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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas a Texas County jail settlement It Mitch wpmhle 16 federal judge By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Todays District Court hearing concerning the county jail settlement is merely a County At torney Bill Reimer At the late morning San Antonio Magistrate Jamie Boyd was to decide if hed accept the set tlement proposed in a suit brought against the county by a former jail Reimer felt certain that Boyd would accept the agreement which states that a new Comal County Jail must be ready for occupancy no later than Thereve been no objections and both parties have agreed to the set tlement and based on those facts Boyd has indicated that he will approve the the county attorney said in a recent Reimer plans to present Boyd with a statement from Sheriff Walter Fellers that outlines the progress being made on renovations in the current jail to be in compliance with the Robert Delgado the inmate who sued the county for jail conditions that he said violated his constitutional rights will also be put on the stand Reimer Commissioners Court agreed to the settlement offer as presented by Delgados attorney last Delgado had been asking for in damages but agreed to drop these monetary claims if the county agreed to make renovations in the current jail and have a new jail built by Renovations on the current jail werent Reimer said at that They involved providing for separate juvenile and female cells and an exercise Ever since the settlement was the county has been working on plans for a new which it now has less 19 months to according to the Reimer said he did not forsee Judge Boyd changing the timetable that calls for the 1985 deadline outlined in the Keeping with that Commissioners Court last week ac cepted a contract from the Houston architectural firm of Christopher DiStephano and Associates to work on plans for a new criminal justicedetention In an 11citizens member jail site selection committee was named by commissioners on 17 to assist them in selecting a site for the proposed This headed by Elliot has named approximately 18 possible sites for the new criminal justice But the group has for the last few weeks postponed making any final recommendations or looking at sites until the court had selected an since an architect has been the committee has called a meeting for 7 tonight in Commissioners In a letter to the County Judge Fred Clark said architects from DiStephano will be present at tonights meeting to advise the The county is looking to build a facility on a three to five acre although it may as big as 10 acres tract of County officials are planning to include a new county offices for the County Sheriff Department and a justice of the peace court in the new criminal justice detention Two groups the Braunfels Downtown Merchants Association and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce are wanting the county to locate the new facility in the downtown A petition asking that the proposed complex not be built in their area has also already been circulated by residents in the Solms Officially the county has not discussed building the new jail in the Solms but the Sheriffs Posse has offered the county an eightacre tract of land east of IH 35 between the Rueckle and Solms Road This offer is what prompted 40 Solms residents to present Com missioners Court with a petition that outlined their objections to a criminal justicedetention facility being put in their New Braunfels New Texas 92 39 Zeituno 14 Pages THURSDAY February 25 cents USPS 377880 Pink slip at EPA Reagan fires officials at troubled agency WASHINGTON AP President moving to clean house at the troubled En vironmental Protection has fired two more its administrators according to one more may be on the way As many as a half dozen agency officials might be targeted for says James who heads one of the congressional in vestigations into alleged mismanagement and wrongdoing at White House refused to confirm such Reagan demanded and got the resignations Wednesday from EPA Inspector General Matthew Novick and Assistant Administrator John Horton both of whom were under investigation for allegedly assigning EPA secretaries personal work to do for them on government On Reagan fired another assistant EPA Rita who headed the billion superfund program to clean up the nations worst toxic waste The formal announcement of the Horton and Novick firings and their replacements were ex pected A White House speaking on condition he be granted characterized Novicks and Hortons departures Wednesday night as part of an effort to strengthen middlelevel management at particularly in the superfund He said EPA Administrator Anne traveling in Arizona and was fully consulted and is totally on The EPAs superfund program has been the center of growing allegations that the ad ministration granted the chemical industry sweetheart deals on costs and manipulated the funds cleanup schedule for political Lavelle denied suggestions Wed nesday that she had made sweetheart deals with industrial Lavelle told Congress that A little sprinkle Thats whats in store for the grass and newly planted trees not pictured in Prince Solms park on the Comal Using their new a city parks department crew installs a new sprinkler Staff photo by John Senler system as part of an overall parks improvement Park closings at lake have little See Page 14 By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer Partial closings of two parks at Canyon Lake have hardly caused a according to a Corps of Engineers Released by the Corps Fort Worth the study concludes that closing portions of Comal and Cranes Mill parks has had negligible environmental Possible loss of business to a handful of nearby commercial establishments and the necessity of park visitors to use other areas were the only socioeconomic factors The areas were closed last October but the action is considered temporary until the Forth Worth District office takes final The areas include what was commonly called the old beach area in Cranes Mill Park and two places in Canyon Park one camping and the double boat ramp and adjacent Canyon Reservoir Manager Phil Parsley Canyon Park covers a large peninsula on the north side of Canyon while Cranes Mill park is northwest of Startzville on the lakes south Parsley said he recommended closing these areas to the Fort Worth I selected them due to underutilization compared to other The closings are part of a districtwide proposal of total or partial closings of 55 parks at 15 Corps of Engineers A total of 38 of the 55 would be partial When a park is partially it means all facilities are closed to vehicular traffic except for a strategicallylocated boat ramp or other facility which receives plenty of Closed areas are for pedestrian use Picnic tables and related facilities in closed areas would be moved to other parks where they could be maintained more efficiently and continue to be The bottom line is Funds for maintenance and personnel have been reduced 15 percent for fiscal so the closures are designed to helptrim Alternatives to the closings examined included discontinuing maintenance in selected reducing maintenance in all leasing parks to local increasing user closing more parks in the winter and permanent closure of selected Inside Playoff Fever For the third time in as many the Smithson Valley boys basketball team is in postseason Friday nights firstround the Van Vleck Leopards promise to give the Rangers a real especially on the See Page Oil Price Crash Saudi Arabia is leading a push of OPEC oil ministers to hold an emergency meeting this weekend to try to combat the quickly slipping price of crude If they are un successful in keeping the producing nations in oil prices could fall even See Page Looking Behind Its time to change seasons in high school The HeratdZeitung continues its review of basketball season with a seasonend look at the Canyon Cougars on Page We also take our first preview of high school baseball with a look at the Smithson Valley Rangers on Page Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warm turning mostly cloudy and cooler Winds will be from the southeast at 510 mph then shift to the north at 1520 mph by late There is a 20 percent chance of rain Sunset will be at and sunrise Friday will be at DEAR SPORTS TV soul Little bit of Roots run deep for local black families Staff photo by Cindy Richardson Teacher Nathan Millett shows the different shades of mankind with the help of from left Cerise Ernie Garza and Jeremy Davis By DYAIMIME FRY Staff writer Nathan music teacher at Lone Star put a question to his kindergartners last What is a Negro asked A one child Is it an animal another A dog someone else Jeremy the only black child in the had the right Its a he said Millett said his firstgraders were more worldly When he asked them what a Negro they pointed at their teacher and Its Ruth Harper was teaching school before Millett was Chances his story wouldnt have surprised her one they dont know anything about black she Even our own New Braunfels is not what youd call a center of AfroAmerican It takes some in to find any at Harper and Millett are pretty much agreed on the reason for that there just arent very many blacks in The 1980 census turned up approximately Thats just over two percent of the total population scarcely enough for a vocal But February is officially Black Heritage and the local community has been celebrating in its own quiet Millett has the Lone Star children singing Negro Live Oak Baptist one of the towns two predominantly black has had special programs every Sunday this And Harper helped to set up a display in the fellowship It pays tribute to black pioneers like Martin Luther and also salutes local kids who have made A picture of Carter considered to be the father of black graces the choir loft in the The printed caption announces the theme for this years celebration The United States Constitution and the Black The church youth is planning a special presen tation this And Harper plans to quote Congresswoman Barbara Jordan in a statement Jordan made about the Harper found the quote in a special heritage issue of the San Antonio If you you find out theres a lot going said the retired She makes a point of keeping up with the doing of black people all over In shes state head of the Grand Court Order of a black fraternal organization somewhat analagous to the Sons of Harper has worked with Hermann and similar in state and national fraternal Its taught her something about the diversity of American The Texas Fraternal Congress thats The National Fraternal Congress thats white Were the only blacks in she referring to the Order oif Calanthe and its corresponding mens the Knights of I used to think when you said you meant a See Page 14
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