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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4)0    M05&    jr./--TEX A’s AMFDr'r 10/^2/851x 75245 cV-.4 Dips make Food a fall spread See Food\ Page 1B Comal River........... 258    cfs (same) Canyon inflow .........176 cfs (same) Canyon outflow 1 BO cfs (down down 191) Watch Edwards Aquifer    624 52 (down .02) Canyon Lake level    .    .    907 86 (down .24) Wafer County workers Local may lose overtime See below A+ Local athletes making the grade, see page 8A New Braunfels Herald-Ztitung Mew Braunfels. Texas    Vo1*94 “ No 199 Wednesday October 9, 198b 25 Cents 30 Pages — 3 SectionsPalestinians surrender cruise ship FORT SAID. Egypt f AP) Palestinian gunmen who seized an Italian cruise ship with up to 511 people aboard agreed today to surrender the hostages and leave the vessel, according to shipping and diplomatic sources who monitored ship-to-shore radio. Ahmed Abdul Rahman, a Palestine Liberation Organization spokesman in Tunis, Tunisia, said in an interview the hijackers should end the hostage drama ‘without any conditions*’ and would quickly leave the boat, anchored about 20 nautical miles from Port Said. The PLO news agency WAFA, in a telex monitored in london, said a delegation of PLO officials had already boarded the Achille Lauro and started talks with the hijackers, who say they have not killed any of their hostages. An Egyptian official said a boat carrying Egyptian, Palestinian and International Red Cross representatives went to the ship for negotiations. “There is no final surrender yet,” the official said, who spoke on condition he was not indentified. A shipping source in Egypt said, “It looks like there's an agreement, and they are going to leave the boat. It looks like it's over." Sources at the Italian consulate in Port Said said ship-to-shore contacts they monitored indicated an unidentified person would take a boat and go to the Achille I^iuro to pick up the hijackers. “Somebody is going in a boat arid will bring them (the hijackers) back to Port Said,” said one source who also insisted on not being identified. “I don’t know if all the hijackers are going to come down, what kind of agreement has been reached and what will happen once they arrive." The Palestinians took over the ship Monday night after the Achille I,auro left Alexandria, Egypt, and demanded that Israel free 50 Palestinian prisoners. Inside Council, Utilities OK bond sale date By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer City Manager Joe Michie, left, addresses residents at the town meeting, above. Fire Safety Tip The New Braunfels Fire Departing recommends for the safety of you and your family the placement of smoke detectors in your home. About 4,000 Americans die each year from home fires. Early warning devices could probaxpy save many of these lives. CLASSIFIED 58B COMICS ac CROSSWORD JFC DEAR ABBY 2B DEATHS 2A ENTERTAINMENT 1C FOOD 1 4B HOROSCOPE IC OPINIONS _4A SPORTS    8    9A Residents hear about bonds By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer New Braunfels City Council and Utilities trustees approved a notice of sale for $4.7R5.(KH) in Utilities system revenue bonds Tuesday night. Bids will be opened at 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 at City Hall. Both votes were unanimous, with Trustee Robert Orr and Councilman Valdemar Espinoza absent. The council had approved the bond issue by notice of intent on Aug. 12. But it took months of debate and compromise to arrive at that action, which kept the bond decision out of the voting booth. Utilities Manager Bob Sohn's original bond proposal was $26 8 million last May. On June IO, smaller bond proposals of $18 I million and $13,345 million stalled in council chambers on three separate votes. Two weeks later, Utilities trustees voted to delay the request for any amount of bonds “until some future date." That date arrived on Aug. 7 at a Utilities-council workshop when trustees voted to send the $4.78 million request to City Hall, but left the public referendum-notiee of intent question up to council. At Tuesday night’s meeting, Floyd Westerman, who serves as financial advisor for both entities, said sealed bids would be opened at 5 p.m. on Nov. 12. “We’ll publicly read them, and whoever wants to be here can be here,” he said. “Then we’ll tabulate them, and have them ready for you to approve at 7:30 p m. But the bids need to I** accepted or rejected that day No one leaves their bid open overnight anymore," Westerman added. Westerman .strongly advised againt holding the bond sale on Nov. ll, which was the tir.st regular council meeting date for that month. “It’s a bank holiday, and you just don't sell bonds on a bank holiday," Westerman said To avoid having two meetings, the council followed Westerman’s suggestion arid voted to move its regular meeting to Nov. 12. The bond bid approval will be one of the first items on the agenda__ Commissioners consider overtime exemption D€«YlCLARK HF RAI O/kl I The Civic (tenter was far from full Tuesday night as about 55 people turned out for the town hall meeting to discuss the city's Oct. 19 bond issue election. On that date, the city hopes voters will upprove the sale of SII .45 million in general obligation bonds to pay for improvements to parks, drainage systems, roads and streets, and public buildings. It will be the city's first bond election since 1968 when $2.6 million was approved to pay for street and drainage improvements, construction of the Olympic Pool. Civic Center, a fourth fire substation, and nine more holes at {.anda Park Golf Course. There are eight propositions on See Ronds. Page 10.A By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer Comal County Commissioners may be able to make almost all county workers exempt from the Fair I,abor Standard Act, if they follow some legal advice. Bettye Kitch, an attorney with Epstein. Becker, Borsody & Green of Fort Worth, was hired by the county to help formulate policies that will put the county in compliance with the law, but allow the county to pay as little overtime as possible. After the topic was discussed in open session Tuesday, the commissioners called an emergency executive session at 3 p.m., invoking Section 2E of the Texas Open Meetings Act, "regarding consultation with attorney.” “This closed session will be to discuss avoiding possible litigation,” County Judge Fred Clark explained. A reporter with the San Antonio Express News challenged the closed meeting when commissioners announced they would use the exemption for discussion of personnel It was pointed out to commissioners that discussing classf leat ion of employees was not covered under personnel. The reporter also took exception with the consultation with attorney exemption because no litigation was pending. "Private consultation between a governmental body and its attorney are not permitted except in those instances in which the body seeks the attorney’s advice with respect to pending or contemplated litigation. settlement offers, and matters where the duty of a public body's counsel to his client clearly conflicts with this act,” the open meetings act exemption reads. Two attorney general opinions have tried to further define the at-torney-client privilege for public entities. One excluded matters of public deliberation and parliamentary procedure from an executive session Hie other deals with an attorney’s legal opinion as opposed to policy matters. When public officials are seeking an attorney’s advice on whether current pointes or behavior might be illegal, the law allows the discussions to be behind closed doors In the open meeting, Kitch said that after a U S Supreme Court ruling, the Fair l^ibor Standards Act became applicable to all public employees April Ii, but the I S Department of I .a bor indicated it would begin enforcing the law Nov. I All employees not exempted must tx paid time-and-a-half for overtime Commissioners were already aware that elected officials, and executive and administrative personnel were exempt under tho ad, but Kitch helped define which positions were exempt after twoda\ of interviews and question r ires The county engineer and shop manager in the county road department, and possibly three foremen will be exempt as eve utive peisonnel, "It will depend on whether they also perform nianu    Hitch said Assistant district attorney settles into office By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer A full-time assistant county attorney has begun working in the county attorney’s office. "I’m just getting settled here in town," Ronald J. Prichard said, who first lived out at Canyon l,ake after moving from the Dallas area. Prichard has IO years experience in law, with at least three years in prosecution. When the opportunity came up to move down here, I couldn’t resist getting to be in the Hill Country again,” Prichard said. "I can remember as a boy growing up and visiting this area. Since I’ve been here I’ve seen some areas on the north side of the lake that are absolutely breathtaking." Prichard, an ex-marine fighter pilot with more than IOO combat missions, said that he spent two years in law school before he went into the Marines and then finished after he returned from six years of service. “I knew guys in law school that were there to get out of the draft, but I quit law school to enlist,’’ the assistant county attorney said. "I was just raised that way. They were going to take me in under the law program when I finished, but I didn’t want to wait." The ex-marme left the service as a captain with his last station at Beeville as a flight instructor. “I knew they wouldn't let me keep flying. I didn t c are for a desk job in the military, so I decided not to make a career of it,” the assistant county attorney said. He earned his law degree in spring 1971 He first worked for a prosecutor s office from 1977-78 in Cameron County in the Rio Grande Valley “I was assistant district attorney, and being in the Valley, we handled more than our share of drug cases," Prichard said. “I remember one guy, an artist who was caught floating down the river on a raft w ith I .IMM) pounds of marijuana His defense was that he was writing a book about drug smuggling .” Prichard said the man was unusual and a very likable little fellow But I think lie got off a little light They gave him IO years probation,” Prichard said After six to seven years in private practice, he decided he liked prosecution better than criminal defense. “In 1984. I went back into prosecution and spent 18 months in Wood County as assistant district attorney,” Prichard said. This being a larger county, the pay is better. There I basically was doing the same thing: working mostly with misdemeanors, but we didn t try misdemeanors I helped prepare some of the felony cases too." The top one or two workers in most of the county offices are exempt, and un large offices, heads of divisions are also exempt. The chief deputy, jail ad-ininistrator. criminal investigation division supervisor and civil process supervisor iii the sheriff's depart-uent will be exempt under executive exclusion. But commissioners may have to consider changing the jail detention sergeant’s job description to completely comply with an exempt status.' the attorney said. Investigators may lie exempt under as administrative personnel We rec ommend w riting a letter to the wage and hour administrator for a ruling, with a description of their See I IN KRU ME. Page IG A RONALD J. PRITCHARD ;

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