New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
MI CROPLEX INC. MITCH WOMBLE P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS, TX 75245
NB Humane Society Shelter burglarized
Comal River......... 258 cfs (down 12)
Wa tar CanY°n inf,ow......... 205 cfs (up 19)
Canyon outflow........781 cfs (same)
Watch Edwards Aquifer 624.67 (down .10)
Canyon Lake level .... 909.32 (down .44)
win at regionals
Marion eyes street improvements,
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 154
August 6, 1985 25 Cents
14 Pages—1 Section
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff Writer
Members of the lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department want to create a fire district that could raise as much as $15,000 for fire protection
John (itll of MumcpComp Inc. met Monday with interested fire department members. The district, which could levy a tax of I to 3 cents per $100 valuation, would include only the area now covered by the volunteer fire department.
The $15,000 is a rough estimate from the county attorney of
The forecast remains the same; sunny and hot with temperatures in the upper-90s during the day and in the nud-70s overnight Monday’s high was 98 and this morning’s low was 75. Sunset will be al 8:20 p m. and sunrise will be at 6:54 a.m.
Challenger's astronauis headed home today from a space shuttle journey that scientists said was ending as a sensational success after a recovery from a launch abort, a lost engine and failed experiments. Page 3A.
Guadalupe County Commissioners have supported tile idea of a fire district, offering services of the county attorney to write the petition, said Fred "Allen’’ Obermeyer, president.
"Volunteer departments in fire districts can budget and plan, knowing how much money would be coming in,” Gill said "And for the residents, those who have fire insurance w ould probably begin to see their rates decrease as the fire department begins to lessen property damage.”
Negotiators for the players and the owners are scheduled for a last-minute meeting today, but the baseball strike lias already started. Sports. Page 5
Incorporate's the word
River Road area residents looking at incorporation
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A group of permanent residents are seeking to incorporate two square miles of River Road and Sadler as a village. The necessary maps were filed with County Judge Fred Clark this morning.
"We’re taking in 50 feet minimum either side of the Guadalupe River from the dam to the first crossing,” said David Thompson, who filed the maps.
"Our ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction) also runs a half-mile below the first crossing,” he added.
The maps were a culmination of months of work for Thompson and others who support the incorporation. but the election date will be up to Clark. Thompson said the judge must verify the census, making sure the signatures belong to
Shadows serve as reminders
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Pealing bells of remembrance or pausing in silence, thousands of Americans observed toda> s 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima with vigils and rallies across the nation.
Children folded paper cranes of peace, painters traced shadows of the human form on asphalt as grim reminders of the atomic explosion that vaporized victims
Man> of the ceremonies nationwide commemorating the 140,000
Japanese who tiled in the explosion began Monday evening, with New York City churches tolling belLs for IO minutes at 7:15 p.m EDT. or 8 15 a rn. today in Japan, the hour the bomb was dropped on Aug. 6.1945 Churches in Portland and Eugene, (he., and in Boston. Waltham and Cambridge. Mass , planned to ring their bells 40 times at 8:15 a rn local time today
"I don't think that the abhorrence and fear we have for the bomb would be there if the bomb hadn't been dropped.” said Alvin Weinberg, a
scientist who helped develop the
It's enormously important that every year or so we relive the tragedy of Hiroshima." the 70-year-old retired director of the Oak Ridge National laboratory said in an interview.
In Chicago. Greenpeace turned a ship into a floating art gallery displaying peace posters by American graphic artists Tile ship was illuminated with candles in an all-night vigil.
"The devastation of Hiroshima fills
FEC requests Gramm's records
DALMAN API The Federal Election Commission Monday asked a federal judge to order U S Sen Phil Gramm’s campaign fundraising committee to comply with a subpoena to turn over its financial records.
The request, filed in Dallas federal court, is the latest in a five-monthlong effort by the EEC to audit the records of the Friends of Phil Grannie the fund-raising committee that helped propel Gratton into the U S Senate last November
The FEC since March said it had "reason to believe’’ the Dallas-based committee failed to correctly report contributors and expenditures and failed to "continuously report outstanding debts" while accepting contributions that exceed the legal limits per contributor.
Gramm, a recent Republican convert, is "ready to do every thing the law requires” but will continue to fight the subpoena and the EEC’s efforts to audit Ute financial records of his fund-raising committee. James
Schoener, Gramm's Washington attorney, told The Dallas Morning •News
’We admit we didn t disclose the debts, but we didn t know what they were,” Schoener said Monday He said Gramm recently spent almost $100,000 on a "complete and total ... amended campaign filing" that should satisfy the FEC
An audit by the FEC would be "like tearing up a planted field and replanting it." Schoener said.
The FEC subpoenaed the Friends
permanent residents and qualified voters, before he can call an election.
"Our preference (on the election) is as soon as possible, but that’s up to the judge,” Thompson said.
In the meantime, Thompson said the next group meeting has been tentatively set for 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Mountain Valley School. “We want everybody living in the shaded area
(on the map), including outfitters, businessmen, and private residents, to come,” he added.
Prior incorporation efforts have failed, but Thompson said he’s confident this one will not. "They’re all for it, at least % to 98 percent of them are. We know because that’s
See RIVER ROAD, Page 8
Committee worried about slander
us with sadness, fills us with a desire to set the clock back to that morning of Aug. 6, 1945, and fills us with a desire to grab that hand that released the deadly cargo and say no,"’ said Elaine Scott Banks, president of the Greenpeace Great l-ikes Chapter.
San Francisco schoolchildren readied hundreds of paper cranes. Japanese symbols of peace, for display today Participants in a nondenominational evening service in Salt I .ake City were to release 50
See HIROSHIMA, Page 8
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Accusations of police department misbehavior and ways to prevent the slanderous broadcast of those accusations were the major topics during Monday’s Police Department Community Relations Study Committee meeting.
Jimmy Delgado and a group of about 15 supporters appeared at the meeting prepared to read five written complaints about alleged specific incidents of abuse.
Some of the committee members, led by chairman Harry Preston, said they did not want names of accused police officers to be made public this early in the committee’s process.
City personnel director Charles Bode, who is overseeing the committee. advised the group that naming a police officer without his being there to defend himself could lead to a lawsuit.
Bode suggested the committee consult the city’s attorney to
See COMMITTEE, Pages.
of Phil Gramm records on June 20. a day after the committee asked U.S. District Judge Robert Porter of Dallas to halt the EEC’s audit plans on the grounds that the plans violated a six-month federal time limit to conduct audiLs of election financial records.
Gramm’s attorneys have since refused to comply w ith the subpoena.
Shoener said Gramm’s philosophy in resisting the FEC is that "if they can push a senator around, they can oush anvbiMiv around ”
Lake Dunlap eyes fire district
Gill’s company would charge a basic fee of $500 for the work to take the matter before commissioners court. Volunteers will have get signatures on the petitions “You need to approach your strong supporters first and get them behind this,’* he said "The worst thing you can do is not let people know what you are planning. The person who paid $00 this year will chip in around $15 along with everyone else if a district is created "
Most residents in the I-ake Dunlap area have homes worth approximately $50,000 The additional tax would be $15 for each property owner.
"The only real argument you will hear is that people simply don’t want to be taxed,” Gill said.
lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department has had trouble raising money from fund drives. Fire Chief Ken Jordon said.
"We are in dire financial shape.” Jordan said. "We need $7,000 a year just to keep our doors open, that’s not including equipment breakdowns or replacements. County commissioners give us $4,500 in federal revenue sharing funds, and that’s in danger with the federal budget cuts."
The fire department raised less than $1,000 in the annual mail-out for member contributions, Jordan said.
Obermeyer said less than IO percent of the homeowners in the area are contributing members..
“A lot of residents feel like they are
a part of New Braunfels," Jordan said. "We just don’t have enough community spirit, enough separate identity.”
I .ake Dunlap is a bedroom community, Jordan said. Most people who live in the area work and shop in New Braunfels, Seguin or San Antonio.
After p •Uturns are turned over to Guadalupe commissioners, a public hearing will be scheduled, lf commissioners agree with the need for a fire district, an election will be called.
Fire district boards can either be elected or appointed by commissioners.
"Appointed board members are a lot easier to get rid of than elected members," Gill said.
“They (board members) aren’t supposed to tell the fire department how to fight fires or set policy,” Gill said.
If I-ike Dunlap approves the district, it could be on the Central Appraisal District’s tax rolls by November or early 1986, Gill said.
Lake Dunlap would be the first fire district in Guadalupe County. San Marcos has four fire districts. The Bulverde and Bracken areas of Comal County are under consideration for fire districts.
Hiring Mumci-Comp and creating a fire district will be discussed at membership meeting at 7:30p.m. Monday.
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Bob DePasqual of Bug A Meister Pest Control sprays pecan trees at the Plant Haus for web worms, which are at their peak iarva stage this time of year. Hie creatures, if left alone, can kill a tree in two to three years. They defoliate the tree by eating its leaves.