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Vol. 92 — No. 247 12 Pages
TUESDAY December 13,1983 25 cents
(USPS 377-880)Johnson set to help Texland
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
The mechanism is now in place for Johnson City to issue $1.2 billion in bonds to build a 1,500-megawatt power plant for Texland Electric Company.
But Texland, a joint venture which involves Pedernales Electric Cooperative, power supplier to Canyon Lake, might not use that mechanism, PEC spokesman Bill Cunningham said.
Texland officials want to build a lignite-fired power plant in Milam County in Central Texas, and would operate that plant if Johnson City officials decide to build it.
In a special meeting Friday, the Johnson City City Council voted to create a nonprofit corporation to issue industrial development bonds, and scheduled a public hearing for Dec. 23 at IO a.m. in the Travis County Courthouse in Austin to discuss issuance of the $1.2 billion in bonds to build the plant.
The council also appointed City Attorney Pat Kehmet to preside at the hearing.
Although the plant would be owned by Johnson City, it would be operated under a management contract by Texland, formed by PEC and the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative in 1980.
The cooperatives formed the new company in an effort to provide an alternate source of energy other than the Lower Colorado River Authority. The two cooperatives are LCRA’s biggest wholesale customers, and New Braunfels Utilities also buys its power from LORA.
Texland officials have said the Milam County plant would provide a more economical source of power. However, the Texas Public Utilities Commission denied Texland’s application for the certificate needed to
See TEXLAND, Page I*
Fees going up
Council approves ordinance on first reading
Legislation involving city parks again proved to be a controversial issue Monday, as City Council approved an ordinance raising parks fees on first reading by a 4-2 vote.
Council approved an ordinance raising picnic fees, swimming pool admission and the price for renting certain areas of Lands Park on the first of three readings. Councilmembers V aide mar Espinoza and Betty Lou Rushing were opposed.
Espinoza said he thought the $5 picnic fee would keep many Mexican-American families out of the park. Rushing said she didn't want to see local people paying the same fees as visitors.
“This is only on weekends,’’ Coun-cilmember Joe Rogers pointed out.
“In our previous discussions, we have determined that local people don’t go to the park on the weekends,” Mayor Pro Tem Laverne Eberhard told Rushing, who took office in September. Her statement was supported by Carl Fox, a member of the Parks Advisory Board which recommended the higher fees.How Council Voted
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Fox quoted data from one of several past surveys, which showed that only 14 percent of the people entering lainda and Hinman Island parks on summer weekends had New Braunfels addresses. Some of those people, Fox said, were just driving through, and not coming to use the park facilities.
Rushing said she'd gotten many phone calls from local people who would like to visit the parks on weekends, and held out for establishing some kind of discount
Donnie Seay pointed out that the fees read Monday night were drawn up by the parks board after a joint workshop with the City Council, at which time the council indicated that higher fees were what it wanted. They’re making a recommendation that we recommended to them," he said, and called for an immediate vote.
Councilmember Barbara Tieken supported the ordinance, but wanted to use the additional revenue to hire an extra reserve police officer to enforce litter laws in Binman Island Park
“We’ve had two up there for the past two years.” Qty Manager E N. Delashrnutt told her.
“I don't know what we have, but it’s not enough,” said Tieken, adding that there were ring tops — to say nothing of beverage cans — all over the park.
Tieken went so far as to suggest baniung cans with detachable ring tabs. Other
See PICNIC, Page 12
Wade—Geter goes free if polygraph test passed
DALLAS (AP) — Lenell Geter, serving a life sentence on a robbery conviction tainted by charges of racism, will be freed if he passes a lie detector test, District Attorney Henry Wade said.
Wade said Monday that he still believes Geter is guilty of the 1982 robbery of a Balch Springs fast-food restaurant, but said that even if Geter fails the polygraph, he will get a new trial.
“On behalf of this office, I am joining with the defense attorneys for Lenell Geter in asking that the courts grant him a new trial,” Wade said in a prepared statement. “I have reviewed the record of the previous trial, which is lengthy. The evidence indicates his guilt, since all of the five witnesses who were robbed identified him as the guilty person.
“But in view of a recent television show, and other media reports, I believe some doubt has been raised in the minds of many people concerning the fairness of his trial as well as his guilt. ”
The case was the subject of a report on the CBS news show “60 Minutes” on Dec. 4.
Geter’s case drew national attention because of charges by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that he was convicted
Geter’s case drew national attention because of charges that he was convicted because of racism and shoddy police work.
because of racism and overzealous, shoddy police work.
“We intend to investigate the case more thoroughly and will offer him (Geter) a polygraph test given by a local polygraph operator selected by his local counsel,” said Wade, “lf he passes the test as to guilt or innocence, we will dismiss.”
Wade called the "60 Minutes” segment "slanted,” but said it and other press reports about the caae influenced his decision not to oppose a new trial for Geter.
“I would like to do anything I can to improve the perception of the public in our criminal justice
See GETER, Page 12
A contributor who wishes to remain anonymous added a crisp $106 btU to our Cheer Fund, which hod another good day Monday as a
to five contributors, we added $100 and a quantity of groceries to our fund.
bl addition to our anonymous banqueter, Mayer and Mrs. O.A. Stratamaan Jr. and Dr. and Mrs. Michael Doherty contributed $25. Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Jones gave $10 and groceries and James Rogers brought in groceries. That brings ear balance to $1,760.70, and that total doff nptjfleUnlt donated food Aa mentioned previously, fids is our ascend year to hold the Cheer
Fund drive. The Net e/dZeitung's goal is to provide a Christmas dinner to needy local families — families who might not have one without your help.
You can bring contributions — cash or non-perishable food items — to our office at 186 S Casten.
Comal County forecast calls for sunny and windy today. Winds will be out of the northwest at 15-25 mph and gusty. Lake wind advisories will be in effect.
County OKs 1984 budget
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Comal County Conuiussioners approved the county budget for the 1964 fiscal year during Monday’s regular session
According to County Auditor H Bate Bond, the county’s expected income will be $3,826,019, which will go into the general fund.
Bond predicted Comal County’s expenditures will be $4,113,410, leaving $287,391 in expenses unaccounted for. However, Bond expecta a 1983 surplus of $350,000 to cover the difference.
"So we’ll have enough surplus to carry over for these 1984 expenditures,” Bond said.
The budget includes five changes from the original version.
One addition allots the Sheriff’s Department $14,220 to hire a new dispatcher and to give raises to two supervisors.
A $500 budget addition is to pay justice of the peace offices for tracing Department of Public Safety tickets.
See BURGET, Page 12
U.S. ships blast Syrian positions
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. warships shelled the Syrian-controlled mountains of central lebanon today, state-run radio reported.
Spokesmen for the peacekeeping force of U.S. Marines at Beirut airport refused to comment on the report.
Beirut radio said Navy vessels off the coast north of Beirut opened fire at 3:15 p.m. (8:15 a m. EST). It did not say how long the reported barrage lasted.
Witnesses told The Associated Press they saw two American warships firing from about six miles offshore. One witness said he saw two ships fire two separate salvos of about 15 shells each.
About IO minutes before the reported shelling began, gunmen firing from five directions ambushed French soldiers patrolling a crowded thoroughfare in west Beirut, killing a paratrooper, a spokesman for the French peacekeeping force said Elsewhere in Beirut, President Amin Gemayel rejected the resignation of his prime minister, dropping efforts to weld Lebanon's warring factions into a coalition Cabinet In Damascus, Syria, Syrian-backed Palestinian rebels accused PIX) chief Yasser Arafat of stalling his evacuation from Tripoli and threatened to dislodge him by force if he
still there on Dec. 21.
A Druse spokesman in Beirut said, meanwhile, a longawaited evacuation of thousands of Christian refugees trapped in a mountain village by their Druse enemies would begin Wednesday.
Describing the ambush on the French soldiers during the morning rush hour in west Beirut’s Corniche Mazraa thoroughfare, a spokesman for the French peacekeeping contingent, Lt. Col. Philippe de Longeaux, said that one paratrooper died of gunshot wounds.
Since the French force arrived in Beirut 15 months ago, 78 of its soldiers have been killed.
De lx>ngeaux said gunmen on the street and in buildings overlooking the Corniche Mazraa fired on a French patrol of two jeeps and one truck. The attack came at 8:05 a.m.
(1:05 a.m. EST).
A presidential statement said Gemayel decided not to accept the resignation of Shafik Wazzan after consulting with opposition and Parliament bloc leaders on how to bring about a national reconciliation.
"The president told a Cabinet session at his palace today that current conditions do not permit a government change," the statement said.
Homestead exemption defeated on Mayor's tie-breaking vote
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer
The optional 40 percent homestead exemption was one of City Councilwoman Betty Lou Rushing’s campaign issues this sununer, and she hasn't given up on it yet.
Rushing brought the issue up under “old business" at Monday night's council meeting; the second tune she has done this since council first voted down the exemption on Get 25 For the second time. Rushing's new motion was defeated 4-3 with Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr breaking a tie in
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public vote in April, along with the 2 a m. drinking law The council was ready two weeks ago to pass an ordinance pushing the bar curfew back to midnight. Wheh local bar owners said they would demand a referendum. the majority of the council members decided not to pass the ordinance, and voted to put it on the ballot instead.
Council members Barbara Tieken and Valdernar Espinoza voted with Rushing on the homestead exemption. Mayor Pro Tem laverne Eberhard.
See HOMESTEAD, Page 12
Staff photo bv John N SorterPickup game
Dwarfed by the steeple of Sts Peter and Paul, Catholic Church, several local youngsters get in a little football on a warm afternoon. It may soon be toe cold to play without a shirt, as a cold front is due to hit South Texas tonight
It may soon cost more to feed the Landa Park ducks from a picnic table