New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, TexesSundayJanuary 4,1987 58 CentsFour Sections, aa Pages
Bock concedes race
Bennie Bock is going back to his private law practice in New Braunfels and is giving up the investigation of alleged election irregularities in the November state senate election. Bock is conceding his loss to Democrat Judith Zaffirini for the District 21 state senate seat.
“I recognise that Judith Zaffirini will be the state senator for the district and I hope she will represent the area effectively,” Bock said.
“Recount of the votes in the district was completed before Christmas. The results of the recount did not change the election although it did change the numbers." he said. The results of the recount served only to widen Zaffirinl’s narrow margin of victory
Bock, from his New Braunfels office Friday, said he intends to "write a book about this. about what wont on and who promised what and didn't deliver." The Republican rancher, attorney and former state representative said he is somewhat bitter about the outcome of events, and he saki that while he will not rule out any aubaoQuent run tar public office, the Immediate future will be concerned with paying off his cam-[figi debt mBwlf his law practice, which was Interrupted
by his full-time campaign for the state senate.
Election day results gave Bock an early lead but the final boxes counted, from Webb, Starr and Zapata counties, were turned In late and gave Zaffirini the victory. The original results gave Zaffirini
51 .M percent of the votes. After the recount, that lead expanded to
52 09 portent.
Bock raised the <25.000 required to pay for the recount. He said he has found that aliens were allowed to register and vote in the election and that individuals not registered were allowed to voted. He said that at least ane polling place was moved without predeerance, a violation of the Federal Voting Rights Act. Some individuals were told, when they arrived to vote, that they had voted absentee, he said.
The Texas Election Code and the Texas Constitution provide that a contest for the senate be held in the Banate, he said.
Bock added that over the years s strict buntal of proof has developed to Invalidate an election and call for another one based on a shown potential for a different outcome.
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NB police face
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
As a child growing up, cops and robbers was an innocent game played with good guys and bad guys shooting each other with imaginary guns In real life it is a serious game of life and death, a game that New Braunfels police may begin to lose if needed funds and finances are not found.
Serious crimes were up in 1906 and the city continues to grow. Meanwhile. the police department remains shortstaffed and overworked, something Police Chief Burney C Boeck says can be dangerous to the safety of the public and the police force in general
Boeck said that workload formulas reveal the force is understaffed by IO people. Hoping to add five patrolmen last year and after requesting three, the department received none City budget shortfalls and budget amendments have put the chief, entering his fourteenth year at the local helm. well short of a five-year goal. He added that the department’s in-house computer is in dire need of updating as well but that the needed funds are not available to the department at the present
City council approved some $16 million for the department in 1906 However after amending the total city budget, the police force s monies were trimmed to $1,529,000. Not only were the hiring of patrolmen not possible, put patrols for the parks and low water crossings were also financially axed
Boeck said that, in light of the department’s drawbacks in 1906, there were several “bright stars” during the year and said that he hopes, with the cooperation of the community and it’s leaders, to establish a local crime commission. The chief has even written a manual on implementing such a task force to help the city and the force fight rising crime
The positives for the department the past year were the formations of several neighborhood watch programs. initiation of the Crime Stoppers program and the personal car program.
Crime Stoppers, effective in many communities around the country according to the chief, is a privately funded program designed to pay for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person committing a felony. The New Braunfels’ program. which kicked off in mid-year, has yet to make such a pay out
The personal car program was another positive for the department Boeck said Patrolmen are allowed under the program to take their
cruisers home with them to use, giving the force a “highly more visible picture in the community,” the chief said.
The department currently employs 24 patrol officers and five detectives The officers work ten-hour shifts but because of vacations, sick leaves and in-service training programs, they are routinely asked to work overtime or double shifts. Boeck said that because of manpower deficiencies, officers sometimes are required to answer family violence cases and bar disturbances by themselves and without backup “This is very dangerous for the officers and the public in general,” he noted.
He said that when considering a tight budget and payment of overtime hours, the department gets put “between a rock and a hard place You don’t want to be penny wise and pound foolish.” he said He added that when considering the safety of the public and the officers, “it makes a lot more sense to pay the few dollars of overtime than pay for hospital costs and compensation.”
The department still has a very good response time to priority calls, the chief said, adding the average is three to four minutes arrival time When multiple calls are received at the department, they are answered according to the priority of the complaint so some calls do take longer than the average before an officer arrives
“Our response time is good, though each year it gets a little more away from us lf we want to maintain this average we are going to need some additional officers. ” Boeck said.
He described New Braunfels as a small town with big town problems He said crime in this interstate community is up for several reasons
The town is growing, there are more people passing through here and a bad economy leads to more crime.” he said from behind his desk Friday afternoon
“Also, bandits in Mexico are discovering that they can come to Texas and commit crimes where there is a more prosperous market and lenient criminal justice system. ” he noted, adding that New Braunfels is seeing an increase in that kind of activity
In preparing for his department's budget request for the coming year. Boeck said he will again ask for additional patrolmen and money to update the in-house computer system, which Boeck called a “hindrance” to obtaining criminal information and vital data
City Manager Joe Michie said that one of the problems City Council will
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New Braunfels events 1986
Looking over the last year, there some high points and some low points. This was the year that New Braunfels joined the state in economic woes. And this was the year local high school students made us proud.
New Braunfels Utilities squared off against the New Braunfels City Council and some adventurous children got a new school at Memorial Primary School.
Memorial opened its doors Feb. 14 to 24 classrooms of students. New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Bradbeiry said recently that the school already has reached capacity.
Comal Independent School District settled a three-year legal battle with a former employee July 10. When it was all over, C1SD was old $94,500 for back salary.
The New Braunfels City Council voted July 14 to award the Comal Appraisal District a glacial use permit to build new offices on U.S. 81 The attempt by the CAD to move out of their current offices and lido a new building was met with opposition. Currently, they remain in their old cramped quarters.
New Braunfels UtUUes got IU first electrical rate hike since 1974 on July 14. The rate increase was based on cost of service. The struggle to get a little extra money
started in February Needless to say. a lot of folks didn't want the rate increase The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority won approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec 4 to build a hydroelectric generating plant at Canyon Dam. The river authority had been waiting more than three years for the license to construct.
After struggling with billboard issue for more than a year, the billboard ordinance committee was abolished Dec. 9. City council members decided that the ordinance drafted by the committee needed complete redrafting The city council faced a serious budget crunch in September because of decreased revenue from city sales taxes. Officials began chopping away at the city budget and an increase in local taxes teemed likely.
The council got its first look at the new budget, more than $500,000 trimmer, on Oct. 13 The police department suffered the largest budget reduction, losing $127,000.
Local school teachers gathered on the patio of Bavarian Village March IO to discuss the TECAT, the state-mandated literacity test for teachers. Most of the educators felt the test was an insult to their profession.
GBRA files motion objecting to release provisions
By SARAH DUKE Slaw Writer
The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority has filed a motion with a federal agency objecting to a requirement that a continual stream of water be released from Canyon Dam. The provision was part of a license ar anted by the Federal Energy
Regulatory Comm! se Urn allowing construction of a hydroelectric generating plant at tho bolo of the
David Weisch, GBRA’S planning director, said Friday that the requirement to release a continual flow from the lake could threaten the water supply for the people of Central Texas by decreasing the tun?*1"*
of water in the lake. The reservoir was constructed to ensure that water will be available during severe dfougii, he said, and the provision included in the license Is contrary to that purpose An official of the U S. Fish and Wildlife Department said the lecom-
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Want to be a part of something really meaningful? Do you want to help Inform your fellow Comal County residents of something they want to know? Of course, you would. And next to high school football, there is little that is more meaningful, more subject to conversation over ye (rid Stammtisch in Texas than weather, and we need eight people to help us report on that subject.
The Herald-Zeitung has purchased rain gauges, eight of ’em. and we want to put them on your fence post, your back porch or your whatever.
Here’s the deal We need folks in and around Canyon Lake, Garden Ridge. Smithson Valley. Lake McQueeney or Lake Dunlap, and areas north, south, east and west of New Braunfels to accept our gift of the rain gauge and agree to call us or be called when it rains sufficiently to register in the five-inch gauges. That's all there is to it. When weather makes the news in New Braunfels and Comal County, we’ll publish the rain gauge readings by location. One already is established, although we may add more if there is a need and it works well with the first eight. If you would like to have a Herald-Zeitung rain gauge at your place and are willing to report the reading when those Texas showers dampen your day. here's your chance to brighten someone else’s by telling them the grass was greener (and maybe wetter) on your side of the hill Call Jim Webre at 025-9144 weekdays between noon and 5 p m to work out the details....
You're gonna love this. Have you ever wondered what happens to show animals when they reach the age of retirement? Well, an organization calling itself Chimps and Friends out of North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that wants to provide a haven for animals that have amused and served man in a business and entertainment sense. Chimps and Friends wants to ensure that these professional animals are cared for in their golden years. lf you would like to help or at least find out more about this interesting group, you can contact Nick Carrack) Jr at P O Box 900, Matthews. N C. 20100. or call em at (704 ) 047-0405...
In a related vein. Sleep Well Furniture store of New Braunfels Is moving to new digs in the next month or so and will be making use of Spot the Dog. Spot is a trained pooch that will occasionally be on premises to help with advertising and promotion of the family-owned business, operated by James O’Brien, his wife and brother-in-law. Spot is a neat hound and is part of a campaign developed by Creative Concepts Advertising Look for Spot’s appearance here in the Herald-Zeitung in Sleep Weirs ads. Mid watch for the opportunity to see and meet Spot at the new store lf he looks familiar, it's ’cause he (Spot, not Mr. O’Brien) is a veteran of television and seres) having acted for commercials and a television pilot program “We have five dogs at our house.” said O’Brien, “and when the idea of a dog helping with our move came up. ive couldn’t resist." Neither could we...
The drainage committee for New Braunfels will be meeting soon in a public forum situation that will address what exactly the committee
jots from the City Council in the way of authorization for a complete hydrology study for the city. This very good group has worked hard and has a lot of interesting ideas about how to help the community. Details later....
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