New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Bulverde-Spring Branch Emergency Medical Service has been notified of preliminary approval by the Farm & Home Administration of Seguin of their application for a $70,000 loan to finance construction of a new building.
Two ambulances, which are presently kept at the homes of EMS members who are on duty, will be
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housed in the building. The building also will be used as a training center and for equipment storage and maintenance.
Mrs. Otto Fromme donated the tract of land located on U.S. 281 just north of Highwayt 46. Construction on the 40-by-80-foot metal building is to begin around the first of the year.
“This will be a big help in keeping our equipment out of the weather,’
EMS board vice president Allen Cunningham said. “Although we probably have a little faster response time with the trucks at our homes.”
The group only plans to use about $35,000 of the available $70,000 loan.
The remainder of work on the building will be done with volunteer labor.
“Since we work in an unincorporated area,’’Cunningham explained, “we have never received any free equipment. We had to sign notes as in
dividuals to purchase our two ambulances.” The first one cost about $18,000 and the second one nearly $22,000. The EMS functions in-dependetly of the area fire departments.
They provide emergency medical service to an area of about 350 square miles. The 34 active members have financed their own training, which they have received on their own time, mostly at night. Cost of one EMT
(emergency medical technician) course runs about $120, said Cunningham.
“We have 14 members trained as emergency care attendants, 18 as EMTs, and two up to paramedic level, which requires about 600 hours of training,’’ Cunningham said. “When we have our own building, we can do a lot of our own training.”
“We’re very proud of our organization,” he continued, “We have
the only portable EKG and defibrulator in the area, except for San Antonio.” Much assistance for the group comes from Dr. I^arry Miller, who is an emergency physician in the Baptist system in San Antonio. Miller serves as the EMSs medical director.
Charlie Kuhn is president of the board of the Bulverde-Spring Branch EMS, which has been in service two and one-half years.
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New Braunfels, Texas
Human water needs, environment clash
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
When Comal County commissioners voted last week to support the Edwards Underground Water District’s lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it joined a growing list of local governmental bodies eager to help stop what is widely seen as unwarranted intrusion of federal laws into local problems.
The law, in this case, is the Endangered Species Act of 1973. And the problem is water, or the control over local water resources in the face of steadily growing human consumption.
The Nueces, San Antonio, and Guadalupe-Bianco river authorities, the counties of Comal, Medina and Bexar, and the-cities of Hondo and New Braunfels have all signed on since the district filed suit Aug. 14.
The district is seeking an injuntion against the Interior Department agency’s designation of the San Marcos Springs as a critical habitat area for the San Marcos Salamander, two types of minnows, and a strain of Texas wild rice.
‘When you get right down to the nitty gritty, it boils down to local versus federal authority concerning our water
EUWD general manager
When the OBRA jumped on the EUWD bandwagon Aug. 28, it distinguished itself from other coplaintiffs by not restricting its help to “moral support.”
Unlike New Braunfels or Comal County, when the time comes to pay legal fees, the authority will help chip in, although at this point nobody is sure just how much.
The courtroom arguments of EUWD, et a1, will run something like this: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to consider the economic impact of its decision.
The Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act require federal agencies to prepare economic and environmental impact statements for “major federal actions significantly affecting the human environment,” according to a copy of the suit made available by district board member Carroll Hoffmann.
The economic analysis the service prepared is “slightly in excess of one page,” the brief points out.
“The Fish and Wildlife Service did not prepare adequate regulatory impact analyses. We contend they should have. We’re not arguing the merits, or lack of merit, of the endangered species listing. We’re concerned with the potential impact of the decision,” Tom Fox, district general manager, said In an interview Friday.
Outside the courtroom, though, the district has other arguments.
“When you get right down to the nitty gritty,” Fox said, “it boils down to local versus federal authority concerning our water use.”
And that was precisely the argument
See WATER NEEDS, Page 16A
Judge whips up tasty settlement
DALLAS (AP) — Justice of the Peace Dan Eddy says he just used a little “imagination” in solving a case involving the eternal triangle that wound up in his court.
The problem began, Eddy says, when a boy jilted his old girlfriend and began dating a new girl at another high school.
A series of fights followed between the friends of the boy and his new girlfriend and friends of the old girlfriend.
At one point, two girls and the boy apparently got into a slugging match and the whole mess wound up in Eddy’s court with both sides seeking a peace bond against the other.
“I thought about sending them out to the juvenile detention home for the weekend so they’d know I meant business,” Eddy said after 23 children and their parents showed up in his courtroom last Friday.
But, he added, “I realized that if I put them in jail, then the war would
have started all over again when they got out,” he said.
Eddy thought for a moment, then reached into his pocket and pulled out two $10 bills.
“I told her to treat his friends and for him to treat her friends at the Dairy Queen near here,” he said.
“I told them if they didn’t, they were going to jail. It worked out fine. They were there for about an hour as I understand it.”
Abnormal view of a pair of mailboxes along Hunter Road
Coleman bonds issuance given okayRiver flow increased
The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority has decided to increase the release from Canyon I^ake as a direct result of the recent rain, Bill Henslee, chief engineer at the GBRA said, today.
He said the Guadalupe River flow, which had been 50 cubic feet per second, was officially increased to 500 cubic feet per second at IO a.m. this morning.
Adjustments were made with the flow of the river, he said, because of the water caused by rain and in honoring “downstream rights” that farmers, and various individuals and businesses had to the water.
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
In a special meeting of Commissioners Court this morning approval was given for the issuance of bonds to finance local industrial development by the Coleman Company.
In review, Tom Burrus, who serves as attorney for Comal County and the Comal County Industrial Development Authority, told commissioners that in July and August of 1979 the authority came to Commissioners Court for approval to initiate issuance of bonds on behalf of Coleman.
Burrus said the statute provides that neither the county nor the authority shall have any liability and that the Coleman Company has agreed to indemnify the county and the
authority from any claims orlosses.
He added that local taxing agencies are also protected as far as ad valorem taxes are concerned, because of a provision in the resolution which states that if Coleman ever becomes exempt from taxes, they will pay in lieu of taxes into a fund an amount which would be prorated to local taxing agencies.
A quorum of the nine-man authority met this morning before appearing before the commissioners to approve the installment agreement and trust indenture Bonds have already been placed with private investors who will look to Coleman for payment of the bonds.
Authority President Elliot Knox said, “Since the Commissioners Court brought about the authority, our first successful effort has been
assisting the bond effort of Coleman.” He emphasized that Coleman Company is one of the oldest companies in the nation. “It has taken us over a year, and interest rates have been very volatile,” he said, “and we are very happy to be at this stage of activity.”
Collun. Monroe Wetz, who is serving as acting county judge in the absence of Judge Max Wommack, expressed the commissioners’ appreciation to the authority. “We do rely heavily on this board,” he noted.
Comm. Orville Heitkamp asked if the land and building will be used as collateral. Authority bond counsel Charles Kobdish replied that that would not be necessary due to the high credit of the Coleman Company. “I’ll admit that the norm is to get a lien, but there are not many situations with companies as
strong as Coleman. It would have been a matter of overkill in this case to put a lien on the property,” he explained
The bond issue is in the amount of $9 million and matures on Get. I, 2000. The bonds have been sold to three different insurance groups, consisting of eight separate companies. “They are taking the bonds iii large denominations,” explained Kobdish, “the smallest one tieing $400,000.” He said that Coleman will begin in 1991 to make sinking fund redemptions of $900,000 per year.
Floyd Westerman, financial adviser to the county and the authority, said, "Every precaution has been taken and everything is in order. We are extremely fortunate to be working with a company that enjoys the financial integrity of Coleman. ••Quick ruling promised on Brilab request
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Supreme Court justice has indicated he will act quickly on a request to clear the way for a key defense witness to testify when the Brilab trial of Texas House Speaker Billy Clayton begins.
Clayton and his co-defendants, Austin lawyers Donald Ray and
Randall Wood, told Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. they would suffer “irreparable harm” without his help to insure a fair trial.
They turned to Powell on Wednesday to make sure a “protective order” is in place for union official L.G. Moore, a fourth defendant indicted as a result of
the FBI undercover investigation called Brilab for “Bribery-I^abor.” Powell asked government attorneys to file their response to the defendants’ arguments by Friday, an indication he plans to make his decision soon.
Meanwhile, because of a Jewish holiday this week, U.S. District Judge
Robert O’Conor in Houston postponed from today until Monday the start of the federal trial on charges of racketeering, extortion, fraud and conspiracy.
It is doubtful Moore would be called as a witness without the “protective order" when the trial begins.
O’Conor granted the order last month, granting Moore immunity from prosecution except for perjury.
The order said if the union official were called to testify at the first trial, the testimony would be sealed and unavailable to government prosecutors at Moore’s trial.