New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 227
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The New Br ousels llerald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Katii Hudgins, Miguel Gonzales, David Jonas, Richard A. Solomon Sr., Amy Schell, Kyle Beeson, Richard Fey, Marie Baas. Elsa Garcia, Ricardo Sotelo Jr., Elizabeth Martinez, Nayo Leos, Frank Chapa, Derek Ninncman, Helen Braune, Marie Baas, Richard Sey and Barbara L. Glenn.
Belated birthday wishes to Kristi Reinter, Mike Sullivan and Danny Hernandez.
“Happy anniversary” today to Clayton and Wanda Renner.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Choir Boosters Club
The New Braunfels High School Choir Boosters Cub will meet Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard St. For more information call 625-0393.
The Fall Fest at St. Paul Lutheran Church is slated for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at the church. Crafts, baked goods and more will be available.
The vocational clubs of Canyon High School will sponsor its annual Installation and Torch Ceremony to induct newly elected club officers tonight Guest speaker will be Tom Williford, management consultant and carcer counselor with John Walker and Associates.
Friends of the Library Book Sale will be Friday and Saturday from IO a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten. Stuff a bag for $1 starting 3 p.m. Saturday.
In celebration of National Yearbook Week, the Canyon High School yearbook staff will sell this year’s book all day Friday — including lunch hour and football game — for $28. After Friday, cost will increase to $35. A $5 deposit is required to hold a book. Delivery will be in May 1992.
Smithson Valley Silver Spurs Dance Team needs donated items for a rummage sale scheduled for Saturday at Buy for Less in New Braunfels from 8:30 a m. to 4 p.m. Funds raised will be used to purchase uniforms and to put in a scholarship fund. Pick up service is available by calling (512) 964-3119 or (512) 885-2348.
The Rivcrcrcst Heights Neighborhood Association will host a neighborhood rummage sale from 9 a m. to I p.m. Saturday at the neighborhood [wk, located across the river from the Comal County Fairgrounds. Take Common Street to Fair Lane lo Hillcrest. For more information, call 629-2420 or 620-4049.
Life Chain ll planned
Last year, about 700 Comal County residents stood shoulder to shoulder in a cold rain, holding up signs with two messages: “Abor lion Kills Children” and “Jesus Heals and Forgives." That first loc Bae STAMMTISCH, Pa0*
Allegations will remain secret
A sunny afternoon with a high temperature near 92 and southeast winds near IO mph likely will be followed this evening by declining winds and an overnight low near 68. Partly cloudy conditions, highs in the low 90s and a low in low 70s are forecast for Friday. A front is expected Saturday, possibly carry ing showers and cooler conditions. For weather details, see Page 2.
A Statement from Mayor James Goodbread
No doubt many of our citizens have seen the San Antonio television stations’ reports aired on Tuesday, October 1,1991, concerning the issue of the carli for an investigation of allegations which surround the city manager. Additionally there have been reports in the San Antonio print media. This recent media r eporting was not called by any City Councilmember. As your mayor I deplore this media attention which ’las been brought upon our city.
Within these media reports are statements by the city manager regarding his perceptions of a1 (legations against Councilmember Fraser, Councilmember Seidel and myself, the three officials that voted not to retain the city manager in recent Qty Council meed ng. There have been no allegations by the city manager of the four councilmembers that voted to retain him.
Councilmcmbcrs Fraser, Seidel and myself arc making a joint statement today regarding die aforementioned allegations. It is:
I. We will not respond to the city manage r’s allegations in any way. It is our position that his allegations arc only to distract public opinion from the instant cause of the call for the investigation in the 1 Trst place, that is, local radio media allegations that the city manager influenced city employees on how to v-otc in two recent elections. These media allegations arc but a portion of other allegations which were presented in an
executive session of the council.
2. The requirement aid duty each of us has is to get this matter behind all parties involved as quickly as possible and get on with the regular business of the city.
3. We have acted in a manner as we know is our ethical responsibility to the voters, to the city employees, and the city manager. That responsibility is to cause an investigation to be implemented of any viable allegations. The purpose of such an investigation being to clear the air of the whole matter while protecting the civil and legal rights of all concerned.
That concludes the joint statement but now there is further related business. Today I have personally contacted all but one of our counci lmembers regarding the cost of this investigation. That one was unavailable though I attempted to contact that councilmember several times today. Each of those contacted is of the opinion that expending city funds to hire an outside “agency” such as a law firm to conduct this investigation is most likely to be expensive for the taxpaying public. Therefore, each of us is agreed that we should seek an official governmental agency, outside Comal County, to conduct this investigation if such is possible. We arc at work on that at this time.
James E. Goodbread Jr.
Mayor, City of New Braunfels, Texas
EDITOR’S NOTE: While New Braunfels Mayor James Goodbread Jr. would not comment on open and executive meetings or the specific allegations behind current strife in city government, he did Issue a formal statement It accompanies this story In its entirety.
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Members of the New Braunfels City Council agree that topics discussed during recent executive sessions can’t be discussed in public.
The council recently has met several times behind closed doors to discuss personnel matters concerning City Manager Paul Grohman. The council voted unanimously earlier this week to arrange an outside investigation of Grohman and each City Council member related to allegations of wrongdoing.
Council Member Paul Fraser said many residents have asked him the reasons the council doesn’t discuss the topics of executive sessions when
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SAFE may seek council recalls
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
in an effort to pull a divided New Braunfels City Council together, Securing a Future Environment board members say they will vote soon on whether to recall certain council members.
"At this stage (recall) is one of many options that the board is looking at to try to determine what is the best course of action,” said Paul Pennington, SAFE spokesman. “Being united
and truly committed is something that we take very seriously.”
In recent weeks City Council members have become divided (rn a number of issues regarding the conduct of City Manager Paul Grohman. While the city manager has denied, among a number of allegations, that he influenced city employees to vote a certain way in several elections, including the hazardous waste clec-
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Landowners opposing plans for conservancy
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
“We’re not discouraged when they tell us there’s no use challenging the endangered species act — because if that’s the case, we don’t want to live here anymore,” said Kathy Heide-mann, secretary of the Hill Country Landowners Coalition. “And we do want to keep living here so we are challenging it.”
Heidcmann addressed the monthly meeting of the Comal County Concerned Citizen’s Coalition Wednesday night in New Braunfels.
Her landowners group is in opposition to the Texas Nature Conservancy which is attempting to establish a Balcones Canyon lands Conservation Plan to create a large, possibly 64,000 acre wilderness preserve/wildlife habitat in the Texas Hill Country. A representative of the Nature Conservancy recently spoke to the Concerned Citizens Coalition.
Heidcmann and her group feels that the preserve is an attempt to limit development of privately owned land.
"People will take a little bit of regulation as long as it doesn’t take away use,’’ Heidcmann said. "They are taking away property rights."
Hie plan is designed to protect habitats of the Black Capped Vireo, the Golden Checked Warbler and oilier species. There has been talk about extending the habitat area towards San Antonio lo encompass more of the Hill Country.
"You can look in the phone book and you won’t see any taxpayer organizations,” she said. “Bul you will sec IO or 15 environmental organizations. They have funding and they spend it (Kl lobbying.
‘That’s what it takes is all landowners to gel together," Heidemann said. “(Environmental groups) hit spots — not wanting to upset too many people at one lime.”
A group such as die Nature Conservancy identifies an area as a target site for a preserve, thereby scaring potential buyers and negatively influencing property values, according to Heidemann. Then when prices drop, the group buys land for a habitat, she said.
"We call this the big Texas land grab,” she said. “I hope you will oppose reducing land values to protect endangered species ”
The Resolution Trust Company (RTC) has become involved in the situation by agreeing to accept $15.5 million for 10,000 acres of repossessed FDIC property if the Canyonland project is approved, Heidemann said. Her group feels that the Nature Conservancy is being given special treatment by the agency.
"So far we have kept the plan from being approved,” she said. "It’s just another method of stopping development."
Mc try Howe, left, and Robin Sanders, both of Midlothian, paint sores on each other to demonstrate to the Texas Water Commission Wednesday wh at hazardous waste can do to people (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
TWC rewriting half-mile limit
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON CH y Editor
AUSTIN — While new rules for hazardous waste disposal facilities w( ire adopted Wednesday by the Texas Water Commission, a controversial half-mile distance requirement was de leted and will be reviewed and adopted separately after more public ct ailment.
“(The commissioners) pulled that oui from the rest of rules to solicit n vore comment and rewrite and redevelop it," said Jennifer Mitchell, S] X)kesperson for the TWC.
The half-mile distance requirement adopted by Texas lawmakers in Senate Bill 1099, states no plant handel ng hazardous waste will be allowed to store or bum waste if it is located within a half-mile of a residence,
"(The commissioners) pulled that out from the rest of rules to solicit more comment and rewrite and redevelop it"
Jennifer Mitchell, spokesperson for the TWC
school, church, day care center, dedicated park or surface water body for drinking.
The requirement could affect the plans of Lafarge and Systech officials to store and bum hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant in New Braunfels.
Two surveys commissioned by
Securing a Future Environment and the city of New Braunfels indicated there are three homes located within a half-mile of the plant located on Wald Road. Officials of Lafarge have confirmed they have approached the landowners about possibly purchasing the property.
Mitchell said the commissioners
want more public comment about the distance requirement and want to explore the definition of a residence and how the distances will be measured.
“SAFE s understanding is that the water commissioners yesterday made a move to take steps to further clanfy what boundaries will be used in the measurement of the half-mile,” said SAFE spokesman Paul Pennington
Robin Sanders, a nurse from Midlothian where cement plants are already bluming hazardous waste as fuel, said she wants the distance requirement to be expanded to five miles.
“We want them to not be able to bum within five miles of a school, a residential district, parks and recreation area,” Sanders said.
Canyon Lake resident loses $380 in cash scam
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Arca resident should be wary of get-rich-quick opportunities, as one Canyon Lake man learned Wednesday evening.
Two well-dressed men allegedly scamined $380 in cath from a man who thought he would get $27,000 oui of the deal, said Ll. F, Roque of the New Braunfels Police Deoarunent.
The Canyon Lake man stopped at an Interstate Highway 35 Service station in San Antonio to buy gasoline and was approached by the conman about a ride. He agreed to give the man a ride and stopped to pick up a friend of the con-num. The passengers talked about Christianity and God, Roque said.
"The actor showed the complainant $27,000 in cash," Roque said. ‘They Mid that he could have the money if he gave some of hit money to charity.
The complainant then drove to New Braunfels and withdrew $380 from hts checking account.”
The suspects then told the man that he had shown that he was responsible with money arid presented him with the "$27,000” wrapped in a red bandana at a local chicken restaurant They told him to go deposit it in the bank and donate another $380 to charily, Roque said “The complainant left the two acton at ithe restaurant) and drove
back to the bank,” Roque said. “He opened the wrapper and found nothing but cut up newspapers inside the bandana The complainant then drove back to (the restaurant) in an attempt to contact the two actors but they were not located.”
One of the men had given the vie-urn a name and telephone number on a slip of paper to help gain his trust, Roque said
Investigation of the case will continue