New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Getting on the beams
NBISD board seeks payment for faulty high school roof
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The New Braunfels Independent School District has not yet filed suit concerning the original roof which used to cover New Braunfels High School.
But the district has instructed its attorney, Jack Borchers, to contact the contractors whom the district feels are most responsible for the original high school roof.
In a telephone interview Friday, the attorney said he had “issued a letter of demand" for payment to the original roof contractors. But Borchers declined to name exactly who he had contacted.
“Not at this time,” he said, referring to the letter
recipients, ‘i’m protecting my clients interests and don’t consider it advantageous (to name them).” Portions of the roof — which has since been replaced — were found to be faulty and unsafe a few weeks before the start of the 1981 school year.
Supt. O.E. Hendricks took the advice of consulting engineers and ordered the high school cafeteria and gymnasium closed since these were the areas covered by the faulty portions of the roof.
Five months after the roof had been replaced and the gym and cafeteria re-opened, NBISD school trustees instructed Borchers to to begin an investigation to determine if the district had grounds for suit against the orginal roof contractors.
While that investigation was going on, the steel
beams (‘T’s’ as they’re now called) sat in the parking lot of New Braunfels High School. As Borchers explained it last year, the T’s could not be removed until extensive tests were done on them.
Those tests have since been completed and upon hearing the results, trustees instructed Borchers to “pursue the lawsuit," Margy Waldrip, board president, said earlier this week.
Borchers indicated Friday that there could be no lawsuit, if the roof contractors responded favorably to his "letter of demand.” Indicating that there was “basis for a suit,” Borchers predicted that the matter would “either be settled or a suit filed by
See NBISD, Page 16
Lake Dunlap level to be lowered Monday
Lake Dunlap will be lowered I to 1.5 feet beginning Monday to allow the replacement of timbers on spillgates.
It is estimated that the timber replacement will take five months and the lake will remain at lower levels during the time, said I^arry Moltz, assistant operations manager for the Guadalupe-Blanco-River Authority.
During the replacement process
seals are replaced, minor repairs are made to the gate structures and wooden timbers are replaced in the face of the spillgates, Moltz said.
GBRA aquired its hydroelectric system in 1963. It is comprised of hydroelectric dams which form Lakes Dunlap, McQueeney, Placid, Nolte, H-l and H-5. Aggregate generating capacity of the system is 16,080 kilowatt hours.
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Unemployment rate holds at 10.4
WASHINGTON AP) Civilian unemployment held even at 10 4 percent in February as large numbers of jobless Americans awaited further signals of improved hiring prospects before resuming their search of work. the government reported today The unchanged unemployment rate resumed an 18-month pattern of rising or stand-still joblessness That trend luid been interrupted only by last month's healths dei line When the full-employment, 1.7-million-member U S military work force was included, February’s overall unemployment rati* also held steady at 10.2 percent, the laibor Department said.
Government statisticians said that, in interpreting the health ot the civilian labor market, emphasis should be given to what happened in both January and February The) noted that Un* 0.4 percentage poilu drop in January nth fit have Peen exaggerated by the Bureau of labor Statistics' seasonal adjustment process In testimony prepared for the congressional Joint Economic Committee, Janet L. Norwood, commissioner of labor statistics, noted that "in the two months between December and February, payroll jobs rose by 150,000 "
Ms Norwood said there was likely no further decline in civilian unemployment because businesses were assessing prospects for an economic turnaround before recalling laid off workers
Altogether, 11.5 million people were unemployed last month, an increase of 44.000 over January that bureau analyst Deborah Klein t ailed "negligible."
Total employment also held relatively steady at 99,1 million.
IX'spite burgeoning signs of an economic recovery, only 5.000 people re-entered the labor force, according to the Ceasus Bureau’s survey of some60,000 U.S. households
President Reagan and his top economic advisers, while heartened by the 0.4 percentage point drop in civilian unemployment from December to January, have said they are prepared for further rises in that crucial jobless figure.
"There may be a month where it (the unemployment rate* ought level oil or come up, say a little above the 10.4," the* president said last month "I don’t think that you will see it come ahove the high mark of 10.8" reached in December. Toot figure represented the highest joblessness since the Great Depression.
In advance of the release of February’s jobless figures, several private analysts pointed to the growing signs of a business recovery, noting the robust 36 percent gain in the Index of leading Economic Indicators in January, the largest monthly rise since July 1950.
But these same analysts cautioned that the return to the labor force of large numbers of Americans
See JOBLESS, Page 16Inside
_______________ A.Today's Weather
Coma! county tom ast calls for a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms today, south to southeasterly winds at 15-25 mph and a lake wind advisory is in effect Tonight will be cloudy, with a 30 percent chance of thundershowers and southwesterly winds at 10-15 mph. Saturday will turn partly cloudy and mild. with no rain rn the forecast. Sunset will be at 6 32 p iii., aud sunrise Saturday will beat 6:53 a.ill.
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Braniff seeks eleventh-hour 'rescue'
DALLAS i API — Although Pacific Southwest Airlines says a deal with Braniff International has died, the grounded Texas airline planned a last-ditch effort to salvage the venture before the coffin shuts at midnight tonight.
Braniff Chairman Howard Putnam said he will ask for a hearing before the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans today.
A 5th Circuit three-judge panel earlier rejected the venture Rial would have put 30 airplanes and 2.000 former Hramff employees back to work in a low-fare carrier based in Dallas
Putnam, who acknowledged to reporters Thursday that the chances of saving the multi-million-dollar plan were slim, said Braniff believes the three-judge panel ‘didn’t understand the complexity” of the deal.
PSA officials said that they will make no
more legal appeals and the deal cut with Braniff last December will expire at midnight Friday unless the full court in New Orleans agrees to Bramff’s request “Should that reversal come in a prompt fashion we would he interested in sitting down and talking with them again," said PSA spokesman Marjorie Craig. “The hopes of that happening are very slim.” Braniff hoped to loan PSA cash and lease the California carrier 30 airplanes in a venture that would have put 2,000 former Braniff employees back to work and generate money to repay the grounded airline’s creditors Putnam said Braniff’s attorneys believe the ruling Wednesday by the panel "set some bad precedents in bankruptcy law. It appears they didn’t understand the complexity of the Braniff-PSA case. ”
"We gave them an extremely complex case and said ’You liave to act extremely
quickly.Putnam said at a hotel here before a scheduled speech Thursday night.
"They’re human too. Maybe they missed some things. I d like to give them the benefit of the doubt,"he said.
’The shame of all this is the economic (advantages I for the creditors. The 5th Circuit ignored all of that and looked at it in technical terms of the law," Putnam said.
The 5th Circuit panel threw out the plan on three counts, including a rejection of Braniff’s contention that its landing slots issued by the Federal Aviation Administration were the property of the airline and could he transferred to PSA along with other assets.
Putnam said he was feeling more optimistic about Braiuff’s chances of reorganization Thursday than he was the day before, when the appeals court threw out his plans and said the proposal did not conform to bankruptcy law.
Putnam smiled when asked if he was an "eternal optimist.”
"Yes," the Braniff chairman s ud When we get to the point that ifs ovet. I’ll tell you it’s over. It’s not over y et."
Braiuff, which collapsed May 12 under a $1 billion debt, said it could repay creditors about 12 cents on the dollar with revenue from the PSA Texas division. Without the deal, Braniff could repay about 9 cents when liquidated.
Putnam said Braniff believes the court erred in ruling that Bramffs landing slots were the property of the federal government and not the airline.
"We believe that’s a had understanding of the law,” he said. (Federal Communications Commission I licenses are issued by a federal agency and those are sold, bought, whatever."
See BRANIFF, Page 16
Drivers escape injury in crash on frontage road
No one was injured Wednesday afternoon, when a car hit a track trailer rig, attempting an inventive turn onto an Interstate 35 entrance ramp off the access road near the Holiday Inn.
Truck driver Victor M. Villarreal of San Antonio was ticketed for improper right turn (wrong lane) by New Braunfels police.
The accident report stated that Villarreal was traveling north on the frontage road about 1.18 p.m., when he drove his rig into the opposite lane of traffic and at
tempted to "swing” the rig onto the ramp. In the turning process, the rig blocked the northbound lane and half of the southbound lane of the access road, with the cab of the truck on the entrance ramp.
A 1976 Chevrolet driven by Clarence l^ee Kiter of Cost, Tex., was traveling north behind the truck and continued to travel through the yield sign before the ramp. Kifer’s car collided with the truck’s right passenger side, as the truck tried to go up the 1H 35 entrance ramp from the wrong direction.
Three contests due in Garden Ridge
The ballot has been finalised iii Garden Ridge, and three contested races will bt' decided by city voters April 2.
One thing is certain — Garden Ridge City Council will have a new mayor iii the wake of the election. Incumbent Mayor Betty McGranahan, who lias served two two-year terms, did not seek re-election
The mayor’s race pits former mayor Paul Davis against Boh Kolstad Davis was the city’s first mayor when it was incorporated in 1972 Kolstad is chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Two council incumbents have opponents Place 2 councilman Ned Craiginile is opposed by former police chief Robert Howey, who left that post at the end of 1982. Place 3 councilman Bob Harmon faces Ben White, former mayor pro-tem who also served a brief term as mayor after Davis resigned in 1978. He served until the April, 1979, election and did not seek election to that post.
Council candidates will draw for positions on the ballot tonight at 7 at City Hall.
Garden Ridge citizens will have another matter to decide: whether or not to institute a one-cent city sales tax. *Nailing it down
Robert Coffey hits the nail on the head several times, as a matter of fact Coffey took advantage of a warm day earlier this week to work on the roof of an
Staff photo bv John Seater
old barn being renovated to house a stoneware shop in Gruene The barn is at the bend in Gruene Road above the Guadalupe River crossing
Clarence Kiter explains the wreck to a local patrolman
Staff photo by Cmdv Richardson