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Vol. 92 - No. 62 12 Pages
March 29,1983 25 cents
Jail bond issue due in May
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Within the first couple weeks of May, voters may be presented with two separate bond issues — one from the New Braunfels Independent School District and one from Comal County.
NBISD is hoping patrons will pass an approximate $8-5 million bond package on May 3 for new construction and renovation of that school district.
And now according to predictions made by County Judge Fred Clark, county voters will be asked to go to the
polls either that week or the next to pass a bond issue to pay for a new jail.
The exact amount of the county’s bond package — which is needed to build a new complex that would include a jail, magistrate's court and offices for the Sheriff's Department — has yet to be determined.
But at a public hearing set for 5 tonight in Commissioners Courtroom, architects hired by the county will reveal "expected costs” of the facility, Clark said.
Both the county and school district are trying to beat a July deadline when a change in federal law will require that all bonds be registered.
This law will make bond sales more expensive and considerable paperwork has to be completed before bonds can be prepared to be sold, which is why both the county and NBISD want to call their bond elections no later than mid-May.
"They have the same problem we do...we’re both trying to anticipate the new act," said Clark, referring to the school district.
The judge said he was "not sure if it (the county’s bond election) will end up being the same week" as NBISD’s bond election.
"I don’t know how that would work on the citizens' standpoint,” he noted.
"But I would like to do it as soon as possible,” he said, referring to the county’s election.
Although it’s not necessary before the bond issue, Gark anticipates that Commissioners Court will have picked a specific jail site by the time the county calls for a bond election.
"If we’re going to pass it (bond issue) the people are going to want to know generally where we’re talking about," he said.
Clark expects the site decision will "be made pretty quickly" possibly even Monday, when Commissioners Court might also even call for the specific election date, he noted.
Jail site hearing tonight
A public hearing to discuss proposed sites for the new county jail complex will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Commissioners Courtroom.
County citizens are invited to comment on the jail’s location at this hearing, County Judge Fred Clark said.
A jail site selection committee has recommended three sites to Commissioners Court. These included a 12-acre tract off Hanz Drive between Loop 337 and Gruene Road; a 9-acre tract off Water Lane, adjacent to Loop 337 between West San Antonio Street and IH 35; and a 6.5 acre tract on North Walnut Avenue along the Missouri-Pacific Railroad tracks.
In addition, the committee has also recommended that the court
consider buying what is known as the “Doeppenschmidt property” (on which the appraisal district and tax collector’s offices now sit) for the future expansion of the Courthouse and for parking.
The court has not taken any formal action on picking a site although it has employed a real estate appraiser to conduct appraisals on the Hanz and Water Lane property.
Discussion at the public hearing will not be limited to these sites, Gark said. “They (the public) can discuss other sites or bring forward other site recommendations,” he noted.
Gark is predicting that the court will pick a site for the new jail
Rec Center funds, arts get council's approval
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
It took IO minutes, or less, for Qty Council to put its stamp of approval on the Arts and Cultural Commission's proposed division of the rooni-occupancy tax
It took an hour to work through the Parks Advisory Board s plan for establishing a city recreation program But the end result was the same Council said "yes" to all the board's recommendations, and appropriated $6,000 to keep the failing luanda Recreation Center open until Qty Manager E N. Delashmutt can hire a coordinator for the new program
Iaiveme Eberhard’s motion to accept the arts and cultural commission’s recommendation met unanimous approval from the council. This new commission, created late in 1982, was charged with allocating art and culture's share (IO percent) of the city's hotel-motel tax. The money will
The recreation program was also go to the following groups, in the following proportions:
Circle Arts Theatre. 3.5 percent; Mid-Texas Symphony Guild, 3 percent, Braunfels Foundation Trust, 1.5 percent; New Braunfels Art league, I percent; Greater New Braunfels .Arts Council, .5 percent. Die Froelichen Volkstanzer. .25 percent and South Texas Sound. .25 percent. The Sophienburg Memorial Association made a request, but was not recommended for funding At the last comnussion meeting, there was some question whether this allocation was for one year or two. Council has committed the IO percent funding through 1984, but Delashmutt said it would be best if the above percentages applied just to 1963 "I think that s wise, because the needs (of the various groups) may change," said Joe Rogers approved by unanimous vote, but Eberhard cast a "nay" on Barbara Tieken’s motion to appropriate the
Rogers, Max Winkler and Gerald Schaefer voted with Tieken. Michael Doherty had just stated that the luanda Recreation Association had barely enough funds to keep the center open one more week.
The city also has $7,000 set aside for the annual summer recreation program, which was to be run by the (.anda Association this year. Council members hope that with these funds, and the association's help, they can field a successful summer program and keep the center open through the end of July. By that time, the city should be ready to implement its new recreation division
The total cost of the program, and the form of its internal wordings, have yet to be determined As parks board chairman Sharon rnair put it, We've never been there before, either This is something that will have to be walked through "
See REC CENTER, Page 12
Winkler touts admission charge
On Monday night, City Council decided to improve the "recreation" aspect of New Braunfels’ Department of Parks and Recreation.
It's a step that may add $100,000, perhaps more, to the department's already impressive budget. Counting the Municipal Golf Course i which is a separate entity, not included in the parks budget), City Manager E N. Delashmutt estimates some $896,000 ta spent each year on parks and recreational facilities.
"That’s more than we spent on our fire department last year," noted Councilmember Overlie Eberhard With the same thought rn mind, Counciimeniber Max Winkler decided
to re-introduce an unpopular subject.
"Now that we're over this hurdle. I d like to see on the front burner, at the earliest possible meeting, something about charging admission to l,anda Park," he said Delashmutt was not enthusiastic. The idea, he said, has come up before It’s been studied by various city committees, by a task force from Texas A&M, and even by a professional consulting firm which charged $12,000 for its study "The recommendations have always come back on the negative side," he told Winkler. "I have nothing new that I can present," Winkler doesn’t want local tax
payers paying to come into the park. He's looking at the out-of-town people. "If you go down there on Sunday morning, there’s a million people there at 6 a rn. Ninety percent of them are from San Antonio,” he said.
A man in the audience murmered, "Amen.”
Members of the Parks Advisory Board agree local people shouldn't have to pay under any circumstances. The question is how to separate them from the tourists "We came up a year or so ago with an idea that when you paid your taxes, you got a sticker for your car, so
See PARKS, Page 12
Well, not quite. This cheerful-lookmg fellow with the big teeth was set up to protect a garden at the corner of Sanger and Nacogdoches, not attract disoriented trick or treaters.Private cars get no tanks from county
To clear up any misunderstanding. Commissioners Court adopted a policy Monday concerning use of county equipment or supplies.
"No elected official and-or county employee shall be permitted to use county-owned gas, parts, maintenance service in any vehicle not owned by the county,” was the policy recommended by County Judge Fred Clark and adopted by the court.
In addition, "no county-owned equipment shall be used by a county or elected official in personal or private business,” the judge’s policy stated.
Prior to presenting his proposition to the court, Clark noted that "members of the court thought and believed that they already had a policy" in effect regarding use of county supplies and equipment.
taick of a formal pulley came to light, however, when Precinct 3 Constable laster Jonas was brought before a Grand Jury March 16 on the accusation that he had been stealing county gasoline. He was no-billed by that jury following a misconduct investigation.
Jonas contended that he was not stealing, but filling up his own car for patrol duty since he said the car provided to hun by the county wasn’t in good enough shape to drive.
Following the Grand Jury’s ruling, Clark noted that “there are lapses (in county policy) here and there...and if there is ambiguity in a policy, it should be settled.”
Prior to recommended his policy, Gark told commissioners that the court had three options to "provide transportation to elected constables. ”
The county could provide a county-owned vehicle to constables and "any necessary maintence, parts and gas and oil” and this vehicle would only be used for county business, Clark said.
Of the three, this is the option
See JONAS, Page 12
Staff photo by John Sttnfer
Halloween in March?
Burglars strike Highway 81 stores, house, storage facility
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
New Braunfels police are attempting to correlate the burglaries aI seven businesses in the early morning hours Friday in the Highway 81-McQueeney Road area.
Nothing was reported missing from Rosita's Restaurant and Seidel Construction Co. The biggest haul was made at Fritz Meat Market, where $90 in bills and change and-about four or five sausages were reported stolen. A total of $75 was missing from Bob’s Barber Shop, also on Highway 81.
Other businesses with minor damage were the Nomad Motel Rastaurant, Eberhard’s Lumber Yard and Delnose’s Ice House. The burglaries all occurred $-7 a.m., and in each case,
entry was gained by either prying open a door or window.
In other police news, Mark Petrosky of 325 Napolean reported a burglary at his residence between 8:30 p.m. Saturday and I am. Sunday. Entry was gained by use of a silver knife, which was left behind.
A total of $1,350 in firearms — a .22 magnum pistol, a .22 caliber rifle with a red field wide angle four power scope, and a .22 magnum pump rifle with a four power scope — were reported stolen.
Ray Christian of New Braunfels told police his storage compartment at Ralph Curtis Warehouses on Walnut St., was broken into sometime between Thursday, March 17, and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27. He reported an assortment of tools, rod and reels and tackle boxes, all valued at $1,745, were gone.InsideToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for mostly cloudy today and tonight, becoming partly cloudy by Wednesday. There is a 20 percent chance of showers this afternoon and Wednesday, and a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms tonight. Winds will be from the southeast, increasing to 15-20 mph today, becoming northerly at 10-15 mph tonight Sunset will be at 6:47 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 6:23 a m.NIT For Two
Monday night semifinal action in the nation’s oldest college basketball tournament, the National Invitational Tournament, was surprisingly one-sided. DePaul bested Nebraska, BBSS, and the relatively unknown Fresno St. Bulldogs used their No. 1-ranked defense to shut down Wake Forest, 86-62. The two winners meet Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden for the championship. See Page 5.
Unrest in Nicaragua
Death toll mounts in border fighting
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Anti-Sandimsta guerrillas ambushed a Red Cross ambulance and killed the driver, a government spokesman said, while army troops battled rebels on several fronts around the country.
The spokesman, Herty I^ewittes, said Monday night that the ambulance was attacked in northwestern Nicaragua near the Honduran border, where fighting between guerrillas and the leftist government’s troops has been escalating during the past two months.
Lewittes, who is also minister of tourism, did not identify the driver or say who the ambulance was carrying when it was ambushed Sunday night. But he said the situation in the region remains serious and reported that the army is keeping troops off highways after 5 p.m. to avoid casualties in ambushes.
Residents of Rancho Grande, a town of about 5,000 people 150 miles northeast of the capital, said the town was surrounded by insurgents early Monday but there was no attack on the town.
The government estimates the number of guerrillas operating in northern Nicaragua at up to 5,000,
A rebel broadcast claimed insurgents also were fighting in the south, near the Costa Kican border. A broadcast monitored in San Jose, the Costa Rican capital, said rebels attacked soldiers near Fatima, seven miles from the Costa Rican border, and killed 12 soldiers.
The report said the guerrillas suffered four
casualties before they were forced to withdraw because they were outnumbered.
In recent weeks of fighting at least 275 people, including 61 soldiers, have died, according to official estimates.
In Managua Monday night, an estimated 1,000 demonstrators held a protest at the gates of the U.S. Embassy, blaming the Reagan administration for the death of a young French doctor, Pierre Grosjean, who died in an attack by anti-government guerrillas in western Nicaragua last week.
Grosjean was studying leprosy as part of a cultural agreement between Nicaragua and the Socialist government of French President Francois Mitterrand. He died along with three soldiers in an attack that also left 17 civilians, including seven children, wounded.
Nicaragua claims the guerrilla force is made up of former national guardsmen loyal to the rightist dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza, who was ousted in July 1979 in a revolution led by the Sandinista National liberation Front.
The Sandinistas now control the government and there is some dissatisfaction within the country over the leftist slant the government has taken. However, the government says the current rebellion is fueled by the former national guard soldiers, thousands of whom fled to Honduras in the last days of the revolution that toppled Somoza.
Nicaragua contends the United States is the prime mover in an attempt to topple the revolutionary government.