New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Jaycees seeking toys to brighten Christmas
Christmas morning will be brighter for some of New Braunfels’ needier children, thanks to the efforts of the Jaycees.
Once again, the service club is sponsoring the Toys for Tots drive. This year's goal is to provide food and toys for 30 needy families.
Club president Doug Miller said 28 families were served last year. This is the 10th year the Jaycees have held this drive.
The public is urged to put toys or canned goods in any of the Toys for
Tots donation boxes, which will be up through Tuesday at many New Braunfels businesses. Sites include Robar’s, TG&Y and Pizza Hut.
Jaycees will wrap the gifts that day, and distribute them on Dec. 25.
“This is our most rewarding project of the year,’’ said Miller. “It allows the Jaycees and the residents of New Braunfels to really demonstrate the Christmas spirit."
Kurt Wertheim is chairing this
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Comfund makes it
Last-minute push brings total to $94,557
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Comal County came through for the Community Fund Wednesday, pledging at least $94,557 toward a now almost-modest $85,0001982 drive goal.
“I’m just elated, couldn’t be happier," said Comfund president John Turman Thursday. “It’s (exceeding the goal) is a real credit to this community, and the county. And I think the cut-off date had a lot to do with this success.”
Turman had set in stone Wednesday, Dec. 15, as
pledge solicitation toward the 1982 Comfund drive would end. He stuck to it, and felt it paid off.
“Ifs a lot easier to work like heck for a short period, rather than stretch it out. I think the deadline affected the community, and even more so, the Comfund board of directors,” Turman added. “We got to work, rolled up our sleeves, and gave it a heck of an effort.”
An outstanding portion of that effort came Monday and Tuesday nights in a telephone poll
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Mr and Mrs Walter Kohlenberg, 547 Howard, are known for their Christmas lights and decorations, and this year is no exception Their festive looking house and yard includes a
Shift photo by Cindy Richardson
manger scene, a rather unusual looking Christmas tree, a star and a crescent moon.
AUSTIN *AP» Southwestern Bell w ould be allowed to raise its rates, but bills to consumers would drop from what they are right now if a recommendation by Public Utility Commission hearing examiners is approved
Examiner Khonda H\au said Wednesday that Bell is entitled to $244.1 million in rate hikes fur below the $471.5 million increase Bell says it needs to serve Texans.
But since the telephone company already has put into effect a rate hike — w hich it was allowed to do by state law while its request was pending — the bottom line for residential customers would be a decrease from the bonded rates they have paid since Nov. 9
Prior to that date. New Braunfels customers paid $7.40 a month for bash telephone service When the interim rate hike took effect, rates rose to $10.05 a month, lf the commission accepts the hearing examiners’ recommendation, the local rate would drop to $8 IO — a 70-cent increase over the old rate, but a $2.55 decrease from the interim rate.
The report criticized Ma Bell for its “trust me" attitude, and said, “Mom herself may bear watching " Southwestern Bell officials said the examiners’ recommendation left them “shocked and appalled "
Paul Both, vice president for revenue, said the report, if approved, could be a “crippling blow to our ability to serve adequately and earn
The three-member commission called a meeting for Dec. 30 to make a final ruling in the case. In the past, the commissioners have approved Southwestern Bell increases close to that recommended by the examiners. The amount has usually been something close to half of what the telephone company said it needed.
The major reconuiiendations in Wednesday’s report included:
— Residential rates should go dow n from the current bonded rates. Some customers would receive as much a $5 refund, plus 13.7 percent interest, for the two months the bonded rates have been in effect.
— l.ong distance rates should go up by IO percent, the amount of a tem-
Jail agreement faces day in federal court
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The proposed settlement in the lawsuit filed against the county over conditions in its jail will come under public scrutiny Feb. 28,1983
That’s the date set by US. Magistrate Jamie C. Boyd, the federal judge presiding over the case, for a fairness hearing.
“Counsel for the parties in the case have submitted a proposed settlement of the case,” Boy d stated in a letter to the Herald Zeituny.
But before “this court can agree to the settlement, I must determine whether the proposal is fair, adequate and reasonable,” said Boyd. “Accordingly,” he added, “I have scheduled a fairness hearing in my court.” Comments on the proposed settlement can be made by interested parties at this hearing.
Comal Commissioners Court agreed to the tentative settlement last summer as presented by attorneys for Robert Delgado, a former Comal County Jail inmate.
Delgado filed suit against the four county commissioners and Sheriff Walter Fellers charging that conditions in the county jail were allegedly unconstitutional.
The former inmate agreed to drop his suit, which was filed in US. District Court (and the $200,000 in damages he was seeking), if the county agreed to have a new county
jail ready for occupancy no later than August, 1985.
Although the tentative settlement has not yet received the needed blessings of the federal courts, county officials are proceeding with their plans.
They are currently working on renovations in the current jail since if the settlement is approved as it is proposed, renovations in the jail must be completed within 30 days after the judge signs the settlement papers.
County Attorney Bill Reinter said Wednesday that he did not see any problem with the county meeting this 30-day deadline as proposed, if the judge approved the settlement.
“If it (Commissioners Court) wants to it can meet the requirements,” he said in a telephone interview. “I forsee no difficulties for the county in meeting the I proposed) time frame.”
Although Commissioners Court has not signed a contract, the Austin architectural firm of Holt-Fatter and Scott is currently working on renovation plans for the old jail, as well as plans for the new jail.
Architects, who completed a demographic study of the area to be used in planning for the new jail, have offered the court four “compensation packages,” which outline alternate fees for their services.
Currently the court is still study ing these four proposals and is expected to soon arrive at a contract agreement with the firm.
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The response to our "Cheer Fund,” is cheering, to say the least. The fund, which is designed to provide a Christmas dinner to local folks who might not have one otherwise, topped tile $1,000 mark this w eek and continues to grow.
Here are our most recent contributors.
Old balance $1,113 70
New contributors Dr Michael and Claudette Doherty
Mr and Mrs E L Scott $25
Gwen Potter $15
Mr and Mrs Lloyd Westervelt
New balance $1 202 70
lf you would like to contribute, you can mail a check to “NB Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund,” FO Drawer 361, New Braunfels, Tx., 78130. You can also drop it by our offices at 186 South Castell.
If you have non-perishable food items to donate, you can bring those by our Circulation Department, or
contact circulation manager Don Avery at 625-9144 if you would like us to pick them up. Again, we appreciate your help.
Today and Friday will be sunny and mild, with a clear, chilly night. Winds today will be from the north at 5-10 mph, becoming light tonight. Sunset will be at 5:34, and sunrise Friday at 7:19 am.
EVEN BEETHOVEN WENT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, SCH ROE PER' ONLY 7 PAYS
Walesa nabbed before speech
PUC staff slashes Bell rate hike
porary. court-ordered surcharge now in effect. The report said the surcharge should be made permanent, meaning no actual increase from current tolls. Southwestern Bell says it does not want an increase in long distance rates.
— The number of free directory assistance calls per month should be dropped from IO to five, with a 25-cent charge for additional calls. Southwestern Bell wants to limit the free calls to three per month.
— Service connections for residential customers should increase from the current $68 45 to $95.65 for installations made by the company. The fee for customer installations should go to $64 from the current $43.70.
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DEAR ABBY ........2
GDANSK. Poland (AP) — Men in street clothes detained l^ech Walesa today, driving him from his home in a black sedan hours before the labor leader was to deliver his first public address in more than a year of martial law.
Reporters at the scene assumed the four men in the car with Walesa were security agents, but it was not known where he was taken.
There was no official announcement that Walesa was detained and .several hours later, officials denied knowledge of the incident. "We know nothing,” said a spokesman for Information Minister Jerzy Urban.
Walesa was taken from his apartment by plainclothesmen and driven away in a black Mercedes escorted bv another Mercedes. Both cars, which bore Warsaw license plates, appeared lo be government vehicles.
An Associated Press reporter and photographer tried to follow the cars in their own vehicle, but were overtaken by a police car. stopped and questioned for 24 hours. At least six other Western correspondents and more than a dozen of their Polish assistants and photographers were detained and questioned for approaching Walesa's apartment about a half-hour later.
Walesa, who was released in mid-November from ll months’ martial law internment, had said he would speak today during a memorial service for Poles slain in antigovernment demonstrations in 1970 and 1981.
Walesa refused to appear before a Gdansk prosecutor Wednesday. At the time, sources had predicted he might be detained for 24 hours.
Gdansk, a traditional hotbed of labor unrest, appeared calm and
there were no reports of demonstrations immediately after Walesa was detained.
The government had reinforced its Gdansk security forces on Wednesday in a show of force reminiscent of the first days of martial law — imposed Dec. 13, 1981, after 16 months of Solidarity-inspired strikes.
Thousands of uniformed police patrolled the city today and blocked access to the towering monument erected two years ago to fallen Polish workers, w here Walesa w as to speak
Armored personnel carriers, water cannon, and busloads of riot police were stationed at moat intersections, and units of between three and eight helmeted riot police armed with batons and tear gas cannisters patrolled the streets.
Two army units, each with a half-dozen soldiers with automatic weapons, patrolled the area of the V.l. Ix»nin shipyard where Solidarity was born in the summer of 1980 and where Walesa planned to speak Hut most of the security forces were members of the feared “Zomo” riot police used to break up disturbances.
Workers from the shipyard declined to discuss today's memorial observances.
The I .crim shipyard is where scores of workers died in a clash with authorities 12 years ago today. The anniversary falls on the date one year ago when nine miners were killed in fighting with martial-law forces in Silesia, southern Poland.
Earlier, sources close to the Communist government said it might bar Walesa from speaking today, and security was tightened at his apartment overnight The sources said the decision to allow a speech by Walesa w as considered' 'delicate.’’
City Manager outlines Landa Lake dredging
There were more city and Utilities staffers than public at a meeting Wednesday at City Hall on dredging near luanda (.ake in January But that didn’t stop a pipe-smoking, pointer-wielding city manager like F N. Delashmutt from engineering a well-prepared presentation, seasoned with occasional sprinkles of humor Tile meeting centered around a proposed work schedule, “predicated by weather conditions, of course, Delashmutt stressed The muckraking scenario is set to begin at 7 a.in. Monday, Jan. IO, when the Utilities will open two floodgates at the hydroelectric plant.
“On some of our intake grates (three-inch wide steel strips) at the upper mill race, silt covers the bottom two feet of the grates Several have rusted, and are loose," said Utilities manager Bob Sohn. "If those things give way, they could get into the hydroelectric unit, and damage the turbine. So we have to go in, lower the water, get back to the concrete base, and anchor the grates to it.”
That’s what the Utilities has in mind. Meanwhile, the city will be taking advantage of this “stroke of luck,” Delashmutt called it, in a way all its own...
"At 7 a.in. Wednesday, Jan. 12, city forces and city contractors will begin the cleanup-sill removal-dredging of I) the main spring area of Landa I*ake (between the main part of luanda
Park and the peninsula with the circular drive), and 2> the springs arca in the vicinity of tile park gazebo,” the city manager said “Then, from Jan. 26-31, dredging operations will be terminated, the main water control gates will tx* closed, and the water level w ill rise to its normal level in I .anda I -ike.
Hut the cleanup project, with a maximum allocation of $10,000, isn’t as simple as it sounds "We w ill block the circular drive around the peninsula. Once the water level lowers, the city’s front end loaders will push the muck near the banks, and a grade-all (a machine with a bucket on an arm i will move back and forth along the bank, scooping it up,” Parks Director Court Thieleman explained.
"What we can't get out that way, we’ll use a vacuum truck, which sucks the stuff right up,” Thieleman added.
Transport of what is dredged up and out won’t be simple, either. “Some of it will be taken to the old landfill on Kuehler, and the stuff we can’t get out that way can be put on the peninsula to dry, and then hauled off,” the parks director said.
Categorized as useless debris’ by the Texas Parks and Wildlife, the silt “will smell," Delashmutt warned. “That’s why we’d like lo get it to an area away from everything. I un-
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