New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff Writer
Mayor Max Winkler cast the deciding vote Monday to appoint former mayor William Brown to a five-year term on the New Braunfels Utilities board of directors.
Brown will replace Del George, an eight-year veteran on the Utilities board. Brown is the first new appointment to the board since George was chosen in 1972.
The City Council split evenly over the choice, with Council members Donnie Seay, Laverne Eberhard and Joe Rogers voting for George, and Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Tieken and Council members Gerald Schaefer and O.A. Stratemann Jr. opting for Brown.
A 45-minute executive session before the meeting dealt mainly with questions concerning Brown’s position as a director for the Edwards Underground Water District and the possibility of a conflict of interest, City Attorney Irvin Boamet said.
However, no such conflict exists, Boamet said, since membership in soil and water conservation districts is allowed under the law. Such a position is included in a list of
exceptions spelled out in Article 16, Section 40 of the state constitution.
Following the vote, Tieken asked City Manager E.N. Delashmutt to prepare a letter thanking George for “his years of service.”
Winkler reminded the council to attend a joint workshop with the Utilities board to discuss changes in rate and deposit policies. The workshop will be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the Utilities boardroom.
“Be sure you do your homework and try to be there,” Winkler said.
The council had an easier time filling appointments to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Dittlinger Memorial Library Board.
Irma Alvarado.. 741 laurel l.ane, and .Sharon Phair, 966 Mulberry, were appointed by acclamation to three-year terms on the park panel.
Franklin Keller had asked to be relieved after serving on the advisory board ll years, Delashmutt said.
The council reappointed Mrs. John Fon-vielle, Mrs Vearl Sissel, Jim Bridges and H.E. Knox to the library board for two-year terms.
County agrees to look for water study funds
There’s no money in county coffers for the project, but Comal Commissioners agreed yesterday to seek funds for a study of the i ater resources of the Glen Rose, Cow v. eek, Sligo and Hosston formations.
Betty Baker, as spokesman for the Citizens Water Task Force, requested that the county either fund or help the group find monies for a comprehensive study of the formations to provide documentation for any future action to meet water needs.
The task force was formed about two
years ago to investigate the problem of a limited water supply in Comal County, document the findings and look into possible solutions. Dan Baker is chairman; Betty Baker, vice chairman; Beth B. Sherfy, secretary; Cameron P. Wiley, treasurer; and Fred Stewart, sergeant-at-arms.
After Baker first presented the three-page typed request, County Judge Max Wom-mack said, “We all know that there is a real problem to obtain adequate amounts of
See COUNTY WATER, Page 16A
Council OKs ordinance for tent campgrounds
An ordinance regulating overnight tent campgrounds passed its first reading by City Council Monday, but not without objections by Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Tieken.
Tieken wants the rules to go into effect sooner than the one year allowed by the ordinance for campground operators to comply with it.
Under the new law (which becomes effective after passage on second and third readings), campgrounds must provide restroom facilities and maintain fences along adjoining private property lines.
New campgrounds must be in compliance before a city permit will be issued, City Manager E.N. Delashmutt said. The established camp areas must be up to standard within a year after final passage of the ordinance.
“The problem is not with the new ones,
but with the complaints of neighbors for not having restroom facilities available,” Tieken said, adding that a new tourist season will have come and gone before the requirements are in effect.
Delashmutt said a “heavy financial burden” would be placed on the campgrounds “without a form of a legal tune limit.”
The costs of constructing a restroom depended on soil conditions, distance to a sewer hookup, and other factors, Delashmutt said.
City Attorney Irvin Boarnet said the “grandfather clause” had precedents in earlier ordinances.
“Some period of time, entirely within the discretion of the council, should be provided,” Boarnet said.
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AL ASNAM, Algeria (AP) — The rescuers knocked on a steel girder and listened. Moments later, they heard a feeble scratching, proof that someone was still alive nearly four days after Al Asnam’s killer earthquake buried him beneath the wreckage of the office building.
Suddenly, the rescuers dropped their tools and ran into the street. The ruins had been shaken by another of the dozens of daily aftershocks. A concrete wall directly overhead, leaning at a 30-degree angle, threatened to bury the diggers.
The aftershocks Monday, some measuring up to 5 on the Richter scale, caused a panic among the tens of thousands of homeless survivors
receiving food and medical aid in temporary tent cities. Terrified men, women and children poured into the open air.
The official Algerian news agency said there was no further damage or casualties Monday in Al Asnam, where 1,600 bodies have been recovered and the Red Crescent relief organization estimated 5,000 to 20,000 people were killed, 80 percent of the city of 125,000 people were destroyed, and 250,000 of the province’s I million people were made homeless.
As each aftershock subsided, the thousands of Algerian searchers and French and Swiss alpine
rescue teams with trained search dogs returned to the rubble. More victims were brought out, alive but badly injured.
The scratching was believed to be coming from the watchman at the building’s underground parking lot.
“Last night, we heard him crying for help,” said one of the searchers. “This morning one of our avalanche dogs confirmed his presence, but now his cries have stopped.”
Then they heard the faint scratching from below.
“Every day there is less and less hope for
those buried in the ruins,” said a doctor standing
He said on Sunday he had to amputate both legs of a trapped man to save his life.
A week after the 1954 quake which killed 1,600 people in AI Asnam, survivors were still being found alive in the ruins, according to a police officer.
Small children who lost their parents in the disaster wandered aimlessly through the streets. Rescue teams organized by a women’s group gathered them up. Those whose relatives could be found were turned over to them. Volunteer
families cared for others.
At one tent camp, 12-year-old Fadila complained of the cold at night — “I have only a single blanket and no mattress; could you help me get another blanket?” But she said her parents and all eight of their children escaped from their house seconds before the walls came crashing down.
“My eldest brother was carrying little Mohamed, aged two, and Mama clutched the new baby. Thank God we are all safe,” she said.
“But I don’t think I want to live in Al Asnam any more. I am afraid.”
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Iraquis prepare Iranian siege
BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces threatening Abadan moved more armor and artillery across the Karun River but appeared to be preparing for a siege rather than an assault to overrun the Iranian oil city and its giant refinery. New mediation efforts reportedly were under way to try to end the war.
As the Iraqi effort to win complete control of the Shatt a1-Arab estuary went into its 23rd day, Iran’s official Pars news agency said the invaders put two more pontoon bridges across the Karun northwest of Abadan, giving them three crossing points on the approaches to the threatened city.
Iran claimed it shot down six Iraqi MiG jets in raids today on Abadan and Kharg Island, off
Iran’s southwestern Persian Gulf coast. It claimed six other Iraqi jets were downed in raids Monday over the same area. Iraq said all its planes returned safely frorn both raids.
Habib Chatti, secretary general of the 40-nation Islamic Conference organization, prepared to begin a fresh mediation effort with visits to Baghdad and Tehran. Both Iraq and Iran have ignored past appeals by the United Nations to put an end to the fighting.
A Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Wattan, quoted Saslah Khalaf, a leader in the Palestine Liberation Organization, as saying the PLO is about to propose a new formula for ending the war. Under the proposal, Iraq would agree to return to its border and Iran would agree to
negotiate with Iraq in another country under the auspices of a third party, he was quoted as saying.
Iran said it had crushed an Iraqi-backed breakaway rebellion by autonomy-seeking Kurdish insurgents in northwestern Iran near the border with Turkey. The Pars news agency said 80 rebels and 20 Iranian security forces had been killed in two days of fighting.
A British reporter who visited the Abadan area said he saw tanks, amphibious vehicles and ' artillery moving across one of the bridges “in a leisurely manner” and that the Iraqi troops were relaxed and confident. He said the lr qis were shelling Abadan and the Iranians were replying
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City welcomes German choir
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff Writer
Anyone strolling through Landa Park yesterday afternoon might have noticed that the park was a bit noisier and more crowded than normal.
And it was. The noise was being generated by a German choir singing to a small group of onlookers, including Mayor Max Winkler.
The E.S.W.E. men’s choir from Wiebaden, Germany, in town to present a concert last night, toured the city yesterday afternoon.
Beginning at luanda Park, the 42-member choir sang a short song and then presented Winkler with a record album of their songs and a rare bottle of German wine as a gift of their appreciation.
In welcoming them to New Braunfels, Winkler said, “We’re very, very happy you are all here in our little town.”
Through translation by Mrs. Heigard Suhr, who also acted as tour guide for the group, the mayor told the choir group how proud arid glad he was that so many local citizens speak the German language and that New Braunfels is so full of German heritage.
After touring luanda Park, the choir as well as the 56 other German citizens traveling with them, returned to their buses to visit Canyon Lake, Smithson Valley and the Sophienburg Museum.
The group’s reaction to the sights of New Braunfels ranged from those who were fascinated to those who were impressed or surprised.
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A Day in New Braunfels
Members of the E.W.S.E. Men's Choir from Germany receive a New Braunfels welcome from Mayor Max Winkler (top). As a part of their tour of the city they visited Canyon Dam where, like any tourists, they took photographs to remember their trip by.