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The Baytown Sun Invites MR. & MRS. JERRY DRAKE Baytown To See "ROCKY III" At The Bay Plaza I (This Pass Good Through Dec. 10) (This Pass Good For 2 People) YOUR HOME OVER 70,000 READERS EVERY DAY Volume 61, No. 22 Telephone Number: 422-8302 Wednesday, December 1, 1982 Baytown, Texas 77520 : 20 Cents Per Copy HL&P Is Given $185 Million Rate Increase Plus Scolding By TIM POTTER AUSTIN (Sp) - The Texas Public Utility Commission Tuesday gave Houston Lighting & Power Co. a rate increase of about $185 million, which is $151 million less than the company requested. The commission also scolded the company for mismanagement. HL&P has not yet determined the new rates for its 1.1 million customers. But Jim Schaefer, HL&P's Bsytown district manager, said the increase will probably raise residential customers' bills by about SI a month. Schaefer said he didn't know how the increase will affect bUoiiioss customers. "You have to be disappointed," Schaefer said of the $181 million increase. HL&P asked to raise rates by $336 million. "I guess the (PUC's) decision reflects some of the frustration that customers feel over rising utility costs," Schaefer said. Baytown Mayor Emmett Hutto said, "I still think it's too much. 'I think if you were to give them totally what they asked for, they'd still be back under some excuse," Hutto said. But Councilman Fred Philips was happy about the commission's decision. "At last the PUC is listening to the people," he said. Philips praised the commission for "telling HL&P they need some new management direction." In particular, Philips said HL&P should improve its management of fuel costs. The PUC decided to require quarterly reviews of all fuel costs HL&P incurs from Utility Fuels Inc., an HL&P affiliate which buys generating fuel from suppliers such as Exxon and sells to HL&P. The PUC will review those fuel costs before they can be charged to customers, said PUC spokeswoman Ronna Martin. Also, the PUC ordered HL&P to stop listing the fuel cost as a separate item on monthly bills because it confuses customers, Ms. Martin said. City Attorney Randy Strong called the PUC decision on the amount rf rate increase a "pretty good victory" for Baytown and about 52 other cities that recommended HL&P receive an in- crease of $181.5 million. PUC Hearing Examiner Angela Williams had recommended that the three-member PUC grant a $200.3 million increase to HL&P. But the PUC decided to lower the figure by about $15 million by reducing the return on equity HL&P can receive, Ms. Martin said. Ms. Williams recommended that the utility get a return on equity of 16.85 percent, but the commission lowered it to 16.35 percent so it would be "perceived as a penalty for poor management by the company," Ms. Martin said. She said the commission blamed the utility for delays in the South Texas Nuclear Project near Bay City and for the "unusual" (See RATE, Page2-A) Democrats Drafting $5 Billion Plan Reagan Vows To Veto Jobs Proposal WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan has told Republican congressional leaders he firmly opposes a S5 billion public works jobc plan Democrats are drafting and will veto the measure if it reaches his desk. At the same time, a Reagan administration plan for a 5-cent-a- gallon hike in the federal gasoline tax to finance S5.5 billion worth of highway, bridge and mass transit repairs is moving toward consideration in the full House and Senate. Transportation Secretary Drew Lewis lobbied for the administration measure Tuesday before the Senate Finance Committee and was making a similar appearance before the House Wavs and Means Committee today. Both panels hope to draft their own versions of the plan this week. The president delivered his message on the Democratic plan to GOP leaders Tuesday during a White House meeting before he left for a four-nation tour of Latin America. House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr., D-Mass., says Democrats hope to attach their public works measure to a stopgap spending bill that Congress must pass before adjourning in mid-December. Without the so-called v.ontinuing resolution, federal agancies and programs will technically go broke Dec. 17. Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr., R-Tenn.. said that during Tuesday's meeting Reagan said, "if we garland it (the stopgap measure) up with all sorts of other things ... he would have no hesitation" to veto it. "There's no doubt about it." "He said he'd veto it," said Rep. Silvio O. Conte, R-Mass., who also attended the meeting. "He didn't care" if the bill reached him "the day before Christmas" and Congress was about to adjourn. Even if Democrats, who control the House, pass their jobs measure in that chamber, it faces a bleak future in the GOP- controlled Senate, despite O'Neill's claim that Senate Republicans may be willing to meet Democrats "halfway." Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Mark O. Hatfield, R-Ore., said Senate Republican leaders agree that "the 5-cent gas tax and those jobs (it is supposed to create) will be the major and only action" on jobs during the lame duck session. Conte and Hatfield have expressed interest in creating moije than the 320,000 jobs the administration estimates in its' highway construction legislation. But, Hatfield said, the $5 billion Democratic plan "becomes a tremendous target and the president will veto it." Hatfield suggested, instead, that pumping money into existing programs could be studied • La Porte Council To Discuss Industrial Bonds By FRIEDA BEATY LA PORTE (Sp) — City Council will consider issuing the first Industrial Development Corporation bonds, totaling S10.5 million, in a 7 p.m. Wednesday meeting at LP City Hall. Council earlier discussed issuing the bonds and have mutually agreed the issuance of the bonds would benefit the city. Council will consider issuing S2.5 million in bonds for the construction of a building for Bayshore National Bank currently being erected on the corner of Fairmont Parkway and Highway Pearce Street Journal Life Story A philosopher once said, "A lack of consistency is not to be (y.-ifased with the ability to cl. ^rge or grow. Nothing remains the same very long in this life." -FH AROUND 146. and S8 million for the construction of La Porte Plaza. La Porte Plaza, being developed by Trangalee Development Inc., is to be located along Highway 146 on the east side just north of Barbours Cut Boulevard. The plaza will include a 120- room Travelodge Motel, a 76,000- square-foot shopping center, and a truck service facility to provide truck drivers from the port with mechanical services, ranging from oil changes to major repairs. Mayor Virginia Cline has voiced her displeasure with BNB for applying to the board before the board had a chance to get organized. "The council hadn't even set the guidelines and they had already submitted an application," she said. "I feel they were a little premature and we didn't appreciate it one bit." The bonds will be the f*,-st issued since council established the Industrial Development Corporation in June. The corporation was formed to attract businesses to the city by providing tax- exempt revenue bonds to com- mercial and industrial developers. Businesses are capable of borrowing up to $10 million in tax- exempt loans, which are similar to the bonds usually sold to banks. In other business, council will consider: + A rebid of Contract IV for completion of the sanitary rehabilitation project started in 1980. + Entering into a contract for water and sewer supplies. + A contract with Cahill and Stone for the renovation of the ci- (SeeLP,Page2-A) TERRI WHITE, Beverly Nieder- hoffer, Rhonda Pavlas, members of Kappa Kappa, consider themselves lucky . . . Roy Fisher gets the giggles . . . Mrs. Jack White has Christmas under control. Doyle Niemtschk does not like the rain . . . Lovella Desormeaux and a friend get caught in a rainstorm . . . Aubrey Harmon Shaw says age has taught him to take the easy way out. Judy McClendon calls with a story idea about children's nutritional needs . . . Andrew Lannie talks about the importance of exercise . . . Dr. Bill Farmer stops for a brief chat with a friend. Jim Lankford buys a pack of cigarettes at an appropriate time, saving a reporter some trouble . . . Mamie Carter gets some shopping done. ., , dial Classified 5-8D Comics 9C Crossword Puzzle 9C Dimension 1C Editorial 4A Markets 8A Movie Theaters BC Obituaries 9A Police Beat 2A School Lunches IOC Sports 1-2D Teen Times 2-5C Television Log 4D Weather 7C Word Of Mouth 1-8B WEATHER THE BAYTOWN area forecast is for mostly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of showers Wednesday night. Thursday will be partly cloudy and warm with a 30 percent chance of rain. Temperatures will be in the middle 60s Wednesday night and near 80 Thursday. From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday, a low of 65 degrees and a high of 72 degrees were recorded. At 7 a.m. Wednesday it was 66 degrees. Street Lights, Improvement Projects On Board Agenda The Baytown Community Development Advisory Committee will consider recommending street improvement and street lighting projects when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 1722 Market St. The committee will consider recommending that i improvements be made on several streets, including Beech Street, Oakwood Street, West Humble Avenue and West Gulf Avenue. Community Development Director Jerry Fletcher said $150,000 has been set aside for street improvements. Baytown City Council would have to approve the street projects. The committee also will consider recommending places to install street lights. The lights would be placed in Community Development's "target areas," — Central Heights Subdivision and Airhart and Oak additions. Community Development has budgeted $10,000 for additional street lighting in the target areas. Also, the committee will consider applications for housing rehabilitation. DON'T STAND under the trees at night at Lee College, at least not behind Rundell Hall. As many as 6,000 or more blackbirds have decided to roost there for the winter. Wilson Cormier of the college's maintenance department washes off the sidewalks around the trees, a regular morning task since the birds settled in. (Sun staff photo by Charles Gallatin) Birds Flock Home To Roost At Lee College By CHARLES GALLATIN It's enough to give Alfred Hitchcock the shudders. Approximately 6,000 blackbirds are roosting in the trees between Rundell Hall and the gymnasium at Lee College, creating something of a mess on the sidewalks and cars which park beneath the trees at night. According to Don Montgomery, grounds superintendent for the college, the birds do not cause any major problems, but the mess they make has to be washed off the sidewalks every morning. "If they would just stick to the grass they would be all right," he said. Montgomery said the birds, which showed up about two months ago, are in the trees in the morning when he gets there, around 6:30 a.m., and that they fly off during the day and stay gone until they return to roost at sunset. The supervisor said he has come up with some possible ways to discourage the birds from staying at LC, including hanging flashing strips of aluminum in the trees to scare them off, or playing a recording of a particular predator which preys on them. But no action has been taken because they have simply not proven to be that much of a problem, he said. Montgomery says the birds have some good qualities too, because they eat mosquitos, worms and larvae that affect the trees. "From the en- vironmental .-"-nect they are very beneficia etter than any pest control I know of." According to Bob Wright, chairman of the Natural Science Department at LC, the blackbirds, mostly the Common Grackle and Brewer's Blackbird, return to the school every year. "This hillside is a traditional roosting place for them, they'll come back every year. They were here last year, but not as abundant as they are this year," he said. "This used to be the site of a farm, the old Pruett farm, and these birds like the farms because of the cattle feed and grain crops," he said. Wright said the birds, members of the Passeriformes or "perching birds" family, will probably stay for the winter, then go back to their normal summer haunts around January or February. The birds leave the school at daybreak and go out to the rice fields, then start returning at dusk. They are all usually back in the trees and creating a deafening racket by dark, he said. "Its not worth the trouble to get rid of them as long as they're not anymore trouble than they are now," said Wright. Montgomery agrees. "Right now the good they do outweighs the bad. Bui if they get bad enough, we'll have to do something about them," he said. Gift To Goodfellows Is Season *s Best Bargain By CHIEF GOODFELLOW One of the best bargains you'll find during this Christmas shopping season is a gift to the Goodfellow drive. Where else could you do so much for so many with so little money? That's why it's such a bargain to contribute to the Good- fellows. They really need your help this Christmas. They may need it more desperately than at any time during the past half-century the Goodfellow drive has been conducted here. Initial reports from the Good- fellows' screening committee indicate there will be more deserving youngsters to buy gifts for this year than in previous years. Depressed economic conditions have reached into the Gulf Coast region causing widespread unemployment. As a result, people who have always taken care of their families are having a difficult time meeting normal obligations. This means families with young children will not be able to provide a bountiful Christmas for their youngsters as they have in the past. It will be up to the Good- fellows to come to the rescue. To carry out their increased obligations, the Goodfellows are asking Baytonians who can to help shoulder the load by contributing more than they normally would in less demanding times. Chief Goodfellow and his helpers do not yet know how much money will be needed to pay for the 1982 Chirstmas party, but it will cost more than last year when a record number of children participated in the festivities. The goal of the drive and an estimate of the number of youngsters who should receive Goodfellow bags will be announced next week. Despite lean times in past years, Baytonians have never failed to meet or surpass the Goodfellow goal. Drive leaders (See GOODFELLOWS, Page 2-A) U-TELLER/PUISE A GREAT PAIR! FIRST AMERICAN BANK I OPEN A CHECKING ACCOUNT WITH... CITIZENS OF TEXAS SAVINGS 401 2181 Texas »»e _ GOOSE CREEK AUTO RENTALS 4720535 J7I4S. Mih M2« 5 Per Day Let us help you have a winning season! 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