New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
MICKOPLEXJ?wr10/22/S51 * 75245CISD to borrow money for Bulverde work
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Decisions came in only one size — big — at a Comal ISD bond issue workshop Monday night.
Board president Leroy Goodson and trustees Erwin Lehmann, Carter Casteel and Bill Hays, gave CISD Supt. Bill Brown the go-ahead to borrow $375,000 to build eight permanent classrooms on the Bulverde Elementary campus. Dr. Kenneth Wunderlich abstained, and trustees Jim Rector and Karen Rust were absent.
“We’re going to have to borrow the money for classrooms out there one
way or the other, if the bond issue passes or not,” Brown told trustees. He said the immediate need at that campus can’t wait on the time it would take to implement a bond issue, but the costs could be listed in the bond package under renovations.
“At the present growth rate, we’d need IO more portable buildings there in two years. I’d rather see the district put money in permanent buildings at Bulverde Elementary rather than $22,000 a lick for more portable buildings,” Brown added.
There are presently seven portable buildings on the Bulverde Elementary campus. As proposed by CISD architect Mike McChesney, the
new permament addition would include eight classrooms, two restrooms, storage areas, and a ramp between the old and new buildings for a total of 8,736 square feet.
McChesney also said the cottage located at the back of the existing building would have to be moved to make room for the new addition.
Another big decision Monday night was the board’s 5-0 vote to build a new high school in the Smithson Valley area, and convert the present Smithson Valley High School into a junior high to serve areas now served by Bulverde and Mountain Valley middle schools. That concept will bepart of the district’s bond election, tentatively scheduled for May ll.
For planning purposes, trustees also voted on setting capacities per classroom at 22 students for elementary schools and 25 students for junior and senior high schools.
District architects were also told to use a five-percent growth factor in determining needs for the eastern portion of CISD (Comal Elementary, Frazier Elementary, Goodwin Primary, Canyon Middle and High schools); and an eight-percent growth factor for Canyon Lake, Bulverde and Smithson Valley areas.
Both growth percentage factors were approved by the board on a 5-0
vote, along with the classroom capacities.
A big decision that wasn’t made Monday night involved the future renovation and-or elimination of Canyon Middle School, the second oldest school building in the district.
Brown compared a $2 million estimate on renovations at Canyon Middle to a $3 million estimate to build a new school. However, if another gymnasium, a field house and other extra-curricular facilities were removed from the list of renovation projects recommended by the CISD Long-Range Planning Committee, the $2 million figure would drop to about $1.3 million.
Dr. Wunderlich said it was going to be “hard to sell” a complete makeover of Canyon Middle, because “it doesn’t look like a dump.”
McChesney said major renovations at that school would definitely impact the workings of the school. He added there is room on the 45 acres the district owns between Canyon Middle and Frazier Elementary to build a new middle school, and still maintain the middle school’s band building, football and baseball fields and track.
The possibility of selling some of the district property closest to Highway 81 East was also discussed,
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Driver says he rescued suspect's car
A Houston wrecker driver said he pulled David Port’s car out (rf the mud on June 8 about IOO feet from where a missing mail earner’s body was found the next day.
Port, 18. was arrested on June 8 for the murder of 23-year-old Debora Sue Schatz. who disappeared while delivering mail to Port’s affluent neighborhood on June 7.
The wrecker driver, Raymond Pigg, testified Monday when he saw Port in handcuffs on the television news on June 8, he called police and led them to the dirt road where he had pulled Port’s red Malibu out of the mud. Hours later, police discovered the earner’s bloody, ant-bitten body, concealed by a line of trees and tall grass near Cypress Creek.
Pigg said he and his son were getting gas at a service station off Highway 290 on June 8 when Port asked him for help around 10:30 a.m.
"He was all muddy, dirty. He said his car wasn't running right, so he pulled off the road and got stuck,” Pigg said. “I told my son it was suspicious, because he was pulled too far off the road to just be broken down. So I told my son to write down the car’s license plate number.”
That piece of paper with the number on it was admitted into trial evidence Monday.
The Port murder trial is rn its third week, and testimony continued this morning with Sgt L D Garretson on the witness stand. Garretson said the carrier’s trousers were undone, and her blouse and bra pulled up under her armpits when her body was discovered
“Her body was laying on its left side. She was slightly face down, and her knees were slightly bent. She had blood on her face and head, and numerous ant bites that completely covered her body,” Garretson testified
Police recovered the carrier’s leather pouch and mailbag near her body . along with a green canvas-vinyl air mattress, several trash bags, a car jack and stand, a lug wrench, and a pair of hood assembly hinges. Garretson said a white towel with what appeared to be blood on it, a wad of bloody paper towels, a pair
of black shoes and socks, a white shirt with blue stripes, a red T-shirt, and 47 pieces of mail were still inside the mailbag.
Other testimony Monday came from police officer Irma laires-Sauseua, who said Port admitted to killing Schatz on the car ride to the station after his arrest
“He said, ‘I don't remember everything that happened, but I do remember walking her upstairs with my gun. I know I missed her many times, but I know I hit her at least two times, maybe on the head. I just stood and looked at her a long time Then I went downstairs. I knew she was dead,’ ” Sauseda testified.
Talks open despite Chernenko's death
GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — The United States and the Soviet Union made a fresh start Tuesday on nuclear weapons control, with Soviet negotiators operating from instructions approved by their new leader, Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
Signaling conciliation, Victor P. Karpov, head of the Soviet delegation, said if both sides wanted an accord, “You can do that on the kitchen floor, here or somewhere else.’’
The opening session, which lasted about two hours and 40 minutes, was held up for 12 minutes while the three American negotiators signed a book of condolences to mark the death of Soviet President Konstantin U. Chernenko on Sunday. Today’s session at the Soviet mission marked the resumption of superpower arms talks follow ing a 15-month lapse.
On the eve of the talks, Gorbachev, who became Communist Party general secretary on Monday following the death of Chernenko, urged Washington to join Moscow in reducing nuclear weapons stocks and preventing space from becoming an atomic battleground.
Vice President George Bush, departing Geneva for Chernenko’s funeral, told reporters: “All
mankind desires peace. Today, at this hour, those hopes focus on the commencement of arms control talks here in Geneva.” Bush was in the Swiss city for a conference on Africa.
While waiting for the Americans, Karpov told reporters that Gorbachev had presided over the meeting of the Politburo that approved his instructions last Thur-
Highlights of strategic arms talks
1963 ~U S Soviet Union ban nuclear tests in oceans, atmosphere, space
1967 —U S Soviets ban nuclear weapons from space 1969 Strategic Arn s Limitation Talks (SALT) begin 1972 -SALT I puts ceiling on superpowers long-range nuclear weapons and limits each side to IOO antiballistic missiles each at two sites
1974 - US Soviets agree to ban all underground nuclear tests above 150 kilotons 1976 -U S Soviets agree to limit explosions used for peaceful purposes and begin talks on banning chemical weapons 1979 —SALT ll. setting ceiling on strategic arms and planning for reductions is signed but never ratified
1981—U S Soviets open talks on limiting medium-range missiles but Soviets suspend negotiations in November 1983 1982 -US. Soviets begin Strategic Arms Reduction Talks [START] but are interrupted by Moscow in December 1983 1984 U S President Reagan and Andrei Gromyko Soviet foreign minister meet and agree on process of follow-up exchanges between two sides
1985 Gromyko U S Secretary of
State George Shultz meet in Geneva to discuss prospects for new arms talks on strategic and mtermediate-range nuclear missiles
and space weapons
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“I will adhere to them, you can be sure of that,” Karpov told reporters in an unusually lengthy interview.
He said there was no need to return home after Chernenko’s funeral on Wednesday because there would be “no change” in the instructions on space and nuclear arms.
"We should start now and negotiate as long as we are here to understand each other’s positions,” he said.
It was the first meeting between the veteran Soviet arms negotiator and Max M Kampelman, who heads
See SOVIET, Page 3
Tile officer asked Port why he killed the mail carrier. She said Port told her, I don’t know. I didn’t even know her.’
"I told him he didn’t have to be telling me all these things. He said, ‘I know’,” Sauseda said.
Port also told Sauseda he wrapped the body in trash bags and put it in the trunk of his car. When it got dark, he said he threw the body in a bayou.
When Sauseda and Port reached the police station, she said she retrieved a 22 caliber pistol, obtained at the Port home earlier in the day, from the trunk of her car. “He
See PORT, Page 3
LCRA begins rate hike quest
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
The Lower Colorado River Authority began its attempt Monday to persuade the Public Utilities Commission to grant it a $35 million rate hike.
As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, no official testimony had been heard, as the commission had been in settlement hearings all day at PUC headquarters in Austin,
But settlement negotiations broke down Monday, and the hearing was
to have convened this morning.
PUC staff members went into the hearing recommending a $17 million rate increase — half *he amount requested by the LCRA.
LCRA is the wholesale supplier of electrical power to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc., which serves Canyon Lake, and New Braunfels Utilities.
PEC asked, as an intervener, that the rate hike be held to $13 million “It looks Uke we’U get them to at least cut the increase in half,” said Bill Cunningham, PEC spokesman.
Interviewed by telephone from Austin, Cunningham said that PEC officials still have other concerns about l/’RA’s request for the increase.
LCRA had asked for a two-step rate increase, with a $35 milUon hike taking effect in July, and an additional $33 million to be enacted in July. 1986 On Jan. 24, the PUC threw out the second step of the increase, saying the filing was incomplete.
See LCRA, Page!
City Council approves hike of local room tax
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Beginning April I, guests to local hotels, motels, and resorts will pay IO percent of their room biU in state and local taxes.
Qty Council Monday night, in a 4-to-1 vote (Councilman Joe Rogers voting no and Valdemar Espinoza absent), approved the ordinance raiaing the local share of the room tax from 4 to 6 cents. The state tax is 4 cants.
Of the local allocation, th? 2 sent increase must be used for prot».jting
conventions and tourism. Accepted ways to do that include buying land for or constructing or enlarging civic center convention buildings, auditoriums, and convention center parking areas.
The 2-cent allocation also can be uaed for furnishing faciUties and personnel for registering convention delegates and for advertising and
promotion of the city and for attraction of tourism
Of the remaining 4 cents, the city will now receive 20 percent; the arts, 20 percent; the convention and tourist bureau of the Chamber of Commerce 55 percent; and the city’s two museums, 5 percent.
According to state law, no more than 25 percent of the total tax may go toward support of the arts and under the new formula, New BraunfeJ' is giving the Arts and Cultural Commission 20 percent of its tax.
Tonight, the Arts and Cultural
Commission board will decide how to allocate its share. The group had originally asked for 15 percent, including 2 percent for each museum.
Also Monday night, Council discussed selling the right-of-way on Thompson Street — a dead end off Kuehler Avenue behind Carl’s Jr. Restaurant.
Lowman-Brinkly Realty has offered to buy the portion of the street fronting its property. “Our use would be primarily for parking,” said David Brinkley.
See COUNCIL, Page I
Cornel River ........ 246 cfi (Sown 121
Canyon inflow......... 502 cfi (down 67)
Canyon Oam outflow 650 cfi (up 50)
Edwards Aquifer ........ 624 46 tup OII
Canyon Lake level ......603 61 (down 151
Today's Was thor
It will be partly cloudy this afternoon becoming cloudy with occasional drizzle tonight, and
turning to a 30 percent chance of showers Wednesday. Winds will be from the east at 10-15 mph.
Today’s high should reach about 78 and tonight's low should drop to around 65.
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David Port leaves the Courthouse, while a TV camera tracks his movements