New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
River Road hearing still up in the air
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The date for the public hearing to discuss no parking on River Road still hasn’t been set.
But whatever the date, the hearing will probably be well attended — especially since just talking about setting the date drew interest in Commissioners Court Wednesday.
Since the court proposed noparking along River Road last week, three county commissioners have changed their minds about the court’s earlier proposal.
With the exception of Comm. J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, who was absent
Wednesday afternoon, commissioners are taking a second look at the ideas proposed by the the citizens’ and businessmen’s River Road committee. River Road resident Joe Davis is head of this committee.
The committee’s recommendations, presented to the court in early May, call for no parking “in hazardous areas, at bridge crossings, dangerous curves, where there is heavy side traffic, tight squeezes caused by cliffs (and trees or obstacles) and anywhere that there is no clearance to legally
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Comm. Orville Heitkamp outlines his views on River Road parking
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
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(USPS 377-880)Budget battleCompromise resolution has flaws, Loeffler says
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Rep. Tom Loeffler described the federal budget-making process Wednesday at lunch with the Rotary Club here, giving his audience a preview of future Congressional battles.
Loeffler, (R-Hunt), the deputy whip for the Republicans in the House of Representatives, said he spent IO grueling days in closed-door sessions with other Congressmen to come up with a compromise budget plan.
Although the compromise < which he called the “218-vote budget” because of the number needed to pass it) contains things he flat-out doesn’t like, he may end up supporting it because it was a consensus effort, he said.
Loeffler said, “We’ve spent long, long hours forming a bridge between the White House, the Republican Congressional leadership, and Democrats” known as the “Boll Weevils” for their support of Reagan’s budget and tax-cut initiatives last year.
loeffler, who faces Democrat Charlie Stough in November, said in an interview he didn’t think election-year pressures would cause that bridge to collapse.
“I admire them (the Boll Weevils) and I enjoy working with them. They’re like me — they’re not thinking of the party, they’re thinking of the country,” he said.
His current tour of the 21st District, still the largest in Texas, began IO days ago and will end Thursday. Congressional redistricting removed 185,000 north Bexar County voters from the district and added Midland and Presidio counties. Comal County is on the district’s eastern edge.
The Reagan administration “has a handle on inflation” but high unemployment and high interest rates are now the country’s biggest economic problems, he said.
Loeffler restated his commitment to the administration’s “New Beginning” and ticked off the elements he said were required for economic
Rail strike due Sunday?
WASHINGTON (AP) President Reagan will have to decide soon whether to invoke emergency provisions of the Railway I^abor Act to avert a strike scheduled for Sunday by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
A spokesman for the 40,000-member union said Wednesday the BLE will stage a nationwide strike Sunday night against more than IOO rail carriers unless Reagan acts to appoint a fact-finding board. Such a move, under the railway act, would forestall a strike for BO days. Any walkoutlduring that period would be illegal.
In Los Angeles, deputy White House press secretary I*irry Speukes said the president was briefed on the issues in the rail dispute and on what a strike would mean. He said Reagan will receive recommendations soon from the National Mediation Board.
Asked about the possibility of a rail strike, I,abor Secretary Raymond J. Donovan said, “I am more optimistic than that. We have faced several strike situations since we’ve come to office."
Robert Harris, chairman of the board, said today that officials were “still gathering data” and he expected a report would be sent to Reagan soon. Under the law, the mediation board must conclude that a rail strike would deprive a section of the country of “essential transportation service” before Reagan could appoint fact finders.
“It looks pretty much like a national rail strike would cause the kind of situation” that would justify
such a move, Harris said.
Donovan said: “We have been consistent in our policy, and to date, they have all worked out using what I like to call the miracle of collective bargaining.
“And I trust that this one will, too. We monitor it daily and if it should come to an impasse, we will...cross that bridge when we come to it.”
But in Cleveland, an official of the locomotive engineers' union said it would take a miracle to avoid a walkout.
“The matter now rests with the president," said V.F. Davis, director of research and education for the union.
“We’ve got a process under the (railway labor) act, and we’re following it,” he said. “A strike would have quite an impact The trains would stop.”
Davis said “these things are not taken lightly" by his union, noting that the last time the BLE struck the rail carriers was in 1946.
A strike by the engineers would idle virtually all of the nation’s freight trains, although Conrail, the federally subsidized freight carrier in the Northeast, would not In* affected.
Amtrak, the National Rail Passenger Corp., also would not be directly involved.
Negotiations between the railroad engineers union and the National Railway Labor Conference, the management bargaining arm, broke down May 2B and the union refused voluntary arbitration by the mediation board.
Staff photo by John Senter
Rep. Tom Loeffler explains the compromise budget resolution
recovery: reduction of the growth of government spending and of “burdensome” government regulation, tax cuts and a “tight money” fiscal policy.
The budget talks included 20 Congressmen from both parties who closeted themselves in a committee room and set a goal of reducing federal deficit spending to $100 billion by 198J and $50 billion by 1985.
Currently, the deficit is running in the neighborhood of $180 billion, but Loeffler said in an interview the committee used that figure as a ‘worst case’ and the actual deficit may be lower.
“There had to be give-and-take from all members representing different political philosophies. It (the compromise) contains things many of us don’t support, and are not proud of," he told his audience.
For example, the compromise includes a $20
billion “revenue enhancement" package — “That’s a nice Washington phrase that means tax increase.’" he said. Republicans limited that measure to one year only, he added.
Loeffler would rather see the $20 billion come from further cuts in domestic spending. He said in his speech, however, that defense spending couldn’t be considered “sacrosanct," either.
The compromise doesn’t have the force of law , he cautioned. It’s only a resolution; the actual votes on different parts of the budget will be taken separately, and there are already 13 bills circulating on appropriations measures alone.
“The mix has yet to be determined. Any one of these bills that exceeds the president’s guidelines is susceptible to a veto, and we have the votes to sustain that,” he said.
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New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 91 — No. 133
'Clowns' net $15,000 in daylight holdup
MCMURRAY, Pa. (AP) - The white-faced, baggy-clothed clowns at the shopping center amused children and parents alike, but the laughter ended when the performers abruptly pulled guns on armored car guards and made off with $15,000.
“Apparently they were very good clowns,” FBI spokesman Jeff Kimball said after Wednesday’s heist. “They were entertaining kids and their parents for some time as they waited for the guards to come out.”
The two clowns were performing for children in the Donaldson’s Crossroads Shopping Center parking lot when the guards from landmark Security Transport Inc. of Pittsburgh walked from a Mellon Bank branch at 1:30 p.m., Kimball said. »
The clowns then approached “in a humorous fashion” and pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and a handgun, surprising the drivers, he said.
The costumed robbers wefe then joined by a man in street clothes, and the three forced the guards into the front of the armored car.
After binding the guards’ eyes, mouth and hands with tape, the
three men then drove for a short distance, ran the van off the road, down an embankment and into a tree, Kimball said. The guards were unhurt and freed themselves “within a very short time” after the gunmen fled, he said.
Mellon Bank spokeswoman Denise Davis said the guards had just dropped off a customer’s night deposit bags when the heist occurred in the Washington County community of Peters Township, about 15 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.
Before going to the bank, the guards had picked up a bag of checks from a nearby savings and loan association and stopped for some cash from a liquor store.
“To the best of my knowledge, no Mellon money was involved,” Ms. Davis said. A law enforcement official who asked not to be identified said $15,000 was stolen.
Kimball said the “novel” holdup was viewed by many who watched the clowns perform, including children.
“They just looked like clowns with white makeup and baggy costumes, like they were at the circus,” said Madeline Carlson, 27, who was ^eating lunch outside when the clowns arrived.
Developers to build lakes on old Holzapfel property
By DYANNE FRY Stall writer
Garden Ridge may soon have its own lake lakes, in fact.
They won’t belong to the city. Ivy Oaks Properties, new owner of the land that once belonged to Eduard Holzapfel, would like to see its proposed “amenity area” managed by non-profit corporation set up just for that purpose.
The area will also include three tennis courts, a clubhouse and perhaps a racquetball facility. Ivy Oaks agent Hon Dunlap said it would be open to all Garden Ridge residents.
Still very much in the planning stages, the manmade lakes are Ivy Oaks’ latest idea on what to do with a poorly-drained, flood-prone section of the 88-acre Holzapfel tract. Planning and zoning chairman Bob Kolstad seems pleased with the idea.
“We did tell them to go ahead and proceed with their planning,” said Kolstad. His board met with the developers on June 21. “When they get their actual engineering plans, they’ll have to bring them to us for approval.”
Garden Ridge engineer Craig Hollmig took a close look at preliminary plans, and agreed the idea seemed feasible, Kolstad added.
The developers plan to move some earth to create the area. Dunlap, in attendance at the City Council’s Wednesday meeting, said the lakes would be dug out to a depth of IO feet, so that dams could be built as low as possible. The dry-sport areas will be built up. I^akes will be eight to IO feet apart, and stocked with fish. A well and a pump will provide a steady flow of fresh water.
The soil under the area will provide a natural sealer for the bottom of the lakes, Dunlap added. “We had some soil tests done. When they got
down to tile 10-foot level, they found Del Rio clay, which is a perfect bottom for lakes. We had planned to move it in from outside the county,” said the agent.
Overflow in times of heavy rain will end up iii Apple Run, which has caused some flooding problems in Garden Ridge before.
“They feel there won’t be any heavier runoff than we’re getting right now. The lakes could act as a retentive measure, up to a point,” Kolstad said. His planning and zoning board will have to be satisfied that the engineering is sound before construction can proceed.
Ivy Oaks plans to turn the rest of the Holzapfel tract into a high-quality residential area with allburied utilities.
Dunlap said the company hopes to start on the project by early September.
Lake Dunlap level to be loweredInside
The level of Lake Dunlap will be lowered 1.5 feet, beginning Monday to allow the replacement of timbers on spillgates.
That announcement came from Larry Moltz, assistant operations manager for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority. Moltz estimated the timber replacement would take up to
four months, with the lake remaining at the lower level during that time.
Similar activities were recently completed on the No. I spillgate at Lake H-5 in Gonzales County. During the process, seals are replaced, minor repairs are made to the gate structures, and wooden timbers are replaced in the face of the spillgates.
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