New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal Grand Jury indicts 14
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Comal River............ 238 cfs (up 4)
Canyon inflow .........151 cfs (same)
Canyon outflow ........ 247 cfs (same)
Edwards Aquifer 624.10 (down .02)
Canyon Lake level .... 908.75 (down .03)
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New BraunfelsRain raises hopes
AUSTIN IAF* City officials say they hope recent rains will alleviate some pressure on municipal water supply use. w hich has been burdened by hot summer w eather.
More than one-third of an inch fell Thursday in heavy downpours, said the National Weather Service. Some areas of Central Texas received the first precipitation in more than a month, officials said
Water officials said Thursday that the rain, lingering clouds and the possibility of more rain today could urge people to put down garden hoses
“Maybe the psychological effect will make people water less." said Faith George, water conservation manager.
The cit> water treatment plants pumped 153 5 million gallons of water Wednesday, officials said It was the third consecutive day that tile plants liave pumped less than 157 million gallons.
The cit) manager has the option, if less than 157 million gallons is pumped for five consecutive days, of ending Stage 3 mandatory restrictions on outdoor water use, and returning to the less restrictive rules of Phase 2.
“We expect we ll be going out of Stage 3 un the next few da>s," said Jerry Lawson, director of the Resource Management Department
We’re not tied t five days below 157 million gallons) and we’re automatically out I think the city manager wants to watch pumping over the weekend, so it would be Monday at tile earliest "
The weather service said chances of rain this afternoon and Saturday afternoon are 20 percent Both days were expected to bt* cloudy, with highs in the upper 90s and lows in the 70s
Wearier foretasters Wednesday had expected Austin to get rain if Hurricane Danny reached land far
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New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94-No. 162
26 Pages —2 SectionsGBRA
By SARAH DUKE
SEGUIN - A $12 million budget was approved Thursday by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority.
The most expensive project GBRA will be involved with in the coming year will be the construction of a hydro-electric plant at Canyon Dam.
Construction, expected to take 13 months and an estimated $10 million, will begin if and when a Federal Regulatory Commission license is granted. GBRA officials hope to begin in January 1986.
A second major GBRA project wilt be the construction of the Clear Springs Water Treatment Plant on Ixike Dunlap.
This project is in the planning stages and a site has not yet been selected.
The plant, when completed, would have a capacity to produce 2 million gallons of drinking water a day.
David Welsch, GBRA’s director of planning and development, said the plant will produce I million gallons of drinking water a day when it opens.
He said that although Green Valley Water Corporation is the plant s only customer so far, the plant could provide water to New Braunfels or Crystal Gear Water Corportation.
In other budget decisions, the board voted to increase rates at the I .ake Dunlap Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Canyon Park Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The 256 customers of the I^ake Dunlap plant will see a $2 jump in sew age rates.
For one bathroom homes, rates w ill go from $19 to $21 per month.
People with two bathroom homes have been paying $21 and will soon be charged $23.
The board approved an increase in connection fees to the l^ake Dunlap plant from $350 to $500.
John Specht, GBRA’s general
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Wearing seat belts will becoming mandatory with new legislation Sept. 1
Seat belts will soon be mandatory
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
Hardly a day goes by when you don’t sit down behind the steering wheel of a car and buckle up. Or
Whether you currently use seat belts or not, the choice won’t be yours very’ much longer. On Sept I, a mandatory seat belt law goes into effect in Texas, and the man with a badge on his chest will start making the choice for you after a three-month grace penod.
In joining 13 other states with mandatory seat belt laws, the Texas version will apply to anyone at least 15 years old who is riding in the front seat of a passenger car or truck with a rated carrying capacity of not
more than 1.500 pounds. Children under four years old must be secured ma safety seat, and it will be Hie parent’s responsibility to secure children between ages 4-15.
Mike Cox, public information officer for the Department of Public Safety, said if the children are not secured, the parents can #4* cited for violating the law. Fines will range from $25 to $50.
The new law will also apply to residents of other states while driving on Texas highway s.
“The only exemption (for not wearing seat belts) is a letter from a doctor, stating some medical reason they can’t be worn,” Cox said.
“Some drivers are going to say, But I’m too fat,’ ” he added. “Manufacturers make seat belt
extenders for larger people. So even if you’re driving to Weight Watchers, you have to buckle up.” The most common question Cox said he has received is. “What if my car is not presently equipped with seat belts and does not have anchors on the floorboard?”
“The answer to that one is if the car was not originally equipped with seat belts, then none are required,” Cox said, But if the car had seat belts from the factory and they were cut out, then the owner will have to put them back in.”
Major automobile producers announced seat belts would be listed as standard equipment starting in 1964, and on Jan. I, 1968, the combination lap and shoulder belts were installed
What if there are four persons in Hie car’s front seat, and only three seat belts'*
“That’s not a hard one either. Only the three (persons) in the belted positions are required to buckle up,” Cox said.
A Gallup poll indicated 14 to 15 percent of all motorists in Texas currently wear seat belts without the mandatory law.
' We figure if we had 80 percent compliance, the mandatory seat belt law could save 1-1 .'200 lives a year, and could prevent up to 28,000 injuries," Cox said.
For those who think they'll never be in a car accident. Cox said other studies have shown every driver will be in an accident at least once a decade.
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Comal County begins budget battle
Bv LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Comal County taxes would have to go up between 15-22 cents to cover all the budget requests this year, Comal County Commissioners said in their first budget hearing Thursday.
The total requests come to $9.2 million and total income figuring only the present tax rate on this y ear's lax roll would be $6 7 million.
This year’s requests surpass last year's by $2 31 million, most of which is in the road department and sheriff’s department.
Coiiumssioners have already said they have no intention of providing all of that.
Also out of the $3 million requested by the road department, $15 million
is for road construction, County Auditor Bate Bond said.
What are we going to do with the road department?” County Judge Fred Clark asked “In two years it lias gone from $1 million to $3 million.”
Commissioner Monroe Wet I suggested that commissioners consider a bond issue for road improvements which is how Bexar County handles the problem.
“lf the people want their roads done, they vote for it,” Wetz explained. “Then we can say, Here, (County Engineer Clark) Mac (McCoy) here’s your money.’ But if they don’t want to pay for it, then we don’t have a road construction program.”
Clark agreed that budgeting is not
Today's wea thor
Partly cloudy and hot weather continues. There is a 20 percent chance of thundershowers through today. The high will be in the upper 90s with the low in the mid 70s. Thursday’s high was 97 with today's low at 74. Sunset will be at 8:11 and sunrise will be at 7.
A Cibolo man performs his civic duty by reporting a suspicious car to local law enforcement authorities, but when he returns home, he finds
that his own tractor is missing. See Page 12A
a good way to attempt a massive road rebuilding that the county engineer had previously told commissioners would cost $16 million to do properly.
Commissioner Bill George said people are more likely to vote for road repair because they can see it, but other county expenditures are not always visible.
But commissioners have little hope of a bond issue passing this year because of Lax increases and bond issues now facing the public.
For the past two years, county taxes have gone up IO cents, Bond said. “But most of that has been paying the debt service on the jail bonds. We would still have a 20 cent tax rate if not for that.”
Gloria Clennan, county tax
collector, said not only have taxes gone up, but appraisals of property have gone up and the legislature passed a bill that decreased property owners exemption of their homestead from 40 percent to 30 percent.
“You may be very right that people won t vote for it, but I hear comments out in the county like ‘let’s get the money and get to work on these roads. Let’s give the deputies to the sheriff so he can get his job done,’” said Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo" Evans.
“The best way to find out whether the public would support it is to have a bond issue,” Clark said. "We can have the road department work up a priority list, with the traffic each road gets and the shape it’s in.”
Mattox aircraft fills with smoke
AUSTIN (AF) — Attorney General Jim Mattox says there were some tense minutes when the cabin of his twm-engine airplane lost air pressure and filled with smoke during a midnight flight to Austin.
"In light of the other airline disasters that have recently taken place, I must admit I uttered a little prayer,” he said after the Thursday morning incident. "It was a frightening experience.”
An aide said it was the second time this year me cabin of the state-
owned, 1967 Beechcraft King Air had filled with smoke.
The incident occurred shortly after midnight as Mattox, an aide and the pilot were returning from Huntsville.
Mattox had been there for the scheduled execution of Jay Kelly Pinkerton, who obtained a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court just before midnight.
"Five to seven minutes out of Huntsville, the seal around the doors
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The Community Council of South Central Texas' New Braunfels Family Planning Clinic has relocated from 542 Comal St. to 460 Comal St. An op^n house will be held from 10:30 a m. to noon Aug. 23. Pictured Mary Alice Guerrero, clinic supervisor, begins unpacking at the new clinic location.
A house raising with a new touch, see Sunday's Kaleidoscope
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