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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Parents learn Local to share grief See Page 1B Water Watch Comal River........... 294 cfs (up 12) Canyon inflow....... 632    cfs (down 30) Canyon outflow........ 926 cfs (same) Edwards Aquifer....... 625.37 (up .01) Canyon Lake level .... 911.47 (down .19) New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels. Texas Local The only female Opa speaks out Vol. 94-No. 214 See Page 3A Thursday October 31,1985 25 Cents 24 Pages —2 Sections City bans billboards By DANA OVERSTREET Staff wrltar New Braunfels City Council took 15 minutes Wednesday afternoon to enact a 90-day moratorium on the construction of off-premise billboards. The unanimous decision came almost five months to the day after council adopted an interim sign ordinance and appointed a special committee to formulate a permanent ordinance for the city. Mayor Barbara Tieken explained that signs still will be erected because, in the past five months, more than 20 billboard permits have been issued. “I, too, regret, the fact that, when we appointed the committee to study this, that we could not have at that time imposed a moratorium,” she said. On May 31, council approved the interim ordinance to protect itself from regulations set forth in a bill passed by the Texas Legislature on May 25. The new law provides for compensation of sign and property owners wh*r a city orders the removal, reconstruction, or relocation of an off-premise sign. By approving the ordinance before June I, council allowed itself to have a choise of compensation methods. The committee named that day is to have a permanent ordinance prepared by Dw. 17. Other central Texas cities also are in the middle of billboard controversy. San Antnio and Seguin have blocked the construction of new off-premise signs and council was warned two weeks ago that billboard See CITY, Page 12A Austin man questioned in jet explosion GRAPEVINE (AP) - Authorities have questioned an Austin man whose wife and three children were aboard an American Airlines jet when ait explosion rocked the plane moments after it landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the Dallas Times Heraldry ported today. The newspaper quoted airline and law enforcement authorities in saying the explosive was apparently inside a small cosmetic bag they believe was checked aboard the flight by the Austin man. The man’s wife and children were flying to D-FW to catch a connecting flight to Des Moines, Iowa, the newspaper reported. The woman was also questioned and released, sources told the newspaper. Sources told the newspaper that no motive has been found and no there are no firm suspects. “This is being investigated as the offense of destruction of an aircraft, which ia a federal offense,” FBI agent Byron Sage said. “Obviously, it s a very serious allegation.” Cummins Beaty, assistant agent in charge for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Dallas, said Wednesday the investigation is “centered both here and in Austin.” Beaty described the woman who owned the bag as “just an average person with no criminal background. We don’t know of any prior problems that she’s had.” Beaty also speculated that the explosive devise was activated by a timing device because it didn’t appear to have been set off by the plane’s landing or takeoff. American Airlines officials say they will study beefed-up screening of luggage as the result of the explosion. No one was injured in the explosion about 8 a rn. Wednesday aboard Flight 203, en route from Austin to See JET, Page 12A Real cut-ups OWVt CLAWK /HERALD ZEIT UNG Carl Schurz fifth-grade students carved these pumpkins Spirits rise for Halloween By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The meanest spirits this Halloween may be adults taking the fun out of the night for children, says a sociologist afraid that the holiday is being changed for the worse. An Alabama couple is planning to celebrate their wedding in a coffin-festooned ceremony amid witches and warlocks. In Wisconsin, a couple who live with a teetotaling ghost will be raising a glass or two to him. A naturalist in Maryland is trying to convince the easily spooked that bats, those familiar symbols of this scariest of nights, are actually friendly, furry creatures that see well and wouldn’t hurt a soul. And, a dentist has risen to the defense of candy. Clint Sanders, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut, says adults have altared Halloween for children and it is now, like Christmas, “dominated by rituals centered around consumer consumption.” Many businesses are cashing in on Halloween horror stories by advertising safe alternatives to candy collection, Sanders said, and hospitals are X-raying candy. Also on the subject of candy, Dr. Heber Simmons Jr., a children’s dentist and president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, says parents shouldn't have nightmares about all the candy their children may end up eating. “We used to think all candy was bad,” Simmons said Wednesday in a telephone interview from Jackson, Miss. ‘Really, that’s not at all the truth.” His views were echoed by Dr. Stephen J. Moss, chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at New York University, who said all types of sugars are found in virtually every food and do not make a difference in cavity-causing potential. Ecologist Arnold W. Norden with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources came to the defense of a much-maligned hobgoblin. Bats, included with black cats and ghosts in Halloween folklore, are in more danger from people than the reverse, according to Norden. He said residential and commercial development is threatening their natural habitat. Bats are actually cute, furry friends of man that live on insects and pollinate fruit trees, he said. But bats aren’t the only creatures af the right used to scare the unwary. In south Louisiana, ifs the loup garou, the werewolf of the bayous, who gets you if you don’t watch out, says Patricia Perrin, a folklorist and instructor at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. Concern aired over PCA By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A former employee has questioned the quality of information Manager Bob Sohn gives to the New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees. At Wednesday night’s NBU meeting, Penny Crawford expressed concerns which were centered around a 9.4 percent interim Power Cost Adjustment, authorized by trustees on July 25 to recover increased supplier costs from the Lower Colorado River Authrity. The PCA was authorized as an interim measure until new electric rates could be presented to City Council for approval. But with the power cost adjustment. which made its debut on Utilities customer’s bill on the August billing, NBU has been over-collecting for IXRA’s increased costs. In a letter written by Crawford and read to the Utilities board on Sept. 25,-she stated. ‘ This dollar increase will be more than covered in its entirety by our five large customers The 9.4 percent collected from the other 13.000 customers will be income (profit) for the Utilities over and above any charges that IXRA levies.” The letter also indicated the Utilities would recover between $500,(WM) and $1 million extra by the time new rates can be put into place, and ca I led the over-collection “a tidy sum for the community to come up with in just six or seven months ” Sohn publicly answered Crawford s letter with a 14-page response Sohn said he suggested to Utilities staff lowering the PCA to 6.2 percent on Sept 9. but decided against it because more study was needed and the over-collection only translated to a ll 04 overage to the average residential customer for August * We decided to let the 9 4 percent stand and review it again next month,” Sohn said I would have liked to have heard at the September meeting there was a $38,000 over-collection.” Mayor Barbara Tieken said at the Wednesday meeting. * How would you know that based See PCA, Page 12ATexans face proposed water amendments in election By SAR Ari DUKE Staff writer Comal County residents will face a major decision Nov. 5 concerning water in Texas. Amendments I and 2 to the state constitution make up a water package that would, if passed, provide $1.8 billion in credit for the development of water resources in Texas. Amendment I would authorize the issuance af $960 million in Texas Water Development Bonds for water conservation, water development, water quality enhancement, flood control, drainage, recharge, chloride control, agricultural soil and water conservation and desalinization. Amendment 2 would authorize the sale of $200 million in Texas agricultural water conservation bonds. This water package has been endorsed by several local and state organizations. Governor Mark White has been campaigning for the package which he says is an attempt to deal with the water problems facing Texas. The governor said recently in San Antonio that Texas must have developed water resources if the state is to meet the needs of new industry and a growing population. “Certainly we all know the water situation is the most unportant problem we face in Texas,” said Bob Sohn, New Braunfels Utilities manager. “We can always buy electricity. It may cost a lot but when we’re out of water, that's it. “I strongly recommend that the voters look favorably at the package. The amendments address several of the issues that face Texas and par-ticulary in this area on the Edwards Aquifer,” Sohn said The New Braunfels Utility board of trustees voted Wednesday to pass a resolution urging the adoption of of the amendments. The New Braunfels City Council also voted recently to adopt a similar resolution supporting the passage of the amendments. New Braunfels could be eligible to issue state guaranteed bonds if the amendments pass. The bonds would be issued at the state's bond rating. Sohn said that there is a possiblity that the city of New Braunfels could join with other cities or areas to build a regional surface water or wastewater treatment plants The amendments encourage the development of regional water and waste water treatment plants According to information from the Texas legislative Council, regional plants designed for future growth are considered a better solution to watei needs thant smaller plants meeting immediate needs Sohn said the city may in the future join with the Green Valley Water (orpiMration and the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authonty in building a surface water treatment plant on Lake Dunlap. “I think we need to resolve to get off of our one straw into the Edwards I Aquifer),” Sohn said. “If a drought like the one we had last summer comes back, the Edwards could be partially depleted.” Critics of the amendments have said that they will allow money to See WATER, Page 124 Inside | CANYON LAKE BA CLASSIFIED 4-1 IB COMICS BB CROSSWORD BB DEAR ABBY 3B DEATHS 2A ENTERAINMENT 7B HOROSCOPE BB OPINIONS 4A OUTDOORS 10A SPORTS 8-9A STOCKS 12A WEATHER 2A Utilities chairman pounds last gave!Today's Weather Days will continue to be mostly sunny and windy through Friday with fair and cool nighta and winds from the northwest at 15 to 20 mph. Daytime highs will reach the mid-70s, with overnight lows dropping to near 50. Yesterday’s high was 70 and this morning’s low was 54. Sunset today will be at 5:43 p.m.Previews It’s time for the stretch run tor the local high school football teams, and previews for this week’s games are in today’s Sports section, Page BA. Bill Brown, who has been on the New Braunfels Utilities board for seven years, conducted his last meeting as board chairman Thursday, “I just can’t imagine the board without Bill as chairman,” Trustee Amo Becker said to Brown. “You’ve given us expertise, a lot of time, and this board will miss its chairman.” Brown has been board chairman for five years, and also served as a Utilities trustee for two years when he was mayor of New Braunfels. “These seven years I’ve been on the board have been a labor of love for me," Brown said before pounding the meeting gavel for the last time “Utilities have been my life for 26 years.” Brown also works for San Antonio's City Public Service. He said the names of Utilities trustees he had served with over the years sounded like “a hall of honors,” and extended a “simple and sincere thank-you” to the Utilities employees for their cooperation and assistance. “You will always be a part jf my heart and soul,” he added. Utilities Manager Bob Sohn told Brown, “We’ve been through a lot since the early 1980s, and you were a great strength to me through some difficult times Don't stay away. We need you to stay with us. ” “Yes, I’m going to miss these endurance tests,” Brown said after Thursday's five-hour meeting Brown ended his farewell comments by commending the Utilities’ past accomplishments, but added, “the challenge will be greater over the next five to IO years. “Keep politics out of the Utilities, and keep the future of New Braunfels bnght,” he said. “For it is going to be the guiding light.” BILL BROWN Hunters find variety of genie Page 10A ;