New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 26, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 26, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas NB track preview, Page IO Forum letters, Page 4 New Braunfels ffislskiii New Braunfels, Texas Thursday February 26, 1987 25 Cents Vol. 134, NO. 39 One Sections, 16 Pages Stammtisch Because of the retirement of some of the principal stockholders and the pending retirement of others, leaders at Baese Realty. Inc have announced they will dissolve the company rather than attempt a reorganization. “This association has been a memorable and profitable one and we have approached the dissolution with care and regret,” a spokesman said this week “Furthermore, we appreciate the concern and understanding of our friends and clients and we thank them for their support Baese Realty, Inc., will be closed after Saturday We're sorry to see them go ... Want an introduction to pottery, palette knife painting in oil or silk screening? Head over to the Arts Center. 646 Walnut Square Saturday and try your hand on one of these media absolutely free The Artistic Outreach, sponsored by the New Braunfels Art League, is scheduled from 9 a rn to I p m Leading the mini-workshops will be Betty Mathis, palette knife; Sunnee Rakowitz, hand-formed pottery, and Johnny Kolacek and Ron Davidson, silk screening Participants in the silk-screening are invited to bring a t shirt or material for an applique if they wish Otherwise, paper will be used. The Art League provides all the materials Even if it's not still raining Saturday, this is a great way to spend the N BU shows no problem with PCB management By DANA OVERSTREET Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities has spent about $80,000 since 1900 to remove a potentially cancer-causing agent from its electrical system. With the exception of one capacitor. NBU officials said they believe the toxic oil has been eliminated from local equipment The vast majority of the stuff is our system was not PUB contaminated." said NBU technical manager Roger Biggers “It wasn't even enough to fill up the little building we stored it in Environmental Protection Agency inspectors are expected to investigate reports that City of Seguin utilities department may have used poly-chlonnated biphenyl contaminated oil to ignite and bum debris plied on the ground Investigation by this newspaper showed untested oil has been used for some time, perhaps mon ths or years, to bum insulation off copper wire and dispose of debris "Hie city since last Friday has stopped the practice, and the area used for burning has been roped off City of ficials met to discuss the session and have implemented protective procedures until the EPA arrives PCB is used as an insulator in transformers and capacitors and produced Dioxin when burned in low-intensity heat PCB is responsible for the pollution of Love Canal “It was used in all of the old transformers we took delivery on as late at 1975 or 76.” said NBU General Manager Bob Sohn “Different transformers had different concentrations of that stuff and regulations deal differently with each All of the capacitors hd full-stmegth PCB “ Capacitors are sealed devices which accumulate and hold a charge of electricity Transformers, boxes that direct current have removable lids and the oil can be taken out Sohn explained In 1978. Congress passed a law limiting the use of PCB In 1980. regulations were developed and utility companies were given until 1988 to remove all PCB from their equipment See PCB. Papes Solons withdraw contingency funds for ehute improvements February has been an exciting month for the StartzVille Stompers Someone < A Stomper. Harold presumes! sent the newspaper news of their activities — “On Feb 7. the gang met at Danny and Floyd's house to work on the float while Floyd prepared lunch for a hungry bunch... With little or no sleep Wednesday night, we met in San Antonio early Thursday morning to put the finishing touches on the float. By 11:30. we were ready for the San Antonio Stock Show parade. Unfortunately, everyone else, including the officials, wasn't ready. So. we got on our float and clogged for everyong who came by “The front of the parade started right on time at I and we finally started to roll and clog at 2. We clogged the entire way through downtown and right past the TV cameras By the way. did any of you see the “ham" on that float? “We received an honorable mention ribbon which we are proud of All had a great time even though some were sure we'd have a heat stroke before the end. “Thanks to everyone who helped with the float. The doggers would like to thank Floyd for letting us use his trailer and truck, his help and the good food Thanks to our driver Lawrence Stoepier and his helper Larry Schumann A super thank you to Holly Bench for all the stapling. folding, twisting, pinning and all the other things she did to help us. “Another super THANKS to Rudy Charles. Rudy taxied Doc all over San Antonio Thursday morning. By the way, what were you guys looking for? Doc. did you Just con Rudy into taking you away so you wouldn't have to decorate? Hm-mmmm, I wonder. “Anyway. Rudy really put that special helping hand out to the Stompers “Don’t let this out, but I’ve heard a rumor about Glenna and Rudy Looks like the two of them will be LESLIE ne IE WALDT/Stall Fhetoereeher This pretty kitty appears to express concern over his homlessness and likely fate if he is not adopted The cat is one of many at the county's animal shelter that will be destroyed if people don’t adopt the animals By DAVID MAY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council ap proved a transfer from its contingen cy fund early this week to finance im provements at the city-owned tube chute leaving the emergency fund at a rlticaHv low amount All they need is a home By SARAH DUKE Staff Writar Nine cats and a dog are waiting at the Creek View Veterinarian Clinic for someone to adopt them The animals were allegedly victims of neglect and cruelty and need a little loving care, said Comal County animal control officer Olen Elliott. The animals were confiscated from an abandoned home northwest of Bulverde Feb 19 after county of ficials were notified of trapped and abandoned animals on the property County officials have delayed destroying the animals in hopes that local residents would adopt them A would-be adoption session or cat sale folded Wednesday when only one person turned out to select a cat “We can't hold them very much longer The county won t let us." Elliott said Animal control pro endure requires that stray or con fiscated animals be kepi at least two days After that time. the animats may be destroyed People wishing to adopt the cals will be asked to pay the boarding fees at the clinic. Elliott said Two of the cats have been adopted and a third is spoken for That leaves eight cats in need of homes Of those, several were kept in small cages and neglected Elliott said The animals are now in good general health and have been cleaned up officials said Anyone wanting to adopt must pay SJD for a battery of standard vaccinations Some of the cats shy away from people and stay huddled in the back of cages Two cats are friendly and appear starved for affection All of the cats are eating well and regain mg strength after their ordeal, veterinarians said Elliott said the cats will probably make nice pets, but they need lots of attention “People say it s such a shame to put them to sleep.' but then they don't want to take them home. ” the animal officer said “But. you know, even putting them to sleep is better than leaving them like they were — a lot better “ When Elliott, volunteer Mark Crowe and a Comal County deputy discovered the cats last week, the animals were trapped in crude cages filled with paper and debris Several of the cats were weak and listless after being found in their cramped cages Veterinarian Michael Doherty said he suspected the animals were left for months without any care. One of the cats found at the house walks rarely Elliott said the cat. one of the friendliest in the group, was very weak when it was first discovered The dog. a frisky black retriever, is healthy and ready for a home Elliott said. A small horse is in custody of Doherty, but is available for adoption by someone with the means to care for the animal At the request of City Manager Joe Michie, council withdrew $42 (JOO from contingency at its regular meeting Monday night to make repairs and improvements in order to maintain its obligations with the Texas Municipal League TML is underwriting the city’s liability rn surance coverage af the four acre water recreational facility at Prince Sol ms Park The action left the city with $162,214 in carryover capital Michie said the transfer was necessary because of circumstances surroun ding the tube chute Michie has previously stated that the city’s emergency funds are at an “un comfortably” low amount “These improvements are needed due to normal wear and tear and eroding of conditions at the chute ’ Michie said responding to a question by Council Member James Good bread Michie terminated the city’s lease agreement with Richard Hampton earlier this month following a dispute concerning liability coverage and the entitlement of gross receipts at the chute In related action, council also authorized the city manager to re quest proposals from prospective leasee managers to operate the park and approved authorization to advertise for construction bids on some of the various improvements slated for the tube chute Proposals from interested private investors are to in'lude a specified flat rental fee to be paid to Hie city on an annual basis The contract, which encompasses improvements, operations ma int a ma nee anc management will run through Dec 31 1909 A proposer’s conference will be held March ll al 2 p m at City Hall to answer questions about the process with an inspection of the lactates to follow Submission deadline is March 18 at 2 p rn with a recommendation to council expected at its March 23 meeting Michie told council of the urgency of making the improvements because the park will open soon after Easter holidays ’ We are on a very tight tune schedule on these repairs.’’ the administrator told council Some of the improvements listed were an adding handrails along the return walkway, resurfacing See CHUTE, Pave S There s one thing Harold wants to know. Who are these people?.... The Comal division's American Heart Association's symposium on “Coping with Heart Disease" will be held tonight (rom 7 to • p m at the county health department auditorium, 70$ Comal Avo. TNB MMU CLASSIFIED...........IM COMICS.................... CROSSWORD.............. OBAR ARRY..............I KALEIDOSCOPE.......... ORITUARIRS.............. OPINIONS................. OUTDOORS...............I SCRAPBOOK.............. SPORTS...................I McKenna Hospital directors okay areroscope purchase, consider long-term planning By JIM WEBRE SUH Writer McKenna Memorial Hospital board Wednesday authorized purchase of a state-of-the-art arthroscopy machine (or SM,425. discussed purchase o( a $175,000 to $300,000 diagnostic angiogram machine, then moved on logically to the subject of revenues (or Comal County's only general medical hospital. The arthroscopy machine is a combination o( devices that allow a technician or physician to look at. (or example, an injured knee, and repair it without making large openings in skin or muscle. The device means more such operations can be performed at McKenna using the current machine that is about IO to IS years old Arthroscopy units allow faster recovery for some patients, reduced time in the hospital with less discomfort. Those qualities are important as the hospital considers how to administer various recent laws governing "length of stay" under Medicare and other enHtUmffM* In order for any habitat, public or private, to receive the greatist reimbursement under federal medical financing law, it must treat well the moat patients it can in the time and with the resources the federal government says should resolve the disease or Injury. Directors diaruaaid as an informational item only a machine that makes disclosing vascular or tissue problems more definite and less invasive. Purchase of the angiographic machine at from $175,000 to more than $300,000, would mean diagnosing such ailments as heart disease at KcKenna would involve less dye inside a patient and use a smaller tube that must be inserted into viens or arteries Simitar equipment is already in use at KcKenna now "One of the things we will be facing in the coming years is how and when to afford such equipment." board Chairman Elliott Knox said. Melvin Jochec. finance committee chairman, reported on collecting money owed by non paying patients who are bad dabta, people with credit or resources who have not paid any or all of what they owe Bad debt patients owe the bolita) more than $320,000 as of the end of January. Different from bad debts are indigent patient coats. McKenna contracts with Comal County to treat county-defined indigents, people who cannot afford to pay for medical cera. Texas counties tinder longstanding and recently amended state law are responsible for the health care of Indigent people so called (or their family sizes and income levels The county’s system of Indigent patient qualification Is complex and Involves allowing people with Jobs to show greater monthly incomes than unemployed people and still qualify The figures shown here repieeent the monthly Incomes after certes hospital, Fetes Rainfall totals As of ll am. Tuesday Location..........................................inches Royal Forest (east county)...........................1.75 Smithson Valley.....................................1.60 McQueeney...................................  1.75 Lake Dunlap.........................................1.60 Sauder Lane.........................................1.62 Stonehouse Realty (northside lake)...................1.75 Schumannsville......................................1.60 Convicted arsonist ingests strychnine By DAVID MAY and SARAH OUKE Staff Writers A Comal County Jury handed down the first arson conviction in this coun ty in more than seven years late Wednesday. The conviction was followed shortly by a suicide attempt by the convicted man. James Vincent Carrao, 48, is listed in serious condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said the man ingested an amount of strychnine Walt Sumner, Comal County Jail administrator, said the inmate began getting sick at about 5:15 pm Wednesday, shortly after he returned from the courthouse trial EMS technicians rushed the inmate to the hospital after they discovered his condition. Sumner said the inmate had asked to go to the restroom twice while at the courthouse Wednesday after noon “He asked somebody to take him to the bathroom and they took him. ” the jail administrator said. adding that the man was under the supervision of the court bailiff ’ They were probably standing outside the door Unless there's some way for the may to run away" they would not normally watch the inmate constantly, he said "Apparently lie drank this stuff, if it was strychnine, while he was in the bathroom ” Sumner said Judge Robert Pfueffer of the JD7th District Court remanded Carrao to the county jail without bond after Wednesday's conviction Sentencing was set (or March IS in district court. The man was found guilty of a second degree felony which carries a penalty of confinement for bot ween two and 22 years and a fine not to exceed $100,000 “This was the (int aroon conviction in Comal County I triad and auc-ceesflilly investigated,” said District Attorney Bill Schrosder. The arson conviction was tho IOO SUICIDE, Faff I ;

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