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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 28, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas tt Wit oh wox Concerns raised about city department By DYANNE MY Staff writer Employee turnover in the City of New Braunfels building department has local builders The department regulates the towns booming construction and the builders want to see it operating at 100 percent The city has been short one building in spector since Dan Montrose resigned after working for the city less than three Since building official Joe Calvin has been doing most of the in with Department of Public Works Supervisor Fred Ryden assisting in tight The HtraldZeitung got word last week that some local contractors may be growing impatient with the frequent delays in getting a city inspector to the construction In some an inspection must be done before the next phase of construction can Contractors lose money if the crews have to stand around too Even when the city had two they sometimes didnt get around as fast as the builders Several months the New Braunfels Builders Association lobbied for a second so that both inspectors could be on the road at the same City Council approved purchase of the truck in Now theres only one Concerns have also been expressed that plumbing inspections arent being done Calvin is a master but Montrose was the departments plum bing Ryden said Wednesday that he had more than one application for Montroses but that It would probably be after 1 before he hired He does expect to have someone on board by the time the new truck is delivered in late January or early And he said the new inspector would be a licensed The building department has seen quite a few changes in personnel of Former inspectors Don Constance and Bob Fit zgerald left last The first replacement is reported to have lasted less than a Calvin started work in early a couple of weeks ahead of who resigned about a month Ryden The department clerk has also been replaced twice in the past One local contractor who asked not to be identified thinks it all boils down to See Page 8A New Braunfels New Texas HgraldZeitunq QO OKQ OQ DonAev A WEDNESDAY December 25 cents 92 258 28 Sections USPS 377880 Broken pipes plague local homes By DEBBIE DeLOACH and DYANNE FRY Staff writers With recordsetting lows over the Christinas holidays and more cold weather headed this Adolfo Sanchez is getting a real taste of his temporary As acting water superintendent for New Braunfels Sanchez is filling in for vacationing superin tendent Jessie Three foremans take turns at the acting and Sanchez was the lucky one this He and his crews have spent many hours since Christ mas Eve helping NBU customers find their water repairing major water main and trying to keep the instruments on the Utilities water tanks from Even Sanchez said his initiation as acting superin tendent hasnt been We all had a good and weve been more fortunate than he Three major water main breaks were a problem over the We were out in the 1100 block of West Mill from about Saturday to about 6 Water was shooting up in the air about 30 feet on that Sanchez A small water main leak at Ferryman and Unicorn developed into a major problem and required about four hours of on we had a split pipe on Magazine between Highway 81 and Sanchez We couldnt shut the water off so we had to fight awhile to get a clamp on Close to 200 calls came in over the weekend for shutting off water to homes and businesses with broken We got about another 100 calls on Sanchez People call in and dont know where their water cutoff We dont mind but it might be nice if people went out and located their cutoffs before this next spell just in Another headache has been frozen instruments on water storage When the gauges freeze we cant See Page 8A Gas crunch at least for now With five days of record tem peratures just and another arctic front on its way many parts of Texas are facing power Comal County isnt in serious trouble but utility companies are ad vising residents to watch those watts and Some local industries had stopped production or switched to backup fuel supplies in compliance with a natural gas curtailment imposed by the Valero That curtailment was lifted at 3 Tuesday for all but the very largest customers those using more than cubic feet of gas per In this the only customer in that category is WestPoint The companys two textile mills were running on fuel oil Robert district manager for Entex said the mills now have limited access to natural Other local which qualify as smaller are back on When asked whether the cur tailment would be reimposed when temperatures drop back into the teens Jones frankly I dont Electricity is also in heavy but New Braunfels Utilities says the Explosion levels buildings in Buffalo 6 43 hurt Lower Colorado River Authority has not set or requested any Of we need to remind customers to be conservative on their electrical said Frank superintendent of electrical Thats what is helping us now conservative As far as the local generating capacity Whats killing us is early in the like from 7 to noon Panebianco Everyone gets warms up the cooks a little DYANNE FRY Inside Soggy holidays Staff photo by Dave Kramer Two New Braunfels firemen help sweep out water from a storage area behind Roadrunner office supply at 208 Castell after a water pipe The storage area used by the Herald the office supply store and many other stores and homes had similar problems as pipes thawed New snow sweeps into state By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A record cold spell kept its grip on Texas as another arctic front plunged into the state this spreading snow from the Panhandle as far south as the Permian Basin by Temperatures had risen just high enough Tuesday to trigger a flood of calls to plumbers and utility com panies as frozen water pipes warmed and then shattered across the Readings this morning clipped into the teens in the Panhandle this morning and into the 20s over the rest of the northern half of the Ac cumulations of snow were expected to reach 6 inches along the Red River and 4 inches in the DallasFort Worth The snow was expected to reach as far into East Texas as far as Lufkin Ahead of the front and along the coastal plains and in far South Texas dense fog lowered visibilities to near At 6 it was 13 degrees at 27 at 25 at Wichita 28 at 47 at 36 at San Antonio and 55 at On the problem was water rather than Many Texans who still had water service were plagued by low pressure because of bursting mains Hospitals in Houston turned away patients who did not have life threatening conditions and limited surgery to emergency cases Some health clinics in the bayou city closed because of lack of water andor We are basically without city a spokesman at Spring See Page 8A AP Firefighters combed the smoldering ruins of a residential neighborhood today for more victims of a propane gas explosion and fire that killed at least six injured 43 and leveled a city officials Five firemen and a resident were known dead in the blast at a warehouse and another fireman was officials Of 43 people taken to three hospitals with injuries ranging from severe burns to broken bones and five were listed in critical The blast hit around just minutes after three fire trucks arrived in the neighborhood east of downtown to check a report of a propane leak around a bakery supply building and an adjacent fourstory brick Battalion Fire Chief Michael Angrisano About 15 firefighters were sear ching for the leak in and around the warehouse when the building ex ploded with two jarring blasts felt up to 15 miles The bakery and several houses in the same block were and windows were broken half a mile I thought that a nuclear war had I thought the Russians pulled one of them said Clinton a resident who heard the first fire trucks arriving aw was leaving his house to see what was happening when the explosion knocked him If I had gotten I probably would have been one of those he adding that only his hair was The debris crushed one fire truck and heavily damaged two Thirtyeight homes were according to James Casey of the American Red A kneehigh layer of rubble covered the It was not immediately known what Ignited the It was also not known what the warehouse Sarah Hampton was in the kitchen of her home across the street from the warehouse and had just finished washing dishes when the lights went off and there was a big I looked over and the house across the street was in she Her own dining room was full of wood and stuff and I had to walk through Lizzie who lives with was buried by the Itriedtopulltheituff off of bull just couldnt pull it Hampton Then I went out and Get her out Get her The fire spread quickly to the ad jacent bakery and woodframe and more than 150 firefighters battled in XHtegree temperatures to control the Rescue workers and ambulances were hampertd by ankledeep snow that fell and residents and membws of Guardian Angels crime watch group struggled to push vehicles stuck in tot 7 i is in effect today and a SO percent chance of freezing thisafternoon and a 20 percent chance tonight North will continue to chill the putting temperatures in the 20s by and into the teens Wind speeds will range from 20 to 30 miles per hour diminishing to 1525 tonight and 1015 mph on Wind advisories are in effect for Canyon Skies irill remain and temperatures will stay in the to mid30s on Sunset today will be and sunrise Thursday at i a big one for volleyball in id as all three teams were in post two won district titles and one grind priw a state chanv a fouralarm fire at a Harris County chemical plant forced a wnter close early and prompted living within three 40 IP i i t wW t f t i ft 2A The boat wont float County still leaning toward closing ramps By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer The cost of liability for Canyon Lake boat ramps was the main stumbling block between the Army Corps of Engineers and Comal Commissioners during a special meeting By the end of the the commissioners were leaning toward not renewing the ramps because of the liability another workshop on the issue will be scheduled for The special session was called since leases for two boat ramps will expire soon one on 31 and another on The ramps are currently leased by Comal County from the Under the present lease the county waives its statutory liabilty limitation and holds the Corps harmless for Under the Texas Torts Claims counties in Texas are limited to liability per individual and total pel County Judge Fred Clark recounted that during the commissioners 21 County At torney Bill Reimer had warned that unless a wor ding change was made in the Comal County could be subject to a severe penalty in excess of the total tort For an Clark said if the Corp was found liable for damages of since the county had agreed not to hold the Corps the county would have to augment in There would be no limitation no matter what that liability would Clark Noting a precedent set in a recent court Clark said he had been advised that Comal County would be liable for any amount that would be Although he was not did not state definitely what the Corps position would Canyon Reservoir Manager Phil Parsley did not believe the plan would be Clark questioned whether the Corps could enter into a lease agreement with a private or if Noting a precedent set in a recent court County Judge Fred Clark said he had been told that Comal County would be liable for any amount that would be it had to continue to lease to the county which in turn would work with the private It still has to be another governmental Parsley If the Corps doesnt want it on their why should we want it on ours asked Com missioner Charles Tart Parsley said he was surprised this was not thought about at the time of the original contracts in the Looking at the current Parsley The Corps doesnt want liability for He added that if the county returned the recreation the Corps policy would be to close although the Corps chief engineer in Washington could decide to keep them The Corps has closed two ramps permanently to consolidate facilities to cut Parsley A few are closed and they will he The marina facilities are public Parsley Explaining the two ramps were closed off by a gate and a Parsley said other closings would be on an individual Commissioner George asked Parsley what the mood of the Corps would be if another developer made a plea for a boat ramp and the county worked up an Would you all sign it the countys See Page SA
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