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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas                                Pan Am Games athletes accused of drug Page 5 New Braunfels 159 Stammtisdi L An orientation meeting for per sons interested in volunteering at the Comal County Family Violence Center will begin at i today at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church on Howard For more information about the meeting and the call Your local game wardens will host a hunter safety class Thursday and Friday or anyone who plans to do some hunting out of the state when the season rolls Game Warden Neel Etheredge said the classes are for persons born after Jan so all those young whip per snappers can go off and hunt varmints in places such as New Colorado and a bunch of other states that require hunters complete the To register for the which will be held at the New Braunfels Police Depart call Ktheredge at thats the Comal County Sheriffs Dolores her kids and grandkids are holding a retirement by for Comal County Kxtension Agent Big Bill who is retiring after 21 years in our fair The party will be in the Klks Lodge on South Seguin on August Bill over the years has written the coun ty extension agents column for this Bill is a tual fine man and we will miss his contributions to our and kick pal A point of clarification Anyone private Indian marriage anyone has the right to photograph scenery and events along the public easements and highways ol this great state and country peo ple the right to ask questions of police and others who might have been involved or witnessed such things as motor vehicle accidents No person has to carry official identification as a reporter to do these things anyone wanting to verify identification and can call the managing editor at 625yiH to con firm whether the person asking questions or taking photographs really works for us The Comal County Fair Parade is Sept a and if you and your civic etc want to be an you should send your organisation address and description ol entry to the parade committee by You can his information and a entry fee to P O Box New Texas 78l3ii Also the of ficial Comal County Fair will be published bv the this and folks wishing to advertise in this tabloid scheduled for early distribution should contact our advertising department at t25ui45 as soon as possible the High School Football tabloid is in the and this will be a complete listing of our local pigskin athletes and a bunch of other pertinent informa so it you want to get in on this immeasurably important call our advertising department as Yes its that same old routine for yet another ac tually another There is no relief in sight for the typical ly torturous Texas Today and Wednesday will be hot and sunny with a high in the upper 90s Winds will be from the south at 1015 Tonight and nights for the rest of the week will be fair and warm with ear ly morning Lows will be in the upper 70s and winds will be from the southeast at near 10 The Menu New Braunfels Herald Publishing 707 Landa New Zeituno Texas 78130 USPS 3778001 Tuesday August 25 Cents One 10 Pages NB public works director resigns BySARAH DUKE Slaff Writer New Braunfels Public Works Director Fred Ryden resigned his post Monday at the request of City Manager Joe Ryden leaves his job as one member of the ci ty council accuses city staff of mismanage ment and covering up problems in the depart Ryden was unavailable for comment Tues day although the veteran city employee said last week that he was confident of the job he has done and would consider several options if he were terminated from the city Whats to be said is I gave Ryden the option to Michie The city manager said he expects to conclude the in vestigation into the department within a week to 10 Its a series of allegations in public works that are being he The resignation comes one week after City Councilman Ramon Chapa raised questions about problems in he public works depart ment Chapa was cut short during a council meeting 10 as he said problems in the public works department need to be During recent the department has been the object of allegations ranging from employees using city equipment for personal use to employment of illegal The most recent allegation is that at least one employee is being paid for fulltime employment while not working full Chapa was unaware of the resignation when contacted this He said he agreed with Michies decision to ask for Rydens resigna The suggestion has come to Chapa said when asked if he suggested requesting Rydens He added that he hopes the investigation concludes If we need to let some people that will be up to Chapa said he has been approached several times by persons who work for the public works department about problems at the He said employees complained that the direc tor was not fair with workers and treated some differently than 1 know for a fact that there have been problems before and they have been covered he Chapa said the root of the problem within the public works department had been the friend ship between Ryden and Assistant City Manger Hector The city council member said he feels Tamayo has attempted to cover up pro blems within the public works department by altering I think part of the problem was He is good friends with Chapa Its evident that something is That depart ment stands Then you look into it and the director stands out and you look into that and people at city hall stand out as having covered up the he Tamayo declined to comment Chapa said morale among public works employees is We have problems in every but not like in public he 1 would say we need to get a good public works director in and have him straighten up the problems and I dont svant to hear any more about the councilman He added that departmental problems should never become so great that employees skip the proper chan nels for complaints and go directly to their Those complaints shouldnt come up to us at the Joe should look into But thats not what People went over the lad der and came straight to he Michie said he has been investigating the department and alleged wrongdoings for the last two to three The city manager would not commit to whether there would be other resignations or terminations from within the public works the public works employee who draws fulltime pay without working fulltime is a relative of his Michie said Mon day he does not believe there are problems with nepotism in the public works We have in our personnel rules and regula tions provisions about he The city manager added that the citys regula tions prohibit employees in supervisors posi tions from having close relatives working for Its the city managers responsibility through department heads to enforce regula tions regarding I hold them respon he City Councilman Doug Miller said the allega tion that one employee is receiving preferential treatment in the public works department was brought to the attention of council last I had thought we would let Michie do his job that we hired him for and look into the mat See Page 2 Guadalupe River outfitters hustling Noninjury rollover BY DAVIDMAY Stall Writer It was business as usual aiong the Guadalupe River over the weekend as thousands of people look ad vantage of the first days of safer river use this summer We were real said Rockm R River Rides manager John We did all we could handle with raft and inner tube rentals We were a lit tle unprepared for River outfitters in the county have seen business on the decline because of unsafe conditions in the river caus ed by high releases from Canyon Dam The release from the lake was reduced to about cubic feet per second by Saturday morning We are not going to make up what we lost during the but we are hoping we can get a good month The reduced luke discharges allow ed county officials to reopen the Gruene Road low water1 crossing Saturday morning We had a pretty good said Howard ouner of GuadALoop Shoot and Cam We sure needed 1 tell you We have been hurting He admitted his motel operation mitigated losses somewhat during the unlike other outfitters along River Koad who rely solely on tube and raft Spandau said he hopes that as news media across the state continue to on present conditions along the river that more visitors will See Page Traeger in Houston ICU Former Sen John Traeger of Sigum was listed in fair and stabilix condition earlier today in the in tensive care unit of a Houston Hospital following quintuplet bypass surgery Friday A spokesman for SI Lukes Episcopal Hospital in Houston where the Texas politician is being treated said Traeger has been in intensive care since his surgery He is on a respirator When they get him ofl the they will be watching him and then will move him to a private room But we dont know when that will the hospital representative said The Houston hospital is the site of numerous heart surgeries each year The spokesman said a quintuplet bypass although not com is not that much out of the or dinary We do a lot of cardio bypasses here The former senator was taken to Houston after first going to iuadnlupe Valley Hospital in Seguin the first of this a represented Comal County in the Texas House of Representatives from 1963 to 1972 and in the Texas Senate from 1973 un til the first of this year when he was James Frank of New Braunfels reportedly was not injured when the sports car he was driving flipped shortly before 4 Monday on FM 482 at Texas according to Texas Department of Public safety Trooper an employee of Krueger was returning the dealerowned RX7 when he swerved to avoid another vehicle and overturn ed when he struck a steel sign ac cording to manager Cindy Krueger said Lanik told her the other vehicle fled the who McCoy said was not wearing a seat reportedly walked a mile back to the dealership to report the The intersec tion has been the site of several traffic Staff photo Page2 CISD board okays abatement of WalMarts property taxes Welcome aboard Mona is the new director of Greater New Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Ex ecutive vice president Tom Purdum announced the selection of Lane from a field of 40 candidates during Mondays chamber board of directors Lane will take over her duties here 1 after five years service in the same job for Seguins chamber of commerce and a year as that towns Main Street Program has worked in real estate marketing and advertising before her Segyin chamber post Staff photo r Comal 1SD trustees made it official Monday night when they approved an agreement for tax abatement bet ween WalMart and the school 1 think its real fine for the com munity that we are able to make such an said Trustee Carter And weve already col lected more in rollback taxes than we would ever get in agriculture The abatement agreement includ ed all the elements requested by Wal Mart that were necessary for the firm to build a one millionsquare foot facility within the districts The construction of the WalMart Distribution Center is projected to have a million impact on the New Braunfels ultimately providing 650 with about 300 of them coming immediately upon com pletion of the In a split trustees awarded a contract to Blue CrossBlue Shield for employee health Although the company was not the lowest the majority ol trustees felt the coverage offered was better than the Employee Benefit Plan had the Ipw but coverage for dependent children ages 19 and 25 was and coverage of preexisting condi tions carried a cap for the first Trustee Tom Potter cast the dissenting AJI budget for the fiscal year was by board at its regular monthly CISD Business Manager Abel Campos told trustees that the overall general fund budget did not but some funds were A portable building at Canyon High School that housed the districts alternative school last year was leas ed by the school board to the Bulvered Public Library for per Superintendent Bill Brown said needed repairs on the building would be too costly for the school while the library staff would be able to do the work with The building will be moved from its Page 2 Legal fund tops milli AUSTIN API A program fund ed by interest earned on money held by lawyers for their clients has rais ed more than million for legal aid to the Texas Supreme Court Justice Franklin Spears said the money comes at a time when federal funds are increasingly in short supply for these types of The interest on Lawyers Trust Ac count Program was set up in 198S by a foundation created by the state Supreme Funds are raised through interest earned on money that is temporarily held by lawyers for their Patrick executive director of the said SMeh fmds wsed to sit in accounts that PPJ fto Merest because they were either too small or in the lawyers taan4s long enough to earn While the Merest from ajiy one ac count may apjt be Uorm said the amount up many lawyers About 20 per cent of the eligible lawyers lave signed including most of the Dig law she Moran said she hopes the pro gram can raise up to million a year by Earlier this the foundation made its first sending to local organizations that provide legal help for the For Austin Lawyers Care got and the Texas Legal Ser vices which helps Ipwincprae families who are affected by thle new immigration received Under Texas Supreme Cowt the money cannpt be useJ sue the bring plassaction lawsuits or lobby the The only private jjjoney used in Jhe program was in from three tor tionsj progrm   

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