New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 1, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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CompMcDonough permit approval ends two-year battle
Company to begin construction next year
Bv JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
McDonough Brothers was one company which did not slip into Comal County quietly.
Since the spring of 1980, when the San-Antonio based rock-crusniiig company first announced its intention to construct a plant in Comal County, McDonough has faced an uphill battle.
Despite opposition voiced by county residents and the Chamber of Commerce, however it looks like that battle is over.
McDonough Brother vice president Sam Neterville said Wednesday that his company has achieved its needed construction permit from the Texas Air Control Board, which means construction of the Comal County plant will begin probably next spring.
When the company first announced in 1980 its plans, many county residents were displeased. McDonough Brothers’ strongest opposition, however, came from the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Two weeks after being notified of McDonough’s intentions, the Chamber’s board of directors adopted a policy stating the Chamber’s opposition to the location of any new crushed stone operations along the Balcones
Escarpment in Comal County.
This policy (adopted at the board’s May 13, 1980 meeting) was an addendum to the chamber’s orginal economic development policy (adopted in August of 1979), which referred to all categories of economic development with emphasis given to industrial development.
Chamber officials emphasized both then and now that they were not specifically out “to get” McDonough Brothers — they simply did not want any more rock-crushing facilities locating in Comal County and McDonough Brothers happened to be one of them.
According to this policy, Chamber officials said encouragement should be “given only to the most desireable industries, while discouragement will be given to those industries which might spoil the natural resources and the beauty of this area.”
Chamber officials sought help in fighting McDonough’s decision to locate in Comal County from the Texas Air Control Board.
Before McDonough could begin construction of its proposed 1,300 acre plant, which will be located north of
See PERMIT, Page 14Chamber officials say struggle was worth it
Although it didn’t turn out as they would have liked, Chamber of Commerce officials feel some good came of their two-year struggle to try to keep McDonough Brothers out of Comal County.
Since 1980, McDonough Brothers, a rock-crushing firm based in San Antonio, has sought to begin construction on a plant in Comal County.
McDonough’s goal, however, conflicted with the feelings of the Chamber, which since May, 1980 has opposed the location of any new rock-crushing facilities along the Balcones Escarpment in Comal County.
But despite the efforts of the Chamber, it looks like McDonough Brothers will be successful in its goal — the Texas Air Control Board has granted the company a permit to begin construction.
The permit gives McDonough Brother until April, 1983 to begin building their plant, which will be located seven miles north of New Braunfels near the Texas Industries, Inc. cement plant.
rom Pui durn, executive vice president of the Chamber recently reflected back on the Chamber’s two-year struggle.
“We’ve gone all the reasonable routes we felt we could to prevent the continuing addition of mining
operations such as this in Comal County,” said Purdum.
Chamber president Mitch Sacco agreed. “We followed the policy to the point of being practical.”
In Purdum’s opinion, the Chamber achieved two major objections in this two-year struggle.
“One, we’ve added restrictions on the operations of quarries in this area,” he noted referring to the special provisions placed on the proposed McDonough Brothers plant by TACB.
The second advantage concerns “how quarries are now located and operated in the county, which will be beneficial on the aesthetics.”
Purddm said some of the quarries in the county have agreed to leave a “hp of escarpment between them and (IH i 35, which obscures vision of the total pit from the highway."
John Chunn, the attorney who represented the Chamber during the TACB hearings last fall, felt one of the good things to come out of all of this was that it “brought attention to a critical issue that’s going to be affecting us for long term.”
Chunn is hoping that the TACB might learn from this
See CHAMBER, Page 14
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91 No. 128
Bryan Cannon takes advantage of a puddle on San Antonio Street to give Steve Hamm a rather damp greeting. Almost an inch of rain fell on New
Braunfels Wednesday, prodiving an unexpected break from summer heat.
Tax cut to begin today
WASHINGTON (AP) - Paychecks are a little fatter today as workers start collecting the second installment of the largest tax cut in history. If the Reagan administration’s forecasts are on target, the extra money will spark a recovery from the worst recession since World War II.
The reduction in the tax withheld from individual paychecks will range from 40 cents for the $100-a-week earner to $13.40 at the $700 level and higher. The Treasury Department figures a typical married worker with two children and the median family income of about $24,000 a year will take home an extra $0 a week.
In many cases, the higher Social Security taxes that began Jan. I and the effects of inflation, which nudges workers into higher brackets as their incomes
rise, will leave taxpayers no better off than they were.
But President Reagan’s advisers are counting on that extra money and the 7.4-percent increase in Social Security benefits taking effect today to set off a consumer buying spree that would quickly worb its way through the economy, firing up idle factories and slashing the high unemployment rate.
As he often does, Reagan promised to defend the third installment of the tax cut scheduled for July I. 1983 from efforts to change it. “These tax incentives must be preserved. They are essential to lasting economic recovery,” he said.
As for Social Sec urity, Reagan referred to his campaign pledges of 1980 that "we’ll protect those benefits and we will protect the integrity of Social Security.
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Reagan—policies will not change
We are honoring these promises.”
Despite his statement, Reagan’s aides circulated budget-cutting proposals among congressional leaders at private negotiations earlier this year that called for delaying the Social Security cost-of-living increase until Oct. I.
The administration expected some of that economic recovery to happen last year when businesses began receiving their share of the tax reduc tion retroactively. But business investment is lagging far behind what had been anticipated, and for the tax cut to produce the hoped-for results will require consumers to do w hat business did not do.
The new tax reduc tion is the second installment of a multi-year cut enacted last year that, when fully effective in 1984, will slash individual tax rates by an average of 23 percent.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan says he calls the shots on foreign policy and “there is going to be no change" despite outgoing Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig’s charge that it is off-course.
“I think we are progressing very well with what it is we are trying to accomplish,” Reagan said Wednesday night during his first televised news conference in seven weeks.
But the president again declined to discuss the reasons for Haig’s resignation last Friday, saying the American people had been told everything • bout it that they needed to know .
Reagan disputed suggestions that the United States knew in advance of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon and approved of it. “I ve given no green light whatsoever’’ to the Israelis, he said.
He also made clear he is giving serious thought to running for a second term in 1984 because “it would be unlike me to think that I would walk away from an unfinished job.”
While he said it is too early to make up his mind, he joked that he has advised his aides “they should not waste their time reading the help-wanted ads.’’ Reagan said he was ’sticking with’’ I,abor Secretary Raymond Donovan after a special prosecutor found Monday that Dononvan had not done anything to warrant being charged with a crime, even though the prosecutor said there there were a disturbing number” of links to underworld figures.
“I think it would be the most unfair thing in the world for anyone to think he has been anything but unfairly and unjustly accused,” Reagan said of his labor secretary..
He also said he will fight for congressional passage of his proposed tax credits for parents of children in private schools. “It’s simple fairness” to give them a break since they also such also pay taxes to support the public school system, he said.
The president said the nation was “fortunate” that former Treasury Secretary George P. Shultz, has accepted his nomination to succeed llaig. He said Shultz “is a man with great experience and a man of unquestioned integrity.”
In an obvious response to Haig’s criticism that Reagan has wandered from the policy course he established when he took office, the president said he is satisfied he is meeting his goals.
“There is going to be no change in policy,” he said. “Foreign policy comes from the Oval Office and with the help of a fine secretary of state.” While sources close to Haig are saying he feels he was forced into a resignation by the White House, Reagan said nothing criticial of Haig and didn’t mention any policy differences.
While he said some Arab nations may th nk Washington knew of Israel’s plans, it did r it. “We were caught as much by surprise as anyone,” he said.
But he was not otherwise critical of Israel’s actions, and he seemed to accept Israel’s explanation that it launched its invasion to defend itself against artillery and rocket attacks from PLO units in southern lebanon.
Reagan said the PLO had been a government within a government in Lebanon and had pursued aggression themselves across a border by way of rocket firing and artillery barrages.”
Subdivision flea market
Bargains 'thrown to the wind'
lf a stray balloon wanders into your yard this week, don’t just chunk it in the trash. Stick a pin in the skin and find out what’s inside.
It might be a coupon for a free Coke, or a sausage on a stick. An ear of corn, or a trio of tamales.
Or maybe something more versatile: a percentage discount on the item of your choice at a Giant Garage Sale and Flea Market to he hosted by the Canyon I .ake Village Civic Association.
The neighborhood organization sent up 50 helium balloons last Monday, each one bearing a coupon for use at the July 4 sale.
Skies looked stormy when the many-colored orbs were released. Dub Janowski, president of the Civic
Association, said prevailing winds blew most of them toward the northwest.
“It looked real pretty,” lie said. “They went up into those dark clouds, and then no telling what happened to them. Anyway, there s 50 coupons floating around somewhere.”
Even if you didn’t find a balloon, the Giant Garage Sale has a lot to offer. Residents of Canyon Lake Village have donated a wide variety of “trash and treasures,” (as Janowski puts it) for customers of almost any age or field of interest.
The community also plans a good-sized concessions area. Sausage, corn on the cob, meat loaf and sno-cones will be available, along with
soft drinks. Janowski said the club had applied for a temporary beer license, too.
The sale will he open from IO a.m. to 8 p.m. at the community clubhouse on Skyline Drive.
Proceeds w ill go toward club activities and whatever worthy causes the association comes up with.
“Maybe we can find some charitable projects to put money into. It depends on how much we take in,” Janowski laughed.
“This is our first time to try tins. We’ll just see how it goes,” he added. “We hope to do it next year, too. In fact, we’re calling it our “first annual’ Giant Garage Sale.’’
Canyon I .ake Village is located 1.5 miles west of Sattler on FM 2673.Inaid<Local hospitality
An 88 year old man pilot still recalls a rather hairy trip he made to New Braunfels back in 1918, when pilots and planes were far from com monplace. Page 4.
Woman finds thunderstorm an 'electrifying' experience
lf you heard a good, loud thunderclap around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday and wondered w here the lightning bolt landed, Mrs. Ida Walker can tell you.
It electrified her front porch briefly, and her with it. Then it set fire to her stove. ^
Oddly, the lightning didnYbkm any fuses in the house at 92G Cross St. it didn t damage the building, didn’t burn any lights out, didn’t hurt anyone - didn’t do anything, really, except start a fire in the stove’s wiring.
“I was on the porch, adjusting a sheet of plastic I keep over my plants. I heard the thunder and that’s when it started. It looked like car headlights shining in my
eyes,” Walker said in a telephone
An eerie haze of static elec-t ►*.t> v.flckLnl over the porch jfcNed all over my hands >’ -niuTvMhes,” she said.
left. It just soil of goes away from you."
Walker’s two grandchildren were iii the kitchen and began shouting, “U»ok, look!” she said. The stove, an electric range with a gas oven, was on fire.
Flustered, Walker called the fire department, which responded with trucks and an ambulance in the pouring rain. She then tried to smother the foot-high flames with a towel.
Staff photo by John Senter
Let us sprayReagan says he's the boss of U.S. foreign policy
Instead, Reagan praised Haig for “a superhuman job” of trying to prevent the war in the Falkland Islands. “His service to his country and his service to the administration have been all that could be desired,” he said.
Reagan declined to answer questions on the progress of the negotiations to end the war in Lebanon and save Beirut from further fighting between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.