Friday, July 26, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Nation MUCH MICROPUEX MITCH WOMBLE DALLAS 275 cfs down 16 Canyon 800 cfs same Edwards down Canyon Lake level down Jetting down see Sundays Kaleidoscope NewBraunfels Friday New Texas July 25 Cents 24 Pages2 Sections Houston loses his life in motorcycle accident Thursday LESLIE pronpunced dead at the scene Thursday after By DEBBIE DaLOAQH Justice of the Peace Harold was not wearing a Department Safety in a Trooper Scott Haag said the truck triick on Hitoter Jtoy Mooredf Cedar of V was turning left into die TXI tyas dead at 5 entrance when collision occurred about five miles north of He turned in front of the which was going south on Hunter The motorcycle slid over on its but the driver hit the backtandem axles of the Haag Haag indicated Walters death was the fourth traffic fatalityin Coma County this think the city has had one he Haag said he was assisted Thursday byfellow Tim Jackson and Gary Deliberations j begin in trial By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Jury deliberations began at today to decide the guilt or innocence of Sidney Franklin charged with two counts of sexually assaulting a Both incidents allegedly occurred on and involved a 3 yearold Smith was arrested nine days after he made a taped confession to But Smith took the witness stand Thursday and denied any sexual contact with the Defense attorney Mark Clark Did you ever touch her down in her panties Smith said Who thought that idea up Ray Douglas Smith But why did you agree with Clark I dont Smith Smith testified he was told by Douglas that he was a suspect when the recording was made on I felt like Id be under arrest if I stopped answering his Smith said in court On District Attorney Bill Schroeder wondered why Smith asked Douglas about prison and if he didnt have anything to feel guilty Why did that even cross your Schroeder I was I guess I was Smith But if you havent committed a nobody can do anything to You know dont Schroeder Why didnt you ask the childs mother to go to police and change her story I think I told her but she wouldnt Smith The taped confession was admitted See Page 12A NBU approves rate increase By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A percent interim power cost adjustment to the electric base rate will be passed on to customers of the New Braunfels But many of them probably wont even The unanimously approved by Utilities trustees was needed to recover increased costs from NBUs power the Lower Colorado River It will show up on in courthouse annex to cost million By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer The Courthouse Annex will be built at a price of SpawGlass Construction of San Antonio was awarded the bid by Comal County Commissioners During the commissioners also approved alternate bids for the copper parking attendants booth and gates and the second district courtrooms bringing the bid price to more than HI Architect Christopher DiStefano recommended SpawGlass which was the low This company has a reputation for getting the work done on DiStefano They have the capacity to move in by 12 and get the construction SpawGlass put 426 calendar days to complete the work in their Three other companies gave a shorter construction period 420 days by Baxter Lowman General Contractor and Contemporary Enterprises but their bids ranged from up to more than The usual JlOOperday late penalty is in the DiStephano If we start putting too heavy a penalty on the con that will be reflected in the DiStefano assured the com missioners that he will make mon thly reports on the progress and stay in contact with Mary ad ministrative assistant to the She was assigned as liaison between the commissioners and the SpawGlass has built three buildings for DiStefanos A jail in Fort Bend County was completed the architect Commissioner Bill George asked if the idea of a basement in the plans had been We wanted to get a general contractor first so that he can begin to get on the demolition work right DiStefano In the next two weeks to make that The plans had already been but money restrictions prevented the basement from being put in the The addition of the basement had been estimated at which could have brought the total to more than the bond County Judge Fred Clark said he was against adding a change order because it could have changed the outcome of the bidding In other business dealing with the commissioners approved a general form of a lease contract for space in the Arnold representing the Central Appraisal District had out a rough draft for an Commissioners wiii review the agreement next week after it is It will then go to the appraisal district board for Commissioners said Moos ten tatively agreed to square feet of space on the second floor of the annex in a fiveyear lease with renewal option for five The space would be finished to appraisal board plans and the cost of any walls or partitions divided over the life of the Moos said two alternatives for utilities are being one would include a set amount for utilities within the price and the other would pass on a proportionate See Page 12A AntiPAC group is targeting in on Loeffler SAN ANTONIO AP Tom who has set his sights on the Texas governors has come under the scrutiny of a citizens group claiming he accepts too many contributions from political action More than a third of his 1984 campaign contributions came from special interest groups political action committees PACs located outside your Congressional a twothirds page ad in Thursdays San Antonio The ad also said who has announced he wUl not run for re diction had in fail campaign treasury after the 1984 What is Loeffler going to do wttb of leftover campaign money Take it with the ffet ad HI organisation PfliJ Stern was in San Antonio Thursday to promote his Why would they PACs give money to Congressman Loeffler if not to gain influence with him at the minimum to gain he told The Associated Our basic question is why should a lobbyist who doesnt live or vote or pay taxes in a congressional district have foavored access to that congressman over his own con stituents who cant afford large political donations Stern Loeffler was unavailable for but his office issued a statement in response to the Political action committees are one way for citizens to participate in the political process as is voting or walking Loeffler said in the I welcome their fc t Washingten office said the over from the campaign has remained in campaign Loeffler represents the 2ist which includes Comal He is expected to announce he will run for the Republican nomination for Stern said he questions why the American Medical the National Association of Home Builders and other PACs have given Loeffler He doesnt need the campaign He hasnt had a close race since he was Stern The PAC created in Watergateinspired campaign County contracts for satellite office finance reforms in costs con sumers Stern Special interest groups like the dairy industry or the tobacco far mers form PACs that win federal See Page 12A dividual customers bills as PCA on the August billing for consumption during Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said the average residential increase will be about 4 percent or conv mercial about percent or Industrial users at 5 million kilowatt hours will also see about a percent fuel charges to Utilities are expected to decrease by as much as 20 That means the bottom line on most bills will probably be even with the new Its an interim power cost ad in that it will be eliminated as soon as our electric costofservice study is Utilities Manager Bpb Sohn New electric rates wjll be based on that which could be presented to Utilities trustees in and to City Council in With two readings in and one in the revised electric rates would go into effect Sohn In the meantime without any power cost Sohn Id be sitting here taking a amonth hickey if I cant equalize LQRAs rate This is like a passthrough charge just like fuel No no Utilities should receive its bill from LCRA It will reflect the new so we will not have lost anything at Sohn In other trustees approved in and a 198586 budget showing an million bond issue that stalled last June when it went before City The budget also shows million in representing less than a 7 percent increase over last years amended budget The new budget reflects million iii total funds compared to See PagelZA Commissioners signed a earnest money contract Thuf to buy a halfacre lot in SstUer to put a satellite off ice The land in Saltier VUtap owned by Gene Whittenburg will and commissioners agreed to 10 was fc now vacated was discussed as the building the commlaairarers plan to wve out there for an contractor could move the building for and he probably could be ready by Com missioner Bill George said George had been negotiating first on finding property to lease and then to buy at commissioners The office will hold the justice of the peace and constable of Precinct an extension oJfiflfiJjOE the county Inside Todays Weather Partly cloudy and hot afternoons are in store for the with late night and early morning clouds and winds from the south at 10 to 15 Afternoon highs will reach the raid to with nighttime lows dropping to the Hot Dodgers commissioner It is located behind the Sattler Sw Page 1U ls hottest whipped the Cute extended to the National LJWK Thursday Sports C c s c v q 8 i H t 1116 126 114 114 24 104 114 44 FOCUS WA