New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 28, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal warning signs to come down
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Signs warning swimmers of high bacteria levels along parts of the Comal River will come down today — almost four months after they went up.
City Manager Joe Michie this morning released results of tests taken by the state health department
on Nov. 14, Dec. 5,6,20, and 21.
The new results showed a drastic improvement over previous tests when levels of fecal coliform bacteria in the water were much higher than the state-recommended 200 parts per IOO milliliters.
One August sample from the Comal Creek at Landa Street measured 5,896 parts per IOO milliliters. That sample was taken during the worst part of this summer's drought, when the Comal
River was flowing at less than 30 cubic feet per second.
The Comal flow has since risen to above 190 cfs.
The city placed warning signs along parts of the river, excluding the area around the Schlitterbahn, in August when fecal coliform levels were consistently above 200 parts per IOO milliliters.
One of the reasons for the significant drop could be the
replacement of old concrete sewer pipes in Landa Park.
Earlier this month, Utilities’ crews dug up two sections of pipe that contained cracks and holes. The faulty lines were found when the city conducted smoke testing on the system. The concrete pipes were replaced with a kind of plastic pipe.
Although the fecal coliform levels are down, Michie said the city will continue a program of dye testing old
sewer systems for leaks into the lake.
“We have more to do in luanda Park, and we will continue with the dye,” he said.
The city manager also has a program in store for next year. “We will institute a program beginning April I of three-times-per-week testing with one of those taken on a weekend when all the swimmers are
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These signs are removed today
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New Braunfels, Texas
December 28, 1984
22 Pages - 2 Sections
State bans 2-for-1 booze
AUSTIN (API - The state Alcoholic Beverage Commission, trying to curb Texans from gulping cut-rate drinks, has banned two-for-one “happy hours.”
“Some retailers of alcoholic beverages were getting carried away. "aid TABU Administrator W S McBeath. “The practices we are banning tend to encourage very rapid consumption."
The rules, announced Thursday and effective immediately, bar two for-one happy hours, but do not prohibit selling doubles for the price of singles or offering half-price drmks.
An Abilene lawmaker on Thursday filed a bill that would ban all happy hours and contests involving drinking. Rep. Gary Thompson said his bill is patterned after a recently approved Massachusetts law "This legislation is aimed squarely at one of the major causes of traffic accidents overindulgence encouraged by restaurants and bars," he said.
Texas Restaurant Association Vice President W ll “Buckshot" Price said the TABU rules announced Thursday are "inadequate and confusing” He complained that the ban does not cover "the more potent drink and drown" nights, free drinks and nickel beer The rules bar only the sale of "two or more containers of alcoholic beverages for the price of one."
"TRA maintains that action taken by the TABU will not eliminate the problem because it focuses only on the sale of alcohol through bars and restaurants and fails to consider alcohol abuse which takes place in schools, cars, homes and the workplace, said Price.
Joe Darnall. McBeath's assistant, said two-for-one promotions "appeared to be the area where action seemed to be needed The rules are not intended to “regulate prices or get into price-fixing,” he said.
Darnall said doubles and triples for the price of a single were not banned because “that has not been the same sort of problem we’ve had with multiple containers."
"It s not the price, it s the number of drinks." said Darnall. "Where
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San Antonio guard Johnny .Moore’s 14 assists and eight rebounds helped guide the Spurs to a 141-120 shellacking of the Portland TrailBlazers Thursday night in San Antonio. George Gervin scored 31 points in the effort as well. Sports, Page 8A.Bar manager says new law won't hurt much
By LILLIAN THOMAS
The manager of a local bar that has a happy hour expects only a minimal impact from the new law prohibiting two-for-one drink specials.
“The law allows half-price drinks, so I doubt if it will make much difference,” Steve Gutierrez, food and beverage manager at the Holiday Inn, said.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission was aiming at a psychological effect, he said, and was try mg to pacify the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers lobby “I don't think we are going to see any adverse effects on our business. Maybe if they study it over five years, they will see a percentage of one point of DWI arrests changed, but that's all I know what they were going after; they wanted to remove the effect of seeing two drinks sitting in front of a person." Gutierrez commented.
However, a spokesman tor another hotel in town that offers happy hour disagreed that the law would have no effect on consumption "I think what the state legislature wanted to do was discourage rapid consumption, and I tfnnk the law will move things in that direction, because a customer will have to order each drink,” Joseph Quinn, a bookkeeper at the Faust Hotel, said.
The Faust plans to offer half-price drinks along w ith the buffet already a part of their happy hour. Quinn said “I do believe that the all night specials that some bars offer encourage a lot higher consumption and ought to be of more concern than happy hour though," the bookkeeper said, referring to some bars’ offering $1 pitchers of
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Mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures will prevail today and tomorrow as today’s 30 percent chance of showers continues through Saturday Highs should be in the mid 70s. with lows dropping to the mid 60s. Yesterday’s high was 69 and this morning’s low was 65. Sunset today will be at 5:40 p in. and sunrise tomorrow at 7:25 a.in.
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Murderer winks, dies in chairVictim's parenis watch execution
ANGOLA. La. (AP) With a final wink to tile nun who helped him
through his last hours, a cot ■ >
Robert Lee Willie went to hi'' death in the electric chair today as ;h< parents of the 18-year-old woman < raped and murdered watched.
Willie. 26, winked at Sister Ho n Prejean, his spiritual adviser and a death penalty opponent, fait avoid ti eye contact with tile seven otl. r
witnesses in the death < liami* r. including Elizabeth and Vernon Harvey . Hie mother and stepfather * the victim.
He was pron .un ,
a m. by Dr Alfred Gould.
Paul Phelps. Secretary Department of Public Sat Corrections
“I would just like to say Mi and Mrs. Harvey that I hope you get s- at relief from my death." Willie said in a statement 12 minutes before Ins death. “Killing people is wrong. That’s why you’ve put me to death. It makes no difference whet Inn ifs citizens, countries or governn G Killing is w rung."
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Clint Eastwood, who starred iii the aforementioned movie, would love Comal County's weird weather. The tracks of the miniature train in Landa Park disappear into the
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fog, which has been with us the past few mornings. Temperatures have been in the mid 70s all week.
During trials and intel views We had expressed no remorse and said he had "lived a good life."
The Haneys showed no emoti »n but watched intently as Willie wa> strapped into the electric chair ain! was jolted by four alternating surge" of 2.1HK) and 560 volts.
When Gould, coroner for We t Feliciana Parish, pulled back Willie’s w hile sweat "birt to check Iii pulse, he revealed tattoos of a worn and of die Grim Reaper carrying a knife and a burning hourglass.
“Tm sorry every victim iluesii t have the opportunity I had to see ti perpetrator s sentence carried out Haney said atter leaving ti* Louisiana State Penitentiary I w: everyone could have the sam. satisfaction "
Faith Hathaway. 18. was kid napped, tortured, raped and then stabbed 17 tunes in RWM
To the county line
Utilities eyes service extension for growth area
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
It w on t happen overnight, bul New Braunfels Utilities would like to see its service area expand by more than 1,100 acres out by County Line Road.
At their Thursday meeting. Utilities trustees approved a memorandum of understanding for the transfer of that acreage from the Green Valley Water Supply service area to NRU. Rut the transfer must also meet the approval of both the Green Valley directors and the NRU board, and then the Public Utility Commission before it becomes final
“County Line Road will be a major thoroughfare, and we were already going to serve the new elementary school and adjacent property out there," Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said “So if we’re going to be on one side of County Line Road, we might as well be on the other side. That s the only thing that makes sense whenUtilitiesroundup
you’re talking about a major thoroughfare."
The memorandum of un
derstanding involved about JOO acres of property northeast of County Line Road between FMs 725 and 1044 The rest of the acreage is southeast of County Line Road between 725 and 1044. and primarily extends to the backs of those property lines that front County Line Road
In other action, the board hired Oliver Haas as a consultant to compile a 100-year history of New Braunfels Utilities.
“On Aug 4. 1986, the first utilities in New Braunfels, The Water Works, will be IOO years old. The city was pumping untreated surface water out of the Comal River where the Tube
Chute is now, and there were 28 customers iii that initial system," Haas said at 'Thursday’s meeting.
The New Braunfels Utilities board was later formed in 1942
Haas, former manager of the old LUKA power plant in I .anda F’ark and current vice-chairman of tile Edwards Underground Water District board of directors, has been collecting “tons of data" for years. He said he’s been working iii earnest since July to develop a format, but hasn't decided on one yet.
As a consultant, Haas will be paid SHK) per month plus $1J per hour with a cap of $2,500 on the centennial project.
The board also appioved revisions to the Utilities vacation, uniform and short-term leave personnel policies.
Before Thursday’s meeting, every Utilities employee was on one vacation schedule and got five days after one year, IO days for two to IO years, and then got to add a day for
each year up to 15 day s The board has now established two vacation schedules, one for hourly employees and one for those on salary, where everyone can earn up to four weeks of vacation.
On uniforms, Utilities employee-used to gel six shirts, six pairs at pants and five T-shirts at the end ut each year. Now they will be gi\t‘n a choice of any 15 pieces "lf they need lo pairs of pants, that will be fine,” Jeff Thompson, administrative services manager, said at Thursday’s meeting The sick-leave policy revisions were a little more complicated “Sick-leave and personal leave used to be separate. Now they’re com blued because the company will buy them back after 480 hours are ac-cummulated” Thompson explained “Employees used to get 40 hours of personal leave. That’s been reduced
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