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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas -lf* i ‘ It C )\ V OUtp ] £>•O. dox ^5^3co I. ].: i;, Lr x ',Ci 7 3    5 New Braunfels New Braunfels. Texas Herald-Zeitung WEDNESDAY May 4, 1983 25 cents Vol. 92 - No. 88 36 Pages —3 Sections (USPS 377 880'All NBISD bond propositions pass By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer A record voter turnout gave the New Braunfels Independent School District what It asked for Tuesday All three propositions listed in NBISD’s $** sri million bond package passed by wide margins Upon hearing the results. Supt O E Hendricks called It a victory for both teachers and students "Our (administrations! only pur pose Is to exist for them what s a victory for them Is a victory for us too," he later added The big hits of the election wert- propositions one and two, which called for the construction of a new elementary school, renovation to current campuses and air conditioning all NBISD schools These two Issues passed bv more than two-to-one Proposition three, that proposed the con structlon of a new office for the district s administration, also passed, but by a slimmer margin — 2*5 votes Election totals, canvassed and approved by the school board late Tuesday night, revealed that 2.737 votes were cast In that day s election School officials, although not positive, thought that was a record voter turnout Hendricks estimated Tuesday's turnout ti) be approximately 33 to 35 percent of the district s total registered voters Final totals for propositions one and two were slmlllar In proposition (Hie — which called for new construction and renovation — I.*22 were in favor of the Idea and *'93 against In proposition two — that calili for airconditioning all schools — I,HOW voted in favor and W02 against Proposition three that called for the con structlon of a new administrative office was a closer race with 1.4W0 voting for the idea and 1,205 voting against It Since this was a three proposition ballot, not everyone voted for all three Issues which would explain any discrepancies between total ballots cast and total number of votes counted, school officials noted Hee bonds, Page 12 \ Voters lined up outside New Braunfels Middle School Tuesday evening Board not informed about critical report, Doherty says * Stm"photon ft* Cmtt* Trustees felt the bonds’ passage really took the cakeCause for joyTeachers, staff celebrate passage "This is better than a pay raise,’ a very happy New Braunfels teacher quipped upon hearing the school district’s Ss H8 million school bond issue bud passed Her Joyous attitude was a typical reaction among those few who waited to hear news during Tuesday's school bond election XX lien that news did come — that all three propositions had overwhelmingly passed — school trustees, administrators and personnel let out a big sigh of relief and rejoiced in the news It was while th*' school board was in executive session that preliminary voting totals in dilated all three propositions might pass With 500 votes left to count those waiting for th** school board to open its meeting began celebrating with balloons and cake "fan you believe it that a Is H5 million bond Issue was passed in the N«*w Braunfels school district?" one ad ministrutor remarked shaking his head Welcome to the 2<ith century." said J C Reagan, husband of Seele School principal Vivian Reagan, referring specifically to the air-conditioning proposal "The kids are going to have to change their wardrobes." a giggling administrator chirped In. referring to passage of the air conditioning proposal It w as almost IO 30 p rn before final vote totals were known by the school board and this was following a canvass of the votes By that time a party was un derway at Katie Gordon's house to celebrate the bond Issue s package Gordon served as head of the district's bond issue promotion committee By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Better communication could have lessened city government’s recent flareup over th** condition of the [.anda Recreation Center building That was the strongest statement Recreation Board President Mike Doherty made Wednesday, when contacted about the story that broke at Monday night Barks ,»nd Recreation Advisory Board meeting Then*. Barks Director Court Thudeman reported recreational equipment at the « enter wa little to none He added the interior of the facility was "unkept, unclean, run down and un sanitary." with shoes and clothing in com modes, celling tiles missing and other structural deft* tencies Boh Ham!! shocked other park board members with reports of exposed electrical wiring and a upstairs wall that was nothing more than plywood leaning again t duds with a IO-foot drop lo the first floor Tuesday s article said the future *»t the Banda Rec Center was grim, and lo. a1 radio reports had Mayor <> X Skip Stratemann lr saying he’d clos** the center down it it wcr** up to him I think a hit of the statements could ha vt* been eliminated if there'll been better com mumcation, I loherty said "There's been a lot of over reaction and members of the ret board should have been contacted before th** information was released to the media We w er e th** last bi know " A city Inspection team of Thteieman \ distant City Manager Hector Tamayo Building Official Bob Fitzgerald, City Sanitarian Rick lame and Fir** Marshall Elroy Friesenhuhn toured the facility April 27, along with Doherty "I didn't know they were an Inspection learn No one said a word to rn** about that, Just small talk with Court." I loherty said J'hieleman - r**|M»rt ha been made public The other reports luive not been rvleased Mr ( K N i In* I as Ii mutt, (city manager i, told me Tuesday I could not have a copy of the other reports until «untied members gut theirs So I dun t even Itave a copy of th** reports Bm just going by what I've rear! arid heard un the radio about what tile reports SHV." Most of th** things Doherty has heard deal vv itll the upstairs back portion of th** building it’s not finished hark there arid we never said It was The unsate wiring Mr Hamtl s|H)ke of ar** old wires that aren't even hooked up The two bathrooms upstairs are not in use, and never have been, he detailed "The shoes and lh** clothing ar** m ar the commode, and not stuffed Inside The room upstairs with th** insulttclent wall Isn’t a tumbling room Ilk** Mr Hamll said The mats are on the fluor for a martial arts class Robert (center director Robert House» teaches, and hts students aren't kids Otherwise, Ute up stairs Is off limits " Doherty accepted th** premise that a better railing should be put upstairs, or maybe even a chain across the stairs saying th** area is off limits "But lf Ibex would have asked questions. the> could have found out we don't use lh** upstairs area Rut no one asked ti nothing." he added The inspection took place last Wednesday al noon "That was a terrible time to do it because Robert usually cleans up the place in hi*** KM (ENI E H, Bag* Ii \ Planners eye zoning compromise Lone Star Primary principal Richard Free was all smiles Among those most happy a flout the horal issue s passage was Supt (IE! Hendricks who termed it a victory for the students and teachers of th** district When asked why Ii** didnt include th** administrators in that statement — especially sine** voters approved th** district getting a new administrative building — Hendricks said "our i administrators'» only purine for existing Is for them A victory fur them Is a victory for us too "And what's good for the kids (arui teachers) Is good for the administrators too." he added Voter turnout is what ‘‘delighted school board president Margy Waldrip who Joined other members of the hoard and administration in thanking everyone who worked so hard for lh** bond Issue "People In the community who were concerned got out and worked ' for this bond Issue, Hendricks said In attributing the package’s voter approval Now that they know the amount of bonds they've got to work with, NBISD officials will begin working on preparations for the Hee HOARD. Page UA By DYANNI FHY Staff writer Faced w 11 ti developer- requests and neighbors’ objections, tti* city Planning and Zoning Commission t<*ok the middle road Tuesday night Public hearings resulted in two tom promise" rezoning proposal; one of winc h was compromised in turn by a spilt vote Rudy Seidel bud requested M I I light III dustriali zoning on some I atop 337 frontage lots iii the Comal Industrial Bark which ar** now zoned (* I for small local busine- The commission recommended TU i commercial i zoning instead William northers and Kenneth Fiedler wanted a ti aer** tract next to th** railroad tracks In Country Chih Kstates rezoned from R2 < two family residential! to <*3 ('tim miss loners opted for Ct, which is more restrictive Hot two of tile seven members then* voted against John Dlerksen's motion, and two abstained Seidel's request had come up at Hie April meeting and drew serious objections from neighboring property owner Archie Culpep per Since tile two men seemed to be tin friendly terms commissioners asked them lo meet privately arid see if they couldn't wink <>tit a plan that would fit* agreeable to both They did negotiate Seidel agreed, through the use til deed restrictions, to rule <iot certain type of industry that Culpepper and another neighbor considered to be offensive in dustries mentioned included breweries, machine shops, galvanizing or sheet metal works, poultry processing and floor mills Culpepper told th*- commission that lie appreciated Seidel s consideration, hut that he sill! fell compelled I«* oppose M I zoning on principle "This might open th** door. all th*' was down th** loop, lie said No one brought up tin* lad that th** rest of tin- Industrial Bark, a large chunk of I.*ti*I behind th** lots in question, is already zoned M I It's only the two front lots, plus poll ion «tf lots 3 and 4, that are Cl at present A 11177 update of th** city' Master Blan established a 300-foot belt of C I /oiling down both sides til Loop 337 That's one of Seidel's complaints He .*\ lh** property wa- zoned M I when In* bought it and planned his buildings at the cornet ofs. * RE ZONING. Rage 12 X Trial witnesses relocated when spotted by smuggler Witnesses in the murder trial of Juan Ramon Ortiz wert* moved to new quartern at an undisclosed location Tuesday as testimony began in th** second trial of th** accused allen smuggler Chief Brosecutor Don Ha ikston ald sum** of th** w I Incases were at a coff**** shop Tuesday when one of them recognized another person rn th** coffee shop as a coyote or smuggler "We moved the witnesses as a precaution. Bankston stated, noting that -ev**ral were threatened during th** first trial of Ortiz In Richmond In March Ortiz is charged with the slaying of Ramon Turclos, 15. one of four Kl Salvadoran nationals who were bound and shot dead at close range along th** Brazos River bank last July The slayings were allegedly done to revenge the shooting death of a smuggler two days earlier at a Houston grocery store The first trial ended with a Jury deadlocked at 11-1 for Ortiz' conviction District Judge A Reagan Clark ruled It a mistrial when a woman Juror said she would not change her mind about < Fritz' innonenc** Testimony began Tuesday afternoon with th** showing of a videotape of the grim scone where the four bodies were found July Id Other witnesses Included Deputy Tom Gaskamp. 1*1 Harry Spillers and Sgt Allan Mutchler, all with th** Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department The three officers each had a role in the investigation of th** murders, from th** Initial discovery of the bodies U> searches of at least three units at the Creek view Apartments near Guifgute Mutchler testified he recovered a ball of human hair, and found blood stains on th** rug from Apt 50W and blood stains In Apt 403 He said there was no furniture in Apt 50W, and a door In Apt 403 had names written on It "I Md you ever come across th** name of Juan Ramon Ortiz In your Investigation'" Prosecutor Bernard Hobson asked Mutchler said yes Seven W mm hulls and one spent shell, which See ORTIZ, Page 12 \ Inside 5J3 Today's Weather Today will be sonny and warm, with southeast winds near IO miles per hour I continuing Into tonight, which will be I warmer than Tuesday night and clear Thursday will be fair and continued warm, with winds blowing up to 15 mph. Sunset today will be at 8:09 p rn.. and sunrise Thursday ut 8 4*1 a rn CLASSIFIED...... ......9 11C COMICS. 2C CROSSWORD 2C DEAR ABBY 5B DEATHS 2A ENTERTAINMENT ... 2.3C HOROSCOPE 3A KALEIDOSCOPE I BB OPINIONS • . * • • 4A SPORTS............ 8 10A STOCKS 12A TV LISTINGS ........2B WEATHER 3A ;