New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Haydon's new heart gets rave reviews
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Artificial heart recipient Murray P. Haydon began his third day with an artificial heart today by asking a nurse to turn on a television so he could see .‘'if I’m alive and how I’m doing,” a hospital spokesman said.
While doctors beamed about Haydon’s recuperation as he resumed breathing on his own, they said a “discouraged” and fever-plagued William J. Schroeder may never be well enough to leave the hospital.
After a quiet night, Haydon this morning asked a nurse: “Would you please turn on the television? I’d like to see if I’m alive and how I’m doing,” according to Dr. Allan M. Lansing, medical spokesman for the team that implanted the Jarvik-7 heart Sunday.
On Monday, Haydon could only mumble yes and no after a respirator was removed from his irritated throat, but his condition “is so good it’s frightening,” Lansing said.
Haydon, 58, of Louisville, ate ice chips Monday night, his first step toward sipping fluids rather than taking them through a tube. Doctors expect him to take clear fluids sometime today, Lansing said.
Lansing said the “next plateau” would be ridding Haydon of all his tubes and monitoring lines, except for the compressed-air lines that keep the plastic and metal heart beating. His chest tubes had been removed,
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Potter Tiles for CISD board
By DEBBIE DaLOACM Staff writer
Tom Potter, a resident of Garden Ridge, decided Monday to keep a promise he made a year ago. He filed for Comal ISD school board with hopes of filling one of three trustee positions up for election on April 6.
“I was under pressure to run last year, but I didn’t because I felt there were already three good candidates — all of whom were elected,” Potter said. “But I
promised I would run this year, and I kept my word.”
Potter was the first to file for the April 6 election called Monday night to fill the expiring terms of trustees Jim Rector, Karen Rust and Dr. Kenneth Wunderlich. Both Rector and Rust have indicated they are still undecided on whether to run again.
Asked after Monday’s meeting about his re-election plans, Wunderlich replied, “You just
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Billies 47, Cougars 36 Clippers 125, Spurs 121
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14 Pages—2 SectionsPurdum says goodbye
Neeley named interim VP
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor
Monday marked Tom Purdum’s last official board meeting of the Chamber of Commerce.
Purdum, who resigned last month to take a job as the public affairs director for the Lower Colorado River Authority, received enthusiastic applause from the chamber directors Monday for his 20-plus years of service.
Purdum will begin his job in Austin March I, but will continue to live in New Braunfels. He said he will commute to his job in Austin, and plans to “be taking it one day at a time and see what happens.”
However, he added, he still had some work to do in the coming weeks.
“I hope that we can tie up a lost of loose ends that are still hanging out there,” he said, in reference to his participation in special chamber projects.
Purdum said he would miss work and experience in New
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Tom Purdum (left) and Chamber President John Doster
“My heart is in New Braunfels, but my head is going to be in LCRA, and my soul belongs to me,” he told the directors.
Chamber president John Doster said the search continues for a new chamber manager. A special committee has already interviewed two applicants, he said. The committee is still receiving more resumes. The deadline for applications to the chamber is
Friday, Doster said.
In the meantime, the directors appointed chamber assistant manager Gene Neeley as interim executive vice president. The directors also changed executive secretary Suzanne Herbelin’s title to director of administration. The position of former administrative aide Eddie Temple, while still vacant, has been changed to director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
City bond issue scope widensWestmoreland, CBS settle libel suit out of court
NEW YORK (AP) — Shortly after retired Gen. William C. Westmoreland dropped his $120 million libel suit against CBS, the dispute switched from Vietnam War troop estimates to an argument over whether the settlement constituted an apology from the network.
Westmoreland said he got the apology he had been seeking all along. CBS officials said that the network had not apologized and that the 1982 broadcast that prompted Westmoreland’s suit had withstood the test of 2H years of scrutiny, both in and out of court.
Van Gordon Sauter, executive vice president of the CBS Broadcast Group, said that Westmoreland declared a “victory” so that he could withdraw from a losing case. He said Westmoreland “may read into the
(CBS) statement what he wishes to read into (it).” like the war in Southeast Asia that was the heart of the trial’s testimony, Westmoreland’s abrupt withdrawal from the 18-week legal battle in New York left matters on an ambiguous note, emotions simmering and many questions unanswered.
The final act of the lengthy drama was to be played out today in U.S. District Court, where Judge Pierre Leval was to dismiss the 12 jurors and five alternates.
Richard Benveniste, jury foreman, said Monday he was “still stunned” by the settlement. “I’d have liked to have gone the whole route,” he told The New York Times.
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By DANA STELL Staff writar
Preliminary figures for an early summer city bond election have risen to $8.6 million, thanks to some revised projects and costs presented Monday night.
Groups working on the bond issue proposal, including City Council and members of city and county committees, reviewed cost estimates for the second time on public buildings, parks, and street and drainage improvements.
The group first gathered Feb. 4, when it reviewed a cost estimate of $6.92 million, which did not include the cost of some of the suggested projects.
Monday's revised figure did include those proposed costs and bomi workers expect Ute cost may rise again.
Financial advisor Floyd Westerman, executive vice president of M.E. Allison and Co., Inc., told the group of about 30 that because the city has a high bond rating, it could conceivably issue 20-year bonds for up to $54 million.
But Westerman recommended that the city, to obtain the lowest interest rates, stay below $18 million.
Giving an example of a 19-year, $7.5 million bond package at an interest rate of 9.2 percent, Westerman said the tax rate could rise another 17 cents per $100 valuation.
That same hypothetical example, on a 21-year, $10 million bond could raise the tax rate by 26 cents per $100 valuation.
City taxpayers currently pay 25 cents per $100 property valuation.
Westerman pointed out that his calucations were simply estimations using the 1984 property valuation of $486 million and an arbitrary interest rate.
By the next workshop, Westerman hopes to have projections of future property valuations in town and what those valuations, applied to a proposed bond debt, would do to a tax increase.
To show the growth in this area within the last eight months, Westerman said that the value in June 1984 was $465 million, compared to the February 1985 value of $486 million — an increase of about 5 percent.
The Utilities Department anticipates an average annual growth rate of about 8 percent; while the banks are looking at a growth rate of between 4 and 8 percent.
“His estimations were based on no growth at all in the city," said City Manager Joe Michie. “The tax base for the city continues to grow each year — around $20 million a year. And as the value increases, the tax rate is less.”
New Braunfels voters last passed a bond issue in 1968, when they approved $2.6 million to pay for street and drainage construction and repair, construction of the Civic Center and a fourth fire station, and improvements to I^inda Park
There is $1.3 million remaining on that debt.
To date, proposals for the 1985 bond issue election include $1.67 million for drainage improvements; $3 05 million for street improvements; $1 44 million for parks
Bond issue at-a-glance
Civic Center Performing Art* Center development Central Fir# Station renovation
New fire substation ..............
City Halt Total
$1,750,000 $500,000 $175,000 under study $2 425 OOO (plus)
Parks and recreation
Land acquisition, future sports compte* Cypress Bend Park Haunts centan Revitalization, e*isling parks Total
$600 000 $590,000 $250 000 $1 440 000
County Line Road ......
Pabmeyer Lane Walnut Avenue e*t#ns*on Overlay reconstruction (selected streets Engineering, right of way contatgency S Segum underpass reconstruction Total
$1 275.000 $370 000 under study $600 000 $763700 $50 000 $3 058 700
W San Antonio Santa Clara Landa Fredericksburg Greeti Valley Subdivision Engineering contingency
under study under Study under study under study $1 677 OOO
TOTAL ALL CATEGORIES
NOTE The purpose ol this chad i* to give a general idea o* the scope
OI the proposed city bond issue This is by no means the fetal form it will take and all figures are approximate In some areas especially in the drainage protects costs ar# enpecied to go much higher than listed The total listed under drainage ts horn a previous workshop
improvements; and $2 42 million for public building improvements. Here’s how each section looks now: Drainage: The cost estimates for drainage improvements may rise significantly, said Gene Rutherford, a member of the Chamber of Commerce street and drainage committee Saying that the city could face costs of around $3 million just for drainage work, Rutherford said he needed to know how much could reasonably be spent.
Engineers have re-analyzed the three proposed drainage improvements and suggest that the Green Valley area improvements are a “must,” while the I^nda and Fredericksburg work needs to be more
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Comal Cliv* ............ 2)8 ct* (aam*)
Canyon inflow ......... 229 cit (down 7)
Canyon Dam outflow ,..... 378 eft (atma)
Edward* Aquifer ......... 823.87 (up 02)
Canyon lake lava) 902.04 (down OD'
Skits will remain mostly cloudy today end a IO percent chance for rain la forecast for Wednesday. Temperatures today should reach the hlfb-7fta end drop to the highly overnight. The high Monday was ii and this morning’s low was 54. Sunset will be at 8:88 p.m. and sunrise will be et 7:08 a.m. Wednesday.Mattox Throats
Attorney General Jim Mattox threatened to “go to war” with a Houston law firm if one of its attorneys did not stop trying to question Mattox’s > sister, a member of the firm said.
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New lease on life
Board extends contracts of Comal ISD administrators
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Comal ISD trustees gave two-year contract extensions to all administrators and building principals Monday night, but not without a few negative votes.
Assistant Supt. Mrs. Gay Watson, Special Education Director Dorothy Curtis, English-Language Arts Coordinator Carol Yarbrough, Community Education Director Arlen Tieken, Business Manager Abel Campos and Tax Assessor-Collector E W. Neuse Jr. received unanimous votes. Contracts for individual building principals were •ll renewed with one unanimous
But trustee Carter Casteel made the vote 6-1 for Personnel Director James Sheffield, and Dr. Kenneth Wunderlich did the same for Special Services Director Harvey Pape. Math Coordinator Chad Hall received two negative votes from Casteel and Leroy Goodson, board president.
Even with the negative votes, all administrators’ contracts were extended for two years beginning on July I, 1985 through June 30, 1987.
Teacher contracts will be reviewed at the board’s regular meeting in March.
Before Monday night’s lengthy executive session, the board held a regular meeting followed by a bond issue workshop led by CISD Supt Bill Brown, who suggested an 80-member committee be formed very soon to work toward a bond issue in mid-May.
“I will ask each principal for names, if the board likes this idea. But we need these people immediately, and we must come to a common denominator, lf we don’t, we’ll never make it,” Brown said.
Exactly what the bond issue will include has yet to be determined.
That will be the committee’s job, using information from the Long-Range Planning Committee and five building alternatives from CISD’s architects Bradley, McChesney and Associates ranging in cost from $16 to $21 million
The board has set up the first Monday night of each month for bond issue workshops, beginning on March 4 at 7:30 p m. at the Central Administration Office.
Trustees also heard an update Monday night on the vandalism incident at Goodwin Primary on Jan. 27, and on bus service past the Bunker Road Railroad Crossing.
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