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New annexation laws outlined
New state laws on municipal annexation are going to change some things at City Hall.
City planner Debra Goodwin briefed the New Braunfels planning and zoning commission Tuesday night on the new laws and how they will affect future annexation moves.
There have been two major changes.
Before initiating annexation proceedings, the City Council must hold two public hearings, and one must be in the area considered for annexation. The law previously required just one hearing at a place of the council’s choice.
Before publishing notices for those hearings, the city must have available a plan for extending municipal services into the considered area. Socalled “soft services” (police and fire protection, garbage pickup and maintenance of existing streets, water and wastewater facilities) must be provided within 60 days after the area becomes
part of the city.
“Hard services” such as electricity, new water connections and sewer connections, may require more time, but the city has to provide those, too. Any capital improvements needed in the new area (fire stations, bridges, sewage treatment plants) must be under construction within two and a half years, and must also be included in the service plan.
The old law never required a specific plan, and it gave cities three years to provide all services “where economically feasible,” said city administrative assistant Court Thieleman.
“The economically feasible thing is still in there,” he added. In the case of some strip annexations, which might involve only one or two homes, the cost of extending sewer lines there might be prohibitive. If there were a subdivision there, that would be a different matter.
Planners and zoners spent a few minutes discussing the two-hearing rule, which is new for home rule cities such as New Braunfels. General law cities have been subject to this requirement for several years.
Commissioners noted that some of the areas targeted for annexation in future years don’t offer ideal locations for public meetings.
“On the street right-of-way, if necessary,” Goodwin nodded in response to their questioning looks. “Or out in somebody’s field.” One Texas city recently hired a helicopter and parachuted its council into the target area for a hearing, she said.
But that’s the City Council’s problem. The commission was more interested in the service-plan rule, which might affect their recommendations to the council.
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Thieves steal items from fairgrounds
A theft over $2,000 was reported Tuesday at the Comal County Fairgrounds horse training stables by trainer Bobby Ortiz.
Bolteutters were used to gain entry into the stables sometime between 6:30 p.m. Friday and 9:10 a.rn. Tuesday. A horse saddle valued at $1,500, another used saddle worth $300 and 800 pounds of feed were missing from inside the stables area. Also, outside the horse stalls a solid iron
wheelbarrow and two cushioned chairs were reported stolen.
In other police-related news, John McPherson of 241 Seville, Apt. I>r-6, reported his fishing boat was stolen from the banks of the Guadalupe River between 9 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Tuesday. The fiberglass light green fishing boat with dark green seats was valued at $500, and the 7-horsepower blue and white boat engine on it at $300.
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91-No. 176
September 8,1982 25 cents
38 Pages —4 Sections
Queries deluge appraisal district
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The Comal County Appraisal District is all but buried under a sea of questions.
They’re streaming down the telephone wires, trickling in the side door, and pouring through the front, where they threaten to overflow the dam created by a chest-high customers’ counter.
Things were quieter in the back room, where the Appraisal Review Board held session Tuesday and Wednesday.
At 10:45 a.m. today, the owner of a home on Coll Street was ushered in and seated comfortably in the “hot seat” in front of the board’s U-shaped table.
“We’ve got you surrounded now ,” smiled one of the six review board members.
Like most review board clients, this taxpayer was concerned about the large jump (80 percent) in the appraised value of her home between this year and last year.
“Is this your property?” asked review board chairman Kenneth Fiedler, handing her twoInsideToday's Weather
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“This is a real nice picture of the garage,” the woman said. “My house looks bigger than it is, because it’s real spread out. But it’s not deep.’’
The board and chief appraiser Glenn Brucks assured her the garage and enclosed porch were not counted into the square footage of “living space” listed on the card.
“I’ve talked to my neighbors, and their houses didn’t go up that much,” the woman added.
“Would you mind giving us those names, so we can pull their cards?” Fiedler asked.
The board had 21 appointments Tuesday, a few of which were cancelled. Fifteen were scheduled for today, and 13 for Thursday.
Fiedler, who has served in the past on county Boards of Equalization, said this board is getting about the same percentage of angry clients.
“You’ll have some people — a very small minority, who c um in with a chip on their shoulder,” he said. Most have been civil, and “they feel better after they talk to us,” he said.
“A lot of them just don’t understand the Peveto Bill itself,” said board member Joseph Armstrong The appraisal district staff tries to handle most of those cases at the front counter, but the review board still spends a lot of time explaining.
There have been some legitimate complaints.
The board has found some values to be unfair, and made changes, Fiedler says. Where there’s a question, bourd members plan to drive out and look at the property themselves.
The new appraisal process, created by state law in 1979, is undoubtedly causing confusion. Parking space at 130 W. Mill has been scarce since the first notices went out Aug. 18, and ifs almost impossible to reach the office by phone. Lines are constantly busy.
But of the thousands of taxpayers who have contacted the office, only 77 to date have asked to see the review board. Forty-nine of those are being considered this week.
Property owners who received their tax notices after Aug. 30 will have until Sept. 20 to file complaints The review board will re-convene at that time.
Staff photo by Joe kit' Smith
Rick Schultz outlines the new programReaching outStudents to help elderly in program adopted by NBISD
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
It’s a case of the young reaching out to the old — and if all goes as planned, both groups will benefit.
A program, which calls for New Braunfels High School students working with local nursing homes to get elderly citizens more involved in student activities, was approved Tuesday night by the NB school board.
The program is designed to provide senior citizens (including those which don’t live in nursing homes) with interesting activities to attend.
In doing so it is hoped that “the senior citizens’ outlook on the youth of NBISD” will be improved, said Rick Schultz, the student member of the NBISD school board
Schultz, a member of the student council of New Braunfels High School, which is co-sponsoring the program with the National Honor Society of NBHS, presented the prop "am for school trustees’ consideration Tuesday
According to the guidelines of the program, which trustees unanimously approved, the school district will be responsible for providing transportation for the elderly to and from home football games.
Free transportation will be available at two sites laurel Plaza Apartments and Eden Heights, Schultz noted. Buses w ill begin picking up oeople at these two spots at approximately 7:15 p.in. Friday for that night’s home football game, Schultz said.
Nursing home residents will be provided with free tickets if they have a “Golden Unicorn Pass.” Elderly citizens i over 65) w ith a pass, will be able to purchase tickets at half-price, he added.
Any resident of the school district, over age1 65, is eligible for a Golden Unicorn Pass, Schulz said.
The passes are available at the NBISI) tax office to those showing proof of residence and age. he added. Information on how to obtain football tickets in conjunction with the program will also be available at the tax office, Schultz said.
Nurses from Oakcrest Inn rest home have agreed to accompany senior citizens to the games,
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Terminally ill senator takes Pro Tem post
AUSTIN (AP) Sen. John Wilson, who has inoperable lung cancer, had to rise from his whee lei la lr to take the oath of office as assistant presiding officer of the Senate.
“My feelings go so much deeper than just caring about you,”
Wilson told his colleagues, and my feelings for this state go so much deeper than just caring about it.”
“Iii fact,” he said, “the foundation the principles — upon which this great country was founded are more alive and well in Texas than anywhere in the world. Those principles are democracy and freedom and free enterprise and Christianity. We are the standard bearer, I think, for the world.”
Several senators appeared on the verge of tears Tuesday during Wilson’s remarks and the 21 speeches praising him.
When Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby announced that Wilson, I)-I.a Grange, had been elected by acclamation, spectators in the balcony joined senators in giving him a standing ovation.
Wilson, 43 on Tuesday, took the oath of office from Gov. Bill Clements, who said, “I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.”
Wilson’s election as Senate president pro tempore means that he will have an opportunity to serve as governor for a day.
He announced in June 1980 that he had a form of lung cancer that usually leaves its victims IO to 15 years to live. He was elected to his first term in the Senate that year and is a candidate for re-election this year. Wilson, a rancher, served in the House for eight years.
He has sponsored major legislation in the Senate, and he his undergone cancer treatment since the disease was discovered.
“Truly, John, I think you’ve added another chapter to profiles of courage,” said Sen. W E. “Pete” Snelson, D-Midland.
“He does in what in his heart is right,” said Sen. Carl Parker D-Port Arthur.
“For many of us he serves as the conscience of the Senate,” said Sen. Jack Ogg, D-Houston. “lf ifs character, honesty, integrity or courage, you spell it ‘W-i-l-s-o-n.”
“He exemplifies in my mind what a devoted public servant should be,” said Sen. John Traeger, D-Seguin.
Polish group releases hostages extends deadline until Frida/
BERN, Switzerland < AP) Hope for a bloodless end to the Polish Embassy hostage crisis mounted today after the terrorists released more hostages and extended to Friday their deadline to blow up the building and all inside.
Five captives, including three women, were allowed to leave the captured building around midnight Tuesday. They were whisked away by authorities.
That brought to eight the number of hostages freed by the members of the so-called Polish “Revolutionary Home Army” who seized the embassy Monday, threatening to kill their captives and themselves unless the Warsaw government rescinded all martial law measures within 48 hours.
Government spokesman Achille Casanova said there were five hostages left in the building, all members of the diplomatic staff. He told The Associated Press that Swiss authorities hoped for “more results" from the negotiations and were increasingly confident of “an end without bloodshed.”
Among the five remaining hostages was tile embassy’s military attache, Zygmunt Dobruszewski, who hid in a separate section of the embassy on the first day of the occupation. He was discovered by the terrorists Tuesday afternoon, according to a Swiss government statement, along with “important papers and documents.”
Casanova said members of the special Swiss crisis team were in constant telephone contac t with
the terrorists and that Justice Minister Hurt Furgler was personally involved in what he called “intensive negotiations.”
The first face-to-face negotiations with the terrorists occurred Tuesday. A Polish-born priest and theologian, the Rev. Joseph M Bochenski, visited the embassy and talked to the gunmen for about an hour.
Swiss officials have said from the start thai their efforts are concentrated on a non-violent solution but made it plain that they will not exclude storming the mission.
They will have to decide on a formal Polish request for allowing a “special group” apparently an anti-terrorist commando unit to fly to Switzerland to help the Swiss “in efforts to release” the remaining hostages.
Rock-throwers severely injure motorist
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
With his jaw wired shut, deep cuts on his lower chin and lip, and six teeth gone, it’s hard to imagine Wayne O’Bryant a lucky man.
True, what happened to O’Bryant and his wife over the Labor Day weekend was a classic case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. But luck is what doctors say saved the life of Wayne O’Bryant Sunday.
O’Bryant and his wife Cindy were driving home on EM 3159 from San Antonio Sunday, when two young boys in a dark blue small pickup passed by and threw' a rock out the window. The rock, which
doctors estimate was traveling at a speed of IOO mph, went through the O’Bryant’s windshield and hit Wayne square iii tin* mouth The rock’s impact stunned O’Bryant, but his waft managed to secure the steering w heel and stop the car just before the EM 311 intersection. The dark blue small pickup with smoke-colored window glass was no longer in sight.
O’Bryant was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital, where he spent four hours in surgery Sunday night, and was in intensive care until noon Monday. His injuries were described by his father, Joe O’Bryant:
“Wayne has facial lacerations on his lower chin. The doctors say those scars will remain His lower
lip is in horrible shape, and his upper lip will be disfigured by a deep cut His jaw bone is scattered, but is wired together now . And six teeth are missing, with the possibility of losing two more."
When the four doctors who operated on the younger O’Bryant got out of surgery, they told his father the bad news first, then the good. “They said if a rock had to strike my son s face, it picked the strongest bone to hit,” Wayne’s father said.
“Of course, his jaw bone is scattered all to you-know-what, but the alternatives were worse.
“The doctors said if the rock had struck my
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