Galveston Daily News, October 31, 1972

Galveston Daily News

October 31, 1972

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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - October 31, 1972, Galveston, Texas OMut NmnpfMr, ErtaWiitwd in 1842, Dedicated To The Growth and Progress of Gatveston and All of Salveston County 39lh Beach-Closed Monday VOL. 131, NO. 204 AMOCIMM) Prm AP Wiraphoto SMvto GALVESTON, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER Th> County's Only 7-Day Piptr Single Copy Itc 'Money For Depositors Available' Moody Bank Case Ruling Is Awaited STAFF PHOTO BY BENE PEREZ TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT for spooks, goblins and trick-or-treaters, so don't be surprised to see faces like these at your front door. Behind these Halloween masks are, from left, Kim Anderson, John Henry Herman, Laurie Herman and Troy Anderson. Kim and Troy are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Anderson; John Henry and Laurie are the children of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Herman, all of Texas City. Spending Hike OK'd; Tax Levy Same Hitchcock Commission Rejects Mayor's Budget By HELEN C. SMITH NEWS STAFF WRITER HITCHCOCK Hitchcock's four city commissioners Monday formally voiced their resounding "no" to Mayor W. T. Rcit- meyer'i proposed budget and lax cuts and called the mayor irres- ponsible for proposing the budget in the first place, The city commission then approved by four to one vote with Reitmeyer opposing a budgel with expenditure! increases covered primarily by the increased tax values and stayed with the same levy of 90 cents per valuation. The assessment ratio remains at 50 per cent of market value. "We could have reduced the levy but we had to put aside for those Commis- sioner Walter Sander said, referring to extra legal expenses budgeted foi suits challenging values placed m ihc recent re appraisal. Reitmeyer said several times, "I think you're levying too much money." He said he would oppose the commission's budget until he had time to review it, and he said he would do this and make a report later. "Mayor, you had every chance to attend our budget Commissioner Joe Lipscomb said. Another commissioner asked the mayor what good his review and report would be after the budget and tax levy were approved on first vote Monday. The mayor replied he would still oppose both until after his study. Reitmeyer in late September presented a proposed budget reducing the tax rate from 90 to 20 cents per valuation and reducing general fund expendi- tures by to a loial He looked to increased tax values and federal revenue sharing as the main revenues to make up for (lie drop in the tax levy. Commissioner Luther Morgan at that lime called Die proposal "as close to de incorporation as you can get." The four commissioners Monday night went back to the 90 cent levy, the same as Hitchcock has had for many years, and budgeted a general fund total of They looked to Uie increased tax revenues from the increased values as necessary to cover a number of expenditure increases which they said the mayor had neglected to budget, plus the extra legal fee allocation, and didn't btsdget revenue sharing payments. The four commissioners also submitted Tor inclusion in the minutes a signed statement denouncing Reitmeyer for his budget. The body of the statement reads: "According to the city charter and the state law, the preparation of the budget is the duty of the mayor. "This year the mayor has not fulfilled his obligation in a responsible manner. II i s proposed budget calling for a tax rate of only 20 cents on the would make the rate in this city the lowest in the state and not provide sufficient funds for the progressive expansion of municipal facilities. "Additionally, the mayor failed to consult with department heads as to which of their needs required priority; he failed to provide adequate insurance coverage or to allow a correct amount for social See MAYOR Page 6 Money to pay the or more public depositors in W. L. Moody Co. Bankers (unin- corporated) has been available, E. 0. Buck, temporary receiver of the private bank said Monday." Buck said "the funds are available for paying the public depositors, but you must remember these things are done by court order." Payment of the depositors is expected to be the subject of a hearing before U. S. District Judge James Noel in Galveston at today. Robert L. Moody, brother of Shearn Moody, late last week transferred million into Buck's account for the closed bank, and Mrs. Frances Moody Newman had million trans- ferred for use by the receiver, it was reported. At a hearing last week on the application of Buck. the temporary receiver, to sell and mortgage million of the assets of Shearn Moody Jr., owner of the bank, to U. S. National Bank and U. S. National Bancshares, Inc., V. W. McLeod asked the court for 24 hours to make final arrang- Weather j G ALVESTON AREA FORE- CAST Cloudy and cooler today through Wednesday. A chance of showers and thundersbowers through Wednesday. High today mid 70s, low tonight mid 50s and high Wednesday mid 60s. BOATING AND RECREATION Southerly winds 10 to 18 miles an hour and gusty shifting to Northerly 15 to 22 miles an hour and gusty today. Bay waters choppy becoming rough today through Wednesday. Offshore wave heights 5 to 7 feel Increasing to 8 to 10 feet today. WATER TEMPERATURE 70 degrees, FISHING Good. ments to raise the money from Shcarn Moody's family. Judge Noel gave McLeod until tin's morning at a.m. Buck has previously said he has a schedule for paying the depositors their money all worked out. He once said "we know how to go, when they say go, we'll go." He said he would announce full details of the program to repay depositors their money in the Galveston Daily News, if it is all approved by the court. STAFF PHOTO BY RENE PEREZ LOCAL HISTORICAL SURVEY GROUP GETS SOME TOP STATE TROPHIES From Left, Beverly Lanmon, Judge Ray Holbrook, Mrs. Edward Fugger County Historical Panel Wins Two Top Awards ByJOELKIRKPATRICK NEWS STAFF WRITF.R Galveston County's. Historical Survey Committee won two top Isle Planners To Discuss Proposed Traffic Plan LWV Provides About Amendment 4 The following is the third in a series of questions and answers concerning Amendment 4, which will appear with 11 other proposed amendments on the ballot Nov.- 7. This series is based on material supplied by the Galveston League of Women Voters. QUESTION: What will the constitutional revision commis- sion do? ANSWER: This commission will study the Texas Constitution along with those from other states and model constitutions written by the Municipal League and other non partisan governmental study groups. The commission will then make recommendations to the Constitutional Convention on what is good in our present state Constitutional Convention on what is good in our present state consti- tution, and what needs to be revised or omitted, to provide for a brief, efficient document. The commission members will be highly qualified individuals with training in constitutional law and or extensive experience in constitutions. QUESTION: Will private citizens be able to testify before the constitutional revision com- mission to express their view- points? ANSWER: Yes. In fact, they will be encouraged to do so. PAUL SANTIRE here for the grade average in MRS. SANDY weekend with his wife and chatting with his friend, JOHNNY GARZA who was chef at the Golden Greek and now going great guns with his Captain Kwik on Market' and University Boulevard. Paul and his wife are heading for Houston where Paul will operate one of the posh eating rooms at the Regency Hyatt Hotel that will be opening soon If anybody wants to donate some homemade cakes for the Sacred Heart School festival on Sunday just give DELMA HENRY, secretary of the school a phone call and say so and sonic BLOOM, CHRISTINE COLLINS, of the ladies will do the picking up MRS. NICOLA HOLMAN, MIL- TON WAYNE CARTER JR., here for the STEPHEN ALVARADO, GARRY FITE'S fifth grade class at Simm's Elementary School in La Marque and his pretty mama, OFELIA, feels quite proud of her boy Beautician MARY OVALLE back on the job after being on the sick list... MICHAEL SELIG says the Temple B'nai Israel Youth will be collecting for UNICEFJoday at.7 p.m. Celebrating a wedding anniversary are MR. and MRS. JESS W. WILSON Birthday kids arc JOANNA SALAAR, JO- SEPH BANKS, FINE G. BED- FORE, MRS. CHARLES ROSEN- Check These THIRD in a series on constitutional re vision. Page 7. CHICAGO collision toll ed at 44. Page 6. train plac- Other Features: E ;dge 2 Ctmics 12 Crossword 2 Deaths 6 Earl Wilson- Editorials Horoscope Jim Bishop Jack Anderson Letters to the Editor Marine Log Markets Sports Teen Fonm TV Listings Wut Ads Weather Women's News 2 4 2 16 10 7 16 13 11-12 16 5 IMS 9 3 The Galveston Planning Com- mission will meet in special session at 5 p.m. today to discuss the proposed traffic plan for the city. The Galveston City Council plans to hold a public hearing on the plan Nov. 9 and a recommendation from the planning commission lias bum requested. Joe Nadon, city traffic director, has recommended a plan including major changes to Broadway. These include closing of 21 cross streets by extending the median, cutting left turn lanes into the esplanade and removal of some traffic signals Also included is the recommendation that The Strand and Mechanic and Avenue 0 and P be converted into one way streets. Seven east west streets and nine north south streets would be designated as through streets under the plan proposed by Nadon. The Galveston TraJfic Advisory Commission has recommended the city council adopt the plan. Reid, city planning director, has made three alternate recommendations to the planning commission. Reid, who admits he is not a traffic engineer, made recommendations concerning one way streets. He said his recommendations are based on his experience as a planner. He recommended that the one way street at 26th Street be relocated to 27th Street and that the one way streets now located on 22nd and 24th Streets be changed to 21st and 23rd Streets. .His third recommendation is that the one way si reels proposed for Avenues 0 and P be extended west to terminate at Avenue T instead of at 53rd Street as planned. Nadon says the changing of 21st and 23rd Streets into one way streets in the downtown area has been discussed on numerous occasions. Nadon said that on each occasion the plan was met with strong objections from Uie bus company and many downtown merchants. awards and placed third in another at the 1972 annual state meeting, County Commissioners were told Monday. County survey committee member Mrs. Edward Fugger brought the three trophies awarded (he local group in Austin to the commissioners courtroom and said the local group had won: First place in the state for having the best program of work; First place In the state for having the biggest attendance at the state meeting; And third place In Uie state on the Galveston County scrapbook. in a competition with 254 counties. Galveston County had 26 in attendance at the state meeting. Most counties were represented by one or two, she said. Mrs. Fugger came to the commissioners court meeting with Mrs. Beverly I-anmon of Friendswood, director of programs for the county survey committee. Mrs. Fugger said the 26 historical survey committee members present represented Arcadia, Algoa, Alia Loma, Bacliff, San Leon, Dickinson, Dickinson Study May Hold Key By PATSY JACKSON NEWS MAINLAND BUREAU A Texap Water Quality Board study of Dickinson Bayou will probably hold the answers to two pending questions in Dickinson, both involving permit amendment applications for waste treatment facilities. An application by Water Control and Improvement District No. I has been in limbo during the study since a public hearing was held in Dickinson in September. Another public hearing was held Friday regarding an application filed by Bay Ridge Utility District, and a decision is also pending in that case. A thorough study of Dickinson Bayou was conducted within recent months by the regional staff of TWQB has been sent to Austin for study by the state board. Their findings will probably influence decisions on the two amendment applications. The regional office estimated Monday that the report may be on the agenda for the November board meeting. WCID No. requested an amendment to increase its permit from 1.2 million gallons per day discharge to 4.2 million gallons per day. The increase involves extension of services and improvement of existing facilities as approved in a local bond issue and through federal grants. Bay Ridge requested an amendment to increase its flow from a maximum of 95.000 gallons per day to 150.000 gallons per day. The utility district approved a million bond issue in May for water and sewage treatment facilities. Several protests were registered to Uie Bay Hidge request at a public hearing Friday. The protests were in form of personal statements at the hearing and in writen communications to the board. Carl Mesterson and Carl Gates represented the regional TWQB staff at the hearing. Masterson said the staff recommends either requirement of advanced treatment or diversion of the effluent out of the Dickinson Bayou Basin. As proposed the increased Bay Ridge effluent would continue to flow through a drainage ditch, into Gum Bayou, into Dickinson Bayou, and finally into Galveston Bay. Masterson is with the biological section of TWQB, and his concern was for the overall condition of Dickinson Bayou. Bob Zoch. chairman of the See STUDY Page 6 Friendswood, Galveston, Hitchcock, La Marque and Texas City. were just delighted and she said. "It certainly Is a feather in our County Commissioner Frank Carmona said. Mrs. Fugger also announced that Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., is set for dedication of the Galveston County History Museum. That is the old Moody National Bank Building, '.vhich was donated to the county by Mrs. Mary Moody- See AWARDS Page 6 Okayed Fbr CAC Gov. Preston Smith announced his approval of a community action grant of to Galveston County Community Action Council, Inc. for operation of the agency's administration and general community programing programs for a one year period. Effective Dec. 1, 1972, through Nov. 30, 1973, the grant is funded under Title U of the Economic Opportunity Act. The grant includes allocations of for administration and for general community program- ming. Administration program funds will be used to provide efficient administration in the areas of planning, program development, data collection and mobilization of resources. Projects to be operated under general community programming include housing, economic development, counseling, job placement, adult education, vocational training, youth See CAC Page 6 Statistical Profiles Of Isle, TC Area Released job... ED GOODWIN weekend visiting with his wife, ARDELLA and other relatives. Goodwill now is administrative assistant to DR. R. W. E. JONES, president of Grambling College in Louisiana JOHN PATLAN JR., was named as the student with the highest WILSON, SANTOS DAVILA of Texas City, CELESTE COMEAUX, MIKE ARENA, MRS. HELEN SCHNEIDER Spooks and goblins and trick or treat but make it a Happy Day... By TERRY MicLEOD Statistical profiles of Galveston and the Galveston Texas City metropolitan area released by the U. S. Bureau of Census. Compiled from the 1970 census figures, the profiles cover such areas as population composition, employment, housing, schooling and income. The report shows that the largest employer in the area is the professional and related services industry. This industry, which includes professional, technical and clerical workers, employs 26.4 per cent of Uie employed persons in Galveston and 20.1 per cent of the 65.0U employed persons in the metro- politan area. Smallest employer in Galveston was the mining industry with only 0.6 per cent of the labor force in the city involved in this field. Smallest employer in the overall metropolitan area was the enter- tainment and recreation services category, with 0.7 per cent of the area's work force employed in this field. According to the figures, Gatveston's unemployment rate in April of 1970 was 4.4 per cent, compared with 3.7 per cent for the metropolitan area. Women constituted 41.6 per cent of the city's civilian labor force and 36.4 per cent of the area civilian labor force at that time. As for population, the bureau listed persons in Galveston and for the Galveston Texas City area. Texas City was listed as having a population of Median income of all Galveston families in 1969 was according to the census figures, with a median of listed for the metropolitan area. Per capita income for the nrea (average income for every man, woman and child in the area) was Of the families living in Galveston, 15.7 per cent had incomes below the poverty level for a four person while U.V per cent of the families in the metropolitan area had incomes below the poverty level. Among the population 25 and older in Galveston. 39.9 per cent were high school graduates, including 18 per cent who had completed some college. Kor the metropolitan area. 45.9 per cent of the adult population held high school diplomas, including 20.5 per cent with one or more years of college. The median school years completed for Galveston were 10.5, with a figure of 11.5 listed for the area. A large portion of the occupied housing units in the area in 1970 were built before 1940, according to the report. A total of 47 per cent was listed for the city and 25 per cent for the metropolitan area. In the five years preceding the 1970 census, units (or 16 per cent of the occupied units) were built in the area, while units (9.7 per cent! were built in Galveston. The 1970 census of housing counted 22.998 year round units in Galveslon. with 91.4 per cent of these occupied and 6.3 per cent vacant, but available for sale or rent. Owners lived in 45.9 per cent of the units occupied, and renters in 54.1 per cent. The median value of owner occupied units in the city was compared with in the area. Median rent was in Cialvcston and for the whole area. In Galveston. 90.1 per cent of the occupied units had one or (ewer persons per room. About 84.9 per cent of tlic house- holds in the city had a telephone: 93.3 per cent a television and 56.6 per cent air conditioning. An automobile was available to 15.373 or 73.1 per cent of the households. ;