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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Inmate recaptured after seven hours of freedom By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writar More security may be in the works to prevent another Jail escape like Sunday afternoon, when Juanito Correa bolted for freedom after an exercise period. His escape only got him seven hours of freedom. Comal County Jail inmates were being escorted from the outdoor exercise area back into the Courthouse for lunch around noon Sunday. Correa bolted and ran through the hallway between the District Attorney’s Office and the County Clerk's Office, and up the stairs to the second floor. “He jumped from the balcony, and took off on foot,” Sheriff’s Investigator Rudy Rubio said “We had everyone looking for him Then we got an anonymous telephone call about 6 p m The caller said we could find Correa at 109 Morales Courts ” Rubio and several backup units from New Braunfels Police Department didn't find Correa at the low-income housing project. But we did find his 14-year-old girl!nend She finally told us he was hiding up in the attic,” Ruble said The attics to 109 and the apartment next door connected, so Ruble went up on one side, and NBPD officers Mike Rust and D R Ives went into the attic of the adjoining apartment “We flushed him out,” Rubio said. Police officer Juan Davis and Sheriff’s Reserve Mark Bryant also participated rn the capture, which ended about 7 05 p.m. Rubio said the 17-year-old Correa was in jail for burglary of a motor vehicle He has also been charged with escape from custody, which could cost him an additional five years New JJ—LL Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeituno Vol. 92 - No. 147    12    Pages TUESDAY July 26, 1983 25 cents LISPS 377 «80’ Parking lot plan causes friction By DYANNEFRY Staff writar It seemed a simple enough matter: a landscaped parking lot next to the {Anda Recreation Center. But an undercurrent of controversy was evident in the City Council chamber Monday night. Members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board were offended because no one asked them to look at the plans They were presented to City Council for the first time Monday, and approved the same night Representatives of the Wurstfest Association came in cool and gracious, but grew annoyed as the argument dragged on The idea of the parking lot was approved last summer, they said. The association has volunteered funds to help with the construction. And they want to get on with it, so that the lot will be there in time for Wurstfest this fall "There is nothing rn this plan that’s harmful to the city, or to any member of the City Council This is a good plan,” said John Dotter of the association's long-range planning committee, as council members Max Winkler and Barbara Tieken pushed to have the plans reviewed by the parks board. Parks board chairman Sharon Phair was worried about what would happen to the pecan trees in the area where the lot will be. Doster says the trees will be saved, but Phair wanted to know what provisions will be made to water them. She also asked about the traffic pattern. According to the plans, there’ll be no driveway on the south side of the parking lot, where the recreation center’s front door is Cars will enter from luanda Park Drive at the back of the triangle The Wurstfest people think this will help traffic flow. Phair isn t sure, City Manager R N. Delashmutt said he was following instructions when he brought the plans to the council first. After all, the council approved the general idea in 1962 < It came as part of a package of Wurstfest recommendations, including a 125.000 donation to the Hinman Island Park Improvement Project I And council See PARKING, Page 12 The eyes have it Peering through her testing equipment, volunteer Loma Wong screens fellow volunteer Jerri Ann Goodman for glaucoma as Emma Hernandez program director for the Texas Society to Prevent Blindness, looks on The society which nave tree Staff photo by Canty X«r hardtop screenings at HEB Food Store Monday is available for any group which requests it Characterized by increased pressure within the eyeball, glaucoma can cause gradual toss of vision Security firm to move here By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor A company specializing rn burglar alarm systems has chosen New Braunfels as its American headquarters Dan Sedgwick, chairman of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Industrial Development Committee, told chamber members Tuesday that Security Products Universal Inc has set up warehousing at Interstate 35 and Soims Road Its parent company. Security Products Unversai Ltd., is based in Hung Kong The parent company has “really just made the basic decision to move the company to IH-35 and Soims Road. Sedgwick said So far. Sedgwick said the company in New Braunfels has only two workers, its president, R W. Over Lander, and a secretary Over lander is from the United States, but spent 12 years in the Orient working with other companies. Sedgwick said He and his brother Steve Over lander developed the < ompany. Sedgwick said The parent romp an y manufactures products rn the burglar alarm See (OMPANY, Page 12 Parking woes Council wrestles with Liberty problems Inside City Hall’s resident traffic expert agrees there s quite a traffic problem on I jberty Street. She came up with two possible solutions: extend the noparking zone from North Street to Torrey, or make I jberty a one-way street going north But Connie Meyer hadn't figured on the complications that came up in Qty Council Monday night Or perhaps she had City Manager E.N. Delashmutt agreed there were no easy answers. “Even I can’t come up with anything better than what she’s recommended,’’ he said of his recently-hired administrative assistant, who made her first public council presentation Monday. Council members took the first step on her first recommendation when they directed City Attorney John Chunn to draw up a new no-parking ordinance But much dissent lay behind this directive, and there’s a good chance the ordinance will never hit the books The general consensus seemed to be that New Braunfels’ parking problems are bigger than Ijberty Street, and nobody has yet proposed a satisfactory, heavy-duty solution. Owners of three big resorts in the area were present Monday night, and objected to both of Meyer’s ideas. Jeff Henry, one of the family that owns the Schlitterbahn and lainda Resort, said a one-way Liberty would be disastrous to our business," and would just create more traffic on Union Street. Henry didn t like the no-parking idea either. His father, Robert Henry, has even suggested to council that the existing no-parking signs rn the 500-700 blocks of I Jberty be taken down. The council has said those signs were put up at the request of residents, Jeff Henry pointed out. lf that s the case. “I respectfully request that you don’t put signs in front of our house," he said He owns five lots on I Jberty. And the same goes for his sister and her husband, who live in another house in the same neighborhood, Henry added Meyer said the Schlitterbahn actually has the recommended amount of off-street parking for its square footage of resort space Her comment lent some support to the Henrys’ claim that the people parked along I Jberty, North and Garza streets may actually be patrons of Prince Soims Park, where the city’s "tube chute" is located The idea of expanding parking facilities in Prince Soims' green space came up again Delashmutt said parks advisory board and other segments of the community wouldn’t like it. "I presented it once before and like to got my throat cut,” he said One resident asked why the city eouldn t just let people park on the grass on busy summer weekends? It wouldn't do that much damage, she contended, and the city wouldn’t have an expensive paving job. For the rest of the year, the green space would be there. Counciimember Barbara Tieken proposed trying the extended no-parking zone on a temporary basis, and having an emergency ordinance to that effect for reading at the next meeting Chunn told her it wouldn’t look good to have a temporary measure labeled an "emergency”; that it would be better to go for the normal three readings. “But by that tune, the summer will be over,” Tieken complained. -OYANNE FRYToday's Weather It will be sunny and hot today and Wednesday. Low clouds are expected late tonight. Wednesday will bring considerable early morning cloudiness, burning off to a sunny and hot afternoon. Winds will be from the south near IS mph today and Wednesday, shifting to the southeast at 10-15 mph tonight Sunset will be at 8:27 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 6:47 a .rnBehind Closed Doors Three attorneys from the Houston law firm of Fulbright 4 Jaworski are in Austin today to testify before the Travis County Grand Jury about allegations that Attorney General Jim Mattox threatened to put them out of huyn^ See Pap* 3 Still Fighting Rebel fighting within the Palestine Liberation Organization continues for the fourth consecutive day in the Mideast Other clashes continue to rage throughout the Mideast, the heaviest af which began Saturday when Iranian forces lulled or injured 3,000 troop members in Iraq See Page 3 CALENDAR........................12 CLASSIFIED.....................S-11 COMICS.........................7-i CROSSWORD..........,...........7 DEAR ABBY............  7 DEATHS..........................12 HOROSCOPE.......................7 OPINIONS..........................4 SPORTS.........................M STOCKS...........................2 TELEVISION  .....................7 WEATHER      2 Lake may soon host PEC board meeting By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer Pedemaics Electric Cooperative I PEC I director* will soon begin a policy of having their monthly board meetings in locations throughout their service area and Canyon lake will be one of the first sites chosen “Canyon lake will probably be the first or second place well be meeUng,” said PEC spokesman Bill Cunningham, who said the new policy would most likely begin next month Until now. board meetings have been held at the PEC headquarters rn Johnson Qty THe change comes as part of the cooperative's new communication plan announced at the annual meeting in June The plan was dev ised to try to improve public access to rec decision-making and community reLaUons. It was de sen bed in General Manager Bennie R Fueiberg's report as a long-term step toward keeping the membership in the community as well as civic leaders, informed of happenings at PEC. Key segments of the plan call for regularly scheduled meetings between co-op officials and city councils and scheduled public meetings throughout the service area.” At the PEC’s regular board meeting Monday night, a report was heard from the Cooperative Finance Corporation regarding the PE:C's status in comparison to other electric cooperatives throughout the nation Thirty different criteria are used in the study and the PECs standing was described as very good ” Our rates are among the lowest and the percentage of our budget that goes for administration is very low,” Cunningham said Efforts are being made to curtail burglaries at PEC yards, where supplies have been stolen recently One burglary has been reported in Kyle, and two at Johnson City during the past few weeks There are evidently pretty-well planned.” Cunningham said. explaining that large spools of wire have been stolen and heavy equipment is required to move them An investigation is being conducted right now by the cower Colorado Rjver Authority's security department and private investigators, Cunningham said ‘ We have some pretty good leads.” he added Steps are being taken to put more permanent identification on the wire spools by branding them, rather than painting on company data.Budget picture brightens for Comal ISD By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writar In less than a week, the budget picture at Comal Independent School District went from worse to better. Trustees heard Business Manager Hugo Nowotny's report Tuesday night that CISD will get more Average Daily Attendance money from the state for 1962-63 than was expected That good news, in turn, upped the district's estimated contingency fund at the end of 196344 from 6360,626 (reported on July 19) to a nice round figure of 9300,000. More ADA also means the state will pay for more teachers, Nowotny said. CISD grew by about 233 students last year, which is the equivalent to about IO teachers. But that’s not mil. The increased ADA funds, pius an estimated figure of 9837 million for CISD’s aasesoort value after exemptions from the Central Appraisal District, has dropped the estimated tax rate from 86.4 cents per 9100 valuation at the July 19 workshop to 79.5 cents CISD Supt Edgar Wiilhelm said it this way: “An analysis of the 1962 tax rate and the proposed 1963 tax rate shows that the average homeowner will experience less than a 95 a month increase in actual tax dollars for 1963 The total taxes paid by 90 percent of the homeowners will be less than individual homeowners paid in the 1961 tax year But the possibility of a rollback still looms above CISD "** .dual tax rete exceeds the effective tax rate by three percent, we have to hold a public having,” Nowotny explained "lf ifs eight percent or more, the district is subject to a rollback, but only if voters petition for it.” Trustees approved the 40 percent homestead exemption for 116344 at the July 19 meeting, which one official described as “sticking our necks out “ But even if CISD trustees adopted the 196243 budget as is, the district would still be subject to a rollback The rollback, if passed, would not lower the 1963 taxes, Supt Wiilhelm said “Reduced taxes would not be effective until the 1964 tax year,” he added A rollback spells trouble, Nowotny has said, because "of simple mathematics Say, in 1962-13 we collected roughly 95 million rn taxes In 198344, we need 96.600,000, so we have a rollback election and it passes Then in 196445, even if we need 97 million, all we can have is 95 million, or what we had rn 196243 ” In other action, salaries for principals got a shot in the arm to make CISD positions more competitive with area districts Elementary principals at Pay Grade 13 will now earn 93,250 •bove their state base salary for ll months, as opposed to the current above base of 92,750 Assistant prim pals at the middle schools • Pay Grade ll) stayed the same at 92,750 above base, while middle school principals went from 93.000 to 94.200 above base Assistant principals at the high schools (Pay Grade ll) went from 92,750 to 93.000 above base, and high school principals jumped from 94,000 to 95,300 above base Trustee Carey McWilliams entertained a motion to increase the salary for elementary principals by 9550 more, the middle school principals by 9300 more, and the high school principals by 81.300 more His motion failed with a 3-3 tie vote The preliminary vote was 3-2 rn favor of the motion, with McWilliams. Jim Rector and David Way voting in favor and Karen Rust and Erwin Lehmann against Four votes are needed for passage, and Board President Kenneth Wunderlich cast the deciding vote against the measure David Boatner was absent In other salary action, trustees approved a 9400 above state base increase for the director of special education, director of personnel. and the director of support services Trustees also took action to maintain salaries of three Community Education coordinators at Pay Grade 10B for 196344, but with the indication those salaries would possibly be reduced to s Pay Grade 7 for the 196445 school year The vote on that one was 5-1. with Way voting no He didn t like the idea af reductio anyone’s salary But the rest of the trustees felt Uke a year’s notice was fair, and more desirable than continuing the injustice to others at Pay Grade B Also, substitute teacher salary schedules were increased to 934 per day, and 951 par day for contmous substitution of the same pinon after IO days. ;