New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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June 12, 1987 25 CentsNew Braunfels, Texas One Section, 16 Pages
Soggy landfill leaves debris above ground
It’s a mess, but It’s only temporary
City sanitation crews collecting discarded household belongings during the recent citywide cleanup campaign have had to drop the loads on city-owned property until conditions at the landfill improve so the trucks can get in, according to Public Works Director Fred Ryden.
“We have really had no choice,” said Ryden Wednesday afternoon “We had no way to get in due to the weather.”
City crews have dropped the discarded items on properties at Interstate 35 near the National Guard Armory and on Churchill Drive. Ryden said some of the
loads were set at the public works office also Ryden said another reason for waiting to take the items to the landfill was to allow the materials some time to dry out, making them lighter and avoiding the city’s having to pay higher tipping fees for the moisture-laden items.
“lf we can get three days of good weather, we can get in there. ” Ryden said Ryden said he could not estimate the tonnage city crews have dumped on the collection sites. He said a front-end loader will have to be utilized to gather the items. He said the department will not be paying any employee overtime hours ior re collecting, adding that the annual city spring clean up effort had been completed.
Solons approve traffic signage; give fire truck
Child fights for life after falling into raging river
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
A 2-year old girl who fell into the Guadalupe River late yesterday afternoon continues to fight for her life today at a San Antonio hospital Ashley Mitchell the daughter of Mr md Mrs Gary Mitchell fell into the rain-swollen river near the family’s residence at 250 Camp Joy, off Texas 46 just east of the city around 0 15 p rn Thursday
Hie child was reported to be in critical but stable condi tion in the Intensive Care I nit at Santa Rosa Children's Hospital She was transferred there last night around 0 p in from McKenna Memorial Hospital by an arms MAST helicopter Ashley Mitchell has not regained consciousness since being pulled from the river by family members md neighbors and has been given only an even chance of sur vicing Reports are incomplete as to how long the toddler was submerged in the river Ellen Amstutz. who owns the riverfront residential properties said the family and child had t*een outside and that family members thought she was playing with an older child near a mobile trailer
I guess she just wandered off md got too close o the water and fell in ” said Amstutz saddened by the accident Amstutz said the child was actually pulled from the water by her grandfather The property owner said she did not know how long the child had been underwater by the time she was rescued but believed she was recovered fairly quickly I don'1 know how long she had already been found by the time I knew about ’’
Though rains had swollen the river the waters were not moving swiftly which aided in the toddler’s rescue It s really hard to say said the child’s father this morning from the hospital They are monitoring her md the doctors have said it could go either way New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service personnel including Keith Hoganhaner and Xavier Larralde, arm ed at the scene and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene and while en route to McKenn Memorial The child was in cardiac art est at the time A MAST helicopter was requested for transfer to the San Antonio facility and arrived shortly before i<» p rn last night The air ambulance pilot had difficulty locating
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River conditions impact
Natural rainfall has swollen the flow, shrunk the number of those who recreate a'ong the river s banks. Increased releases from Canyon Lake may perpetuate the reason some people will stay away
From Staff and Wire Reports
River outfitters along the Guadalupe River say they have lost half of their business t»ecause three weeks of rainfall has brought Central Texas rivers and lakes to their highest levels in six years.
“A lot of jieople called and are canceling their reservations’’ tiecause of river conditions, said Karen Passalacqua of White Water Sports
Area lakes, like Canyon Lake, are at flood stage and dam releases have been closely monitored to prevent downstteam flooding This week the Canyon Dam release has been minimal but that will change soon
The amount of water coming through the dam will remain at IOO cubic feet per second because of flooding in other areas along the Guadalupe River U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said this morning
“(Engineers) have determined that because of flooding in downstream areas, the release from the lake will remain at IOO < cfs > until further notice They're watching it real close. It may fie mid week next
week l>efore they change t " aid Corps spokesperson Judy Marne ann Canyon Lake was af 935 feet above mean spa level 8 feet away from the spillway, earlier today Under normal circumstances, tile dam discharges about boo cubic lect of water i>er second David Wei soh director of development and plann mg for tile Guadalupe and Blanco River Authority, said Jerry Brite, reservoir manager at Canyon Lake, said Corps personnel inspected the dam this morning and found it to be structurally sound It’s perfect.” he said Gruene and New Braunfels area river outfitters, who tent kayaks, inner-tubes. canoes and rafts, have closed down or revamped to ac commodate the high and fast w ater “We’re not renting any tubes or canoes.” said Jane Abbott of Abbott River Outfitters Her company is on Iv offering guided tours this weeken with the river expected to flow it such a high rate,
While July usually is a lug month for family vacations along the Guadalupe River. Abbott silo she expects to see a large number of serious
Whitewater rafters descend on the area when releases from the dam in crease
We'll lune only a percentage of 'he business that we would have had Ifs not what it should have been But it’ll make ends meet It’ll be very few families andi more people who are looking for excitement but not the rowdies You can't get out there and get drunk on this kind of water ’’ the river outfitter said, adding that the venous rafters make up one of the business s (jest crowds except that crowds will ive smaller Abbott said only about half of her daih average of six) customers have* been braving the river since Memorial Day June business makes up about 40 percent of her yearly in c ome. -die said May and August are light compared to June and July during an average year Abbot add ed
We’ve tveen rained out every weekend but Memorial Day. "he -aid Abbott added that during one weekend in May. rains forced her to give ram checks to the customers
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Skies will continue to be mostly cloudy today with a 60 percent chance of yet more rain. That chance decreases to 30 percent tonight with a low in the low 70s and southeast winds 5 to IO mph. On Saturday, mostly cloudy skies will prevail with a 70 percent chance of it raining on your parade and a high in the mid 80s. Southeast winds will reach IO mph.The Menu
RELIGIOUS FOCUS 6
The Governments of Texas 1987. a municipal analysis service, offered to sell Harold a comprehensive book outlining 14 different areas in which City Hall could save money or raise funds to the tune of $1,365,485. Wow! Probably wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to some of the natives who many times have suggested ways, some very imaginative, to cut back bureauracy.
The book says it compares per capita spending to other similar city governments within 500. count em. VK) different areas of spending and revenues All this and more for an introductory cost of $150 Harold checked his piggy bank, but found only $2.12. a good luck penny, a couple of old IOU s and some dead insects.
Last year, City Finance Director Jim Jeffers scoffed at the analysis, saying the numbers used by the firm don't jive with city calculations and said he didn’t know where they get their numbers
Because the driveway to the old school building has been washed away, organizers of the Fischer Store School Community Center open house have postponed that June 13 event and have moved the barbecue scheduled for June 13 into the old Fischer Hall Barbecue and all the trimmings will be served from noon to 4 p in. for $3 for adults and $2 for those under 12 years of age on June 13 They will reschedule the open house later
Today was the first day of the three Friday hands on clay workshops at Buck Pottery in Gruene Magical Child Creative Workshops will be held again on June IP and 26 for adults and children of all ages from lo a rn to noon Cost is $1 per day
Another rain casualty Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church has canceled its bazaar which was scheduled for this weekend The good news, however, is that the volleyball and horseshoe tour naments will go on as scheduled.
The volleyball teams will take to the court Saturday starting at 8 a m. Each of the teams will be contacted with more information.
Horseshoe pitching will begin at noon Prizes valued at $300 will be given in first through fourth places There is a S12 entry tee per team
OakRun thanks those folks who helped with the AK benefit for the Emergency Children's Shelter They are Coca-Cola Bottling of San Antonio Lite Beer; New Braunfels Resorts. Inc.; Guadalupe Outpost River Motel; Wolfgang’s Keller Restaurant and Bar; C. Ray Schock. CPA, Guada-Loop-Shoot; Keno s Drive In, State Farm. Lewis Ard; Kroger Foods; New Braunfels Smokehouse ERA Schoolcraft Resort Rentals; Total Fitness; Creative Hands. Ltd.; The K I D Company; Tri-City Distributors, KGNB KNBT Radio; Sew Braunfels Herald Zeitunn, and ail the runners and volunteers ...
New Braunfels City Council tins week approved the installation oi several traffic control signs at various intersections around the city while also agreeing to transfer an aging fire truck to the county and die sale of two obsolete police vehicles.
Council unanimously approved die traffic control sign measure in an emergency reading June 8 Stop signs are to be erected at the intersection of West Katy Street and North Hidalgo Avenue and yield signs are to be installed at Rusk Avenue and Broadway
Stop and yield signs were placed al West Katy Street and West Bridge Street po days ago under temporary authority of Police Chief Burney Boeck. He recommended they become permament because they had alleviated traffic problems The ordinance also authorized yield right-of-way signs at Rusk Avenue and Broadway.
With delivery of a new pumper truck expected later this month, council approved transfer of a surplus 1P57 GMG fire truck to Comal County. The county said it intends to place the truck, still operational but no longer certifiable by the state, at the Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department.
Council also agreed to sell surplus police vehicles, one a IPHI Ford Fair monl, no longer in use. and tile other a wrecked I PHU Ford Diplomat, along with surplus property belonging to
an interlocal agreement atween the cities of New Braunfels and San Marcos establishing boundaries for future annexations The agreement is awaiting ratification by San Marcos City Council
New Braunfels Utilities at a future auction
The public auction is June IP at IO a m. at the public works offices at 770 Lakeview Blvd. The vehicles will be on display at 8 :30 a rn
In other action, council unanimously approved the iollow ing:
tinal reading of an ordinance adopting new and additional zoning districts governing any future zoning requests and newly annexed property into the city and revising the requirements for general provisions
second reading of an ordinance providing for the regulation of private ambulance services operating within city limits
scheduled a public hearing during regular session June 22 as required to apply for federal grant money to offset costs of various public infrastructure to the Wal-Mart Distribution Center
approved a request to sell city-owned property between 411 and 391 S Academy Ave at its appraised value to an abutting property owner.
approved the financial report ior period ending May 15. 1987.
approved report of tax assessor/collector for May 1987
This MG sports car’s interior probably got a lit- of the kinds of lengths some area residents tie damp despite its owner s attempt to prevent have had to go to during recent heavy rain1 same. But this Comal Street scene is indicative (Photo by Deryl Clark)