New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Maw Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94-No. 26
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Infant killed in Engel Road fire
By WANDA LASATER Staff writer
A 16-month-old child died in a fire Monday morning in the family’s mobile home off Engel Road.
A neighbor, Jerry Hutchins, saw smoke coming from the John C. Sturdivant home and alerted the sleeping family. He pulled John C. Sturdivant, his wife, Elizabeth, and two of the couple’s children, Andrie and John Charles Jr. from the home. However, Hutchins was not able to reach Jennifer Irene, who had been sleeping in the bedroom where the fire started.
Units from the New Braunfels Fire Department, Northcliffe Volunteer Fire Department and the emergency communications tanker responded to the call at 8:45 a.m. New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Wilson said the mobile homo was “pretty well involved” when firefighters arrived.
Wilson said firemen attempted to rescue the child but were unable to reach her. He added that the fire was soon extinguished but units stayed at the scene until 10:59 a.m.
The state fire marshal ruled Monday that the fire was caused by a short in an electrical cord
See FIRE, Page 2A
Firemen inspect what's left of the mobile home where an infant died Monday
Price tag may reach $9 million
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Budget battle lines drawn
Stockman challenges Congress to top Reagan's plan
WASHINGTON (AP) - Budget Director David Stockman, conceding “problems in many places” in President Reagan’s 1986 budget, is challenging a skeptical Congress to try to devise a fairer plan.
“There aren’t many good alternatives and I think Congress will discover this,” said Stockman. He was arguing the case for the president’s $974 billion budget before the Senate Budget Committee today.
Republican House and Senate leaders have made it clear they’re not about to swallow the president’s $974 billion budget whole and will use the document more as a starting point in their own deficit-reduction efforts.
At least two major programs spared from Reagan’s budget knife — defense and Social Security — will be “on the table” along with other federal spending, budget leaders in both chambers said Monday.
But Stockman said that, while he anticipated “a very noisy debate on defense,” the administration felt it had already gone as far as it could go on Pent“Our plan is balanced and ifs fair,” Stockman told a press beefing. “I have no doubt political resistance and opposition will be strong. And maybe that is an understatement. But there are no alternatives.”
Stockman was the only witness before the panel as it
began a full week of hearings on the president’s budget.
Committee Chairman Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M., said that neither Reagan’s defense budget nor the president’s vow not to touch Social Security benefits was sacred.
However, even with further cuts in defense spending and even if Congress goes along with a freeze on Social Security cost-of-living benefits, “we still have to find a big chunk of domestic spending,” said Domenici.
“There’s going to be problems in many places. The politics of this are going to be difficult,” Stockman told reporters after he met Monday with House and Senate budget leaders.
The city could be facing a bond issue of up to $9 million, and voters may face it by summertime.
Monday night saw the first of several planning sessions among City Council, members of special city? advisory committees, and members of the Chamber of Commerce master plan update committees.
The group of about 40 discussed several urgent improvement projects for public buildings, parks, streets, and drainage systems.
Excluding estimates for the cost of a performing arts center, city hall building, and Walnut Avenue extension from Gardenia to County line Road, the bond issue is preliminarily estimated at $6 92 million.
However, “we are looking in the neighborhood of perhaps $84 million to $9 million,” Mayor Barbara Tieken told a group of business men and women this morning “I doubt if one question has been asked more than What to do about the future growth and development of New Braunfels?’” Tieken told Monday night’s crowd “It’s becoming very important to us that we give some consideration to a future bond issue.”
Tieken reminded the group that figures and proposals discussed Monday night were “not set in concrete — we can adjust, compromise and change the package.” The mayor added that a common concern among the three entities is that the city seek quality industrial growth and quality tourists in New Braunfels. We want a beautiful, natural environment, a healthy motel-hotel tax industry, a healthy convention industry.” she said "And we want to make sure the people that are part of the community have the opportunity to work in quality” environments.
Tieken said she wanted to place before the voters a bond issue that is “conservative, reasonable, and farreaching.
“The longer we wait, the further behind we get,” Tieken said today.
The last bond issue in New Braunfels passed in 1968 Recommendations from the Chamber of Commerce committees and the city committees were compiled into a list of four or five suggestions in each category Among die suggestions for public building improvements is renovation of the central fire station and establishment of a new substation near the new elementary school off EM 725 I^and cost at the elementary school will be almost nothing as the district and city may work out an inexpensive lease on a comer of school land where the substation could be located.
The fire department projects are expected to cost about $675,000.
Architect Gene Rutherford pointed out that the new ladder truck won’t fit in the central fire station as it stands now The group discussed the idea of building a new central station, but set that thought aside after
See BONDS, PagelA
Tieken calls for 'dressing up' of downtown
Ixxiking at the “Downtown of Tomorrow,” Mayor Barbara Tieken has called for help from individuals in revitalizing downtown New Braunfels.
“We are on the verge of an explosive growth spurt from San Antonio and Austin.” Tieken told members of the Downtown
Association at breakfast this mor-nimg.
The mayor said members of high-technology industries that locate here will need the quality natural environment that is offered here.
Pointing to the river and other green areas in town, Tieken told the
group, “ There are several places in Texas that look really good There are few that have the potential that we have."
A preliminary step to revitalizing the downtown area. Tieken suggested, would be to clean up the upper levels of the buildings on San Antonio Street.
“We need to open our eyes and look around,” Tieken said. “Ke-awaken ourselves to the simple things we can do to dress up dow ntown.”
A community cannot work simply on a committee-basis, Tieken said. “It takes individuals and it takes a lot work and a lot of stick-to-it-ness.”
Even though many downtown buildings have been bought by out-of-town developers, Tieken pleaded with business owners to “keep after them and bulldog" the developers to work on downtown revitalization “as soon as possible."
-DANA STELLPete Domenici (left) says nothing inReagan's budget is sacred; David Stockman challenges Congress to come up with a better proposal.
Two hurt as car plummets into Guadalupe River
By LILUAN THOMAS Staff writer
Two New Braunfels residents escaped serious injury when the car they were riding in jumped the bridge on River Road around 8 p.m. Monday, landing upside down in
water five feet deep in the Guadalupe River.
Georgiana Ijoomis of Cologne Street, the driver, suffered a broken nose and her passenger, Donnie Gene Smith of the same address, received a stomach injury. Both were taken to
McKenna Memorial Hospital by Canyon l^ke EMS where they were treated and released.
“They were apparently going pretty fast because the car did not just drop off into the water, but made one of those ‘Evel KnieveT jumps of
about 30-35 feet and landed on its top “The impact crushed the top and broke all the windows. I guess that’s how they got out, through the broken windows. They were very lucky,” Trooper Ron McCoy with the Department of Public Safety said.
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“(Director of Special Services) Harvey Pape has individuals that live out in the areas we have to send the buses on to call in the conditions in their area. When we got the word that the hills were very icy, we decided not to take a chance," Brown said.
This will be three days that Comal ISD students will have to make up because of weather. The other two were due to the two previous snow storms.
Also, a study session on a construction bond issue scheduled for Monday night had to be postponed because of the weather.
“We plan to talk about a new meeting time for that study session in the Feb. 18 regular school board meeting,” Brown said. “Also we will discuss when these three days can be
See WEATHER, Page 2A
Drizzle and rain forecast for today will turn to freezing rain and sleet tonight when temperatures drop to the high-20s. Temperatures today should reach the low-40s Monday’s high was 42 and this morning's low was 33. Sunset will be at 6:12 pm. and sunrise will be at 7:18 a rn.
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Icy conditions caused Comal ISD ■chools to close Monday, and with more ice predicted for tonight, another decision to close or stay open may have to be made by morning.
Today’s forecast — drizzle and light rain during the day, freezing rain and sleet tonight, with temperatures dropping to 28 — sets up similar conditions for Wednesday morning.
“If conditions are bad but look like they will clear by late morning, we might just delay school by a couple of hours But if things are too bad and won’t clear in a few hours then we will have to close again,” Comal ISD Supt Bill Brown said.
Even with the ice in the Hill Country Monday staying on some Wet, cold weather has brought us muddy boots—and closed stretches of road until noon, no ac-Schools tridents were reported by the sheriff’s