New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels HerakJ-Zfffung Thursday, July 25,1985
Five cities vie for new prison site
Christmas in July
Helen Wahl, women's fellowship chairman, and Adeline Biggers, bazaar chairman, look over some of the goodies to be sold at the annual Christmas in July Bazaar to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the First Protestant Church in New Braunfels. The event
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will be held in the Bormann Room of the Beele Parish House behind the church at the corner of Casten and Coll Streets. It will include the sale of handmade items and a soup and sandwich lunch at 11 a.m.
HUNTSVILLE (AP) - Officials from five Texas cities gave their best to sway the Texas Department of Corrections board to choose their area as home for a $60 million maximum-security prison unit.
Representatives from Palestine, Odessa, Navasota. Gatesville and Huntsville made presentations to the board Wednesday for the 2,250-inmate unit, the Houston Chronicle reported. Corpus Christi bowed out at the last minute.
“We now see the light, that prisons provide jobs," said Chuck Bernhard, chairman of economic development for the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. “Odessa is in the oil patch and there’s been trouble in the oil patch recently."
The new prison to be built on about 300 acres, could provide a financial lift for the sponsoring community by employing more than 600 with an annual payroll of about $14 million.
Of the five cities pushing for the prison, Odessa is the only one not having a prison in its area. TDC's headquarters in Huntsville is home to six units, Navasota has two and Gatesville has three.
The generally upbeat competition between the communities featured
Bids awarded for center
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff Writer
New Braunfels ISD board Wednesday awarded the architectural bid on the Education Center to Stoddard Construction for $354,373, but turned down all bids on the air-conditioning and electrical work.
The Education Center will be the new name that the old high school on Mill Street will have once the building has been renovated into administrative offices for the school district.
Stoddard Construction of San Antonio had been the apparent low bidder with $434,000 and an eight-month finishing date.
When the air-conditioning and electrical work was revised, the changes that were made in the general contractor's work also ended up in a savings to the school district. Superintendent Charles Bradberry explained.
“Once we decided on accepting the low bidder, we entered into negotiations with Stoddard and revised the figure," the superintendent said.
Changes included adding a drop ceiling to the office area, which saved on the restoration cost of the old celling, assistant superintendent of finances Lonnie Curtis had explained in an earlier intervie a.
The lower ceiling will require less lighting and a single air-conditioning system. The original plan would have required three separate airconditioning systems to hide the ducts, Curtis said.
When the school board selected the low bidders on the electrical and airconditioning bids, the negotiations stalled on the revised plans because the price remained too high, board president Bob Self said.
Trustees authorized advertising for bids again under the rewritten specifications Until these bids are awarded, the architectural contractor will not begin. Bradberry said.
Apparent low bidder on the air conditioning was Natkin SVC Co., and apparent low bidder on the electrical work was Martin Electric. Besides these companies, the school
district received two other bids on air conditioning and two other bids on electrical work.
Three others bid the architectural portion of the project: Pape Construction, $472,172; Stout Construction, $520,000; and Mott Construction. $555,795.
In other business before the board, former school trustee Margie Waldrip was hired as Spanish and English teacher at New Braunfels Highschool.
She stepped down from her board position last week to apply for a teaching position in New Braunfels, she said after last week’s board meeting. Waldrip had been teaching in Seguin.
Self announced he had two letters of interest for the vacated District 5 trustee post. letters will be accepted for at least two more weeks, he said.
The school board approved two resignations and six appointments including Waldnp’s. Also one teacher received the medical leave of absence she asked for and two teachers made intra-district transfers.
White rips Justice Department
AUSTIN (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department is declining to comment on Gov. Mark White’s charges that it is playing political games with the special congressional election in the 1st District in northeast Texas.
White on Wednesday said the Justice Department filed suit against Texas in hopes of raising doubts about the balloting and keeping Democrats home in a district no Republican has carried in a century.
“I think they’re trying to chill voter turnout because they know if there’s a large voter turnout, there will not be a Republican elected,” White said.
The Aug. 3 election is being held to fill the seat of Rep. Sam Hall, a Democrat who resigned to become a federal judge.
The election pits Democrat Jim Chapman, former Hopkins County
district attorney, against Republican Edd Hargett, a former professional football player making his first bid for public office. They were the top two vote-getters in a June 29 election.
I .ast week, the Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit to require Texas to obtain federal clearance for the Aug. 3 vote. White, who scheduled the election, and Secretary of State Myra McDaniel were named as defendants.
The suit contends the Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires preclearance for the election. White strongly disagrees.
Not only is preclearance unnecessary, White said, but the Justice Department didn’t request such clearance for the 1983 special election which then-Rep. Phil Gramm won after resigning his House seat, switching to the
Republican Party and running again.
"I don’t remember them being down here for in the congressional district over in Bryan ... a couple years ago when Congressman Gramm resigned," White said.
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fancy slide-shows and glossy brochures that made glowing assessments of the communities. The scene is vastly different than one five years ago when Starr County residents forced the board to reject plans to build a prison unit in that area of South Texas.
TDC Board Chairman Robert Gunn of Wichita Falls said the board will not spend money on land for the unit. It is to be built on donated land or near existing facilities.
Despite the push by city representatives for the prison, about 130 people attended Wednesday’s meeting to voice concern about safety and inmate escapes should the prison be located in their back yards.
Two Tennessee Colony housewives said their small Anderson County community has been terrorized by the three TDC units in their area
“The prisons attract a different breed of people" who visit inmates, said Ann Costlow. who lives near the three units. “They throw trash, speed
on our roads and come up to your house to borrow the clothes off your back.”
Ms. Costlow and F.arnestine Winkle said they collected 200 signatures in five hours on petitions
asking the board to choose another location.
"The only ones who want the prison are the ones who will personally profit from it." Ms. Winkle said. “We don’t want the dollar, but want to be able to go to sleep at night."
Jack Ix)ckridge, president of American Bank in Palestine, denied city officials there were seeking personal gains by encouraging the board to be build the prison in their county.
“We’ll supply a lot of the local work force and it will be a gain for the whole county,” ILockridge said.
State legislators have been pressuring TDC officials to build a prison closer to Dallas to make it easier for relatives to visit the inmates, the Chronicle reported. The three Palestine-area prisons are about an hour s drive south of Dallas.
Uickridge does not think Anderson County lias a special advantage in the selection process even though prison board member Jim Parsons is a Palestine attorney and a member of the board s site selection subcommittee.
John Stice. head of a staff committee on the site selection, said the committee will make a recommendation to the board
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