New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Comal River.........211 cfs (down 19)
Water Caoyoo inflow.......138 cfs (down 13)
, Canyon outflow.......241 cfs (down 6)
WatCh £ fjords Aquifer 623.85 (down .11)
Canyon Lake level .... 908.56 (down .12)
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New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94-No. 164
August 20, 1985
16 Pages —2 Sections
County to try forHeat keeps water consumption high
By staff and wire reports
Four consecutive days of 100-degree-plus temperature readings across the state, including 101 readings in the New Braunfels area (lave kept air conditioning repairmen busy and water consumption high, officials say.
Air conditioning repairmen say they are working from 50 to 60 hours a week and cannot keep up with their work enough to please heated customers who demand immediate service when their air conditioning goes out
l'f>e National Weather Service said Monday s 104 reading in Dallas was the hottest of the summer The New Braunfels reading also set a record for die summer in this area
Today's forecast called for about 101 to 102 locally for a high and there is no end rn sight for the mini-heat wave.
Officials with New Braunfels Utilities said that the heat wave has produced ' just a little" increase in water demands locally.
Some days residents just draw more than others and the past couple of days has seen a small increase in water consumption." Jesse Ferez, w ith NBU said.
The mercury reached the 100-degree mark or above each day between Aug 8 and Aug. 12. Then came a four-day break w ith readings at 97 . 96 and 94 before the current string started Aug. 16. the National Weather Service reported “The upper level, high pressure system is sitting right over Texas and it doesn t look like any big changes are coming up." said NWS meteorologist Joe Kopecek The only source of relief, forecasters say. is the low humidity. w hu h kept the heat index in Dallas to a mere 108 Monday. The heat index is a calculation, based on temperature and humidity, which tells meteorologists how hot it really feels as opposed to how hot it really is But once you get past 102. it's just hot. period." Kopecek said The heat doesn't go away at night, either It was 95 at ll p m in Dallas Monday and had dropped to only 86 at 5a rn today.
New Braunfels, however, had a relatively cool night, with the low reaching only 71 degrees early
Tuesday morning. The low tonight and early Wednesday is expected to reach only the mid 70s Dallas water customers have broken daily water consumption
records seven of the last IO days, but city officials say there's no threat of a shortage.
Dallas W7ater Utilities "has no shortages and we’re not on anv kind
of rationing," said Dennis Allen, assistant director of the utility.
Water usage hit 539 million gallons on Aug. 12, an all-time high, Allen said.
Although figures were not immediately available for Monday, Allen predicted it would be a record breaker.
See HEAT WAVE, Page HA
FM 1863 project
Beating the heat
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
If county commissioners can get the right-of-way. the State Department of Highways and Transportation will widen KM 1863 from where it begins at Texas 46 lo U S 281
Raymond Stotzer, district manager of tile San Antonio office of tile highway department, gave the commissioners a summary of possible work his department would have funds for if the county could buy the right-of-way
Stotzer. at a recent workshop with county commissioners, also mentioned that tile county needed to come up with IO percent of the funding for the right-of-way along U S 281 from where it crosses the Guadalupe River to the Blanco County line. U.S. 281 is a four-lane
diuded highway through the county until it crosses the Guadalupe River The highway department plans to finish tile rest as a four-lane divided highway if the money comes through this year. Stotzer said "Trying to miss the cemetery on one side and Indian Hills on Hie other is going to make it more difficult to acquire the land." Stotzer observed "But the longer we put it off tin* harder it gets." Commissioner Bdl George said "That area is developing with a lot of subdivisions and businesses on both sides of the road."
Stotzer called KM 1863 the highest priority for Hie county, most of which has 60-80 feet of right-of-way now and will need 120 feet to get the highway department to take on that road
See HIGHWAY. Page 8A
Hector and Rocky teal, along with Samuel Campos have found one way to beat the heat wave the area and state have been experiencing the past few days stay close to the water The
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youngsters took a break from swimming and tubing Monday afternoon to watch the ducks swim by at Landa Park
Abilene man injured in hit and run
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
An Abilene man was sent to the hospital after a hit-and-run driver knocked him over his vehicle as he changed a tire I a ni Saturday.
Sammy G. Bond of Abilene was headed to a dog show in San Antonio with his wife and three children when their van had a flat tire on U S. 281 near the intersection of KM 111
Luckily fits family were out of the tar and away from the road," said Jiminy Bry son who responded to the accident with Bulverde-Spnng
* He was knocked clean over his vehicle."
He was taken to Northeast Baptist Hospital.
Kurther details were unavailable at presstiine, but the FMS and Department of Public Safety injury report listed injuries to his hip, ribs, collarbone and ankle.
DPS Trooper Joe Kedor received a description of the vehicle from the family at the scene.
The incident is still being investigated
Mobile homes vandalized
Three mobile homes on display in Indian Hills subdivision were broken into and vandalized, with losses around $8,500. officials said
The three homes belonging to Thomas Homes of Texas ui San Antonio had been entered "by breaking a window and then (the intruder) proceeded to break every object in the mobile homes: lamps, dishwashers, mirrors, etc.,” the sheriffs offense report said
The break-ms happened between 4 p.rn Saturday and ll a.in. Sunday.
Patrol car has run in with deer
A Sheriff’s Department patrol car was put out of commission for a while Saturday when a deputy collided w ith a deer while answering a call At 1:12 a.rn Sheriffs Deputy Bene Vasquez was traveling on KM 3159
See POLK E, Page8A
Officials'use of planes questioned
AUSTIN (AP) - Taxpayers' money is being wasted on free travel on state airplanes for state board members who say their time is sometimes too valuable to waste on commercial flights, a lawmaker says.
Sen. John I beedom is looking into the use of the state’s air fleet. He’s not unpressed with what he has found, including board members w ho defend their free flights.
"To make the argument that it's just for your schedule is even more sinful,” said Leedom, R-Dallas. "They should be advised when they are appointed the responsibilities of the job. I know what it costs my company for me to be involved as a state senator.
But the chairmen of the Board of Human Resources and University of Texas regents say the free plane trips are needed.
In the past year, the Department of Human Resources spent $12,215 to use its eight-seater plane to shuttle Uvingston Kosberg between his Houston home or Dallas business and Austin meetings. Kosberg, whose state job carries no pay, was the sole passenger.
"To attract many people to work in
state government and be as active in suite government as I am, you have to offer them some flexibility in their schedule," said Kosberg. chairman of First Texas Savings Association
"I go commercially whenever I can, but if it means saving an hour or an hour and a half by flying a state aircraft, I'm going to do it." lie told Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Jess Hay, chairman of a Dallas
mortgage banking company and unpaid chairman of the University of Texas regents, agrees with Kosberg During this year’s legislative session, taxpayers spent $11,165 for a state plane to carry Hay between Austin and Dallas. Commercial airlines could have provided the same flights for about $1,560, ac-
See PLANES, Page 8AInside
Sunny and hot today with high up to 101 and a low in the mid 70s tonight. Monday’s high was 101, a record for this summer. Low was 71. Sunrise will be at 7:02 a m. Wednesday. Sunset tonight will be 8:07 p.m.Insurance battle
Governor Mark White wants the state insurance board to take another look at lowering worker’s compensation insurance rates. See Page 2A.Budget time
Schertz City Council will consider the
adoption of a $2 million budget at its meeting tonight See Page 2A.
James M. Lovelace, East Texas State University senior and New Braunfels native, is the recent recipient of a Texas Academy of Science Undergraduate Research Grant. His research will deal with the development of an
enzyme assay to be used to determine the effect of trace metal on production of hemoglobin. Lovelace is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon C. Lovelace of New Braunfels