New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Herbrich legal status in limbo until Thursday
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Comal County Commissioners postponed a decision to reappoint Al Herbrich as reserve constable for Precinct 2 until Assistant County Attorney Bill Reimer resolves his legal status.
Herbrich said statements by Reimer and County Auditor H. Bate Bond questioning the legality of his appointment compromised his ability to enforce the law.
“We need to get this thing clarified. I can’t go out on the street until we do,” Herbrich said.
The court will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Courthouse to consider the need for a deputy, review Herbrich’s qualifications for the post, and to see if arguments from professional
organizations can convince Reimer that the deputy was duly appointed.
The court was ready to act on the first two points.
“There’s only two things for us to consider: whether you’re qualified, and whether the need is justified,” Comm. Orville Heitkamp told Herbrich.
The commissioners disqualified themselves from untying the legal knot that resulted from their Sept. 8 decision to eliminate the deputy posts and the subsequent discovery that none of the deputies, apparently, had filed the proper paperwork at the time of their appointment.
Precinct 2 Constable Kermit Vetter said officials of the Reserve Law Officers Association of America and the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Standards and Education supported his claim that Herbrich was legally appointed.
Vetter was the only constable that did not request the dismissal of the deputies, and under state law the court’s Sept. 8 decision did not apply to Herbrich.
County Judge Max Wommack recommended the court take up the issue after Reimer has had time to talk with the officials Vetter named. Vetter and Hefbrich agreed.
“There’s a lot of correspondence to go over, and these men have some good points to bring up,” Herbrich said.
Comm. Monroe Wetz repeated his promise to “be the first one to make the motion” to provide Vetter with a deputy, but said Herbrich’s status was a question of law and should be decided by Reimer.
“Is he legal? It’s still a question,” Wetz said. “I’m not going to interpret the law. Give those names to Bill (Reimer) so he can thrash this thing out before that Thursday meeting.”
Even with Herbrich’s status resolved, the court faces another hurdle: whether or not to
pay him. Heitkamp thinks the issue is cut and dried, since money for the deputy constables was voted into the county’s 1981 budget.
“But do we have to abide by that?” Comm. Charles Mund wondered. “So much has been stirred up since that time."
“If you’ve approved it and it’s already in the budget, you have to pay him,” Heitkamp declared.
“But he was never installed," Comm. Harry Carpenter said.
“He was never removed," Heitkamp replied.
“This is all debatable," Wetz said. “We’re just going to have to wait and see what the attorneys say.”
'Proud to be a Democrat'
State Treasurer Warren Harding, center, told onlookers he is “proud to be a Democrat and proud to be on the Carter-Mondale ticket." From
left, are Treasurer Betty Engelhardt, Harding, Judge Max Wommack, state Rep. Bennie Bock and Comm. Orville Heitkamp.
Demos blister Reagan during campaign stop
By WANDA LASATER and HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writers
Men and women wearing small green-and-white Carter-Mondale buttons drifted to the Courthouse lawn yesterday and stared down Seguin Avenue waiting for the van that announced its arrival with blasts of music.
Aboard the green-and-white decorated “Texas Campaign Express” were state Democrats on a seven-city whistle stop tour drumming up votes for next month’s election.
As Liz Carpenter spoke into a squealing public address system, regaling the partisan audience with the tale that she “never saw a Republican until I was 17 years old and then it nearly scared me to death,” local party worker Faye Krueger passed a tin pie plate for donations “for enough gas to get to the next town.”
County Judge Max Wommack told Carpenter it was “a pleasure to shake your hand,” and vowed to support the Carter-Mondale ticket with his vote Nov. 4.
Then came the recognition of county officials:
Comms. Monroe Wetz, Orville Heitkamp, and Charles Mund; Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria Clennan, Assistant County Attorney Bill Reimer and Treasurer Betty Engelhardt.
Mrs. Jesse Garcia Sr. was given credit for organizing the rally at the local end. A guitarist from Austin, Jerry Webster, sang a few tunes, and then it was time for the serious speechmaking.
Carpenter said that she is unlike “Ronald Rerun and George Bushwhacker” since she likes whistle stop campaigning. “And I know the difference between a man of vision and a man who is always looking back.” “We may be willing to watch Death Valley Days’ but we don’t want to live it. We didn’t mind Reagan so much in those days. We could always turn him off.”
State Treasurer Warren Harding joined Carpenter in blasting the Republicans. “You read about the rich Republicans having their $l,000-a-plate dinners and then we come here and have to pass the plate for a dollar—but I’ll take the people any time.
“I’m proud to be a Texan, I’m proud to be a
See DEMOCRATS, Page 2A
Whistle stop campaigning
A van with the comforts of home has replaced waited at the Courthouse Monday as the “Texas the train for grass roots campaigning. Spectators Campaign Express" rolled through.
New deposit policy plenned by utilities
By PATRICIA YZNAGA Staff writer
A workshop held yesterday to discuss the electrical rate ordinance in New Braunfels was not intended to raise power rates, Herbert Schneider, chairman of the New Braunfels Utilites Board of Trustees, said.
“We are, in fact, reworking completely the electrical ordinance of the
City of New Braunfels,” Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said, adding that the board was reorganizing the ordinance “to make it flexible enough” to meet the needs of power users in the city.
Deposits, billing and fuel adjustment in the new ordinance are considerably different in approach, Sohn said.
“That’s only fair that we should reflect any power we have to our
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customers,” he added.
Sohn said that “with the advent of new industry, increasing cost of energy” it was necessary for the board to rearrange its electrical deposit policy for new residences, businesses and industries.
In outlining the new deposit policies for residences, Sohn said the Utilities would make an estimated billing of two months electrical usage and ask for cash deposit, the Signing of a satisfactory guarantor, a letter of good credit from a previous power company or an irrevocable letter of credit. Small and large commercial businesses and large and very large industries would require an irrevocable letter of credit or a cash deposit based on a two-months billing period.
See NEW DEPOSIT, Page ISA
Her second job
Liz likes campaigning
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Liz Carpenter ordered chicken and dumplings for dinner at a local restaurant and talked about her love of campaigning.
The assistant secretary of education for public affairs likes her job because it involves “working like crazy during the week and then going out and doing your own thing on the weekends.”
The sweep through Texas came under the latter heading, even if it was a Monday.
“I got the call, and plunged right in. You know, I was a reporter in Washington covering politics for 18 years, starting with the Roosevelt administration. It gets in your blood,” she said.
“Washington nowadays is a very press-oriented city.
Everybody has someone to deal with the media. It’s the major industry, next to catering,” she said.
“I was asked to work for IJ3J in the ’60s. Then I came home to Texas to write.”
Carpenter was born in Salado, but moved to Austin with her family as a youngster.
Secretary of Education Shirley Hufstedler pulled Carpenter back into public life “to help put the new Education Department together. You know, the United States is the last country in the world, just about, to have a cabinet-level education office.”
On the table in front of Carpenter was a clear plastic bag full of sawdust. “This is the Republican ERA platform plank,” she grinned.
State Treasurer Warren Harding eased himself into a chair next to Carpenter. No, he did not believe Texas was becoming a two-party state.
“This is traditionally a Democratic state and Carter will carry it in November. It’ll be close, though — nobody doubts that,” he said.
The 1980 campaign reminds him of 1948. Voter apathy?
Well, people are “suddenly waking up” to the importance of this year’s presidential race, he said.
“The tax-assessor in Hays County told me her office received over 500 voter registrations in the last few days,”
“There are many millions of people who would like to be in our position. They’d love to be able to vote,” Harding mused.
How about John Anderson’s independent candidacy? Will he be a spoiler in Texas?
“Anderson seems to be losing steam. But he has to stay in to collect his federal matching funds,” Carpenter said.
“Most voters are in limbo. They haven’t made up their minds, and probably won’t until the last minute,” Harding said.
“This is a people’s party and a people’s candidate. We cover the waterfront. We take in everybody. I don’t prefer to say ‘minorities.’ I say all groups of Americans have a place in the party.
See LIZ, Page 2A
On the trail
Liz Carpenter, assistant secretary of education, was on the campaign trail this week for the Carter-Mondale ticket, carrying with her a bell to toll the end of the opposition and a bag of sawdust she says is the Republican Party’s equal rights amendment plank.