New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in one section ■ Thursday, Oct 13, 1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of JUDY MYERS
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, Goodbread back in familiar situation
Class of the Week..........................6 ®Y TECLO J. GARCIA
Sports Day......................................8 I Staff writer
The Marketplace.....................11-14 | A city council member has questioned the
legality of James Gooodbrcad’s Monday night
appointment to the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees.
~ i I Councilwoman Brenda Freeman said Wcdncs-
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after he left his post.
‘I think we need to know if he is legally qualified to be appointed to thc scat,” said Freeman “lf Birthday wishos from I the experts come back and say you arc all wet,
the Heraid-Zeitung! then so be it
_ _ r, ,, Freeman was thc only council person who
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Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Rim Stevens,
Jim Rozacky, Brian Hubertus,
Judy Myers, Melissa Ann Guerrero, Anna Pheil (IOO years!, belated), Joseph Barbour, Ray Biedermann, Jon D. Eikell,
William L. Norris, Jan Bradley,
Luis Mateo, Ruth Puckett, John Rheinlander. Happy Anniversary to Veronica & Pilar Urias (22 years!).
NBU appointment held up by legality issue
voiced concerns about naming Goodbread to thc post at Monday's council meeting.
Goodbread was re-elected to city council in May of 1993, but never took office because a November 1993 court ruled a term limit provision in thc city chartcr, passed during thc same election in which voters approved him for a fourth term, would not allow for Goodbread to take office.
He was paid the SKX) a month city council pay while waiting for thc ruling but said he was not able to serve between May and November and therefore it would be more than a year since he was in office.
Section 3.08 of thc New Braunfels code of ordinances states, “Except where authorized by law, no councilman shall hold any other city office or employment by the city curing the term for which he was elected to the city council and do former councilman shall hold any compensated appointive city office or employment until one year after thc expiration of the term for which he was elected to the city council."
Goodbread said he thought the controversy was more personal.
"My strength in town is that I stood up for thc little people," said Goodbread. “Thc decisions
in this town should be made for the largest amount of people regardless of race, religion or creed.
“I think all this is petty. We should be choosing trustees based on their qualifications. I have always represented thc people and thc power structure does not like that “I wished people would put aside this personal stuff and do what is best for thc city and until that happens we will have that 4-3 or 3-4 vote, which ever way thc power pendulum swings."
Freeman said looking into thc possibility of Goodbread' eligibility was her own doing and not part of any “power structure ”
Should Goodbread take thc scat he would be replacing O. A. Stratcman, whose five year term expired. Thc trustee position pays SKX) per month.
Sheriff’s Posse hosting Old Timer’s Rodeo
The Comal County Sheriffs Posse is sponsoring an Old Timer’s Rodeo Cowboy Association Rodeo on Saturday Oct. 15 at 7:30 p m. at the Posse Arena, IH-35/Solms Road. Adults S3, children SI. Look for free tickets in the Sunday Oct. 9,1994, edition
NB Music Study Club meeting set for tonight
The October meeting of the New Braunfels Music Study Club will be held tonight, Thursday Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at thc Scelc Parish House.
The program is entitled “A Night at tin; Opera,” and will feature Donna Smith and Jane Haas as soprano soloists plus a group of SWTSU students performing opera under the direction of Mary-beth Smith.
NB Interact Club plans food drive for Oct. 31
The Interact Club of New Braunfels High School is planning a food drive to take place Halloween evening Oct 31. Collected items will be delivered to needy fat lilies for Thanksgiving according to Dora Lisa Alvarado, club president.
Interact is a worldwide organization for youths interested in service and international understanding. Locally, the Interact Club is sponsored by thc New Braunfels Rotary Club New for this year along with the Halloween Food Drive is constructing Christmas decorations for thc newly instal leddowntown lamp posts.
Residents are urged to welcome Interact students at their doors Halloween evening with donations of canned goods and other applicable food items for the needy.
"We hope this gives an alternative meaning to Trick-or-Trcat in New Braunfels by helping our fellow neighbors who have not been as fortunate, especially at the Thanksgiving season,” said Alvarado.
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Students learn fire safety tips
Horald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfels Firefighter Donny O’Bush talks to the children at Memorial Elementary about fire safety.
Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Students at Memorial Elementary show how they can fcream 'lire" during a presentation about fire safety this week, given by members of the New Braunfels Fire Department as part of their efforts to raise fire prevention, safety and awareness during the month of October. NBFD has made October fire safety month in New Braunfels.
Canyon Lake attorney volunteers services to battle lawsuit for mayor, says issue of free election process is at stake
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Strapped by mounting legal bills, New Braunfels Mayor Paul Fraser said Wednesday he found an attorney that will represent him for free in his continuing legal fight with Gary Kahlig
Canyon Lake attorney Edwin Nolan told the Herald-Zcitung he volunteered to serve as legal counsel for Fraser because he was concerned with thc implications of thc lawsuit.
“The electoral process of New Braunfels and Comal County is at stake here," he said. "There is not going to be a free and open election process if everybody that wins is subject to a lawsuit if a certain group did not like them."
Kahlig sued Fraser for what he called "irregularities” in the May District 4 election that Fraser won by 20 votes.
Nolan, who specializes in real estate law, said he thought it was Kahlig’s intent from the beginning to spend
Fraser into submission.
“They (Kahlig’s lawyers) were not real happy when they got word that I was filing this motion to substitute counsel,’’ said Nolan. “Not
because they are afraid of me but because of the pro bom) (free) part.”
Fraser had piled up more than $4,000 in legal fees with attorney William McNeal of Lockhart. Currently the city council is deliberating whether it will pay the fees owed by Fraser.
With Fraser sitting out all deliberation concerning his fees at city hall, the remaining six council members arc vehemently divided in support of paying Fraser’s legal bill. Tim Walker, Chris Bowers and Mary Serold would like the city pay the mayor’s bill while
Jan Kennady, Brenda Freeman and Ambrosio “Butch” Benitez oppose the measure "Paul is not accused of any wrong doing in the petition," Nolan said. “But Bonnie Sarkozie (city secretary) and Stanford Thoms (District 4 election judge) are accused of wrong doing. I don’t think they did anything wrong based on what I know about the case,”
Nolan said, however, that Fraser is the only proper defendant because he won the election despite the fact that most of the charges of impropriety were made against the city election process.
The city council unanimously voted Monday to intervene in the la*"«iit on behalf of Fraser, a move Nolan sec. ~ ultimately unsuccessful. He also said
Fraser has not been able to take thc offensive with thc media because of financial reasons.
“Ed was willing to come out with this pro bono, but this is no free ride,” Fraser said Fraser said depositions and filing fees would cost him several hundred dollars
The Canyon Lake attorney said in a cost cutting measure he would take depositions by way of audio and video instead of using a court reporter, which he said could cost hundreds of dollars Fraser said the city will not have to spend any money on depositions or paper work as it did when Kahlig deposed city employees Nolan said he plans to depose at least twelve people, but none will be city employees.
Nolan said he will seek volunteer help from local attorneys to assist in the% case and help defer more financial' costs to Fraser.
Trial is set for Dec. 19 in Comal County District Court in front of a visiting judge.
United Way reaches 50% of campaign goal yesterday
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The United Way of Comal County's 1994 campaign yesterday reached the half-way mark in dollars pledged, according to United Way Executive Director Joe Worl.
The Gruene Music Festival was a real shot in thc arm, he said.
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Fest had set a UnlCBO Way goal of $15,000 to be raised during the weekend festival held Saturday and Sunday.
Some of the larger corporate contributors have outdone themselves this year, said 1994 Campaign Drive Chairman Don Maxwell.
“The two school districts gave thc largest pledges ever reported for them. CI SD more than doubled its last contribution and NBISD broke its own record also,” said Maxwell But now is no time to relax or rest on laurels, said Maxwell.
“Thc weeks of Wurstfest steal a little thunder and attention from the United Way campaign We have to try to keep it in the public eye,” he said The next big United Way event comes Friday w hen the hundreds of workers in 19 to 20 local businesses all don United Way T-shirts in support of the fund-raising campaign, according to Joe Worl Arca residents arc urged not to forget thc many worthy causes United Way supports, and give accordingly.
“We’ll probably have to press at the end to reach our goal, we have to keep everybody aware,” said Maxwell.
This morning, a large donation of more than $5,000 was brought to the United Way from McKenna Memorial Hospital. McKenna employees split into two different teams this year after watching both administrator Tim Bnerty and Chief of Staff Dr. Carlos Campos shave their heads Iasi year after the hospital's United Way goal was met.
This year, the losing team will have to spend the night on top of thc roof at the hospital
’We’ll probably have to press to reach our goal. We have to keep everybody aware.’
- Don Maxwell
Randolph AFB to see increase in number of navigation training students soonLOTTERY
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By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Randolph Air Force Base should see a net personnel gain in thc ongoing military base reshuffling, according a squadron commander, after the 12th Flying Training Wing announced Tuesday that some elements of its training operation will be moving to Pensacola, Fla
U. Col. John Martinez, commander of the 558th Flying Training Squadron at Randolph, said the number of students at Randolph will slightly increase because the Air Force is tripling its annual need for trained navigators to 330 because the Air Force needs more tanker and transport navigators. “The Navy is not really equipped to handle thc big planes," said base spokesman
Capt. Brent Boller.
The 23-week advanced course for training Air Force, Navy, National Guard and Reserve tanker and transport navigators will remain at Randolph, said Boller. Randolph uses IO T-43s modified Boing 737s — to carry out this training, all of which Randolph will keep.
In addition to the regular 330 active
duty Air Force navigators Randolph will be training about 240 Navy, Guard and Reserve navigators, said Martinez.
Parts of thc Air Force basic course, including radar and integrated navigation, will continue to be taught at Randolph since they are not taught in the Navy basic course
Boller said the 400-member instruc
tor and support staff at Randolph will probably remain intact because of the increase in navigation students. “The instructor force may increase to handle thc increased student load. By how many I’m not sure,” he said.
Boller said electronics warfare course and some clements of the basic course will move in late 1995 or mid-1996. ,For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 (Metro) 606-0846