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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas i ii i t Tax rollback drive flopped By DAVID MAY Staff Writer A threatened petition that would have called for a special municipal tax rollback election didnt happen as the deadline for filing one expired this Members of Comal United Tax payers Association had said they would seek the signatures necessary to call for a rollback election in a challenge to the citys 35 percent ad valorem tax in crease approved by council May I am very pleased the rollback didnt take place because there is a definite need for everything we have on our I rcalizxc there was a substantial percentage said Mayor George adding the current status of the citys tax rale will allow New Braunfeis to move Our people In our organization talked about but we couldnt get enough people interested to get petitions passed said CUT president John Pitrson Si Thursday The deadline for filing a rollback petition expired August Fierson said it appeared many New Braunfeis residents had ex copted the property tax increase that raised ad valorem rates from 28 cents per SICK valuation to Council approved the rate in crease as a means of providing additional police and fire depart ment Ah operating budget for fiscal 189788 amoun ting to million was passed by council June I cant say we werent right by not seeking a said Pier 1 wish we We didnt ever get a petition CUTs membership is largely though about 25 percent of its 300 members live in New A petition signed by 10 percent of all registered voters is required in calling for a special rollback election if approved by would roll a tax increase back to 8 In New Braunfeis an eight percent ad valorem rate would have equated to Cut would have needed to obtain the signatures of some to New Braunfelers registered to Pierson said he felt that atten tion and controversy surrounding the proposed Canyon Hydro pro ject interfered with CUTs inten tions to circulate a rollback peti So many of the people in are so frustrated with the hydro We didnt get the job New Braunfeis HeraldZeitung 157 frjevv Braunfels Herald Publishing 707 Landa New Texas 78130 USPS 377800 One Friday August 25 Cents Escaped injury A 2yearold boy riding in the front passenger seat of this 1982 Chevy Berlinetta and his Judy of 1031 both escaped serious injury when their car was hit by a 1977 Buick LeSabre driven by Madge of 189 The accident occurred shortly before noon Thursday at the in tersection of 81 and Castell Zink pulled away from a stop sign on Castell in the path of the eastbound The impact sent the Chevy out of control across the highway where it came to rest in across the highway and facing the opposite Zink was transported by New Braunfeis EMS to McKenna memorial Hospital where she was treated for a head iniury and released Neither Moya nor her son sought immediate medical though they were left extremely shaken up Both the occupants of the Chevy were buckled ac cording o No citations were issued by New Braunfeis police in the mishap Staff River time better late than never Army engineers slowing release into Guadalupe By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer Jerry Canyon Lake resexoir manager or the I S Corp ot said today that minced lake levels are allowing a reduction in outllow rates The outflow from the dam will te to cubic feel per se cond liy Friday down con siderably ram Thursdays flow of cts The lake level has been reduced to near conservation pool level after hitting its all tune recorded high on June 19 at Brite said the lost reduction will begin alKHit i p in today and in about KI p in the gates will ho in place to keep the low down He said the reduction is possible because only have about three lert of flood water let could absorb a tropical Morni ami nm let it oxer the spillway Jacobs Creek Park is open for Photo by Deryl Clark finte said the reason outflows werent reduced sooner was because of a concern that heavy rains could force water over the spillway He said a combination of engineering kill and a whole lot of good luck kepi waters from going over the spillway during June Boat ramps at Jacobs Creek Iark and the ramp at Cranes Mill Marina are open for use and camp ing will be allowed in North Park and Jacobs Creek The whole lake looks like it has a dirty bathtub ring around Bnte Page 2 Safe City Commission gets Victorias program outline Comal Countys communication club gearing up By DAVIDMAY Staff Writer In preparation of what is expected to be the first weekend of all out river members of Comal Countys Emergency Communica tions Club met with city and county officials Wednesday retamiliarizing themselves with rescue 1 think we are going to have a few out this said club president Ernie We will be out full fledged from every weekend from now through Labor he adding that he hoped that there would be no serious in cidents occurring on the Guadalupe River or Canyon Lake as people return to the Corp of Engineer officials have said they will reduce Canyon Lake outflow rates from yesterdays flow of cubic feet per second See Page 2 A committee intending to make New Hi auntcls a safer place to live and an unuttractivr place lor enmuijils met for the tirst time Thursday to hear how a grant Hmded program in Victoria works Police Chief Hutney Boeck pro moled he concept ol a Sate City Commission here and Mayor tleorge appointed members to the panel slightly larter than new Uraunlels uas the reel pient three years ago oi a slate grant to promulgate a Sale City program The paid director ol that program Tom Kasllanil toki a group o some 2fi people m First Federal Loan Associations com munity room Thursday Dial while New Braunlels may not have the money to pay stall I he program ol making New Braunlels a more crime live town is possible wiih volunteer et tort There are no such grant monies available and consensus at the Thursday meeting was that New braunlels will have a largely volunteer program stalled in part Boeck and Olliceer Martin Mayer described how personal effort by citizens in a wide cam piiign will mean an in reported crime as people begin to get involved you see an increase Kaslland said He admonished persons who would lenil only thfir name to such a cam paign lull would not work hard and imohr their neighbors Ue have tour in Victoria I lie crime piexention committees work hard but we have two thai ilon l Ami those two are areas of low income and higher crime Kastland saiit Boeck at the outset described uhal he wants to see from the com mission and he said the panel should IKpolitical only as far as you liaxe tn It you have a incompetent police department this is not the lorum Dont let this become a review board recounted how Victorias business comiminil medical com munity and cmc clubs had cooperated to pay lor such things as manually operated highpilch alarms lor senior cituens and people who hxe alone The devices are hand made and cost about Kaslland adding some of the devices are sold at cost while others are given away to people who need but cannot afford them Another lacel ol the Victoria pro gain has been to place small dogs in homes of senior citizens whose circumstances allow them a pet Burglars dont like small They can deal with big but little dogs wont stop barking and you cant catch The New Braunfeis panel will meet again at ii next ten tatively to be seated in Honors Hall at the Civic Center on Seguin At its next the commis sion will discuss a market survey to garner information ubout opinions on priorities within the com munity and target areas City staff noncommital about Chapa allegation There has been no word yet trom city officials concerning an allegation that an employee of the public works department has been getting paid lor less than a full weeks City Manager Joe Michie was in San Antonio today and not available tor comment Public Works Director Fred Hyden today referred any comment concerning the allegation to Michie Mayor ProTern Kamon Chapa Jr disclosed the allegation during city councils July in He said several sanitation workers met with him at his residence last weekend upset that one oi their colleagues had been allowed to leave the department each day at noon to go to a second The according to his was being paid for a lull weeks work and occasionally lor some overtime hours despite the tact that he had been working considerably less than a lull week Michie has said that the matter is an administrative one and one that he would investigate lie said appropriate action would be taken should the allegations prove Michie and Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo stifled the elected ol final at last Mon days council meeting after a private coin ersauon earlier in the Appeals court overturns noted murder conviction Raft stolen during cleanup An ad hoc group ot New Braunlelsers cleaned the banks and channel of the Comal River collecting some 20 bags ol debris Organizer Tom Corbm said aluminum cans collected will be sold and any money derived will be donated to Comal County Emergency Childrens The effort was not sponsored by any other but was a measure of support for the city and other groups who sponsor similar One blemish on the day was the then ol a rait donated for participants use by Guadalupe Shoot Two hispanic males were seen carrying away the although they escaped and the raft had not been located as of this morning Businesses contributing materials and people to the effort include Camp the Bier Dominoes HEB Popeyes Fried TriCity Tejas the Float Inn and City of New Compiled trom stall and wire reports AUSTIN iAP The murder conviction and 75year prison sentence given to David Port in the slaying ol a Houston postal carrier was overturned Wednesday by the Court of Port was convicted on March in New Braunfeis for the June slaying oi Debra Sue New Braunlels had been selected as the trial site on a change ol venue motion by defense attorneys because of the ex tensive publicity given the case in Houston The murder trial was one of the most highlypublicized in state The Austin appeals court said it overturned the convic tion because the trial court admitted into evidence verbal statements made by Port following his arrest that were inadmissable under the rules of During the trial Stale District Court Judge AlcMaster ruled that statements made by Port just after his arrest in the rear of a patrolcar and after arriving at police headquarters were admissable and allowed the testimony entered into the Schatz disappeared while delivering Her body later was found in a field She had been shot in the head with a 22culiber handgun The appeals court returned the case to the district court lor a new David now lived in the affluent west Houston neighborhood where delivered mail He was convicted in the carriers slaying in Houston police have said Port admitted killing Schatz while she was delivering Ports trial was moved to New Braunfeis alter delense attorneys argued they could not expect an impartial jury in Houston because of publicity about the case His Bernard and Odette were jailed in Harris County in 1984 after they refused to testify before a grand jury about the lii November Bernard Port did testify and was freed his wife was released after the grand jury disbanded in January The trial lasted more than two including selec tion of a Some luu Comal Countians were screened as prospective Media statewide converged on New Braunfeis in the days during the trial and was one of the most celebrated cases ever Stanimtisch u The public is invited to the 1987 recognition banquet for people paticipating in the Retired Senior Volunteer Registration for RSVP volunteers begins at with a slide shoxv on activities at From 11 to the Senior Songsters will do their Pigging out on turkey and all the trimmings begins at All this neat stuff happens at McQueeney Lions Club See the map Reservations and rides can be arranged by calling and RSVP folks in Sent rtz can arrange for transportation to and from by calling Loraine Cook at w D McQueeney Lions Club Hall fexas 46 A blood drive sponsored by a local church will be held Sunday morning See Page 2 Mostly sunny skies and hot temperatures in the upper 90s are forecast today with a heat index of 105 Southwest winds are about 15 Tonight and Saturday are photocopies of this whole week with late night and early morning cloudiness giving way to partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies and hot temperatures in the upper The Menu 8 3 12 101J RELIGIOUS 2
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