New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
County wants content computer
By DAVID KINO Blaff w Btl
All Un balkiness riiould be out of Camel County’s computer system by Sept. I.
County Commissioners Thursday spproved the purchase of an “L” board for the computer system, a system which has been plagued recently by an overloaded central processor and ths resulting slow processing of information.
The system is used by an assortment of county offices as well as the district court and district attorney.
Comal County’s pro-rated share of the coot of the board will be $1,400, with Hays County paying $1,000 and Caldwell County $060. The three counties make up this Judicial district.
'The L board will allow you to use more terminals and more printers in the future, and it has a faster processor,” said Jim Dunlap of Justice Information Management Inc. of Austin. Dunlap’s firm installed and is in the proceee of programming the system.
"This board is the latest in the technology from Motorola,”
Delivery and installation will be in the latter part of August, he
In fact, the entire contract with JIM — installation, programming and training — will be completed by late August or early September, he said.
A lack of training of county employees tiring the system has been a problem since the computers were installed, so County Judge Fred Clark suggested that JIM hold a training session for aD county employees late in August
Study- Women flirt more
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A subtle nudge beside the video game. A seductive sway to Jukebox musk. A simple swivel of a bar stool. Such ane the ways of flirting, and a bl ologist studying the phenomenon says women make the Arri move more than half the time.
“It’s not pathological, and it’s not voyeurism. B's genuine intellectual IrXerest,” said Timothy Peeper, explaining how he began a two-year study Blat has taken him from Manhattan to Philadelphia
Pcrper, 44, a farmer professor st Rutgers University, watched about 2,500 male-female encounters in 50 bars before reaching his cond unions. The riudy was funded by a $10,600
pant from the Guggenheim Foundation.
Perper said the pant let him do his research with a touch of dees.
“We went to respectable places because we wanted to Blow that flirtations and pickups are in ne way restricted to Joints,” he said
At a bar in Philadelphia, Perper pointed out a female undergraduate from West Chester University standing next to a young man at a video game.
As they played, rile leaned over and “accidentally” bumped Into him. He failed to notice.
“Forget it,” observed Perper. “That was a crucial escalation point ”
From his poet in the bar, Perper
picks his “focal subjects,” using techniques honed in the 1970s when be Buttled rats He isolates and documents each step in the sequence of flirtation behavior
“I learned how to observe watching the rats — to be objective and distant but not alienated This is not a cold scientific pursuit that treats people like bugs .”
During interviews, Perper found males were not as conscious of the signals used to initiate or escalate a flirtation as were women He also found that men often were Bow to respond
‘'Women initiate more than half the time,” he said in an interview published Thursday.
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Utilities eyes building expansion
By DOBIE De LO ACH Staff wrier
From the looks of things, New Braunfels Utilities bul kings will soon lay claim to at leari one-quarter of Main Plata.
Trustees gave architect Gene Rutherford the goahead Thursday to begin design development and working drawings for proposed expansions, involving the present Utilities building and the “Rrilections” building.
* The leeee to the building, which currently houses the antique store, is up on Oct. I,” Utilities Manager Bob Schn said. “The lease waa for Ave years. It was signed in 1978. Ifs over. We have the option, and we do need the bulking.
“We need room. We have people practically on top of each other.” Sohn added.
Trustees must have agreed, but first they listened as RuUMrford outlined bls proposal. “As much as rd Mn to redo the Lower Colorado River Authority building (In Lamia Park), we concentrated on something feasible and reasonable. A strong BBwnsnt was made to stay on the Square, and be pert of the development of the downtown area, so that's what we have here,” Rutherford arid.
Phase I, he said, would entail mrinly enclosures of some present walkwqrs, awnings and the carport area behind the “Reactions” budding — referred to by Rutherford ae the Annex Building. Eriimried coat for Phase I, Sohn added, ie $228JM0.
Square footage wouldn’t increase all that much until Phase II, Sohn mid. That phase would kaep the
parking lot between the Main and Annex budding, and build a second story of office space above it. Also included in this phase would be a canopy to connect the two buildings, similar to the present awning on the Main Building.
While Phase II would provide for an additional 9,000 Stuart feet plus, a possible Phase HI, on down the road, would provide for more office apace. The present Senior CiUsens Center would also be tom down for mare parking q>ace.
Trustees also authorized bld advertisements for the Walnut Street Water extension project. “We will pick up at the Coll St tank, extend or update to a 12-inch main, down Sycamore. We’ll bring it under Interrtate 31, extend it down to where the extension of Walnut St. is plained, then connect it to the 18-inch main on Old Marian Rd.,” Sohn said in ai earlier interview.
“That project will establish a major loop back to the Sunset tank, and beck around the opposite (traction to the Coll St. tank, via FM 725,” Sohn added. The ioop, in tin, win serve to increaee wrier pressure end rd lability.
Trustees also approved bid advertisements for minor roof repair work to the Utilities Main Office, the administration offices portion of the ITRA Bulking, and patch work on the housing for the Lands hydro-electric unit and the Water Plant office*, at an estimated coat of $20,000.
Bide will also be advertised for additions to the
See EXPANSION, Page I0A 'X' marks the spot where a larger boulder used to sitMoved rock makes waves
By DY ANNE FRY Staff writer
If you thought the rocks of Hus co Falls would be there when all the canoe paddles had crumbled toto dust, think again One's been moved A number af people would like to see it moved beck. Bb that may be easier said than dana.
Contractor Daniel Hoffmann who vned two chain hoists to dislodge the rock an Tuesday, reportedly was back st Hut co Springs Camp ri midmorning Friday, attempting to undo the job Hoffmann told Frank “Old Man Riva” Smith that Whitewater photographer Bob Mangus paid him 8200 to move the rock in the first piece Mangus. of Adventure Images Inc , denied having given the order.
I didn t know that the rock was going to be moved until it had already bean moved," said Msngus I think there s a lot of rumors going around that aren't true."
The rock (more aptly described as a boulder, the waffit of which would be measured in tone) never left the Guadalupe River bad. It rimgly moved several feet right, and slightly downstream, of where it used to be Until about 5 pin Tuesday, I lay in the lee of Huaco’s large central boulder, famous for its part in making pretzels of canoes Smith realises that Huaco Falls is one af the lower Guadalupe s moat dangerous Biota But he feels that the moving of the lower rock has created an even more dangerous atuation by changing the currents in the rapids.
See ROCK. Page 1IAFate of Clearwater Estates roads undecided
Roads to Clearwater EBates subdivision may — or may not — be reverting to private owMnhip after all.
Comal County Commisrioners Court ordered the roads returned to tho subdivision md developer Vermillion Development Inc. to a motion June to.
Bat Ken Rice, who owns 114 acres adjacmt to the subdivirion, has filed a petition to have
the order rescinded, and he outlined that motion through attorney Lonnie Churm at Thursday’s meeting of tile court.
The three-page petition said the action of returning the roads to private ownership was “improper and void.”
Chum laid the roads were given to the public when the subdivision's plat was approved July 7, 1882.
In addition, the roads became part of the public syrian because of “general and customary use by the public,” “sale* of iou by reference to the recorded plat," and “reliance by the public, including the Petitioner (Rice), an the public dedication (the couity taking over the roads I.” Rascally, the roads were accepted by the county when the plat waa approved and when
the general public Baned uang them. Chunn said. No formal acceptance of the roads was needed from the county.
However, attorney Barry Moore, who was Speaking for the landowners and dev elopers said they had a one-year leeway from the time of dedication — the official turning over — to the acceptance of the road!
“The baric law ta that any developer or owner has the right to withdraw the dedication in a one-year period,” he said Moore said asking the court for its approval was merely a formal it), since the roads were Bill private (under the one-year rule* when the developers approached the court
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Mattox tries to keep files from grand jury
AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Jim Mattox has filed e motion to keep his office files out of the hands of a grand Jury Investigating his campaign reports and accusations he threatened to put a Houston law firm out of the bond business.
Mattox surrendered the records to a district Judge Thursday night after pro sec uteri threatened to have law officers arise the (Use end bring the attorney genteel, in person, before grand Jurors.
Prose lictors agreed to Mattox’ demand that tha documents be kept seeled until a hearing cen be held on Mattox’ motion to get them beck.
A hearing on that issue was sat for 2 pm Thursday in the court of State Dtitrict Judge Mac* B. Thurman.
Ilia grand Jury la looking into a charge that Mattox threatened to put a Houston law firm representing Mobil Oil Corp. out of the bondtiig buri noes because on* of the firm’s lawyers was trying to subpoena Mattox’ Briar.
The attorney general’s files were eubpoened at 1:20 pm. Thursday, and when they had not bien delivered to the grand Jury by 4:20, Dtitrict Attorney Ronnie Earle filed a writ, rigned by Thurman, author! ring patios to eeixe th* records end bring the attorney general to tha courthouse.
“We thought that It was necessary to get tha UMtarial as soon ae poaribie once wa told them what material we wanted,” mid Earle. “Without accusing anybody of anything, the opportunity would have ext Bed for there to have hem a security problem with what wa subpoenaed.”
The Mottos files subpoenaed Include “ell
telephone records, diaries, notes of ceile, recordings of calli, appointment books, desk calendars.
travel itineraries, financial voucher*” and other documents, driing back to Jan I.
Mattox’ personal attorney, Bob Jones, arid he would try to get the records back Thursday on grounds ‘ the grand Jury does not have the right to intercede in the attorney -client privilege.”
Arthur Mitchell, the attorney general’s legal counsel, brought a one-foot tall Back of documents to Thurman's courtroom about 7:20 pm Grand jurors went home for the night about half an hour later.
Subpoenas were also Issued during the day for Mattox’ pilot, Edwin Low; Assistant Attorney General Tom Groan; Mattox administrative ride Steve Hall; and a secretary from the attorney genteel’s office, Patricia Manly Low was ordered to produce “all records and information relating to the use by the attorney general of any rirpiwie owned, rented, laaaad or otherwise available to the State of Taxis.”
But the only person from Mattox' office to show ip for the grand jury was Hall, who was one af two witnesses to testify Thursday.
Before questioning Hall grand Jurors qutiaed Jeeee Logan, financial director af the Lower Colorado River Authority Logan left the secret proceedings without comment, but he apparently w« questioned about accusations that Mottos had held up an LORA bond proposal to retaliate against attorney Thomas McDade of the Hourion law finn Ful (right ti J aworth!
Utilities sets budget at $35 million
New Braunfels Utilities will operate in 1982-84 an a 125 million budget, approved by trustees Thursday.
And now for the good news...there rn no electric rate increase projected for next year.
“The last actual electric rate increase we had was in March of 1980 We rewrote the electric ordinances in the spring of Itll, lo uke the fuel corie out of the base rate, so this will make three years rn a row without an electric rate increase,” Utilities manager Bob Sohn said.
Satin a proud af that Batement. as perhaps he should be with a projected average ll percent increase in fuel cobs for next year. "We sell it, we have to purchase it,” he arid
Trarieas approved the budgB, but not before they’d trimmed 1101,810 from it before and during the meeting. A 115,000 dump truck had been cut from the faudgri before the meeting begin.
Truriee Arna Becker congratulated the Baff on tha budget preparation, thai added, “I foal we’re etui a little rich in some areae. I propose we amend this budget by reducing Personnel Services for all depart
ments by a total of 186 OOO ’ “Okay, let me put a wnte-on on that . * truBee Edgar Sahm arid “Under Employee Benefits, conferences and meetings, I propose we cut $10,000, leaving $15,000 there And then in schooling end training, I propose we cut $15.00, leaving 835,000 ” Satin laid “a lot of soulsearching" went into the 828 million budget “I looked ri the actual kilowatt hours arid this year, I tee trends and slopM, and I come up with what I think wall need next year,” he explained “I expect en I percent increaee in residential Last year, I used I percent for commercial, but I’m going with a conservative 4 percent Biri year,” Sohn “I’m predicting a I percent increase for large power industrial
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The 1088-14 budget alae provide* for putting 18.4 nriUtoo back into tic ay stem, MBI sari. “We otic have $M milan toff tram mu im m mullen tied series, and we’re getog legend it all naut year.”