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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas New BraunfelsWednesdayAugust 19 1987 25 CentsTwo Sections. 2b Hage*s With pay City sanitation workers off job pending inquiry N B woman aghast at reactions to father'spositive AlDS exam By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer While tun publu works depart ment employees have Iteen placed on administrative leave pending tin* outcome ut a department in vesttgatinn cits sanitation workers said Tuesday they are questioning whether their boss is taking the blame for the wrongdo ingot department hearts Xbraham Zapata sanitation superintendent and Salvador** Diaz another sanitation depart ment employee ha\e t>een placer! on administrative leave pending the outcome of tho investigation of alleged wrongdoing in the department Cliv Manager .Im* Michie said tod av Idle ac tion came on the heels of Monday s resignation bv Public Work*- Director Fred leyden who Michie said took the ’opportune tv " to resign The cit) manager said the two sanitation employee* have been taken off then jobs Thee're still on th** cit\ payroll The> have not H-en i elieved He said the reason for removtng the men from their jobs is to substantiate or not substantiate allegations of wrongdoing and un til we finish that investigation and go through the hearing process the> are innocent until proven guilts Set* LEAVE Raqe .A By DAVID MAY Staff Writer Reactions to people who test positive for the potentially deadly AIDS virus struck close to home recently for a New Braunfels woman when her father, who had tested positive for presence of the virus antibodies, was admitted to an out-of state hospital What made the scenario even more shocking to the woman and her family was that they received negative reaction from nursing staff asked to care for her father It was appalling VS hat we went through was so heartbreaking If we had it to do over again we wouldn't have had him checked said the woman, w tin her self is a professional health care worker It is because of the general public s conception, md often misconception, of persons exposed to the \cquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome virus that she spoke only on the condition that she and her family remain anonymous and that no men tion In* made of the location where the incident o*. curred Her father had received 22 units of blood during emergency surgery in Ifor a ruptured ab luminal aneurysm In March of tim year he received a letter stating that one of the blood donors used for his transfusion had recent Iv tested positive for presence of Human Immune deficiency V irus antibodies HIV is a causative agent of MDS and resear chers have found that once a person is exposed to the virus, the body’s immune sy stem develops an tibodies against the infection However the an tibodies at present fail to kill the virus Presence of antibodies are often found within several weeks after exposure Persons exposed to the v irus may develop AIDS whose sy mptoms leave them susceptible to other deadly bacterial infections such as meningitis and some forms of cancer The father at age 76 was tested twice and found both times to be HIV positive Despite having been exposed to the virus three years ago he never developed AIDS and his wife also tested, proved negative for presence of HIV antibodies The cou pie w as no longer sexually active On .lune 2. he suffered a stroke and was admitter! When it was revealed that he had the virus one nurse assigned to car** for him refused The family had arranged through a hospital assistant to have a priv ate health care nurse attend to him Apparently the assistant neglected to tell the agency involved that the patient had tested positive and when that nurse reported to the hospital, she reportedly left after having berm told of the circumstances We had been up all night with my father We were physically and mentally exhausted and we were looking forward to leaving him in capable hands so that we could get some much needed rest ” she said when sh* asked what had happened to the sitter she was told by the nurse on duty that she left atter being told ne man had AIDS The nurse reportedly told the woman that the sitter could not he blamed and had a right ’o know “\<*edless to say we were just furious Did sh* think we were trying to hide the positive antibody from anyone" And how dare she say that my lather had AIDS! W hy didn t the nurse who called the agency tell them at>out it rn the first place" "We put him in the hospital and a nurse treated him like the scum of the earth He w as totally innocent He had no choice To be treated like that just shocked us The father received the care he needed until he died later that month His death was not related to MDS But the family learned firsthand the emu tions and almost public isolation found among most AIDS victims due largely to a wealth of See AIDS Page2A Stammtisch The heat is on N XRFh th** National X's*>< ution of Retired Federal Fmployees chapter *»♦«* will meet Friday mom mg at M to at the Senior < itUwis ('enter on (‘©mal W B Xrnacher will present a program of slides un the Washington area X isitors are welcome at lh*-*** meetings In conjunction wilt* Ute Y ie-la Mexicans Historic,! this weekend at New Braunfels * iv k I enter l*u Mu jer Ie*.ma will its annual arts and crafts M„>w Sunday at Bm* civ it center organizers of the sitow are trying to promote Hispanics art in its varcus forint* and lot al and area artists will exhibit their work from noon to * p rn I Im* Bio* k Heritage S**. lets of Now Braunfels and Comal * ounty will hold a styli* show and dance Xug ** at the Knights of * olumbus Halt from K p rn to midnight Focus on Fail is Uh* theme of Bm* st row with members ot t tit* s»Ku*tv modeling * usual formal and even mg wear from Jacob Schmidt and hp . jp I uxedoes \dmissior I* Bi* dame arui style -Blow is I v* tor adults >_ for Ni ti**»l age students ail*! >1 tor children k or ti* sot iii formation call *>2> -Mad or t*2f* BLW XX** erred The retirement part\ for Comal County Fxtension Xgent Bill Schumann will ta* from I to p rn Xug 2k at the extension office at 111'* Walnut The pubii» is in \ lied Margal et Farr is a cutey sn* concerned that lamia Hark maintenance aru! other work .if th** park will damage bistort* sites Some New Braunteisers will know that fx-neath the lop soil of I anda Hark and the surrounding area an* tit** workings ot native Xmerii ans who live*! tier** thousands of years before there were Mexicans lex ans Mermans whutevei Stay tuned as Margaret intends! on well w* ll just have to wait and s**e Security guards for Gruene Hall deny allegation As the mercury climbs to near ’OO degrees    shoulder pads    pop and helmets bang against N* a Braunite s High Scnoot Ur cm offensive    one another in    preparation of what all Unicom men en prepare for the ope on • g season The    fans hope will be another year leading to an op- question is whether Coa n Dc a d Cann con-    portunity for a    state championship (Photo by a arm **ercise as DeryS Clark Village West water hassles dribble on into summer ’87 sunny and hot temps at** still in store anti then* - no relief in sight Unlay s high should reach the upper ‘ms with south southwest winds IU to la mph Brief early mom mg cloudiness will give way to sunny and hot days which will give to lair and warm nights with lows in the upper 70s Southeast winds will U* at lo mph tonight and south winds between lo and lf* mph won t help ctHjl things off Thursday either I he Menu BUSINESS    8    SA CLASSIFIED    8    I IB COMICS    SB CROSSWORD    3A DEAR ABBY    7B EDUCATION    4A ENTERTAINMENT    7B KALEIDOSCOPE    I    8B OPINIONS    AB SPORTS    IO    IZA WEATHER.................2A B y TIM WAITS Stab Ant** Xn sui* s spr ing turns to summei each year water problems prevail for residents ot Barbara Street in the X diag** XX«*st subdivision near sal tie! One resident said that each sum mer tor the past eight ve.irs the water pressure is reduced to a bare minimum oi th** water is out altogether throughout the summer months Barbara str**et is located at the peak point rn the subdivision Die pump which serves the subdivision is on the hillside opposite the street The water must travel down to the valley in the area and rise back up to Barbara Street I he p roble ti I aile* ts six or seven families Peyton Knterpnses Inc which is currently embroiled in controversy with the Sattlei Property Owners Xssoeiation for providing poor quality water to residents in four sub divisors along the Guadalupe River is the water supply company lur Village XX est Resilients say the water pressure problems u*gm annually around July 4 however this \**ai problems startedaUiut Mother spay XX hen told that the problems tregan so early this year, Haiti Myers, an associate of Ivan Peyton the owner of th** water company said ‘ That's an exaggeration Myers said late last Friday atter iHMMt that a lo horsepower pump had been installed that afternoon and the problems alleviated i>n Monday morning on* resident    it had !**en all along reported Blat water pressure was    Residents on the street    hase nailed See WAT ER Page 2A still as sporadic over the weekend a V A. 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V * & it CA A r Ch I A rn. * I y ct* * I >* * I I ^ Bit, v Bl TRAVIS E POLING Staff Writer Gruene Hall management and lo* ai security officers say they wert only enforcing their legal rights when they told a group standing outside Texas oldest dance hall it had to pay for listening to the music or move past the open air facility Darrell ami X icki smith claim they were treated rudely threatened and were refused the right to see the manager ot Gruene Hall bv two security guards who the Smiths said were wearing Porn alt ounty >heriff s l>epartment uniforms The incident occurred on July ll when Johnny I me and the Roc ket H8s were playing at (iruene Hall under a $10 cover charge According to Vicki smith the hall was crowded Blat night and if her group had paid to enter the dance hall ‘ there would have Inrnn no room to stand’ anyway Smith sjiq mat upon leaving the Grist Mill Restaurant with friends the group stopped outside the hall to listen to the music which can be heard through tile open windows and screened facade of the unaircondi-tlone*I hall They stood outside the hall for toughly 43 minutes, smith said nefore ttiey were approached by a security guard who was wearing a uniform identifying him as an officer with the Comal County Sheriff s Department Smith said the officer was very rude and asked them to leave She said he not only refused to let them speak to the management hut also threatened to arrest a youth who was on the grass and told smith “lf you don t move lady I ll arrest you too, smith san! (iruene Hall manager Nannette suiiivann said she was requested to come to the front of the building by one ot the security officers to speak to some upset Gruene patrons and that she responded to the request suiiivann said she explained the situation to the group whose members were very persistent but calm suiiivann could not positively say it was Smith's group but that she responded to all requests that night Rick Alvarez a Comal County Sheriff s Department deputy hired for the private security job. said he remembers the incident but said he did not come onto the scene o! the conirontation Alvarez said that even though all the security officers at the hail that night were members ol the Shernf's Department mine were wearing any part of a county uniform or iden tification as sheriff's deputies Smith also said th** patches worn by the security officers clearly iden titled them as members of the Sheriffs Department (iruene Hall management and in voiced security officers however deny the allegations The badges worn by all the security officers say only “Texas Peace Of fleer Alvarez said Alvarez said people often leave trasli on the lawn surrounding the hall and adjacent Grist Mill Restaurant often eating watermelon and other foods outside Gruene Hall s management requested the security officers to ask the people to get off the grass or come inside the hall Accusations ot threats both verbal and with a nightstick are all untrue Alvarez said. adding that by mutual See GUARDS Page 2A * o ■%- .Tse 6 ///■ ’ * ♦ -c •’    ’’    .    P* County commissioners set budget, special meetings Not moi Pc E \ ■ LF* % ., mf q    -    9430 *V; a , ^    p. 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'« ' h—-C A \    *>f    1    .    * * - ILLE ~-<o( Ak f y L Avie Comal County Commissioners will meet in regular session Thursday morning beginning at lo a rn in com missioner s court on the third floor of Hie courthouse annex A pre agenda workshop precedes the meeting at 0 a rn Commissioners have also scheduled a budget workshop Thursday afternoon to discuss building main tatnance and the county extension serv ice The workshop begins at I 30 pm Also commissioners have on tap a special session Friday morning at 0 a in They will first meet in executive session to discuss the hiring of an ap praiser in relation to right of way acquisition Following will be a budget workshop concerning the en vironmental health department and county treasurer That workshop begins at 11 a rn Thursday A regular session agenda reads as tollow s line item transfers within main ta (nance of building budget approve Bulverde Road right-of-way map authorize requesting bids for street and drainage improvements to County Drive as platted in Coun tryside Kstates unit 2A and accept two drainage easement* in same (Precinct 3i extend letter ol credit tor Ran cho del L.ago phase 12 Precinct 4 approve correction plat for Hunter's Creek unit I. lots I and 26 block 2 vacate and replat of F.agles Peak unit 2. lot 213 and 214 (Precinct 41. accept eagles Peak mot unit road system accept Hills North into unit road system request to go out for bids for road builduig materials ;