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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas New pumps ease Village West water woes By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writar Residents of a Canyon I^ke subdivision which has been suffering water problems should be able to shower again now that emergency improvements have been made. Ivan Peyton, spokesman for Peyton Enterprises Inc., said residents of Canyon Lake Village West (located off FM 2673 between Sattler and Starkville) have plenty of water since he installed two new pumps in the well in that subdivision. Peyton owns water systems in several Canyon I^ke-area subdivisions. Property owners in the subdivision, one of the largest in the lake area, had been complaining of low water pressure or no water at all. Those living at high elevations said they were usually out of water every day from late morning until evening. Signs popped up in front yards, saying, “We have bad water problems’’ and “What problems? no water!’’ S.J. Fearka, president of the subdivision's property owners association, said “The system has been in pretty bad shape, and residents have been up in amis wanting the association to take action. I tell them that telephone calls and backyard conversations will not accomplish a thing They need to put it in writing. “I have never been out of water myself, but sometimes it takes 24 minutes for the commode to fill," Fearka said. Peyton thinks he has the problem solved. “It should be; I’ve spent enough money trying,’’ he explained, saying that he has raised the pumping capacity from 120 to 400 gallons per minute with the new equipment. Thursday was the first full day of operation of the pumps “I went over to look at the tanks during our peak period yesterday,” Peyton said, “and the tank was full. ” He added that at that time of day, the tank was usually down to four or five feet and out of water by 6 p.m “I think we have enough water to meet the demand now,” Peyton said He feels he has not let the system deteriorate since taking over from developer Tom Sheridan three years ago “I haven’t let it go like people think,” he said, explaining that when he took over the system, it had one well, a 5.000-gallon tank, and one backup well in adjoining Village Shores subdivision. With improvements he has made, the system now has an improved well, a 15,000-galion storage tank and two pumps Some complaints have also been received regarding low water quality. But Fearka agrees with Peyton that residents Laking samples may not be performing that task correctly. “If you get your finger in it, you can really mess up a sample.” Fearka said A* far as Peyton is concerned. Hie water is pure. The system is chlorinated, and Peyton, who lives in Village West, says I drink it." aw J.U-L OHI HUP New Braunfels Now Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 - No. 155 Zeitung I AC* FRIDAY August 5,1983 25 cents 18 Pages — 2 Sections (LISPS 377-880’ Unemployment takes nosedive WASHINGTON (AP> — America’s civilian unemployment rate crashed through the double-digit barrier to 9.5 percent in July as a half-million people found work, the 1-abor Department said today. Not since 1959 has unemployment plunged by as much half a percentage point in a single month Moreover, total civilian employment reached 101.3 million last month, the highest ever The decline in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate — from IO O percent to 9.5 percent broke a 10-month string of double-digit joblessness and returned unemployment to the level of June 1982 Since unemployment hit a post-Depression peak of IO 8 percent in December, with more than 12 million people jobless, the rate has retreated 1.3 percentage point and 1.7 million people have found work Some IO 6 million, however. .Americans remained on the government’s unemployment roster last month. An alternative unemployment rate, combining the civilian labor force with the I 66-nullion-member. U S -based military contingent, fell to 9 3 percent in July, duplicating tile 0 5 percentage point drop in the civilian rate. The rapidly improving job market eased unemployment woes across the spectrum of the civilian population, as many businesses rehired workers laid off during the long recession. Both private and government econonusts have said they expect unemployment to decline steadily in the coming months as the business recovery picks up even more steam These analysts have cautioned, however, that any sudden surge in interest ratesInsideToday's Weather It wil be partly cloudy today and tonight, turning cloudy Saturday morning but back to partly cloudy by the afternoon Winds will be from the southeast near IO mph today, decreasing to 5-10 mph tonight and Saturday Probability of thunderstorms is 30 percent today, and 20 percent Saturday Sunset will be at 8 20 p.m., and sunrise Saturday will be at 6.53 a rn.Skids Greased The Houston Oilers displayed little offense — much like last year — in losing to the Baltimore Colts 15-0 Thursday night in an NFL exhibition game Sports Pag* 6ACougar Speed The Canyon Track Club’s 1,600-meter relay team doesn't want to go back to South Bend, Ind next week But give it a year, and who knows” Spot ta. pay* 6A CLASSIFIED    3 86 COMICS.................... 2B CROSSWORD................. 2B DEAR ABBY    2A DEATHS............ 2A HOROSCOPES.............. 10A OPINIONS.......     4A RELIGIOUS FOCUS................. 5A SPORTS    6 7A STOCKS......................... 1QA TELEVISION.........................2B WEATHER  ........  .....-----3A could choke the recovery and lengthen unem ploy ment lines The 0.5 percentage point drop came as the number of people searching for work fell by 57.000 following a record May-to-June increase of 1.2 million In testimony prepared for the congressional Joint Economic Committee. Janet L Norwood, commissioner of labor statistics, said today ’s report showed that the labor market has improved substantially In July. employment increased markedly and unemployment registered its largest reduction since the recovery began.” The plunge rn the jobless rate was tile greatest since national unemployment feH from 5 8 percent to 5.3 percent from November to December. 1959. A separate survey of private businesses, which is not used in tile compulation of the jobless rate, showed that payroll employment grew by 500,0(10 approximating the total turned up by government statisticians in the Census Bureau s survey of 50.001' U.S households, on which the unemployment rate u> based. The 101 3 million people with jobs ec lipsed the previous record of 101 00t> million established in April 1981. Adult woman benefitted most from the improving labor market, the report showed, as their jobless rate plunged from 8.6 percent to 7.9 percent Among blacks, who have been particularly hard hit by the business slump, the jobless rate fell beneath the 2b percent level for the first time this year Among the various population groups, the July jobless rates wert* See JOBLESS. Page ISATexas rate misleading DALI.AS APi— Economic recovery in Texas is "still on track" despite unemployment figures released today that showed a slight increase in joblessness. Department of latbor officials said today Unemployment statistics on the IO most populous slates were released in Washington and revealed a climb in the seasonally adjusted rate for Texas unemployment from 7.7 percent lo! 0 percent The nationwide unemployment rate was 9.5 percent, down from IO percent in June "Texas is the only one of the IO stales to show an increase for whatever that's worth which I don’t think is much, in terms of economic significance, ’ said Bryan Richey, southwest regional commissioner for the Department of labor's Bureau of labor Statistics Richey attributed the increase to the large number of students w ho sought summer jobs. This increase in July is placed primarily on the youth factor, students conung into the work force to find parttime jobs. and I think more of them failed to find jobs this year than in the past.” Richey said "I think we re seeing an emphasis this year on recalling workers who have been laid off rather than providing bai sup jobs or extra jobs for youths while regular workers are un vacation," he added Some might look on a three-tenths of a percent See TEXAS KATE. Page UA Dead man's curve on Hunter Road? Commissioners would like the state to fix this railroad crossingCounty gets gloomy report on fixing 2 local roads Stiff photo b* John V Smut* By DAVID KING Staff writer Straightening and improving Hunter and Curry Creek roads remain a top priority for the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation. But with just over $1 million to spend in a 16-county region and farm-to-market roads averaging $125,000 per mile to build, Comal County will have to wait in line just like every other county, district engineer Raymond Stotzer told the commissioners court Thursday "It’s going to be very difficult to add roads until the funds appear," Stotzer said. The recently passed increase in federal gasoline taxes will have little or no effect on the farm-to-market and ranch roads in Texas, Stotzer added I.ess than seven percent of the tax funds designated for highways will go to the “federally aided secondary system" which includes the farm-to-market and ranch road system "All of the money designated could be used on lxx>p 1604 in San Antonio," Stotzer said. “That’s how little money is coming into Texas." So the system must operate on the same amount — $23 million - that the Texas legislature budgeted for it when the system was set up in the 1940s “We have a HOO billion investment that’s just going to go down the tubes without repairs," Stotzer said. "That road is loaded down and getting worse," Commissioner Bill George said. He also agreed with a cititan at the meeting that the 90 degree turns are dangerous. The engineer said the funds for his district for the next two years will have to be concentrated on a few projects Several Comal County residents and Comm Bill George both expressed interest in the state extending FM 1102 from Hoffmann lame all the way to Texas 306 Presently, state maintenance ends near Hoffmann Lane, leaving the county to maintain a narrower road that crosses the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad tracks at a dangerous angle and makes two 90 degree turns. “That road is loaded dow n and getting worse,” George said He also agreed with a citizen at the meeting that the 90 degree turns are dangerous. Plans discussed for the road would include discontinuing the railroad crossing and extending the road straight into 306 The Curry Creek Road projec t in the far western corner of the county would be extended rn Bexar and Kendall counties before any work was done in Comal County, Stotzer said. “What I'd like is a commitment from the counties i to buy the right-of-way I before we started,” the engineer said Counties have to buy the right-of-way for farm-to-market roads. Comm J un bo Evans added a pair of possible projects for the engineer to consider, including the expansion of Bulverde Road from Texas 46 to U S 281 and Schoenthal Road “There are three big subdivisions out there,” Evans noted Selma's reputation brought up during Garden Ridge debateBy DYANNf FRY Staff writar Nobody, least of all Garden Ridge Police Chief Walter Pardaen, would argue with Councilmember David Hencshel’s statement: ’’Taking responsibility for the safety of a whole community that’s a lot to aik of a volunteer." The city’s last two police chiefs, Pardaen and Robert Howey, have done just that. Both knew what they were getting into when they took the job. But neither has indicated an intention to keep it up forever. As it happened, Howey lasted less than two years. Hencshel told the City Council Wednesday night that it *.vas time to start thinking about a full-time, paid police force But he ventured into controversial territory with his ideas for financing it. “You’ll ask, where are we going to get the money? If we have a police department that enforces the laws, the resulting fines would at least assist in paying the salaries," said Hencshel. Aware that his words conjured up visions of the legendary Selma speed trap, he kept talking. "It’s See POLICE, Page IM 'Stub'debate/ SS5ST Commissioners Court heard from John Karbach, gave preliminary approval to a phase (rf a subdivision and accepted 9,634 linear feet of roads all in the span of 40 minutes Thursday morning Karbach. a former commissioner, came before the court to reiterate his request for Comal County rules and regulations regarding roads and road “stubouts," the ends of roads at the edges of subdivisions “This episode all began about three months ago,” Karbach said ”1 merely asked for an interpretation of the rules concerning stubouts “The River Oaks subdivision, which is adjacent to some property (115 acres) that my daughter owns. has no paved stubouts leading into her property," Karbach told the court Access to the land — which is loc ated between River Oaks and Mountain Laurel subdivisions and is “prime land for development,” Karbach said — is difficult without the stubout, the former commissioner said “lf we’d had access, we d probably have developed the land already.” he added Comm Bill George told Karbach that developer Ken barger had indicated he would pave the stubouts rn River Oaks if the adjacent property » as dev eloped “I can assure you that if the property is developed, the stubout will be paved. "Georgesaid Court administrative assistant Tun Danlek said the stubouts had not been paved originally because withoutSee ROADS, Page MA ;