New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 10, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Close call at Sleepy Hollow
Planning commission approves condo project on 3-2 vote
members absent) voted 3-2 in favor of figurine eight to IO units. would be left alone, and the builders
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Strong testimony on both sides of a rezoning issue led to a split vote by the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night.
William Gallagher, agent for Bayside Petroleum Corporation, wants to put 12 condominium units on 1.2 acres of Guadalupe River frontage along Gruene Road. He brought an attorney and an architect I with plans, photos and a scale model) to help plead his case at the meeting.
Most of the IO neighboring property owners showed up to speak against it.
When all the arguments were heard, the commission (with three
members absent) voted 3-2 in favor of a zoning change to allow the condos. Members then called a five-minute break, with ll agenda items still to be considered.
“It’s going to be interesting to hear what the City Council thinks,” muttered John Dierksen — who, as acting chairman of the commission, did not vote. City Council has final say on any zoning changes.
The land in question is zoned R-2, which would allow duplexes to be built. Condominiums would require R-3 zoning.
"I think we could design something where we could put almost as many duplexes on that tract as we can condominiums,” Gallagher said.
figuring eight to IO units.
But the land tract is a steep bluff leading down to the river, and construction costs would be high. Gallagher thought the investors could do better building high-quality units for purchase, rather than renting units at the prices they would need to break even.
His attorney, Barry Moore, feels the project they’ve come up with would be “an overall asset for the surrounding community.”
The architect described it as “earth-shelter housing.” One-, two-and three-bedroom units would be built partially into the bluff, providing natural insulation and cutting down on energy use. Where possible, trees
would be left alone, and the builders don’t plan to do anything to the lower bank area, he said.
Parking areas would be located near Gruene Road, above the dwellings, and also screened off by trees.
Neighbors of the proposed complex looked at the pictures and models, but still protested the zoning change.
“We feel like we have a unique piece of property ourselves,” said Ricky Psencik, son-in-law of Mrs. Claude Stroud across the river. “We bought that land hoping that nobody would ever build on that bluff. We couldn’t believe that anybody would
See PLANNING, Page 12A
Savage indicted four times in wake of tragic crash
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Four indictments for involuntary manslaughter were returned against a 22-year-old San Antonio man by a Comal County Grand Jury Tuesday.
William Dale Savage, a private stationed at Fort Sam Houston, was charged with driving while intoxicated Oct. 30, when his 1970 Volkswagen struck and killed four members of the Ruben Sauceda family, walking along U.S. Highway 81.
The charges against Savage were upped to involuntary manslaughter after results from a blood test were secured. The test showed his alcohol
level was over .22, more than twice the .10 legal limit in Texas.
In all, seven individuals were indicted Tuesday, including Savage; Royce D. Brown Sr., for theft of property by check; and David Frank Cook of 126 Threadneedle, San Antonio, and Elizabeth Ann Smith (also known as Elizabeth Ann Cook) of 119 Dumont, San Antonio, each indicted on two counts of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft.
Also, driving while intoxicated — subsequent offense indictments were returned against Her-menegildo Robles of 1929 I^ee, Santos Bustos Montoya of 815 E. Mather, and Edwardo Rojas Aleman of 1239 W. San Antonio.
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Polish officials say protest call failed
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Soldiers with fixed bayonets and police with automatic weapons patrolled two Polish cities today and authorities claimed factories operated “undisturbed” despite Solidarity’s call for an eight-hour sitdown strike.
The state-run Warsaw radio said workers reported to their jobs across Poland at the start of the 6 a.m. (midnight EST Tuesday) to 2 p.m. shift.
But it was impossible to verify whether Poles were heeding the Solidarity call for an eight-hour protest in which they would report for their shifts, but only “pretend” to wprk
The Solidarity underground did not ask supporters to stay home and said workers should avoid the factory takeovers that had marked its pre-martial law job actions.
“Industrial plants keep on working without a hitch in various parts of the country,” the official PAP news agency said.
Warsaw radio said there were “isolated incidents” and some attempts to distribute leaflets at plant gates around Poland. It did not elaborate on the “incidents."
The extent of the work protest and nationwide rallies called by Solidarity for the afternoon was seen as a crucial indicator of the underground’s strength following Parliament’s banning of the union Oct. 8 In the southern city of Krakow, Western reporters said university students protested peacefully for 15 minutes against the expulsion of IO students found with printing equipment in their rooms, and te dispersed without police involvement Official sources in Gdansk said
police and army patrols of 10-15 men each roamed the streets near the Lenin shipyards, where Solidarity was bom in August 1980 sit-down strikes. Police patrols also were beefed up in the capital.
In the capital, factories appeared to be operating normally. Buses and streetcars ran on schedule, and there were no banners, posters or flags like those placed on the Gdansk shipyard gates during wildcat protests last month.
Western reporters touring major Marsaw factories were barred from going inside, however. Workers entering the factories refused to speak to reporters.
The scene contrasted sharply to strikes called by Solidarity before it
See POLAND, Page I2A
Program scheduled for Main Plaza Thursday
Mayor 0 A. Stratemann Jr., County Judge Max Wonunack, State Rep. Bennie Bock II and former Am-bassador-at-I-arge Bob Krueger will speak at a Veterans Day celebration in the Main Plaza Thursday.
Tile New Braunfels High School band will open the ceremony at IO a m. with a medley of patriotic marches. When the band strikes up the Marine Hymn” and other service songs, veterans’ and service groups will march in from San Antonio Street, led by the school’s Marine ROTC Color Guard.
Marching groups will form up west of the plaza at 9:50 a.m. All veterans are invited to participate When the ranks are in, Mayor Stratemann will read a proclamation declaring Nov. ll Veterans Day. Harry Brown, chaplain of Comal American legion Post 179, will give the invocation. The ROTC unit will then present the colors as the band plays the national anthem.
ITie mayor and judge will offer brief
The dance could be called the ‘Parking IxH Switch.’ The steps were a little tricky, but the rhytiun was catchy. And tile I .anda Parks and Recreation Advisory Board took to the idea Uke ducks on water.
What started out as a fairly heated discussion Tuesday night on whether the destiny of Prince Solms Park was concrete and parking stripes, ended on a much happier note And the credit for the idea goes to City Manager E N. Delashmutt
The parks department is presently in the midst of a capital improvement project to construct a 77,720 square foot parking lot along Fredericksburg Road, near the Howard Street intersection. The City Council approved
Fly your Flag Thursday
welcome speeches, followed by a greeting from World War II veteran G. Ward Moody, past Department Adjutant for the American legion
Rep. Bock will also make a greeting speech, and Krueger will deliver the main address. The band and color guard will present closing ceremonies at ll a m.
The downtown celebration is sponsored by New Braunfels veterans’ and service organizations Special recognition will be given to World War II and Vietnam veterans.
the project with 75 percent being done in-house, meaning city crews and equipment, up to the laying of the asphalt.
“The other day the city manager approached me with this idea,” acting parks director Court Thieleman told the board. “He said, why not take the proposed parking lot on Fredericksburg, and make it into tennis courts and volleyball courts? Then, pave over the existing tennis and volleyball courts and make that a parking lot?’
“I thought it was a terrific idea, and so did several members of the City Council Monday night,” Thieleman
See PARKS, Page 12A
Schools set programs
The Comal Independent School District will celebrate Veterans Day with flag-raising ceremonies and patriotic speeches.
Smithson Valley High School will honor retired Col. R H 'lays Jr in a flag ceremony at 8.35 a.m. Tays is a veteran of both World War ll and (TSI), having served as a teacher and administrator The band and choir will provide music, and taps will be sounded as the Bag is lowered to half-mast for the day.
Canyon High School's program, starting at 8 30 a.m., will include a short speech by veteran Jim Rector, CIS!) trustee and former Canyon teacher.
The Student Council will make presentations to each veteran on the present faculty, and will also honor those from the central office, school board and local American legion and
See VETERANS, Page 12A
Expect more of the same through tomorrow, according to the weather service. It will remain partly cloudy today, tonight and Thursday with a 20 percent chance of showers Winds will be out of the south today, 10-15 mph, becoming light and variable tonight Sunset tonight will be at 5:38. Sunrise is expected at 6:52 Thursday morning.
DEATHS ................. 3A
Parking lot 'shuffle' may solve Landa woes
Start photos by Debbie Del tutch
Illegal tree cutting yielded this wide path to Canyon Lake
The unkindest cut of all
'clear cut' at Canyon
Cutting down trees on federal land is a crime in more ways than one, and it’s happening around the shores of Canyon l.ake at a pace that frightens Park Ranger Elvin M unsell
“We get the occasional shoreline stuff, Uke cutting down a small shrub or tree for campfire wood, but nothing like this," Munsell said Tuesday. “Cutting down 50 to 60 live oak trees to get a better view of the lake just blows my mind.”
Munsell and the Corps of Engineers are investigating at least three different instances of “clear-cutting" discovered within the last two weeks, the park ranger said. “In two cases, the swath of trees (40 to 50 in number) that were cut down were mostly cedar But below an area between Hancock Oak Hills and Scenic Terrace subdivisions, at least 50 to 60 live oak trees were chopped down just so someone could have a better view of the lake.”
Park Ranger Judy Scott said that the Corps of Engineers has a l,akeshore Management Policy and Vegetative Management Plan for each of the 21 lakes in the Fort Worth District, which includes Canyon Lake. The land management objectives of these policies and plans are enforced under Title 36 of the Code of Federal regulations, and cutting down trees, for whatever reason, is illegal.
The trees around tile shoreline of Canyon I^ake have an aesthetic value, as well as providing a natural habitat for wildlife. “Trees are far more important than a stack of firewood, fence posts or a good view of the lake,” Scott said.
Ail major tree cutting incidents are reviewed by Don Wiese, a forester in the Corps’ District Office in Fort Worth. “He evaluates each case based on the species, size, location and condition of the trees, and works with the Corps’ legal counsel to arrive at a final value for the trees that have been cut,” Reservoir Manager Philip Parsley said.
In some cases, the value of a
single live oak that is ui good condition may approach several hundred dollars, and violators can be subject to stiff penalties.
“Ownership of land adjoining Corps’ lakes conveys no rights or special privileges on government property,” Parsley said. And he invited all adjoining property owners, real estate agents, contractors, and prospective purchasers of land adjacent to government property to visit with him at the Corps Office near the dam, and learn more about the lakeshore Management Policy and the federal laws that protect the shoreline of Canyon (.ake.
- DEBBIE DeLOACH
These aren't mere saplings being cut, as the ruler shows