New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Appraisal district keeps Brucks
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The June board meeting has come and gone, and Glenn Brucks is still head of the Comal County Appraisal District.
Board member Charles lewis' motion to put County Tax Assessor Gloria Clennan in charge went down 3-2, with chairman I>eroy Goodson casting the tiebreaker. Arnold Moos Sr. sided with Ix'wis. Directors Glyn Goff and George Erben voted ‘ nay .”
I^wis didn t seem surprised. He had predicted last weekend that the vote would go this way. But he felt honor-bound, as
chairman of an ad hoc investigative committee, to put the committee’s recommendation on the floor.
The committee met last on May 6. It decided 8-2, with one member abstaining, that the present district operation under Glenn Brucks was a mess, and that Clennan was the one to clean it up.
The recommendation was to have the county tax assessor take over on a contract basis, and devote part of her time to administering the central appraisal operation. This would be separate from the county tax office proper, operated under a separate
budget, and would still be under the control of the Appraisal District Board of Directors.
The committee presented its findings on May 16, along with a minority report from Glyn Goff and a rebuttal statement from Brucks. The matter was tabled for further study.
Brucks' wife and six of his employees came to hear the final vote on Monday night.
Goodson gave two reasons for his deciding ‘nay.”
In committee meetings, Clennan had estimated she could cut Brucks’ proposed 1984 budget ($476,9021 by $146,000 “But
what if she can’t?” said Goodson.
If Clennan’s estimate fell short, which often happens with a heretofore-untried venture, then she’d be coming to the board for more money. If she couldn't get it, the county might end up absorbing the cost.
The fact that the county tax assessor is an elected official presents another problem. Unlike Coff, Goodson didn’t seem worried about the “effect of the ballot box” on appraised property values. But suppose Clennan didn’t get re-elected, and her
See APPRAISAL, Page 12
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re-elected to board
A record crowd gathers at the PEC election in Johnson City Monday
By SANORA JACKSON Staff writer
Two of Pedemales Electric Cooperative’s incumbent directors were re-elected to the board of directors Monday, but not without a run for their money from the "Pedemales Posse”.
The posse is a Marble Falls-based group of PFC members who are trying to gain control of the PFC by ousting seated directors and replacing them with citizens of their choice.
At the annual general membership meeting held at Johnson City, O. C. Harmon of Dripping Springs retained his seat in District IV by a vote of 2991 to 2684 for Gene Vinyard of lakeway.
Uke wise. District V incumbent M. C Winters of Johnson City bested challenger George Wentsch of Blue lake Fstates by a vote of 2983 to 2696.
The directors will each serve three year terms
Fight hundred seats were available in the gymnasium of Lyndon B Johnson High School, where Ute meeting had been moved after it became evident that the PFC headquarters would not hold the crowd A large number of those in attendance found standing room only, when 960 co-op members showed up for lite controversial election A total of 4.724 proxy votes were also tabulated at the election
This is in sharp contrast to last year's meeting, when only 215 members were present and 885
members voted by proxy The order of business w as rearranged by the board president. Judge W W Burnett, and voting was tile first item handled at the 2 p rn. meeting. After ballots were cast, hundreds »if people left the meeting. A few other items of business were handled. but it soon became necessary to recess the meeting for over an hour while votes were tabulated.
Supporters of Uh* posse candidates cheered w hen they heard how close they came to unseating the incumbent directors Advisory directors C F. Williams of loamier, representing District I. and Harold Kongabel of Iago Vista, District ll, wert* re-elected without opposition. At the meeting, Burnett announced tin* appointment of Val Smith, an Fxxon dealer from Blanco, to fill the advisory director vacancy created when Boland Frben of Canyon Uike was moved from advisory director to voting director, doe to the retirement of \\ arret! Smith General Manager Bennie Fuelberg reviewed the past year’s progress of the Texland Electric Co. for the audience Texland was formed by the PFC and its sister cooperative, the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, in an effort to provide an alternate source of energy, other than the Uiwer Colorado River Authority.
See PFC, Page 12
Shuttle astronauts cool satellite for experiments
CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla (AP) - The shuttle commander turned Challenger's cargo bay from sunlight to shadow and back today, seeking thermal protection for a satellite needed during Wednesday rendezvous maneuvers. As the mission hit its midpoint, ground crews began landing rehearsals in Florida.
A NANA pilot traced tin* shuttle’s approach path acruss the state and controllers told the astronauts “We've got some ibadi weather
at the Cape today. We think that's a good omen you’ll have good weather on Friday.”
Today was an unusually quiet day rn orbit, with the astronauts preparing for Wednesday's attempt to steer the shuttle to a rendezvous with the West German scientific satellite known as SPAS A satellite computer registered a high temperature early today, and Mission Control directed the crew to shut down several experiments and turn the shuttle belly-up,
placing the pay load in the cold shadows.
After several hours. West German payload managers reported that one of the SPAN instruments was getting too cold, and controllers instructed commander Robert Cnppen to again face the cargo bay toward the sun.
“We're sure it will work okay tomorrow,” ground coiiununu ator Terry Hart told Crippen earlier.
In Ute last important test of the mission.
astronauts Sally K. Ride and John Fabian are to grasp the 3.300-poind satellite with the shuttle's robot arm and release it overboard as a free-flying spacecraft on Wednesday While it is free, Cnppen and pilot Rick Hauck will practice approaching it in a rehearsal for a satellite retrival and repair mission planned next year.
The computer apparently overheated while operating for hours in the sunlight of space, where temperatures reach 250 degress
Farenhcit. Iii the darkness, readings drop as low as 215 degrees below zero.
Without the computer, the Wednesday exercise would have to be cancelled.
Fabian and Ms. Ride, meanwhile, were busy running samples through a pharmaceutical experiment that could eventually pi oduce new drugs for treating disease Ms. Ride explained flow protein is electrically separated from certain substances as they are passed from tile bottom to tile top of a six-foot tube
Chamber honors airman for community service
For tile first time, a military man from Randolph Air Force Base* lias received Ha* Chamber of Conunerce President’s Award in Ila? field of community service
Chief Master Ngt Emilio Serrano, accompanied by his wife Virginia, was recognized Monday by the Chamber's board of directors His formal recognition won’t come, however, until the Chamber’s annual banquet next January when Ie will recieve a plaque Fat Ii year the Chamber gives this award to individual (or individuals! for outstanding voluntary service in a specific field of civic endeavor Serrano, who will retire next month from a 38-year career in the Air Force, was honored for being “one of the key individuals at Randolph Air Force Base
involved in tile Chamber's Airman of the Quarter program "
This program is designed to encourage good relations between area military bases and New Braunfels, (in a quarterly basis tile Chamber awards an expense-paid weekend in New Braunfels to an airman and las wife
We know first hand of your personal involvement in this activity over the last five years since you have joined with us fur nearly every one of the quarterly programs.” Chamber president Doniue Seay told Serrano “Your efforts as Senior Enlisted Advisor have furthered the excellent relations enjoyed by Randolph Air Force Base and New Braunfels,” Seay continued “As you coni tide over 30 years of dedicated service
to our country, we want to honor you for your coiiunumly service contributions to New Braunfels ”
Serrano, who serves as senior enlisted advisor for the 12th Flying Training Wing at Randolph, is one of a few out-of-tow tiers to rel ieve the local president s award.
At one lime, someone from the Texan Institute of Texas Cultures was named for this award for tile assistance the institute gave to the Chamber'* annual Heritage Exhibit Another time, the seven Tun-mermann sisters of Geronimo were cited with this same honor All other recipients of the president’s award have gone to local people Nominations for the award come from a
See AWARD, Page 12
It will be partly cloudy and warm today and Wednesday, turning to fair skies tonight Winds will be southeast near IO mph today and tonight, becoming easterly at IO mph by Wednesday Sunset will be at 8 24 pm, and sunrise Wednesday will be att :3l am
Trouble in Roland
Riot police broke up a demonstration in Wroclaw, Poland, just hours after Pope John Paul II blawed the workers’ “thirst for justice” before an estimate one million people who jammed a racetrack to hear the Pontiff’s massage Bee Pape J
Golf series Alternatives
An out-of-control golfer will see more trees than a lumberjack at the By DEBBIE DeLOACH
Woodlands Country Club golf Staff writer
course. The fairways are narrow,
the woods lining the nine-hole course By now, alternative punishment is unforgiving. Sports, Page S. old hat in Comal County But there are
new concepts on the horizon, and
CLASSIFIED............SU Adult Probation Officer Jack
COMICS................7-S Williamson, his assistant Steve
CROSSWORD .........7 Mardoch, and County Court-at-laiw
DEAR ABBY ........7 Judge Ron Zipp are going to be ready.
DEATHS.................12 To make double sure they’re ready,
HOROSCOPE..............7 the trio, along with tonner City At-
OPINIONS................4 torney Irvin Boarnet, went to the
SPORTS..............$-16 6 National Institute for Sentencing
STOCKS ................12 Alternatives in Boston June 13,14 and
TV LISTINGS..............7* Those attending the conference,
WEATHER ............2 sponsored by Brandeis University,
were accepted only as teams Each
New concepts may cut down overcrowding in prisons
team had to have a representative from the probation field, prosecution and judicial branches, and Williamson said, "We were the only team from Texas there Williamson called alternative punishment “the wave of the future ” Comal County has been riding that crest for at least a year and a half The seminar has planted the seed fojr expansion, though, which mean* more non-profit organizations as work stations and greater public awareness “Alternative punishment can be used rn conjunction with jail time, or as part of an offender’s probation,” Williamson said “It is an alternative
to the overcrowding of our jails, and a way for an offender to repay Ila* community Uirough service to a nonprofit organization ”
Comal County is at the stage where the courts are involved, the prosecution is involved, and the adult probation office is involved “We are now looking to expand tile alternatives to the courts, and alleviate some over-crowding in our jails,” Williamson said. He added the situation had reached the proportions that some offenders were being paroled now, without laking one step inside the walls of the Texas Department of Corrections I TDC).
“TDC is saying, Gear up for
coiiunumly-base corrections, give it more teeth,' and the Adult Probation Con in 11 SM ai i is even getting more money,” Williamson said lit Comal County, Blere are 12-15 stations utilizing offenders “We certainly want to plug Ute Community Service Center, which even hired one of our people as a full-timer, and Ute Teen Connection, which now lias lite largest percentage, if not all, of our placements, ut an effort to be ready fur its opening,” Williamson said “We have used the l*mda Recreation Center, and the local law enforcement agencies have even participated But
See COURT, Page ll
Director Charles Lewis, left and Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks listen at the meeting.
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Chamber president Donnie Seay looks on as Chief Master Sgt Emilio Serrano receives the Presidents Award. With Serrano »s his wife, Virginia