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CompRequests exceed funds at arts panel meeting
By OYANNEFRY Staff writer
Looking at fund requests from various groups, the City Arts and Cultural Commission found that demand exceeded supply.
"It’s obvious that’s somebody’s either going to get cut or go without,’’ said commission member Toby Lohr at Monday night’s meeting.
Eight organizations applied for a share of the city’s four-cent room-occupancy tax. City Council has
decided that IO percent of the money collected in the next two years shall be used to further artistic and cultural efforts in the community.
It’s the arts commmission’s Job to divide that IO percent (which, based on projections, may amount to $20,000) as fairly as possible. It won’t be easy. Members agreed Monday that they’d heard from eight worthy causes, but that there Just wasn’t enough money to meet all their requests.
New Braunfels Foundation Trust,
charged with the financial establishment of the Texas Handmade Furniture Museum, has asked for five percent of the hotel tax, or half the portion alloted to arts and culture. The Sophienburg Memorial Association indicated it could use the 2.5 percent it’s gotten in previous years, but was more interested in seeing the Furniture Museum get some city help. Commissioners also received a letter from the Conservation Society, which supports the trust-fund request but doesn’t want
any money for itself.
The Mid-Texas Symphony Guild and Circle Arts Theatre have each asked for three percent. The Froelichen Volkstanzer, New Braunfels Art League and Greater New Braunfels Arts Council each requested (me percent.
The only group asking for a flat sum was South Texas Sound, the local barbershop chorus. It wants $1,000 in 1963. If tax receipts reach the projected $200,000, this will amount to 0.5 percent of Ute arts’ $20,000 share.
Commissioner Betty Statemann wished the board had twice that amount to allocate. When Bob Fisher added up the requests, he got 17 percent.
“The whole ball game boils down to that basic IO percent, when we should have 20 percent,” Stratemann said.
"Might as well forget about that,” board chairman Mike Walker told her. For 1983 and 1984, the city has committed 80 percent of the room-occupancy tax to the Chamber of Commerce Convention and Tourism
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Vol. 92 - No. 47
Chamber supports downtown jail site
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce has come up with what it considers a proper downtown site for the new county jail.
And the Downtown Merchants Association, another group lobbying to keep the new jail downtown, is in “complete accord’’ with the Chamber’s recommendation. Gene Chollett, association president, said.
The Chamber’s site recommendation “includes the Courthouse Annex, the corner service station and existing appraisal office," Chamber directors decided at a special meeting Monday.
Existing buildings on these properties should be replaced with new construction and property “on Mill Street from the First Federal Savings and Ixian property line to Market Street < should i be obtained to provide additional parking area," the board agreed
The county is required to have a new jail ready for occupancy by Aug. I, 1985 according to a federal lawsuit settlement approved recently in federal court
Currently a 11-member citizens panel, appointed by Commissioners Court, is reveiwing numerous sites within the city limits for the new jail.
Elliot Knox, chairman of the site selection committee, has indicated that within the next couple of weeks his group will have chosen six (out of more than 20 named} sites From these six. the committee will decide upon the best three or four sites to recommend to Commissioners Court.
Knox’s committee divided itself into subcommittees to review the sites
See JAIL, Page 8
Committee. The remaining IO percent will be used by the city itself for maintenance of recreational facilities.
Three commission members questioned whether New Braunfels Foundation Trust really came under the “arts and cultural” category.
“Sure. Ifs preservation of heritage, or culture,” said Roxolin Krueger. She added that the Texas Handmade Furniture Museum was not a reality
See ARTS, Page 8
TUESDAY March 8, 1983 25 cents
Working on 'play'
Parks board eyes upgrading recreation
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
No recommendation to city council came out of the Parks Advisory Board meeting Monday night. But a lot discussion on how to enhance the recreation division of the existing Parks and Recreation Department made the meeting worthwhile.
Topics of discussion ranged from possible duties of a “recreational supervisor" to use of the existing Landa Recreation Center building to operation hours for building and for the supervisor, the meeting opened with a statement to clear up a definite misconception:
We are not trying to create a new department That’s what some people think," board chairperson Sharon Phair said. “We have a parks and recreation department now. All we want to do is enhance the recreational "•".d of it, '^"d come up with a recommendation to make it a more efficient operation."
With that out of the way, the board got down to some serious discussion and some just as serious disagreement. Members agreed the city should get into the "parks and recreation business.” They agreed there should be a person hired to coordinate recreational activities, and made a list of duties that person should have.
Where that person should have an office, the number of hours that person would work, that person’s salary and how many hours the existing Recreation Center building should be used for recreational purposes were stumbling blocks, though.
“The biggest stumbling block we’ve got is the building, I think. It would be a shame to put a closed’ sign on the door,” Phair said "So what we’ve got to do is come up with ways to offset the expense of opening the door." Ideas were building rental, entrance fees, Community Education class fees, and special events, along with
cutting hours for recreational use of the building to the bare minimum.
"If we don’t come up with something agreeable to the (city) council, it won’t come back to us. It’ll get rubber-stamped,” board member Bob Hamel said. "I would like to see the building used for recreational needs, but on a part-time basis. The rest of the time could be on a timesharing concept.
“Wurstfest could use the building. Organizations could meet in it. People could rent it...all as ways to offset the operational cost," Hameladded.
Board members set out possible responsibilities of a recreational supervisor: I) to coordinate all city recreational sports and activities; 2i to oversee the summer recreation program for school-age children; 3) to schedule the seasons for each sport, and perhaps handle registration; 4) to coordinate indoor activities; 51 to oversee the pools and bathhouse; and
See REC CENTER. Page 8
Survey points to city-run recreation
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One of the sure signs of spring is the exit of dead leaves which have piled up all winter Estey Worthey, 490 Butcher, uses a long pole to help those leaves make an abrupt exit from his roof
The last question on the survey by Parks Director Court Thieleman of other city recreation set-ups asked: “Is community-wide recreation run more efficiently by municipal government or by private volunteer recreation groups?"
Of the 16 cities contacted, IO responded. The majority of answers pointed clearly in the direction of city government, perhaps providing some insight for New Braunfels’ current struggle with its recreational dilemma.
Here are the responses: Alice, population 20,961: “Recreation is run better by municipal government becasue city
government has more machinery readily available for grooming of athletic fields."
Alvin, pop. 16,515: “Municipal
government. Better trained individuals. A central office for information handling. Ixmg range goals can be planned and better obtained. Volunteer groups should be used to supplement a program run by the city.”
Bedford, pop. 20,821: “Combination of both can work efficiently in providing recreational programs at minimal costs in staffing to administer activities."
Brownwood, pop. 19,203: “Municipal government — somebody
is then responsible for programs. Volunteer help is sometimes spotty, they do not have time to respond."
Duncanville, pop. 27,781: “Can
coordinate activities as a whole rather than special interest groups looking out only for themselves."
Haltom City, pop. 29,014: No explanation.
Lewisville, pop. 24,273: “Municipal government, because it helps keep the single interest groups from dominating."
San Marcos, pop. 23,420: “Municipal government — run out of one office and better management
See SURVEY, Page 8Papal rebuke
Pope raps executions, champions rights of Indians
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -Pope John Paul II came to Central America’s most impoverished country today and was greeted by festive thousands who lined streets in native costumes and jostled for a view of the pontiff.
President Roberto Suazo Cordova, who took office in January 1982, knelt before John Paul after the Roman Catholic pontiff kissed the ground in his traditional arrival gesture.
The pope flew to Honduras from Guatemala City aboard a specially fitted Honduran SAHSA airlines Boeing 727 jet.
Tegucigalpa’s airport, in a valley surrounded by low hills, has too short a runway to accommodate the papal Alitilia DC-10, which remained in Guatemala during the 10-hour visit.
John Paul is scheduled to return to Guatemala City this evening after celebrating Mass on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, the capital, and
speaking in San Pedro Sula, the country's second largest city.
On Monday in Guatemala City, the pope committed the church to the defense of Latin America's Indian peasants against injustice and rebuked Guatemala’s president for ordering six men executed last week.
Disrespect for life, the pope declared in a Mass before 500,000 people in Guatemala City is “a crime and a grave offense against God."
The pontiff delivered a similar message to Guatemala’s Protestant president, Gen. Efrain Rios Montt, during a private meeting before the Mass.
“The pope expressed once again his immense pain and his displeasure ... for the recent capital executions carried out in this country as he was preparing to make a pastoral visit to the people of Guatemala,” a VaUcan spokesman later said.
“He also reiterated his profound
suffering for all the victims of violent death.”
Last week, Rios Montt ignored a personal plea for mercy from the pope, sending six convicted terrorists to die before a firing squad.
The pope’s message, delivered in separate speeches here and in Quezaltenango, 120 miles to the west, amplified central themes of his week in Central America — that the Christian gospel supports social change and that the downtrodden of Latin America don’t need Marxist-provoked class war.
Today, the pope flies to Honduras where he will celebrate Mass on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, the capital, and speak in San Pedro Sula, the country’s second largest city.
In Guatemala, the pope’s decision to speak to a multitude of poor Indian peasants was a powerful message in itself. Indians represent 70 percent of the 6 million population here, but
whites have the power.
The pope went by helicopter to an airport in Quezaltenango, 7,900 feet high in western Guatemala, to be with hundreds of thousands of impoverished descendants of Mayan tribes.
He told them the church knows "of the discrimination you suffer, the injustice you must put up with, the serious difficulties you have in defending your lands and your rights
John Paul pledged that the church will speak out “whenever your dignity as human beings and children of God is violated.”
At least IO Catholic priests have been among 6,000 people killed in Guatemala’s political violence since 1976.
The message was a rebuff to Rios Montt, who publicly asked the pontiff
See POPE, Page 8
Tree removal may close Landa Park Drive
The removal of a severely diseased pecan tree may cause Lands Park Drive to be closed off at certain times during the day Wednesday, Parks Director Court Thieleman said.
"The contractor will start around 8
a.m., and continue through midafternoon,” Thieleman said. “The majority of the time he’s working, at least one lane on Landa Park Drive will be open. But there will be times when both lanes will be blocked off,
and motorists will be detoured by flagmen.”
A 60-foot extension boom will be used to remove the tree, which is growing inside the retaining wall of the channel near the train station
area. The tree is old, it is destroying the retaining wall, and it has a severe case of ball moss. Those combined factors determined the removal of the tree as tile best route to take in the park’s on-going tree care program.Today's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for mostly sunny today and Wednesday, and mostly clear tonight. Winds will be northerly near IO mph today, and light tonight. Sunset will be at 6:35 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 6:48 a.m.Tournament Time
Monday night’s first round of the Southwest Conference basketball tournament produced the winners everybody expected: SMU, Texas Tech and TCU. But the way it happened may have surprised some people, as Texas came within a point of beating the Mustangs and Tech had real problems with Baylor before posting a two-point win. The Frogs had no trouble with Rice. See Page 5