New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 12, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texes
February 12,1987 25 Cents
Vol. 134, No. 29
One Section, ii Pages
Tomorrow is Friday the 13th Harold’s cat is gray, but those of you with black kitties will want to make sure they are happy and well fed before the weekend gets thoroughly underway, so happy and well fed that they sleep all day Friday and don’t want to walk around in front of you.
Speaking of the risk of unlucky-ness, those of you who have found your self unlucky in love should have taken out one of our Valentine’s Day classifieds to be published Friday. Valentine’s Day is, of course. Saturday. There are several creative attempts at graphic affection included in Friday's edition One gentleman called to be sure he rhymed the word unsung with the name of the newspaper. While there may be a proper German pronunciation. a semi-proper Texas-German pronunciation, and the ones tourists concoct, the rhyme will work There are others equally as creative and amorous. Don’t miss it...
Okay, we made another mistake Somebody did, anyway. In a photograph published Sunday, we identified recipients of OakRun Subdivisions performance awards as members of the New Braunfels Board of Realtors, with a capital R, which rhymes with Far. which stands for far out, which is what we say to the recognitions given by Shay Noah, sales and marketing representative for OakRun to Sue Norris of Century 21 Norris Realty Inc., Becky Miller of Jack Ohlrtch Realty and Fritz Weisch of Town and Country Real Estate We said in our picture outline that the Board of Realtors received recognitions, which is not quite correct. While these fine folks may be members of that august organization, they were presented their awards for their roles as Realtors per se, not Board of Realtors members ..
Oops. Stammtisch yesterday served up notice that the New Braunfels Little League needed help in tor way of announcers, coaches, etc.
Our cake was not fully baked, however, and we need to tell you that there are two little leagues in New Braunfels, the American and the National. Just like the big leagues, lf you want to help out in the original parent league, the American, contact Charlotte Drury at 625-1784 or Martin Allen at 625-2016. The American League is for kids bom in even-numbered months meaning February, April. June. August, October or December lf you were bom in any of the other months of the year, you will play in the National League, lf you want to help with the National League’s activities, call Robert Rodriguez at 625-7300 or Marcia Barbosa at 625-3606. Just wanted to make that clear ’cause Charlotte Drury, a real nice lady, came in to defend her American League affiliation and make clear the difference Hope this does just that....
ComFund. Remember ComFund. We had almost forgotten, but a member of our staff bumped into Dick Koegle the other day (which isn’t hard since Dick is like a big tree in a three-piece suit) and found out ComFund expects to announce the successful completion of its 8150,000 1086-87 drive soon. The final report and recognition meeting will be 6 p m March 5 in Honors Hall at the Chamber of Commerce on Seguin. The program will include the drawing for the neat, little pickup truck and recognitions for all those people who helped make this year’s ComFund a true if belated success. The fund provides money (or more than 20 human and social service agencies throughout Comal County...
Man killed by intruder
Shot once in face while entering Northcliffe residence
Conam Construction Co. of Dallas won the job of laying plastic pipe along the side of Union Pacific Railroad right of-way behind the New Braunfels Model Railroad and Modelers Society Depot. When workers noticed that the society was about to put up fence behind their facility to keep errant pedestrians and visitors from walking in front of trains, the company offered to put up the fence posts for the society if they would agree to postpone their proiect while the plastic pipeline was put in, which wound up being the deal. The plastic pipe will be used by U.S.A. Sprint for holding fiber op tic transmission lines. Society members will begin hanging the wire for the fence this evening.
Tube chute future in council's hands
ty DAVID MAY Staff Writer City Manager Joe Michie, swamped with calls to hi* office this morning, said he is unable to field questions about the future of the city-owned Tube-Chute in Prince Sol ms Park until City Council makes its recommendations Feb 23 The lease between the city and operator Richard Hampton was voided this week because of the concessionaire’s inability to meet the city's required liability insurance coverage of 8250,000 per person and 8500,000 per incident.
“A lot of people are calling with questions that I cannot and will not answer until council makes their approval at the next meeting, ” Michie said.
Michie said city staff will request that new proposals be sought from prospective leasees of the popular tourist attraction on the Comal River.
Hampton, who has operated the facility since 1978, was able to obtain only a 8100,000 flat general fee coverage. Council amended the lease last July and August in executive sessions to allow Hampton to continue operating the tube chute until adequate insurance coverage could be found.
The turmoil over insurance coverage began last year when
”Whtw (Richard Hamp-ton) dad signed nm contract/ nobody thought insurance would go from $4/900 a year to $20,000 for a half million-dollar coverage...!^ getting ridiculous."
"A lot of people are calling with questions that I cannot and will not answer until the council (acts)."
Joe Michie NB city manager
Hampton sought to update certain provisions of the agreement with the city When Michie approached council with proposed amendments to the lease, council then asked to have an increase in the amount of liabilty coverages maintained by the concessionaire.
After turning to several insurance companies and the Texas Municipal League. Hampton has been unable to find a carrier who will commit to such coverage.
In September, Hampton’s son Mark said, “When dad signed the contract, nobody thought insurance would go from 84,500 a year to 830,000 for half a million dollar coverage. We’re paying 826,000 this year (1986) (or 8100.000 — ifs getting ridiculous.”
One of the stipulations of the lease is the requirement that the Hamptons annually make 81,500 capital improvements to the faculty. The famUy claims to have made some quarter of a million dollars worth of improvements to the chute since assuming operation.
Attempts to contact the Hamptons this morning were unsuccessful.
Jack Botchers, lawyer for the Hamptons, declined comment, saying, ‘‘It would be very inopportune (or my client to say anything at this time. I categorically have no comment.”
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
A man returning home from work mid-afternoon Wednesday was gunned down in the doorway of his Nor thcliffe home after apparently surprising an intruder.
Guadalupe County Sheriff investigators are searching for a black male who shot Kenneth R. Carroll, 25, in the head at approximately 2.45 p m. as Carroll walked through the front door of his home at 3526 Turnabout Loop Northcliffe Subdivision is on Interstate 35 between Schertz and New Braunfels.
“All we know at this time, is that it was a black male with a large build who was wearing a white shirt and dark jacket,” said Investigator Laverne Task of the sheriff’s department
The suspect, possibly burglarizing the house when the occupants arrived, drove away in Coopers' dark blue 1978 Dodge half-ton pick-up, Texas license plates 1354 FM, and was still missing as of presstime today.
Police said there was no indication of the type or size of weapon used to kill the victim, information about which likely will come from the medical examiner.
According to investigators, Carroll and his wife arrived at home minutes apart. Susie Carroll, 24, reportedly had gone to the back of the house moments before her husband arrived She ran to the front after hearing a shot and saw the suspect flee in the truck.
‘‘She was very distraught last night and had to be sedated.” Task said of the woman He said investigators plan to question her further today in the incident.
Investigators said they are committing to no theory or motive at this time and are unsure of the weapon used in the shooting Travis County Medical Examiners are performing an autopsy today that lawmen hope will give them more insight to the slaying “We have no definite suspect and we are not saying anything at this time about a possible motive.” Task said
Growth prompts planning for sewer plant expansion
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
Increasing population is forcing New Braunfels Utilities officials to consider expanding the Gruene sewage plant to handle four times as much effluent
“If we have much more growth around there, we're going to have to expand.” said Bob Sohn. NBU’s genera) manager He said the plant, which now is capable of treating
250.000 gallons of sewage daily, can easily be expanded to treat one million gallons per day.
The Gruene plant treats sewage from the Gruene area. Blieders Creek area. Eden Home for the Aged. OakRun subdivision and part of Oak Crest subdivision The treatment area also includes homes and businesses north of Loop 337
An NBU consulting engineer said the plant currently is treating about
200.000 gallons of wastewater daily. “Our intention is to increase the capacity to about one million gallons a day.” said Sam McKenzie of
Hunter Associates in Austin ‘The plant is not overloaded right now
“But there should be a need for expansion by next year,” he said, adding that engineers plan to have the plant operating in 1988 “That s what we always try to do is get the plant on line before the need is there ”
McKenzie said he expects to have a Texas Water Commission permit application ready in four to six months He said the plant will continue to treat discharge using existing methods unless the water commission requires more stringent treat ment
The treated effluent from the plant is discharged into the Guadalupe River about IOO yards south of the Gruene Bridge The bridge is a popular area for visitors tubing on the river.
Businessman Bill Gallagher said he has never noticed the discharge or any smell from the plant "To date, it's been a real well run plant.’’ he said. “But it doesn't seem to be a real appropriate place to have a treatment plant That's where most of the
people get in and out of the river.” Gallagher is a partner of Gruene Mansion Ltd., w-hich is planning to build a 24-unit condominium development on the river He said he is concerned about the expansion of the treatment plant and added that before the plant is expanded, he would like to see tests made on the quality of the water upstream and downstream of the discharge point “Right now, its been fine,” Gallagher said, adding that he has never noticed a smell from the plant i ve never noticed anything there, but it seems like it would be a good idea to move it.”
Janie Macredie. owner of the Guadalupe Smoked Meat Company, said she also is concerned about the plant “My only concern is the odor that comes from the sewage plant when a south wind is blowing,” she said “I feel kind of uncomfortable about it because I operate an outdoor eating establishment I’m sensitive
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Good son seeks CIS D seat again
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
Leroy Good son, president of the Comal 1SD board of trustees, will seek re-election as a school board member.
“My purpose for seeking re-election is in regard to continuing to see the upgrading of our test scores, ” Goodson said Wednesday The school board president added that he wants to see the completion of ClSD’s capital improvement projects, including the construction of a new Smithson Valley Hign School and a new Comal Middle School
“I would think that in the future, we would continue to keep our com munication lines open with our educators, all of our staff and particularly our patrons," he said. Goodson described the CISD faculty as dedicated professionals and said the board needs to encourage teachers and work with them to improve education.
CISD trustee Bill Hays Jr s term also will expire this year He said Wednesday he is still considering whether to seek re-election The school board is expected to approve a resolution calling for an election during its Monday meeting.
Goodson said he would like to increase teachers’ pay in the district. ”1 think that the board definitely needs to look at teachers' and employees’ salaries to make them competitive with neighboring school districts,” he Mid. “Our (employees’ salaries) ara probably a little lower (compared to surrounding districts), but we have some very dedicated individuals who ara committed to their profession.”
Goodson has served as CISD president for seven year*. He was first elected In 1878 and served until 1881. Goodson was re-elected in 1884. He lives in the River Crest subdivision In New Braunfels and works In Austin where he Is the general manager of the Texas Water Conservation Association. The school board president taught vocational agriculture at New Braunfels High School (or nine years.
Goodson s work takes him to the state capitol in Austin almost every day, which allows him to monitor
changes in state funding for education He said he is concerned about the future of vocational education.
“I think that there s a place and purpose for all of the educational pro grams if they’re worthwhile,” Goodson said. adding that judging by the numbers of students in vocational education, the program could prove essential He said the board will face the decision of using local funds to continue vocational programs
"Not all children going to school are what we would call college bound,' ” he said “I think school districts will continue to lose funding that has been used for vocational education.”
Goodson said one of the main problems facing the school board deal mg with continued growth ”1 think it would be prudent for the board to monitor growth and not get wa> behind (with expansion),” he said.
Charter amendments before voters on April 4
Voters in the April 4 city election will be asked to amend the ci-ty’s charter and ultimately change the date for municipal elections and the time in which newly elected officials would take office
New Braunfels City Council at its regular meeting Monday unanimously approved the addition of amendment changes to the general election ballots
City Secretary Vernonica Sarkoct explained that because the state legislature moved the primary to March, there is a possibility of a run-off in April and that would nm Into the city’s April ejection date. Cities were given three months from which to choose a new election date and the March choice was deemed the
If approved, local elections would be held on the third Satur day in May, with newly elected officials taking office the first meeting after the election Voters will also be asked to decide if the selection of the mayor and mayor pro-tem by council members should take place at the same meeting.
City Manager Joe Michie has said that the proposed revisions would relieve council of a “lame duck” period for outgoing members.
Council members now take office at the first meeting of the month following the election, leaving a month between the election and the first meeting (or new council members. Mayor end mayor pro-tem are alae elected et that time