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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas TIED UP IN GENEVA: Chamber officials confirmed Monday that former senator and Texan of the Year John Tower (left) will not be able to attend Thursday's reception in his honor. Rep. Tom Loeffler (right) will accept for Tower, currently in Geneva for strategic arms talks. County splits furniture bid among 3 firms County comissioners Monday awarded the new Jail furniture bid to three vendors, each which was the apparent low bidder in one category. Comal Office Products of New Braunfels was the low bld ($35,828) for category I which was regular manufactured office furniture. A I    representative of Comal Office I    Products present at the com- ■    miasioners court promised to deliver I    the furniture In 85 days. CompetitorsI - bidding $38,642, and Centex of New Bruanfels bidding $40,827. In category ll — high-density storage — TAB Products of San Antonio was apparent low bidder at $24,840. Wayne Myers also bid this at $25,023. '‘In the case of TAB their product may exceed the specifications,” architect Chris DiStefano, whose staff evaluated the bids to make sure they met the criteria, said. In category III, custom-made storage, Wayne Myers was the only bidder with $7,372. This ends the three month attempt to get specifications and bids on the jail furniture. The first specfications and bids had to be thrown out last month when the commissioners decided that too many verbal and numerical additions to the written bids had been necessary to compare the two bids. Wayne Myers Co. had written the specifications and then bid the project, leaving the commissioners with no expert to evaluate the bids. These were written from manufacturer specifications that sometimes obscured what piece of furniture was being described. DiStefano took he specifications and simplified them, dividing the furniture into three categories to encourage firms that supplied items in one category, but not others to make partial bids. -ULLIAN THOMASWarner to lead ChamberWest Texan to begin work Friday All make the grade CISD teachers rehired; Bulverde borrowing due soon By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Comal ISD trustees gave contract extensions for the 1965-86 school year to 337 teachers Monday night, along with assistant principals Will Klieg, Bill Nicholas and Alton Hanz. Krieg is assistant principal at Canyon High School, Nicholas at Smithson Valley High School, and Hanz at Canyon Middle School. AU contract extension votes were unanimous, including the one that suspended the district’s mandatory requirement rule for Ruby WilUams. She is a second grade teacher at Goodwin Primary.CISD roundup In other business, Supt. Bill Brown told the board that work could begin on June I on the construction of eight classrooms at Bulverde Elementary School. Trustees gave Brown the goahead on March ll to borrow $375,000 to build eight permanent classrooms at Bulverde Elementary. ‘‘The architects would like to open bids on May 20, award the contract on May 27 and begin work on June I,” Brown said, adding that several local contractors had indicated an interest in bidding the job. There are presently seven portable buildings on the Bulverde Elementary campus. The proposed addition would add 8,736 square feet of permanent building space, and prevent the district from investing any more money into portable buildings. ‘‘We’re going to have to borrow the money for classrooms out there one way or the other, if the bond issue passes or not,” Brown said on March ll. He told trustees the immediate need at that campus could not wait on the time it would take to implement a bond issue, but the costs could be listed in a bond package under renovations. The next bond issue workshop will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Comal Elementary. Brown said See CISD, Page 14 BY LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer Election for the Comal County representative of the poor, a position held by the late Ezekiel Torres until his death, will be held 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Laurel Plaza. The representative of the poor, a board member of the Community Council of South Central Texas, attends board meetings and acts as a liaison between the recipients of the non-profit agency's services and its administration. “We hope that those who wish to run for this position make a sincere commitment to attend the meetings which are only four times a year now. They will be an important link in our services,” Louis Ramirez, executive director of the council, said. Guadalupe Reyes, manager of the council’s Comunity Service office, is accepting names of Comal County residents who are interseted in the position. Nominations will be taken from the floor also. Ezekiel Torres died this year after serving on the board of the Com munity Council for five or six years. His work with the community council offered many opportunities to make the system serve those it was intended to help, Ramirez said. “Mr. Torres performed a valuable function for the poor, not just in trying to get programs here that they needed, but once we had a grant for a program, he gave a lot of input to the planning and evaluation of existing services,” the director said. If complaints were brought to Torres about abuses in the system, he did more than pass it on. He helped head up the investigation in many cases, the executive director remembered. “Before being a member of the board he was part of the neighborhood councils, Barrios Unidos, that we are reorganizing into self-help groups,” Ramirez said. City councilman Valdemar Espinoza, who once worked on the staff of the Community Council and now is a board member on the council, remembered Torres as the See TORRES, Page 14 By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor Chamber of Commerce officials have enthusiastically announced the appointment of William “Bill” B. Warner of Odessa as the organization’s new executive vice president. He will begin work here Friday. Warner replaces former executive vice president Tom Purdum, who left the chamber after more than 20 years to work rn public relations for the Lower Colorado River Authority in Austin. He began work there March I. Chamber President John Doster announced the appointment Monday, adding “and what a fine manager he is going to be for us.” Doster said the chamber's screening committee and board of directors unanimously chose Warner for the job. He added that there were about 30 applicants from around the country’, for the job, and that the screening committee narrowed the field to eight applicants before choosing Warner. Warner, 42, “was the shining star of all the applicants we interviewed,” Doster said. Warner has ll years’ experience in West Texas chamber work, four of those as executive director of the Snyder Chamber of Commerce. He also worked for the San Angelo and Odessa chambers. Warner left Snyder in 1982 to work as assistant to the chairman of the board for Interpret Bank in Odessa. Bill Warner (left), with Chamber president John Doster Duster said Warner got glowing references from his former associates and described him as a hard, diligent worker, “a behind the scenes guy.” Warner said he decided to leave West Texas after watching the oil industry drop there. The area had a poor financial outlook after years of prosperity, and it was not hard to se that my fortune lay elsewhere,’’he said. “I just couldn't see taking a whole lot of that without doing something about it,” Warner added. Warner said he had two immediate goals for himself as the new chamber manager: to meet with community leaders, “the whole cross-section”; and allow business and community leaders to evalute him. These objectives are “something that I have to do,” Warner said Monday. He has other goals for the area. He said he would like to promote New Braunfels as a “fun spot,” explaining that the area has national appeal as an attractive area. He will also study the city’s potential for increasing manufacturing. Warner said he was happy to return to chamber business after two years, it’s really hard to say why you miss the wars," he joked. But he said he enjoyed chamber See CHAMBER, Page 14 More results, photos, Pages 2,3 Close vote Standing up for the poor Ezekiel Torres' successor to be chosen Wednesday New Braunfels New Brae ut Ste. Texas Zeitung Vol. 94-No. 56 Im T uesday March 19,1985 25 Cents 14 Pages due on MX WASHINGTON (AP) - The MX Missile, survivor of more than a decade of controversy and debate, headed today for a crucial congressional showdown with Senate backers holding a thin edge. But even with President Reagan counting on an intense personal lobbying campaign to see him through “a make-or-break vote,” the outcome in the politically splintered Senate remained too close to call. An Associated Press survey of all IOO senators showed showed 45 senators ready to vote for the MX or leaning strongly in that direction w ith 43 opposed and 12 uncommitted. A respected Senate vote counter, assistant Democratic leader Alan Cranston of California, says the contest is even tighter with 48 probable votes for MX, 47 probable against it and five still uncommitted.“This vote is an absolutely ... make-or-break    vote,”presidential spokesman Larry Speakes said. Vice President George Bush, whose vote last year broke a Senate tie and staved off an MX defeat, was prepared, if needed, for a repeat performance. On Monday, Bush repeated the theme that has had the most telling effect in the Senate, even among lawmakers who view the MX as a flawed, unneeded, and strategically destabilizing weapon: See MX. Page 14 U.S., Soviets hold 'full-scale' session GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. and Soviet arms control negotiators met today for more than 2*2 hours, their longest meeting dealing with substantive issues since talks on reducing nuclear arms opened a week ago. Max M. Kampelman, the chief U.S. negotiator, smiled and waved at a handful of waiting reporters as he was driven from the Soviet mission in a grey sedan at 1:45 p.m. with fellow negotiators John G. Tower and Maynard Glitman. The superpower negotiators decided to hold the next such session at ll a.m. Thursday at the offices of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, a U.S. spokesman said. A U.S. spokesman, who asked not to be identified, earlier described today’s meeting as a full-scale session involving 21 negotiators from each side. The Soviet team is headed by Victor Karpov. The spokesman said he could not comment on the meeting’s agenda because he did not want to break the confidentiality rule agreed by the two sides. See TALKS, Page 14 Inside Wafer Watch Comal Rivet Canyon mtlot* Canyon Dam outflow Edwards Aquifer Canyon Lake level 266 cfs (up 4i 834 cfs idown 249i 866 cfs (same) 624 80 (up 15) 904 04Today's Weather It will be cloudy today with a 20 percent chance of showers and a high near 70. Winds will be gusty from the southeast. Tonight’s low will drop to the mid 50s, with a 70 percent chance of rain. Wednesday’s high will be in the upper 60s. Yesterday’s high was 69 and this morning’s low was 52. Sunset today will be at 6:42 p.m. and sunrise tomorrow at 6:35 a.rn CLASSIFIED 11-13 COMICS 9.10 DEAR ABBY 11 DEATHS 2 HOROSCOPE 3 OPINIONS 4 SPORTS 6.7 STOCKS 14 TV LISTINGS ____IO WEATHERSea World to build in SA area SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Sea World, a water park thwarted rn its first attempt to locate southeast of San Antonio, has struck a $100 million deal to build a facility southwest of town, the company’s chairman announced today. William Jovanovich, in a telephone call to Mayor Henry Cisneros, said Sea World and a companion water-play park known as Sea World Surf would be located on a 417-acre site on U.S. 90. “We believe it is an ideal site,” said Jovanovich, chairman of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., which owns Sea World. Jovanovich, in a telephone call from company headquarters in Orlando, Fla., told Cisneros the land would be purchased from Concord Oil Co., a San Antomo-based energy and land investment corporation. The park, scheduled for opening in April 1987, will employ up to I,MO people, Jovanovich said. Sea World Jan. 9 announced plans to build a $75 million aquatic park on a 500-acre tract in southeast Bexar County. See SEA WORLD, Page 14 ;