New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 28, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy, warm and humid this afternoon, mostly cloudy tonight with morning clouds burning off by Friday afternoon. Winds will be south to southeast near 15 mph today, decreasing to light tonight. Sunset will be at 8:05 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at 6:51 a.m.King Of The K's
Houston Astros fastballer Nolan Ryan wasn’t particularly excited — just relieved it was over. Wednesday in Montreal, Ryan bettered a 55-year-old baseball record they said at the time would never fall — Walter Johnson’s career strikeout mark of 3.508. Ryan now has 3,509 and counting. See Page 6.
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By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The new county jail will be built on a nine-acre tract along Water Lane, Commissioners Court decided Thursday.
With little hoopla, the court unanimously chose the Water Lane site — with frontage on West San Antonio Street — as the best site for the proposed 100-inmate capacity jail.
The court preferred it over a 12-acre tract off Hanz Drive (between Ix>op 337 and Gruene Road), which was more expensive.
Following Thursday’s brief meeting, County Judge Fred Gark estimated that the county would save approximately “$100,000 to $150,000” by picking the Water
Southern site gets nod for county jail
I^ane site over the Hanz site, which he guessed might cost anywhere from “$350,000 to $400,000.”
Prior to the court’s vote, Clark read a letter from Sheriff Walter Fellers who voiced his support for the Hanz site. “The biggest reason has to be the easy accessibility to other main roads of the county,” he wrote in the April 19th letter.
Thursday, however, the sheriff voiced a different opinion and supported the Water Lane property noting that “there’s quite a bit of savings."
Upon questioning from Clark, Fellers said “there’s no significant difference” for the operation of the Sheriff’s Department between the two pieces of property. “I consider it a good location,” he said of Water I,ane.
In voicing his support for the Water Lane site, Precinct 2 Commissioner Monroe Wetz outlined some of advantages of that property. It has easy access to IH 35, San Antonio Street and Ixx>p 337. “It also has excellent drainage and the property is zoned for commercial use,” said Wetz. (The Hanz site is zoned for multi-family housing.)
“We’ve been negotiating and talking with the property owners and the land...well you can buy it for quite a bit less (than Water I .ane)," he said, noting that no final figures had yet been discussed.
As for the money saved by purchasing the Water Lane site, Wetz proposed that it
See JAIL, Page 16
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Group seeks trial for unborn child
Bv DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Support for four Comal County Jail inmates on a hunger strike lias now spread to a fight for rights of an unborn child.
The leader of the Committee of Justice for All, Virginia Pacheco, engineered a brief press conference Thursday morning on Main Plaza She refused to answer any questions Instead, she read from a prepared release which warned of more protest marches, admonished 28 local attorneys, thanked the police department and the sheriff’s office for preserving law and oraer .sud p’eaded for mothers everywhere to support the rights cif an unborn child.
Ruben Sauceda Sr., his pregnant wife and their two small children were struck down and killed b> a Volkswagen Get 30 The driver, William Dale Savage, went to trial for the death of Sauceda Sr., and received a 10-year probated sentence and a $5,000 fine
Three* indictments are still pending against Savage, but Pacheco said Thursday there should bt four “We ask iii the spirit of respec t for human life. why was there not an indictment in connection w ith the death of Mrs. Sauceda's fetus...a seven-inonth-old human being'"
"Please, all of you who are mothers, who have been mothers, who are expecting a child, help us correct and protect the* rights of an unborn child,” Pacheco pleaded “Help us lo fight for life.” The plea for support also went out to all Christians, brown, black or white
A petition signed by 28 lawyers, supporting District Attorney Bill Schroeder's decision to stand by the jury’s verdict, was
aired over a popular radio talk show in San Antonio Tuesday. “While disagreeing totally with the jury’s verdict in the completed trial, we also have total respect for the verdict, the jury. and the legal process." Mrs. Pacheco read
Schroeder has previously stated he couldn't indict Savage for the death of the unborn child “That question is up before the legislature now ,” he said.
"In regard to those 28 attorneys, we feel it is in their best interest that prosecution be .shallow and weak, because the more shallow and weak, the more likely it is that lawyers w Mjeir ruses, thereby spread their name and make more money,” she added.
It is unfortunate but part of the problem today is the majority of attorney's have as their No. I objective — not justice — but more money.”
Wliat the future holds for the Committee of Justice for All is “up iii the air,” Pacheco said Three of the inmates remain on a hunger strike, and tile question of a special prosecutor to look at the remaining Savage indictments had not been resolved as of presstime Thursday.
However, at an informal meeting at Elkel Park Wednesday night, committee members agreed to march on the courthouse only on weekdays, like from 8 am. to noon. “We have decided no weekends, because we have a lot of tourists They would not understand what we are doing, and we don't want things to arise out of this that don’t concern justice,” Virginia Pacheco said. "This is still a justice issue, and we will picket until a special prosecutor is appointed."
Several committee members, who have
been picketing the courthouse for over a week now, related outside pressures they have received to stop protesting. One woman said someone had come to the courthouse Wednesday morning, and said she was going to report all picketers w ho were on welfare.
Ernest Trevino, who participated in the group's grand march Monday to Main Plaza, said he had lost his job Wednesday at Oak Crest Inn Convalescent Center ‘The director of nurses wished me luck in finding a new job. She said jobs are iiard to find,'' Trevino said.
"If anyone gives you any verbal abuse. Luke down their license pla*.* number., ..nj our lawyers will handle the matter," Pacheco told about 50 committee members. “Don’t read yourselves, because you may cause a catastrophe.”
One committee member asked about the petition of 28 lawy ers, who support District Attorney Bill Schroeder. "What are we going to do about that petition?,” she asked. Pacheco said, “We’re going to ignore it.”
A Brown Beret also spoke to the group at the Eikel Park meeting. “We’re not here to make this a racial issue. We’re supporting human rights. We come in support of these people, and not to tell them their business. They know what their business is.
"Five people were murdered, and we want justice for all of them,” the Beret said "Whatever direction these people take, we'll be here to support them with our knowledge We need to educate our young people because they are the leaders of tomorrow People need to register to vote, so that New Braunfels will have fair representation.”
On that note, the meeting ended
Panel to look into district's records, methods
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
Board chairman 1/croy Goodson never said “investigation” when he asked Charles Ia*wis to form an ad hoc committee to examuie the operation of the Comal County Appraisal District.
But Lewis, who tias served on the board of directors since tile district formed in 1979, told his nine committee members Wednesday night that "investigation” is a pretty good word for what they’re going to do.
“Each of you as members of this committee will have absolute,
unrestricted, unimpeded access to anything in this office,” he said emphatically. ”iOur purpose is) to take a running jump into this appraisal district, shake it around Uke a dog shaking a bone, and make any suggestions you may have for improving this appraisal district.”
He promised to put any recommendation tile group comes up with in the form of a motion before the board. He hopes to do that at the May 16 meeting, even though this will put the committee on a very tight timetable.
The group spent two hours reviewing background information on Wednesday. Over the next week, l-ewis wants each
New school, renovation sought to ease crowding
member to meet one-on-one with Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks, visit the office at 130 E. Mill, check whatever records he or she likes and ask lots of questions. He gave the group a toll-free number to the State Property Tax Board in Austin, and names of two men there who have agreed to answer all inquiries as quickly as possible.
On May 6, l,ewis wants the committee to report back with its various findings, discuss them and distill it all into a recommendation for the board That meeting will be held at 7 p m. in district headquarters. From there, I>ewis said, it
See APPRAISAL, Page 16
New construction accounts for a big portion of the $8.85 million bond package which goes to New Braunfels Independent School District voters Tuesday.
But an even bigger portion is devoted to renovation and expansion of existing facilities.
Both renovation and new construction are part of Proposition I on NBISD’s three-issue ballot. That proposition amounts to $6.5 million — or 73.45 percent of the $8 85 million total
The other two propositions — air-conditioning all schools and building a new administration building — will cost $2 million and $350,000, respectively.
The top item in Proposition I is construction of ‘26-classroom elementary school. The district hopes to build the $2.4 million school on a 22-acre tract off Old McQueeney Road on County lane Road. NBISD has put a $10,000 down-payment on the land.
This school will ease crowded conditions at the elementary level — which is suffering most from the district’s population growth, school officials say.
But besides the new school, renovations and the expansion of various NBISD elementary and secondary campuses are also in the $6.5 million Proposition I. And renovations at New Braunfels High School account for $2,401,000 of that total.
Also included is construction of a new cafetorium, which will seat 600 as a cafeteria and 900 as an auditorium. A speech-drama area, dressing room, kitchen, three classrooms and storage area are included in the construction costs of the cafetorium, which totals $1,596,000
Also proposed at the high school are a new rifle range and a building and metal trades facility, costing $375,000. The bond package also calls for
expansion of the vocational agriculture department to a three unit department i using the old metal and building trades area i. Cost of tlus proposal is $12,000.
Other improvements proposed for the high school include ventilation of the art room, $2,400; removal of the stage and conversion of the present cafetorium into an auxiliary gym, $267,500; and an energy conservation program, $140,000 New Braunfels Middle School accounts for $1,138,500 of Proposition I Middle school projects include construction of band, choral music, speech and drama classrooms, $450,000; four regular and six art classrooms, $360,000, enlargement of the cafeteria, $191,000; conversion of the band ball to classrooms, $59,000; additional classroom..., $52,500; and site work, $20,000 At I Aine Star — the most crowded school in NBISD — district officials want to build two new c lassrooms and a multi-purpose room at a cost of $205,000.
The only item listed for Seek* Elementary in Proposition I is construction of weather-proof walls for covered walks.
Paving a physical education area and the exit to magazine Street is proposed for Carl Schurz Elementary at a cost of $30,600 Besides school renovation and construction, district officials would like to build a new bus barn, at a cost of $178,000 in Proposition I A district Th de communications system is also included for a $75,000 price tag
A contingency fund for all the changes proposed in Proposition I is also included in the $6.5 million total. This fund amounts to $58,500
Computer firm, tax roll problems eyed by panel
Tony Cortes of Guadco Municipal Utility District 2 hasn’t kept up with the internal workings of the Comal County Appraisal District, but he seems to know something about computers.
After taking their initial look at district operations, Cortes and other members of an ad hoc improvement committee asked more questions about Thomas Y. Pickett & Co.’s computer service than anything else.
“Does the district have its own computer, or does it contract with a
service bureau?” Cortes asked. He seemed surprised to hear that Pickett’s memory bank, connected by telephone line to teruunals in the appraisal district office, is located in Dallas. He asked whether the board or Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks had contacted any San Antonio firms.
Brucks said he advertised for bids, rather than making direct contacts, when the board got ready to contract for computer service in early 1981. He received a response from only one San Antonio location: the Region XX
Educational Service Center.
Pickett, a Corpus Chnsti-based professional appraisal firm, was already evaluating industrial properties for the Comal Independent School District, and had offered to provide this service for the appraisal district. The company was also breaking new ground in the computer end of its business, and central appraisal districts were new to everybody.
“Pickett convinced us that even though they were new, they could do
us the best job of the people that approached us,” said district director Charles Iiewis, who is also chairman of the ad hoc conumttee. I coking back on the past three years, he added, “I don’t know whether they’ve done a good job or not.”
Brucks had admitted earlier that evening that the computer-service decision was made “with very little to go on.” He’s had some problems this past year, but said “I still think it was a pretty good choice.”
“Pretty good is not good enough,”
said Judge John Phillips of Garden Ridge. In his opinion, a computer generally does exactly what the programmer or operator asks. “Excuse my language, but if you put garbage in, you get garbage out,’ he said.
GSD Tax Assessor E W Neuse Jr. brought up the problems his office had last year with the district’s centralized tax roll. It came out late, and then proved to contain many mistakes and computer glitches which GSD employees tiad to correct before they
could send out tax notices.
“What guarantee do we have that the corrections we’ve requested will be put on next year’s roll?” he asked.
Cortes also had questions about Pickett’s contract to appraise those special properties. This alone will cost the district $29,500 in 1984.
“In other words, the appraisers you have in your office are not qualified to appraise industrial property?" he asked.
See PROBE, Page 2
S to* pf'/, rn bv John Sen tor
A class at Lone Star Primary. The school would be one of the main beneficiaries of Proposition 1