The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 07, 1976, Image 1

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College Station, Texas
Wednesday, April 7, 1976
Dam it ?
Some groups say yes, others say no;
funding argued in Washington D.C.
Area special interest and citizens groups
will speak at congressional hearings this
week in Washington, D.C., as continued
federal funding of the Millican Dam project
is considered.
Testimony from the Brazos River Au
thority, the Environmental Action Council
of Brazos County, the Navasota Improve
ment Association, and the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers will enter into Con
gress’ decision whether to authorize the
$435,000 appropriated to the Millican pro
ject in President Ford’s 1977 budget.
The Millican study has received federal
appropriations totaling an estimated $2
million since 1971, said Neal Godwin,
Brazos River basin coordinator for the
Corps of Engineers.
The Corps delayed further design
studies of the Millican project last year in
favor of a detailed investigation of lignite
coal in the area by the U.S. Bureau of
Staff photo by Douglas Winship
Luncheon date
Jov. and Mrs. Dolph Briscoe were greeted by an honor guard of
Ross Volunteers when they arrived at Easterwood Airport yester
day. The Governor flew in a state jet from Uvalde to attend a
luncheon on the A&M campus.
The proposed Millican Dam is located on
the Navasota River, 12 miles southeast of
College Station.
“What we’re doing now is waiting for the
U.S. Bureau of Mines study to be com
pleted,” Godwin said. “But through pre
liminary studies, it appears there may be
commercially mineable lignite in the area.
This has prompted us to begin looking at
other alternative (reservoir) sites.’’
The Texas Municipal Power Pool, which
is composed of Bryan and three other
North Texas cities, has mentioned utilizing
the lignite deposits to fuel an electric-
^inate upholds veto
generating plant in the Millican area.
Godwin said he did not foresee any addi
tional funding for lignite studies, but rather
for studies of alternative reservoir sites.
The Ferguson Dam Site, eight miles east of
College Station, may be considered. Also
under approved study, although as yet un
funded, is the Navasota Dam Site, 30 miles
GP requirement stays
Son Chip
s officers must still maintain a grade
| bf at least a 2.5.
Student Senate upheld Student
resident Jeff Dunn in his decision to
bill passed last Wednesday by the
ent Senate. The bill would lower the
le;point requirement for class officer
Jidates from a 2.5 to 2.25
he veto was sustained last night by a a
of 23 to 17 with one person abstaining,
-thirds vote (29) was needed to over-
the veto. If the veto had failed, the
ie would have been effective im-
1 * tis the first time an A&M student body
sident has vetoed a bill, a power the
^received in 1973.
A&M i Feel it is appropriate and necessary to
6 the change in the election regulations
class officers,” said Dunn,
pis election change would not have
ni initiated if key individuals had not
, in affected, Dunn said.
If indeed, there was not an attempt to
sr election regulations for key individu-
ffthen it seems logical to me that the
le would have stipulated that these
lations not affect these elections,”
If the change was a correction of a mis
take or oversight by the Senate, then it had
ample time to correct the procedures since
September, he said. It is not appropriate
during an election.
By changing the regulations during an
election, the Senate restricts the ballot and
breaks an agreement with the student body
that these and any elections will be run
consistent with the established proce
dures, Dunn explained.
“By changing the election regulations in
any way after elections have begun (filing
opened and closed), I believe that we have
violated that contract,” Dunn said.
Dunn, speaking to the final session of the
1975-76 Student Senate, emphasized that
if a precedent of changing rules during the
middle of an election can allow certain in
dividuals into candidacy, then it could also
be used to eliminate a person’s qualifica
tions for office.
Raj Kent, vice president of student af
fairs, said that some students may not have
run because they did not qualify with the
2.5 requirement. Others knew they were
not qualified, but still filed for office.
“Thus, everybody is not given the same
chance,” said Kent.
Other business included the acceptance
of a day care center resolution, allocating
$250 for a feasability study for the need of a
day care center.
The Student Senate passed a resolution
to refer “honors” guidelines to the vice-
(see Senate, page 7)
for Carter
Leo Kottke reviewed, page 3.
Sonny P. is national slam-dunk
champ, page 10.
Aggie Band reorganizes, page 6.
Brazos Valley Rehabilitation
Center, page 5.
Carter, Jackson, Ford take prim
ary wins, page 5.
A column in The Battalion yes
terday erroneously identified a
woman voter as the daughter of
College Station Mayor Larry
Bravenec. She is not related to
the Bravenecs in any way.
With 24 days left until the May 1 prim
ary, College Station received its first na
tional campaigner: Chip Carter, son of
Democratic hopeful Jimmy Carter.
Carter, 25, spent an hour at Easterwood
Airport and held an impromptu news con
ference with local reporters on the airport’s
parking lot.
Carter predicted his father would get a
third of the Texas delegates in the primary.
“That would be a fantastic showing from my
father’s standpoint,” said Carter.
The candidate’s son predicted that only
two candidates would be left after the Texas
primary, that Humphrey would not enter
the presidential race and that his father
wouldn’t accept the vice-presidential
The two candidates that would be left
after the primary weren’t named, but it can
be suspected tbat his father’s name is on
the list.
Carter won the New York primary yes
terday and came in second in the Wiscon
sin race. The loss in Wisconsin broke a
;ed Wi
ng Fool
7 PM
Election run-offs, results
n.v Bryan schedules final vote,
wears in new councilmen
id Beef
College Station public hearing
set by newly-elected city council
toes and
e other
j and
The Bryan City Council last night
heduled a run-off election for April
to decide contested Place 2 posi
tion on the council.
Anastacio (Andy) Herrera edged
Pies E. Turner by nine votes in
Saturday’s Bryan municipal elec
tions, but did not gain a majority of
the votes cast for the Place 2 seat.
Lovey Jewel Hammond finished
third in the race with 15 per cent of
the vote.
Harmon (Son) Bell will remain on
the council until after the run-off
elections, said Bryan Mayor Lloyd
Henry Seale and Daniel Hernan
dez were sworn in as councilmen for
Places 4 and 6, respectively, at last
night’s meeting. Both were elected
Record of city election figures
The newly-installed College Station City
Council will hold a public hearing on the
proposed gas rate increase at 7 p.m. tomor
row in City Hall.
Lone Star Gas Company has requested
what would amount to an eight per cent
increase in operating revenues. If the re
quest is granted, average monthly gas bills
for area residents would be increased by 80
cents, said A. L. Bartley, manager of Lone
Star Gas.
The council will also consider several re
zoning ordinances, two of which are in the
name of Southwood Valley Inc.
To be considered are: rezoning a 2.24-
acre tract southwest of Longmire and
Pinon Dr. to single-family residential, re
zoning a 1.9-acre tract in Southwood Valley
to apartment building district, and rezon
ing tracts of land in the Crawford Burnett
League from single-family residential to
apartment building and general commeri-
cal district.
The council will also hold a public hear
ing on the question of rezoning two other
tracts of land in Southwood Valley.
These are the precinct-by
precinct results of Saturday’s Col
lege Station municipal elections.
I - &\0
of any
Voter turnout-118
Place 2:
Homer Adams-59
Lane Stephenson-55
Place 3:
Larry Ringer-55
E. Murl Bailey-45
Jim Crawley-17
Place 4:
Jim Gardner-89
Clinton Robison-21
Place 6:
James Dozier-67
Bob Bell-48
Proposition 1:
8) South Knoll Elementary School
Voter turnout (of these registered)-50.7%
Place 2:
Lane Stephenson-428
Homer Adams-361
Place 3:
Larry Ringer-388 .
E. Murl Bailey-360
Jim Crawley-54
Place 4:
Jim Gardner-614
Clinton Robison-171
Place 6:
James Dozier-520
Bob Bell-307
Proposition 1:
9) A&M Consolidated Special Services Bldg.
Voter tumout-43.11%
Precinct tallies of school vote
These are the precinct-by
precinct results of Saturday’s Col-
• lege Station school board elections.
(see City Council, page 7)
Voter Turnout-144
Place 1:
Lambert Wilkes-72
Elliott Bray-66
Place 2:
Roger Feldman-65
Elizabeth Naugle-29
George Boyett-27
Hoy Richards-18
Place 4:
Helen Wilborn-39
William Fitch-38
Fred Bouse-29
William Wasson-28
Bruce Upham-6
Bond Issue:
2) Wellborn Water Supply Bldg.
Voter Turnout (of those registered)-25.43%
Place 1:
Lambert Wilkes-173
Elliott Bray-69
Place 2:
George Boyett-148
Roger Feldman-47
Elizabeth Naugle-38
Hoy Richards-29
Place 4:
William Fitch-161
Helen Wilbom-41
Fred Bouse-30
William Wasson-22
Bruce Upham-12
(see School, page 7)
north of College Station, in Robertson
The Brazos River Authority (BRA) sup
ports construction of a reservoir on the
Navasota River. The Authority, a state
agency, holds the rights to basin water sales
and would pay a third of the construction
costs of a Corps-built dam.
Sue Mellor, president of the EAC, said
the letters recommend that no money be
funded for further design studies of Milli
can, that the project be deauthorized, and
that a moratorium be declared on all
further water impoundments on the
Navasota River.
BRA spokesman Carson Hogue said
further funding will be needed for con
tinued design work on Millican and studies
of alternate reservoir sites.
“If the Millican project is deauthorized,
then we will obtain a delay (before further
projects are opened),” Mellor said. “Then
it will become evident that the need was
never there.”
“We would like to see any new locations
as close to the Millican site as possible,”
Hogue said. “This is to provide as much
flood protection, and as nearly as possible,
the water supply, as Millican would.”
Walter Wells, general manager of the
BRA, cited subsidence (a lowering of the
water table) in the lower Gulf area, flood
protection, and a water supply for munici
pal and industrial use (both in the Millican
area and south of Houston) as reasons for
the project.
Wells has advocated construction of a
new reservoir at the earliest possible date.
In its statement to Congress last year,
the EAC said the project’s projected
economic benefits had been exaggerated.
The EAC contended that Bryan-College
Station would not need the water supply
and that it would be used instead by cities
and industries on the Gulf Coast. Thus far,
no other cities have testified that they have
a need for water from a reservoir on the
Opposing the Millican project in the
hearings is the Environmental Action
Council of Brazos County (EAC). The
council has made economic and environ
mental studies of the Millican site and for
mally opposed the project at last year’s
The EAC statement also charged that
the lake would permanently inundate more
land than it would protect through flood
control. Inadequate recreational facilities
were also foreseen in the EAC studies.
The Navasota River Improvement As
sociation (NRIA), represented by its presi
dent, Coulter Hoppes of Bryan, is testify
ing before Congress this week on behalf of
Millican landowners.
Although no EAC representatives will
testify at this week’s hearings, letters ex
pressing the group’s concerns have been
sent to the U.S. House and Senate sub
committees on Public Works.
The NRIA sought a delay in the con
struction of the dam at last year s hearings
so that the lignite fields could be strip-
mined. Hoppes was unavailable for com
ment concerning the details of this week’s
Staff photo by Douglas Winship
Chip Carter (right), son of Jimmy Carter, was in College Station
Tuesday for about an hour speaking to members of the news media
about his father’s presidential campaign. He is shown here speak
ing to A&M President Jack Williams (center).
string of primary victories for Carter.
With the voting still in progress, young
Carter predicted a close race with his father
on top in both primaries. The candidacy of
California Gov. Ed Brown was predicted to
affect his father’s campaign, but he added
that Brown’s votes would be taken from the
other candidates as well.
Traffic panel suggests
Spence Street closing
Battalion Staff Writer
Members of the University Traffic
Panel recommended last week to
block off the main north-south cam
pus street. The panel recommended
last Wednesday that Spence Street
be closed to motor traffic between
the entrances of parking lots 13 (be
hind the Engineering Building) and
34 (behind the Animal Pavilion). Dr.
John Koldus, vice president for stu
dent services, must approve the re
commendation before it goes into ef
Concrete planters would be
placed at each end of the closed sec
tion of the street to block vehicle
Panel members said the large
amount of pedestrian and bicycle
traffic using that section of Spence
make closing it necessary.
“The problem is the tremendous
pedestrian flow (across Spence) from
Ross to Lamar Streets,” panel
member Eugene Ray said. “We’re
really lucky we haven’t had any
fatalities there.”
The panel made a second recom
mendation that if administration of
ficials do not approve the blockage
action, all on-street parking for the
same section of Spence be removed.
The current landscaping and traf
fic routing plans included closure of
Spence, Ray said. The closed section
would become a part of the north-
south mall running the length of the
Removal of all streets inside the
main campus area has been a univer
sity landscaping goal for several
The panel also recommended ad
ding bicycle paths along both sides of
New Main Drive (Eastgate) includ
ing the semi-circular drive in front of
the Systems Administration Build-
in g-- s .
The panel meets today at 3:15
p.m. in Tower 607 to discuss future
parking needs and problems on-
Aggie blood drive
first day turnout
lower than expected
The Aggie Blood Drive made one of its
slowest starts ever Tuesday at Texas A&M.
Student workers estimated 250 donors
by the 6 p.m. closing time.
“It puts us way behind on the goal of
1,000 units we set, ” a spokesman for Alpha
Phi Omega said. “It’s pretty bad, actually. ”
A&M students and faculty turned out for
a 1,331-unit drive last fall.
The drive continues Wednesday and
Thursday, in rooms 225 and 226 of the
Memorial Student Center. Wadley Insti
tute of Molecular Medicine personnel of
Dallas will receive donors between 9 a.m.
and 6 p.m.