The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 23, 1986 · Page 1
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Baytown, Texas
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V MORE THAN 70,000 READERS EVER Y DA Y Volume 64. No. 148 Telephone Number: 422-4302 Wedne*d*y, April 23. 1986 Baytown.Tt~«i 77520 25 Cent» P*r Copy LC regents to continue insurance discussion By DAVID MOHLMAN After three recently elected regents are sworn in and board members elect officers, the Lee College Board of Regents Thursday will, among other items, consider property and casualty insurance For the college. Citizens of the LC district earlier this month re-elected Claudia Smith, an incumbent, to the board along with Wayne Gray and Oswall Harman. Regents serve six-year terms. Board members Reggie Brewer and Leonard Stasney did not seek re-election. When the board met April 7 to canvass election votes, its members also directed the administration to seek a 30-day extension of the college's Texas Multi-Peril insurance coverage arid, at the same time, explore securing this coverage from other sources. The motion included a clause which declared an emergency and suspended board policy on local bidding requirements. The college's three-year Texas Multi-Peril policy expires April 30. It covers, among other things. LC buildings and contents. The Houston office of St. Paul Insurance, the college's present policy writer, has notified Jim Bond. Lee College's insurance agent of record, that St. Paul will no longer write comprehensive crime coverage (employee dishonesty, robbery, counterfeit money, etc.) This coverage has been part of the Texas Multi- Peril policy. After the board meeting, the student personnel services office will conduct a workshop for regents. The workshop will inform regents about recently approved LC student assessment and placement procedures scheduled to take effect in the fall. The workshop will be open to the public. In another matter during the board meeting, regents are scheduled to appoint three members to the LC Foundation Board of Trustees. The three-year terms of Robert Gillette. Holland Pruett, Dr. George Walmsley and LC (See LC, Page 7-A) Pearce Street Journal - It's official " A proud son said he could document that his father's car would go 120 mph. The documentation was signed by a state trooper. --FH AROUND TOWN BILL AND Betty Broyles of Houston, former Baytonians, see old friends while attending the party given by Richard and Lynda Adkins at Cedar Point, home site of Sam Houston. Betty is related to the Houston family . . . Bernice Giddings, another former Baylonian, joins the history-loving crowd at Cedar Point. She's a member of a pioneer Cedar Bayou family. . Cindy Lipps visits a friend . . . Randall Sanders is always helpful . . . Karen Smith loves to answer the telephone. Anna Hooper is the proud owner of a new car . . . Ada Rabke talks about a recent addition to her continually-growing family . . . Tina Wright shares her knowledge with others about hobos and dance lessons. WORKING ON THE RAILROAD SOUTHERN PACIFIC Railroad workers replace tracks at the company's Ward Road crossing. Work on the crossing was scheduled to be completed by Wednesday night. (Sun staff photo by Carrie Pryor) City Council to consider new talk-time rules Speakers at Baytown City Council meetings may have to watch their watches if proposed rules are adopted. Council members Thursday will discuss rules and procedures, including the possibility of timing talks Under proposed changes, individuals addressing council about items not on the agenda will be limited to five minutes Those planning to speak about an agenda item will be limited to three-minutes unless a council majority agrees to extend this period There is currently no limit on now long someone can speak to council If approved, a list of procedures will be presented to anyone seeking to address the council. Citizens wishing to address the council on an agenda item will register on a form in the hallway leading to Council Chambers During the meeting Thursday, council members also will consider setting May 13 as the date for the sale of $9.99 million in general obligation bonds. About half of the funds from the sale of these bonds will be used to finance sewer system improvements Council is also expected to approve setbacks for commercial buildings. City regulations on these mat- ters currently do not pertain to commercial buildings New regulations will provide for a minimum 20-foot setback from the property line for con; mercial buildings Developments next to major thoroughfares will have to be at least 35 feet from the property line if the building fronts the highway If the side of (he building faces a thoroughfare, it must be 20 feet from the property Baytown Planning Commission approved these proposed regulations April 7 Two citizens have requested places on the council ugcridu. John Thompson will speak about the annual city auction, and Rodney Green will discuss pro- "periy on Pin Oak Street Other agenda items are: -An agreement with the Harris County Sheriff's Department and several area cities, including Houston, providing for cooperation in the investigation of criminal activities and law enforcement. f-A ST..'100 contract with MNM Engineering Association for electrical engineering design services for an emergency generator fur the puiice department. f Reject ion of bids tor :» chlorinator for the wastew;^er (See COUNCIL, Page 7-A) Speakers share stories about city's past By DAVID MOHLMAN Perry Simmons and Max and Natalie Altman treated persons at Tuesday's "Baytown: The Early Years" program to a visit into the past of both old Baytown and Texas Avenue. See related story, Page 7-A Simmons said his father came to Baytown from Houston in October 1937 on a job and happened to be standing near the refinery gate when it was time for a shift change. After the dust cleared, said Simmons with a smile, his father saw a vacant storefront across the street and thought it would be 3 great place for a restaurant. There was an ice cream shop next door, he said. For SI.200, said Simmons, his father bought 12 stools, got a used counter from Galveston's Galvez Hotel, opened a cafe and called it The Blue Arrow. Two years later, after he finished high school. Simmons came to Baytown from Mississippi. When he stepped off the Interurban in Baytown that evening, he saw only "wall-to- wall beer joints," he said. As he described his introduction to the rowdy seaport of Baytown, Simmons said, "If that Interurban hadn't left. I think I'd have gotten back on it!" He eventually found his way to his father's cafe. During those years, there were few cars, said Simmons. However, every other Friday, when the refinery issued paychecks, a person could see most all the cars because wives would bring their husbands to get the checks, he said. Otherwise, a woman might not know what her man later was spending that money for in old Baytown, he said, laughing. For him, life as a young man revolved around 40-cent nights at Sylvan Beach, said Simmons "We used to catch the ferry every Tuesday night and go over there. Fahy Godfrey and his orchestra svould play " Other favorite pastimes were following the Humble Oilers semi-pro baseball team and going to the Arcadia Theater, said Simmons. After World War II. Baytown began to change, said Simmons, as more cars, doctors and lawyers came in, the Humble dormitory and community building were torn down and most people began moving into more affluent neighborhoods. Simmons said his father, who opened The Blue Arrow with no Jobless rate here drops half percent restaurant experience, "marched to the beat of a different drummer " He said his father disliked city government and opposed consolidation because Baytown, unlike Goose Creek and Pelly. was doing well on its own. "My father would probably turn like a rotisserie in his grave if he knew I was going on my third term as a city councilman," said Simmons. The Altmans. who came here in 1941, took the persons in the audience on a stroll in their minds down Texas Avenue Before she began, Mrs (SeeSPEAKERS, Page 7-A) By BRUCE GUYNN Baytown's unemployment rate dropped one-half of'a percent to 14.0 percent between February and March, according to statistics released by the Texas Employment Commission Wednesday. Preliminary figures show 4,328 Baytonians were unemployed out of a labor force of 30,929 in March compared to the previous month when 4,470 were unemployed out of a work force of 30,885. The slight drop in Baytown's unemployment rate followed an area, stale and national trend. Diane Dobie, a labor market analyst for the TEC, said the small drop in the unemployment rate is indicative of "fairly severe problems in the Texas economy, particularly in oil and gas." Other industries that are suffering during the current economic hard times include manufacturing and construction, Ms. Dobie said. The fact that the unemployment rate dropped only slightly is indicative that the economic woes are continuing throughout the state, Ms. Dobie said. Also dropping slightly were the unemployment rates in Harris, Liberty and Chambers counties and the city of Houston. Listed below is unemployment information for areas near Baytown for March. Corresponding figures for the previous month are listed in parentheses. Harris County — work force: 1,408,422 (1,40:5,771). unemployed: 130.845 (1:15.128), unemployment percentage 9 3 (9.6). Houston — work force: 959,901 (956,903); unemployed: 94.660 (97,712); unemployment percentage: 9.9 (10.2). Liberty County — work force: 28,217 (28,061), unemployed: 3,059 (3,079); unemployment percentage: 10.8 m.O). Chambers County — work force: 8,398 (8.243); unemployed: 796 (839). unemployment percentage: 9.5 (10.2). Texas — work force: 7.977,500 (7.901,300); unemployed: 763,000 (792.700); unemployment percentage: 8.4 (8.8). McAllen-Edinburgh Mission continued to have the highest unemployment rate among the state's major metropolitan areas while Dallas had the lowest. The rale for McAllen- Edinburgh Mission fell from 23.5 percent to 21.9 percent while Dallas' rate dropped from 5.7 percent to 5,4 percent between February and March. Figures for April are scheduled to be released on May 21. City to examine ambulance contract proposal Baytown City Council Thursday will look at a proposal to extend the contract with Baytown Ambulance Service for emergency medical service for an additional 90 days. The city's contract with Baytown Ambulance Service is set to expire on April 30. At its last meeting, council rejected all bids for interim ambulance service after more than two hours of sometimes heated discussion. Council is expected to approve continuation of the contract with Baytown Ambulance Service until new specifications for permanent emergency medical service can be drawn up. City officials have discussed upgrading the quality of emergency medical service in the permanent contract. Under the terms of the proposed contract extension, the city will continue to pay Baytown Ambulance Service a monthly supplement of $8.000, The company will maintain its current fee schedule. Baytown Ambulance Service will be required to: -f Maintain ambulances and OH* JJaptofcm ~ crews for emergency dispatch 24-hoursa day. + Locate its ambulances at a place no more than 15 minutes away from any point in the city. + Provide at least two ambulances with a capacity for two patients each. -f Make sure each ambulance is staffed by at least two persons, an attendant and a driver. Classified Comics Crossword Puzzle. Dimension Editorial FVre News Markets Movie Theaters... Obituaries Police Beat School Menus Sports Television Log.... Weather Word of Mouth -7-D 6-A 6-A -3-D .4-A 2-A a-A .6-C 8-A 2-A 2-A -3-C 6-C 3-A -2-B WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY and mild with a low in the low 60s is forecast for Baytown Wednesday night. Thursday's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and warmer temperatures in the low 90s. In the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the recorded high was 80 degrees, the low was 63 degrees with no rain/Mil reported. lial CaiisAvailaMi MI-M44 till I IthM SUN CLASSIFIED s •. i BAYSHORE MOTORS MMMI »T M«> «•) • It.(Ml

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