New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Wrong place, wrong time
Fire destroys 'out-of- place' house at Canyon Lake
The water heater and the foundation are all that's left of the house
Staff photo by Sandra Jackson
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
A house that wasn’t supposed to be where it was burned to the ground Saturday night in Canyon I>ake Forest subdivision.
Whipped by high winds, the fire destroyed the building and further complicated a confusing situation which had begun to unfold earlier in the week.
Located on Lot 713 on Valley View Drive,
the house apparently belongs to Ted Thomas, but the lot belongs to Sandor Ambrus, of Kansas City, Ran. Advised of that fact prior to the fire, Ambrus said he did not own the structure, nor did he know how it got there.
Ambrus was told that a house was on his lot by the subdivision property owners association. The 24-foot by 50-foot house was “illegally moved onto the property,” said Leona Burkholder, treasurer of the association.
She said that the house was brought to the attention of the association because it was less than 30 feet from the road and because plans for the house had not been approved by the building committee.
Both requirements must be met before a house can be built in Canyon Lake Forest, and it is against deed restrictions to move a pre-built home onto a lot.
See FIRE, Page 3
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 - No. 37
February 22, 1983 25 cents
Chamber joins move to keep new jail in downtown area
Another organization has come out in favor of keeping the proposed county criminal justice-detention facility in the downtown area.
At their monthly bourd meeting Monday, Chamber of Commerce directors adopted a policy concerning the location of the new jail and new post office.
The New Braunfels Downtown Merchants Association has also come out in favor of keeping these two facilities in the dow ntow n area.
Its stand concerning the post office’s location is not new to the Chamber since in 1981 it “took the position that the site for a proposed new post office should be in the central business district, Chamber President Donnie Seay said Monday.
But the Chamber’s feelings concerning the location of the new jail that the county is currently planning for, are new.
“The reason for this position is the same as the Chamber’s poistion on the Civic Center and other public facilities,” Seay noted. “It has been the position of the Chamber that New Braunfels should retain a viable downtown area as the hub of the community."
By keeping public and private “service institutions in the downtown area, the community remains a unified city, not divided nor inconvenient for any of its citizens,” Seay read from a prepared statement.
Many cities, he said “have suffered by allowing their downtown area to become a ghost town’ which results in a city becoming divided in its interests and in citizen concern for the total community.”
When this happens it creates unnecessary inconveniences when
services are distributed to different fringe areas of the community, Seay added.
“Therefore the Chamber reaffirms its position in support of a downtown location for tile proposed new post office and also supports the downton area as the site for a new county jail for the same reasons.
“In regard to the county jail, it is also feared that moving this facility to outlying areas would cause relocation of other related services and offices that would eventually divide government services,” Seay added.
This could be “extremely costly to the taxpayers and most assuredly an inconvenience to the citzenry,” his statment read.
County Judge Fred Clark has noted that the county is legally required to build the new jail within the city limits of New Braunfels.
Currently a citizen’s jail-site selection committee is considering possible site for the new facility, which will initially contain a jail. Sheriff’s Office and Justice of the Peace court.
Eventually the county may move other Courthouse offices to the facility — such as county attorney, district attorney and County Court-at-Law Right now, however, no decision has been reached concerning moving any Courthouse offices other than those of the Sheriff and a Justice of the Peace.
And Clark has emphasized that if the county ever does decide to move other Courthouse offices to the new facility, that the Courthouse will not become vacant due to its current overcrowded conditions.
-JACQUELINE SMITHInsideToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy today, fair and cool tonight, and sunny and wanner Wednesday. Winds will be northwesterly at 10-15 mph today, becoming light and northerly tonight. Sunset will be at 6:25 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:03 a.m.Crash!
That noise you just heard was the fall of the North Carolina Tar Heels, who dropped from Number I all the way out of the college basketball Top IO after three straight losses last week. Nevada-Las Vegas — the nations’ only undefeated major college team — is Number I, while the Houston Cougars moved into the runner-up spot. Details in SportsMail Call
The New Braunfels school bond issue and the city hotel-motel tax debate may be behind us, but the failure of that bond issue and the City Council’s method of splitting the tax proceeds are very much on the minds of several of our readers. See Mailbag, Page 4.Tabb On Top
The Amateur Athletic Union gave womens’ track star Mary Decker Tabb the prestigious Sullivan Award Monday night, symbolic of the nation’s top amatelur athlete. Tabb, holder of numerous world and American records in a number of events, beat out some tough competition — including skier Phil Mahre and marathoner Alberto Salazar — for the honor. See Page 6.
WEATHER........................2Conference to feature blobby speech
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
From the looks of this year s line-up of state and national speakers, this year's Legislative Conference will prove to be anything but boring.
Mixed in among the liberal, conservative, Democratic and Repubican speakers is Sen. Lloyd Bentsen I> Houston i, who will be in New Braunfels on March IO to accept this year’s “Texan of the Year” award
A reception to honor Bentsen will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center on that night.
The 17th annual conference, cosponsored by the Texas State Chamber and New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, will get underway the following morning Bentsen plans to open the conference at 8:45 a.m. March ll with a brief speech.
In addition to Bentsen, many other key state and national public figures on are on the program line-up for the conference. Included in Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby who will speak at the conference’s noon luncheon.
Prior to Hobby’s speech, however. are two morning panels.
The first one of which will address national issues. Included as speakers on this panel will be 21st District U.S.
See CONFERENCE, Page 3
The race is on
Dalrymple to face Battling in Place 5
The race for place 5 on the board of trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District has become just that — a race.
Forty-two-year-old Ronald N. Dalrymple has filed for that spot currently held by Dr. William l.ee Jr. Likewise, local church secretary Gladys Barding. 46, filed last week week for this same spot.
Lee, a local dentist who has served on the board for seven years, announced last week that he w ill not seek re-election.
Dalrymple, a civil servant at Randolph Air Force Base, has three children — a tenth, sixth and second grader. He works at the headquarters for Air Training Command and as such he said he’s in charge of the structural maintenance for 15 air force bases throughout the country.
A resident of the New Braunfels school district for 12 years and of the state for 42, Dalrymple said his main reason for filing for school board was because “it is an unincumbered position.”
“I have no big ax to grind < with the present board or the district’s policies),” he said. “I have been considering running for over a year and have at-* ended board meetings.”
When I,ee announced he would not be .seeking reelection, Dalrymple said he decided to run since he would not be running against an incumbent.
Another “main reason” for his filing, was so that he could be of assistance i to the board i in assuring that the children of our district are allowed the opportunity to achieve their best potential and get a good education."
As an engineer he said “I know what is needed in the high-technical and engineering areas as well as vocational (education! in our school system "
In terms of the district’s $9.3 million bond package w Inch voters turned dow n by 158 votes on Feb. 12, he said he did not think the district presented the bond package to the public properly, lf presented and explained to the public better. Dalrymple indicated that the public might pass the bond package.
Referring to Supt. O E. Hendricks’ decision last week to retire June 30, Dalrymple said fie hopes the district will “give first consideration to any qualified people in our ow n school district.”
When asked if he knew of anyone in the district
See FILINGS. Page 3
Nixon man gets jail term for first DWI conviction
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A precedent of sorts was set in County Court-at-Law Monday for drunken drivers who cause others serious injury.
Wendell Herman Schnitz Jr., of Nixon, was sentenced to one year in jail — no probation — for his first driving while intoxicated offense by presiding judge Ron Zipp. And County Attorney Hill Reimer was all smiles Monday afternoon.
"This decision signals a new era for this court,’ Reimer said defiantly. “Automatic probation for DWI incidents with serious injury isn’t here anymore. Defense attorneys walk rn here, tell us ‘you can’t do anything to us anyway on a first-time offense, so you might as well bargain with us.’
“This case says no more automatic rollovers for first- time offenses with serious injury. It tells people ‘hey, you can’t go out and hurt somebody and always
get probation the first time in Comal County’,” Renner added. “Before we might have gotten a year, probated for 18 months, or three days in jail, probated for one year, but I can’t recall one year — no probation — given before for a first-time offense.”
The severity of the sentence, Renner said, stemmed from the injuries inflicted upon Tony Lee Williams and Gayle Gngson, both of New Braunfels, on Oct. 29,1982. Their motorcycle was hit head-on by Schnitz, whose ’77 Chrysler crossed over the center stripe at East San Antonio and Gilbert around IO: IO p.m.
Both of Williams’ arms were broken, as well as one leg. Grigson suffered a fractured ankle, along with bruises and abrasions. Williams still has a pin in his leg, Reimer said, and the injury will bother him from now on.
See DWI, Page 3
OPEC oil ministers may slash prices
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — OPEC oil ministers from four Persian Gulf countries met privately today to consider matching or undercutting price reductions by three other nations try ing to beat an international oil glut.
A Saudi newspaper reported the Arab oil producers planned to slash their prices by as much as $7 a barrel.
Today’s emergency meeting was supposed to include all six members of the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council states, according to a council announcement. But only oil ministers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar attended. Bahrain and Oman, which are not OPE(’ members, did not show up.
The absences sparked predictions of an immediate price cut.
Such a move could ignite a worldwide price war, lowering gas prices for American motorists but making it harder for Third World oil-producers to repay their foreign debts.
To be competitive, industry analysts say, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries must drop its price of $34 a barrel. The 13-nation cartel controlled international oil prices in the 1970s but has lost
some clout since then because of internal rivalries and a smaller market.
Nigeria was the first OPEC member to break ranks when on Sunday it lowered its price by $5.50 to $30 a barrel. Its decision came after non-OPEC members, Britain and Norway, cut their price to $30 a barrel for North Sea Crude, the African nation’s main competitor in the European oil market.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported that ministers of the Gulf Coordination Council meeting here would discuss “current trends in the petroleum market" because of the action taken by Nigeria, Britain and Norway.
Saudi sources said the official announcement that the entire council would meet clearly indicated a price cut is planned.
The council includes four OPEC members — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates — as well as Bahrain and Oman.
Without saying when the action would take effect, the authoritative Saudi newspaper Asharq a1 Awsat said the council’s ministers would cut prices between $5.50 and $7 per barrel “to maintain competitive levels after
the North Sea and Nigerian reductions.”
‘‘The present structure has been debilitated after Nigeria violated it in a manner that surpassed all expectations,” the newspaper said.
The report also said OPEC’s troubleshooting committee — composed of Algeria, Indonesia, Venezuela and the United Arab Emirates — might meet soon “to define a general framework for OPEC’s future movements, since its present price structure has become vulnerable to total collapse as a result of Nigeria’s decision."
The looming price war would help U.S. consumers because each $1 drop in the price of a barrel of crude oil represents a 24-cent drop at the pump. Third World oil-producers, however, would be hurt by price reductions because '."come Drom petroleum sales are used to pay foreign debts.
In Mexico, the state oil monopoly Pemex said it would announce official prices no later than Friday after negotiations with its customers. Mexico, not a member of OPEC, set its price for lighter crude at $32.50 a barrel March I, 1982. Previously it was $35.
Stuff photo by Frjrices Bridges
Doyle Krueger outlines plans for the upcoming conference