New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, TexasCompromise reached
on revised parks plan
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
A revised plan for the city’s Comal River parks took shape at a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board yesterday, and even opponents of an original plan conceded they could live with the new version.
There was just one stumbling block: residents living on “the hill” behind luanda Park wanted California Boulevard open to Fredericksburg Road, and the plan calls for it to be closed to traffic.
So the board gave City Council an option to consider when it reviews the whole package Monday: invest in a short piece of roadway to link the two streets, bypassing much of the park.
That’s not exactly a new idea. It was one of many the board decided to scrap after a stormy public hearing Nov. 17, when stiff opposition from residents of the same area developed against a plan presented by parks consultant Bob Frazer, vice president of Groves, Fernandez and Associates of San Antonio.
In its place, board members agreed to a scaled-down version calling for a park fee to be charged only to out-of-tow'n tourists on weekends during the busy summer season at I,anda, Hinman Island and Prince Solms Parks.
How, exactly, this would be done was left to yesterday’s board meeting to iron out. Specific “physical considerations” were drawn up by Frazer and Don Simon, city parks director, for discussion and a vote.
The plan they worked out was approved with minor changes after being picked apart by board members as well as those in the audience, which included City Council members I^averne Eberhard and Joe Rogers, attorney Edward Badouh Sr.. Oliver Haas, and residents of “the hill,” (that section of town built on the Balcones Escarpment northwest of Banda Park).
It calls for a system of temporary barricades and gates to close off all but one entrance to Banda Park, which would be located near the bridge next to the train station.
At that point, tourists would have to pay $3 before driving into the park proper. Bocal residents would get in free. Access to the golf course and the swimming pools would be unrestricted, but the main parking lot next to the Olympic pool would be open only to locals. Tourists would have to pay to park there.
Traffic on I,anda Park Drive from luanda Street to Elizabeth Avenue would be open to all, so the Wurstfest area, tennis and volleyball courts would be accessible. Hinman Island Drive would be closed to traffic, however.
All of these changes would take place only on weekends. The board agreed to define the “summer season” as Easter to the last weekend in October, but speculated the council
Sledge free for holidays
District Attorney Bill Schroeder said Monday the “when” and “where” of carrying out Richard Sledge’s prison sentence was still undecided.
In an interview, Schroeder said Sledge would be told when to report for his five-year term at an official sentencing session “probably after Christmas sometime.”
He will be eligible for parole after one-third of the sentence is served, Schroeder said.
Sledge pleaded guilty Oct. 23 to the theft in 1976 of $23,000 of New Braunfels Utilities funds when he was general manager there.
Judge Terry Jacks assessed a penalty of five years in the Texas Department of Corrections, plus a fine of $2,000. at a judgment session Wednesday in 22nd District Court here.
That session was not considered a
“sentencing” as such, Schroeder explained. Its purpose was to officially pronounce Sledge guilty.
“A sentencing is just the official order of the court relative to punishment. That will probably take place after Christmas sometime, and that’s when the court decides when his sentence will begin.”
As for where he will serve his term in jail, that decision is up to the TDC, Schroeder said.
“There are several units in Texas. Sledge is a first offender, and there are first offender units such as the Angleton and Palestine facilities.
“I don’t know where he’s likely to be sent. It may be Palestine, but I can’t second-guess the TDC. All their units are so over-crowded now. It just depends on a lot of things," Schroeder said.
Less government up for farm vote
Ironing out the details
Sharon Phair of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board explains traffic routes included in a revised plan for Landa Park to attorney Edward Badouh at yesterday's board meeting at which a revised plan was adopted.
could, if it wishes, shorten it to May I through I.abor Day, for example.
The liberty Avenue entrance to Prince Solms Park would also be manned by park personnel to collect a $3 fee from out-of-towners.
Badouh and other residents, who spoke against the orginal plan Nov. 17, accepted most of the proposals but objected, at first, to the closing of California Boulevard.
To simplify administration and keep the cost of hiring new park personnel to a minimum, the board wanted only one entrance to luanda Park. A decorative iron gate blocking access from California to the park was included in the
plan, as well as a gate closing off the Fredericksburg Road entrance.
Badouh wanted to know how motorists would turn around on California Boulevard when they came up against the gate, but Frazer and Simon, having test-driven the route, assured him there was “ample room.”
“We would put the gate at the turn in the road just south of the property lines, where ifs widest. Ifs very easy — we did it ourselves in a large car,” Simon said.
“I realize we’ve got a problem, but by outset COMPROMISE, Page IBA
SAN ANTONIO (AP) The key resolution up for debate at the 1980 Texas Farm Bureau convention is short and to the point: “We oppose all government farm programs.”
The 1,200 voting delegates to the convention are being asked to make up their minds once and for all: “whether we want more government in our lives or whether we want less," said state Farm Bureau president Carrol Chaloupka.
Chaloupka, who opened the convention Monday with a rousing call for farmers and ranchers to put their trust once again in the free enterprise system, said “we can’t have both of those worlds. We have to decide which we want to have.”
“I think the time is right,” the Dalhart farmer later told reporters. ‘T think ifs time we make up our minds. We say it and we preach it in our preamble, but we don’t always follow it our policies.
“I think it’s time we decide which we want to change. Either we change it in our prunable or we change it in our policies and go back and believe in the free enterprise system, and that will be less government in our lives if that’s what we want.”
Another resolution in a thick package up for debate the next two days says: “We urge abolition of the federal government’s cheap food policy.”
However, attached to the resolution is a long list of changes for the 1981 farm bill "if we cannot achieve this goal” of getting rid of government subsidies and controls in
“The great majority of Texas congressmen are on our side. Those that are, we need to back them up; those that aren’t, we need to replace them,” Chaloupka said in his annual address. “We now have within our grasp the opportunity to return to a system where productivity is rewarded, where slothfulness is punished, and where individual freedoms are protected.
“Under such a system, agriculture has the most to gain. We in agriculture can — and should — lead the way back.”
Rep. Charles Stenholm, D-Texas, also counseled that farmers and ranchers and conservatives need to “practice what we preach in our own sphere of special interest,”’ in the next Congress.
The Stamford congressman, a leader of the Conservative Democrats expected to be the balance of power in the next Congress, said he supported many of the policies espoused by President-elect Ronald Reagan during the campaign.
He said a No. I priority was to “cleanse” the Agriculture Department of a longtime “cheap food policy.” And he predicted a sharp curtailment of direct subsidies to farmers as Reagan trims the department’s budget.
In remarks prepared for delivery at today’s session, Texas Farm Bureau executive director Warren Newberry told delegates the organization gained 14,008 members — more than any other bureau in the nation — for a total of 263,218 families.
InsideJudge orders accused youth arrested
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A teen-ager accused of stabbing a 17-year-old friend more than IOO times was at large today after he failed to appear for his trial on murder charges and the judge was told he had been released on a personal recognizance bond.
Officials defended the release, saying it was routine, and termed the incident “a misunderstanding.”
State District Judge James Barlow issued an arrest warrant for the 17-year-old, who was declared a fugitive
after he failed to appear for his trial in Barlow’s court Monday.
The youth is accused in the March ll death of Daniel Rocha Jr., who was stabbed 108 times in the chest. Police said Rocha’s body was found buried under a pile of brush in the accused youth’s back yard.
“This guy should never have been allowed (out of jail) as long as there is a question about whether he is safe,” Barlow said.
District Judge Mike M. Machado,
who released the accused youth on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond Nov. 21, said he was unaware of the circumstances of the case and released the youth as a routine matter.
“I had a whole stack of personal recognizance bond requests from 16-and 17-year-olds who were trying to get out of jail,” Machado said. “It is a routine procedure — this is just a misunderstanding.”
Criminal Courts Administrator Jim Thorn, who is responsible for
presenting personal recognizance bond requests to presiding judges, said he would have to take all the blame for the youth’s release.
“This has been a routine procedure for three years and this is the first problem we have encountered with a juvenile,” Thorn said. “From now on I will personally screen all requests and give the judges more information on cases which might need it.”
He said the form provided to Machado did not indicate the nature of
the offense, but only stated the youth met the necessary qualifications to receive a personal recognizance bond. Thorn said the problem occurred because the procedure has apparently become too routine.
“It is not my function to make recommendations to the judges,” he said. "But from now on, I will be providing them with enough information they can make their decision on an informed basis.”Poland party chief tells labor leaders they threaten peace
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Communist Party leader Stanislaw Kania opened a two-day session of the party’s Central Committee with a warning to militant independent labor leaders to “sober up” and cooperate with the party. He said they are threatening the peace of Europe.
Kania in a speech Monday that was broadcast nationally offered to cooperate with leaders of the independent labor movement who showed restraint But he warned against “prestige or downright political strikes” and rejected demands of the Warsaw chapter of Solidarity, the largest independent union, for a reduction in the budgets of the prosecutor’s office and other police agencies.
“It is high time to sober up, to understand that the
basic condition and chance for a further favorable development of the nation is an immediate halt to activities weakening and undermining the functioning of the people’s state,” he said.
Such activities “threaten to eventually destabilize the peaceful order of Europe,” he said, apparently referring to the possibility of Soviet military intervention if challenges to the political system continue.
Kania thanked the Soviets for their “understanding of the nature of our difficulties and the conviction that we shall find a way out of the crisis.” He said the Soviet Union provided $600 million worth of goods to Poland in 1980 and would advance $1.3 billion in Western currency next year to pay for consumer goods and other commodities.Soviets deny mobilization, closing of Polish-East German borders
BERLIN (AP) — The Soviet Union has closed East German areas along the Polish border, Western allied sources said today, and there was a report that Red Army troops on the Soviet border with Poland were placed on the highest state of alert. The Soviet Union denied the reports “categorically.”
Reports of the new actions on both sides of Poland came as Poland’s Communist Party Central Committee met in Warsaw to discuss the continuing government-worker conflict that has caused concern to the Soviet Union and Poland’s other Warsaw Pact allies.
In Moscow, a Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman said: “We categorically deny all these rumors. Troops in the trans Carpathian area as well as in other areas are living in a normal life. There is no urgent or nonurgent mobilization or draft of reservists. All inventions
about this are on the conscience of those who circulate them.”
The Carpathian area of central Europe refers to mountains that stretch from Poland south to Romania.
The Soviet Union declared all East German areas along the border with Poland off limits to staff from the American, British and French military missions in Potsdam, according to allied sources in West Berlin.
The British Broadcasting Corp. reported from West Berlin that the “western districts” of the Soviet Union bordering Poland have been similarly closed for some weeks.
The BBG quoted military sources in West Berlin as saying Soviet troops in those districts have now had their alert raised by four points to level six, the highest in the Soviet army.