New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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cor- j .Maxwell to head rec programsRecreation Center will be among responsibilites of new post
By DEBBIE DELOACH Staff writar
Keith Maxwell, the city’s new recreational coordinator, isn’t an Aggie. But he’s married to one.
In an thumbnail sketch, Thieleman said Maxwell is presently the athletic coordinator for Bryan-College Station. A parks advisory board member immediately piped up, “So I guess he’s an Aggie,” and Thieleman said, ’’No, but his wife is.”
Maxwell got his degree in municipal recreation at Southwest Texas State University, so coming to New Braunfels might be like coming back home.
Thieleman said he’d “come on board sometime this week, as soon as he can tie up a few loose ends where
The new man’s initial responsibility will be to begin hiring part-time recreational aides for the Recreation Center. “He’ll be monitoring that facility, begin collecting data on future needs regarding the building and activities there, and begin studying fee schedules,” Thieleman said.
“The city’s to take over the center on or about August I. The city summer recreational program will be over on July 31, so the initial thing will be to keep the building open. And we’ll go from there.”
Thieleman said Maxwell had over three years experience in municipal recreation, including stints with the Qty of Austin as a recreational program monitor, and with the City of Giddings.
At its March 14 meeting, the parks advisory board recommended the city hire a recreational coordinator. Part of the recommendation was to put the coordinator in charge of all city recreational sports and activities, the summer recreation program, the scheduling of seasons for each sport (and perhaps even registration), indoor activities, pools and bathhouse, down to maintaining the existing Recreation Center.
Herald reporter killed in wreck
A Herald Zeitung reporter was killed near Garden Ridge Monday night when her car was struck by a train, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper said.
Jacqueline B. Smith, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 7 p.m. by Precinct 3 Peace Justice Fred Stewart.
The accident occurred at 7 p m at the first railroad crossing after the Country Comer Restaurant on
Farm Road 3009 DPS Trooper Jim Shea said Smith was traveling north along the road in a 1977 green, two-door Oldsmobile Cutlass. Shes said Smith,
probably seeing the railroad crossing lights, almost came to a complete stop, and looked right. She did not look to the left, and drove onto the tracks, he said A
See WRECK, Page 12
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Vol. 92 - No. 137
July 12,1983 25 cents
Council drops contract idea, eyes wrecker permit system
New Braunfels wrecker companies wouldn't mind submitting to a more stringent permitting procedure, and they wouldn’t mind paying for it. But they don’t want to see the city contract with one company for all public tow service.
Facing a united front of more than 50 wrecker owners, operators and family members Monday night, the Qty Council backed down. It abandoned City Manager E.N. Delashmutt’s idea of going out for bids on contract service, and tabled the second reading of an ordinance thai requires wreckers to stay away from accident scenes unless called by an officer of the law.
Instead, the council directed Delaslimutt and Qty Attorney John Chunn to draw up a new ordinance establishing permit fees and requirements. In order to remain on the police rotation list, a tow service will have to have a permit. Failure to respond when on call, or improper conduct while in service, would be cause for revoking the permit, members agreed Councilmember Laverne Eberhard said the ordinance should also stipulate that no wrecker be issued a permit unless his taxes were paid up.
“The permit system should protect you from reckless wrecker drivers,” said Jerry Vineyard of Busy Comer, who has served as unofficial spokesman for the wreckers’ group “If you do go the permit, I think it should be local citixens,” he added. He pointed out, as he did at the June 27 meeting, that one wrecker on the present list
lives 18 miles out of town. “And I think (the list) should be held to a maximum of 12 wreckers. If anybody else wants to get on, set up a waiting list,” he said.
Perhaps coincidentally, the present rotation schedule has 13 names on it, including the out-of-town service. However, that list is also used by the Comal County Sheriff's Department, which does sometimes require service in outlying areas.
There are more than 13 companies actually operating wreckers in New Braunfels, and the proposed ordinance would affect the others as well. This point was brought out by Clifton Fnesenhahn of BAC Service Center.
"I operate a wrecker for my own use I have no desire to get on the rotation list. Am I going to have to have a permit to operate in the city?” Fnesenhahn asked.
Delashmutt said yes. As he understands it, every concern towing cars — either on public or private call — would have to purchase a permit, and be able to prove it has adequate insurance and a place to store the vehicles. Fnesenhahn said he wasn’t objecting, just asking.
A representative of Krueger Chevrolet said his wrecker wasn’t on the list either; but sometimes it was busy, and he had to call one of the independent companies to pick up a customer in distress. He
See WRECKERS, Page 12
It will be partly dowdy today, happening mostly dowdy tonijtf* and Wednesday. Probability af thunderstorms is 88 percent chance of thunderstorms today, B percent chance tonight, and Ii percent Wednesday. Winds will be from the southeast at 18-18 mph today and Wednaaday, decreasing to light end variable tenlBhl Sanest Witt be at I JS pan., and sunrise Wednesday will bsatl:48aon.
USFL at Last
Sports-starved San Antonio got a pro football franchise Monday, as United Statee Football I tapir Commissioner Che! Simmons was there in parson to coak* th* anooancwrxnt. Th* nm domnt hive a coach, playtn ar a nicknvm. hat tt'ta nut. Sports. na«a(.
California primary may lead to chaos
WASHINGTON (API — California may hold the earliest presidential primary ever — with balloting this December — as a complicated partisan fight there threatens to rip apart the 1984 nomination calendar.
The California threat comes just after national Democratic leaders calmed New Hampshire Democrats who feared their primary ’s status as “first in the nation” was being endangered by Vermont and Maine The proposed California Democratic primary — part of a complex fight over the state budget, reapportionment and 1984 politics — could be Dec. 13, earlier than any other presidential primary since 1912 when the practice began Such an early vote, which would probably be designed to select about a third of the state s 345 delegates, could put the party 's entire structure of rules for the nomination battle in jeopardy
“That would be a signal to all states that it is a free-for-all At that point. I throw up my hands and say there are rn) rules,” said George Bruno, New Hampshire Democratic chairman
Early California polling would clearly violate the party rules, which put all bul two of the primaries and caucuses between March 13 and June 12, 1984 The move could lead the party to refuse lo seat at the national convention the state’s 345-member delegation, the largest at the meeting.
Such a refusal would mean trouble for California Sen Alan Cranston. whose dark hors*- bid is counting on a strong bloc of home state delegates It would be embarrassing for national party chairman Charles Manatt, a Californian It would put the Democratic party in an awkward position since it chose San Francisco as site for its July 18-19 nominating convention Negotiations are continuing between Republican Gov. George Deukmejian and Democratic state legislative leadership to try' to resolve the impasse The fate of the primary
— currently scheduled for June 5,1984
— won’t be clear until that bargaining is completed
The California primary proposal
See PRIMARY, Page 12
You can't tow City Hall
Resort owner wants city manager out
Wreckers lined up outside City Hall Monday night
Henry ’s speech came relatively late in Monday's meeting. But the council had spent the previous hour listening to residents' gripes about congestion on liberty, Garza and Torrey streets, all of which catch heavy traffic from Henry ’s Schlitterbahn w a ter slide operation.
“I would like you ... to realize that you, as a ‘big stockholder’, are not any bigger than any of these people right here,” said Councilmember Max Winkler
“That’s true I vote once, just like everybody else,” agreed Henry , which earned him a round of applause from the disgruntled residents. However, he went on to point out that the Schlitterbahn and luanda Resort generate more taxes than any of the homes in the area Which prompted Mayor O.A Stratemann Jr. to make an uncharacteristically severe statement
“The Qty of New Braunfels is not for sale for lase*, and we ere riot going to tell
See HENRY, Page 12
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Robert Henry, owner of two New Braunfels resorts, finds much fault with the city government. In his opinion, most of these faults can be traced directly to one man, Qty Manager E N. Delashmutt.
Henry aired a variety of gripes in Qty Council Monday night, and wound up with a plea for Delashmutt s dismissal. The council did not appear inclined to grant this request.
"This city is like a corporation. You are the governing board. And you’ve elected that man over there as president (rf the corporation,'' Henry said, indicating Delashmutt. “I’m a big stockholder in this corporation, and I 'rn here to tell you I don't like one bit the way he does his job. I think he should be removed.
“And if it takes a petition to get it done,” Henry went en, overriding a bang from the mayor’s gavel, “I'll be happy to initiate one.”Utilities board sinks Landa parking lot proposal
The proposed parking lot-tennis facility •witch along Fredericksburg Road was apparently a good idea that turned sour.
Qty Manager E.N. Delashmutt received formal notification from Utilities Manager Bob Sohn last week, informing him (rf the Utilities Board of Trustees' tabling permission to build the tennis complex.
“The letter said trustees had approved a parking lot on property leased from the Lower Colorado River Authority, but not tennis and volleyball courts,” Parks Director Court Thieleman said Monday night. Among reasons given for their action were future renovation of a wall at the base of Fredericksburg Road, security of the rest of the LORA site, and the location of overhead transmission linos.
Soto’s letter “suggested” the city select another ate for tennis courts, Thieleman said. la that light, to stored with tho porks board aa alternative. “We’re looking et moving the two volleyball courts near the existing tennis courts to Haymarket Park, where the rest of IIM volleyball courts art now. Then maybe we could toikl two mort tennis courts whore we
removed the volleyball courts, and renovate the existing tennis courts at the same time.
“But this is ail still in the talking stage, because we don't know if there’s enough room to build two more tennis courts, or even if the Tennis Association has gotten any closer to securing the necessary funds,” Thieleman added.
The proposed switch struck the heartstrings of the parks board back in November. The parks department was in the mids f a capital improvement project to construe . a 77,720 square foot parking lot along Fr L ric ksburg Road near the H -ward Street intersection, and the council had approved the project with 75 percent of the work being done into ae.
Than Delashir-** ^roached " neleman with the idea o. making the proposed Fredericksburg par »ng lot into tennis and volleyball courts, and making the existing facilities on Elisabeth Street into more parking space.
The parks board hugged the idea, and sent it to City Council, where approval was secured. But it appeared from Soto’s letter and from
parks board discussion Monday night, that's where the lines of communication cut short
“Back when we were presented the switch idea, didn’t I ask if Utilities said it was okay’” parks board member Bob Hanul asked.
“The item was placed on our agenda by someone else, and we assumed that whatever was needed to be (tone had been," board chairperson Sharon Phair said “I mean, when the switch suggestion was made, it didn t seem Uke it was my responsibly to go to the utiUty manager and ask if it was okay ”Parks roundup
Hamil asked Thieleman to check into the Utilitiee-LCRA lease for the property in question. “I'd Uke to know if there’s a conflict in the lease that would prohibit the faculty, and if not, why not okay it?” Hamil said.
Meanwhile, the p^rks director will continue to pursue aa appro d parking lot where green space is now bott .on the Misting volleybaU
courts and the Elizabeth Street curb That proposal, so far, remains unaffected, Thieleman said “U’U look a lot Uke the UtiUties parking lot The turfstone idea didn’t pan out because we're going to have to crown the tot for proper drainage We’U go out for bids on the parking lot, we’U do the landscaping and irrigation,’’ Thieleman said “The bid notice will probably be in the newspaper this week, to be opened on July 28, and hopefully we can have it completed by Wurstfest.”
Board members discussed increased traffic congestion near the park’s gazebo area, especially for weddings, and decided that the gazebo area, along with the dance slab, were facilitates just Uke picnic tables and and fat* should be charged for their use.
However, details on the fee amounts, possible restrictions on what time of the day a wedding can take place in the gazebo area, and how traffic should be properly handled wiU be hashed out at the board’s next meeting Reserved use of the gazebo accounts for 22 percent of the time, but Thieleman said, "It's
not how often it’s used, but the problems we have when it is used ”
Those problems are accented by the curbed circular driveway, which “gives the ittusion of being narrower than it reaUy is We put up a sign resin cling big vehicles from going down there, because it was being used ss a turnaround They’d get down there and not be able to make the turns, ” he added The problem now is not enough parking for regular public use, much less added cars for events Uke weddings It’s not even uncommon for people to park in the dnveway,” Thieleman si id
In other action, the board agreed to set aside the center deepest one-third of the Landa Olympic Pool for non-timed lap swimming, at the request of the New Braunfels Aquatic Club Board members decided to restrict the “Swim for Lunch” lap program to the designated hours of ll:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. on a trial basis, with future time extension baaed on the program’s response
- DEBBIE DeLOACH