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Rec Center issues
Fees, goals to be explored by Landa Park boardInsideToday s V
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Is it fair to charge a building use fee at a tax-supported Landa Recreation Center?
What kinds of people want to use the center, and what do they want to do there?
Could the city, by putting some money into improvements, attract a wider range of citizens, and consequently more revenue, into the newly-established recreation program?
Before the summer is up. the Parks
Advisory Board is going to have to come up with answers to these questions and present them as recommendations to the City Council.
Members got some friendly input — and a few surprising answers — from directors of the luanda Recreation Association Monday night.
The board plans to tour the center at its July meeting, reset for the second Monday (July ll) to avoid an Independence Day conflict. By that time, the city’s new recreation coordinator may be around to help with the decisions. Parks Director Court Thieleman is now interviewing
applicants for the job, and expects to pick one by Ole end of this month.
luanda Recreation Association, the volunteer group that got the center off the ground in 1981, has agreed to keep it going through the end of July, so that the children’s summer recreation program will not suffer. At that point, the City of New Braunfels will put its new recreation division into effect.
Parks advisors and luanda board members agreed Monday that there would have to be fees under city administration, but that they would like to see them kept as low as possible.
“We’re not out to make money here,” said parks board member Bob Hamil. “I think (City Council) would be overjoyed if we just broke even.” Options under consideration include an annual fee for year-round users, much like the one charged at the I .anda Park Golf Course. But rec association members told the city board not to overlook walk-in business.
Over the past two years, they’ve charged a 50-cent “daily use” fee for non-members. “That turned out to be
See REC CENTER, Page 12
will be sunny and pleasant today, mostly clear tonight, and partly cloudy and little warmer Wednesday. Winds will be northerly at 5-10 mph today, light and variable tonight, becoming southeast at 5-10 mph Wednesday. Sunset will be at 8:29 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 6:30 a.m.Hold That Tiger
The Snyder Tigers, New Braunfels’ opponents Thursday in the state baseball semi-finals, are no
strangers to the playoffs. But some big names - Nolan Ryan included — have kept them from ever winning a state title Story, Page 5
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Nicaragua boots three diplomats
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) The leftist San-dinista government says three expelled U.S. diplomats plotted with the CIA to kill Foreign Minister Miguel D’Escoto with poisoned liquor and to form terrorist assassination squads.
The three diplomats flew Monday night to Guatemala City and Guatemalan immigration officials said they left for Miami today.
U S Ambassador Anthony Quamton, who accompanied the three to the Managua airport Monday night, told reporters the charges were "absurd” and said the embassy protested the expulsions.
The three were identified as Unda M. Pfeifel, a counselor for political affairs at the U.S. Embassy; David Noble Creig, a first secretary, and Ermila Rodriguez, a second secretary. No ages or hometowns were available They refused to make any statement. Greig said they could not talk to reporters because of their diplomatic status A Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry communique made public Monday, but dated Sunday, declared the three diplomats “personae non grata” and gave them 24 hours to leave the country.
The communique said “the criminal actions that the diplomats were planning to carry out included the organization of attempts on the lives of leaders of the Sandimsta revolution and of high-ranking officials of the Nicaraguan government."
At a news conference Monday, government
security chief l-emn Lerna said that in addition to scheming to kill D’Escoto, the three conspired to “create terrorist commandos to carry out attacks against our leaders and exercise influence on rightist political parties and labor unions ”
He said they were caught when they tried to recruit Marlene Moncada, a consular secretary at the Nicaraguan embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to deliver a bottle of liquor to D’Escoto. a Mary knoll priest.
Photos of alleged counter-revolutionaries whc Cerna said tried to recruit Ms. Moncada were displayed at the news conference The black bottle sat on a table and Cerna gestured toward it as he spoke. Although he called it a bottle of wine, it appeared to be one containing a brandy liqueur.
Ms Moncada. who was at the news conference said alleged agents who contacted her after shr transferred to Managua last year asked her about D’Fscuto s habits and told her to go to Tegucigalpa in March
There, she said, she was told that “D’Escoto must be eliminated because he used the priesthood to introduce communism in Nicaragua.” She said she played along with the scheme on instructions from her superiors
The government decided to act after the bottle was left for her in a hole near a Managua restaurant onSee NICARAGUA, Page 12
Fruits of the storm
This acacia tree, designed for a desert habitat, didn t wait around for the 58 inch of ram that fell on New Braunfels Monday before putting out its crop of beans But the feathery leaves surely appreciated the
Stiff photo by Clatty Nu hsrOton
shower, and it s not going to hurt the otfier crops in Comal County. Rain was a little lighter at Canyon Lake, which recorded 42 inch overnight
Evans says roads should be finished before plat approvalBy JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
If County Commissioner J L. “Jumbo” Evans had his way, no subdivision plat would be granted final approval until all the subdivision’s roads were completed.
But oilier members of Commissioners Court weren’t of the same opinion, as was evident from a court workshop Monday Conuiusstoders reviewed ail aspects of subdivision regulations during Monday's session, which was one among many the court has held this last year A variety of people from the county road, sanitation and health departments, county engineer’s office and other county ufficials provided input into the rewritten rules
The court Monday blushed reviewing all the suggestions made by these individuals. After making its own changes, commissioners will propose their final version of new subdivision rules and regulations in a public hearing in early July.
At the hearing, the court will also invite public comment on proposed new septic lank installation regulations Following discussions with County Sanitarian Bob Stahl, Commissioners Court has proposed raising septic tank installation permit fees from 125 to |40. likewise, changes in fees regarding the inspection of restaurants and public facilities are also recommended Prior to the hearing, copies of the proposed subdivision regulations will be available in the Commissioners Court Administrator’s office, Room 112,
first floor of the Courthouse Copies of proposed county sanitation rules and fees are also currently available for viewing in the County Clerk's office, Room 103, first floor of the Courthouse,
At a later meeting after the hearing has been held, the court will vote rn open session on all the proposed regulations Commissioners touched on all aspects of what subdividors must do to gain the court's approval for subdivision plats Hut the one topic which kept creeping up in the discussion was subdivision roads — thanks to Commissioner Evans.
During somewhat serious (and sometimes humorous) conversation. commissioners clashed on whether a subdivision plat should be granted final approval prior to the roads being completed
Evans was alone in his opinion tlukt roads must be completed before the court grant final plat approval. “We have bent over backwards in my, opinion for subdividers,” he said According to the proposed regulations, the main difference between sketch and preliminary plat approval would be a bond or irrevocable letter of credit for road construction. Without the letter or bond, a plat would could only be granted sketch approval. With the letter or bond, however, it could be granted preliminary approval if all other standards were met.
But, as Commissioner Monroe Wets noted, “once he (subdivider) lays the letter of credit (or bond) down we’re giving him per-
Bee PLATS, Page 12
Ranchers to march on Austin to protest quarantine
AUSTIN (AP) Texas cattlemen, who say the) face multi-million-dollar losses if a US Department of Agriculture brucellosis quarantine goes into effect, are trying to convince state officials and legislators tile) need quick action on the matter.
More than 1,000 cattlemen are scheduled to gather in Austin Tuesday at the invitation of the Texas Brahman Breeders Association to urge Gov. Mark White to call a special legislative session.
At the same time. an emissary of th** Texas Department of Agriculture, former land commissioner Bob Armstrong. is asking oilier states to hold off on embargoes of Texas cattle until a federal court hearing June 14
Montana already has said Texas cattle are not welcome Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska are considering embargoes
“However, I think most of the states will walt and see if the quarantine plays out or what we will do about it," Armstrong, a cattleman, said Mon
Brucellosis is a livestock disease that causes weight loss and miscarriages in cattle but poses no danger to consumers of meat or pasteurized dairy products
The threatened quarantine would prevent interstate shipment of breeding stock from Texas, unless tile) are from qualified herds tliat have passed two Inspections 120 days apart Steers and spayed heifers - or neutered animals over six months of age w ould be exempted
The Texas Farm Bureau lias estimated the quarantine could reduce cattle income ui Texas by up to f 130 million a year.
Since 1979, the state has been at odds with the federal government over the brucellosis inspection and vaccination program. Some large Texas ranchers, including former Gov. Dolph Briscoe, claim the federal program is ineffective and too costly.
Rancher K J “Red" Nunley of Sabinal obtained a permanent in
junction iii stale district court to prohibit Rh* Texas Animal Health Commission from inspecting his herd for brucellosis on the grounds the program was unconstitutional.
A legislative measure that would have made the Texas program conform to federal standards failed by one vote in the state legislative session Rial ended May 30
The USHA quarantine, which would have been effective last Wednesday, was stopped for at least IO days by a temporary restraining order issued by U S. District Judge James Nowlin of Austin.
Assistant US Attorney Robert Duffey of San Antonio argued the quarantine was needed because the state has no legal authority lo inspect lierds for brucellosis. He cited the order prohibiting inspection of Nunley's cattle, saying Nunley tattle are stupid throughout the state."
Dave Richards, assistant state attorney general, argued the
quarantine discriminated against Texas, w here 98 percent of the cattle are certified brucelloftis-free He said louisiana. Mississippi and Arkansas have much higher rates of brucellosis and are not quarantined.
At the Austin hearing scheduled June 14, US. District Judge H F. Garcia will decide whether to extend Nowlin's temporary restraining order.
As of January 1982, Texas had 13.7 million head of cattie valued at about $4 5 billion The state exports about 2 million head per year, mostly to Kansas, California, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma
Iii 1981, Texas had a gross income of about $4 UUion from its cattle and calves
If Texas cattle were denied access to grass outside Rte stale and were sold in Texas for slaughter at a 30 percent to 40 percent discount, the cost could U' as high as $100 a head or $100 Mullion a year, according to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Open house scheduled for Sophienburg
New Braunfels history figures prominently in the traveling documentary exhibit, "U>ne Star and Eagle," dealing with the first 150 years of Germans in Texas.
So it was only fair to let tile town have a first-hand look The Sophienburg Memorial Museum will welcome "ljone Star and Eagle" with an open house this Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission will be free during this time, and guests will be able to view the traveling exhibit along with the museum’s regular displays. Members of the German American Society will host the event The first "German Americans’ arrived three centuries ago, before
America existed as a political entity The ship Concord lilt the Atlantic coast in 1683. bearing a group of Mennonites who would found Germantown, Pennsylvania.
Hie contributions of Riese Germans, those who followed and Rieir many descendants is being recognized in "300 years of German InumgranU to America," a tricentennial conunemoraUve.
"lione Star and Eagle” was assembled by tile University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures rn San Antonio, under the direction of the Goethe Institut of Houston It takes viewers from the town of Industry, founded in 1831, to the present day,
when German sausage is still a big tourist attraction at many s|m>Ls in Texas.
Friedrich Ernst, founder of Industry, lured his fellow countrymen to a land which required "scarcely Riree months’ work per year," with “nu need of money, free exercise of religion ... and a climate like that of Sicily.’’
I,arge-scale immigration began iii the 1940s, when the Verkin /urn Schut/e deutscher E wander et rn Tenas was founded The lnstitut’s exhibit includes a copy of a contract between an immigrant and this noblemen s society, which founded New Braunfels in 1845
Also displayed on the 12 folding panels of tile exhibit are reproductions of tile Neu Brautifelset 7eituntj and German newspapers from such points as Seguin, Victoria, Giddings, Galveston and I .a Grange
Famous Texans of German descent, from sculptress Elisabet Ney to Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire, are recognized in the Kudu/, Kunst and Ueutschtum section of tile exfubit.
"Izme Star and Eagle" will be on display at the Sophienburg Rirough July 4, but this Thursday will be history buffs’ big chance to see it without paying the usual $’. admission fee The museum is located at 401 W Coll