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August 20, 1987

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 1

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Officials predict success for municipal golf course By BRUCE GUYNN A municipal golf course would have an annual gross operating profit of $130,000, according to estimates in the "Baytown 2000" plan. The plan projects annual maintenance and operation costs of $495.000 and revenue of $625,000. leaving a gross profit of $130,000. Third In a series Salaries would comprise $326,400 of annual expenses. The plan indicates the golf course would have about 15 full-time employees, including a golf pro and an assistant pro, two attendants, a custodian and a range attendant at the club house. Maintenance personnel would include a greens superintendent, a foreman, a mechanic, two specialized equipment operators, two general maintenance workers and two caretakers. Annual salaries would range from $30,000 for the golf pro and $27,000 for the greens superintendent to $12,000 for the custodian. In addition, the golf course would employ a number of seasonal and part-time workers. The golf course is expected to generate the bulk of its revenue — $500,000 — from greens fees. This projection is based on estimates of 50,000 users per year and a greens fee charge of $10. The golf course is one of 10 projects in the "Baytown 2000" plan, aimed at improving the economy and quality of life in the area. According to the plan, a municipal %olf course would provide a recreational outlet for young and old as well as being a source of revenue. "Money spent at surrounding golf courses would be spent in Baytown," the plan notes. Cost of constructing a golf course is estimated at between $2.8 million and $3 million. However, this figure does not include the cost of purchasing 150 acres for roughly $1.5 million. Funding for the project could come from a city bond issue, a developer or through a public- private venture. But the "most economical method" for the city, according to the plan, is to negotiate an agreement with Harris County for the use of land at the intersection of North Main and Farm Road 1942 and "have a public course developed by a private firm." Under this proposal, the city would have control over fees charged and day-to-day operation. An alternative would be for the city to construct and operate a municipal course on the Harris County property. While most of the attention is focused on the Harris County property, the report also mentions Brownwood, Ashbel Smith land south of Spur 55 and USX land as possible sites for a golf course. While Brownwood is described as a"heavily wooded, beautiful area," the plan notes it floods easily, so additional fill material would be required to elevate the greens and fairways. The Ashbel Smith and USX properties, on the other hand, would involve "a large cash outlay" for land unless it was donated. A final alternative, according to the plan, is to encourage a developer to build a golf course in conjunction with a subdivision. But as a private facility, the public might be excluded from using such a golf course and the city would have no control over fees, the plan notes. Business J0-.4, Classified 8-10-B Comics/Crossword 6-A Dimension 7-S-A Editorial -i-A 'Markets J2-.4 'Movie Theaters 6-B Obituaries j'-.-l Police Best .2-A Sports 1-i-B Television Log T-B MORE THAN 70.000 READERS EVERY DA Voltum- 65. No. 250 Telephone .Number: 422-8302 Thursday. August 20. 19tt7 Channelview woman dies in accident CHANNELVIEW - Funeral services were to be held Thursday for a ly-year-old Channelview woman who was killed when the top of her car was sheared off in a collision with a tractor-trailer rig in the 9000 block of Sheldon Road. Harris County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies identified the victim as Susan E. Luna of the 700 block of Knob Hollow. Investigators said Ms. Luna was northbound when her auto was involved in a collision Tuesday night svith a tractor-trailer rig thai was in the process of turning !>outt) onto Sheldon Road. 0!li<;ers said charges are pending; in the accident. Services !or Ms. Luna were scheduled for noon Thursday at Mcnienal Baptist Church In Channelview with the Rev Dan Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be at San Jacmto Memorial Park A iy«5 graduate of Channelview High School. Ms. Luna attended Wharton College and San Jacinto North College. She was employed by the golf shop at the Channelview Golf Course. Survivors include her parents. Paul B. and Erni Luna of the Channelview area: brother and sister-in-law. Paul B. Luna Jr. and Susan Luna-, and grandparents. Mr and Mrs. J,D. Luna of Silsbec. Dora Luna of LaMar- que and Mr and .Mrs. E.F. Luna of San Antonio. Arrangements are under the direction of San Jacinto Funeral Home Pcarce Street Journal - Melting point One way to determine old age is when the candles cost more than the cake. -FH Around IDA GRIFFITH looks beautiful in a room full of flowers . . . Alicia Beam has a new four- legged friend . . . Gloria Ratliff looks forward to a trip to Michigan . . . Christopher Crane celebrates a special day with friends. Linda Ferguson enjoys a day of swimming with her children . . . Ernie Wilson gets rid of his pain on his birthday . . . Four Baytown models are seen at Six Flags — Kathy Young, Carla Start, Nell Hartlei and Katy "McAllister. Dot Schacffer and Sondra Going are glad to have their walking partner back . . . Brent and Blake Foster enjoy watching their dad, Glenn, square dance . . .Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Hancock enjoy a farewell party hosted by their neighbors. Bobby Credille says he's starting to get ready for basketball ... Jack and Sylvia White enjoy a show in Galveston . . . John Muth comes through oh short notice. WELCOME TEACHERS BAYTOWN CHAMBER of Commerce educational activities committee members, from right, O.B. Lee, Sharon Anderson and Terri Cook, present welcome packets to new Baytown school district teachers', from left, Rene McKay of Kilgore Center, Blake Fitzgerald of Ross S. Sterling High School and Jeanie Anderson of Ashbel Smith Elementary School. More than 40 businesses and organizations donated items for the welcome packets, which were distributed at the luncheon held Wednesday at the Holiday Inn. New teachers were also honored this week at a breakfast sponsored by the Baytown Education Association at Baytown Junior School. See related photos, page li-B. (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) City's crime rate drops for fourth straight month By LOUISE SHAW Crime in Baytown has fallen for the fourth straight month, according to figures released by the Baytown Police Department. Statistics show that total offenses reported to the Baytown Police Department through July are down 4.18 percent. Police investigated 2.613 offenses through July of this year, compared to 2,727 for the same period in 1986. Property loss from major crime declined by 14.25 percent. There has been $'2,873,672 worth of property lost through July 1987, compared to $3,351.517 through July 1986. Murder is down by 60 percent, figures show. Two murders were reported through July 1987, compared to five for the same time period last year. Assaults are down by 17.50 percent. Police investigated 66 assaults through July 1987, compared to 80 through July 1986. Police investigated some 685 burglaries through July 1987. compared to 746 for the same time period last year — a decrease of 8.17 percent. Theft and larceny cases are also down. There were 1,369 such cases reported to police through July 1987. compared 10 1.418 for the same time fast year. That's a decrease of 3.45 percent. Auto thefts decreased 9.06 percent. Police investigated 281 auto thefts through July 1987. compared to 309 through July 1986. Robbery rose by 3.38 percent. Police investigated 61 robbery cases through July 1987, compared to 59 for the same time last year. Rape increased 40 percent. There have been seven rapes reported to police through July 1987. compared to five for the same time last year. Forgery and swindling cases showed an increase. There were 142 such cases reported to police through July 1987, compared to 105 through July 1986. Recovery of stolen property dropped 36.50 percent. Police recovered some $934,668 in stolen property through July 1987. compared to $1.471.925 through July 1986. Police cleared some 921 cases, compared to 988 for the same time period last year — a decrease of 6.78 percent. Adult arrests through July 1987 totaled 1.422. compared to 2.001 through July 1986 — a decrease of 28.93 percent. Juvenile arrests have decreased 15.91 percent. There have been 375 juveniles arrested through July 1987. compared to 446 for the same time period last year. Complaints filed with the police department through July 1987 totaled 21.291, compared to 21.365 through July 1986 — a decrease of .34 percent. Three people died in traffic accidents within the city limits during the first seven months of this year. The same number of traffic fatalities were reported last year. There were 294 major traffic accidents reported to police through July 1987, compared to 296 for the same time period last year. That's a decrease of .67 percent. During July of this year, there were no murders but there were two rapes, four robberies, nine assaults, 140 burglaries, 233 theft and larceny cases. 55 auto thefts and 17 forgery and swindling cases. REL yearbooks available on Friday Copies of the 1987 Robert E. Lee High School yearbook will be available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday at the Ross S. Sterling High School cafeteria for those who ordered them. This year's edition of the Lee Traveler includes a special eight-page color section on the April 29 fire that destroyed most of the REL main building. The yearbook staff has 250 additional copies of the supplement only, which will sell for S3 each. REL yearbook adviser Ann Soulios indicated there may be no extra copies of the entire 256- page Traveler. Persons who ordered a yearbook before the fire must bring a receipt or a canceled check indicating they paid for it, said Ms. Soulios. She said her copies of receipts dated before April 29 burned in the fire. However, the school does have copies of receipts for books purchased after the fire, she said. For those who are unable to pick up their book on Friday, the Traveler will be distributed again after school, starting on Sept. 1. REL classes will be from 12:40-5:35 p.m. at the Sterling campus to start the year. •*&"<•*•'-" .-„ v^v* v WEATHER MOSTLY FAIR skies with a low temperature in the mid- 705 are forecast for Thursday night. Partly cloudy skies with a high temperature in the mid- 905 are expected Friday. From H a.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday, a low "or 76 degrees and a high of 97 were recorded. jjavtovrn, Texas 77520 25 Cents Per Copy Pilot error indicated in plane crash ROMULUS. Mich (AP) Flight recorders from Northwest Airlines Flight 255 indicate the pilots didn't deploy the wing flaps and apparently didn't complete a prefligh't checklist that includes setting them, federal investigators said. The investigators who released that information Wednesday stressed that it was only a part of the inquiry into the nation's second-worst airline disaster. See related story. Page 3-A The McDonnell Douglas MD- 80 crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing up to 158 people. The only survivor. 4-year-old Cecilia Cichan. remained hospitalized in serious condition Thursday. The plane was equipped with a warning horn that should have sounded if any of several critical maneuvers weren't performed during takeoff, including adjustments to the plane's flaps, spoiler and stabilizer settings. John Lauber of the National Transportation Safety Board said there was no indication on the cockpit recorder that a horn sounded. The voice recorder also did not show that the crew checked the position of the flaps and slats. Lauber said. "They could hear the verbal checking off of some things," NTSB spokesman Alan Pollock said. "So far they have not heard anything that indicates they checked the flaps." A jetliner's flaps are extended at various angles to boost lift during takeoff and are retracted when cruising. "Those were in the zero, or retracted position." Lauber said of the flaps. Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said the flight data recorder showed the flaps were left in a horizontal position and not extended downward, the normal position during takeoff. The MD-80 is capable of taking off without its flaps extended, but that requires a longer runway and higher speed, said Don Hansnn. spokesman for the manufacturer. Pilots seldom take off with the flaps fully retracted unless they are flying into a strong headwind and don't want the added lift, he said. The airport's computer- controlled wind shear alert system had recorded sudden wind shifts 30 minutes before Flight 255 took off. Departing traffic was switched to a shorter runway 20 minutes before the plane left to the northeast in estimated 14 mph westerly winds. Lauber said earlier. Information about the flaps' position will be added to other factors, such as the plane's weight, speed and weather conditions, to determine how it performed before the crash. Lauber said. Flight 255 rolled 6,000 to 6.500 feet down the 8.500-foot runway and reached a maximum speed of 163 to 171 mph, Lauber said. The cockpit recorder also showed the plane never got above 48 feet, although witnesses estimated it was as high as 150 feet, he added. The death count has changed daily, because authorities say the presence of unticketed babies on the plane and deaths on the ground have hampered efforts to determine the exact number. MILTON DIETERT, District 12 engineer for the Texu Department of Highways and Public Transportation, center, was guest speaker Wednesday at a joint meeting of the Crosby- Huffman and Highlands chambers of commerce. At left is William Glthens Jr., president of the Crosby-Huffman chamber and at right is Al Pyle, Highlands chamber president. See related story, page 2-A. (Sun staff photo by Amy Kerns) torn • $*f t ! . .' T.Pu&t'O'O', MM mil i muni KOMI TWJMOW$KI CMEVMUT CMSIUX. 32US91 "Sffvtr toftw Ovyt" *^W ^^V ^V^TWff VVn 4JM3Q2 •ATTQWN'S NO. 1 BAYSHORE MOTORS •l mm >a» i •*»•**•

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