New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 9, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal River ....... 242 cfs (down 12)
Canyon inflow 179 cfs (down 16)
Canyon outflow....... 360 cfs (up 10)
Edwards Aquifer .... 624.45 (down .07) Canyon Lake level . . . 909.04 (down .06)
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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 157
August 9, 1985 25 Cents
26 Pages—2 Sections
In parental kidnapping case
Jury awards damages
From staff and wire reports
HOUSTON (AP) — A jury has recommended that relatives of two missing boys be forced to pay $53 million to the children’s mother under a new Texas domestic kidnapping law. Randy Donato of Houston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Donato of New Braunfels, served as the attorney for that mother.
"I think it is a very positive step, and I hope some day it will help other parents in the same position. It’s a very heart-breaking crime,” said the mother. Carolyn Smith, 26. of Sugar I^and.
Her two sons. Charles Smith III, 7, and Christopher Smith, 5, have been missing since Sept. 21, when their father, Chuck Smith, took them to Tampa, Fla., testimony showed.
Tho Smiths were divorced at the time of the abduction. Mrs. Smith had custody of the boys and their father saw them on alternating weekends.
Jurors deliberated six hours Wednesday before recommending the damage award against the children's grandparents, Charles William Smith Sr., his
wife Pat; and the boys’ aunt and uncle, Esteban and Kim Smith Chavarria.
Jurors agreed the relatives and Chuck Smith conspired in the boys’ abduction.
Mrs. Smith’s attorneys say the trial was the first to test the state law passed last September enabling parents of children abducted by former spouses to sue for civil damages, attorneys said. Other states have passed similar laws.
The defendants failed to return phone calls to The Associated Press.
A private investigator traced her husband and children to England and finally to a ski resort in Scotland, Mrs. Smith testified.
She said she and her father-in-law booked flights on the same plane to England, but she was delayed in customs.
Mrs. Smith said she obtained a British court order and then went to Scotland to get the children. But she said she was a day late and the quarry had fled.
See JURY, Page 12A
Businesses voice concern over incorporation move
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Glen Jones, a bricklayer from Seguin, puts up brick on the new Lone Star Elementary School
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
I»ne Star Elementary improvements will be completed within IO days.
We are using a lot of our own people to do the interior remodeling,” Superintendent Charles Bradberry told the New Braunfels 1SD board Tuesday * I don't think you will even recognize it on the inside once its finished.’*
Another project. Hie new elementary school on County Urie Road. has made progress on the brick facade The NBISD board will decide on the name for the new school at Hie next regular meeting
At the Huddle school, i where a fine arts addition is being built) they are working on top of each other, trying to be ready by Hie beginrung of school,” Bradberry said. "I think they will miss it by a week or two.”
Bradberry said the staff has a contingency plan if the work is not completed.
The cafetorium being built at the high school has had two pourings for Hie foundation and a third is scheduled for the end of this week, Bradberry said.
The projects were financed by an $8.85 million bond issue voters approved in May 1983 The new elementary, the high school cafetorium, the middle school fine arts addition and the improvements at lame Star Elementary make up phase II of the project. LAN DECO won the bid for phase II at $4.96 million
The transportation center which is part of phase three will have its foundation poured Monday, Bradberry said The transportation center is behind Hie high school.
Renovation work un the EducaUon Center (the old high school on Mill Street) is waiting for new bids for Hie electrical and air conditioning systems. Those came in too high.
See CONSTRUCTION, Page 12A
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Several business owners along the Guadalupe River are concerned this week about the recent announcement of plans lo incorporate the Saltier and River Road area.
At Thursday’s Rivers Oversight Committee meeting, Jane Abbott of Abbott’s River Outfitters, Inc. asked the leader of the incorporation effort how the idea for the
proposed village came about.
She said the suggested map for the incorporated area includes all the River Road businesses, but at the same
tune excludes any homes on business property.
Why were the properties taken into incorporation and not the homes taken in”” Abbott asked. “So they can’t
She cited an instance where two homes, not targeted for incorporation, are in the center of business property,
which is shown to be incorporated.
‘ The people are being affected and they don’t have a vote.” Abbott said.
David Thompson, president of Hie Guadalupe Valley River Association, presented the case for incorporation to the committee Thursday. As president of the association, he is a member of the Rivers Oversight Comnuttee, which is made of up outfitters, business owners, chambers of commerce, and other property owners’ associations.
He said incorporation proponents can take in only two square miles and said, “We took in a strip and if you’re in it. you’re in it and if you’re not, you’re not,”
Thompson told the group that those in favor of incorporation want tourism in the area, but also want to
See RIVERS, Page UA
JP precincts won't change
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Almost a dozen interested observers at commissioners court Thursday saw the quiet defeat of any change in Justice of the Peace Precincts I and 2.
Constables Werner Kieshng and Danny Scheei, Justices of the Peace HG. "Doc” Blanchard of Precinct 2
Coma/ County to get computer update
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
County information serivces manager Fred O’Neal will get a new toy from commissioners: a computer disc1 drive that will store 400 million characters of information.
O'Neal gave commissioners an explanation of the county computer system at a recent workshop, building up to a budget request
O’Neal will write up the specifications with options for lease-purchase and cash transaction He estimated Hie equipment will cost about $31,000 and Commissioners agreed to give him the authority to advertise for bids without coming back to commissioners court
"Tile disc drive is like a filing cabinet,” O’Neal explained to Commissioners, outlining the complex system with charts and diagrams.
The county lias five computers that can share and exchange information; 13 departments use 29 terminals and 16 printers.
The system is spread out in six buildings ui three cities in three counties
And the eight telephone lines used to connect all of them are from three different phone companies with routing through Austin and San Antonio.
"The weakest link is the telephone circuits,” O’Neal said.
"Just static electricity can cause computer confusion ”
He mentioned a lot of his time was used in killing out old files, but added that he did not want the file clerks and county employees killing out files because the command to erase was a very dangerous one Killing out files was the only way to keep making room for more information. The new disc drive will allow an extension of current memory capacity.
O’Neal mentioned to commissioners the need for more personnel eventually, but added that part of the services could be paid by Hays and Caldwell County.
"Right now a lot of my time is spent putting out fires, and San
Marcos is one of my biggest headaches,” the computer manager said “A problem there could be one of five vendors.”
Hays County has gone out for bids to add equipment to their system,” he added. "In Caldwell County I was on the agenda to explain some things about their system to them.”
O’Neal suggested lo com-nussioners that they contact the two counties and discuss some payment for his time on working on their system. And if the other counties add to their system, perhaps they could share a computer programmer with Comal County, he said.
County Judge Fred Clark liked the idea and agreed to approach the other two county judges
and Fred Stewart of Precinct 3 attended, along with City Councilman Valdemar Espinoza and his wife, NBISD Trustee Aguinaldo “Nayo" Zamora, Kookie Barboza and Martin Sada
Commissioner l»renzo "Yankee” Camarillo could find no one to second his motion to put voting precincts 6 and 7 in JP Precinct 2.
But in the last commissioners meeting when Camarillo brought it up, he had the support of Commissioner Bill George. County Judge Fred Clark first presented the idea of the change.
In that last meeting. Commissioner J.L. "Jumbo” Evans suggested that Hie decision be put off until Commissioner Monroe Wetz returned from vacation. Part of the area affected was in Wetz’ commissioner precinct. Wetz said he saw no reason for the change, a position he had kept from the beginning.
“I’m very disappointed," Camarillo said after the meeting. "The commissioners let me down. This is the first time I asked anyone to vote for something; I have helped them a number of times. If jieople were going to change their votes, they should have let me know ahead of time.”
George indicated he knew that Camarillo had been counting on him for a second, but that he felt there was no advantage to changing the
"I think maybe we put the cart in front of the horse,” George said. “After studying it. I couldn't say that changing the lines would serve all that much purpose, if we can’t save taxpayers some money, if there was no need to equalize workloads.”
George referred to the work done by the Realignment Committee when he said that if commissioners appointed a "blue ribbon” committee, then they ought to take its recommendations.
George said he had not discussed the issue with the peace justices since the last meeting.
The two JPs affected, Blanchard and Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger of Precinct I, were opposed Krueger had testified before the Realignment Committee.
”1 can’t see changing it for purely political reasons,” George said.
Camarillo indicated though that either to change the lines or leave them the same would involve a political decision.
See PRECINCTS, Page UA
CISD bond sale is going extremely well
By DEBBIE DoLOACH Staff writer
A “highly successful” initial day of bond sales could mean Comal ISD will get its $19.96 million in bond money as early as Sept. I.
That was the word from Floyd Westerman, CISD's financial advisor, who said as of early this morning, only $485,000 of the $19.96 million remained unsold.Prudential-Bache Securities A Associates of Dallas is handling the
bond sale, which began Thursday.
The $19.96 million bond issue was overwhelming passed by CISD patrons on May 18.
Proceeds from the bond sale will be used to build a new Smithson Valley High School and a new Canyon Middle School, as well as renovations and additions at all other CISD campuses.
“I would term this bond sale highly successful,” Westerman said, adding he wouldn’t be surprised if the remaining $485,000 sold by today.
"I’m very pleased the bonds sold out that well. It isn’t unusual for them to go Uke hotcakes at first. But the ones on the front end have a higher interest rate and a higher premium, so they’re harder to sell,” Westerman said.
The bonds are scheduled to be repaid from 1988 to 2006, and are guaranteed by the State of Texas Permanent School Fund.
The bonds are rated "Aaa” by Moody’s Investors Service of New York.
Most of the remaining bonds are in the higher-premium category, but Westernian said, “The account (Prudential-Bache) isn’t worried. They don’t mind having them around for awhile, because they don’t have to pay for the bonds until we get our paperwork done.”
The paperwork shuffle should take about 30 days, Westerman said.
"The district could get its bond money as early as Sept. I, but it will probably be more like the first week of September,” he added.Today's weather
Morning clouds will burn off with another sunny and hot day with temperatures reaching into the upper 90s and dropping to the low 70s overnight. Relative humidity will stay at 80 percent. Saturday will have early morning clouds, clearing to sunny and hot by the afternoon with temperatures in the upper 90s. Thursday’s high was 99 and this morning’s low was 76. Sunset will be at 1:17 p.m. and sunrise will be at 6:56 a.m.