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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Dallas, Tex a 8 #75 mr rot j< >:, i lc . nt: Hitch womhle x .o. DOX W36dalles, Cofn,o,Senate bill would stop Canyon Lake park closings BySANDRA JACKSON Staff writer The Texas Senate is considering a bill which would block the closing of 55 parks in the state, including parts of Canyon and Cranes Mill parks at Canyon Lake. A bill sponsored by Sen. Carl Parker (D-Port Arthur) was introduced Wednesday to stop the park closing proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps’ purpose for the shutdown is to respond to recent and projected reduction in operation and maintenance funds, as well as personnel. The reduction in funds for the fiscal year 1983 is 15 percent. According to the Senate bill, the federal government would only realize a savings of $232,000, while the state of Texas would suffer a much greater loss in tourist spending. LL Gov. Bill Hobby would appoint three representatives to take objections to Washington, if the bill passes as written. Senate members feel that delivering the opposition in person would be much more effective than simply issuing a statement on their views. Canyon Lake area residents may be partially responsible for bringing the closings to the attention of state legislators. Last week, a petition bearing nearly 500 signatures of those objecting to the park closings was submitted to the Corps of Engineers district headquarters in Fort Worth. Areas in Canyon Park and Cranes Mill Park were closed last Oct. I, but the action is still considered temporary. Phil Parsley, Canyon Reservoir Manager, said he chose the areas to be closed because of their under-utilization compared to other sections. One camping area in Canyon Park, the area adjacent to and including the double boat ramp in Canyon Park, and the part of Cranes Mill Park commonly referred to as the “old beach area,” are the locations affected here. The overall Corps proposal recommends the closing of 55 parks at 15 lakes throughout the Fort Worth district. Of the 55, 17 would be totally closed, and 38 partially closed. According to a study released recently by the Fort Worth district, no significant impact has resulted from the partial closings of the areas at Canyon Lake. FRIDAY March 11,1983 25 cents (USPS 377-880) officially received during a reception Thursday at the Civic Center. With Bentsen is Ben Love, Chairman of Texas Commerce Bancshares and head of the advisory committeeBraunfels Hcrald-Zeitung New Braunfels. Texas    Vol. 92 — No. 50    16    Pages Bentsen sees beginnings of recovery By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer "Getting the economy on the move is a lot like trying to start a fire in a storm," Senator IJoyd BenLsen noted at the opening of the Texas Legislative Conference Friday morning. But as hard as it may be to bring this country out of the recession — or start a fire in a storm — it can and is being done, the Democratic senator told the crowd in the Civic Center “The growing embars" — falling interest rates, a slight drop in unemployment and an improved outlook for the housing market — "are there," said Bentsen. "But they need protecting " In addition to being the opening speaker for the 17th annual legislative Conference, Bentsen was presented with the 1983 "Texan of the Year" award at a reception Thursday night Elected to his third term in the Senate last year. Bentsen received this award for his "outstanding career in the field of public affairs.” The award is given at each year's conference “to emphasize the need to recognize in a favorable manner, those individuals who have given valuable leadership in the field of public affairs for the benefit of Texas." New Braunfelser Doyle Krueger, chairman of the conference's arrangements committee. said Bentsen's remarks both Thursday night and Friday morning contained notes of optimism for the country ’s economy. The senator, who brought along his wife Bery l Ann. also took some time at the microphone to note his immense pride and love for his homestate "If you hadn’t had me bom in Texas," he told his parents sitting in the audience at the reception, "I would have moved to Texas " In accepting his award, he added, “This award means a lot to us i he and his wife) because it's one that comes to us from the people we trust and who give us strength " Although optimistic about the country’s economic future, the See BENTSEN, Page 16 Heavy-duty award Senator Lloyd Bentsen hefts the block of granite which symbolizes the "Texan of the Year award (left photo) and then expresses his thanks (right) for the honor, which he New EPA official vows to restore confidence WASHINGTON (API - John W Hernandez Jr., taking the helm at the battered Environmental Protection Agency, is vowing to “get this agency back to work" by restoring public confidence and reviving employee morale. Hernandez, a former college professor who has spent two years in the No. 2 job at EPA, spent his first day as acting administrator Thursday. "I hope everyone will understand how strongly I feel about the compelling necessity to return this agency to its one and only job ... to ensure all Americans of a safe and healthy environment," Hernandez said in a brief statement to reporters. “I intend to begin immediately the task of restoring tile public’s faith in what I have always maintained is an exceptional agency," he said. A short time later in a hotel near EPA headquarters, the woman he replaced — Anne McGill Burford — told a crowded news conference that she did not feel Uke she was a victim but said it was wrong to "conduct government by allegation." “The agency has of late been embroiled in a kind of who-hit-John’ episode that I have been a focus of attention. It is my intention in ... resigning to try and get the agency back to work," she said. Mrs. Burford appeared with her husband, Interior Department official Robert Burford, who joked at one point that the only thing his wife would have done differently was "take a honeymoon.” The Burfords were married on Feb. 20 and Mrs. Burford was back at work the next day, defending herself and the agency against mounting charges of mismanagement, conflict of interest and political manipulation of a $1.6 billion toxic waste cleanup program Mrs. Burford submitted her resignation to President Reagan on Wednesday. At her press conference, Mrs. Burford said she had compiled "a solid record of achievement that will stand the test of time,” and she promised to cooperate with Congress in the half-dozen congressional probes of the agency. "I firmly believe if there is any wrongdoing at the EPA it ought to be thoroughly investigated and people ought to be put in jail,” she said. See EPA, Page 16 Reagan blasts bankers' opposition to withholding tax provision WASHINGTON (AP) - Trying to avert a threatened presidential veto, Senate leaders of both parties scrambled today to try to disentangle a stalled $3.7 billion jobs bill from an attempt to repeal the federal withholding tax on dividends and interest. But Senate Majority leader Howard Baker, R-Tenn., and Minority leader Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., indicated they didn’t know if they could muster the votes needed to stop the withholding repeal drive being led by freshman Sen. Bob Hasten, R-Wis. President Reagan, briefing reporters at the White House, said he would veto the jobs legislation if it contains the withholding tax repealer. "I’m deeply disturbed at the possibility that the jobs bill will become a Christmas tree for special interest legislation,” Reagan said. Still going up Condo project paces February building permits Bv DYANNE FRY Staff writer A month seldom passes in New Braunfels without another condo project going up, and February was no exception. The 12-unit building launched in the first weeks of last month is just the second section of a large complex planned by the Guadalupe River Development Corporation on the river-bank end of Seele Street. Building costs for this section, undertaken by Hansmann Construction, are estimated at $400,000 The condominiums, along with a $240,000 townhouse project and $877,800 worth of new single-family homes, brings city building-permit totals up to $2,184,742. That’s down from January’s $3.4 million total, and slightly lower than the $2.9 million recorded in February of 1982. But the healthy residential numbers (14 single dwellings, and eight townhouses) prove the city is still growing. February also saw the framing of an $80,000 office building at 624 S. Seguin and a $46,000 shed for Ingram Ready-Mix on U.S. 81; and commercial additions amounting to $227,050. Remodeling of older sections of McKenna Memorial Hospital also started last month, at an estimated cost of $11,000. Forrester Enterprises is doing that job. The townhouses, arranged in a singlestory configuration, will be in the 500 block of Ventura Boulevard. Seguin Contractors is building for Freiheit Acres. Average builders’ price on an individual home is still following the downward trend of the past few months. The two biggest projects, budgeted respectively at $96,000 and $80,000, are in the Oakwood subdivision. N&R Schulz is building a home at 222 Elmwood Drive; and New Braunfels Builders has one going up at 808 Oakwood. Also in the Oakwood area are three houses in the $70,000 range. R.C. Taylor has a $75,000 project going up at 501 Acorn Drive. Michael Flume is building a $75,000 home for William Baron at 217 Tanglewood, and Rod Nelson is w orking on a $70,000 house at 305 Tanglewood. City officials gave Bobby Kraft a permit to build a $60,000 home at 1049 Gardenia. Three houses are going up on l.azy Trail. Jerome Schuetz is building a $58,800 model at 1121, and Vincent Weisser has contracted for a $56,000 job at 1125. Down the street, at 953 Lazy Trail, Leroy Bading is working on a $50,000 home. Jerry Bob Construction is working on a $55,000 job at 1511 Camellia. Inland Seidel has started a house of the same price at 1612 Kraft Lane, for Eugene B. Koenig Keith Simmons is building a $48,000 home for Anjon, Inc. at 1638 Allison Drive. Construction continues to mushroom on Sundance Street, with a couple of $49,500 homes going up in the 900 block. Permits were also issued last month for four residential additions, five signs, five carports and five storage sheds. Four mobile homes were placed, and one existing building was moved. He accused the banking industry of mounting an intensive lobbying effort to repeal the withholding provision that has "distorted” and “obscured” its effects, and suggested that bankers concentrate instead on lowering interest rates. "Yes, I would veto such legislation” if it contains the Kasten repeal amendment, Reagan said. Despite personal appeals by both Reagan and Baker to call off his effort, Kasten vowed today to fight on. At issue is the new rule requiring a IO percent withholding by banks arid financial institutions of ail interest income, a change adopted in 1982 that takes effect July I. Opponents, led by Sen. Bob Kasten, R-Wis., are seeking to attach an amendment repealing this law See REAGAN, Page 1«Inside Today's Weather Comal County forecast calls for fair and little cooler today, mostly clear and cool tonight, and increasing cloudiness and mild Saturday with a 30 percent chance showers by the afternoon. Winds will be northeasterly at 10-15 mph today, and easterly at 5-10 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 6:47 p.m., and sunrise Saturday will be at 6;45 a.m. CLASSIFIED............IO    15 COMICS..................9 CROSSWORD.............9 DEAR ABBY...............2 DEATHS..................2 ENTERTAINMENT..........8 SMU Advances Southern Methodist University and TCU advanced to the semi-finals of the Southwest Conference tournament Thursday by defeating Texas Tech and Texas A&M, respectively. Now they face uphill struggles against conference kingpins Houston and Arkansas. Sa* Page 6A. HOROSCOPE..............2 OPINIONS................4 SPORTS................6.7 STOCKS.................16 TV LISTINGS..............9 WEATHER................2Fletcher, not Fiedler at golf panel meeting A winter visitor who attended the Golf Course Advisory Board meeting Tuesday was mistakenly identified as "Mrs. Kenneth Fiedler.” The visitor, who was quoted rn the story, which appeared Wednesday in the Herald Zeitung, is actually Mrs. Kenneth Fletcher. Her comment came during the board’s meeting Tuesday, which was heldCorrection to discuss raising greens fees for I .anda Park Municipal Golf Course. The Herald Zeitung regrets the error, and any embarrassment or inconvenience it may have caused Mrs. Kenneth Fiedler, a New Braunfels resident. Mrs. Fiedler was not at the Tuesday meeting iff photo $ h r john sente* ;