New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Pit bull owner fined; attorney says appeal due
The owner of the pit bull dogs that caused a furor in City Hall has been found guilty of violating the city’s harking dog ordinance.
However, Municipal Court Judge David Perkins ruled yesterday that Viola Gonzales did not violate the city’s new ordinance prohibiting more than four adult dogs at one residence.
Gonzales faces four $25 fines, in addition to the court costs, for violating the city’s ordinance regulating barking dogs four times.
Her lawyer, Albert Pena of Corpus Christi, said he plans an appeal, w hich would be heard in county court at la we
Perkins’ decision holds that the city’s ordinance allowing no more than four dogs is valid.
Pena had attempted to show that the ordinance was approved three days before a hearing. Prosecuting attorney Bruce Boyer maintained the date simply was a typographical error.
Last month. Council was approached by resident of Austin and Garza .streets complaining that a large number of pit bull dogs (about 12) staked at a Garza Street home threatened their their safety.
Council considered it an emergency and on Nov. 12, passed an ordinance regulating the number of adult dogs at one residence to three.
Because there was no notice that an ordinance might be approved Nov. 12, Council had to return Nov. 15 and
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Rushing injured in wreck
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
A three-car accident at the intersection of Coll Street and Seguin Avenue slightly injured City Councilwoman Betty Ixiu Hushing and put another New Braunfels woman in the hospital Monday afternoon.
Noting her absence at Monday night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Barbara Tieken said Hushing was recuperating at home from scrapes and bruises she had received in the mishap. The mayor also said Hushing wished to publicly commend the New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service and Police Department for t heir quick response.
EMS personnel transported both Hushing and Gailya M. Baker of Route 8. Box 158-B. to McKenna
Memorial Hospital around 1:30 p.m. A spokeswoman there said Hushing was treated and released, while Baker had been admitted for observation of a head
The accident report stated Baker, driving a 1980 Chevrolet Citation north on Seguin, went through a red light and hit Rushing’s 1975 Cutlass traveling east on Coll. The collision forced the Cutlass into a 1974 Dodge Coronet, which was legally parked on Coll and owned by Gordon Zunker of 295 E. Torrey.
The report also indicated Baker said she did not remember what happpened. Rushing told officer Russell Bell she was on the way to her home at 106 Guada Coma via Comal Avenue, and had a green light at the Coll-Seguin intersection when the collision occurred.
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December 11, 1984
Doctors leave India Hospital
BHOPAL, India i AP) A walkout by 700 interns and apprentice doctors today virtually paralyzed the main city hospital that had been treating hundreds of victims of a poison gas leak that has killed at least 2.000 people.
The walkout occurred after a Bhopal city council member allegedly assaulted a senior doctor of the 1,000-bed Hamtdta Medical College Hospital because a patient suffering from the effects of the gas • loud had been discharged.
Councilman Ashok Bhabha. a member of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's Congress Party, said the patient was released although the patient was still suffering from suit effects of gas poisoning, but he denied assaulting the doctor
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The young doctors threatened to stay off the job indefinitely if the city administration did not apologize for the incident.
Hamidia is a teaching hospital, with many fledgling doctors who are serving apprenticeships following graduation They live on the premises.
Hospital beds were full and hundreds of patients were being treated in corridors and makeshift clinics under tents Social organizations set up relief camps nearby, supplying free medicine to victims Tens of thousands of people were injured last week by the cloud of methyl isocyanate that leadked from a pesticide plant run by the US -based
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Archaeologist to watch work on sewer lines
An archaeologist will be hired to make sure that crews digging up a sewer line in Lamia Park don’t further disturb any hidden artifacts there
City Council last night learned that because there is a possibility of more artifacts under the surface of the parkland, the state requires monitoring of any excavation.
The city is trying to find the source of sewer leakage into I anda Lake that may bt* causing high bacteria counts in the water One sewer line has already been chec ked
“In order for the city to dig up existing sewer line, we are going to be rquired to have a permit > from the state) and will have to hire. at our expense, an arc haeologist ti) monitor the excavation of the lines,” said City Manager Joe Michie.
“It is an expense we are going to have to bear, or not dig up the sewer lines."
Michie said he originally was told that because the land already had been disturbed when the lines were buried, the city would have no problem digging them back up
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City plans do or dye sewer test
By DANA STELL Staff writer
The city is still trying to find the source of contamination in luanda I.ake, and plans to test the sewer system by placing dye in the system at about eight homes in tow n.
And state testing on the exact levels of the bacteria in the lake and rivers should be wrapped up this week
“We will be testing with dye later on this week two different locations on Lakeview Boulevard that allegedly or suspectedly may still be on septic tanks or might be on city sewer, with the old septic left in tact ” City Manager Joe Michie told City Council last night.
By putting dye in the sewage system there. Michie said. the city should be able to tell whether this is corning out into the lake There are six locations in Preiss Heights the city will test with dye, and the septic system at T-Bar-M also be checked Michie said city workers will have to “walk the lake and check it visually each day” to see if any dye comes into the lake Smoke testing this summer of the city’s system turned up a defective sew er line near a bathhouse in I .anda Park That line has been fixed and the city plans to dig up two more sewer lines in the park to check for leaks.
The city also has asked for a water quality study be conducted by the Texas Department of Water Resources on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers. The last study was done in 1982 and talks about water quality and quantity.
The state health department has finished three of its five days of testing of the rivers and lake for fecal coliform. The department wants to take the geometric mean of the results of five samples and has had problems over the past few weeks getting five samples in a row because of rainy weather.
Michie expects the state to complete its testing this week “I am hoping that the next two will be better than the three so far,” he said. “I would just as soon not get into those counts right now It doesn t
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By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The county treasurer and district clerk failed in their attempt Monday to get commissioners to approve a 5 percent salary increase for them
Both County Treasurer Betty Engelhard! and District Clerk Hazel Kuhn received a 24 percent raise, rather than the 5 percent that most county workers received.
County Judge Fred Clark said that not all officials received 5 percent, and that the commissioners were not intending it to be an across-the-board raise.
“A few heads of departments and elected officials received 10-12 percent increases Some employees received none. What we looked at
was the size of staff and budgets a department handled and the types of responsibilities, and we are trying to bring about some equity between what an employee is paid and what his duties and qualifications are,” Clark said.
Kulm told commissioners that she just wanted to be treated fairly
Both she and Engelhardt took the 24 percent raise as a sign that the commissioners were displeased with their performance.
Commissioner Charles (Tart) Mum! agreed with the county treasurer who felt the commissioners should have gotten back with die department heads when their budget request was not met, instead of hearing about it in the newspaper or after the budget is finished.
County's tie vote shoots down treasurer's, clerk's raise requests
"I can say across the board without exception, department heads will not get what they request. As long as there is a practice of asking for more than you need because everyone knows the conussioners are going to cut it, we will can guarantee that the budgets will be cut,” Clark answered
Clark said just about every budget request included an across-the-board IO percent pay raise.
Muiul proposed an amendment to the budget to give the two elected officials what they requested and Monroe Wetz seconded it But the
vote was split 2 .\ w itll Commissioner J.I, (Jumbo) Evans and Clark voting against it arui Commissioner Bill George absent for the 1:30 p.m. agenda
After the meeting, Engelhardt noted that she and Kuhn had more than 20 years of service to the county while some county employees who received the 5 percent increase had not worked a year yet Nettlier official was certain whether they would seek a grievance committee hearing
On the morning agenda, commissioners approved tile beginning salary for the electronic data processing manager to be increased to$27.(KH)per year
Also Ray Douglas, New Braunfels police department detective, was appointed as a new member of the
Child Welfare Board Douglas handles child abuse criminal investigations for the city Also commissioners deferred any action on the North I.ake subdivision until Comimsioner George and county engineer Clark (Mac) McCoy have a chance to look at it.
Ken Rice. representing the subdivision, wanted commissioners to allow the condominium project to be platted for record, but this would require a number of variances When the condominiums were built, developers decided that it did not need to be platted because it was not a subdivision. Now the lending institution that they need a loan from is requiring that it be platted for
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