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Burnet County Bulletin (Newspaper) - May 23, 1977, Burnet, Texas
Judge denies nored request Austin a . District judge Jack Roberts wednesday denied granting a temporary injunction which would have forced use of fur court five player girls basketball rules in Texas High schools during the coming school year. The request was filed several weeks ago by Burnet attorney Alvin nored on behalf of his daughter Catherine nored a Burnet High school freshman. The new rules which Are those already in effect for High school boys will be used during the 1978-79 school year since the University interscholastic league recently voted to begin allowing the new rules in Texas High school. Catherine was represented in District court wednesday by attorney Dave Richards. Richards also lost a bid for a ruling on the merits of the Case following the denial of the injunction. Asst. . Atty. Gen. Bob Gouss represented the Uil at the hearing in Austin wednesday and would t agree to allow the session then to substitute for a hearing on the merits of the Case. Judge Roberts noted that a similar Case is currently pending in the 6th circuit court of appeals in Tennessee and said he did t want to be cast in the posture of waiting for another court to Catherine s attorney also pointed out that if a hearing on the merits of the Case is not set by the time school opens in August there is no Way an injunction would be meaningful and he asked for the earliest possible court setting on the matter. Gouss brought a number of women basketball coaches to the stand As defense witnesses a who All testified that a year s delay in changing the rules would give High school coaches time to prepare for the five player game. Catherine contended that girls Are at a disadvantage when competing for athletic scholarships at colleges which play under the five player full court rules. Quot i want to be treated As an equal a she told the judge Quot not As an inferior just because i am a under the current rules girls at Texas High schools Are split into offensive and defensive teams composed of three players each. Defensive players Are not allowed to shoot or Cross the mid court line. Nored said earlier that even though Uil has changed the rules to go into effect in 1978, he would still pursue the matter. He said Catherine would still have two years to play under the full court rules but that Many other girls would town Center Model presented new concepts Oft Burnet were presented in Model form to Burnet City officials and citizens thursday when it advanced architectural students presented their conceptions of a Newtown Center for Burnet. The students explained the models during a presentation a1 the Highlander monday edition Mustangs take District championship see Page b4 vol. 104 no. 38 2 sections 12 pages May 23,1977council to tender proposal to company by Richard Morea Marble Falls after much negotiation the Marble Falls City Council and Lone Star Gas company thursday night in a special City Council meeting reached a tentative agreement concerning Lone Star s recent request for a rate increase to Marble Falls customers. The Council with mayor Dean Chaffee absent voted unanimously to approve a proposal which will increase Lone Star s Revenue in Marble Falls by a projected $7,262, instead of the original $12,000 asked for by Lone Star. At the regular Marble Falls City Council meeting May to Lone Star had three of their representatives presenter the Council with an agreement Tor the Council to sign which stated that Lone Star equipment in Marble Falls was 85 per cent new. But a he Council refused the request. Lone Star after telling the Council that if an agreement was t reached the Gas company would have to dig up pipes throughout Marble Falls in order to determine the condition of the Gas company s equipment so that a value could be reached. An alternative package presented by Lone Star asked for a minimum Bill charge of $3 to inactive customers be implemented in an increase in service charge and a $3 fee for returned checks to be inaugurated a re connect increase from $5 to $20 was also requested at that time. Lone Star District manager Melvin washers last thursday night went before the City Council in an attempt to reach an agreement concerning the rate increase and received Quot what May be an equitable agreement Quot should his company accept the offer. The Council asked for and received agreement from washers to drop the requested $3 minimum charge by non users to $2 instead the re connect charge request by Lone Star for $20 was lowered to $15, after the Council deliberated the ability of some Gas customers to pay the $20 fee. In reaching the tentative agreement the Council thursday night intently questioned Lone Star s reasoning and justifications for the rate increase Dick Zimmerman Marble Falls City manager told the Council Lone Star Gas increase approved and washers that Quot the age and condition of Lone Star s equipment in Marble Falls was really the question at he stated that the City s rate consultant Jack Hopper had disagreed with Lone Star s stated 85 per cent new figure and said Hopper had recommended that the Council not agree to the figure. Quot Hopper recommended that we not allow Lone Star to make the tests they said were necessary for determining the age and condition of their Zimmerman then told the Council that he and Hopper had met with other City officials in Waco recently to discuss the possibility of forming a joint Effort by cities faced with rate increases. Zimmerman said possibly the group would present a joint Case to the Railroad commission. Quot but i Don t believe we or Lone Star Gas want to really have to go to the Railroad commission with this Quot Zimmerman stated. Walther in replying to Zimmerman s statement concerning Hopper s recommendation told Council that Quot Hopper had used a Book value and that Lone Star used an actual observation of what per cent of new the equipment would be. Walther was questioned by the Council As Quot to just who required the digging holes to determine age and condition of Walther said that Quot the digging procedure was Only done on special occasions and then by Mutual agreement such As would have to be reached by Lone Star and the Council member Fred Graham questioned washers As to Quot Why Lone Star would Settle for a projected Revenue increase of $9,000 this Way instead of $12,000 As Lone Star had previously washers replied that Quot an Appeal to the Railroad commission would be Quot but Lone Star would be reimbursed by the City Quot Council member Nita Nunnally said. Walt hers told the Council that Lone Star s Money would be Quot tied up for some time about three years before they would recover the costs Graham questioned Walthers Quot As to Why the request by Lone Star for the rate increase not How Lone Star expected to acquire Quot we will give you whatever you show you must have we think. But we must justify in our minds that what you Lone Star want is right Quot he said. Council member Harvey Campi told the group that he Felt Quot the depreciation Factor presented by Lone Star was really the biggest Quot the difference Between Lone Star s 28 per cent and Hopper s 15 per cent is the real problem Quot Campi said. Quot we have to remember that Hopper has to be conservative. That s his Job Quot Campi said continuing Quot his Hopper reputation depends on it and this makes it difficult putting one Guy on each end with the City Council caught in the Middle Quot Campi added. Campi stated that he thought the rate increase discussion Quot should remain in Marble Falls and not go to the Railroad Quot i have no Confidence in the Railroad commission Quot he said. Quot any Way we go the consumer is going to get it Quot Campi continued. Campi told Walthers that Lone Star s present proposal showed the consumer where the Money is being spent and where it would come from and that he Quot liked this after much deliberation the Council decided to offer a counter proposal to Lone Star. The counter proposal offered to accept a minimum charge for Quot no Bill Quot customers of $2 instead of Lone Star s asked for $3, a $15 re connect fee instead of Lone Star s $20 request and accepted Lone Star s request to raise main Extension charges cont. On Page a2 Council approves �?~701 a planning Grant bus holds awards Assembly More pictures thursday Marble Falls the Marble Falls City Council thursday night approved City manager Dick Zimmerman pursuing the department of Community affairs "701&Quot planning Grant. In explaining the planning Grant to the City Council members Zimmerman stated that four topics were of prime interest to Marble Falls. He suggested the formation of a citizens advisory committee to assist in directing the growth of Marble Falls and to Aid in setting priorities. Quot citizen input is very important for a City s growth Quot Zimmerman said. He said that Texas term University works with and trains such groups. Second on the list was Zimmerman s suggestion that a plan for an Quot up Grade Quot base studies map be included in the proposal. The map would consist of a City map for Utility use which would be on a 1 Inch to 10o Inch scale. Zimmerman said the map would also be used for updating zoning ordinances soil study and terrain information for water line efforts. The proposal would also include a flood plane map Zimmerman said. Zimmerman recommended the proposal include a population study to be used for future housing needs. An internal measurement inspection map for studying and developing building codes and standards for water and sewer lines would be included he said. The project would be funded by the department of Community affairs he said. The Complete Grant would be for about $12,000, Zimmerman added but said Marble Falls would Only be responsible for approximately $4,000 and Mcm to of that would be accounted for by employees time spent on the Marble Falls Council approves Low income Grant request Over Michel a objections Page a 3 Hill country neighbors. A favorite monday feature. Page a3 Tennis association Burnet principal lauded see ramblings. Page a2 school Banos entertain at Spring concerts. Page by Page b4 Public records
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