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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas * r* '&.V Try Tastes of Town at Thursday benefit Sample taste delights from 26 area restaurants, caterers and beverage distributors Thursday and benefit the New Braunfels Children’s Museum as you do. The Tastes of the Town, at the Civic Center, is a fundraiser for the museum.    _    „    ^ See Page 3 Medicare cuts threaten hospitals, say lawmakers WASHINGTON (AP) — More of Texas’ fragile rural hospitals could face the breaking point and collapse if Congress agrees with President Bush’s proposal to slash Medicare spending by $5 billion, two Democrats say. See Page 5 2201 BROOKHOLLOW PLZ SUITE 300 ARLINGTON, TX 76006 A. f M-M JKL §    r ^IJ    CS in bi-district game New Braunfels will travel to House Park in Austin tonight to take on the Travis Rebels in a bi-district playoff soccer match. The Unicorns are trying to avoid the first-round knockout that dropped the team in last year’s playoff opener against Austin Anderson. See Page 7 New Braunfels /AV Vol. 137, No. 97 Council eyes Springing forward budget figures * 707 Lands St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Tuesday March 28, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 10 Pages New Braunfels City Council got its first look Monday afternoon at the proposed city budget for the fiscal year beginning July I. The $9,318,263 budget is based on expected revenues and necessary expenditures. It features a 2.9-perccnt increase in the maintenance and operation portion of the effective tax rate. The actual proposed property tax rate is 0.3945 per $100 property valuation, which is lower than the current 0.4090 tax rate that supported this year’s $8,529,020 budget. “The budget you have in front of you is a modest budget based on expected revenues and necessary expenditures,” City Manager Paul Grohman told City Council in a workshop Monday afternoon. He said revenues have been projected conservatively but realistically. “I think a complaint in the past has been that the revenues were not accurate. I think they are accurate — they are conservative, but I believe they are very realistic,” said Grohman about the first budget he has planned for the City of New Braunfels. Grohman said expenditures should allow for full cost of operations and take into account anticipated increases in costs. The budget includes funds for the city to give employees 5-pcrcent raises; hire a downtown coordinator, internal auditor, six firefighters, and an additional part-time library clerk and replace two part-time positions in municipal court with one full-time position; make $12,950 in capital improvements to the Civic Center; See BUDGET, Page 2 Good day County Don’t forget the umbrella today.    ^ The rain clouds will be around till    a    •    ♦    j day. The high temperature will be    |    C I I    I    I 75 degrees and the overnight low    t'    JU    JU JI.MIM I will be 58 degrees. Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a high    \ a .ow of«, tor road CLASSIFIED.............................8-10 COMICS    6    Speed limits for several spout on rnnssiAinon...............................River Roa(1 wcrc sel al ^ milcs DEAR ABBY ...............................4    hour after a unanimous vote by Comal unonQrnDr................................-    County commissioners Monday in a ................................*    regular meeting of the court. SPORTS......................................7-8    Areas of the road to change include TV LISTINGS.................................4    75Q fccl sjde Gf thc bridge at WEATHER.....................................2    Hueco Springs, first, second and third crossings; 1,0(K) feet above the bridge at the fourth crossing toward Saltier; and 1,200 feet below the bridge at the New Braunfels Masonic Lodge    fourth    crossing toward New No. 1109 will hae a called meet-    Braunfels. ing tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the    Commissioners conducted a public Lodge Hall to confer an M.M.    hearing March 20 when River Road Degree....    residents asked for more law enforce ment to monitor fast drivers. The Safe City Commission con-    y^e Water Oriented Recreation tinues its scries of neighborhood    District is planning to put signs on meetings tonight at 7 for residents    River Road bridges to mark the cross- of Rhine Terrace. The meeting    ingssoon. will be at Frazier Elementary School, 1441 U.S. 81 E. For more information, call the Safe City office at 620-SAFE.... Judge changes Specht hearing By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer A hearing for a temporary restraining order concerning Spring Branch murder-suspect and mother of three was transferred to Kendall County out of Comal County Monday. During arraignment proceedings for 42-ycar-old Virginia Specht, District 22 Judge Charles Ramsay of San Marcos granted change of venue on the restraining order because the three children live in Kendall County. Specht, who remains free on a SI30,(KH) bond, is charged with shoot ing her husband Larry Wayne Specht, HCR I, Box 39B, in the back with a high-powered rifle March 2 while he was in his driveway. He died that night during surgery at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio. The 44-year-old civil service worker at Kelly Air Force Base was on his way home when he was shot at the entrance of his ranch off U.S. 281 North and FM 306. Mrs. Specht was indicted on the murder charge and an attempted mur- See HEARING, Page 2 Legislation for water plan City approves funds for effort Spring showers have brought these spring Bluebonnets and many other willowers will be popping up along roadsides throughout the Hill Country soon. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies all week and a continued chance of spring showers. Just a reminder, spring forward an hour this Sunday morning and you’ll have lots of afternoon daylight in which to plant more spring flowers. (Photo by Deryl Clark) By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council is supporting passage of bills providing a plan for managing groundwater withdrawals from the Edwards Aquifer and will contribute money to support a lobbying effort to pass die water plan. In a regular meeting Monday night, New Braunfels City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting passage of the bills which were recently introduced to the Texas House and Senate for managing groundwater withdrawals from the Edwards Aquifer. Council also voted to give $10,OOO from its professional services account to an Austin firm working to get the legislation passed. “We think it (the legislation) is a step in the right direction,” said S. Craig Hollmig, a Comal County director on the Edwards Underground See WATER, Page 2 Stammtisch Bondholders seeking liquidation of assets MCorp filing voluntary bankruptcy Southwest Texas State University is sponsoring a College Day April I to help prospective students become familiar with the university and its programs. The program, sponsored by the SWTSU office of admissions, is designed to assist high school seniors and juniors and their parents, as well as students from two-year colleges in learning about SWTSU. College Day activities begin at 9 a.m. with check-in and end with residence hall tours from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Discussion topics will include admission and housing requirements, financial aid programs, campus life and other services offered by the university. Also include is a student-to-studeni panel and faculty members will also be available to discuss possible career choices and academic opportunities. Lunch will be served in one of the university cafeterias for about $4. For more information about College Day and to receive registration forms for the event, call the office of admissions at 512-245-2364.... La Mujer Tejana is having a Rummage Sale at the New Braunfels Weekend Flea Market on FM 725 April I. Most items will be priced under $1 and proceeds will benefit an annual art show, scholarships, and charitable organizations such as the Children’s Shelter and Toys for Tots.... The Comal County Red Cross will conduct an advanced lifesav- . ing course April 3-7 from 4 to 8 Sh STAMMTISCH, Pays 2 In other business Monday, commissioners designated funds for the sheriff’s office TLETS ll communications system come from the commissioners court contingency fund; authorized advertising for bids for a vehicle for the animal control officer; and approved the vacate and replat of Unit 3, Block 13, lots 15 and 16 of Bulverde Hills. DALLAS (AP) — Efforts by three minor MCorp bondholders to have the holding company’s assets liquidated have prompted MCorp to announce it will seek bankruptcy protection from creditors. And analysts say the move could be an obstacle to federal regulators’ efforts to rescue MCorp’s subsidiary banks. MCorp announced Monday it will file for reorganization under Chapter ll of the U.S. bankruptcy code, superseding the creditors’ Chapter 7 petitions for involuntary liquidation. Either way, the action could hamper a six-month effort by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to rescue the Neither the bankruptcy petition nor the company’s reorganization filing should affect bank business, and company officials said all banks and branches of MCorp would be open for business today. Under federal law, the MBanks cannot be made subject to a bankruptcy petition. 25 banks owned by MCorp. However, the banks’ assets would not be affected. Last October, MCorp sought federal recapitalization assistance from the FDIC. Officials of the Dallas-based holding company also have met with noteholders several times since last fall and urged them not to take action despite a moratorium on paying debts while the company tried to recapitalize. “We all knew this type of action could be taken,” said Frank Anderson, a Little Rock analyst who tracks MCorp. “It only look the actions of three bondholders that held at least $5,000 to throw the holding company into involuntary bankruptcy. “I think inaction by the FDIC led to this,” Anderson said. “They made everybody nervous.” Analyst Robert Rieke, of Rauscher Pierce and Rcfsnes, Inc. in Dallas, agreed the liquidation petitions probably were prompted by creditors’ concerns that the FDIC is moving too slowly. “I think a more expedited decision process would have resolved the problems and the bondholders’ fears,” Rieke said. But FDIC spokesman Steve Katas-nos in Washington discounted the analysts’ contentions. He said FDIC procedures have been relatively swift. See BANKRUPTCY, Page 2 Authorities probe cause of oil spill VALDEZ, Alaska (AP) — Authorities today investigated reports that the captain of a tanker responsible for a 100-square-mile oil spill had drinking problems, and crews struggled against the slick that was moving “like it’s on a superhighway.” “We look at all areas in an investigation and that’s an area of concern,” National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Bill Woody said of reports that Exxon Valdez Capt. Joseph Hazelwood had a drunken driving conviction as recently as September. Hazelwood likely will be required to testify at NTSB hearings that begin April 4 in Anchorage, Woody said. Hazelwood, 42, was not on the bridge when the vessel left shipping lanes on Friday to avoid ice, rammed a charted reef and ran aground in Prince William Sound, said Exxon Shipping Co. officials. The third mate, who did not have proper certification, was in charge, company President Frank Iarossi said. Investigators said the results of drug and alcohol tests on crew members will be made public perhaps in two or three days. Hazelwood pleaded guilty in 1984 to driving while intoxicated after an accident near his home in Huntington, N.Y., The New York Times reported today. He was convicted of drunken driving last September in New Hampshire and his license was revoked, the paper said. His driver’s license had been suspended on two other occasions during the past five years, the Times said. Telephone calls to his home Monday were not answered. Attempts on Monday to clean up the nation’s worst oil spill were set back by 70-mph gusts that swept the slick more than 30 miles toward the southwest, and forced crews to retreat. The cleanup “is not proceeding well — believe me, that is an understatement,” Iarossi said. “We’ve got a mess on our hands.” Fewer than 135,000 gallons of oil have been recovered from the S«* SPILL, Rag* 2 Trustees OK security system Because of a recent rash of break-ins in Comal Independent School District schools, trustees have decided to install security systems in a facilities not already protected. At a regular board meeting Monday night, district trustees unanimously accepted a $16,490.68 bid from Guadalupe Valley Telephone Systems for the security systems. The district already has installed systems in numerous facilities following break-ins. After the new systems are installed, all C1SD facilities will be protected. CISD Public Information Officer Sandra Jackson said the district has lost $ 10,000 in robberies and damages this school year. Trustees also awarded bids for Canyon High library furniture and physical education lockers, and science cabinets at Smithson Valley Middle School. In other action, the board approved an $18,899.80 payment to Saur Construction Company for a road project at Smithson Valley High School. Comal County will pay the district $9,999.96 as its share of the project. CISD previously paid $27,7(X),20 toward the $46,600 cost of the entire project. State unemployment rate drops AUSTIN (AP) —- The state’s unemployment rate for February declined slightly from 7.6 percent in January to 7.3 percent, according lo figures released by the Texas Employment Commission. The February 1988 unemployment rate was 8.7 percent. Dianne Dobie, a TEC labor market analyst, said urban unemployment rates last month followed the statewide trend with rates down or unchanged from January. “The figures for February are pretty normal" for that month, Ms. Dobie said. The highest rate is usually in January, and it comes down a little in February as people are still being laid off from Christmas jobs, she said. “The only sector (of the job market) that was up was the educational sector as colleges and other schools began their spring semester,” she said. The 7.3 unemployment rate means there were an estimated 594,000 jobless Texans, the TEC said. The lowest urban unemployment rate for February was in the Bryan-Collegc Station area, with 4.9 percent, while the highest was McAUen-Edinburg-Mission, with 18.2 percent. . Rates of unemployment in the urban areas of Texas as announced Tuesday by the Texas Employment Commission for February, compared with revised January figures (in parenthesis) included: Abilene 6.8 (6.9) Amarillo 6.2 (6.7) Austin 5.6 (6.1) Beaumont-Port Arthur 10.0(10.9) Brazoria 7.4 (8.0) Brownsvillc-Harlingen 12.5 (12.9) Bryan-College Station 4.9 (5.7) Corpus Christi 8.9 (9.0) Dallas 5.6 (5.9) El Paso 10.8(11.0) Fort Worth-Arlington 6.0 (6.2) Galveston-Texas City 7.9 (8.7) Houston 6.2 (6.6) Temple-Killeen 8.2 (8.6) Laredo 14.3 (15.4) Longv ie w-Marshall 9.4 (9.7) Lubbock 5.4 (5.4) McAllcn-Edinburg-Mission 18.2 (18.7) Sh RATE, Pag* 2 ;