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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas MICROPLEX INC. MITCH WOMBLE P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS, TX 75245 AreaIncorporation gets the go-ahead See below wr~.....j Comal River...... ” Water Canyon inflow..... . 114 cfs (down 19) Watch Canyon outflow Edwards Aquifer . . . . . 623.68 (down .01) OIH Canyon Lake level . . . . 908.25 (down .19) Shuttle finally Nation makes a launch See Page 3A Dallas Cowboys defeat Chicago Bears 15-13, See Page 6A New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94-No. 169 T uesday August 27, 1985 25 Cents 14 Pages — 2 Sections Whooping cough outbreak reported By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS One of the worst whooping cough outbreaks in at least IO years has hit South Texas, but at least one health official says the outbreak may have been nipped in the bud. There have been at least 128 cases reported rn South Texas, with the bulk of the victims in Del Rio and San Antonio, the state Department of Health reported. “I wish I kpew” "hat caused the outbreak, said Tom Griffith, head of the 21-county Region 9 of the state health department “We were just going over the statistics this morning,” he said Monday. “I hope we've got it nipped rn the bud but we're not positive ” Region 9 includes an area bordered by Del Rio to the west. Seguin to the east, Cotulla to the south and Gillespie County to the north. Griffith said 67 cases have been reported in Val Verde County and 50 in Bexar County. Of the cases reported in Texas this year. Griffith said 90 percent have been in South Texas The totals, he said, are the most Region 9 has had in its history or at least in the last IO years ” Bob Crider, director of the immunology division of the state health department, said there were 60 pertussis cases reported last year in Texas Of those, three died, he said Griffith said the health department advertised free innoculation clinics in Del Rio last week Free shots also have been available in San Antonio. Constable Fidel Tamez, Judge Fred Clark, from "Yankee" Camarillo. foreground, explains his left, and Commissioners LESLIE KRIEWALDT HERALD ZEiTUNG proposed budget to County J.L. "Jumbo" Evans and Sheriff may see pay raise By ULLIAN THOMAS Staff writer Comal County sheriff may be given a raise from 128.000 up to (24.000 and the chief deputy may receive a raise up to $25,000 from $21,000. • That job * sheriff's > has been severely underpaid for years. If it had been anyone besides Sheriff (Walteri Fellers, he would have been in here raising cain over what he makes,” County Judge Fred Clark said rn a budget heanng Monday. “But because of his nature, he has just put up with it.” Clark wanted a bigger difference between the chief deputy's salary and the chief investigator’s salary because of the difference in responsibility. All of these increases had been en last year’s budget, and commissioners at that time could not understand the need to give these positions a sizeable increase Commissioners also discussed hiring two more deputies, replacing the investigator who recently quit and supplying deputies with their weapons Now deputies supply their own weapons ”1 would rather do without one of the deputies than try to do without that investigator,'' the sheriff said. Commissioners had discussed last week giving the district attorney’s office an investigator and See COUNTY, Page 8A Three injured in shooting By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A 19-year-old Mexican national, who was shot in the chest Saturday night at Luke’s Gateway Store in Bulverde, was listed in fair condition today at Medical Center Hospital. James Burton Montgomery, 39, of San Antonio was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, in connection with the shooting. His 27-year-old companion, Jill Lenore Morgan, was arrested for disorderly conduct, and her young daughter was released to the custody of Morgan’s parents. Comal County Sheriff’s LL Rudy Rubio said Department of Public Safety Trooper Tim Jackson and Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Pickett stopped Montgomery's cream-colored Buick just minutes after the shooting. The car was headed north on U.S. Highway 281 about one-quarter mile south of Highway 46 when it was stopped. Rubio said the shooting incident started as an apparent fight in the store between Montgomery ?nd the 19-year-old victim. Witnesses said the 19-year-old picked up the last cold six-pack of beer, and that caused tempers to fly. “He (the Mexican national) walked outside and was hit in the face with a rifle,” Rubio said. He was then shot once in the upper left chest. See SHOOTING. Page 8A CISD proposes 21-cent tax hike By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Comal ISD trustees have adopted a $15 million operating budget for the 1985-86 school year, which includes a proposed tax hike from 83.7 cents to $1 946 per $100 valuation. About 20 patrons came to Monday night’s special meeting to ask questions about the budget, and complain about rising taxes for all directions. One patron said. “I think what we’re trying to say is we’re hurting on taxes. What you’re hearing from us is to keep everything to the bare bones.” Superintendent Bill Brown said the 1985-86 budget was as “bare bones” as it could be. “In my 22 years in education, ll as a superintendent, I’ve never gone through a budget like this day and night to see what could be done for the taxpayer. My hat really goes off to this staff,” he added. If approved, about 23 cents of that $1,046 tax rate would go toward See CISD, Page 8ANew Braunfels gives OK for interim drainage ordinance By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer A special committee studying ways to eliminate drainage problems in New Braunfels received the go-ahead Monday to prepare an interim ordinance for Hie city. The drainage committee, appointed by New Braunfels City Council last year, recommended in December that the city pass an emergency drainage ordinance The group also suggested that the city conduct a drainage master plan, which would lead to a permanent ordinance Then in May, committee chairman Gene Rutherford reported that there were some problems in the enforcement of the emergency ordinance And in June, following complaints from builders and developers, the Comal County Builders Association asked for a moratorium on the emergency ordinance and called for the hiring of a full-time city engineer Earlier this month, Rutherford and his committee presented council with suggested changes to the emergency ordinance, including the development of the interim drainage ordinance, the establishment of an intenm drainage commission, and the employment of an engineer. And Monday, Rutherford asked for and received direction from council to finalize the draft copy for presentation to council at its next meeting. In other action, council: — learned that work could begin this week on the widening of a drainage structure between Old McQueeney Road and FM 725. “It looks like one of those cases where what will help the developer will help the city to the tune of saving about $30,000 that would be spent out of the dramge bond issue,” said City Manager Joe Michie Michie said a nearby contractor, who will do the digging, also needs the dirt to raise his property. “There is virtually no city expense except for grassing and seeding on it,” he said. - agreed 5-to-l i with Councilman Max Winkler voting no) to underwrite the Sesquicentennial Committee for $16,807.50 County Commissioners already have agreed to the same amount. “We need to have the assurance that it’s there so See DRAINAGE, Page 8A CAD approves budget; won't use annex By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer Comal County Central Appraisal District Monday finally approved a 1986 budget — one that is $54,750 lower than the first proposal and $52,000 higher than the 1985 budget. The new budget goes into effect Jan. I. District directors also agreed again Monday not to seek space in the Comal County courthouse annex. The budget, first presented as $619,600 in May, included provisions Inside Today's weather Sunny and hot weather continues today with less than a 20 percent CLASSIFIED chance of rain through Wednesday.  -- The high will be IOO with the low at 75. Monday’s high was IOO and the low today was 71. Sunset will be at 7:59 and sunrise will be at 7:06. for twv nevi appraisers and a clerk, merit pay increases, and an increase in rent or building purchase payment. The approved budget of $564,850 includes $340,150 in the salary account ($379,900 originally was proposed) which will pay for a new clerk and some merit pay increases. No new appraisers will be hired. The original subnussion for the rent account was $45,000, but that was pared down to $35,000 in the approved document. Paul Davis, mayor of Garden estimating that 45 people will be killed on the state’s highways and roads See Page 4A. Ridge, sent the directors a second letter stating the opposition of that council to the budget. Garden Ridge is one of the district’s IO taxing entities. The letter opposed any increase in budget over the 1985 figure of $512,850. Also Monday, the directors agreed to continue looking for more space for the growing appraisal district offices and to not accept an offer from Comal County Comnussioners. In May, the directors emerged froma two-hour closed session to decline commissioners’ first offer of 3,900 square feet. The second offer was for no more than 4,300 square feet at a cost of $65 per square foot per month. In that offer, cost of utilities and janitorial services would be caiuculated on a pro rata basis and the district would pay for 18 employee parking spaces. The appraisal district, now housed in 2,184 square feet, pays 44 cents per square foot per month and $15 per month for sewer service. That rent is See CAD, Page 8A Incorporation gets green light 4-6 B Holiday weekend With the Labor Day holiday weekend coining up, officials with the Department of Public Safety are WEATHER COMICS 23B CROSSWORD 3A DEAR ABBY SA DEATHS 2A HOROSCOPE 4A OPINIONS IB SPORTS •-7A STOCKS 2A 2A County Judge Fred Clark received the legal opinion on the Sattler incorporation, giving that election the green light. “We have been given the go-ahead to have an election in November,” Clark said. The county had hired Harvey L. Hardy, a lawyer who has handled many city incorporations, to make sure all the requirements had been met. Hardy wrote that the number of signatures was sufficient and as long as the correct number of residents had been counted within the corporation boundaries, all was legal. “As county judge it is your duty to determine without regard to other possible defects whether satisfactory proof has been made that more than 200 persons inhabit the Village of See INCORPORATION, Page 8A f)Qt    DERYl    CLAWK    HERALD    ZEITUNG Courtney Myers is pictured with her pet Hensey as they take a /stroll Saturday in New Braunfels. The hen is Courtney's pet and goes "everywhere" with her, she said The two enjoy the sunny weather during their weekend stroll. ;