New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY January 9,1983 50 cents
New faces to make debut
Fred Clark, Bill George to take seats at Court
Fred Clark — new county judge
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The new Commissioners Court — led by a new county judge and precinct 4 county commissioner — will meet for the first time this year at the Courthouse Monday.
For the first time in 12 years, Commissioners Court this year will have a new leader. County Judge Fred Clark will sit in the chair formerly held by Max Wommack, who retired this year after serving as county judge since 1970.
The other new face in the bunch will
be that of W.N. “Bill" George, who defeated former precinct 4 County Commissioner O.K. Heitkamp in the November election.
The two new faces, both of whom replaced Democrats, will give local Republicans a majority on the court for the first time in recent memory. Incumbent Pct. I Commissioner J.L Evans is the court’s third Republican, while Commissioners Monroe Wetz (Precinct 2) and Charles “Tart" Mund (Precinct 3) are the Democrats.
Monday's meeting will start at Kl a.m. in Commissioners Courtroom,
first floor of the Courthouse.
Among those items listed on Monday’s agenda is the discussion of the court appointing a “jail site selection committee.” This committee. which could possibly include county citizens, would be involved in the county’s search for a tract of land on which to build a new county jail.
According to a yet to be approved federal lawsuit settlement, the county is required to have a new jail built and ready for occupancy no later than August, 1985.
Also on Monday’s agenda is the selection of a “Grievance Committee
for 1983.” That nine-member panel, made up of six county officials and three citizens chosen from lists of grand jurors, arbitrates salary disputes among county officials.
In other business. Commissioners Court will discuss liability insurance coverage for county employees, consider advertising for a full-time county engineer, and consider appointing a member of the court to the Solid Waste board.
Court members will also consider advertising for bids for the county's depository and will review and consider three subdivision plats.
Nursing home owner wanted for fraud
By JACQUELINE SMITH St.if! writer
The corporation that owned and operated Colonial Manor Nursing Home until May, 1981 is under investigation by the Texas Attorney General's Office for alleged Medicaid overcharges.
As a result of this investigation, misdemeanor charges of “tampering with governmental records” were tiled last week in Travis (aunty against the corporation’s chairman, Hermann Hoffman of San Antonio, according to the Travis County Attorney’s Office.
Hoffman, head of the now defunct Carnage Square Nursing Home Inc. the San Antonio based corporation which until May. 1981 operated Colonial Manor here in New Braunfels and Carnage Square Nursing Home in San Antono. was unavailable for comment.
Iii a telephone interview Friday, James Rader, assistant Travis County Attorney, said it was his understanding that Hoffman was “out of the country.” Specifically where, Radar — who would not reveal Hoffman's attorney's name — did not know.
The attorney general’s office began the investigation last April when a routine screening of
See NURSING, Page 12ACurrent owners not at fault
The current operation of Colonial Manor Nursing Home is not connected with a probe into alleged fraudulent Medicaid cost rep rLs filed by that home's former owner.
Colonial Manor’s present administrator and owner both emphasized that fact in separate telephone interviews Friday.
“Please distinguish that it’s not us.” said Colonial Manor Administrator John Greer, who noted that news of the state investigation has been upsetting to residents of the home.
“We have A lot of patienLs who are real alert and hear the news and the radio.” said Greer, “...and some of them are getting the wrong opinion that there's some kind of fraud going on with their Medicaid (statements) which is not true,” added Greer.
C.B. Francis, the current owner of the local nursing home, emphasized that the state investigation and the resulting misdemeanor charges filed by the Travis County Attorney’s
See LOCAL. Page 3 A
Incorporation to be discussed at upcoming meeting in Geronimo
The community of Geronimo may want to incorporate.
To find out, the Geronimo Area Jaycees will present a community information program on incorporation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, iii the cafetorium at Navarro High School. All interested area residents are asked to attend.
The Geronimo Jaycees responded to interest from residents with a community service project of gathering facts and information for several months. Project chairman Kurt Mull and his committee will
present the program.
Geronimo postmistress Mrs. Elva Harborth, Constable Don Setliff, Jaycee John Dunean, County Commissioner Monroe Schubert, and an attorney from the firm of Keehn and Sagebiel will also be on hand to answer questions on incorporation.
Geronimo Area Jaycee President Benito Loera, in announcing the community program, stressed the Jaycees' role has been to gather information. He said the Jan. 18 program will be “detailed, and indepth,” thanks to a thorough job of fact-finding by Mull’s committee.Tax hikes on horizon?Reagan said consideringincrease—after 1984
WASHINGTON Apt President Reagan, who objects to raising taxes in the current economic slump, is considering post-1984 tax boosts to reduce huge, growing deficits projected through 1988. administration officials said.
The officials said Reagan also is pondering a sp< riding freeze vp some domestic program* anjj modest cuts in military spending to keep the deficit for fiscal 1984 below $200 billion.
But Reagan appears to be holding firm against seeking significant new taxes for the budget year that starts next Oct. I
At his news conference last Wednesday. he said repeatedly that it would be a mistake to raise taxes at a time when the country seems to be pulling out of a long recession. But he also said that deficits predicted for later in the five-year budget plan were “unacceptably high.”
The officials, who discussed the status of the administration’s budget planning on the condition that they not be identified, emphasized that Reagan has made no final decisions and is unlikely to do so until late in the coming w eek The president has until Jan .‘ii to submit his fiscal 1984 budget proposals to Congress.
Tax-raising proposals being considered for the years following 1984 include a narrowing of tax deductions, such as for c redit card interest charges and mortgage interest on second homes, and taxes on energy consumption.
Officials said the fiscal 1984 budget plan may contain a tax proposal in the form of a ceiling oil tax free, employer-paid health insurance premiums
Under this proposal, workers would have to pay taxes on employer contributions beyond a certain limit of, say, SKM) a month.
However, the officials said Ult* plan 1^ viewed more as a way to slow rising health cart* costs than as a revenue-raising measure.
One official ruled out presidential approval of a change in a 1981 provision that prevents taxpayers from tx*ing pushed into higher tax brackets solely because of inflation This so-called tax indexing plan goes into effect next y ear.
On the spending side, the president is said to be considering a slight cut in tus record defense spending plan for 1984, now set at $247 billion.
I Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
Three year old Richard Leggitt gets an early start in the livestock business as he brushes a hog belonging to Barbara and Jesse Evans at Comal County Fairgrounds Saturday The fairgrounds was the site of the annual 4 H Stock Show.
Utilities 'moved up', lost friend in '82
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
New Braunfels Utilities lost a friend, collected a debt, and joined “the big boys” in 1982.
The friend was Bill Richter, 11-year veteran of the Utilities Board of Trustees, who died of an apparent heart attack on July 14. Robert OTT, Texas Commerce Bank-New Braunfels president, was named as his replacement
The debt was committed back in 1976, but not collected until 1982. On Oct. 15, Utilities Attorney Tom Burrus received a check for $38,901.87 from Richard Sledge. The former Utilities manager pleaded guilty to stealing $23,000 in Utilises funds, was sentenced to five years in prison, and is presently being considered for parole. The amount represented the stolen
money, plus interest.
“Big boy” sophistication hit the power company on July 31,1982 — the end of its 1981-1982 fiscal year. The Utilities exceeded the 500 million mark in kilowatt hours produced for its electrical customers that month.
“We’ve hit that plateau, and joined the big boys now,” Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said, referring to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPAi. PURPA, which goes into effect rn June of 1984, will require the submission of data to the federal government.
To gather that continuous data, the 1982-83 $32 million Utilities budget included special metering equipment, and a state-of-the-art computer system. The first phase of the metering equipment will cost $300,000.
See UTILITIES, Page 12A
Expect a cool, partly cloudy day, followed by a clear, cold night. Winds today will be out of the aouth at 5-10 miles per hour, and Monday will be mostly clear and cool. Sunrise today will be at 7:27a.m.
High School Hoops
The Smithson Valley Rangerettes had an in tenting Friday night at home. They kept trying to put the Cole Cougars away, but Cole passed up numerous chances to give up and
kept coining back. Fortunately, the Rangerettes persevered and got a 57-53 win iii their District 26-3A opener. See Page 6A
Despite talk of a national recession, New Braunfels continued to prosper in 1982 Ground was broken on IOO new homes, numerous apartment and condo complexes and businesses last year, in addition to renovations*1 made on existing structures^ SeeBusmess, Page 5B
Fluoridation scheduled to begin in February
New Braunfels Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said Friday he fully expects fluoridation to be in the city’s water supply next month.
Fluoridation has seemed plagued from the outset iii New Braunfels, first passed by only a 15-vote margin in an August 1980 City Charter amendment referendum. Finally two years later, fluoridated water was set to flow on Aug. 2.
But on July 29, acid intended for the city’s new fluoridation system leaked at Well No. 4 (at the base of the Balcones Escarpment off Highway 40) and at Well No. 5 (at the edge of the Cauda Park golf course).
Vandalism was strongly suspected at first, particularly at Well No. 5, where marks on a damaged “outlet flange” could have been made by a hammer. The leak at Well No. 4 was discovered during a daily inspection
of the system. However, volatile material was contained by the concrete buildings that house the chemical’s storage tanks “To this day, we still can t tell (whether the damage was done by vandals I I still suspect so, Sohn said Friday. “But contractor or manufacturer problems are one thing Vandalism is another,"
Since August, though, blame has not been pointed in any direction. Most of the delay was in making sure contractors, warranties, etc , were rn line, and I sincerely apologize for that delay.
“I just didn’t want to bite the whole bullet, if we didn’t have to,” Sohn said Biting that bullet carried a price tag of between $10,000-15,000 Sohn said two weeks’ notice before the fluoridation begins in February will be given. “Just like before,” he added.
Bill George — Pct. 4 debut