New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in one section ■ Thursday. March 31.1994
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■ Vol. 142. No. IOO
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Pelt Cordova, Sr., Diana Marie Pent, Marty Keen, David Staler, Vernon Binder, Kenard Board, Audrey Dean, Felix Gallardo, FT. Gilbert, Brent dc Rebecca Harding, Dave Hochanadel, Queenie Howard, Janice McUavaine, Mary Wagner. Happy Anniversary lo Jose Juan & Teresa Duran (6 years!)
Mid-Texas Symphony sponsors Music Memory confest
The Mid-Texas Symphony Society is again proud to sponsor a Music Memory Contest for students of the 5th and 6th grades in New Braunfels and Seguin.
Contestants will identify IS classical woks and composers to qualify for awards.
Fust prize has been contributed by Schlitterbahn Water Park.
For information on date, time and requirements call Betty Lou Rushing at 625-6362 and leave message.
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Anyone interested in competing in the "wurst" barbecue competition in Texas should call Suzanne Herbelin at 625-9167 to sign up.
The Wurst Cook-Off and Dance is alated for Saturday, April 23 on the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park.
Entry fee is S50 per team for the first meat category, or $100 for two or three-meat categories. Cookers can also enter the side dish category for SIO.
After foe cook-off, Ro-Tel and the Hot Tomatoes will perform at Wursthalle.
Tickets will be $8 at the gate, or $6 in advance.
City offices to clos* for flood Friday
In observance of Good Friday and Founders Day, all city offices will be dosed on April I.
However, the city sanitation department will maintain garbage pick ups u scheduled.
For further information or assistance, call 608-2140 Mondays through Fridays from 7 am. to 4 p.m.
During weekends, leave a message on the recorder and foe dty office will return foe all during regular office hours.
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A Thankless Job
Officials swear by food prepared at county jail
By ROGER CROTEAU
Virginia Reed. Alice Miller and Ger iy Nolle have a thankless job. They are jail cooks, and everyone knows jail food is the pits. Or, maybe it isn’t. The folks that eat the food day in and day out, say the food at the Comal County Jail is just fine.
Working alone in a very small kitchen with just one old stove and four ovens, the three women prepare up to 450 meals a day for the inmates.
And by all accounts, they do a heck of a job of it too. “They take so much pride in their cooking, they make sure it tastes good, every meal, every day," said Assistant Jail Administrator Bill Collins.*
“I have no problem with it,” said Detention Officer Jimmy Ortiz, who eats the jail food almost every day. “Of course the inmates are always saying they don’t get enough, but every time an inmate who has been here a while leaves, he can’t fit into his clothes. They can’t snap their pants.’’
The meals Reed, Miller and Nolte prepare are even more impressive when you figure the annual budget for feeding the inmates is $155,000, or slightly more than $1 per meal.
For breakfast Wednesday, for example, the inmates were served pancakes, sausage, an egg, pineapple chunks, syrup, margarine, milk and coffee or tea.
At lunch, the three were busy cooking 40 pounds of ham, 50 pounds of yams and about 50 pounds of green beans to be served up on 103 plates for the inmates.
Then the food is rushed into food warmers and brought to the inmates in their day areas.
Dinner Wednesday was two hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, carrots, fruit, milk and
coffee or tea.
The menu is prepared by Belinda Bazan, a licensed dietitian at McKenna Hospital Inmates were not allowed to be interviewed for this article, but the jail staff is allowed to purchase the same meals for $2, and many do.
Ortiz said the chicken Parmesan, beef tips and tacos are all good, but the days when hamburger -potato casserole is served are the days he wishes he brought his own lunch. “Everything else is pretty good. It is definitely worth the $2.
You can’t go eat anywhere else for S2."
Detention Officer Mark Bryan said the chicken Parmesan and chopped barbecue sandwiches are his favorite meals, but “I like it all. Everything they make back there is good. There is nothing wrong with any of it. ”
“I wish you could talk to the inmates,” Collins said. "I honestly think most of them would tell you the food is fine.” “Corrections Officer Kermit Vetter said he normally brings his own lunch, but "When I do eat it, It’s always been good.” He singled out the King Ranch chicken, and like everyone else interviewed, the chicken Parmesan as his favorites.
“We eat it too, and we wouldn’t eat it if we didn’t like it,” Reed said
Herald Zeitung photos by JOHN HUSETH (Top photo) Comal County Jail cook Virginia Reed works hard to prepare groan beans for the day’s lunch. (Middle photo) Cooks Alice Millar (left), Gerry Nolte and Virginia Reed prepare up to 450 meals per day. (Bottom photo) Yesterday's lunch consisted of ham, yams and green
The women said the roast beef and chicken Parmesan arc the favorites among the inmates, while turkey loaf and gravy gets the most complaints.
But even though they know the meals are good, Reed, Miller and Nolte know they will hear complaints After all, the men and women locked up in the jail are not where they want to be, and they don’t have much to do but find things to complain about “Some of them would still complain if you served them T-bones and baked potatoes. They’d like it, but they’d still complain,”
McBride being held in Comal County Jail
By JENNIFER ROM PEL
Kirk Wayne McBride, 28, is being detained in the Comal County Jail after he was released from the Texas Department of Corrections last week.
According to Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer, McBride was released on March 25, but no notification was given to the sheriffs office.
“We got a call saying someone had seen him on the street,” said Bremer.
He was arrested after officers stopped him on a motorcycle. He was arrested for failure to maintain insurance and for not having a driver’s license for a motorcycle, according to Bremer
Bremer said McBride was then served with a warrant for the indictments he is under in Comal County. Those indictments are for the alleged aggravated sexual assault and kidnap
ping of a New Braunfels woman
The victim of the assault, which occurred in 1990, said she was not aware McBride had been released until she received a call from the sheriffs office.
“I wasn’t even aware he was out of jail until Monday,” she said.
She said she had been told by the prosecutor that McBride would not be paroled until 1995.
“One hour later, I found out he was out on the streets,” she said.
The woman said normally a victim is notified if a suspect is being released, however, since McBride’s conviction on the sexual assault case was overturned, the woman was not notified
“I was astounded when I found out. I am pleased that he’s not on the streets," she said.
McBride was released on mandatory supervision from the TDC.
Mandatory supervision requires that an inmate must be released if the time served and the inmate’s “good time” equal the length of the sentence.
When that occurs, by law, the TDC must release the inmate There is no decision to be made by the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Bremer said they did not expect McBride to be eligible for parole until May. He said the sheriffs office should have sent a teletype to the TDC requesting that McBride be detained.
However, he said the sheriffs office had sent several other items of paperwork to TDC, but it was later determined to be insufficient in order to hold McBride.
McBride’s case involves a rape that allegedly occurred in January 1990. He was convicted of the rape in August 1990 He was sentenced to four 99-year terms. The conviction was reversed in October 1992.
Seidel says he does not support sale of NBU
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
In an effort to clarify his comments during Tuesday’s budget meeting, Mayor Rudy Scidcl said he is not supporting the sale of New Braunfels Utilities.
During the meeting, Seidel discussed the amount of money the city could receive by selling the utilities. Seidel said he discussed those numbers only to justify the fact the city needs to receive mane money from NBU. He said no one on the city council supports selling NBU.
The city is expected to meet with the NBU Board of Trustees in April in order to discuss the possibility of the city receiving more funds from NBU.
The city is expected to ask NBU to transfer $350,000 into the city revenue for the 1994-95 budget. This payment would be in addition to the payment in lieu of taxes that the utilities is already obligated to provide.
NBU is expected to pay $1,115,000 to the city for a payment in lieu of taxes in the 1994-95 budget.
In the 1993-94 budget, the utilities provided the city with a transfer of $250,000. . . •
During Tuesday’s meeting, Seidel explained that NBU has assets of SS43 million. He said if the city got a 5 percent return on its investment in NBU, it would receive approximately $4.75 million. If the city received a 2.5 percent return, it would gain $2,375,000.
Last year the city received $1,088,120 plus the $250,000 transfer which is less than a 1.5 percent return, according to Seidel.
Seidel said Seguin receives $2 million from its utilities ami San Marcos receives $3 million. He said he wants New Braunfels to get a “half way decent return on its investment.”
Seidel said he had received several phone calls concerning the statements about selling NBU that were printed in Wednesday’s edition of the New Braunfels l/eralcl-Zeitung and were broadcast on a local radio station. He said he wanted residents to know the utilities is not for sale.
Council candidate Jim Mooney drops out of race
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
City Council candidate Jim Mooney, 69, has decided to drop out of the race for the city council at-large position.
Mooney announced Wednesday morning that he would not be running for the seat, which has been vacant since last fall.
Mooney said he decided not to run for council because he objects Jim Mooney against the closed and executive meetings conducted by the council.
“Ninety percent of these meetings are not necessary lf they close the doors to one citizen, they close the doors to me,’’ he said.
“I thought about it and milled it over in my mind,” said Mooney.
Mooney said he believes if he was involved rn the decision to hold executive sessions he could find himself in a catch 22 because he might be subject to recall for attending the meeting or would not get his views aired if he did not attend the meeting
“I cannot in all good conscience be part of the council meetings,” he said.
Mooney said he will continue to be a watchdog for the citizens of New Braunfels and will not withdraw from his interest in city politics.
Mooney will said he is running an advertisement in the Herald today further explaining his reasons for withdrawing from the race
Mooney announced his candidacy two weeks ago. At that time, he said he was running for the council seat in order to give answers to taxpayers.Buying? Selling? Look first in The Marketplac, Comal County's bargain center!