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Vol. 92 - No. 67 12 Pages
TUESDAY April 5,1983 25 cents
Fluoridation ballots to be counted again
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Results of Saturday’s vote on an amendment deleting flouride from the city charter won't be official until late this week, at the earliest.
City Council found no mistakes in arithmetic when the votes were canvassed Monday night. The tally on Amendment IV was still 1,133 to 1,133. Since it takes a majority vote to change the city charter. City Attorney John Chunn concluded that the amendment had failed, and that New Braunfels Utilities should continue to fluoridate the city's water.
For citizens opposed to fluoride, one more vote could make all the difference in the world. So they’ve called for a recount.
City Council appointed a committee of three ‘‘disinterested citizens” and set the starting time for 9 a rn. Thursday. The committee will closet itself with the ballot boxes at City Hall, and will check and recheck the votes until chairman Clinton
Ludwig is satisfied they’re counted right, said City Manager E.N. Delashmutt. It may take more than one day.
Council will have to certify the results within two days after Ludwig makes his official report, which may mean calling an emergency meeting. Also serving on the recount committee are Jan Estes and Erna Schwab.
Harold Boettcher, designated representative of the group that requested the recount, will be allowed to sit in the room and watch.
A recount petition was filed at City Hall late Monday by attorney Melvin Nolte, who also helped draw up the January petition that put Amendment IV on Saturday's ballot.
In a close City Council election, only an interested party (for example, the defeated candidate) is entitled to ask for a recount Chunn said, “When you’re voting on a measure instead of a candidate, any 25 people acting jointly may file a petition."
Monday's petition bore 76 signatures, accompanied by voter registration numbers. Council members agreed the city staff should verify those names and numbers before proceeding with the recount.
With their petition, the citizens left a $50 deposit, as required by law. If a new count swings the election in favor of Amendment IV, recount expenses (including the salaries of committee members, at $4 per hour) will be borne by the city. If not, the petitioners will have to pay the bill.
Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr., notified earlier in the day that a recount would be called, had already contacted Ludwig, Schwab and Estes about serving on the committee. He said all three had served as election judges or clerks in the past. However, none of them worked on Saturday’s election, which would have disqualified them as ‘‘disinterested citizens."
Last-ditch effort saves satellite
CAFE CANAVERAL, Fla. iAFi -The world s largest and most expensive conunumcations satellite. vital to America's space future, tumbled out of control for several hours today after release from the shuttle Challenger NASA reported it had regained command, but it was unclear how effective the satellite could be
The question was whether ground controllers could maneuver the 2lx-ton, HOO million satellite to its planned stationary orbit 22.300 miles high. Trackers estimated the payload was in a distorted orbit ranging from about 14,000 to 22,000 miles high, and it could not be fully effective on that path.
Experts consulted computers to determine if stabilizing gas jets aboard the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite could be used to shift the craft into stationary position.
“There is some possibility it could be done," said Julian Levine, a spokesman for TRW, which built the TORS “The satellite has some onboard propulsion capability and the technical issue now is its ability to
move the satellite into the proper orbit "
Challenger commander Paul J. Weitz and his crewmen, pilot Karol J. Bobko and nussion specialists Story Musgrave and Donald H Peterson, who had ejected the satellite from their cargo bay late Monday, were in a sleep period when the trouble began. They were in the second day of the second shuttle’s maiden flight.
An hour after the deployed TDRS, the rocket fired successfully to propel the package on its way to the high outpost.
The problem arose about 6 a.m. after the rocket ignited a second time, to try to arrest the satellite in the stationary outpost The resulting egg-shaped orbit indicates an engine misfire which sent the satellite tumbling with the rocket stage attached.
After hours of suspense, Mission Control in Houston calculated a way to separate the heavy rocket stage from the satellite and then to command the small jets to halt the tumbling motion.InsideToday's Weather
Spring has taken another powder in Comal County, leaving temperatures in the chilly range Tuesday morning, with a wind chill factor of 29 degrees at 8:30 a m. Clouds, cold and bitter winds will continue through Wednesday, with a 40 percent chance of light rain or thundershowers. Lake wind advisories are out for today, with northerly gusts expected at 15-25 miles per hour. Winds will slow to 15 mph tonight.Wolf pack Nips Cougars
Whoever said North Carolina State was a team of destiny was right on the money. The Pack upset Houston, 54-52, in Monday's NCAA championship game, as Cosell McQueen rammed a missed shot through at the buzzer. The Cougars’ Achilles heel — lousy free-throw shooting — set up the winning backet. See Sports. Page 5.
Staff photo by Dyannr Fry
Attorney Melvin Nolte (right) and Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo check recount requirements
Setting a date
Jail bond issue scheduled for May 7
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
County voters will be asked to go to the polls May 7 to approve a $3.9 million bond issue to pay for a new county jail, which won’t be downtown.
If the b<*nd issue passes it would mean a 3-to-4-cent increase in the county tax rate. County Auditor Bate Bond said.
The May 7th election, set by Commissioners Court Monday, will be four days after the New Braunfels Independent School District's $8.5 million bond election.
The court did not decide on a specific jail site, although the facility will be built on one of the three locations recommended by the court-appointed jail site selection committee, County Judge Fred Clark said.
These three include a 12-acre tract off Hanz Drive between I^op 337 and Gruene Road; a 9-acre tract off Water I^ne adjacent to Loop 337 between West San Antonio Street and IH 35; and a 6.5 acre tract on North Walnut Avenue along the Missouri-Pacific Railroad tracks.
Commissioners have asked that a preliminary appraisal be done on the Hanz Drive site (the committee’s first choice). and the Water l.ane site.
Cost of building the jail downtown, plus lack of land for future expansion, were the main reasons
why the court didn’t pick that site. Clark estimated that total costs for the downtown site would be near $9 million, not including land and costs for a parking area or garage.
On either piece of property off Loop 337, it would cost about the same to build a jail — $3.9 million, Clark said.
Construction costs alone on either of two sites would be approximately $2.9 million, architect Christopher DiStephano of Houston said last week.
On Monday, Cark added another $1 million in other costs to DiStehano’s figure to reflect the total cost of the new jail on either site.
The judge’s figures included architects’ fees (6.5 percent of construction costs); a 6 percent inflationary factor; $350.000-$400,000 to buy the land; $200,000 for new equipment for the Sheriff’s Department (once ifs moved in the new building); and an undetermined amount to buy the Doep-penschmidt property.
Even though the court turned down the "Doep-penschmidt property" for the new jail, it still included it in the bond package for future expansion of county government.
The "Doeppenschmidt site" behind the Courthouse on West Mill Street drew much support from the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Mer-
See COUNTY, Page 12High winds damage lake marina, electric lines
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
The 50 mph-plus winds that blew through New Braunfels Friday left behind trash, uprooted trees, small power outages, and severe marina damage at Canyon lake.
Canyon lake Marina on the north side of the lake on FM 306, sustained damage estimated at over a half-million dollars. “The power of the wind dragged the marina and pushed it against the shoreline. That caused the marina’s outer edges to collapse,
damaging a lot of boats in the process," said Bill Dawson, marina general manager.
But on the east side of the lake, Cranes Mill Marina was spared from Hie wind's force. "That was the whole objective of moving from the west to the east side of Cranes Mill Park,” co-owner Bill Barth said. "We wanted to get away from the wind exposure, and the debris build-up from high water. And Friday proved it (moving the marina) worked."
The relocation began two years ago with advice from the* Corps of
Engineers, and finally clearance through Washington, D.C. "We began construction in May of 1982, and are about 95 percent complete. We should be finished by June I.”
A lake wind advisory is in effect for today, but the National Weather Service in San Antonio said winds wouldn't be as severe as Friday. "Winds will be from the north at 15-25 mph and gusty today," a spokesman said. "Friday, we recorded winds over 52 mph at the San Antonio Airport."
The winds Friday were expensive for the New Braunfels Utilities, where damage estimates are in the $15,000 range. Frank Panebianco, electrical distribution supervisor, said most of the poles that were blown over were replaced Monday.
"We did have numerous small power outages, because of tree limbs falling on service wires or taking out feeders. There were related incidents with advertising signs, damaging conductors," Panebianco said. "But there were no large scale outages, the largest affected area involing North
to Union Streets to Iancoln and Union Streets."
Cit) public works crews dealt with flying trash can complaints, and were called on downed limbs at various locations. The biggest item was a felled tree, blocking a portion of the Eden Home parking lot.
The biggest problem Canyon Reservoir Manager Philip Parsley had from the wind was trash. "It blew all over th parks, and will take awhile to clean up," Parsley said. “The wind
was tough on picnickers, and blew lots of tents down. But the most severe damage we had in the lake parks was the detachment of a courtesy dock at Jacobs Creek, and that was it.”
Trash was also a problem at luanda Park. Parks Director Court Thieleman said when the dumpsters got close to capacity, the wind would pick up the trash and scatter it around the park grounds and even into the river. Park crews are still in the cleaning process from the Easter weekend crowd, and the wind.
Gasoline tax one remedy for budget crunch—Kuempel
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel is predicting that Texas will have $1.5 to $1.7 billion less to work with for its 1984-85 budget than was originially thought.
Kuempel (R-Seguin) estimated Tuesday that state revenues will be that much less than what the Legislative Budget Board figured on.
Texas Comptroller Bob Bullock, whom Kuempel referred to as "the racedriver comptroller," will release new revenue estimates Friday. Kuempel’s reference was to Bullock’s recent speeding ticket.
Already approximately $600,000 has been cut from that board’s original 1984-85 state budget by the Senate Finance Committee.
Following these initial budget cuts, a state senator from Nacogdoches was quoted as saying that the Senate com
mittee was "trying to force the governor and the House into a tax bill."
Since the beginning of his campaign, Kuempel has voiced his opposition to any more state taxes. But Tuesday in speaking before the New Braunfels Downtown Merchants Association, the freshman representative conceded that there might be a tax bill considered by the House.
"If a tax bill gets through the House it’s going to be a new state gas tax," said Kuempel, whose 46th district encompasses Comal, Kendall and Guadalupe Counties.
But don’t expect the tax bill to come up anytime soon. If it comes up, it will be in a special session — possibly (me of a few special sesssons, he said.
"If push comes to shove...the gas tax
See KUEMPEL, Page 12
Taking items from city parks against ordinance, Thieleman says
In Lands Park these days, ifs not Please Don’t Eat the Daisies,’ but rather Please Don’t Dig Up the Artifacts.’
That was the message at the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting Monday night, after Parks Director Court Thieleman brought the “on again, off again” problem to everyone’s attention.
"In the span of one week, I had three people come in the parks office, saying people were seen digging near Park Area No. 7. Old-timers say there’s an old Indian mound near there,” Thieleman said. "One of the people who came to the office even had a handful of Indian arrowheads he had dug up. ’ ’
Thieleman has seen everything from small spades to picks to shovels. The holes made by these tools cause mowing problems, not to mention marring the park’s beauty. “Who knows? Someday someone might find an old wagon wheel, or a skull or something,” Thieleman said. "Then how would we handle that? Those artifacts are on public property,
and belong to the taxpayers."
A city ordinance already on the books restricts the removal of practically anything from the park. Violating the ordinance is considered a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $200.
Thieleman said the existing ordinance was so broad in interpretation, that he wasn’t sure of the intent. Board member Edward Dedeke said he remembered, back when the recommendation was made to City Council rn 1979, that people were digging up shrubs and removing aquatic substance from the springs.
"We wanted to stop it all, so that’s why the ordinance is so broad," Dedeke said.
The ordinance puts it this way: "It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully pick, pull, pull up, tear up, dig up, out, mutilate, break, bruise,
See PARKS, Page Vt