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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Five members named I Area to Child Welfare Board See Page 2A Water Watch Coma! River............211 cfs (up 3) Canyon inflow........103 cfs (down 4) Canyon outflow ........143    cfs (same) Edwards Aquifer ....... 623.51    (up .01) Canyon Lake level  907.92 (up .01) Two area volleyball teams make semi-finals, Page 6A New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels, Texas MICROPLEX inc. MITCH WOMBLE P.O. BOX 4543/-, DALLAS, tx 75245 Local City incred&co amount of its bond package See below Vol. 94-No. 176 Friday September 6, 1985 25 Cents 24 Pages- 2 Sections Gang violence suspected in killings HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas prison system, trying to curb violence behind its walls, may temporarily suspend correspondence between known prison gang members, a federal judge has ruled. The ruling came after four prison inmates, including New Braunfels resident Raymon Delgado, were stabbed to death in TDC prisons over the holiday weekend. Governor Mark White, in a press conference Thursday indicated that the stabbings were gang-related. “The evidence that I am aware of indicated that all four were involved in some type of gang-related activities, possibly even racially motivated,” White said. U.S. District Judge John V. Singleton on Thursday signed an order allowing the Texas Department of Corrections to impose the restriction for 30 days at 13 of its 27 units. “I emphasize that this is temporary, emergency relief,” said Singleton, who gave the state 30 days to seek a permanent hearing on the matter. The state had wanted Singleton to limit provisions of a 1983 court settlement allowing inmates to write to prisoners in other units and to contact fellow inmates for legal assistance. But inmates apparently are using letters to set up gang killings and other “various nefarious activities,” said prison spokesman Phil Guthrie. White said tougher measures to reduce violence in the nations second largest prison system were Sec GANG. Page 12A 12-story retirement tower is nixed by planners By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer It was close. But members of the New Braunfels' Zoning Board of Adjustment Thursday listened to about 25 people and denied a request to build a 12-story retirement complex on I^keview Boulevard, The vote was three in favor and two against the request for a variance; however, the action needed four votes to pass. The area proposed for the apartment complex is zoned R-3 (multifamily housing), but has a height restriction of three stories Board Chairman Stone Williams, who voted no, said he was responding to the wishes of those against the complex. “This was a pretty good display,” he said. “It influenced my thinking a lot. I am going to object and I would hope they could come back with two five-story buildings.” Melvin Joe hee, one of the people working on the project, said his group will look again at the plans for a retirement complex. In his presentation, Jochec pointed out that Eden Home has cottages, duplexes at Eden Village, and government-sponsored housing at Eden Heights. “The project being proposed is designed for those who are not qualified to live in Eden Heights,” Jochec said. He explained that the apartment house would have two stories of parking underground, i0 floors for living and activities, with mechanical equipment at one end. There would be a walkway from the tower to Eden Home, the building would have a security system and a central desk, and there would be a dining room and activity area with a director. The 134-foot, 108-unit building was to sit next to the cliff off I Review Circle. Opponents to the tower agreed that there is a need for a retirement complex — complete with activities and .security — but said they are against the construction of a high-rise in their neighborhood. Fall cleanup New Braunfels Parks Department employees Ramon Zavala, left, and John Coronado clean fair leaves out of the fountain on the main plaza. With fall coming on, projects like this will continue to increase as the trees shed their summer cover. “Don’t say no to them, but say, Do it another way,’ ” said Glenn Duff. “Nothing has been said about their safety in case of fire. How do you evacuate these people?” Mary Ann Schneider agreed “We are talking about the evacuation of a lot of elderly people in a high-rise building with inadequate firemen and inadequate equipment," she said "I would like to see it lowered to four or five stories ... this is a dangerous building and it is ludricous to have a high-rise building in New Braunfels.” Schneider and others who pointed out the danger of elderly residents in a tall burning building were told that the board could approve only the variance, while the plans also would have to be checked by the city’s fire marshal and would have to meet state permit requirements In voting against the variance, member Chuck Engler said, “I really don’t get concerned about the safety because of the fire marshal and the codes. I’m not sure that New Braunfels has to start taking 10-story structures and roll over ” Opponents in the audience also said they do not want to look at a tall building and suggested that granting this variance would open the door for See TOWER. Page 12A Car- train wreck Fender bender Steps on an empty coal tram caught the front fender of this Corvette and tore it off at the Gruene Road and Missouri Pacific crossing Thursday afternoon. Patrolman Robert Owens said the train was traveling at 24 miles per hour cany I Cl AH* MfHAiD/ttTuV and sounded its horn at the approaching car. But the driver William George Rivers, told police that he didn’t hear the train whistle until the last minute City bond package total increased The amount of the New' Braunfels city bond issue rose by $101,532 this week after the city’s financial director said the amount should be a round figure. The bond amount originally was set at $11,653,468 at a Tuesday night workshop But Wednesday morning, City Manager Joe Michie learned that bonds are sold in $5,000 increments, so he arid Assistant City Manager Court Thieleman changed the figures for each of the eight categories in the proposal The new bond issue amount for the Get belection is$11.755 OOO lf all eight propositions were to pass, the additional tax rate would tx* 12 cents per $100 valuation, based on the city’s property valuation of $673,312,483 The propositions look Ilk** this Proposition one $935,000 for a new fin* substation on County Line Road and remodeling and renovation of the Central fire station. Proposition two; $325,000 for improvements and renovations at the Civic Center, including the addition Uniforms are out while moonlighting By SARAH DUKE Staff writer Comal County sheriff’s deputies are no longer able to wear county uniforms while working for anyone but the county, commissioners court decided Thursday. County Attorney Bill Reinter told commissioners that a deputy can work for a private bar or dance hall in his or her off-time but cannot wear the county uniform. Sheriff Walter Fellers said his deputies would comply and they have complied for the past three weeks “A deputy cannot enforce house rules under the guise of working for the county,” Renner said Reinter said a court ruling .states that it is unconstitutional for a private organization to pay a sheriff’s officer money to provide a service that he already is supposed to provide. Deputies will still be able to work See COUNTY. Page 12A of a meeting room and more restrooms Proposition three $1,400,000 for remodeling die existing City Hall building and adding 5.000 square feet to the building Proposition foul $3,965,000 for street improvements, including about 60 street averia) projects. See BONDS. Page 12A I Today's weather Today s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance of rain. High expected in the riud*90s toda> I-ow tonight expected in the nud-70s Sunrise Saturday will be 7:13 a rn and sunset tonight will be 7:47 p iii Loeffler criticizes White AUSTIN IAP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom loeffler says Gov. Mark White is placing politics first in his appointment of John Houchins to the Texas Water Commission. “Once again Mark White is placing politics above the vital interests of this state by appointing a person, an old college roommate at that, who readily admits having no knowledge of water issues, to the Texas Water Commission,” Loeffler said in a statement issued through his Austin office “Mark White’s politicizing of the watei commission threatens the passage of die Texas water plan which is vital to the interests of the state,” Loeffler said. CLASSIFIED COMICS CROSSWORD DEAR ABBY ENTERTAINMENT HOROSCOPE OPINIONS RELIGION SPORTS STOCKS WFATHER 312B 10A 2B 2B 1B 2B 4A SBA 79A 2A 2A ;

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