New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Man finds skull in county subdivisionBy DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A San Antonio man looking at property stumbled upon parts of a human skeleton on a wooded lot in Whispering Hills last weekend.
“He found the bones about 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, and called some people who, in turn, contacted the Sheriff's Department,” Lt. Gilbert Villarreal said Monday.
Texas Ranger Ray Martinez and Sheriff’s Investigator Rudy Rubio went out to the scene, “and recovered a part of a skull without the lower jaw, two leg bones possibly from the same leg, part of a
tailbone and a set of keys,” Villarreal added.
On a return trip Monday, Villarreal said a clump of hair about an inch in length and another bone (possibly from an arm) were retrieved by more local officers.
Whispering Hills subdivision is off of
Highway 46, about 18 miles from New Braunfels. The area where the bones were found is “real leafy and wooded,” Villarreal said, “so it’s real hard to find anything, especially what we’re looking for.”
What has been recovered so far will be taken to the Travis County Medical
Examiner’s Office Wednesday for further identification.
“We’re hoping what we have will determine whether it was a male or female, the appproximate age,” Villarreal said. “Then we can check with missing persons, and go from there.”A Hgrald-Zeituno
TUESDAY January 10,1984 26 CentsNBW Braunfels, Texas Volume 93 - No. 7 12 Pages (USPS 377-880)
Craig Serold gets a playful lesson in centrifugal Sunday and Monday were good days to be out in
force from his mother Sandra in the front yard of the yard, but the situation changed when a cold
his grandparents’ home at 570 S. Guenther front blew in Monday night.
Locals may be exempt from feesBy DEBBIE DeLOACH and DY ANNE FRY Staff writers
Both the City Council and the Parks Advisory Board were having second thoughts Monday night about increasing park user fees.
Parks board members sent the council an ordinance back in November that would increase the weekend picnic fees from $3 to $5, and add anywhere from $10 to $200 to rental rates for Lands Park’s various special facilities.
The council had already passed the ordinance on first reading. But when the parks board met Monday, Carl Fox brought up the subject of charging local people a discount fee — or even no fee at all —
for things like picnicking or parking in the parking system.
“I would like to see the city attorney answer this question for us: Can we exempt local people from any fee in the parks system, and if we can’t legally do that, can we charge local people a lesser fee like one penny?,” Fox asked.
At approximately the same time, the City Council amended the ordinance to exempt local residents from the picnic fee, and agreed to look at reducing pavilion rental fees before the third and final reading rolls around. City Attorney John Chunn didn’t object.
The modified ordinance passed unanimously on second reading. On the first reading, held Dec. 12, the vote was 4-2, with Valdemar Espinoza and Betty
Lou Rushing against.
Oddly enough, Monday's changes were moved and seconded by two people who voted in favor of the ordinance the first time. Mayor Pro Tem la Verne Eberhard brought it up.
“I’ve been contacted by any number of local people complaining about flus,’’ she said, adding Ult she was surprised to find that so many New Braunfels residents did want to use the park an weekends. Some people told her they wouldn’t be able to hold their family reunions in the park, with the higher pavilion rates.
“We'd (previously) discussed some kind of discount permit for local people. I’m not really in
See FEES, Page 12
T errorists threaten troops in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -A leftist terrorist group is threatening to “exterminate” 150 U.S. military advisers and the Salvadoran soldiers they are training in Honduras, a police chief said.
Maj. Manuel de Jesus Trejo, regional police chief, said Monday that special security steps are being taken to combat the threat, but he refused to specify the measures.
Elsewhere in Central America, U.S.-supported Nicaraguan rebels claimed Monday that their forces had laid mines in the waters off Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua’s main fuel-unloading port. They warned shippers
and their insurers against using any of Nicaragua’s ports.
The rebels also claimed their “special troops” exploded a mine in those waters on Sunday and called the explosion a “warning to those who are providing arms and fuel to the communist regime.” They seek to overthrow Nicaragua's leftist San-dinista government.
In Nicaragua, the foreign minister, Miguel D’Escoto, said U.S. military presence in Central America, especially in Honduras, threatens the future of a peace agreement adopted over the weekend by five Central American nations.
Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala agreed to the document, which seeks to end violence in the area with free elections and reduction of military and foreign advisers.
Forged out of a year-long effort by Mexico, Venezuela, Panama and Colombia — the so-called Contadora group — the document won praise Monday from Honduras’ foreign minister, Edgardo Paz Bamica, who said it “sets up a practical mechanism to achieve short-term solutions to the crisis in the Central
See HONDURAS, Page 12
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
If the Parka Advisory Board has its way, it could cost $2 next summer to park in Prince Solms East.
People have enjoyed free parking in an existing small parking lot off to the side of the circular drive in Prince Solms East, and along both sides of the one-way drive during summer weekends and holidays. But that could
very well change.
At its Monday night meeting, the parks board hashed out a recommendation on its way to City Council to charge a $2 general entrance fee to Prince Solms Park (the park area across the river from the Tube Chute).
“I think we should try it on a temporary basis for one test season, and see where all the cars go,” board member Bob Hamel said.
The concept was sketchy at best, but included one person to hand out tickets as cars enter the circular drive and another person near the end of the drive to collect the fee.
Board members Carl Fox and Edward Dedeke voted against the $2 fee, because it didn’t exempt local people. But the motion carried with three “yes” votes from Hamel, Allene
See PARKING, Page 12
Parks board wants charge for Prince Solms parking
Lone bidders awarded Hinman Island contracts
By DYANNEFRY and DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writers
City Council took the bids it got on the Hinman Island Park Improvement project.
McArthur Builders of 391 California Blvd. got the walkway and bank construction contract at price of $168,503. Associated Air Systems, of IU m 35 West, will be putting in the lights for $33,182.
Council members were unanimous in accepting those bids Monday, although some seemed concerned that these were the only bids submitted.
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt and Parks Director Court Thieleman (who made Ms own report to the Parks Advisory Board while the council was reviewing the bids) said it wasn’t the project hadn’t been
TMnleman raid the city had spent IMH advertising for bids. He even the San Antonio River for a Mat of marine con-1, and still only three firms — Ive Mom Austin and one from New picked up specifications
for the project’s concrete work.
“Of thoee three firms, only one submitted s bid for the concrete,” Thieleman said. “And the same held true for the electrical work — three got specs but only one came through with a bid.”
McArthur’s timetable, which estimates 200 dsys to complete the project, was a subject of even more concern. “That will put us roughly in the middle of August,” Thieleman told the Parks Advisory Board Monday, “and there may be a chance we’ll have to close off Hinman Island — not only to traffic, but water included.”
That doesn’t mean the river will be cut off, but Thieleman suggested the flow might have to be reduced to complete the project. “It’d all be for safety reasons,” he added, “but it’d certainly change the normal summer routine around here.”
Delashmutt doesn’t Ilks it either, but bs indicated to the council that it couldn't ba helped. “Our grant (from the Texas Parks k Wildlife Department) is rapidly reaching the point where we have to do something,” he
Comal Countisns should have plenty of leaves to rake in their yards this morning, as last night’s winds blew down what few were left in the trees. The forecast calls for partly cloudy and windy this afternoon. Lake wind advisories will be in effect because of northerly winds at 20-30 mph.
City employees get boost in insurance coverage
City employees will continue to get health insurance from Southland Life, at least for the time being. But they’ll be getting more of it, starting Feb. I.
The New Braunfels Qty Council voted Monday night to upgrade the present policy and stay with Southland through June 1985. For an extra $21.32 per month, the city can increase major medical coverage from $50,000 to $500,000; add dental coverage, a stop-loss provision and make insurance available for dependents up to age 23.
The monthly premium paid by the city for each employee will be $49.96, as compared to the present rate of $28.64. Hie deductible on medical coverage will increase from $100 to $200.
Finance Director Jim Jeffers recommended this
action after reviewing bids from five companies, most of which submitted at least one alternate proposal. Each policy had its individual quirks, which didn’t make Jeffers’ task any easier “In the process of trying to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges, lemons kept popping up,” he said.
At least one other company offered rates competitive with Southland’s. Hoffinann-Mund Ic Associates, the only local company bidding, proposed a self-funding plan which Jeffers said would certainly bear looking into He recommenced staying with Southland partly because cf time constraints. The present policy expires at the end of
See INSURANCE, Page 12
Fraud trial to begin in S.A.
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor
Jury selection began Monday in U.S. District Court in San Antonio in the mail fraud trial of New Braunfels resident Lambert D. Slisz.
Slisz, of 1043 Lone Star Drive, and Allen Chavis of San Antonio were indicted in July on seven counts and 20 counts respectively of mail fraud. The in
dictment alleges that the men had used the mails to defraud persons through two work-at-home businesses: Homeworkers Job Opportunities and the American Fidelity Company, both listing a New Braunfels address.
AMF1CO had been advertised in newspapers across the nation.
See AMFICO, Page 12