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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels, Texas I Inn ~i Vol. 89 - No. 29 July 17,1980 108 Pages — 25 CentsCity election absentee voting to begin The races (well, make that race) have been finalized, the positions have been drawn, and now absentee balloting is set to begin on this year’s City Council election. Absentee balloting begins Monday for the election, in which one incumbent—Max Winkler—is unopposed, while another—Gerald Schaefer—faces Doug Miller. Both Schaefer and Winkler seek their second three-year terms. In a drawing held Monday, Miller drew the first position on the ballot. There’s more at stake than a council seat in this year’s city election, as voters will decide whether or not to approve five proposed amendments to city charter. Fluoridation (Amendment V) has received the most attention, but council has tabbed another amendment (Amendment IV) as the most important in the package. Amendment IV would reduce the “lame-duck” period for defeated council members from three months to a single month. Currently, councilmen are elected in August but take office in November. If Amendment IV passes, newly elected council members would take office in September. Amendment III concerns the same item as Amendment IV. It tacks reduction of the lame-duck period onto a different section in the charter—Section 4.05 of Article IV, which provides for election of council members by majority (rather than plurality) vote. Amendment II is a housekeeping item. Council members were elected on the second Tuesday in September until 1976, but a law passed by the 64th legislature which became effective July 1, 1976 standardized dates for municipal and school district elections. As a result, city elections were shifted to the nearest permissable date—the second Saturday in August. However, the charter still states city elections should be held in September. Amendment II would bring that section of the charter (4.01) into compliance with state laws. Amendment I would change the manner in which council fills vacancies. Currently, council can either call a special election or merely proceed with the vacancy if it occurs less than 60 days before a regular election. If passed. Amendment I would allow council to appoint a successor to fill the vacancy until the next regular election. 5-times-a-week delivery to start Subscribers of the Herald Zeitung will receive five copies per week instead of one beginning Aug. 3. Many persons have expressed the concern that their weekly subscriptions will be canceled when the newspaper goes daily next month. Jim l^hman, circulation manager, said current subscribers will receive the newspaper daily if they have tune remaining on their subscription. The newspaper will be delivered each Tuesday through Friday afternoon and Sunday mornings. The newspaper’s circulation department is now converting from mail deliveries to carrier deliveries in the New Braunfels city limits which will be completed by next week. Because of the change, newspapers are arriving at homes later, lf a subscriber does not receive a newspaper (from one of the carriers) by 4.30 p.m. Thursdays, call 625-9144. After the Herald Zeitung goes daily, that time will change to 5:30 p.m. for reporting non-delivery. There will be no change in the expiration date for subscribers. There is, however, a special offer for subscription renewal now in effect. Until the end of the month, a subscriber can renew a subscription for $18.95 instead of the new price beginning next month of $27 Sledge, bank named in suit Wurstfest vs/ork    ^ Construction has begun on improvements for the Comal River bank near the Wuistfest grounds. Funded by Wurstfest Association, the project, which will include a river A/alk and a rock retaining wall, should be completed by November in time for Wurstfest. While former New Braunfels Utilities manager Richard Sledge awaits word on the dismissal of two official misconduct indictments, a civil suit seeking the return of $23,000 has been filed by his former employer. Attorney Charles Blackley with Bartram, Reagan, Burrus & Dierksen filed the civil suit against Sledge and Canyon l^ake Bank late Tuesday. Sledge has been indicted for theft in connecion with the alleged misuse of Utilities funds in 1976 as well as aggravated perjury and two counts of official misconduct. The misconduct indictments are now before 22nd District Judge Terry L. Jacks for possible dismissal because of the passing of the three-} ear statute of limitations. Former Utilities electrical superintendent Howard Batey, who resigned with Sledge from the Utilities Dec. 14, was also indicted on two counts of official misconduct. The exception to indictment motion concerning the expiration of the statute of limitations is now before 207th District Judge Robert T. Ffeuffer. The Utilities’ suit names Canyon {.ake Bank because, the brief contends, officials knew Sledge to be a trustee of public funds and permitted him to convert those funds to his own use and benefit; use those funds as collateral securing payment of his personal loan from Canyon l^ake Bank; and, pay such personal indebtness to Canyon lake Bank periodicity from such public funds Blackley continues that Canyon lake Bank knowingly aided and permitted such conversion, shared in the proceeds of such conversion of public funds and has not returned the $23,000 or the earned interest to New Braunfels Utilities. The suit is seeking the return of the $23,000 along with the interest earned since 1976, attorney’s fees and courts costs. County budget a juggling act include $25,000 in the budget for the Canyon I .ake Volunteer Fire Department which would be broken (town to $5,000 per fire station. There would also be an addition of $10,000 for capital improvements from revenue sharing. County Judge Max Wommack, who was surprised to find out that the Canyon (.ake group now has five stations, said “They get those stations up there without ever asking us if there’s any money to help them out.” Precinct 2 Comm. Monroe Wetz said he doesn’t imnd including the fire departments as line items in the budget. “But you'll have to compete every year with this,” he added as he flipped through the large stack of See COUNTY, Page JACensus By Robert Johnson There are two things the U.S. Bureau of the Census doesn’t yet know about New Braunfels: 1. It’s population. 2. Who its mayor is. Both items came to light this week, when attorney J.C. Reagan received a letter from the census bureau which began, “Dear Mayor.. .”'ousts' mayor from job So Reagan called the real mayor, Donnie Seay (who later received the same letter). Seay was out, so Reagan said (with tongue firmly planted in cheek), “Tell Donnie to call me. I’ve got some good news.” Seay called back, asking, “What’s the good news?” “You’re no longer mayor of New Braunfels,” Reagan replied jokingly. “Well who is?,” Seay asked. “I am," Reagan said. The letter informed the real mayor and the would-be mayor that preliminary census data should arrive some time this week, although it had not arrived as of press time Wednesday. However, it indicated preliminary population figures would be based on the city’s boundaries as of Jan. I, 1070 Now Urn Lintels annexed Gruene in March 1979. The letter also said preliminary data would not include figures from unclassified units, which it defined as units from which no census data has yet been received. Final data, which would be based on the city’s boundaries as of Jan. 1, 1980, would be available when the bureau’s field office closes. The letter gave no hint as to when that might be. Taking it out, putting it back and adding new items. Comal County commissioners are busy this week triiiuning the 1981 budget while at the same time hearing requests for budget additions. Tuesday afternoon, couuiussioriers were once again at work trying to cut the budget to meet expected income when representatives of the volunteer fire departments came in to ask that they be included in the regular budget. The fire departments were not included in the regular budget with funds expected to come from federal revenue sharing should it pass Congress But the fire departments, lead by the request of Precinct 4 Comm. Orville Heitkamp, want to be included as a line item in the budget. Heitkamp presented a request to ;