Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 101, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 24, 1987 Page: 1 of 29
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HONDO ANVIL 1
Volume 101, Number 52
Thursday, December 24, 1987
Our 101st Year
Published In Hondo, Texas
to EUWD drought plan
Medina County landowners were
given an opportunity last week to
contribute toward development of
the Edwards Underground Water
District's Drought Management
The EUWD is required by House
Bill 1942 to "...develop, imple-
ment, and enforce one or more
drought management plans in order
High Low Rain
Avg. high temp, for the week: 62
Avg. low temp, for the week: 41.7
High temp, for 1987: 99, on
Aug. 16 and Aug. 17
Low temp, for 1987: 23, on
Jan. 19 and Jan. 23
Total rain for past week: 1.68 in.
Total rain for Dec.: 1.68 inches
Number of days in 1987 with
measurable rainfall: 86
Total rain for 1987: 39.81 inches
Rain recorded in 1986, thru
Dec. 21: 34.58 inches
Rain recorded in 1985, thru
Dec. 21: 30.50 inches
to minimize, as far as practicable,
the drawdown of the water table or
the reduction of artesian pressure
and spring flow; to prevent waste'
and to protect the groundwater
resource from serious harm."
The meeting held in Hondo last
Thursday was one of 10 scheduled
by the EUWD to get input from
citizens on developing a drought
management plan for the region’s
major source of water.
If a project is not in effect by
1988, the state will design a pro-
gram for the aquifer.
A team of experts retained by
EUWD directors to study and form-
ulate a plan outlined the process for
determining a management plan.
After obtaining input from
citizens throughout the region, a
draft will be presented to the district
board. This will then be distributed
for review and comment by citizens
before it is adopted by the district.
Principal goals of the study
Taxes are up,
but budget still tight
SANTA REALLY WAS... at
Radio Station KRME Tues-
day morning visiting with
disc jockey Ronnie Mason.
There’s no chimney at the
station so the Anvil Herald
photographer snapped this
photo as Santa slipped
through the door.
The Hondo Radar Station has
supplied the following weather
informatipn for this past week:
Wed., Dec. 16
Thu., Dec. 17
Fri., Dec. 18
Sat., Dec. 19
Sun., Dec. 20
Mon., Dec. 21
Medina County Commissioners
faced a tough job when they sat
down to work on the county's 1987-
"Even in increasing the tax rate,
Commissioners' Court still had to
reduce the budget in all county
departments," said County Judge
Various events and circumstances
over which .the local governing
body had no control loomed like
ominous birds of prey waiting to
take a turn at attacking the
dwindling supply of county funds.
* Loss of Revenue Sharing
Medina County, no different than
other counties in the state, lost
some $217,000 in revenue sharing
funds when the Federal government
decided to no longer return a
portion of local citizens' income
tax dollars that had been funneled
back to the local level in the form
or revenue sharing funds.
* Juvenile detention
Another blow to the county
pocket book came in the form of a
state law that requires juvenile
offenders to be housed separately,
by sight and sound, from adult
offenders. Commissioners Court
was forced to make arrangements to
comply with the law.
Transporting juveniles to the
nearest detention facility, in
Atascosa County, taxed the county
in terms of dollars and manpower
so the Court decided to build a local
However, even renovating an
existing structure for housing these
juveniles cost $92,000. The facil-
ity's annual operating budget has
been set at $76,000.
* Indigent care costs up
A law passed by the state
Legislature now requires counties
to make available at least 10% of
its general tax levy for taking care
of its indigent population's medical
needs. This fiscal year, that figure
•Prisoner contract canceled
Loss of the Federal Prisoner
Contract because the federal govern-
ment has elected not to contract
with the county to house their
qualified prisoners deducts $50,000
from the county's incoming funds.
• Insurance rates rise
The rising cost of insurance
affects county government as well
as it affects families and businesses.
Workers Compensation and liabil-
ity insurance premiums alone have
increased by $73,000 over last year.
• Attorney’s fees increased
The state legislature enacted a law
that went into effect Sept. 1 of this
year that increased legal fees of
appointed attorneys to a minimum
of $100 per case. In response to
this new law, Commissioners'
Court had to increase that budget
item by $7,500 over last year's
"These six items cost taxpayers
more money, either because of loss
of what we had received before, or
mandates placed upon us because of
Federal or state law," said
"The Court had absolutely no
control over these items - and there
"These six items represent
$649,270," said Campsey. "A 3.40
increase in the tax rate didn't even
come close to covering these added
burdens, so the Court actually cut
traditional budgeting items in order
to hold the rate to its current rate of
.324 cents per $ 100 valuation.''
Time may cool hot romances
Anyone planning on making the
trip down the aisle of matrimony
after the first of the year had better
be prepared to wait a little while.
The state legislature has mandated
a new waiting period between get-
ting a marriage license and taking
the marriage vows.
After Jan. 1, the new law says
the marriage ceremony may not
take place during a 72-hour period
immediately following the issuance
of the marriage license.
Legislators felt that by creating
the "cooling off' period, some un-
stable marriages may be prevented,
thereby reducing the divorce rate.
Two Sections, 22 Pages
Medina County's Leading Newspaper
* Ensure adequate water supplies
to support growth, development.
* Provide water at lowest equit-
able cost while minimizing adverse
* Encourage timely funding while
* Protect Edwards Aquifer water
* Strengthen the regional water
resources planning process.
* Maintain decision-making flex-
ibility in meeting future water
Those who attended had an oppor-
tunity to voice suggestions and were
given questionnaires to complete
and return to EUWD.
"This has been the best meeting
so far," said Tom Fox as the
meeting ended. He commended those
who attended for their participation
The next public meeting will be
held Wednesday, Jan. 6, in the
Uvalde Civic Center Reading
Room, 300 East Main.
CHRISTMAS ANTHEMS... heralding the be-
ginning of Christmas vacation were perform-
ed by the Sixth Grade band, McDowell
choral group, and the Seventh and Eighth
Grade Band during a concert held Friday,
Dec. 18. Sixth grade trumpeters, front to
back, include Ramon Garcia, Michael Jones,
Melissa Tapia, Laura Donoho, Roxanne
Campos, Genaro Lopez, and Teresa Del
Bosque. (Photo by Frances Proctor)
County just says W’
Extended drinking hour proposal nixed
Bars in Medina County will not
have an opportunity to apply for
late hours licenses following action
taken Monday by Commissioners
Tom Cate, representing the own-
ers of Cowtown Dance Hall, Lytle,
requested that the Court allow
establishments in the county to
apply for the late hours licenses.
Sale of beer on-premises in thb
county must stop at 12 midnight
on weekdays and 1 a.m. on Sunday.
The extended hours license would
have allowed the sale of beer until
2 a.m. for those establishments
that apply for the license.
"I don't want to stifle private
enterprise," said Commissioner
Henry Briscoe, "but once you
establish a policy you can’t easily
go back and rescind it."
Hondo Police Chief Jerry Smith
and Sheriff Alvin Santleben were
present to voice opposition to the
Don Wilson, Texas Alcoholic
Beverage Commission officer for
the area, told the court that Uvalde
and Bexar counties allow the
extended hours permits, but other
neighboring counties do not.
The Court also amended a prior
motion to clarify the court's inten-
tion regarding Proposition 10.
The proposition, which passed
statewide in the Nov. 3 election by
a margin of two percent but was
defeated by Medina County voters,
gave the court authority to either
add to or delete from the coumy ta>.
rolls certain items such as boat*
and recreational vehicles.
Wording on last week's motion
inadvertently removed certain
aircraft from tax rolls which had
previously been on the rolls. The
problem was brought to the court's
attention by Medina County Chief
Appraiser James Garcia.
"The motion was intended to
leave the tax rolls 'as-is',” explained
County Judge Donald Campsey,
"but it was not worded properly.
We needed to clarify our intention."
Garcia also told the court that the
appraisal office needed extra storage
space for records and a meeting area
for the review board.
9-1-1 emergency system
JOHN BRYANT... of Hondo
was at San Antonio Inter-
national Airport and on his
way to New Zealand Friday.
He will attend a World Scout-
ing Jamboree in Australia be-
fore returning home in early
January. (Photo by Mary
Fisher, North San Antonio
Information pertaining to the
development of a 9-1-1 emergency
system for Medina County will be
gathered in the upcoming weeks and
reported at a public meeting to be
held in January.
A public meeting to determine
the steps necessary for implemen-
tation of a 9-1-1 system in Medina
County was held Thursday, Dec.
17, by an interim board of directors.
The board was appointed by
Commissioners Court and charged
with gathering information to get
the project underway after voters
approved the proposition on the
Nov. 3 ballot.
Even though approved by county
voters, implementation of a 9-1-1
system is contingent upon several
factors which will be determined as
the board's findings are studied. One
major factor will be cost.
"The vote meant that voters want
a 9-1-1 system," said Karen O'Neill
who is the local Southwestern Bell
public relations officer. "We are
going to pursue the possibility.
The election was basically held to
keep our options open."
"It may be that it will cost more
than our county can afford," she
New legislation changed the
criteria for establishing a system,
therefore voters had to decide before
the first of the year whether they
wanted to pursue the possibility.
Present at the meeting were
Hondo Mayor Tony Hardt (chair-
man), Commissioner Henry Bris-
coe, County Fire Marshall John
Sturm, and O'Neill. Other board
members are Commissioner Henry
Santos and Castroville Mayor
The board will remain active
until a decision is made whether or
not implementation of the system
in Medina County is feasible.
Sandy Cadena, 9-1-1 account
executive with Southwestern Bell,
and board member O’Neill, answer-
ed questions and provided infor
State law mandates that the major
phone company in the area will
provide 9-1-1 service when and if it
is implemented. Law also requires a
representative of the company to
serve as a director in a non-voting
Two of the five voting members
are appointed by the county, two
are appointed jointly by the cities
in the county, and one member is
appointed jointly by the volunteer
fire departments in the county.
Medina County has two options
available in forming a 9-1-1
system, a stand-alone district such
as is currently being studied, and
which commissioners prefer, or a
joint system with Bexar County.
The board must decide what kind
of system is wanted, city councils
in each incorporated area must pass
resolutions seeking inclusion in the
system, and service maps are needed
from all law enforcement agencies,
emergency medical service units,
and volunteer fire departments out-
lining their service areas.
Board members will also decide
exactly what boundaries will be
established foi the service area.
Boundaries could He set at the
county line or by phone exchange
and thereby lapping into neigh-
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Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 101, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 24, 1987, newspaper, December 24, 1987; Hondo, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth870693/m1/1/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hondo Public Library.