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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Home loan plan calls for mortgage rate cuts DALLAS (AP) — A goal to lower the number of Texas home foreclosures prompted federal savings and loan regulators to urge reducing loan interest rates to current market amounts. See Page 6A —in _U Unicorns wallop Hays in first soccer match The New Braunfels Unicorns steamrolled past Hays 6-0 Tuesday night in both team’s season-opening soccer match. Patrick Lee scored three goals to lead the defending district co-champions. See Page 11A New BraunfelsWednesdayJanuary 18,, 198925 Cents Two Sections, 22 Pages Healthy fire hazard Weeds, trash a big problem By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer Residents anxious to eliminate tall weeds and trash from their neighborhoods can take a number and wait for city employees to clean up problem areas. Citizens shouldn’t lose hope, though, help is on the way, said City Manager Paul Grohman. Local resident A.W. Saunders said he hopes help comes in time. A privately-owned overgrown arca on Mesquite Street could catch fire and cause major property damage before the problem is solved, Saunders said. All the city’s problems can’t be tackled overnight, Grohman said. “We try to address the major concerns, the most visible threats, and the serious infractions first and I think we’ve done an outstanding job of that,” Grohman said. Grohman, who has served as city manager for approximately eight months, recently formed a task force to address fire and health hazards. The Safe City Commission also is working to clean up neighborhoods to ensure people feel more safe and comfortable. But Saunders, who confronted Fire Inspector Wesley Meyer Tuesday about the high weeds on Mesquite Street, said he wasn’t pleased with the way the city plans to take care of the problem. ‘‘The problem is, the city lets the developers hold property for monetary gain, but doesn’t make them keep it clean,” Saunders said about the vacant property near his neighborhood. He said he wasn’t happy when Meyer said a fire hazard won’t be corrected unless someone complains about the hazard and has a vested interested in that property. “We have priorities on how things are handled,” Meyer said. ‘‘PU be happy to work on the complaint.” Correcting life-thrcatcning situations arc more important than correcting fire hazards, Meyer said. “The time to prevent a fire is before it ever gets started,” Saunders said. Meyer said the weeds on Mesquite arc “dry, they are high and they are a fire hazard. It’s a bona fide fire hazard.” See WEEDS, Page 2A H' Board sinks water plan I •-•KSWiWtfgf ■■    • • ' * • i J'    f"    \ **'%*• w. :vT* ■    t V..    -•    *'    V    -    -    < iw* ♦.rfSr • ft By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer In a special meeting Tuesday morning, the Edwards Underground Water District Board of Directors voted to delay submitting a controversial Regional Water Plan to the Texas Legislature. The 8-6 vote pitted Bexar, Medina, and Uvalde counties against Comal and Hays counties, which voted against the motion. Board chairman Robert Hasslocher abstained from voting. t V* A    Ti A W. Saunders is concerned about high weeds in an empty lot near a residential area. He said the city should do something about the area before the weeds catch fire and damage area homes (Photo by Deryl Clark) Good day Trustees OK raising funds Clouds and scattered showers with possible thunderstorms are in .    *    "W    JW    ’W    I ss to renovate old school gym 62 degrees under mostly cloudy    C-J«/ skies with a slight chance of scat- Trustees of New Braunfels Indc- aerobics for senior citizens and, most tered showers. The low tonight pendent School District Tuesday recently, storm victims displaced by will be 52 degrees with a 70 per-    unanimously approved a fund-raising    Hurricane Gilbert,” he said, cent chance for showers. The high    plan to pay for renovation of    Cox said through the efforts of New Thursday is expected to reach 56.    Academy Street Gym.    Braunfels High School math teacher The low should drop to about 49.    “The New Braunfels Academy    Bonnie Lcitch and Pizza Hut Corp., a insid9.    Street Gym has a rich heritage of ser- fund drive has been suggested to rcno- CLASSIFIED    5-7B    v‘cc 10 our community.” said Leland    vate the gym so it can better serve the Comics    4B    *-'ox’ doctor of adult community    community. The renovation would crossword    3a    education. “Built in 1936 with funds    include installation of new restroom DEAR ABBY .............................6A    P^ialty provided by the Federal    fixtures, interior painting and sonic EDUCATION........................ .....7a    Emergency Administration of the    interior restructuring. NB1SD will c MTE bt ainu*    Works    Fund    under    President    furnish labor cost for the renovations, ..................... AB    ^>ooscve^ facility continues to    not to exceed $3,500, in matching HOROSCOPE..............................4B    rQguijy.    fitness    and    excercise    funds. KALEIDOSCOPE.....................1-3B    programs, junior league basketball,    Pizza Hut will donate all receipts OPINIONS....................................4A    adiilt basketball leagues, volleyball,    from a special buffet from 5:30 to 9 SPORTS...............................11-13A TV LISTINGS...............................4B “ Police arrest 100s Stammtisch The Comal Unit of the American Cancer Society is recruiting Stop-Smoking facilitators for Comal County. The volunteers need to be ex-smokers. Training will be held in San Antonio Saturday from 9 a.m. to I p.m. All interested persons need to contact Dana Reidel at McKenna Memorial Hospital, 625-9111, extension 193, for details.... Surveys sent by New Braunfels Utilities as part of a pre-treatment program must be returned to NBU by Friday. The surveys, which were sent to NBU’s 410 commercial and industrial customers, are part of a program mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. An order to develop the EPA-approved pretreatment program was included in a permit issued for NBU to expand the Gruene Wastewater Treatment Plant to treat 1,100,000 gallons per day. NBU must compile the surveys to present to the EPA Feb. I. Customers failing to return surveys will be called or visited.... Neighborhood meetings conducted by the Safe City Commission continue tonight at New Braunfels High School at 7 p.m. for residents in Zone 2. For more information, call the Safe City Commission at 620-SAFE.... to stop Miami riots MIAMI (AP) — Rioters set fires and looted stores early today as 700 police officers poured into two black neighborhoods, arresting hundreds in an attempt to halt two days of racial violence in which three people have died. The violence cased toward dawn, enabling police to reduce their presence. The riots, which began Monday night in the Ovcrtown section following the shooting death of a black motoryclist by a police officer there, spread to the Liberty City neighborhood Tuesday. The violence, which broke out as Miami made final preparations for Sunday’s Super Bowl, See RIOT, Page 2A Volunteers report 59 emergency calls The McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department answered 59 fire/ emergency calls in 1988 and responded to 29 additional EMS assistance calls. Volunteers spent 736 manhours responding to the fire/emergency and EMS calls. In addition, more than 1,150 manhours during the year were spent in training session and business meetings. The number of hours spent on fundraisers and work details was not recorded. There were an average of 30 members in the department during the year. The members volunteered, on the average, more 65 hours each to their community. The McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department is supported primarily by contributions and fund raising efforts of its members. Currently, the department is having a fund drive. Residents of the McQueeney District are urged to respond to a letter sent in December. The department also is recruiting new members, especially anyone who might be available during daytime hours. The department meets the second and third Wednesday of each month at Station One at 7:30 p.m. “We wanted legislation to go forward. The two counties were in favor of presenting legislation to the legislature at this time; however, we were outvoted and the plan is essentially dead in the water,” said Dr. Kenneth Ikcls, Comal County district chairman. “The people from Hays and Comal county voted against it because they felt legislation should go forward and felt this was a very critical issue to oui See WATER, Page 2A Crime Stoppers looking for clues Crime Stoppers is asking for help this week in solving the murder of a San Antonio prostitute, whose b<xiy was found dumped at the New Braunfels Utilities power plant on lxx>p 337 in November 1988. On the morning of Nov. 9, Marilyn McCarty was found shot once in the back of die head. Her body was dumped at the power plant and p ir-tially covered with debris. She was fully clothed, wearing a while mini skirt and sleeveless turquoise blouse. A blue sweater was lied around her waist area. It is estimated that McCarty had been dc id three to four days at the time her body was found. McCarty frequently worked the Broadway Street arca in San Antonio and used an alias name of Marilyn Spaulding. She is a white female, 5-fcct, 5-inches tall, 130 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes, and 35 years old. She was last seen Nov. 5 entering a light-colored pickup in front of a residence on Kirkpatrick Street in San Antonio. Persons with information about this crime or any felony crime should call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $ I ,(KK) for information leading to the indictment and conviction of persons involved in this crime. p.m. the first Thursday in February, March and April toward the renovation project. Cox said other businesses have expressed interest in participating in the drive. “Pizza Hut has a small league that plays in the gym, so looking it over they could see that it needs a little help,” said Cox. “They volunteered to work with us on a project.” Also Tuesday, trustees approved a class-size waiver and compliance plan for tile district. NB1SD currently has three campuses and 29 classrooms dial exceed the 22-to-1 ratio set by the See TRUSTEES, Page 2A Trade deficit widens to $12.5 billion gap WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened dramatically to $12.5 billion in November, the largest imbalance in five months, the government reported today. The Commerce Department said the gap between what the United Slates imports and what it sells overseas was 21.9 percent higher than the October deficit of $10.3 billion. Tire sharply higher deficit was blamed on a big jump in imports, which shot up to $39.7 billion, $1.6 billion above lite October level. Exports, which have been booming this year, declined by $639 million to See TRADE, Page 2A Schmidt heading for party The Texas Armadillo Association with its mascot Amie — a live Texas Armadillo — and Association Chairman Jim Schmidt of New Braunfels, will participate in the American Bicentennial Inaugural Celebration in Washington, DC. Amic will be representing Texas’ oldest and smallest citizens and the thousands of children who love him. He also will convey the pride and rugged perseverance of all Texans. “Amie can’t wait to dig in and compare New Braunfels soil with die White House lawn,” said Schmidt. “However, we will be performing and educating at several official functions during the celebration.” Schmidt said they will perform at “George to George” a children’s celebration Saturday afternoon, The Texas Ball Saturday night and various odier events. “We’re honored to represent all of our 10,000 members and the many friends, who in their own way, have promoted the armadillo over the years and helped us be part of this historical event,” He said. Schmidt said he wrote letters to See TRIP, Page 2A Rally ‘ round the TV for Simp? Howl 410 MOO? 10/22/9? IO? SO-WE ST MICROPUBLISHING 2201 BROOKHOLLOW PLO    ay SUITE 300    i plan APLINGTON, TX 76006 oee rage 1B Jim Schmidt, chairman of the Texas Armadillo Association, along with mascot Amie are leaving for the inaugural festivities in Washington, DC. ;