New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Petition seeks to overturn fluoridation charter vote
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
A question supposedly settled Vh years ago has come up again. A group of New Braunfels citizens want fluoridation taken out of the city charter.
A petition signed by 292 registered voters was turned in to City Hall late Tuesday, asking that Charter Section 7.05(d) be deleted. An undetermined number of additional signatures were crossed out, apparently because voter registration numbers were not given or couldn’t be found.
City Council is looking at an April 2 referendum on proposed changes in the city election system. Now, it looks as if fluoridation may be added to the ballot. Council will consider the petition at its regular meeting on Monday.
Under Texas law, it takes a number equal to IO percent of the number who voted in the last municipal election to force a referendum. Two council members ran unopposed last August, and only 455 voters turned out. The number of petitioners comes to well over 50 percent.
See FLUORIDE, Page 12A
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'Chaos'follows Israeli report
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An inquiry commission’s report holding Defense Minister Ariel Sharon responsible in the Beirut massacre and demanding his ouster has thrown Israel into political chaos and increased pressure for early elections.
The findings put Prime Minister Menachem Begin in a bind.
The three-man commission said Begin should fire Sharon if he refuses to step down, and Sharon is resisting.
The prime minister met with his Cabinet for two hours Tuesday without reaching a decison on Sharon’s status and announced a second meeting for today.
A key figure in the ruling coalition said Begin would not dismiss the former
general, a bulwark of the prime minister’s popularity with his right-wing constituency.
“It’s hard for him to do such a thing,” Avraham Shapira, chairman of the parliamentary coalition, told reporters after meeting with Begin. “Anyone who knows the prime minister knows he is a noble man, and he respects Arik (Sharon’s nickname).’’
As to what happens next. Shapira said, “That is in the hands of Menachem Begin.”
Dozens of people protesting in Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Square demanded the whole government resign after the findings were released Tuesday but many Israelis viewed the report as a testament to the
“Only a nation with the moral strength of Israel could afford to publish such findings,” said an insurance salesman, who asked not to be identified. “The state of Israel has been saved.” Pro-government protesters who gathered at the prime minister’s office during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting sang, “Arik, king of Israel” when Sharon emerged.
“We’re with you. Arik! ” they yelled. Much of Begin’s political travail would end if Sharon would resign voluntarily, but the 54-year-old defense minister declined a public opportunity to state his intention
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New Braunfels, Texes
Vol. 92 - No. 28
WEDNESDAY February 9, 1983 25 cents
36 Pages —4 Sections
Bond issue costs
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
A new elementary school, more classrooms, airconditioned schools, a new administrative office, a bigger bus barn and a district-wide communication system are but a few of the issues at stake in Saturday’s New Braunfels Independent School District bond issue.
The biggest portions of the $9.3 million bond issue are devoted to the elementary levels — which are suffering most from the district’s growth — New Braunfels High School and air-conditioning.
Twenty-eight percent of the $9.3 million will pay for construction of a new elementary school and renovation of three existing schools.
Approximately $2.4 million is earmarked to build the new 24-classroom school — which would include a music room, library, administrative office, special education classrooms and cafeteria.
This price tag includes site work, utilities, furniture and equipment, but not land. No specific site has been chosen, although the district is now negotiating for land.
Much of the burden felt by the district’s three elementary schools will be eased by the new school. However, renovations to current campuses will still
Enrollment data shows NBISD near capacity
Why is the New Braunfels Independent School District asking the public to pass a $9.3 million bond issue Saturday?
Mainly to catch up with the growth of the district now causing crowded classrooms and making some district facilities outdated.
A new elementary school and the renovation of current buildings and services are needed in order to meet the population explosion of this area. Supt. O.E. Hendricks said.
Current NBISD enrollment is approximately 4,068. Total capacity of the district, however, is 4,324 — not leaving much room to grow. And by 1991, ifs estimated that the enrollment will jump to 6,029, Hendricks pointed out.
Elementary schools are the one area of the district currently suffering most from the district’s population growth, Hendricks said in an interview Tuesday.
“We’ve got room overall for a little over 200 more students district-wide,” he said. However, most of this “room” is at the high school and middle-school
“We’ve got room for maybe a IOO more students at the high school and 75 at the middle school,” said Hendricks.
But the elementary schools are either near or at capacity now .
For this reason, approximately $2.4 million of the $9.3 million bond issue, is proposed for the construction of a new elementary school. This new school — the location of which has not yet been decided, would take the burden off the other NBISD schools, Hendricks said.
Lone Star, which houses kindergarten and first graders, now has an enrollment of 631. The capacity of that school is only 635 and by 1991 it’s projected that there w ill be 946 kindergarten and first graders in the district.
The same is true for Seele School, with an enrollment of 617. Capacity is 620 and it is projected that in less than IO years there will be 926 second and third graders in NBISI).
Carl Schurz, where fourth and fifth graders go to school, has slightly more room, as its enrollment is 643 and its total capacity is 700. However, by 1991 projections show that there will be 965 fourth and fifth graders in the NB district.
Middle School, with a capacity of 1,000, now has an enrollment of 912. Projected enrollment for that school by 1991 is 1,368
New Braunfels High School is in the best shape as far as room goes. Total capacity of that school is 1,350 and existing enrollment is at 1,246. But that figure is expected to increase to 1,800 students by 1991, Hendricks pointed out.
be needed. Supt. O E. Hendricks said.
Therefore, $205,000 has been set aside for construction of two more classrooms and a multipurpose room at Lone Star — the most crowded school in the district.
The only project planned for Seele from bond money is construction of weather-proof walls to encompass an area of classrooms unprotected by the building and for a covered walk, which would connect these classrooms.
The walkway is needed, Seele Principal Vivian Reagan said, to protect the young children from the cold and wet weather.
“We’ve had no serious injuries yet,” she said. “But it has been a problem,” she added, referring to the slippery walks.
The only renovation planned for Carl Schurz School is to pave an area by the school to be used for physical education activities. Cost of this is estimated at $30,600.
Fourteen percent of the bond issue is devoted to New Braunfels Middle School to build six new classrooms and new restroom facilities, enlarge the cafeteria and perform general site work.
The biggest project planned for the middle school
See BONDS. Page 12A
1.Construct new cafetorium, stage, dressing area, kitchen and related areas..................ii 430 OOO
2.Construct new building for vocational agriculture, building trades and rifle range for ROTI’ 590 OOO
'> expand auto mechanics and metal shops 12 000
4.Convert cafetorium into auxiliary gym 267 500
5.Ventilate art room......................... 2 400
6.Convert classrooms AB and AS into science rooms...
7.Enlarge typing rooms, counselors’ and administration area ............................19.000
8.Seal off existing asbestos ceiling........... 160.000
9.Implement energy conservation program .. 140.000
1.Construct fine arts facility, including band, choir, general music, speech, drama, storage and restrooms
2.Construct six classrooms, include restroom . 311.700
3.Enlarge cafeteria and serving area ........191000
t.Convert music, speech and art rooms to eight
5.Sitework................................ 20 000
I .Pave P E area and exit to Magazine Street $30 600
l.Construct weatherproof walls for covered walks ..
I I wo classrooms and multipurpose room ... $205 000
1 Twenty-four classrooms, music, library, administration, special education, cafetorium, etc........
.............. $2 400 OOO
2 Site work, furniture, equipment 3.Site and utilities
1 .Construct new bus garage and parking $178 600
2 Renovate existing tax office and replace administration office on present site ............. 474 000
3.Create district-wide communications system 40 OOO 4 Air condition all existing classrooms not previously air conditioned, and new elementary school I 979 OOO
Total, all projects
The old meets the new at the corner of Casten and W San Antonio Tuesday, as trail riders headed to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo make their
way through New Braunfels This wagon was part of the group that pressed on despite drizzly weather.
No pinch felt
Grocery stores not hurting from truckers' strike
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
The nationwide truckers strike, moving into its tenth day, has had little or no effect on the supply of grocery goods in New Braunfels.
It’s business as usual for the local major grocery chains, with only the impending threat of shortages if the strike lingers But reports today indicate less violence and more rigs on the road, as the strike appears to be winding down.
While independent truckers represent only 15 percent of the nation’s truck fleet, they carry most of the household goods, fresh food and half of the steel. If effects from the strike were to filter down to New Braunfels, fresh produce would be the first to suffer.
Kroger's has begun to feel those effects with delivery delays on items from California, store manager Dreg Cross said. “This is our off-season anyway, and we import a lot of fresh food from South America. I,ast week, we started having a slight problem w ith items coming into the New York port.
"This week, it’s California items like lettuce, radishes and carrots.” Cross said. adding lettuce heads had aire ids gone up IO cents at the store. “We’re still waiting delivery on some items from California, that were expected last Monday, lf the strike continues, the quality of those goods w ill certainly be affected.”
Other local grocery store managers recited no unpleasant experiences so far “There’s been a lttle response from
suppliers, who say. “We may have a problem with that one,'” Divine’s manager Andy Divine said. “But we haven't experienced any shortages that can be identifed as of yet "
H E B manager Roger Davidson echoed the “no trouble so far” message, as did Nlanard Ivy, the manager at Wuest’s on San Antonio St i’ve got no problems. The supply is great People can buy all the way,” Ivy added
Charles Borman.Safeway manager, has his own solution to any possible supply problem. “I don’t have any problems, and don't anticipate any My bosses nave told me not to worry — Safeway has a big truck fleet,” Borman said confidently, and things come to worse, we got the trucks to pick up the stuff ourselves.”
Florists keeping fingers crossed
Valentine’s Day is to florists what Christmas is to retailers. If business is good for Feb. 14, ifs easier to pick up the slack during the rest of the year.
So far, the independent trucker’s strike hasn’t hurt local flower shops, but the threat is there. ..
“We haven’t felt a crunch yet, but there is a possibility if this thing keeps on,” said Mrs. My rt Moeller, owner of Flowers by Sharon. “What’s saved us is a lot of growers out of California, Colorado and Florida have their own refrigerated trucks. But what could kill us is if the violence gets so bad, they get too scared to hit the road.” More than 1,200 incidents in 38 states involving rock-throwing, nails on roads, arsons, tire-slashing and threats to trucks have been reported since the strike began on Jan. 31. One man was killed while at least 64 have been injured.
But the rash of violence seems to be tapering off, and truck stops across the nation have reported more rigs on the road this week than last week Most of the flowers sold locally are transported from wholesalers in Austin and San Antonio. “They ithe wholesalers) have their own trucks, and that will help,” said Elvira
Vargas, owner of Elvira’s Floweriand.
Weidner’s Flower Shop proprietor Diana Wehe said she’s surprised she hasn’t experienced more of a problem with supply versus demand. “You would think, that since most of my flowers come from Colorado, I’d behaving a problem. But I guess the companies that handle my flowers aren’t striking.”
Hortence Rojo, owner of Comal Flower Shop, said, “The strike won’t bt* a problem for us, because most of our flowers are flown in from Colorado, some from South America.”
However, for Mary Ann Snow, owner of Small Favor Flower Shop, air frieght will be a last resort. “We have been forewarned that if the strike continues, we might not get everything we’ve ordered. Wholesalers have been putting the word out,” Snow said.
“But the peak demand will come this weekend, and if we have to, a lot of flowers can be air-freighted,” she added. “That will happen as a last ditch effort, though.”
An unseasonably warm. humid February day is in store, with mostly cloudy skies and a 30 percent chance of thundershowers Winds will become west-southwesterly this afternoon, blowing near 20 miles per hour and occasionally gusty. Expect considerable cloudiness tonight, with winds shifting to west-northwest at IO mph. Thursday will be partly cloudy.
The sun will set at 6 15 tonight Sunrise Thursday w ill be at 7; 15 a rn.
Tivy's Baker Surprised
The New Braunfels Unicorns put up a good fight against No. I ranked Kerrville Tivy Tuesday night but couldn’t hold on Outscored 18-8 in the fourth, they lost 59-49. See Page 8A
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