New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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(6) Houston 74. TCU 66
Smithson Valley Rangers 69, Cole 52
(8) Arkansas 62, Texas A&M 55
Lockhart 90, Canyon Cougars 64
SMU 64, Rice 57, OT
SW Texas 72, Howard Payne 59
Texas Tech 78, Texas 66
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Vol. 92 - No. 31
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SUNDAY February 13, 1983 50 cents
64 Pages —4 Sections
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Schmitz not out to make Main Plaza pigeon-free
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
By a 158-vote margin, voters turned down the $9.3 million bond package put before them Saturday by the New Braunfels Independent School District.
A total of 1,850 votes were cast in the single-proposition election that called for the construction a new elementary school, administrative complex and bus barn; expansion and renovation of current campuses; air-conditioning all schools; and the implementation of a district-wide communications system.
Slightly less than one-fifth of the district’s approximate 10,000 eligible voters voted, NBISD Business Manager Lonnie Curtis said.
The election was closest at Seele School — the bigger of the district’s two polling places. A total of 1,229 votes were cast there, with 600 voting in favor of the bond issue and 629 voting against it. Included in those figures were 44 absentee votes.
At New Braunfels Middle School, 621 ballots (including eight absentee! were cast. Of that figure, 246 were for the bond issue and 375 were against it.
District officials were fairly pleased with voter turnout, which w as close to the approximate 1,800 votes cast in NBISD’s 1978 bond election.
“A lot of it was probably due to the beautiful day,” said Gene Scott, school trustee and chairman of the district’s Long-Range Planning Committee.
But although happy with the turnout, Scott joined district officials in his disappointment with the end result of that turnout.
“It was fairly close...but anyway you look at it, we still came in second,” said Oscar Smith, assistant superintendent, referring to voter turnout Supt. O.E. Hendricks, who
Surprise, disappointment and disbelief were typical reactions expressed by educators and administrators of the New Braunfels Independent School District following Saturday’s election returns.
Of those NBISD officials, teachers and parents contacted after the ballots were counted, all were amazed that the district’s proposed $9.3 million bond package failed.
But it did. Voters disagreed with NBISD’s proposal by 158 votes — 1,004
was unavailable for comment, was out-of-town, Smith said.
Turnout was fairly steady throughout the day, although it was heavier at Seele where “voters showed up until the last minute,” Curtis said.
At Middle School “voting was brisk” in the morning, but it slowed down in the afternoon and early evening. Curtis added
Voters did not have miuh to say at the polls, Curtis learned from talking with election officials at Seele and Middle School. “They didn’t pick up on anything particular...voting was very quiet,” he noted.
The biggest portion of the $9.3 million bond issue would have gone toward the district’s elementary level — which officials say is now suffering most from population growth.
Considerable amounts of the bond money were also earmarked for additions and renovations to New Braunfels High School and for airconditioning those schools not
voted against the bond package and 846 in favor.
“It failed? Really...well thanks you just ruined my evening,” one typical caller to the Herald Zeituny said upon hearing the election results late Saturday.
“I really can’t believe it,” said Marilyn Kolacek, a teacher at New Braunfels Middle School, upon hearing the final totals. Kolacek is president of the New Braunfels Educators Association, one of several
Approximately 28 percent of the total bond package would have gone toward the construction of a new elementary school and renovation of three existing schools.
District officials had planned to use $2.4 million to build a new 24-classroom school. In addition, $205,000 of the bond money would have gone toward the construction of two new classrooms and a multi-purpose room at Lone Star — the most crowded NBISD school.
The high school’s portion of the bond package amounted to approximately 29 percent of the $9.3 million.
Other proposals included in the bond package and their costs included: air-conditioning all schools, approximately $2 million; constructing a bus barn, $178,600; renovating the tax office and building a new administrative office, $474,000; and creating a district-wide communications system, $40,000.by vote
groups that actively campaigned for passage of the bond issue.
“I just don’t know where the opposition came from,” she noted in disbelief. “I know this town has a reputation for not passing it (bond issues) the first time around...but this is the first time that an all-out effort has been made by everyone — parents, teachers, students.”
Another teacher caught off-guard
See BONDS. Page 12A
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Poisoning the pigeons that perch on the roof and balconies of the Schmitz Hotel wasn’t City Sanitarian Rick line’s idea.
However, Lane did ask the hotel’s owners to do something about the pigeons. The historic building is a favorite night spot for the downtown flock. The evidence is everywhere: on the roof, the balconies, the fire escape, the regally columned porch and even the public sidewalk in front of the hotel.
“We asked them to abate the problem — which they are doing,” said l^ane. He admits there might have been a more humane way to go about it. But the method being used by Bug-A-Meister Pest Control is legal, above board, and “an acceptable practice,” said Lane.
Sue Herbelin of Bug-A-Meister says it’s not as bad as it looks.
“The pigeons that are dying are the older ones, or the ones that have
respiratory infections,” she said. She and her husband Brad, hired by the Schmitz’s Houston owners, tainted some bird food with a chemical called Avitrol. Herbelin said the concentration used would not kill a healthy pigeon. Well, it would if he ate enough, but the poisoned food will usually turn them off, she said.
“It’s an irritant," said Herbelin. “They eat it, and put out a distress signal to the other birds: Hey, this food is poisoned. I^et’s get out of here.’” Sooner or later, the Schmitz will be known as a place with bad food, and the pigeons will spread out and find other places to roost.
Be that as it may, New Braunfels citizens saw quite a number of dead and dying pigeons around the Main Plaza last week (even though Bug-A-Meister makes regular runs to pick them up*. Some are sending out distress signals to other humans.
“I saw two just flopping around, in death throes,” one female caller told the Herald Zeituny Wednesday. “I think that’s pretty mean, lf they’re
gonna kill ’em, they ought to find some painless way to do it."
In a letter to the editor, received Friday, Kristina Smith of 295 E. San Antonio said she was "saddened” to think the hotel’s new owners would destroy the birds. “The pigeons at Main Plaza have always added to the quaint and small-town feeling of New Braunfels,” she w rote.
One woman found a dead bird with a leg band in her yard, said veterinarian Pat Mathis. He told her to turn it over to the city animal warden, who would try to trace the number on the band.
“It’s a racing bird, we assume. But I don’t want to mislead anyone by saying that, because we don’t really know.” Mathis said. They also don’t know whether this particular bird ate poison at the Schmitz Hotel. But Mathis said almost any chemical that would produce sickness in a particular animal would also produce death, if consumed in sufficient
See PIGEONS, Page 12A
School officials shocked
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Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
Danny Procknow (right) and John Herber (left) help Clifton Wilkinson.
Firefighters save electrical burn victim
What started out as a simple tree-trmuning exhibition Saturday morning, ended in injury for 54-year-old Clifton Wilkinson when the metal trimmer he was using hit a utility wire.
The New Braunfels resident suffered third-degree burns over IO percent of his body and was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital where he was in stable condition Saturday night.
The accident occured shortly before 11:30 a.m. at Wilkinson’s residence of 395 Howard Street. He was rn a tree trimming branches when the metal trimmer began to slip from his grasp.
Wilkinson was burned when he caught the trimmer just as it hit the utility wire, a spokesman from the New Braunfels Fire Department said. He suffered burns on his hands, chest, leg and hip.
The fire department’s ladder truck was used to free Wilkinson from the tree. This is the second time the truck has been used to rescue someone since the city obtained it over a year ago.
Fluoridation, charter top city council list
An anti-fluoridation petition and an ordinance calling for a referendum on the city election system top the agenda for Monday night’s City Council meeting.
The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall council chamber, and it looks as if it will be a long one. Council will also be talking about a contract with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to purchase power from a proposed Canyon Reservoir hydroelectric plant; reviewing legislation proposed by the Edwards Underground Water District about use of water outside the district; and considering future allocation of the
hotei-motel tax The petition, submitted Tuesday with signatures of 292 registered voters, will be the first item considered. Signers are asking that Section 7.05(d) of the city charter bi* repealed. It was added to the charter in August 1980, after passing by 14 votes in a public referendum.
Another charter change is in the works now. If the ordinance drawn up by City Attorney John Chunn meets approval, the council will call an April 2 referendum on the four-district, three-at-large election plan proposed
See CITY, Page 12A
Multi-million dollar bond issue loses
NBISD voters say 'no' by 158 votes
Lines were steady all day at the two bond issue polling places staff photo by cmdy Richardson