New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels, TexasHeralt -Zeitung
Vol. 89 - No. 24 June 12,1980 188 Pages — 25 Cents
City nixes resolution supporting chamber
By a 3-2 vote, City Council Monday defeated « resolution which would have supported tile Chamber of Commerce's position opposing new crushed stone
operations in Comal County.
Council members Max Winkler, Laverne Eberhard and O.A. (Skip) Stratemann Jr. voted against Mayor Pro Tern Barbara Tieken’s resolution backing the chamber’s position. Tieken and Councilman Joe Rogers cast the “aye” votes, and Councilman Gerald Schaefer was absent.
Feeling they do more environmental harm than economic good, the chamber’s board of directors at its May 13 meeting voted to oppose establishment of any new rock
crushing plants along the Balcones Escarpment in the county. Council tabled action on the chamber resolution at its last meeting May 26.
Both Stratemann and City Attorney Irvin Boamet felt supporting the resolution could be interpreted as a violation of civil rights statutes, while Winkler argued the resolution had no place on the agenda.
Stratemann, who said he personally backed the resolution "IOO percent,” added he wasn't sure council had the right to take a stand on it.
“ITI stand on the street corner, ITI stand up in the tower of the Courthouse and express it all day long, but I don’t know whether we have the right to take this resolution on behalf of the city,” he said.
He read a section on civil rights liability from the Handbook for Mayor* amt Counciltnember* in Hoiue Hut# published by Texas
The handbook states a section of the
U.S. Code “makes all persons, coun-cilmembers included, personally liable for damages if their acts result in depriving others of their civil rights—whether or not such acts were made in good faith.” liability is not limited “to the direct infliction of physical injury to persons or property,” Stratemann read. Other public policy decisions could expose council members to a liability action, and the handbook cited an examine CITY, Page ZA
f _ Staff photo by John Sinter
A young diver springs off the board while executing sweltering heat drew many people to the spring fed
the proper form for an olympic belly-flop. Tuesday's swimming pool at landa Park,
Home delivery coming
Portions of New Braunfels will soon be having the HiraidZe it any delivered to their homes, circulation manager Jim I a* hi na ii said this week.
Selected areas of the city will receive home delivery beginning with the June 19 issue, and the entire city should be receiving the paper from a newspaper carrier instead of through the mail by July 24, Ixdunan said.
Stating he would begin interviewing young people interested in delivering the lh raidZeituny next week, tollman plans to divide the city into approximately 30 routes.
In addition, nine rural routes will serve the entire county except for the Fischer area, which will continue to receive the paper through the mail, he indicated.
Young people ages 12 and older may apply for a route in the city, Lehman said. Rural routes will necessitate
hiring adults, since they must be handled by car, he added.
The Hi raid Zeituny will become a daily publication Sunday, Aug. 3. ljehmun said he hoped by that tune the home delivery system would be in full operation.
Home delivery will be a boon to areas in the county that currently don’t receive the newspaper until the day after publication, he indicated.
I .etui tan said the circulation department initially plans to install delivery tubes free of charge to rural residents.
The Herald Zntuny * first circulation manager, Lehman is a native of New York City. A Navy veteran, the 37-year-old Lehman served as zone manager for the San Antonio iiyht for seven years before joining the Herald Zeituny.
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Commuters concerned about the high cost of fuel have an ally in the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation.
As an energy conservation measure, the department has opened two parking lots here for use by individuals who car pool.
A lot with 48 spaces is located south of town at FM 482 and IH 35. This area is for persons going to San Antonio.
Another lot for individuals car pooling to Seguin, San Marcos and Austin has been opened at Canyon Middle School. This area has space for 30 vehicles.
Eventually lights will be installed at both locations.
“We encourage people who car pool to go to these locations and leave their car rather than a driver traveling around town picking up riders,” Bob Hasert, district engineer with the highway department, said.
Hasert said the lots have been open for one and one-half weeks, but few persons have discovered them to date. He acknowledged some car-poolers park at other locations such as the Walnut Square parking lot, which is all right, “but we feel some are not pooling yet.”
The engineer stressed the department is not building the lots to compete with people in the parking business.
A lot at IH 35 and FM 1604 was one of the first built by the department as an energy conservation measure, he said. Originally it had space for 45 vehicles. Growing use made it necessary to double the size.
Such lots are in service in all cities surrounding San Antonio, Hasert said, and plans are to construct another lot at FM 3009 (Natural Bridge Caverns Road) and IH 35 where many persons now park at a business establishment.
Car pool parking lot at FM 482 and IH 35 South has space for 48 cars
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•» » ' i AFive charter amendments on city ballot
Local voters will do more than just decide City Council races Aug. 9, as fluoridation and four other amendments to the city charter also will be on the ballot.
Council members Monday approved the ordinance placing these items on the Aug. 9 ballot.
At the urging of Councilman Gerald Schaefer, council voted last Nov. 26 to ask city voters whether or not they wanted fluoridation of the city water supply. Introducing fluoride into the water would help harden children’s teeth and lessen their chances for having cavities, two dentists said at that meeting.
Although fluoridation has received more
publicity, council members apparently consider passage of Amendment IV as their number one priority. That amendment would allow newly elected council members to take office one month after election.
Currently, council members are elected in August but take office in November. As a result, a defeated or retiring council member would serve as a lame duck for three months before being replaced.
Amendment IV would change that. It would provide that newly elected council members take office the first meeting of the month following the election.
If that amendment passes, council members would take office Sept. 8 instead of Nov. IO.
‘‘Amendment IV is the primary reason we’re asking the charter be amended,” Mayor Donnie Seay said.
Council elections were held on the second Tuesday in September until 1976. In 1975, the 64th legislature passed a law (which became effective July 1,1976) standardizing dates for municipal elections. As a result, city elections were shifted to the nearest permissable date—the second Saturday in August.
The change concerning when council members take office is also incorporated into
Amendment III, which states that council members shall be elected by majority (rather than plurality) vote.
Amendment ll is a housekeeping item dealing with the same subject. The charter currently provides for city elections on the second Tuesday in September, although the legislature’s action made that point moot.
Amendment II would change that provision to read that council elections be held “in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas regulating the holding of municipal elections."
Amendment I would change the manner in which the council fills vacancies. Currently, the council can either call a special election or
merely proceed with the vacancy if it occurs less than 60 days from a regular election.
If passed, Amendment I would allow council to appoint a successor to fill the vacancy until the next regular election.
“Amendment I bothers me,” Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Tieken said. Tieken, who cast the only “no” vote against the ordmance calling the charter election, felt a council appointee would have a built-in advantage at the next election.
Special elections are expensive, and most cities appoint someone to fill vacancies, City Manager E.N. Delashmutt said. Appointing to fill a vacancy fills it more quickly, he added.