New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
DALLAS, tx 75245
NBISD to consider name of new school
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Comal River.......... 234 cfs (down 4)
Water Canyon inflow .........151 cfs (same)
Canyon outflow........ 247 cfs (same)
Watch Edwards Aquifer 624.03 (down .07)
Canyon Lake level .... 908.68 (down .08)
Babe Ruth All-Stars
win Saturday night
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By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
One of the Z terminals in the main office
There s been a whole lot of shaking going at the New Braunfels Office building on Main Plaza
Not only do the floors vibrate each time workers next door compact the soil in preparation of the utilities’ current building expansion. But the new Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition (SC ADA) system is in itsfinai ‘‘shake-down’* period.
“We got the system in a few weeks ago, so now we’re in a shake-down period,” said Barry Allison, utilities management information services manager. “We've had the RTI) (remote terminal unit) at GPI (General Portland Cement) up less than a week, and everything looks good.
“But this whole system just needs to be thoroughly tested first before it’s fully activated,” he added.
SCADA should be completely installed with all the computer bugs worked out by Nov. I. Once it’s on-line, it will gather up-to-the-minute information for analysis and improvement, and help control equipment failure throughout the whole utilities system.
“SCADA will help us better service facilities, cut down on manpower, and at the same time, provide us with a good history of the system,” Allison said.
Programmer Mark Taetz and Robert Caffee, special projects coordinator, have been working
See SCADA, Page UA
Robert Caffee is in charge of NBU's computer installation
Qr AHA /NSU is gettingW the bugs out nowmployee irievance is aired
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
I After spending an hour in a public •meeting and another in private •deliberations, a city grievance ■committee Friday allowed a public ■ works employee to hold the title of •assistant foreman while the city ■conducts a month-long study of his ■position and salary I Gilbert Martinez filed a grievance ■against the city after hLs job was |rec!assificd from shop fonnan to mechanic when a diesel met hanic-hop foreman was hired.
At issue. Martinez said, is the fact hat he was acting shop foreman and was working on diesel engines when he was told a new diesel mechanic was going to be hired Martinez filed the grievance to be e-irestated as foreman immediately.
Friday afternoon, Martinez said he is not completely satisfied with the .outcome of the hearing.
“I am not satisfied yet,1’ he said. I don't have my response yet They are going to study and when I have the results, then I’ll tell you if I’m satisfied ”
See GRIEVANCE., Page 12 A
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
County commissioners are considering giving the District Attorney's Office an investigator and reducing the sheriff’s investigator force by one.
Commissioners heard four departments present their wish-list in Friday’s budget workshop and indicated some of the requests that would wait another year Comissioners also said an across-the-board wage increase would be given to all employees this year, but the exact percentage w*»uld have to walt until all the budgets had been looked at. County Judge Fred Clark said 3 percent was a number he was considering now because of the high amount of the budget requests Commissioners gave favorable response to District Attorney Bill Schroeders request for an investigator and a full-time .secretary.
‘ The case load itself is remaining fairly stable, but w e are getting more big-city crime," Schroeder said. The PU (police department), SO
See BL DG KT. Page 12 A
Floodplain map mix up nears end
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Well, ifs still just as confusing as ever. But at least now, it looks like the fight against the flood naps is nearing the end
Last August, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued revised flood elevation maps for this area showing new flood plain areas and designating a floodway, in which building is strictly regulated.
Three months after that, however, engineers hired by a group of property owners appealed the maps, saying FEMA's engineers used incorrect data in calculating base flood elevation.
So the appeal process began, but
for a while, nobody knew which maps to use — the old 1976, pre-FEMA-review maps; the 1964 allegedly
incorrect FEMA maps; or the Espey, Huston and Associates appeal version.
The answer came in May when FEMA agreed the city could use 1984 maps to issue building permits, because those maps show the highest base flood elevation.
Meanwhile, Espey, Huston engineers started their own studies to develop an interim map to use. until FEMA finishes its reviews and develops still another map.
The interim maps are expected to be ready by mid-September.
See MAP, Page BA
Minority committee goes into study mode
For the next two weeks, members of the Police Department-Community Relations Study Committee will spend their time concentrating on their assignments rather than on specific incidents of alleged police brutality.
Meanwhile, the meeting set for Monday night has been postponed.
In its second closed meeting last week, the committee Thursday talked to the city attorney and a representative of the U.S. Department of Justice.
On Wednesday, the group met with John Perez of the Justice Department, who offered his services as mediator of the committee.
At that meeting, the committee heard specific complaints read by Jimmy Delgado, director of the Progressive Human Rights Coalition.
It was at Thursday’s meeting that the committee decided to proceed with its subcommittee assignments “to see what we would be aide to come up with,” said committee secretary Isabel Barboza.
Committee members will study the criteria for recruiting, hiring and training officers; the procedures for processing and handling complaints against personnel; and the procedures for arrest and detainment and for municipal court.
City Junior Golf Championship held Friday, Page 6ANew Braunfels Sunday
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Buoys warn of danger
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority is in the process of placing floating buoys upstream of the dams on the Guadalupe River to warn people of the dangers of getting too close to the dams.
The buoys will identify the areas within 200 feet upstream of the dams at Lake Dunlap and McQueeney Lake. These areas are restricted from public entry.
“People are actually insensitive to the dangers of the flow over the dams,” said David Welsch, GBRA’s director of planning and development.
“We have really had people just
float along and go over the dam.”
Welsch said GBRA plans to prosecute violators for trespassing.
“This is just one step to try to protect people from themselves,” he said.
Normal river flows can be hazardous if swimmers approach too close to the dam.
During flood releases from the dams, currents caused by flow over the dams can be particularly dangerous.
The restricted area is all the way across the river at Lake Dunlap.
The McQueeney dam will have a marked channel on the north side of the restricted area for access to the Isle of View Channel.uadalupe Commissioners eye building masterplan
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
; SEGUIN-Guadalupe County Commissioners discussed the Lreation of a master plan for county buildings at their Friday meeting.
The plan, when completed, might include a new jail and major improvements to tin? courthouse.
I A report prepared by architect ■inns in Seguin and Austin examines the county’s facilities and needs (through the year 2000 I “This is just a preliminary report mn the plan,” said Lloyd K. Uppe, a [Beguin architect. “We still have one Eihase to go and that’s the solution bhase.”
I The county has basically outgrown its buildings, Uppe said.
I “This building (the courthouse) is Almost 50 years old,” he said, “and E>ok at what has happened to Guadalupe County in the past 50
years as far as population goes."
The most urgent problem facing Guadalupe County is the jail, Lippe said.
The jail is inadequate for the needs of the county, the report says. It has IM) beds and according to state regulations, it needs 66.
The courthouse is also in need of modifications, Lippe said. "The only floor that is totaiy accessible (for the handicapped) is the ground floor,” he added. “With respect to the handicapped, there are all sorts of things needed.. We are just not in compliance with accessibility regulations.”
The courthouse and the jail were built in 1936 The courthouse is a sturdy concrete structure, Lippe said. “We have a real solid rock of a building," he said. “It has served the county well and it will continue to but it is very hard to build on to because of its rigidity."
Possible solutions to courthouse overcrowding were discussed and the commissioners decided to have a workshop Aug. 22 to discuss which offices must remain in the building and which could be moved.
Several offices in the courthouse are too small for the departments that occupy them and some offices are div ided at different locations in the building, according to the report.
Judge James Sagebiel said he feels the county attorney’s office should be located in the courthouse along with other essential county law offices.
The sheriff’s office will probably be moved from the courthouse to the new or expanded jail.
Run Dailey, of Dailey Wann and Michael Architects and Planners of Austin, recommended that to remedy some of the immediate problems at the jail, the county should develop an active work release program.
In the architects’ report, offenses
of prisoners were analyzed. It was discovered that 30 percent of the time spent in the jail is drug or alcohol related.
Guadalupe County now practices a weekend work release program in which light offenders work during the week and spend their weekends in jail.
Dailey recommended that some type of half-way houses be set up in the county.
“You really must have some place people can go to get help with these problems (drug or alcohol abuse),” Dailey said. “If you solve some of these problems you are ultimately going to help Guadalupe County,”
The architects’ report recommends that a minimum security area of the jail be maintained for light offenders. The area would have to be separate from the other prisoners and could lower the total number of single occupancy cells required in
Commissioners discussed the idea of maintaining a temporary minimum security dormitory isolated from the other prisoners.
The forecast through Monday is sunny and hot with winds out of the southeast at IO mph. Tem-peraturesare expected to hit the upper-90s and drop to the mid-70$ overnight. Saturday’s temperature was IOO, the first day this summer to reach that high, and the low was 76. Sunset will be at 8:09 p.m.American kidnapped
Leftist guerillas kidnap a Tenneco engineer in Bogata Columbia. See Page UA
The architects’ report also recommends the county develop a working record-keeping system including the installation of a computer system.