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Comp,'Faulty' arts ordinance tabled by City Council
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The New Braunfels City Council, in a frenzy of lawmaking, read six new ordinances Monday night.
Two passed on a single “emergency reading.” Two passed first reading, with two more votes before they become law. And two controversial ordinances were tabled for further consideration.
One of those tabled was an ordinance establishing a city Arts and Cultural Commission.
Conflicts were supposed to have been worked out in previous discussion between the Chamber of
Commerce and the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council. But some of the provisions that had been ruled out in discussion showed up in the ordinance presented by City Attorney Irvin Boarnet.
“This is the first draft, not the one the two groups drew up together,” said Councilmember Laverne Eberhard as soon as the ordinance came up. “I move we table this.”
The ordinance as written called for a board of nine members. “I believe my motion stated seven,” said Councilmember Donnie Seay. It also recommends that funds given to the arts from the city hotel-motel tax be used for “capital improvements,” a
point that drew much objection from the arts council. Council members agreed that item was to have been “completely struck” from the final ordinance.
An ordinance forbidding parking on Gilbert Avenue and the Common Street bridge passed first reading. So did one setting penalties for unlawful assemblage in public places, despite a “no” vote from Councilmember Barbara Tieken, who questioned whether the law was constitutional.
It gives city police the authority to disperse crowds gathered on downtown parking lots outside of normal business hours, and to fine offenders up to $200 if necessary.
Most council members agreed there was a need for the ordinance. Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. got a report last week of extensive damage inflicted on one building. Lacking a definite culprit, the lessee conducting business in the building is going to have to pay for repairs, Stratemann said.
“I just wonder if it (the ordinance) would hold up in a court of law,” Tieken said.
“You can be taken to court for sneezing in the wrong direction these days, and probably lose the case,” said Councilmember Joe Rogers. “I think we have a duty to protect the property of our citizens.”
A new law prohibiting glass containers in any sports facility or recreational area in the city passed on emergency reading, but won’t go into effect until Jan. I. Seay didn’t like the “emergency” bit, but the vote was unanimous. Tieken reasoned that the three intervening months would give the city time to order signs and publish appropriate notice.
The most controversial item discussed was a 1967 building ordinance, amended to require that detailed engineering plans be submitted with permit requests for any structures fronting a river or stream, or extending into the water.
The problem came up at the Sept. 27 meeting, when the council tabled two permit requests from citizens. One concerned a retaining wall on the Comal River, and one a boat lift extending 12 feet into the Guadalupe off Rio Drive. Some council members wanted to know more about what was to be built, and wondered if they shouldn’t try for closer regulation of river structures in general.
Two local attorneys, Bennie Bock II and Jack Borchers, were opposed to the whole idea. And they found problems with the wording of the ordinance itself.
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91 - No. 200
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If you think Comal County has grown recently, just wait until the year 2,000. It’s projected that by then there will be anywhere from 66,000 to 84,272 people living here.
Comal Commissioners Court and various other county officials were surprised to hear these high predictions from their architects in Austin Monday afternoon.
I,arry Janousek, of Holt-Fatter and Scott, the firm handling the county’s plans for building a new jail by 1985, presented these population predictions and other findings through a slide show. Janousek is the project manager from the Austin firm for the county’s jail plans.
These initial predictions are part of the dr togntphii* study bt ng conducted by Holt-Fatter and Scott to determine the size jail the county will need up until the year 2,000.
The higher population prediction came from the Texas Department of Water Resources, Janousek said.
The lower prediction came from the Texas Department of Health.
In calculating how many prisoners would need to be housed in a county detention facility by the year 2,000, Janousek said his company used a population of 75,000, which is an average between the two predictions.
Based on that population prediction, Janousek said they figured that the county would need a jail capable
Larry Janousek outlines the architects' findings See jail, Page 16InsideToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for cloudy and cool today, tonight and Wednesday. Probability of rain is 60 percent today, 50 percent tonight and 30 percent Wednesday. Winds will be north to northeast at 10-15 mph. Sunset will be at 7:04 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:31 a.m.
New requests delay revenue sharing vote
Some last-minute input from New Braunfels-based organizations led the City Council to postpone apportionment of 1983 federal revenue sharing funds until Nov. 8.
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt made his recommendations at the beginning of Monday’s public hearing, then opened the floor for comments from other concerns. There were quite a few.
A $14,000 request from the New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association came through Delashmutt’s office just a few days ago, after he had reviewed community wants and needs and drawn up his own plan for using the anticipated $261,(KH) in funds. Rod Nelson, president of the
soccer association, was there to elaborate on its request.
His group, involving some 600 children, has a lease on the H.F.
Butt soccer complex on Live Oak Street. Nelson described the complex as “a cow pasture without the cows,” and said the $14,000 should be used to grade, plant grass and provide drainage.
“I’m not here asking for new lights or bleachers, because we don’t have anything,” he said. "We’re unable to play any time we get any rain. We cancelled some games last week.” When the ground gets wet and dries again, Nelson said, large cracks form in the soil.
“It is a city park, I understand,”
said the soccer president. “The only improvements put in to date are some fencing and a restroom facility, and I think the H.E.B. Foundation paid for that.” He proposed that improvement money should be allocated through the city Department of Parks and Recreation, and that the New Braunfels league’s lease be amended to include the Canyon Youth Soccer league.
“Ultimately, we’d like to have both clubs playing the majority of their games at the H.E.B. complex,” he said.
The council also heard from the New- Braunfels Tennis and Softball associations. Delashmutt’s plan
allots each group approximately half the money it asked for, on a matching basis, to provide lighting.
The softball representative thanked the city for its support. Tennis association president Bob Young asked the council to consider making up the difference in the price of lighting at least four courts, even if the city's share turns out to be more than half the estimated cost of $27,500.
Young said the association (which, he pointed out, represents only IO percent of the city’s tennis players) has been saving money for lights for several years. Unfortunately, the price of lighting is going up faster than the funds are coming in. he
said. At present, the group has between $5,000 and $6,000 to contribute.
He called attention to the need for lighting at the Wurstfest Tennis Tournament.
Delashmutt is offering $3,< OO each to Teen Connection and the Comal County Mental Health-Mental Retardation facility. Both had asked for more, but representatives said Monday night they could make use of what the city manager offered.
“Three thousand dollars will allow us to completely renovate the first floor and start painting and repairing the outside of our
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GOPs preach unity at Sunday rally
Using the Civic Center as his locker room and President Reagan’s economic program as his game plan, Conch Tom Loeffler urged his team on to victory Sunday night at a Republican political rally.
“We’re in the fourth quarter, the score is 21-20 and we’re ahead,” Congressman Loeffler noted. “If we work hard, we’U stay ahead. But our work together has only just begun,” he said.
Texas elections this year are “extremely important” in order to secure the presidency for Reagan again in 1984, said Loeffler.
“Our victory in November is not just going to be a victory for good government,” he observed. “It has
an even greater meaning — I believe it will be a new beginning in our program for economic recovery.”
Reagan “needs to be re-elected in 1984 and through the leadership of Bill Clements and each state legislator and county candidate we can give him our support for carrying on the (economic) success of the last 21 months,” the 21st District Congressman added.
Ixieffler’s speech was among many given by county and state candidates (and representatives) at Sunday’s rally, sponsored by the executive committee of the Comal County Republican Party and its three
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Strikes which broke out yesterday in the port city of Gdansk to protest the banning of Solidarity have spread to neigh boring Gdynia, according to Associated Press reports.
Polish workers continue illegal strike in Gdansk
WARSAW, Poland (AP) Thousands of .shipyard workers shouting “Solidarity is alive!” struck in Gdansk today for a second day to protest the ban on their union and were joined by thousands more in the nearby Baltic port of Gdynia, witnesses said.
Western journalists, driving out of Gdansk to nearby Elblag to breach a telephone blackout imposed by Communist Poland’s martial-law regime, said the Paris Commune shipyard in Gdynia had joined workers at the V.I. Lenin shipyard in Gdansk.
An estimated 5,000 workers could be involved in the Gdansk protest, with several thousand more joining the strike in Gdynia, the reporters
They said the strike had resumed in Gdansk at 6 a in. and that police backed by water cannon had surrounded the giant shipbuilding complex at 9 a.m.
Western correspondents in Gdansk said strikers closed the shipyard to demand release of union chief Lech Walesa and others jailed for violating the martial-law edicts of Dec. 13.
Police routed stragglers who refused to disperse Monday night following an illegal but peaceful eight-hour strike to protest the government’s latest labor crackdown, which banned Solidarity and nullified reforms the union won for Polish workers.Population explosion due?County may have twice as many folks by the year 2000
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Comm. O.R. Heitkamp (left) makes a point while Charles "Tart" Mund listens