New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
River Road restrictions eyed for future holidays
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Commissioners are proposing that the “specific times” when parking would be banned will include weekends — especially between Easter and I^abor Day — and “other legal holidays,” Tim Darilek, administrative assistant to the court, said.
According to the court’s proposal, cars will be allowed to briefly stop on the right-of-way “if the vehicle is attended” by someone, Comm. O.R. Heitkamp said.
This is to allow for “someone who needed to change a tire” or would give drivers a chance to drop off or pick up passengers, the precinct 4 commissioner explained.
Comal Commissioners are hoping that their proposal, the “fine points” of which will be worked out next week, will ease traffic congestion
and hopefully allow' law enforcement cars, fire trucks and ambulances better access to River Road.
Currently congestion is so bad that during tourist season and on some weekends emergency vehicles are unable to get to their destination quickly.
besides the two lanes of traffic trying to move up and down the road, there are usually cars parked on the right-of-way which makes it impossible for an emergency vehicle to pass.
Heitkamp said he was told by one River Road resident that last weekend “an ambulance stood still iin the line of traffic) for 25-30 minutes with its lights and siren going” trying to get up River Road.
“If it takes that long to render emergency services...anyone of you
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Joe Davis said he liked the commissioners' proposal
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
A Commissioners Court proposal may not be th> answer to all the traffic problems on River Road, but it could help solve some of them and River Road residents are willing to give it a try.
At least those who jammed into the Commissioners Courtroom Friday afternoon are.
Commissioners proposed Friday that all permanent parking be banned (with a few exceptions) during specific time periods on the right-of-way of River Road up to the fourth river crossing.
The court’s proposal will not be made final, however, until the court meets again in a formal public hearing to discuss the changes. This
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By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
A Chevrolet pickup truck collided with a tree after leaving River Road on a curve near Slumber Falls at 9 p.m. Saturday, injuring its driver,
Barclay Reese of Carrollton.
New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service workers took Reese, 33, to McRenna Memorial Hospital, where his condition was unavailable at press time.
Three swimmers were hurt on the Guadalupe River and one in the Comal, but no drow nings occured as thousands of holiday visitors flooded the area on the first day of the July Fourth weekend.
EMS crews transported to McRenna:
—a Dallas man injured in a diving accident near Abbot’s River Outfitters;
—a Woodlawn man, 25, who fell near Slumber Falls;
—a 21-year-old man who slipped on the dam near Camp Warnecke on the Comal; and —a 20-year-old Venus woman picked up near Huaco Springs Camp at 6:30 p.m.
The three men were taken to the hospital with suspected fractures, neck or spinal injuries, but all were treated and released with nothing more serious than bad cuts, a McRenna spokeswoman said. The condition of the Venus woman was not available at press time, but EMS reports indicated possible hip and knee fractures.
The River Road tourist zone was busy, but not jammed. A volunteer firefighter said crowds at Canyon I .ake were “like fire ants — all over the
place,” but a serious boating accident (see story, page 1A) was the only real emergency there all day.
Ernie Hassold, head of the New Braunfels Emergency Communications Club, said the River Road crowds were “about average" for July 4th.
Sheriff Walter Fellers said the crowds, county-wide, seemed “quite a bit bigger” than last year.
Fifteen Red Cross volunteers from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Bend County and even Ransas City were on hand at Huaco and Slumber Falls on the Guadalupe, joining Civil Defense and Communications Club members stationed at various trouble spots on the river.
“They’re water-safety instructors, but they hardly ever get a chance to work in white-water. They need the training and practice, and we appreciate them being down here,” Hassold said.
No-nonsense water rescues of people in serious trouble continued through the afternoon, but the volunteers were not as busy as they were Memorial Day weekend, said Jerry Dworkin, safety director for the Red Cross’s Houston division.
The Guadalupe was running low, and most canoeists could handle Huaco Falls. The river will remain at 395 cubic feet per second for the rest of the weekend.
Hassold and Dworkin agreed the low injury rate could be attributed to the low volume of water.
“Today it tends toward a younger crowd. As long as they do what they should be doing, they can have fun,” communications club member Gloria
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Two canoers negotiate the rocky Huaco Falls on the Guadalupe River
New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 91-No. 130 80 Pages-5 Sections
listed for agencies;
most receive cuts
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Agencies asking for funds from the Comal County Community Fund have been notified how much of their requests were approved at the organization’s June 24 budget meeting.
The secretary of Comfund mailed the official notifications Friday, telling each agency the specific amount the Comfund board of directors okayed for 1982-83.
The board of directors set this year’s Comfund drive goal at $85,000 back on June 24, and then had to cut requests accordingly. Only two of the 19 agencies received the exact amount they requested — the Comal County Youth Fair, $3,300, and the Crisis Line, $500. Request cuts to the othei>17 agencies ranged from $500 to $1,500.
Comfund fell short of its goal last year by about $15,000, which meant agencies funded by the organization only received 87 percent of their original approved allocation.
Specific monies approved by agency include: American Red Cross, $4,500; Arthritis Foundation, $850; Bihl Rehabilitation Center, $850; Boy Scouts of America, $12,000; Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center, $1,000; Comal ' County Head Start, $1,000.
Also, Comal County Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center, $12,000; Comal County Senior Citizens Center, $1,200; Community Service Center,
$12,000; Hays County Women’s Center, $800; Home Care of Comal County, $4,000; Humane Society of New Braunfels Area, $500.
Also, luanda Recreation Association, $2,000; Lone Star t Girl Scout Council, $12,000; Salvation Army, $7,000; Texas Society for Autustic Citizens,
$500; and United Way of Texas, $276.
The board also allocated $6,000 for Comfund’s clerical services, and $2,724 for supplies.
The total $85,000 figure represented a $10,000 drop from Comfund’s 1981-82 drive goal.
Stabbing, wreck occupy local police
The highlight of each Fourth of July celebration is the fireworks display in Landa Park. This year should be no exception, as that display begins Sunday at dusk. It should last about an hour.
Herald closed Monday
Like most other businesses, the Herald Zeitung will be closed all day Monday to allow our employees to enjoy the remainder of the holiday weekend. We will be open for business at regular hours Tuesday.
New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service units made at least four trips down River Road Saturday. But a stabbing on south San Antonio and an auto accident on Loop 337 kept them from forgetting the streets of the city.
Two men were treated for knife wounds at McKenna Memorial Hospital shortly after IO p.in A firefighter on the scene said one man’s throat was cut, while the other had a wounded hand. He described them both as “about 21 years old.”
City police, still investigating the case at press time, weren’t sure whether the two had been fighting with each other, or with someone else.
Both victims were believed to be illegal aliens.
The call came from a Circle R store at 1289 W. San Antonio, but a police spokesman said the action may have occurred at a night club across the street. Firefighters, who had been tending a
blaze at a neaby laundromat, arrived before the ambulance, which was still en route from a River Road call.
A police car provided emergency transport for a baby injured in an 8 p.m. auto accident at the Guadalupe River crossing on Loop 337. The child. who reportedly had stopped breathing, was taken to McKenna. Ambulance workers arrived shortly thereafter with a Hurst tool to cut adult victims out of the wrecked car.
Details on the accident were not available at press time.
Another accident was reported at 10:18 a.in. on Bunker Road iii south Comal County. Neither the Department of Public Safety trooper who investigated it, nor the Schertz ambulance workers who attended the victims, could be reached for comment.
Lake skier nearly loses hand after racing boats hit rope
A Canyon I,ake skier almost lost her hand Saturday when her tow rope caught on the keels of two passing boats.
Cynthia Pousardieu of San Antonio was in surgery at Methodist Hospital as of 8 p.m. A patient supervisor indicated she might be on the table for some time.
The 25-year-old woman had a double forearm fracture, and her hand was “just about amputated” when the Canyon I^ake Emergency Medical Service picked her up at 2 p.m., said volunteer ambulance attendant Werner Till.
The accident apparently started with an ordinary
skiing fall. Pousardieu was down, but still holding the rope, when two racing boats ran over it. The rope, and the skier’s arm, got a violent jerk.
Till described the victim as “pretty mangled up.” When he arrived with the ambulance, friends had already helped her out of the water and onto the dock at Canyon Lake Marina.
Pousardieu was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital. The New Braunfels EMS transferred her to Methodist at approximately 5 p.m. At that time, she was in stable condition and "doing fine,” a McKenna spokesman said.