New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal River......... 286 cfs (down 62)
Canyon inflow....... 345 cfs (down 60)
Canyon outflow ........ 800 cfs (same)
Watch Edwards Aquifer 625.52 (down 19)
Canyon Lake level .... 911.15 (down .28)
Wrestling: Going big time, Page 5
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 94-No. 144
July 23,1985 25 Cents
12 Pages —1 Sections
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Bill Polasek, public works director and press members
Don Ferguson, Debbie DeLoach and Mike Barbee inspect Preiss Heights cliff area
Cliff crackdown nets 29 arrests
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Three law enforcement officers arrested 24 people Saturday and five Sunday fur trespassing un Preiss Heights cliffs.
Constable Weiner Kieslmg aud deputies George Smith and NeLson Nolle put tile word out to camp owners that they would be enforcing the no-trespassing signs this weekend
Tile cit) of Seguin which owns the property tliat the cliffs are oil put up eight new earning signs iii late June rn an effort to save People's lives
'Die cliffs make a natural diving platform, but this summer alone two divers from the cliffs drowned, a 27-year-old Channelview man and a 23-year-old Spring man. One happened after the new signs went up. Also in 1962
and 1961 deaths occurred at this location lo cliff divers
Head injuries, spinal injuries and broken bones have also resulted from dives from the cliffs.
•We told the camp owners lo tell their people we were up there enforcing Hie signs,” Kieshng -aid * Word got out all along the river We heard people saying, •Don't go up there, police are up there ”
Arrests begun Saturday around I p.m. and continued until 7 p.m., Hie constable said.
On Sunday the law enforcement officers began patrolling the area at IO a.in. and kept bringing people in until around 5 p.m.
The point of the exercise was not to make a bunch of arrests,” Kiesimg said. “lf we can save just one person’s life, it will be worth it."
Commissioners Bill George and J.L. 'Jumbo' Evans during Monday's jail inspection
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Reagan meets with Chinese president
WASHINGTON *AP» - President Reagan, in his first high-level diplomacy since his cancer surgery IO days ago, was receiving Chinese President Ll Xiannian today to discuss a nuclear cooperation agreement and basic strategy toward the Soviet Union.
Officials said the long-stalled nuclear agreement probably will be signed this week, although not by the tw o presidents
Reagan’s schedule for his meeting with die 76-year-old Ij has been somewhat abbrev iated because of his surgery.
White House South Lawn welcoming ceremonies for the Chinese leader — normally heralded
with trumpeters, military bands playing national anthems and booming cannon and gun salutes were to be cut back by about five minutes from the normal JO minutes.
The two leaders were to meet afterward iii the Blue Room, a formal reception room on the White House first floor, accompanied by their lop advisers.
A senior administration official said the nuclear cooperation
agreement, first initialed during Reagan’s visit to China 15 months ago, would be discussed by the two leaders, but they would spend most of their time on broader issues “like basic strategy of how we are both going to approach the Soviet Union.” Smo-Soviet relations have unproved considerably in recent months. The two communist giants recently concluded a major trade and economic cooperation
agreement However, the official, who insisted on anonymity, said the Reagan administration sees no cause for alarm.
He said a reduction in tensions between Peking and Moscow “makes sense for diem just as our current effort to engage tile Soviets in a dialogue makes sense for us.”
The official said he saw nothing to block signing of lite nuclear cooperation agreement
City decides Morningside area will stay zoned as residential
Study identifies unsafe dams
From staff and wire reports
WASHINGTON «AP) Four years after a massive federal study identified 2,884 unsafe dams in the United States, little is being done to prevent the type of tragedy that claimed about 200 lives in Italy last week, a dam safety expert says.
“You’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade dams,” said Joe Ellam, director of Pennsylvania’s dam safety program and head of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials.
“Little is being done to correct these dams,” according to Ellam, who says the effort is being hampered by a lack of federal money.
Ensuring the safety of U.S. dams is a patchwork process, with states responsible for the bulk of the facilities. There is no uniform safety law and little federal assistance, according to Ellam and officials in Washington.
In Texas, the U S. Army Corps of Engineers annually inspects its earthen dams, including the 200-plus-foot Canyon Dam, which was built in the early 1960s
Phil Parsley, reservoir manager at the Canyon laike Corps office, said he sees no safety problem with the Corps’ dams.
“They re all under a Corps dam safety program,” he said. “They’re all checked frequently for any developmental problems and potential hazards."
“I know of no state or nationwide Corps dams that have any problems,” Parsley said, adding that legislation may not be extensive enough to govern all the dams built.
“You have all types of dams built — by private enterprise, by individuals - I suppose the legislation may not cover all these types of dams," he said.
Parsley also explained that along with the annual instrument tests to
determine if the structure has moved, a site test is performed every time a Corps employee is on the dam.
“Every time we’re on it or we mow the back slope, we look for any changes, any stuffing areas, any type of unusual seepage," Parsley said.
Canyon Lake’s earthen dam is the Corps’ tallest dam in Texas, he said, explaining that one side is simply dirt covered with grass The other is riprap, or boulders, which are piled up to break the waves and keep the water away from the dirt.
A dam should settle after the first few years and should not move much, Parsley said. The bridge's steel, however, will change position slightly according to the temperature.
Federal agencies like the Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation look after the dams they build, but federal dams accountSee STUDY, Page}
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
In a unanimous vote City Council agreed Monday night to keep 240 acres of newly-annexed land zoned for single family housing Another unanimous vote passed the second reading of an ordinance granting commercial zoning for three lots on EM 306 Zoning recommendations on the 240 acres southeast of town liad been back and forth between Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission for several months until Monday, when Council agreed on R-l (single family) zoning on the entire tract.
When land is annexed, it carries R-1 zoning until poperty owners request which classification they want on their land. Because Council did not change the zoning from R-l, there will be no more readings of the ordinance.
Planning and Zoning Conunission in April recommended R-2 (single and two family) zoning for the 240-acre tract, which is bounded by Morningside Drive, FM 1044 and Green Meadows subdivision.
Following Blat reconunendation, Robert Pfeuffer, representing his mother's land, asked City Council for various zonings, including R-3 imulti-family ), R-2, and C-l (local business).
Because Pfeuffer had not been at the Planning Conmussion meeting, Council sent the matter back to tile Commission for review.
At the next Planning Conmussion meeting, Fred Clark, representing four landowners including Mildred Pfeuffer, asked for the various zonings. He suggested llial land along EM 1044 be commercial, with single-fanuly property abutting the adjacent neighborhoods.
See ZONING, Page 2InsideToday's Weather
Expect brief early-morning cloudiness with partly cloudy and hot afternoons and a 20 percent chance of showers through Wednesday*. Daytime highs will reach 95 with overnight lows dropping to 75. Yesterday’s high was 95 and this morning’s low was 72. Sunset today is at 8:29 p.m. and sunrise tomorrow is at6:46a.m.Top TrackTwo Comal County competitors finished in the top spots at the AAU*
Junior Olympics Region IX meet Saturday , and a third is headed for the national meet in August. Sports, Page 5.
Comal jail certified
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The new Comal County Jail passed the final inspection by the Texas Commission of Jail Standards and received the Certificate of Compliance Monday.
Robert Uhr, New Braunfels resident and vice chairman of the commission, gave Sheriff Walter Fellers the certificate after reading a short statement that recounted the history of the Comal County Jail.
Calling the jail one of the “most up-to-date jails” in the state, Uhr in
formed Fellers that Comal County was one of only 71 counties in Texas with a new facility.
“The old Comal County jail was remodeled some time ago to meet the state standards,” Uhr read; “however, on Sept. I, 1981 there was a federal lawsuit against the district attorney, the sheriff and the commissioners court due to the conditions in the jail ”
Uhr recalled the passage of the bond issue in 1983 to construct the new jail “to remove the court order”
that resulted from the lawsuit.
The judge’s order limited the population of the old jail, and the final settlement out of court enforced higher standards than the state required on the new facility, such as a higher percentage of single-man cells and a required law library for inmates.
Maurice Wood, an inspector with the commission, had passed the physical plant in an earlier inspection with a few exceptions. These deficiencies, like the missing fire
extinguishers, had to be rechecked in this inspection.
Wood said that the final inspection was always made after the jail was in operation because the inspection was of records and procedures, such as emergency evacuation, sanitation, exercise and medical emergency.
“We have ll different plans they have to run through for us. mainly concerned with health and safety,” Wood said. “And we have to assure that inmates are receiving constitutional treatment.”