New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Rory Hughes, Espi Torres, Michael Young, Nancy David (Monday), Ruby Sasse (Monday), Paula Villanueva (Monday), Jeanne Daniels, Helen Peterson, Johnnie Rockefeller. Happy Anniversary to Cathleen & Joel Rivard.Canyon Llft-a-Thon, Spring banquo! on tap
The Canyon Athletic Booster Chib's Annual Lift-i-Thon and Patron drive for the 1994-95 school year is currently under way. Cougar athletes will be participating in die Lift-a-Thon today at 6:30 p jn. in the Cougar Den. Supporters can signup as a member and guarantee tickets for next year.
The Canyon Spring Sports Banquet is scheduled for May 12 at 7 pm in the CHS Commons. Awards for the spring sports, scholarships ■id athletes of the year will be presented. Meal tickets are available at the CHS office with the cost being $5 for adults and $1 for students. Tickets should be purchased in advance.
Optimist Club to moot
The New Braunfob Optimist Chih will meet Monday, May 16 ■
Finkel's Salad Bv A Grill at 6:30 pm The guest speaker will be Keith Warren, The Texas Angler," outdoors rohwmtft for die Herald-Zeitung who has a program on KMOL channel four.
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The New Braunfels chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers will host a food drive on Saturday, May 14 to help stock food banks in New Braunfels.
Donations will be asked for in the form of non-perishable food in a sack near their mailboxes before mail is delivered on Saturday, May 14 so that respective letter carriers may pick up donations on their routes.
City mayor Rudy Seidel proclaimed Saturday at "Food Drive Day" in New Braunfels.
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The New Braunfels Historic Landmark Commission will hold their regular meeting on Thursday, May 12 at 8:30 am. in the New Braunfels Municipal Building, Conference RoomC.
Among items to be discussed at the meeting are the nomination and election of officers, update bom the promotion committee on historic landmvk icicles, consideration of other press opportunities, and review and comparison of historic orth-twees.
For more information, contact the city secretary at 606-2100.
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The final concert of the Plaza Kites series will be held Thursday, May 19 on the Plau featuring "Rosie > Los Muchachos."
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RonsldZlpp of the Breeklael Lions Club presents 8flL Jimmy Cestllo with the Lewmsn of the Year ptaque et this momlnfl's presentation.
New Braunfels Breakfast Lions honor Sgt. Jimmy Castillo
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The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club honored Sgt Jimmy Castillo of the New Braunfels Police Department this morning by presenting him the Ed Murphy Memorial award for the Lawman of the Year.
Cadillo, who has been a police officer for 33 years, thanked the Lions for presenting him the a ward
T was thinking about when I first started . .We had to learn from scratch. I worked for officers who were as old as I am now. I used to wonder why those officers were doing that kind of work at that age," be said.
T enjoy working for the community. Whatever I have learned in law enforcement, I have learned bere,*' said Castillo.
Castillo. 56, began working for the police department in 1961 as a dispatcher. He later became a patrolman and was promoted to sergeant In 1970, he was promoted to lieu-teoart for one year and after a new chief was named he was again placed in the sergeant’! position. He worked in Austin us Capitol policeman for three months and then returned to New Braunfels as a patrolman and wu again promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Lion! Club member Ronald Zipp, chairman of the selection committee, presented the award to Cadillo. Zipp explained tim the award wu named for Ed Murphy, an officer who worked for the Comal County Sheriff a Office. Murphy died in the line of duty while riding in a helicopter and trying to apprehend a burglary suspect.
The award bu been presented for the last
15 years and honors the distinguished officers who have served the community well, said Zipp.
Timmy Castillo believes in protect and serve. The mort important part of his service u a police officer is his reputation for being feir," said Zipp.
“He is a people person. He hu opted not to advance in Ha career because he wants to be on the street. He wants to be on the beat and to be dealing one to one with people,*' Zipp said.
Castillo is a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church where he works with the Christian Youth Organization. He hu been presented with awards from the Woodmen of the World, Mexican-American Society, New Braunfels Eagles, and Knights of Columbus. He is also active whit the Crime Watch.
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Council approves $11.6 million budget
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The New Braunfels City Council approved a $11.6 million budget for the 1994-95 fiscal year.
The council voted unanimously Monday to approve the budget and levy the tax rate. Council members also heard comments concerning the budget from citizens.
New Braunfels resident Christine Douglas expressed her concern about the number of police officers expected to be hired in the next fiscal year.
“There have been no new officers hired at the New Braunfels Police Department ainee 1988, even though this area bu grown in population and
tourism has grown. During the summer, the population grows to perhaps 100,000. There are so few police officers,'* said Douglas.
Douglu explained that she wu disturbed by the fact that six new fireman will be added and only three new police officers will added.
“I believe if you canvassed the public, more people have needed the service of police officers than have need services of firemen and EMS,'' said Douglu.
Jim Mooney also spoke to the council. Mooney congratulated Mayor Rudy Seidel for getting more money from the New Braunfels Utilities. However, he expressed some concern over the new system for the NBU transfer.
The new plan allows the city to receive IO percent of the gross revenues from the utilities.
Mooney told the council that if NBU does not make money the dty will get 10 percent of nothing.
Ute new city budget allows for the addition of the following personnel: three police officers, a warrant officer, a municipal court clerk and six fireman to man foe County Line fire station.
It also allows for the purchase of a street sweeper, pneumatic toller, a copy machine, carpet for the library and roof repairs at foe library.
Also fonded will be improvements to several city streets, construction to make restrooms at Lands Park meet American with Disabilities Acts
requirements and a 3.2 percent raise for all city employees.
“I feel like we have a very good budget this year,’* said Seidel. “We have been able to add many things.’’
“We did this because we have a good staff,*' said District 4 Council Member Paul Fraser. "The staff decided to get in there and find this money. We can't do all things for everybody in one year, but we are moving doser.''
In other business, the council canvassed the results of the May 7 election and presented certificates of election to the winners.EUWD issues single-member voting planFormat approved in order to avoid one-person, one-vote
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Comal County seniors receive special graduation gift
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Senior students from across Comal County received a special graduation gift Monday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Texas business legend Walter Hailey spoke to students from Canyon, Smithson Valley and New Braunfels high schools. Hailey’s program wu a gift from the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club to the students of New Braunfels.
Hailey is a business leader and founder of Planned Marketing Associates He conducts motivational seminars at his ranch in Hunt. He presented an abbreviated seminar to senior
‘You need to take what you can get and do what you can with it,” said Hailey.
Hailey told the group he wu going to qpeak to them u if he wu their grandfather and
this wu the lap time he would see them.
“Be happy, do everything you can to be happy and focus on the important things," he said.
“There bu never been a time in the history of America when we have had as much money in America as we do today," said Hailey. "Nobody can be out of work if he wants to work. You better get yourself educated and get yourself some of it (money).
‘You have to make the decision not to be poor and not to be mediocre. Get yourself reedy to go out there and have a good life,” he said.
‘You will not have a problem getting a job if you prepare yourself I am telling you to learn to love yourself... The fact that you are here ii a miracle."
Hailey asked the students to promise never to let anyone make them think less of themselves.
“Don’t let anybody ever cause you to think less of yourself. . . Don’t hang around with turkeys. Remember birds of a feather flock together. . .I want you to take awful good care of yourself, lf you are running around with somebody who is drunk all the time, gets on drugs or talks badly, get away from them," he said ‘Take care of yourself and your self will take care of you.
Hailey also encouraged students to find a higher power, love their fellow man and find a work they can love.
“The opposite of success is being unhappy. Find a profession you can love," said Hailey. "Find yourself a mentor who hu done what you want to do.
“You’ve got to decide that you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. I want everyone in this group to decide to make something of themselves. Don’t fly with turkeys, fly with eagles.’’
The issue of one-person, one-vote raised its head again this last week as the representatives of foe Edwards Underground Water District and other parties worked out a settlement to avoid this type of representation.
The parties agreed to a single-member district format for foe 12-member EUWD board, six from San Antonio, and three each from Comal and Hays counties.
“Our goal is to insure that the area’s diverse economic base is well served by the District, and that we represent the diverse cultural mix of the area equally well,” said Jo Ann De Hoyos, EUWD Chairperson, in a prepared statement Friday. “This is best accomplished when people are afforded the opportunity to vote for their representation."
The settlement stemmed from al991 lawsuit filed by minority plaintiffs who argued the current system of at-large election violated voting rights.
EUWD officials wanted to avoid foe one-person, one-vote process, which would give San Antonio an overwhelming majority on the board because members would be elected by overall population in the district.
“You've got a million people over there. What have we got?” said Kenneth Heels, treasurer of the EUWD from Comal County. “...This a special purpose district and u such, the one-person, one-vote does not apply."
De Hoyos added that this type of representative process “would have likely stripped individuals and groups of any input into area water policy."
The new policy would likely insure more minority representation on the board of directors. If approved by the Justice Department, the policy would also move the election date to foe second Tuesday in November, a more well-known election date than the current third Saturday in January.
Comal County will still have three members on the board They would be elected in single-member districts instead of by an at-large process as they are now. This type of process would give more opportunity for more minority members.
Organizations such as the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund have voiced concerns regarding minority representation and the election process. They oppose appointed boards.
The Justice Department, at MALDEF’s request, blocked the legitimacy of the Edwards Aquifer Authority because the board members would have been appointed, nine members from eight counties including Comal.
The new authority, created by the state legislature in the last session, would have, in affect, taken control of the EUWD.
“We don’t have a problem with Hispanics or the Voting Rights Act," said County Judge Carter Casteel said in a prior interview concerning the issue. "Where we have a problem is if we go to one-person, one-vote, San Antonio would get to determine the majority of the board. They would overwhelm us."
Parties are currently working to come up with an alternative plan to elect members to the new authority, which has yet to begin. Doug Miller, county water negotiator whose wu originally appointed to that authority, said Comal County must make sure San Antonio does not gain supreme control over water issues.
“San Antonio spent a lot of money in the last legislative session," he said. "They’ve got the bucks to fight the battle " A federal judge hu ordered the area to come up with a solution to reduce pumping of the Edwards A^nfer, although he denied a request by the Sierra Club calling for an emergency water plan.
“You don't just go in and tighten one little screw," said Miller of the complex issue “...We need to join together as a region."