The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas on December 4, 1988 · Page 1
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December 4, 1988

The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas · Page 1

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Her family's health ihspired this gal to change her diet pionshipat dufttefflerit Sunday, December 4, 1988 Escapee recaptured near Schertz By GARY GOSSETT City Editor A Guadalupe County jail inmate who walked away from Guadalupe Valley Hospital early Saturday morning was back in custody Saturday night, caught near his home in Universal City by officers from that city, Schertz, Selma and the San Antonio police helicopter. A spokesman for the Universal City police said Clinton Alley, 17, Numbers are topic for GCAD ByBOBTHAXTON Staff Writer .Appointments to the board of review, the 1989 collections budget and policy on Open Records requests are among items on the agenda for directors of the Guadalupe County Appraisal District when the board holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the GCAD offices, 3000 N. Austin. Since the appraisal district's formation, the board of review has been ,cc[mposed..of; v nine .members.,, bat"directoi^-'have^ budgeted - for 1 -a seven-member ARB in 1989 and critics have suggested that the cutback go even further -^ to a fiye- member review'bbard. If directors decide to proceed with a seven-member ARB in '89, they'll need only to reappoint members whose terms are expiring if those members are willing to serve another term. At the directors' November meeting, Chief Appraiser Mike Morris reported two applications had been received -for appointment to the ARB, and more applications or nominations probably have been forthcoming in the interim. : The board's agenda also calls for discussion and possible approval of the 1989 budget for collection services provided on a contractural basis for the Seguin Independent School District Although GCAD appraises property for 11 taxing entities in Guadalupe County and produces ready-to- mail tax statements for eight of those 11 entities, it actually handles monetary tax collections for only one entity — the Seguin ISD — and costs of the collection service are not included in the appraisal district's regular budget adopted annually in September. Officials of other taxing entities have, for several years, voiced concern that they might be subsidizing tax-collection expenses for Seguin ISD, and they have asked that the other entities be provided copies of the collections budget, the 1989 version of which is slated for approval Monday night. In other action, GCAD directors will; —Consider and adopt policies regarding compliance with the Texas Open Records Act and the fees to be charged for public documents provided by the appraisal district; Education ...,, n ,,i,.M>tt«><».t,Pg. 10A Health «"«mm«tm,tttitn»if HIM "g, 12 A Opinions „„„„„„„.„„.„„„„ Pg, 14 A JJj4SJness f ,,,,,,,,,, f ,,,,,,Pgs, ISA, 16A Image ,..,,.„. t Pgs, 1*36 Agri-business,,..,... ,„„„Pg, 6B QJs$ssifled,„„.„„„„„„„„ Pgs, f40B . Outlook: Mostly cloudy Sunday turning breezy and cooler. Mostly clejr «ind coMr Sunday night, Mostly wnny Monday. Highs Sunday and Monday in the 70s, LQWS Sunday opt in the the low 50s. was found in a heavily-wooded area on the east side of town, near where he lived. The spokesman said police had received an anonymous telephone call that Alley had been at his home but had left and gone into the brusy area. Universal City officers enlisted the aid of Schertz and Selma police, and called in the San Antonio helicopter, and eventually flushed the man out of hiding. He was transferred to Bexar County Jail later Saturday night. He had been held here under $1,500 bond for revocation of probation with a hold for Bexar County, where he is charged with burglary of a habitation and has a $15,000 bond. According to a report filed by Guadalupe Sheriffs Inv. Larry Mor- awietz, Alley was taken to the hospital after he reportedly swallowed a razor blade while in the jail. Hospi- tal X-rays indicated he had, indeed, swallowed the razor blade, and he was given medication for its removal. Nurses on duty at the hospital said he was in his room when they checked on him at 1:30 a.m., but when they returned at 2:10 a.m. he was gone, his hospital clothing was on the bed, and his Guadalupe County jail clothing was missing. A search of the vicinity failed to produce Alley, and his description . and the fact he was an escapee was teletyped to law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Universal City police said he was finally caught just before dark Saturday evening. Burglars broke a window to gain entry into a residence on Wampum Way sometime Friday, making off property valued at more than $1,300. Reported missing in the break-in were a woman's wedding set, a mother's ring, a diamond ring, six Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. tie tacks and an unknown quantity of change. The window in a door was broken out to provide entry into a residence in the 1500 block of North Heideke late Friday. Reported missing were a Gold Star videocassette recorder valued at $230. Meters, rates are top items for Tuesday By GARY GOSSETT City Editor The removal of several parking meters from the downtown Seguin area and a proposed reduction in garbage pickup rates for some city customers highlight Tuesday's 5 p.m. meeting of the Seguin City '' ' Some fun! NO ONE CAN SAY Santa doesn't get his share of help from the St. James Catholic School. Students Saturday worked in Santa's Workshop making decorated T-shirts, tree orna- ments, greeting cards, bird feeders and other items to make the holiday season brighter and to provide some stocking staffers for Santa. (Staff photo by Steve Boehm) Elevator plans on agenda ByBOBTHAXTON Staff Writer Guadalupe County commission* ers will hear a progress report on planning and writing specifications for the installation of a courthouse elevator when they meet at 10 a,m, Monday in the commissioners' courtroom, Seguin architect Lloyd Lippe, who's been hired by the county to plan the elevator installation and supervise the project, is expected to yoo NOT TO SHOP SO LATE AT THg MAIL report on his progress since his last appearance before commissioners last Monday, Nov. 28. During the Nov. 28 meeting, Lippe indicated he might be ready by Dec. 5 to submit for formal approval the plans, specifications and an order to advertise for bids on the project. However, the agenda appears to indicate that Lippe's appearance Monday will involve only a progress report. When showing preliminary plans to commissioners during the Nov. 28 meeting, Lippe explained a modification on the third floor where the Seguin 'lights up The arawal Spirit of Christmas tree and sored by the Segujn Jayeee§ is Tuesday, De wngat6pjn, , . %fn* event will feature live music, fri elevator was to emerge in the southwest corner of the district courtroom. His plans call for moving the west wall of the district courtroom several feet to the east and creating a foyer at the courtroom's west entrance, The elevator would emerge on one side of the foyer, and he envisioned the room on the other side of the foyer as being available for storage, Commissioners suggested that the planned storeroom could instead be See County, Pg, 2A . The parking meters being considered for removal are on North Crockett, West Center, South Travis and West Court streets. A total of 39 meters are in question. According to City Manager Terry Roberts, a small group of downtown merchants headed by Rodney Burton of Vogue Shoes has been meeting with some of the city staff to discuss parking problems in the area, and one of. their suggestions is the removal of the meters. Burton contacted Police Chief Leroy Schneider with the request, who has indicated he has no major objection to their removal. Schneider pointed to only one area which produces considerable revenue from the meters, in the 200 block of West Center. The merchants have also asked that free meter parking be allowed throughout the downtown area during the two weeks before Christmas. The possibility of a reduction in garbage pickup rates is part of a status report on the city's solid waste operation which will be given by Larry McCarthy, manager of public works. He is recommending a reduction in pickup fees for multiple containers picked up at the same to proceed with bids on Phase I, which has funds budgeted for it in the current fiscal year. Other items on the Tuesday agenda include: — awarding of a bid for wastewater collection system improvements at the Jehovah's Witness Church on FM 466, a cost which will be paid by the church; metered location. At the same time, McCarthy's recommendations call for a 50-cent monthly charge for trash pickup at commercial locations. These two proposals, he says, should result in an overall decrease of revenues to the city of approximately $500 per ;month;. '- •'• Other areas covered in his report include a recommendation the recently-purchased 90-gallon wheeled containers be distributed to the area north of the railroad and that pickup in that area be shifted to Wednesday; continuation of the test of recycling corrugated cardboard; problems with front-loader garbage trucks operating within Seguin; a draft letter to all recyclers and solid waste collectors operating in Seguin outlining criticism by the Texas Department of Health of Seguin's policy of allowing anyone to collect solid waste without oversight by the city; and a change in landfill operating hours. Another item on the Tuesday agenda would approve calling for bids on Phase I of the renovation master plan for the Seguin Police Department. The master plan was presented to the council at its last meeting, and the only modification discussed was expanding a new second floor to a larger area. The architect in charge of the project is developing cost estimates on that, but such expansion would not affect the Phase 1 work. Roberts is requesting permission — award of a bid tor a side- loader garbage truck; — a request for additional street lighting on Magnolia Street, and the opening of Vetter; and — discussion and possible action regarding the recently-passed ordinance which amends the building code of the city of Seguin. NASA stays quiet on shuttle activity 21 shopping days to Christmas By LAURA TOLLEY Associated Press Writer SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) —• NASA disclosed nothing but the lunch menu Saturday, the day space shuttle Atlantis was to deploy a top- secret spy satellite that can peer down at the Soviets through clouds and darkness, The public sDace»to*ground radio link was kern silent while the crew of five military men went about their business on the second day of the mission, which began with Friday's launch and is under the control of the Air Force. NASA said in advance it would lems developed aboard the By all accounts, Saturday was to have been the crew's busiest day, with the expected release of the $500 million Lacrosse satellite, but the only official word on the mission came from NASA, which released the menu: salmon, ham, macaroni and cheese and turkey tetrazzini, Sources have said the satellite is capable of recording sharp images of military targets in the East Bloc. Weighing 18 tons and with a solar panel wingspan of ISO feet, the satellite, according to sources, will help verify Soviet compliance with arms treaties and serve as a "radar eye" for the stealth bomber. The Soviet news agency Tass' apparently knows plenty about the satellite, reporting many details about it, including the code name Lacrosse. Atlantis' secret mission began §9e Experiments, Pg, 2A

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