New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Reagan wins House vote for MX funding
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House today gave final congressional approval for spending $1.5 billion on 21 more MX missiles. The vote cemented the first major legislative victory of President Reagan’s second term.
The vote was 217 to 210.
The action ended a two-week legislative ordeal that included four House and Senate votes, a series of roadblocks once thought certain to scuttle the MX program.
Most congressional leaders attributed Reagan’s triumph to his intense, skillful lobbying and to his success in linking approval of the MX intercontinental
nuclear missile to prospects for an acceptable arms control bargain with the Soviet Union coming out of the Geneva arms talks.
The House voted 219 to 213 Tuesday night to authorize the MX spending, a step some House members contended is sufficient to show American resolve and to maintain the weapon as a bargaining chip at U.S.-Soviet arms control talks in Geneva.
The Senate approved MX spending in identical 55-45 votes last week. So the House vote will settle the matter for now, even though there is another fight on
See MX, Page 15A
Loeffler— MX vote my most important
He called his vote for the MX missile the most important of his career, and Rep. Tom Loeffler was working this morning to make sure that vote stood up.
Loeffler (R-Hunt), whose 21st District includes Comal County, was on the winning side of Tuesday’s 219-213 vote for the MX. Another vote — this time, to appropriate funds for the MX — was to have been held around noon today.
As chief deputy whip, Loeffler has been on the House floor or on *ue phone Wednesday and today ..ying to hold that slim majority,
his press secretary, Betsy Tyson, said this morning.
Earlier, Loeffler had been summoned to the White House, where President Reagan thanked him for his vote for the missile.
“He (Reagan) stated correctly that this is one of the most important votes that will be cast during his term in office,” Loeffler said.
“I expressed my very strong belief that for the time I have been in Washington since 1972, through however many years I will serve
See LOEFFLER, Page ISA
Map of Districts 3, 4, on Page 2A
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 63
March 28,1985 25 Cents
28 Pages —2 Sections
City bond issue delayed until fall
Architect—Schmitz Hotel not answer
By DANA STELL Staff writer
A city bond issue election first set for May 25 is now scheduled to go before the voters in early fall.
"At the present time, there are still a few items that have not been completely and totally worked out,” said Mayor Barbara Tieken Wednesday night. ‘ We intend to get these figures to such a point where we can say we’re talking about (as an example! the civic center improvements, chairs will cost x-number of dollars, and we need x-number of chairs.
“We've been able to do that with some of the items so far. But we've not been able to do that with the entire bond issue ”
The mayor was talking to a workshop group comprised of City Council, eity-appointed Options and Opportunities Committee, and other spec tai con unit tees It was the fourth workshop since the bond was proposed in February’, follow mg recommendations from city and chamber of commerce coinnuttees The preliminary bond price was $6 9 million. Wednesday, after receiving engineering and architect’s estimate on some of the major items, the bond proposal is around $11 million.
That amount is recommended for civic center improvements, a performing arts center, fire station construction and renovation, reconstruction of a city hall building, park development, and about $6 million worth of street and drainage repair and extensions
We would like to take the date and move it back to either September or October to give us adequate time to fine-tune the entire bond package," Tieken said.
When we go to the voters, we want them to have a clear understanding of what it is we're asking for.”
Tieken pointed out that the bond proposals wild! be presented in shopping list form, with each proposal a separate item Councilmember Betty Lou Rushing said the bond proposal will be presented "item-by-item, cost-by-cost, so everyone understands they're getting the best for their Lax dollar."
One reason for the jump from the last bond estimate of near $10 million is the addition of a preliminary figure for a city hall building Wednesday, architect Ed Eubanks showed a slide presentation of four possibilities for a city hall building One consideration, which he did not recommend, was to renovate the Schmitz Hotel for a city hall. Eubanks said the old hotel contains
even fewer square feet than the current city hall. which would force the use of the building as an annex.
The cost of refurbishing the hotel to serve as city hall would be extensive, report engineers, because the building’s interior is not suitable for
Eubanks also told the group that combimng city hall with the central fire station on South Hill Street would create a “ backstreet image” and because of that, along with the lack of parking, he did not recommend that choice.
The two favorite suggestions were to renovate and add on to the existing city hail on North Seguin Avenue or to raze that building and re-build on the same spot.
Of the two, the majority Wednesday liked the idea of renovating the current building and adding a wing, upon which a second story could be added later.
The existing building, constructed rn 1929, “is bursting at the seams,” Eubanks said. “People (employees) are put where the space is, not where they need to be ”
Cost projections for working on the existing building range from $1.5 million to $1.4 million, while those for a new building go from $1.2 million to $1.4 million.
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City Hall—a sound, but too-small building
LESLIE KRIEWALDT HERALD ZEITUNGCouncil looks at costs for pool cover, park land
The need for a cover over the Olympic pool was again outlined by swim coach Bud Dallmann at Wednesday night s bond workshop.
ballmann said a roof, along with closing off and heating the bath house, and heating the water, would cost between $1.4 million and $1.6 million.
But Mayor Barbara Tieken asked Da lh na i ui to check into the cost of a bubble to cover the pool. Dallmann,
who started a swun team here 23 years ago, said the bubble has a life expectancy of about IO years.
Dallmann, who said it would cost more than $3 nuilion to replace the pool, said the facility is used only 40 percent of the time. With a cover, he said, it could be utilized year ’round, bringing in more revenue. He pointed out that in 1964, there were 69,406 individual and 2,276 tickets sold for the pool.
Other bond items discussed Wednesday were the proposals for the park section, mcluduig a $600,000 figure set aside for future land acquisition.
“We desparately need additional land for the city -- for parks and anything else,” sa*d parks board chairman Carl Fox. “We need the land and the sooner the better; it is getting more expensive all the time.” Other parks proposals include
development of Cypress Bend Park for a tennis and sports complex ($590,000), revitalization of some neighborhood parks < $250,0001, and conservation and renovation at the golf course t $100,000).
Construction of a performing arts center was again discussed Wednesday, as the mayor asked that it and the civic center refurbishments be presented separately.
Cost for fixing up the civic center
amounts to about $250,000. As of Wednesday’s workshop, the cost for a performing arts center was tentatively set at $1.5 million.
But Mike Walker, who is on the committee studying the need for and construction of a performuig arts center, told the group a deluxe auditorium could be built for about $3 million.
Walker said the auditorium for that price, would include rehearsal
rooms, meeting rooms, and a place for display of arts.
Walker said the group, originally talking about a l,200-to-l,500 seat facility, was “shooting way too low” and that a seating capacity of 2,000 to 2,500 would be better.
“We either do this right or we don’t do it at all,” said Katie Gordon, a member of the Options and Op-
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2 murder indictments issued by pane!
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
Two San Antonio men were indicted for capital murder in a special Comal County Grand Jury session Wednesday.
The charges agamst Rudy Hernandez, 35, and Jesse Garibay, 19, stemmed from the March 7 gangland-style shootings of five Mexican nationals off FM 1863. Four survived the shootings, but Victor Manuel Serrano Cervan, 20, of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, died of his wounds.
Indictments handed down Wednesday stated Hernandez and Garibay shot Cervan “with a firearm in the course of commiting and attempting to commit robbery.” Both men allegedly offered the five Mexican nationals, who had crossed the border earlier on March 7, a ride from San Antonio to Denton for a nominal fee.
The shootings occurred off FM 1863 where the pair allegedly stopped their car and ordered everyone out. They marched their victims into the brush, shot them and left them to die.
Both Hernandez and Garibay remain in custody in the Comal County Jail under $250,000 bond each.
The last time capital murder charges were issued in Comal County was in 1982, but that case ended without a trial when Francis Irving Chandler and George Edwin Pitt-mann pleaded guilty. Each was assessed two consecutive life prison terms for kidnapping Robert Williams, 58, and his 46-year-old wife, then sexually assaulting Mrs. Williams and hanging her husband in a shed off Bear Creek Road.
Special grand jury sessions are also hard to come by Comal County. The last time District Attorney Bill Schroeder called on was for a child abuse case in 1975.
See GRAND JURY, Page UA
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Considerable late night and morning low cloudiness with partly cloudy afternoons and evenings. Dense early morning fog along the coastal plains.
Teenager arrested; lawsuit filed for damages
A lawsuit seeking damages and a temporary restraining order against a 17-year-old local high school student has been filed here in connection with a hit-and-run incident Tuesday.
Jesse Lopez, 17, of 919 Comal is listed as one of IO defendants in the original petition filed Wednesday in the District Clerk’s Office. An arrest
warrant was issued Monday for liopez, who turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (a car), but later released on a $2,500 bond set by Municipal Court Judge David Perkins.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include 17-year-old Johnny Martinez and
George Martinez, 24, who were allegedly struck Sunday night by a 1977 Mercury’ The younger man was released from McKenna Memorial Hospital Monday after observation.
New Braunfels Police Lt. Felix Roque said Johnny Martinez and at least three others were being
See LAWSUIT, Page UA
Notes help police rescue kidnap victim
A 22-year-old Garland man was arrested for aggravated kidnapping Wednesday at a local restaurant after a Richmond woman left notes along Interstate 35 asking for help.
As of presstime today, Bret Austin Cook was still in the Comal County Jail under a $25,000 bond, set by County Court-at-Law Judge Ron Zipp.
Cook was arrested Wednesday
morning by New Braunfels Police Detective Juan Gusme after Linda Guillemaud, 19, slipped a distress note to a waitress at the Kettle Restaurant on Highway 46.
“She said her ordeal started about 2 a.m. Wednesday when her car broke down on Highway 635 (1-635, in Dallas County). She accepted a ride from this man, who then decided not to take her home,” Gusme said.
The man’s true destination is still unknown, but Gusme said the woman said Cook had mentioned the Gulf Coast in conversation.
“They got on Interstate 35 and headed south, and she kept making excuses to stop. She would go to the restroom and leave notes on toilet paper asking ferhalp,” Puns said.
See KIDNAP, Page UA