New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Wednesday, May 12,1993
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Vol. 141, No. 124
Attorney says amendment fails to exempt city council
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung
A lawsuit filed to enjoin New Braunfels Qty Councilman James Goodbread from taking office for a fourth term is a simple matter of law, according to Troy Burch Jr. of the law firm Bevil and Chunn.
Burch, who will be assisting John Chunn in prosecuting the case, said the will of the people documented in a municipal election, coupled with the specificity of the language of the newly adopted amendment setting term limitations, makes the case against Goodbread solid.
The council could have grandfathered themselves, but they didn’t,” Burch said. “Mr. Goodbread was eligible to run when he put his name on the ballot. But on May 3 ... he became ineligible.”
According to Burch, the original amendment proposed by the Charter Review Committee was worded differently and changed to its current wording during a November 1992 council meeting.
Burch said the amendment was changed to apply to all current members, approved unanimously, and should be adhered to.
However, City Attorney Barry Moore said the wording does not affect the basic rule of law applied to city charters.
“When the charter went into effect, it was to affect all future candidates,” Moore said.
Moore said the intent of the amendment was not to be applied retroactively.
Moore said the burden of proof was on the petitioner to prove an interpretation of the charter amendment, and felt intent was not a large part of the process, but it could have a bearing on the proceedings.
“It may prove to be an element, but I don’t think it even has to get to the element of intent,” Moore said.
The case is scheduled to go to court at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 18, in the district court located on North Seguin Street.
According to Moore, if the plaintiffs are successful in their attempt to block Goodbread from taking office, the city would have to call a special election to fill the vacant council seat within a time limit set by the city charter.
Retiring: Stella Schaefer and Wally Fellers of Two Friends Fashion GalleryTwo friends to retire with style
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
After almost 50 years as partners in various enterprises, two friends in New Braunfels have decided to go home and straighten up.
“We’re going to retire and get into our homes and clean out some of those closets that we haven’t had time for in years,” said Stella Schaefer, 82. “There’s too many things left undone.”
Schaefer and Wally Fellers, 79, started working together in 1947 when Schaefer came in to help out at the P. K. Cafe. Fellers and her husband, Walter, initially bought the cafe. A little later, Schaefer's husband, Adolph, came into the business and eventually they formed a partnership.
In 1951, the Schaefers and Fellers moved their business to the Faust Hotel dining room. The ladies then became the partners, while the gentlemen moved into politics. Adolph Schaefer became a county commissioner, and Walter Fellers became the county sheriff. The restaurant became the first in a series of successful enterprises for the ladies.
“Fried chicken was one of the favorites, and turkey and dressing, meat loaf and chicken and dumplings,” Mrs. Fellers said. “Our chef made all his own dough, the best hotcakes, the best chili — and smothered chicken. Some recipes he didn’t tell us so much about and I understood that.”
In 1962, the ladies bought a neighborhood gro
cery, the Superior Grocery and Market, which they ran until 1970. They eventually sold it back to the original owner and were supposed to retire. But after a few months, they were ready to go back to work.
Because Schaefer worked at J.C. Penny's “and I
really liked it,” the pair opened a ladies apparel shop, settling into their present location on Landa
Each came up with half of the name. Schaefer dubbed the shop Two Friends,” while Fellers supplied “Fashion Gallery.”
“We didn’t know anything,” said Schaefer. ”We went to Dallas to market on a bus like country hicks.”
They learned fast. The Two Friends Fashion Gallery has been in business for nearly 23 years.
Schaefer and Fellers recently decided two decades was enough. They are now in the process of selling off their inventory and preparing once again to retire.
Fellers said she may be interested in a hobby and is looking forward to less stress in her life. Schaefer said she has a lot of things to do at home.
It will take a few months to liquidate the inventory, so the store will probably be open through August to celebrate its 23 year anniversary.
Although the businesses have come and gone, the partnership has always come up with something new to do together — once their houses are in order again.
Senate OKS aquifer bill
Legislation moves to the House
AUSTIN — The battle over water in the Edwards Aquifer now moves to the House.
On Tuesday, the state Senate approved for the first time limits on pumping water from the Edwards Aquifer.
This bill strikes a fair balance between all those who use the resource,” Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock said. There is no doubt in my mind that it is far better for the Legislature to settle this dispute than to leave such a vital matter at the mercy of the courts.”
Bullock said he sympathized with the farmers who opposed the bill, but added, “Everybody gave something in this settlement and everybody got something in return. Give and take is the art of compromise and compromise is the reasonable foundation for this settlement”
The underground aquifer in Central Texas is the primary water source for the city of San Antonio.
A federal district judge has ordered the state to come up with a plan to limit pumping or face federal regulation to protect endangered species.
Sen. Kenneth Arm bn Ste r, D-Victoria, said his proposal was aSee Editorial, page 4A
compromise between the competing interests. But Sen. Bill Sims, D-San Angelo, said limits on pumping represented a major shift in state policy and would hurt farmers.
The Texas Farm Bureau, and irrigators from Uvalde and Medina counties, lobbied against the bill.
Under the bill, pumping from the aquifer would be limited to 450,000 acre-feet of water per year between 1994 and 2007. In 2008, pumping would be reduced to 400,000.
Farmers who depend on the aquifer for irrigation would be limited to two acre-feet of water per acre.
Those seeking to make withdrawals from the aquifer would be required to apply for a permit and would be charged fees aocord-ing to how much water is pumped.
An authority would be established to measure and regulate pumping.
Armbrister said the bill will preserve a steady flow of water from the aquifer into the Comal Springs and San Marcos Springs where several endangered species thrive.
Councilmen step down
By GARY P. CARROLL Harald-Zaltung
Outgoing New Braunfels City Council members Clinton Brandt and Bill Arnold bid farewell to the city council and staff Monday evening, thanking them for their hard work during their terms.
Although he did not accomplish everything he wanted to, Arnold said he feels he served the citizens and the council honorably.
“It’s been six years and 144 meetings, and I haven’t done everything to please everybody. But I felt that Tve done what was right, I voted my convictions,” Arnold said.
Brandt said his three years on the council were not as enjoyable as Arnold’s.
Brandt lauded the job of the city staff and praised their efforts to solve problems, and said the city staff made his job bearable.
Brandt called for the council to be more representative of the entire population, and asked the citizens of New Braunfels to be more understanding and reasonable with their elected officials.
Brandt said there was no place in New Braunfels for immaturity, and said people should take the time to sit down and talk their problems out with council members before lashing out at the council.
Chamber gradautes Leadership NB charter class
The charter class of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce s Leadership New Braunfels graduated Tuesday night at the Civic Center.
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeitung
The charter class of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Leadership New Braunfels graduated Tuesday night following an eight-month program encouraginh community activity and educate class members about different aspects of the community
Leadership New Braunfels’ Steering Committee Vice-Chair Dennis Heitkamp said the initial class should set the example for future groups by utilizing what they learned.
“We wanted this class to be a model to others,” Heitkamp said. “We look forward to this group as being the one to lead off and set the
example for others.”
The Class of '93 ceremony was dedicated to community mainstay Elliot Knox, in honor of his long-time commitment in business and philanthropy to New Braunfels.
Knox congratulated the class and said their involvement in the program should promote a sense of community spirit and pride that will spill over into their business and professional lives.
Knox also said the graduates had a responsibility to themselves and to their community to make New Braunfels a better place to live.
This program hopefully enlarges your ability to serve the community in your leadership roles," Knox said.
TTie guest speaker, Dr. Jim Kern, said lead
ers must set examples for the community, and especially its children.
“Children are people too, and they learn from what they see others do,” Kern said.
By stressing that people are more important than things, treating people nice, and working with people, Kern said the leaders can forge a positive future for the community.
Kern said an important element of the graduates’ success involves developing a positive self-image, and learning how to say “no” without feeling guilty.
The next Leadership New Braunfels program begins in October, and special events coordinator Bonnie Tetrault said she will begin work immediately on organizing a new class.
The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, 'Stammtisch* represents a sitting place reserved for a group of special people — or a time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the day’s happenings. We invite you to share with us.Best Wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Carol Farmer, Katherine Johnson, Rumaldo Aquirre Jr., Regina Mills and Rudy Varela Jr. Belated Birthday wishes go to Mario Young and Espi Hernandez.
Anniversary wishes go to Michael and Lucia Godi.
Celebrate Texas Music
The final performance of the “Celebrate Texas Music” concert series on the Main Plaza will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13. The concert will feature the festive sound of Mariachi Cardenas Ecos de Mexico. The group was orginally scheduled to appear two weeks ago, but was cancelled due to inclement weather.UNIC News
Tune in UNIC News at 6 p.m. Wednesday on Channel 8. The final 1993 segment features the prom, baseball, Cinco De Mayo, an update on Mrs. Leitch, the broadcast journalism trip to the Children’s Museum and Channel 5, and Senior plans for the future. The show is a New Braunfels High School student production.
Usa Weltzer, a freshman at New Braunfels High School, will run in her fourth state competition Friday at the state track meet in Austin.
Find out how Weltzer put herself on the road to Austin.
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