New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Houston police official being probed for extra days off
New Braunfels Herald Ze/'f(/n<7 Thursday,‘February 21,1985 9A
HOUSTON (AP) — The city’s personnel department is investigating a top administrator in the Houston Police Department who may have violated a policy which forbids high-ranking officials from taking days off for overtime work, a published report says.
Robert Wasserman, a $56,000-a-year police administrator, took 31 days off as overtime compensation in the last 13 months so he could help run his security consulting firm, based in Boston, the Houston Port reported Wednesday.
Personnel records also indicate Wasserman was absent without pay for another 17 days during the same 13 months, the Post said.
Wasserman is a police administrative assistant in charge of studying the department’s manpower needs and the realignment of districts patroled by officers.
He took the Houston job in November 1982 and announced then that he had resigned from a
$90,000-a-year job as president of Wasserman and Associates of Boston. The company develops rules to streamline government agencies. The newspaper said he remains president of file company, however.
Wasserman could not be reached for comment. Two police department spokesmen contacted by The Post said they believed Wasserman was in Boston this week.
City Personnel Director Barbara Litchfield said Wasserman could be suspended or given a written warning if he broke rules on compensatory time off.
The city prohibits administrators who make more than $40,000 annually from taking overtime as compensatory time off.
“The minimum penalty would be telling him that he can’t do it in the future,” Ms. Litchfield said.
Police Chief Lee Brown, who approves
Wasserman’s work schedule, said he’s aware of the rule but was not aware that policies were being violated.
“If there is a problem, we will correct it,” Brown said.
Last weds, Wasserman said that the city “requires that I give them X number of hours, and I give them more than that.
“I fly home about once a month for about four or five days, and I’ll probably continue to do that,” he said.
Wasserman said he works IO to 20 hours a month for his Boston company, which he described as a “one-person office” staffed by his wife.
Carol Parmer, an assistant director of personnel, said highranking city officials “are supposed to get the job done no matter how long it takes.
School districts file asbestos lawsuit
BEAUMONT (AP) - Seventy-six Texas school districts have joined in a federal lawsuit against 23 asbestos companies, seeking $120 million in damages to pay for the removal of asbestos insulation in schools The lawsuit claims that asbestos companies should be required to set up statewide health screening programs for students, teachers and workers in schools where asbestos insulation was used.
The school districts also want the companies to be liable for future lawsuits filed by students or school personnel.
The lawsuit contends the asbestos companies sold the in
sulation for use in schools between 1965 and 1969, knowing asbestos can crumble into dust and cause cancer.
Among those participating in the lawsuit are school districts in Houston, Dallas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Pasadena, Brenham, Austin, Fort Worth and San Antonio.
The case began in 1961 when the Dayton and Evadale school districts sued a group of asbestos companies. Seventy-four others have joined the lawsuit since November.
A federal judge in Philadelphia last year ordered the Texas lawsuit joined with a similar class-action lawsuit in his court.
These 100% nylon blankets require no special care. They remain soft through wash after wash without pilling or shedding. Self-hem on all four sides. First quality closeout colors and selected irregulars.
Full ... Queen. King ..
Liven up your table for any meal with these lovely sets. Assorted styles and colors in linen-look fabric, with decorative trim. Each set contains four placemats and four napkins.
MEN S BUTTON-DOWN
OXFORD CLOTH SHIRTS
Step out in style in these traditional shirts of combed cotton and polyester. Easy care. Machine wash and tumble dry. White, light blue and ecru in sizes 1411 to 17. Sleeve lengths 32-33 and 34-35. Selected irregulars.
Set your table with cloth napkins! At these prices you’ll want several styles. Closeout colors in solids and prints.
CRIB SHEETS & RECEIVING BLANKETS
Make your nursery merry with the cheerful little blue creatures parading across a yellow plaid background. Machine wash, tumble dry.
You’ll love the linen-look of these 100% vinyl tablecloths. No-slip polyester flannel backing. Simply wipe clean with cloth.
52x70 Oblong and Oval.......
60x84 Oblong .........
TO TF MFI £ A AUSTIN
SAN MAHL OS J _
WI SI HOIN I PT PPT RF I I
NI W HR Al NI I I SJfeS——
I 36, Exit 1«9 4fr
To VK IONIA
Monday thru Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM
1-35, Exit 189 New Braunfels, TX
Town worries about bad influences
ELY, Minn. (AP) — A plan to turn this financially troubled town into a gambling mecca on the edge of a vast wilderness worries some residents and religious leaders, who fear an influx of mobsters and sin.
"We’re in need of tourism, there’s no doubt,” said the Rev. Vince Gallinatti, associate pastor of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in this isolated town 240 miles north of Minneapolis.
“But we have a lot of resources we can tap into besides gambling,” Gallinatti said. “What is it saying to our kids by saying, ‘Let’s try anything we can to get money up here?”’
The town is a key entry point to the state’s 1.75-million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area, but has been hit hard by declining tourism and a depressed economy on northeastern Minnesota’s Iron Range.
Gallinatti said church officials are concerned the town’s needy might lose their savings at the craps tables and that prostitution or organized crime would follow gambling into the town.
Minnesota permits only “charitable gambling,” such as church bingo games.
Bills introduced in the Minnesota Legislature last week would designate Ely the site of a European-style casino offering slot machines, roulette wheels, poker, blackjack and other games of chance.
Supporters argue the casino would revitalize the town of 4,820
“When you come up here for a week of fishing and the fishing is slow, you can come into Ely and spend $10 on blackjack,” said Mayor Joe Baltich Jr., who has not taken a position yet on the gambling issue.
Gov. Rudy Perpich, who personally opposes gambling, is pushing the proposed casino as a way to stimulate Ely’s economy.
"You pass this legislation or look for millions and millions and millions in state support,” Perpich recently told radio station WE LY after a meeting with Ely residents and officials.
No casino site has been designated and the logistics haven’t been worked out to bring flocks of gamblers to a town less than 20 miles from the Canadian border. The nearest city is Duluth, 102 miles away by road. There are no direct roads from Ely into Canada.
"I don’t think we’re going to change our lifestyle” because of gambling, said Craig Kronholm, a member of the Ely Economic Development Council.
The casino would be in one building, as is done in Europe, and would be easy to control, he said. "Organized crime won’t be a problem (because) there’s not enough money for them to take advantage of.”
Police Chief Joe Baltich Sr., the mayor’s father, said he and his eight-man force are prepared for whatever the casino might bring."I take it as it comes. We always adapt,” the chief said.
The btu also requires the state’s ll bands of Indians to agree not to set up casino gambling on their reservations. That’s necessary bec a us-? anything legal under state law, such as gambling, would also be permitted on the reservations, where it would not be subject to state control.
Keep an eye on the news