New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 20, 1987, Page 2

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung May 20, 1987

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas StormWarrants Continued from Page IA vice to issue tornado warnings In both counties until the system played Itself out around 11p m Barricades were erected in low lying areas throughout Guadalupe County and remained this morning The sheriff's department fielded numerous calls with reports of flood damage Waters rose high enough to enter some residences Ratnfal ammounts Tuesday in areas of Guadalupe County included 6.3 inches in Marion, 7 2 inches in Geronimo. 6 2 inches near Kingsbury. 5.3 Inches at McQueeney and 6.5 inches near New Berlin Sixteen year old Stacey Smith, a Navarro High School student, sustained minor injuries in an accident along Cordova Road off Texas 46 and FM 123 near Geronimo Her car left the road during the deluge, striking a row of fence posts There were no reports of property damage in Comal County Flooding did occur in low lying areas in eastern portions of the county, but residents here escaped the heaviest wind and rain associated with the system New Braunfels Utilities reported isolated power outages around the cl ty at several individual residences in which power was quickly restored An accident that occurred around 9 p rn on FM 306 near Hunter Lane sent Fausttno Garcia Collazo. 21, of New Braunfels, to McKenna Memorial Hospital after his 1983 Mazda pickup left the road, struck fence posts then slammed into a tree He was transferred to Southwest Methodist Hospital in San Antonio for evaluation of back Injuries, according to a hospital spokesperson Collazo reportedly looked down to turn his windshield wipers on high after being passed by another car As he looked up again, he was off the road, according to police reports The National Weather Service is calling for mostly cloudy conditions today and tomorrow with a 20 per cent chance of more showers A storm which passed through the area Saturday dumped some two inches of rain In a two-hour period Continued from Page IA out why the warrants had been recalled and take steps to re issue the warrants if such action were still needed Developers of unrecorded subdivisions who fail to meet with standards set by the state and county are subject to legal action by the county Reimer said that the developers of the illegal subdivisions were notified of standards and told to file a platt Some complied immediately saying they had not realized they were doing anything illegal Others have defied the law and still have not complied with the regula tlons “These are the people.” Reimer said, “that we are after ” Still other illegal subdivisions are in limbo with two of the developers dead and their estates pending pro bate or divided among the heirs. One developer of Lazy Diamond Ranchettes has filed bankruptcy and another is under the protection of a triple corporate shield There is now a propos ed settlement In the works from the estate of the deceased developer of Buckhorn Ranch Subdivision. Most of the cases are at a legal standstill and it is difficult to stop the develop ment of even more of these substandard subdivisions in the county because of the limited control of the county government, officials said. I^n Reeve, subdivision coordinator for the county, said the problem with illegal subdivisions has existed for a long time and that a county judge In 1968 issued a letter to all noncomplying developers to file a plat and meet state and county requirements The action had little effect and now most of these subdivi sions are protected by a grandfather clause, making them virtually untouchable, she said. Illegal subdivisions are the ones in which not all the lots are sold and which fail to meet current state statutes governing subdivisions. Landowners in these developments face little hope of having their roads, water supply, and property values brought up to standards per county regulations Even lf arrests are made, the residents of the unplatted subdivisions still will have problems with which to contend Most of the unplatted properties, however are not discovered until after all the tracts of land are sold and then it is too late. Reeve said Usually the subdivisions remain unidentified until the ap praisers find them in the field as unplatted properties, said Richard Rhodes, chief appraiser for the Comal Appraisal District. “Logically, illegal subdivisions should not even exist,” Rhodes said. For the present, injunctions against the developers bucking the regulations seem to be on temporary hold The stand taken by commissioners in January has had little effect on stopping the development of these illegal subdivisions because commissioners continue to grant variances for the residents who bought property continue to be granted on an individual basis Reimer said he believes counties in Texas are too limited in power to do what needs to be done to stop the development of unsanctioned subdivisions effectively. “This will continue until the State Legislature allows counties to do what needs to be done,” Reimer said EMS. Continued from Page IA Court members have received con fileting reports from different sources as to whether the county has the option to simply negotiate an in NBISD. Continued from Paqe IA could force a lax rollback through a popular election “This would be a ceiling on the tax rate It would not mean you support a tax increase." Boh Self. NBISD board president, told trustees just before the roll call vote was taken “I consider this a cap. one that we will not go beyond I think that’s what my constituents would want.” said trustee Jean Ward State law requires the board hold a public hearing con cerning the proposed tax increase A date for such a hear ing has not been set The proposed 7 975 percent tax increase would yield $864.00 more than last year’s budget The increase would set taxes at 97 percent, which would yield $0 4 million Curtis currently is looking at a $15 6 million budget for 1987 88 but added that the expenditures still must be trim med This year’s budget is just more than $15 million Curtis said even if all the fat is cut. leaving only utility payments, salaries, bonded indebtedness payments and classroom equipment, “you could not cut out enough to keep from dipping into reserves.” NBISD has about $2 million in reserves and trustees said Tuesday they want to hold on to that money, if possible. “That's an extremely dangerous precedent It s just totally irresponsible to spend reserves like this except when we’re in a desparate situation, which we are,” said Trustee Don Bedford The finance director said a large part of the budget pro blem is that the state valuations for local property have been greatly increased, thereby leaving the district without equalization aide and a greater local burden Curtis pointed out that once the tax rate is set. it cannot be changed even though the legislature makes further education cuts for the coming year Also during Tuesday’s board meeting, the board: Adoped a school calendar for the 1987 88 year The calendar is identical to that adopted by Comal ISI) New Braunfels trustees had adopted a calendar previously, but changed that calendar to match the neighboring school district's Trustees pointed out that the change marks a “ spirit of cooperation” among the districts Approved resignation, retirements, appointments and leaves of absence for district employees Ixiretta Matney Dueweke was reappointed as a teacher Dueweke was a teacher at I<one Star Primary and the subject of a grievance hearing May 19 Superintendent Charles Bradberry recommended that, along with other personnel changes. Memorial Primary School principal Karen Simpson keep her current posi tion and be made principal of I/me Star He also recom mended that Evelyn Farmer, currently principal at I/>ne Star, tx* put in charge of elementary education for the district. “This will enable us to UM* the experti.M* of Mime very outstanding people and also cut costs." Bradberry said Denied a request from Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church to contract with the school district to use NBISD buses next September to carry students to San Antonio to see Pope John Paul II Approved proposed policies in accordance with recommendations by the Texas Association of School Boards Approved payment of $2,695 to the law firm of Hairston. Walsh A Anderson Approved Southwestern State as the student in surance carrier Renewed the district’s adult education cooperative contract Tabled approval of a contract with Comal Appraisal District for the assessment of taxes for the M'hool district tergovernmental agreement with Seguin or whether professional proposals or bids must be sought. Sagebiel told those attending that some procedural decision should be reached within the next two weeks It was also disclosed that a medical training course for volunteer firefighters sponsored by Alamo Area Council of Governments would become effective in the next two weeks and would upgrade some 20 county volunteer firefighters to the emergency medical technician level Roger Scheffel, Marion Volunteer Fire Department chief and president of the (Guadalupe County Firemens Association, said the course, which was supposed to have started early this month using $3,000 of AACOG grant money, had been promulgated largely mostly because of the negotiations with Seguin EMS Puchot told Scheffel that Seguin EMS would not be able to go ahead with the course because of what Puchot called “a lack of communica tion in a clause that states Seguin EMS might teach its own future com petition ’’ The problem has been resolved following discussion between Puchot and City Manager Terry Roberts and the course will go ahead as schedul ed The initial indication that the courM* would not be held raised the Aquifer. ire of volunteer firemen who disapproved of Puchot’s lack of professionalism and, according to Scheffel, “We re out there training not to be EMS We’re out there training to save lives in our community ’’ Precinct 4 Commissioner Tom Brown, who Is also upset about the matter, recently attended a con ference of the firemen’s association “My hat blew off when I heard that.” he said Puchot said clty-county emergency medical service problems had caus ed some concern and added. “Yes. I did tell him that we had to evaluate it. but I never told him It was definite ly off I never told AACOG it was off. the only thing I told him was that I was leaning that way.” The Seguin EMS Director said he was bothered about comments directed towards him or Seguin EMS, pointing out that the city service pro vided emergency care attendant training course for free last year “That’s terrible.” he said, “because we’ve always been doing a lot for them We do everything in the world for them, and not out of any obliga tion We do it because it makes a better system “I think it is just a misconception on their part as to how this whole thing came down. ” he said Puchot added he has begun to prepare various schedules and has met with Roberts to work out last minute details so the course can go on as scheduled “We put on hold for a time agreeing to put on the course while we evaluate the situation, but we intend to follow up on our commitment,” Roberts said “There was a time when there was some uncertainty, but not a hard and fast yes or no until recently, ’’ he said Robert Gardner, a former committee member questioned the commis sioners once again at the meeting “I^et me ask you. what new business or industry would choose to locate in a county with marginal ambulance service and the kind of county leadership that would create this situation in the first place‘,“ he asked “I’m unaware of this and it probably is true,” Commissioner Bobby Bulgerin said in support of Gardner’s rhetorical statement Gardner criticized the bid specifications as asking for a minimum of an KMT or paramedic and giving no requirements for type of vehicle. Emergency Medical Technicians must have a minimum 120 hours of training, while a paramedic must have 400 hours minimum training Another meeting has been scheduled on May 26 when a contract for emergency medical services is expected to be decided Weather Water Watch Comal River........................407    cfs    (up 32) Canyon Lake inflow............3,901    cfs    (up    3,232) Canyon Lake outflow...............601    cfs    (same) Canyon Lake level..................908.75    (up .13) Edwards Aquifer...................627.25    (same) t \A/pathar    tional    Weather Service said Skies i exas wedu.er    were    parUy c)oudy ei^^re , A    A    thunderstorm packing what Texas skies were quiet this morn- radar indicated was a tornado did ing after a stormy Tuesday in which Mme damage in a rural area tornadoes were reported in several southwest of Waco Tuesday after-counties and thunderstorms caused noon whUe another reportedly flooding in San Antonio.    struck about IOO miles to the west in Showers lingered early today over San Saba, authorities said, much of north central and East    Forecast Texas and the Panhandle, the Na- SOUTH TEXAS: Cloudy mornings Celebrate Graduation with Spectacular Savings with partly cloudy and warm afternoons through Thursday Widely scattered thundershowers most sec tions Thursday afternoon I/>ws tonight mostly 70s Highs Thursday in the 90s Extended Forecast Friday through Sunday SOUTH TEXAS: Partly cloudy and warm with a chance of thundershowers mainly northern sections Highs in the 90s and lows mostly in the 70s, except 60s Hill Country Continued from Page IA the aquifer cannot be unchangeable “The rules need to be continually updated and changed as pressures (or population densities) change on the aquifer We can’t remain static and say that we have rules and they will work for 20 years, ” he said “I think the same thing applies to New Braunfels Whatever will come out of all of this (study) will be recommendations for development throughout the area The rules that would apply to Bexar County would also be applicable to Comal County,” he said San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros Monday appointed four San Antonio City Council members to a committee to study the recharge zone and make recommendations about regulations A San Antonio City Hall spokesman said the comm-mittee. led by the mayor, will meet weekly to consider a variety of objectives including eliminating the risk of spilling toxic chemicals, limiting storage of hazardous material, developing a regional standard for pollution abatement and mapping the recharge area. “They will generally get to know the (aquifer) better," the spokesman said, adding that the committee will consider a regional approach to aquifer needs Tom Fox. EUWD general manager, said he thinks the committee won’t be “just another committee." rather it will be a continuation of earlier groups’ work “I think this committee will be different and, hopefully. it will pull things together by linking some of the other communities like New Braunfels and San Marcos." he said Fox agreed with Hollmig and Ikels that whatever regulations are imposed over the recharge area would also need to apply to surrounding areas including Comal County. “If regulations are addressed by the (Texas) Water Commission, they will extend to Comal County If they come from the water commission, they will include all areas of the recharge zone. ” he said FRANCES BRIDGES is there for you with Scrapbook every Thursday in the Harald-Ztitung GRANZIN’S MEAT MARKET lung', bcUjoanoy Md y:;. 1644 McQueeney Rd. 625-3510 Me'.iM.rke, MKI MADI BUI JERRI \ HEAD C HI I SI a nm sadsack BUX )l) SAUS AC,I 1 I* Ii HOURS Mon -Sat 8-6 0051071 Slaughtering Tues & Thurs TJ Best Beef Prices FROZEN . 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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: May 20, 1987

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