New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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By DYANNE FRY Staff writerCity Council finally chooses Taylor's proposal on 4-1 vote
Three months of deliberation didn’t make the City Council’s decision any easier. New bids on the luanda Park snack bar concession left members just as confused as the first set of bids, opened Oct. ll.
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt wouldn’t make a recommendation. Two council motions died for lack of a second. The contract finally went to Vernon Taylor, who has held the park concessions for nearly 20 years. But Councilmember Barbara Tieken
wasn’t happy about it.
In fact, the council as a whole didn’t seem entirely pleased with its decision. Taylor offered the city 25 percent of gross receipts, but so did David and Mary Owens of D&M Distributing Co.
Edwin Stewart offered 20 percent, but promised major renovation; he planned to turn the park facility into a sidewalk cafe. The owners of Pat’s Place offered the city a smaller cut, but promised to serve a quality product. And all four bidders have successful business records.
“I wonder if they’d consider a joint
venture?” said Councilmember Donnie Seay, scratching his head.
The council ran into the same problem last October. Taylor made five proposals at that time. One offered a straight 20-percent commission, and Delashmutt’s staff determined that this was the best deal for the city. The trouble was, Bill’s Beer Depot also made a 20 percent bid. (Edwin Stewart, long-time concessionaire at the State Fair in Dallas, was in the rear with 17.6 percent.)
Rather than drawing a name out of a hat, Council decided to reject all
bids and re-advertise.
Taylor came back with three new bids, the best of which offered a 25-percent commission. Stewart upped his stake to 20 percent, and submitted artist’s conceptions of his sidewalk cafe. He estimated he’d be putting $40,000 into renovation of the building, and thought he might double the business.
Bill’s Beer Depot dropped out of the running, and two new bidders appeared. The Owenses, who have run concessions at the high school football
See COUNCIL, Page 12A
Red tape snarls dredging despite okay from state
City Council told jokes about the fountain darter Monday night, but Parks Director Court Thieleman wasn’t laughing Wednesday morning.
“Ifs not funny any more,” said Thieleman. He’s watching time slip away while wheels turn in Washington.
The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife phoned Tuesday to say it couldn’t find anything wrong with the proposed lowering and dredging of luanda I,ake. The project meets all state guidelines.
But Thieleman is still waiting for approval from the Corps of Engineers. The Corps must first get an okay from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which has jurisdiction over an endangered species of fish living in Comal Springs.
“The Corps of Engineers said we can dredge,” Thieleman said. But that’s a moot point if New Braunfels Utilities can’t lower the lake for repairs to its hydro plant.
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Vol. 92 No. 8 36 Pages 4 Sections
January 12, 1983 25 cents
State issues on hold as Legislature opens
Staff photo by Jackie Smith
Architect Herb Crume (left) and engineer J.G. Meredeith review NBISD's master plans
NBISD bond issue may come in February
Bv JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
By as early as mid-February, patrons of the New Braunfels Independent School District could be asked to approve approximately $9.3 million iii bonds fora variety of projects.
Of that amount, approximately $2,386,000 would go for the construction of a new elementary school (and the land to build it on I and close to $2 million to air condition a ll N BISI) schools
The remaining money would be used to expand and renovate current campuses and build a new administrative building.
In a workshop session Tuesday, NBISD trustees reviewed the master plan for the district’s expansion, presented to them last October by Jessen and Associates Inc. of Austin.
The master plan, which lists projects totaling $11 million, contained the architect’s interpretation of recommendations made by the district’s Long Range Planning Committee for meeting NBISD’s growing population.
That committee, which disbanded early last year, predicted that the district’s population would grow by as much
as 50 percent in the next decade. Architects agreed with that prediction, saying that by 1991 there would be 6,209 students attending New Braunf els schools.
Over the last few months, Supt O E. Hendricks, who emphasized that the figures presented were “only guesstimates,” has worked with the district’s administrators and prinicpals reviewing that master plan. Tuesday he revealed what he said the administration felt was most needed from the architects’ $11 million worth of suggestions for meeting the district’s needs.
Hendricks’ recommendations were broken up into five separate “priority” proposals. Trustees agreed with four of the five, which called for the construction of a new school and administrative complex, renovations to current campuses and air conditioning all those schools presently not air conditioned.
Trustees rejected the administration’s proposal, however, which called for the construction of concession stands and a covered patio at New Braunfels Middle School and the addition of 20 classrooms at New Braunfels High School, as well as other renovations to the homemaking
and speech-drama departments.
'The recommendations in this proposal are needed, but not as soon as the other four. Hendricks emphasized.
“Priority No. I." as Hendricks termed it, called for the construction of a new elementary school capable of handling 650 students It also called for the renovation of Seele, Carl Schurz, New Braunfels High School and Lone Star Primary.
Also according to this proposal, voters would be asked to approve a “district-wide conversion of communications systems to a centrally controlled system.”
“We’ve got 25 (phone) lilies coming into the district...but only three lines coming into any one building,” said Hendricks, in explaining the need for a central communication sy stem.
“If we had an emergency we have no means of communicating with the prinicpals,” since the lines are all usually busy, he added. A central communication system would also help the district “better control” its long distance bill, Hendricks noted.
Total cost of “Priority I” was $2,871,500 — not including ap-
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Suspects set up 'roadblock' to rob Schertz woman
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Suspects in an armed robbery early Monday morning on Bear Creek Road parked their car “like a roadblock, Sheriff’s Lt. Gilbert Villarreal said Wednesday.
The 31-year-old woman, who was later left $70 poorer, slowed down as she approached the car parked crossways in the road to block both
lanes of traffic, and went slowly around it. “That’s when the two guys jumped out, and opened her car doors,” Villarreal said. “The white male suspect hit her in the face, w hile the I-atm male suspect w ent through her purse, and took the $70. Then another car came by, and they let her
There were three suspects involved, the two who carried out the robbery , and a I .atm male who stayed in the
car. The trio fled in a dark blue 1965 Mustang back iii the direction of Canyon Lake.
The robbery occurred at approximately I a.m. Monday. The victim lives in Schertz, but works in New Braunfels. She came upon the Mustang on her way bar k from taking an employee home, Villarreal said
Iii other Sheriff’s Department news, Brice Randall Pollard, 25, was arrested Tuesday night in Startzville
AUSTIN (AP) - In the next 139 days, the 68th session of the Texas legislature will have to deal with raising taxes, finding water, keeping teachers and getting rid of drunk drivers.
But on Tuesday, all the tough issues, the big problems, the impolitic choices were forgotten. Instead, doggers danced to the “Cotton-Eyed Joe" in the rotunda and children and relatives were allowed onto the Bonito watch husbands, brothers, daughters or mothers sworn in as Texas legislators.
Aiea Clemons was there, even though her husband, Billy, said she was “not too enthusiastic” about his decision to try to help “the workm man” by running for office.
The Pollok Democrat said he was “in awe" when he was sworn in. but has no false hopes for what he can accomplish in the next 140 days.
“I know my place as a freshman he said.
Clemons, a railroad clerk, was among 150 representatives and 31 senators sworn in at noon ceremonies at both ends of the Capitol. The floors of both bodies were jammed with extra chairs to accommodate the hundreds of guests and relatives af legislators.
Florists put single yellow roses on the desk of each House member, a welcome gift from the City of Austin. Other flower arrangements, sent to individual members by friends and well-w ushers, sat on a clerk’s desk just outside the floor.
“Fourth seat, left aisle,” one vase of red roses w as addressed
on an October burglary charge out of Blanco County. Villarreal was assisting Investigator Joe Green of the Johnson City Sheriff's Office, in his investigation, w hen the arrest was made.
Pollard, who gave a Canyon I .ake address, was transferred to Johnson City Tuesday night. His bond had been set at $10,000, by Peace Justice, Precinct I, Harold Krueger.
Comal County Sheriff’s Investigator
The House was gaveled to order by outgoing Secretary of State David Dean, since it had no official presiding officer Former Speaker Bill Clay ton. who did not run for his House seat in 1982, was no longer in power.
Shortly after the opening of the 68th Legislature was official. Rep Gib Ixfwis. D-Fort Worth, was elected speaker by a vote of 144-2.
Seconds after his election, lewis’ staff already was passing out folders containing his acceptance speech and embossed with the words “Gibson I)
(Gib i Lewis — Speaker."
Earlier iii the day, Clayton was sworn into his new job Texas A&M regent.
After IA'wis was sworn in, he introduced the Castleberry High School choir, who sang “Texas. Our Texas, but the representatives sat through most of the official state song until the last couple of lines, then hurriedly rose to their feet.
Meanwhile, the Senate organized itself and got right down to business, ejecting one squawking child and passing a courtesy resolution wishing a happy birthday to “Senator Ap-plecheeks” — Bill Sarpalius, D-Hereford, who gained the nickname last session for being such an “all-American boy-type "
Sarpalius turned 35 on Monday
Lt Gov. Bill Hobby trotted out an old joke. He announced that the courtesy resolution — passed by unanimous “ayes” — had narrowly squeaked through on a 16-15 vote
Hobby has been using the joke for IO years, but it still got a laugh
Rudy Rubio, along with Deputy Roger Nolte, recovered property valued at over $3,(HK) from an October burglary in New Braunfels, at a Luling residence Tuesday night.
No arrests have been made at this time, Rubio said Wednesday; however, the property, including two saddles valued at $900 each, was identified by serial numbers, and returned to the owner, Darry l I). Jack of New Braunfels.Clayton's successor
This is Rep Gib I .ow is. IM'ort J W orth, and last year at the Texas I legislative Conference (when this I picture was taken i he was described as the leading contender fur Speaker I of the House. It s a year later, and now fie is Speaker of the House. ( elected by a 144-2 margin For more * on the opening of the legislature., St1*' P.Hje 3AToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for j fair and mild today and Thursday. j and dear and cool tonight Winds j will be from the northeast near IO mph today, and light tonight Sunset will bt* at 5:52 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:27 a m.Rangers Take 16th Win
The Smithson Valley Rangers clinched their 16th victory Tuesday night by defeating the St Anthony Yellow jackets 65-62 w ith strong play from Rocky Neuman and Pat Bruce The Rangers will play then first district game at home against Randolph this Friday Sen P.ig** 4A
ENTERTAINMENT . .
Schweiker quits Cabinet position
WASHINGTON »AP) - Richard S. Schweiker today resigned as secretary of health and human services. and President Reagan named former Rep. Margaret Heckler of Massachusetts to succeed him.
Reagan made his announcement in a hurriedly arranged ceremony in the East Room after news of Schweiker’s resignation leaked out Tuesday.
Mrs. Heckler, who was defeated for re-election in November after eight terms in Congress, said, “All Americans are grateful to Dick Schweiker for his performance.”
She called her new job “the greatest challenge of my life” and the * hardest assignment in Washington."
She is the second woman to be
nominated to the Cabinet in the last week.
Reagan. Schweiker and Mrs Heckler were applauded by government employees as they entered the East Room.
Reagan’s announcement was delayed IO minutes while workers hastily put together a podium for Reagan and an audience was assembled among secretaries and others in a nearby government office building.
K.agan said he accepted Schweiker’s resignation with deep regret” and called him “a trusted adviser, an able administrator and a man who’s done an outstanding job as secretary.”
He is the fourth member of Reagan’s original Cabinet to resign.
Returning to private business as a lobbyist for life insurance companies. Schweiker gives up control of a $274-billion department that oversees Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, welfare and public health programs, including those of the Food and Drug Administration.
Reagan said he has had a strong friendship with Schweiker ever since the former Pennsylvania senatoi became Reagan’s running ii ate in his unsuccessful bid for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination.
“During these last two years, as
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