New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Petition seeking homestead vote to be brought to City Council
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
The optional homestead tax exemption has been voted down three times in City Council. On Monday, a group of New Braunfels citizens will petition the council to put the question to a public vote.
Douglas Miller, a Driver Education instructor at Canyon High School, said Friday that he had at least 80 confirmed signatures on his petition, which asks the council to put the homestead exemption on the April 7 election ballot. Voters will elect three new City Council members that day, and will also decide whether thfey want the
city to continue issuing 2 a.m. liquor licenses.
Miller had first intended to force a referendum on the homestead exemption. However, he told the Herald Zeitung Friday that this may not be possible.
“I found out that what I’m doing is not legally binding on the council. As I understand it, you cannot petition the city council to call a referendum unless there is an ordinance on the books," Miller said.
As it stands now, "We’re just asking the city to do something," he added. But he plans to bring in as many signatures as he can, hoping they will carry some weight.
City Councilmember Betty Ix>u Rushing
proposed just what Miller is proposing — a referendum on the 40 percent homestead exemption — on Dec. 12, and was voted down 4-3.
City Attorney John Churm isn’t sure the council can call a referendum on this subject, even if it wants to, because it involves taxation. He said he’d be prepared to answer that question for sure on Monday night.
A 1981 amendment to the Texas Constitution allows individual governments, at local option, to exempt up to 40 percent of the value of homesteads for property tax
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award goes to Eberhard
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor
New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tem Laverne Eberhard received the Besserung Award at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Civic Center Friday night.
The award is given annually to the most outstanding citizen in the city. Besserung is the German word for betterment.
"To serve New Braunfels has always been an honor for me," Eberhard said. "It’s a great place to be.”
Eberhard, a life-long New Braunfelser, was honored because of her continued leadership and work with the city's political, religious and academic growth.
Eberhard thanked her family for supporting her work. "It don’t understand how I will possibly follow in the footsteps (rf other people who have gotten the award," she said.
The honor was awarded at the end erf the banquet, after an hour-long show that reviewed chamber activity highlights since it was formed in 1919. The program followed the format of the 1950s television show, "This is Your Life".
1983 chamber president Donnie Seay was Mr. Chamber, and local attorney Steve Taylor, along with voices of the past, revealed highlights of the chamber’s 65-year history,
including the chamber’s work with McKenna Memorial Hospital, dam and flood control projects in the city, the development of the Comal County Community Fund and the Edwards Underground Water District.
The program poked fun at itself and at its critics. Joe Critic, of Houston (local attorney Tom Bluntzer) "blamed" the chamber for lunng tourists to New Braunfels and ruining it for his pleasure.
But New Braunfels is a little odd, he indicated. The city was so clean, "the EPA doesn’t even know where New Braunfels is!" he complained. Besides, how could anyone trust the Comal River, he asked. "The Comal doesn’t glow in the dark," he said.
To make things right. Joe Critic announced he would run for the city council.
The program reserved some of its teasing for Seay.
Local dentist Ed Sciantarelli portrayed the doctor who presided over Seay’s birth in 1940. Seay was so big, he said "I had to coax him out with a Twinkle."
Seay thanked the chamber officers and staff for their work in 1983.
His year as president "has been made very easy by a very competent staff," he said.
He also recognized the Blue Coats for their work during the year. He
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guests (from top) on the left: the old timer, played by Joe Rogers, who recalled the Chamber s early days; Dr. Dryhoie (Ed Sciantarelli), the obstetrician who cracked one liners about bringing Seay into the world, and Joe Critic (Tom Bluntzer», who played a transplanted Houstonian who complained that New Braunfels didn't match up to his birthplace.
New Braunfels City Council may be burning the midnight oil Monday night, with two rezoning hearings, three controversial recommendations from the parks board and plans for an upcoming election on the agenda
The meeting will commence at 7:30 p.m. in the council chamber at City Hall.
A request for commercial zoning at 1376 and 1890 McQueeney Road got past the Planning and Zoning Commission rn less than five minutes, and probably won’t create any controversy in City Council. But a request for commercial zoning in a residential district at IH 35 and South Academy drew protests from quite a few neighbors Planning and Zoning eventually recommended a single-use restricted zoning, but it’s up to the council to make the final decision.
Council will vote on the second reading of a Buckle Road rezoning ordinance, which brought out some concerned neighbors upon first reading
Also up for second reading is an ordinance restricting the operation of aircraft in New Braunfels air space And council will vote for the last time on the new subdivision ordinance, the burglar alarm ordinance and the ordinance setting higher picnic and pavilion-use fees in Lands Park
Three emergency ordinances are on the agenda, one to abandon the right-of-way for St. Mary's Street leading to the Guadalupe River, and two setting city elections on April 7.
Technically, council will be calling two elections on that date; election of three at-large members, and a referendum on the late-hours drinking ordinance But voters will only have to go to the polls once.
Mayor Pro Tem Laverne Eberhard, Donnie Sea) and Barbara Tieken are the council members are
See COUNCIL, Page 14A
Laverne Eberhard shows her surprise at winning the Besserung Award as she accepts it from 1983 Chamber of Commerce president Donnie Seay. Eberhard, who won the honor for a long string of civic accomplishments, received her award at the close of the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Friday. The program, based on the old TV show "This Is Your Life," featured visits from the three
Precinct 3 showdown
Camarillo to challenge Mund in Demo primary
Lorenzo "Yankee" Camarillo will challenge Charles "Tart" Mund, County Commissioner for Precinct 3, in the Democratic primary this May.
Camarillo, former owner of Don Lorenzo’s Restaurant in New Braunfels, filed Tuesday with Democratic chairman Tom Bluntzer. It will be his second bid for the Pct. 3 seat. He ran on the Republican ticket in November 1962, and the incumbent Mund defeated him 1,021 to 776 at the
polls. This year, the 42-year-old Camarillo has decided to switch parties.
“We’re looking at a predominantly Democratic precinct,” he said. Research has convinced him that a number of people who might have supported him in 1982 voted a straight Democratic ticket, not noticing that Camarillo’s name was (rn the GOP side. "This way, we think I have a better chance of winning."
Camarillo, who lives at 1065 W. Mill, also ran for New Braunfels City Council in 1961. He was defeated by Laverne Eberhard, who is now mayor pro tem.
The candidate said he was concerned about Comal County’s runaway growth, and the lack of long-range planning by the present commissioners’ court.
See CAMARILLO, Page 14A
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Tarzan/Olympic hero Weissmuller dies in Acapulco at age 79
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - Johnny Weissmuller, who won five Olympic gold medals as a swimmer and went on to movie fame as Tarzan (rf the jungle, has died at the age of 79.
The cause of Weissmuller’s death at his Acapulco home late Friday was not disclosed He suffered a senes of strokes in 1977 and was an invalid at the home where he had lived with his wife, Maria, since 1979.
"It just beat him down little by little," said his son, Johnny Weissmuller Jr. of San Francisco. "He went peaceably, in his sleep. His wife tried to get him up and couldn't"
Weissmuller was ans of the greatest swimmers of all time, dominating his events at the 1924 and 1928 Olympics, setting a total of 67 world records and winning M Amateur Athletic Union swimming
Jones murder trial tough on family
"My father’s proudest moment was when he carried the flag for the United States at the Am
sterdam Olympics in 1928," his daughter, Usa Gallagher, said by telephone from her home in Beverly Hills, Calif.
But his greatest fame probably came as the star of 18 Tarzan films between 1931 and 1947. He was the fourth film actor to play the mythical hero created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
"I went to the back lot at MGM, they gave me a G-string and said, Can you climb a tree? Can you pick up that girl?' I could do all that, and I did all my own swinging because I had been a YMCA champion on the rings," Weissmuller once said.
When producer Sol Lesser refused to give him a larger share of the profits after making “Tarzan and the Mermaids" in 1947, Weissmuller dropped the role and turned to a sones of "Jungle Jim" movies. He also played that role on television for IO years.
He estimated his film earnings at 82 million, but
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GEORGETOWN (AP) - Three days into the trial of a little girl’s death, the child’s grandmother said no strong emotions boiled in her when she looked at the nurse accused of being a baby-killer Two days later, she said she had changed her mind After testimony in Gene ne Jones murder trial began, Judge John Carter moved the case across the rotunda into a courtroom only three rows deep So Robin Alexander, her mother and daughter now sit within 15 feet of Ms. Jones, who prosecutors say used a powerful muscle relaxant to kill Chelsea McClellan on Sept 17,196*2 in Kerrville When the testimony began from medical experts, one recalling a “very pretty girl" and another inventorying the parts he took from the body, Mrs Alexander said she found her emotions stirring "I guess it’s her attitude I don't Uke. She never quits smiling I think she loves it, the attention,” she said “If I was on that side on the table, damned if I'd be laughing "
Sam Niggemyer, Mrs Alexander’s daughter and Chelsea’s aunt, harbors no thought that Ms. Jones did not kill the 15-month-old girl.
"Where there’s smoke there’s fire. If I didn t think she was guilty I wouldn’t be here," she said. “I think the last day I’d like to pounce on her ” Ms. Jones' demeanor has been consistent with the events of the trial
When the lawyers and audience laugh at a one-Uner from the judge, Ms Jones toughs When the testimony borders on the gruesome, she stares seriously.
At times she drinks milk to calm an ulcer At other times she scribbles notes and questions and pushes them to her lawyers Mrs. Alexander said the family members planned to sit through every day of the trial “I’m no good sitting in the house waiting," she told a reporter But on Friday. Mrs Alexander and her 72-year-old mother Hester Turner of liOngview left the courtroom when Bexar County Medical Examiner Vincent DiMaio took the stand LkMaio examined Chelsea’s body when it was exhumed eight months after death Kerr County District Attorney Ron Sutton had told the family that DiMaio's testimony would be explicit.
"Ron said it has to be done and we may prefer not to listen I thought I had the guts of a second-story burglar, but ..." said Mrs Alexander Other testimony also proved to be emotionally trying.
Chelsea's relatives were in the courtroom when a pathologist listed the parts of the little girl he took from the body during an autopsy "I examined the brain carefully I took toe brain and put it in a fixative," Dr. James Ktotes testified, adding
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