that set the interest of the City of the New Braunfels and all of its people above the interest of any small group of individuals.”
Henry has lived in New Braunfels since 1966 and is married with two children. He graduated in 1975 with a BBA in accounting from the University of Texas in Austin and is a licensed CPA in the state.
Upon his graduation from the university, Henry joined the staff of Arthur Anderson and Co. as an auditor. He currently is the secretary/treasurer of Bad Schloss, Inc , Landa Resort and Schlitterbahn Family Water Park.
Henry said that because of the city’s charter establishing a city manager form of government with council acting as a policy-making body, the city has been run in the past eight years in an “un-businesslike” manner to benefit a select group
“The damage done to the city financially and the damage done to the image of New Braunfels is incalculable I will insist that the city manager run the business of the city and that council restrict itself to setting policy and reviewing the work of the city manager," Henry said.
“I will insist that all affairs of the city be above board, in full view of the citizens of New
Braunfels. I will not allow behind the scenes double dealing,” the council hopeful said.
Henry said a direct result of the past poor operation of the city is its present financial condition and added that the mismanagement of the city has led to a “bloated bureaucracy.”
“I believe that the meddling by members of council over the past eight years has directly resulted in the depletion of the city’s contingency fund. The city is highly exposed today because of this mismanagement,” Henry said.
“Many people in town and elsewhere have perceived city government, including council, over the last eight years as being anti-business,” Henry said. ”1 also hold that perception. The result of this environment is that businesses have failed and closed their doors, or they simply chose to locate somewhere other than New Braunfels. This has had a serious impact on the tax base of the city.”
Henry said the damage to the city’s tax base 'vill take years to undo, “But, we must start now. I am willing to fight this battle. ’ ’
Henry said he is strongly opposed to utility transfers to generate additional operating revenues, and said he would favor increasing property taxes only as a last resort, after “all the fat had been cut. There has been a move afoot for several years by certain council members to take monies from the New Braunfels Utilities to help pay for city spending,” Henry said. “This amounts to an indirect tax on the people of New Braunfels. The people who will be hit hardest are those who can least afford it ”.
Henry proposes to expand New Braunfels' economic base by promoting tourism and development in an effort to increase the tax base and create more revenues and jobs for the citizens. He favors development of "clean” industry and the promotion of business within the city
Henry said the Comal Springs should become a high priority item in the promotion of tourism “As a council member, I will make the springs a high-profile item They are the crown jewels of our city,” he said. “One only has to remember the situation in 1984 to realize how important the springs are to New Braunfels.”
Two lawsuits filed by Bad Schloss Inc., against the city and still pending in federal court, should not be a factor in his candidacy, Henry said “Not at all The litigation is a result of illegal acts committed by certain city officials and council members. The litigation has resulted in a decline in that type of activity by the city and has had a positive effect," he said.
The first lawsuit, filed Dec 28. 1984. claims the city orchestrated a campaign of “recrimination and investigation designed to inflame public sentiment” against the Henry family, owners of Schlitterbahn and Landa Resort, and constituted a “conspiracy in restraint of trade ’ ’
The action claims that the city instructed an employee to divert water from the Comal River and, therefore, the plaintiff’s water park downstream
The second suit, filed May 16 and which seeks $4 million in damages, names the city, council. police department and various local and state water and river boards as defendents in a claim similar to the first lawsuit It alleges that the city drained municipal swimming pools in the summer of 1984 in a manner that would appear to be vandalism and makes a charge of official misconduct and a police coverup Should he be elected. Henry would be in the bizarre position of being a member of a governing body he and his family are suing in the general sense Closed door discussion of the pending litigation would almost certainly exclude Henry from participation in the attorney-cl lent relationship
By VV. DALE NELSON Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The president was meeting with congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room about an arms sale to Saudi Arabia. From the back of the loom, a reporter asked him if he thought members of the press should be prosecuted for security leaks.
At another time in the same room, the president was meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee about a tax bill. Again, a reporter asked a question. This time, it was about the Saudi arms sale.
The two incidents, both last year, represent a type of question-and-answer session that used to take place about once a week at the White House. Except for such a session Wednesday, during which the president declined to answer most questions, reporters have not had that type of opportunity since Dec. 4.
White House officials decline to say why this is so. Until this week, Reagan had been on a reduced work schedule because of his prostate surgery in mid-January. But it is obvious that regardless of the subject of his White House meetings, reporters are free at such sessions to ask questions about whatever is in the news.
And the news has been dominated for weeks, since shortly before Dec 4. by the crisis over secret arms sales to Iran and the alleged diversion of some of the money to help Nicaraguan rebels
Since Dec 4, there have been conflicting testimony about whether Reagan approved arms sales in 1985; reports that an investigating board is looking into whether the White House attempted a cover-up, and confusion about how active a role Israel played in the sales
Until Wednesday, reporters wishing to question the president about these matters were limited to shouting queries at him as he went to or from Air Force One or his helicopter. Reagan, who is hard of hearing, often does not respond to such questions. When he does, his on-the-run answers necessarily are brief, sometimes just one word. The reporters have no chance to follow up.
At Wednesday s session, at which the president was welcoming Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, he declined to answer questions about the Iran-Contra affair except to say he would wait and see what investigators come up with. He also dismissed reports that chief of staff Donald T. Regan would soon leave the White House.
Such sessions, although helter-skelter. provide a slightly better chance for reporters to explore a subject. At the Saudi arms sale session, for instance, there were three questions about the sale and three about other subjects. At the Finance Committee session, reporters got in two questions about the deficit and two about the arms sale
NBU's Allison receives award for Safe Haven
New Braunfels Utilities' Barry Allison received the 1987 Texas Bright Idea Award recently for Safe Haven, a program which promotes safety for New Braunfels school children
The award was presented by the Texas School Public Relations Association at its annual Midwinter Conference in Austin Feb. 12
Allison was nominated by New Braunfels and Comal ISD.
“The Bright Idea Award is given for the most outstanding new idea, strategy, project or program designed to promote public education in Texas through effective communication,” said TSPRA Vice President Bob Sharp.
“To be considered for the award, an entry must be original, unusual, effective and adaptable.” stated Sharp, who conducted the contest.
“I think the success of the program is due in great part to the reception by teachers in Comal and New Braunfels ISD anda their support of this program,” Allison said, adding, “Their participation and enthusiasm make it possible to continue funding this program ”
“Uncertainty can be a scary thing for a very young child. What should he do when he suddenly becomes sick, injured or is followed by a stranger and how should he respond.” queried NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry
“These are not easy concepts to get across to our young students, who often have a very trusting nature Yet with all the emphasis on missing children and other horror stories, schools should have the responsibility to its students to reinforce safety procedures,” Bradberry commented.
C1SD Superintendent Bill Brown said. “The Comal Independent School District salutes New Braunfels Utilities "
Comal sheriffs arrest man in residential burglary case
A Comal County man was arrested by sheriff's investigators Wednesday afternoon and charged with the Feb 6 burglary of thousands of dollars worth of weapons from a residence
In Comal County jail in lieu of a $1,000 bond is Willard Arthur Mintor, 27, who lives off Old Fischer Road in north Comal County
Weapons valued at $3,700 and allegedly taken by the man include a Remington .30 caliber semiautomatic rifle, a Colt 45 automatic pistol, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and a Barreta over-under shotgun. A Martin guitar, valued at $750, was also recovered
According to sheriff's investigator Dennis Koepp. Mintor became the suspect in the burglary of Edward Morrison's residence in Canyon Lake Shores after neighbors recognized the pick-up used by the subject as belonging to a Canyon Lake woman.
Questioning revealed that the woman had loaned her truck to Min tor Koepp secured an arrest warrant from Judge Earl Smith and ap^ pretended Mintor yesterday Koepp said all the items reported stolen were recovered and returned to the owner.
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