New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Renewed restraint in gasoline price hikes held July’s consumer price increase to 7.3 percent, calculated annually, the government said today. The pace of inflation was nearly cut in half from the double-digit rates of the two preceding months.
July’s moderate gain was also aided by a slowing of housing cost increases and by food prices holding dead even.
July’s increase meant that, for the first seven months of the year, consumer prices have risen at an annual rate of 5.4 percent, considerably under the 8.9 percent posted for all of last year and the
12.4 percent of 1980.
For all of 1982, economists are predicting inflation of around 6 percent.
Much of the moderation, at least in July, was due to reverses in the gasoline price increases registered early in the summer.
Gasoline prices last month were up only 2 percent, less than half the 5.4 percent gain of June.
The early-summer increases had followed a general tightening in the worldwide oil surplus. But stocks have since risen anew.
Analysts say the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has not been entirely successful in
restricting members’ oil production. Reflecting that, major refiners earlier reported wholesale price drops in the last half of July and the first part of August.
Indeed, the department said today, “Despite an 8.4 percent rise in the past three months, gasoline prices were still 7.7 percent below the peak level of March 1981.’’
In the next year, energy prices overall tumbled nearly 15 percent.
As for housing costs, the department said the modest 0.5 percent overall gain — half of June’s I percent increase — was largely the result of a 0.4 percent decline in mortgage interest rates, the third
monthly drop in a row.
The continuing falls in interest rates helped wipe out a 0.7 percent rise in the cost of homes themselves.
Food prices, meanwhile, reversed June’s 0.6 percent gain and held dead even. Prices were off for food purchased in grocery stores, but rose for meals eaten out and for alcoholic beverages.
The consumer price index, overall, rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent in July, well under the I percent increases of May and June.
Consumer prices rose a tiny 0.2 percent in April after falling 0.3
See ECONOMY, Page 14
Clements' visit set for Wednesday
In the short time that he’ll be here Wednesday, Govenor Bill Clements plans to cover much ground.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. the governor is scheduled to meet at New Braunfels High School with a group of teachers from the New Braunfels Independent School District.
Immediately following at IO a.m., Clements — who faces Democratic opposition on the November ballot from Texas
Attorney General Mark White — plans to attend a political rally at the Civic Center.
During his stop at the Civic Center, Clements will hold a press conference, greet local supporters and make a short speech. The rally is free and open to the pubic.
Clement’s wife Rita, U.S. Rep. Tom Loeffler (R-Hunt) and oilman Eddie Chles are among the guest who will attend Wednesday’s rally.
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Vol. 91 - No. 166
TUESDAY August 24,1982 25 cents
City okays arts panel
One last splash
The hot weather will stick around for a while longer, but as far as the kids are considered, summer ends all too soon. There's still time for a little more fun...Comal ISD students
Staff photo by Dr Bill Snead
start classes Aug. 26, and their counterparts in the New Braunfels ISD hit the books Aug. 30.
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The City of New Braunfels is going to have an arts commission, but its members haven’t been appointed yet.
The Chamber of Commerce and the New Braunfels Arts Council made their final speeches Monday night, and the council voted 4-2 to establish a seven-member council. Its chief function will be to allocate funds from the city hotel-inotel tax, IO percent of which is set aside for the arts.
The idea of an arts commission was proposed by a committee of the Chamber of Commerce, which gets 80 percent of the hotel-motel tax. Despite an Aug. 2 "summit conference’’ between this group and the Arts Council, there were still some basic points of disagreement.
The Arts Council, an association representing eight local arts groups, maintained that the commission wasn’t needed. Council members Barbara Tieken and Max Winkler agreed.
If the city wished to appoint a commission anyway, the Arts Council wanted a restriction on membership: no commissioner should be a board member for the Chamber, the Wurst-fest Association or any art group.
The Chamber committee, chaired by Roxolin Krueger, thought commission members should be "people who had shown an interest in the arts.”
A majority of the council more or less sided w ith the Chamber view, but things are still a little vague.
“The main thing is that the council by motion directed the city attorney to draw up an ordinance,’’ said City Manager E.N. Delashmutt. “I’m assuming the ordinance will be on the agenda for the Sept. 13 meeting, but I’m just assuming.”
He suggested that the council not appoint anyone until the ordinance was approved. The general consensus is that nominations will be accepted from any interested group or citizen, but the council can appoint whoever it wishes.
The arts’ IO percent of the hotel-mot.el tax is presently divided between three of the Arts Council organizations. In past years, each group has made its individual pitch directly to the council, and arts president Elizabeth Elliott saw no reason to change that.
“We have a system that works. If it works, why fix it?” said Elliott.
Tom Purdum, executive director of the chamber, saw the possibility of trouble in the future. “As this city continues to grow, and there are more arts groups, we feel that there are going to be* more requests for funds from the city. The council may not have the time to look into all these requests in depth,” he said.
Betty Marsh, chairman of the board
See ARTS, Page 14
Data-gathering almost done in Comal County jail study
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
County-hired architects have obtained 99 percent of the data needed for a demographic study that will be used to plan for a new county jail.
Gathering the information, however, is only half the battle. Once all the data has been obtained, architects still have to interpret it and present Commissioners Court with suggestions for a new county jail.
The main function of the demographic study — which won’t be ready for a couple months after the data has been gathered — will be to determine how the size of the new jail.
“We’ve been doing our groundwork and we’re right on track with our demographic study,” Austin architect I^arry Janousek told those commissioners in attendance Monday. Comm. J.I,. “Jumbo” Evans and County Judge Max Wommack were absent from the architect’s discussion.
Population predictions for the study were gathered from the Texas Department of Health and Water Resources, the Alamo Area Council of Governments and the Chamber of Commerce, said Janousek, of the Austin firm of Holt-Fatter-Scott.
Data from these sources gave “us population projections through the year 2,000,” he noted.
Traffic predictions for the portion of III 35 which goes through Comal County were also obtained from the Texas Highway Department, Janousek said.
He added that they’ve also been in contact with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department concerning the Guadalupe State Park which will open in Comal County late next spring.
Janousek also updated commissioners plans for renovation on the current county jail, which
must be made according to an out-of-court settlement.
Commissioners accepted an out-of-court settlement last month from former county jail inmate Robert Delgado. In this settlement, Delgado, who had charged that living, eating and medical conditions in the county jail were below standards, agreed to drop his monetary claims ($200,000) against the county in exchange for the county agreeing to build a new jail no later than August, 1985.
Until the new jail is completed, however, the county is required to make a few changes in the present jail, such segregating female and juvenile prisoners away from the remaining prison population.
This change would not cause as much of a problem as was orginally thought, Janousek said.
After contacting the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, Janousek said the county would not be required to relocate prisoners in the “holding tank” cell when a female or juvenile prisoner passes.
“As long as the female or juvenile is accompanied by a guard you really don’t need to shuffle prisoners. So the site separation < of prisoners) is alright,” he explained.
The “sound separation" of female and juvenile prisoners away from other prisoners will cause a bit more of problem, Janousek noted.
Currently the wall separating the female and juvenile cells from the others is only three-sixteenths of an inch thick. The state requires that the walls be one-fourth an inch thick, Janousek said.
After studying the problem in greater depth, Janousek said they will come back to the court with further recommendations concerning the wall width.RezoningCouncil approves day care, Ingram request on first reading
A zoning change to allow a day care center on West Bridge Street got a unanimous “yes" from City Council Monday night. But Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. told director Karla Morgan not to hang her sign yet.
“That’s only the first reading,” he said. The rezoning ordinance must bt* read twice more before it becomes law.
Morgan, who plans to open a new Montessori school at 1095 W. Bridge, had petitioned the Planning and Zoning Commission for C-l (local business) zoning so that she could make it a combination school and day care center. Under the present R-2 (single- and two-fainily residential), which would zoning, Morgan could legally operate a school.
but not a day care center.
"A lot of parents would like to put their kids in the Montessori school, but that’s only four hours long,” Morgan told the council. Parents who work would be have to make other arrangements for after lunch.
“As a day-care center, we can keep them all day,” Morgan added.
Her morning class, opening Sept. 7, will run from 8 a.m. to noon. If she gets enough students, Morgan may also hold an afternoon class from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Council approved the final reading of an ordinance creating M-l (light industry) zoning at 830 Eweling I^ane, but with one change: C-4 i resort commercial) was deleted from the list of
The change was requested by Mozelle Powell, speaking for residents of the recently-annexed Sleepy Hollow neighborhood. “There’s no opposition that I know of to the rezoning," she si *d, "but we would not like to see anything connected with tourism. I don’t think the property lends itself to that, but you never know.”
Residents have gotten along fine with Ingram Ready-Mix, which operated a light industry on Eweling I .ane before it became part of New Braunfels. After annexation, the land was zoned R-2, but Ingram continued to operate under a
See CITY, Page 14InsideToday's WeatherPLO evacuation continues in Beirut
„ , „ . . . „ . ... BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) — Heavy
Comal County forecast calls for sunny and hot f, Ml ^ tod in mountajns
today and Wednesday, and mostly fair tonight. ^ of Beiru( as thc fourth con.
Winds will be southeasterly near 15 mph today (j t of p[x) fl hters prepared to
decreasing to 10-15 mph tonight. Sunset will be at ,eave the lsrae|,-ringed capital by
8:02 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:04 ^ and y s M#rines poised t0 come
a' ashore to join a peacekeeping force.
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SPORTS............................6 7 reported in a terse statement that
TV LISTINGS.........................10 “heavy fighting” broke out north
WEATHER...........................2 and east of Beirut between Syrian
troops and Israeli-backed Christian militiamen. But Christian radio broadcasts in Beirut said Israeli forces were locked in heavy artillery duels with Syrian and Palestinian forces in three villages along a strip of the highway about 12 miles east of Beirut.
l^ebanon’s state radio said the flare-up prompted U.S. special envoy Philip C. Habib, who arranged the PIX) pullout from lebanon after a 10-week Israeli siege, to confer with Ix?banon’s Christian President Elias Sarkis and Moslem Prime Minister Shafik Wazzan on ways of checking the hostilities.See BEIRUT, Page 14