New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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City prosecutor interested in city attorney's position
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By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
A few people have talked to Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. about the city attorney’s job, but only one has put his interest on paper.
Stratemann said he’d received a letter from John Chunn, now serving as city prosecutor. “I believe it stated at the bottom that he’d sent copies to all the council members,” he said.
He’s received no formal communication from anyone else regarding the position that will be vacated by Irvin Boarnet on Oct. 31.
“Of course, you have people come up and talk to you. But whether they’re going to do anything about it is another thing,” the mayor said.
As he pointed out the week after Boarnet announced his resignation, an attorney interested in the job might also contact any individual council member. Stratemann said the matter would probably be discussed by the City Council in executive session at Monday night’s meeting.
He doesn’t expect the group to make a decision until the Oct. 25 meeting.
Boarnet, who announced his resignation under City Council pressure on Sept. 13, has held the city attorney’s position for almost nine years. Before that, he served in Chunn’s present job, and then as municipal judge. All three positions are handled on a retainer or contract basis, with the attorneys taking time out from private practice to do city business.
David Perkins is municipal judge now, promoted from city prosecutor to succeed Sue Funk approximately five years ago. He said he was “not considering making any sort of application” for the city attorney’s job.
“I hadn’t even thought about it since Mr.
Boarnet resigned,” he said.
Boarnet said he didn’t exactly apply for the job nine years ago, although he had indicated an interest at the time he was appointed municipal judge.
“They called me at home one night during an executive session and asked if I were still interested. Then they said, ‘You’ll be our next city attorney,’” he remembered.
Appraisal review board heard last case Thursday
The Appraisal Review Board heard its last case Thursday morning. Glenn Brucks, Chief Appraiser for the Comal County Central Appraisal District, said he hopes to certify the 1982 tax roll sometime next week.
‘We’re basically sort of finished,” said Brucks, moving files from the board room back into his office.
Basically sort of? “I gave up making absolute statements a long time ago,” Brucks said.
The six-member review board, set up to hear taxpayers’ complaints and make sure everyone’s property was appraised at fair market value, had 214 appointments over the past month. Approximately nine percent concerned commercial or industrial properties. Seventy-one percent were residential, and approximately 20 percent were for farm and ranch land.
Not all cases were heard. Brucks said approximately 18 percent of the clients cancelled or failed to show up.
Of the ones that came before the board, “We dealt with them all pretty well. Most people walked out, if not satisfied, at least understanding what we were doing,” Brucks said.
Review board members weren’t a hard-nosed lot; they actually reduced appraised values for more than half of the complainants. Ranch land got the largest proportional share of adjustments. Approximately 76 percent of those clients walked away with changed values, and ll percent never appeared before the board.
Some of the complaints had been heard before. Two industrial corporations, Texas Industries and General Portland, filed lawsuits against Comal County and the Comal
Independent School District last year, protesting the values on their plants. This year, both corporations came before the review board.
“They’re still claiming that they're valued at IOO percent, while everything else is at something lower,” Brucks said. As of this year, all properties are supposed to be valued at IOO percent.
‘ They’re still not happy,” he said of TXI and GPI, “but I don't know if they’re going to carry it any farther.” The bulk of the complaints came from inside New Braunfels, but Brucks pointed out the city probably contains half the population of Comal County. Outside the city, the Northcliff subdivision probably spawned the most questions, he added.
That area is having trouble with
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Vol. 91 - No. 198
Jobless rate shatters post-Depression high
Unemployment has jumped 2.9 percent since July 1981
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment nationwide hit 10.1 percent in September, the first time the double-digit plateau has been breached since America was emerging from the Great Depression in 1940, the government reported today.
After months of steadily rising joblessness, which eclipsed the previous post-World War II recession highs, the unemployment rate jumped 0.3 percentage point last month.
Behind that fractional rise, however, was the loss of 450,000 more jobs, said the Bureau of I,abor Statistics.
Some 11.3 million Americans were out of work in September, the bureau said. And an additional 1.6 million people, a record, fell into the government’s ‘ discouraged worker" category — those who have given up trying to find jobs.
The agency also reported that the number of Americans forced to accept part-time employment, for lack of better jobs opportunities, soared to 6.6 million, another record.
The latest jolt in the job picture, while anticipated by President Reagan, private economists and top business leaders, produced fresh howls of protest from organized labor and civil rights groups demanding a reversal of administration economic policies.
Today’s grim unemployment report was certain to fuel new anti-Reagan rhetoric from Democrats campaigning in the fall congressional elections, now less than a month away.
The 10.1 percent jobless rate was the
highest since the nation registered an annual unemployment average of 14.9 percent in 1940.
With one in every IO eligible people out of work in September, however, the jobless picture wasn’t nearly as grim as in the depths of the Great Depression in 1933, when one in four was jobless. Then, the annual unemployment rate was 24.9 percent.
Within the various population categories last month, nonetheless, several unemployment records were set
—Blue-collar workers suffered a 15.6 percent unemployment rate, a full percentage point gain from the previous month.
—Adult males, the traditional family bread-winners, saw their jobless rate leap from 8.9 percent to 9.6 percent.
—Black unemployment climbed from 18.8 percent to 20.2 percent.
-Full-time workers saw their unem-ploymen rate jump from 9.6 percent to 10.1 percent.
—Joblessness among whites reached 9.0 percent, a record, up from 8.6 percent. Unemployment among teenagers fell slightly from 24 percent to 23.7 percent, due apparently to the reopening of schools. The jobless rate for adult women edged up from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent, and, among Hispanics, the rate held steady at 14.6 percent.
The total number of Americans with jobs declined slightly to 99.7 million from the 99.8 million level of the previous two months.
Texas rate up by 1.7 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Here are the September unemployment rates in the j IO largest states as reported on a seasonally adjusted basis today by the > l-abor Department:
California, 10.1 percent, down from J 10.3 percent in August.
- Florida, 7.5, down from 7.7.
Illinois, 12.5, up from 11.8.
—Massachusetts. 7.2, down from 7.3. | Michigan, 15.9, up from 15.2.
—New Jersey, 9.2, unchanged.
—New York, 8.6, up from 8.5.
-Ohio, 12.5, down from 12.7.
- Pennsylvania. 11.3, up from 10.5.
—Texas, 8.4, up from 6.7.
Since the recession took hold of the economy in the late summer of 1981, the jobless rate has jumped 2.9 percentage points and some 3.7 million Americans have lost their jobs.
In a .separate survey of non-agriculture payrolls, the bureau said employment plunged by 230.000 from August. In this category alone, nearly 2.4 million Americans have been throw n out of work since July 1981.
Campaigning in Nevada Thursday, President Reagan cited lowered interest rates and .soaring stock prices as signals of a recovering economy.
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Authorities probe Tylenol extortion plot
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities are investigating an attempt to extort $1 million from the makers of Tylenol, but they doubt the demand was made by the person responsible for seven cyanide deaths in the Chicago area, a law enforcement source in Washington said today.
“It’s a long shot that this is the
work of anything other than a kook," the source said. “Our guess is its totally unrelated to whoever did the poisoning. These tag-alongs happen all the time.”
The source refused to be identified either by name or department.
The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune both reported today
that a man sent a letter to the manufacturer of Extra-Strength Tylenol threatening more poisonings like thoi e that killed seven people if a $1 million ransom wasn’t paid.
The newspapers said the FBI is taking the alleged extortion attempt seriously, and has asked a bank to turn over the records of one of its
customers — a Chicago businessman and formerly successful stock broker who suffered recent financial “reverses.”
The newspapers and the source in Washington said the letter directed the money be put into a certain bank account in the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Co.
“We just traced the banx account number and it turned out to be closed, but registered to a formerly successful stock broker who had suffered considerable financial reverses," the source said. “Nobody has proved, however, that he wrote
See CYANIDE, Page 16McKenna Hospital expansion moving 'right on schedule'
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Up until today, Mother Nature has pretty much cooperated with the construction going on at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Because there’s been little rain over the past two months in New Braunfels, expansion of the one-story hospital is “going right on schedule,” McKenna administrator Tom McNeal said Thursday.
“Completion date for tte hospital expansion is approximately 13 months away,” McNeal noted.
Expansion plans call for a three-story building to be constructed adjacent to the current one-story hospital. The two buildings will be connected by a walkway, according to architects’ plans.
Area farmers, ranchers and citizens were probably wishing for rain during August or September, but not the crew working on the concrete foundation for the new portion of the hospital.
“The weather’s been very good to us,” McNeal noted in a telephone interview.
Ground was first broken for the expansion on Aug. 6.
Since that time, McNeal said workers have installed the “concrete footings,” which will serve as the foundation of the new three-story building being built next to the existing one-story structure.
Construction crews are now working on the basement of the building. “The 12-foot concrete walls in the basement are about half finished,” McNeal said. “In a week or two I guess they’ll be finished and then they’ll start on the first floor,” he added.
There have been very few disruptions to the patients or hospital staff as a result of the construction, McNeal said.
In fact, he noted, “some of the patients like it (the construction going on) because it gives them
See hospital, Page 16 McKenna Memorial Hospital expansion — progressing well
Staff photo by John Santar