New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Two Sections, 18 Pages
If someone out there has something to move but not the muscle to do it alone, the Comal County Unit Road System may have the solution for you.
The County is requesting bids on a 30,000-pound winch. Specifications for the contraption are available in the County Auditor’s office, Suite 201 in the Courthouse Annex Building.
Sealed bids will be accepted until 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 9th. The bids will be opened in Commissioner’s Court on that day.
Along those same lines, the County Auditor’s office is requesting bids for weapons for the Sheriff’s Department. If anyone out there has a hoard of weapons that like to unload, or maybe has a friend with that problem, get your bid in by 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 9th.
“Let’s Talk Taxes.’’ Well, no one really wants to do that, but it's the time of the season to think about them, certainly.
Dick Tatum of Texas Association of Concerned Taxpayers will offer an update on the Texas tax scene, including rendition and filing information. The whole thing starts a* 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at no place other than the Startzville Cafe “meeting room,” wherein Clyde Jacobs will give a report on local taxes, as it were. There will be cofee served beginning at 7 p.m.. The event is sponsored by Comal United Taxpayers Association Inc. This organization that wants to save you from spending too much on taxes charges $5 for individual memberships, $10 for couples. CUT is a non-profit organization you can contact by writing P.O. Box 1725, Canyon Lake, Texas 78130....
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The Unicorn Booster Club honored Us athletes Thursday night at the New Braunfels Civic Center in the annual Fall Sports Banquet.
Athletes from NBHS’s cross country, volleyball and football teams were toasted and saluted, with the usual mixture of slides, speeches and an occassional funny Joke thrown in.
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A representative of Dixie Petro Chemical of San Marcos arrived at Hill Country Resort in this 18 wheeler to patch the plug leak in a 150 pound bottle of chlorine gasCommunity council has energy funding
By DAVID MAV Staff Writer
The New Braunfels office of the Community Council of South Central Texas has received $2,350 to help keep low-income residents warm this winter.
Guadalupe Reyes, outreach worker for the New Braunfels office, said the money was received Jan 15 and about half of it has been distributed to help residents pay energy bills.
‘it’s for weather-related emergency crisis assistance,’’ Reyes said Thursday. She added that the funds have been used to pa> utility bills for those who qualify for assistance.
Reyes said the funds can be used for any type of weather-related needs and will be available during summer to help low-income residents handle the expense of cooling down in hot weather. Assistance includes payment of overdue utility bills, reconnection fees and heating and cooling appliance repairs.
The local dollars are part of $37,154 awarded to the council from the Texas Department of Community Affairs, which for
several sears huh auiuiiu.cered such federally-subsidized home energy assistance programs. Those funds are being divided among the ll counties ui the community council district.
The money is part of almost $2 million awarded to 56 organizations administering the Energy Crisis Program throughout the state The KCP is funded by a block grant from the U S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Reyes said the New Braunfels office has received only a portion of its allocated funds and should be getting more soon. “They tell us that we will get more It just hasn’t arrived from the state yet,’' she said
In the meantime. Reyes is busy taking applications for assistance. To apply, residents must go by the community council office at 842 Comal Ave Applicants must show proof of income and identity.
Eligibility is determined using an income guideline, Reyes said. The program is aimed at low-mcome households at or below HO percent of the federal poverty income guidelinesCourt date set for players in Airplane game arrests
By JOHN KASTNER Correspondent
Awards went to Most Valuable,
Most Improved, Outstanding Freshmen, Best Servers, etc., with the highligh being the awarding of coUrt dates have been set for the 62
the Iron Man Award. This year people, including 31 Comal County
three players from New Braunfels’ residents, arrested Jan. 16 in constate semifinalist team took the nection with an "airplane” game in
honor, but we’re going to make you Marion.
turn to Page I to find out who they Suspects have been ordered to
•re—• appear in court in Guadalupe County
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Bless the Bulverde Area Humane Tuesday signed complaints against
those arrested and charged them knowingly participating in an endless chain scheme, a Class B another 327 odds and ends, including misdemeanor. If found guilty the
m 2?** ta*r^r’ I**?0** players could face up to six months in
five horses, two ponies and two jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
racoons. The , “A large number of New Braunfels
rwponsiWefor kjYI? people, including several prominent
cats neutered and investigating 12 people, are playing the airplane
cases of alleged cruelty.... game,” Martinez said. He indicated
that some of the local players are ThwMwnu holding meetings of their airplane
CIA88IFIIIP............1*SB crew *nd passengers at their
COMIC! ..SA Inuinosses for which they have liquor
CROSSWORD...........10A j„ add-on to facing Class B
DEAR ABBY..............7A misdemeanor charges, they could
BNTERTAINMENT.........7A lose their liquor licenses lf the games
OBITUARIES 2A *re located by law enforcement
nmai in sift aa officials and business owners are
..............arrested. Martinez said.
•PORTS................“We will continue to monitor the
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Gas leak injures worker at Canyon Lake resort
Emergency official says departments should have repair kits
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff Writer
A chlorine leak in the Hancock area was brought under control Thursday night after one man was overcome by fumes and others were evacuated from a nearby office area.
An emergency worker said today that the 45-mmute wait for a bottle patching kit could have been avoided if local rescue workers had similar repair kits.
Canyon take Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Medical Service received a call about 6:15 Thursday night that a person was
overcome by chlorine gas at Hill Country Resort on FM 306.
Maintenance worker Victor Wilson was later treated and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital for inhaling the dangerous chemical, which can cause respiratory arrest and, if close contact is made, can burn skin.
Emergency Management Coordinator Herb Synng said this morning that by the time he arrived at the scene, the fire department had alreay cordoned off approximately four miles of FM 306 between the dam and Hancock
Fire fighters called a chemical
emergency number, which called a company in Houston. The Houston company in turn contacted Dixie Petro Chemical of San Marcos, which had delivered the 150-pound bottles of compressed chlorine gas to the resort
‘He picked up his A Patching Kit and arrived about 9," Svring said. “It took him 15 minutes to patch the leak.”
FM 306 was re-opened at IO p.m. after emergency workers determined the heavy gas, which seeks low-lying areas, had dissipated.
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County solons okay septic tanks in two illegal subdivisions
Arrest warrants forthcoming for developer-owners
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners yesterday approved two variances for septic tank use permits fur property owners in illegal subdivisions despite recent action by the court to begin actively enforcing the '•ouiitys subdivision and private seweage regulations.
Receiving the variances were John P. Alexander of T[win Creek Acres, Unit I, Ut 38; and Jean Listerman of Bulverde Ranches. Ut 38A.
These were innocent people who had nothing to do with development of the illegal subdivision, so we went ahead and let them do it.” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Ned Craigmile Friday.
The commissioner said he felt the action “absolutely” did not indicate a retreat from the county's intention to enforce platting and subdivision development planning requirements. “If anything I consider it a reinforcement” of those covenants, Craigmile said.
The commissioners action allows the county sanitarian to issue the necessary permits for the septic systems’ installation despite the illegality of the subject subdivisions in general.
The court instructed County Attorney Bill Reimer to begin Jan. I seeking injuctions and criminal action against subdivisions who have not made proper plat filings. The court also approved action at that
time to deny private sewage construction permits to individuals in such developments.
Tfie variances granted were for septic use permits since permits for construction had been previously granted.
No less than five subdivisions were named as being in gross violations of the county’s subdiv ision ordinance.
In such illegal developments a developer will often sell tracts of land and will even show a prospective buyer a plat or map of the subdivision. Once all of the lots have been sold, or liquidated, the developer rarely lives up to pronuses made to the owners regarding road development, water lines or retaining tanks and size and planning of lots to be sold, leaving property owners, and the county, with many dilemmas.
County Judge Fred Clark, though sympathetic with the plight of property owners in such subdivisions. said that buyers should tx* more knowledgable of the law “There has to be some responsibility of cognizance among the public. We can’t keep turning our heads,” Clark said during the court’s regullar session.
Commissioners reiterated their policy of denying sewage facility construction permits in illegal subdivisions. The court hopes that pressure will be put on developers by owners who have such permit requests rejected.
Reimer said earlier this week that
filing injuctions against illegal developments is not as easy as it sounds Most owners operate under one or more “corporate shields” that must be pierced before development can be halted He said once the identit\ of the owner is established, the various corporations must also be identified
‘if u w as just an owner to seek out there would be no problem but most of these guys are not dummies. They set up these shields to distance themselves from the law.” the attorney said.
“I anticipate we will have arrest warrants out on one or more individuals in a week to IO days. You w ant t o make sure that when you have one name that you have the same man we’re looking for,” Reimer said Friday.
’ We’re trying to enforce our subdivision regulations.” Clark said, adding "all (developers! want to do is sell and then they’re gone, leaving the public w ith the problems."
Clark suggested that prospective tract buyers in the county investigate before dusing any deals by checking with the county clerk's office to see if proper plats have been filed and approved
The court sought enforcement to ensure that developers comply with county standards for roads and drainage. “All we're asking a developer to do is come in and work with our people We want to be involved in the planning," Clark previously stated
Martinez explained that players are warned at the beginning of the meeting that participation in the game is a crime and they could be charged with a misdemeanor.
Comal County subjects arrested include: Sammy Bell, 29, 482 S. Willow, New Braunfels; Karen Gerth, 21, 631 Crest tane, New Braunfels; James Doughty, Route 6, New Braunfels; Jon Schriewer, 28, ‘353 Lakeview, New Braunfels; William Anderson, 50, P.O. Box 1434, Canyon take; linda Anderson, 46, P.O. Box 1434, Canyon take; Gary Clark Howard, 36, 631 Crest Lane, New Braunfels; Ronald Smithers, 36, 1227 River Acres, New Braunfels; and Julius Felger, 30, 145 Liberty, New Braunfels.
Also, Clyde Booth, 863 Albert, New Braunfels; Frances Bergfeld Booth, 33,863 Albert, New Braunfels; Mark Holt, 31, Route I, Fischer; Fred Adams, 37, Route 7, New Braunfels; Ann Abel Raye, 24, 4124 US 81. New Braunfels; Mark Petrosky, 27, Route I, New Braunfels; Jay Goodfriend, 38, 367 Avenue A, New Braunfels; Richard Goodwin, 30, MI CSanyon Drive, New Braunfels; and Leroy Phillips, 5 Patricia Circle, New Braunfels.
And, David Nutt, 39, Route I, New
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State panel studying 0 possible shortage, sinking of Edwards Aquifer water supply
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
The northwest portion of Comal County will soon be the subject of intense study by the Texas Water Commission to determine if the water supply is threatened.
Brad Cross, water commission geologist, said Thursday that part of Comal County is included in the study area spanning much of Central Texas and extending north to Dallas and Fort Worth.
“We will study the area in detail and it will be determined whether to designate the area a critical ground water area," he said.
Central Texas is one of IO areas in Texas that will be studied to determine whether the water will be safe for the next IO years. “An area that is expected to have severe ground water problems” will be designated a critical ground water area, Cross said.
If this area receives that designation, Cross said, an underground water conservation district could be created to address the problems and possible shortages.
“This area (the Central Texas area) would include the Edwards and the Trinity aquifers," Cross said. “We have seen in this area significant decline in water levels.
We felt that with the growth in the Austin and San Antonio areas, the water supply is stressed.”
The area to be studied extends north of the Edwards Underground Water District boundaries and includes Austin and Travis County.
Cross said the area is subject to subsidence or sinking because of overpumping.
“The land would basically sink,” Cross explained, if too much ground water pumping were allowed. Subsidence has been a problem in the gulf coast area because of overpumping, he said.
“there were no data to indicate subsidence, but the area could be subject to contamination,” he said. Contamination would be possible if overpumping continued, he added.
The water commission is ranking the IO areas designated for study, Cross said. He added that when studies begin in an area, an advisory council will be appointed by local residents to advise commission officials about the feelings of residents.
A public hearing will be held if the ground water area including Comal County is found to be in danger, he said. Before any new water district is created, he said, the
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