New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 94-No. 67
April 3,1985 25 Cents
36 Pages--4 Sections
Japantrade policy angers Congress
U.S. merchandise trade
In billions of dollars Imports -—Exports
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure on the Reagan administration to overcome Japanese trade barriers is gaining momentum in Congress, where the House joined the Senate in clamoring for retaliatory tariffs and quotas if needed.
“This tells the Japanese and the president that enough is enough,” Rep. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., declared Tuesday as the House approved 394-19 a non-binding resolution urging "all appropriate action” by Reagan to end an alleged freezeout of numerous U.S. products.
In the Senate, the Finance Committee voted 12-4 to force Reagan to use his trade powers to push the Japanese for market access. The bill would compel Reagan to strike back with tariffs and quotas unless he could obtain compensation for sales lost because of alleged Japanese "unfair trade practices."
It was a stronger version of a non-bindmg measure
approved on the floor Thursday.
But it was unclear how soon the Senate bill would reach the floor. Majority Leader Robert Dole, R-Kan., told reporters it would not come up "for a while.” He called it “something that’s good to have on the calendar" because it would strengthen Reagan’s hand in trade talks with Japan.
Sen. Robert Packwood, R-Ore., chairman of the Finance Committee, said, however, that he expected it to become law if the House Ways and Means Committee approved “anything at all" that was similar.
The congressional actions came three days before lawmakers head home for Easter recess and as the administration reported headway in talks aimed at gaining a U.S. foothold in Japan's burgeoning
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The gap between U.S. imports and exports is worsening, as the graph shows
Absentee vote heaviest in city, NBISD
In Saturday’s four local elections, absentee voting ended Tuesday with mixed returns.
Two City Council races have a total of six candidates running, New Braunfels ISD board election has three positions open and five candidates running, Comal ISD has three positions open and three candidates, and three Garden Ridge City Council positions have four candidates vying for them.
In the city elections walk-in absentee voting ran highest in District 3 with 109 ballots cast, but only three ballots were mailed out and two have come back in. In this race, dentist Edward Sciantarelli, accountant F. Darrell Sollberger and steel business owner Yale J. Simpson are running.
See ABSENTEE, Page 12A
For a rainy day
Arts panel to review projects, pay funds every three months
By DANA STELL Staff writer
DERYL CLARK HERALD ZElTUNG
To passers by, it may have looked like the parking lot next to Central Fire Station was on fire Tuesday night. Such was not the case -it was a training exercise for the city's volunteer
firefighters. City firefighter Dennis Williams instructs volunteers on the proper use of fire extinguishers as he prepares to put out two blazes set in old metal drums.
A 5 percent special projects fund approved by City Council earlier this month will be distributed quarterly to arts groups for such things as community-benefitting events and capital improvement projects.
The Arts and Cultural Commission Tuesday night agreed on the wording of an application form for money requests, arid talked about guidelines for qualifying projects.
Its recommendations will have to be approved by City Council.
This year, the Arts Commission will receive 20 percent of the local share of hotel-motel room tax revenue. The group decided that it would like to have a 5 percent contingency fund, which Council said should be reserved for special projects.
Another Council stipulation is that all the money be spent within the contract year, and not accumulated. The total expected from the 5 percent is roughly $10,000.
Because the hotels give the tax money to the city at the end of the quarter, the money is not available for distribution for another month after the quarter ends.
So, the Arts Commission agreed Tuesday to require requests be turned in by the end of the calendar quarter, giving the group a month to agree on recipients.
Prospective recipients, active, on-going, and non-profit arts groups, will have to in
clude in their fund requests the description of the project, its purpose, proposed expenses, any anticipated matching funds, and expected revenue.
In talking about wnat qualifies as a special project. Commission member Bob Smith said, “I don’t think a special project would be •We’re out of money.’’’
Capital improvement projects that could qualify as special projects could be something like the purchase of sheet music of a major work for the Heritage Chorale, or the purchase of acoustical screens for any performing group
Groups receiving special project money also will be required to submit a detailed summary of expenses within 30 days after project completion.
Elizabeth Elliott, of Circle Arts Theatre, said the arrangement is a fair one. “This can’t help but benefit arts groups," she said. “This year, our requests were based on the percentage granted last year, and yet there were things that we needed.
“I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t think it was fair,” she continued. “The Arts Commission will know it’s not dealing with fly-by-night organizations. And it will evaluate the need of the organization, plus the worthiness of the project as it benefits the community.”
The next Arts and Cultural Commission meeting is April 25 at 7:30 p.m. rn the downstairs meeting room at City Hall.
Man charged in Sunday stabbing
Sheriff's deputy hurt in wreck
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A sheriff’s deputy is recuperating at home today after his patrol car and a 1976 Cutlass collided near Langtry Village Apartments Tuesday night.
Deputy Mike Gump and the driver of the Cutlass, l^n Reeve of New Braunfels, were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital by private vehicle. This morning, a hospital spokeswoman said both had been treated and released for minor injuries.
Gump’s supervisor, Lt. Kent Newman, said the deputy was on-duty when the collision took place about 9:15 p.m. Damage to the un
marked 1981 patrol car Gump was driving was mostly confined to the car’s right front.
“But we won’t be driving it this morning," Newman added.
Damage to Mrs. Reeve’s car was concentrated to the front driver’s side. The New Braunfels Police accident report indicated Mrs. Reeve’s car was eastbound on Highway 81 East, and Gump’s westbound when he made a left turn onto the Interstate 35 southbound frontage road in front of her.
In other police news, a New Braunfels man has been charged with aggravated assault, in conr nection with the Sunday stabbing of Jesse Villanueva, 33, of 241 Highway 81 West No. 7.Police roundup
Martin Aleman, 20, of 633 S. Academy was arrested Monday at Hadlock Saddle Co., where he works. His bond was set at $5,000 by Municipal Court Judge David Perkins.
Detective John Villarreal said the stabbing allegedly occurred at a house on the corner of North Peach and West Mill streets. Villanueva was taken to McKenna by two unidentified persons, and the Emergency Room personnel called police around 2 a.m. Sunday.
“These two men apparently had an altercation about two to three weeks
prior to this at MC’s Bar. They threw a couple of cue balls at each other, and Aleman broke a cue stick over Villanueva’s head, so I guess they still had a grudge going.” Villarreal said.
The detective said the doctor who treated the stabbing victim at McKenna indicated the probable weapon was knife. However, no weapon has been recovered by police.
“The doctor said the knife glanced off to the left and punctured Villanueva’s lung. It could just as easily gone to the right, and struck his aorta or his heart," Villarreal added. “So I guess you could say the guy was lucky. Maybe he has nine lives or something.”
Housing finance corporation may fold soon
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The Alamo Area Housing Finance Corp., which began in high hopes of getting $20 million to make low-interest mortgages to first-time home buyers in IO counties including Comal, may disband.
Comal County joined the corporation a few months ago, hoping to make the 10.75 percent mortgages available to residents here. The
corporation is financed by tax-free bonds.
County commissioner Lorenzo (Yankee) Camarillo, appointed by commissioners court as its representative in the corporation, said that the underwriters had been able to get only $5.3 million in lender commitments by the last meeting at the end of March. That figure increased to $7.8 million in the last few days.
"We wanted to have a minimum of
$10 million committed; without that we could not have gotten decent interest rates on the bonds," Nolan Suarez, with Alamo Area Council of Governments, said.
In the first meeting with prop-sective lenders in January, 37 lenders came, but the high initial interest waned when the particulars of the program were found out, Camarillo said.
"In the second meeting only three lenders showed up. The problem for
many seemed to be the risk involved," Camarillo said. "In our next meeting we will decide to either disband the corporation or just wait until next year and see if we can get more participation then."
The lenders would have to put up 2 percent of the money they are conunitting and then another 2 percent after the first year. If they loan out all the money committed,
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The so-called “battle of the bars” over popular happy hours has been sent to a subcommittee of the House Liquor Regulation Committee. See Page 3AToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for mostly sunny skies today and Thursday, turning fair tonight. Winds will be from the southwest at 10-20 mph today, shifting to the south at 5-10 mph tonight and increasing to 15-20 mph on Thursday. A high today is expected in the mid 80s, the low tonight in the low 60s and a high on Thursday in the upper 80s This morning’s low was 54, and yesterday’s high was 79.