New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday withal from th# Harald-Zaltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Darrsl Qus-aada, Jams* Rah#, Jr. (Monday), Miriam N. Plator (80 yaarsl), Maria D. Soto, Tray Hartman, Halan Scharmann, Earlaan Raavas (Saturday), Karan Uaay, Vincent Waiaaar, Carol Czerwonky, Simon Eaquibal, Laalia Pentecost, Brian Griffith, Christy Scheel (Saturday), Rafaala Mancha (Saturday).
Happy Anniversary to Larry ft Gloria Aba! (24 yaarsl).
Spurs to host special night for Now Brsunfsls
The San Antonio Spurs will host a community night honoring New Braunfels on Saturday, Feb.
4 for their 7:30 p.m. game against Sacramento.
The event, sponsored by the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club, will feature a pregame ceremony with New Braunfels dignitaries and lots of fun and recognition for the New Braunfels crowd. Also, the Spurs will donate $4 from each ticket sold to the downtown sidewalk paver project.
Tickets range from $10.50 to $45.50. All ticketholders will be registered for a drawing to trade for two courtside scats on the night of the game Buses are available. For tickets or information. call Tobin or Maureen at 625-7502.
Rehearsals set for Mid-Texas 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 Fnicholz at 625-6420.
NBU warns of blasting during project
Yantis Corporation, a contractor for New Braunfels Utilities working on the Bidder's Creek sewer extension project near the Dean Word Ranch, will begin limited blasting on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Anyone having questions regarding the project may call Roger Biggers at 629-8400.
Mooting got for District 1 residents
New Braunfels residents who live in district I will be able to discuss issues with county commissioner Cnstina Zamora and city council member Ambrosio Benitez at a town meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 17 at 7 p.m. at the Lone Star cafeteria
Items up for discussion include the Bcrgeld Street drainage project, Proposed city charter amendments, Likel Field development, housing, and applications for homestead exemption.
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Fire at Lake Dunlap
D.R. Roberts, president of the Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department, sprays down some of the smoldering places of a structure which caught fire at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The structure was located at 2706 FM 725, lot 30 and was totally destroyed, according to Roberts. Six Lake Dunlap VFD firemen responded to the blaze and had it under control in only ten minutes after arriving. Roberts said the fire was caused by careless burning of trash at a nearby residence.
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Langston House owners announce the closing of city’s three-star rated restaurant this week
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A New Braunfels tradition is about to become part of New Braunfels history. “It is with great sadness that we inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control we have decided to close our beloved Langston House,” said Bill Knight, owner. Effective immediately, the award winning restaurant will close its doors Langston House has been one of New Braunfels' favorite choices for the very finest in dining for years.
“We have worked diligently and very hard during the past 15 years to make our restaurant one we are proud of,” said Knight.
The restaurant was awarded the coveted three-star rating by the Mobil 1994 Travel Guide. And Langston House won first place in the KLRN Wine &. Food Tasting in both 1993 and 1994. Langston House was the only non-Austin or San Antonio restaurant to be invited to be a participant in the 1993 Hill Country Wine & Food Festival in Austin.
Darlene Tantzen, co-owner of Langston House, was the creative force behind the restaurant’s outstanding cuisine. Bringing years of study and expertise to her task, she concocted a menu varying from seafood to traditional German dishes critics proclaimed "so delicious only a few restaurants can touch these folks.”
Guests al the Langston I louse were treated to fine music as well as fine dining, thanks to Bill Knight’s
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Sparks fly at council meeting
Council deviates from agenda, members defend themselves against petition’s accusations
generosity with his talents.
Trained at the Amcncan Conservatory at Chicago, Knight has performed in such venues as the Houston Symphony dunng the Houston Chronicle Pop Concerts under the direction of conductors including Arthur Fielder, Henry Mane im and Quincy Jones. At Langston House, Knight turned his piano mastery to playing guests’ favorite songs on the grand piano each 1111 day.
it is with great New Braunfels will not be sadness that the same without Langston
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Knight and Tantzen will be available for those needing to contact them on Langston I louse business.
“If you have pending business with the Langston House, please leave a message at 625-1898 or 629-1806,” they said.
“We will be in touch with you as future plans are formulated. We hope that 1995 and the continuing years will be good years for all of you ”
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The New Braunfels City Council departed from its published agenda yesterday morning w hen it met to be formally presented with a petition to recall council member Paul Fraser. The agenda consisted of two items:
"(A) Presentation of petitions calling for the recall of Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr.
(B) Consider action to be taken, it any. regarding petitions calling for the recall of Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr."
The petition accused Fraser of “incompetence, misconduct or malfeasance in office,” because I) he violated the open meetings act by polling a group of council comprising a quorum about the firing of city attorney Barry Moore and 2) he exceeded authority by requesting non-payment for the services of water negotiator Doug Miller.
The petition was presented to council by city secretary Veronica Sarkozi through city manager Mike Shands. A memo from Sarkozi included information pertaining to the petition. It was received on Monday, Jan. 9, 1995 at the city council meeting, containing 352 signatures.
After verifying the signatures the city secretary determined that 328 of the signatures were valid. Four addresses were not in Dist. 4, one signature was a duplicate, and 19 signers could not be found on the list of registered voters.
Mayor Fraser then read the petition, as well as the letter from Sarkozi to Fraser dated W ednesday, Jan 11, in which he was officially informed of the petition.
Then came the departure.
Fraser said, “Now I want to make a statement about the petition Tins petition is a statement that convicts — it does not allege — it convicts me of violating the law.” He said that he had not violated any law , nor had he ever been brought with charges in any court of violating the law.
Fraser asked each council member in turn if he or she had conspired with hun to circumvent the open meetings act. Each in turn replied in the negative and Fraser asserted that he therefore must not hav e circumvented the law. He asked each council member if he had polled any of them regarding the firing of the city attorney, and each in turn answered, “Ne,**
KcniUiuy recalled that she did have a phone call from the mayor regarding Barry Moore’s resignation.
“I will go on record saying that when Barry Moore was asked to resign, the phone call that I got from the mayor said, At the behest of several city council members, I met with the city attorney earlier today and asked for his resignation,’” said Kcnnady.
The mayor called for council to decide if any action should be taken on the petition. “Mayor, I’m not sure the council actually has to take any action on the petition,” said city attorney Jacqueline C ullom “I believe that section B states you can announce whether you would like to request a public hearing. All
“On this agenda, there’s nothing that calls for discussion and what we’re doing is the hearing. As a point off order I would like to go on record to say we’re not supposed to be doing this and we’re not following this agenda.”
- Jan Kennady
the charter requires is that the petition be accepted,” she said.
Council member Mary Serold said that the petition indicted ail of the council since it did not name who specifically had met with the mayor. “I really take offense to being indicted. convicted, without ever even being asked by one of these petitioners,” she said.
Serold expressed concern that receiving the petition would incnminate the council members. Fraser, Serold, and Mayor Pro Tem Chns Bowers said they would not receive the petition
"lf you want to vote on it, aren’t we just voting on the fact that there are enough valid signatures here?” said Freeman.
"Actually in my legal opinion that’s the only comment the council could make, said Cullom. “The charter states that the council cannot make any factual determinations about the allegations.
“Even if they’re criminal?” Serold
That’s what the law provides," Cullom.
“Even if it incriminates us by accepting it?” Fraser asked.
”1 don’t know why we need to say we accept it so long as we receive it,” said Freeman. “It’s presented, therefore it was received.”
Cullom stated, “In my legal opinion, the charter states that if all the technicalities are met, it is the duty of the council to order a special election on the recall issue," The city attorney said she did not believe the allegations were “worthy of further investigation.”
Cullom reiterated that council’s only duty at this meeting was to receive the petition, and later to call a hearing if requested by the mayor and call a special election if the mayor did no! resign “This is a ministerial act, and the council has no discretion to question the allegations," she said.
Discussion of the petition’s allegations continued, however.
The city attorney warned council of the consequences of deviating from the charter’s dictates “lf the council takes that action (does not accept the petition), more than likely there would be subsequent legal action directed at the city,” she said
“On this agenda, there’s nothing thai calls for discussion,” said Kennady, “and what we’re doing is the hearing As a point of order I would like to go on record to say we’re not supposed to be doing this and we’re not following this agenda.”For subscription, advertising or news information, call 625-9144