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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Texas rouble Inflation still under control Dalles Consumer prices rose only percent in January WASHINGTON AP The Labor rejiggering its major measure of said today that consumer prices rose a scant percent in Had the old calculation been consumer prices would have been Housing costs rose as had been expected under the new but gasoline and heating oil prices posted sharp The old calculation had been widely criticized for overemphasizing the effect of homeownership Under the new Consumer Price Index the department said housing costs rose percent in Under the former housing costs tumbled percent in Gasoline prices last month fell As of gasoline prices were percent below their peak level of March Home heating oil prices plunged Prices for both fuels fell in The fresh declines in energy prices are largely the result of the continuing worldwide oil Analysts expect even further declines as some major ex porting nations have cut their wholesale prices and others ponder similar price Food climbed a tiny per cent after holding steady ing the two previous Medical care which soared thourghout rose a sharp Inflation last year was the smallest rise in a Under an experimental measure similar to the new 1982s inflation at the retail level would have been 5 For the 12 months ending in prices rose percent under the new If last months percent seasonally adjusted rise held steady for 12 straight the yearly gain would be The annual rate reported by the depart ment is based on a more precise calculation of monthly prices than the figure the department makes Under the old consumer prices fell percent in only the second decline recorded since The revising its calculations for the two preceding said today that prices held steady in November and rose See Page 10A Local students closer to merit scholarships Less than half of one percent of American high school seniors are chosen as finalists for National Merit This year included among that small percentage are four local high school students three from New Braunfels and one from Canyon High Those chosen include Carolyn Hanson from Canyon and Leslie James DeLemos and Patty Schwarz from New Braunfels High Nationwide there are finalists chosen for merit From merit scholars will be Finalists who are chosen as merit scholars will receive scholarship offers in March and early Merit scholarships are funded by grants from over 600 corporate organizations and educational institutions that support the programs This awards worth million will be offered and about 40 percent of the highly qualified group of finalists will be New Braunfels New Texas 40 Zeituno o FRIDAY February 25 cents 18 Pages Sections USPS 377880 Countdown begins for county jail Judge approves plan site committee gets deadline Architect DiStephano By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer When Magistrate Jamie Boyd approved the countys jail settlement he set the clock ticking for the countys 17month deadline to have a new jail According to the settlement ap proved by the county has until August to have a new jail ready for Last Commissioners Court agreed to the settlement as proposed by attorneys for Robert the former jail inmate who brought suit against the county for alleged un sanitary jail In exchange for the county agreeing to build a new jail and renovate the old Delgado dropped his monetary claims in the Up until that point the former inmate had been asking for in The county will have to adhere to the 1985 deadline unless an act of God prevents it from being County Attorney Bill Reimer Getting with the program Elderly can apply in March to ease crunch of electric bills By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff wrjter Applications for the adapted billing schedule for Utilities senior citizens should be ready by March with implementation set for April Two plans to provide an optional budget payment program for Utilities customers 65 years or older were adopted at the January board of trustees Inquiries have been mostly by telephone Billing for Plan One will be calculated using the previous 12 months actual billing to obtain an At the end of each following six month a new average will be based on an average of the actual billing for the previous 12 The customer will then pay the average billing for the next six i Plan Two allows any senior citizen who qualifies Plan to enter a senior citizens billing cycle on this schedule bills would be mailed out on the 20th of each month bills for the net amount would be due on the 5th and the gross amount would be due no later than the Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said many senior customers were getting their Social Security checks the 3rd of each but the last day to pay their utility bill without penalty is the 1st of each It was a no win which hopefully the optional payment program will In other news Sohn reminded trustees that hydroflosilicic acid will be injected into the citys water system at It will take about a month for it to get through the water Sohn ad ding those customers closest to the pumping stations will get the fluoridated water fluoride may not stay in the citys water system depending on the outcome of an April 2 as well as proposed changes in the citys election will be on the If the voters turnout and say yes to were Sohn If they say weve got valves and all we got to do is turn them The last fluoridation election was held The issue passed by a slim 15margin As for the total cost of implementing the including equipment damage costs incurred last Sohn I dont know of any cities offhand who are in the market for fluoridation Action taken by trustees Thursday was short and A bid from Tom Fairey Company for a sectional sewer rodder was ap contigent upon a demon stration of the rodder itself and then final approval from The board okayed Universal Equipment Company bid of for a bucket which will also be lift Trustees also accepted a Valero refund of and directed it into the Utilities emergency con tinguency This is the third year weve received this Well get seven of Sohn sketching a 1975 court ruling against Coastal States in favor of its including the Lower Colorado River Valero bought out Coastal and these refunds were part of the set The first two years based on a charge of were closer to This years refund is because Valero isnt selling as See Page 10A said Boyd would take into consideration extreme bad weather which delayed construction or some sort of strike that would prevent the county from receiving needed construction said But otherwise he will be firm on the said that we need to move along with the added the county Based on this County Judge Fred Clark told the jail site selection committee Thursday night that it had six to eight weeks in which to com plete its task of locating and recommending three or four sites for the new justice Once the committee has recom mended what it considers to be good Commissioners Court plans to hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed Following the outcome of thishearing the court will make a decision on a Clark Elliot chairman of the 11 member jail site selection plans to organize his group into subcommittees this week to study Several weeks ago Knoxs com mittee named approximately 18 possible sites although since then a couple more have been added to the The committee withheld studying the sites until Commissioners Court hired an ar chitectural The court did so one week ago hiring Christopher DiStephano and of In recent weeks two local groups the New Braunfels Downtown Mer chants Association and the Chamber of Commerce have come out in favor of keeping the new detention facility in the downtown Representatives from the Down towners present at Thursday nights meeting reiterated that groups of the interest expressed by these groups to keep the facility in the downtown Knox suggested See Page IOA Elliot Knox outlines the panels task Stall photos by John Sentvr Rental wrangle Zoning board grants variance to build triplex By Staff writer Two requests were and a third was at Thursdays meeting of the City Zoning Board of Frickes request for variances at 340 Hill Avenue was despite letters from seven neighbors opposing his plan to build an apartment triplex Fricke offered to forget it and build a duplex in But the board got the impression it was the idea of rent not the variances as that the neighbors were objecting City Planning Director Debra Goodwin said the letterwriters gave no reason for their and just sat there when asked for comment at Thursdays But she reported a phone call from one neighborhood resident who was worried about what sort of people might rent Frickes The said wanted to see it limited to elderly Fricke didnt think he could do but he told the board he always tried to rent to highquality people who would take care of his He needed a variance on the minimum lot size the lot in question is square and another to allow him to put parking spaces in the 25 foot front yard The board also gave South Central Construction a variance on setbacks for a lot between Spur and Cross The company wants to build a fiveor sixstall car wash Board members asked only that traffic be routed in from and out on Spur if Three doctors doing business as KAT Enterprises were asked to firm up their plans and come back next Doctors Dean Adams and Michael Tilly want to put up a building at 593 Union which will encroach completely on the corner and rear yard setbacks of 25 and 20 Goodwin they told the board theyd take whatever they could The board wanted more definite The doctors also wanted permission to use a lot across from McKenna Memorial Hosptial for overflow They only have a fiveyear lease on that Goodwin Board members were concerned about where people would park after the lease runs One neighbor family voiced objection to the KAT Enterprises Four wrote letters in favor of the Goodwin Rare orchids delay project Inside Texas AP State officials have halted work on a highway interchange until engineers decide what to do with about nine frail orchids added to the endangered species list last Were just on hold until we can come up with an agreement with the Department of Interior on what needs to be done about said a planning engineer for the Texas Department of Highways The nine Navasota Ladies known to botanists as Spiranthes are about 10 percent of that species known to said Jim acting head of the endangered species section of the Department of Interior in The flowers grow near a bridge that will be af fected by a project to convert Texas Highway 6 into a fourlane thoroughfare between Bryan and about 25 miles to the The highway which will need five years to finish the is spending million buying the right of Johnson said it may be possible to shift the site of the interchange a few hundred feet in either direction to skirt the hill where the orchids bloom for nine days every The highway department has known about the flowers for some but was unaware of their specific Williamson Federal documents were intentionally vague in describing the site to keep the public from discovering the he He said officials were surprised to learn that their plans were in We thought we were free and he The highway department has been working since the 1960s upgrading Highway 6 to a fourlane thoroughfare from Waco to Playwright found dead in hotel room NEW YORK AP Awardwinning playwright Tennessee author of A Streetcar Named and Cat On a Hot Tin died today in a Manhattan an Emergency Medical Services official EMS spokesman Jared Lebow said his agency got a call at from the Elysee Hotel on East 54th Street saying a man named Tennessee Williams had passed away in room The hotel confirmed that the 72yearold playwright lived in that Lebow said the ambulance crew recognized the dead man as Daniel Lathem of Midtown North Precinct said he could not confirm that the dead man was the famous but he said that was the report they had Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for mostly cloudy today with a 40 percent chance of showers or thundershowers today and increasing to a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms Winds will be from the north to northeast at 1015 mph then from the east to northeast at 510 mph Sunset will be at and sunrise Saturday will be at 7 Rangers Face Van Vleck The Smithson Valley Rangers basketball team travels to Gonzales tonight to meet the Van Vleck Leopards in the first round of high school playoff Game time is 8 See Page RELIGIOUS TV
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