New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
fticofilm Center Comp, 0, Box 45W 6 callas, Texas 7^235Officials appointed to tally election votes
In anticipation of upcoming elections, county commissioners appointed three election officials at their regular meeting yesterday but not without some discussion.
Balking at County Clerk Irene Nuhn’s recommendation that the manager of the central counting station should be a county commissioner, Comm. Monroe Wetz said, “I don’t think it should be any elected official. There would always be the
possibility of a conflict of interest.” Mrs. Nuhn replied that it was the responsibility of Commissioners Court to oversee elections.
After agreeing that the presiding judge should be someone who is familiar with the voting process and can keep everything going, commissioners decided Mrs. Nuhn should be the presiding judge. “I will be responsible for overseeing the operation, but I want no interference
on election night,” she told commissioners.
Texas Election Laws, the codebook used to determine duties and authority of election officials, states that the presiding judge ‘‘may be present at any time and at any place within the counting station and may make suggestions to and counsel with the manager and tabulation supervisor concerning any and all phases of the election.
It continues, “He shall be responsible for maintaining order at the counting station ... and supervise the service of all watchers ... and central counting station personnel, ... between the time that actual counting of the ballots is begun and the time for official closing of the polls if counting is begun before the polls are closed.”
Commissioners also appointed Lynell Hinojosa manager of the central counting station and Scott Gosdin
Gosdin, who is a computer specialist, will be in charge of the operation of the electronic equipment. Hinojosa was authorized by commissioners to select a co-worker to assist her with her duties.
The election code states that, “The manager of the central counting station is in charge of the overall processing of the ballots at the central counting station and is responsible for
setting up a plan for the orderly performance of the various duties required at the counting station and for making the necessary arrangements for the orderly handling of the ballots and other records after they are delivered to the counting station.
“He shall assign the specific duties to be performed by the clerks employed at the counting station, and shall be responsible for the proper instruction of the clerks in the performance of their duties.”
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(USPS 377-880) New Braunfels. TUMEconomic indicators increase
WASHINGTON (AP) - A government barometer designed to indicate future movements in the economy rose in August for the third month in a row, the Commerce Department said today.
The Index of Leading Indicators increased 1.9 percent to a level of 131.0. The July increase, originally calculated as a record 4.6 percent, was revised downward to 3.7 percent because orders for new plants and equipment fell short of expectations.
An increase in the average work week was the biggest contributor to the August improvement. Hitting the August index hardest was the layoff rate, which indicated more Americans were losing their jobs.
As the economy moves to the bottom of a recession or begins recovery, factories often allow workers to put in more overtime before laid-off employees are rehired.
The layoff rate had posted significant gains in June and July; in fact, it was the biggest contributor to the July increase. The average work week had declined in June and held steady in July — the only indicator not to show an improvement in July.
The three months of improvement in the overall index still leaves it considerably below the year-ago level of 140.1. The index fell 12.6 percent from October through May and now has recovered 6.6 percent in June through August.
The index is made up of 12 separate indicators and is designed to predict monthly declines or increases in the overall health of the economy.
There is no hard and fast rule, but many econonusts believe a three-month improvement in the figures would signal an end to the recession which began last January.
Finance director named
hinges on conferees'
A new city finance director has been appointed by City Manager E.N. Delashmutt.
James A. Jeffers will take over the job from Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo, who has handled it since Kenneth Timmermann resigned last February.
Jeffers said Tuesday the position was his “first stab” at municipal govern
ment. He has served as a treasurer or finance officer for Army hospitals. His most recent assignment was at the Academy of Health Science Services at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where he was in charge of the extension service division.
“I have a degree in public administration, so I had my ear to the ground for a job like this,” he said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials, although still expecting a last-minute reprieve from Congress, are preparing to shut down virtually the entire government tonight, except those activities needed to protect “life and property.”
The unprecedented step will become necessary if Congress fails to complete action on an emergency spending bill in time for President Carter to sign it before midnight.
House-Senate negotiators arranged to begin meeting today to work out differences between the two chambers’ versions of the bill.
Robert Havel, spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget, said federal agencies already have plans for closing down operations Wednesday although adding that some details “are still being ironed out.” Havel said late Monday it is not yet clear just which federal officials could
Jeffers lives in Bracken, but is planning to move to New Braunfels in the near future.
“I was born and raised in Victoria, so this is about my size town,” he said.
Jeffer’s wife, Edith, is German. They have two children attending Baylor University and Canyon High School.
Young Adult Conservation Corps workers are busy laying curbs of native stone in Landa Park along drives where previously there were concrete car stops.
continue working under the “life and property” exemption, although adding, “We’re still hoping the bill will be completed.”
The “life and property” rule apparently would allow much of the military to continue to function, as well as federal prisons, veterans’ hospitals and many police activities.
But, unlike previous years when one or two agencies have been threatened with shutdowns, tliis year’s stopgap spending bill covers nearly the entire federal government and its five million civilian and military employees.
The bill’s scope is unusually broad because none of the 13 regular appropriations bills has been enacted into law as fiscal iBSUafids tonight at midnight.
Also, government officials are confronted with a ruling issued by Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti in April saying they cannot legally spend
money unless specifically authorized to do so by Congress.
That spending authority expires tonight.
Congress failed to move quickly Monday to approve the stopgap spending bill, despite a Senate concession on the troublesome issue of public financing tor abortions,
Before approving the spending bill early Monday afternoon, the Senate accepted, 47-37, a House proposal to let states make restrictions on Medicaid abortion payments even tougher than federal regulations.
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The Senate approved those restrictions again but also agreed to permit states to limit Medicaid abortion payments to just cases where a woman’s life is in danger.
Courthouse roof repair cost a worry
The second large rainfall of the year, after months without a drop, brought county commissioners back to the subject of the leaky Courthouse roof at the regular meeting yesterday.
County Engineer Dwight Horton told commissioners he had received
responses from two roofing companies, and had a proposal from architect Michael Branecky, which calls for major repairs estimated to cost $40,000.
Extensive repairs would include sealing the entire metal roof with a
substance that requires the temperature to be no lower than 55 degrees and no moisture. Commissioners agreed that this being the case, no major repair work could be done during the winter months.
Arvin Brehm of Chism Roofing Co. in
San Antonio told commissioners that another route to consider would be a whole new roof. Regarding repairs, he said, “The best you’ll get on this nearly 100-year-old roof is a one- or two-year guarantee. If you go with all new material — either standing seam
metal or concrete roof tile — you will get a 50-year guarantee.”
Conun. Orville Heitkamp recommended the court ask Horton to do an evaluation of the deterioration of the metal and soldering on the existing roof.Catholic bishops desire tolerant contraceptive violations attitude
VATICAN CITY (AP) — American Roman Catholic bishops called on Pope John Paul II to take a more tolerant attitude toward the millions of Catholics who violate the church’s ban on contraception.
“We cannot credibly treat the problem of contraception without clear and honest recognition of the grave demographic problem of our times,” Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco told more than 200 Catholic bishops holding a month-long synod on the role of the Christian family in the modern world.
Speaking on behalf of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States, Quinn said Monday: “A very large number of men and women of good do not accept the (church’s) teaching on the intrinsic evil of each and every use of contraceptives.” Asserting that these people cannot be dismissed as “obdurate, ignorant” people of bad will, he called on the
Vatican to sponsor “a completely honest examination” of the birth control issue resulting in a new church doctrine of “responsible parenthood.”
Russell Shaw, a spokesman for the U.S. delegation to the synod, said Quinn was not pressing for specific change in the church’s rejection of contraception but rather for a more sympathetic attitude toward couples who feel they must use the mechanical and chemical methods of birth control banned by the church.
“Pope Paul VI took a very compassionate view toward people, who, for one reason or another, couldn’t live up to the teachings of the church,” Shaw said.
The only method of birth control accepted by the Catholic Church is the rhythm method of abstinence from sexual relations during the fertile period before a woman’s menstrual period.Full-time sheriff's workers have liability insurance
After performing their duties for several years without the benefit of liability insurance, full-time employees of the Sheriff’s Department are now covered by a policy purchased by Commissioners Court at the regular meeting yesterday.
Coverage also includes members of the department’s governing body, which is the county commissioners, but does not include any volunteer or reserve officers. The policy will provide payment of $‘250,000 per occurrence up to $500,000 per year for liability incurred as the result of a negligent act, or an error or omission of an employee while on duty.
“The only thing not covered is a willful violation of the law by a law
enforcement officer,” said in-suranceman Murray Ferguson, who sold the policy to the county for an annual premium of $2,362.59.
In another insurance-related matter on the agenda, commissioners heard a presentation from Phyllis Stepp of Blue Cross-Blue Shield. She proposed a policy for all county employees which would provide term life insurance as an employment benefit.
At a cost of approximately $900 per month, the county could provide life insurance in the amount of an employee’s annual salary to each employee at no cost to him.
Comm. Tart Mund said, “Employees would have to be made aware that this is like a raise to them,” to which
County Judge Max Wommack replied, “It would be just another fringe benefit of working for Comal County.”
After Stepp assured commissioners that this is the cheapest life insurance available, and that employees would not be able to buy insurance at this price on an individual basis, Comm. Wetz said, “I have to decide what to do with the taxpayers’ money.” Comm. Mund added, “and they can’t eat all those benefits.”
After discussion of different ways the insurance could be handled, it was concluded that it would be a bidding situation. “If we decide to go out for bids, we’ll let you know,” he told Stepp.