New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, November 5,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of SUSIE WILLIAMS
Vol 144. No 256
inside I Padilla’s place on board not in jeopardy
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beard trustee does not pose a conflict of interest with his full-time job as an appraiser for the Comal Birthday wishes from I Appraisal District, a trustee said Monday.
tho Horokt-Zottunq! a legal opinion was requested to determine
„ ri ti i j whether the day job of New Braunfels Independent
The NewBmunfelsHeraU Diane. Boart president Jaime Padilla con-
extends b'tthdaywtshes ^ ^atee president.
to: Susie Williams, Lalita Patel xmicn h*.JL i ^
(belated), triplets Indira, Ila and I NBISD trastee Leo Chafin said he could not speak
Ash Patel (belated), Brett John Wright (I I years), Bob Pullin and Lucille Garcia.
Anniversary wishes arc extended to: Carl and Ethel Saur (25 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
about the specifics of the legal opinion, but said it did indicate Padilla's job poses no conflict of interest as long as he abstains from voting on issues relating to his CAD job.
The boundaries of the district in which Padilla sets property values overlap with NBISD boundaries.
About two weeks ago, the board considered an interlocal Jaime Padilla agreement for CAD to perform
some services for NBISD, whose contract Padilla would sign as board president.
During discussions on the agreement, Padilla agreed to step down from the board after trustee Bette Spain requested it. citing a potential for a conflict of interest.
Padilla could not be reached for comment Monday, but he has said he recognizes the potential for conflicts of interest and normally abstains from voting in such cases.
Chafin requested the one-page opinion of the district’s lawyers in Austin about two weeks ago.
Mow —1,020 Grass —Trace Pigweed — Trace Ragweed —12
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank npel.)
Comal River —174 cubic feet per second, down 3 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 622.99 feet above sea level,down .01 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge —157 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 288 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.33 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 7.20 million gallons of surface water Monday, and no well water was used.
Symphony society to hold special mooting
. A special meeting of the Mid-Texas Symphony Society will be held at 7:30 pm Monday at Norwest Bank in Seguin. The purpose of this special meeting is to consider a change in the bylaws to include a provision for endowments. Anyone who has contributed to the Mid-Texas Symphony for the current season is a member of the society and is encouraged to take part.
Canyon FFA boosters hold show mooting
The Canyon FFA Booster Club will hold their most important meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the CHS Commons.
Registration for all shows will take place.
High school polka band performs today
The New Braunfels High School Polka Band will be performing from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at the Plaza bandstand. Wednesdays Wurstfest Noon Tunes performer will be Michael Wade.
Middle school book sale continuos today
Canyon Middle School’s benefit book sale continues from 8 a m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday in the school library.
The sale features books for all ages.
Parents may come to the . school at any time to review books in the sale collection.
Book orders are paid for at the time of selection and will be filled and ready for pick-up on Nov. 15.
The library receives one book for every five sold
Family Outreach seminars continua
Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its "For Kids’ Sake" seminars. They will run twice a month for the next two months.
This seminar is to teach parents how to help their children through the transitions of divorce.
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By DAVID DEKUNDER
Three good Samaritans rescued an elderly woman from her burning car Monday afternoon in the Comal County Annex Building parking garage.
The fire, which caused smoke damage to the first level of the parking garage, forced the evacuation of county offices at 12:10 p.m.
Angie Espinosa said she had just finished paying her taxes in the Tax Assessor’s Office on the first floor of the annex when she noticed a strange noise coming from a four-door car driven by 90-year-old Nora Tacker of Canyon Lake.
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After hearing the loud noise, Espinosa told her husband, Isidro Espinosa, who was sitting in the couple’s van a few spaces away from Ticker’s car.
“I told him, ‘Let’s go tell her,’” Angie Espinosa said.
Isidro Espinosa said he saw smoke as he began to walk toward the car. As he and his wife got closer to the
car, they both saw the fire.
Immediately, Angie Espinosa knocked on the car window to tell
ipinosa said. “She didn’t realize her car was on fire. She didn’t want to get out.”
Sand) Shane, a paralegal who works for the County Attorney’s Office, was leaving the building when both Espinosas motioned her to help them get Tacker out.
Shane said she helped open the door so die Espinosas could pull the elderly woman out of the burning car.
The Espinosas were able to get the reluctant Tacker out of the car because she had not locked the door.
of being pulled from
“After she (Angie) took her in, she (Tacker) didn’t realize what was going on,” Isidro Espinosa said.
Shane said she went into the building to get a fire extinguisher, but the car was engulfed in flames.
“By the time I got the fire extinguisher, the smoke was so thick we couldn’t get to it,” Shane said.
While his wife was helping Tack
er, Isidro Espinosa pulled his van away from the burning car and parked it on the second level of the
smoke coming front Tacker*! car
Assistant Chief Elroy Friesenhahn of the New Braunfels Fire Department said firefighters immediately extinguished the fire. He said the garage suffered smoke damage and possibly electrical damage.
Friesenhahn said the fire was probably caused by a mechanical problem.
The entire courthouse complex was evacuated, Friesenhahn said.
Heavy voter turnout expected
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comal County voters are expected to turn out in large numbers today to voice their choice for president, state representative, state senator. Congress and local races, to name a few.
Election officials predict between 70 percent and 72 percent of the 44,000 registered voters in the county to go to their nearest voting booth.
County Clerk Joy Streater said 8,524 people voted early and an additional 500 cast their ballots by mail, which would push the final early voting total to more than 9,000.
While these figures are good, they are down from the 10,000 voters who voted early for the 1992 elections, Streater said. That year’s election drew HO percent of the county’s registered voters.
The polls opened at 7 this morning and will stay
open until 7 tonight at 24 polling sites across the county.
There are 20 contested races on the ballot in Comal County including races for president, U.S. senator, two congressmen, a state representative, a state sen-
See Page 2 for polling places
ator, railroad commissioner, seats on the state board of education, judicial seats, county positions and seats on the Edwards Aquifer Authority board.
Locally, there are three races up for grabs - county commissioner for Precinct No. I, constable in Precinct No. 4 and county attorney.
Canyon Lake real estate agent Jack Dawson, Republican, and Louis "Charlie” Millican, Democrat, are vying for the county commissioner seat in
Turn to Election, Page 2
Herald-Zesting photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Voters were out in force early today voting at toe polling place at the Senior Citizen Center.
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EAA race contested today
By ABE LEVY
Voters will choose today from a field of four candidates for the D»s-tnct 9 position on the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors.
Former New Braunfels mayor and insurance agent Doug Miller, who helped write the Senate bill that created the authority, currently holds the position, which represents both Comal and Guadalupe counties.
Miller’s opponents are Bob Flume, a New Braunfels resident who works iii food service; John Jarvis, a construction estimator from Cibolo, and Walter Brown, an instrument specialist who lives near Garden Ridge.
Rita Banda, a New Braunfels resident who works in home repairs, is running unopposed iii District 8, which includes Comal County.
The District 8 position was held by appointed-member Paula DiEonzo, general manager of New Braunfels
Feud makes it to football field
By ABE LEVY
The Legislature appointed DiFon-zo, Miller and the 13 other board members to get things started at the 4-month-old agency, which began operations only after a 34-month delay caused by legal challenges.
Bexar C ounty has seven positions on the board. Comal. Guadalupe, Hays, Medina and Uvalde counties each have two.
The LAA oversees the 180-mile long aquifer that stretches across eight counties.
The board is currently accepting applications tor aquifer well permits in an effort to cap aquifer withdrawals to 450,000 acre feet of water per year.
The authority also is revamping its emergency rules for severe drought conditions, which it plans to complete by March.
The EAA has more powers than its predecessor, the Edwards Underground Water District, which include assessing tines for violating permits.
Fans attending the homecoming game between the New Braunfels Unicorns and the Seguin Matadors saw more than just the Friday night lights of Unicom Stadium.
Skvlighters, an Austin-based aenal-sign company, beamed the following messages from a small plane about I.OOO feet in the air:
■ Keep Charles Bradberry
■ Reinstate Turman and Engler
■ Reassign Campos and Weaver
"There was a lot of whispering and pointing from the stands,” said Leo Chafin, a New Braunfels Independent School District trustee and an eye-w itness to the series of airplane-assisted signs. "From where I was sitting, it was amusing to me that some person would go to that length .”
The messages are part of the continuing saga over the reassignment of former New Braunfels High School principals John l ur-man and Charles bugler to other positions within (tie school district more than one month ago. The move prompted about 1,500 high school students lo statue a walkout and rally.
About two weeks ago, New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent C harles Bradberry was offered a job at a school district near Fort Worth Bradberry is expected to announce today whether he’ll accept the job.
Opponents of the reassignments claim two NBISD trustees. Dr Carlos Campos arid Steve Weaver, are damaging the stability of the school district.
Supporters of Campos and Weaver have pointed to the 6-1 vote of the trustees that authorized the reassignment of the two administrators and the August election victories of the two new trustees.
Attempts to reach Weaver for comment Monday evening were unsuccessful.
Campos said he was working as the medical doctor for the football game when he saw the sign "I quickly realized what it was and just ignored it.” C ampos >aid "I saw ‘Charles Brad. . and I just stopped looking at it. What else can I say?”
David Savener, the pilot of the sign-carrying plane, said the person who paid him $350 to fly the messages over the stadium Friday wanted to remain anonymous Well-known for piloting similar planes during University of Texas football games rn Austin, Savener has served car dealers. TV and radio stations, who pay various rates to advertise through his 35-foot, message board
The board stretches along the length of the plane’s wings and emits messages from a grid of 252 light bulbs Savener’s stop in New Braunfels was only the beginning.
After rounding Unicom stadium, Savener flew to the Georgetown area north of Austin to broadcast political messages tor an aspiring stale representative candidate
He said he then traveled south to Austin to advertise for a Haunted House New Braunfels resident J. C. Reagan, who ordered bumper stickers that say "Reassign Campos and Weaver,” said he was not the person who ordered the aerial signs but said, "I think it’s a clever idea.”Questions linger for voters following presidential See Opinion, Page 4.