New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Representative wants to cut off pushers’fingers
AUSTIN (AP) — Drug pushers with repeat convictions should face the prospect of losing a finger as punishment, according to a state lawmaker, who says he is drafting a bill that would allow the penalty.
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Will 49ers be able to meet expectations?
MIAMI (AP) — The never-ending search for “The Team’’ — of the season, of the decade, even of the day — is so pervasive that the San Francisco 49ers have found themselves explaining why it’s possible that they can lose to Cincinnati in today’s Super Bowl.
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Plant Native Indian com, make pinatas in the Birthday Cake maze, and pretend you’re cooking food in space in a real NASA galley. It’s all there at the Kitchens and Cultures exhibit that starts Tuesday at the New Braunfels Children’s Museum. See Page 1 B
Vol. 137, No. 51
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144Sunday
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Four Sections, 42 PagesGood day
Clear skies and cool temperatures are in today’s forecast. The hifgh today will be 60. Winds will be from the southeast at IO mph. Clouds will start rolling in tonight and the low will be 39. Monday’s v high will be in the high 60s.
The newest exhibit for the New Braunfels Children’s Museum,
Kitchens and Cultures, will open Tuesday with an open house from 9 a.m to 5:30 p.m. No admission will be charged and everyone is invited to drop by to see all the neat things going on al the museum in Courtyard Shopping Center.
On that note, museum workers need some donations of some things for the exhibit and for the permanent exhibits there. One item is toilet paper rolls (empty) lo use for making pinatas and lite other items arc empty cercal boxes, cans and anything else that could stock a grocery store shelf, lf you plan to donate grocery items, they ask that you open them from the bottom so they look real on the shelf. For the new Storybook Corner, die museum needs children's books and magazines and any old beanbag chairs you have sitting around the house. To donate items, drop by the museum or call 620-0939. For more information on the museum and its new year, see Page IB today....
Happy birthday DDC. The Defensive Driving Course is 25 years old this year and the Charlie Rose Agency in New Braunfels is celebrating, too. More than 10,000 drivers have graduated from his course since 1974 when he began teaching locally. Rose is teaching a course this Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to IO p.m. at Canyon High School. Call 625-8081 or 625-8576 to sign up....
The American Association of Retired Persons is sponsoring a “55 Alive” driving course Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 pan both days at the Senior Citizens Center, 142 Comal St. Pre-registration is required and a $7 fee will be charged. For more information and registration, call 629-1161....
Tickets still are on sale for the Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Jan. 27 at the Civic Center. Call the chamber, 625-2385, for info....
The Advanced Theatre classes at New Braunfels High School will perform scenes from The Nerd, Fools, and the Odd Couple The scenes, directed by Rob Choate, Brandy Lytton and Erie Zamora will be judged. Awards for best director, best play, best actor and actress, all-star cast, and honorable mention will be given. The students are taught by Kathy Hill. The performances will be in the NBHS cafetorium at 7 p.m. Admission is $2....
The Wellness Group at Memorial Primary School is sponsoring a talk for women and anyone who is married to a woman, talks to women or works with women. On Tuesday, Dr. Keith Smith from the Texas Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Endrocrinology, will discuss pre-menstrual syndrome. Open to all NBISD
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Staff shortage threatens jail certification
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A low number of jailers — as few as two on duty at one time — in the Comal County jail could result in dangerous conditions and a loss of jail certification, says the Comal County Sheriff.
“My biggest concent is the safety of the employees back there,” Sheriff Jack Bremer said. “You end up on a shift sometimes with two, three or four people, lf we had a riot at a time like that, if we had sonic catastrophe
... I would fear for the safety of those employees.”
A recent rcpon by Jack Crump, inspector for the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, indicated a jail staffing shortage in Comal County.
“This is a staffing proposal and we arc not infallible on that,” Crump said.
Crump said 46 employees arc recommended to adequately operate the jail. Comal County Jail employs 32 men and women.
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New Braunfels City Council Monday will consider a Chamber of Commerce committee’s request to hire a downtown coordinator. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Downtown’s future on minds hiring practices
of council, chamber committee
By DAVID BUILTA Stall Writer
Is downtown New Braunfels in need of revitalization? Downtown leaders and City of New Braunfels officials have been considering that question for several years.
New Braunfels City Council will consider action regarding downtown revitalization at a regular meeting Monday night. At a Jan. 9 council meeting, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Target Downtown Committee asked the city to consider hiring a downtown coordinator.
The Target Downtown Committee was formed in the winter of 1987 at the recommendation of the chambers downtown task force to council and die chamber’s board of directed. '110 Downtown Association also supported the committee’s report requesting the coordinator.
“We want downtown to be exciting and vital reflecting the personality of the entire community,” said Marian Benson, president of the Downtown Association, “This is a community project. We feel like the Cay Council has to
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Stall Writer
Questions about why some public officials didn’t advertise staff openings surfaced at a recent Comal County Commissioner’s Court meeting, hut the sheriff and county attorney maintain they hire persons they trust.
“I don’t have to advertise staff positions,” said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Bremer hired Chief Deputy Elwood Holier/, and training and community relations coordinator Altin Trollingcr
without advertising the positions.
Commissioners asked County Attorney Nathan Rheinlandcr in court Jan. 18 why he didn’t advertise his staff positions.
Rheinlandcr said he hired his staff on the basis of previous job performance and trust. “I have to trust them to the extent that I would trust them to raise my own children”
But County Judge Fred Clark said it isn't good judgment for officials to
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Alamodome proponents, opponents take verbal battle to polls
SAN AN FONK? (AP) Supporters of a S174 million domed stadium headed to easy victory Saturday in their fight to raise the sales tax a hareem over the next five years to finance construction of the 65,(XX)-seat facility.
With about 97 percent of the 301 boxes tallied, the vote for the dome was leading about 53 percent to 47 percent, with 91,107 voting for the dome and 81,030 against the county-wide proposal.
About 30 percent of the 566,OOO registered voters in Bexar County turned out for the election amid clear skies and warm weather.
A heavy turnout of absentee voters gave the stadium’s opponents an early lead, with 39,513 of the early votersIkels re-elected to EUWD
Incumbent Dr. Kenneth G. lkcls received 180 votes Saturday in the Edwards Underground Water District directorship election.
Ikels, who ran unopposed, was reelected to represent Comal County for a six-year term beginning March I .
“We’re quickly moving into a time when regulation of the underground water is imperative,” Ikels said Saturday.
Tuesday the Edwards Underground Water District board of directors voted to delay submitting a controversial Regional Water Plan to the Texas Legislature.
The 8-6 vote pined Bexar, Medina, and Uvalde counties against Comal and Hays counties, which voted against the motion.
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opposing it compared with 36,655 voting for the referendum.
Bexar County elections administrator Tony Gomez said he expected a total turnout of about 185,(XX) because
of the pleasant weather conditions, but a little more than 170,(XX) voted.
The vote culminates an 18-month verbal and propoganda battle between city officials, businessmen and grass
roots groups over the referendum.
The pro-dome were claiming victory as early as 8 p.m. while those against the proposal conceded about 8:30 p.m.
Mayor Henry Cisneros, who leaves office in May after eight years as mayor and six as a councilman, has led the pro-dome factions that say the stadium will propel the city into a new dimension of competition with other cities for conventions.
Cisneros told voters Saturday that the city’s future rested in their hands.
“Everyone has had their say, now the decision is in your hands,’’ Cisneros said.
The Rev. Roscndo Urraba/o, a cochairman of the grass roots organization Communities Organized lot
City employees may get raises after freeze lifted
By DAVID BUILTA Stall Writer
New Braunfels City Council will consider thawing out the city’s pay freeze and granting merit raises to city employees when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the New Braunfels Utilities meeting room.
City Manager Paul Grohman has been working on the plan for several months. He will be asking council to accept a plan giving parity to employee salaries and giving merit raises as approved in the budget for this fiscal year.
“We have revamped the pay plan. Basically the pay plan is how our employees are positioned as far as their pay,” said Grohman. “We did Ute entire pay plan itself in-house, if we would have gone to a consultant, this project probably would have cost $20,000 to $25,000. We were able to do it in-house basically free."
Grohman said he has had experience in developing pay plans. A good pay plan pays people equitably, he said.
“Within our organization it guarantees that pay is equitably spread," he said. “We had a situation in the Fire Department where the supervisors
actually made less than the firefighters working for them because of the overtime differential.
“We’ve spread those out somewhat so Ute person with more responsibility actually gets more pay,” Grohman said. “We also had some situations where some of our lower-paid employees, where they were doing comparable jobs side by side, and Uiere were 20 and 25 percent differences in their salaries.”
He said the differences occurred because wage freezes were in effect when some employees were hired, “We’ve addressed some of these things and think we have our employees on a fair pay plan that pays equitably widiin our organization,” said Grohman. “I blink we created some light at the end of the tunnel in that people can see what a certain job is going to pay in the future and what die potentials are.
“I think it’s simply a necessity in order to develop a true merit plan. Basically the pay plan is die foundation. You can’t build a good house on a bad foundation. In my estimations, and the department heads’ and I blink most
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New Braunfels City Council will consider advertising for bids for the extension of South Walnut Avenue at its meeting Monday night. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Public Service, is among the leading opponents of die stadium'* financing proposal.
Since the beginning of the year, Cisneros, Urraba/o and others have debated each other at town meetings and on television in an cl fort to educate the public on the proposed project.
Proponents say tile dome would increase the city’s SI .5 billion tourism industry by luring larger conventions.
But Urraba/o and others say the public sector should take over the financing of the proposal and say a tax increase, if any, should be used for educational programs and basic services. Other opponents have said that
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Foundation will attract business for the county
Comal County Commissioners entered into an agreement with New Braunfels Industrial Foundation to die lune of $25,000 bds mon bi to further economic development.
“The New Braunfels Industrial Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created for the purpose of encouraging economic development and jobs,” County Judge Fred Clark said.
Commissioners signed the agreement Jan. 18 in a regular meeting of the court.
“Tile county is desirous of promoting and protecting through economic development die general welfare and safety of its citizens by expanding and strengthening die county’s tax base and improving the employment rate in the county through die location and expansion of industry and business in the county,” the agreement stated.
The foundation, which was instru-
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