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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas AVAIlAltl COPY Thursday 1991 237 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY of Pedro Martinez One 12 Pages Ginger snaps Adding details to his decorated gingerbread man with the help of bigger hands is Austin Assisting the youngster with his project is Louise Nelson of the Childrens Musuem in New The facility is gearing up for its Bestfest for running 210 during local Wurstfest For call the museum at Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung wishes happy birthday today to George Nora Pedro Martinez Adeline Sarah Jessica Joshua Whit Demctrio Tito Eddie Cruz and Lynda Belated birthday wishes to Joseph Know of a birthday or anniver sary Give our receptionist a call the day before at 6259144 wed like to share in the Trail of homes The public is invited to visit Canyon Lake on 19 and 20 for the third annual Trail of Homes Tour to be presented by the Friends of Tyc Preston Memorial Library from 15 each Six homes arc one the tour one is an historical All of the homes on the tour arc on the south side of the off Farmto Market Advance tickets may be purchased at the library and at Victoria Bank and both located on FM 2673 in On tour the library will be open to serve refreshments and to have tickets and maps A donation for the tour is All proceeds will go into the operating budget of the Benefit barbecue The Lake Dunlap Area Volun teer Fire Department will sponsor its annual barbecue 19 from 411 at the American Legion Post 410 Coll in New Barbecue plates arc for adult and for a Auction begins at 6 raffle at and a dance beginning at with Johnny Pfcil and Grucncs Crossing Tennis anyone The New Braunfels Parks and Recrcalion Department has begun a new fall tennis program at the Solms Park HEB The new schedule is Children Thursdays al 4 Ladies group Tuesdays al 9 Seniors over Tuesdays at and private lessons by Cosl is per Call 620PLAY for more informa Street closings Walnut Avenue from Lee Street to Stonewall will be closed 17 from to for sirccl Walnut Avenue from 81 to San Antonio Street will be closed 21 from to for street Benefit event A benefit for Susan who has been diagnosed with will be 20 from 410 at Eagles Hall in A fish fry and barbecue will kick off the evening of dancing and an School band The New Braunfels High School Band Boosters Club will meet 22 al al See 2 Herald offers spirit banners for local teams Do you warn lo cheer the home team Or show the rivals across the stadium your true colors Let the New Braunfels HeraldZeilung help you flag your favorites with a free spirit The extra is designed to corral the Comal County spirit in time for Friday night football V The spirit banners arc printed in school colors and feature the learn names from each of Comal Countys three high schools New Braunfels High School Canyon High School Cougars and Sniithson Valley High School Each is backed with the names of Ihc sponsoring advertisers and a schedule of area football The banners a limited run of 250 for each team are available al ihe schools or the Herald building during regular hours on The news papers office hours arc 8 lo Council makes severance deal ByMARKWARNKEN Staff Writer Several loose ends remaining from the recent turmoil at New Braunfels City Hall may be tied up Friday when the City Council is scheduled to approve a severance settlement with the former city manager and discuss extra compensation for the interim city But election of a new mayor and the hiring of a permanent city mana ger will wait at least a little After meeting behind closed doors for three hours Monday the council unanimously accepted the res ignations of City Manager Paul Groh man and Mayor James apparently the first step in ending a divisive monlhlong council The city intends to make public a councilapproved severance settle ment with Grohman after an execu tive session during a 5 special meeting Friday at the New Braunfels Municipal Building meeting City Attorney Barry Moore Though city officials so far have declined to release specific details of the proposed Mayor Pro Tcm Ramon Chapa has said it includes severance pay and insurance and retirement benefits until Grohman finds new but not the purchase of his New Braunfels I think the citizens have the right to know but in this case the matter is Chapa said Wednesday Once the entire council agrees to release the informa it will be released at that point in much as I can For other I would suggest you contact City Attorney Barry he Council Members Clinton Brandt and Paul both contacted by also said they could not comment on the At this I cannot comment on that particular Brandt Fraser It is completed and so I cannot I dont think the public needs to know before weve dotted the is and crossed the ts because its not a completed agreement until that The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung on Wednesday morning filed a writ ten request with Moore for release of the proposed agreement for todays Thursday Moore said details could not be released before the meeting because the agreement was still under The ongo ing put the agreement into writing involved Ken Grohmans New Braunfels Moore You cant really release what youre going to talk about Thats just the nature of Moore I understand the news papers but Im looking at it from a lawyers point of and thats just the way things arc done on After an executive session discus sion with interim City Manager Hec tor council members also are See Page 2 AN EDITORIAL You have right to know whats in that agreement What is it your City Council doesnt want you to know until it is too late New Braunfels Mayor James Goodbrcad and City Manager Paul Groh man both resigned last Goodbread will remain a member of the he just wont be the mayor Those resignations came after a long and bitter round of mudslinging that divided not only the but the And it obviously was not coincidental that ihc two principal combatants decided simultaneously to Some son of agreement led to those That agreement is to be formalized Friday evening at yet another in a long siring of emergency and special meetings of the This newspaper has requested a copy of that agreement as it stands We believe the residents of New Braunfels have a right to know about it and react to it before it is written in We believe the residents whose tax dollars will fund that agreement have a right to let their elected represen tatives know exactly how they feel about that agreement before it is too late for their opinions to have any say council members and other city The agreement will be made public after it is they It is too delicate to expose to the light of public Until it is formally adopted and perhaps even after it is to remain shrouded in The city manager had a severance agreement with the It spelled out some very specific benefits he was to receive should he and the city elect to part ways prior to the fulfilling of his That agreement was a very generous But as he and the mayor traded broadsides over the past we have been the manager attempted to negotiate an even better severance Was he successful And if how successful Right most of us dont Right the answer is Our elected officials havent decided its time for us to know Ddht worry about iCmcy seem tobe telling Evcrymingwillte Well handle Just Would that we But having just suffered through a month when the councils ineptitude made us a joke throughout the thats a pretty tough pill to Most of us would really like to know whats going on before we become the victims Grohman not selected for Tyler jobs ByMARKWARNKEN Start Writer The Temple Cily Council is sche duled lo officially hire a North Caroli na resident as its city manager during a 7 Former New Braunfels Cily Mana ger Paul who resigned was one of 14 finalists for the Grohman confirmed in laic August that he had applied for ihe vacanl cily manager job in Temple and also for one in news that surprised former Mayor James Good brcad and several City Council who along with Good brcad resigned did not make the lisl of finalists for ihc Tyler posi according lo Ben city of Tyler personnel Blair said he was unaware of any controversy at New Braunfels City Hall and Uial such an issue did not factor into selec tion of which was based only on experience and The Tyler Cily Council just completed interviewing the finalists and should soon announce a he said Late Tuesday Temple Mayor Dennis Hobbs announced plans to hire David president and chief executive officer of the Chapel HillCarrboro Chamber of Commerce and former cily mana ger of Chapel Taylor will be paid a aboul more lhan the previous in a telephone interview said the recent lurmoil at New Braunfels City Hall had no effect on the decision in The coun cil there had completed interviewing the finalists and had begun ncgotiai ing wiih Taylor before news of ihe local dispuie reached Hobbs See Page 2 WORD stalls Walls resignation Good Day Sunny conditions ihroughout South Texas today should yield a high of about 8890 with an overnight low near 59 A cool front is expected in the area bringing slightly lower temperatures highs in ihe 80s and lows in ihe 50s bul no chance for For more on wcaih er see Page Inside TV ByQREGMEFFOHD Special lo the HaraldZellung The board of directors of Comal Countys Water Oriented Recreation District Wednesday night postponed acceptance of Administrator Betty Walls citing hope she might return to work in the near who has served as WORDS administrator since February resigned in a letter delivered a week ago to John district chair The resignation reportedly con tained a personal letter to detailing Walls reasons for stepping Landry reported that the board will negotiate for the return of the admini who was not present at the and is not yet prepared to accept the Weve been in touch with Walls and she has agreed to talk to us to see if shell change her mind about Landry The task of negotiating the admini strators possible return was directed to an adhoc committee composed of directors Fred Harry Heimer and Walls agreed to meet with the com mittee next following a discus sion with Landry Details of what the district might offer Walls to return were noi Susy a representative of Bungy Over questioned the board about Walls decision to resign but got no She gave me one reason for leav but Im to going to reveal it this Landry U was in a personal letter to She was fed up with a lot of me So dont feel like you were ihc only Landry lold who had dealt with Walls regarding reg ulation of the bungeejumping Canyon Lake resident Lois Duggan addressed the board briefly lo enier several items in the public referring to research conducted into the districts After reviewing the districts Poli cy and Operating prepared for the Comal County Commissioners Court by PRL Associates of Duggan charged that language in the document doesnt provide for an administrator unless a district director makes an appointment to the Who is the director Where is the control Duggan again ques tioning the legality of the district and its In a separate Duggan charged the commissioners court with negligence in protecting the board of following a query by oulilt ter Jane Abbott on ihe status of the districts Errors and Omissions Insur ance According to Duggan and the insurance provided through the county government by the Texas Association of Counties applies only to entities budgeted by the WORD currently receives no fund ing from the county Duggan adding thai the county has no grounds for providing dis trict coverage through the TAC poli items of which she claimed the commissioners court has had full Duggan called the commissioners alleged actions describing them as a backdoor approach to solving ihe Members of the board said the issued would be In other the board Met with members of the Canyon Lake Area Economic Development which requested for signs relating to lake area beautifica tion Mel with members of ihe Village West Boai Dock who requested up to in additional monies for a repair project the board agreed last month 10 The issue was referred to a Partially approved a contract with
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