New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Construction soared to all-time high in January
Comal County, the New Braunfels ISD and New Braunfels Utilities all jumped at once in January, pushing the local building-permit total to an unprecedented $12.3 million.
That’s more than six times the amount recorded in December, when new projects added up to only $1.98 million. The city building department hasn’t seen even half this much construction since July 1982, when McKenna Memorial Hospital started work on its $6.5 million expansion. The total for that month was $7.7 million.
Utilities’ new wastewater treatment plant, the county’s new jail and improvements to six NBISD schools added up to almost that much last month — $7.4 million mall.
Utilities took out a permit for $3.35 million to build the wastewater plant at 1922 Kuehler Ave. County Commissioners held groundbreaking ceremonies this Thursday for the $2.7 million jail, to be
located at San Antonio Street and Water I^ane. Air-conditioning, electrical adjustments and repairs to existing NBISD campuses came to $1.6 million. The district has not yet taken out a permit for the planned new elementary school on County Line Road.
Three new stores, a motel, two restaurants and the rebuilding of New Braunfels Smokehouse’s meat processing plant made up another $3 5 million. Additional projects, including $1.2 million in residential construction, rounded out the record month.
After the government projects, Westport Pepperell was the biggest spender on the books It started work on a $832,000 mill store and a $168,000 air-washer building, both on the newly-platted section of land between Mission Valley Mills and U.S. 81.
Beeson & Associates took out a permit for the new Beall’s store in the Courtyard
Shopping Center, which will cost an estimated $696,000 to build The third new store is a $80,659 job at 336 luanda, undertaken by Harrison Construction for Dwight Higginbothams The Smokehouse will spend an estimated $800,000 to rebuild its meat plant at 441 Guenther Ave. H T Miller Co. is the contractor on that job.
Permits have been recorded, but not issued yet. for a 41-unit motel at Texas 46 and Hueco Springs Road; and for a $300,000 steakhouse to be built for Slater Inc. Lynn Witters is contractor for the motel, owned by Mariott & Vickers The estimated cost of that project is $500,000.
The Comfort Inn, which is already under construction at 1209 IH 35 West, took out an additional permit for a $23,000 swimming pool. And the Gourmet Inn, which added 34 rooms last summer, is now spending $7,000
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Volume 93 —No. 25
Council ignores citizens' petition
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The petition presented to City Council on Jan. 23, calling for a public vote on the 40 percent homestead tax exemption, will not put the question on the April
City Council doesn't seem inclined to put it there either The council met Thursday to consider action on the petition, but the only action taken was negative. Countilmember Betty Leu Rushing moved, for the third time, to simply grant the 40 percent exemption. For the third time, she was voted down. The vote wa* I*.----
Council made no decision on what to do with the petition. But City Attorney John Chinin says the voters sUll have time to draw up a petition in proper form, collect the necessary 109 signatures, and force a referendum in April.
Rushing did not seem impressed with Chunn’s explanation of why the first petition won’t do the trick. On the night it was received, the city attorney told the council that it wouldn't qualify under the “initiative and referendum" provision of the New
How council voted
Ham * how City Council voted Thursday on a motion which would have established a 40 pateant tai amotion on local homasteads TOA Batty Low Bushing Jose V aldern at Espmn/a AGAINST Donnie Seey Joe Rogers O A Stratemann Jr ABSENT Barbera Tiesen. Laverne t ber nard Motion tad*. 3 J
Braunfels city charter. However, he thought it might apply under Article 8 of the Texas Constitution. The optional homestead exemption was made possible by a IMI constitutional amendment, and Churm ?aid there was a procedure for calling a public vote on tax issues.
Chunn said state law required a petition signed by 20 percent of the people who voted in the last election, where the city charter requires only IO percent. But he didn't think that would be a problem, because the petition had more than twice the 109 names that would have been needed for the IO percent provision.
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Whitney gets probated sentence
By DEBBIE DatOACM Staff writer
The former executive director of San Antonio’s Catholic Youth Organization was given six years probation for indecency with a child by 22nd District Court Judge Charles Ramsay Thursday.
Duncan Cameron Whitney of Canyon Lake pleaded guilty Dec. 12, 1983 to two counts of indecency with a child. Judge Ramsay sentenced him to serve six years in the Texas Department of Corrections Thursday morning, then suspended the sentence and placed Whitney on probation for six years.
The two indecency counts against Whitney relate to an Aug. 4 incident, involving two San Antonio boys under age 13. Sheriff’s Ll. Gilbert Villarreal in
vestigated the mother’s complaints at the request of the Texas Department of Human Resources.
Whitney turned himself into Comal County authorities Sept. 15. the same day he resigned as CYO director. He had worked with that organization in vinous capacities for over 20 years.
Judge Ramsay also fined Whitney $1,000 and ordered him to pa> at least $654.50 in restitution to the boys’ family.
Adult Probation Officer Jack Williamson said Thursday the restitution was for counseling and follow-up the boys had received, and included an estimate on what will take place in that area through May.
“But the judge stressed to Mr. Whitney the restitution dollar amount was not necessary a final figure," Williamson added, “and Mr Whitney fully understands that.”
Men of the soil
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County Judge Fred Clark (right) and commissioners Monroe Wet* (foreground) and J.L. Evans (next to Wetzi get their shovels in gear as they turn the first dirt tor the new county jail That s Bob Freimuth of radio station KGNB KNBT recording the sounds of the groundbreaking, held Thursday on the jail site at the comer of Water Lane and San Antonio Street The facility should be ready in mid 1985Testimony shows pattern in Jones case
GEORGETOWN iAPi — Over heated objections from defense attorneys, a prosecutor put together a chart before jurors graphically illustrating nurse Genene Jones' suspicious track record rn a Kerrville pediatrician’s office All infants younger than 2 who had a history of illness and who were subjected to intravenous solutions or injections prepared by the vocational nurse inexplicably went limp and stopped breathing, the chart showed One of them died,
Ms Jones, 33. is on trial for the muruer of IS-month-old Chelsea McClellan, who died Sept 17, 1962. after a trip to Dr Kathleen Holland’s office Prosecutors claim Ms Jones injected the child with an overdose of a powerful muscle relaxant, sue-cinylcholine
It was the first uroe Kerr County I .n st net Attorney Rot Sutton disclosed whether there were any young, potentially sick infants under Jones care who did not show the symptoms of succinylchotme injections
The chart, compiled from Ms Holland’s records, showed there were not “Doctor, every time a Jones I V. was used, the child went down'1” Sutton asked Ms Holland “Yes,’ she responded
“And every time a child with a potentially serious illness got an injection prepared by Jones, the child went down"*”
Prosecutors have been tight-lipped about a possible motive rn the bizarre case, but have begun hinting that they believe Ms Jones was undertaking
a plan" to inject infants with the drug and then appear as a heroine by reviving them The medical records from Ms. Holland s office were first presented to state district Judge John Carter without the jury Defense attorney Burt Cames objected to the evidence as mf lama tory prejudicial and irrelevant since the case histories of children not stricken while under Ms Jones care had not been presented But Sutton angrily responded. “This goes to show the motive and the intent of Genene Jones Every time she got the opportunity on a child with the right sy mptomology, that child was down “I don’t see how you can make anything more relevant than this statistical information," Sutton said.
Carter agreed, saying quietly, it is relevant ’’
County hires engineer, hears mail plansInside
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Comal commissioners hired a county engineer and heard a report on a system for future naming of streets and delivery of mail during Thursday’s regular meeting.
Commissioners unanimously voted to hire Clark McCoy of Spring Branch as county engineer, effective Feb. 15. The job will be provisional for one year and will have a salary of $28,000.
McCoy received his Bachelors (rf Science degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University in IMI. He did graduate work in business administration st Southern Methodist University.
He his been employed st Pullman Kellogg since 1977.In other action, Superintendent of Postal Operations Walter Mueller told commissioners a new system of identifying streets and delivering mail should begin in the next fewCounty roundup“The problem Is growth,” Mueller •aid. The current method has forced the post office to deliver mail through
rural routes and boxes, and also has hindered answering emergency calls by firemen, police and EMS personnel.
“This is the universal trend because of growth everywhere, and nobody has the growth we have,” he said.
Mueller said postal officials will begin implementing changes parts of four subdivisions in March and April to cut down the number of routes This will mean changing to street addresses instead of routes and box.
The rest of the changes will come in a timely manner, Mueller said, while the full transition will “take st least three years.”
He hopes this will cut down on the time spent delivering mail, noting currently department workers are covering 711 miles, which include
See COUNTY, Page MAToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for sunny and warmer today, fair and cooler tonight, and sunny and mild on Saturday. Winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph today and Saturday, decreasing to near IO mph tonight. Sunset will be at 6:10 p.m., and sunrise Saturday will be at 7.19 a.m.Chopper Crash
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) - Four US. soldiers were killed aud six were injured when their helicopter crashed in the mountains of northeastern Honduras, the CJS. Embassy said today.
The accident occurred Thursday la had weather SS miles from the border with Nicaragua “There are no indication* of hostile action,” •aid the communique.
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'Buck Rogers' flight blasts off from Florida
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (API - The shuttle Challenger returned to orbit this morning, carrying five astronauts on an adventurous mission to test a $10-million jet-pack that for the first time will put man in free flight across the vacuum of space.
lf the weather is as cooperative next weekend, the shuttle is to make its first Florida-to-Flonda round trip, landing here in eight days.
The “Buck Rogers flight" began with a rumbling on-time liftoff at 8 a m. EST The 100-ton shuttle flashed to life and rose swiftly on 7 million pounds of thrust generated by its powerful engines With Vance Brand rn command. Challenger darted into partly cloudy skies and and twisted out over the Atlantic Ocean on a southeast heading, its trail of fire and smoke visible for miles to the tens of thousands who watched liftoff from oc**n and riverfront viewing spots It was the 10th shuttle launch in three years, the fourth for Challenger At 2 nunutes 6 seconds, Challenger shed its two 149-foot booster rockets, hurling them toward a parachute landing 150 miles offshore, where ships waited to recover them for reuse.
The main order of business following launch was an afternoon deployment <rf a commercial satellite The jet-pack tests are to begin next Tuesday when two astronauts are to move outside the shuttle, propelled by bursts of gas from canisters built into their pack.
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