Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 101, No. 17, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 23, 1987 Page: 3 of 28
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The Hondo Anvil Herald, Thursday, April 23, 1987, Page 3
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STONY FACADES... Do you recognize
these architectural shapes? Look closely at
the rough texture, the handcarved detail, the
unmistakable design. The chunks of
limestone that went into this downtown
Hondo building have been enduring on-
slaughts of heat, cold and rain for nearly a
century, and with pnly - minor damage. Look
again. Sometimes, a close-up shot of just a
part of something is not at all easy to
identify. But of course you didn't hesitate
for even one second. Or did you? Surely it
is clear that these are window tops and
decorative columns of the classically
Victorian-style Medina County Courthouse.
Of course. (Photos by Doug Johnson)
EUWD reverses earlier position;
supports more reps for Bexar Co.
During a special meeting held on
Thursday last week, the Edwards
U nderground W ater District board of
directors did another turnaround and
pledged support for legislation
giving Bexar County increased rep-
resentation in the organization.
According to a story which
appeared in the San Antonio
Express-News, the EUWD board
voted 12-1 to alter a proposed
drought management plan, giving
Bexar County three more rep-
resentatives and setting up a
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Fernandez, who was on hand during
the afternoon session of the Court's
"We're agreed that we need in-
terior painting and floor Finishes,"
said Pet 4 Commissioner Henry
Briscoe. The latter item was
originally bid at about $15,000.
The County expects to have
money left over when the
renovation project finishes up this
summer, because Commissioners
authorized issuance of up to
$600,000 in certificates of ob-
"I believe we can do it (painting)
for a whole lot less than $50,000
and do it right" said Pet. 1 Com-
missioner David Montgomery.
"We're talking about an awful big
outlay," said Briscoe. "We've got a
lot of people in this county who
can do that kind of work, and we
ought to give them a chance."
Another item related to interior
painting which Fernandez brought
up was repair or plastering over of
the newly exposed original, ribbed-
inetal ceilings in the first-floor
Some sections of the ceilings
have deteriorated during the years
they were hidden by acoustical tile,
Fernandez said, and other sections
were damaged by previous ren-
Commissioners opted to spend
about $575 to have the damaged
areas filled in and restored with
plaster, rather than come up with
$4,000 to plaster over the whole
Fernandez said he would prepare a
specifications package on the
painting work, which Commis-
sioners will look at again and con-
sider putting out for competitive
"No more green," suggested
Briscoe for the building’s interior
the special tax last year from 2.5
cents to 1.5 cents.
Meanwhile, state laws have
changed, to prohibit housing of
juvenile arrestees within sight and
sound of adult prisoners. The newly
fixed-up County Jail that was
supposed to serve incarceration
needs here into the next century
suddenly became obselete. Medina
County currently sends its underage
prisoners to Atascosa County,
where they are housed in a juvenile
facility at Jourdanton while they
await hearings. The problem with
that arrangement is high cost and
A main sticking point in the
quest to use the extra Jail Bond
funds has been legality. Briscoe has
asked County Attorney Hunter
Schuehle a number of times to
provide the Court with a ruling on
whether or not it could dip into the
Jail Bond fund's excess.
But Schuehle maintains that his
ruling is a general one, and that
there could still be problems.
"I haven't really answered your
question," Schuehle said. "1 think
you ought to be able to (use the
funds), but I'm not sure the law
will let you."
Schuehle cited a recent ruling
from Texas Attorney Jim Mattox's
office in Austin, which states es-
sentially that extra interest is off-
limits if it comes from monies
defined to be a trust fund. Interest in
those funds becomes part of the
"The question is," Schuehle said,
"are those trust funds or not?"
But if the County does find out
sometime down^ the road that it
cannot spend the interest money on
the juvenile facility, Com-
missioners could find themselves in
the strange position of having
money already in the bank which
they cannot use.
"We’re going to have to go back
to ask the taxpayers for more
money, when we have it on hand,"
said Judge Campsey.
"It would seem to me we'd have a
pretty good court case if we went to
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court," said Commissioner Mont-
"Sometimes you have to ignore
the specifics and get on with the
job at hand," Briscoe said. "Were
not being dishonest, we're not
petition and election procedure by
which counties could secede from
the water district.
The latest amendment is said to
be a trade-off between agricultural
interests of such western EUWD
counties as Uvalde and Medina, and
the urban interests of Bexar
County. The Edwards water district
covers a five-county area, also
including Comal and Guadalupe
counties to the east.
Directors from Uvalde and
Medina counties have dropped a
demand for a guarantee in the
drought bill of two acre-feet per acre
of land. Also withdrawn was
opposition from those two counties
to die three additional Bexar county
directors. In return, the secession
clause was added.
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Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 101, No. 17, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 23, 1987, newspaper, April 23, 1987; Hondo, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth817565/m1/3/: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hondo Public Library.