New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
November 13, 1991
Vol. 139. No. 256Serving NEW BRAUNFELS end COMAL COUNTY / Home of William
One Section, 16 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zetiung wishes “happy birthday” today to Billie Kay Wads and J.R. Perez.
Belaced anniversary wishes to Mario and America Perez.
The city of New Braunfels street department will again be resurfacing part of Walnut Avenue Monday and Tuesday, weather permitting. The road will be closed from 7 am. to 7 pm. between U.S. 81 and San Antonio Street. The previous resurfacing didn't take as well as hoped because a sudden cold and rainy spell.Republican Club
The New Braunfels Republican Women’s Club is scheduled to meet at 9:30 am. Monday, Nov. 18 at the Victoria Bank and Trust North Building, 1000 N. Walnut Ave. A general business meeting will be followed by a report on the state Republican Women’s convention.Skat Club
The New Braunfels Skat Club is scheduled lo meet for its monthly tournament at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Canyon Drive Inn. Turkeys will be given away as prizes. All skat players arc welcome.Business seminars
The Business Advisory Committee of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Council has scheduled a series of three seminars in Honors Hall for local businesses during die next three months.
The first seminar, scheduled for 8 am. and 10:30 am. Tuesday, Nov. 19, will address the problems of counterfeiting and shoplifting. Safe City Commission Director Mike Orlft and Secret Service Agent Charlie Dyer will conduct the seminar, which will include an opportunity for participants to inspect the “new money.” The $5 fee includes coffee and doughnuts. Reservations may be made at the Chamber office.
Other seminars will be “Internal Theft and Fraud” on Dec. 12 and “Robbery Prevention and Store Security” on Jan. 15. Both these noon seminars will cost $10, including lunch.Project Learning Tree
The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will offer the “Project loaming Tree workshop to adult youth leaders and teachers from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20 at the Landa Recreation Center in Landa Park.
The workshop, an award warning environmental education program designed for adults work mg with youths in grades kinder garter! through 12, uses the forest as a “window” into the natural world, helping young people gain awareness and knowledge of the world around them as well as their place within it. The interdisciplin ary program is designed for teach ers, foresters, park and nature cen ter staff, and youth group leaders.
Participants receive the Project Learning Tree guide for either the elementary or secondary grade level. The workshop fee is $10 per person, and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 629-PARK or drop by the park office.
There's a slight chance of showers today as the high temperature reaches about 71 degrees, rile overnight low is expected to be about 61 degrees. More of die same for Thursday. The high tempera lure in New Braunfels Tuesday was 66 and the low was 50. For more weather information see page 2.
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TV USTHQ8Chiefsearch begins
By MARK WARNKEN
°*OaS5eN R1D0B — The Oar-4m Ridge Qty Council on Tuesday decided to oRpntae a ped of
volunteer official* to gjyg
non-binding input ob selection of 8 new police chief.
Council members voted 4-0 whh one abstention to direct City Administrator Wiientreet lo orgnize the panel. Mayor Ro Tm ftttii White md Council Members John Curtis, John Albracht and J J*. Minikin voted in favor of the recommendation. Council Member Reed Switzer
The action was bated on a recommendation by City Attorney Steve Kotub that the council consider organizing a panel of area police chiefs, city managers, city personnel managers and other officials with experience related to police work to review resumes for replacing former Police Chief Parts Dudley, who was terminated in a 3-2 council voce last week.
Watersmeet said advertisements have been scheduled to appear in local and professional news publications. The application deadline
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David Schoenvogel, left, and Leslie Boone, repa*r the Landa Park Railroad s Comal River bridge, as railroad owner Schoenvoger takes advantage of the cooler oft season months to get the popular attraction ready for the 1991 season. (Photo by Bill Ervin)
Former chief files million dollar suit
By MARK WARNKEN City Editor
Former Garden Ridge Police Chief Par us Dudley (Mi Tuesday made g<x>d on his promise lo lake legal action to keep his job by filing a lawsuit in Comal County district court seeking $1,095 million in damages from die city.
Dudley’s attorneys, Ken Bra/le of New Braunfels and Daniel Maeso of San Antonio, filed die suit, "Ranis E. Dudley vs. die City of Garden Ridge,” seeking to recover actual damages totaling $595,000 and exemplary damages totaling $500,000.
Also, the lawsuit seeks a tcmp<Mary restraining order prohibiting the city from terminating or continuing Dudley’s termination; retaliating or harassing Dudley upon his return lo work; and tampering with or destroy-ing Dudley’s personnel files.
“Mr. Dudley’s intention is to try and keep his job and work diis matter
oui on an amicable basis, which is die reason for the lawsuit,” Bra/le said Tuesday afternoon. “But if he has to go to court, lie’ll go to court."
During a court hearing scheduled for 9:30 a rn. on Dec. 5, District Court Judge Charles Ramsey will decide whether to impose the temporary restraining order until die case is settled
. The lawsuit seeks damages for lost wages and wage-canting capacity, which also affects tiis wife and three children; damage to reputation; humiliation; embarrassrncnt; public ridicule; intentional infliction of emotional disucss and mental anguish and suffering; arid expenses, including attorney’s fees.
laust week, Dudley said he planned to pursue furdier legal action against die city — singling out Mayor Linda Klekar and Mayor Pro Tem Patti White — for violating his constitutional rights during last week’s
"Mr. Dudley's intention is to try and keep his job and work this matter out on an amicable basis, which is the reason for the lawsuit." — Ken Brazle. _
evidentiary hearing. These allcga lions also are part of the lawsuit.
Klekar declined lo comment spcti fically (Mi Dudley’s lawsuit aller a special council meeting Tuesday ditr ing which die search for a new chief was discussed. x
Council Member Reed Switzer, a staunch Dudley supporter, atter the meeting on Tuesday said he was unsure if the distrate could be settled out of court.
“It would behove diis council to try lo settle this thing in an amicable manner, short of a lawsuit,” Switzer said.
More durn IOO residents packed the standing room only Council Cham hers on Nov. 6 lo observe die hearing, similar to hut riot strictly a trial. The
healing included presentations by
attorneys on both sides and the swearing in, leslinMHiy ami cross examina-ti(Mi of witnesses. Afterward, the council voted 3-2 to terminate Dudley. widi Mayor Pro Tem Patti White and Council Members J.P. Mi Iii kin and John Curtis voting against Dudley and Council Members John Albracht and Reed Switzer supporting Dudley.
Dudley lias said die civil rights violations during the hearing included, for instance, Mac so having no opportunity to cross-examine during the city’s presentation of its case because die city called no witnesses. Also, he said While s vote lo terminate him was improper since she was one of die accusers.
Dudley had served as a Garden
Ridge police officer tor eight years, lo March 1988, he was named chief of the department, which now includes two other full-time officers and sever al non-pakl reserve officers
According to a formal written coin plaint filed by White, the allegations against Dudley, all of which he denied, included allowing a reserve officer to patrol without state required patwrwork, allowing another reserve to patrol without taking an oath, improprieties in commissioning reserve officers through the state and receiving council approval of die reserves’ duty status, and leaving the city without police protection the night of Aug. 2.
Klekar recently added allegations of insubordination to the original complaint, saying Dudley did not respond lo her authority as the city’s chief executive officer and his superior.
Single-member districts debatedGood Day
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer The leader of a campaign to recall certain council members agrees widi a director for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund that all New Braunfels city council members should be elected from single-member districts.
But they strongly disagree chi how the mayor should be elected, a difference that could factor into potential discussions between MAIX)EF and the recall group.
Judith Sanders-Castro, acting political access director in San Antonio for MAEDER, said that improving minorities’ chances for die mayor’s scat “might require going alter the ai-largc positions dial currently exist on the City Council and ciianging diose to single -member districts so dial die entire council is elected by single-member districts ”
This could improve minority rep resell tat ion on the council, and die potential for die council lo durn select a minority for mayor would lie grea ter, site said.
Sanders -Castro said slie believes dial letting citizens select die may<M iii an election would not improve minor ity access to die city’s political process. “As long as die mayoral seat is at-large, I don’t think that’s a possibility.”
David Wallace, a New Braunfels resident who is organizing a recall petition, strongly opposed Sanders-CatLro’s stance against popular mayoral elections.
“I think she’s prejudiced, because site’s putting down die Hispanic people,” he laid.
“I don’t label people because of
Committee douses motion
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
A member of New Braunfels’ committee to review the city charter made a motion ai Tuesday night’s meeting to support giving citizens the option of electing their mayor, but it failed to gain a second motion and diad.
“I think it’s wrong for me or any member of this committee to say no, those people out there haven't got brains enough to elect the mayor,'* said Charles Walker, a local businessman.
He argued that the committee should direct the City Council to let citizens vote on whether they want to elect their mayor.
The motion was not met with enthusiasm, and Ray Mendez, assistant chairman of the committee, responded that the committee’s duties include examining the process of mayoral election, a task they should complete before taking asumd.
Walker also motioned to put the committee itself on hold until city conflicts are resolved, but this suggestion was swifdy rejected by other members.
“I think we ought to table this whole thing until the dust settles,” Walker said, emphasizing that the potential success of a campaign to
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Watch for truck traffic
By MARK WARNKEN
Residents in the area near the North and South Kuehlcr wastewater treatment plants should expect constant cement truck traffic Friday morning.
John Toe lier Jr., New Braunfels Utilities waste water superintendent, said residents should watch for truck traffic around Kuehlcr Avenue in the area behind Burger King, starting at 6 am.
The truck traffic is part of the renovations to the South Kuehlcr plant Between SS and 60 trucks will deliver more than 600 yards of cement, and the heavy traffic should end by 2 pm. Toellcr said.
“There will be a continuous meam of trucks coming in and out. People need lo be aware for safety
reasons. We'll take precautions al the intersections, but these trucks don’t stop on a dime,” Toe lier said.
The $4.04 million project, which Tocller said is several weeks ahead of schedule because of favorable weather conditions, started in August and originally was expected to last a year and two months.
When complete, the plant will have a capacity of 4.2 million gallons a day compared with the former 3.1 million gallons and will be updated to use a more-efficient sludge treatment process.
The NBU board of trustees unanimously approved the contract with New Braunfels-baaed Lambda Construction Co, the Iowa* of nine bidders, on June 27.
their rate or creed cm color, and site shouldn’t eillier. Why can’t an individual run because he or site is good? ... Hie proper way is to let die people choose whoever they want lo choose.” But lie agreed widi .Sanders-Castro dial all council seats should belong to single-member districts, giving exception to die mayor's seat
Representatives from singlemember druids.can he more easily held accountable for their actions by died constituents, he said. “Smaller districts — better representation.” Wallace said the recall group would be glad to meet with M ALDER lo discuss dies® issues. “Maybe MAL DEF and our people can work some-dung out that nobody else can ” Sanders-Castro said she would agree to meet with die group She said
die City Council has not comal led MALOUF about minority represent*-Ikmi on die council. “I’m sure it’s nm an area of priority for them.”
Iii 1983, MALOFF challenged die local system of electing all council members at large, resulting ui die current suucture of duce at large members and four single member districts.
New Braunfels Mayor Fro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr., who lias actively pursued the mayor’s position, said he is opposed to die current mayoral selection process.
“As far as tile M ALDER issue is concerned, they set 14) this system so dial a Hispanic would have a diane® lo be elec ted mayor,” he said “lf there was ever an opportunity iii lune for a Hispanic lo be elected mayor ti would 8m COUNCIL, Hag* t
Crime of the Week
New Braunfels-Comal County Crime Stoppers is offering up to 11JOOO for help in solving the crime of the week, • Nov. IO aggravated robbery near the intersection of Hackberry and U.S. 81.
At about 11 ;05 p.m., the victim was walking east on U S. 81 when a Hispanic suspect rode up behind him. The suspect got off the tricycle »d for money. When dis
gad asked victim stated he bed no money, the
suspect struck the victim md then stabbed the victim with e buck knife on the left rid* of the back, p^^'imrnjg his lung. The suspect
then left an the bicycle, north on Hackberry.
The suspect, who spoke good English, is described as being a heavyset Hispanic aisle with a dun
shin. Tbs bicycle was described ai being dark colored, possibly green.
Anyone with information about this crime dNwH cid Crime Stoppers ai 620-TfPS. All calls are confidential, and callers won't be asked to give their names. Crime
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