New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Governor opens session for victim identity law
AUSTIN (AP) — Information on felony crime victims should be open to the public and the media, but not to companies trying to sell security or alarm system, says Gov. Bill Clements.
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Red-hot Rangers cooled down by Seattle shutout
ARLINGTON (AP) Seattle pitcher Scott Bankhead shut down a Texas Rangers team that had won three of four and six of eight, with two of the hottest hitters in baseball in the heart of the lineup: Ruben Sierra and Julio Franco. _
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Vol. 137, No. 165
June 30, 1989 25 Cents
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Jury clears city, awards $100,000
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
The City of. New Braunfels was cleared of wrongdoing and awarded more than $100,000 Thursday when the 11 -member jury in the Richard Hampton vs. the city ruled in its favor after eight hours of deliberations.
The jury also decided allegations that City of New Braunfels Aquatics Director Marcus Tonish slandered Hampton were unfounded.
“The best thing about this case in my opinion is that it’s a real victory for municipal government,” said*Paul Drummond, who represented the city. “I think that a lot of these spurious kind of lawsuits that we’ve had in New Braunfels and other towns, where people just file suit against the city
without very good cause you get a situation where city managers and city council people are kind of paralizcd by fear from doing their jobs.”
The nine-man two-woman jury awarded the city SIO,(XX) after finding Hampton breached a contract with the city; $10,000 for breach of good faith and fair dealings; $19,072 for a loss of gross receipts; $10,000 for additional damages; and $65,000 for attorney fees.
The amounts found by the jury possibly won’t be the actual amounts awarded, said Larry Smith, who assisted Drummond. “In the end, you may have to elect between one or more of them ... and that will eventually be
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Mark Molina, above right, was the first pitcher for Arby’s Roast Beef Thursday night during the team's 17-16 win over American Little League champs Vol-Ibrecht’s Pharmacy Twins for the Pee Wee League
city championship. Above left, official James Wade watches as Vollbrecht’s second baseman Kyle Swift fields a ball from an Army's batter. For the complete story, see Page9. (Photos by Deryl Clark)
NRU trustees to study GERA aquifer lawsuit
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees decided in executive session Thursday to do further research and study before making a statement about the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority lawsuit seeking regulation of pumping out of the Edwards Aquifer by the Texas Water Commission.
General Manager Robert Sohfl said the trustees will probably make some statement during the budget workshop scheduled July 12.
“It's a pretty serious situation and we're looking at it from every angle," he said. “We’re on both sides of the issue. We feel very stung with John Specht (OBRA general manager) that we need to preserve the springs.”
However, Sohn said, because NBU has wells that supply water to most of the city, the utility company will be affected by regulation from the Texas Water Commission.
Trustees were briefed by NBU's water attorney, Ben Hooper, Thursday. They also reviewed documents supplied by OBRA concerning the lawsuit.
The river authorny filed the lawsuit June 15 in Hays County in effort to give the Texas Water Commission authority to regulate pumping out of the Edwards Aquifer. GBRA officials maintain the aquifer is a tributary of the Guadalupe River and an underground river, and as such, is subject to regulation by the commission.
Any person who owns a well or pumps water out of the aquifer can be named as a party to the lawsuit Depending on their stand on the issue, well owners can be named as defen-dents or plaintiffs. These parties who favor regulation by the Texas Water Commission will be named as plaintiffs, and those who oppose the idea will be named defendenis.
The Edwards Aquifer is the main
Board OKs contract with local chamber
New Braunfels Ulillies approved a three-year service contract with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Thursday during the regular board meeting.
“The contract sets out certain services over and above the normal chamber services,” said NBU lawyer Tom Burros “This approach will completely avoid any question about our payment to the chamber "
source of water for domestic, industrial. recreational and agricultural uses for Comal, Bexar. Hays, Uvalde and Medina counties. Spring flow from the aquifer iii Comal and Hays counties provides approximately 70 percent of the flow of the Guadalupe during drought conditions, according to GBRA officials. They also maintain that unregulated pumping is adversely affecting these springs and causing irreparable damage to the resources of the Guadalupe River.
According to David Welsch, director of planning and development for GBRA, no one has made an official responsive action since the filing of the lawsuit.
A budget workshop for NBU trustees has been scheduled for July 12. Sohn indicated some son of action on the lawsuit will likely be put on the agenda.
“I think something will be decided," he said.
The contract includes an annual fee of $800 for NBU to be paid to the chamber. In return, the chamber will provide such services as participating in attracting new industry and emphasizing efforts to bring into the city new industry and businesses thai will be consistent to the services provided by NBU. The chamber also will prose* CHAMBER, Raga 2
Shooting club plans 140th anniversary
The New Braunfels Schuetzen V ere in is celebraung its 140th anniversary Sunday.
The Schuetzen Verein, founded July 4, 1849, is the oldest existing sbooung club in the country.
The fesuviues will follow a 2 pan. annual meeting ai which time new (item hers will be voted in. After the meeting, there will be a King and Queen Shout — a 10-shot per person match won by the man and woman who hit closest to the center of the target. The club has a hand-made calibrator which measures shots to within a one-hundredth of an inch. The $7 ,50 annual dues must be paid before members can participate in the King and Queen Shoot
After the shoot, (here will be a family-style picnic Members arc requested lo bring a main dish and vegetable or a dessert.
The Schuetzen V ere rn range is on FM 1863, approximately 114 nodes off Texas 46 West.
HEB Food and Drugs has made a corporate dona
bon of $1,000 to the Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter to use for general operating expenses Local HEB unit director Ray Parker, left, made the donation bo shelter director Path Barlow, and Tim Flach, vice president of the shelter's board
of directors and a pharmacist at HEB. The New Braunfels HEB throughout the year assists the children’s shelter by donating food, diapers and other items on an as-needed basis (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Luke Speck man, president of ERA Schoolcraft Realty, has announced that his company is giving away American flags for the Fourth of July holiday. “We would like to encourage folks in New Braunfels to display the flag during the Fourth,” Speckman said. “Like many others, we were dismayed by the recent Supreme Court decision regarding flag burning. To demonstrate our pride in our flag, we will be handing out flags today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Anyone wanting to join us in this demonstration may drop by our office at 408 S.
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Hollmig outlines water problems
A legislative effort to regulate water use of the Edwards Aquifer failed during the 71st Texas Legislature so the newest “political vehicle” to regulate that resource is the lawsuit recently filed by Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, says an Edwards Aquifer board member.
“The only political vehicle that’s on the table right now to come up with a management scheme and to allocate the waters of the Edwards Aquifer is the lawsuit that GBRA initiated,” said Craig Hollmig. “It’s a good theory. I support it. I hope that the City of New Braunfels supports it.”
Hollmig discussed the problems facing the Edwards Underground Water District at a Friends for Rivers meeting Thursday night at New Braunfels National Bank.
The river authority filed suit June 15 in state district court in Hays County to require users of the aquifer to obtain a Texas Water Commission permit.
“It certainly is going to he in court a long time but at least something is happening,” said GBRA board member Herbert R, Schneider, who
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The Fourth of July holiday weekend may be off to a wet start. Clouds will begin rolling in this afternoon and forecasters arc calling for a 40 percent chance of showers. The high today will reach 89. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain and a high of 86 degrees. Sunday and Monday will be more of the same with partly cloudy skies and a chance of afternoon showers.
Officers enforce boat safety law
AUSTIN (AP) — Law enforcement officials praised a new law that goes into effect tomorrow — boating while intoxicated — and said the July 4th weekend was the best time to break it in.
“It’s great. We’ve needed this for years,” said Chester Burdett, director of law enforcement for the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. “It will certainly improve water safely.”
Parks and wildlife officials said 73 persons were killed in boating accidents in Texas last year and one-third of those were attributed to alcohol.
The bill, by Sen. Carl Parker, was approved during the regular session of the Legislature.
“Parks and Wildlife people tell me they see folks doing crazy things all
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Everyone is preparing to celebrate Fourth of July. The llerald-Zeitung offices will be closed Tuesday so employees can spend the day with family and friends.
On Monday, the offices will be open for business and lo print a Tuesday morning paper.
Phone lines will be open Tuesday morning from 8 to IO a.m. for those who did not receive their newspaper ...
The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will conduct an American Red Cross Fundamentals of Canoeing Certificate course in August. The classes are from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 9-11. The fee is $40 payable at the Parks office in Landa Park. Call 629-PARK for more information.
Meanwhile, the PARD is offering a tumbling course to girls ages 6-18 at the Landa Recreation Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning July ll for $20 per month.
Clases for 6- lo 8-year-olds will be from 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 9-U) 18-ycar-olds will be from 11:15 am. until noon.
Register at the Recreation Center Monday through Friday 8 am. until IO pjn. and Saturdays from 9 a m. until 6 p.m....