New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 4, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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(USPS 377-880)Israeli tanks roll into West Beirut
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Israeli tanks and armored troops rolled into west Beirut today, other units battled toward the PLO stronghold from the north and south, and artillery and gunboats hammered Yasser Arafat’s guerrilla enclave from all sides in furious barrages that continued after 15 hours.
At least 50 people were killed and 730 wounded in the attack and the toll was expected to rise sharply, initial police reports cited by Lebanon’s state radio said. The broadcast said most of the victims were civilians.
Israel said its forces suffered 20 soldiers wounded, two seriously, before the attack, and that as a result of the assault its armor captured a strip 60 yards deep and 600 yards long on a north-south axis along the Green Line dividing guerrilla-held west Beirut from Christian-
controlled east Beirut.
Arafat called on every able Palestinian to take up arms and defend west Beirut, and President Elias Sarkis appealed to President Reagan to stop the fighting and protested “what is happening in Beirut where innocent civilians are being subjected to mass killing and destruction.”
Reagan’s top advisers met in Washington to discuss the assault, which White House spokesman Larry Speakes said “makes virtually impossible the conduct of diplomatic efforts. We have expressed our profound concern to the government of Israel.”
Israeli guns were firing heavily into the crowded civilian district around Hamra Street, the commercial heart of the Moslem sector, for the first time since the siege began, correspondents reported.
PLO gunners and rocket teams fired back into
Christian neighborhoods in east Beirut and into the hillside suburbs where Israeli forces are concentrated, witnesses said.
An Israeli officer, who was authorized to speak to reporters in east Beirut, said at midday that no air strikes had been called in for fear of hitting Israeli soldiers.
Twenty Israelis were wounded, two of them critically, in the operations, said the officer, who refused use of his name. The PLO gave no casualty figures.
Preceded by bulldozers to clear away PLO earthworks, 20 to 25 Israeli tanks and armored personnel carriers punched into west Beirut at the Museum crossing, midway along the 3-mile north-south Green Line, and witnesses reported battles between Israeli and Palestinian units around the race course area a half-mile past the Museum.
A PLO communique said the Israelis tried to capture the race course, but were driven back by the “stiff resistance” of the Palestinians. The track is on the Corniche Mazraa, an east-west boulevard that separates the Palestinian refugee camps on the south from west Beirut’s residential and commercial districts to the north.
The Israeli command said the force at the Museum crossing took control of a tall building from which guerrilla snipers fired at Israeli troops in east Beirut.
The command announced that at about 9 a.m. (3 a.m. EDT), guerrillas blew up one of their ammunition dumps under a building in the area, apparently to keep it from the Israelis.
Israeli tanks and armored personnel carriers also moved into the port at the northern end of the Green Line, on the edge of the PLO redoubt.
Annexation talks focus on industries
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
A review of annexation plans and procedures will be held by the Planning and Zoning Commission at its September meeting, its members decided Tuesday.
Responding to what Commission Chairman David Hartmann termed “speculation” that General Portland Inc. (GPI) and U.S. Gypsum Co. had approached the city seeking annexation, officials at both companies denied it Wednesday.
Already a long, hard process, annexation was made even tougher by new state laws in 1981.
City Council members raised the subject at their July 26 meeting, asking whether it was up to them to initiate annexation proceedings, or up to the Commission.
“Is it our job?” echoed Commission member John Dierksen Tuesday. “Who takes the next step? If you feel it needs to be looked at, why don’t we recommend to the Council that they consider it, and see what they think?”
“I would think Planning and Zoning should initiate it,” Commission member S.D. David Jr. said.
Not quite a year ago, on Aug. IO, Council took its final vote on annexing seven areas into the city.
Months before that, while voting on an update of the city’s master plan, Council voted to postpone annexing areas the Commission recommended for incorporation in 1981 and placed them, instead, in a 1982-1985 time frame.
Among those areas were the rock-crushing operation of U.S. Gypsum and the GPI cement plant, both in the Solms area off Wald Road. Representatives of both companies fought annexation last year, saying the city couldn’t provide services they didn’t already have and was only trying to increase its tax base.
“I heard from a City Council member they
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(Council members) were indirectly approached by GPI and U.S. Gypsum. They were looking into the possibility of being annexed. Where the change of mind came from, I’m not sure,” Hartmann said. Commission members were surprised.
“I’m surprised, too,” said U.S. Gypsum plant manager Jack Robin. “I don’t know anything about it.”
Charlie Finch of GPI said he couldn't make an official comment but added, “To the best of my knowledge, nobody from General Portland has approached anybody with that kind of request.”
In an interview, Hartmann wouldn’t name the Council member who told him about it and said it was “purely speculative.”
“I’m going to approach them myself and ask them (the companies) if ifs hearsay, gossip or what,” Hartmann said.
Early this year, GPI settled a lawsuit it brought against Comal County over a tax dispute, and is currently negotiating a similar out-of-court settlement with ComLl Independent School District.
Other areas included m the 1982-1965 time slot are fingers of land along Krueger Lane extending north from the Solms area toward PM 1863. The strips were planned to extend “finger” Annexation to protect the city from encroachment by Schertz or San Antonio.
Planning Director Debra Goodwin said the discussion at the Commission’s next meeting will consist of “a look at the new state requirements, a look at areas programmed for 1982-1985. We’ll get the map back out and go over it.”
The law now requires a complete service plan to be presented at public hearings, detailing how the city will provide such things as police protection, garbage pickup, water and sewer lines.
At least one public hearing must be held within the area to be annexed, which will present some interesting problems for annexing the mostly-rural Krueger I,ane strips.
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sell something different. Monday it was iced tea. Tuesday, strawberry punch. Lemonade was today's offering. Tomorrow, who knows? Maybe Gatorade.Red ink?
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
If every penny set aside in this year’s New Braunfels Independent School District budget is spent, the district will end up in red ink.
But that probably won’t happen, district business manager Lonnie Curtis said Tuesday.
The expenditures in the 1982-83 budget, which amount to almost $10 million, exceed the revenue by $33,414.
“But that does not mean we’ll end up in the red,” Curtis told school trustees Tuesday.
“The initial budget will show a deficit,” he said earlier. “But by the time the end of the year comes along, chances are slim that the budget will be overspent.”
NBISD 1982-'83 budget 'deficit' not what it seems, Curtis says
And even if “the unexpected happens and the budget is overspent,” Curtis said the district has reserve funds to cover the expenditures in the $9,780,573 budget.
This is in addition to reserve funds set aside for emergencies. “There’s a certain amount that is held in contingency in case we do have something (costly) come along,” he told trustees.
This year’s budget, which trustees unanimously approved Tuesday night, was approximately $14 million larger than last year’s due to a change in state law.
In previous years, the district has approved three separate budgets — general, athletic and cafeteria. This year, however, the district was required by law to pass one general budget which contains the other categories.
The inclusion of these two extra budgets
in the 1982-83 general budget added $14 million to the total budget, Curtis explained.
“Almost 60 percent” of the total revenue for the 1982-83 budget “will come from state sources,” Supt. O.E. Hendricks said.
The remaining revenue will come from the federal government (approximately 5 percent) and local sources (approximately 36 percent), Hendricks added.
In other business Tuesday, trustees authorized Curtis to advertise for bids for air conditioning the band hall and choir room at New Braunfels Middle School.
The board was not in agreement, however, when it arrived at this decision. Trustees Rudy Reimer and Garland Lloyd both voted against the motion made by Dr. Bill Lee.
New Braunfels Band Boosters, which has
saved approximately $1,200 for this project, was asking the district’s permission to install two window unit air conditioners, Hendricks explained.
School officials have a hard time keeping these areas cool, even though ceiling fans have been installed, because neither area has any windows.
Aware of this situation, trustees considered installing air conditioning in the band hall and choir room last January.
But after learning that it would cost the district approximately $26,000 to complete this task, trustees postponed taking action.
Instead of accepting the band boosters’ offer, trustees agreed with Hendricks’ recommendation to advertise for bids again.
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Planners approve rezoning for Montessori school
They came prepared to turn it down, but it passed.
The Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday recommended a lot at 1095 W. Bridge, at the corner of Walnut Avenue, be rezoned from residential to C-l (local business district).
Art and Carla Morgan plan to start a Montessori school there, with a day care center to keep the kids until their parents can pick them up.
But most commission members were concerned about what kind of “signals” they would be sending to others interested in commercial use of lots facing Walnut Avenue.
Traffic and parking were also concerns. Neighbors at the hearing had no objections
to the school, but said Bridge Street was unpaved at that end, and making a turn onto the heavier-traveled Walnut Avenue was already difficult.
Current residential zoning would allow a Montessori school there, with a maximum of 36 pupils for each four-hour shift. A day care center would limit the number to 24, all day.
“The number of people in the area would be the same, or greater, under the present zoning,” observed Commission member Joe Hartigan.
The Montessori method of teaching emphasizes training of the senses and guidance to encourage self-education, rather than rigid control of the child’s activity.
Art Morgan said he wasn’t sure they would need a day care center. If enough sign up for the school, they would do without it, but, “If there’s a need for it, we’d like to have (C-l zoning) so we could offer it.”
Commission chairman David Hartmann noted other individual lots in the area were rezoned C-l or C-2 and wondered if the commission was “setting a dangerous precedent.”
Hartmann and Hartigan were sensitive to criticism of “spot zoning” but Commission member James Goodbread said the Walnut area was “eventually going to be C-l whether we admit it tonight or not. We should take each case on its merits.”
“I appreciate the conservative stance,
but where’s the sense of fair play? We did it across the street. I find it hard to give it to a tortilla factory and not a school,” Goodbread said.
In 1981, City Council approved a Commission recommendation for C-l zoning for a food establishment at HIO W. Bridge St. But Planning Director Debra Goodwin indicated the owner, Manuel Madrigal, was still required to provide adequate off-street parking. A building permit has not been issued because of that.
Goodbread said the Commission should make a “positive statement” on commercial zoning for the area, one way or the other. “If we decide to pull in our
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Staff photo by Cindy Richardson