New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
best available copy25 CentsThursdaySeptember 12, 1991Vol. 139, No. 212
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUN \
One Section, 12 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Kristine McDonald, Rox-anne Gutierrez, Jams Wommack, Johnny Martinez Jr., Harold Bennett, Hilmar Hartmann and JoJo Klein.
Wishes for a happy anniversary today to Hilmar and Adeline Haitian, the Rev. and Mrs. Amel Kins father and Patricia and Lawrence Saunders.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d Idee to share in the greetings.
Girt Scouts needed
Girl Scouts are needed for the Comal County Fair Parade Sept. 27. Kay Smith has coordinated this year’s float and all girls are welcome to ride on it. Meet at the float at 8 am. the day of the parade on Sycamore Street. For more information call Smith at 625-6581.
Scout Country Fair
New Braunfels area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will sell Scout Country Fair tickets at a variety of locations Saturday, Sept. 14. The Scorn Country Fair will be at McGimscy Scout Park in San Antonio on Oct. 19. At the fair there will be numerous activities, games and exhibits of interest to everyone. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will benefit local packs, troops and the Alamo Area Boy Scout Council.
New Braunfels Newcomers Club will have a potluck supper Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at Lamia Park Pavilion #16. Bring a covered djsh and drinks.
Teen Connection is seeking volunteers to enhance services offered in the girls and boys shelters, alternative school, outpatient counseling service and outreach program, the thrift shop and the new teen parent program.
Training is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8 am. to 3 pm. at Teen Connection, 1414 W. San Antonio St. in New Braunfels. This will be followed by a self-esteem workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. presented by Teen Connection Director Nancy Ney. For more information or to pre-register for the training call 629-6571.
CPR and firstaid
Comal County Chapter of the American Red Cross will soon sponsor CPR and first aid classes at the Garza Street Classroom across from McKenna Memorial Hospital. Community CPR will be offered from 6-10 p.m. Sept. IO and 12 and Oct. 12 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; standard first aid, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m.-5 pm. and Oct 8 and 9 from 6-10 pm.
Classes are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register call 620-1999.
Any Canyon High School FFA or Junior FFA member interested in raising lambs or broilers have a mandatory meeting Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Agriculture Science building at CHS. Lamb raisers will meet at 7 pm. and broiler raisers will meet at 8 pm.
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Southeast winds at about IO mph should accompany today's high near 92, falling to an overnight low near 72. Partly cloudy conditions yield a slight chance for afternoon or evening rainfall. Similar conditions are forecast for Friday. Wednesday’s high in New Braunfels was 91 and the overnight low was 67. In the 24-hour period ending at 7 am. today, .01 inch of rain was recorded. For more weather information, please see Page 2.
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
A divided New Braunfels City Council voted 4-3 early Thursday to retain City Manager Paul Grohman after a four-hour meeting behind closed doors.
In a brief open session following the executive session, Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. made a motion to keep Grohman, and Council Member Bill Arnold seconded the motion. Voting in favor were Chapa, Arnold, Clinton Brandt and Loraine Kraft, while Mayor James Goodbrcad and Council Members Rudy Seidel and Paul Fraser voted no. Some of the 30 or so remaining audience members clapped following the vote.
After the meeting, the mayor said serious questions concerning Grohman remain unanswered in his mind. Allegations discussed during the executive session were sufficient enough to warrant dismissal, but several council members went into the meeting with minds already made up, Goodbread said.
“There’s too many, numerous people who are not supporting Mr. Grohman in this employment. I sec some ethical problems, and I’d really rather go into that at a later time,” Goodbrcad said.
Grohman, also commenting after the meeting, said he was encouraged by four council members listening to the facts, despite Grohman not being given the opportunity to face his accusers.
The accusations appeared to center on the testimony of a single employee who felt too much was expected of them, Grohman said.
“When you’re a manager, you expect productivity, you expect excellence, and you do make people mad sometimes because they arc not willing to give what’s necessary to get the job accomplished,” Grohman said. “We really are so thin in our staffing that we don’t have the luxury of having anyone doing an adequate job. We must do an above-par job.”
Goodbread said the executive session involved more than one employees’ comments about Grohman's management, but that he could not elaborate because the matter was discussed in executive session.
Only time will tell whether Grohman can continue to function effectively as city manager here, said Goodbread, who added that he personally planned no future executive sessions on the matter.
Chapa said he was disappointed with the way the mayor handled the situation, especially because Goodbread before the executive session withheld information from at least three council members that Goodbread had gathered concerning Grohman.
“Even certain staff members received information before some of the council,” Chapa said.
Ooodbread said, while he did not have enough confidence in Chapa to reveal any information beforehand, every council member heard the
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A road grader/maintainer and front-end loader are visible at the scene of a Wednesday mishap that killed grader operator George Franke Fromme. (Photo by Robert Stewart)
Grader crushes man, 58
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A Comal County man was killed Wednesday in a freak construction accident when the road grader/ maintainer he was operating slid down an embankment into a tree, crushing him.
George Frank Fromme, 58, of the 5200 block of Highway 281 was declared dead by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith at 1:30 p.m. Smith ruled die cause of death accidental and determined the time of death to be about I p.m.
Fromme was building a road off Spring Branch Road near Bulverde to provide access to several tracts of property. His George Fromme Construction Company had been contracted to build the road. His son, George Fromme Jr. of New Braunfels, was working with him at the time of his death.
Chris Kern and Reagan Grounds of the Bulvcrdc/Spring Branch EMS arrived on the scene quickly, but the death apparently had been instantaneous. Fromme Jr. used a front-end loader to push the tree branch up to free the body that was pinned between the tree and the steering wheel and control levers.
Fromme Jr. said he was working up a nearby hill and did not actually see the accident take place.
“He was a well-liked man in the arca,” Kern said.
There was about a 30-minute wait before a Justice of the Peace could be found lo declare the death.
“He had Iou of bruise marks on the front of his chest,” said Criminal Investigator Carl Davis of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department.
The men had been building the road since June according to James Morris, an owner of nearby property.
Representatives of Doeppcnsc-hmidt Funeral Home retrieved the body. Funeral arrangements are pending.
CED sets .91 cent tax rate
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The board of trustees of the Comal County Education District approved a tax rate of .91 cents per SKX) valuation of property at their meeting Wednesday night.
This rate will be charged to homeowners in addition to taxes paid to school districts.
The board also approved a CED budget of $26,660 for the 1991-92 school year.
“We will come back to you in the middle of the (school) year for budget ammendments," said Abel Campos, Comal Independent School District business manager. “We will have to add in attorney’s fees of 15 percent
for delinquent collections that are actually paid by the delinquent taxpayer but we still have to put it in the budget.”
CISD was previously selected by the board to be administrator of the CED.
Board President Leroy Good son asked how much the Comal Appraisal District will charge for collections. The district already charges a .80 cents per parcel collection fee to CISD and will charge an additional .20 cents per parcel for CED taxes, Campos said.
"The Appraisal District had to acquire new software to add an extra line to the tax statement,” Campos said.
Total estimated collection cost is $12,660 with $11,200 of that for Comal County collections and $1,460 for New Braunfels collections.
Another expense in the budget is a $500 miscellaneous operating expense. Campos explained that over $300 of that was for the filing of form 1023 with the Internal Revenue Service to establish the CED's identity as a government entity with exempt status. This means that the CED will not have to file any annual forms with the IRS, Campos said.
Trustee Dick Robineit asked if the Attorney General of Texas could just file one form for the entire CED system.
“I checked with TEA (Texas Edu
cation Agency) and it was their opinion that each CED had to file separately.” Campos said.
“That’s a way for the federal government to generate more revenue," said Lonnie Curtis, New Braunfels ISD assistant superintendent for finance.
To determine a tax rate, a $17,621,998 funding requirement provided by the state as a target amount was used and a 90 percent collection rate was estimated.
“We need a rate of .91 cents to cover refunds, appraisal errors and so on,” Campos said.
Trustees Lee Ikels asked if all
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Local angler had line on Soviet coup attempt
A fishing trip to tbs Soviet Union held some tense moments for Jeronimo Jergins of New Braunfels—his party survived a plane crash during the failed coup. (Photo by Mark Warnken)
By MARK WARNKEN Stall Writer
New Braunfels resident and world-class angler Jeronimo Jergins lived a piece of history on a fishing trip to the Soviet Union during the recent failed coup.
Jergins’ adventure, which started with a quest to a remote pan of Siberia in search of a rare salmon, included a plane crash and some tense moments at their small hotel during the coup, which has triggered a series of historic events.
Along on the trip were Clive Gammon, senior writer with Sports Ulus (rated magazine; Jerry Ivy, a nationally recognized angler from the Seattle area; and Jergins' father, Jerry. Jergins, owner of Jeronimo Jergins & Associates, develops hunting and fishing tours throughout the world. He also is co-owner of the Mazatlan Charlies restaurant in Gruene.
When leaving a remote village near the fishing sites to return to a larger Soviet city for the flight back to Anchorage, the 20-passenger Aeroflot
plane carrying Jergins and his companions crashed at the end of the runway during takeoff. Another IOO feet and they may all have died, he said.
Group members had another surprise in store for them when they returned to their hotel to await another flight, he said.
“When we returned to the little village, the coup was going on," Jergins said. “All of the sudden, a bunch of Amencans were showing up and the coup was going on. We were warned to lock our doors because they thought we might be CIA. All they knew was that their country was in upheaval and here were these Americans. They had never seen Americans where we were.”
Jergins said they watched the coup unfold on Soviet television, with the help of their interpreter, while silting with villagers and soldiers.
Because the wrecked plane blocked the nearby runway, a helicopter later was sent to the village to pick up the stranded passengers. Once again the group faced obstacles because the
helicopter was loaded with canons of eggs — enough to fill a truck. But the village wasn’t prepared to buy the merchandise, which had to be delivered before the passengers could be picked up.
"We wound up paying $500 for a truckload of eggs for the villagers so we could get the hell out of there,” Jergins said.
The fishing trip targeted the taimen, perhaps the rarest salmon in the world. This intelligent fish grows to IOO pounds and prefers dwelling in deep spots in the rivers it never leaves — factors which combine to make ti a challenging game fish, Jergins said.
But its future appears bleak. Local fishermen scoop up the taimen in nets when the rivers run low in winter, and the fish is slow to reach maturity, he said.
“This is a fish that lakes 15 to 20 years before being able to reproduce,” Jergins said. ‘The taimen likely will be extinct incur lifetimes.”
Jergins said his company likely
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