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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas BOX Ty Area Comai Grand indicts 14 C Water Watch Comal up 4 Canyon inflow cfs same Canyon cfs same Edwards down Canyon Lake level down Sports NB swimmer wins medals A house raising with a new see Sundays Kaleidoscope New Braunfels MM MM MM HJi New Texas 162 Friday August 25 Cents 26 Pages2 Sections Rain raises hopes AUSTIN AP City officials say they hope recent rains will alleviate some pressure on municipal water supply which has been burdened by hot summer More than onethird of an inch fell Thursday in heavy said the National Weather Some areas of Central Texas received the first precipitation in more than a officials Water officials said Thursday that the lingering clouds and the possibility of more rain today could urge people to put down garden Maybe the psychological effect will make people water said Faith water conservation The city water treatment plants pumped million gallons of water officials It was the third consecutive day that the plants have pumped less than 157 million The city manager has the if less than 157 million gallons is pumped for five consecutive of ending Stage 3 mandatory restric tions on outdoor water and returning to the less restrictive rules of Phase We expect well be going out of Stage 3 in the next few said Jerry director of the Resource Management Were not tied lo five days below 157 million gallons and were automatically 1 think the city manager wants to watch pumping over the so it would be Monday at the The weather service said chances of rain this afternoon and Saturday afternoon are 20 Both days were expected to be with highs in the upper 90s and lows in the Weather forecasters Wednesday had expected Austin to get rain if Hurricane Danny reached land far See Page 12A LESUEKRIEWALDT Wearing seat belts will becoming mandatory with new legislation 1 V Seat belts will soon By DEBBI Hardly a day goes by wherTyoU dont sit down behind the steering wheel of a car and buckle Or do you Whether you use seat belts or the choice wont be yours very much On a mandatory seat belt law goes into effect in and the man with a badge on his chest will start making the choice for you after a threemonth grace In joining 13 other states with mandatory seat belt the Texas version will apply to anyone at least IS years old who is riding in the front seat of a passenger car or truck with a rated carrying capacity of not more than Children under four v years old must be secured ina safety and it will be the parents responsibility to secure children between ages public information officer for the Department of Public said if the children not the parents can for violating the T Fines will range from to The new law will also apply to residents of other states while driving on Texas The only exemption for not wearing seat belts is a letter from a stating some medical reason they cant be Cox Some drivers are going to But Im too he Manufacturers make seat belt extenders for larger So even if youre driving to Weight you have to buckle The most common question Cox said he has received What if my car is not presently equipped with seat belts and does not have anchors on the floorboard The answer to that one is if the car was not originally equipped with seat then none are Cox But if the car had seat belts from the fac tory and they were cut then the owner will have to put them back Major automobile producers announced seat belts would be listed as standard equipment starting in and on the combination lap and shoulder belts were What if there are four persons in the cars front and only three seat belts Thats not a hard one Only the three persons in the belted positions are required to buckle Cox A Gallup poll indicated 14 to 15 percent of all motorists in Texas currently wear seat belts without the mandatory We figure if we had 80 percent the mandatory seat belt law could save lives a and could prevent up to Cox For those who think theyll never be in a car Cox said other studies have shown every driver will be in an accident at least once a See SEAT Page 12A GBRA okays budget By SARAH DUKE Staff writer SEGUIN A million budget was approved Thursday by the GuadalupeBlanco River The most expensive project GBRA will be involved with in the coming year will be the construction of a hydroelectric plant at Canyon expected to take 13 months and an estimated will begin if and when a Federal Regulatory Commission license is GBRA officials hope to begin in January A second major GBRA project wilf be the construction of the Clear Springs Water Treatment Plant on Lake This project is in the planning stages and a site has not yet been The when would have a capacity to produce 2 million gallons of drinking water a David GBRAs director of planning and said the plant will produce 1 million gallons of drinking water a day when it He said that although Green Valley Water Corporation is the customer so the plant could provide water to New Braunfels or Crystal Clear Water In other budget the board voted to increase rates at the Lake Dunlap Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Canyon Park Wastewater Treatment The 256 customers of the Lake Dunlap plant will see a jump in sewage For one bathroom rates will go from to per People with two bathroom homes have been paying and will soon be charged The board approved an increase in connection fees to the Lake Dunlap plant from to John GBRAs general See Page 12A Comal County begins budget battle By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer Comal County taxes would have to go up between 1522 cents to cover all the budget requests this Comal County Commissioners said in their first budget hearing The total requests come to million and total income figuring only the present tax rate on this years tax roll would be This years requests surpass last years by most of which is in the road department and sheriffs Commissioners have already said they have no intention of providing all of Also out of the million requested by the road million is for road County Auditor Bate Bond What are we going to do with the road department County Judge Fred Clark In two years it has gone from million to Commissioner Monroe Wetz suggested that commissioners consider a bond issue for road im provements which is how Bexar County handles the If the people want their roads they vote for Wetz ex Then we can County Engineer Clark Mac McCoy heres your But if they dont want to pay for then we dont have a road construction Clark agreed that budgeting is not a good way to attempt a massive road rebuilding that the county engineer had previously told com missioners would cost million to do Commissioner Bill George said people are more likely to vote for road repair because they can see but other county expenditures are not always But commissioners have little hope of a bond issue passing this year because of tax increases and bond issues now facing the For the past two county taxes have gone up 10 Bond But most of that has been paying the debt service on the jail We would still have a 20 cent tax rate if not for Gloria county tax said not only have taxes gone but appraisals of property have gone up and the legislature passed a bill that decreased property owners exemption of their homestead from 40 percent to 30 You may be very right that people wont vote for but I hear com ments out in the county like lets get the money and get to work on these Lets give the deputies to the sheriff so he can get his job said Commissioner Jumbo The best way to find out whether the public would support it is to have a bond Clark We can have the road department work up a priority with the traffic each road gets and the shape its Inside Todays weather Partly cloudy and hot weather There is a 20 percent chance of thundershowers through todayThe high will be in the upper 90s with the low in the mid Thursdays high was 97 with todays tow at Sunset will be at and sunrise will be at Good deed A Qbolo man performs his civic duty by reporting a suspicious car to loial law enforcement but when he returns he finds that his own tractor is See Page12A Mattox aircraft fills with smoke WEATHgR AUSTIN AP Attorney General Jim Mattox says there were some tense minutes when the cabin of his twinengine airplane lost air pressure and filled with smoke during a midnight flight to In light of the other airline disasters that have recently taken I must admit I uttered a little he said after the Thursday morning It was a frightening An aide said it was the second time this year the cabin of the 1967 Beechcraft King Air had filled with The incident occurred shortly after midnight as an aide and the pilot were returning from Mattox had been there for the scheduled execution of Jay Kelly who obtained a stay from the Supreme Court just before Five to seven minutes out of the seal around the doors See Page 12A Clinic moves The Community Council of South Centra Texas New Braunfels Family Planning Clinic has relocated from 54 Comal to 460 Comal An hpttse will from to noon 23fisfttfld clinic unpacking aj thf clinic
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