New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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callas, Tex a;, 75235Marshalls spend anniversary fleeing hotel
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Standing on a balcony on the 25th floor of the burning MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas last Friday wasn’t exactly how David and Paula Marschall planned to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
At the time, it didn’t seem to matter, however, to the former residents of New Braunfels.
That’s because Friday was also the day of the MGM Grand Hotel fire, the second largest hotel fire in this nation’s history.
At last count, the MGM Grand fire which swept through the bottom floor left 84 dead and
more than 500 persons injured. Hotel owners estimate it will be July before it will reopen.
Waiting for help to get away from thick, black smoke and fumes which had filled their room, the Marshalls of Austin didn’t know the location of the fire.
As Mrs. Marschall put it, “We didn’t know what was happening. We didn’t know if the building was on fire or the roof or what. We just wished each other happy anniversary — because we didn’t know if we were going to make it.”
Had the roof been on fire she isn’t sure they would have escaped since they were in a room just one floor from the top. As it was, they both
escaped with only a few cuts, bruises and sore throats.
The Marshalls were in I,as Vegas last week attending the Comdex Computer conventon at the Convention Center. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Wegner of New Braunfels. His mother is Mrs. Virginia Marschall, also of New Braunfels.
Explaining their experience, Mrs. Marschall said, “We woke up about 7:30 that morning not from any alarms or anything. We just woke up. I smelled a really bad smell — like a heating unit that had overheated and then saw thick black smoke coming through the air conditioning vents.
“We dressed very quickly and since our
sliding door opened, we climbed out on our balcony where we stayed for the next 45 minutes to an hour. It was then a little man (on what looked like) many floors below us told us that we could make it down the stairwell. So we tried it — which was probably the worst thing we could have done,” she said.
“We couldn’t see anything (in the halls or on the stairwell). The smoke in the hall was real thick and it made it much harder to breath.
The halls were kind of dark because they only had small dim yellow lights. I’ve got bruises from running into the walls," she added.
“Once in the stairwell we could see a bit better because there were some windows. But
it took us going down about IO floors before there was fresh air and we could breath better.”
Not until they had climbed down 25 flights of stairs and were out of the building and on the ground for about 30 minutes did they find out what had happened.
“We found a security guard who finally told us (that the building was on fire),’’ she said. “Up until that time, we thought the roof was on fire since we had seen ashes coming from up there."
The ashes turned out to be from the ground
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New Braunfels, Texas
Electric ordinance draws new objection
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Westpoint Pepperell’s Mission Valley Mills became the second major industry to question portions of a new electrical ordinance at a meeting of the City Council Monday.
Council members voted to pass the ordinance on its second reading, but asked the board of trustees of New Braunfels Utilities to consider West-point’s objections to the elimination of credits currently paid the industry for keeping its "power factor" above a certain level.
Those credits are not part of the new ordinance because Utilities has been losing money on them for more than two years, Utilities Manager Bob Sohn told the council.
Under the current ordinance, Utilities customers who maintain a power factor of less than .85 pay a rate penalty, and those who use more get a rate credit.
The new ordinance brings the penalties in line with the .90 power factor imposed by the Lower Colorado River Authority in June 1978, Sohn
"Anything below .90 or 90 percent gets penalized, but the new ordinance doesn’t give users who stay above it credit,” Howard Morrison, the mill’s chief engineer, told the council.
“We averaged 94.8 last year. The power factor we’re maintaining is benefiting the entire system,”
Sohn said Utilities pays penalties to LCRA for dipping below .90, but gets no credit for staying above that level, so it was costing money to pay credits to customers who do.
“I^ast year we paid $3,139 in credits to customers, and $58,099 in penalties to LCRA, for a net deficit of $61,238.” Sohn said. "The year before that, we paid $20,894 in credits and $27,663 in penalties, for a total of $48,557.”
Morrison said Westpoint only became aware of the change Thursday, and asked the council to postpone a vote on the ordinance until its meeting Dec. 8 so it could be studied further.
Council decided to go ahead with approving the ordinance and asked Utilities to get together with Westpoint to consider the industry’s complaint
before the reading Dec. 8.
The council also instructed the board to consider reducing the deposit for residential customers from two months’ estimated billing to one month’s, while keeping the deposit for commercial users at two months.
Council member Gerald Schaeffer voted against passage of the second reading.
Schaeffer saw no need to keep commercial deposits higher than residential, especially since Utilities is in the process of acquiring insurance to protect against large users defaulting on their bills.
“ITI have to see what recomen* da lions the boaid comes up with. If they see a dire necessity in having one month’s billing for residential deposits and two months for commercial, ITI have to accept it,” Schaeffer said in an interview after the meeting.
The board has already gone on record against reducing any deposit requirement in the new ordinance. But if the requirement is lessened for one group, it should apply to all, including commercial users, the board recommended at a meeting Thursday.
CouncilI told complaints exaggerated, okays event
The Civic Center will be the scene of the Comal County Kennel Club’s dog show Jan. ll, the City Council decided Monday.
But first, the Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Tieken questioned Kennel Club member Joseph Faust about allegations raised by Civic Center superintendent Ray Constance that dog owners failed to clean up after their pets the last time the show was held, in June.
In an “analysis” of the problems, Constance wrote the air conditioning filters had to be replaced twice in two weeks because of hair brushed into the atmosphere by owners sprucing up their pets.
In addition, restroom facilities were used for shampoos and haircuts, Constance said. Further, there was a city ordinance against having animals where food is served.
And most disconcerting of all, some owners were "not responsible for dogs urinating on floors, walls and tables,” the superintendent wrote.
Faust pooh-poohed the allegations.
"There was a minor amount of grooming. We take every precaution to lessen the detrimental effects,” he said.
“We had 400 dogs last time, and many of them were outside the center.”
Roger Edge, a citizen attending the meeting, remarked that he had been to the June show and thought Constance was exaggerating a little bit.
“We didn’t see any misuse of facilities, and if a dog made an occasional mess, it was certainly not on walls or tables,” he said.
Faust agreed to advise owners to avoid a recurrence of the problems.
“We’ll take better care. I can’t guarantee a person in every restroom, though.”
“Constance does an outstanding job keeping the place clean. I’ve never been there when it wasn’t exactly right,” Councilman Joe Rogers said after the vote. “Couldn't agree with you more,” Faust responded.
The City Council Monday approved an application for a taxicab .service license made by Hannelore A. Brotze.
City Attorney Irvin Boarnet recommended the council require Brotze to take out liability insurance in the amount of $500,000 because of "terrific judgments on damage suits brought against cities today.
Brotze said she checked with her insurance company and found she meets the state requirement for taxi insurance. The council decided that was sufficient coverage, especially since the city’s only other taxi company, Cantred Cab Co., was probably paying the same amount.
“It’s not fair to have one company pay one thing and another taxicab company to pay another,” Councilman Donnie Seay said.
Brotze’s company, Comal Taxi and Delivery, will charge a base rate of 50 cents plus IO cents per each tenth of a mile.
The council tabled a request from
See TAXI, Page2ARevised park plan to be examined Monday
An open meeting will be held Dec. I to examine a revised but still tentative plan for development of luanda, Hin-man Island and Prince Solms Parks, Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Tieken announced at Monday’s City Council meeting.
The workshop session was recommended by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to acquaint council members with major changes in a park plan submitted by Groves,
Fernandez and Associates.
Bob Frazer, vice president of the San Antonio consulting engineering firm, will be on hand with an updated version of the plan. The board decided Nov. 17 to keep traffic open through the park while charging out-of-town tourists an entry fee on weekends during the busy season.
Some of the plan’s more ambitious proposals, such as centralized parking lots and a tram system to move people
through a trafficless park, were dropped after vocal opposition was heard from area residents at the workshop.
Other aspects of the plan, such as a lakeside ampitheater, were labeled “for the future,” and simply tabled for an indefinite period of time, perhaps years.
“I’d like to commend the citizens who were present at that workshop. It’s good to get some feedback before
we make a decision. We welcome your participation,” Tieken said.
“That’s the only way we’ll know how they feel,” agreed Council member Joe Rogers.
In other park business, City Manager E.N. Delashmutt reported work by the local Young Adult Conservation Corps in Panther Canyon was complete, and asked the council to approve a relocated worksite.
Delashmutt said he planned to use
the YACC manpower to build native rock retaining walls along the Comal River inside I .anda Park from the train station to the LCRA plant to combat erosion.
Council agreed, and the work will begin pending approval from the Texas Department of Community Affairs.
The city has a new tent camping ordinance. The Council passed the ordinance, which requires campground operators to meet sanitation standards.
Girl Scouts recognize Smith's 25 years' service with Daisy
By SANDRA JACKSON Kaleidoscope Editor
At its semiannual council meeting at Canyon High School Sunday, Lone Star Council of Girl Scouts of America honored Bucky Smith for 25 years of service to scouting.
Presented the rarely given Daisy Award by Girl Scout representative Wanda Rice, Smith was cited for her outstanding contribution to the program. This is only the fourth Daisy Award ever presented within the Lone Star Council, which serves 18 Texas counties.
The Daisy Award is reserved for adult volunteers who work directly with girls or leaders and make outstanding contributions to Girl Scouting that can be said to exemplify Juliette Low’s own adventuresome spirit, determination, and willingness to tackle the unknown — as well as Ixjw’s love of girls, said Sandy Taylor, a field executive of the Lone Star Council. Juliette Low was the
founder of Girl Scouts in the United States.
The recipient of this award receives a gold charm and her name is engraved on a plaque which is hung in the Linda Cox Training Center in Austin.
Smith has four daughters who have all participated in scouting. “She has always been very supportive,” said Taylor. Smith has been a Girl Scout leader and is currently serving as a senior adviser.
Upon receiving the award, Smith told the audience that five of the contestants in the recent Junior Miss pageant had been in her troops, and three of the winners had been Girl Scouts.
Seven New Braunfels girls were also honored with First Class awards, the highest achievement for girls in the scouting program. They were Catherine Morgan, Amy Wailderfdorf, Ann Schumann, Julie Henk, I^igh Ann Truly, Donna Hasert and Becky Meyer. They are all members of Senior Troop 610.
Bucky Smith shows surprise upon being presented a Daisy Award by Wanda Rice