New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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75245BillboardsBattle being waged over bill in House
While the city struggles with the idea of an ordinance regulating signs and billboards, the state legislature is taking the same idea and turning it into what one local City Coun-cilmember calls a “direct attack on home rule.”
Councilmember Betty Lou Rushing, who has been vocal about billboard regulation, said legislation proposed by the billboard industry “is an attempt to gut all these (local) attempts at billboard regulation."
But those in the business feel differently. The outdoor advertising industry just wants to be compensated for its losses, said Pete Lingamfelter of Oasis Outdoor Advertising.
The bill, proposed by Rep. BUI Messer, D-Belton, and Sen. Hector Uribe, D-BrownsviUe, has been reported out of committee and will now go before the full House of
Representatives for debate.
Rushing met with Gov. Mark White and mayors and representatives of other Texas cities last week, and she said the proposed legislation does more than require the city to pay, in cash, the value of a billboard to be removed.
“This measure is designed to prohibit cities from requiring non-conforming signs and billboards to be reimbursed unless the city is ready a pay cash up front," she said.
“It’s completely unfair, it completely guts the city’s rights to determine its own destiny. This is not just a billboard issue, this is the riht of the city to still function on aesthetic matters."
The Texas Municipal League, to which the city belongs, is fighting hard against die bill, saying it is “a blatant attempt to avoid legitimate regulation by local government.
“By requiring cash compensation for any action that may affect the use of maintenance of a sign, the billboard insdustry is thwarting governmental action," TML says.
“It is the elimination of the voice of municipal government, not billboard control, that is the issue," continues literature from TML.
Lingamfelter disagrees. “We’re getting a lot of opposition from TML under that home-rule argument," he said. “To my knowledge, we’re the only industry that is non-injurious to public health and safety that they have chosen to regulate.
“One of the reasons we are being attacked is that we’re an easy target, we’re visible," Lingamfelter continued.
The legislation, Lingamfelter said, would allow the billboard industry “to receive just compensation for acquisition by any governmental
body, especially a municipality.
“Basically, when a city condemns property, say for a right-of-way, it pays cash money," Lingamfelter said. “That sets a precedence for the claiming of real or income-generating property."
TML claims that although no cash payments have been made to billboard owners, Texas cities do not regulate the industry “without regard for future monetary loss sign owners may incur."
Signs that don’t meet ordinance standards remain standing for a period of time, TML states, “specifically for the purpose of allowing sign owners and property owners leasing land for signs to recoup the value of their investment.”
That practice is called amor-
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Mew Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94-No. 73
22 Pages —2 SectionsElliott out at shelter
By DANA STELL Staff writer
A staff change at the New Braunfels Animal Shelter has relieved manager Olen Elliott Jr. of his duties.
Assistant Manager Cheryl Pillar has taken over the shelter, Cynthia Phillips, chairman of the Humane Society board of directors, said this morning.
Elliott managed the shelter since August.
“It (Elliott's management) just didn't work out, unfortunately," Phillips said “Ifs a high-stress situation. Ifs really a rough job to love animals and then have to put them to sleep.
“Euthanasia really did bother Olen," she said.
Elliott was not available for comment this morning.
Phillips said the society is working on a program to increase the spaying and neutering of the animals brought in to the shelter. “If we could cut down on the number of animals being bom," she said. “we could cut down oneuthamsia."
One prospect for the shelter is an agreement with Texas A&M for an intern veterinarian program, Phillips sa)d, explaining that, under the program, a student vet would have to work at the shelter in order to receive a veterinarian degree.
“We tried to work with the veterinarians in town, but we haven't been able to reach any common price," Phillips said.
The cost of any veterinarian work would have to be passed on to the persons adopting a pet from the shelter, she said, and the society would like to see that cost remain low.
“If you adopt them out without having it (spaying or neutering) done, a year later, you have their puppies back," Phillips said.
The decision to replace Elliott with Pillar came from the board of directors April 2, Phillips said.
Elliott, who came to New Braunfels after seven years as a fish store owner and two years as manager of a halfway house, began work as director of the shelter on
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Even the kitchen sink
The proverbial kitchen sink leans against a mailbox waiting for city street crews to take it to its final resting place—the city-county landfill on FM 1101. City crews collected a wide variety of item during this week's cleanup, which enters its second week next Monday and Tuesday.
Would-be con artists chased off by police
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
There were four men in town this week that police couldn’t prove committed a crime, but they were still told to take their business elsewhere.
And just in case they come back, Detective Mario Guerrero said local citizens, especially elderly ones, need to be made aware of what they suspect is their usual con.
“They put one guy out at the post office, and the others sit in the car about a block away. The guy at the poet office walks back and forth until he spots his victim, pulls out a wad of money called e flesh roll and says,
‘Hey, look what I found,’ ’’ Guerrero said.
“He cons his victim by saying ‘Let’s split this up, but for me to trust you, let’s go to the bank and you get 12,000. Then I’ll put up my $2,000 and we’re in business. I’ll know then you’re on the up and up.’
“The victim, usually an elderly person, might fall into the trap of thinking, ‘Hey, I can make $1,000 today,’ " Guerrero said. “So they go to the bank, the victim takes out $2,000 and the guy asks to count it. In the process, the real $2,000 is switched for the flash roll, which looks real because of what’s showing on the outside but the inside is fake."
Around noon Tuesday, Guerrero
Retail sales skid after strong start
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales, held back by a dip in demand for autos, fell 1.9 percent in March, the biggest decline rn almost three years, the government reported today.
The Commerce Department said that sales totaled $110.5 billion last month compared to a record $112.7 billion in February.
February sales had risen a strong 1.6 percent over the January level, leading many analysts to believe that consumer demand was reviving and would provide momentum to keep the economy moving in coming months.
Analysts cautioned against reading too much into the big March decline, saying that it reflected in part an overstatement of the strength of sales in February.
Mike Evans, head of Evans Economics, a Washington forecasting firm, said the weak sales performance in March stemmed from a variety of factors which have held the economy back since last summer.
“The decline in retail sales reflected the continuing effects of the economic slowdown and sluggish growth in wages and salaries that we have had for several months," he said. “But I think we are about to snap out of this. This is the end of the bad numbers not the beginning.”
The overall economy grew at an annual rate of only 2.1 percent in the first three months of the year, according to preliminary government estimates. This is well below the 6.8 percent growth rate turned in for all of 1984 and
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In billions of dollars seasonally adjusted
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Don't bet on it
Egger warns IRS cheaters not to get cocky
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is embarrassed by computer foulups and angered by allegations that some employees have destroyed tax returns. But, says its boss, don’t think it’s a good time to skip filing a tax return.
“If they do, they’ll do it at their peril,” says IRS Commissioner Roscoe L. Egger Jr.
“I am not concerned” that the agency’s image as an efficient tax collector might be scarred so badly that people have little fear of getting caught if they cheat or don’t file, Egger told a news conference Wednesday.
“This system is doing exactly what we planned it to do," he added, while acknowledging that, due to com puter problems, the IRS is far behind schedule if processing individual tax returns.
Through April 5, the most recent figures available, the IRS had received 59.5 million returns but processed only 36.1 million. That is 20 percent behind last year’s pace in processing.
Each of the IO regional service centers is behind schedule.
You have the best chance of getting a quick refund if
Taxpayers who plan to skip filing their returns are taking a big risk, says IRS Commissioner Roscoe L. Egger Jr.
you live in Ohio or Michigan; you’U have the longest wait if you live in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware or the District of Columbia.
With the Monday deadline for filing individual tax returns approaching, Egger made these points:
—Most of the problems with the new $103 million computer system in the service centers have been solved. “By and large, the returns we get by next Monday midnight will be processed on time" — meaning before June I. lf a return is filed by April 15 and any refund is not paid by June I, the IRS must pay 13 percent annual interest on the refund.
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said he noticed a man pacing back and forth in front of the post office. “I saw the others parked near Sts. Peter and Paul school, so I used my radio to call for help."
The four black suspects, driving a 1960 beige over gold Delta 88, had a police scanner in the car, and took off before help arrived. But they were later stopped near Boise Cascade by Detectives Ray Douglas and Juan Gusme, and Texas Ranger Ray Martinez.
“They had some money on them, but we don’t know if they pulled off any cons or not. One guy had 25 prior arrests, another had ll," Guerrero
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Comal River.......... 278 cf* (up 8)
Canyon inflow ........... 478 cia (up 36)
Canyon Dam outflow ......84? eta (tame)
E(twatda Aquifer.......... 624.92 (up 04)
Canyon Lake level 903.49 (down 011
The forecast for the rest of today mentions no rain, but ski** will remain cloudy to partly cloudy. Temperatures should reach the low-TQs with an overnight low near 60. Friday is expected to reach the upper-70s. Accumulated rainfall for the past 24 hours is .25 inches. Wed
nesday’s high was 58 and this morning’s low was 62. Sunset will be at 6:55 p.m. and sunrise will be at6:06a.m.
SA. teen still missing
A thorough shoreline search early this morning failed to find any traces of a San Antonio teenager missing since Easter from his Canyon Lake campsite.
Game Warden Neal Etheredge said he put his boat out about daybreak, looking for Michael Ramirez Jr., 15, who walked into a wooded area in Jacob’s Creek Park about 3 a m. Sunday and never came back.
“I made a complete shoreline search from the mouth of Tom Creek across the lake to Canyon Park and all the way back to the dam, including two passes along the Jacob Creek Park shoreline," Etheredge said. “I didn’t find a thing, but each
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