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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas r>3Ila:J, Yexau #Vl>2 * Arson suspected in Saturday fire at Garden Ridge developer's office ic re; J. i, i -c . /Ct • Hitch ''.'O’-nhle i .0. 00/ /f'5^3c )r - 1 ' S l>X Corn ^ ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer Arson is suspected in Saturday’s fire at the Ladshaw-Miller Development office in Garden Ridge. “We won’t know until sometime Wednesday when the state arson inspector makes a final report,’’ said Bracken Fire Marshal Elgin Miller. “We’re not committing ourselves.” Ron Dunlap of Ladshaw-Miller cited some evidence in favor of arson. The fire started inside a back room of the office. Dunlap said “access apparently was gained through the breaking of a window,” — an eight-foot glass plate. “Where the fire was most intense, near the window, there weren’t any electrical outlets,” Dunlap added. Fire Marshal Miller said there was also a “strong odor of inflammable liquid.” But he wasn’t jumping to any conclusions. “It might have been some painting material they were using inside, for all we know.” Ladshaw-Miller is still doing business from the stricken two-story office. Fire damage was confined mostly to one room, but smoke damage is extensive, upstairs and downstairs. Some computer equipment was involved. Dunlap said the company hadn’t gotten an estimate from its insurance agent yet, but the fire marshal has come up with a ball-park figure of $15,000. A Bracken volunteer fireman saw smoke and turned in the alarm at 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Four units responded, but found the fire to be a fairly small one. It was under control in just a few minutes.Slow start Arts Commission deadlocks on officers With one member absent Monday night, the New Braunfels Arts and Cultural Commission found itself unable to elect officers. Two people were nominated for chairman, and the vote split 3-3. The commission decided to try again on Feb. 15, hoping that the seventh member, Dorothy Johnson, can be there at that time. Dan Sedgwick nominated Roxolin Krueger for chairman, and Toby Lohr nominated Michael Walker. Sedgwick, Krueger and Bob Fisher voted for Krueger. Lohr, Walker and Betty Stratemann voted for Walker. Johnson, who could have broken the tie, sent word ahead of time that she wouldn’t be able to attend. But city staffers were eager to get the newly-appointed commission off the ground. A December meeting date was cancelled due to conflicts with several members’ schedules. The February meeting will be at 7 p.m. in City Hall. Members agreed they might select another meeting site in the future. See ARTS, Page 12 /ft New LUU- Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Heraid-Zeltuno Vol. 92 — No. 12    12    Pages TUESDAY January 18, 1983 25 cents (USPS 377-880) White takes oath of office AUSTIN (APi- Houston lawyer Mark White took the oath of office as governor today and cautioned Texans that their state is “on the very edge of greatness,” a precipice from which other states have toppled. “Are we doomed to repeat their mistakes, or will we learn from them?” White asked in his speech on the Capitol steps. “Can we be the masters of our destiny, or will we be its victims?” “We have only a fleeting moment in history to decide how our future is to be shaped. We had better use that moment wisely,” he said. calling Texas “the state of the future.” The 42-year-old Democrat replaced Republican Bill Clements, whose $13 nullion re-election cam paign fell short in November. Also today. Bill Hobby, who has been lieutenant governor for a decade, was sworn in for another four years. Hobby warned that oil and gas, “long the mainstay of our economic life.” is not as plentiful as it once was. “We are being put to the test to prove that we are not an accident of geology,” said Hobby. On a rainy day in Austin, White told the inauguration crowd that Texas “can be the greatest state this Republic has ever known, or we can enjoy our brief moment in the sun and go the wav the states have gone before us. The choice is ours." See WHITE. Page 12 Pickett hired on 3-2 vote By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Thomas Y Pickett & Co. got its contract for the next two years, bul not without dissent from a couple of Comal County Appraisal District directors Charles lewis and Arnold Moos Sr. were against approving the contract, but they were outvoted by the other three directors on Monday night Lewis said Tuesday morning that he was happy with the wording of the final contract, even though he still thinks the district doesn’t need an outside appraisal service He made that point at the December meeting. where the contract with Pickett was first reviewed He also made some points about the contract itself. w hich, he said. w as obviously w ritten by Pickett and its attorneys. “I don't like to sign anything drawn up by the guy who’s asked me to sign it, without having my lawyer look at it first,” lewis said at that time Pickett, a Corpus Christi firm, has done work for the appraisal district in 1981 and 1982. Some problems have arisen, and Lewis thought it only made sense to address those problems in the wording of the contract. The original document has since been reviewed and reworded by the appraisal Silt is scooped out of a channel in Landa Park Tuesday Soggy work Stott photo by Joho Scott i Despite rain, dredging begins in Landa Park By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Mother Nature isn’t cooperating very much, but the actual dredging of one of landa lake’s main channels began this morning anyway. “Yep, the first load of silt just went by the Parks Office,” Parks Director Court Thieleman said at about 8:55 a.m. “We’ve started now , and we’ll keep at it until the weather gets too bad to continue — if it does." The dredging project, coordinated with the Utilities repairing of intake grates at the hydroelectric unit, got the go-ahead early Friday afternoon. As soon as the okay was given, workers began to prepare one side of the channel to accept the grade-all. Gravel was brought in, and the bank was leveled off as much as possible by Monday afternoon. Actual dredging iii the channel between the main park area and the peninsula w ith the circular drive began early this morning. “The grade-all is going along the bank, working from the mouth of the lake back, and .scooping up the silt nearest the bank — as far as the arni will reach,” Thieleman said. “We’re dispatching our front-end loaders now. Those machines will get in the water, go to the other side of the channel, and push the silt material across the channel to the bank where the grade-all is working." Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said Friday that lowering of the water level would begin at 4 a.m. Monday. Thieleman said, “We heard it was more like 1:30 a.m., so by IO a.m. Monday, the water level was down as far as it was going to go.” The water level in the lake had been predicted to drop between 40 and 48 inches. “Close to the gates, the water did drop four feet, but it didn’t drop four feet in the lake, and closer to three feet iii the channel,” Thieleman said. The dredged silt will be transported to the city-county landfill on Freiheit Road. There, Thieleman said, two roads were prepared — one of piled-up garbage for good weather, and one topped with base material just in case of rain. Knox chairman of jail committeeInside BY JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Since he took office a couple weeks ago, County Judge Fred Clark lias strived to “get the ball rolling” on the county’s plans for building a criminal justice center and jail. Monday, (’lark kept that ball rolling by naming an 11-member citizens jail site selection committee, led by Chairman Elliot Knox. The county is faced with a August, 1985 deadline to have a new county jail constructed, according to a tentative out-of-court settlement in a federal lawsuit filed by former county jail inmate Robert Delgado. Delgado filed suit against the county citing alleged unconstitutional jail conditions. Last July he agreed to drop that suit (and all monetary claims) if the county would agree to have a new jail built by 1985. The county agreed to the settlement, however, the settlement still has not been approved by the federal courts. On Feb. 24, however, the settlement will be discussed in a hearing planned for U.S. District Court in San Antonio. The 11-member committee will be responsible for viewing various land sites in Comal County and recommending to Commissioners Court what the committee feels is a proper site on which to build a new jail complex. In addition to Knox, the membership of this committee consists of S.I). David Jr., Howard Benson, Jesse Gomez, James H. Scheele, Harry Heimer, Sharon Phair, Jon Zidek, John Karbach, Milton Erben and Clyde Cox. Each of the four county commissioners named two members from their precinct to this committee and Clark, who suggested that Knox head the committee, named three members. Clark called for the committee to hold an “organizational meeting” the night of Jan. 27 in Commissioners Courtroom. “The meetings with the architects will be completed by then,” he noted. Commissioners Court is currently in the process of contacting six architectural firms to work on the jail plans. They plan to interview these firms.Today's Weather Comal County forecast calls for rain through Wednesday. Winds will be gusty and northeast at 10-20 mph today. Sunset will be at 5:57 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7 .20, Rangerettes honored The Smithson Valley Athletic Booster Club held its Fall Sports Banquet Monday night, honoring the athletes on the football, volleyball and crosscountry teams. Mark Rohlmeier was named football Most Valuable Player, and Dawn Davis got the volleyball MVP. See Page 5Antler Attack The Kerrville Tivy Antlers were undefeated in district going into Monday night’s girls’ basketball game against the Canyon Cougarettes. After a 50-40 win, the Antlers left with a 6-0 record; exactly halfway through the District 13-4A schedule, Tivy has beaten every other team in the district. See Page 6. CLASSIFIED.......................7-9 COMICS........................10-11 CROSSWORD.....................11 DEAR ABBY........................3 DEATHS...........................2 HOROSCOPE.......................3 OPINIONS..........................4 SPORTS.........................5-6 STOCKS..........................12 TV LISTINGS......................11 WEATHER.........................3Full house due for annual banquet In more ways than one, the Civic Center will have a full "house” Friday night. All of the 700 available tickets (Gallery passes) for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet — which w ill be the Chamber’s version of a local House and Senate session — have been sold, said loin Purdum, Chamber executive vice president. However, he added that reservations for “cancellations" for the banquet, which is set for 7 p.m., are still being taken at the Chamber office. At Monday’s monthly Chamber board meeting, Carroll Hoffmann, chairman of the Chamber’s membership meetings’ committee, promised that the banquet “will be an evening of fun — with a lot of surprises.” During this joint session, the Chamber’s Congress will consider “the State of the Chamber, hear various proposals for 1983 and recommendations for individuals for medals and other awards, according to an earlier report. An investigation of current office holders will also be conducted at the session, during which Hie speaker of the Chamber’s House and president pro-tem of the Chamber Senate have agreed to disallow any filibustering. Also Monday, Purdum released the names of those who have agreed to serve on the advisory committees for the 17th annual legislative Conference, set for March 10-11 at the Civic Center. leading the state advisory committee will be Ben F. lave of Houston, chairman of Texas Commerce See chamber, Page 12 Carroll Hoffmann outlines the banquet LEROY GOODSON , .re elected President    See    appraisal.    Page    12 < ;