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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 159
August 13, 1985 25 Cents
14 Pages -1 Section
Lake Dunlap firefighters forego luxury to save lives, Page 13A
liability insurance carrier
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
i'm i ta I Count) mil discontinue liability insurance with its current carrier because of dissatisfaction with service.
Today s weather
Partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures continue today with 85 percent humidity. There is a 20 percent chance of thundershowers today and tomorrow. Today’s high is expected to reach 95 with the low tonight at 75. Monday's high was 98 and the low today was 76 Sunset will be at 8:13 p in. with sunrise at 5:58 a.m.
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County commissioners have a three-year liability insurance coverage through Frank B Hall Inc., but found out Thursday that the contract excluded fixed rates and apparently defense of sheriffs deputies.
Commissioners decided to discontinue their contract for liability insurance as soon as a bid can be awarded. All of the county’s policies are with Hartford Insurance.
In two different suits involving sheriff’s deputies. Hartford Insurance has refused to defend the county.
“That's what we bought it for: for the deputies,” Commissioner Monroe Wetz said.
One case against warrant server Robert Richardson filed by Javier and Jeanette Ortiz claims that the deputy “intentionally” caused bodily harm to Mrs. Ortiz.
Because the defendant uses the word “intentionally" the insurance company states that their policy does not cover the actions of Richardson, Josie Scales with Frank B. Hall said.
“We agree that his actions were intentional to effect the arrest, County Judge Fred Clark said. “He is suppose to do whatever is necessary to bring the man in. He went out to
arrest the husband, and the wife tried to interfer."
“How can Hartford be sure when they haven’t even heard our side of it?" Sheriff Walter Fellers asked during the commissioners court session, “lie s convicted before they hear him.”
In the other suit against ex-jailer Pat Parker. Donald F. Rylant alleges that Parker while on duty hail gone to the gunshow at the Civic Center two years ago and accidentally fired his gun.
The bullet ricocheted off the cement floor and tut the back of Rylant's leg Hartford refused to defend Parker on the basis that the jailer was not on duty, a position taken by the county and backed up by statements and documents from the sheriff.
“We are not satisfied with your service at all,” Clark said. “We will be looking for another insurance company.”
Clark indicated he thought the insurer was using any excuse not to have to defend the county, making the insurance worthless.
The rates, which have doubled since the policy began a year ago,
See INSURANCE, Page 14
City approves utility bonds
County displeased with
Interstate 35 was closed to southbound traffic at the U S Hwy 81 for 30 minutes about 6 15 p.m. Monday while cables were being repaired Russell Wesch with New Braunfels Utitlites surveys the damage while Firemen Chester Martinez and Steve Woodward finish up after
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putting out the grass fire the cables started when they swept the ground An 18 wheeler with a high load hit the cables. The accident caused power outages for 3,000 customers a utilities spokesman said
Three-year-old attacked by cougar
From staff and wire reports
A 3->ear-*>ld girl was to undergo surgery today after being mauled by a mountain lion in the parking lot of Comal Park at Cany on laike.
The child, identified as Charlie Natalie Keliei of Elmendorf, suffered a skull fracture and multiple
lacerations Monday evening when a mans j>ct lion. which was leashed.
attacked her, according to hospital
and sheriffs of lice spokeswomen Comal County Sheriff’s dispatcher
Jan Cox said tile girl was attacked by one of two mountain lions owned by Michael Ottea of Wetmore, a small Bexar County community
Both animals were on a leash, but the owner was unable to subdue the male,’ Ms Cox said
She said she did not know the details surrounding the attack or why
Ottea had his lions at the park She said the girl was attacked between 7 and 7:45 pm. She was visiting her aunt and uncle, whose names were not immediately available Ms Cox als*) did not know the names of the girl’s parents A spokeswoman at McKenna
City wants pared parks bond request
By DANA OVLHStHtrk I Staff writer
City Council heard what the parks and recreation advisory board called a bare bones” proposal for the bond issue Monday night, but told the parks director there still is too much meat on those bones.
Tile advisory board last week agreed to ask for ll 84 million worth of improvements at five parks Camp Comal .softball fourplex and baseball field. Cypress Bend tennis center, Ernst Eikel neighborhood park. Haymarket Park, and HEB soccer field
During bond talks in March, the figure set for parks projects was $3 million, and included acquisition of land for future parks, covering the olympic pool, and renovation of the golf course.
Parks Director David Whatley explained to Council that a pool cover in not included on the bond proposal because it is not considered a priority this year
He suggested that perhaps the school districts and the parks department could work together to build an indoor pool at a later date
I ouncil member Betty* Lou Rushing told Whatley that the public
will have to be convinced that all parks projects, bare bones or not. are justified.
I would like to see every dollar amount looked at very constructively,” she said.
Rushing suggested that a schedule be formulated for the users’ fees proposed for Camp Comal and Cypress Bend parks
She also told Whatley that river users who are causing the bank erosion at the Cypress Bend exit should pay for the erosion controls there “You will have to convince the voters that users will underwrite some of the expense," she said
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
New Braunfels City Council approved $4.78 million in utility bonds Monday night for utility system improvements.
Councilman George Erben made the notice of intent motion after less than five minutes of discussion. Mayor Pro-tem Betty Lou Rushing and Councilman Ed Sciantarelli raced to say “I second that motion" the fastest, and the unanimous vote came in minutes.
But it took months of debate and compromise to arrive at Monday night’s action, which kept the bond decision out of the voting booth.
Utilities Manager Bob Sohn's original bond proposal was $26.8
million last May. On June IO, smaller bond proposals of $18.1 million and $13,345 million stalled in council chambers on three separate votes. Two weeks later. Utilities trustees voted to delay the request for any amount of bonds “until some future date."
That date arrived on Aug. 7 at a Utilities-Council workshop when-trustees voted to send a $4.78 million bond issue to City Hall, and leave the public referendum-notice of intent question up to Council.
"We have any number of options," Mayor Barbara Tieken said Monday night. "But the general concensus of the council is that $4.78 million could be given by notice of intent with the
See BONDS, Page 14
Incorporation woes build on River Road
Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels said (Tie gin w f*s transferred in sui hie
condition to Methodist Hospital in
A spokeswoman at Methodist Hospital said late Monday the child was to undergo surgery arui would be hospitalized in pediatric intensive care.
See POLICE, 14
Council member Max Winkler suggested that each car through
See PARKS. Page ll
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
River Road resident D L. Thompson wants to "manage’’ the Guadalupe River and make an incorporated Sattler " the little richest city in Texas."
But Horseshoe Falls developer S D. David said. “We don't need your incorporation up there We’ve got our own (building! restrictions through the Horseshoe F'alls Property Owners Association, and we don’t need the burden of additional taxes."
Those comments came at an informal meeting Monday mght between Thompson and other residents and outfitters along River Road in the 207th District Courtroom. Judge Robert Pfeuffer, whose family
operates Camp Hueco Springs, opened the meeting, but made it clear he was there as a private citizen and not in any official capacity.
Pfeuffer said he asked for the meeting “in an effort to cut through the cobweb of rumor” on the proposed incorporation of two square miles along River Road and Sattler.
“We’re taking in 50 feet minimum either side of the Guadalupe River from the dam to the first crossing.” said Thompson, who filed the incorporation maps on Aug 6. County Judge F'red Clark will set an election date.
Thompson said he didn’t mean to
step oil anyone s toes by filing the
See INCORPORATION, Page 14
Ten-year old Rowdy Dunkan got a quick lesson in bike safety Monday afternoon. The New Braunfels youngster was eastbound on East San Antonio about 1:35 Monday when he was struck by Mona Dawson, who was driving a 1981 Chevrolet Suburban southbound on Market Street. Dawson did not see the bicycle, which had come from the driver's blind side.
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Dunkan, who received cuts and bruises in the accident, is shown here with his bike, and Dawson (second from left), ambulance supervisor Robert Reed (leaning over), a bystander (center), Sgt. John McEachern (fifth from left), ambulance supervisor David Cleveland (in sunglasses), and EMT Scott Lee (far right). Dawson was not ticketed.