New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 134, No. 116 Two Sections, 42 Pages
Two Sections, 42 Pages
June 14, 1987
'I h** ( ommunity Council of South Central Texas will be issuing I SDA (heese and butter to income eligible households ' rider the new guidelines of the Texas Department of Human Resources all recipients w ill be required to complete an application in order to determine eligibility and must bring proof of identification and income such as food stamp identification Medicaid card. AFDC award letter, food stamp award let ter \ \ identification, or paycheck -.tub
< ommodities will be issued at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. 138 W Austin from 'tam
to 2 p rn on June 16 I* or more information. call CCSCT community services division at 625 6268. Do not. repeat do not call the church office.
I he number to call if you want to anonymously tun. someone in for i nounal behavior and receive up to ll ooO reward for doing so is 625 tips New Braunfels Comal County < rime Stoppers want to expand their visibility in the county VV hat has to happen for you or anyone to receive a reward is that the information provided leads to 'he arrest and conviction of person or persons guilty of felony crimes Say. for example you know your neighbors kid is selling cocaine or stolen hmm semiautomatic capons to declared violent tax rest .lei s. you call 625 tips and tell the officer on duty 24 hours a day about what you know Be specific and stay on the line long enough to .nder land how yoti can cash in on your efforts Be patient lf your tip anis out to be the genuine article and the bari guy s are brought to justi e and convicted, the Crime Stoppers board of directors will ♦ '.♦•ufu illy vote to pay you. After that it s between you and the IRS Remember the number to call is 625 TIPS
From the Bizarre Lost and Found Dtp «rtmenl Harold got a call from a lady who reads our classified advertisements and said one in par ticular was just so cute The ad reads: Found male American F ski mo, no collar Found on Hwy. tut* behind Goofy’s Call 1-964-1519.” Well. he’s probably a little wet but we bet he’s warmer than back home
Wanna play horseshoes’’ At J p m Sunday 1 today! at Comal County Fairgrounds the New Braunfels Horseshoe Club will be conducting a handicapped competition and you don’t have to be a member to play. So it you have a propensity for ringing round the rod and can appreciate the philosophy of hand grenades, etc., trot on out to the fairgrounds and go for it. By handicapped. we mean that contestants will be handicapped so everyone stands to win regardless of who they toss against
HOA HUI Country Hospital is offering Hee monthly seminars on general mental health topics, including job communication, marriage family relations, worth of >elf. eating disorders and depression The seminars will be on July 7, August 4, September I, October 6 November J and December I. All programs will be at 8205 Palisades, oil FM 1604 in Live Oak in San Antonio For more information, call 659-9002 between 8 a rn and 5 p rn
Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day. Thundershowers, some possible heavy, are in the area forecast for Sunday and Monday, 40 percent each day High’s today and tomorrow will be in the low 90s with lows In the low 70s. Humid, maybe even muggy. Winds will be northeasterly at about IO mph Sunday
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Two-year-old child’s condition improves after near drowning
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
Two year old Ashley Mitchell who fell into the Guadalupe River Thurs day evening, appears to be winning her battle for life in a San Antonio hospital, said her relieved father Saturday afternoon
•She’s doing a lot better.” said Gary Mitchell from the Intensive Cart Unit at Santa Rosa Children's Hospital in San Antonio where the child was transported to Thursday night.
She s going to pull through They are keeping her heavily s« dated due to some swelling in her head but she is responding and she has movement in her eyes ’
Hospital personnel were unable to confirm whether the child’s ondition had been upgraded from critical
Ashley .ditches1 *as pulled from the Guadalupe River Thursday around 6 :15 p rn by her grandfather according to witness reports She wandered away from family members got too close to the river s edge and fell in near the family s riverfront residence located at 250 ( amp Joy off Texas 46 just east of the city
Doctors at first gave her only a SOSO chance of surviving the near-tragic accident and had her transported by an army MAST helicopter to the San Antonio facility
Michie shuns using landfill for black ink
New Braunfels City Manager Joe Michie Friday said 'hat he is opposed to using revenues generated from the proposed sale o the city county landfill to balance next year s operating budget, though he acknowledged City Council will have the final decision
•Revenues coming should go rn to either sanitation service and operations or b»* et »snie future landfill needs sui i Michie M * hie admitted * lack oi knowledge >n recent landfill and budget developments He was at City Hall Fridgy for the first time since May 28 when he eft to at tend his daughter s wedding n West Germany
•My recommendation \ .1 be to See BUDGET *-N»qe 2A
County’s prenatal program helps lower income parents
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
See related story, Page 3A
Beverly Kristensen. 17 is expec ting her first baby in about three months To help her understand the changes her body is going through and to help her and her unborn child stay healthy, she has become part of a new county program aimed at keeping expectant mothers and babies healthy.
Kristensen saw a private doctor for a while before joining the county program The doctor’s fees were beyond reason for the woman and her husband and. she said. women at the county program seem to real ly understand her needs.
• The other doctor was a man and I don t think he knew what I was going through He doesn’t have babies But the nurses here have had babies and they know what I’m going through. ” she said
Mary Lou Erben, Comal County's health nurse said that in the two months since the program began, about 25 women have taken advantage of the affordable care The prenatal care program began locally after receiving approval by the Comal County Commissioners during April
Erben said the local program cat ches people who are not poor enough to qualify for federal aide for medical care but do not have insurance to cover prenatal care The county program handles blood testing and complete lab work for eligible women Erben said even though a woman may be going to a doctor for prenatal care, she can have her lab work done at the coun
"What we're doing is finding people. They come here and we can either help them or point them to another program that they are qualified for."
Mary Lou Erben, R N.
Comal County Health Unit
ty program if her insurance does not cover the expense
She said the program likely will reduce the number of women who never see a doctor during their pregnancy
• What we're doing is we re finding people They come here and we can either help them or point them to another program that they are qualified for.” Erben said. She added that there are federally funded programs for poor women with physical problems. The problem is. a lot of women eligible for such programs don’t even know they exist, she said.
Far too many women never receive any type of medical attention during their pregnancy she said.
•There s a definite attitude that I know I can’t afford the doctor but if I go to the hospital, somebody will have to help me deliver,’ ” Erben said.
The county health official referred to the county prenatal program as one that “catches those who fall through the cracks” of other government programs. While it does not ofter the complete medical care that federal programs offer it charges women according to their
income for ail prenatal and airer delivery care
' Having a bab; car. be a na or financial burden for life she said. citing private sector medical ex penses of from ll OOO to $2.out) tor uncomplicated births vhe idded that often young coupes -struggle for years to pay off childbirth ex penses
In the two month:- that the count> program has been operational
See PRENATAL Page 2A
Water system questioned
Developer facing lawsuit for illegal Bulverde Estates
By TRAVIS E POLING Correspondent
William A Swmney San Antonio businessman and developer of one of Comal County s illegal subri . dons faces prosecution by Texas attorney generalS office rn a J , 2 D aru ?
Court date The charges against Swmney are for failing rn meet Mate Health Department w Her -'.Hem re quirements in Bulve- :*• Ranches subdivision -twinnay had not returned se*.era. telephone calls by Ht-rald-Zeitung staff Friday and Saturday and was unavailable for comment The State Health Department re quires that ail developer c ubdr, sions submit plans and spec if it ations of the proposed water ss - tem tor ap proval prior to any c onst ruct to*
After complains received hy tm* health department n \ugust of I *84 an inspection was conducted, sn November 1985 Th*- m^p* Non revealed 12 homes with hookups to one well The health department sa specter concluded ’hat over 25 p*-r sons were tapped into the -ame a**H constituting a publn water s> stem Swmney w as notified on Dei ember l l 1985 of his violation and asked to comply with the nealth department s request On December 20th O’ tee ame >*-ar the case Aas relented 'n the state attorney general for action Jack Schultz engineering assistant with the Surveillance and Techno ai Assistance Branch oi the state Health Department -> Division ut V* afer Hygiene aid that according to a recent letter from ( omai ( ount.. Subdivision Coordinator L**n Reeve Sw inney is not responding to notice of violation .Schultz say> that the vt torney General s office now taking action and that Swmney may end up in court
Assistant Attorney genera* Tom Godard ->ays ’hat -.un has been brought against Swmney and a court date set The goal of the Attomev General s office is to enforce ’tie
Texas Sanitation and Health Protec t on Act Godard notes teat ‘here are many problems with illegal subdivi sighs which could prompt a civil suit
hut our lawsuit is very narrow This lawsuit only goes into the water system which is an installed public system without prior approval
In a pm* trial questionnaire from the prosecution to the defendant and attorney John H Gordon Jr William Swimmy was asked if it was his original intention to have 49 lots in Bulverde Ranches subdivision Swin-ney denied that 49 cts were ever intended anet no definite number was claimed
A plat of the property however was done by an independent surveyor for Swmney The plat which was ob tamed from surveyor A M Moeller mg by th** Comal Appraisal District for taxing purposes shows that Swmney had in fat t intended 49 lots ‘rom th** start
Denial of the < barges bv Sw mney ss further refuted by deeds held by several of the original purchasers of land from Swmney n Bulverde Rancher The deeds show tea **ach pro->ert owner owns me forty ninth of the original well which would m-du ate that 49 lobs were intended
This is not the first time that sworn
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and the decision ivii appeals court lepartment approved unit Oaks subdivision tee understanding teat Swmney i put a .veil on each of the 42 tots Hied within his development action would exempt x w inney the requirements relat.ng to
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Appraisal appeals fewer than 60 after workshops
Fewer than 60 properties are being formally appealed to Comai Central Appraisal District’s Appraisal Review Board after more than four weeks of conferences letters and workshops.
Comal CAD’s effort to clarify and adjust values for property owners appears to have been successful, said Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes “I understand Guadalupe and Hays counties are having some difficulties. ” he said
Comal CAD staff has met with property owners over the past month since notices of appraisals went out and to date have ad
justed or reconciled between I.SIM) and ’ boo accounts “We were unable to satisfy 57 or 58,” Rhodes said The figure represents industrial and commercial as well as private residential appeals Rhodes said Comai CAD s review board was to have met with property owners June 9, but because of the relatively low number of appeals pending the dates have been changed Comai ARB will meet with industrial account customers on June 18 and June 24 with any property owner having made an appointment
Cibolo's mayor says fire, water services need help
By JOHN KASTNER Correspondent
Cibolo Mayor Sam Bauder says his cit % s tire depart ment and need for water utility are two of the biggest needs facing this San Antonio suburb “Unless steps are taken now we could have a potentially dangerous situation on our hands Bauder said of the local fire department s operating budget The fire department situation is not the univ problem area, the mayor said. A major water system project is on the horizon, espt-c.ully because the current sy stem is out dated and in desperate need of major repairs “It is a high priority tor us to build a new fire station. ’ Bauder said. have a small station now on Highway 87, but 8*) percent of the residents and businesses are across the railroad tracks on the north side of town and if anything ever happened where a train stalled during a fire call, it would block the tire department from the residential part of town.”
Although the situation has not occured vet, Bauder said it would be very easy for a even a relatively short train to block both main street and the FM 1102 track crossings should it stall.
“lf that happened, by chance, during a town fire,
Bauder said, "the results could be disastrous -.ince tee fire department would be cut off from the site ut the ire A longer tram conceivably could extend from Main Street as far down as FM Hwy. thereby Mocking ail routes, the mayor said
People think of tee Cibolo Fire Department as a part of the cHv but I not. ‘ Bauder said "It is a volunteer department a th i. own charter and board of directors ‘ Bauder said teal if the city builds a new fire department building, rn agreement would have to be reached to pas a fire chiel Atule firelighters would remain on a volunteer basis Talks are currently under way between the independent fire department and the city The departments bree pumper trucks are sutficient for now Bauder said. but the department needs to update some ut Us firefighting equipment Bauder also highlighted the water situation in Cibolo, noting that. It s our long-range plan lo be able to completely furnish our own waler however currently the city does not have some ll 5 million required to run a pipeline to the city’s well near Bracken ”
A 20- to 24-inch pipe would be required to bring water from the Bracken well, located at the end of the Edwards
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