New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor
Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Tom Purdum resigned today to take a job with the I>ower Colorado River Authority.
Purdum, who has been with the chamber for 25 years, will be the public affairs director for LCRA. He will fill the newly-created position March I.
“We accept your resignation with very much regret,” Chamber President John Duster told Purdum this morning.
Purdum, 56, said that although he had to move to Austin for his new job, he would miss New Braunfels.
“I approached this with mixed emotions,” he said. He added that although he has had other offers, the LCRA job would allow him to do what he enjoys most: work with the public and areaBasketball scores
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leaders and governments, forward to it,” he said.
‘I’m really looking
Doster and chamber president elect John Chunn praised Purdum’s efforts during the past 25 years.
“He left an indelible print in our organization and the way we do business,” Chunn said. “The mechanics are there and to a degree, most of the work done in the Chamber is done by volunteers.”
Chunn attributed the the strength of the chamber to Purdum’s efforts during the years. He said he was happy for Purdum’s success but regretted the void his leaving would create in the chamber management office. But, he added, “I see it as an opportunity before us.”
Doster stressed that the chamber has begun looking for a new chamber executive vice president. While no interim vice president will be named, the chamber’s executive committee will
assume those duties.
Doster said the directors hope to hire a new executive vice president in the next two months. He anticipated no problems in hiring someone because New Braunfels, chamber has a good reputation in the state.
Purdum said the chamber would probably hire someone who had about IO years’ experience, a colleged education and some knowledge of journalism The chamber does not plan to limit its choice to someone from Central Texas.
Purdum became chamber executive vice president in 1961. He left that position in 1964 to go into private business, but remained on the chamber’s board of directors. He returned as chamber executive vice president in 1967.
Purdum admitted that most chambers don’t retain the same managers for quite so long. “The mortality rate (for managers) is high,” he joked.
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Nm Braunfels, Texas Vol. 94 - No. 21
January 29, 1985 25 Cents 16 Pages
City Council says 'no' to Loop shopping center
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Like a bouncing ball, developer John Thomas and neighbors of his proposed development at I oop 337 and Texas 46 have gone to the Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council, back to the planning board, and back to City Council.
Finally Monday night. Council shot down Thomas’ request to change the zoning from R-2 to C-l (local business) and build a shopping* center and office park there. Thomas said he will build duplexes on the 8.7-acre tract Thomas’ request was sent to Council in December, but was returned to the Planning Commission because Thomas had met with neighbors in the meantime and worked out several compromises.
After reviewing 15 items asked for by residents and agreed to by Thomas, planning commissioners on Jan 8 again agreed to recommend Council grant a zoning change.
Then, a petition dated Jan. 24 was sent to City Hail calling for four amendments to the 15 agreed-upon items Thomas said he would go along with all but one of the recommendations (changing the boundary between the shopping center and free-standing buildings), while neighboring resident Chuck Engier said it was “all or none."
“I have a recommendation,” Engier told Council “You have a petition. If he does not meet those requirements, kill this tonight Keep this property R-2 he has something he tells me he can put in there.”
The developer said that meeting all the neighbor’s conditions, such as placing a tree line along the back of the property anti moving the setback line of the rear of the
“My heart won’t take facing these residents again with another problem somewhere down the road,” Thomas said.
property, has cost him around $100,000.
“My heart won’t take facing these residents again with another problem somewhere down the road,” Thomas said He added that duplexes on that land would bt? a travesty — mainly because of the increase in residential traffic coming onto the loon.
A legal matter brought up Monday by city attorney liar! Moore was whether Thorn proposed development should L> granted a special use permit or a zoning change with restrictions
A special use permit. Moore explained, is generally used on one project on a smaller scale ‘It would be cumbersome on a multipurpose use.” he said. "We would be on pretty shaky legal grounds to attach a special use permit" because Thomas has several purposes planned for the development
Conditions set out by neighbors I included both prohibitions on the type of businesses they did not want in the development, and requirements on the type of protective fencing and buffer zone they wanted behind the development.
Councilman Joe Rogers made the motion to approve th* first reading of the ordinance changing the zoning to C-l Because Ins motion died for lack of a second. zoning on Thomas’ land will remain at R-2
Vandals hit Goodwin
3 teens arrested by police
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By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
New Braunfels police expect to charge three male juveniles today for vandalizing Goodwin Primary Sunday night.
LL Felix Roque said two brothers, ages 15 and 14, who both attend Canyon Middle School, confessed their involvement to Municipal Court Judge David Perkins Monday. As of presstime today, a 15-year-old Canyon High School student was also talking to police detectives about the incident.
Roque said the three boys were picked up at school Monday and brought to the police station. They were read their rights, then gave their confessions. Detective John Villarreal said they would be charged with burglary of a non* habitation. which is a felony II offense.
The vandalism at Goodwin was discovered by a milk delivery man shortly before 5 am. Monday.
Damage estimates have not been determined, but could go well over $50,000, police said
Goodwin Principal Randy Dry said the school's interior looked like a demolition derby. Porcelain fixtures in the school’s restrooms were smashed with hammers, as well as video equipment arui film projectors throughout the building. School clocks were removed from the walls, and he couldn’t think of one typewriter that managed to escape a hammer beating.
There were marbles and thumbtacks scattered all over the floor, films rolled down the halls, and desks and chairs thrown everywhere.
Dry said the teacher’s lounge was destroyed. “They busted up the coke
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Council opts for M-1 for newly-annexed tract
While calling for revision of the city’s zoning classificationsand what each category will allow, City Council Monday night granted light industrial zoning to the EM 306 factory area.
Although Planning and Zoning Commissioners recommended four-to-two to zone most of tile EM 306
area M-2 (heavy industrial) and part of it M-1. Council Monday decided to pass the ordinance with all M I zoning for the first reading.
There will be two more readings of the ordinance and Council can add M-2 zoning to the ordinance before the next reading
Coleman Manufacturing requested
M-2 zoning because of a chemical used there. Requests from other industries in the area went back and forth from M-1 to M-2.
Those opposed to M-2 zoning in that area cite the possibility (rf “dirty” industries, known as "smoke stack industries.”
That thought prompted Coun
cilman Joe Rogers to ask, “What in M-2 do we not want in New Braunfels? Let’s take it out instead (rf going through this each time."
Council will conduct a workshop where all zoning classifications will be reviewed.
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Suicide ruled in drowning of SA woman
The drowning death of a San Antonio woman, found floating face down by two fishermen in Canyon Lake Saturday, has been ruled a suicide by Peace Justice Fred Stewart,
The body of Martha Levois Davis, 52, was found about 15 feet from the banks of Comal Park in water about five to six feet deep. Bodo Miller and his SWI Dale were fishing when they
discovered the body shortly before 5 p m Saturday.
Comal County Sheriff’s Investigator Kermit Kroesche said Stewart made his suicide ruling Monday after receiving an autopsy report from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“She was fully clothed, and there was no evidence of foul play. Her car was in the park Her keys were in her
jacket pocket, and her purse was locked in the trunk with all her identication," Kroesche said. “The only thing missing was her left shoe, and we found that later washed up on the bank.”
The woman was reported missing to the San Antonio Police Department’s Missing Persons Section at 2:35 p.m. Saturday. Her family had last seen her when she left the house
around ll 36a m. Friday.
"We’ve been able to determine she was a swimmer. She probably swam until she gave out, and drowned,” Kroesche said.
Davis' body was the first recovered from the waters of Canyon I-ike this year. However, Wesley Andrew Brooks, 36, who was last seen on Jan. 6, has been listed as tile year’s first drowning victim
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Today s Weather
The patchy fog in Comal County this morning should disappear by midday, but skies will remain cloudy with light drizzle still in the forecast this evening. Temperatures should reach the low4>0s and drop overnight to the low-50s Winds will vary between 3-10 miles per hour Monday s high was 56, this morning’s low was 39. SUnset will be at 6 06 p m and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:22 am