New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal River........... 250 cfs (up 12)
Water ^anyon 'n^,ow........162 cfs (down 5)
Canyon outflow....... 247 cfs (down 3)
Watch Edwards Aquifer 624.18 (down .02)
Canyon Lake level .... 908.78 (down .02)
Comal Springs will be dry by 2010
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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 160
August 14,1985 25 Cents
32 Pages —3 Sections
Clearing it out
A bulldozer belonging to Sunbelt a San Antonio demolition company, bites into the old Courthouse Annex, clearing the way for construction of a new Annex as soon as debris can be carted off Next door the first floor of the Courthouse shook as bricks and hunks of plaster crashed against the outside of tf>e
building Tuesday afternoon Though windows rattled and some county workers vacated the downstairs offices early, the staunch Courthouse had little more than a little extra dust to show for it today.
By ULLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
New Braunfels ISD is suing the contractor and architectural firm
Porch light solidarity varies during National Night Out
By the Associated Press
Participation ranged from Hie ecstatic to the apathetic as neighbors sought to exorcise tile specter of crime from their streets by burning porch lamps and occupying their lawns in the second annual National Night Out
New York Mayor Rd Koch led a sparkler brigade in a Brooklyn neighborhood, while Minneapolis teen-agers break danced at a block party during Tuesday’s nationwide 8-9 pm show of solidarity against crime.
But in Detroit, where Police Chief William Hart sought participation from 41 citizen radio patrol groups and 5,000 block clubs, virtually no turnout was reported for the anti* crime sit-out The National Association of Town Watch, based in Wynnewood, Pa , which organized the effort, had predicted communities in 45 states would participate Organization leader Matt Peskin said he spent the hour outside his condominium in Wynnewood and driving around the neighborhood to count lighted porches, it was much
better than last year, from the little I saw .” he said.
Awaiting word of nationwide activities was "like an election, waiting for the wards to report.” he said. •“From the ones i neighborhood groups i I’ve talked to, they’ve done well sofar.”
About 12.000 Minneapolis residents were believed to have joined in the National Night Out, including the few dozen gathered in the yard of Juan and Gene Piersa. The parents brought food, while kids from the block spent weeks planning their break dancing exhibition, die Piersas
We’ve been good about looking out for one another, but when there’s been a burglary or something, we generally hear about it after it’s happened.’’ said neighbor Jerry Schaefer.
Three reporters for the Detroit Free Press who canvassed the city found no out of-the-ordinary activity. “We had shift people at the police departments laugh at us when we brought it up.” said night city editor David McKay.
Elsewhere in Michigan, organizers reported a high turnout in places
where they'd made a special effort to solicit participation, said Frank S. Bublitz of Saginaw Neighborhoods Inc.
Residents in a privately secured neighborhood in Houston said they thought the National Night Out was a good idea, but they wouldn’t be participating. The 1.200 homeowners of the posh Tanglewood neighborhood have a security squad.
In Orange, N.J., neighbors feted police with a barbecue to show their appreciation. “We were ecstatic,” police Sgt. Don Wactor, who stopped by for party, said
In this month's billing
Utility customers will see decrease in bills
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
New Braunfels Utilities bills set for a Thursday mail-out will include a 9.4 percent interim power cost adjustment (PCA I to the electric base rate.
But Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said the same bills will reflect a 24 percent fuel cost reduction from the liOwer Colorado River Authority (LCRA).
“ So the total electric bill will go down 15 percent, even though Hie base rate is going up 24 percent,” he added.
The power cost adjustment was unanimously approved by Utilities trustees on July 25.
It was needed to recover increased costs from LCRA, beginning with the local August billing for consumption in July.
However, Sohn said fuel costs also went down because IX’RA is no
longer buying coal from Decker Coal Co.
On this month’s bills to Utilities customers, the PCA will cause an average residential increase of about 4 percent (or $2.71 > and commercial about 4.5 percent (or $51.
Industrial users at five million kilowatt hours will also see about a 3.7 percent increase.
"Anybody with LCRA is having the same problem, and each one is handling it a little differently,” Sohn said
“But our customers will see a decrease iii costs, although there s been an increase in the base rate.”
The power cost adjustment will be eliminated "as soon as our electric cost-of-service study is finished,” he added
New electric rates based on tliat study could be presented to trustees sometime this month, and to City Council in September.
That rate increase ordinance must be read by council three times, so the
revised electric rates wouldn’t go into effect until sometime in November.
In the meantime without the PCA, Sohn said, ”I’d be sitting here taking a $150,000-a-month hickey if I can’t equalize LCRA’s rate increase. This is like a pass-through charge just like fuel costs. No more, no less.”
which worked on Carl Schurz Elementary from 1978-1980.
The suit for breach of contract was filed Aug. 8.
Calvin Koltermann Inc. had agreed to make renovations and additions to the elementary to provide unit ventilators w ith three rows of cooling coils, the suit alleges.
The school district expressed its plan to add air conditioning in the future, and wanted the ventilator units ‘complete in every way for future cooling without modification,” the suit alleges.
Peter Callins and Associates architects agreed to act as construction administrator and certified Nov. 24, 1900, all work had been completed to specifications.
The work was not discovered as incomplete until the Hie air conditioning was put in, said Denise Anderson with Doyle, Hairston& Walsh, the school district’s attorneys.
* The clock doesn’t start ticking on the (two-year statute of) limitation until tile cause of action has been discovered or should have been discovered,” the attorney explained. “Once they found the error, they contacted the contractors, and for a while it looked like they were going to come through with the money.”
New Braunfels ISD is asking for $8,630 which was the cost for putting in the proper type of coils. Anderson said.
The contractor and architect were unavailable for conunent at press time today.
Coastal officials preparing for tropica! storm
MIAMI (AP) — Danny, the fourth named storm of the 1985 Atlantic hurricane season, swept north through the Gulf of Mexico early today as forecasters warned coastal residents from Texas to Alabama to prepare for heavy winds.
“We believe the storm will be strengthening and it could arrive as a hurricane,” said forecaster Hal Gerrish of National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables.
Gerrish said Danny could make landfall today or Thursday. Danny
was declared a tropical storm at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
At 9 a.m. EDT today, the storm’s center was about 350 miles south of New Orleans, at latitude 25.0 north, longitude 90.5 west, the center said.
Danny packed maximum sustained winds of 55 mph and gale force winds of 39 to 54 mph extending IOO miles from the center to the north and east, pushing tides two to three feet higher than normal, the advisory reported.
Danny was moving northwest at IO
to 15 mph and was expected to continue that course and speed through most of the day.
"We have a gale warning and hurricane watch in effect from east of Port Arthur, Texas, to Mobile, Ala. That’s the area in the highest risk of being hit by the storm,” said hurricane forecaster Miles Lawrence. The center said the warnings may be extended westward along the upper Texas coast later today.
"The storm is expected to continue
moving toward the northwest ... and gradually strengthen,” said Ned Frank, director of the hurricane center.
Since its birth, Danny has followed Hie August 1969 path of Camille, one of the most violent hurricanes to strike the U.S. coastline. But Frank said atmospheric conditions are not as volatile as those which spawned and nurtured Camille.
In louisiana, where residents still
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A 20 percent chance of thundershowers today will increase to a 30 percent chance tonight and a 40 percent chance Thursday. Otherwise, skies will be partly cloudy and temperatures should reach the mid-90s and drop to the mid-70s overnight. The high Tuesday was 98, and the low this morning was 74. Sunset will be at 5:59 a m., and sunrise will be at 8:13 p.m.Prison protest
Minnesota prisoners are under lockup after protesting about inmate
diagnosed as having AIDS-related complex. See Page 11A
Down with the old
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
After a two-hour closed door meeting Tuesday night, a committee looking at charges of police misconduct agreed to ask for help from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Isabel Barboza. secretary of the Police Department-Community Relations Study Committee, said the group met with John Perez, regional director of the southwestern region of the justice department, who offered his services.
Perez is part of the community relations branch of the justice department and he agreed to act as mediator for the committee and to give technical assistance to the group, Barboza said.
The study committee was formed in July to listen to complaints land compliments) about the police department.
Committee members spent previous sessions organizing and discussing the limits of the investigation.
At the Aug. 5 session, the nine members were assigned to such tasks as studying the department’s
recruiting practices and complaint procedures and interviewing citizens, police officers and court officials.
Tuesday, the committee finally-heard "several written complaints” about the department, said Barboza, who did not want to say how many complaints were heard.
Jimmy Delgado, head of the Progressive Human Rights Coalition, earlier said he has about 50 affidavits of police misconduct over several years.
Delgado had appeared at the Aug. 5 meeting to read the complaints, but the committee was not sure then whether names of accused officers should be made public. So, Delgado waited until Tuesday to present his complaints.
Barboza also said the committee heard some recommendations about its work from audience members, but she did not reveal what those suggestions were.
The committee’s next step will be to ask the city manager to "formally request the services and resources offered by Mr. Perez and his office,” Barboza said.
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NB/SD files suit