Tuesday, March 5, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 410 M053 MICROPLEX MITCH WOMBLE BOX 45436 TX 75245 291 Parks board agrees to give Whatley more authority By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer Parks and recreation advisory board agreed with a letter from the city manager to allow the parks director to handle more business City manager Joe Michie wrote the parks asking for fewer items to go oh the city councils r Im not only in favor of but a lot of the things that we discuss in these meetings really ought to be under your Weve got a qualified man here to make these Lets let him do his board member Robert Hamel said to Parks Director David Board President Carl Fox saying that with the present minor decisions have up taking a long time to be At other places I the way it was usually done is that on the routine like the waiving of fees and the parking these requests would be made to the park and he would come up with a recommendation he would present to his advisory Whatley ad ministrative decisions would be made and reported to the The parks director suggested that the advisory board shbuld be in volved insetting policy but the Im plementation would be his In decisions that would involve several departments had to be taken to the advisory board and then to city Policy making is not the its the exceptions to policy that we need to decide Allene board Another board Irtna said that when the citizens of New Braunfels did not like one of Whatelys the parka board would hear about it because the local See Page SA Unicorns bound for final 4 Page6 New Braunfels Herald Ntw Texas Tuesday March 25 Cents 12 Pages Man survives hanging try By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A 31yearold Missouri man who tried to hang himself in the Comal County Jail Sunday was listed in fair condition today at a San An tonio Dwayne Lee Dodson of is in the intensive care unit at Methodist a spokeswoman there said at presstime He had been transferred there from McKenna Memorial Jail Administrator John Jenkins said an unemployed truck had only been inside the jail cell 10 minutes before he tried to hang Jenkins said he was arrested at for allegedly driving while He was put in the cell at 11 and found at Jenkins Dodson reportedly took his shirt tied it to a cross bar ap proximately five feet from the and dropped to his We found him that way with his lower legs folded underneath Jenkins Two jailers who were on duty are EMTs emergency medical and they immediately started CPR cardiopulmonary Thats what saved the guys Jenkins They got his heartbeat back before EMS Emergency Medical Service got Jenkins said there were two prisoners in the cell next to Dodsons during the hanging But they couldnt see what was going he Businessman Seidel enters city race A late Monday afternoon filing makes the race for the District 4 spot on City Council a threeway Local businessman Rick Seidel filed for the District 4 seat Monday afternoon only two days before the Wednesday filing The election is April Seidel joins former mayor George Erben and independent businessman Rolf Moore in that District 3 competition is split between dentist Edward businessman Yale and investment broker Darrell District 3 incumbent Joe Rogers chose not to run while District 4 incumbent Stratemann could not seek reelection because he doesnt live in his A new election which comprises four districts and three atlarge has taken effect since Stratemann was reelected in Seidel was unavailable for com ment by presstime X rl Although spring isnt officially here and wont be for and pleasant If anything another two weather in Central Texas has been warm buzzing about a DERYL is a sign of its a bee Bonding ByDANASTELL Staff writer Ideas for a latespring city bond issue election were tossed around among City Council and members of city and Chamber of Commerce advisory committees Monday Mondays workshop was the third on the bond Although no specific cost estimates or projects have been finally ap the dollar figure for the bond proposal nears Financial advisor Floyd Wester in a letter to City said the city could issue million worth of bonds for a tax rate increase of around 18 Current city tax is 25 cents per property Of that 4 cents goes to retire a million bond debt from a 1968 In his Westerman told In my it would be conceivable that the city would never need to have a tax rate for all bonded debt purposes in excess of 10 cents on the taxable assessed groups discuss election proposals Inside His letter also pointed out that the tax rate increase would be minimal because of the interest income from invested bond In his calculations of the citys property Westerman figured in about million that will be returned this year when the homestead exemption drops from 40 prcent to 30 He also added 15 percent to the expected increase in total property values which will rise when the appraisal district completes its 1985 property Mayor Barbara Tieken said Westerman also is calculating the value of industrial and other types of property recently annexed into the Council Monday reviewed the four sections of the proposed bond issue improvements to drainage public and Some proposals in each category have been agreed upon and will be sent to the Options and Opportunities Committee to compile into a Other such as recon struction of the underpasses on South Seguin and on Landa will be referred back to the original com then sent to Options and which will report to It would be good to get back out to the various committees and standing Tieken adding that the boards could finetine the Drainage At the previous drainage committee chairman Gene Rutherford promised cost estimates for four drainage Engineers propose that refurbishing the entire Green Valley drainage channel all the way to the river will cost about while work on the drainage system at Landa Street and Fredericksburg Road will cost about Rutherford said the constant flooding problem at West San An tonio and Santa Clara could be fixed for about and the main plaza drainage system could be worked on for about See Page 3A GBRA stops river flow to survey Canyon Dam BySANDRAJACKSON Staff writer Waters flowing down the Guadalupe River from Canyon Dam ceased flowing this morning while the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority personnel surveyed the The flow will be stopped for most of the We plan to have a survey crew in the discharge conduit to verify that the steel lining we plan to install for the hydro project will irgeed GBRA assistant manager Greg Rothe explained that he wants to verify the size find alignment of the existing and be sure it is compatible with plans for con struction of the tydjroflectriQ generation plant to be built at Canyon Dam if all permits can be GBRA is waiting for a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory having already secured the needed license to construct from the Texas Water Release of outflow from the dam was cut back from 900 cubic feet per secood to 400 cfs Monday af and from 400 cfs to zero at 8 this It will remain at zero until sometime this afternoon when work b at which It will raised back to m cf Rothe Water Watch Cwyon Inflow Ufown 275 Canyon Dam JsdwardiAqulhr Canyon laktlwl Todays Weather Comal County forecast caJBsJor fair and mild becoming partly cloudy and cool and naild again on Winds will be from the northeast at 1H5 mph shifting to eajCife 10 mph tonight and to the southeast at W Highs f m i ffT Jojr Qs with alow tonjgkin ttje upper Thjg mornings few was yesterdays high was r7f will be at ajid sunrise Wednesday Waiting game Jury selection holds up trial From staff and wire reports It has taken a week of but a jury of Comal County residents could be chosen today in the murder trial of David A panel of 55 prospective jurors survived the tedious screening on media exposure to the and were asked to report to the Comal County Courthouse at 9 this moming for the final phase of jury The screening process began State District Judge LD McMaster said 12 jurors and two alternates could be seated They will then be instructed to return Wednesday morning packed and ready for two to three weeks worth of is accused of killing Houston mail carrier Debora Sue on June The case was ID to New Braunfels last r jcember to counter extensive publicity on the murder and on the refusal of Ports parents to testify against him before a Harris County grand jury last Of the 100 prospective jurors questioned last week and Monday on media 51 were dismissed and 49 Six others were not interviewed because they said they knew nothing of the bringing the panel up to 55 for final jury Many of those questioned on publicity were dismissed because they said they bad already concluded Ports Others said they would noj be able to separate the parents ordeal from their sons murder Tte Port case nationwide attention last year when the defen dants parents refused to testify before a grand While Port remained free on his father Bernard and stepmother were jailed on contempt of court Both were later In New Orleans a federal appeals courtheard testimony in the latest effort to make and Port testify against their Randy the Ports Houston told the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals it was as if Texas was trying to make the couple assist the state in killing their Schaffer said the law should recognize a parentchild relationship similar to the husbandwife relationship in which one spouse cannot be forced to testify against the But Assistant District Attorney BUI Delmore of Houston sail the parent child relationship does exist in law and should not be created in this He also said the state was wiy trying to get the Ports to do what any citizen should be willing to do The 5th Circuit panel took the issue under and gave no in dication when it will make its McMaster said he wasnt sure Monday whether he would lift a gag order on the Port case here once the jury is Im not against McMaster SAM speaking to reporters Im just trying to get a fair trial A newspaper 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