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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Dallas, T§xas ##5?~^lcroplex, Inc. ~*tt : Witch wobble I .0. DOX ^4-5^36 Dalles, rex os ?5?/t5 Comp. Wilson will miss Friday's contest — Page 7 na Milwaukee can wrap it up tonight Page 6 New Jrlidiiir Braunfels New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 91 — No. 205 Zeituno 14 Pages TUESDAY October 19, 1982 25 cents (USPS 377-880) Charter panel backs districts By DYANNE FRY Staff writer New Braunfels’ at-large election system has got to go, says the city Districting Charter Review Committee. In a 10-2 vote Monday night, with four members absent, the group decided to recommend that the City Council abolish the present system in favor of a district system. It recommended in unanimous votes that the city stick with a seven-member council, and that the regular election date be changed to the first Saturday in April. A 11-1 vote said the council members should continue to choose the mayor among themselves. The committee has yet to decide how many districts should be drawn. Some members favor seven single-member districts. Others like the idea of four districts, with three members elected at large. That question will be decided at the next meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Community Service Center. At that time, the committee will also consider the last item on its list of things to do: review the present polling places and decide whether additional ones are needed. As one West End resident pointed out Monday .night, all three polling places are * more or less in the center of town,” which means residents of outlying areas have to travel a long way to vote. Margaret Naegelin, non-voting chairman of the 17-member panel, said that there had been a voting yox on the West End at one time, but it was closed down for lack of use. If the city should decide to reopen it, “I don’t think that will happen again,” she told the dozen or so neighborhood residents who attended the meeting at Holy Family Parish Hall. Naegelin hopes the Nov. 15 meeting will be the committee’s last. “I don’t know if you realize it, but we accomplished a lot tonight,” she said after Monday’s session broke up. “Going into this, I don’t think there was one person that would have voted to change (the charter).” After reading up on the new state Voting Rights Act and talking with an attorney from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), most committee members agree now that the system does need to be changed. The exceptions were Roxolin Krueger and Merritt Schumann, who saw nothing inherently unfair about the present at-large system. Schumann, fearing that the U.S. Department of Justice would be involved in “anything we do from now on,” pointed out that New Braunfels is supposed to be run by and for its own citizens, lh* thought the committee should get more public input before moving ahead. “I can’t see just concluding all of a sudden that just because some organization that we don’t have any power to elect says, The- is what youjfo^p do,* that we should kowtow to them,” Schumann said. Krueger said she could see ‘some justification” for a mixed council, with some district representatives and some at-large members. “It’s See DISTRICTS, Page It Royer Reinmyer and Sherry Henke will reign over this year's Wurstfest as Der Grosse Opa ("Big Daddy”) and Miss Loverwurst. The two will appear at ceremonial functions during the 10 day celebration of the German sausage which begins October 29 .md runs through November 7Rev. Arnold captures President's award By JACQUELINE SMI TH Staff writer Rev filii Arnold thought his old friend Elliot Knox was tak’iig him to lunch Monday afternoon. little did Arnold know that he’d up being the center of attention at that lunch. Knox invited Arnold to attend Monday’s monthly hoard of directors meeting of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, where Arnold thought he’d be asked to speak about his church’s expansion plans. Instead much to his surprise, a flabbergasted Arnold was named this year’s recipient of the Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Award in the field of community service. “Of course there are many citizens in New Braunfels who are aware of your dedication to the role you play as the minister of the First Baptist Church,” Chamber President Mitch Sacco told Arnold. “However, we especially want to recognize you as a recipient of the President’s Award for the other activites iii which you are involved that greatly benefit your fellow man.” Among the “other activites” Sacco mentioned w as Arnold’s active participation in the Community Fund drive. Sacco also noted that Arnold had been a supporter and leader in many area blood drives. “But perhaps you have been most visible as a participant in youth activities both as a volunteer and in your role as a church leader,” Sacco added. Not us well known is the important contribution “you make in helping needy families and individuals who desperately need someones asistance. “We are aware that your church and the Salvation Army provide you funds for some of this work,” Sacco noted. “But we know that you also obtain contributions outside the church to help iii your efforts to come to the aid of those who are truly in need the most.” All of these endeavors, “and See ARNOLD, Page 14Bond sale By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer City Council w ill be asked to approve $3.2 million in utility system revenue bonds at its Oct. 25 meeting. That was one major result of a Utilities Board of Trustees workshop Monday night, in which two resolutions were approved. The first resolution was a notice of sale and official statement for the bonds, and the second resolution requested that the class of bonds be changed by the council with the adoption of a new bond ordinance. Floyd Westerman with M E. Allison & Co. in San Antonio, said the current class of bonds was too restrictive, and the bond ordinance adopted in 1959 was outdated. “Changes in the bond market and the acceptance of more lenient covenants in connection with the issuance of revenue bonds, point in the direction of abandoning the present structured revenue bond ordinance, and adopting a new form aud series of Utility System Revenue bonds, Westerman told the trustees, Council members Joe Rogers, Barbara Tieken and Laverne Eberhard, and Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo. The current bond ordinance also establishes Frost National Bank as the custodian for the in Utilities approves measure; City Council scrutiny next terest and sinking fund, the reserve fund and the contingencies funds on outstanding utility system revenue bonds. The new ordinance, if adopted by the council, will permit funds for the new series of utility bonds to be maintained at a local bank. It will also provide for the Utilities to be able to invest all restricted funds iii U.S. Treasury Bills or oilier direct obligations with the United States, or iii Certificates of Deposit, or any other form of deposit account which provides interest income. T he notice of sale resolution set out a tune frame, if approved by the council, of receiving bids by Nov. 15-16, and delivery or settlement of bonds on or about Dec. IO. But there’s a reason for the hurry. “A new federal law passed in 1982 says that people have to register bonds they buy after Jan I. 1983,” Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said. “That was the beauty and attractiveness of municipal bonds, because they were tax-exempt. Now the Internal Revenue Service w ill have a name lo every bond sold after Jan. I, 1983. “And that’s why we’re trying to get these bonds approved, delivered and settled by Dee. IO,” Sohn added, “because any bonds delivered before Jan I, 1983, don’t have to be registered.” The $3.2 million in utility system revenue bonds has been earmarked for immediate < 1982-84 i electric, water, sewer, and general facility un provcinent projects. Broken down by department. the dollar totals are; electric, $082,094 water, $1,995,260; sewer, $280,078; and general facility, $249,300. Major improvements planned within the electro division include data acquisition, necessary to meet federal requirements established by tile Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act al a cost •»( $250,000, and $149,335 for distribution feedei metering for effec tive load management Under water, improvements for pressure /.ones 2 and 3 totalled $08,700 Studies we have dont show that Green Valley and that side ut Interstate 55 would have little or no water if. say. then was a fire at Walnut Shopping Center," Sol in said We need let correct that situation, aiiel others in those zones." Another major water system improv .lieut undei the heading of pressure zone a totals $3 .{.OOO, and will include a pump station at the Texas St tank, a 12-inch line on T exas St. from the lank to California Blvd., and a 12-inch line along loup ;u, from California Blvd., to near Eden Home. and an eight-inch line from Loop 337 to the existing 8-inch See BONDS, Page 14 Sledge repays funds stolen from UtilitiesInside Richard Sledge By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer A piece of paper has ended the case of former manager Richard Sledge and $23,000 in stolen Utilities funds. It was a check for $38,901.87, which included interest due, and it was received by Utilities Attorney Tom Burrus Oct. 15, and formally presented to the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees Monday night. “This money represents u full settlement of the judgment, and for all practical purposes, concludes this case,” Burrus said Sledge pleaded guilty in 1980 of stealing $23,(KH) in Utilities funds in 1976. A five-year sentence to the Texas Department of Corrections was handed down by then-22nd District Judge Terry Jacks Sledge appealed his convic tion, and dodged the jail bars until Dee. 23, 1981, when his request for a rehearing was denied. He was transported to TDC in January of 1982, mistakenly paroled in May, and sent back to prison. He is still in Huntsville to this date, but will be eligible for parole iii November. Iii 1981, Utilities won a civil lawsuit against its former manager and the bunk in which he deposited the stolen funds. Sledge didn t fight the lawsuit, but Canyon Lake Hank did. A summary judgment against the bank was signed on Jan. 7, 1981, by 207th District Court Judge Robert See SLEDGE, Page 14Today's Weather Comal County calls for partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, with southerly winds near 15 mph. It will turn cooler tonight, with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers, and w inds shifting to the north at 15-20 mph later tonight. It should be* mostly cloudy and cooler Wednesday, with a 20 percent chance of rain Sunset will be at 6:57 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday w ill be at 7 .35 a in. CLASSIFIED........... 9    11 COMICS.........  12    13 CROSSWORD....... 12 DEATHS...................3 HOROSCOPE..............12 OPINIONS........ 4 SPORTS ................ 67 STOCKS.............. 14 TV LISTINGS..............12 WEATHER................2 Staff photo by John Sinter Wurstfest royalty Photo by Fiances Bridges Mitch Sacco, Bill Arnold and Donnie Seay share a laugh at Monday's luncheon ;