New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 21, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels WednesdayNovember 21,1984 25 Cents
New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 94-No. 226 AW 24 Pages-2 Sections
Comal River ........165 cfs (down 3)
Canyon Lake inflow .. 123 cfs (down 7) Canyon Dam outflow .. 150 cfs (same)
Edwards Aquifer ...... 622.56 (up 05)
Canyon Lake level .. 899 96 (down .02)410 M053 10/22/fi^
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By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
AUSTIN — Despite protests from the Pedernales Electric Cooperative and the Canyon I^ake Area Citizens’ Association, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority was granted a permit Tuesday from the Texas Water Commission to build a hydro-generation plant at Canyon Dam.
In voting for the motion to grant the permit, Commissioner Ralph Roming summed up the feelings of the other commissioners saying, “It is this commission’s responsibility to use water for the benefit of the most people in Texas.’’
He also said that it was a lack of understanding of how the OBRA is mandated to operate that led the opponents of the permit to object.
“We certainly expected to receive the permit,” said John Specht, OBRA general manager, after the hearing. “We are simply attempting to utilize a resource that is already there.”
New Braunfels Utilities manager Bob Sohn, who attended the hearing, told the Herald Zeitung, “The evidence has been heard. The commission gave every
opportunity for everyone to voice their views. I think the commission acted very wisely.”
Wallace Greene, president of the lake-area group opposing the hydro plant, said he will appeal.
‘They’re not following their own code. You couldn’t fault them if they were following the law,” Greene said, charging that the application process had not been completed properly.
The PEC objected to the issuance of the permit because they would like to be the company building the plant, since Canyon Dam is in the PEC service area:
In the application, GBRA made no request to increase or decrease the amount of water stored in Canyon Reservoir or the rate at which water is released. The permit is specifically subordinated, as to priority, to all present and future rights to use the waters of the Guadalupe River for municipal, livestock, domestic, industrial, irrigation and or mining purposes. Hydrogeneration will have priority over navigation, recreational and other uses of the river waters.
Public interest advocate for the Texas Department of Water Resources, Jack Cox, asked Specht, “Can you
See HYDRO, Page UAJohn Specht explains GBRA water releases to Canyon Lake businesswomen Iola Young (center) and Virginia Stavinoha
GBRA gets state approval to build lake hydro stationInside
Inflation takes moderate jump
Resurfacing due soon on Seguin, Lands streets
WASHINGTON (AP) Consumer prices, driven by more expensive gasoline and food, rose a moderate 0.4 percent in October, the government said today. The 1.8 percent gasoline price hike was the steepest since May 1983.
With just two months left in 1984, however, inflation this year is running at 4.2 percent, slightly better than analysts’ predictions of a 5 percent rise for the year.
As for last month, analysts laid fully half the blame for higher prices on the increases for gasoline and food. Food prices, which had fallen in September, rose 0.4 percent.
But those analysts said the news for consumers was not as bad as it might appear from the new figures. Virtually all the higher gasoline
prices were recorded in the West, primarily in California, with the department’s seasonal adjustment process accounting for much of the rest of the gam.
Gasoline prices had risen 1.1 percent in the previous month after declining throughout the summer.
Analysts still maintain that the surge in gasoline prices will be shortlived, as oil-rich nations struggle to cope with shrinking worldwide demand. For instance, those experts point out, the most recent wholesale price cuts forced on petroleum exporters have yet to work their way to the pump.
Nor should food prices continue to climb, said the analysts, who
See INFLATION, Page IUToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for sunny today and Thanksgiving Day, turning clear and cold tonight. Sunset will be at 5:33 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:01 a.in. The high today will be in the low 60s, low tonight near 40, and a high Thursday rn the upper 50s. This morning’s low was 36, and yesterday’s high only reached 47.Early Herald
As we have done the past two years, the Herald Zeitung will print a morning edition for Thanksgiving Day instead of an afternoon edition. Our offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day, although our circulation department lines will be open from 7-11 a.in. Thursday.Coffee Mess
A federal mediator has been called into the brewing feud at the Internal Revenue Service center in Austin, where employees are angry over an order to remove some 120 private coffeepots More than 1,000 members of the National Treasury Employees Union have signed a petition protesting the order. See Page 4A
Seguin and luanda streets, stretching from Highway 81 to Walnut Avenue, will be re-surfaced by May 1985 And that work is expected to eliminate some of the drainage problems on one of the streets The Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation now is taking bids on the project, and resident engineer Bobbie Hasert said work should begin by April I.
“We probably will not get started until around April because the application of liquid asphalt must be done in warm weather.” Hasert said.
The re-paving of luanda Street from the Comal Creek Bridge to Walnut Avenue aught improve a poor drainage situation there by changing the grade of the street.
“We will be re-grading the existing pavement to get the high spots off that may be creating little dams,” Hasert said.
“We are trying to lessen the puddles at luanda and Fredenckburg and drain those puddles toward the
The South Seguin Street project will extend from US 81 to the Main Plaza.
Hasert explained that through years of re-surfacing, the pavement “has grown rather high” on South Seguin street.
Rather than add another layer of street, the highway department will cold mill the pavement, or cut grooves into it, before re-surfacing the street.
Cracks and small holes will be sealed to prevent water seepage before the liquid asphalt and stone chip mixture is applied.
Hasert said these two streets were chosen for this work for several
See STREETS, Page ILABlast victims buried in hillside grave
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Firemen working by the light of flashlights buried 275 unidentified victims of fiery gas explosions in a huge mass grave on a hillside northeast of the neighborhood where they died.
The victims buried late Tuesday
night were among at least 324 people killed when explosions at a liquid petroleum gas storage and distribution center showered flames, debris and sections of tanks onto homes in the area at daybreak Monday. Red Cross officials said at
least 500 other people were seriously injured.
The office of President Miguel de la Madrid, which issued the latest fatality figures late Tuesday, said the toll “is not expected to rise significantly because the injured are
being attended efficiently by the health system.”
Fire fighters on Tuesday night stacked the 275 unidentified victims' coffins, some metal and some wooden, in layers into a dusty grave dug by a bulldozer.
Guided by the headlights of a jeep and IO flashlights held by policemen, the fire fighters quickly filled the grave.
Most of the bodies were burned beyond recognition. They had been removed from the neighborhood and
held in a makeshift morgue while survivors filed by them Tuesday in an attempt to identify missing relatives.
However. Col. Eustongio Per£z
See BLAST. Page 11A
NBISD seeks data on leaky roof
summer when the air-conditioning workers were on the roof.
“The problem started a long time ago. I don’t believe that roof was constructed with any pitch whatsoever. Water has been pooling on it for over 15 years, at least," Curtis told the board. He showed members a 15-year-old aerial photograph of the school that showed pooled water on the roof then.
Over the years, the center line of the roof has sunk under the weight of the water and now is 34 inches lower than the edge of the roof. the report from White Roofing and Waterproofing. Inc. stated
Curtis explained that with the extra weight of the air-conditioning workers and their equipment and the intense heat this summer which caused drying and cracking of the roofing material, further damaged occured.
White, a company that was the low bidder on two other roofing projects for the district in recent years, suggested a light-weight roofing membrane to be placed over 44-mches of foam insulation (also light weight) that would taper to 4-ineh at the roof edge. The insulation would correct the negative pitch of the roof
See NBISD, Page HA
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The Ixme Star School roof which “leaked like a sieve during recent rams” may take $90,680 to repair, a report given to the New Braunfels ISI) board estimated.
The board took no action at its Tuesday meeting, waiting for a report from a structural engineer, and possibly another estimate. But when the additional information comes in. the board plans to have an emergency meeting and select a contractor to do the work without going out for bids.
Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent of finances, suggested using the emergency provisions allowing school districts to get repairs done without seeking bids
“I believe this could be considered an emergency. The health hazard it creates for the children, if it rains again, can justify going the emergency route,” Curtis said.
The board was aware the roof needed repair and had budgeted $45,000 for it But no one realized the magnitude of the problem until it rained, the finance administrator said.
The problem was spotted this
USUI KRIEWALDT HERALD ZEITUNG
the early American colonists and Indians. Left, Katie Faust displays her Thanksgiving garb. The students learned about stringing warn pum, Indian bark paper and making Indian pottery and pouches.
That native touch
Noted local Indians Klint Kingsbury (left) and Scott Smith grind corn as the Hopi Indians did in the days of the first Thanksgiving. Kingsbury and Smith are students at Lone Star Primary, where Tuesday's lessons included customs of