Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 20, 1989 Page: 1 of 12
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Vol 19 No. 16
On Mustang Island, Texas
Thursday, April 20, 1989
Replaces retiring Mayer
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On to state!
The Port Aransas High School Drama Club will present / Remember Mama at state UIL
One Act Play competition Saturday, May 6. The cast and crew brought home another
Regional title after competition in Brenham I uesday, April 1 a. spring Kuenn was named
Best Actress and Josh Garcia and Meredith Medley were honorable mention All-Star Cast
members. The company will make its seventh trip to state in eight years under the
direction of Karen Mclntire.
(PAHS photo by Bill Mclntire)
Local control preferred
Trustees aim to keepJTO
Port Aransas sch(K)l trustees want
to maintain the 10-ycar-old Joint Tax
Office established to collect taxes for
the school, city and water district.
A recent proposal by Nucccs’County
Tax Collector Ronnie Canales has
drawn the attention of the city and
However, the school has expressed
its intention to contract with the Edu-
cation Service Center and would pre-
fer to keep the Joint Tax Office open
to provide local service to taxpayers.
Opening a local office for paying
taxes and other services is an option
that would be up to the Nueces County
Commissioners and not part of the
agreement with Canales, although
Elissa due here
about noon today
The iron barque Elissa is expected
to begin her journey through the jet-
ties at about 12 noon today (Thursday,
April 20) cn route to Corpus Christi.
An exact time for arrival at the
mouth of the jetties is difficult to esti-
mate since the vessel will be under sail
from her homeport of Galveston.
The ship is coming to Corpus Christi
as part of dial city \s annual Buccaneer
Days and will be open for tours at the
dock near the Art Museum of South
Texas adjacent to the Bay Front Sci-
The journey from the mouth of the
jot tir»S to Corpus Christ? ttlkCS three tO
four hours depending upon whether
the vessel is under sail or power.
Spectators may line the jetties and
piers along the ship channel or sec the
Tall Ship from several vantage points
at Roberts Point Park at the city ma-
Several waterfront restaurants also
offer views of ship channel traffic.
Canales supports the idea of such an
At a meeting Monday, April 17,
trustees approved a letter from board
president Georgia Ncblctt to the rep-
resentatives of the Joint Tax Office. It
spells out the district’s reasoning for
contracting with the Education Serv-
ice Center for hardware and software
computer service, tax forms and re-
ports necessary to bill taxes, as well as
the desire to maintain the Joint Tax
According to school district calcu-
lations, the cost of tax collection using
the Education Service Center would
be would be 42-ccnts per parcel the
first year and 39-ccnts the second year.
A contract with Nueces County, ac-
cording to figures provided by the
school district, would be 93-ccnts per
parcel, with no guarantee of a per
parcel price the second year.
The school district wants to main-
tain the taxpayers’ ability to conduct
business locally, as well as the ability
to receive and deposit tax payments
on the same day.
The district is also concerned with
the county’s right to cancel the con-
tract within 30 days if an entity delays
the setting of a tax rate. Such a delay
could occur, Mrs. Ncblctt said, in the
event of a hurricane or some type of
The “simple logistics of having our
tax money physically transported.
electronically transferred, interbank
transferred and via mail” also created
problems for the district.
To preserve the Joint Tax Office,
the school district is offering to pro-
vide oil ice space and purchase equip-
ment necessary to go on line with the
Education Service Center. Such an
arrangement would cost the water
district and the city more than con-
tracting with the county, “however,
we feel the service provided to your
taxpayers along with a historical high
rate of collections and your ability to
control taxes locally justifies a fis-
cally responsible decision,” Mrs.
Ncblctt wrote in her letter.
“We know we can save $13,CX) to
$15,00 by going with the Service
Center, plus keep local control and get
our tax money the same day - and it’s
our last gasp chance to save the Joint
Tax Office” trustee Paul Montagna
One of the problems encountered
with the phase out of the Joint Tax
Office surfaced recently when it was
learned that-the accountant for the
JTO received instruction to “hold up”
on letters to delinquent tax accounts.
The instruction apparently came
from someone at the water district,
trustee DcLana Littleton said. Mrs.
Littleton is the district’s representa-
tive on the JTO.
It was unclear just who gave the
inefriirdian I4au»r‘vr*r t Hr* IrnelAPC
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agreed to write the accountant a letter
expressing their concern over his fol-
lowing instructions from one of the
three entities in the JTO and without
informing the other members.
Gary Davenport, of Davenport and
Kosurck, the accounting firm em-
ployed by the JTO, told Mrs. Littleton
he had acted in good faith and “would
never do anything to hurt the school
district,” Mrs. Littleton reported.
For Roberts Point Park
City may hire fund raisers
Head coach is hired
John Grammer, first assistant bas-
ketball coach at Ellison High School
in Killeen, has been hired as athletic
director and head basketball coach at
The action was taken after a closed
session of school trustees Monday,
Grammer, 28, replaces Wally
Mayer, whose retirement becomes
effective in May. Mayer has spent the
last eight years as athletic director
Grammer has been first assistant
basketball coach at Killeen for the
past four years.
He earned his bachelor’s degree at
Sam Houston State University in
Huntsville where he was an honor
student in math.
As a high school athlete at Rice
Consolidated High School in Altair,
he was named an All American Bas-
ketball player in 1979. He was an All-
State basketball player at Rice Con-
solidated in 1978 and 1979.
In other action by the board, trus-
* heard from a communications
company consultant regarding the
district’s telephone system dial has
been plagued with problems. The
district’s five-year-old system is in-
adequate and one consultant proposed
a new system for just over $20,000.
This consultant told the trustees the
system is not expandable and said he
knows of no one who can work or it or
provide parts. Trustees agreed to hear
from the original installer at the next
* Approved Career Ladder scores
for teachers and amended the budget
by $8,000 to accommodate the addi-
* Approved stricter criteria for the
next Career Ladder.
* Amended tie-breaker guidelines
for Career Ladder scores.
* Authorized Supt. Dr. Dale Pitts to
get a “rough estimate” from a local
contractor on architect’s plans lor u
proposed 50’X30’ building to house
storage, restroom facilities and a
concession area for tennis and track.
* Approved compensating elemen-
tary Principal Jim Littlefield for
“reasonableexpenses” incurred while
taking training for a Hunter Safely
Course that may be offered at PAISD.
Littlefield is a likely candidate to teach
the course being required by theTexas
Parks and Wildlife Dept, for all hunt-
ers before they can be issued licenses.
* Approved performance evaluation
forms for non-professional members
of the staff.
* Agreed to send letters of assur-
ance to substitute teachers to avoid
their filing for unemployment com-
pensation during the summer months.
Other non-professional employees
will receive similar letters at the earli-
est possible date. Trustees were con-
cerned with making such assurances
before entering the budget prepara-
* Expressed appreciation to out-
going lx>ard member Wavcl Milli-
gan-Brown for her years of service.
Mrs. Milligan-Brown replied thaFTIl
probably miss you, too. One thing
I’ve learned about is being with a lot
of different people with different
opinions and having them come to a
consensus. I don’t think I would have
learned that if 1 had not been on this
board.” Mrs. Milligan-Brown has
served two three-year terms that in-
volved three superintendents and a
variety of trustees. She chose not to
seek election to another term because
of increased demands on her time
because of her job.
The first king mackerel of the 1989 season was weighed in
at Fisherman's Wharf Monday, April 17. The angler was
Jerry Torres of San Antonio who chartered with Capt. Bil
Culpepper on the Renegade . The king tipped the scales at
City, school elections
Absentee voting continues
Absentee voting is continuing for
city and school elections.
Voters may cast absentee ballots
through Tuesday, May 2, prior to
election day which is Saturday, May
Voters will be able to choose from
six candidates for three at-large posi-
tions on the Port Aransas school board.
Three candidates for three places on
the city council are unopposed.
Absentee voting in the school elec-
tion is conducted upstairs at the high
school in the administration offices
and voters may cast absentee ballots
for city council positions at city hall,
'voting takes piace during regulai
business hours at each office.
Three at-large positions will be on
the ballot. Candidates arc, die order
that they will appear on the ballot,
Glenn “Pec Wee” Belcher, Rick Tin-
nin, Charlie Zahn, Salli Thomas, Kim
McPherson and Ben Brundrctt.
Zahn is an incumbent and Belcher
is fulfilling a term to which he was
appointed last summer when Skipper
Three candidates arc in line for three
places on die City Council
Incumbents Audrey Manning in
Place l and Glenn Martin in Place 3
are seeking re-election while George
Harris is putting in a bid for Place 5 to
fill the vacancy created by Jimmy
Barr who is ineligible to seek another
term alter serving the Ihice consecu-
tive terms allowed by city charter.
The South .Jetty sponsors ‘Candi-
dates Night’, a question-and-answer
session in which voters can sec the
candidates in action.
Candidates’ Night, for candidates
in the contested school board race,
will be Monday, May l, in the council
Candidates will be allowed a five
minute opening statement and a five
minute closing statement. Questions
will be presented by the moderator
and candidates will have two minutes
in which to respond. Candidates will
receive copies of the questions to be
asked at die beginning of the event.
Candidates who will not be able to
attend die event are asked to notify uie
South Jetty by 12 noon next Tues-
day, April 25. Alter that date and time
it will be assumed that any candidate
who has not notified the newspaper
City officials may decide today
(Thursday, April 20) to approve a
contract with a professional fund rais-
ing firm to raise matching funds for
Roberts Point Park.
The council has set a special meet-
ing for l p.m. to consider the agree-
ment. The regular meeting, which
would ordinarily be held tonight, was
held last Thursday so that the city can
host the Texas Municipal League
Plans and specifications for the park
have been approved by the Texas Parks
and Wildlife, City Manager Gordon
The Action Force, which initiated
the project, has been able to raise suf-
ficient funds to pay for the Design
Team (a trio of engineers, architects
and landscape architects).
“However, the large amount re-
quired to complete the project is be-
yond local fund raising events,” Beck
The city has received a matching
funds grants from TP&WD for
$750,()(X) to develop the park.
The Action Force has held several
fund raising events, including the Taste
of Port Aransas which raised the ma-
jority of funds, and the Black and Red
This year’s Taste was cancelled after
restaurants indicated they could not
participate. However, after a meeting
this week, there arc indications that
restaurants may be able to participate,
but at a time other than the original
date set in May.
The Action Force has contacted
several fund raising consultants and
has recommended Lawrence J. Fitch
Consultants to develop and manage a
fund raising campaign.
The cost to retain the consultant is
$37,(XX) plus expenses which include
a secretary and office, Beck said.
The Action Force has submitted a
check for $3,760 which is the initial
monthly payment for consultant serv-
ices. The remainder of the cost, Beck
said, will be paid from funds donated.
The agreement, he said, should not
obligate any city funds.
Beck said that with expenses, re-
Beck also said the firm’s track rec-
ord indicates its ability to raise “mil-
lions of dollars”.
Taste may be
on again affair
Chamber of Commerce President
Mike Hall says the Taste of Port
Aransas may get back on the calendar
The benefit for Roberts Point Park
had been cancelled after two success-
ful years when too few restaurants
agreed to participate in this year’s
event, originally set for May 21.
Rcstaurantcurs met this week and
agreed they would like to participate.
Hall said the target date will be
October, with next April as a second
Charlie Thomas is shown feeding corn to his "flock" of ducks at Teal Harbor Condomin-
ium. Thomas has raised the ducks from chicks over the past three years. He has about 38,
including mallards, Kakie Campbells, Golden Cascades and one that looks like a cross
between a duck and a seagull that is called "Little Peep". The ducks roam all over the
harbor, Thomas says. ,, ,
(South Jetty staff photo)
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Judson, Mary Henkel. Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 20, 1989, newspaper, April 20, 1989; Port Aransas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth662958/m1/1/: accessed February 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Ellis Memorial Library.