New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91-No. 179
SUNDAY September 12,1982
City Council to choose mayor, mayor pro tem
62 Pages —4 Sections
New terms of office for Joe Rogers and O.A. Stratemann Jr. will officially begin Monday night, when the City Council swears them in and elects a new mayor and mayor pro tem for 1982-83.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chamber at City Hall.
Stratemann, who was unopposed for reelection to his second term in August, is completing his first year as mayor. Gerald Schaefer, who is beginning the third year of his second term, is also completing his first year as mayor pro tem.
Council members will also receive their annual compensation — a crisp $1 bill. The city charter provides for that hefty annual sum.
After the first business is taken care of,
the reorganized council will have a healthy agenda to deal with.
The Alamo Area Council of Governments has reviewed a proposed Hinman Island Park project, and recommends that the project be federally funded. City staff members will present a report on this, and another on the upcoming regional meeting of the Texas Municipal League, to be hosted by New Braunfels on Sept. 17.
Property owners along Seguin Avenue and along Loop 337 have complained about people parking cars in their lots after hours. The council will consider action on their complaints, which will be presented by attorney Edward Badouh.
Council members may also solicit bids for installation of curbing at luanda Street and Fredericksburg Road, and authorize
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt to sign d long-term lease agreement with Circle Arts Theatre.
Oliver Haas, a director of the Edwards Underground Water District, will present a resolution indicating city support of EUWD activities for consideration by
Abandonment or sale of a portion of Gilbert Avenue will be discussed, and the council will consider advertising for bids on the luanda Park snack bar and novelty shop.
Ordinances approving the 1982 Public Housing Code and rezoning 1095 W. Bridge St. to allow for a day-care center are up for a second reading this week. Neither ordinance will become law until the third reading is approved.
Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr.
Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Schaefer
Bock blasts 'stopgap' bill
Lawmaker sought state funding to ease crunch
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Action taken by the Texas Legislature at its just-ended special session is “a ridiculous, stop-gap measure,” Rep. Bonnie Bock II <D-New Braunfels), said Friday.
The special session was called last week by Gov. Bill Clements to save the dwindling Texas Employment Commission fund from bankruptcy.
The bill that passed, 108-30 in the Texas House and 22-6 in the State Senate, calls for the state borrowing funds from the federal government to build up the state employment benefits fund for unemployed workers.
Bock, like some other democratic legislators, did not vote for the bill which he described as a ‘tax bill.”
“I thought it was ridiculous for the state to have a surplus and to go ahead and borrow from the federal government,” he said Friday in a telephone interview from his New Braunfels office.
“It did not resolve it,” he noted. “It was a federal bail-out and with a $5 billion surplus, we could have funded it.”
Instead, Bock threw his support behind a bill proposed by Salado Rep. Stan Schlueter, which called for the state drawing the needed unemployment funds from state revenues.
“We could have funded it,” said Bock. “I didn’t think it was necessary to borrow it...from the federal government and end up paying $30 million — some say $50 million — in interest.
Contrary to Bock’s feelings, one legislator in a surrounding county voiced strong support of the action taken during the special session.
Sen. John Treager (D-Seguin), advocated the state taking a loan from the federal government.
“I think it’s a pretty good solution,” said Traeger, who endorsed the Parker-Criss bill that proposed to raise the Texas Unemployment Compensation Fund ceiling from
Bennie Bock —last session?
$325 million to $500 million.
“What we’re setting up solves immediate problems, increasing the tax three times next year and four the following year will raise enough money to get us off and pay the debt.
The Seguin senator added, “It’s not an exhorbitant increase for employers; we pay over $1 the national unemployment rate.
Sen. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austini, however, voiced views similiar to Bock’s.
“It is most unfortunate fur Texas to embark upon a program to borrow from an indebted national government and to waste $30-$40 million on interest payments.
Bock was quoted as saying that he did not think that Gov. Clements’ calling the special session would cost him his campaign.
He did not have any comment concerning the accusations that the governor had prior knowledge of the situation and choose to ignore the failing condition of the employment fund.
Treager, however, felt the issue could not have been dealt with in the legislature’s last special session held in May. “Maybe a month ago, but not in May,” he said.
Sen. W.E. Snelson (D-Midland), who voiced confidence in the action taken by the legislature, said “No one can foretell the state of the economy.”
I .ast week’s special session of the legislature was called by Clements because the fund for state unemployment benefits was rapidly decreasing due to the growing unemployement rate.
MANNHEIM, West Germany < AP)
A U.S. Army helicopter crashed onto a West German highway and exploded Saturday during an international air show, killing all 44 people aboard as thousands of horrified spectators watched, officials said.
The victims were said to include five American crew members and skydivers from at least three other countries. No names were immediately available.
The crash was one of the worst helicopter accidents on record.
Two cars were hit by flying debris but the startled motorists escaped uninjured, police said, adding that traffic was unusually light at the time.
“All we heard was a bang and we looked up and pieces of the < rotor) blades started flying through the air and the helicopter just went into a nosedive immediately and crashed into the ground," said Derk Steenblitz who was among about 10,000 people attending the
44 killed in helicopter crash;
5 Americans among the victims
air show in this southwestern industrial
“As soon as it hit the ground, there was just this huge explosion with smoke and flames,” said Steenblitz, a Canadian teacher.
He said the families of some parachutists apparently had been waiting in the field and “were carried away ... in shock ... by ambulance.”
After taking off from the nearby Neuostheim airfield, “the pilot radioed the control tower to say he wished to come in and land,” Mayor Wilhelm Varnholt told reporters.
The pilot did not say he was in trouble, Varnholt said.
“He didn’t have a chance to put down that chopper safely,” a spokesman at the Neuostheim control tower said in a telephone interview. He reported seeing the Chinook lose one blade from the rear rotor, then others.
A photographer returning from the scene said the chopper hit a divider.
scattering debris across all four lanes of the autobahn.
“All that is left of it now is twisted metal, black from the flames, topped with white foam from fire extinguishers,” she said.
There was no official report on the cause of the crash, but Varnholt said a bolt underneath the rotor blade apparently came loose. “The transmission was ripped apart,” he said.
A spokesman at Mannheim police headquarters said the helicopter carried five American crew members and 39 skydivers from England, France and West Germany — believed to be mostly civilians participating in the Mannheim Air Show.
A local radio station reporting from the crash scene, Suedwestfunk One, said the victims included two American soldiers and five American crew members, 23 Frenchmen, seven Britons, six West Germans and a Canadian woman.
Still another special session rumored
The last special legislative session wasn’t over before rumors began circulating that the governor would call another one later this year.
The topic slated for this "rumored” new legislative session would most likely be state redistricting, Rep. Bennie Bock II (D-New Braunfels), noted Friday.
“There are rumors of another one being held sometime after the (November) election” and before 1983, Bock said in a telephone interview from his New Braunfels’ office.
"The current redistricting plans expire as of the last of this year and there aren’t any plans” yet in the works for new ones, he added.
If the current redistricting plan is allowed to expire, "some of the legislators may have to run again next year,” Bock quipped.
The last session, which lasted for slightly more than 54 hours, was the third special session Gov. Clements ha.-, called since taking office.
Unless another legislative session is called this year, this past special session will be Bock’s last. The New Braunfels native choose not to seek re-election in 1983. He has yet to announce his future political plans.
Both the House and Senate passed redistricting plans during their 1981 sessions, only to have them shot down in court.
River Road hearing set for Sept. 20
Comal Commissioners will give the topic of River Road a rest this week. But a week from Monday, ifs scheduled to be back on their agenda in the form of a public hearing.
Had it not been for the legalities involved with calling a public hearing, Commissioners Court would probably have been discussing River Road again this week.
See RIVER HOAD, Page 14A
Comal County skies will be partly cloudy through Monday, with warm afternoons and mild nights. Winds will be south-southeasterly at 5-10 mph.
The comic strip ’Doonesbury’ is taking an extended vacation, and former President Jimmy Carter is among the mourners. Page 3A.
New Braunfels firefighters put a quick damper on a Friday truck fire at U.S. 81 and Ridgewood, but after the smoke cleared, the vehicle was declared a total
loss. Grass in the adjoining yard also caught fire. Three units responded to the alarm, which came at 4:42 p.m.
Staff photo by Cindy Richardton