New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Eberhard won't seek re-election
Mayor Pro Tem Laverne Eberhard has announced her political intentions, or lack thereof. She’s not going to seek reelection in April.
“I’ve enjoyed in tremendously,” Eberhard said Monday night. “I think we’ve accomplished a lot in the last six years.” She has some sense of things yet’to be accomplished, but has decided that this is as good a time as any to bow out.
‘‘It would always be that way, no matter how long you served. Unless the city dies, there’ll always be something you want to continue. I just feel like (two terms) is what I indicated I wanted to serve.”
Eberhard’s term expires this
See EBERHARD, Page 12
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Settled with a bang
MALDEF, NBISD exchange sharp words on 5-2 plan
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
The settlement between New Braunfels ISD and four New Braunfels pontiffs could have been settled four months earlier, a lawyer from the Mexican American Legal and Educational Defense Fund said Monday.
Although a tentative settlement was approved by NBISD trustees Feb. 2 and was filed in U.S. District Court Feb. 24, MALDEF staff attorney Judith Sanders-Castro said this plan was almost identical to a settlement offered NBISD officials in November by plantiffs Nayo and Cristina Zamora, Jose V. Espinoza and Ezequiel Torres.
“Basically, the plan that has been submitted to the court is the same plan the plantiffs offered in settlement to the defendants during the first week in November of 1983,” Sanders-Castro said. “The resolution of this case was possible four months and $20,000 ago. The plantiffs have been willing to accept additional changes to facilitate the negotiations.”
When questioned about this statement, NBISD
“Basically, the plan is the same plan the plantiffs offered in settlement to the defendants during the first week in November of 1983,” Sanders-Castro said.
Superintendent Charles Bradberry said he was not aware of any possible settlement in November, noting that he understood at that time that MALDEF and the plantiffs backed “the ‘7-0’ (seven single-member district) plan all the way.
“(From the beginning) they never publicly came forth and asked the board to change the system,” the superintendent said. Noting that the election system could not be changed by NBISD officials until Nov. I, 1983, Bradberry said the plantiffs started their contact with the district by filing a lawsuit instead of initiating “good faith discussions.”
Bradberry said, “To my knowledge, the first indication of (MALDEF’s) accepting the (NBISD)
plan that was approved this week was in the last IO days. It was our proposals that reached a settlement.
“If you look at the record, it speaks for itself as to who supported and who was against the plan,” Bradberry said.
Sanders-Castro said there were a few minor changes between the present settlement and the one which was offered in November.
“What we have before the court is (that original settlement) plan, but it’s four months later,” the MALDEF lawyer maintained.
“The major hang-ups were the numbered (at-large) places,” she said. “Until those were dropped, no settlement would be reached.” The settlement approved by NBISD trustees has unnumbered at-large seats.
Also, the plantiffs originally asked that District and the two at-large positions be up for election this year.
However, this has been changed and two places — District 3, held by Garland IJoyd, and District 5, held by Margy Waldrip — will be elected instead.
See MALDEF, Page 12
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City OKs settlement on Henry lawsuit
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
The City of New Braunfels moved a step closer to resolving the Schlit-terbahn lawsuit Monday night, when City Council voted 4-2 in favor (rf a compromise settlement proposed by City Attorney John Churm.
The case, filed six months ago in U.S. District Court, is not closed yet. The settlement will need to be formally approved by the plaintiffs. Robert Henry and Bad Schloss Inc. (owners of Landa Resort and the Schlitterbahn, respectively). After that, it will have to be signed by the judge.
Neither of those things has happened yet. But Henry told the Herald-Zeitung Monday night that the proposed agreement suited him.
“I wrote it,” he said.
Uke any compromise, the set-How Council Voted
how City Council voted on a ptopoeed settlement o! • lawsuit with resort owner Robert Henry end hts family
FOR Joe Rogers. Donrue Seay Mayor Pro Tem Laverne Eberhard. Jose Valdemat Espmo/a AGAINST Betty Lou Rushing Barbara Ttaken Settlement aporoved. 4 2
Clement asks for some concessions on both sides.
The Henry family filed the suit last August, after the council tried to pass an ordinance forbidding on-street parking near their businesses. That ordinance was stopped by the suit — but the settlement calls for a comprehensive "no parking” ordinance, which will put towaway zones in some of the spots where the Henrys didn’t want them. Some existing towaway zones will be eliminated, or their
The resort owners will get a special permit to build a parking lot on the east side of Liberty Avenue, across from the Schlitterbahn, provided they pave it and build a screening fence. The area isn’t zoned for a parking lot, but the three vacant lots there were used for overflow cars for the last half of the past summer.
City Council has also agreed to sell the Henrys four pieces of street right-of-way now being used by the two resorts, for $61,400. The money will be used to widen, repave and improve the streets in that part of town.
The majority of the council took Chunn’s advice and voted to approve the settlement. Barbara Tieken and Betty IiOu Rushing voted against it.
“I really believe that parking problems in the area will be
See HENRY, Page 12
Local group votes 13-12 for Krueger
Comal County's delegation to the state Mexican American Democrats’ convention last weekend in San Antonio didn’t vote the way some locals expected.
The 25-member delegation split almost down the middle on the U.S. Senate race, with 13 people supporting Bob Krueger and 12 supporting Lloyd Doggett. A straw poll taken here two weeks ago, with some 34 members present, ran 76 percent in favor of Doggett.
Domingo Herrera, president of the local MAD chapter, understood at the time that the group would vote the same way at the state convention. But
the straw poll was non-buiding, and the chapter did not pick a formal delegation. The convention was open to any member who wanted to come, and the Krueger supporters appear to have turned out.
Jose Valdemar Espinoza, a Doggett supporter, said there were four faces there that he’d never seen at a local MAD meeting.
“They were members, all right,” he said. But he thought it was odd that they should turn up at the convention, having never been active before.
“We felt that somebody must have gone out of their way to get those faces to show up,” Espinoza said. The
25-member delegation spoke for 194 local MAD members, with each getting 7.76 votes.
Despite the local surprise, Espinoza thinks Doggett’s supporters “accomplished what we wanted to accomplish, which was that neither candidate would get the endorsement.” An official MAD endorsement requires a two-thirds majority. Krueger got 4,963 votes and Doggett received 2,073.
The lack of endorsement, in effect, leaves the race wide open. And some (rf New Braunfels’ most vocal
See MAD, Page 12Windy City N
A chain braces the sign of the Faust Hotel as its Home Box Office sign blows in the wind. High winds blew through New Braunfels Sunday night, and through most of Texas for that matter, reaching speeds of 50 miles an hour. Damage
reportedly was light around New Braunfels, however.Garbage hike fails on tie vote
Efforts to clean up the sanitation department’s budget were put on hold Monday night. City Council members voted on two different rate hikes Neither of them passed Council voted 3-3 on Betty I>ou Bushing’s motion to increase rates by $1 per month. It was just as evenly split,jn the opposite direction, on the $2 hike proposed by City Manager E.N. Delashmutt It takes a majority vote to pass a motion. Mayor U A. Straternann Jr could think of nothing to do but try again at the next meeting Delashmutt told the council that expenses in the sanitation department exceeded revenues by at least $100,000 per year — more than that, if he figured in depreciation and the cost of replacing equipment. He .said overall costs of operation had increased 43 percent since 1980, and that the difference was being made up by Lax money. A $2 across-the-board hike, he said, would put the department more on a self-supporting basis.
Rushing wasn't opposed to raising the rates, but she thought $2 was “too much of an increase to ask our residents to pay all at once ” The monthly pickup rate for a single-family residence right now is $4 Bushing favored raising it $1 now. and looking at it again in a year or so.
”! think people can accept it that way,’’ she said After some discussion. Jose Valdemar Espinoza seconded her motion Delashmutt said this represented a “change in philosophy .’’ Past councils have preferred to leave service rates alone as long as possible. When it became necessary to raise them, they’ve generally approved enough increase to last for a few more years Joe Rogers urged the group to vole down Rushing's motion, saying. “It's very popular to say, No, I'm not
See GARBAGE, Page 12
Blanco County hit by massive grass fireInside
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thousands of acres of arid Texas rangeland lay blackened today from windswept grass fires that firefighters and residents called the worst In recent memory.
Between 5,000 and 10,000 acres of grass was ablaze from U.S. 183 to Farm to Market Road 2441 in Goliad Comity, about 15 miles south of Goliad, before firefighters brought it under control Monday afternoon after mere limn 27 hours, authorities said.
About 175 miles to the northwest, some MU acres of land in a mostly rural region were burned in two asperate blazes that engulfed tho “■din north end of Blanco County,” mid Justice of tho Peace Diane Barry of Johnson City.
In Travis County, adjacent to Hmm County, IM acres of brush Ignited as the Southeast Travis County Fire Department hold a training exercise in the ares shout I PJB. Sunday.
Fire Chief Tony Beran said several firefighters suffered minor injuries in the blaze, whose cause remained unknown.
In Bexar County, 2,500 acres south of San Antonio were destroyed and about 30 structures, mostly homes, barns and sheds, were burned when winds (rf 50 mph “or better” whipped the region, said sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Gerlach.
Bexar County sheriff’s Ll. Robert Blunt said it took 12 hours to put out the flames out because the wind was “just killing us.”
There were no immediate estimates of damage to the area, but Blunt said "everything in front of it (the fire) is gone.”
Fire departments from Goliad, Refugio, Rockport, Beeville, Pettus, Skidmore and other towns battled through the night Sunday and into late afternoon Monday to control the fire south of Goliad.
See FIRES, Page IXToday's Weather
Tho Comal County forecast calls for sunny and wanner today and Wednesday. Mostly clear and cold tonight. Winds out of north today at 10-15 mph, decreasing tonight. Northerly winds at 5-10 mph on Wednesday. Sunset today will be at 6:29 p.m. with sunrise Wednesday at 6:58 a.m.Rangers All-District
Four members of Smithson Valley’s basketball team were named to the all-District 26-3A team released Monday. Senior Butch Hegemon and sophomore Rolando Trevino were named to the first team Sports. Pope 6.
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Bomb explodes in Jerusalem; peacekeeping force debated
BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) — Government troops battled rebel nulitia forces in Beirut and the neighboring mountains today, while U S and Soviet diplomats were reported at odds on how to deploy a U N. peacekeeping force to curb the fighting In Jerusalem, two Soviet-made grenades exploded in the doorway of a store on the main shopping street today, injuring 21 people Several people were detained for questioning, police said A Soviet-backed faction of the Palestine Uberation Organization claimed responsibility for the blast. The Democratic Front for the liberation of Palestine made the claim in a conunumque issued in Damascus, Syria.
Police in Beirut said six people were killed and 13 wounded in overnight fighting around the mountaintop town (rf Souk el-Gharb and across the “green line" dividing the city’s Christian and Moslem sectors. A boy and two adults died and 19 others were injured in mid-city clashes on Monday.
At the United Nations, the Security Council scheduled another round of talks today on forming a peacekeeping force for lebanon. The United States declared its support late Monday for deployment of U N. troops throughout Lebanon, but sources on thePolice in Beirut said sixwere killed and 13 overnight fighting.
people ded in
council said the Soviet Union wanted the forces restricted to Beirut The Security Council has been debating w he the r to send a U N. force to promote a cease-fire and protect civilians now that most of the multinational force provided by France, Britain, Italy and the United States has withdrawn from lebanon The resolution prepared by France, which still has about 1,250 troops in lebanon, would deploy the U N force in “the Beirut area” when the multinational force has left “the territory and waters under lebanese sovereignty ”
The blasts of shells echoed through both halves of Beirut during the night and gunfire kept thousands of inhabitants awake in residential areas close to the green line The fighting (Hts the army and Christian militias against Syrian-backed Druse and Shiite Moslem rebels.