New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of USA ANN BRUCKS
■ Vol. 143, No. 41
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Community Choral# rohoarsal sohodulod
The New Braunfels Community Chorale will rehearse this evening at 7 p.m. at Eden Home (downstairs).
For more information, contact Dr. Fred Frueholz at 625-6420.
Music Study Club plans Jan. 12 mooting
The New Braunfels Music Study Club will host the Jan.
12 meeting at the Seele Parish House at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a Founders’
Day observance and the second part of the study book, Clam Schumann, The Artist, The Woman, presented by Robbie Botchers.
Featured violin soloist will be Clive Amor.
In addition to the violin, there will be flute and piano performance by Susan Deschn-er and Barbara Houde, respectively.
The public is invited.
Rehearsals sot for Mid-Tsxas Symphony
Rehearsal for the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus will be Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Ayres Recital Hall at Texas Lutheran College.
For more information, call Dr. Fred Frueholz at 625-6420.
NBHS Theatre ll to present ‘NR Wits’
The New Braunfels Theatre II students will present the play ‘Nit Wits’ at 7:15 p.m. in the New Braunfels High School Cafetorium.
Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.
Violet Society to present show and sale
Members of the Magic Knight African Violet Society will present a show and sale at Schulz Nursery in Marion from IO a m. through 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.
Educational exhibits and demonstrations will be presented.
A $100 gift certificate door prize will be given away. Admission is free and the public is invited.
AARP to meet Jan. 17 at Senior Center
The local chapter of AARP will hold a meeting Jan. 17 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa in New Braunfels. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a m. Coffee and cookies from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a m.
New members and friends are invited.
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Petition presented for mayor’s recall
By BUBAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A petition for the recall of Mayor Paul Fraser wu submitted to City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi by Dict. 4 resident Bill Kotylo at last night's city council meeting.
“We want a city council to be united to work together for the better of New Braunfels," he
The petition contained 350 signatures, according to Kotylo, 73 signatures above the 277 required by law — 30 percent of the recorded vote in Ditt. 4’s last election.
Grounds for recall stated in the petition are "incompetence, misconduct or malfeasance in office, pursuant to Article V of the Charter of the City of New Braunfels," relating to several points. The petition accused Fraser of violating the open meetings act Aug. I when he allegedly polled council members regarding the firing of the city attorney. It accused Fraser of exceeding his authority when he allegedly directed the city attorney to submit his resignation, and it accused Fraser of misconduct when he allegedly directed the city attorney not to pay the city water manager’s salary.
After Sarkozi received the signatures, Fraser directed her to make receipts (copies) of them so that they would not be lost.
Under city charter, Sarkozi must now verify that all of die signatures are of valid registered vol-
Recall referendum may appear on Dist. 4 May election ballot
ere in Dist. 4. In five days or leas from last night's council meeting, another council meeting must be called for the petitions to officially be presented to the council.
Fraser then has five to 15 days to request a public hearing. Statements may be heard at the hearing but no action may be taken by the council at that time. Then if the mayor does not resign, a recall election will be called, which would occur at the next regularly scheduled election, which is May 1995.
Several residents came forward in support of the mayor. "I don’t think the recall efforts are helpful to the city," said New Braunfels resident Ted Alexander, "we're doing things that you would not teach your children to do."
"In what respect did Mr. Fraser not represent you?" said resident J. Leonard Meyer.
"It’s going to cost all of our district money for this recall,” said Recycling Committee Chairperson Susan Curtis, "I think it’s wrong for our district."
Councilmember Tim Walker urged all residents who support Mayor Fraser to come forward. "I encouraged everyone who voted for Mayor Fraser to speak up in support of him in the next few days,’’ he said.
David Wallace, chairman of the Charter Review Committee, presented proposed charter amendments to the
council. Changes in the___
charter include electing the Paul Frat# mayor by plurality, a method that would make it possible for a mayor to be elected from the minority population.
The amendments also call for redistricting the voting districts into six separate districts: two minority, one 50 percent minority, and three nonminority. These changes would allow for the election of a mayor from the minority population. "It’s supposed to provide some relief to concerns raised by council member Benitez that a minority mayor could never be elected by a majority," said Wallace.
Councilmember Brenda Botchers Freeman brought up that the new districting might affect the terms of the current council members. When new lines are drawn, some districts may have two sitting council members,, some none at all.
"More than likely partial terms and council vacancies are going to have to be dealt with,” said Councilmember Mary Serold.
The charter amendments go on the ballot in the
May election. Copies of the amendments are available for residents to pick up at the Municipal Building.
In other business New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Paula Difonzo presented a resolution to the council regarding a contract for NBU to supply Golf Parks New Braunfels Inc. with reclaimed water. The resolution was unanimously approved by the council.
NBU would sell effluent from the New Braunfels sewage treatment plant to the Golf Park for use in irrigating the golf course. If the effluent is returned directly to the Guadalupe River, the city no longer has any claim on it, said Difonzo. But it can be sold to another user directly from leaving the plant. "This is a fairly revolutionary project," said attorney John Dierksen, who drew up the contract.
"It’s not often that you have a project where the requirements fit together so nicely," said Difonzo.
Plans for improving Eikel Field Park were presented. In Sept. 1994 Commissioners Court allocated $10,500 for Eikel Field improvements. The plans include an exercise track to accommodate both walkers and runners, more single picnic tables with grills, a new playscape, and more trees.
Councilmember Benitez called a town meeting for Dist. I to discuss the charter amendments and other business. The meeting will be held Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Lone Star School.
A Safe, Secure Home
CD AC to begin documentation of local needs
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A sign in front of Doc's Guns reflects a growing concern for home security.
Texans have many options to choose
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Violent cnme is a part of the fabric of Amencan life today. Fear of it prompts many to seek enhanced protection for their homes and businesses.
Texans have many options.
The first and perhaps the most effective is community cooperation. “To keep crime from being a bigger problem in New Braunfels, Neighborhood Watch is number one in importance," said Cheryl Scott of the Safe City Commission.
“I’ll come out any place, any time, to help set up a neighborhood watch,” said Scott. “The Safe City Commission is stronger than ever. We’re there for anyone who wants to make their neighborhood more secure."
The second tier of home protection, said Scott, should be a home security check. New Braunfels Police officers, as available, will perform these checks, informing home owners of changes they can make in their homes to enhance security. One simple step is engraving items that might be stolen, such as home electronics. Residents can borrow an engraver free of charge through the Safe City Commission, said Scott. “Use your driver’s license number to engrave the item. Once it’s taken to a pawn shop it
can be easily identified,” she said.
Electronic home security systems are a considerable financial investment., but they can be worth looking into, said Scott. Priced from several thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands. “When my husband is out of town it really gives me peace of mind,” said Scott.
lf the intruder is armed and dangerous, the police could arrive too late, even if alerted by a home security system. Owning a gun can be a life-saver if the gun is used properly, said Doc Cantu, owner of Doc’s Guns “It provides excellent peace of mind, especially if you live in an isolated area,” he said.
Cantu recommends several types of guns for home protection, depending on the prospective user. Small revolvers, easy to use and maintain, are a good choice for women, he says. Prices start at about $200. Small combination gun safes are available for storing loaded pistols.
Shotguns are another good home security choice, said Cantu. “Some guns have a very powerful psychological impact,” he said.
Cantu stressed the importance of proper gun maintenance and regular practice using the gun. "A gun doesn’t do anything by itself; it only does what you tell it to,” he
HerakJ-Z&tung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
‘In Ibis country, arming citizens has boon a positive thing throughout its history.’
- Bill Reimer District Attorney
Texas law gives property owners broad rights concerning use of firearms to protect property, under Penal Code Sec. 9.42, said Distnct Attorney Bill Reimer.
“In this country arming citizens has been a positive thing throughout its history,” he said. “In the beginning it was meant as a defense against an "-med and autocratic government” said Reimer
Defense of property with deadly force may be legal, but consequences can be heavy as well, “lf you’re going to have a loaded gun in your home you need to be ready to use it,” said Cantu. And what if a person successfully defends his property — and kills another person? New Braunfels Police Detective Kevin Steven warns that citizens need to think long and hard before they choose deadly force as a home security measure. “Even if it’s legal to kill someone while protecting your property, there art so many other consequences to consider," he said.
Thursday evening at 7 p.m. many New Braunfels residents will crowd into the city council chambers in the Municipal Building, hopes Community Development Director Penelope Church.
“We want people to come forward and identify critical issues.” she said. Those involved with providing any type of service to the special needs of the community are urged to attend.
In Thursday’s meeting, the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) will begin to write a needs assessment document to be submitted to HUD (The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).
HUD requires that cities receiving Community Development Block Grants and other federal grants must submit a document called a Consolidated Strategy and Plan Submission in order to receive funds. “This is the single most important requirement for us to receive CDBG funds,” said Church. She emphasized that the meeting was to define needs, not distribute grant money. “This is not going to be a contest for funds,” she said. The needs assessment document will be an opportunity for all New Braunfels residents to receive the maximum grant funds possible from the federal government.
Thursday’s meeting will be structured as a workshop, with individuals addressing similar needs grouped together. These sub-meetings will each choose a liaison to the planning committee. “This will be a partnership building, vision building process from the bottom up," said Church. “We want to share resources and talent, reducing duplication of tasks.”
The more variety of service providers, the better, said Church. Those meeting needs of the elderly or disabled, crisis support, the homeless, children and families, mentally ill, drug dependency, health care and AIDS, housing, neighborhoods and churches, economic development, education, and others are encouraged to attend. “We want anyone who feels there is a need that is not being addressed in the community,” said Church.
Job Express available here
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Texas Employment Commission (TEC) is going online. The state employment agency will be easily accessible to many more people through “TEC Job Express,” a new computerized job listing, said TEC Area Manager Robert E. Bluhm.
Job Express in New Braunfels is part of a test of the program in the San Antonio market. “When they started the pilot program in San Antonio, I asked if New Braunfels could be a part of it. That way the pilot program could be tned in a small community too,” said Bluhm. Statewide job listings will now be available to anyone with access to a personal computer with a modem through the new service..
People wishing to use the Job Express do not need to have computers of their own, however. Anyone is free to use the computers at the New Braunfels office of the TEC, located at 1551 N. Walnut, Suite 3.The Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!