Tuesday, March 10, 1987

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas New Texas One 14 Pages March 25 cants Hay fire A 15yearold Springer Spaniel named Belle was swimming at Hinman Island Park Monday af ternoon when the dog apparently got swept away by the who is deaf and almost became disoriented and before she knew was swept over the dam and onto the rocks at the Lynn of New IJraunfels saw Belle and risked his own life to save the poor Cannon pulled the dog to safety while onlookers You might be glad to Belle is reported to be in good condition after the but not interested in swimming for a Cannon and his friends learned a healthy respect for the dangers of the During the week of 27 juvenile police and probation of ficers and crime prevention officers from throughout the state gathered at the Holiday Inn in New Braunfels for a 40hour juvenile crime and delinquency prevention course conducted by the Texas Juvenile Justice a division of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at Southwest Texas State Univer The roster of guest lecturers and speakers included sponsors and members of New Braunfelss own Unicorns in Action program Members who attended and spoke to the professionals were Heather Rob Robert Wendy and Mike Sponsors Barbara Doep penschmidt arid Susan Bell also spoke to the At the request of Unicorns tn Chief Walt Myers of Boerne discussed private sector funding of youth programs with the par The Texas Juvenile Justice Center commends this group and its work in New Braunfels in helping kids Say No to Drugs and Alcohol Earlene Akcrs wishes to warn area citizens to investigate before sending to a woman touting family history books Earlene said her sister and brother all received a mailing from a woman named ElizabethRuss In each Ross signed her name with the given name of the cards recipient Earlenes sister and brother have names different from Ross letters said she had saved families the painful research and thousands of dollars U would have taken to perform the household and faiiuly data research Earlene said UKletter asks recipients to send to Elizabeth Ross at a post office box in Pennsylvania Earlene said she has called the United States Post Office and to send the letter to the San Antonio Postal Inspector Tornado warning system minimal in Central Texas New radar will be on line by the early but until then Hill Country residents must rely on common sense and available resources to weather storms that give little warning of their power and potential for New Braunfels firefighter Victor Leos aids in con trolling a fire Monday evening at Doeppenschmidt Road near Old Marion The New Braunfels Fire Department combined efforts with firefighters from the Marion Volunteer Fire Department Monday to extinguish fire that consumed most of 12 large round bales of hay on the Grainger Weston The New Braunfels department arrived with three men and two tanker trucks while Marion firefighters arrived with one tanker The firefighters received a call for the fire at and remained at the scene until after 10 John Williams of the New Braunfels department said the only way to put out a fire in a hay bail is to break open the It takes a long time to put out a hay he Photo by Leslie Kriewaldt By DAVID MAY Staff Writer When the National Weather Service moves its forecasting and weather tracking operations to New Braunfels Municipal early detection of flooding and tornadic activity in the area will be greatly Until New Braunfels and the surrounding area remains vulnerable to severe weather ac tivity that often occurs with little or no Because the radar relied on by the weather service in Hondo is outdated and rarely detects tornado activity forecasters and civil Council votes against sign fc ice of showers awers willi a ver 40s as jT I iw out of I at from We will probabh gel wet within the next 48 hours I Thai s the breaks Mostly cloud skies this afternoon will accompany a 20 percent chance or showers as the high creeps to near Tonight will see an 80 V percent chance of or thundershowers low in the lower the winds blow the northeast to 15 Wednesday holds a 20 percent chance of high in the lighter breezes and decreasing If you were planning to do anything requjring djy conditions this good I The Miny 7 measure After two councilappointed two proposea and amended and several years of New Braunfels City Councils attempt to control signs and billboards died in a 32 vote Monday night during its second In the the ordinance had become a document supported by few people billboard regulations may face public referendum to decide the issue once and for all Council member allarge James Goodbread and District 4 council member George Erben voted for the amended Voting against the measure were District 2 council member lxraine Kraft and council members atlarge Barbara Tieken and Max Winkler MaorPro Tern Ramon Chapa presided in Mayor Ed Scmntare Ills absence and did not vole According to city an ordinance must receive at least four votes during all three public readings to The current municipal syn and billboard ordinance will expire April City Manager Joe Michie said that ordinance probably wiU be repealed at the March 23 council which would leave the city without sign and billboard Staff amended its proposed measure since the first reading held Sciantarelli asked staff to redesign Uie section pertaining to portable signage in the wake of complaints by persons in the portable sign industry that the measure was unfairly running them out of Those which effectively led to councils rejection of the ordinance Monday included elimination of portable sign registration at an annual cost of while not banning new portable called for onl one portable sign per street frontage regardless of how many businesses shared a lot or Taxpayers forum slated Thursday in Civic Center vote eyed If this were put to referendum before the the portable sign situation would be much more stringent by the vast majority of the Max Winkler City Council member Winkler voted against the measure saying he believed the amended ordinance encouraged additional portable He voiced disapproval as well with the designation of spacing of offpremise signs which would have permitted a sign feet on both sides of a rebuking comments that the majority of residents were against sign told the near capacity crowd in If this were put to referendum before the the portable sign situation would be much more stringent b the vast majority of the After the Winkler said the issue should be put before the voters to Put it before the public This is not a dead Now we are going to get a the atlarge representative adding that he feels those who have spoken against sign control at various council and committee meetings are in a vast the only council member to vote against the ordinance at its first public said she did not recall staff being directed to strike the ban on new por See Page 2 Iomal United Taxpayers will sponsor a forum on county taxes Thursday in New Braunfels Civic Guests of the special interest association will be County Auditor Bate County Tax Assessor Gloria Precinct I Com missioner Neil Craigmile and Richard chief appraiser for Comal Appraisal James founder of the 220 ineinber said the purpose of the public forum is to discuss county how they are derived and The forum will include a qujestion andanswer session between the panelists and Pearson said some 300 seats will be The public is invited and admission is CUT has no formal board of directors or although Pearson saJd officers are to be elected during the lor the coming yearSome CUT members have yogai critics of the apr which they say has was ted The appraisal districts budget comprises pro rata contributions from each of the taxing entities relying on the district to appraise taxable property within their respective Comal CAD appraises all real property in the county as well as some property ui Kendall and Guadalupe The largest taxing entities within the those that pay the largest portions of the districts are Comal Independent School County of New Braunfels In dependent School District and City of New Alter Chief Appraiser Glen Bracks resigned last Deputy Chief Appraiser Pat Fox took over as aetinjg chief appraiser until the districts board of directors more than a month ago hired I feel the new is going to try to inject more balance in Pearsjo adding he feels Rhodes is 8 strong man Pearson said he will serve of ceremonies I Of the forum Yohey is sole candidate in GR mayor race Walter Yohey of Garden Ridge said earlier today that he is back and he is back to stsy as the only candidate for mayor of Garden Yohey withdrew his bid for the post Thursday after Mayor Keith Richter told him of i technical mistake the candidate made when he filed for When J I didnt file as i back and it looks like y u be Yohey said Richer announced in a written statement Monday he has decided the fiinj error which originally left Yohey ineligible is of in sufficient wgight4o override the positive values pf his Yohey said in light of his lf icgition as a candidate for mayor years fee warted to see through bis current bid fer disquaUf ied because he JJW to pjfer long e defense personnel must rely on electronic communication and law enforcement personnel to warn residents of severe Tornados that occur here have very little or no said New BraunfelsComal County Civil Defense Director Herb They are hard to detect here because they are usually mixed in with heavy The radar in Hondo has never picked up any hooks on the although weve had who is a fulltime New Braunfels said tornado warnings here are usually after the See Page 2 Family loses home in fire By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer A New Braunfels family is without a home today after a fire sparked by the flames of a kerosene heater destroyed a mobile home in Clear Springs Monday Bill Grace was alone at the home at 238 Camp Willow Road when the fire He managed to escape the flames with nothing but the family His Darlene and 2year old daughter were not at home when the fire broke Grace said the smell of a skunk in the rural neighborhood forced him to air out the 1 had the windows open to air it out and I was trying to keep warm with a kerosene Weve been bothered by a skunk I spilled the kerosene while refueling and the fire started on the I tried to put it out but it just kept he The man ran to a neighbors home to call for Larry Wiegand and Mike Murphy were in the mobile home next to They said the man first tried calling the 911 emergency Neither New Braunfels nor Guadalupe County have a 911 emergency To alert emergency residents must dial directly to the fire or police New Braunfels Fire Depart ment received the call at Monday and responded to the mobile home fire The Geronimo Volunteer Fire Department also was notified and See Page 2 Contract trash proposals OKd By DAVID MA V Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council unanimously agreed Monday night to solicit proposals from private sanitation collection firms to test the water to determine if privatization of the service will benefit the city in the long When a recommendation is made to expected at the April 27 council can reject or accept any or all City Manager Joe Michie said advertising for bids will determine whether privatization of sanitation collection would ac tually save the city money while creating a revenue Were just testing the Michie No decisions have been made Council will have right of refusal for any or no People think we have already but Im just asking to see what is out Unlike an a propasal could be accepted at one meeting rather than three because sanitation is not a charterTcreated department according to proposals wm go out only one A proposal conference is set for March 18 to answer questions proposal submitters may Proposals will be opened 2 with a recomaxendjittoj slated for cQjpcii April Projections for the year show city realMng above expenditures after vehicle replacement and main Such profits do not in clude administrative or managment Under a private the city is suggesting a franchise fee of 10 percent of current collection rates be which would bring in some in Some firstyear revenue enhan cements would come from the sale of nine sanitation department vehicles and 550 collection dumpsters expenditure reductions would total while revenue reductions would amount to Revenue enhancement could bring in a oneyear amount of with a franchise revenue average of Anticipated capital outlay over the next couple of years is one reason for considering privatization of sanitation According to if the city maintains four one frontloading and three side loading will have to be purchased at an additional cost of noted that such expenditures would greatly impact the citys general operating fujnd budget and would have to be offset by increases in collection rates While department heads for expenditures m elimination of the sanitation