New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 22, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Dallas starts early on convention plans
DALLAS (AP) — Guy Calluaud was surprised when someone reserved a table for four at his restaurant for six weeks.
And he was even more surprised when the caller said the reservation at the chic Dallas restaurant was being made two years in advance.
But city officials and Republican National Committee organizers already are scooping up restaurant tables, hotel rooms and chauffeured limousines in preparation for the 1984 Republican National Convention.
Calluaud and other Dallas merchants are savoring the thoughts of big-spending
Republicans invading Dallas even though it is still two years until the opening gavel.
Next week, Calluaud said, he expects to close a deal on a Republican dinner party for IOO. He would not identify his prized foursome because “they asked me not to say their name.”
RNC planners estimate that this will be a Texas-sized convention, with a small city of more than 25,000 people descending on “Big D.”
Dallas convention planner Charles Bass said he went to work as soon as President Ronald Reagan expressed an interest in
Dallas in a letter to Gov. Bill Clements last January.
Bass, who is vice president of a Chamber of Commerce group called the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, reserved every hotel room he could find in Dallas County, and some more in neighboring Tarrant County.
In all, Bass made reservations for 26,000 rooms at 123 hotels.
Several city fathers are trying to create a new slogan for the city during the convention, he said.
“I’m getting suggestions from people,” Bass said. “Mayor (Jack) Evans is in
terested in getting something like “Dallas, the city ... whatever. We may put it to a competition. That would be a hell of a way to get the whole city involved in this thing.” Peggy Venable, director of meetings and conventions for the RNC, said about 22,000 of the hotel rooms already reserved will be used by delegates, VIPs and media representatives.
“We didn’t use that many in Detroit,” she said. “But we’ve never had as many rooms available as in Dallas.”
Bass said hotel rooms will be parceled out by the convention planners using a City of
Officials at downtown hotels are anxiously awaiting word on which hotel will be named the official headquarters by the RNC, Bass
That decision will be made next month when the Arrangements Committee of the RNC meets in Dallas to make further plans and put 12 subcommittees to work on an array of details — from badges and decorations to security and hotel accommodations.
See CONVENTION, Page 16
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91-No. 143
July 22,1982 25 cents
P8-Z board likes new set of proposals
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
They questioned it and tinkered with it some. But on the whole, members of the Planning and Zoning Commission liked a proposed update of city regulations for curb cuts and parking lots.
The commission met Tuesday for a workshop session. City Planning Director Debra Goodwin said the driveway and parking-lot rules will be submitted at the next regular meeting for a vote on recommending them to City Council.
The proposal calls for a “driveway access permit” to be required separately from building permits. Applicants would file an application containing a description of the property, plus
location and dimensions of any driveways.
The proposal contains the following requirements:
For residential driveways: Approaches would not be less than 12 feet wide, or more than 30 feet.
A “roll face” with a three-foot radius would be required from driveway to curb. Approach grades would not exceed 12 percent.
For commercial-industrial: Width of driveways would be 20 to 40 feet, and would not occupy more than 70 percent of the road frontage of a tract of land devoted to one use. A grade of not more than IO percent would be required.
Only one driveway approach would be permitted
See CURB, Page 16
Citizens voice water worries at Edwards district open forum
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
“We all drink from the same bucket,” was the opening comment of Carl Baba, moderator for an Edwards Underground Water District forum held Wednesday in the Civic Center. “We’re here to talk about that bucket tonight.”
Comal County citizens had a lot to say. Approximately 150 were in attendance at this first in a series of five forums, one scheduled in each county served by the Edwards district.
Betty Lou Rushing, chairman of the River & Lakes Action Council, urged regulation of puinpage from the Edwards Aquifer and elimination of the “archaic English law” that gives landowners unlimited rights to the waters lying underneath their property.
leonard Meyer of New Braunfels, an old hand at giving advice to government, had plans to divert Guadalupe River water for San Antonio’s municipal use.
Edward Dedeke warned that the year 2000 A.D., often used in projections of the aquifer’s future, was only 18 years away. “Those of you who have purchased a condominium on the Comal on a 20-
year payment plan will still have two years to pay in 2000,” he said, eliciting a few chuckles from the panel.
Dr. Ed Grist, former county sanitarian, urged construction of more and better recharge dams, while commending the EUWD and other agencies for the work they’ve done to date. And Dr. Minnie Giesecke Wight said they hadn’t done nearly enough.
“Why the long delay in instituting discussions like this? Why the failure to inform the public of the likelihood of the Comal Springs stopping?” asked Wight, speaking for the local Conservation Society. “These things we have found out for ourselves in New Braunfels, by studying all the reports that were available.
“It’s wonderful to talk about ‘what shall we do?’ But how many years will it be before what we should do can be done?” she added.
The panel, representing a wide variety of water-related agencies, didn’t respond immediately to Wight’s speech. But several members offered defensive comments in later discussion, most notably Medina County Judge Jerome Decker.
“I’ve been involved with this district (EUWD) since it was established in 1959. There has beenBritish have clues in IRA bombings
volumes and volumes of literature put out,”
Decker said. “Maybe we just don’t pay enough attention. We never worry about the water until the well goes dry.”
Rushing’s plea for ground water regulation brought forth some interesting comments.
“Just to make sure I heard you right — are you asking for a change in the common law of Texas?” Decker asked. As a landowner in agriculturally-based Medina County, he said he’d have trouble accepting that idea.
“It’s going to have to come to that,” said Rushing. She and a few other speakers put special emphasis on landowners who pump water from the Aquifer and then pipe it outside the Edwards zone for sale.
A passage from the /'< ms Ii rh I,mr lh rn ir, quoted by Rushing in her original presentation, stated that Texas is the only western state still operating under the English water-rights doctrine. Other water-short areas have recognized ground water as a public resource, Rushing said.
Oliver Haas, vice chairman and Comal County representative on the EUWD board, said the 1957
See AQUIFER, Page 16
LONDON (AP» Britain may be hit by new bombing attacks from the Irish Republican Army, the outlawed guerrilla organization indicated today.
The Belfast weekly Republican News said that one bomb in London is worth IOO in Belfast.
The warning appeared two days after two IRA bombs killed nine soldiers and injured 50 other people in two London parks.
British police also have warned of a new IRA offensive.
The blasts ended an eight-month lull in IRA bombings on the British mainland, which have now killed 78 people since March 1972.
“It is obvious that the IRA has overcome the extremely difficult logistical problems of carrying out operations in England," a Republican News editorial said. The paper often serves as a vehicle for views of the Irish nationalist movement.
An IRA spokesman quoted in the paper would not say if the latest London bombings w ere the prelude to a new bombing campaign, adding: “But by Britain’s own yardstick such actions are the only thing it will listen to.”
A small blue car identical to the one used in the nail bomb attack on the queen’s ceremonial guard was parked in Hyde Park earlier today in a police effort to recreate the bombing scene and jog the memory
of w itnesses.
Police said they have a description of one of the Irish Republican Army guerrillas who was seen parking a seven-year-old Morris Marina car in Hyde Parks South (arriage Road half an hour before it exploded Tuesday, killing three cavalrymen.
Six other soldiers were killed in another IRA bombing in Regent’s Park two hours later.
Detectives from Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist branch said lucy hoped that after seeing pictu ‘es of the car, many more witnesses would come forward.
The car was removed minutes before 15 mounted soldiers of the Blues and Royals rode past the spot w here their three comrades were killed. A spokesman said a full reconstruction will be held sometime next week.
The Blues and Royals carried their now tattered standard, with battle honors dating back to 1662. It was torn and blood-spattered by the bombing but had been cleaned. One cavalryman said they wanted the ride to be “the best London has ever seen.”
The Blues and Royals, riding to the Changing of the Guard ceremony in Whitehall for the first time since the bombing, came to attention in silent tribute to their comrades killed by the blast.
See BOMBING, Page 16Inside
RELIGIOUS FOCUS .
Back in jail
Richard Sledge returns to TDC after parole mistake found
stands in the then open spillway.
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Richard Sledge, former New Braunfels Utilities manager, went back voluntarily to the Texas Department of Corrections Monday, after he was notified his May 18 parole release was in error.
District Attorney Bill Schroeder, who had made two trips to Austin to request TDC review Sledge’s early release, got the word Wednesday Sledge was back behind bars. His secretary said Thursday Schroeder was “thrilled to death” with the news.
Sledge was paroled May 18 to Hidalgo County after serving four months and two days of a five-year sentence for stealing $23,000 in Utilities funds.
Credit for that error goes to the county of conviction. said Rick Hartley, administrative asssistant to the TDC director. “Our records did not indicate he was not in jail from February of 1981 to Dec. 23, 1981, when his appeal was denied.
“There should have been some kind of notice from the county of conviction, Comal in this case, saying he was out on bond while his case was on appeal. We needed something to show us he was at-large during the appellate process.”
Without such notice, Sledge’s TDC records read as if he’d been in custody from his sentencing date of Feb. ll, 1981, to Dec. 23, 1981, when his appeal was denied by the Court of Criminal Appeals. However, Sledge was in Louisiana, working as a salvage contractor, dismantling an old power
Schroeder said he was told the confusion involved a missing capias for Sledge’s arrest, issued after his appeal was denied. The capias should have been included with other papers sent to TDC, but was not.
The error in the official court records forced the early parole, Hartley said. “TDC is responsible for notifying the Texas Parole Board that a prisoner is eligible. But TDC bases its decision on official court records, and if those records are in error or incomplete, mistakes are made.”
However, an error like this one is “very, very rare,” Hartley added.
With the confusion resolved, TDC’s records now-reflect Sledge began serving his five-year sentence in January of this year. At the time of his May 18 parole, Sledge was earning good time at TDC with trustee status. Translated in layman’s terms, that meant Sledge received credit for twice as much time as he served.
TDC normally considers a person eligible for parole after one-third of his or her sentence has been served. In Sledge’s case, 20 months is one-third of his five-year sentence, but with trustee status and jail good time, that period could very likely be cut in half.
“If he goes back to that same status,” Hartley said, “then he could be eligible for parole as early as October of this year.”
Staff photos by John SenterClose look
Canyon Dam was closed Wednesday so experts from the Fort Worth and Dallas offices of the Corps of Engineers could perform a rigorous five year inspection. Above, Rocky Wolf checks the lake side. Left, an unidentified inspector