New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Taylor Communications I
August 26, 1980
Vol. 89 - No. 47 16 Pages (USPS 377 880)
New Braunfels. TexasBurglars: Make 'em work, says Boeck
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
A burglar trying to enter a home will follow the line of least resistance, and if a break-in attempt takes too much time or makes too much noise, the chances are good he’ll drop it.
That was the message Police Chief Burney Boeck brought to a meeting Monday of the New Braunfels Board of Realtors.
“Time and noise work against the
burglar. The average residential burglary only takes about three minutes,’’ Boeck said.
Boeck showed a film illustrating security measures that can be taken to reduce the speed and ease with which an intruder can enter a house.
“Reinforcing the weak points in your house forces him to break glass or tear at a door — something he doesn’t want to do. He knows he can go next door and get inside a house that hasn’t been
protected that way,” he said.
Boeck spoke of the Neighborhood Watch program in the Gruene subdivision of Cypress Rapids, and said the success of the program depends on the time and effort of the organizers.
“You need a self-starter, a pusher, to get things going,” he said. “The main thing it involves is getting together and knowing your neighbors. It’s a simplistic idea but it works.”
“It’s a learning process, but ifs well
worth your time and effort,” he added.
The NBP!), with three investigators, is “undermanned,” Boeck said, and consequently puts a priority on those cases that have a better chance of resulting in arrests.
“If you don’t mark your TV sets, your weapons, if you don’t take pictures of your jewelry or silverware, then even if we can find it you'd have a hard time getting it back,” he warned.
The film, developed by police
organizations in California and Texas, urged homeowners to survey their doors and windows and take measures to block easy access.
Doors with windows should have a two-cylinder dead bolt to prevent a thief from reaching through a broken panel and opening it from the inside.
Garage doors should be locked, and anchored to the ground on the inside with a metal pin. or to the sides with a bolt. If a resident leaves town for any
length of time, a car should be parked up against the garage door, preventing its opening and giving the impression someone is at home.
A padlock is only as good as its hasp, the film emphasized. Wood screws on a hasp should be replaced by bolts.
Windows should be locked, but never nailed shut. Sliding window locks can be purchased, and the louver-type win-
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New Braunfels Soccer Association badly needs restrooms and fencing for its fields on Live Oak Avenue, its president Walt Still told City Council Monday.
Let’s get an idea on how much restrooms will cost, then go from there, council members decided.
Confronted with a roomful of parents and youngsters supporting the association, council backed Joe Rogers’ motion to have city parks and recreation director Don Simon check out the costs for the restrooms, which association second vice president Ed Ford said was its number one priority.
The item will be on the agenda at the council meeting Sept. 8.
The association expects to register more than 1,400 youngsters playing on 90 teams for the 1980-81 season, which begins in October and ends in March, Still said. As a result, a master plan has been prepared designating seven fields on the soccer facility, he said.
Although the association has more than $12,000 left of a $15,000 grant from the H.E.B. Foundation, that won’t fund the needed improvements, B ord said.
“That $12,000 is not going to go very far,” Still said. “The city fathers have in their hands the destiny of the soccer
Fencing is required to provide a harrier between the soccer fields and neighboring houses, he added. “We have to have some sort of a barrier.”
Ford estimated restroom construction would cost around $24,000 if an outside contracting firm was used. If the city built the facility, it would cost less, he added.
Fencing also would cost around
$24,000, he added.
The city has no funds budgeted for soccer-related activities, City Manager E.N. Delashmuttsaid.
The fields could also use parking, which is in short supply now, Still indicated. Another need—building a four-foot high fence between the fields- may become a project of tile Evening Iaons Club, Ford said.Anderson taps Lucey for his running mate
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
John B. Anderson, the unhappy Republican, lias signed on an equally disenchanted Democrat as a running mate, but he still may be left a lonely bystander when it comes to the presidential debates of 1980.
Anderson capped days of speculation by naming former Gov. Patrick J. Lucey of Wisconsin to the No. 2 spot on his independent ticket Monday. Lucey, once President Carter’s ambassador to Mexico and then a campaign leader for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, declared that he remains a dedicated Democrat, but “Jimmy Carter has no chance at all” to fun this fall.
Kennedy, after meeting the president at the White House, saw things dif
ferently. He said Carter’s odds are “increasingly better every day,” and he publicly embraced the administration’s economic policy, once the target of his severest criticism, as having been improved to the point that he views it as “a step forward.”
In I.OS Angeles, Republican nominee Ronald Reagan and running mate George Bush took pains to clarify their policy toward China and Taiwan, insisting that the flap over their contradictory remarks in recent days resulted more from semantics than substance. Reagan, moreover, charged that Carter, not him, had been hypocritical on the issue.
But Reagan and Carter appeared headed toward a meeting of minds on at
least one score, namely that of restricting any White House debates to themselves. The president has made it clear all along he would prefer to meet Reagan alone, and Carter campaigners say they are eager for as many as six debates.
Reagan said Monday he would prefer just two debates, one on foreign policy and the other on domestic issues. But, in any case, both sides confirmed they planned to discuss today the possibility of one-to-one confrontations, possibly outside the proposed format planned by the League of Women Voters. The league wants three debates, starting .Sept. 18 rn Baltimore, and has indicated it would invite Anderson as the third participant if he achieves a 15 percent showing in the national polls by Sept. IO.City joins Edwards in lawsuit
Following city attorney Inin Boar-net’s recommendation, City Council members Monday said it was fine with them for Bedwards Underground Water District to list New Braunfels as a coplaintiff in the district’s suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
It’s okay, as long as the city doesn’t have to foot a portion of the legal bills, council decided.
Council voted 5-1 to have Boarnet draw up a resolution to that effect. Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Tieken cast
the lone no vote.
The service recently decided to list the San Marcos Springs as a critical habitat for four species of aquatic life. Edwards directors responded by filing for an injunction against the ruling, stating the service didn’t consider the economical implications.
The board doesn’t like the ruling because it means the habitat must be maintained, and to maintain the habitat the springs must be kept flowing,Inside
B'.UWD general manager Tom B'ox said.
With a combination of growth and drought, there’s no guarantee that flow could be maintained. Decreasing human consumption would be the only possibility, and that would be difficult in a growing area, he explained.
As a result, any future activity which could be construed to affect the spring flow uught be subject to B WS review and possible disapproval, B'ox said.
However, Boarnet said EUWD attorney Howard Newton fwd indicated legal fees could run anywhere from $10,000 to over $30,000 if the case goes to trial. Because of the high fees, and because he felt the district would have a difficult tune showing any adverse affects caused by the FWS decision, Boarnet advised council not to participate financially.
He did see no problem with the city becoming a co-plaintiff as a “goodwill” gesture, which B'ox said was fine with him.
Condensation cause of leak, Scholl says; Wetz asks four-day work week study
Walt Still outlines the soccer master plan
Comal County commissioners voted Monday to spend $1,350 in building maintenance funds to improve attic ventilation in both the Courthouse and Annex.
Roofing contractor Atwell Scholl told commissioners a leaking ceiling in the tax assessor’s office was caused by condensation forming under air-
conditioning equipment in the Courthouse Annex, and recommended installing wind-operated turbines in the roof and insulation in tile attic to correct the problem.
Scholl, who last week completed roof repairs on the bell tower of the Courthouse, also recommended the
replacement of an attic ventilation intake louver to improve air
conditioning in the Courthouse proper.
“The condensation, especially on high-hunudity days, causes the leak My feeling is the repair work done by the previous contractor was not up to the
best of standards,” Scholl said of the annex.
Based on the square footage of airspace in the attic, four 14-mch turbines “should be put in to take the air out of the attic,” Scholl said.
Insulation would also help absorb the excess moisture, he said.
Commissioners gave Scholl the goahead for tile turbines and vents, but decided to wait for a cost estimate on the insulation.
In a related matter, Comm. Monroe Wetz urged a study to see how much money could be saved if Courthouse personnel switched to a four-day work week
The idea came from a discussion of an air-conditioning maintenance contract slated for consideration at next week’s meeting.
County Judge Max Wommack also reported a meeting B'riday with Department of Energy officials who urged the county to shut down Court
house air-conditioning on weekends as a conservation measure.
"They told me anytime you can shut a unit down over the weekend, it costs less to retool than to keep it running. I always thought it was the other way ’round,” Wommack said.
“I would Uke a study made on what would happen if we went to a 40-hour week, IO hours a day for four days. I’d Uke to see how much money it would save,” Wetz replied.
“The Sheriffs Department has a separate air-conditioning system. You could close the door at the end of the hall and be able to shut off the rest of the Courthouse,” County Auditor H. Bate Bond observed when it was noted the sheriff’s office had to stay open all week.
Comm. Charles Mund warned that people used to conducting Courthouse business on B’ridays aught complain.
“The road department doesn’t work on B’riday, and I’ve had six complaints about that,” he said.
Staff photos by Robert Johnson
Soccer fans Darrell, Bill and Travis Colleran listen to discussionCouncil requests cost of soccer field restrooms