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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas American League Sports faces 7th game See Page 9A New Braunfels Comal River......... 278 cfs (down 62) Canyon inflow ........ 732 cfs (up 527) Water    Canyon outflow ..    .    148 cfs (down 11) Watch    Edwards Aquifer  624.62 (down .02) Canyon Lake level ...... 908.14 (up .07) GuauJupe reserves Local won't receive pay See below Herald New Braunfels. Texas Wednesday October 16, 1985 25 Cents 34 Pages 3 SectionsBody identified as American man DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - The body of an elderly man that washed ashore near the Syrian port of Tartus is that of l^eon Klinghoffer, the American passenger who died aboard the hijacked Italian cruise liner Achille Iauro last week, the U.S. Embassy said today. The body was put aboard a special Alitalia flight for Rome, whprp U.S. officials and Italian authorities are to conduct an autopsy to determine how Klinghofferdied. “We have confirmed that the body is that of Leon Klinghoffer,” embassy spokesman John Burgess told reporters. “There apparently were two gunshot wounds in the corpse," Burgess said, but he did not specify where the bullet wounds were. The body arrived at the airport in a wooden coffin draped in the U.S. flag. It was escorted by U.S. Ambassador William Eagleton and Syrian military police. Reporters and photographers were not allowed near the plane. Soon after the plane took off at 1.35 p.m. (5:35 a.m. CDT), a Western diplomat, who spoke on condition he was not identified, said Klinghoffer had been shot once in the back of the head and once in the back. The four Palestinians who hijacked the Achille Iauro last week have been charged by Italian officials with murdering the 69-year-old Klinghoffer, but judicial sources have quoted them as denying the charge. Burgess stressed that “there still has been no autopsy to determine the cause of death," noting that Klinghoffer could have died before he was shot. The Palestinian Liberation Front. to which the hijackers claimed to belong, has said Klinghoffer. who was confined to a wheelchair, could have died of a heart attack The body was brought to Damascus from Tartus on Tuesday and Western diplomatic sources and a physician said it appeared to have been in the sea for at least a week before washing ashore Monday. They said it had been ravaged by fish and See AMERICAN, Page 14A City sets record in absentee voting Back from the past By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer New Braunfels residents set an absentee voting record for the city bond election. If absentee voting numbers are any indication, the turnout for Saturday’s city bond election will be heavy. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, when absentee polls closed at City Hall, 454 voters had cast their ballots in the $11.45 million bond issue election. There is a possibility that 17 more absentee ballots will be mailed back to City Hall by Saturday, said City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi. The new record beat the old record of 370 absentee votes set in April 1984, when voters rescinded the 2 a.m. closing hours for bars and approved a 40 percent homestead exemption. Saying that the proposed bond issue has sparked a lot of interest, City Manager Joe Michie noted the absentee total “is a good sign. "I hope we have a big turnout Saturday,” he said. Meanwhile, Michie and other bond backers will be holding a neighborhood meeting in the Holy Family Catholic Church, 245 S. Hidalgo, tonight at 7:30 to discuss the bond issue and present a slide show. Tile eight-proposition bond ballot will mean a 12-cent increase in the city’s tax rate, which would add about $60 to the taxes paid by the owner of a $50,000 home. Citizens will vote on each of the eight items: Proposition    one:    Fire station improvements; $935,000; or $4.85 in additional taxes for the owner of a $50,000 home. Proposition    two:    Civic Center improvements; $325,000; $1.70 in additional taxes for a $50,000 home. Proposition three: City Hall improvements; $1.4 million; $7.30 in additional taxes for a $50,000 home. Proposition four:    Street im provements; $3 96 million; $20.65 in additional taxes for a $50,000 home. Proposition    five:    Drainage im provements; $2.51 million; $13.05 in additional taxes for a $50,000 home. Proposition six:    Parks im provements; $1.88 million; $9.80 in additional taxes for a $50,000 home. Proposition seven: Golf course improvements; $140,000 ; 75 cents in additional taxes for a $50,000 home. Proposition    eight:    Olympic pool bubble; $300,000; $1.55 in additional taxes for a $50,000 home. The polls will be open from 7 a.rn. to 7 p.m. at four locations — District I, I»ne Star School; District 2. First United Methodist Church; District 3, New. Braunfels Presbyterian Church; District 4, Eagles Hall. Guadalupe reserves will get no pay as security officers By SARAH DUK!: Staff writer SEGUIN — Guadalupe Count) Sheriff Melvin Harborth said Tuesday that no reserve deputies wit receive pay for work as security officers. The sheriff received notice Friday from the Texas Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies Board that they had received a complaint about the reserve officers working at the Guadalupe County Fair. Harborth said the county would have been in violation of state law if it had paid the four reserve deputies working at the fair. He said the reserve deputies volunteered their tune to fair association “It is against the law for reserve deputies to work as private security agents without being certified through this agency I of private investigators and private security agenciesi,M said Cloma Sanders, director of the state board. See RESERVES, Page 14A 50 Cents the horse parks at an expirjd meter downtown earlier this week as he waits for his owner, Boyd Boyd said he came to New oeevi clawk heralo zf itumo Braunfels after traveling with his horse through the Midwest and the Rocky Mountain states for eight months. signs,billboards By SARAH DUKE Staff writer SEGUIN - The Seguin City Council voted Tuesday to adopt a 60-day limited ban on building signs and billboards in the city. The council passed a resolution stating that no permits shall be issued for building signs and billboards within and around the city’s downtown historic district for 60 days beginning Tuesday. Off-premises signs can not be built within the city during the ban. The council passed the resolution by a 5-2 vote with Councilman Jack Shanafelt, owner of Shanafelt Advertising. abstaining The city council also appointed a committee to draft a sign ordinance. Segum’s city attorney, an attorney representing Seguin’s two sign companies and a representative from the group to preserve the city’s historic sector, were appointed to the committee. Bill Kaufman, an attorney from San Antonio, representing Shanafelt Advertising and Seguin Outdoor Advertising, said the two companies are in favor of a sign ordinance in Seguin, especially in the historic district. Kaufman said he was opposed to a ban unless the city already had a sign ordinance prepared “Don't do something in a rush that would put these people < Seguin's sign companies i out of business.“ he said “Don't run the responsible guys out of business because some people from out of town have come in and put up billboards where they shouldn’t be " Council members originally proposed a ban on all new signs for 60 days. Shanafelt told the council he felt a complete ban would hurt new businesses because businesses just opening would not be able to identify themselves. The council expressed concern over the fact that San Antonio has entered into a temporary ban on sign and billboard construction.Inside Today's weather Cloudy and cool conditions continue today with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. There is a 30 percent chance of showers tonight and Thursday. CLASSIFIED 69B COMICS ______ 2C CROSSWORD _IC DEAR ABBY_ 4B DEATHS_ _2A ENTERTAINMENT _____ IC FOOD 1-6B HOROSCOPE_ IC OPINIONS AA SPORTS 9-11A STOCKS HA WEATHER 2A NBISD awards contracts for Mill Street building renovation By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer New Braunfels ISD board awarded bids Tuesday to three separate contractors for electrical, plumbing and mechanical work on the old high school building on Mill Street. The building will be known as the Education Center when it is renovated. It will house administrative offices for the district. In each case, the low bidder received the contract with only one other bid submitted. The total of all three came to $168,162, which is $2,000 more than the estimated cost. Earlier bids were rejected as too high. The specifications were rewritten to eliminate some of the restoration on the ceiling, and to add a drop ceiling, which brought the price down. Steve Tillotson with Andrew Perez Architects recommended the board accept the three low bidders: Guada-Corna Mechanical Inc. bid $61,027; Myers Plumbing bid $23,116; and APS bid $74,092 on the electrical contract. One bidder offered $100,300 on both the mechanical and plumbing contracts. That price was $16,000 more than the combined low bids. The two bids on the electrical contract were separated by about $8,000. Stoddard, the company that was awarded the architectural bid, will oversee these subcontractors and will receive a 5 percent fee for bonding and supervising the project, Superintendent Charles Bradberry said. In other business, the Hoard voted to spend $12,000 on new equipment for the biology department and $12,000 for the chemistry department. “The biology department needs 30 new microscopes and the cabinet they would be stored in. The chemistry department requested $3,200 for additional chemicals, $5,700 for equipment and $2,500 for glassware,” said Ixinnie Curtis, assistant superintendent of finances. “Some of this is due to the increased number of students taking these courses because of House Bill 72.” In other business, Bradberry See NBISD, Page UA    The old high school on Mill Street will be renovated ;

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