New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 Pages —2 SectionsRivers pass water test, Michie says
By DANA STELL Staff writer
All systems are go for the Easter weekend swimming crowds as far as the city manager is concerned.
Results of water quality testing done recently show erractic levels of fecal coliform, but city manager Joe Michie doesn’t put much stock in the results.
Meanwhile, Michie this afternoon will propose a comprehensive water testing program to hotel and resort
"We have already started testing,” Michie said Wednesday. "And some (results) are below 200 (organisms per IOO milliliters) and some are above.
"But as far as I’m concerned these are absolutely meaningless results.”
Michie explained that a state-recommended fecal coliform level of 200 organisms per IOO ml applies to serious times of drought. "When we get into drought conditions, very low stream flow, and high fecals, that’s
when we’re concerned about 200,” he said.
Michie said he would like to see the city concentrate on having levels below 500 organisms per IOO ml on a consistent basis. "We are trying to get up to 500 with the state’s blessing,” he said.
At this afternoon’s meeting, Michie will reveal his proposal for a comprehensive water quality program. "I will be meeting with the Chamber of Commerce tourist group, hotel and motel people, and resort people to get
some input on some ideas we have for a summer water quality program,” Michie said.
"Then we will be announcing how the program will work and the steps we will be taking. We’ve got time to get a good, practical plan together.”
Michie expects to announce the plan at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Part of the proposal, Michie said, will be to take into account the water temperature at test time, along with outside temperature and stream
"We haven’t had a comprehensive program on how the factors relate to each other,” said Court Thieleman, assistant to the city manager. ‘‘What is affecting what. How water temperature, air temperature and the volumes of people in the water are inter-related and to what extent those factors count.”
Part of the rationale behind the development of a comprehensive plan comes from a recommendation from the city’s Rivers Conservation
and Preservation Committee that the city continue water testing.
And, Michie said, he doesn’t want to see a repeat of last summer’s water problems.
"Due to the impact last summer of the big, red warning signs and the drought, we wanted to come up with a program to protect the public health while not making a big deal of our water testing,” Michie said.
One suggestion in the proposed
See WATER. Page 12A
Bill of wrongs
Lawmakers eye changes proposed for House Bill 72
AUSTIN (APi — The Senate Education Committee has approved 44 pages of changes it thinks should be made in the major public school reform legislation passed last summer at a special session.
Sen. Carl Parker, chairman of the Senate Public Education Committee, said he planned to offer the bill for debate early next week
The omnibus education revision bill was approved 104) Wednesday by the committee without discussion or debate.
"It fine tunes and streamlines,” said Parker.
A provision that would let the State Board of Education change the controversial no-pass, no-piay eligibility rule captured must attention. But the overall measure contains numerous changes affecting both teachers and students in Texas’ public schools
If passed by the Senate and House, and signed by the governor, the
— Tell the State Board of
Education to reconsider its present rule that a student will be suspended from sports or other extracurricular activities for six weeks if failing in one subject. The bill suggesLs a
— Tell the State Board of
Education to give teachers a basic skills test, mostly on reading, writing and math. It would allow the board to decide later, after the first test, if a more difficult examination on specific skills in teaching is needed to weed out incompetent teachers. The board has said it believes the first test will show up 90 percent of those who should not be teaching.
— Provide for probationary’ and permanent teaching certificates, with permanent certificates going only to teachers who have proved themselves satisfactory teachers.
— Set up a four-level career program for teachers that would give them a 12.000 raise for each level reached, based on above average talent, training and initiative. Ijbrarians would be included with classroom teachers, but not teacher aides and counselors School administrators also would be appraised
— Provide for a system of school discipline that would give school officials power to suspend students for up to six days or to expel then from school for assaults on teachers or pupils or for distributing drugs or alcohol.
— Tell each school to provide
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Workers prepare what will become the foundation of New Braunfels ISD’s new elementary school on County Line Road south of PM 725. The slab has already
been poured and the steel framework is in place for the physical education area in the background. Bad weather has meant
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the school won't be open in September, but it may be completed by the end of 1985
Better lake than never
County, Corps agreement said near on boat ramps
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Canyon Lake area boaters should soon be able to begin launching their boats from ramps in Canyon Lake Village and Canyon Lake Village West
County commissioners are working toward final negotiations on lease agreements for these two ramps with the Army Corps of Engineers.
The two ramps were closed by the Corps on Sept 5, 1984, after lease
agreements had expired in Dec., 1983 in the Village, and Feb., 1984, m Village West < Turkey Cove).
At that time, Corps officials notified the county that certain repairs and modifications were needed. Since then, the two entities have been negotiating to reach a mutally acceptable agreement.
A revised lease was received in the Corps office at Canyon Dam late Tuesday and was hand-delivered to County Judge Fred Clark. However, it did not come in time for Clark to place the proposal on today’s
Commissioners Court agenda.
"We need 72 hours notice to get things on the agenda,” Clark said, indicating that it will be considered by the commissioners next week.
Clark said in a telephone interview this morning that he had not yet had time to review the new agreement.
Ken Robinson, reservoir manager at Canyon Dam, said the new lease, which he received from Jim Cain, chief of real estate in the Corps Fort Worth office, has two majoi revisions from previous agreements.
The "hold-harmless” clause,
which stipulates that the Corps will not be liable in case of an accident, has been reworded and now reads that the county will be held liable "to the extent of the law."
Under state law, counties in Texas are limited in liability.
The second revision indicates that the limits of liability for the county will be $1 million per individual, $3 million per accident, and $250,000 property damage Clark said, "That might be a little
See RAMPS, Page UACity, NBISD get Friday holiday
Easter weekend in New Braunfels traditionally signals the beginning of the tourist season. But it also brings holidays for employees of city, county, and federal government, as well as some of the area’s school children.
Comal ISD is the only district having school Friday and Monday. Although Friday was to have been a holiday, the administration decided to use it as a snow make-up day.
The CISD tax office, however, will be closed Friday.
New Braunfels ISD students have both Friday and Monday as a holiday, as do workers in the central office. The New Braunfels tax office will be closed Friday only.
Sis. Peter and Paul school also is closed both Friday and Monday for the Easter break.See CLOSINGS, Pag* UA
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The morning cloudiness will disappear, according to the forecast, and the day will be sunny, breezy and warm, becoming partly cloudy and mild tonight. Temperatures will reach 85 and drop to 65 overnight. Winds will gust between 15-20 miles per hour. Wednesday's high was 84 and this morning’s low was 61. Sunset will be at 6:51 p.m. and sunrise will be at 6:16 a.rn.
Back In Time
New Braunfels hurdler Kevin Walker has been slowed by a hamstring injury, but he promises to be back in time for the district meet. Thursday Special, Page SA.
Woman made up tale of rape; innocent man due to be freed
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who now says she lied when she accused a man of rape went to court today in an effort to free him from the prison where he has spent the past six years.
Cathleen Crowell Webb, 23, arrived at the courthouse in suburban Markham holding her husband’s hand and was ushered past reporters who lined up to attend a hearing on the case.
Gary Dotson, 28, wants his conviction overturned by Circuit Judge Richard Samuels, who sentenced him to prison in 1979 after Mrs. Webb told authorities Dotson had raped her.
Mrs. Webb, now a mother of two children and living in New Hampshire, in March filed an affidavit saying she lied about the rape.
Dotson’s attorney, Warren Lupel, met with Mrs Webb on Wednesday to
“I ripped my buttons off my clothing, scratched my body with a piece of glass, pinched and bruised myself and did other things all to make it appear that I had been violently attacked,” said Mrs. Webb.
discuss her testimony. He said, "She’s a woman who’s very much involved in her faith, and that faith will not allow her to do anything but tell the ... truth as best she can remember.”
Lawyers have said Dotson, who was sentenced to 25-50 years on
charges of aggravated kidnapping and rape, could be freed from the Joliet Correctional Center within 24 hours if the Judge overturned the conviction.
In her affidavit, Mrs. Webb said that in mid-1977 shehad sex with a teen-age boy. She said she “was concerned about the consequences of my promiscuity and thought I was pregnant and therefore decided to claim I was raped.”
"I ripped my buttons off my clothing, scratched my body with a piece of glass, pinched and bruised myself and did other things all to make it appear that I had been violently attacked,” said Mrs. Webb, who at the time lived in suburban Homewood.
Mrs. Webb, then 16, described her attacker to a police sketch artist. TheSee RAPE, Page UA