New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy through Wednesday, with southerly winds near IO mph this afternoon decreasing to 5-10 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 6:03 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:24 a.m.State Of The Union
Ronald Reagan will address both houses of Congress tonight in his annual State of the Union message. The speech, which will be televised live, is expected to call on both parties to work together to solve the nation’s current economic problems. Aides promise that no ‘rosy’ economic pictures will be painted. See Page 8.
IUnicorns Tame Lions
The New Braunfels Unicorns girls’ basketball team has seen some rough times this year. But the team put that all behind them for one night Monday and enjoyed a 64-11 demolition of the cold-shooting Lockhart Lions. It was field day for the Unicorn defense, and Teresa Thomas scored 28 points. See Page 5.
Dilia:;, Texas #752- r". ' 1 lC * ^omp.
-tt . ii It ch bomble x'.Q. doz '<-5^3 6
• X:; I ]. r £ . 11 f
I W_l no KI - 4-7 IO Ponoe -*'W"
TUESDAY January 25,1983 25 cents
New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 - No. 17 .12 Pages (USPS 377-880)
City, MALDEF clash over at-large revisionCrane begins I dredging silt in Landa Lake
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
Dredging relief is again underway in Larida Park. But this go-round, the Utilities has gotten into the act, too.
Efforts for the channel between the maih area of Landa Park and the peninsula with the circular drive were halted last Tuesday. Weather-related problems and too much water and mud in the channel bottom gave city crews and Fischer Construction Co. more headaches than progress, and the project itself needed a savior of sorts.
HItH Crane Co., based in San Antonio, began answering that need this morning, with a truck crane and 100-foot boom that can reach all the way across the channel from the peninsula bank. Silt material, once destined for the Kuehler dump, then rerouted to the city-county dump on Freiheit Road, is now being transported to private property owned by Fischer Co.
“H&H brought the crane in pieces Monday, and assembled it,” Parks Director Court Thieleman said. “It weighs some 150,000 pounds; and is rated at 82 tons.
’is it big? Let’s put it this way...it can be seen from anywhere in the park, and from the Estates.”
Reasons for the silt transport switch are time and money. “To Fischer Co., ifs two miles one way compared to 94 to Freiheit Road. Plus the end of Wald Road is a clean shot from the park,” Thieleman explained. “This equipment can fill up
See DREDGING, Page 12
Fight over turf
Smith, Stewart disagree on voting precinct shift
Suit photo by John Sen ter
A crane hauls muck out of Landa Lake
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Comal Commissioners might have thought the topic of county redistricting was long gone.
But Justices of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith of precinct 4 and Fred Stewart of precinct 3 brought it back to life Monday.
It began as a request from Smith that Commissioners Court “realign” his precinct “to (be im some compatibility with other precincts."
This realignment could best be accomplished, Smith sat J, it the court would take voting precinct 13 (which includes Starkville) from JP precinct 3 and put it in his precinct 4.
Had the court approved Smiths proposal — which it did not — all of the Canyon Lake area would be in one justice of the peace precinct, rather than split between JP precincts 3 and 4.
Stewart strongly opposed this proposal and said that Smith’s only reason for wanting the precinct shift was “to establish a larger power base.”
But Smith contended that it would be “most logical” to add voting precinct 13 to his justice precinct 4 “due to close proximity.”
"Fi’om the approximate center of precinct 13 to JP 4 is 6.2 miles,” Smith noted. “Whereas, from approximate
center of precinct 13 to JP3 is 16.1 miles.”
As an alternative to shifting voting precinct 13, Smith suggested adding voting precinct 21 to JP precinct 4 “or realign voting precinct 17toJP4.”
But the idea of taking precinct IT away from JP precinct I, did not meet with Precinct I Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger’s approval.
“JP court is set up to serve the general public...that (shifiing 17 out of his precinct! means the people on (Loop) 337 would have to drive to Sattler,” said Krueger. “I’d object to that (shifting 17\ due to the fact that the people w ill not like it.
“It would not bt* a convenience and JP court is a convenience court for the people,” Krueger added.
However, most of the Monday's discussion centered around shifting precinct 13. not precinct 17.
According to the 1980 census, justice of the peace precinct 3, w hich includes voting precincts IO, 13,14 and 21, now contains an approximate population of 5.557. Precinct 4, w hich consists of voting precincts 18 and 19. has a population of 3.052. according to these same figures.
Smith’s proposal of switching precinct 13 into his precinct would give his precinct a population of 4.925 and Stewart’s a population of 3,684, Smith said.
The voting precinct proposed to be shifted has a population of approximately
County Judge Fred Clark reminded the court that justice of the peace precincts -unlike voting precincts — “are not governed by the one-man-one-vote rule."
“They’re (justices of the peace) not a policy making’’ group and the “equalization of the population rule does not apply” to them. Clark said.
When questioned by the court. Stewart said he had “not received one complaint" from the residents in voting precinct 13 “about having to drive" to Bulverde. w here his court office is located.
“I think the people, the voters, the citizens in precinct 13 are happy with the arrangement,” said Stewart, who mentioned that during May primary he received 76 percent of the vote.
"I see nothing urgent or demanding that the territory be shifted at all,” he added. “The people seem to be happy and its < the shifting precinct 13» a matter of establishing a power base” for Smith.
Clark told Stewart he did not think the justice’s voting record was an issue. “And in deciding whether or not to move the (precinct) line we’re not saying in the slightest way that you’re not doing a good job,” said Clark.
“Aside from the personal side of it and who the judges are. we’re trying to decide about the convenience for the residents" of
See PRECINCTS, Page 12
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
City Council modified the proposed district election plan to satisfy the Texas Constitution. But the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is not satisfied, and neither is the local ' Committee for Justice.
The original plan was for a seven- i member council, with four members to be elected from neighborhood districts, and three others to be elected at large, all in one year, by plurality vote.
But Article IX, Section ll of the Texas Constitution says home-rule cities with j terms longer than two years have to elect all council members by majority vote, said
I City Attorney JohnChunn.
So the council made a couple of changes in the Districting Charter Committee’s ' plan, as endorsed by MALDEF. The three at-large members will have to be elected by a majority, and candidates will run by place. As Churm pointed out, it would be hard to determine which candidate has a majority without knowing which seat he’s running for.
With those changes, New Braunfels has lost MALDEF’s endorsement, said Judith Sanders-Castro, attorney for the group. Aguinaldo Zamora, spokesman for the Committee for Justice, called the modified plan "a slap in the face to the Mexican people.”
But council voted 5-2 to put this plan
before the voters on April 2, the majority overriding an attempt by Barbara Tieken and Max Winkler to refer the matter back to committee.
Councilmember Donnie Seay said Sanders-Castro, in an executive session before Monday’s council meeting, had accused the council of “procrastinating” and “dragging its feet” on this plan. Putting it back into committee might be construed as further procrastination, he said.
Seay elaborated on the attorney’s remark in a telephone interview Tuesday morning.
“We got the committee together as soon See MALDEF, Page 12
Staff photo by Cmdy Richardson
Council member Donnie Seay asks a question during redistricting discussion.
That's Barbara Tieken on the rightGas Prices To Fall
With the collapse of last weekend’s emergency OPEC meeting, experts foresee the world price of crude oil continuing to fall as the oil cartel members increase production and cut prices. Economy watchers, however, are cautious. “I wouldn’t run out and buy a gas-guzzler,” one expert said. See Page 8.
CROSSWORD................. i.... 8
SPORTS......................I.. . 6-8
■■■'—............... ............ .............T....... i.
Parks Advisory Board to study recreation center
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer
The luanda Recreation Center might have sunk right into the Comal River Monday night, if it hadn’t been for Sharon Phair’s support.
luanda Recreation Association, which opened the center a year ago, has learned that it can’t generate enough income to support itself. But association members still think the community needs a cohesive recreation program. They asked City Council to pick up where they left off, take over the center and set up a city recreation department.
“As a department, you wouldn’t expect it to be self-supporting,” said Mike Doherty, president of the association.
Council was somewhat sympathetic, but mostly unreceptive, until Phair (chairman of the city Parks and Recreation Advisory Board) got up to talk. In the end, the association’s proposal was unanimously referred to Phair’s board for detailed study.
That may take two months or more. For the meantime, council has released the $3,000 in revenue sharing funds already promised to the center this
year, to help the association keep it open until a decision can be made.
None of the council members really wanted to see the rec center go down. They just weren’t sure they could justify the expense of another department. The present annual parks budget, which includes maintenance of some recreational facilities, is $540,157.
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt told council it would cost at least $96,000 a year to operate the rec center. Doherty and his board members thought that sounded like a lot, but Delashmutt said it was conservative. Seguin and Round Rock, he said, have recreation budgets in the $200,000 range.
The center’s operating budget for 1982 was $29,114, Doherty said. The association was hoping for $19,000 on the income side, but only managed to bring in $15,000 or so.
“It’s been run basically by one man with the help of (college student) interns,” said Ken Brazle, another member of the rec board. The students, many of them from Southwest Texas State
See REC CENTER, Page 12
County jail nears compliance with terms of lawsuit
While Commissioners Court is busy planning for the new county jail that must be built by 1985, there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes on the current jail.
According to the same out-of-court law settlement requiring the county to have a new jail built by August, 1985, certain renovations must also be made in the current jail.
The county has been working on them since the settlement was agreed upon last July by Commissioners Court and Robert Delgado, a former inmate who sued the
county for alleged unconstitutional jail conditions.
According to Sheriff Walter Feller’s report to Commissioners Court Monday, the county is now “about 98 percent in compliance with our court order.”
That court order is the tentative settlement which still needs the blessings of a federal judge. Those blessings may come soon, as a hearing to discuss the settlement has been called for Feb. 24 in U.S. District Court in San Antonio.
Only two items set out by the proposed
settlement are unfinished, Fellers said And these two items — construction of outdoor exercise area and renovating a few cells to be used by juvenile and women prisoners — are on their way to completion. Fellers said.
The sheriff estimated that it would cost approximately $3,000 to convert cells for juveniles and women and to construct a “moveable fence” in the parking lot of the Courthouse for the exercise area
The exercise area. Fellers said would consist of a “roving fence located on the parking lot. We won’t lose any parking
spaces when we use it,” he said in a telephone interview.
The court agreed Monday to amend the Sheriff’s Department’s budget to cover a $984 bid for the “roving” fence.
Commissioner Charles “Tart” Mund questioned Fellers as to whether “it’s necessary to go to the expense of fixing up an area for juvenile and female (prisoners).
“Can we sub them out to other county detention facihties*>” Mund asked.
See JAIL, Page 12
Stat* photo by Cmdy Richardson
Sharon Phair makes a suggestion during Rec Center debate as Mike Doherty listens