New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Tending to the parks
City, MHMR clients benefit from program
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Richard Ogletree, workshop supervisor for die Mental Health-Mental Retardation i MHMR I Center, and his yard crew have been giving the city’s parks some tender loving care since May I. Their dedication is beginning to get the deserved attention.
"Yep, it’s my birthday today,” Ogletree said, wiping his brow, behind a weed-eater Monday at Market Plaza.
"('an't think of a better way to spend it than out here with these folks."
These folks are clients of the MHMR
Center, who spend at least three days of the week mowing, edging, watering, picking up trash, and keeping tabs on vandalism in city parks. They are part of the Center’s outreach program, and they love contributing to the community.
"A lot of people say they can’t do anything, but they are capable. The work puts them in the public, it makes them feel good, and they are proud of their work,” Ogletree said. "They can tell me every morning which park we need to go to, and if it rams, they never forget to go back and finish.”
The cooperative program with the city
began on May I, with the present contract ending Sept. 30 But everyone involved, especially Parks [^rector Court Thielernan, would like to extend it into the winter months on a limited basis, "We’ll be heavily into the redevelopment of Hmman Island by then, and it sure would help us keep up.” Thielernan said.
The program's initial target areas were Market Plaza, Ijndheimer Plaza, River Acres park and the Guada-Coma cul-de-sacs. But the MHMR crew was so efficient, that two more park areas —
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See mhmr. Page it Two MHMR center clients mow the grass in Market Plaza
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 No. 139
THURSDAY July 14,1983 25 cents
lUSPS 377 880
Court may wield knife on budget
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Comal County Commissioners thumbed through their department heads' budget requests Wednesday. arid in general, were not pleased with what they saw.
The letter accompanying the call for 1984 budget proposals stated that the commissioners hoped to avoid raising the tax rate next year. and asked department heads to economize as much as possible in their requests
"As far as I can tell, only three departments have been cognizant of this.” grumbled Precinct I Commissioner J I. Evant.
"Maybe we ought to send the letter again,” said County Judge Fred Clark.
Actually, what will probably happen is that most departments will get less than they asked for A great deal less, in some cases Because the cunuiussioners court appears pretty well unanimous in its resolve to keep the 19-cent-per HUO tax rate through 1984
"There’s already been a substantial increase, because of the jail, and the
(New Braunfels Independent School District I school bond election,” said Clark "And people are feeling that. I just don't think this is the time to raise taxes ”
Pct 2 Commissioner Monroe Wetz agreed, "I think we should live with the money we've got.”
What they’ve got — or will have — is ll 47 percent more than what they have this year, estimated County Auditor Bate Bond.
The preliminary tax roll (which won t be finalized until the Appraisal Review Board finishes its hearings this month I gives the county a tax base of just over $1,178 billion. This, with the lucent rate, will bring in $135,000 more in property taxes than was collected this year.
Property uses combined with other fees and revenues should add between $400,000 and $600,000 to the county's 1983 budget of $5 million, Bond said Commissioners will try to keep that bottom line in mind during the coming weeks, as they trull individual pieces to fit into the complete puzzle. Conferences with department heads
See BUDGET, Page 1$
Embassy officials face death threats
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FRED CLARK displeased with budget data
SAN SALVADOR. El Salvador AP' The U S Embassy says it has ordered American military and diplomatic personnel not to jog in parks or visit popular nightclubs because of death threats from leftist guerrillas.
A U.S. Embassy official said *ednesda> that the staff of approximately IOO has been instructed to avoid public places in response to the threats, described as "pretty serious" by other embassy officials
The gpopuiar liberation Forces, a leftist rebel group, claimed responsibility for the May 25 assassination of Navy Ut Cmdr Albert Schaufelberger 111 in San Salvador The latest threat also came from that organization, the U S embassy official said.
' We have received information of a din—t specified threat, an attempt to kill along the lines of Ai s murder, specifically against military people and conceivably against others.” said the official, who requested anonymity for security reasons
Schaufelberger. 33. was shot in the head three times through an open window of his bulletproofed car as he waited at a university campus to pick up a Salvadoran woman friend He was deputy chief of the U S military advisers assisting the Salvadoran armed forces in the war against the insurgents He
also was in charge of security for the group The Popular liberation Forces, considered the must radical of five guerrilla groups fighting the rightist government, warned rn a communique after Schaufelberger was lulled that it would “harvest” dead Americans The embassy decided to tighten security after it received a memorandum last Thursday from Salvadoran army intelligence warning of more threats, the U S official said The rules were issued Monday.
Under the rules, embassy staff must no tonger jog in public places or slay out for more thai. 90 minutes at a tune They must also avoid press photographers and night clubs w here they w < *uld be conspicuous Embassy personnel already had bodyguards and bulletproof vehicles before the new rules The enc bassy is surrounded by a heavy steel fence and concrete wall with pillboxes manned by armed guards
leftist and rightist groups have attacked the embassy with rockets and gun fire at least a dozer, times since the 45-month civil war began In a farewell address to a business group. U.S Ambassador Deane R Hinton said he believed ii possible bul unlikely that the Reagan administration would dispatch troops to Central Amenta
New concept draws praise as classes begin in mid-summer
HOUSTON (AIM While other Texas schoolchildren were enjoying their summer vacations, about 50U Houston children were doing something quite different — starting school again, on a new. year-round calendar.
And by most accounts, they even were enjoying it Houston Independent School District officials on Wednesday instituted the new system at Janowski Elementary to alleviate overcrowding.
The year-round schedule, in which students will get 20 days of vacation after attending school about 12 weeks, will allow for 25 percent more use of the
school s facilities.
About 200 more pupils are expected to start school at Janowski in 20 days to set up the staggered schedule, which keeps one-fourth of the pupils on vacation at any one tune "I think it’s better. He won't forget as much,” said Guillermina Torres, whose son. Pedro Estaven. was beginning kindergarten at Janow ski.
"I like it,” said Claudia lima, IO, a fourth-grader It gives us more time to study.”
Parent Sara Hysquierdo liked the idea of the shorter but more frequent breaks
"It’ll really help the children not get so tired and bored with school,” she said. "And it'll help us, too."
Of the 25 parents asked to comment, only one, liirettab Ortiz, said she disliked the year-round system although her son, Joseph, a second-grader, clearly was pleased to be back at school "I don't think they get a long enough summer break,” Mrs Ortiz said He (Joseph i likes school He doesn’t care w hen it starts ”
The problems that surfaced Wednesday were typical of the first day of school anywhere, anytime, said Principal Rita Pounbeauf.
Scholarship fund set up in memory of reporter
A scholarship fund has beer. established rn memory of Her to Zeitung reporter Jacqueline Smith, killed rn a car-tram crash Monday night The fund, established al Texas Commerce Bank-New Braunfels, will be used to help a local high school student pursue a career in journalism Memorials may be sent to the bank or to the Her alo Zetung, Pl) Drawer 361
Smith. 24. a three-year veteran of the newspaper was killed when her car was struck by a train on FM 3009 She had been en route to a meeting of the Garden Ridge City Council In her three years, Smith had covered New Biaunfels Independent School District, Comal County and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and had also served as business writer and editorHeavy rains recorded in local area
Pedemales Electric Cooperative line foreman David Dossey hit the nail on the head about the rains that soaked parts of Comal County late Wednesday and early Thursday.
“Ifs just been good ol* rain - no problem at all,” he said. * And unless we get some thunderstorms, we shouldn't have any problems
New Braunfels received I 62 inches of rainfall overnight from the showers and thundershowers, according to radio station KGNB-KNBT.
Rainwater accumulated in low spots in some city
But there were no problems with power outages in the city, said Frank Panebianco, superintendent of electrical distribution
“We did real well last night,” he said. “We haven't had any problems with the ram. And if we don t receive any high winds or lightning, we'll be OK.”
Duasey echoed Panebianco’s comments.
“We haven’t had a problem, ifs just been a good rain,” he said
Rainfall amounts were smaller rn the county, with Canyon Lake receiving 56 inch and the Filcher Store only .1 inch
The lake level continued its slow drop Thursday morning, falling 03 foot to 906.35 feet above sea level.InsideToday's Weather
Cloudy skies are expected over Comal County for at least the next couple of days There’s a 70 percent chance of showers or thundershowers today, 20 percent chance tonight and 50 percent chance Friday Winds will be out of the east and southeast at IO to 15 miles per hour today and five to IO tonight. Sunset will be at 8 33 p m and sunrise at 6 41 a m.Who Has The Tapes?
Hustler publisher liirry Flynt said he made a deal to purchase the Vicki Morgan sex tapes which include activUes by the late Alfred Bloomingdale and some Washington politicians But even he says they may not exist Sea Pa®# 7
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Looking at schools
Texas panel to focus on primary education
AUSTIN (AP* - The head of the Select Committee on Public Education says the study group will put special emphasis on improving education in primary grades, particularly of needy children The 16-member blue-ribbon committee held its first meeting Wednesday to bear briefings from various education experts H Ross Perot, chairman and Dallas electronics executive, said the group will meet again soon for another briefing session before breaking up into subcommittees.
Gov Mark White, who was unsuccessful in getting a 24 percent raise for
schoolteachers out of the recent legislature, has said he will use the committees recommendations as the basis for another special legislative session Inter this year
Our country unfortunately is at the bottom of the achievement list with our international competitors," Perot told the committee.
"In other words our competitors are doing a better job ”
"We will be giving tremendous emphasis on the primary grades, and we will be giving particular emphasis on the primary grades to the disadvantaged
We will be communicating to Unpeople of Texas that the dollars we spend to make these children competitive and full-fledged members of society are pennies under the table compared to the dollars the taxpayers will have to give to support them throughout then lives,” Perot said.
Believe me. it is a whole lot better to produce a taxpayer than a lax-user ”
Other speakers followed Perot s trend, several pom ii rig out that children rn
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Court delays approval of subdivision
Developers of Deer Meadows Subdivision came up with a $14,000 letter of credit for road maintenance, but Comal County Commissioners delayed acceptance until they have a chanc e to check the existing road conditions Deer Meadows is rn Commissioner Bill George's Precinct 4, but it was Pct I Commissioner Jumbo Evans who wanted to meet on site with the developer and
Road Administrator Bode Dieter! velopers on site before taking a vote on Monday Evans wanted to check for debris left by the contractors, and for possible drainage problems
The commissioners court accepted the road system in two subdivisions, extended a construction letter of credit for another and approved plats and variances for two more All developments considered are
located rn Precinct 4,
Roads rn Oak Valley Ranches and Hunter Hills were unanimously accepted into the Unit Road System at Dielert’s recommendation Oak Valley’s roads were under a $5,000 maintenance letter of credit, and Hunter Hills had $4,000 up for maintenance.
See PLATS, Page lf