New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Micofilm Center Comp, u, Box 36ommunity Council to relocate Offices
The Community Council of South Central xas will move its central office from New aunfels to Atascosa County, and not many y residents are pleased with the decision.
The move will affect at least 50 jobs in the uncil, a spokesman for the council said.
The administrative offices will be moved im their location on West Mill Street to either easanton or Jourdanton, Atascosa’s county at, council deputy director Michele Rowcroft id today. Certain services, such as family anning and Comprehensive Education dining Act, will have satellite offices in New raunfels, she said.
The council will be leasing new facilities in tascosa County, Eldon Marsch, council anning director said, adding that the New
Braunfels offices will be vacated within 120 days after execution of a contract agreement for the facilities in Atascosa County.
“The move will not be until the summer at the very least, probably much later than that,” he said.
Rowcroft and Marsch are determining the number of jobs and employees to be affected by the move.
The move to Atascosa County will make employees decide whether to move to the new location, commute, or resign, Marsch said.
“Some people are going to have to make big decisions,” he said. “People tend to be resistent to change of any sort.”
Joe Rogers, who represents the City of New Braunfels on the council’s central board,
disagreed strongly with tho decision to move to Atascosa County.
“I think ifs a bad mistake,” he said today. “People who are presently employed by the council here have to make decisions, to move, to commute or resign.”
Rogers also noted that the manpower situation in Jourdanton or Pleasanton is not as good as it is in New Braunfels. “The quality of the personnel they hire is not going to be as good as the personnel they have established here,” he said.
A promise of no needed maintenance for the new facility was a selling point for the move. Rogers said.
“That’s not true,” he said. “In any facility you’re going to have maintenance. I think it’s a
bad scene all the way.”
“I don’t like it,” Albert Morales, a council board member representing Comal County, said. “For one thing, we’ve been here so long.” Costwise, the move will probably be unfeasible for council employees working in New Braunfels, Morales reasoned.
“The people that are working in the office right now, a lot of them are from New Braunfels. If they’re going to commute from here to Jourdanton, with the expense of gas, it’ll be kind of expensive,” he said.
“Say you work down there, and it would cost half of what you make to get down there," he said. “Would you go?”
Because of the move, employees will be without jobs, Morales said. “I wish they would
reconsider the move."
Tom Purdum, executive vice president of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said he had heard about the proposed move and wrote a letter to council President Herman Schulz of Seguin to consider the effects such a move would have on the employees in New Braunfels. A copy was sent to city officials and to the county commissioners, he said.
“I had hoped that something could be worked out so they could stay here,” Purdum said.
Purdum said although he had not closely investigated the move, “On the surface, I think it was a rather sudden move to make without consulting the public. I think the community should have had more knowledge (of the moving plans).”
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Power rate change urged
Heavy fog descended upon New Braunfels Thursday, creating a spooky effect in Landa Park
Staff photo by John Seater
New Braunfels Utilities Manager Bob Sohn recommended a change in the way power rate increases from the Lower Colorado River Authority would be distributed to Utilities customers.
At a special meeting Thursday, the Utilities Board of Trustees decided to postpone a vote on the idea until it could examine how it would affect different rate classifications.
The change, if adopted by the board at an emergency meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, would also have to be considered by City Council as an amendment to the new city electrical ordinance up for final reading at the council meeting later that evening.
’the board did decide to stand by its residential deposit recommendations “to keep~lhe deposits high enough so our customers won’t have to bear the cost of unpaid bills,” board Chairman Herb Schneider said.
Sohn said I .CRA rate increases should be absorbed by the different rate classifications on a percentage basis, rather than as an across-the-board change based on kilowatt hours.
For example, if LCRA’s proposed rate hike of 8 percent were to be implemented, then Utilities would collect 8 percent more money from each rate classification (residential, small and large commercial, large and very large power groups).
The ordinance City Council is considering provides for such “power cost adjustments” to be applied on a
uniform kilowatt-per-hour basis instead.
LCRA’s previously announced increase of 8.56 percent was based on preliminary information, and a cost-of-service study found a $700,000 kink in the figures, Sohn said Friday. Even so, the 8 percent hike is still not final
Trustee Bill Brown said the proposed change would bt* to the advantage of the “big consumers,” but added that neither choice was fair to everybody.
“Neither one of them suits me. It’s not going to be very fair. But you go the other way, and the same thing happens. I think we need to find a happy medium, but I’m not sure how to do it,” Brown said.
“It’s always going to end up looking peculiar^one way or another,” he observed.
Sohn said the recommendation was “much more straightforward, much more fair.”
“Each rate classification has different service requirements. When we approach it from a percentage basis, the 8 percent increase will be equally distributed,” he said.
Sohn said Friday the new recommendation grew from discussions with Mission Valley Mills engineer Howard Morrison.
“It’s not necessarily an eleventh-hour change. The reason the council has three readings of an ordinance is to give customers an opportunity to examine it and discuss changes,” he said.
Businessmen killed in hotel fire apparently 'didn't have a chance'
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -Business executives gathered for meetings at a hotel here “didn’t have a chance” when an electrical fire raced through conference rooms with heat so intense that it melted walls, fire officials said.
The blaze Thursday at the suburban Stouffer’s Inn killed 26 people and injured at least 40.
“The fire was so strong, so fast, that it was like a bomb exploding,” said Franz Eichenaurer, an executive chef for General Foods.
“It appears it flashed up suddenly and these people didn’t have a chance,” said Purchase Fire Chief Robert Makowski.
Most of the victims were believed to be executives of Arrow Electronics Inc. and Nestle Company Inc.
The families of the victims were gathered at the Westchester County
medical examiner’s office early today, working with authorities who were trying to identify the remains of victims through fingerprints or dental records.
A police spokesman said he had received calls indicating that people “from California to Canada” were at the hotel.
It was the second major hotel fire iii the United States in two weeks. On Nov. 21, a blaze at the MGM Grand hotel in l^as Vegas, Nev., killed 84 people and injured more than 700 others.
Makowski said he determined the Stouffer’s fire was electrical because “the partitions in the walls melted. It was a very hot, hot fire.”
There were no sprinklers in the area where the fire spread.
“It is tragic that the safety codes did not require sprinklers in such areas
because they are not regarded as guest living areas,” said Carl Vergari, Westchester County district attorney.
Sprinklers were not required in most areas of the MGM Grand and were not installed there either.
Executives of Arrow, Nestle, General Foods Corp., International Business Machines Corp., Pepsico Inc. and other companies were at meetings on the same floor of the three-story brick building where the fire broke out.
The 3-year-old inn, which cost $20 million and has 366 guest rooms, is located 20 miles north of mid-Manhattan along a hillside strip dubbed the “Platinum Mile" because of its concentration of modern corporate headquarters.
The inn was bustling with activity when the fire exploded at 10:20 a.m. in a second-story conference room.
Ryan losing struggle
Infant's digestive system reported failing
Ryan McCoy is dying. He’ll be one year old next week.
His life hasn’t been easy. He has lived most of it in hospitals, fighting a rare blood cancer and a “severe combined immunity deficiency” requiring him to live in completely sterile surroundings.
When Herald-Zeitung readers first heard of Ryan and his mother, New Braunfels native Sharon McCoy, there was only one other child in the world with histiocytosis.
Now Ryan is the only living case, and his digestive system has failed.
“The doctors have him hooked up to a machine to feed him,” Joanne Steepler, his aunt and godmother, said.
“He can’t eat milk or baby food. He’s starving himself.
Sharon McCoy has lived with Ryan in New Braunfels since October. She had to rush her son to John Seely Children’s Research Center in Galveston last week. That hospital has become almost a second home.
McCoy’s financial and emotional nightmare that began several months ago when her husband left her in
Corpus Christi was eased somewhat by a free house from the City of New Braunfels Housing Authority.
Donations to a special account at First National Bank and the spare change collected from jars at nine local businesses also have helped keep her head above water.
“A group of people in Austin heard about her and paid the credit union off for her car,” Steepler reported. St. Paul Lutheran church is also funneling donations to the McCoy family. Sharon has a daughter, Jennifer, aged 3.
Sharon has asked for help through this newspaper several times. She is never ashamed during interviews here, and never gets emotional — her eyes are steely, her voice is sometimes high-pitched but always controlled, and she speaks with matter-of-fact knowledge about money, medicine, hospitals, and death.
“I don’t think she’ll be able to talk to you,” Steepler warned Wednesday.
“His doctors don’t know what to expect. Ryan is the only one with the disease to live this long,”U.S. calls for 'restraint' in Polish unrest
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Carter administration, in an apparent move to ease tensions, is assuring the Soviet Union that the United States is not trying to exploit the unrest in Poland or revive the Cold War.
“It would be a pity if East-West relations were thrown back a quarter of a century by the translation of an internal dilemma into intensified East-West hostility,” Zbigniew Brzezmski, President Carter’s national security
adviser, said Thursday.
“I do not believe American interest would be served by that,” he added. “I do not believe Soviet interest would be served by that. I don’t believe the cause of humanity would be served by that.”
Brzezinski said his message to all parties is “restraint, moderation, compromise.”
Both Brzezinski and Secretary of State Edmund S. Muskie said they saw
no prospect of an imminent Soviet invasion of Poland. At a news conference in Kansas, in fact, Muskie said, “It’s clear that the Soviets are reluctant to launch a military intervention in Poland.”
Their remarks appeared to soften the approach taken Wednesday by President Carter and White House officials expressing “growing concern” over what they called an unprecedented buildup of Soviet forces on
the Polish border.
However, Muskie continued to describe the situation as “very delicate and sensitive,” and the State Department again cautioned the Soviets that Americans are united in their concern over any possible Russian intervention.
Muskie, in Topeka, Kan., reiterated Carter’s description of the Soviet buildup as unprecedented and added: “It continues to be a very delicate and sensitive situation. The military ac
tivities continue to concern us and all countries in the West.”
But Brzezinski said of the Polish situation: “We mustn’t on the one hand become almost hysterical about it and conclude that a massive intervention is either inuninent or inevitable.”
He added, though, that Carter would not have issued his statement Wednesday if he had considered the Soviet buildup insignificant.