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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 21, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas exas Her op 75 45 New Braunfels New Texas 92 16 Pages FRIDAY January 25 cents USPS 377880 Saks family files suit against county By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Slightly more than a year after they threatened to do the David Saks family has filed a million lawsuit against Comal the Government and Canyon Lake developer Tom Four members of Saks family drowned on July 1981 when their car plunged off the Village West boat ramp into Canyon his two of his and his former wifes parents are suing the county for what they claim was the wrongful death of Saks Ethel 90 his wife Gloria 38 and daughters and president of Handy Dan in San An and his son the other passengers in the car during the July 5 ac escaped injury from the sinking 1980 dark blue Attorneys from Kelleher and the San Antonio law firm obtained by Saks have claimed that the Saks car went into the water due to andor intentional conduct of the county in either the operation or maintenance of the alone or with These alleged negligent acts created or permitted other circumstances to exist that afffected safety and created or permitted other dangerous conditions to according to a letter presented to Commissioners Court in 1982 when Saks first informed the county that they in tended to file The contends that it was not negligent in the County Judge Fred Clark said We take the position that the county didnt do anything based on the facts we he Village West boat ramp at Turkey Cove is licensed to Comal County by the Corps of as well as seven A small nonreflective sign indicating a boat belonging to the Turkey Cove was about 100 to 150 feet from the lakes edge at the time of the Saks The only lighting in the area was a mercury vapor light on a pole about 100 feet from the The Saks family was returning from visiting friends around July 1981 when Saks turned into the Turkey Cove Motel instead of following Skyline The car sank about 50 feet from the shoreline in about 12 feet of The Government is listed as a party in the on behalf of the Army Corps of which leased the Turkey Cove boat ramp to the Philip reservoir manager of the Canyon Lake Corp said Friday that the Saks family first filed a claim against the Army Claim which turned down the claim sometime in The Saks family could not file suit against the government until that claim against the Army Claim Service was turned Par sley The Attorney Generals office will be handling the Corps defense in the case since it a federal the developer for Village West and his two corporations Sheridan Homes and Sheridan Properties are also listed as parties in the County Judge Fred Clark said Sheridan was unavailable for comment by Saks family is seeking in damages from the three parties the Sheridan and the Clark In Saks family is also seeking three times the million for gross neglect in exemplary from the parties Clark The has limited liability of per person or per in Clark This is according to the Texas Port said Murray owner of Ferguson Insurance the countys local This act limits See Page 16 Inflation drops level in TO years WASHINGTON AP Consumer restrained at the end by a big December rose just percent in gain in a the government said Decembers percent drop inflation for the year also held down by record falls in gasoline mortgage interest Last months only the second recorded since 1965 equalled Marchs The full years advance in the higher rate last year than in 1981 economists attributed the inroads made last year in controlling inflation mostly to the serious good crop harvests and the worldwide oil the Labor Department said gasoline prices for the year fell the most since the Depression year of when records were first Gasoline prices had risen per cent in percent the year percent of the Labor Department despite a record increase in natural gas White House spokesman Larry Speakes said the report was good It shows we have gone a long way toward winning the battle against The department said that a percent drop in mortgage interest rates the lowest since records were first kept in 1952 and a further easing in energy prices were responsible for about threefourths of the moderation in the yearly inflation In December housing costs overall tumbled driven by a sharp percent drop in home financing Home prices them selves rose a tiny percent Food prices also off Gasoline prices declined per At years such prices were percent below their March 1981 Medical care as they had all Such expenses were up percent last month for the they shot up 11 Of all the components in the only medical care costs grew at a when Middle East oil producers raised their prices and gas lines appeared around the Food reflecing in part the bountiful rose only percent last down from the percent increase of a year Housing costs for the year rose well under the sharp percent increase of Home financing costs tumbled 6 percent they had soared 20 percent the year But home prices themselves rose at a sharper rate last jumping percent after a per cent gain in The fullyear consumer price in crease was the smallest since the percent of 1971 and when wage and price controls were in Inflation was percent in 1980 and percent in Todays announcement was the second time in a week that the department had reported a sharp full year easing in a major inflation Last the department said its Producer Price Index for finished goods the wholesale price index See Page 16 Cold ducks Winter means throwing an extra blanket two on the if youre a Landtjj Park you carry your electric blanket Stall photo by John Senter with These two ducks demonstrate the making them look like snowballs with eyes and webbed Running out of money City Council may be key to Rec Centers future ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer The Landa Recreation Center opened its doors in December launched by donations of money and labor from different sectors of the its sponsors are facing a bleak fact available funds wont permit them to keep those doors open much Members of the Landa Recreation Association will appear before the City Council Monday night with a plan for saving the Theyre going to propose that the City of New Braunfels take over its future Association president Michael contacted this week by the says its just an idea at ftjis Its the best one his board has conic up but it will be up to the council to make a What weve been trying to do is feel out the City Council Doherty Hes talked to he seemed to like the and some Right I feel like theyre at least listening to what we have to Their main the ones that didnt like is the he In when the council was dividing up next years revenue sharing rec center director Robert Bouse told the council that very few recreation programs of this sort really support Most are either by city governments or by some such as United As Ed another board put Landa Recreation Center is not in a position of positive cash The effort got off the ground in early 1981 with a donation from the Wurstfest Association and a revenuesharing allocation from the Various groups have donated money and equipment along the but the centers only regular income is from annual membership the 50cent daily use fee for nonmembers and a few video This income has been boosted by periodic rum mage chili suppers and other cooperative Starting in the summer of board members See REC Page 16 White wins battle in Senate Governor to review Clementsappointments Inside Governor Mark White AUSTIN AP In an historic legislative Texas senators have voted to allow Democratic Mark White to review 59 appointments made by lameduck Republican Bill the man White defeated in the 2 general The session included senators on they said voting against friends and political sup Fortythree Clements nominees survived Senate votes Thursday by close but still face possible public hearings before they can be con These are painful votes for a lot of said Kent Tati DEl described his votes to return nominees to White as some of the most difficult in his 10year Senate Democrats said they were trying to change a tradition started by John Connally in 1969 when he made hundreds of appointments just before leaving a maneuver that took the privilege away from incoming Preston who later switched to the Republican was one of the victims Thursday as the Senate voted 1912 to return his appointment as a regent at the University of his alma Asked if he intended to reappoint White I would think that would be one of mpst remote former House Speaker Bill Claytons appointment as a Texas regent also was returned to Republicans claimed Democrat Whites mass recall effort was pure went on record in favor of a proposal that would stop him from making ap pointments near the end of his The governor won major victories Chet said after the session had but I think the Senate came out of it No bridges were Brooks predicted White would reappoint 80 per cent to 90 percent of the nominees returned to I think its been mischaracterized as a victory for me or a defeat for me or a victory for White told I think what its going to be is a victory for the state of Texas in changing the policy so we dont have a recurrence of Twentyfour of the 31 senators filed a bill Thursday that would prevent lameduck appointments by an outgoing In urging the Senate to return Clements reap pointment of John Blocker of Houston as an Caperton noted that Blocker was a good friend and good regent and had hosted a fund raiser for Craig one of Claytons lawyers in the former speakers Brilab said Clayton is a friend and will be a friend when I cast a vote against him and leave this Other nominees who were returned to the See Page 16 Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for cloudy and cold through Winds will be from the northeast at 510 mph and light Chance of light rain or drizzle is 50 percent and 30 percent Sunset will be at and sunrise Saturday will be at The extended forecast is partly cloudy Sunday and mostly cloudy with an expected warming Cowboys and Indians Believe or some Dallas Cowboys say they like to play the Washington Redskins in front of the hostile crowd at RFK Stadium in The hatred flowing from the Redskin fans gets their adrenaline they The game is Saturday the winner will represent the National Football Conference in the Super Page RELIGIOUS Canyon Takes MB Stephanie Burch hit a jumper with 10 seconds remaining in the game to give the Canyon Cougarettes a 4140 district basketball victory over the New Braunfels The win puts CHS at 20 against NB this See Page Chamber Banquet Everything is set for New Braunfels first session of Congress at tonights annual Chamber of Commerce which starts at 7 The event is sold but the Chamber is still taking reservations for can The theme will be a mock version of a joint session of the the House and During this the Chamber Congress will consider the State of the Cham hear various proposals for 1983 and recommendations for in dividuals for medals and other
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