New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
One Section, 10 PagesServing NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of M LIasa Steel
Vol. 139, No. 176StammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Delia Rahe, Leticia Villarreal, Delia Rahe, Mark Feltner, Nona Smith, Erma Madrid, Victor R. Rodriguez, Russell Erben and Victor Medina Jr.
Belated birthday greetings to Maria Medina, Lori Ann Silva, Andrian Medina, Shannon Wolford and Ken Lain.
Celebrating an anniversary today. Ray and Lucy Rosales.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Senior's club
Senior Mcxican-Amcrican Club will meet Thursday at Cypress Bend Park at 7:30 p.m. Any seniors attending Canyon, New Braunfels or Smithson Valley high schools are invited to attend and join.Cheerleader car wash
New Braunfels Middle School cheerleaders arc planning to wash cars Tuesday, July 30 at the parking lot adjacent to HEB grocery store on West San Antonio Street from I to 4 p.m. The cheerleaders arc raising money for a number of projects.AUFCAP members
Agencies United For Child Abuse Prevention will meet for its quarterly meeting Thursday, July
25 at noon al Molly Joe's Restaurant. Sherry Britton, coordinator of On-Going Family Support for HOSPICE will be the guest speaker. Members should bring quarterly reports.Summer festival
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church is sponsoring its annual summer festival Aug. 2 and 3 at the church, 138 W. Austin. Fcstivi-ues begin Friday. Aug 2 at 6 p m with free admission. Grounds open 8 a m Saturday with a volleyball tournament Plenty of food, a carnival, and dances arc planned. Bible school
Vacation Bible School will be held at Harmony Baptist Church, 1472 Texas 46 South July 29 through Aug 2 from 9 am. to noon each day for students in the third through twelfth grade To pre register call 629-2293Transit meeting
The city of New Braunfels has scheduled its second transit meet mg with E P. Hamilton and Associates tonight at 5 p m. at the Council Chambers lo discuss Hamilton's progress to date. For more information call 625-3425
Friends for Rivers
Local environmental group. Friends for Rivers will sponsor a forum 7:30 tonight at Victoria Bank and Trust Annex, IGOU N Walnut Ave. Rebecca Bernard, associate director of public rela lions fur the Texas Nature Cooser saucy will be the guest speaker,
New Braunfels Board of Real tors is sponsoring six hours of Tex as Real Estate Commission — Mandatory Continuing Education July 25 at the Faust Hotel. All licensed real estate agents and brokers are required to complete 15 hours of training for license renewal
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CAD postpones hiring appraiser
Hor and humid conditions are expected this afternoon as the high temperature reaches about 93 degrees A chance of thunder storms are expected late this after noun and early evening Tonight s low is expected to drop to about 73 degrees Monday's high in New Braunfels was 92. The low was 70 and the city picked up barely an inch of rain For more weather information, please see Page 2A
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By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The Comal Central Appraisal District board of directors will meet in a special session next week to continue discussing who will be the district’s future chief appraiser.
The special session is slated for 7 p.m. Monday, July 29.
The announcement of the special session was made by Board Chairman S.D. David after the board of directors emerged from a lengthy executive session Monday night and failed to
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
New Braunfels police arc scarchihg today for an assailant who robbed a convenience store clerk early this morning,
“(The clerk) was trying to lock the door when he hit," said Martin Mayer, New Braunfels police spokesman.
The robbery occurred at the Sac ’n Pac convenience store, 204 N. Loop 337 at the time the clerk was closing the store, Mayer said, adding police were notified of the robbery at 12:07 am.
For more crime news see Page 4.
The clerk’s husband was waiting for he wife to close when the assailant pushed them both into the store and took an undetermined amount of cash The clerk said she believes the rob ber was wedding a shotgun, Mayer said
Mayer said the suspect, who was wearing panty hose over his head, is believes to be an Hispanic male wearing a white shin, blue jeans and tennis shoes.
take action on hiring a chief appraiser.
“No decision was made and we’ll have another meeting on Monday,” David said.
Seven candidates are in the running for the position, including acting chief appraiser Lynn Rodgers. Other finalists include, Kathy Bauer, John Oglesby, Allen McKinley, Harold Quillen, John Haliburton and Bruce Martin.
Former Chief Appraiser R. Richard Rhodes Jr. left the agency in February to take the same position in Ellis
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In other action, the board presented a service award “for recognition of service to the district and the community” to Charles W. Lewis, a longtime member of the board and four-time chairman who resigned recently for health reasons.
“I never have enjoyed serving on any board as much as I have the appraisal district,” Lewis said, “ll was a highlight of my life. I was in the presence of many a giant.”
Lewis said that, healthwise, he is
getting better and that his health situation is “better than anyone predicted”
The board also approved transfer of $3,500 from the contingency fund to pay for advertisments seeking candidates for the chief appraiser’s position and for other contracted services related to legal matters.
Action on a plan to distribute matching funds from the CAD’s discontinued retirement plan to the participating employees was tabled by motion of Neil Cragmile, board secretary, on a vote of 3-2 with board mem
ber Harvey Pape and Vice-Chairman Raymond Soechting dissenting.
An interlocal agreement was approved for computer services and disbursement of funds regarding local government entities.
The board members next embarked on a budget workshop in which two versions of a tentative 1992 budget were presented by Rodgers for their consideration. Budget “A” was for $638,506 while budget “B” was $662,421. Last year’s budget was $620,186.59.
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Charter committee looks at issuesGood Day
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Write#
Mayor James Goodbread has asked the City Charter Review Committee to consider city wide election of the mayor, small salary payments for New Braunfels City Council members and an increased percentage of voter signatures to validate a petition The mayor requested that the committee review the three important items in addi -lion to anything else they deem important after studying and discussing the char- _ _ ^ _ ter, The commit- Goodly trad tee met for an organizational meeting last week
Seven residents appointed lo the committee on June 24 were Raymond Mendez Jr, George Erben, Chere St/atemann. George Burkomey, JC. Reagan. Charles Walker and Karen Simpson
The city chaner should be revised to allow New Braunfels residents lo elect the mayor at large, rather than continuing the present practice of the council electing one of its members as mayor, Goodbread said
“It's tune the people chouse their own leader," Goodbread said ”1 think a’s archaic thai we do a my uther way
To mc it's basic democracy I do not think that seven people have nxjrc wisdom than the entire cay. I feel like our electorate oui there is intelligent, and I think they should ai least have the opportunity lo elect then own mayor he said
The mayor also ha* asked the com nut tee lo consider a small stipend — around $200 lo $300 per month — fee council members and the may** He said moat other chics in the area offer such a financial incentive
I feel like we're never going to get the younger person in here,** Good bread ansd "People 25 lo 35 years of age have a valuable contribution lo
Election judges selected
By MARK WARNKEN SUH Writer
The New Braunfels Cay Council on Munday approved election judges fur the Aug IO special election on an ordinance allowing licenses and per• mite fur late-hour sales of alcoholic beverages
The presiding judge at District I, tone Star School, will be Isabel Bar -boza. arid the alternate judge will be Olivia Mcl^tughtin In District 2, First United Methodist Church, Chere Sir alemana will he the presiding judge, while U A Suatenumn will he the alternate judge
In District 3. New Braunfels Etc shy ter tan Church, Arm Bartholomew will he the presiding judge and Mason Blake will he the alleniate judge lYesuiifig judge in District 4, Eagles Hall, will be JET Stoke Jr . and Frances Casullcja wUl be the alternate judge
According lo Hate law, each presid mg judge will appoint between three arid five clerks Also, Eugene C Motnhinweg was appointed presiding judge of a special canvassing board for absentee voting
Absentee voting, which began Monday, continues between g am and 5 pm weekdays through Aug 6 ai Cay Hall
Also, council members unanimous ly approved bads fur two garbage trucks from San Amuiuo I ruck Sales The council approved staff recoin ittrndeuutu to purchase a rear loading OMI' truck with a Fax Moi budy for 156,320 arid lo buy a front loading Fttefbtlt garbage truck with a Fak Mot budy fur S 107.545 The low hid un a front loader was 1107,407, hut the Staff recuamiended against the hid became lite Fak Moi budy is mure sturdy and reliable than the Abel body uf Me lower hid In other by ii wa, the council • Unanimously eta Molted a 20 mile per hour school aune speed limn un
Common Street between Houston Avenue arid Veramendi Avenue The school zone is unnecessary arid ineffective. according to a traffic study by Traffic Safety Coordinator Martin Mayer of the New Braunfels Bol ice Department and his discussions with the New Braunfels Independent School District transportation office. Students attending I .amar Sc hool art eligible to ride lite by and do not crys Common Street lo attend school, Mayer wrote rn a memuran durn ut the counc il
• Unanimously approved the first readings of two ordinances updating the city's participation rn the Texas Municipal Retirement System
One ordinance, which the city adopts annually, helps keep the bene fits of retired employees and those soon to retire in line with inflation lite cost to the city will be $1,100
The other allows the cny to give I MRS employment credit lo employers who previously wurked for cities not belonging to the slate retirement system Tins ordinance will have no monetary impact un the cay, said Fuiance Director Richard Boldine
• Accepted a $20 UU grant from the Texas Forest Sendee to plant 12 trees around the perimeter of the Maili Plaza arid five tree* around the municipal complex
• Heard from residents Carolyn Phillips. leonard Meyer and lim Mooney Meyer asked the council lo ask New Braunfels Utilities lo simplify ms bill, especially concerning the power cost adjustment Mooney asked the cutin cli to support a state audit of the uper anon* of Ute Guadalupe Blanco River Authority‘i Canyon Dam hydro clee UK generating plant that NBU supports financially Phillips asked the council lo comaker the weekend overflow parking situaiaai un Union Avenue near Schlitterhahn
“We don't need to have all retired people up here There's six out of seven of us who arc retired And that's an unfair ratio,** he said “I feel like we need to come into the present cen tury This certainly ts not for me because I’m at the end of my tenure here
“In a sense we've made being on (hr council an elitist situation You either have to be too old and not have anything else to do or you have to be able to afford being a council person." Goodbread said
"To me it's bakie democracy. I do no! think that seven people have more wisdom than the entire city. I feel like our electorate out there in intelligent, and I think they tthould at least have the opportunity to elect their own mayor.* — Mayor James Goodbread.
Also, Goodbread asked that the committee consider ughtriung start dart!* un resident petitions forcing the council to call special election*
Currently, a petition is valid if signed by a number of registered eosin equal to IO percent of the total who voted in the last cay election. Goodbread said
“I don't want to stem the flow of democracy, but I don’t warn lo spend Ute taxpayers* money needless * when you can go out un one or two days and get die required signatures,' Goodbread said "You should have to work fur something like that. not just sa down at a comer of Kroger and get Ute signatures in an afternoon Ii should be a project that's important enough that people would sign a **
Council Member Clinton Brandt said he opposes at-large election of the mayor and any money for the mavor xnd council membersSuit filed in tiger controversy
By ROBERT STEWART SUH Write#
Turn Caldwell claims that he. nut Kenneth Black, is the owner of Shantis, the Bengal tiger seized
under court order last week by Cunni County Sheriff Jack Bremer And he has now filed a law suit in federal court un San Araomo to try bu get the uger back Joined in the sud by fumier owner. Black, Caldwell Gal nu that due process was not served as they did not give him, the animal's actual owner, proper notice of the impending seizure “They messed up," Caldwell said "Not only did they tad lo notify ate but the wording un the writ ut possession is wrung as well *
The animal w as seized as being « violation of an ar amante that pruhibu* wild animals hum bring kept within 1,000 feet ut amititer residence. Black’s residence, where the animal was confiscated. is located in the area of Ii $ 281 and Texas 46. he said The men have produced a bill of sale dated May IO, 1991 in which Cadwell agrees to pay $20,UUU in $500 installment* far "ane dome* Heated, tame Bengal Tiger named Shards ** Caldwell has said that he will continue making the payments to Black even though the animal ha* been taken by authurtuct “He made his July payment by cashier s check." Black said “Friends is friends and business rn I’m dunking MWW going ahead and filing a sum agami hun (Caldwell) fur the whole $120,000 now since he doesn't have anural ut die cat *
The bill of sale states thai ’ai the time af death of the uger Thomas Caldwell agrees to return the