New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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PEC chief scolds 'Pedernales Posse' organizers
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Perdernales Electors Cooperative (PEC) President Walter Burnett said recently that PEC critics have been “unfair and irresponsible” in attacks on employees of the state's largest cooperative.
Burnett aimed his criticism at Bill Collier and Jim Dwyer Collier is the editor of the Highlander, a weekly newspaper based in Marble Falls. Dwyer is a Kyle businessman, and both are leaders in a
group calling themselves “Pedernales Posse.”
The Posse is a group organized to fight for control of the PEC, and the election of two new directors at the June 20 annual membership meeting of the cooperative.
Burnet said, “For several weeks, I have sat back while these two have made our employees — the vast majority of whom are hard working, dedicated and courteous — the brunt of unfair and irresponsible attacks for alleged poor service and rude behavior. But it’s all innuendo and thev
have no facts to back up their charges.
“Those of us on the board of directors take the job knowing that we ll have to make some tough decisions and be subject to some criticism,” Burnett said. “However, our employees shouldn’t have to be subjected to this mudslinging by those who want to take control of the cooperative for their own end."
“I don’t know what we’ve ever done to
See PEC, Page SAToday's Weather
It will be partly cloudy today and tonight, then cloudy Friday morning, returning to partly cloudy skies by the afternoon. Winds will be from the southeast at 10-15 mph today, near IO mph tonight and near 15 mph Friday. Sunset will be at 8.27 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 6:31 am.CISD Letters
The controversy which currently surrounds the Comal Independent School District resulted in three letters for our “Mailbag” section. Included is the letter from students in an advanced English class at Canyon High. That letter, which was mentioned in yesterday’s edition, appears in its entirety. See Page 4A.
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Vol. 92 - No. 109
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(LISPS 377 880*White hedges on new session
AUSTIN i AP) Gov. Mark White says there is no use in calling lawmakers back to town for a special session until he has some assurance they will support his plans.
There s no sense to keep them after class just to be liard-headed about it,” White told reporters Wednesday at his regular weekly news conference “I am certainly not going to call one ta special session > until the Legislature is prepared to take action in some of these areas.”
A pay raise for schoolteachers financed by a tax on luxury items White s pct project failed during the regular session, and the governor said he needs tune to try to build new support for it.
He said when he visited the House and Senate Monday night just before adjournment of the 140-day regular session, “I had many of them who’d suggested we shouldn't do it at this tune tell me tliat they would Im* willing to do it as soon as we could, and I Hunk more and more people w ill be coming to that postion."
In the meantime, White denied that a special session was mandatory this summer to address three other major issues left hanging by the legislature the possible end of the Texas Employment Commission, a statewide water plan, and a brucellosis control bill.
I he IEC required a bill to keep it operating because of the state’s “Sunset” law designed to reduce bureaucracy, but the bill was killed by a deadlock between the House and Senate on the last day of the session. According to the law. the TEC must begin closing down Sept. I unless the legislature takes action.
“I don’t think that's as harsh a deadline as some people think.” White said “They have a continuation built into that Sunset process," which gives tile agency one year to disband
Other unfinished business of the regular session included a bill that would have brought Texas into compliance with U.S. brucellosis control standards. It failed in the Senate while federal author ties were trying to impose a quarantine on Texas cattle, and a statewide water plan that White supported died in a conference committee late in tile session.
Despite that, White, who was asked repeatedly about the possibility of calling lawmakers back into session, insisted, “I don't want to say we’re going to have a summer session.
“We're going to wait and see what tile court action is on brucellosis The TEC has a phase-out plan which would foreclose their going out abruptly on the first of September,” White said
These two Lartda Park ducklings came into the world in front of a curious crowd of duck lovers. At right, Stefanie Schoenvogel lends a hand to one of the ducklings that was having a struggle getting out of its shell (that’s its beak poking out of that strange looking mass). Above, it doesn t take long for the newcomers to the park to be ready for their first swim. After that comes the most important lesson learning tile best places to go for handouts from picnickers
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Irvine named football coach, athletic director at SVHS
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees met in executive session W ednesday night, arid hired Stall Irvine as athletic coordinator and football coach for Smithson Valley High School. Irvine is currently on staff there as a coaching assistant
The following teachers were hired by the board: Arian Hermes, math, SVHS; Susan Hermes, language arts, SVHS; Roberta Williams, special resource instructor, Canyon Middle School; Wendy Ketnke. choir, CMS; Paul Kennady, math, Canyon High School; Karen Stephens, Spanish, CHS; and Carol Brummer, math, CMS
The board also set June 14 for a special open meeting at 7:30 pin. at the CIS!) Central Administration Building. An executive session will follow the meeting, and CIS!) Supt Edgar Willhehn said Thursday, “Hopefully, we ll hire a principal for Bulverde Middle School after that one ”
Another GSI) position still vacant for next year is that of district math coordinator, Willhclm said Dr Virginia Post was hired after the May 24 meeting as district reading coordinator for next year She was formerly one of three assistant CISD superintendents
WiUhelin said Post's salary will U- “around $24,500 under tilt* state plan, plus local supplement, and will be based on her years of experience
Smith's mismanagement charge off base, chief appraiser says
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Charges made by a former employee of the Comal County Central Appraisal District took the district administrator quite by surprise.
Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks, after reading a story in Wednesday’s Herald Ze/tung about the resignation of la*vel I appraiser Michael Smith, said he didn t know wily Smith chose to handle things the way he did
“Mike never indic ated to us that he was unhappy about anything not to tiiat extent.” said Brucks “I’ve checked with his supervisor (head appraiser Werner Row ald I and he w as really kind of surprised
Smith walked out Tuesday, after 13 months on the job He told the Herald Zeitung that there was a serious lack of management in the appraisal office;
tfuil most of the appraisers were aware of it, and that Brucks had “laughed off " Row aid's attempts to talk to him about the problems they were having Smith also implied a power struggle between Brucks and U*vel IV appraiser Patricia Fox, who doubles as an administrative assistant to tile chief appraiser
Brucks denied all tiie.se claims in a telephone interview Thursday morning “We don’t have any kind of power struggle over here I’m in charge, and everybody knows it I don’t laugh off anybody 's comments or anything “If somebody makes a suggestion, that doesn t necessarily mean it’ll be done the way you want it," he added.
He also took exception to Smith's claims that the l‘J83 tax roll, now being printed for distribution to the various school and city tax offices, is a “totally botched, hurry-up job ”
Brucks agreed tile roll was produced hurriedly.
We couldn't help that Rut I think it’s still a very accurate roll, in spite of everything.” he said I think tins w ill bear out when we get it to the taxing entities I just don’t think we ll have the problems we were looking at last year "
Even ii there are mistakes (and there probably will I** senile, Brucks admits), the appraisal office and tile taxing jurisdictions will have tune to work them out
This wasn’t the case last year, when tin* final roll didn t come out until November, and tax notices for Comal County and the Comal Independent School District were- already more than a month overdue.
Brucks pointed out that Mike Smith was "a new employee.” and had come to Comal County straight out of school Maybe he really didn't know what to expec t in a job,” he said
See APPRAISAL, Page HA
New state park to open Friday
Garden Ridge police eye construction sites
Garden Ridge suffered a $2,000 house burglary and a lumber theft in May. Police Chief Walter Pardaen thinks both crimes were construction-related The lumber, approxunately $320 worth, wa* found missing from a construction site on Gloxinia Drive. Pardaen and Comal County Sheriff’s investigators think it was probably an inside job.
The wood was sitting some distance from the curb, Pardaen said, and the ground was muddy. Someone
apparently laid planks across the mud, to keep the vehicle from sinking under the weight of the stolen lumber, and backed onto the site And Gloxinia is a dead-end street.
“This was done by someone who knew that lumber was there,” was the conclusion.
And he thinks a recent burglary was committed by someone who knew the lady of the house wasn't there. She doesn't work, said Pardaen, but she was
gonefrom ll a.rn to 2 pm that day When she came bac k. her television was gone along with quite a few oilier items Oddly enough, there’s a construction project going on next door.
Pardaen iias talked to builders working in the city. The problem he found is that budding companies
See GARDEN RIDGE, Page 8A
Texans lined up at tile entranc e to the Guadalupe River State Park in Wednesday, but tile gate never opened.
Hut it will be open at 8 a iii Friday, said summer clerk Jinn Schrocder,
The park, located off Texas 4l> on the Comal-Kendall County line, was scheduled to open for business on June I. That start was delayed two days, as wheels turned rn the State Parks and Wildlife Department.
“We’ve been waiting for a final okay from Austin,” Schroedei said at ll a.m. Thursday We just got it about IO minutes ago “ Meanwhile, the phone has been ringing off the wall.
“We got about 40 calls yesterday. They were trying to make reservations," Schroeder said. “Of course, we couldn’t tell them anything ”
This afternoon, the office could at least give callers a time and date But no reservations will be taken until the park officially opens Friday morning, Schroeder said
This newest addition to Hic- state park system consists of I,IHM) acres of Texas Hill Country, with four miles of Guadalupe River frontage It will offer good canoeing.
Campgrounds on tile south side range from primitive sites to recreational vehicle areas, with water and electrical hookups and playgrounds for children The 2,000-acre Honey Creek Preserve, owned and maintained by the Texas Nature Conservancy, adjoins the park on the east side The Conservancy, a private organization supported by voluntary donations, is presently restoring an old ranch house just inside the park This will be used as a Honey Creek visitor center, and will serve as headquarters for guided tours of the preserve.
The Guadalupe River State Park has been under construction for eight years The project suffered a setback in tile flood of 1978, which destroyed many of the large cypress trees along the river bank