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Settlement looms in Village West
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Residents of one of the lake area’s largest subdivisions, Canyon Lake Village West, apparently have settled their differences with developer Tom Sheridan.
Property owners were informed in a letter dated Jan. 13 that after approximately three years of deliberation, the recreational facilities in that subdivision will become the property of the residents.
Documents finalizing the settlement have not yet been signed, according to the Comal County District Clerk’s office. Judge Fred Moore of the 274h District court has presided over the civil case.
Despite that, the transfer of ownership from Tom J. Sheridan Properties, Inc. to the Canyon I,ake Village West Property Owners Association, Inc.
apparently has been approved by all parties concerned. All recreational facilities, including the clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts and park area will be purchased from Sheridan for $5,000.
Sheridan originally approached the residents and offered to sell the facilities for many times that amount. In a similar arrangement, property owners of Canyon I,ake Village, an older subdivision in the area, purchased the swimming pool and clubhouse in their area last year.
However, Village West residents balked at the proposal, feeling that the facilities should already have been theirs, as amenities which were built to attract prospective buyers. Sheridan said they belonged to him, as developer, and if they were not purchased by the property owners, he could either sell them to someone else or close them down.
Sheridan became involved with the residents in another matter when a condominium project was
built on land adjacent to Unit 5 of Canyon Lake Village West and part of it was situated on property restricted to single-family residences. Canyon Lake Bank, as lender on the project, filed a lawsuit to have the deed restrictions lifted to allow sale of the condominiums, and the lawsuit involved Ivan Peyton as builder and Sheridan as developer of the area.
Property owners voted to contest the deed restriction change, claiming that it would devaluate adjoining property. In the settlement, the residents agreed to allow deed changes on one lot only, and in exchange would acquire a court order restricting lots 541 and 545, formerly unrestricted and planned for townhouse development, to be restricted for single family development only.
In exchange. Sheridan agreed to sell the residents the recreational facilities for $5,000 instead of the
See VILLAGE WUST, Page IGAToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for cold arid periods of drizzle or light rain today. Probability of rain is OO percent today and tonight, and 70 percent Thursday Winds will be from the northeast at 10-15 mph today and tonight. Sunset will be at 5:58 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:26 a.m.
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DEAR ABBY............ 2B
FEATURE............ I 8CRangers Clean Up
The Smithson Valley Rangers destroyed the Bandera Bulldogs Tuesday night, taking both games of the doubleheader. The Rangers won 64-31 while the girls slipped by 41-34. In the only other local basketball game, the Lockhart Lions defeated Canyon, 58-50. See Page 6 7A
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SPORTS 6 8A
WEATHER ........... 2A
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 No. 13
January 19, 1983 25 cents
36 Pages 3 Sections
Economy dealt another blow
WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. economy, crippled by recession from start to finish, declined 1.8 percent in 1082, the sharpest drop since 1946, a new government report indicated today.
Moreover, the economy as measured by real, or inflation-adjusted, gross national product — was falling even faster, at an annual rate of 2.5 percent, in the just-ended fourth quarter after rising slightly in the previous six months, the report said.
The decline for all of 1982 was more than four times the 0.4 percent drop during the 1980 recession, the most recent previous national business downturn. Real ONP rose I 9 percent in 1981.
The fourth-quarter dip, though discouraging news on the surface, w as mostly discounted in advance by analysts who said the economy is now growing again in the first quarter of 1983.
They said that rather than producing now products, many business managers were selling oft inventory stockpiles iii the October- Decern Od period, thus setting the stage for production gains to come.
Whatever 1983 brings, today’s Commerce Department figures capped a sour 1982 in which slow
sales and high interest rates caused companies to cut output and lay off millions of workers, pushing the nation’s unemployment rate to a 42-year high of 10.8 percent.
The year’s decline in real (INP w hich measures the total U.S. output of goods and services — was the biggest drop since the 14.7 percent of 1946, when big industry was gearing down from the War.
Real, or inflation-adjusted, (INP dropped to $1,476 trillion for 1982, today’s report said. Before adjusting for inflation — that is, w ithout discounting increases in output value due only to higher prices (INP rose 4.1 percent to $3,058 trillion, the report said.
The report also said a broad-based, GNP-linked inflation measure — covering everything that goes into the gross national product — rose 6 percent for the year, down from the 9.4 percent of 1981.
In the fourth quarter, the report said, ital (INP declined to an annual rate of $1,472 trillion. Bef or • adjustment for inflation output rose 1.7 percent to a rate of $3,101 trillion.
The inflation measure, called the CNP implicit price deflator, rose at an annual rate of 4.3 percent iii the quarter, dow ii from the third quarter’s 5 percent.
NBHS students air protests against drug-sniffing dogs
New Braunfels school board members were surprised Tuesday night to learn that a portion of the student body at New Braunfels High School feels betrayed by the use of sniffer dogs on their campus.
A few administrators, teachers and couple dozen “student leaders,” from the high school appeared before the board to protest the use of sniffer dogs at their school.
According to a memo written by Principal John Turman to Supt. O.E. Hendricks, “the continued use of the dogs is not in the best interest” of the student body, which feels betrayed.
Hendricks quickly read the memo aloud at Tuesday’s meeting at the request of Rick Schultz, who serves as .student member to the school board.
Ixiter, however, Hendricks would not release the memo saying that the board had instructed him not to. “It shouldn’t have been read in the first place, it was a private memo and not for publication,” Hendricks said
“The thing that bother us...is not being searched,” said Schultz, who spoke on behalf of the student council. “It just seems like the drug problem is so minimal that the dogs are an insult.
See NBISI), Page 16A
Search turns up very few drugs
Sniffer dogs have searched New Braunfels High School twice since the district authorized the searches. But contrary to rumors, only small amounts of drugs or alcohol showed up in these searches.
Administrators, teachers and students from the high school are quite upset, however, over rumors that the searches resulted in large finds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and alcohol.
But none of these rumors were true, Supt. O K. Hendricks pointed out in a report to the school board Tuesday.
Very little was found in the two seven-hour searches conducted this month at the high school by representatives and sniffer dogs from Security Associates International, Hendricks said.
Nothing was found from a search of New
See DOGS, Page 16A
Weather halts dredging project after auspicious beginning
Early in December, Parks Director Uourt Thieletnan said “the worst thing that can happen to us is the weather,” reflecting on the proposed dredging rebel for tw o luanda I .ake channels. Tuesday afternoon, steady rain helped Thieleman prove his point.
The dredging project was given last-minute approval Jan. 14 by the Fort Worth District Corps of Engineers, and began Monday. It started raining Monday, too, which hasn’t made the task any easier, and in fact, put a halt to the dredging operation after lunch Tuesday “We won’t be pulling any silt out today,” Thieleman said Wednesday morning. “Instead, we’ll be exploring other ways to get equipment into the channel. We ll also be measuring mud depths in the channel.”
Steel rods were placed into the channels to measure the depth of mud above the eventual soapstone. “In some places, the mud is five feet deep. In others, it s only one foot, and die bottom varies with the pockets of mud,”
Thieleman said The mud in the channel between the main park area anil the peninsula with the circular drive has hindered the success of the front-end loaders, which were in the channel Tuesday, pushing silt over to the bank where the gradall was waiting The gradall, a machine with a bucket on an arm, worked along the channel bank backward from the mouth ot the lake “beautifully yesterday,” Thieleman said. "I’d say we cleared out a trench about 20-25 feet parallel with the bank, and the channel is about five or six feet deeper where w e dredged.
“From about the footbridge to the mouth ot the lake is just beautiful,” he added. “But that arm only reaches so far, and we have to come up with some way to get the rest of the silt over to the bank where the gradall is set up. "
But rain and mud aren't the only concerns
See DREDGING, Page 16A
Trustees briefed on Encino Park, tax lawsuits
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Status reports on several major issues before the Comal Independent School District board of trustees Tuesday night turned up some new information — but not much.
On the Encino Park deannexation issue. Supt. Edgar Willhelm announced notice of appeal had been given to the Commissioner of Education. That appeal is based on the Dec. 13, 1982, Bexar County Commissioner’s Court go-ahead for Encino Park to detach from CISD to Northeast Independent School District in San Antonio.
“We now have 60 days from Dec. 13 to file a petition on our behalf with the commissioner, and he then will have 30 days to set a hearing date,” Willhelm said, adding “realistically the hearing probably
won’t be held until late February, March or April.”
In a status report of legal action with General Portland Inc., and Texas Industries Inc., Willhelm said, “a trial date for G F.I. was requested in Comal County in District Court for February; however, the judge has not answered that request yet.
“Depositions will be taken rn the T X I. case in February, and the district will be notified of a trial date in the G P I. ease,” he added. The two industries owe the school district over $651,000 in unpaid taxes.
The Quo Warranto proceeding, based on the board’s desire to go from nine to seven members, is also progressing. CISD Attorney Lonnie Churm has met with District Attorney Bill Schroeder, and a “Waiver of Citation” was signed Tuesday night by each board member.
“The Quo Warranto basically means that a judge will tell us what to do to get to seven members,” Willhelm said. Trustees hope the judge will approve of an April 1983 election, based on the following structure:
“The school district shall elect one trustee next year for a term expiring in 1986. At the 1984 election, the school district shall elect three trustees, who shall draw lots so that two serve for terms expiring in 1987, and one serves for a term expiring in 1986. at each subsequent election, tile school district shall either elect two or three trustees as appropriate for a board of seven trustees with staggered terms of three years.” This procedure was approved by the present trustees by a 7-1 vote on Oct. 19.
Meanwhile, Willhelm said Wednesday
See CISD, Page ISA
It's now official
NBISD bond issue scheduled February 12
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
Budding basketball player Shauna Ewald, 5, displays intense concentration as she dribbles the basketball Her impromptu dribbling exhibition came during halftime of a recent game.
Tuesday night. Dr. Don Bedford made a sizeable motion.
The New Braunfels Independent School District trustee moved that the district put a $9.3 million bond issue before the voters on Saturday, Feb. 12 Other board members unanimously endorsed Bedford’s motion, which was .seconded by Dr. Bill l<ee.
Of the $9.3 million, approximate^ $2.4 million would go toward the construction of a new elementary school south of town. Approximately $2 million would go toward air-conditioning ill of the district's schools presently not air-conditioned.
The remaining money would be used to expand and renovate current campuses and build a new administrative complex.
This bond issue is needed, according to tin district’s administration and district-hired architects. to meet NBISD’s present and future growth.
The district's long-range planning committee. which disbanded last year, and architects and planners from the Austin architectural firm of Jessen and Associates, have predicted that the district s population w ill increase by as much as 5(1 percent by 1991.
Supt O E. Hendricks could not say exactly what the $9.3 million would do to NBISD taxes other than to increase them.
“It depends on the (property I values," he said in an interview during a break at Tuesday ’s board meeting. "A lot of it will have to do with the reevaluations" done by the Comal County Central Appraisal District "Taxes will go up...there's no way to pay off a 22 year bond issue 1 without raising taxes in some way," Hendricks said. “But ifs hard to say how much."
After the board set the bond election date, trustees went into executive session to discuss 1 among other topics 1 Hendricks’ annual evaluation.
Hendricks’ contract, which runs through July. 1985. was not up for renewal But according to district policy, each year the board evaluates the superintendent’s performance.
Following an approximate 30-minute discussion rn closed session, trustees 1 in open session 1 took no action concerning Hendricks evaluation After the board had adjourned, however, Margy Waldrip, president of the board, said that Hendricks had been given “high marks” by trustees Hendricks, who said that the board told him he was doing satisfactory work, noted that lus evaluation was not just on his performance “but reflects the entire school system.”
In other business, trustees approved $10,473.30 iii district funds to be used “to upgrade the irrigation system on the athletic fields."