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ll PS , iVvpt 759^5Council clashes over parking lot, Wurstfest
Wurstfest closed two weeks ago, but the City Council is still arguing about a rental fee for the new parking lot at Elizabeth Avenue.
The Wurstfest Association said “no” to council’s Oct. 26 request for a voluntary payment to help defray the cost of building the lot, which was used by the association during the 16-day festival. Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. got the letter on Nov. 18, and read it out loud at Monday’s council meeting — at Wurstfest’s request.
Barbara Tieken, one of the two council members who thought
Wurstfest should pay, responded with a written statement explaining her position. Councilmember Joe Rogers responded to that with some facts and figures on just what the Wurstfest Association has done for the community in the past.
Wurstfest president Carroll Hoffmann’s letter expressed “surprise and concern that some members of the City Council do not appreciate the hundreds of thousands of dollars that Wurstfest has donated to the City for the benefit of local taxpayers, not to mention the millions of dollars
generated for the local economy.”
The letter defined “some members” as Tieken, who made the motion to request payment, and Betty lx)u Rushing, who seconded that motion.
Tieken conceded in her statement that Wurstfest is a “viable, smoothly-run business that brings financial benefits to our city, its clubs and organizations.” However, she alleged that the Wurstfest Association is “powerful enough to intimidate many citizens,” and accused its officers of being needlessly “vindictive and
heavy-handed” on a number of past occasions.
Four council members, three of them members of the Wurstfest Association, took exception to those statements.
“I don’t think Wurstfest intimidates one soul, and I refuse to believe we’re heavy-handed,” said Joe Rogers.
Donnie Seay challenged Tieken’s statement that Wurstfest should be “up front in its proposals and follow through on its promises.” He asked for specific examples of promises that the organization had not “followed
Seay agreed with Hoffmann that the Wurstfest board had never been approached about sharing the cost of the Elizabeth Avenue lot. Many months ago, the council and parks board had talked about relocating the tennis courts and building a much bigger lot that would come closer to the Wurstfest grounds.
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt said he had sent Wurstfest a letter asking it to participate in this project. Seay said the board had considered helping to purchase the planned site for new
tennis courts. That site didn’t work out; council approved plans for a smaller parking lot on Elizabeth Avenue, and Wurstfest was not involved, Seay said.
However, Tieken noted the city staff did suggest charging the Wurstfest Association $1 per car for exclusive use of the Elizabeth Street lot during the festival. This idea was in the agenda folder for the Aug. 8 council meeting. “I ... thought it had merit, and included it in the discussion on
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Vol. 92 — No. 237 14 Pages
TUESDAY November 29,1983 25 cents
Citizens to vote on late bar hours
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Three switch votes killed the late-night drinking ordinance at City Council Monday night. But voters will see it again on the April election ballot
Faced with a petition that would have forced a referendum anyway, council members voted 4-2 against an ordinance which would have revoked the city's right to issue 2 a rn alcoholic-beverage licenses. They then voted unanimously to let the people decide in April.
Monday marked the second reading of the ordinance, which passed 6-1 on the first reading two weeks ago. There won’t be a third reading now. and it looks as if the bar owners won’t need to file their petition either.
“If council would agree to put it on the April ballot, then we wouldn't need a petition," said Crystal Chandelier owner John Rabon
Councilmembers Barbara Tieken and Betty Lou Rushing held out for passing the ordinance, and letting the bar owners demand an election if they so chose. Tieken proposed making the ordinance effective on April 30. so that it would simply become moot if UM* citizens voted it down on April 7.
Mayor Pro Tem Laverne Eberhard didn't see any
How Council Voted
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point in that. "It seems to me the logical thing is to defeat it and call for a referendum,’’ she said. and voted “no." Joe Rogers, Valdemar Espinoza and Donnnie Sea) 1 the only council member who voted against the ordinance on first reading 1 followed suit City Attorney John Churm thought at first that the council could save money by calling the referendum on its own. According to the city charter, when it’s done by petition, the council must act on that petition within 30 days, and take the next election date prescribed by state law.
We are not going to be looking at an April election. We’re feeing to be looking at a January election.” Rabon said
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Crystal Chandelier owner John Rabon (left) makes his point during Monday s City Council meeting, with City Attorney John Chunn
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explains the legal ramifications in the debate over the late hours drinking ordinance. Council agreed to call an election on the issue.Shuttle astronauts conduct plant experiments
SPACE CENTER. Houston (AP) -The scientists aboard Spacelab, not content with testing their own bodies to learn how humans adapt to space, turned today to a related question: How do plants know which way is up when there is no up”’
Except for the usual minor hitches. the shuttle Columbia and the SI billion European-built laboratory in its cargo hold were doing well after their Monday launch And so were the six men aboard the orbiting spacecraft. with one fleeting exception Byron Uchtenberg. a biomedical engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was unable to
complete a hop and drop” test in which he jumped, then let elastic bands pull him to the Spacelab floor. Lichtenberg complained of “a little dizziness and disorientation” and Mission Control assured him that “you did the right thing to slop when you did."
The astronauts split into two teams for their round-the-clock, round-the-world experiments and about nud-mght EST — dawn in Europe — the red shift took over with West German scientist UH Merbold in the laboratory along with Robert Parker.
One of Merbold’s first tasks was to photograph some dwarf sunflower
seedlings, in various stages of growth, to observe the growth movements of the plants rn weightlessness. On Earth, growing plant parts move in tiny spiral patterns, but scientists dont know why. The movement, called nutation, us affected by gravity and scientists want to see, through a series of time-lapse pictures, what happens when there is none Merbold and Parker continued the Spacelab mission of subjecting orbiting humans to tests to see what causes space sickness, at one point placing their heads into a rotating dome painted inside with dots of various sizes and colors.
The slowly whirling dome was designed to induce a sensation of left to right rotation while a camera records the subject’s eye movements. The pictures will be analyzed when the shuttle returns home.
This first use of Spacelab. with 73 experiments scheduled before Columbia lands in California on Dec. 7, monopolized air-to-ground conversations Little was heard from spacecraft commander John Young and pilot Brewster Shaw, who had to guide the spacecraft through a senes of changes in position to satisfy requirements in five major scientific disciplines.
Lichtenberg and astronaut Owen Garriott spent two hours on the complex job of turning on equipment in the 23-foot-long Spacelab, reached from Columbia's middeck by a tunnel. Astronauts and scientists worked in jumpsuits.
Garriott and Parker are mission specialists, able both to work on shuttle systems and in Spacelab.
Merbold, a physicist with the Max-Planck Institute in Stuttgart, West Germany, is the first non-Airier lean aboard a U.S. spacecraft. He and Lichtenberg, a researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are the first payload
specialists — non-astronauts — to be on a U.S. spacecraft. They began the mission with electrodes glued to their heads and chest.
lichtenberg started the mission's first experiment, a study of the effect of space on human lymphocytes, the blood cells that are a key element in the body’s protection against disease.
He injected an activating chemical into an incubator holding lymphocyte samples. The samples will be allowed to incubate for 70 hours and then will be frozen and preserved for study on the ground. In this way, scientists hope to discover how weightlessness affects human immunity .
Lights to glow tonight
Directors of New Braunfels Utilities have some business to conduct taught. But Mayor Pro Tem Laverne Eberhard said they'd probably step outside at 6 p.m. to watch the Main Plaza light up for Christmas.
“lf the lights don't go on, well, you’ll see the Utilities board,” Eberhard advised the general public at Monday’s council meeting But she doesn’t expect that to happen City Manager E.N. Delashmutt said the lighting system had been checked and rechecked, and he’s been assured that everythmg is “go.”
This annual ceremony is geared to New Braunfels’ younger citizens, but the whole town is invited — and usually shows up. Traffic on the plaza will be closed off by 5.30 p.m., as singers from lime Star Elementary School warm up the crowd with a few Christmas carols.
As soou as the big tree is lit, the Canyon Middle School band will bring rn the firaengine bearing Santa Claus, who will hand out goodies to the Iuds. Santa will stay long enough to meet children personally, and listen to their Christmas wishes.
Favors are donated by the Downtown ^Merchants Association and the Comal Independent Mens Association.
The project: “Cheer Fund.” The goal: feeding 120 local families this Christmas. Wanted, your
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As mentioned rn the Thanksgiving Day paper, we are accepting cash or non-perishable food items The goal is to provide a Christmas dinner to local families who nught not have one without your help You can bring your contribution to our offices at 186 S. Castell Ave. or mail it to PO Drawer 361, New Braunfels, 78131. Names of contributors will be published daily. Pickup of donated food items can be made by contacting Circulation Manager Don Avery, 62^-9144 We appreciate your help.
It w'll be mostly cloudy today and Wedne^iay, and partly cloudy tonight. Winds will be from the southat 10-15 mph today and Wednesday, decreasing to 5-10 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 5.32 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:07 am.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
While Midwesterners dug out from a record blizzard and a trickie of travel resumed, forecasters warned that a new sister storm threatened to dump more icy inches on the Great Plains today as the fierce weather's death toll rose to 68.
Snow from the new storm began falling in Utah early today and the National Weather Service said up to 4 more inches could top the I to 2 feet that paralyzed the nation’s nudsection Monday Travelers’ advisories were in effect today for much of Wyoming, northern Utah and eastern Colorado.
Midwest digging out; new blizzard expected
As the western Plains braced for another, though milder, onslaught, the storm that left 0-foot drifts in some areas and brought the Midwest to a halt was still packing a wallop further east.
Snow continued to fall today in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, with up to 6 new inches expected before it ended. Freezing rain and sleet left a slippery sheen over northern New England.
The Nebraska State Patrol advised the hundreds of stranded travelers — many of whom bunked on church pews and armory floors Sunday night — to stay off the roads another day. Although Interstate SO was
cleared of 8-foot drifts and reopened Monday afternoon, "we’re telling everybody that it’s still ice- and snow-packed, that there is still snow and blowing snow, and that travel is not recommended," said a patrol spokesman in Lincoln.
“I can see drifts from the office here, and it looks like they’re six or seven feet deep,” said Greeley County, Neb., Deputy Bill Canister “There’s nothing moving here in town.” “You’re just asking for it by being out,” said Bill Brennan of Grand Island, Neb “There’s cars strewn all over the place.”
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Woman, daughter hurt in wreck
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A New Braunfels woman and her eight-year-old daughter remain hospitalized in San Antonio Tuesday from injuries in a tram-car collision on N. Live Oak Saturday morning.
Victoria Robledo of 207 N. Lone Star was listed in good condition at Methodist Hospital, while her daughter Laura was listed as critical in the surgical intensive care unit there, as of 8 a m. Tuesday.
Robledo’s 1969 van collided with a Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad engine, pulling a caboose and a gravel car, at 10:31
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Suspects plead guilty to two motel robberies
Two San Antonio men accused of robbing victims at the Hill Country Inn and Gourmet Inn motels May 22 at gunpoint pleaded guilty in 207th District Court Monday.
Kevin Hill of 5019 Hershey was sentenced to 25 years in the Texas Department of Corrections by presiding Judge Robert Pfeuffer Hill was indicted in August for two counts of aggravated robbery for his part in the robbery of an Alvin highway patrolman and his wife at the Gourmet Inn.
At the same time, Hill was in
dicted on four counts of aggravated robbery by use (rf a handgun for his part in the robbery of two Hill Country Inn rooms. District Attorney Bill Schroeder said if no notice of appeal on the 25-year sentence is given by Hill within 30 days, that four-count indictment will be dismissed as part of a plea bargain agreement.
Albert Bonner Jr., indicted identically to Hill, also pleaded guilty. However, Judge Pfeuffer
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