New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Gruene bridge warning due to liability
New Braunfels City Council voted to place a weight-limit warning sign at the Gruene Road bridge over the Guadalupe River after learning it was being used by vehicles that may be too heavy for it.
In a report to the council Monday on “off-system” bridges within the city
limits, Leroy Seibert, a State Department of Highways and Public Transportation engineering assistant, estimated the Gruene Road structure had a 12-ton capacity.
And Tex Yeary, city director of public works, told the council the bridge was regularly used by garbage
trucks that weighed ll tons when
Seibert called the bridge “an unusual structure” as council members laughed nervously.
“It was widened some time ago, so there are two different designs. The widened part is very strong, the original part is not as strong. I would estimate 12 tons is the load limit,” Seibert said.
“One of these days we’re going to have a new bridge there,” joked Councilman O.A. (Skip) Stratemann Jr.
“Are you saying people could be jeapardizing their truck, their life, or the bridge?” Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Tieken, presiding over the meeting in
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Comal County Fair Duchess Janet Zipp, Queen Cheryl Friedel and Princess Lynnette Scholl smile for the camerasIraq invasion of Iran aims 'to break racist' regime
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Iraqi ground forces invaded Iran today, Baghdad reported, as Iranian jet fighters bombed and strafed the Iraqi capital and nine other targets in Iraq. Iraq said its MiGs hit three more air bases in Iran following heavy raids across much of Iran Monday.
Iraq reported 47 Iraqis killed and 116 wounded by Iran’s U.S.-made jets and claimed 20 were shot down and many of the pilots were taken prisoner. Iran said all of its planes returned safely and its forces downed 16 Iraqi MiGs Monday and today. Iraq admitted the loss of three planes.
Baghdad Radio also claimed that Iran released all 52 American hostages unconditionally today and said “this
surprise move goes to show that the racist regime in Tehran is a collaborator with U.S. imperialism.” Iran’s government radio denied the report, saying the Baghdad broadcast was a lie. Tehran Radio said the hostage matter “has been frozen indefinitely” by the Iranian Parliament. A State Department spokesman in Washington said the department had “absolutely no confirmation of the report whatsoever.”
The invasion was reported in a communique broadcast by Baghdad Radio, which said Iraqi ground forces “advanced to take control of vital positions inside of Iran” to “break the racist government” of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
The targets were not specified. But
Radio Tehran said Iranian armored troops routed Iraqi troops around Khorramshahr, Iran’s main port on the disputed Shatt al-Arab estuary at the head of the Persian Gulf.
Reporting on the air war, the Iraqi state radio said Iranian jets struck all over the country, attacking Baghdad, Masul, Nineveh, Basra and six airfields and bases.
“Many men, women and children were killed,” the broadcast said. “The largest portion bf casualties occurred among the workers of the petrochemical and fertilizer factory of Basra, where 20 were killed and 50 wounded.”
Damage at the airfields was limited to one runway that was quickly repaired, the communique said.
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City Council members voted to extend sewer lines to Madeline Street and Lori Lane in Jentsch Acres subdivision, basing the decision on survey results showing a majority of property-owners there favored the move.
Eight homeowners, together with four property-owners who postponed building until the sewer issue could be resolved, answered “yes” to a city questionnaire asking if they favored extension of the lines.
All 19 residents were given the cost they would have to pay, based on “front-foot charges” of $3.30 per foot and a tap charge of $140. Six voted against the idea, and no reply was received from the remaining five, City Manager E.N. Delashmutt reported.
“I can understand why they’re against it, but even the people who are for it will be paying $500 or so, on the average,” council member Joe Rogers noted.
The charges for the 19 residences will total $11,085, according to figures released by Delashmutt.
The average cost to the eight residents asking for the service was $558. Those who expressed opposition to the sewer connection were facing an average cost of $712.
“It’s been six years sitting on high center,” Rogers said of the sewer issue before making the motion to extend the lines.
“We should either do it or forget it, and I don’t think we can forget it,” he said.
The motion carried unanimously.
New Braunfels Utilities must still approve of the extensions. Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said he could not speak for Utilities trustees on changing priorities, but funds budgeted for miscellaneous use might be alloted for the work, he said.
Sewer connections for seven residences in the subdivision were judged too expensive to justify connections by New Braunfels Utilities.
Calves and lambs are groomed, cakes and cookies baked, skirts and blouses sewn and the thousands of entries are ready for the Comal County Fair.
Tomorrow hopefuls all over the county will be packing up their entries and filing into the fairgrounds. Tomorrow is the day that all entries must be taken and processed for judging which starts as early as tomorrow night.
All of the categories have screening committees which will pass on each entry before it is placed in each division.
Tomorrow night the judging for trophies and tri-color ribbons will start.
Almost all of the exhibits must be
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Vol. 89 - No. 65 16 Pages — 1 Section (USPS 377-880)
New Braunfels, Texas
By WANDA LASATER Staff writer
Step-by-step, the future expansion of McKenna Memorial Hospital by approximately 46,000 square feet is coming closer to reality.
The Comal County Hospital Authority voted to approve the recommendation of McKenna’s board of directors to hire Jason Frye & Associates of Houston as architects for the proposed expansion.
The authority board has final approval of all such decisions now since it will be selling the approximately $6 million in revenue bonds to finance the expansion construction.
Frye has been designing hospitals for more than 20 years and will be interviewing the medical and hospital staff as well as various consultants
preparing the necessary plans in the next few weeks. William E. Parrish of San Antonio will be working as an onsite associate. The two firms have worked together many times in the past, said John Svoboda, hospital administrator.
The expansion is still in the planning stages since the Texas Health* Facilities Commission must first give its stamp of approval to the project in the form of a certificate of need before any final planning or construction can begin.
The application to the facilities commission will be going to Austin within the next few weeks, said Svoboda. The application must then be processed and hearings held before a certificate could be issued.
If the project is approved, it will be a central tower with a foundation built to
support up to seven floors. But the first phase, said the administrator, will only be two or so floors.
In addition to constructing some 46,000 square feet of new space, the preliminary plans call for remodeling some 30,000 square feet of the present hospital.
The hospital will realize another 30 patient beds and expand the operating rooms, recovery rooms, intensive care, cardiac care, obstetrics, nursery, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, central supply, dietary, pharmacy, emergency, business office and administrative offices.
Svoboda explained that the tower concept will allow the hospital to put the services in such an arrangement that further expansion will be adding another floor of rooms on the top of the tower.
Hospital authority retains architectPark priorities: Soccer restrooms head list
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
New Braunfels City Council adopted priorities for park improvement projects Monday, putting restroom facilities for the H E B. soccer complex at the top of the list.
Eleven projects, some of them routine maintenance jobs and some long-delayed construction plans for new facilities, were weighed by the council. City Manager E.N. Delashmutt provided a list including the estimated number of man-hours and days each would probably require.
At Delashmutt’s request, the six
projects involving new construction were separated and a priority number assigned.
After some discussion, led by council member Joe Rogers, the council settled on the following priorities:
1. Construction of restroom at H.E.B. park with water and sewer lines (1,000 man-hours).
2. Reconstruction of restroom at Landa Park Mini-Golf Course (480 man-hours).
3. Construction of volleyball and basketball courts at Haymarket Park (320 man-hours).
4. Construction of softball field improvements (320 man-hours).
5. Installation of Landa Park Golf Course irrigation equipment (1,200 man-hours).
6. Construction of new restrooms at Haymarket Park (480 man-hours).
“These are things people in the community have waited a long time for. We have a commitment to get them done,” council member Overlie Eberhard said of the soccer, softball, basketball and volleyball facilities.
The restrooms at Haymarket Park should come last, the council reasoned, because it was a “neighborhood park” used mainly by people who lived nearby.
The mini-golf restroom, on the other
hand, was heavily used and has not been repainted or had “rotten wood replaced” for two years, Don Simon, director of parks and recreation, told the board.
“I’ve received I don’t know how many complaints about it,” Eberhard remarked.
Maintenance work, like the removal of fallen trees from luanda I^ake or the ground aerification and winter grass seeding of city parks, will depend on the weather and availability of city street crews for scheduling, Delashmutt said.
Earlier, the council voted to accept a change of location of the H.E.B. Park
restroom project and to grant the New Braunfels Soccer Club exclusive rights to sell concessions at the park.
The proposals came from the New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association, the organization that recommended at the council’s Sept. 8 meeting the use of city crews to build the restroom.
City crews were slower but cheaper than private contractors, according to estimates furnished by Simon. However, the project could be made even less expensive by moving the location of the restrooms closer to existing sewer lines on Live Oak Street, Ed Ford, association vice president, suggested to Simon last
The money saved, which Delashmutt guessed would amount to “three or four thousand dollars” out of the original estimate of $12,870, will go to put up fencing next to private property bordering the park on Starlight Terrace, the council voted at the association’s request.
The New Braunfels Soccer Club will represent the association in its dealings with the city, and Dean and Sharon Hall will act as coordinators with the city manager’s office. Ford will continue to coordinate constructs matters with the parks and recreation office.