New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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TLC student 'grilled' on request to study perch
The saga of the fountain darter left its mark on Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. This became obvious Monday night, when Texas Lutheran College student Mike Perry asked the City Council’s permission to study some perch in Lands Lake.
“Is the young man here? I’d like to ask him a couple of questions,” the mayor said. “Do you promise, as an individual who's going to be doing this study, that you’re not going to bring any foreign fish into our lake?
“I’m perfectly serious,” he added, as the rest of the council chuckled, and Perry grinned. “You’re not going to bring in...” “... snail darters," said Perry helpfully. ”... and say we can’t cut weeds, or something?”
“No sir,” the student said.
“And you’re not going to take any of our fish and put them into someone else’s lake, and then say they’ve got an endangered species?” Stratemann pressed. Perry promised, and the council granted the variance he needs to do his study on Lone Star perch.
City officials said the variance was needed because it’s against the rules to swim in Landa Lake. Also, some of Perry’s work will be carried out at night, when people normally aren’t allowed in the park.
With Wurstfest and Veterans’ Day out of the way, New Braunfels is gearing up for Christmas. Council gave permission for Santa Claus to land by helicopter in the
Courtyard Shopping Center on Nov. 25; and for the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council to hold its Holiday Sing on the Main Plaza Dec. 18.
Mayor Pro Tem Laverne Eberhard said she was sorry that the Christmas tree lighting on the plaza (scheduled for Nov. 29) would not be Santa’s first visit to town, but she voted in favor of the chopper trip anyway.
The first Holiday Sing was held last December, and was considered a big success. Elizabeth Elliott of the arts council said it would be 15 minutes longer this year, because last year’s participants complained that there wasn't enough of it.
Train's unscheduled stop scared woman bound for New Braunfels
By PATRICIA YZNAGA-KING Wire editor
Mae Bums knew she was making a lengthy trip from her home in New Jersey to visit her son in New Braunfels. But she didn’t think she’d make a stop near Marshall.
Bums was in her compartment on the Amtrak train Eagle bound for San Antonio Saturday morning when she heard a crash.
“I was sitting in my compartment reading,” she said.
After she heard the crash, the car began to shake, Buras said.
She felt her bunk pushing against her. She pushed the bunk and propped her feet against the opposite wall ct her compartment.
“It was scary,” Bums said. “I thought we had hit a truck.”
The train had derailed 13 miles north of Marshall in East Texas, killing four persons and injuring at least 24 others.
Bums’ car was the only one left standing, she said.
“Everybody was very shaken,” Bums said.
When the train stopped, the passengers grabbed blankets and hiked over to nearby Highway 59 for help, she said.
“The people in Marshall were great," Bums said, added that the town’s residents made phone calls to the passengers’ relatives, made accomodations and helped the stranded
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new bar hours
out bids for temporary structure
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writ af
Engineering plans for the new jail passed unanimously, but the bids for a temporary jail were rejected during Monday's regular meeting of the Comal County Commissioners.
“We feel Uke we put as much pencil as we dare on these plans." said Chris DiStefano, architect.
Bids on the new jail wiU be opened Dec. 21
The architect commented, “It’s a nice building.”
“For what it’s being used for,” Sheriff Walter Fellers added.
The blueprints included two areas — a main area which would be the base bid and a possible later addition
The main area will have a 95-bed capacity while the addition would add 48 beds.
The building will be constructed on an elevated foundation of dug footings, which aren’t as deep as
“They don’t want us to go deep on it,” DiStefano
explained. He assured the court that there was nothing unusual about the foundation type and that the foundation would move if the soil shifted.
The gray and white exterior work “will look exactly Uke the renderings we gave to you previously,” the architect said.
The plans cab for the use of pre-cast because “the security is already there," he said. The panels will be cast on the porch slab, and then tilted into place.
The system of cell bars “is the basic system you have up there rn the jail now," DiStefano said.
When commissioners asked Sheriff Walter FeUers if he wanted to suggest any changes, he said, "No, we visited with Mr. DiStefano (earUer) and suggested some changes (then I.
“I feel right now they're < the plans) about what we need,” Fellers said The court also is looking at whether to pave the adjoining parking lot with concrete or asphalt “If the court wishes to put the < concrete i site work in, I would dance for joy," DiStefano told the commissioners.
The architect also suggested tk *t the court let a general contractor bring it to grade, and then let county workers put the topping on.
“We’re going to have to look at the cost factor,” Commissioner Charles “Tart" Mund said.
County Judge Fred Clark hop^-d the commissioners would “coordinate that so it would be completed at the same time the jail will be completed.”
DiStefano thought the jail would be built within the 83 million mark originally set. His only concern was the cost of the steel work.
In another action, commissioners unanimously rejected two bids for a temporary jail building, and then reopened bids.
Commissioners believed they could get the construction done for less than the bids of 839,822 by M-Co Construction Company and 852,000 of Martini, Inc.
The commissioners are considering using a poured conerete-pumice mixture. The estimated cost of this type of building is 820,000.
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
City Council heard from bar and dance-hall owners for the first time Monday night, as it considered the first reading of an ordinance that would abolish 2 a.m. liquor licenses in the city.
Officers from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, the group that originally requested repeal of the 2 a.m. law, kept quiet as two holders of late-hours permits made their pleas to the council.
Member Joe Rogers said Dick Whitworth, owner of Bronco’s Bar, and John Rabon of the Crystal Chandelier, had raised some valid points. "These gentlemen have presented another side of the story that I had not heard until tonight,” he said. Nevertheless, City Council voted 6-1 in favor of the ordinance deleting the 2 a.m. law.
Donnie Seay cast the negative vote, saying, “I’m not saying I'm in favor of drunk drivers, because I’m not. I just don’t think we can legislate morality.”
Several council members who voted "aye” also made statements for the record, acknowledging that the issue was complicated.
“This community lived without this thing for a long time, and did fairly well,” said Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. The law permitting 2 a m. liquor permits went on the books in 1979. Stratemann said he’d had several calls from parents in past weeks, asking him to repeal that law so that “there won’t be this atmosphere" for their children to grow up in. He had some doubts about how much the council could do in that direction.
“We can change the law back That may be part of the solution," he said
How Council Voted
Here * how Guy Council voteti Monday on the fust reading of an ordinance mandating earlier doting hours for cit y bars
FOR Mayor O.A Stratemann Jr Mayor P?< Tem Laverne Eberhard. Joe Rogers, Barbara Tieken Betty Lou Rushing Jos- Val de mar Espmo/a
AGAINST Donnie Lfc.rv Motion carries 6 ' *
NOTE Ordinance must ,><»• im 1 ire audings to become law
“But if the parents don’t want their kids doing something, they’d better tell them, 'no.’ That’s the parents’ responsibility, Mr. Reynolds,” he added, looking at MADI) president John Reynolds.
MADD’s premise is that New Braunfels’ 2 a m. law invites people to make late-night trips from Seguin and San Marcos, where all bars must close at midnight. In many cases, MADD feels, these people are already drunk before they get rn their cars
Whitworth isn’t sure there are so many drivers making that trip. If there are, and the ordinance is repealed, he thinks there will be just as many New Braunfels citizens leaving bars to go to Universal City and San Antonio. In any cate, he doesn t think cutting the drinking hours is the way to get drunks off the road.
"The way to control drunk drivers is through good enforcement, not prohibition ... and not through exporting the problem to our neighbors,” he said.
"We’re not talking about prohibition," protested a council member. Whitworth disagreed.
See BARS. Page 12
U.S. attache murdered in AthensInside
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A gunman on a motorcycle killed a U.S. Navy attache and his driver today, pumping at least seven bullets into the officer’s car when it stopped at a busy intersection.
Capt. George Tsantes, 53, chief of the naval section in the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group in Greece was hit four times in the head and chest and died instantly, police said.
Tsantes’ driver, identified as Nikos Valoutsas, was hit at least three times and died a few hours later at Hygeia Hospital, police said.
No person or group claimed responsibility for the attack.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Peter Synodis said Tsantes, an American of Greek descent, arrived ii) Greece in April 1963. He was married With three children, and had served
a previous tour in the Greek capital.
Synodis said embassy records showed Tsantes was from New York, but that he also had recent postings in Washington and a home in Virginia Beach, Va.
A police spokesman said two men on a motorcycle came up alongside Tsantes’ official car, a black Buick, when it stopped a traffic light at a junction on a busy street north of the city center.
One of the men on the motorcycle "fired at least seven shots with a 45-caliber gun,” said the spokesman, who declined to be identified. The motorcycle then roared ooff down a sidestreet.
The shooting took place at 7:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. EST) as Tsantes was driving from his home in the northern suburb of Psychico to his office at the U.S. Embassy in downtown Athens.
Wurstfest '83 drew quality crowd—Purdum
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writ af
Quality, not quantity, was the highlight of Wursfest, 1983.
Grounds admission was down about eight percent. Concessions were down in the neighborhood of IO percent. But the Heritage Exhibit drew an increase of IO percent, and that pleased Wurstfest Executive Secretary Tom Purdum.
“Attendance will probably work out to about 135,000, compared to about 145,000 last year,” Purdum said Tuesday. “But we’re not down about that. Everyone involved from Wurst
fest directors to volunteers were pleased with the quality crowd.
“We want to build on that quality, and not be so concerned about numbers,” he added.
Purdum also said beer volume was down this year by about 20 percent.
Figures from the Comal County Sheriff’s Office indicated Driving While Intoxicated arrests were down and public intoxication arrests were up during this year’s 10-day festival. A spokeswoman said there were 143 public intoxication arrests and 98 DWI arrests, as compared to last year’s 117
See WURSTFEST, Page 12
Phil GrammGramm depending on his own record
Phil Gramm isn’t taking anything in the U.S. Senate race for granted.
That’s what he told his audience at Honors Hall Monday morning.
Gramm, R-College Station, spoke to Republicans from Hays, Comal and Guadalupe counties Monday, during a campaign stop on the state tour.
This is his first campaign as a Republican. Earlier this year, he was stripped of his committee assignments after his vocal support for President Reagan’s economic programs. He resigned from his post and from the Democratic Party and was elected to his old post in a special election as a Republican
Gramm admitted that his name would probably not be as easily recognized in Central Texas as Bob Krueger or Lloyd Doggett, two
See GRAMM, Pue 12
Comal County forecast calls for clear, windy and cooler today, turning cold tonight and fair and mild on Wednesday. Winds will be northerly at 15-25 mph and gusty today, light tonight, and shifting to the northeast at 10-15 mph Wednesday. Sunset will be at 5:36 p.m , and sunrise Wednesday will be at 6:56 a m
Billie s Out
Billie Sol Estes, once known as a financial wizard and a confidant of Lyndon Johnson, was released from prison today after vowing that his wheeling and dealing days are over. See Page 5
Missiles In Britain
Student demonstrators sprayed Defense Secretary Michael Heseltme’s face and hair with red paint today, a day after Britain received the first of Europe’s new cruise nuclear missiles.See Page 5
Architect Chris DiStefano outlines his drawings in Commissioners Court Monday
County inspects drawings of new facility, throws