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Vol. 92 — NO. 43 Panoe_O Cortinni'
WEDNESDAY March 2,1983 25 cents
32 Pages —3 Sections
Second bond issue scheduled May 14
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
They don’t yet know exactly what will be included on the ballot, but trustees of New Braunfels Independent School District are planning to call another bond election May 14.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, considerable discussion was devoted to the future and to the past bond election — which was turned down by voters Feb 12 by 158 votes
Because trustees are still puzzled over the failure of the $9.3 million bond
package, they are carefully considering how to best present another package which would include new construction, airconditioning all schools and renovating current facilities.
Board members could not agree
Tuesday on whether the district should
present the same $9 3 million bond
package or reduce it.
But in agreeing to use reserve funds to
replace asbestos-containing ceilings at New Braunfels High School, trustees have already reduced the previous bond issue by $160,000. That amount was set aside in the first bond issue to pay for encapsulating the ceilings. Trustees decided Tuesday, however, not to wait for a bond issue to pass to take care of the ceilings and voted to replace them.
Trustees also could not reach a consensus on whether the bond package should be split into separate proposals on the ballot
About the only thing they could agree on was the date of the new bond election May 14 — which gives the district a little over two months to prepare.
Trustees could not officially call the May 14 election Tuesday since the legal documents were not available. Instead, they voted to call the election at their next meeting in two weeks, when they hope to reach agreement on how to present the next bond issue.
lack of time to publicize the Feb 12
bond issue was a common reason given by NBISD teachers and administrators for its failure.
Supt. O E. Hendricks questioned the handful of teachers present at Tuesday's meeting if they thought they would have enough time to prepare for this election.
The teachers seemed to think they would. A few wished, however, that the board already knew exactly what would be included on the next bond issue, since they want to begin publicizing it immediately.
But NBISD teachers do not want the district to reduce or alter the bond package from the last election. Marilyn Kolacek, president of the New Braunfels Educators Association, said.
After listening to various ideas trustees had concerning cutting the bond package. Kolacek said, "If you cut it...people are going to think that you really shot them a line., and they’ll think, well if we hold off (voting for a bond package) they’ll cut it
See BONDS. Page 11A
Although technically winter is supposed to be ground another three weeks, you’d never know it as unseasonably warm tem peratures continued Tuesday. Canyon
Staff photo by John Sen tar
doubles partners Sandy Jones (left) and Lee Ann Calkins used the weather (and the trunk of a sportscar) to get a head start on this summer s tan.Storms wreak havoc on California coast
Stormy ('california was hit by more rain, high winds and house-wrecking waves today and parts of Arizona and Colorado braced for up to a foot of snow as the storm pushed inland.
More than 7.000 people fled their homes Tuesday as back-to-back storms that began over the weekend flooded 'nany communities, battered oceanside houses, blocked roads with mudslides and sent two freak tornadoes crashing through Pasadena and dow ntow n Los Angeles Many highways remained blocked today.
The wind and ram stretched the length of the West Coast, from San Diego to Seattle, but the Colden State took Hie brunt of Tuesday’s storm Nine people have been killed and at least 25 injured rn weather-related accidents since the weekend. Two others w ere missing Winds gusted up to 84 mph. up to IO inches of rain fell in places, power was knocked out to 210.000 homes and
businesses and parts of the Sierra Nevada were smothered by 7 feet of new snow Meanwhile, two minor earthquakes rattled the I ais Angeles area. adding to the confusion but causing no major damage.
"I understand March is supposed t< roar in like a lion, but this is getting a little ridiculous,” said Los Angeles police Ll Dan Cooke.
The weather also delayed Queen Elizabeth lls progress up the California coast, as she canceled today’s plans to cruise to San Francisco in the royal yacht in favor of a flight from Long Beach The queen and Prince Philip needed a four-wheel-drive vehicle for a steep climb up a flooded lane to reach President Reagan’s mountaintop ranch in Santa Barbara for a Tuesday lunch of enchiladas and tacos.
The National Weather Service
See STORMS, Page HA
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy
and warm today, with southerly winds at 10-15
mph It will be mostly cloudy tonight with a 20
percent chance of showers and southeasterly
winds near IO mph Thursday should be warm.
with a 40 percent chance of thundershowers
All three local baseball teams
season Tuesday afternoon, and two made suc
cessful debuts, as Canyon bested Cole and New
Braunfels defeated Seguin. Smithson Valley
wasn't so lucky Details in Sports
DEAR ABBY .............
Asbestos we can
NBISD board to remove school ceiling
Although not legally required to do so. the New Braunfels Independent School District plans to replace ceilings at New Braunfels High School containing asbestos.
In a 5 to 2 vote, the district's school board agreed Tue^ lay to spend approximately $320,000 out of reserve funds to have the ceilings replaced.
Ai explained by Supt. O E Hendricks, the district had three options It could do nothing as the law only requires that school districts test for asbestos content, and if any is found, to notify the parents-teachers groups and monitor the situation.
Or the ceilings could be replaced or they could be sprayed with an encapsulating material at about half the cost of replacing them.
A majority of the board felt a moral obligation” to do something about the asbestos problem.
It’s true that they (the government) haven’t told us we have to do it,” said Trustee Rudy Renner * But I feel a moral obligation since by law students are required to attend class.”
Trustee Bob Self agreed. I have a real problem wth trying to put a percentage (of asbestos concentration (to the degree of hazard.”
Trustees Garland Lloyd and Margy Waldrip,
school board president, however, did not think the district should do anything and voted against the motion.
"I feel like there are many hazards we face everyday and there was a rather small amount (of asbestos) found in our ceilings." said Waldrip. ‘ We cannot eliminate all the hazards around us.
"I have taught up here." she added, noting that she would not hesitate to teach there again. "But I feel that $320,000 is a lot of tax funds to spend when the government has not told us we have to do this I personally don’t feel a moral obligation.”
Agreeing with Waldrip, Lloyd said. $320,000 is an awful lot of money...knowing that the government has the habit of telling us when they want us to do anything. I do not favor doing anything about this until they told to do so.”
Asbestos Management System and Associates, a Houston consultant firm lured by NBISD to test its schools and facilities, found asbestos only at the high school.
lawrence Simoneaux of that firm told trustees two weeks ago that tests done at the high school revealed
See ASBESTOS, Page UA
Plat-filled agenda means lively economy
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Seven final subdivision plats were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night. And Planning Director Debra Goodwin said Wednedsay that may say something good about the economy.
"There usually aren’t that many (plats) on the commission’s agenda presented at one time,” Goodwin added. * And there weren’t any zone change requests this tune. That’s unusual.”
Commission members also forwarded a proposed historic designation for the Clemens and Faust Bank Building, 278 W. San Antonio (where Ye Old Music Shoppe used to be) to City Council, with no objections.
Final plat approval for Walnut Estates, Unit No. IO, may prove to be the commission’s most significant action Tuesday night. “City Council has considered several zoning changes in Walnut Estates. Along
w ith the Council, there has been some concern on the Commission that there was only one way out — down Gardenia Street to Mesquite,” Goodwin explained "However, one approved zone change stipulated that once a certain percentage of lots were sold, Sun-shadow would be extended out to McQueeney Road,” she added, "and the final plat approval on Unit No. IO essentially does just that.”
Other final plat approvals were handed out to Solms Tracts ta 2.358 acre tract on Interstate 35, close to Solms Road); Shadow Park, Unit No. I, near McQueeney Road; Oakwood Estates, Unit No. 9 (off Loop 337); Richter Estates (on Interstate 35 towards EM 3061; Northwoods Unit No. 2 (off Highway 46 North); and Walnut Estates, Unit No. ll (four lots facing Sunshadow I.
Preliminary approval was given to the resubdivision of Rosedale Subdivision, as requested by Dave Brunovsky, an owner of Rosedale Apartments. In 1979, the commission
approved a subdivision plat, so that each duplex was on an individual lot. Preliminary approval was given Tuesday night to a ^subdivision into lots that have at least two duplexes on each lot.
"The purpose of this resubdivision is to obtain financing on the property, which will now qualify as tour-plexes Our main objective has always been to improve the property, and we’ve accomplished a lot for just one year,” Brunovsky said, adding he would come back to the commission next month with the necessary variances and ask for final approval.
Also on the agenda was a public hearing to vacate and resubdivide Lot No. 8, Block No. I of Rolling Valley Subdivision, and Tract I, Ferdinand and Mathilda Hanz Estate Partition. Both were approved, but the latter (dividing a 1.37 acre lot into four lots facing Gruene Road) gave commission members some trouble at first.
See PLANNERS, Page UA
Shooting leaves man critical
By SCOTT HARING Wire editor
A Houston man is in critical condition today following an early-morning shooting.
Guadalupe County sheriff’s deputies answering the 5:35 a.m. call to 1075 Lone Star Dr., found 26-year-old Roger Smith, who had been shot once in the back. The address is the home of Smith’s estranged wife, Louise.
Smith was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital and then transferred to San Antonio Methodist Hospital, where he is in critical condition in the hospital’s surgical intensive care unit.
Guadalupe County Sheriff Pete Rallies said Smith had allegedly made threatening telephone calls prior to his arrival at the house. The front door was broken down and a 22 rifle with scope was found beside the victim.
Another person at the house told sheriff’s investigators he fired the shot that hit Smith, but no arrests have been made at this time. Rallies said the investigation is continuing and the case would most likely be referred directly to the Guadalupe County Grand Jury, scheduled to meet next Monday.
The shooting occurred in the Rreuslerville area off Highway 46 South.
EPA wants to weaken air pollution standard
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency, under attack for lax management of its hazardous w aste program, is about to propose weakening the standards for one of the country’s most prevalent air pollutants, informed sources say.
The agency will propose allowing the level of particulate pollution to increase One analysis done for the agency, however, warned the weakened standard could lead to hundreds of extra deaths each year.
The agency disputes this contention and says the looser standard has received the blessing of its Science Advisory Foard as being well within the limit needed to protect public health.
Particulates are small particles suspended in the air Included in th * category is dust from dirt roads ana soot from utility coal furnaces. Two-thirds of particulate pollution comes from industrial sources and 18 percent from autos.
It is particulate pollution that accounts for the grime prevalent in many cities and is the pollution which aggravates problems of people suffering from respiratory illnesses Of tile 218 counties the EPA put on notice in January for failing to meet national air standards, 89 are violating particulate levels.
Many counties — by some estimates 45 percent would comply with the
See EPA, Page UA
Midnight deadline looms for school board candidates
Staff photo by John Smiter
Salute to M A S H.
Dressed in the bathrobe and cowboy hat made famous by Hawkeye Pierce, New Braunfels High student Scott Webb gives his salute to M A S H while watching tennis Monday.
Today is the last date for candidates lo file for the April 2 school board elections in the New Braunfels and Comal Independent Sc hool Districts.
In the New Braunfels district, interested candidates have until midnight to file to have their names included on the April ballot.
A spokeswoman from the NBISD administrative office said anyone wishing to file after business hours would have to contact Supt. OE. Hendricks by phone (625-7652) at home.
It’s rare that someone would want to file after hours, she noted, but it is possible.
Three chairs are up for grabs on the
NBISD Board of Trustees places 4. 5, and 6.
Incumbents Rudy Renner and Bob Self, places 6 and 4 respectively, are both seeking re-election. Of the two only Renner has an opponent — New Braunfels resident David Cook
Place 5 — currently held by Trustee William l^ee Jr., who is not seeking reelection, is the one place that has drawn the most interest. Three candidates have filed for this spot — Gladys Badling, Ronald Dalrymple and Bonnie Uhr Denson.
For anyone not registered to vote in Comal County, Friday is the last day
See TRUSTEE, Page UA