New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes [Stephen F.
Austin "The Father of Texas" (200th), Daniel Balmos, Adelyn Brinkkoeter, Anthony Martinez, Hubert Ormond, Regy Ormond, Lolita Patel, Indira Patel, Askok Patel, Ila Patel. Happy Anniversary to George & Tina Rosales.
Mid-Texas Symphony meeting slated Monday
The Mid-Texas Symphony Guild, New Braunfels chapter, will meet Monday, Nov. 8 from 11:30 am. to I p.m. al the Victoria Bank meeting room, 1000 N. Walnut St. The Guild has a number of activities which support the Mid-Texas Symphony, and new members are welcome. Members can bring brown bag lunches to the meeting. For more information, call Arlene Buhl at 625-6411.
Rita Kerr to appear at NBCA tomorrow
Rita Kerr, a Texas author, lecturer and story teller, will be at the New Braunfels Christian Academy Nov. 3. Her new book, based on the original tow Braunfels settlers, will be available. CaU 629-6222.
Planning workshop set for Nov. 9
"Planning for Profits," a workshop designed to aid small businesses in developing successful short and long term business plans, will be presented Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Honors Hall, and will examine writing techniques, financial components, and lending requirements for strategic plans.
Sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Project, the seminar will cost S5 to chamber and downtown association members and S8 for others. For more information, call 608-2100.
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The Fifth Annual Weihnachts-murkt (Vi knocks marked, German for Christmas market), sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum and Archives In New Braunfels, will be held in the Civic Center at 380 South Seguin on Nov. 19,20 and 21,
Tho event marks a Christmas shopping extravaganza with 30 merchants under one roof. This year's theme, "Hansel A Crete!," promises inspired decorations to deliaht the eye.
Tne Kaffee Haul in the lobby is a great place to meet friends and sample some of the home baked goodies, delicious potato soup and many other foods and beverages, The S3 admission is good for all three days and children under IO ara free, Door prixei will be given away every hour, Hours ara Nov, 19, IO a,rn, to 7 p.m.; Nov. 20, IO a,rn. to 6 p.m. and Nov, 21, ll a,rn, to 3
(The New Braudel* Herald fritting invites its readers to tab' mil dams to Stammiisch, According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German comment ty, "Stammiisch" represents a sib ling place for members of ties com-munity to gather and share the da/s happenings, We invite you lo share with us.)
Serving Comal County ■ Home of DANIEL BALMOS
Vol. 141, No. 248
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
New Braunfels police responded to a two-car accident that occurred on Loop 337 and Rock Street. No serious Injuries were reported In the accident. Reports show a blue Sportsman van was entering the loop off the Rock Street ramp. The white CMC Safari van was on the Loop headed toward River Road. According to reports, the blue van made a u-turn on the loop causing the collision. One person was transported to the hospital. Both drivers and all passengers were wearing seatbelts. Two ambulances, one fire engine and three police cars responded to the accident. No names were released. Officer Doug Dunlap is shown working the scene along with NBFD emergency personnel.
Attempted robbery prompts search for suspect last night
FER ROMPEL Staff Writer
New Braunfels police officers are investigating an attempted aggravated robbery that occurred Tuesday night at the Subway shop on Interstate Highway 35 in New Braunfels.
According to reports, the call came in at approximately 8:56 p.m.
Reports show a man came into the sandwich shoji and said he had a gun under his coat. He then allegedly demanded money from one of the employees before fleeing the scene, reports show.
No money was taken from the shop. Reports show' the man ran away from the shop toward the Burger King and
then was reported running toward the interstate.
He is reported to be approximately 28 years old, 5’ IO”, 190 pounds, with short curly brown hair and a small light brown mustache He was wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans and a w hite t-shirt
Police searched for the man last night. The case is being investigated by NBPD Detective Basel Boatright.
“At this point it doesn’t sound like one of our locally know n offenders,” he said.
Boatright said the offense will be discussed with other agencies in the area to sec if they recognize the description.
He said at this time it does not appear the man had a gun. He added that he docs not know at this time w hether or not the man will be charged with attempted robbery.
Former city manager under investigation
From Staff and Wlra Reports
Former New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman, now city manager of the City of Pearland, is currently under investigation by Pearland authorities because of possible improprieties.
The Pearland City Council authorized its city attorney last week to hire an independent investigator to inquire into improper activities of the city manager's office.
The allegations discussed include handling of compensatory pay, interference by city manager or other city employees In the recall process; abuses of cellular phones and pagers; conflict of interest regarding real estate acquisition; interference with agenda item preparation process (changing tom action to non-action Item); city employee salary adjustments by city manager without council approval and threatening of two city council members by the city manager.
Three members of the Pearland City
Council arc facing recall. Supporters of the recall said the special meeting, which was called by council members, is an effort by the three members to “flex their political muscle with no regard for anything other than their bruised egos ”
The three council members facing recall are D A. Miller, Benny Frank and Joy Colson Grohman worked in New Braunfels tom April 1988 to October 1991. He resigned atter a month-long dispute between several council members serving at the time.
Some of the allegations against him during his tenure In New Braunfels included attempting to Influence an election, attempting influence city employees to vote against a prospective council member in a runoff election, supporting a project for a golf course because he stood to receive a golf course lot, performing a favor for an amusement park with the expectation of personal recompense and cuising
during staff meetings.
The New Braunfels City Council requested an investigation into the matters be conducted.
However, the plans were abandoned after an agreement was reached between the council and Grohman.
The agreement included an immediate $25,000 payment and six monthly payments ofS6,250.
The city also agreed to monthly payments of $527.78 for Grohman’s retirement plan for up to 36 months or until Grohman begins to receive Texas Municipal Retirement System coverage from another city
Grohman worked in Rockport for three years before coming to New Braunfels
Before that time, he worked as city manager of Denver City tom 1983 to 1985
(Bill Odeti a stuff writer for The l*earland Journal, wntrtbuied lo this report.)
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Bist 2 voters recall Bremer from council
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
By a margin of 42 votes, citizens in City Council District 2 opted to recall Dan Bremer from his position on the New Braunfels City Council.
This is the first time a council member has been recalled in New Braunfels.
Numbers released last night show 436 voters cast their ballots to have Bremer removed from office and 394 against his recall. Tabulation sheets show 830 District 2 residents voted. This is 19.12 percent of the 4,340 registered voters in the district.
"The little people voted by 42 votes. The citizens won by 42 votes,” said District 2 Resident Mary Scrold, who spearheaded the effort to have Bremer recalled.
“It says that plain, everyday citizens can come together for the common good, and when the common good is as fundamental as the right to vote is, they can accomplish what we have accomplished and they have accomplished ~
“This has not been Mary Serold’s triumph This has not been District 2’s triumph. This has been the citizen’s triumph Their vote counts,” she said.
“And we’re not a special interest group, lf you w'ant to call it a special interest group the only special interest group is protecting our right to vote,’’ she said.
“We have been accused of having power brokers behind us like I’m some puppet. I have had my intelligence insulted and I didn’t appreciate that. It’s easier for the opposition I guess to believe that there’s some big power struggle going on here than to realize it's the people. It's the voters that were unhappy,” she said.
Saddened by the decision of the voters, Bremer expressed disappointment at the results of the recall election.
"It's not an easy thing. Sometimes not saying anything at all is the best thing to do,” he said.
"I want to thank everybody who got out and supported me.,. I appreciate ail their efforts," he said.
Bremer said he did not know whether or not he will aik for a recount of last night's vote or if he will decide to run for the council leat again in January.
Atter last night's decision by voters, Scrold said she did not know whether or not efforts to recall Bremer would be successful,
"I knew we were ahead in early voting just by our tally sheets and the feedback we got from talking to people, t did not realize we were ahead that much,” she said,
"I preyed There are oeitain things you turn over to the Lord and if It waa meant to be for the good of the city for the good of the citizens we would have won," said Scrold,
"He's out now, He will ait there until he em be replaced, Now I foci it (the work) was worth it," said District 2 Resident Paul Lenten, who also was on the committee to recall Bremer,
"I am elated the hard work paid off," said Cathy Price, who alao worked on the committee,
"We didn't have any special money or interest groups behind us," she said, Scrold said she hopes voters will be Interested In the upcoming election in January.
"I hope people get more Involved and I think the fact that 830 people turned out to vote is I signal of that
How Comal County voted
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
More than 16 percent of Comal County’s 34,075 voters turned out for Tuesday’s special election.
State wide, voters passed 14 of 16 proposed amendments, with proposals for S50 million in bonds for minority businesses being defeated, as well as a proposal for S100 million in bonds for agricultural loans.
Texans favored passing proposals for tax exemptions for pollution reduction, voter approval of a state income tax, denying bail for for sex and violent crimes, SI billion for new jails, S750 million in bonds for Veteran's Land Fund, and allowing counties to abolish certain posts.
Comal County residents voted:
■ Against (4,409 to 1,167) Amendment I Bonds for historically under-utilized businesses
■ For (2,803 to 2,764) Amendment 2 Property tax exemptions for property used to control pollution
m For (3,757 to 1,648) Amendment 3 Title to certain property in Fort Bend and Austin Counties
■ For (4,002 to 1,618) Amendment 4 Restrictions on income tax
■ Against (2,981 to 2,549) Amendment 5 Qualifications for sheriffs
■ For (4,008 to 1,236) Amendment 6 County surveyor in Jackson County
■ For (2,857 to 2,507) Amendment 7 Corporate stock and bond sales
m For (4,012 to 1,189) Amendment 8 County survcryor in McLennan County
9 For (2,799 to 2,513) Amendment 9 Delinquent taxes and reclamation of foreclosed property
m Against (3,021 to 2,530) Amendment IO Bonds for veterans’ land and housing assistance
■ For (3.793 to 1,661) Amendment 11 Local public pension systems
■ For (4,990 to 598) Amendment 12 Denial of bail for certain violent or sexual offenses
■ For (2,718 to 2,671) Amendment 13 Texas State Technical College system In Higher Education Fund
■ For (3,297 to 2,259) Amendment 14 Bonds for corrections facilities and some mental health and mental retardation facilities
■ For (4,709 to 800) Amendment 15 Procedure to abolish office of county surveyor
■ Against (3,533 to 2,015) Amendment 16 Bond* for agricultural projects
The optical scunner tallying was successful once again with complete results available before 9 pm. Only 157 ballots had to be duplicated because they were Incorrectly done livre were 5,681 total ballot* counted
they are getting Involved and that they; ira going to «tnr? curing enough to get Involved even more "I am also optimistic that this is tux' going to cause havoc in tile communa I ty. I believe it's going to be a timeot rebirth and reorganization.” she said A special election will rum he held to elect a new council memKr for Dis > trict 2 I he election is expel led to tv I held In JanuaryFor advertising, news or subscription information, call 625-9144