New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Friday, Oct. 21,1994
Serving"Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of DOUG MILLER
■ Vol. 142, No. 247
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Police chief bids farewell today
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Dennis Koepp (Saturday), Karen Har-borth, Courtney Marie Juarez (5 years!, belated), Renee Juarez (I year!, belated), Carol Gonzales, Pam Brandt, Jane Abbott, Joe Artimez, Eleanor Danis, Rosalea House, Cecilia McCormick, H. L. McGuffey, Goldie Nowotny, Wanda Schef-Aer, Irene Taylor, Carmen Rusch, Theresa Armendariz,
CISD bond rating elevated to ‘A1’
Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Comal ISD's bond rating from “A” to “Al.”
“This rating reflects the school districts overall financial health and stability, our proven ability to responsibly manage district finances and our reputation within the financial industry,” Abel Campos, CISD Business Manager said.
‘We are pleased to make this announcement. This is certainly to the credit of the superintendent, business manager, board of trustees and the entire administration,” Floyd R. Westerman, senior vice president of southwest securities,said.
The district’s increased rating is particularly significant because Moody has generally not upgraded credit rati rags for Texas organizations, according to Westerman.
‘This could foavorably affect the interest rates for the sale of the bonds approved by patrons on Sept. IO. While the bonds from that election will receive a “AAA” rating because they are guaranteed by the State, the district’s own improved bond rating may eventually result in a lower rate of interest,” Campos said.
Moody’s and Dunn and Brad-street, establish financial industry standards for government and business credit ratings.
Smith representative to speak in Sattler
A member of Congressman Lamar Smith’s staff will be in Sattler Wednesday, October 26, to assist Comal County residentss with problems or questions they may have involving federal agencies or programs.
Shelby Graves will be available to meet with constituents from 9 a m. until noon at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler. No appointment is necessary.
Congressman Smith’s district office is located at HOO N E.
Loop 410, Suite 640, San Antonio, TX 78209. (210) 821-5024.
Paean Fast movad to naw location
According to the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, recent rainy weather in the Seguin area has made it difficlut to access the roads to the outdoor pavailion area at Nolte Island Park. For this reason, the Pecan Fest Celebration will be moved to the Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum, located on South Austin Street at the fairgrounds. The event will be held this Saturday at 11 a m.
New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen said his resignation,which is effective today,followed pressure from the city manager after the chief suspended three officers in July.
Headen said City Manager Mike Shantis called him several times with anonymous complaints the manager was receiving ranging from those involving the suspended officers to someone alleging that Headen plagiarized a college paper and might have his degree pulled.
Shantis accepted Headen’s resignation last Friday after he offered the police chief the choice of taking an administrative position with the city or submitting his resignation and receiving six months severance pay.
Headen earns an annual base salary of $54,000.
The chief points to the summer suspensions as the catalysts for the resignation request.
“Some of the complaints had to do with the detective that worked Internal Affairs on one of the officers that an appeal board reversed the decision on and put him back to work. He (the officer) had three major charges against him,” Headen said. “It was after this that the complaints started coming in from the city manager.
“He ( Shantis ) did not even know who they were coming from "
Headen says he was pressured into resigning
“It’s like any
HI - 9.
when you just
kind of grow
apart. It’s hard
to look back and
say 'Oh that was the reason.’”
“Shands is the sixth city manager I have served under in the last 13 years and this was the first time I felt I was treated unfairly, totally unfairly.
Detective Sergeant John Villarreal, who investigated the charges initially leveled against the trio of officers, would not comment on the specifics of the situation.
“It is a closed chapter,” he said. “It was an internal matter.”
Headen said he did not feel the request for his resignation was deserved.
“The bottom line is he wanted my resignation and he’s got it,” said Headen. “Apparently he had a system where even though he did not know who it was, someone could call him and complain he would believe them over what turned out to be the truth "
Shands dismissed Headen’s comments by saying that things of this nature might come up when dealing with high-profile employees.
“In anything like this there arc going to be stories and even rumors but w hat I base my action on are things I see and believe,” said Shands. “The basis of this decision were true differences between the chief and I.”
Shands said he did not receive calls specifically addressing Hcaden’s job performance, but instead it was some “community discussion” that brought the police department into discussion.
Headen said he suspended the officers because it was the right thing to do.
“He wanted me out of the department for some reason, they may be the wrong reasons, but he wanted me out,” he said. “Everybody else has checks and balances except the department head.” “Shands is the sixth city manager I have served under in the last 13 years and this was the first time I felt I was treated unfairly, totally unfairly, totally wrong and I’ve been sitting here taking this.”
Philosophical differences, Shands said between he and Headen was the primary reason the two decided to pan ways.
“To me there is nothing real specific that you could put your finger on,” he said. “It’s like any relationship between people when you just kind of grow apart. It’s hard to look back and say ‘Oh that was the reason.’”
Headen said there were other situations he was involved in that may have drawn the ire of Shands or certain people in the community.
“For the record, I would do this again,” Head-cn said. “I have never been subjected to this kind of unwarranted ridicule by someone you respect as a capable manager.”
The city manager said the search for a new police chief will not start until after the new year and after a search committee is formed.
Shands also said Police Captain Ray Douglas will serve as interim chief until someone else is named.
First Protestant eyes dedication service Sunday
From staff reports
Sunday the members of First Protestant are inviting the community to celebrate with them as they dedicate their new Family Life Center. Tours of the facility will be given from 12:30 to 3 p.m., with refreshments and music provided by a string quartet.
• The Family Life Center houses First Protestant School, Daycare, Kindergarten, church offices, music department, Reno and Evclync Schumann Fellowship Hall, and a commercial sized kitchen.
• Architectural beauty of the new building includes the Walk of Faith, which leads from Coll Street to the Good Shepherd Statue located at the entrance to the building. Enhancing the Walk of Faith are the Trinitarian Fountains, symbolizing the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The Heritage Wall contains scriptures in German and artifacts from the first service held WI Good Friday, March 21,1845. The Reflecting Pool reminds of the passage, “He leads me beside the still water.”
• This structure is the latest in the evolution of the First Protestant building through the years: first cornerstone laid in 1875; first construction completed in 1879, tower added 1889, bells added 1894; clock added 1905; enlarged chancel and chapel, with interior remodeling, 1955.
New jackpot is $28 million
From wire reports
No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said The jackpot was worth $18 million.
The numbers drawn Wednesday night from a field of 50 were: 17,21, 23, 25, 29 and 39 Although there was no jackpot winner, there were 162 tickets sold with five of the six numbers, with each ticket worth SI,777. There were 10,949 tickets with four of six numbers, with each winning $95. And there were 197,033 tickets sold with three of six numbers, with each worth an automatic S3.
Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Saturday night’s game will be $28 million. .
Deputies given okay for more hours per year
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Tiffany Brandt of the youth group at First United Methodist Church stands in a collection of pumpkins which are to be sold by the youth group as part ol their fall fund raisers. Thousands of pumpkins were delivered to die church on Oct. 19 and sale began the next day. The group Is offering Halloween face painting and story telling while people pick out their pumpkins. The youth are raising money for their mission trips, retreats and other activities.
Free flu shots available today for seniors
From staff reports
Influeza (flu) vaccine will be available iree to Comal County senior citizens age 60 and over today at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa St.
The free clinic began this morning at 9 a m. and will continue through 4 p.m. this afternoon According to officials with the Comal Coun
ty Health Department, flu vaccine is plentiful this year.
The free flu shots are being made available by the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club, the Comal County Senior Citzens and the Comal County Health Department. Additional free clinics will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church and the Canyon Lake Action Center during November.
Commissioners Court Thursday revised a policy to allow the deputy constable in Precinct 2 to work more than the 900 hours per year.
Much of the added work comes from serving hot checks, said Preston Overstreet, deputy constable for Precinct 2. He said that he has collected over $37,000 in hot checks and routinely works at least 35 hours a week.
The problem is not a new one, said County Judge Carter Cav ted. If the county increases hours, they have to include benefits.
“I want to know what is the solution for this topic7” she said “This comes up year after year.”
“It certainly is expanding all the time,” said County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander of the hot-check problem “ . . Those who are responding and doing the job, give them what they need ”
Constable Ed Mullins of Precinct 4 said his precinct also spends great amounts of time with hot checks He said if the hours are not increased for deputy constables, the county would have to hire more sheriffs deputies, some for the only purpose of serving warrants on hot checks Commissioner Morris “Moe” Schwab suggested the issue of increasing the hours be taken on a case by case basis
Tax abatement approved for American Freightways
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Commissioners Court Thursday approved a tax abatement for American Freightways, Inc., a company that plans to move into Comal County.
The trucking company plans to build a 72-door truck facility, including 8,000 square feet of office and maintenance areas, on 18.2 acres of land off Farm-to-Market Road 3009 within the Schertz city limits,
"This does not look like an old truck facility. We run a clean facility,” said Project Director Jim Trammel.
He said 23 tractors would increase the size of the operation, which would run 24 hours. He also said 40 new employees would be hired by the company, many of whom he said would most likely live in Comal County.
“We’re looking at 18 to 20 people for the shop nght off the bat,” he said
The abatement extends over an eight-year period, at 80 percent for the first three years, 60 percent for the next three, and 30 percent for the next two. This is the same abatement period that was given to Casco and American Direct, two companies expected to expand and move into Comal County “We will try to be somewhat consistent,” said County Judge Carter Casteel, who questioned if the county wanted to be aggressive in bringing businesses to the county.
“We were consistent before the last two,” said Commissioner J. L. “Jumbo” Evans, who said the county had a shorter abatement period before the Casco and American Direct deals. Evans voted against the abatement.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 (Metro) 606-0846