New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 96, No. 13
Four Sections, 48 PagesStammtisch
Comal Garden Cub celebrated Arbor Day Jan. IS with a tree plan* ting at Memorial Primary School The club donated and planted a red oak in memory of two members, Helene Moore and Betty Mulhollan. Special thanks go to Marilyn Houde, Gladys Hightower, Sarah Delaschmutt and Ruby Moore (or their efforts in the Arbor Day observance. The New Braunfels Council of Garden Gubs will sponsor an open forum entitled “Maintain Beauty with Growth.” Details later.
The council, by the way, will celebrate Arbor Day beginning at 10:90 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Landa Park's arborethum (whew!) Tree planting will be in or near picnic area 7A. The public is invited, which is good since you’d have a heck of a time telling the public that the public park is off limits anyway. Trees have been cut down big time around New Braunfels for home sites, commercial development, etc. So this is a good time and as good a reason as any (if any were needed) to plant a tree. It's almost impossible to have too many and think how happy the squirrels will be if you Join in this very worthwhile effort...
Unicorns in Action will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Jan. 19, in New Braunfels High School Cafetorium. Guest speaker will be Patricia Durham, president of the American Medical Association Auxiliary. Mrs. Durham recently returned from meeting President and Mrs. Reagan during National Drug Abuse Education and Prevention Week. ..
New Braunfels Mexican-American Heritage Society will conduct an organizational meeting to oeiect officers and introduce its board of directors at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Dittlinger Memorial Library. For more information, contact Darlene M. Cardenas at 6294141....
New Braunfels Black Heritage Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Live Oak Baptist Church. Installation of officers tops the agenda...
A gentleman called recently wanting to know about USDA commodities distribution in or near Comal County. Okay, here it is. The Community Council of South Central Texas will be issuing USDA commodities to income eligible households January 20 from 9 a m to 2 p.m. at 138 W. Austin, which is Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in New Braunfels. Under the guidelines of Texas Department of Human Resources, all recipients will be required to complete an application in order to determine whether they are eligible to get food. You must bring proof of income and identification, such as USDA Food Stamp identification. Medicaid card, pay check stubs or Veterans Administration identification. The supply of commodities such as cheese, butter, milk, etc., is limited and distribution will be on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 629-6368. Do not call the church, please, as the church is only the location for distribution and not the prime sponsor of the program....
Not too many folks attended the first meeting of the New Braunfels contingent of Keep Texas Beautiful, otherwise known as Keep New Braunfels Beautiful. The 18 people whothd fit sr** the meeting ars not discouraged, though, and neither ars we. New Braunfelsers, get involved and urge your elected city and county officials to use their clout to ensure strict enforcement of litter laws in our city and county.
To find out more about how to discourage trashy people from trashing up our nice accomodations, eau Betty Walls at 6*4082. This Is such a nice piece to live and work, and anyone who messes it up should ho thrown Into a dumpster along with the other cmd ...
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Stray dogs still numerous
By SARAH DUKE StaH Writer
Comal County’s animal control or dinance Is working but, the county's animal control officer says the ordinance has not solved the problem of abandoned animals along county roads.
At least one county resident is con cerned about the situation and is dc* mg something about it
"The number of dog bites has gone down," said Oien Elliott, the county animal control officer "That’s a combination of enforcement and the weather Believe it or not, there s a lot of these subdivisions where you can take a walk."
Elliott said that in October, before the county ordinance was in place, stray dogs and unrestrained dogs made it impossible for people to walk through their subdivsions. The ordinance requires pet owners to keep their pets restrained and encourages neutering His efforts to round up the •trays and force owners to keep their animals panned have paid off, he said.
But for the dogs and cats being dumped along the sides of the coun ty’s roads, life hasn’t gotten any
easier. “You see a lot (of abandoned animals; sitting on the side of the road waiting looking like they've lost their master, and they have Ifs sad," Elliott said
Ralph Galloway, who lives at Cranes Mill, said abandoned dogs are a problem for the entire Canyon Lake community
“To me, ifs a cruel thing,” Galloway said about dumping animals “Ifs all because some lazy person doesn't care enough about the little critter to try to place it with someone who cares ”
Galloway added that when he finds stray dogs on the side of roads, he picks them up and tries to find homes for them Usually, he said, he takes them to a store parking lot and waits until someone takes the animal.
“Sooner or later, no matter how scruffy the dog looks, somebody will find him cute," he said. Galloway said he has tied bandanas around dogs's necks just to make them more attractive He has never had any problem finding homes for lonesome pups, he said.
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Clerk suspended for'mishandling' post office money
By JIM WEBRE Staff Writer
New Braunfels postal clerk Delfino Garcia has been placed on emergency suspension after inspectors found cash paid to the clerk wound up “in his pocket and another HOO had been put into a file cabinet instead of being deposited into the bank."
Inspector Harry Breda of the U S Postal Inspector's office in Houston said Garcia had been cited for “irregularities. money missing from a stamp drawer a few years ago.’’ An agreement reached at that time between post office management and the postal workers' union included a promise that Garcia not handle money in the future in return for Garcia remaining employed
Breda said that the inspector s office in November received a call from officials here that some postal receipts “could not be accounted for. from $100 to $200
“Some $600 had not been deposited, but it turned out it was there < in the post office) Money taken in by clerks is supposed to be deposited at the end
of every day by policy.” Breda said.
The Houston office conducted the investigation and Jan 8 used undercover inspectors to purchase postage and services from Garcia, according to Breda. Some $120 changed hands, the inspector said, and afterward inspectors found that Garcia “had $20 of it in his pocket, while the other $100 or so wound up in a post office file cabinet.
"He has not been arrested He has been placed on emergency suspension pending a final determination at the local level Mr Garcia has been ’identified’ for misappropriation of $20 in postal service funds and the mishandling of $120, ” Breda said
Garcia was unavailable for comment Saturday
Breda said a final determination on action against Garcia would be made by New Braunfels post office management within JO days He added that the amount of money allegedly mishandled is not significant, the LVS attorney's office would be given details of the inspectors' reports and could take subsequent action in the case
Contingency fund not great, not bad
New Braunfels' carryover amount makes manager uncomfortable, but TAAL official says it could be worse
place them in a home ..rather than laking a dog and putting it out at the lake or on the side of the road to be forgotten They’re not going to be forgotten; usually some car finds them,” he said “They’re sending that animal to certain death, lf that dog was ever nice to them or that dog ever gave them a warm hug, they should remember that and at least take them down to a store and try to find them a home ”
Elliott said there aren't enough people like Galloway and the abandoned dog and cat population rn Comal County is growing He said any of the major roads in the county — FM 306, U S 281 and FM 1863 - become instant homes to animals no longer wanted by their owners.
“It s a really bad situation,” he said. “The people who dump dogs, dump the dogs nobody wants — the older (togs and the sick dogs — it’s sad “
Since the animal control ordinance went into effect in October. Elliott estimates that about IOO dogs have been destroyed. The county keeps animals two days and, if they are not claimed, the dogs are destroyed.
Abandoned dogs become wild when faced with uncertain survival, Elliott said. “We've had a lot a livestock kills In the county by dogs," he said, adding that 15 goats were killed on one farm near Bulverde and two cows were attacked near FM SOS. Elliott said sometimes, when dealing with wild dogs, he has had to shoot some.
“They’re running in pecks and you have to deal with them. That’s the only way, there is no other way," he saki.
‘i’ve made a dent in (the stray animal population). But you’ll always have a problem because people keep dumping them."
By DAVID MAY StaH Writer
City Manager Joe Michie likens a city's contingency fund to someone's personal finances After ail the bills are paid you like to have a little left over to cover any unexpected emergencies that may come up
He then said New Braunfels current revenue problems are also like most people's personal finances The city is spending just about as much as it makes
Though some $204,214 is reflected in the city’s current contigency fund. Michie noted that that figure will probably end up closer to $125,000 after the current year’s financing has been completed, a figure that he said makes him a little uncomfortable
As the city begins searching for ways to meet its more than $7 million budget while providing and adding to police and fire services, the administrator said that a contingency fund of no less than $250,000 would be a safe amount to have in reserve However, because of budget cuts, rising insurance costs and a low proper ty tax base with sales tax returns on a decline, he doesn’t see the city incurring that type of fund amount in the coming budget year.
"I don’t see the budget next year allowing us to have that big of a con
tingency fund,” Michie responded from his office Friday afternoon "If something big were to happen here like a big fire. a flood or loss of a $100,000 fire truck, it would be nice to have some emrgenc > money to cover that or just have money to carry over into the next year's budget." he commented
“People here are more aware of our contingency fund because of the flood in the early !970's.” Michie said reffering to a flood here that resulted in massive loss of property and several lives
Ted Willis, executive director of the Texas Municipal League in Austin, said that, in light of recent downturns in the economy statewide, any monies left over after operating costs w as a pretty good sign “Taking all things into consideration, most towns the size of New Braunfels would be admirable of a contingency fund of $125,000, " he observed
Willis said that by the league's general rule of thumb, a city with a budget of $7 million to $8 million would probably like to have reserve monies of about $250,000 or even $500,000 if the economy wrs at a peak level
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Hollmig joins water use planning group
Craig Hollmig of Now Braunfels la joining San Antonio Mayor Henry Cloner— and other arna rep— tativ— on a joint committee to plan future water u—,
Hollmig, who rep—anti Comal County on tho Edwards Underground Water District’! board of director!, •ald Friday that the purpose of tho committee ii to work toward —lotion! (or water management. The group will u— a regional water study completed by tho Edward! Underground Water District and tho city of San Antonio. Hollmig —Id one of the major l—u— facing the committee will ba how to groundwater pump age
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come up with a compromise over aome of the iesu— of the regional feater study," he said San Antonio City Council Robert Haasiocher Is serving — chairman of the committee which Is responsible for coordinating legislative proposals to Imp—Mat recommendations mad# In the ngtonsl study.
“They’re going to lock us up In a room and My ‘Don’t coma out unti you roach some decision about the regional water plan,’" Hollmig Mid.
Leslie Pepper of Uvalde County and Reno Ae!vest of Medina County al— will serve on tho commit—. Hollmig said he anoa hit appointe — commit— — n chance to defend the flows of fy?fTVAi Springs "I hope we can got something done," he said. The (Int meeting af — commit— will be Thunday at the EUWD off—in San Antonio.