New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Leaky roof threatens county equipment
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Bate Bond hopes it doesn't rain.
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Comal Commissioners have declared a state of emergency — at least as far as the Courthouse roof is concerned.
They did so Thursday after hearing from County Auditor Bate Bond that valuable computer equipment stored in his office and in the District Courtroom was in danger of being damaged.
Bond told commissioners Thursday that “21 holes” had been spotted on a 350 square-foot portion of roof over his office where valuable computer equipment was stored.
“I notice it’s a little cloudy out this morning,” said Bond, who requested that commissioners call Thursday’s special meeting.
“And folks,” he said half smiling, “I’m not really willing to wait IO days” to get the roof fixed.
Normally commissioners are required to go out for bids on services or products valued at “over $3,000.” The law also requires that they advertise in local newspapers for IO days for such bids.
But by declaring the roof situation an emergency, Commissioners Court could legally bypass calling for bids, County Judge Max Wommack said.
“We never know when it will rain and we have several thousands of dollars worth of equipment in the building. I’d hate to see it damaged by water,” Wommack said and suggested they declare the roof situation an emergency.
After hearing from Bond that the equipment stored in his office amounted to “more than $24,000,” and that the equipment in the courtroom was “worth in excess of $100,000,” commissioners were more than willing to declare such an emergency.
They were also concerned when Bond told them that “rain could trickle down (from his office) to the
district courtroom (on second floor) and on the new carpet (in the courtoom).”
In addition to declaring a state of emergency for the roof, commissioners also authorized Bond to check with area roof contractors about prices for roof repairs.
Bond said after contacting contractors, he would submit the cost results to County Judge Max Wommack. “ITI get with the judge and we’ll decide what to do,” said Bond.
Meanwhile, Bond said they would cover the computer equipment until they could get the roof fixed.
New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 91 - No. 144
Murder information worth $1,000
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
A $1,000 reward has been offered by the Secret Witness program for information leading to the arrest of person!s) involved in the murder of Arnulfo “Shorty-I,alio” Martinez.
“The program was organized several years ago, and is very similar to Crimestoppers,” Lt. Felix Roque said Friday. “We are offering the reward, but cannot promise anonymity to those who come forth with information that could be used as testimony.”
Martinez, 48, of 1354 Katy, died Monday, July 19, from injuries he incurred from a beating he took between 12 and 2 a.m. July 16. The homicide ruling was based on autopsy findings Tuesday.
“We’ve narrowed down the time element from 12 to 2 a.m., but we’re still not sure of a location,” Roque said, “except it was probably near the Daily Double.”
Martinez was seen in the 1500 block of West San Antonio Thursday night. After the beating, he came to his sister’s residence around 5 a.in.
Friday. However, the police and medical assistance were not summoned until around 7:30 a.m. Roque said Martinez’ family was not aware of the seriousness of his injuries.
Martinez was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital, but later transferred to Methodist Hospital rn San Antonio where he died at 5:55 a.m. Monday.
The murder case was not presented to Thursday’s Comal County Grand Jury, Roque said, “because we didn’t feel any of the testimony we had so far could lead to the indictment of anyone.”
Persons with helpful information as to the whereabouts of Martinez between 12 and 2 a.m., or any other facts that could lead to the arrest of his attacker!s), are asked to call the New Braunfels Police Department at 625-3467, or the Criminal Investigation Division at 025-7181.
Subdivision trying to get out of C/SD
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Trustees of the Comal Independent School District are standing pat on Encino Park — much to the dissatisfaction of residents who would like to be part of San Antonio’s Northeast ISD.
Four Encino Park representatives, including developer Lloyd Denton and consultant Wendell Davis, came Tuesday to see whether trustees would act on a detachment petition presented in June.
“You asked me to get with our attorneys on this,” CISD superintendent Edgar Willhelm told the board. “They recommend at this time, and I also recommend, that we take no action regarding Encino Park.”
None of the trustees proposed any action, and the four spectators left without comment.
“We’re not sure what our next step will be,” said Davis in a telephone interview Wednesday.
Encino Park is a subdivision caught between two school districts. Part of it is already in the Northeast ISI). The rest cuts across a “peninsula” of CISD territory which protrudes southward into Bexar County, in some cases bisecting individual lots.
The IO residents who signed the June petition (to say nothing of project developers) want to detach
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the entire peninsula and make it Northeast territory. They see the distances to Bulverde and Smithson Valley schools as “unreasonable” in view of the fact that Northeast has campuses less than five miles to the south. The developers say the CIS!) lots aren’t selling well, and think the unfamiliar school district is part of the reason why.
The petitioners don’t really need CISD’s permission to detach; the authority lies with the Bexar County Commissioners Court. But they’d like the blessing of both school districts.
“The one thing that’s being lost is that we’re trying to do this properly and elicit the understanding of everyone involved — starting with the Comal ISD," said Peter Gill, who brought the petition to the board. “We’re hoping the board of trustees will see the human side of this.”
There are also practical considerations. “If he can get the cooperation of this board, and of the Northeast ISD board, that will make his walk through the commissioners court that much easier,” said superintendent Willhelm.
Thus far, CIS!) isn’t cooperating. Northeast, which hasn’t been officially approached, claims indifference.
“Our position has been, and still is, that we do not initiate those kinds of things,” said Ed West,
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Closed for repairs
The Dunlap Dam, built in the early '30s on the Guadalupe River, is undergoing a major overhaul. Workers for the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority
Staff photo by John Senter
replace timbers on the flood control project, some of which date back to the dam's completion in 1932.
Inflation in double digits for second straight month
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices, spurred by a big jump in gasoline costs, kicked up a full I percent in June for the second straight month, the government said today.
E3ven with the strong surge, which amounts to a 13.3 percent gain on an annual basis, inflation was running at a modest 5.1 percent annual rate for the first half of this year, the Labor Department said.
That compares with the 8.9 percent of last year and 12.4 percent of 1980. Economists are predicting an inflation rate for all of this year in the range of 5 percent to 7 percent.
June’s advance in the I^abor Department’s Consumer Price Index was propelled largely by sharply higher gasoline prices which rose a seasonally adjusted 5.4 percent for the month, well above the 0.9 percent gain in May but stil less than the 9.4 percent peak monthly increase in March 1981, the report said. Fuel oil prices rose 2.1 percent in June compared to a 0.7 percent increase in May.
Energy prices had been falling earlier, tumbling nearly 15 percent from March
1981 to April 1982. But experts had been looking for sizable increases this summer with the tightening of oil stocks and the lessening of the worldwide oil surplus.
Also kicking up the inflation measure last month were housing costs, which soared I percent, lower than the 1.4 percent increase the previous month, but still well above the monthly changes earlier in the year which had either declined or risen less than one percentage point.
Home prices climbed 2.3 percent but mortgage interest rates were off 0.8 percent. Rents were up 0.4 percent, the report said.
Food prices were up 0.6 percent, compared with an 0.8 percent increase in May. Prices rose sharply for beef and pork while poultry prices were off slightly. Egg prices tumbled for the fourth straight month. The cost of restaurant meals and alcholic beverages were up.
The June and May increases of a seasonally adjusted I percent compared with the tiny 0.2 percent increase in April and the 0.3 percent decline in March, the department said.
For the 12 months ending in June, inflation rose 7.1 percent, the new report said.
If prices rose for 12 straight months at June’s pace, the yearly jump would be 13.3 percent. The annual rate reported by the department is based on a more precise calculation of monthly changes than the figure the department makes public.
In other areas, today’s report said.
—Transportation rose 2.1 percent, reflecting the big jump in gasoline costs. New car prices climbed 0.7 percent and prices for used cars were up 0.2 perecent. Automobile finance charges rose sharply, after falling earlier in the year.
—Medical care costs were up 0.9
percent, about the same as in the last three months. Physicians’ fees rose 0.7 percent and the cost of hospital rooms was up I percent.
—Apparel cost rose a scant 0.1 percent after falling by 0.1 percent in May. Modest increases in apparel services and shoes offset declines in the costs of most types of clothing.
Growth committee to work on legislation
The proposed detatchment area is shaded gray.
If it hopes to have the legislature help it out, the newly-formed county growth committee will be racing against a five-month deadline.
Comm. J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, who last March suggested that the Comal County Growth and Development Committee be set up, recognized this deadline in an interview Thursday.
“It’s very important for the committee to have recommendations
made to Commissioners Court in advance of the 1983 legislative session (which will meet in January) — in the event that they want to propose some type of legislation,” Evans said after a special Com-mississioners Court meeting.
“The (yet to be announced) members of the steering committee
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