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August 27, 1987

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 1

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WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY sties with a 30 percent chance of rain and a low temperature in the mid- TVs are forecast for Thursday night. Partly cloudy skies with a. 30 percent likelihood of rain and a high temperature in the mid-SOs are expected Friday. Paptoton • • , ; . • : • , | ; ; : ! , ' . ; : • • • '• ', . i • ' '". MORE THAN 70,000 READERS EVERY DAY Volume 65, No. 256 Telephone Number: 422-1302 Thursday, August 27, 1987 Classified 8-10-B Comics/Crossword 6-A Dimension '•. — 7-S-A FireNews .2-A Markets .3-A Movie Theaters 6-fl Obituaries..'. ''. .3-A Sports.... ...1-4-B Television Log 6-A .exas77520 25 Gents Per Copy ASTRONAUTS WORKING on the space station? Not really. They're two workers sandblasting the water tower on East James Street. The scene was captured on camera by Baytown Sun photographer Angle Bracey Wednesday afternoon. Council gets request for police step pay Baytown City Council i has received a request to reintroduce the step fpay plan for Baytown police officers. In a letter to ctiuncil, police department Lt. C.Ei Shaffer also asks for an increase in the rate the city contributes toward the police officers' retirement fund. These requests were contained in a: letter, asking that; plans be abandoned to cut funding to the police department in the 1987-88 budget. -. It was accompanied by an addendum, endorsing the positions in the letter, signed, by more than 100 police department employees! I ; Baytown Municipal Police Association has also expressed support for the positions in the letter. In the letter, Shaffer notes the city last year paid the firm : of Trego, Waters and Davis $60,000 to conduct a study pertaining to salaries for city employees. ; The; study recommended a step pay plan for police officers. But Shaffer notes City Council "chose instead" to implement a performance , pay system and eliminate the 3.57 percent step increase that most officers were eligible to receive." Shaffer also points out that step pay raises were frozen in 1983-84 before being eliminated in 1986-87. ''These step freezes have cost some officers in excess of S3.000 in the last four years," according to Shaffer. i The step plan provided for a 3.57 percent salary increase for patrol officers after six months of service with the city: An additional 3.57 percent pay increase was granted annually up until 7Vi> years of service. Shaffer l also asks the city to increase the contribution rate to the police officers' retirement fund from 5 percent to 7 percent. This would improve career opportunities among the rank and file, encourage current officers to make a career of law enforcement in Baytown and "bring us in line with the retirement systems of cities like Pasadena. La Porte and Deer Park." Most Strategic Planning funds to go toward cleanup $1.,350,000in drugs confiscated DAYTON -- Liberty County sheriff's deputies arrested three men and confiscated 9.000 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of SI.350.000 in a raid on a lab in Dayton Lake Estates about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Chief Deputy Clay Autery sai'd, Autery said the three defendants — a 52-year-old Houston man. a 32-year-old Memphis. Tenn.. man and a 63-year-old Cleveland area man — were awaiting arraignment in the Liberty County Jail Thursday morning. The three are facing charges of aggravated manufacture of methamphetamine. according to Autery, Undercover officers have been observing the lab for about seven weeks. The lab was located in a camper-trailer in Dayton Lake Estates. Armed with a search warrant, about 10 officers went to the lab and arrested the three defendants. Autery said the lab "was in production" when officers arrived. One of the defendants ^w^i near the trailer, tending to the lab. while the other two were in a nearby house. None of the defendants offered any resistance. Autery said. Guns, a stolen vehicle and about Si .000 in cash were found at the scene. Aute'rv said. ' By BRUCE GUYNN The bulk of the 5185,000 in funds earmarked for Strategic Planning Committee projects in the proposed 1987-88 budget will be used mainly for community cleanup, city officials noted Wednesday. At a budget work session Wednesday, City Councilman Ron Embry asked whether it is prudent to include money for Strategic Planning Committee .projects in the budget for the coming year. ' The budget provides for cuts to most city departments, including fire and police. Assistant City Manager Bobby Rountree said the S185.000 for Strategic Planning Committee projects includes S70.000 to provide monthtv brush collection. As a cost-cutting measure, the city switched from a monthly to a six-week brush collection for the 1986-87 fiscal year. Aside from SlOiOOO for an airport study and 515,000 to be used in connection with plans to develop Goose Creek Stream, other Strategic Planning Committee project funds will be used for tearing down dilapidated buildings, mowing vacant lots and other projects designed to iimprove the community's , appearance. Rountree noted that the city's share of the cost for the airport study may be reduced to $3.00055,000 if Liberty and Chambers counties chip in funds. The Federal Aviation Administration will provide 90 per- cent of the funding for the airport study, expected to cost around 8100,000. : : Local governmental entities, including the city of Baytown and Liberty and•Chambers'coun- ties, will be expected to pay the remaining 10 percent of the cost. Baytown officials and their counterparts in Liberty and Chambers counties have formed the East Grand Parkway Aviation Committee to coordinate a study of an airport master plan. The Strategic Planning Committee has been discussing 10 projects, aimed at revitalizing' Baytown. Funds have been included in the proposed budget to get work started on some of these projects. Barbers Hill to honor Bates, new teachers MONT BELVIKll: •Barbers Hill superintendent Louis Bates, his wife Carolyn, and the district's new teachers will be honored at a reception from 7 to 9 p m, Thursday in the foyer of Barbers Hill • High School: Bates is beginning his first year in the district's top administrative spot. He succeeds Bill Farmer who retired at the end of the 1986-87 school year Bates and his wife moved to Mont Belvieu from Grapeland. where Bates had been employed by the school district for 21 years, the last 14 as superintendent. Gail Maza joins Highlands Rotary Pearctt Street Journal -Surrogate earner A taxpayer is a person who works and saves his money. A politician is a person who, if it weren't tor the taxpayer, would have to do the same thing. -PLPforFH Around Town AL PEOPLES has the best answering machine recording of all time . . . Inez Worthy calls about a story . . . Gary Anderson provides a news tip. Susan Cade seems to be knee- deep in alligators . . . Jessica Brister is seen out on the town . . .Winky Burgess is ready for anything after a bridal shower given by her sister, Tara Downton .. .Helen Burns knows all about gnocchi. By WANDA ORTON Even though the ban on women members has been lifted in Rotary International, there aren't many women members yet. Gail Maza. is one of the few This week .she became the first woman m e m b e r o f the Highlands Rotary Club. Houston recently accepted a woman in its club but so far Baytown and other clubs in the Houston area, with the exception of Highlands, have no women members. And Gail Maza her honor lightly. "The Rotary Club is the backbone of the Highlands com- G AIL MAZA doesn't take munity." she says. "I am so pleased to get accepted. I think I have a lot to offer and I want to help the club accomplish all its goals." •A marketing field adviser for Houston Lighting and Power Co. in Baytown, .Ms. Maza says she works for a service-oriented company and that philosophy of sen-ing carries over into her civic life. A Crosby resident, she's a booster of economic development in East Harris County and is active in the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce. Charles Farrar. senior vice president of Highlands Slate Bank and secretary of the Highlands Rotary Club, is her sponsor for Rotary membership. When Farrar asked her if she would be interested in joining the club. .Ms. Maza recalls she was both surprised and pleased. Most of all. she wanted to become accepted. She passed the test. For the past three weeks she's been attending the club meetings as a guest, getting to know the members and convincing them that she is a trustworthy professional woman who wants to help the community. In a Rotary meeting early this week she was "voted in" unanimously. ' A 1975 graduate of North Shore High School. Ms. Maza has been with The Light Company 12 years. She lives in Crosby on a three-acre ranch, where she trains western pleasure horses and gives horseback, riding lessons. She also is a volunteer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Chief Justice John Hill resigning position AUSTIN (AP) — Chief Justice John Hill says his decision to leave the Texas Supreme Court will make him a more effective leader in his bid to convince Texans to do away with partisan judicial elections. "Private citizens can affect the body politic more than judges. And that's as it should be," Hill said. "We are going to have judicial reform. The question is not if, but when." Hill announced \Vedriesday that he will step down Jan. 1, return to private law practice, probably in Houston, and not seek public office in the future. He said he will continue to lobby for replacing the system of electing judges with one under which they would be appointed on merit. "As long as 1 have breath, I will work for a better system than we presently use," he said. The former attorney general and unsuccessful 1978 Democratic gubernatorial nominee also said he wants Gov. Bill Clements to use a merit- select ion process to choose a replacement. Hill urged Clements to issue ah executive order to create a 15-member nominating commission to offer names for consideration as his successor. The governor then would choose one of those recommendations. "Certainly there is no more important judicial office than chief justice. This would be an excellent opportunity to test at the highest level a (selection) procedure that works so well in other states," Hill said. "You have to take this step and at least show that the appointment process can be based upon merit." ; Hill said there was "a lot of pain in my heart" over the decision to resign from an office he enjoyed holding for three years. However, he said he believes strongly that the way Texas judges are. chosen must be changed. "I didn't run for this office for tenure. I made it clear in my campaign that I was interested in trying to change the Texas judiciary,'' Hill said. "I think it will happen: And it needs to happen. It's the No. 1 public policy issue that the people of this state face today." Hill, 63, was elected to a six-year term in 1984. Clements' appointee will hold the court's ,top job until the 19R8 general election. Annual Sun football contest announced It's time again for football minds to begin making their predictions for the 1987 Baytown Sun football contest. The annual promotion by local advertisers begins in the Sept. 1 edition. "The contest challenges readers to test their football telepathy." says Russell Marbney, advertising manager. "They pick the team they think will win in the upcoming weekend high school, college and professional football games." The contest runs for 13 consecutive weeks and boasts more than $1,000 in cash and prizes. The grand prize for consistently making the right picks is a three-day, two-night trip for two to Las Vegas donated by VIP Travel Agency of Baytown and Continental Airlines. Second-place winners receive four Bluebonnet Bowl tickets. On a weekly basis, contestants can win cash for making the most correct choices. S25 will go to each weekly leader and S15 to each second-place entry. Maroney says the contest brought in more than 2,000 entries in 1986 and sent two lucky Baytonians on a Las Vegas vacation. "Competition is expected to be just as fierce in 1987,'' he says, "so get out your rabbit's foot, polish your crystal ball and make your best pick!" BRUCE CAUSEY, l*rt, of VIP Travel Agency and MR WooUrd, advertising promotion* manager, dtocuM details of the l»7 Baytown Sun football contest. (Sun staff photo by AngteBraccy) trust Co. MM MMII IflMHI KCHUII I WFW^WIWr iW »WI PMMUT CNSIT, II. 331-7511 Lfl^H^^te kM fHW^n m^Hm Wyl 11. MTTOWtrSNO. 1 CMMMtWSWf B \YSHOKE MOTORS U-SAVI 421-053$

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