New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 1, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Local rivers should be bumper-to-bumper this weekend
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The water is down, but the sun is up And it looks as if Comal County is in for a typical Fourth of July weekend.
“It’s gonna be a long one. a hot one and a heavy one,” said Victor Stneger, chief deputy at tile Sheriff’s Department.
The National Weather Service is predicting hot, sunny-to-partly cloudy days and mild nights perfect picnic weather. The Guadalupe River below
Canyon Dam is running at 250 cubic feet per second That doesn’t make for great canoeing and rafting, but recreation-hungry visitors are apparently ready to take whatever they can get. A spokesman for Whitewater Sports, which rents camping spaces, inner tubes and other types of rivercraft, said people had been coming in all week to make reservations “I believe ifs going to be a little bit busier than Memorial Day weekend,” she said.
Canyon I .ake is a little more than two feet below
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Vol. 92-No. 130
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FRIDAY July 1,1983 25 cents
22 Pages — 2 Sections
(USPS 377-880*CISD issues, second verseComplaints, debates mark committee meeting
A special education counselor in CISD spoke the truth at a public heanng. hosted by the 11-member advisory committee, Thursday night at Smithson Valle) Highschool.
The question came from committee member Dennis Williams He wanted Thea Chessher, a special education counselor with ll years in CISD, to teii him how long it usually took for a child to feel comfortable in new surroundings al the beginning of the school year “Oh. I suppose it would take about two weeks for a teacher with 30 students to make them feel at ease." Chessher said Williams then asked. “Along those same lines then, how long should it take a superintendent
“Education is a selling job, not a telling job." Chessher offered “How long it takes would depend on how good a salesman that superintendent is "
Bul Chessher wasn't through “I think the correct communication approach for Supt. Edgar* Wllihekm would be. gel the teachers together, say hey. you have a terrific thing here Tell me what you're doing " she suggested “Then he could say, OK, let s discuss some things that might work better with these changes. ”
Chessher also said that CISD teachers “feel they are treated as employees and not professionals I know there s been mention of unionism at different board meetings,” she added “Well, I say that teachers will join a union when they feel they aren't considered as professionals ”
Approximately 45 people attended the Smithson Valley public hearing, with ll persons speaking from the podium Tile advisory committee, appointed by CISD trustees on June 14, has been charged with sorting out fact from rumor, and conung up with a report on various concerns within the district at the July regular school meeting The board’s prepared list of concerns included lack of communication, low leacher morale, and an alleged “hit list” for teachers Since its appointment, the advisory committee has pleaded for specifics, and the first public heanng at Frazier Elementary Tuesday night provided some But Charlie Hays. libranan at Smithson Valley High School, also unloaded Thursday night
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Newcomer gets Savage case
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
Lula Vallejo joined the staff of the Attorney General's Office today. His first assignment is to prosecute William Dale Savage.
The announcement that Savage would face at least one more trial came from the Attorney General’s Office on June 8. Will Rogers, a clerk in the AG’s Public Information Office, said that at least a month to six weeks’ delay in naming the special prosecutor was on account of Vallejo, who was trying to work things out with his former boss, Bexar County District Attorney Sam Millsap.
“But he knew v hat his first assignment was going to be before he took the job with us,” Rogers added
Savage, a Fort Sam Houston private, was convicted, fined 85,800, and placed on IO years probation for the death of Ruben Sauceda Sr , by a Comal
County jury on April 14. However, Sauceda's pregnant wife and two small children were also killed in the car-pedistrian collision on U.S. Highway 81 West last October.
Comal County District Attorney Bill Schroeder refused to prosecute Savage on any of the remaining three involuntary manslaughter indictments. But after a month of protest, retired State District Judge Carl Anderson ordered a review of the case by the Attorney General's Office.
Vallejo joins the AG’s Office as an assistant attorney general. He was an assistant district attorney in Harris County for 14 years. Then he moved onto to Bexar County, where he was also an assistant district attorney for 14 years.
Rogers said the next step is up to Vallejo. “It s for him to decide how he wants to go about trying the case.” The clerk added he was certain that Vallejo had not been given any specific instructions or any deadlines to meet
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PUC may slash Bell rate hike request
AUSTIN (AP) — While Southwestern Bell lawyers headed to court today to try to add about 892 million to last year’s rate hike, Public Utility Commission staff members considered a proposal that could shave SLS billion off the company’s 1963 rate request.
SWB asked for a $471.5 million hike in 1982, but was granted only 8243.9 million by the PUC. State District Judge Harley Clark today will consider the company ’s complaint that it was entitled to about 892 million more.
Company spokesman Jim Goodwin said the PUC forced Southwestern Bell to make higher refunds than necessary to customers who paid bonded rates for two months while the case was pending.
Refunds totalling 829 4 million wert made in June, according to Goodwin, although the company felt that refunds of only 88 million were justified
Now pending before the PUC is a $1.7 billion rate hike request filed last week by Bell That increase would mean the tripling of rates for basic residential service. Company officials said much of the increase is needed to cover revenues that will be lost as a result of a court-ordered break-up of the American Telephone and Telegraph system.
PUC General Counsel Allen King said Thursday the staff might recommend that $1.2 billion of the request be thrown (Hit because the status of the divestiture is unclear.
He said there are uncertainties about Washington U.S. District Judge Harold Greene s divestiture order Although Greers set Jan I, 1984 as the deadline for the break-up, King said the judge has not given final approval to all phases of the forsee PHONE, Page IU
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Well, black and white market, maybe Si* year old Sean Smith peddles his high contrast felines in front of the Poor Boy supermarket in Settler An enterprising businessman Seen sets his own prices and makes his own signs
County nixes plan on plat procedure
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
An idea for the county ming a “ahort form” plat process for subdivision plats undergoing only minor changes was shot down by Commissioners Court Thursday in a public hearing.
The hearing, attended by only a handful of county residents, was catted by the court to discuss its updated subdivision and sanitation regulations, which will be adopted in a couple of weeks. After reviewing the comments and suggestions made at Thursday's hearing the court will reconsider its proposed regulations and may adopt them the second Monday of July, County Judge Fred Clark said.
The ahort-form proposal, fashioned attar a similar process used by the city's planning and zoning com-mteteon, would have been used for minor revisions on plats — such as corrections, splitting of lots, and survey changs*.
Tbs idea behind it was to save Ck—nisteontrs Court time, said Tim Darftek, the court’s administrative attestant. Shortterm appro/al would hagr—ted by the county engineer es ha saw fit. Short-form plat approval —■Ii aet QQQfrf Cram Commissioners Court, he explained
“It (the short-form changes) would ba cr—ref—need to original plat,” Durttek laid csmmtestensrs. “It's far us to — In
vacating end resubdividing plats.” Among those who didn t Uke the proposal was County Judge Fred Clark, who said “I don’t behave we’re overburdened with these applications...and I think we'd (the court) Uke to review it.”
To which Commissioner Charles “Tart" Mund added, “I’d feel more comfortable ”
For the last year, the court has worked on updating the subdivision regulations and sanitation rules, reviewing those changes suggested by various county officials County personnel from Ute road department, sanitation and health offices, engineer s department and the county surveyor were among those who provided input into revising the rules For the past month, the proposed new rules, which total more than 50 pages for subdivision matters alone, have been on display in the county clerk’s office and the court’s administrative office.
Of the half dozen residents who attainted Thursday's hearing only a few spoke out. But of those who did, each had different concerns about the county ’s sanitation order and various details of tho subdivision rules, which have been in existence for more than IO years.
Among tbs changes proposed by County Sanitarian Bob Stahl were hikes in permit foes for septic tank installation and for restaurant and
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Jollities trustees may put spark nto old generators at mill
There may be humming day* ahead for two existing generators at West Point Pepperell, Inc , thanks to action taken by New Braunfels Utilities trustees Thursday.
The Austin firm of Davemian Associates was asked to look into the generating possibility of renovating or even reconstructing two complete generator systems, currently inactive at Wtstpoint Pepperell.
However, trustees voted against a pre-feasibility study by the same firm un the spillway at Clemens Dam (commonly known as The Tube (hute».
“The renovation of the Pepperell site, on a gut level, is feasible,” said Philip Movish, manager of Daverman's hydro-power services group “It’s in
dam good condition to have been constructed in 1924. and retired in December of 1950 The project is unique, in that the original generating equipment is still in place.”
The two Pepperell generators have a combined rating of 624 kilowatt hours, as compared to the luanda Park generator’s 900 kwh “But face it,” Min'ish said. “Every kilowatt hours produced reduces the cost of power WestPomt Pepperell contacted this same firm in February, but they decided not to proceed past the analysis, because their own internal cost restraints dictated the situation,' Daverman manager larry
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It will be partly cloudy and hot through Saturday, with a 20 percent chance of mainly afternoon and evening thundershowers Winds will be from the southeast near 15 mph today, gusty this afternoon, decreasing to IO mph tonight, and back to 15 mph on Saturday Sunset will be at 6 35 p rn., and sunrise Saturday will be at 6 35 a ni An extended outlook for the remainder of the Fourth of July holiday carries the same partly cloudy and hot,
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The Canyon Track Club’s 1,600-meter relay team has seen a lot of finish lines this season, and it hopes to see more — one at the regional AAU-Junior Olympics in New Orleans and one more at the national finals in South Bend, Ind. Sports pat* SA
lake most businesses, the fief aid bedung will be closed Monday, July 4, so thai our employees can have the day to enjoy all the typical holiday activities — have a cookout, visit relatives, get sunburned - with their families
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