New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday" today to Becky Crabill, Lori Stewart, Rudy, Gonzales, Aurora Salazar, Raul Alvarez, Julie Wallace, Judy Holmes, Michelle Page, Raul Alvarez, Daniel Mesa, Gilbert Hernandez, Teresa Lopez and Raqual Ayala.
Belated birthday wishes to Danny Gonzales and Mildred Wunderlich.
“Happy anniversary" today to Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Mondin.
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.Homecoming activities
Canyon High School students will kick off a week of homecoming activities with their third annual candlelight pep rally to be at Cougar Stadium on Wednesday al 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Admission is 50 cents to defray the cost of candles.Community Band
The Comal County Community Band, under the direction of Dr. Arlcn Tiekcn, will present a free, outdoor concert Sunday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. at Coyote Flats in Saltier. For more information call Tom or Susie at (512)964-3472.Project Wild
Hic city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will offer a free Project Wild workshop for adult youth leaders and teachers Oct. 29 and 30 from 5-8 p.m. in the Lamia Recreation Center in Landa Park.
Project Wild is a wildlife-related supplemental program consisting of a multidisciplinary set of KO activities designed to develop awareness, knowledge and skill related to the interrelationship of humans to their environment. The workshop is recommended for any youth leaders, Roy Scout and Girl Scout leaders, 4-H leaders and teachers. To pre-register go by the parks office in Landa Park. For more information call 629-PARK.NB Rotary Club
Bob Sohn, general manager of New’ Braunfels Utilities, will present a program on the history of public power at the weekly meeting of the New Braunfels Rotary Club Wednesday. The club will meet for the first time at its new home, the Senior Citizens Center on Landa Street. Club members recently voted to begin meeting at the center instead of at Eagles Hall. Sohn’s program will recognize Public Power Week.Pumpkin contest
Make plans to be on Main Pla/a at IO a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, to enter your jack-o-lantem in the annual Carved Pumpkin Contest, s|M»nsored by the Downtown Association. Categories for the young (age 16 and under) arc scariest, funniest and most creative. Young at heart category (age 17 and over) will be judged for best-all-around and can be carved or painted. Prizes will be given and costumes arc welcome. There will be face painters, ghosts and goblins, plus appearances by the New Braunfels Unicorn, Canyon Cougar, Natural Bridge Caverns Dinosaur, Sparky the Fire Dog and FMS Ready l ed dy.Heritage Exhibit
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Conditions arc sunny and warmer than expected today, with a high near 88 forecast. A north wind al 5-10 mph could find the overnight low near 55 tonight. A slow wanning trend is likely the next several days. In New Braunfels Monday, the high was 92 and the overnight low was 54. For weather details, see Page 2.
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“I’m not gonna make excuses to imbody — we did what we had to do “Looking back through my five terms, I look at many, many gtxxl things that have happened," Kucmpcl said “Tilts vs as without a doubt one of the hardest. I’ll just throw two names out and 1 11 just tell by the look on your face whether you recognize them Barefoot Sanders and William Wayne Justice (Court-appointed masters) have cost us millions and millions cl dollars ”
Sanders and Justice oversee the prison and mental health systems as court masters
Kuempel pointed out that the mas ter cannot appropriate money nor tax but could just redistribute funds He said thai he was riot sure that Senate Bill 351 would "pass muster" in an upcoming court test before the Supreme Court in November lf the
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Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. reads the resignation statements of Mayor James Goodbread and City Manager Paul Grohman after a three-hour executive session on Monday. (Photo by Mark Warnken)
Council may skip planned investigation
By MARK WARNKEN Stall Writer
The New Braunfels City Council appears to have abandoned plans for the previously approved independent professional investigation of alleged wrongdoing by the city manager and council members.
In a Sept. 30 public meeting, the council unanimously voted for an outside investigation of allegations of improper conduct against City Manager Paul Grohman and all council members after an executive session attended by Ute full council.
In a statement published earlier this month, Mayor Janies Goodbread said council members informally had agreed that hiring a private outside agency such as a law firm would be KH) costly to taxpayers and that die city would seek an official governmental agency outside Comal County to conduct the investigation if possible.
But council members apparently reversed course after a two-hour Oct. 7 executive session scheduled to decide the charges lo be investigated and determine whether a public agency or private firm would conduct the investigation.
Goodbread, in a pre flared statement that evening, said no action would be taken on the agenda items,
“There is a consensus in a positive direction. There will be discussion arid action items on the agenda for the (XT. 14 regular meeting in regards to these matters," Goodbread said.
On Monday, this "positive consensus" was revealed to involve the resignations of both Grohman and Good-brcad. The investigation was not mentioned on the agenda.
The ongoing dispute involving Grohman that divided the council healed up during a four-hour executive session on Sqit. ll, after which the council voted 4-3 to retain Grohman.
During that executive session, the council questioned department heads
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
After meeting behind closed doors for three hours Monday night, the New Braunfels City Council accepted the resignations of City Manager Paul Grohman and Mayor James Good-brcad, apparently ending a divisive monthlong council dispute.
Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. read their separate resignation statements after the council reconvened in public session in the council chambers before a standing-room-only crowd of about 150 residents and city employees. Both resignations were effective immediately.
In his statement, Goodbread, who has served as mayor since his unanimous election by the council in May, said he plans to finish his current thrcc-ycar council term. Goodbread was first elected to his at-large council scat in 1984.
"Last Monday evening following the executive session, I announced that the council had reached a consensus and we were moving in u positive direction. A part of the consensus agreement was my promise to resign as mayor,” Goodbread wrote.
“Of course, I shall retain my council member position; and, as always, as a member of your council, I shall continue to serve Ute public with all the vigor, intellect, honor and respect I have. You deserve no less," he wrote.
Council Member Rudy Seidel said Goodbread, a diabetic, was in a hospital because of illness and was unable to attend the meeting.
"With all the strain and stress that he’s been under the past couple weeks, his body chemistry just went off, and he’s in bad shape," Seidel said.
After a motion by Council Member Clinton Brandi and a second by Seidel, the council voted unanimously to accept Goodbread's resignation. Also voting were Council Members Loraine Kraft, Rill Arnold and Paul Fraser.
Chapa then read a terse statement by Grohman.
“I resign, effective immediately, because of the division of the council and hope this will benefit the community and my family," Grohnurn’s statement said.
Many audience members applauded after Chapa read Groh-man’s statement. Hie council then unanimously accepted his resignation.
Grohman was hired in April 1988 al ter serving as city manager in Rocklin for three years. Before Rockport, Grohman served as city manager ol Denver City, Texas, in Yoakum County from 1983 to 1985.
The city manager most recently canted an annual base salary of $60,000 plus a yearly $8,400 expense allowance and $ I .(XX) for professional dues.
Alter the meeting, Chapa said die final agreement behind Grohman’s resignation involved several months of severance pay and insurance and retirement benefits until Grohman secures new employment but not the purchase of his New Braunfels home. Details will be finalized in another executive session within 72 hours, likely on Friday afternoon, alter City
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Four persons were transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital following a collision about 1:45 p.m. Monday at Post Road and Interstate Highway 35 Juan Zavala of the 10O block of Harbor Drive in New Braunfels lost teeth and suffered cuts and bruises. The other three were San Antonio residents They also suffered cuts and bruises (Photos by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
Local police continue probe of Mexican national’s death
By ROBERT STEWART Stall Writer
New Braunfels police today arc continuing the investigation into the murder of a Mexican national, who apparently was robbed and shot to death in a West End home Sunday.
Francisco Nogucs Mcndoz. 35, was residing at a house in the 2(X) block of South Plum Street when the shooting occurred. He was pronounced dead at McKenna Memorial Hospital by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R O. "Doc" Blanchard.
An autopsy by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the cause of death to be gunshot wounds, police said. Mendez was shot once in the upper abdomen.
“We don’t know if it was an unplanned killing or intentional," said Cape. Ray Douglas, New Braunfels Police Department. "Right now we’re treating it as intentional."
"We feel that (the actors) entered die house through a front door and attempted to rob or did rob the occupants,” said Sgt John McEachern, NBP!).
At die time of the incident there were four occupants of the residence, all of whom were citizens of Mexico, Douglas said
Witnesses at the scene stated that two unidentified Hispanic males entered the residence wearing masks and brandishing handguns and that
one of them shot the victim while demanding money, police said.
"We dcfimiely feel thai ihe shorn mg had taken place inside the house," McEachern said.
New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service units were first dispatched to the scale at 12:22 a m. in regards to a reponcd shooting victim
"Evidence was collected at the scene," McEachern said. "The type of weapon has not yet been determined.” Detectives will continue the investigation into the ease which is potentially the city’s second murder of 1991. A 34-ycar-old New Braunfels man was stabbed to death May 19. His body was found in his residence near the Comal River. No arrest has been made in that case
NBISD board to review open forum
By ROBERT STEWART Stet! Writer
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees tonight will review the sunset provision for its open forum, which is due to expire soon. When originally passed, a six-month sunset provision was included in the measure. Only one person has taken the opportunity to address the Inlaid during o|k*ii forum over the six month period.
The board also will consider adopting a resolution ordering that die NBISD rcup|x>riion linglc-rnember districts.
Other action items include:
• A wuiii bid for classroom furniture for Oukkun School;
• Approve payments to architects/ contractors/engineers;
• Overnight student trips;
• Approval of change order regarding resolution of the re-roofing project;
• Appioval ol 1991 lax collection report;
• Adoption ol adult basic education
• Award hid for agriculture truck:
• Approval of out-of district stu dent transfers;
• Appointment of textbook selection committee
Reports will be heard on community/board relations, proce dures for adopting textbooks in the NBISD. advisory committees, arni outstanding achievements of students and educators
The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. unlay at the Education Center, located al 4TO W Mill St. in New Braunfels
Sims on school funding:4 We had
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
About I.(XX) people turned out at Smithson Valley High School to hear Slate Sen. Hill Sims and State Rep. Edmund Kuempel address the slate education funding situation.
“The meeting tonight was requested by many of the taxpayers at our tax hearing," said Joe Rogers, Comal Independent School District Superintendent. “We are where we are tonight due to a lot of people, not just Rep. Kuempel and Sen. Sims."
“I have 80 school districts in my district and have about 15-20 rich districts," Sims said. "This vole that we had to make on (Senate Bill) 351 was the hardest one I've ever made. I did not want a school master telling us how to run our schools in T exas. I think you see what happened to oui prisons, we're under total domination in prisons, we're under total doiiuna lion in Menud Health-Mental Retar
dation. We cannot do anything unless we ask ihe federal government how to do it. I felt like that was not acceptable
we had to ti y to do it ourselves "
The alternative to ihe school fund mg situation would have been a court appointed master who would have lux] die flower to consolidate districts and albinal ily set the lax rate as he saw fit.
"I will firedict thai we are going lo sec a total state program and that will be funded probably by an income tax and I don't like dial a danged bit belter than you do but folks, we're going to have to decide which way we're going to go," Suns said. "I feel like oui children are getting the best education money can buy. I would put our school system up against anybody "
Sims added dun the recent census indicated that the Terns population lias increased by three million people. For each million people it costs $1.5 billion "to lake care of them." he said
Leading a forum on education funding are, second from left, State Rep. Edmund Kuempie, State Sen. Bill Sims, center, and CISD Superintendent Joe Rogers, right. (Photo by Ftobert Stewart)