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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 134, No. 47 Tuesday March 10,1987 One Section, 14 Pages 25 cents Hay fire A 15-year-old Springer Spaniel named Belle was swimming at Hmman Island Park M *nday afternoon when the dog apparently got swept away by the current Belle, who is deaf and almost blind, became disoriented and before she knew it. was swept over the dam arui onto the rocks at the tub** chute Lynn Cannon, 16, of New Braunfels saw Belle and risked his own life to save th* poor dog Cannon pulled the dog to safety while onlookers gathered You might In* glad t< know. Belle is reported to be in good condition after the incident, but not interested in swimming for a while Cannon and his friends learned a healthy respect f.*r the dangers *f the river. too During the week of I* ob 23. 27 juvenile polite and probation officers and crime prevention officers from throughout the state gathered at the Holiday Inn in New Braunfels for a 40-hour juvenile crime anti delinquency prevention course condut ted by th* leva' Juvenile Justice Center a division of th* Institute    < 'rillor.a Juste e St idles at Southwest Ii \as State t rover Mty Tin- roster of gue\t lecturers and speakers int luded sponsors and members of New Braunft is > wr Unit oms in \ctc-n pr ■. ram Members wh<> attended and sp*ike t« the professorial** were Heather VSo««i> Rob Smith Rotiert Kaborti Wendy I Steppe a*, chm. It and M.k* Shuler Sponsors Barbara Iwp-peaschrnidt and Susan Bell a > spoke lo the group At the request of Unicorns in Action, t hie* Walt Myers »i B<*ern« discussed private set tor funding youth programs with the par ti cl pants The devas Juvenile Justit e I eld* * commends tins group and its win * in New Hrautdeis t* n» lpm. * Sat V t,. I lr ut s ., I \U •' hariene Akers wtsiies t*» warn area t linens to investigate before si odin, f "* R:* lo a woman tmh J , family tiistorv !**•*' Fallen* no a1 she, iter sister and brott**r a ii received a mailing from a woman Hallie : I ,, .it» ' iv    I', * t install* c Boss signed ber hallo with tin* given . ' the afd rec ipient T ar lent* s sister and brother have names different *r«*ui tars I Boss' letters said sin had s.1 Vrd families the painful research and thousands of dollars it would iiave taken to perform tlw hou*** bold and faiiult data reseat' f I- allene said the letter asks re< splents ! si ti J $7*1.Ko ti KU/a la* th Boss at a oftu Hoi in Denfisv Iv anta Marlene said sh** has called th** United States Post < Hiu . and plan to send the letter I < lf.* San \:d rn I’ *slal Inspector We Will pl I Ut ti . el wet wittun tile next u f. -urs oil, Well I fiat s tile break' Mostly »I- udy skies tin*' afternoon will accompany a 20 percent c Ila nee for showers as tile iugil (deeps to near bo Tonight will see an RO percent chance of showers or thud der showers with a low iii the lower 40s as the winds blow out of Hie northeast at from IO to la mph Wednesday fluids a 20 percent chance of showers, iugh iii the mid dos. lighter breezes and decreasing cloudiness lf you were planning to do anv tiling requiring dry conditions tins evening, good luck The Menu CLASSIFIED 10 13 COMIC.......... 6    7 CROSSWORD 14 DEAR ABBY.........7 HOROSCOPE........6 OPINIONS..........4 SPORTS..........8    9 '•I i. ■ » SH Tornado warning system minimal in Central Texas New radar will be on line by the early 1990s, but until then Hill Country residents must rely on common sense and available resources to weather storms that give little warning of their power and potential for twisters. New Braunfels firefighter Victoi Leos aids rn con trolling a fire Monday evening at Doeppenschmidt Road r ear Old Marion Road The New Braunfels Fire Department combined efforts with firefighters from the Marion Volunteer Fire Department Monday to extmqu sr ♦ ire that consumed most o4 12 'arge round f lies * * iv n the Grainger Wester property "P *• N( a Br.cir V s department an ved .w three r* • ■ V I tw tanker tr,J. vs while Marion firefighters in ved W ti * e tanker tru » T‘ •- firefighters rev eived a ca! ft * tile t re at 6 02 p n* and rec dined ■ ne until after IO p rn Capt J t the New Braunfels departmer » ».* j the only way put out a fire n a hay bad is * break opon the Palets "It takes a long time to put ut • r av fire he sa t P* ■ to by Leslie Knew aid* By DAVID MAY Staff Writer When the National Weather Service moves its forecasting and weather tracking operations to New Braunfels Municipal Airport, early detection of flooding and tornadic activity in the area will be greatly improved Until then. Now Braunfels and the surrounding area remains vulnerable to severe weather activity that often occurs with little or no warning Because the radar relied on by the weather service in Hondo is 'Utdated and rarely detects tornado activity here, forecasters ami civil defense personnel must rely on spotters, electronic communication and law enforcement personnel to warn residents of severe weather Tornados that occur here have very little or no warning,’' said New Braunfels-Uomal County Civil Defense Director Herb Synng They are hard to detect here because they are usually mixed in with heavy thunderstorms The radar rn Hondo has never picked up any hooks on the screen, although we've had some.” Synng, who is a full-time New Braunfels firefighter, said tornado warnings here are usually after the Net* TORNADO. Page 2 Council votes.against sign honX&f measure; public vote eyed Vftet tw • council-appointed committees. tw.» proposer and amended drafts, and several years of controversy N« w Braunfels City Council s attempt lo control sign' d I...ti*urds died in .» 1-2 vote Monday night during it' M i nod reading lr. it.* i n i til* ordinance had become a document . : : t<-1 v few pc -pie Now billboard regulations rn.iv ’ai« p .IL. n-terendum t* 'Ie* id** the issue on* e and 'or l%*unv 11 member at-large James Goodbread and !h't! n t * ii ll member George Frben voted for th* ai    •    a    * -r to    .«•*.    \ .»ung against    tin* measure were 1    it    '    .    ,    member loramc    Kraft and com* i it al. * Rartura Tieken and Man Winkler Mat.*-Pro Tem Ramon Chapa presided in Mayor I I S »:»tar* lh s abseil* *• and itid riot vol* \    : ding to city c barter an ordinance must re* eive at • a'! fear v *t*' during all three publu readings to pass i n*    i    .armit    municipal 'tgn and billboard ordinance .»    \;    :• \pf    I    City Manager J    *■ Michie said that : a - pi bably will tic repealed at the Mar* h . nu »ti ag which would leave the city witfiout sign and ’ inboard rcguuIlion Staff air.ended its proposed measure since tile fir't ■ i : . a* I* eh 22. S. lantarelh asked staff to redesigi « «i Lot. jieIlailung to portable signage in tile wake «*t iinplainLs bv p« rsons in Uh* portable sign industry that th* in*-asure was unfairly running diem out of business I!*.'* changes who I effectively led to council's - t. ■ I til* itman** Monday rugbt. includ'd *. Ut,aoli i f portable sign registraUon at an li st ■ $1 .tad wti,ie not banning new portable signs, called f .i i.jv a* portabl* sign [ar street frontage lot i *u anil* s' *»f flow many businesses shared a lot or building "lf this wert* put to referendum before the public, the portable sign situation would be much more stringent bv the vast majority of the public.” Max Winkler ( it\ ( ouneil member Winkler voted against th* measure saying he believed th* amended ordinance encouraged additional portable signage ll** voiced disapproval as well with the designation of 2,tkkFfoot spa* mg of off-premise signs which would have pern ult cd a sign every 1,000 feet on both sides of a rigid W inkier rebuking comments that th** majority of residents were against 'ign regulations, told ti'.** near capacity crowd in attendance. It this were put to referendum before the public th** portable sign situation would be much more stringent by the va-t majority of the public " titer lh** meeting, W inkier said the issu« should tx put before tile voters to decide “ Put it before the publu This s not a d* ad issue Now w» are going to get a reaction.' ’he at-large representative said, addnl, that he feels who have sooken against sign control at vale us vast Bv SARAH DI KF staff Winter \ N.*w Braunfels family is without a home today after a fire sparked by the flames of a Kerosene heater destroyed a mobile home in Clear Springs Monday night Bill Grace was alone at the home at 238 t amp Willow Road whets the fire began He managed to escape the flames with nothing but th** fanuly dog. Taffy His wife. Darlene Grace, and 2-year-old daughter were not at home w hen the fire broke out Grace said the smell of a skunk in th** rural neighbored*! forced him to air out the home I had the windows open to air it out and I was trying to keep warm with a kerosene heater We've been bothered bv ,t skunk iatelv I sp.lied the kerosene wop* refueling and the fire started or. the floor I tried to put it out but it just kept spreading ” be said The man ran to a neighbor’s home to <all for help !**rry Wiegand and Mike Murphv were in the mobile home next to Grace’s They said the man first tried calling the 911 emergency number Neither New Braunfels nor Guadalupe County have a SII emergency system To alert emergency personnel residents must dial directly to tnt* fire or police departments New Braunfels Fire Department received th* call at 10:30 j) rn Monday and respor led to the mobile home fire immediately The Geronimo Volunteer Fire Department also was notified arui >*•* FIRM. Page 2 3*o I..ive spoken og.iinst id committee meet control at are in . minority ” Tieken. the only ouneil member to vot* against th* ordinance at its first publu reading, said she did no Contract trash proposals OK’d re* .t!i staff bewit, brede*! to strike the on new purser MGN*. Page 2 ers forum slated Thursday in Civic Center Comal United Taxpayers will sjsii.sol a forum on county taxes Thursday in New Braunfels Civu Center Guests of Uu* special interest association will I* County Auditor Rate Bond County Tax Assessor Gloria (leman, Precinct I Commissioner Ned Craigmile and Richard Rhodes, chief appraiser for Comal Appraisal District James Pearson, founder of the 220-member organization. said the purpose of the public forum is to discuss county taxes, how they are derived and used ” The forum will include a questioning! answer session between th** panelists and audience Pearson said some 300 seats will In* available The publu is invited and adimssion is free CUT lias no formal board of directors or officers, although Pearson said officers are to bt* ele* ted during Du* forum for the coiiung veal Some CUT members have been vocal critics of the ajv praisal district, which they say lids wasted money Th** appraisal district’s budget comprises pro rat.* contributions from each ut Ibe taxing entities relying tm Un* ii'tru I to appraise taxable property within their respective jurisdictions Comal CAD appraises all real property in the county as well as some property iii Hays. Kendall and Guadalupe counties The largest taxing entities within the th st act. those that pay th** largest portions of tin* district’s budget ar** Comal Independent School District. County of Comal. New Braunfels independent School District and City of New Braunfels After Chief Appraiser Glen Buicks resigned last October. Deputy Chief Appraiser Pat Fox took over as acting chief appraiser until Un* district’s board of directors more than a month ago lured Rhodes “I feel the new man, Mr Rhodes, is going to try to inject more balance in procedures,” Pearson said. adding he feels Rhodes “is a strong man ” Pearson said he will serve as master of ceremonies for the forum beginning at 7 30 p rn Yohey is sole candidate in GR mayor race Walter Yohey of Garden Ridge said earlier today that he is back and he is back to stay as the only candidate for mayor of Garden Ridge Yohey withdrew his bid for the post Thursday after Mayor Keith Richter told lum of a technical mistake the candidate made w hen he filed for election When I filed, I didn t file as a joke.. I’m back and it looks like 1*11 bi* mayor.*' Yohey said Richter announced in a written statement Monday he has decided Uh1 filing error which originally left Yohey ineligible “is of insufficient weight to override the positive values of his certification.” Yohey said in light of his disquabficaUon as a candidate for mayor six years ago, he wanted to see Uirough his current bul for office. In 1981, Yohey was disqualified because he bad not lived in the city long enough See MAYOR, Page 2 Bv DAV IHM\N staff W Titer New Braunfels (Tty Uouneil unanimously agreed Monday night to solicit proposals from private sanitation collection firms to test the water to determine if privatization of the service will benefit the city in the long run When a recommendation is made to council, expected at the Vprii 27 meeting, council can reject or accept any or all proposals (Tty Manager Joe Michie said advertising for bids will determine whether privatization of sanitation collection would actually save die city money while creating a revenue source We’re just testing th* water,” Michie said No decisions have been made Council will have right of refusal for any or no reason People think we have already decided, hut I'm just asking to see what is out there.” Unlike an ordinance, a proposal could be accepted at one meeting rather than three because sanitation is not a charter-created department and. according to Michie, proposals will go out only one time A proposal conference is set for March 18 to answer questions proposal submitters may have Proposals will be* opened April 8 at 2 pm with a reeoiiunendation slated for council April 27 Projections for the upcoming fiscal year show the city realizing some $103,000 above expenditures after vehicle replacement and main-ta i na nee Such 'profits do no! include insurance, administrative or mariagnient cos is Under a private contract the city Ls suggesting a franchise fe* it I* percent of current collection rat* > b* implemented which would bring in some $108.bbl in revenues Some first-y*a! revenue enhancements would come from th* sac* nine sanitation department x ♦ hi* les and 550 collection dumpsters Overall, expenditure:    reductions would total $1,043.1*27 while revenue reductions would amount to $1,088,576 Revenue enhancement could bring in a one-year amount of $45,250 with a franchise revenue average of $108,000 Anticipated capital outlay over the next couple of years is one reason for considering privatization of sanitation .services According to Michie, if the city maintains responsibility, four truck.', one front-loading and three side-loading vehicles, will have to be purchased at an additional cost of $450,000 Michie noted that such expenditures would greatly impact the city's general operating fund budget and would have to be offset by increases in collection rates While department heads requested $8.4?y 064 fen expenditures in fiscal 1987-88. elimination of the salutation See TRASH, Page 2 ;