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August 28, 1987

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 1

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MORE THAN 70,000 READERS EVER Y I* Volume 63. No. 257 Telephone Number: 422-8502 Friday, August 2*, 1987 Vexas 77520 25 Cents Per Copy Reb*U try to overthrow Aquino MANILA, Philippine. Ubd troop. stump. Un» to overthrow Praid«m Coruoa Aquino Friday •eriotMly wounded her MM and mud key military in- •talUtiont before loyal forcw bunched a fierce counteroffctuive. OOSttSOHAOVDIO A BUSY THURSDAY EVENING MARY BROWN-WILSON, left, in photo above, is the new agriculture teacher at Barbers Hill. She is greeting Superintendent Louis Bate* and hi* wife Carolyn during the reception Thursday evening. Sponsored by the Barber* Hill School Board, the reception honored the new superintendent and new teachers. In the photo below, the dedication of Unktad Park in Baytown Is celebrated. Dancer Jeanette Villanueva dances to the music of Los Avieros. (Sun staff photos by Carrie Pryor) Lee College R egenls approve new budget Plans include two-step salary increase By DAVID MOHLMAN Lise College Board of Regents approved a 1987-88 budget which includes a two-step salary increase for eligible college employees and no decrease in health and dental insurance for employees and their dependents. The vote Thursday was 8-0. Regent John Adams was absent. The budget projects spending of $15,798,787 for the year — $1,166,000 more than the previous year. Despite overall increased spending, the two-step salary increase and the loss of $347,000 in state funds to pay for the health and dental insurance, the budget doesn't include a tax rate increase. The tax rate currently is 13.75 cents per $100 valuation. College officials plan to get almost $5.7 million in property taxes for 1987-88. Although the tax rate is expected to remain the sime, decreasing property values are expected to drop this amount from the almost $5.9 million expected by Aug. 31, the end of the 1986-87 year. The;board should set the tax rate late in September or early in October, after the college gets certified tax rolls from the Harris County Appraisal District. The two-step salary increase, recommended by the LC administration and the Board of Agents' incentives committee, coroe* after no step increase was granted under the 1986-87 budget, presented by interim LC President Robert Larsson approved by the board. Earlier this year, the board amended the 1986-87 budget to reinstate full summer pay for instructors. The 1986-87 budget had included a 20 percent summer pay decrease. As the salary freeze did last year, the two-step increase this year affects employees on the four LC salary scales — administrative and administrative support (excluding the president), faculty, secretarial- clerical and security- main ta inenee-grounds- custodial-food service. According to an April 1987 study by Bettie Bennett, dean of administrative services, the two-step increase will cost $296,600. However, Mrs. Bennett noted after the meeting Thursday that the staff size in the security-food service category has decreased since spring. She estimated the two-step increase actually will cost $280,000 to $290,000 in salary and benefits and will affect approximately 250 of the 304 college employees. The administration and the Board of Regents incentives committee also recommended the college pay the entire cost of health and dental insurance for employees and their dependents. As established by the Board of Regents, the monthly amount for this insurance is $167 per employee. The state requires that community colleges provide at least $100 per month, which the state and had reimbursed, for the' coverage. However, Gov. Bill Clements this month struck an estimated $45.4 million . — including $347,000 for Lee College — from the state budget by eliminating state funding of these premiums. LC President Vivian Blevins has noted LC officials budgeted conservatively from the beginning of the budget process this year, planning only for the same amount of insurance funding (5221,000) they got for 1986-87. . The budget approved Thursday pays the full $167 per month premium for each eligible employee by taking $221,000 from the college's anticipated 82,450,000 educational and general fund balance as of Sept. \. . : .. LC officials try to maintain a fund balance equaling about 10 percent of educational and general fund spending for the current year. For 1987-88' educational and general fund spending is projected to total $14,648,000. Other than the insurance funding loss, state aid to the college is expected to total more than $7 million, up from about $6.5 million the previous year. This increase is based partially on an increase in the number of LC class hours^ Much of community colleges' state funding is determined by a formula based on the number of class hours at the college. Colleges get more money as registrations for their classes increase. City Council hears pleas to reconsider police, fire cuts By BRUCE GUYNN Baytown City Council heard pleas from citizens Thursday not to cut funding to the police and fire departments In the 1987-88 budget. "These people (police and firefighters) are the life line of the community," said Gene Klnney Jr. Several citizens recommended eliminating funds for Strategic Planning Committee projects rather than cutting funds In the police and fire departments. "We can't afford marinas and golf courses at this time at the expense of our basic services," said Stephen Donnelly. The comments were made at a public hearing, attended by about 80 people, on the proposed 1987-88 city budget. Twelve people spoke to council and nearly all of them urged that no cuts In funding be made to the police and fire departments. The proposed budget provides for $32,654.131 In expenditures — a 0.573 percent increase over the previous year — and a 4-cent increase in the tax rate to offset projected losses in revenue. City Manager Fritz Lanham said the proposed budget provides for funding cuts to 20 of the 35 city divisions or departments. Funding for the 15 other departments have been increased slightly. Under the proposed budget, funding cuts to the police and fire departments would amount to $204,076 and $135,573. The police department would lose three patrol officers and a jailer's position while the fire department would lose three employees. Funds to City Council would increase $235,862 with $210,000 to be used for economic development, Strategic Planning Committee projects and community cleanup. A total of 170,000 would be used to provide brush pickup every four weeks Instead of every six weeks. One citizen, Rocky Rodriguez, said the $210,000* should be used to provide adequate police and fire protection. Rodriguez suggested council look Into eliminating duplication of functions as a means of saving money. "Do we need two city managers and three attorneys on the payroll?" Rodriguez asked. Another citizen, Roxanne Gillum, recommended staying with a six week brush pickup schedule and spoke against funding cuts to the police and fire departments and to the library. Jean Shepherd warned that reducing police and firefighting personnel could have an adverse effect on the ability of certain residents to get insurance at affordable rates. At the end of the public hearing, Councilman Jimmy Johnson recommended that the $70.000 earmarked to implement a 4-week brush pickup schedule be used for the police department. The fact that Johnson did not mention the fire department in his suggestion irked Ed Russell, president of the Baytown Professional Fire Fighters Association. Russell said Friday it appears Johnson is "not concerned" about the fire department. During a budget work session Wednesday morning, Johnson castigated the firefighters union for not supporting any of the current city councllmen in the 1966 election. After Thursday's meeting, Johnson noted he prefaced these remarks by saying he would do what is best for the city of Baytown. Russell said the firefighters union plans to hold a press conference within the next two weeks concerning Johnson's remarks and a possible violation of civil statutes prohibiting coercion of police and firefighters. "At that time, we'll decide what action we are going to take," said Russell. : ' , : •• i •'',•: ; ' .: City Council is expected to schedule a work session on the budget to consider the input received at the public hearing. A budget for the coming fiscal year is expected to be approved at the Sept. 24 council meeting. Pe«rc« Street Journal - Love or money You might call this a profile of a young woman 1987 style. Surely, she wants to get married. She's merely waiting for the right amount to come along. -FH Around Town DICK HEY.EN misses hearing a plug . . . Debra and Darren Cherry enjoy ice cream and the Robert E. Lee High School Band . . .Hope DuPont helps someone out of a jam. Luther and Ernestine Bright enjoy an evening with their granddaughter . . . Dennis Sweat catches the heat for repeated tardiness ... Ron Roberts gives an update on an important community event. Helen Vickery tells about contributions from Liberty . . . Barbara Trachte avoids schedule conflicts ... Ron Emory tells about his son and tennis. Ask Donnie Herrington what he ran into in Tennessee 1 . . Norris and Sandy Long tell the neighborhood . . . Dena Sellen has become a bicycle pro. Crosby conference scheduled Sept. 2 ByAMYKEMS HOUSTON — In a conference on Sept. 2. U.S. District Judge James De Anda plans to give.an opinion on the desegregation and building plan made for the Crosby school district by a consultant team. Two weeks ago, consultants Larry Winecoff and Burnett Joiner recommended that two new elementary schools be constructed in Crosby, one on the FM 1942 site and the other on FM 2100 in Newport. Two less-preferred alternatives offered by the consultants were, a full renovation of the Drew campus or a school on the FM 1942 site only. School trustees, in a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, will discuss the report and decide whether they will follow the recommendations. U.S. Justice Department representative Nat Douglas said the department is awaiting response from the school board before it takes a position on the report's findings. "The department has looked over the report's alternatives and when the board comes up with a decision we'll see if (the decision) is something we can work with," Douglas said. Judge De Anda's conference at 9 a.m. Sept. 2, is expected to be attended by Superintendent Don Hendrix, school board attorney Jeff Davis and a Justice Department representative. Classified 3-6-B Comics/Crossword .... 6-A Dimension.. 7-A Entertainment • 1<M Editorial 4-A Fin News ,2-A Markets 3-A Movie Theaters ... 1 8-9-A Obituaries. ....3-A Police Beat 2-A Sports. .....1-2-B Television Log — 5-^4 'WEATHER MOSTLY CLOUDY skies with a 40 percent chance of rain and a low temperature near 70 are forecast for Friday night. MosUy cloudy skies with a 40 percent likelihood of rain and a high temperature near 90 are expected Saturday. From 8 a.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday, a low of 74 degrees and a high of 95 were recorded. Citizen seeks return of city election process in Baytown A citizen made an appeal Thursday night for the resumption of municipal elections in Baytown. "The issue is not single- member districts," Judy Hardy told City Council. "It is whether we are going to have an election." Baytown officials are appealing a federal court ruling, mandating that the city switch to an election system, based partially on single-member districts. Until the case is resolved or the appeal dropped, the city is barred from holding any municipal elections under its current at-large voting system. The decision to appeal the ruling and not seek a stay of U.S. District Judge John Singleton's order, barring voting under the at-large system, wiped out the April 4 election this year. Mrs. Hardy cited one case where a city didn't have an election for nine yean until a caae had been resolved. "I don't think the citizens of Baytown want to wait nine years," Mrs. Hardy said. Mrs. Hardy noted council did not seek a stay of the order barring further elections and said it could be that council has found a "loophole" to stay in office. But she said that loophole is closing. "That rumbling is the rising •voices of the city of Baytown saying 'We want an election,' " Mrs. Hardy said. Mrs. Hardy's remarks drew applause from audience members, a number of whom were wearing ribbons calling for anelection. Mrs. Hardy is a member of Taxpayers Advocating Progress, a citizens group circulating a petition to initiate an ordinance, compelling council to drop the appeal and t«lte Heps to hold an election. However, Mrs. Hardy said Thursday she was speaking as an individual. After the meeting, Mrs. Hardy said the response to the petition drive has been "tremendous." In one area, 55 people were approached and 54 signed the peti-> lion, she noted. i Mrs. Hardy said the petition is being circulated throughout town and will probably be submitted sometime within the next 30 days.

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