New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 9, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tuesday, March 9,1993
Serving Comal County • Home of Danny Ybarra
SO Cents Daily, 75 Cents Sunday
Vol. 141, No. 78
By ROSE MARIE EASH
Recently elected Constable E. L. “Bo* Boff of Precinct 3 has submitted his resignation, effective March!
“I feel a let down Uke I*ve let the people who voted for me down,’' said Eoff. "(The trouble is) with my personal retirement. There’s a disability claim attached to my early retirement that does not allow me to earn income other than my retirement.
"I was unaware of the restraint at the time (of the election.)"
According to Eoff, who serves the Spring Branch area, there is an outstanding claim on his early retirement as the result of a hearing loss test requited at his retirement
Until the claim is settled Eoff is not allowed to earn the kind of additional income his constable position provides.
Eoff has served the county for seventeen‘year* In his letter of resignation he said he could not accept any salary or benefits after March I, since his retirement benefits would begin on that date.
"My heart goes out to ^everyone who has helped me in the past and n^jiM all to the people who etaiisd me to the office I have held," Eoff said in his letter. “God blets you all."
According Tom Codette, administrative assistant for Commissioners Court, it is too late to add the position to the ballot for the May election and a special election cannot be called for constables according to •tate olection officials.'
Therefore, the Commis sionors Court will have to appoint a constable to servo until tho next general alec tion in November of 1994 — unless some other resolution can bo found, ho said.
According to Judge Carter Casteel the court was
exploring alternatives and would probably mak# £ decision on whether they would have to accept Boffs ra.lgnatl.nat ti, »»t
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Eoff hat racommondod that th# commissioners appoint Deputy Constat* Reagan F. Grounds, a cir tined peace officer and cor titled Emergency Medical
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Stalking bill given second reading
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-ZeRung
AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives voted Monday to approve the second reading of Senate Bill 25, anti-stalking legislation which defines stalking and provides punishment for those convicted of the crime.
The bill has one more reading in the House before returning to conference and ultimately back to the Senate for final approval.
State Rep. Brian McCall, R-Plano, addressed the house on behalf of SB 25 co-author State Sen. Mike Moncrief, D-Fort Worth, and told representatives that anti-stalking legislation was a necessity in Texas.
"Thirty-one states so far have passed similar measures," McCall said. "It’s high time that in Texas we said we will not tolerate this sort of behavior."
SB 25 defines stalking as repeated harassment by the stalker and.a threat of bodily harm or injury to a person, the person’s family or that person’s property.
Under the current wording of the bill stalking is defined as a trend of harassment that culminates with a violent incident or the threat of violence against the victim, although no violent incident need take place.
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin, said that for the bill to be successful, it must be well-defined and contain strong language.
"I want to get the strongest possible language we can get in this stalking bill,” Kuempel said. "I think it’s something that definitely needs to be corrected, and I think we need to be as strong as we can.”
Kuempel was responding to the foot that several representatives voiced their concerns over the wording of the bill, and said he understood how people might interpret the bill as being loose and full of implicit language.
He said people had concerns of exactly what stalking was and before final passage the wording of the bill needs to be tightened up.
One representative who voiced his concern that the bill too loosely defined stalk
ing was Rep. John Corona, R-Dallas "The language of this bill is so broad that while stalking is very legitimate concern, couldn’t it be construed that other instances... could in fact be designated as stalking,” Carona asked.
Practices such as repeated protesting on private property and certain forms of investigative journalism were mentioned as practices that could possibly fall into the category of stalking by definition of SB 25.
Other representatives voiced their concerns that SB 25 may have a chilling effect On a persons right to free speech or right to assemble, but McCall said the bill would have no such effect This bill embraces hilly the first amendment,” McCall said. "Free speech and the first amendment supersedes anything we do here, and so I think that’s firmly taken care of a well established.’
Kuempel said that regardless of the numerous different interpretations, the original bill that Moncrief introduced was in fact a good bill, and he felt confident that the House would ultimately come to a consensus on the wording.
Rep. Brian McCall
Guadalupe County law enforcement officials pud an automobile from the waters of Lake McQueeny early Sunday morning. Officials said Tuesday morning they had no Information on the vehicle, Wipied.
which was unoccupied. Photo by John Huseth.
City OKs first reading for $1,500 river fee increase
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zaltung
The New Braunfels City Council Monday approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance to increase user fees charged to river outfitters from $500 per year to $2,000 per year, plus an additional charge of $75 per vehicle used to transport their patrons.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommended the increase to council members in an effort to raise money for the maintenance of Cypress Bend Park.
Outfitters use the park ai a pick-up area to transfer their patrons back up the Guadalupe River, and the fees charged augment maintenance fonding for the park.
Mayor Clinton Brandt said he folt that raising the fee to $2,000 was a little drastic.
Brandt said ha agreed that the city could use the money, but he it concerned that the city council would ba jumping a permit fee almost four times as much as it was last year.
Parks Board Chairman Hal
Herbelin said the information gained from the outfitters was not sufficient to arrive at any detailed format for setting user fees.
■ The board established that th repairs to the park necessitated a fee increase, so they determined the monetary amount needed, and set the new fee pending a more detailed account of park activity.
"They (outfitters) are going to keep track this summer, every time the run a vehicle down there and haul ... people out, they are going to write this down and document some histoiy as to how many people they are pulling out of that park,” Herbelin said.
"At the and of the summer we’ll get this information from them then well use this to come back and get a city ordinance that we feel will accurately reflect the amount of use that is actually down thoro that will be fair to the outfitters and be fair
to the city."
Herbelin said the advisory
board will be monitoring the activity of the park during the summer to provide consistent
Bond advised to meet growth
By ROME MARIE BASH Heraltf-ZeHung
In last night’s workshop session, the Comal Independent School District board was advised that a bond issue will be required to accommodate the extraordinary growth the district
outs... or for every drop out you’ve got people moving in, and I don't believe that happens.” Hamer was referring to the continued and projected growth in the western half of the district
"Your growth it rosily incredible in some of
According to tho demographic study corned by the board to determine build-
these upper grades,” said Dennis D. Hamer of Hamer and Associates. "Even in the high schools, these families are moving in with these kids. The really startling thing about this district are these high school retention
rates. IVe never, ever, seen high school retention rates this high. You dont nave any drop-
ing requirements, the economic growth of San Antonio will have a significant impact on the district over the coming years.
Sinaia family housing unite have increased significantly throughout tha district and a groat percentage of the residents work in San Antonio.
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Krueger second candidate to enter CISD board race
Dan Kruager, district manager for food service for Hobart Corporation, Alod as a candidate for the Comal Independent School District board of trusteas yesterday.
Kruager has children in the district and live* on Cly etal Springs Band in Groans.
Kruager is th# second candidate to file for two open petitions on the C18D board. William Hays, Jr. and Leroy Goodson, whose terms sxpirs this
year, have indicated they will announce their decision on running for ro-clection at next week’s board masting.
The ether announced candidate is John Clay, golf professional and manager of the Northcliff Country Club. Clay also has children in the district. He lives on Garden North Drive in
The deadline for filing is 5 p.m.
Tha New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday withes to Jennifer Webb, Alma Villein, Amulfo Villein, Cy Chapt, Rosa Ann Morales, Kathy Puntermuehl, Rosa Morales and Rey ss Medellin Jr.
Anniversaiy wishes to Antonio and Rota Landin. Belated Birthday greetings go to Clobii Cayse, Tommy Ortis.
The Edan Heights Apartments Tanante Association it sponsoring a patio rummage salt from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at 827
Items available include iinaw punks, decorative items, words and Many residents will also have items for aids. Benefits
a ski exerciser
from the sale will go into tho Association’s fond for activities.
Canyon High School Swiiors are sslUrgf umbrellas as afimd-raising project to help fiind Preset Graduation.
Linda Snider is available for more information about buying the umbrellas at 825-8251.
’n** Ntw Braunftl* Community Choral* will matt At 7 p m. 1W day, March 9 in th* FViaubhip Roam at th* Bdan Hmm.
SY vs. Canyon
Smithson Valley and Canyon meat tonight in their first meeting on the softball field at Smithson Willey Middle Schools. For a preview into the two squad's district seasons, please aaa Sports, Page 5.