New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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County jail settlement
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Today’s U.S. District Court hearing concerning the county jail settlement is merely a formality, County Attorney Bill Reimer said.
At the late morning San Antonio hearing, U.S. Magistrate Jamie Boyd was to decide if he’d accept the settlement proposed in a suit brought against the county by a former jail inmate.
Reimer felt certain that Boyd would accept the agreement which states that a new Comal County Jail must be ready for occupancy no later than August, 1985.
“There’ve been no objections” and both parties have agreed to the set
tlement and based on those facts Boyd has indicated that he will approve the settlement, the county attorney said in a recent interview.
Reimer plans to present Boyd with a statement from Sheriff Walter Fellers that outlines the progress being made on renovations in the current jail to be in compliance with the settlement.
Robert Delgado — the inmate who sued the county for jail conditions that he said violated his constitutional rights — will also ‘‘be put on the stand briefly,” Reimer said.
Commissioners Court agreed to the settlement offer as presented by Delgado’s attorney last July. Delgado had been asking for $200,000 in damages but agreed to drop these
monetary claims if the county agreed to make renovations in the current jail and have a new jail built by August, 1985.
Renovations on the current jail weren’t extensive, Reimer said at that time. They involved providing for separate juvenile and female cells and an exercise area.
Ever since the settlement was proposed, the county has been working on plans for a new jail, which it now has less 19 months to complete, according to the settlement.
Reimer said he did not forsee Judge Boyd changing the timetable that calls for the August, 1985 deadline outlined in the settlement.
Keeping with that timetable,
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Commissioners Court last week accepted a contract from the Houston architectural firm of Christopher DiStephano and Associates Inc., to work on plans for a new criminal justice-detention facility.
In addition, an 11-citizens member jail site selection committee was named by commissioners on Jan. 17 to assist them in selecting a site for the proposed facility.
This committee, headed by Elliot Knox, has named approximately 18 possible sites for the new criminal justice facility. But the group has for the last few weeks postponed making any final recommendations or looking at sites until the court had selected an architect.
Now, however, since an architect
has been selected, the committee has called a meeting for 7 p.m. tonight in Commissioners Courtroom. In a letter to the committee, County Judge Fred Clark said architects from DiStephano will be present at tonight’s meeting to advise the committee.
The county is looking to build a facility on a three to five acre (although it may as big as IO acres) tract of land. County officials are planning to include a new county jail, offices for the County Sheriff Department and a justice of the peace court in the new criminal justice-detention facility.
Two groups — the New Braunfels Downtown Merchants Association
and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce — are wanting the county to locate the new facility in the downtown area.
A petition asking that the proposed complex not be built in their area has also already been circulated by residents in the Solms area.
Officially the county has not discussed building the new jail in the Solms area, but the Sheriff's Posse has offered the county an eight-acre tract of land east of III 35 between the Rueckle and Solms Road overpasses.
This offer is what prompted 40 Solms residents to present Commissioners Court with a petition that outlined their objections to a criminal justice-detention facility being put in their area.
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(USPS 377-8801Pink slip at EPAReagan fires officials at troubled agency
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan, moving to clean house at the troubled Environmental Protection Agency, has fired two more of its administrators and, according to one congressman, more may be on the way out.
As many as a half dozen agency officials might be targeted for removal, says Rep. James H. Scheuer, D-N.Y., who heads one of the congressional investigations into alleged mismanagement and wrongdoing at EPA.
White House officials, however, refused to confirm such plans.
Reagan demanded and got the resignations Wednesday from EPA Inspector General Matthew Novick and Assistant Administrator John P. Horton — both of whom were under investigation for allegedly assigning EPA secretaries personal work to do for them on government time.
On Feb. 7, Reagan fired another assistant EPA administrator, Rita M. Lavelle, who headed the $1.6 billion “superfund” program to clean up the nation’s worst toxic w aste dumps.
The formal announcement of the Horton and Novick firings and their replacements were expected today.
A White House official, speaking on condition he be granted anonymity, characterized Novick’s and Horton’s departures Wednesday night as “part of an effort to strengthen middle-level management at EPA, particularly in the superfund area.”
He said EPA Administrator Anne Burford, traveling in Arizona and California, “was fully consulted throughout... and is totally on board.”
The EPA’s “superfund” program has been the center of growing allegations that the administration granted the chemical industry “sweetheart deals” on costs and manipulated the fund’s cleanup schedule for political purposes.
However, Ms. I Lavelle denied suggestions Wednesday that she had made “sweetheart deals” with industrial polluters. Ms. l^avelle told Congress that
Park closings at lake have little impact—Corps
See EPA, Page 14
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Partial closings of tw o parks at Canyon I .ake have hardly caused a ripple, according to a Corps of Engineers study.
Released by the Corps’ Fort Worth office, the study concludes that closing portions of Comal and Cranes Mill parks has had negligible environmental impact. Possible loss of business to a handful of nearby commercial establishments and the necessity of park visitors to use other areas were the only socio-economic factors listed.
The areas were closed last October I, but the action is considered temporary until the Forth Worth District office takes final action. The areas include what was commonly called the “old beach area” in Cranes Mill Park arid two places in Canyon Park: one camping area, and the double boat ramp and adjacent property, Canyon Reservoir Manager Phil Parsley said.
Canyon Park covers a large peninsula on the north side of Canyon I .ake, while Cranes Mill park is northwest of Startzville on the lake’s south side.
Parsley said he recommended closing these areas
to the Fort Worth office. "I selected them due to under-utilization compared to other sections.”
The closings are part of a district-wide proposal of total or partial closings of 55 parks at 15 Corps of Engineers lakes. A total of 38 of the 55 would be partial closings.
When a park is “partially closed,” it means all facilities are closed to vehicular traffic except for a strategically-located boat ramp or other facility which receives plenty of use. Closed areas are for pedestrian use only.
Picnic tables and related facilities in closed areas would be moved to other parks w here they could be maintained more efficiently and continue to be used.
The bottom line is money. Funds for operation, maintenance and personnel have been reduced 15 percent for fiscal 1983, so the closures are designed to help trim costs.
Alternatives to the closings examined included discontinuing maintenance in selected parks, reducing maintenance in all parks, leasing parks to local governments, increasing user fees, closing more parks in the winter and permanent closure of selected areas.
For the third time in as many years, the Smithson Valley boys basketball team is in post-season play. Friday night’s first-round opponent, the Van Vleck leopards promise to give the Rangers a real challenge, especially on the boards. See Page 5Oil Price Crash?
Saudi Arabia is leading a push of OPEC oil ministers to hold an emergency meeting this weekend to try to combat the quickly slipping price of crude oil. If they are unsuccessful in keeping the producing nations in line, oil prices could fall even farther. See Page 3Looking Ahead, Behind
It’s time to change seasons in high school athletics. The Herald Zeitung continues its review of basketball season with a season-end look at the
Canyon Cougars on Page 6 We also take our first preview of high school baseball with a look at the Smithson Valley Rangers on Page 5Today's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warm today, turning mostly cloudy and cooler Friday. Winds will be from the southeast at 5-10 mph today, then shift to the north at 15-20 mph by late tonight. There is a 20 percent chance of rain Friday. Sunset will be at 6:27 p.m., and sunrise F riday will be at 7:01 a.m.
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WEATHER................2Little bit of soulRoots run deep for local black families
Cerise Gilles, Ernie Garza and Jeremy Davis
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Nathan Millett, music teacher at Ixine Star School, put a question to his kindergartners last w eek What is a Negro?" asked Millett A flower,” one child replied.
“Is it an animal?" another guessed.
A dog?” someone else asked.
Jeremy Davis, the only black child in the class, had tile right answer. “It’s a person," he said quietly.
Millett said his first-graders were more worldly-wise. W'hen he asked them what a Negro was, they pointed at their teacher and said, “It’s you.”
Ruth Harper was teaching school before Millett was born. Chances are, lus story wouldn’t have surprised her one bit.
“Here, they don’t know anything about black people,” she said. “Even our own youth.”
New Braunfels is not what you’d call a center of Afro-American culture. It takes some looking, in fact, to find any at all.
Harper and Millett are pretty much agreed on the reason for that: there just aren’t very many blacks in town. The 1980 census turned up approximately 300. That’s just over two percent of the total population; scarcely enough for a vocal minority.
But February is officially Black Heritage Month, and the local community has been celebrating in its own quiet way.
Millett has the I Aine Star children singing Negro spirituals. Live Oak Baptist Church, one of the town’s two predominantly black congregations, has
had special programs every Sunday this month. And Harper helped to set up a display in the fellowship hall. It pays tribute to black pioneers like Martin Luther King, and also salutes local kids who have made good.
A picture of Carter G. Woodson, considered to be the father of black history, graces the choir loft in the sanctuary. The printed caption announces the theme for this year’s celebration: “The United States Constitution and the Black American.”
The church youth is planning a special presentation this Sunday. And Harper plans to quote U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan in a statement Jordan made about the Constitution Harper found the quote in a special heritage issue of the San Antonio Register.
“If you read, you find out there’s a lot going on,” said tile retired teacher. She makes a point of keeping up with the doing of black people all over Texas. In fact, she’s state head of the Grand Court Order of Calanthe, a black fraternal organization somew hat analagous to the Sons of Hermann.
Harper has worked with Hermann Sons, and similar groups, in state and national fraternal associations. It’s taught her something about the diversity of American culture.
“The Texas Fraternal Congress — that’s white. The National Fraternal Congress — that’s white too. We’re the only blacks in there,” she said, referring to the Order of Calanthe and its corresponding men’s society, the Knights of Pythias. “I used to think w hen you said ‘ethnic,’ you meant a Negro.”
See HERITAGE, Page 14
A little sprinkle Staff photo bv john Senter
That’s what's in store for the grass and newly- the Comal River. Using their new trencher, a city system as part of an overall parks improvement
planted trees (not pictured) in Prince Solms park on parks department crew installs a new sprinkler program
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
Teacher Nathan Millett shows the different shades of mankind with the help of (from left)