New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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October 18, 1991
Vol. 139, No. 238
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Howard Benson
Two Sections. 18 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday** today to Elizabeth Weisman. Glenda Lopez, Belinda Lopez, Miguel Aguirre IV, Amanda Vetter, Kay Brietzke, Floyd W. Hutson, Nydia Villanueva and Melba Roth.
“Happy birthday** Saturday, Felix Diaz, Stephen Schriewer, Samuel Tristan and Carolyn Kar-bach Barry.
Belated birthday wishes to Roy Soechting.
“Happy anniversary** today to Mr. and Mrws. Miguel Gonzales.
Celebrating an anniversary Saturday, Henry and Frances Reeves.
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.
Trail of homes
The public is invited to visit Canyon Lake on Oct. 19 and 20 for the third annual Trail of Homes Tour to be presented by the Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library from 1-5 p.m. each day. Six homes are one the tour — one is an historical restoration. All of the homes on the tour are on the south side of the lake, off Farm-to-Markct 2673. Advance tickets may be purchased at the library and at Victoria Bank and Trust, both located on FM 2673 in Sattler. On tour days, the library will be open to serve refreshments and to have tickets and maps available. A donation for the tour is $7.50. All proceeds will go into the operating budget of the library.
All sports booster
The New Braunfels All Sports Booster Club will meet 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 in Room B-17 at New Braunfels High School. All members are urged to attend to view the Him of NBHS/South San football game following the meeting.
The Lake Dunlap Area Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its annual barbecue Saturday, Oct. 19 from 4-11 p.m. at the American Legion Post 179, 410 W. Coll in New Braunfels. Barbecue plates arc $4 for adult and $3 for a child. Auction begins at 6 p.m.; raffle at 7:15 p.m. and a dance beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Johnny Pfeil and Grucncs Crossing Band.
The McKenna Memorial Hospital “pumpkin patch’* will be set up Thursday, Oct. 24 from 2-8 p.m. at the hospital and people are encouraged to drop by to purchase pumpkin for carving. All of the proceeds will go to the Elliot Knox Nursing Scholarship Fund. For more information call 625-9111.
Make plans to be on Main Plaza at IO a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, to enter your “pre-carvcd” jack-o-lantcrn in the annual Carved Pumpkin Contest, sponsored by the Downtown Association. Categories for the young (age 16 and under) are 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 are welcome I'herc will be face painters, ghosts Sa* STAMMTISCH, Pas* 2A
Today’s sunny conditions, with a high near 90 and an overnight low near 60, are expected to fall early Saturday to a cool front. Highs near 80 and overnight lows in the 50s — perhaps the 40s in the Hill Country — are anticipated. No chance of weekend rain is forecast. In New Braunfels Thursday, the high was 87 and the overnight low was 55. For more on weather conditions, see Page 2A.
Accident totals truck, kills deer
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A truck-deer collision about 8:30 pjn. Thursday on Farm to Market Road 2722 left a Canyon Lake man's 1984 Toyota 4-Runner truck upended in trees on the side of the road.
“I’m just sorry I killed that deer,** said Mike Hawes, whose truck was a total loss.
A utility pole was snapped off about ten feet up in the air and telephone wires were down. The truck came to rest upside-down at the bottom of a 15-20 foot embankment on the side of the road.
Hawes was heading towards Canyon Lake on the road, known as Bear Creek Road, when the deer ran across the road in front of his vehicle.
“How does a person survive that?” Hawes said, as he examined the wreckage.
The truck was fully customized to deluxe sport truck standards and work had just been completed on it two days before, Hawes said.
The only insurance on the vehicle was liability coverage, he said.
“Do you think they’ll mess it up more when they pull it out?, he asked.
Hawes, a former cameraman with KENS-TV, said that he recently opened a 4x4 truck shop in San Antonio.
Mike Hawes, left, joins sheriff's department and EMS officers examining the wreckage of his truck. (Photo by Robert Stewart)
Council discussing severance
The New Braunfels City Council is scheduled to approve a settlement with the former city manager and discuss extra compensation for the interim city manager during a special meeting this evening.
City officials are scheduled to publicly approve a severance settlement with former City Manager Paul Groh-man following a private executive session during the 5 pun. meeting in the New Braunfels Municipal Building meeting room.
After meeting behind closed doors for three hours Monday night, the council unanimously accepted the resignations of Grohman and Mayor James Goodbread in an agreement said to be a step toward ending a divisive monthlong council dispute.
Though city officials have declined to release specific details of the proposed settlement, it will include severance pay and insurance and retirement
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Seidel nomination doesn’t violate nepotism rules
By MARK WARNKEN Staff WH tor
While state statutes and the New Braunfels charter address nepotism at the city level, the city attorney says Council Member Rudy Seidel violated neither by nominating his son. Rick, to the Comal Appraisal District board of directors.
The council on Monday split 3-3 on a nominee for the CAD board. Council Member Bill Arnold nominated Glyn Goff.
The New Braunfels City Council is scheduled to reconsider a nomination to the board during a special meeting this evening.
“We’re going to try again tonight, and I won’t nominate him. It’s not wrong, but if people are uncomfortable then I just won't do it,” Rudy Seidel said.
“If I was trying to provide a job for him that was paying, then yes, it would be wrong. But as long as it’s a volunteer, no-pay job, then it’s perfectly all right,” he said.
City Attorney Barry Moore on Thursday said the nomination violates neither the city charter provision nor state statutes.
“From what I know of the situation and what I’ve seen, it doesn’t appear to violate the state law because that refers only lo paid positions." Moore said.
“It (th6 charter provision) seems to have its thrust on dealing with persons employed by the city, and it also talks, in more general terms in some parts of it, about service to the city,” Moore said. “Number one, this is not an employment-by-the-city situation, and it’s probably questionable that it’s even service or a position of the city since a’s really a nomination for a position in a separate entity, the appraisal district.”
The council on Monday voted 3-3 to nominate Rick Seidel and Goff, who both applied for a single term running from Jan. I, 1992, to Dec. 31,1994.
After making the nomination, Seidel said his son has much experience working with the CAD, has attended many board meetings and will work hard as a board member.
Seidel and Mayor Pro Tem Chapa and Council Member Paul Fraser voted to nominate Rick Seidel, while Arnold Mid Council Members Clinton Brandt and Loraine Kraft voted for Goff.
The deadlocked council decided to delay the vote until a special meeting when Council Member James Goodbread, reported to be ill in a San Antonio hospital, is able to attend in order to meet an Oct. 31 nomination deadline.
The city's nominee will be included as the city nominee on a ballot to be voted on by the governing bodies of the various taxing entities the CAD serves. Each taxing entity is proportioned a certain number of votes according to population. The city's previous nominee. CAD board Chairman SD. David Jr., did not apply for another term. _____
Killeen gunman used popular 9mm pistol
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The dock-17 9mm semiautomatic pistol used Wednesday by a gunman who killed 22 people and then himself at a Killeen cafeteria is the sidearm of thousands of law officers.
“It’s one of the new more advanced 9mm’s,” said Mike Cantu-Withoff, owner of Doc’s Guns in New Braun-
fels. “It's high capacity and holds quite a few shells. The bottom port of it is that high-impact plastic. It was the gun that was called the plasti-gun but it’s got more than a pound of steel in Jilt was originally feared that the gun would not be easily detected by metal detectors but tests by the bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have proven otherwise, Cantu-Withoff said.
The handgun, made in Austria and imported by Glock Inc. of Smyrna, Ga., can fire 17 shots or 19 shots, depending on the magazine size.
The pistol is semiautomatic, meaning it fires every lime the trigger is
pulled. The cartridges are contained in a detachable magazine, allowing rapid reloading.
“Quite a few law enforcement agencies have gone to it — it's an excellent gun,” Cantu-Withoff said.
The police and sheriff’s departments in San Antonio are considering use of the weapon, he said.
“It’s somewhere between a .38 spe
cial and a .357 Magnum (in caliber)," he said. “Law enforcement agencies really like it because of the firepower it gives them."
Cantu-Withoff said he has sold some of the Glock guns at his store and that they sell for about $500.
There is no waiting period to purch-
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Renewed petition effort expected
United Way of Comal County has collected donations and pledges totaling $141,021.42 — bringing the campaign to 71 percent of its goal.
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
A group of Garden Ridge residents plans to refile a written complaint against Mayor Linda Kick ar as early as next week ofter the petition was returned as invalid.
Council Member J.P. Minikin on Thursday said ha has .e turned the complaint to petition effort spokesman Keith Richter, who originally presented it to Minikin during the council's regular monthly meeting Od. 2.
Thursday evening, Richter said the petitioners plan to amend the document to meet legal guidelines and resubmit it next next.
The petition, signed by 66 residents. asks for the resignations of Kieler and Mayor Pro Tem Patti White, citing incompetence, official misconduct and violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, Richter said. The complaint also aims to force a special council evidenciary hearing to consider the charges, he said.
After evaluating the document, Minikin returned it as invalid about a week after the meeting and said he so far has heard nothing further from Richter.
“He was advised that the statute references were out of date as of 1987 and of the fact that any statements needed to be sworn to,” Minikin said.
Klekar said she has no plans to resign because of the petition, which she says is filled with “empty accusa lions” and not representative of most residents
“It was basically an invalid document because the local government code requires that it be sworn to,” Klekar said.
Ritcher said he plans to soon meet with the Garden Ridge city attorney to clarify the leg*' requirements before he or another signee re-subnuis the document to Minikin next week, before the council’s next regular meeting.
Garden Ridge beginning its monthly recycling collection
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Garden Ridge residents are set to dump newspaper, glass, plastic and aluminum on the Municipal Complex grounds this Saturday. But it won’t be a mess
because Girl Scouts will be on hand to collect such recyclable refuse as a fundraising project.
Hie San Antonio Area Council of Girl Scouts has agreed to accept recyclable items between 9 a in and 2 p m the third Saturday of each month, beginning this weekend, said City Council Member J.P. Minikin
Recyclable items accepted will include: newspaper (without advertising slicks); glass (white, brown and green); plastics (No*. I and 2)1 and aluminum cans.
Minikin, who arranged the program, said an announcement this week in tho community’s quarterly newsletter was one of his several efforts to inform resi-ikMiis about and build support for the program.
"I also sent all Garden Ridge residents about IO days ago a special flyer in the. mail about the program, and I'll be placing reminder signs around the city (Fri- ; day) morning,” Minikin said.
Minikin has said the Oirl Scout program may someday lead to a curbside recycling program in the city.