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Corsicana Weekly Light (Newspaper) - July 5, 1973, Corsicana, Texas TEXAS 75110 JULY 1973 Ban City Wont For Full wood Arrangements have been made to gravel Old CorsicanaNavarro road at no expense to the City of Dick Corsicana director of public said The Corsicana Industrial Foundation will pay half the the County a fourth and Chem Weld Pipe owned by City Commissioner Fullwood and his associates in the new will pay a fourth of the They jointly worked out with Johnson Trucking company to apply worth of gravel to the Ballenger Ballenger said he received an offer from Embry president of the Corsicana Industrial to pay half the costs of improving the road which leads off Hwy 287 into property the Foundation is acquiring for industrial He arranged a meeting between the County and Fullwood and his partners with Johnson and they negotiated their own arrangements to have gravel spread and share the costs among The road is one that Ballenger was directed by City Manager Jack Russell to put on a list for a decision by the City Commission as to which streets will be paid for with Revenue Sharing funds and had been tabled after Fullwood had urged it be Ballenger was instructed by the Commission to reappraise the lists of streets to be graveled and will need another two weeks or so to study the project and refine the list for City con Russell and Ballenger both said the delay in authorizing the Revenue Sharing graveling project will not delay the work since neither the City nor the contractor is in position to start the work at this Grants Told Congressman Olin Teague has notified The Daily Sun and both the Housing Authorities of Corsicana and Dawson that HUD Housing and Urban Development has awarded contract grants to the housing authorities of funds needed to correct structural deficiencies i in the modernization of low rent public HUD approved for Corsicana and for Ed executive director of the Corsicana Housing said he received a similar wire and had previously been notified by HUD of its grant of to be used for making foundation repairs to buildings at the Eastside Housing Project which have shifted and Blackburn said the authority had requested a total of for modernization and general improvements to all 200 units in both the Eastside and Northwest Apartments and had recently been notified by HUD of approval of for general illion City To Go Elsewhere for Computer Work Corsicana will give up its leased IBM System 3 computer after less than a years trial and will contract out its data processing and computer The City Commission Tuesday approved entering a oneyear contract with the newly formed Corsicana Data System company to handle for a month the Citys utility tax police tickets and vehicle maintenance records and payroll and personnel giving 90 day notice to IBM of cancellation of leasing its own inbuilding computer Cor sicana turned to in 1972 after being dissatisfied with the service of a Dallas based computerdata processing At the June 19 City Manager Jack Russell told Commission having its own leased computer and personnel to process and program data was costing about a and the City could effect a savings c from to monthly by contracting out the The contract proposed by Corsicana Data System recently established by Wayne Oldroyd and Charles the citys computer was tabled for further study until Tuesdays BEFORE THE COM MISSION APPROVED con tracting with the two other computer representatives requested it be held in abeyance pending such time as they could Larry Pendley of National Cash Register said his firm felt it could do the job throwing out a ballpark figure of to a with the City winding up owning the machines needed for the processing within five Max representing another new firm being established urged the Commission to delay a decision to give his firm time to study Corsicanas needs and submit a June COUNTY BANK DEPOSITS BANK First State Corsicana National First Kerens First Dawson Citizens Frost First Grove First Powell First Rice TOTAL June Blueprint Jim and Don Wylie of Chapel Hills Contruction look over plans for the new El Chico Restaurant which is due to be completed in 60 days at the East Seventh 45 A crane in the background lifts a precast concrete wall into Sun Staff Photo by Tony Taylor tions Move u The total proposed value of mineral lease property and industrial and utility property for 1973 amounts to an increase of over the 1972 Wed valuation engineer with the Thomas Pickett said Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Navarro County Board of He said the total proposed value of 88 mineral leaseholds which includes 78 working interest and 18 royalty in terest is for This he is 200 over the 1972 Valuation of pipeline and other property owned by major firms was assessed at a total of which is an increase of over the 1972 he Davis said the tax base is set on 25 per cent of the assessed actual Navarro County Judge Rob Dunn said the tax rate on country property will be established during a public budget meeting sometime during Davis said there were no conflicts and there was very little discussion involved with tax agents and attorneys who appeared during the Equalization Board meeting Monday to represent the various oil and business in These representatives included Herbert Watson of CullersBailey Ray Lemmons of Mobil Jerry Eslinger of Gulf Oil Thompson of Kirkwood and Darby Jack Parks of Highland Resources Lone Star Gas Brazos Electric Power Texas Electric Service Harold Texas Power and Light and Bystone Fuel Kevin Cor sicana Company Byran Exxon USA Glenn Morley of Amaco Production and Midwest Bill Martin of Chicago Rock Island Pacific and Fort Worth and Denver and David Mizell of Carouth and Corsicana Maintains Business Activity Lead Corsicana leads a list of 20 selected cities in the average gain in business activity the first five months of the according to the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Corsicana maintains this lead in figures compared to 1972 despite the fact its May index is 2 per cent lower than the April The composite index of business activity after adjustment for seasonal variations for the year to date showed Corsicana up by 19 per The indexes for May showed a two per cent decline in Corsicana under that of Lubbock had the next best gain for the year to up 18 per while Galveston showed the largest April to May down 15 per The Texas economy provides little evidence to support the view of some economists that the boom is beginning to according to John professor of business statistics at the University of Texas at Youth Drowns The body of John Edward of was transferred to the Kotch Funeral Home in West following the youths drowning Monday afternoon at Navarro The boy was swimming with a group of friends in the Liberty Hill swimming area when the drowning occurred about 3 Precinct Place I Justice of the Peace Tipton ruled the death an accidental drowning in an inquest held at Memorial CO RSI CANA WEEKLY 405 Texas 75110 Phone Area Code 2148722551 ARTHUR KEENEY President SAM PENDERGRAST Editor LELANDCOOK Circulation Manager ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASE WIRES Subscription Rates per year or for six months Second Class Postage Paid at 75110 Noticetothe Public Any erroneous reflection upon the standing or reputation of any m corporation which may appear in the columns of this paper will be gladly corrected upon the notice of same being given to the editor personally at the Office of laily Sun Few in Winddown Of By SAM PENDERGRAST Editor of The Sun WACOThe strongest im pressions one takes away from a meeting of the Constitutional Revision Commission com pleting its final two days of 19 public hearings today and tomorrow in Austin are of cordiality and nearly half of the CRC members 18 of the 37 prestigious appointees sat through daylong hearings in the new Waco Convention Centerand half a dozen of them even got up early to greet some 50 area members of the advisory board set up to provide local input and Headed by Judge Robert former chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court and a product of the Corsicana State the CRC patiently listened to a score of Central Texans express views and make appeals ranging from the sublime to the Panelists asked polite questions about topics surely aired exhaustively in one or more of the 17 wideranging hearings preceding They even managed to act as if every fiveminute testimony were substantive and SUBSTANTIVE many of them were not repetitive most of them were and reflecting near absolute ignorance of the Texas Constitution many of them proved to One man wanted a provision in the Consitution to allow a city to disband its fire department and replace it with neigh borhood cooperatives which he deemed more efficient the man though public hangings would be useful in instructing potential Another man who had obivously suffered onerously from a divorce court settlement want specific protections for family relationships and property written into the proposed constitution and a student from A M University want to do away the with State Supreme Two government professors asked for a general documentseemingly a desire of most CRC members and of others who have commented on the oftenamended constitution but a state senator opined that brevity is no particular priority in what he called a contract between a state and its There were various shades of hostility toward but some witnesses asked for in creased salaries for THERE WERE PRO COUNTY government people and at least two proCouncil of Governments people there was even a lady who asked for more faithful reflection of female equality in the phraseology of the states governmental philosophy to be reflected in the draft about to take form in the CRC for consideration by the legislature in January and final approval or rejection by the people of Texas sometime late next Assisting Judge Calvert with the questioning and cordiality were former Ralph Yarboroughin good form and looking more like a if than during his un successful bid for reelection last yearVicechairlady Malcolm Republican leader of Austin retired Texas Farm Bureau President Loys Barbour of Iowa Park Bill former state represen tative from Van Zandt County Tony Former state representative and League of United Latin American Citizens director from Corpus Christi David former regional Housing and Urban Development HUD official from Dallas retired Board Chairman of Texas Electric Service Beeman Fisher of Fort Worth University of Texas at San Antonio President Peter Flawn McAllen farmer Mike Frost Dallas educator and former city councilwoman Sibyl Hamilton Beaumont journalist Bill Hartman for mer state representative and Dallas poverty worker Zan Holmes Austin unjn leader Faye Holub State Bar Association Presidentelect Leroy Jeffers of Houston UT Law School Dean Page Keeton Marshall educator and attorney Don Rives and Hubbard City native and retired Kerr Judge Jim THE 50 OR SO Advisory Board members were joined by another 150 or so on lookers and a dozen newsmen for the formal hearings and were greeted by Waco Mayor Harold then given a brief history and philosophy of the CRC by who noted the 37member team includes seven three three three Labor Leaders and at least two young people Chappell and Judge McLennan County Judge Bobby the first wit welcomed the road show and called for continued and enlarged strength for county retention of election for many county of ficials in addition to com and local Grant Jones of newly elected to the sprawling AbilenetoWaco was the one who observed that brevity is not mandatory for the He also oppsed allowing the legislature to set its own salaries and rigid ethics provision such as exhaustive reportage of financial factors which might discourage public but he said he thinks the idea of an ethics com mission should be given further Baylor faculty member Tommy Myers called for a direct and simple rendition of principles in the as well as a stronger executive and a shorter HILL COUNTY JUDGE Gordon Eubanks said he would like to see barriers to imaginative and regionwide action by county governments and proposed that the con stitution should neither prohibit nor restrict councils of although he does not want another layer of government for taxation or ordinance Less Tooker of Lorena in McLennan County called for specific constitutional safeguards for visitation of children and property rights in cases of Jay president of the Texas Farmer presented a sevenpage prepared state ment and summarized it as a plea for constitutional en couragements to rural population alternative means of taxation such as a corporate profits tax and protection of the family farm and discouragement of conglomerate corporations which he characterized a but indefinable threat to the traditional agricultural GIBNEY ranchervetorinarian of gave an impassioned plea for a return of the constitutional provisions for the free public noting that Article 7 of the present constitution is clear and concise on education but you wouldnt recognize our schools in which he said the present goal seems to be equality rather than preser vation of liberties and rights of Bell County Judge Roy Harris echoed Judge Eubankss in terest in COGtype regional cooperation and brought up the problem of proliferating use of mobile which he said are difficult to control for density and health retired Waco funeral director was the ad vocate of city power to disband fire department and said we ought to be buying modern fire fighting equipment instead of shooting rockets in in closing remarks with no apparent connection to his firefighting said The best education any woman or child will ever get is to see a man McLennan farmer Neil Johnswho said he produced about a million pounds of pork a yearasked for a strengthened governors office and worried about increasing taxation of agricultural lands and con fiscation by Lillian Collier of Mumford sought identical language in the constitution to insure impartiality on the grounds of sex and said shed like to see homestead rights extended to single men and A M professor Claude Davis also called for brief consitution with a cabinetstyle executive and return of the referendum and and reported a 75member coalition from Brazos County wants annual sessions of the AMELIA A M graduate student who said she represents a vast majority of minority groups including small and wanted to do away with the State Supreme Court but retain land grant Thomas Tagliarini of Marlin said he wants all statutory material removed from the consitution a common wish of and concise principles in the attorney general review of amendement judges with law and an end to run off Reeves Milam county said he would like to stop the trend toward larger government at all levels and wants election of all judges except those of the Sumpreme Court whom he would have appointed by the with advice and consent of the and a sales tax of up to ten per cent to replace ad valorem which he called outmoded and AT THE PREHEARING McLennan District Attorney Tom Moore was elected chairman of the Waco area Advisory Board Margaret Amsler of McGregor was elected vicechairperson and Betty Dohoney of Hill county was named The officers will assign members of the Advisory Board among seven subcommittees for consideration of elements parallel to those of sub committees on the CRC itself sepcializing in the study of matters dealing with local and general provision of the At the early morning session were Advisory Board members including Corsicana attorney Baylor law professor Matt Dawsonwho presided as temporary chairman and declined nomination as per manent chairman because of the press of other duties former District Judge James Wayne Allard of Sam Pendergrast of The Daily and Lowell Campbell and Billie Love In attendance at the hearings in were and Bob Lavender and James NJC government
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