The Baytown Sun (Baytown, Tex.), Vol. 66, No. 96, Ed. 1 Sunday, February 21, 1988 Page: 1 of 28
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Volume 66, No. 96
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Sunday, February 21, 1988
Baytown, Texas 77520
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By DAVID MOHLMAN
Filing for the Lee College
Board of Regents election opens
at 8 a.m. Monday and continues
each weekday through 5 p.m.
March 23 at the LC business of-
fice in Rundell Hall.
Four spots will be filled in the
May 7 election.
The terms of Regents Gwen
Altwein, Mike Bargainer and
Alden Weaver expire this spring.
All three have indicated they
won’t file for re-election.
The position now held by Dr.
Keith Coburn also will be filled.
Coburn was appointed in Oc-
tober 1986 to fill the spot vacated
after Dr. Walter Buttrick resign-
The top three vote getters in
the election will get regular six-
year terms on the board. The
candidate who runs fourth will
finish Buttrick’s term, which ex-
pires in 1990.
Under the at-large voting
system used in LC elections,
candidate names will be listed in
one group on the ballot. Citizens
will vote for four candidates.
During the three weeks since
the board set the election date, a
few people have picked up can-
didate application forms and a
few others have made telephone
inquiries about running for the
board, said LC Chief Accountant
Leatha Whitaker, who is an elec-
Anyone wishing to file as a
candidate must bring a valid
voter registration card and proof
of residence, such as a driver’s
license, to the business office,
said Mrs. Whitaker.
For other filing information,
Pearce Street Journal - -
First things first
An irate constituent com-
pliments Congress for attacking
the huge deficit.
The first step was to raise
their own pay.
MRS. R. W. REYNOLDS helps a
friend with some papers... Kay
Barefoot busy with publicity for
Lee College activities.
Pal Fuller, Kima Sullinger
and Earline Regan are guests
... Don Perry introduces a co-
worker from Lee College ...
Stewart Ellenberg suggests that
a photographer use a wide-angle
lens for a certain picture.
Elissa Ellis christens “The
Elissa” . . . Kim Bass enjoys her
new job ... Baytown Little
Theater newcomer Sharon
George shows versatility in her
Hartman Bridge towers
construction to begin
POPULAR AT STERLING
TOP POPULARITY titles of Governor and First Lady at Sterl-
ing High School this year go to Ralph Brock II and Toni
Monacy. Ralph la the son of Ralph Brock Sr. and Jocelyn
Brock, both of Baytown. Trail’s parents are Gary Monacy and
Joan Munson, both of Baytown.
(Sun staff photo by An$e Bracey)
By BRUCE GUYNN
One of the twin towers on the
Fred Hartman Bridge will begin
taking shape soon.
Dennis Warren, supervising
resident engineer for the bridge
project, said work is about to
start on the bridge’s south tower.
Warren said the south tower is
expected to be completed in May
1989 while the north tower is ex-
pected to be completed 11 mon-
The south tower will be con-
structed first because access is
easier to its proposed site. The
north tower will be located in the
Exxon lagoon, Warren noted.
Once the two towers are com-
pleted, they will stretch 440 feet
above the surface of the water,
according to Warren.
Work began on the Fred Hart-
man Bridge last year and now is
about 10 percent complete, War-
The bridge, located on
Highway 146, will span the
Houston Ship Channel and link
Baytown and La Porte.
Warren said there have been
no serious snags in construction.
Nor have there been any major
traffic problems in the area.
So far, most of the work has
been underground and crews are
still doing a lot of foundation
work, according to Warren.
But in the next few months,
crews will doing more above the
The bridge is expected to be
open to traffic in 1992.
The nearly two-mile long, 175-
foot-wide bridge will be the
largest of its kind in the United
A $91,253,931 was awarded to
Williams and Traylor Brothers
for construction of the bridge.
Another $8 million to $10 million
will be paid out in engineering
State funds are being used to
pay the entire cost of the project.
The bridge will have eight
traffic lanes, divided into two 85-
foot-wide sets. A median strip
will separate the two sets of
At its highest point, the bridge*’”
will rise 180 feet above the
Houston Ship Channel.
The bridge is being built 500
feet east of the Baytown-La
Once the bridge is completed,
the 35-year-old tunnel will be
eliminated and the Houston Ship
Channel will be deepened.
The 4,110 foot long tunnel, built
at a cost of more than $10 million
in 1953, has proved inadequate in
handling the large volume of
traffic on this section of
Bio Waste hearing March 22
Water Authority suit
RepublicBank Houston accused
HOUSTON (AP) — An alleged embezzlement plot steered $307,000
in interest from the Coastal Water Authority to a dummy bank ac-
count, the water authority claims in a lawsuit.
The suit, filed Friday in State District Court, also accuses
RepublicBank Houston of negligence in the handling of accounts
through which the alleged $13 million plot was transacted.
Water authority officials say all funds except interest earned dur-
ing the alleged embezzlement have been recovered. The lawsuit did
not say whether interest income was ever released to a now-missing
employee accused in the plot.
The water authority is auditing a series of money transfers at-
tempted within days of the Jan. 29 disappearance of the authority
employee. The lawsuit also says at least $5 million earlier reported
as recovered by the authority is still at RepublicBank, which will not
The lawsuit says the missing employee still has a $5 million
RepublicBank cashier’s check, but the bank said it stopped payment
on the draft.
The lawsuit claims an account was opened in July 1987 in the name
Coastal Water Association, deliberately similar to Coastal Water
Checks and wire transfers were credited to the account, and the
bank should be responsible for money lost during the alleged
scheme, the lawsuit says. RepublicBank spokeswoman Jan Cox
declined to comment on any of the transactions in the case.
The water authority is a quasi-govemmental authority set up by
the state to construct and operate water systems to carry water to
Houston. The city’s water customers provide about 95 percent of the
authority’s operating funds.
City to share in profits
A public hearing is scheduled
jo begin March 22 on Rio Waste
Management C'o.’s application
for a permit to operate an infec-
tious waste incineration facility
at 7311 Decker Drive, according
to an examiner with the Texas
Department of Health.
R.V. Smith said the hearing is
set to start at 9:30 a.m. in Coun-
cil Chambers at Baytown City
Smith, who will serve as hear-
ing examiner, said the hearing is
expected to last several days.
After the conclusion of the
hearing, interested parties will
have an opportunity to file writ-
ten briefs in the case.
Dr. Robert Bernstein, state
commissioner of health, will
make the final decision on the
permit application, according to
Bio Waste Management Co.
has been operating an infectious
and hospital waste incineration
facility on Decker Drive for
more than four years.
More than a year ago, the
company was informed it need-
ed a permit to operate.
The company is seeking a per-
mit to burn infectious and
pathological wastes, generated
by hospitals, clinics and institu-
State officials are permitting
the plant to continue operations,
pending action on the permit ap-
Company officials have said
the plant is a super clean opera-
tion that is in compliance with
all health regulations.
However, a citizens group,
Lynchburg Area Environmental
Relief Committee (LAERC), is
opposing the application for the
permit partially because of en-
Officials seek elected PUC panel
PORT ARTHUR (AP) — Consumer advocates
and Port Arthur officials told a House Select Com-
mittee that members of the Public Utility Commis-
sion would be more accountable to ratepayers if
they were elected instead of appointed.
Many of the 120 people who attended Friday’s
meeting of the Select Committee on a Statewide
Energy Plan asked for greater protection from ris-
ing electric rates.
“We’re beginning to wonder if the consumers are
being heard,” Frankie Pond of Silsbee told the
panel. “The PUC is set up to regulate the utilities,
but the laws on the books help the utilities more
than the consumers. ’ ’
During the meeting at Lamar University-Port
Arthur, Pond and others said they believe an
elected PUC would be more responsive to the
public and provide stricter controls over utility
“I don’t appreciate three unelected bureaucrats
determining my rates,” said Virginia Dudley of
Port Arthur, who argued that Gulf States Utilities
Co. ratepayers should not have to bear the costs of
the River Bend nuclear plant, which is in Loui-
“There is no way the middle class, working peo-
ple and senior citizens can pay for this,” Ms.
Among those promoting the change were state
Rep. Frank Collazo, D-Port Arthur, and the city’s
mayor, Malcolm Clark.
Collazo, who spoke of the need for “grassroots in-
put,” proposed a six-member commission elected
throughout the state rather than the current three
Port Arthur Mayor Malcolm Clark submitted
proposals to the committee based on meetings with
other elected officials from Southeast Texas
Oil well to be located at City Hall
Tole as Constanze, Mozart’s
Karin Hogston is a
photographic understudy during
picture-taking for “Amadeus’*
... Lee College cosmetology
students Tracy Silverberg and
Lee Anne Bean are busy doing
research on 17th century wigs
Kim Martin undertakes his
most challenging role in
“Amadeus” ... Dick Neavel
borrows a purse for character
enrichment in “Amadeus” ...
Jim Wadzinski portrays all the
genius and troubles of Mozart.
By BRUCE GUYNN
Don’t be surprised to see an oil
well on Baytown City Hall pro-
perty this spring.
City Council has granted per-
mission to Trace Oil and Gas to
drill for oil on a 110-square-foot
site at the southwest corner of
Civic Drive and West Main.
Jim Bob Jackson, co-owner of
Trace Oil and Gas with Steve
Ferguson, believes there’s “a lit-
tle better than a 50-50 chance”
that oil will be found at the site.
“We drilled a well just south of
there on Maryland (Avenue),
Jackson said, noting oil showed
up in this well.
If oil is discovered, 20 percent
of the royalties will go to the ci-
Jackson said he expects the
drilling to begin about mid-
Company officials plan to drill
to about 5,000 feet.
Jackson expects an 80-foot
high derrick to be erected at the
The derrick will be enclosed
with a chain link fence, Jackson
If oil is found, a pump will be
placed on the fenced site.
Storage facilities would also
be put in place, probably bet-
ween the water tower and a ditch
at this location.
City Manager Fritz Lanham
said the site will be landscaped
and “kept in a condition that
would not be detrimental to the
Jackson estimated it will take
four to five days to drill the well.
Drilling will be done on a 24
hour per day basis and there will
be some noise involved in the
process, according to Jackson.
Lanham said he isn’t aware of
any previous oil well drilling on
City Hall property.
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Movie Theaters......... 6-U Sunday: Mostly sunny and
Obituaries................5-D warmer with a high
People....................5-B temperature in the mid 60s.
Police Beat...............2-A From 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m.
Religion.................4-7-C Saturday:. Low of 43, high of
School Menus.............7-A 55; no rain.
Crosby “whiz kid” Kristen Banerjee
heads for New York City to be interview-
ed on “Good Morning America.” The
story of the 11-year-old student at Lee
College is on Page 3-A.
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Brown, Leon. The Baytown Sun (Baytown, Tex.), Vol. 66, No. 96, Ed. 1 Sunday, February 21, 1988, newspaper, February 21, 1988; Baytown, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1052733/m1/1/: accessed October 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Sterling Municipal Library.